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Magic Valley FFA students try livestock judging

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By Jay Michaels

10/14/09

Today just over a hundred FFA students from around the Magic Valley tried their hands at judging livestock, including beef, swine and sheep. The exercise was an attempt to help the students understand what to look for in good quality livestock.

600 pound steers were judged based on their skeletons and muscles – while other beef cattle were graded for both quality and potential yield.

Kimberly High School Ag Teacher Heath Hopkins said, “If they are going to be looking as fat animals and be put to the freezer. Or if they're looking at animals for breeding purposes.”

Hopkins says about 15 to 20 Ag students from the College Of Southern Idaho helped run Wednesday’s contest. She says this gives the FFA members a good idea of what a career in the animal industry is like.


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