District FFA Livestock Judging team: (Top row:left to right) Blair Jordan, Jacee Anthony, Hunter Guenther, Max Guenther, Ellie Foxhoven, Rylie Arens, (Middle row) Ava Backer, Caroline Schendt, Tylee Cooper, Carter Steffen, Anthony Steffen, Cameryn Fiscus, (Front row) April Guenther, Wyatt Tramp, Tuff Foxhoven, Kyle Maibaum, Megan Tramp, and Josie Anthony.

Hoping for a chance to go to the State FFA Convention in March, Crofton FFA competed at the junior and senior levels for District Livestock Judging on Thursday, January 26, at Northeast Community College. 

Mrs. Stephanie Mann said she was very pleased with how the FFA members performed in the very competitive district of 20 schools.

This competition involves judging and placing classes of cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats to the best of their ability. Questions about a variety of livestock are also included and scored for points in the end. At the end of judging, the competitors must give a set of reasons for their decisions; the junior teams give one, while the senior teams give three. 

Overall, the junior team placed second, with Verdigre placing first. Qualifying for state was Anthony Steffen (2nd place with a purple), Wyatt Tramp (5th place with a purple), Kyle Maibaum (blue ribbon), and Ava Backer (blue ribbon). Carter Steffen, Hunter Guenther, Ellie Foxhoven, and Max Guenther also competed with the junior team. 

The senior judging team was ranked third in their overall scores, with Laurel-Concord-Coleridge earning first, and Summerland placing second. Blair Jordan (blue ribbon), Tuff Foxhoven (blue ribbon), Cameryn Fiscus (blue ribbon), and Rylie Arens (blue ribbon) all qualified for state. Megan Tramp, April Guenther, Josie Anthony, and Jacee Anthony all competed as well. 

Ellie Foxhoven of the junior team, picks her top four out of the Cull/Keep class.

Tuff Foxhoven of the senior team places his best choices for the breeding heifers class.