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Meat Evaluation CDE

Jesup FFA Places in Meat Evaluation

By Kristen Orth

            It was a rainy Tuesday morning when five Jesup FFA members traveled to Walker, Iowa to compete in the Northeast District Meat Evaluation CDE.  Each member had studied thoroughly in the previous weeks and was ready to put their skills to the test.

            Chelsea Bearbower, Kristen Orth, Steven Orth, and Lauren Riensche made up the Jesup team while Luke Gosse entered as an individual.  It was the first time the Jesup FFA chapter had entered an entire team compete.

            The CDE (Career Development Event) tested the competitors’ knowledge in three categories. A problem solving portion required the members to price and figure out the costs of a herd of beef cattle. Inside the meat coolers, participants were asked to place cuts and carcasses of beef, pork, and lamb. Finally, the competitors were asked to identify various retail cuts from the three types of animals.                                   

            When the participants emerged from the chilly meat locker, the results were ready to be announced. In the team results, the Jesup team took sixth place, and Luke Gosse took ninth.

            “Winning sixth place felt great! Especially because it was our first try.” said Steven Orth, current chapter Historian.                                                                               

            Each member is eager not only to compete at the state level in August, but also to continue learning through the National FFA Organization’s many opportunities and events while representing the Jesup FFA chapter.