The Blanco FFA has spent the last several weeks competing in livestock judging competitions around the state. This past weekend proved no different as local FFA members traveled to Brady and Austin to take part in contests. After results were given, Blanco once again proved competitive ranking high in several categories at both contests, while also bringing home numerous awards for their success.
At the Heart of Texas Judging Contest in Brady, Blanco’s senior teams would rank third overall, while taking first place honors in the sheep and swine divisions, in addition to finishing third in both cattle and grading. Individually, Quaid Haack would rank eighth overall, nineth in cattle, and 19 in sheep. Keaton Dodd also did well ranking 13 overall, tying for first in swine, placing 14 in cattle, and 17 in grading. Finally, Austin Thompson would also place in the top 20 overall at 14, while also tying for first in swine, and placing fourth in grading and 11 in cattle. Others winning individual honors in the different divisions included Katie Baker placing first in sheep and second in grading, Carrie Lockwood winning first place in swine, and finally Claire Klepac and John Pepper placing 13 and 19 respectively in grading. Also judging and finishing just out of the top 20 at 22 was Kaleigh Anderson.
The Blanco FFA was also well represented in the junior division as Alex Gustafson and Logan Dodd would finish in the top three spots with Alex winning the junior division and Logan tying for second. Alex would also take top honors in sheep and swine, while placing seventh in beef. Logan would also claim divisional success tying Alex for first in swine and placing fourth in cattle.
Following a competitive showing in Brady, Blanco’s teams would travel to Austin to compete in the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo livestock judging contest. Overall, the seniors would finish 12, in addition to placing fourth in cattle and fifth in questions. Individually, Kaleigh Anderson would rank 21 overall, in addition to fifth in questions, sixth in sheep, and eighth in cattle. Keaton Dodd would also finish high in the questions division placing fifth, while Quaid Haack would crack the top 20 in cattle at 18.
In the junior division, Alex Gustafson, Maggie Dennis, and Logan Dodd would place 10 overall while also placing sixth in sheep and nineth in questions. Alex would lead the way finishing in the top 10 at eighth overall, while also ranking third in sheep, fourth in swine, and eighth in questions. Logan would also do well ranking 19 overall and placing tenth in questions.
The Blanco FFA will now prepare for some of the largest judging competitions in the state as they make preparations for competing in the upcoming Tarleton State University Invitational and the Texas State University Invitational. Advisors for the Blanco FFA and Blanco Junior FFA are Felice and Jason Marek, in addition to Texas State University student teacher Shauna Doyle.