Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Four members of the West Liberty-Salem FFA Chapter won the school’s first ever FFA Poultry Career Development Event title this weekend at the Ohio FFA Poultry Finals at the State FFA Convention on The Ohio State University campus.
They advance to the National FFA Poultry finals Oct. 31 in Louisville, Ky.
Members of the West Liberty-Salem FFA team whichcreceived first place at the state FFA poultry contest this weekend are, from the left, FFA chapter adviser Tim Lamb, Bethany Maytas, Sarah Williams, Jonathon Wolfe, Jordon Wolfe, and poultry team head coach Larry Lokai.
At the state competition, senior Sarah Williams, sophomores Jordon Wolfe and Bethany Maytas and freshman Jonathon Wolfe posted a team score of 2,174.11 points to edge out Urbana FFA, which scored 2,171.22 total points.
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Another area team, North Union FFA from Richwood, received fourth place with 2,067.5 points.
Individually, Jordon Wolfe was the second highest scoring individual in the state, and was edged out by Urbana’s Amelia Smith.
Two other West Liberty-Salem members were among the top six individuals in Ohio, with Jonathon Wolfe placing third and Sarah Williams taking sixth.
Additional team members from West Liberty-Salem who took part in the Ohio semi-final qualification contest included senior Abbie Loffing, junior Catherine Williams, and sophomores Victoria Benefiel and Keri White.
Previously during this season, the team of eight West Liberty-Salem students placed second as a team in Hillsboro at the Highland County Invitational, second at the Mt. Gilead Invitational, second at the state semi-finals at the Ohio Expo Center, first at the Marysville Invitational, first at the Miami Trace Invitational in Washington Court House, and first at the Mercer County Invitational in Celina.
During semi-final competition, four phases of competition were conducted, including placing live birds for egg production and live birds for meat production. The second division included grading ready-to-cook carcasses, grading exterior eggs, and candling interior eggs using USDA standards.
Areas of competition for the third area included identifying various poultry parts found in local markets, evaluating boneless further processed products and evaluation of bone-in further processed parts.
The final part of competition included taking an industry exam relating to modern poultry practices.
Four of the eight team members qualified for the state finals, where they prepared oral reasons on two classes of live birds.
At the national competition, members also will compete in an additional team problem to be presented Oct. 31, plus prepare oral reasons on a ready-to-cook carcass class.
In 2010, the West Liberty-Salem FFA poultry team placed second in Ohio and won the Big “E” poultry contest in Springfield, Mass. The following year, the team just missed placing in the top 10 teams with an 11th place finish, and in 2012, they placed third in Ohio as a team.
West Liberty-Salem FFA’s adviser and coach is Tim Lamb, and Larry Lokai has served as the head coach for the poultry team for the past seven years.