Polk County High FFA poultry judging team excels at state event

Polk County FFA's poultry judging team includes, from left, Jackson Tipton, Karli Kilgore, Landry Edwards and Ben Hardin

Polk County High FFA’s poultry judging team placed 22nd out of 89 teams at the North Carolina FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event on March 13 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

The team consists of Jackson Tipton, Karli Kilgore, Landry Edwards and Ben Hardin, with Ashley Gilbert serving as the faculty advisor.

During the event, students evaluate production, processing and merchandising phases of the poultry industry as well as identify various industry components. They are also tested on the application of sound management practices.

Participants evaluate live birds, present oral reasons and place of class of ready-to-cook broilers. In the processing and merchandising phase of the event, students select and grade ready-to-cook turkeys, processed products and cartons of eggs.

Tim Edwards Farm and Landscaping Supplies sponsored the team.