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The Williston Middle School FFA Livestock Judging Team dominated the state competition and walked away with a first place finish, earning it the honor of 2013 State Champs.
The state contest, held in Plant City, had 56 teams participating.
The Williston team controlled the contest with a 57 point lead over the second place competitor.
Team member Baylee Etheridge placed second high individual; Noah Cason placed third and Kaylee Sullivan placed eighth among all participants.
The purpose of the Livestock Evaluation and Selection Career Development Event in Florida FFA is to stimulate the learning of production and marketing of cattle, swine and sheep.
Williston Middle School FFA members Baylee Etheridge, Noah Cason, Kaylee Sullivan and Jesse Aviles worked and studied with livestock coach, Brad Etheridge, and FFA advisor, Natalie Couey, to learn breed identification, wholesale cuts of meat and external parts from both beef cattle and swine.
FFA members were also required to correctly place both market and breeding classes for cattle, swine and sheep, using market data and/or EPDs when provided by contest coordinators.