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FFA students rewarded for skills, animals at state fair

Taylor Foster
Special to The Union

Submitted photo/Taylor Foster

The Nevada Union FFA had a strong showing at the 2013 California State Fair at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

NU graduate Tayler Figueroa made her mark in the poultry showmanship competition. The contest had around 10 exhibitors from across the state.

The competition required Figueroa to pose her chicken, walk the chicken across a table, perform a full examination of the chicken and answer an extensive amount of questions, all in front of a judge, who then had the exhibitors put their birds back in a cage as they awaited results.

Soon thereafter Figueroa was honored with the champion poultry showmanship award for the state of California.

NU's Trent Jarvis and Brianna Cebollero each showed their market hogs at the state fair.

Swine shows challenge the exhibitors with the task of controlling their animals with as little as a light whip. Exhibitors turn their pigs by barely tapping a whip on their shoulder and waving it past their face. They must maneuver their animals through other hogs in the ring and attempt to have the judge see their animal as much as possible. Jarvis gave it his all and unfortunately did not place in his 266- to 272-pound weight class.

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Cebollero took one pig to show in market classes. She placed first with her bred-and-fed barrow in the light-weight, dark-crossbred class.

The two tackled the showmanship portion of the competition the next day. The judge evaluated the skill of the exhibitors in terms of their ability to control their hogs, keep the hog in between themselves and the judge, keep eye contact and much more.

With tough competition from all over the state, Jarvis did not make the first cut of his showmanship heat. Cebollero persevered through many classes and showed her best.

The judge asked the top four showmen to take the microphone and describe what junior livestock shows mean to them. Cebollero placed fourth overall in the state of California.

Taylor Foster is the FFA reporter at Nevada Union High School.

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