CLAXTON - The Central Region Meat Evaluation Career Development event was held in Swainsboro last month, where Claxton High School's FFA Meat Evaluation team competed against the other schools in the region and placed sixth overall.
The event is designed to provide competitive participation for agriculture education students, said Tonya Blocker, Evans County School Nutrition Director.
It also develops employment skills in the meat animal industry, expands students' knowledge of meat animal marketing and merchandising, develops broader analytical skills and critical thinking strategies, and develops an understanding of appropriate meat terminology, she said.
The experience also teaches students the value of evaluating meat animal products in order to optimize economic returns to producers and industry and to meet the needs of the consumer, she said.
Participants had to complete several tasks which were judged for the competition, including meat formulation problem-solving, test questions, identifying meat cuts, and quality and yield grading of meat, Blocker said.
Claxton's FFA Meat Evaluation team included Jonathon Eldred, Allie Williams, and Syd Sapp.