The Buhach Colony FFA Dairy Cattle Judging Team placed that placed first in the nation at the 83rd National FFA Dairy Cattle Judging contest in Indianapolis will represent the U.S. in the International Royal Highland Competition in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June of next year.
The cost per student to attend the World Competition will be about $4,500 each, and fundraising has already begun. If you wish to support the dairy judging team, please send your donations to BCFFA, Attn: Manny Mancebo, P.O. Box 753, Atwater, CA 95301 or call him at (559) 283-2217.
The team, coached by Mancebo, included Alison Sherman, Kaitlyn Ryan, Vincent Migliazzo and Robert Inequez. The dairy team qualified for the national contest when they won the state competition in May at Cal Poly where Migliazzo was high individual and Sherman was second-high individual in the state.
Their national trip started with two days of practice at several Wisconsin dairies. The team made their way to Indianapolis and competed in a two-day contest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Forty-four states were represented, and Day 1 of competition consisted of the written test, pedigrees, and herd data evaluation.
Day 2 consisted of six classes of dairy cattle evaluation and six linear evaluation classes. Friday afternoon was the awards luncheon. Each team member won “Gold” awards, and Kaitlyn Ryan won the honors of high individual in Reasons, Holsteins, Jerseys and Milking Shorthorns. Vincent Migliazzo was fifth-high individual and Kaitlyn was sixth-high individual overall in the nation.
When the announcer intoned, “Your 2010 National Champion Dairy Cattle Judging Team . . . California-Buhach Colony FFA," contestants and coach alike were moved to tears.