Houston High School FFA member, Sandy Garner, was selected as the State Champion Dairy Handler at the first annual Mississippi FFA State Dairy Handlers event held at the Dixie National Livestock Show Feb. 1 in Jackson.
Garner will represent Houston FFA at the 87th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ken., in October. During the National Dairy Handlers event, Garner will have to show a dairy cow and will be scored on control of animal, poise and calmness during the handling of the animal and demonstrate setting up the assigned animal to its best advantage, maintaining the animal in its most advantageous pose, effectively restraining, as well as avoiding exciting the assigned animal and moving the animal as requested by the ringmaster.
The Dairy Handlers Activity is one of 25 national Career Development Events (CDEs), covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Individuals handle the cattle used for selection in the dairy cattle evaluation and management CDE. Handlers demonstrate their showmanship abilities and are awarded medals during the awards banquet held annually. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and perform effectively in a competitive job market.
The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.