CAREER DEVELOPMENT EVENT
The Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event (CDE) helps students develop skills in dairy cattle selection and herd management. Participants evaluate the cattle’s physical characteristics, explain their various classes and analyze a herd record as a team.
Teams of our four students develop skills in observation, analysis, communication and team communication through this competitive CDE. Each participant contributes to the team’s total score through both team and individual activities. Members complete a written exam relating to the dairy industry, evaluate dairy cattle on physical characteristics, and give oral reasons explaining their place of a class.
Students in this event gain a greater understanding of dairy cattle management and become knowledgeable in areas that include animal welfare, biosecurity, business management, current issues, environmental management and safety practices.
Expectations at Convention for Dairy Cattle Evaluation
Official Dress required but students can wear warm clothing over the top while judging
Official dress will be scored at the time of reasons
Students will remain in assigned groups
Students need to know their chapter number
What SHOULD students bring? (Tools/equipment/materials)
What can students NOT BRING for themselves?
A steno, notebook or any paper materials
What will get a student/team disqualified?
Using cell phones during the event
Sharing answers with other participants
Talking to other participants during the event
Using any paper materials not provided by the event
What will be provided by the event?
Any required printed materials
Steno 6x9" notebook
Past Event Details
2021 Dairy Evaluation Materials
2021 Dairy Evaluation Officials and Key
DAIRY HANDLER ACTIVITY
For your specific questions contact:
Dennis (BJ) Bjorklund
Minnesota FFA CDE Coordinator
Through participation in the Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity, students learn to work with others in a way that is cooperative, courteous, and helpful while demonstrating effective dairy handling skills.
Students in this activity present animals for evaluation as part of the Dairy Cattle Evaluation Career Development Event. Handlers earn recognition for their ability to set up their assigned animal to its best advantage, maintain the animal in its most advantageous post, exhibit effective restraint, and move the animal as requested by the event ringmaster.
Poise, calmness and a positive attitude play a significant role in gaining success in the Dairy Cattle Handlers Activity.