Sydney Oostendorp – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS FFA excelled at the Manatee County Fair the past two weeks.

The FFA just completed a very busy 2023 season with amazing results.

The Chapter Steer, “Terry,” was purchased by the Toomey Family and the Chapter Hog, “Ohana,” was purchased by FPL- Manatee Plant.

“We are so thankful for them, as their contributions go back to supporting members and program activities,” said LRHS FFA adviser McKenzie Gorskey.

Their chapter hog won first in class and Reserve Division 4 Champion, and their Chapter steer won the first place carcass award.

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The carcass award is based on Loin and Ribeye Area ultrasound scans from the live animal at check-in. Scans are sent to University of Florida (UF) for grading and the scores are awarded to the top 10.

“It is always our goal to connect students to agriculture but to also raise quality beef and pork products for our buyers,” Gorskey continued.

FFA is an intra-curricular club. This club works hard to teach to the standards while providing students with hands-on learning opportunities through Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE).

The Manatee County Fair is just one of the many outlets for its members to shine with their hard work and livestock projects.