By Zach Craig
On Sept. 23, eight members of the Baker FFA, Cole Rost, president Jolyn Rost, vice president, Ivan Loutzenheiser, Jessica Stark, Travis Stark, Garrett Lesh, Taylor Bertsch and Donnie Steen, traveled to Ekalaka to compete. Upon arriving, they were greeted with a great breakfast provided by Carter County FFA alumni.
The students competed against eight other districts, ranging from Wibaux to Broadus to Miles City. Those who competed in range management, the study of native plants, traveled to a field two miles out of Ekalaka to test their wits in plant identification, soil evaluation and forage quality.
After two and a half hours, the members were treated to a hearty lunch. They then competed in livestock evaluation, which included pigs, cattle, goats and sheep. After three hours of grading, the results were in.
Taylor Bertsch, daughter of Desiree Bertsch-Thielen and Sam Thielen, placed 7th in livestock evaluation. She, along with Cole Rost son of Roddy and Juanita Rost, Donnie Steen, son of Betty and Bryant Steen, and Jessica Stark, daughter of Mike and Cindy Stark, all qualified for state competition.
Tieler Soumas, the FFA adviser, when asked about how his students did, said, “It went well I am proud of the members of this chapter”.