ANDERSON, MO - The State Champion Poultry judging team from McDonald County High School FFA is headed to the national competition in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team received a $4,000 donation from Tyson Foods to help the students take the trip.
The company's Noel plant also supplies the team with the birds they use in learning how to judge. Students say they are excited to be representing the Show-Me State on a national level.
"There are different parts to it -- we judge live birds, and then we also have cut up chicken that we have to I.D., judge and grade the parts of it. Also, we have a test on it that we have to take and we also have to give reasons too," said Madison Mitchell, a McDonald County High School FFA team member.
"We feel like that goes full circle for these students to come back and get a poultry science degree and come to work for our company, whether it be in food innovation or in-line production or in processing," explained Chuck Yarbrough of human resources for Tyson Foods' Noel plant.
Tyson Foods is sending all 34 team members to the national competition, some of which will be held inside the Lucas Oil Stadium. The event starts on Thursday and lasts until Saturday.