Bellevue FFA

THE FFA LIVETOCK JUDGING TEAM consists of both Bellevue and Marquette Catholic students, including (from left) Jeb Schwager of Marquette, Wade Schwager of Marquette, Nick Deppe of Bellevue and Brooklyn Moore of Marquette.

The Bellevue FFA (Future Farmers of America) Livestock Judging Team has once again made it to the National Contest, which will be held in Denver, Colorado on January 11.

The team consists of both Bellevue and Marquette Catholic students, including Nick Deppe of Bellevue, Brooklyn Moore of Marquette, Miranda Peters of Marquette, and brothers Wade and Jeb Schwager of Marquette.

“This is quite an accomplishment,” said Bellevue veteran FFA Advisor Steve Schroeder, who noted Bellevue FFA has gone to nationals for about five consecutive years now. “I don’t want to jinx it, but I’m not sure there is another team in Iowa that has been this successful. And the great thing is, we get the best from both schools here.”

In order to raise funds to pay for the trip to Colorado, the Bellevue FFA is selling raffle changes for four quarters of beef and four halves of pork. Raffle tickets are being sold at several local businesses, including Roeder Implement, Bellevue State Bank, Fidelity Bank, Countryside Feeds and B&G Feeds in St. Donatus. Tickets are also being sold at all home basketball games at both schools. goal for the team is to raise about $4,000.

 The winners of the pork and beef will be announced during the Jackson County Cattlemen’s Banquet on January 12. The

The Bellevue FFA Livestock Judging Team advanced to the national level after placing second at the state level earlier this year.

Schroeder said his students are fortunate to be around small farms, where there are more cattle and livestock in the Jackson County area than in most other areas of the state.

 “There has always been strong support for Livestock Judging here,” said Schroeder. “This is a pretty big deal for our schools, so we should all support this worthy cause.”

For more information, contact Steve Schroeder in the Bellevue FFA Vocational Agriculture Department at the high school, or call Jeb Schwager at 563-495-2530.