“Filling out a winning application!”
National FFA Center
New Mexico Results
15 Applications sent in for
1 Gold rating
5 Silver ratings
9 Bronze ratings
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•Proficiency Review Sheets
•Frequently asked questions
Major-ly Bad Things!
(or Common Mistakes)
•SAE project does not fit into Proficiency Category
•Application is altered
•Numbers don’t add up
•Inventories are wrong
•TMI – Extra information included not relating to area
•Labor trade not accounted for in financial pages
•Hours don’t add up
Things to do!
•Read directions – Follow the rules!
•Use application as it is set up!
•Use Rubrics! (Score app. Yourself)
•Check Numbers! (Financial and Hours)
Pages 2 and 3 – Muy Importante!!
oExplain everything completely. Do not assume the judges know
oBe specific in explaining projects and skills and activities.
oWrite creatively! You have to separate yourself from the stack. “Ever
since I was little…” is overused and does not set you apart.
oProofread, Proofread, Proofread!!!
Make sure goals are defined and measureable and
then addressed in results.
*Number goals and use bold print
Be reasonable and realistic in defining goals and
outcomes of these goals.
Be specific with goals
Poorly written goal
*My first goal was to develop my sheep project
because I really enjoy working with my show lambs
and decided that raising my own lambs would be
very satisfying. I would like to increase my ewe
numbers up to about twenty head. I feel that this
would allow me to raise enough quality show lambs
for me to show and have enough to market to 4-H
and FFA members in my area. I would like to
increase the quality of my lambs so they will be
competitive in county and state fairs.
Well Written Goal
I have set three goals to achieve in my SAE:
1) To develop and become proficient with skills of pork production. As in the FFA
motto this goal will involve "Learning to Do". The development of skills such as litter
processing, Artificial Insemination with a 90% conception rate, machinery operation,
nutrition management, and Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) marketing 100% drug
residue free pork. These skills will be measured through my efficiency factors.
2) To operate my swine enterprise at a profit. I can achieve this goal through good
management and record keeping. I will develop a business plan with a strong
marketing plan. Profits not re-invested into the SAE will be invested in savings for
college which I hope to have a savings of $10,000 by the end of my senior year of high
school. This goal will be evaluated through the use of my enterprise summaries and net
3) To make genetic improvement of economically valuable traits in my herd. The
economically valuable traits that I will measure for genetic improvement will be
growth rate and carcass traits such as percent lean of 55%, loin eye area of 6.0 to 8.0,
back fat thickness of 0.4 to 0.9, and reproduction efficiencies of 11 pigs born live
with 9 weaned. Also, the economic value will be measured by the demand for my
Well Written Goals
When I started this SAE I had already achieved success with my sheep, winning
several shows, showmanship contests and selling them at premium in state and
national sales. I decided I wanted to learn more about the biology and financial
fundamentals of raising sheep including basic nutrition, reproduction, genetics,
production costs, pasture management, diseases, and diagnosis while learning to
interact with people of diverse backgrounds. My principal objective was to leverage
the knowledge gained to produce even better animals that could be sold for a
premium to fund my college career. A secondary objective was to use the knowledge
gained to participate on Skillathon, quiz bowl, livestock and meats judging teams.
A personal goal I set for myself was to become skilled and knowledgeable enough
about breeding, feeding and showing sheep that I could teach other sheep project
youth what I had learned, particularly in my home county of Anywhere. I really enjoy
teaching and helping others achieve their objectives with sheep and eventually
conducted numerous sheep selection, showmanship and fitting clinics. I have also
taken younger sheep friends with me to shows all over the United States so they could
experience the fun of showing sheep and meeting other youth their age from all over
the United States.
Finally, I wanted to create an outstanding set of Southdown ewes that could serve as
an investment for my future in sheep beyond my college career.
Page 3 – Item I B 3
Placement app’s – Responsibilities need to
increase. Demonstrate that student is seeking
Entrepreneurship App’s – Identify a clear plan for
marketing products. Advertising is a huge plus.
Utilize industry norms and standards when possible.
Skills, Competencies, and Knowledge
List the ten best skills!
Use action words in describing skills and list higher
Identify contributions to success which support
improvement or efficiencies consistent with industry
Placement Description – Describe business, size, equipment, etc.
Don’t assume the judges know anything. (Don’t use “typical”)
Skills – Something you learned how to do. “High level” and
“Transferable” skills. Include complete description and identify
importance to success of the SAE or future career goals.
Activities – Something you do on a daily basis. Do not repeat Skills.
Hours on Skills and Activities should not exceed total!
Scope, Income and Expense Summary – Be sure you list at least 3
activities. Give complete descriptions and be sure activities
(responsibility) expand every year. Hours need to increase every
year. If not, explain why in disadvantages section.
oInventory Related to this Proficiency Area –
Consistent with summary report. Only items dealing
with Proficiency area. Any inconsistency explained
oScope – Numbers need to increase realistically.
Expansion explained in write up and is due to
student’s own efforts.
oFinancial pages – accuracy most important.
oEfficiencies Attained – Relevant to today’s industry
oChange in Equity – Gain in equity cannot be
greater than possible reported gain.
A picture can be worth a thousand words.
Tell a story with your caption. Do not start “This is
a picture of me …”
Show projects. No more than one staged picture.
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