CSU, Chico

Livestock Judging Team Kicks Off New Season

Livestock Judging Team Kicks Off New Season

The 2013 CSU, Chico Livestock Judging Team has one win under its belt and is preparing for a busy year of competition ahead. Nearly every weekend for the next 12 months will involve competition or practice for the seven team members and coaches Clay Carlson and Lee Rinker.

Assistant Coach Lee Rinker comes to Chico State from Shelbyville, Illinois, as a graduate student. Rinker is Carlson’s first assistant coach and is also one of the first to enroll in the CSU, Chico Master of Science in Agriculture Education program. 

The team participated in the Big Fresno Fair judging contest held in October in Fresno, Calif., where they took first place. Robert Francis was the high individual overall, and Sierra Meyers was second. Other universities that competed included the University of Arizona, University of Idaho, Oregon State University and University of California, Davis.

The first official 2013 contest is on Dec. 30, 2012, at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz. In January, the team will head to the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. They will then compete at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic in Kearney, Neb., in Feb. The last competition held in the spring is at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Texas.