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Livestock Judging Team Season in Full Swing

Livestock Judging Team Season in Full Swing

Chico State's Livestock Judging team has had a busy spring. The team competed in two contests, the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 30 and the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 17, while they were on winter break.  In February, they performed well at a beef cattle judging contest in Kearney, Nebraska.

"This certainly speaks to the dedication and hard work the current team has put forth to represent the University and, in particular, the College of Agriculture," said Coach Clay Carlson.  

In Arizona, the team placed third overall. The team also received recognition for individual awards while competing against 50 other senior college contestants. Curtis Wertman was recognized as third-high individual overall, Sierra Meyers placed fifth-high individual overall and Corey Carpenter received fifth-high individual in hogs.

The team next competed in Colorado, where team member Robert Francis was recognized as the high individual in the beef cattle judging and the high individual in the feedlot cattle class. Curtis Wertman placed as eighth-high individual overall in the contest. Additionally, the team placed as the eighth-high team in cattle judging. 

On Feb. 23, California State University, Chico's Livestock Judging team placed in the top three at a cattle judging contest at the Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic in Kearney. The team flew into Omaha and traveled to Kearney from there. En route to Kearney, the team made four stops to practice judging bulls and heifers in preparation for the competition.

The Chico State team tied for second place with Iowa State and received third place after a tiebreaker. Junior agricultural science and education major Sierra Meyers placed fifth high individual in oral reasons and 10th high individual overall in the contest. Junior animal science major Robert Francis was recognized as eighth high individual in the placings.  

March 25, 2013