CSU, Chico

CSU, Chico Senior Wins Livestock Judging Competition

CSU, Chico Senior Wins Livestock Judging Competition

Jordan Baumgartner, a senior agricultural business major, was the high individual overall and led the Chico State Livestock Judging Team to a fourth-place overall finish at the American Royal Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Competition in Kansas City, Mo. on Oct. 29

It was the first time in nearly 30 years that a CSU, Chico student was high individual at a major livestock judging contest. 

Thirty-two college teams competed in the American Royal intercollegiate judging competition. In addition to its fourth place overall finish, CSU, Chico took fourth in sheep and goat, sixth in swine, eighth in cattle and seventh in oral reasons.

 

Baumgartner placed first among the 149 individuals entered; he also placed second in the sheep and goat judging. “It was one of the most exciting moments in my life—to win high individual and the contest itself is one of the most prestigious in the country,” said Baumgartner. “Our team was fourth overall, and we were not far from catching first. We are all very excited and confident going into the biggest contest in the nation, North American International Livestock Exposition.”

 

Animal science instructor and team coach Clay Carlson agreed that this high finish builds the team’s confidence going into the national championship in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 14. “I was extremely proud of our success at Kansas City,” said Carlson. “I have preached to our crew to never be satisfied with how they do, and hopefully we still have our best day ahead of us.  This group has matured into one of the most competitive teams Chico has fielded in quite a few years, and it has been fun coaching them.”