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Judging Season Begins for 2014 Livestock Judging Team

Judging Season Begins for 2014 Livestock Judging Team

While most students were enjoying their holiday break, students on the 2014 California State University, Chico Livestock Judging Team were traveling to two national livestock judging contests to start off their year of judging. The team kicked off the season at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix and then traveled to the National Western Stock Show in Denver.

In Phoenix, the team placed first overall with five contestants placing in the top 10. Team member Joe Maxwell was the highest-placing individual, ranking first in the beef, swine and sheep classes as well as in oral reasons for the senior contest. Fellow team member Joel Wisniewski followed close behind as the second-highest-placing individual overall in the contest. Katelynn Bradford placed eighth overall as an individual, Ethan Ulmanis placed ninth, and Chad Booth placed tenth. 

The team then traveled to Denver to participate in the National Western Stock Show. There the team placed ninth overall in the contest. Bradford placed sixth as an individual in the Carload Contest, in which contestants judge six classes of cattle. In each class there are four pens of four head of cattle, and contestants judge each of the four pens against the others and place them in order of quality and uniformity. 

Coach Clay Carlson was proud of his new team’s accomplishments. “This is the first time since I’ve been coaching that we’ve won high team overall at the Arizona National Livestock Show,” said Carlson. “This is also the first time that one of our students has won high individual in the contest.”

The 2014 CSU, Chico Livestock Judging Team includes agriculture education major Chad Booth from Post Falls, Idaho; crops science major Katelynn Bradford from Livermore, Calif.; animal science major Taylor Durfey from Galt, Calif.; agriculture education major Joe Maxwell from Hagerman, Idaho; animal science major Katie Stroud from Adin, Calif.; animal science major Ethan Ulmanis from Koshkonong, Mo.; and animal science major Joel Wisiewski from Wendell, Idaho. 

February 4, 2014