CSU, Chico

Agriculture Student Places at National Livestock Judging Contest

Agriculture Student Places at National Livestock Judging Contest

California State University, Chico senior agriculture education major Sierra Meyers placed 10th overall as an individual in the North American International Livestock Exposition’s Senior Collegiate Livestock Judging Competition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 18. Livestock judging consists of a calendar year of judging contests, which culminates in what contestants consider the national championship in Louisville. Thirty-one schools competed from around the nation with a total of 146 student contestants.

Contestants judged and placed 12 classes of livestock that included beef, swine, and sheep. In addition to placing each class, students were also required to give oral reasons explaining why they ranked the animals the way they did for eight of those classes. In the oral reasons, Meyers placed ninth overall for the contest.

Originally from Madera, Calif., Meyers has been judging livestock since high school and hopes to coach a team of her own when she starts teaching. She transferred to CSU, Chico in the fall of 2012 from Redlands Community College in Oklahoma. There she completed her lower-division education after receiving a scholarship for two years to judge on the college’s livestock judging team. 

This was the last contest for the 2013 CSU, Chico livestock judging team, which has been practicing, judging, and traveling together for the past two years with coaches Lee Rincker and Clay Carlson. Team members included Robert Francis, Juliet Conant, Curtis Wertman, Kurt Anderson, and Meyers.

Graduate student Lee Rincker says the end of his first coaching season is bittersweet.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the group of young people I have had the privilege to help coach over the last year,” said Rincker. “They say the first team you coach will have a special place in your heart, and I know this will hold true.”

December 4, 2013