CSU, Chico

Livestock Judging Team Finishes in the Top Ten

Livestock Judging Team Finishes in the Top Ten

The California State University, Chico Livestock Judging team finished 10th overall at the 106th annual National Collegiate Judging Contest held Nov. 15, during the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE) in Louisville, Ken.

“I was very proud of the effort the team gave at NAILE,” said team coach and animal science professor Clay Carlson. “We were a bit disappointed that this was the lowest we have placed all year as a team. However, looking back, the team was outstanding all year long, and we met our goal of being in the top 10 of every national contest we competed in.”

Besides finishing 10th out of 33 teams, the CSU, Chico team also finished fifth in cattle, seventh in swine and seventh in reasons. The fifth place in cattle was the highest the team had placed in that particular species.

The Livestock Judging Team is a two-year commitment which ended for Samantha Aragon, Jordan Baumgartner, Haydn Clement, John Gladman, Amanda Wolf, and Eli Worden at NAILE. The National Collegiate Judging Contest was the last time the team would judge together for CSU, Chico.

“This has been the deepest and most talented group that I have had the pleasure of coaching since I’ve been at CSU, Chico,” said Carlson. “Their team accomplishments speak volumes about the hard work and dedication they put forth over the past three semesters.”