College of Agriculture

Chico State Livestock Judging Team Starts Off Fall Judging Season with a Bang

Announced on: Tuesday, Oct. 08, 2019

The California State University, Chico Livestock Judging team launched its fall season with strong finishes at both of its first two contests. The team placed eighth overall at the National Barrow Show and first at the Western Fall Classic, where Mikayla Duchi and Madison Morgan placed champion and reserve individuals overall.

The fall competitions started on Sept. 7 in Austin, Minnesota, where the Chico State Livestock Judging Team placed eighth at the National Barrow Show Collegiate Judging Contest.

While travelling through Iowa and Nebraska on their way to the contest, the team viewed thousands of pigs during practice stops at hog farms along the way. The trip allowed students to diversify their experience with breeds that aren’t as common in California.

“I’m a big fan of pigs, but I think we all were a bit over pigs by the end of it all,” agricultural education major Megan Rivera said. “But to see very different, diverse operations and learn from them made it worth it.”

On Sept. 28, the team was back on the road to Medford, Oregon where they competed at the Western Fall Classic. Chico State placed first as a team with Duchi earning champion high individual and Morgan following with reserve champion honors.

The team, coached by Clay Carlson, is composed of students Samantha Bright, Kylie Burriss, Mikayla Duchi, Kelley Duggan, Nathan Johnson, Madison Morgan, Megan Rivera, Noa Taipin and Jared Wolf.

Throughout the fall judging season, the team will continue to travel across the nation representing Chico State and the College of Agriculture.

“The team has been working hard since before the semester began, and they have definitely picked up where they left off in the spring,” Carlson said. “They continue to be very competitive on a national level, so we are excited to see them throughout the rest of the season.”