College of Agriculture

Livestock Judging Team Ventures West to Compete at American Royal Judging Contest

Announced on: Monday, Nov. 04, 2019

On Oct. 25, the Chico State Livestock Judging Team traveled to Kansas City, Missouri, to compete in one of the most prestigious contests of the year. At the American Royal, the team placed 8th overall out of 25 universities, with Madison Morgan placing 16th overall high individual out of 111 contestants from across the country.

The long day of judging encompasses 12 classes of livestock and 8 sets of oral reasons. In addition to their overall placing, the team brought home sub-contest awards as well, including 5th high team in swine, 6th high team in sheep and goats, 7th high team in reasons and 9th high team in cattle. Additionally, Noa Taipin placed 7th high individual in swine.

The team was composed of Kylie Burriss, Mikayla Duchi, Nathan Johnson, Madison Morgan, Noa Taipin and Jared Wolf, coached by animal science professor Clay Carlson.

“We’re having a great fall contest season. Some of these students have been judging for 10 years and they’ve finally reached the end of their competitive judging career, but they are peaking at the right time,” Carlson said. “They have one contest left, and we’re continuing to practice hard. This is a dedicated, hard-working group that has represented the College of Ag with great professionalism and maturity throughout their tenure on the team.”

For their final contest of the season, the team will be headed to the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 18.