CSU, Chico

Livestock Judging Team Continues Successful Season During Winter Break

Livestock Judging Team Continues Successful Season During Winter Break

The California State University, Chico’s livestock judging team spent 20 days on the road during winter break, representing the University at practices and competitions across the country and placing in the top ten at two separate national livestock judging contests.

The team of Montana Beck, Austin Dowse, Emily Dulany, Claire Gladman, Jordan Munson, Alex Rocha, Asia Solano-Lim and Erica Vietor started its journey on Dec. 15, 2016 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where members spent the week visiting some of the top livestock breeders in the country and practicing their judging skills. After a brief return home for the Christmas holiday, they traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Dec. 27, 2016 for the Arizona National Livestock Show, where the team placed second. Montana Beck placed fourth in the individual competition.

The team’s last stop was a 10-day visit to Denver, Colorado, where it placed fifth out of 23 senior colleges at the National Western Stock Show. Claire Gladman placed seventh high individual. In the sheep and goat judging contest, Gladman also placed seventh while her teammate Austin Dowse placed third, leading Chico State to a second place team finish in the sheep and goat division. Alex Rocha placed seventh in the swine division, and as a team, Chico State place 10th in the cattle judging contest.

“The experience was one of a kind, and we were able to evaluate high quality animals while improving our knowledge of livestock,” said teammate Jordan Munson. "It was great to see how people in different parts of the country ran their farms or ranches, and we were able to see some beautiful country.”