Livestock Judging Team closes out season with second place finish

HOUSTON — The Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team closed out the spring competition season with a second place finish at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest on March 15, 2011.Texas Tech University took first place, followed by Western Illinois University, Purdue University and Iowa State University in third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

In team competition, Texas A&M won first place in sheep and goats; second in reasons and cattle; and third place in swine. Individually, Caleb Boardman from Powell, Wyo., finished third high individual.

Team members are Ryan Smoes from Hamilton, Mich.; Lance Bauer from Ingram; Brad Bundage from Cameron, Mo.; Mike Helle from Edinburg; C.J. Mabry from Port Lavaca; Robert Oestrich from New Braunfels; Wes Regmund from Llano; Jacob Shaw from Smyer; T.J. Skinner from Liberal, Kan.; Cody Trimble from Know City; Caleb Boardman from Powell, Wyo.; Cody Marburger from Round Top; Marty Gifford from Cowley, Wyo.; John Mayer from Round Top; Canaan Driebrodt from New Braunfels; Erich Schatte from Giddings; and Bethanie Yeaman from Rock Springs.

The team is coached by Jake Franke. Assistant coaches are Carl Muntean, Cody Sloan and Jake Thorne.

The Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest requires six-member teams, with five members’ scores counting toward team awards. Contestants judge four animals in separate cattle, swine, lamb and goat classes. The animals are evaluated on conformation and appearance. The contestants turn in scorecards as well as present an oral set of reasons for choosing the class animals in the order they did. Formal judges’ scores are compared to the contestants’, and point values are given or deducted depending on how similar the contestant scored the breed class.


For more information regarding news from the Texas A&M University Department of Animal Science, contact Courtney Coufal at or (979) 845-1542.

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