Livestock Judging Team wins second competition this spring

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team won the championship at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest on Feb. 23, 2013.


Left, Cassidy Hayes, Konni Kelso, Corey Sanchez, Keaton Dodd, Brant Poe, Katie Eslick, Brett Moriarty, Zach Davis, Justin James, Everleigh Hayes, MaKayla Spaman, Kit Clostio, Holly Behrens and Caleb Boardman.

The Aggies defeated second place Texas Tech University, followed by Oklahoma State University, West Texas A&M University and Angelo State University, respectively. In team competition, Texas A&M won swine and reasons, and finished second in cattle and third in sheep.

“We were very fortunate and humbled to bring a victory back to College Station. The San Antonio contest was challenging, but competitions such as this will make the team stronger, especially as they prepare for the next and final spring contest in Houston,” said Brant Poe, livestock judging team coordinator and coach. The team also is coached by Caleb Boardman and Cassidy Hayes.

Team members are Holly Behrens, from Port Lavaca, MaKayla Spaman, from Oakdale, Calif., Kit Clostio, from Sweeney, Zach Davis, from Willis, Keaton Dodd, from Blanco, Katie Eslick, from Winters, Calif., Justin James, from Prosper, Kati Keys, from Riverton, Wyo., Brett Moriarty, from Spokane, Wash., and Corey Sanchez, from Bangs, all junior animal science majors; Everleigh Hayes, junior agricultural leadership and development major from Port Lavaca; and Konni Kelso, junior agribusiness major from Seguin.

In individual competition, four Texas A&M team members finished in the top 10 overall including first high individual won by Dodd. Sanchez finished fifth, Moriarty won sixth, followed by James in seventh place.

Other individual awards include:

  • James: second in cattle; ninth in swine;
  • Sanchez: fifth in cattle and swine; eighth in reasons;
  • Dodd: first in swine and reasons; tenth in cattle; ninth in sheep;
  • Moriarty: third in sheep;
  • Behrens: fourth in swine; ninth in reasons
  • Kelso: sixth in swine;
  • Hayes: seventh in reasons.

Earlier in February, Texas A&M won first place at the 2013 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth. The team competes at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 11, closing out the spring competition season.


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

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