The second annual Department of Animal Science All Judging Teams Reunion was held September 13, 2019, at the Brazos County Expo. Former judging team members and their families enjoyed an evening of fellowship, camaraderie, and reliving the good old days.
Attendees were greeted with a special treat as they entered the Brazos Expo Friday night. Lining the walls of the entrance was the “Hall of Champions.” This exhibit highlighted the 65 national championship teams the department has trained over the years. Many of whom had team members at the reunion.
Also new to the reunion this year, was a presentation of reasons made by current team members. Xandra Meneses, a junior animal science major, presented a set of reasons for the animal welfare judging team. These reasons differ slightly from what the other teams presented. Instead of placing a class of four, the team is presented with two scenarios that they must evaluate and then defend their placing.
Breeanon Ramey, also a junior animal science major, presented a set of reasons for the horse judging team. Ramey also took a moment at the end of her presentation to talk about what being on the horse judging team means to her and the impact it has had on her life and college career.
Jaci Burgin, a senior animal science major, represented the livestock judging team for the reasons presentation. Having recently returned from the National Barrow Show where the team placed 6th overall, she talked a set of reasons on market hogs.
Taking a slightly different approach to giving reasons, Layne Meneses, a junior agriculture communications and journalism major, presented for the meats team. This was slightly outside of the norm for Meneses as reasons are written in meat judging contests, not oral presentations. She read her set over lamb carcasses.
The wool judging team, comprised primarily of freshmen, was represented by junior, Lauren Lee and freshman, Shane Flanagan, both animal science majors. Lee talked a set of reasons over a fine commercial class. While Flanagan, also a member of the Corps of Cadets, talked about the what being on the wool judging team means to him and the many benefits he has come to realize as a member of a collegiate competitive team.
Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Cliff Lamb, professor and head, and Dr. Shawn Ramsey, professor and assistant head for undergraduate programs, about what is currently happening in the department and how the judging landscape has changed over the past few years.
The evening wrapped up with a dance and more time for team mates to catch up and meet the newer generation of judgers. Information will be available about next year’s reunion soon.