October 10, 2009
TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Texas A&M University’s livestock judging team won the Tulsa State Fair Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest on October 10 in Tulsa, Okla.
The Texas A&M maroon team of Dustin Keith of Lincoln; Jacob Thorne of Winters, Calif.; Chris Cassady of Ancona, Ill.; Ryan Malone of Abingdon, Ill.; and Kobe Davis of Willis, all seniors, won the competition by scoring 4,694 points, just two points ahead of second place Oklahoma State University.
The Texas A&M white team finished third with senior team members Brenden Benson of Winters, Calif.; Aaron Jennings of Fredonia; John Avellar of Winters, Calif.; Katie Fields of Mount Pleasant; and Jesse Beckett of Winters, Calif., scoring 4,680 points.
Blake Bloomberg and Zach Rambo, both graduate students in the Department of Animal Science, coach the team.
“This team has proven time and time again that they are the most consistent in the country, winning Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, and now Tulsa,” said Bloomberg. “I’m extremely proud of them, and both Zach and I both feel we are in a great position for the rest of the fall.”
In addition to the first and third place team members, Jay Behrens of Voca; Joellyn Donough of Manheim, Pa.; Brandon Freel of Washington, Iowa; Kim Hardan of Snohomish, Wash.; Billy Moczygemba of Karnes City; Thor Patton of Silverton; Lindsay Swick of Franklin; and Michelle Whalen of Colleyville competed in the individual competition.
Keith earned the second highest individual score with Benson finishing fourth high; Jennings, seventh; and Donough, eighth.
The livestock judging team, coordinated by Dr. Chris Skaggs and Jake Franke, train in presentation of reasons and livestock evaluation, including the selection of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses.
The team will travel to Kansas City on October 31 to compete in the American Royal Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest and will close the fall competition season on November 16 in Louisville, KY, at the International Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest.