Posted at 12:33 p.m., Dec. 4, 2014

Livestock teams having good year

Livestock team places in national contests in Kansas City, Louisville

The Laramie County Community College’s livestock teams are off to a positive start this year.

According to Bryan Wilson, agriculture instructor, in Kansas City, Missouri, Brady Bundy placed eighth overall in cattle, and Logan Cecil placed ninth overall in hogs at the American Royal competition. Cecil also placed seventh overall in cattle in Louisville, Kentucky, at the North American International Livestock Exposition.

“That is probably the first time a LCCC livestock judging team has gotten their names called in a national contest in 20 years. That is a good thing,” Wilson said.  

LCCC has two teams who travel to quite a few national competitions and several other smaller competitions. The nationally sanctioned contests include Denver, Louisville, San Antonio, Houston, Kansas City and Fort Worth. A competitor must attend four of these to be considered an “All-American Livestock Judger.”

The livestock judging team is an association. The team recently returned from Kentucky where they participated in competitions against other community colleges across the country.

In livestock judging there are 12 classes of livestock, with four animals in each class. The students give each animal a place value for its class. After doing so, they have to defend their results orally to the judges. Each class is worth 50 points, and every oral reason is worth 50 points.

The livestock show team competes in open shows, not just with other colleges but with producers as well. In this category the students use livestock from producers and get them ready for shows. When they are ready, they take the animals to compete.

The show team had a very strong showing at the Northern International Livestock Expedition (NILE) in Billings. They didn’t get any banners but had numerous class winners and took second place in a few classes.     

The livestock shows are judged by the producer who is sponsoring the show. The scores for the livestock shows are subjective by the individual judging the contest. The students are fully responsible for the animals including feeding and grooming.

Both teams will participate in the Denver Stock Show in January.  

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