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Livestock Judging

2019 Livestock Judging Team

 2019 Livestock Judging Team

Note: This photo was taken prior to implementation of COVID-19 face covering and physical distancing requirements.


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2020 Team Overcomes COVID-19 Challenges

The 2020 Iowa State Livestock Judging Team, coached by Dr. Chris Cassady and Will Taylor, managed to stay competitive despite the curveballs thrown by the COVID-19 pandemic. Notable placings include 5th High Team overall Carload and 7th High Team Overall at the National Western Stock Show; 3rd High team Overall at the Sioux Empire Livestock Show; 3rd High Team Overall at the Iowa Beef Expo; 9th High Team Overall at the American Royal; and 10th High Team Overall at the North American International Livestock Exposition.

Team members: Austin Garner, Boone Schmitz, Daniel Walsh, Jake Hlas, Thomas Crome, Clayton Schowe, Alison Bueltel, Maddie Fugate, Auretta Wittkopf, Kelsi Carlson, Shelby Veum, Cami Maurer

2 Members Make All-American Team

The Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team is proud to have two members on the 2020 National Collegiate Coaches Association All-American Team. This award is the highest honor in collegiate livestock judging and was awarded the 13 individuals across the country. Congratulations to Alison Bueltel and Maddie Fugate for this accomplishment!


Team Description

The Iowa State University Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team is a youth development program that focuses on providing experiential learning. Iowa State boasts perhaps the most decorated judging program in the land, as the University team has won 20 National Championships, and more than any other program in the country. Research shows that students who participate in livestock judging improve their critical thinking, decision making and communication skills. The judging experience also fosters team building skills, while expanding horizons and networking opportunities for students.

The ISU Judging Team consists of junior and seniors interested in competitive livestock evaluation. Students who want to join the team are required to take Animal Science 305 in the fall of their junior year. The team travels to numerous competitions across the country, and competes from January (starting at the National Western in Denver) to November (Ending at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville).

Students who are interested in joining the winning tradition of the Iowa State Livestock Judging Team should contact the Livestock Judging Coach, Dr. Chris Cassady.

Team Coach

Iowa State University's Livestock Judging Coach and Meat Animal Evaluation Coach: Dr. Chris Cassady

Dr Chris CaddadyDr. Chris Cassady grew up on a diversified, family-owned purebred Angus and grain farm in North Central Illinois. He attended Black Hawk East and Texas A&M University and received a B.S. in Animal Science. While in college, Chris was on numerous champion livestock judging teams and also served as the Vice Chairman for the National Junior Angus Association board of directors. He then went on to receive a PhD in cow-calf nutrition and management from the University of Illinois in 2016. Currently, Chris is an Assistant Teaching Professor and the Livestock Judging Team Coach at Iowa State University and teaches multiple undergraduate courses focused on livestock evaluation, marketing, and management. He has judged shows in over 35 states, including: the Houston Livestock Show, Fort Worth Stock Show, National Western, the North American International Livestock Exposition, Arizona National, San Antonio Stock Show, and several Junior Nationals. Aside from education, Chris is heavily involved in the promotion and exhibition of the family herd, C-5 Angus, in which they market show heifers to junior members through an annual sale in the fall and an online sale in the spring. Chris currently resides in Ankeny, IA with his wife Katie and sons: Beau and Lincoln.

Iowa State University's Assistant Livestock Judging Coach: Will Taylor