Livestock Judging

2017 Livestock Judging Team

 Livestock Judging Team

Team members sitting (L-R): Katlyn Kahler, Cambridge, IA, Kendall Steines, Springbrook, IA, Johnathan Triggs, Mount Ayr, IA,Shayne Wiese, Manning, IA, Isaac Taber, Cameron, IL, Kristi Smith, Princeville, IL. Coaches standing (L-R): Dr. Chris Cassady, coach, Colby Redifer, assistant coach

The 2016 Iowa State Livestock Judging Team has competed at a high level throughout the course of the year. The team began their season by finishing 10th at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. After returning from out west, the team favorably competed at numerous spring contests throughout the upper Midwest. Results included a 5th place finish at the Sioux Empire Farm Show, an 8th place finish at the Iowa Beef Expo, and a 2nd place finish at the Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic. The team capped off their final contest of the spring with a 12th place finish at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The livestock judging team welcomed a new coach, Dr. Chris Cassady in the fall semester. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Cassady served as the livestock judging team coach at the University of Illinois for the past 6 years. The first fall competition was at the National Barrow Show in Austin, MN, where the team finished 4th overall. The team then traveled to Aksarben and the Tulsa State Fair and finished 7th and 10th, respectively. The judging team is working diligently to prepare for the final two contests of the year: the American Royal and the North American Livestock Exposition. The latter represents the national livestock judging championship, so we wish the team the best of luck as they finish out the semester!

Team members include: Katlyn Kahler of Cambridge, IA; Kristi Smith of Princeville, IL; Kendall Steines of Springbrook, IA; Isaac Taber of Cameron, IL; Johnathan Triggs of Mount Ayr, IA; and Shayne Wiese of Manning, IA. 

ISU Judging Team Has Successful Run at the American Royal!

The 2016 Iowa State University recently competed at the American Royal Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, MO. This contest is one of the largest and most competitive events year round, with 25 teams and 125 contestants competing for top honors. This year, the Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team placed 5th in beef judging, 5th in sheep and goat judging, and 5th overall! The team was paced by Johnathan Triggs, who was named the high point individual overall in the contest! The team wraps up their judging career in a few short weeks at the national intercollegiate contest in Louisville, KY at the North American International Livestock Exposition.