Team Coach

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

Chris Cassady

Dr. 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