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Iowa State University's Livestock Judging Coach and Meat Animal Evaluation Coach: Jon DeClerck
Jon grew up on a family farm just outside Aledo, Illinois which also includes 120 head of cows. Jon attended Black Hawk Community College in Kewanee Illinois, were he excelled in livestock judging competitions and helped his team earn victories at 11 out of 12 contests including winning every National Competition. Jon finished his collegiate career at Texas A&M University where his Livestock Judging Team went undefeated in 2006, and captured the National Championship at Louisville, Kentucky. Jon then pursued a Master's Degree in Ruminant Nutrition at Texas Tech specializing in feedlot cattle management. While at Texas Tech, Jon served as Co-Coach of University's Livestock Judging Team, leading the 2008 squad on a successful campaign that was capped off with a National Championship at North American in Louisville. This incredible feat etched Jon's place in livestock judging history, as perhaps the only person ever to judge on a champion team at the North American in 4-H, Junior College, and Senior College and to also Coach a Champion Senior College Team. Jon has served as a faculty member at Iowa State University since 2010 where he works as a lecturer and coaches the Livestock Judging and Meat Animal Evaluation Teams.