FSCC Livestock Judging Team wins second national contest. - KOAM TV 7

FSCC Livestock Judging Team wins second national contest.

Louisville, KY -

The 2015 North American Livestock Expo’s Junior College Livestock Judging Contest began early in the morning on November 18 in the Kentucky Exposition Center.  By the 7:30 p.m. awards ceremony, the Fort Scott Community College Livestock Judging Team had won its second national contest in as many months.

In Louisville, Kentucky, the team’s morning began at 7:15 a.m. in the East Hall.  The team had a chance to judge five classes of beef, four classes of swine and three classes of sheep.  Each class had four animals that were viewed from twenty-five feet away until it was time for the students to have a few short minutes for close inspection. 

As part of the judging, students are given a scenario detailing how the animals will be fed and possible productions goals. Only fifteen minutes were allowed to place each class. The students were required to make decisions on the quality of the animals and to their use in production. 

Select classes judged required an oral explanation as to their placing.  This is a separate part of the contest called Reasons.

In addition to being the top overall team at the Expo, FSCC was named the top team in the Sheep contest.  FSCC was named second in Beef Perfomance just trailing Butler Community College by one point – 474 to 475.  FSCC also earned second in Beef overall, second in Reasons, and third in Swine.

Callahan Grund of Wallace, Kansas was named the fourth top individual.  Ben Weis of McIntire, Iowa was named seventh high individual and Torrie Hathaway of Fort Scott was named eighth high individual. 

At Louisville, FSCC also had sixteen top twenty individual performances.  Chase Gleason of Uniontown, Kansas was named the top individual in the Beef category.  Grund earned top individual in the Swine cateogry and second in Sheep.  Weis was named third in Swine.

Coach Ryan Page said, “There are five national contests each year.  We’ve won the first two held this year.”

Alysia Johnston, President of FSCC and former livestock judging team coach, said, “This is a tremendous start to the season.  Livestock judging is incredibly competitive and requires excellent communication, critical thinking and work ethics.”

“Twenty or more teams are driving hard for the top spot each year.  To be the best you have to spend every weekend and multiple nights a week practicing.  Our kids are taking a full load of classes and practicing Oral Reasons late into the night.”

Johnston adds, “Livestock judging is the best kept secret in leadership and youth development.”

In October, FSCC’s team won the American Royal junior college contest held in Kansas City, Missouri.  The Livestock Judging Team joined the FSCC Meat Judging Team’s week-earlier win.

At the Royal, FSCC was the top team for Sheep/Goats and the top team for Reasons.  FSCC also came in second for the Swine category and fourth on Beef. 

Grund was named top individual for Swine and Weis was top individual for Beef.   FSCC had eight top-twenty individual finishes.

At the Royal, all four of the FSCC team members were included in the top twenty overall individual rankings.  Weis was eighth, Zane Ward of Tribune, Kansas was ninth, Grund was eleventh and Hathaway was seventeenth.

To even enter the contest, each team member has to be majoring or minoring in Agriculture with at least twelve credit hours in classes this semester.  Only students enrolled at a junior college or similar two-year school were allowed to enter the contest. Between thirty and forty schools enter each national contest.

The Livestock Judging Team will continue to compete in the spring of 2016.

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