U of Livestock Judging Team Wins Arizona National Reserve Championship

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Led by Ryan McDuffy, Cason Cathy and Riley Simpson, members of the livestock judging team gathered in 26 of the 10 best games to win the Reserve Championship at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix.

The U of A Livestock Judging Team captured the Reserve Championship at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix during the semester break with five of the team members placing in the top ten individually.

The team is made up of animal science students and is coached by Professor Brian Kotz. Team members combined in 26 singles finishes out of the top 10.

Individuals ruled and placed 12 classes of livestock containing four animals for each class with classes of cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. After judging and ranking, team members explained their ratings to the officials who scored competitors as individuals and as a team.

U of A scored the team’s best result in sheep and goats, and was second in grounds, cattle and pigs.

Ryan McDuffy, Cason Cathy, and Riley Simpson combined for 13 of the Top 10 Finals. McDuffie was fourth overall, seventh in causes, third in cattle, fourth in pigs, and fourth in sheep and goats. Cathy was ranked sixth overall, eighth in causes, and fifth in pigs, sheep and goats. The Simpsons ranked ninth in the overall standings, fourth in reasons, third in pigs, and sixth in sheep and goats.

Julie Ispel ranked ninth in grounds, and second in sheep and goats. Kelly Harrelson was tenth in cattle and eighth in sheep and goats. Walker Antilla ranked eighth in total, seventh in pigs, and ninth in sheep and goats; Carter Kolb took tenth place in the overall standings, second in pigs and ninth in cattle. Rebekah was Onial 10 in pigs, sheep, and goats. Raven Revels was ranked 10th for reasons.

The team is located in the Department of Animal Sciences at Dale Pampers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences.

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