Posted: June 15, 2009
The Poultry Judging Team finished second among 10 universities competing in the 2008 National Poultry Judging Contest held in January in Fayetteville, Ark. Christie Molinaro of McClure, an Animal Sciences major, was a member of the team. Participation on the team is open to any undergraduate student enrolled at the university. Team members spend two semesters preparing for the contest. The initial training takes place in the 'Poultry Evaluation and Selection' course . Then the students refine their skills outside of the classroom, practicing for over four hours each week. Each team member judges or grades more than 80 classes of birds or poultry products in preparation for the contest. Each university team competed in two divisions at the national competition: Egg Production and Quality, and Breeder Selection and Carcass Quality. Contestants practice the same techniques used by professional USDA graders, such as candling. Penn State’s team took first place in Breeder Selection and Carcass Quality and fifth place in Egg Production and Quality. Phil Clauer, the internship coordinator for Animal Science and Dirk Wise, affiliate instructor and manager of Poultry Education and Research Center, coach the team.
The Livestock Judging Team competed in the livestock and carload judging contests at the National Western Stock in Denver,CO in January. Team members competing at the Show were Travis Book, Mairen Fitzpatrick, Shenna Kubeja, Danielle Maines, Kristina McAllister, Sally Oakes, JohannaRohrer, Kaitlyn Tice, and Adam Wise. The carload team (Fitzpatrick, Kubeja, McAllister, Tice, and Wise) finished 10th of 23 teams. Tice finished 3rd overall out of 113 contestants. She was tied for 2nd on total points and finished 3rd on tie- breakers and was just one point behind the high individual from Oklahoma State.
The livestock judging team competed in the three-day All-East Livestock Judging Contest at Ohio State University. The other competing teams were Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. The Penn State team members were Dustin Brown, Travis Book, Shenna Kubeja, Danielle Maines, Kristina McAllister, David Nogan, Sally Oakes, Johanna Rohrer, Kaitlyn Tice, and Adam Wise. Amanda Gipe, a graduate student in Animal Science, is the assistant coach. PSU places included 7th high individual in beef evaluation- Nogan and 5th high team overall in beef evaluation. In selection, PSU was second in beef with Kubeja placing4th and McAllister 6th. In swine selection PSU was 3rd high team and Book was high individual, Rohrer was 7th, and McAllister was 9th. In Sheep selection, PSU was 5th. The PSU team was 4th in overall selection. In the beef judging contest PSU was second with Brown placing 6th and Kubeja 9th. The team was 4th in swine judging, with Rohrer high individual and Kubeja 9th. In sheep judging PSU was High Team, with Rohrer placing 2nd, McAllister 5th, Book- 6th. In oral reasons, PSU was 3rd and Rohrer was 6th. Overall PSU placed 2nd in judging with Rohrer 2nd, Kubeja 5th, and Maines 10th.