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Penn State Collegiate Livestock Judging Team Competes in All-East Contest

Posted: May 5, 2008

The Team placed third in sheep and beef selection, and fifth in sheep judging, out of the eleven universities who participated in this three-day event.
 Penn State Collegiate Livestock Judging Team at All-East Contest, 2008
Left to Right: Coach Wendall Landis, Rick Jones, Mike Woods, Chris
Molinaro, Chrissy Chyko, Alison Walker, Chris Davis, Ashley Ruscio,
Tiffany Dean, Adam Zurin

Penn State's Livestock Judging team competed in April in the three-day All-East Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest hosted by the University of Kentucky at the Scott County Fairground, Lexington, KY. 

The team placed third in sheep selection and beef selection, and fifth in sheep judging. Adam Zurin placed in the top ten in beef judging.  Eleven universities participated in this annual evening.

Team members are: Chrissy Chyko, Bloomsburg; Chris Davis, Myerstown; Tiffany Dean, Strasburg; Rick Jones, East Berlin; Chris Molinaro, McClure; Ashley Ruscio, Tyrone; Alison Walker, Philadelphia; Mike Woods, Mechanicsburg; and Adam Zurin, Mt. Joy.

Zurin was also sixth in sheep selection and was high individual in beef selection. Woods was third in sheep selection.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy and Animal Science, said, "I congratulate the teams and individuals for excelling in this contest. The judging team experience offers outstanding opportunities and placing so well represents a very strong commitment on the part of each team member."

Wendall Landis, assistant beef cattle manager, coaches the livestock judging team.

This year, participating universities included Michigan State University, The Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, The Ohio State University, University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

Students evaluated sheep, swine and cattle in categories including market animal evaluation, animal selection, livestock judging and oral reasoning. These contests required students to retain knowledge, perform calculations, make decisions and logically defend those decisions to a judge.