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Penn State Judging Team Places Sixth in Carload Contest

Posted: January 28, 2014

PSU judging team competes in the collegiate judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
Team members from left: Sarah Nafziger, Dylan Martin, Clarissa Barton, Nicholas Britt, and Kara Riccioni. Team members not present in the photo are Mallory Perchinski and Olivia Rush.

Team members from left: Sarah Nafziger, Dylan Martin, Clarissa Barton, Nicholas Britt, and Kara Riccioni. Team members not present in the photo are Mallory Perchinski and Olivia Rush.

The Penn State Livestock Judging team had a successful trip to Denver, CO, earning sixth high team in the senior college carload judging contest at the collegiate judging contest held as part of the 2014 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) on January 17th.

Representing Penn State's Department of Animal Science, the team successfully judged six classes of cattle in the carload contest, with four pens of four cattle in each class. They also correctly answered 10 questions on the Feedlot Cattle class. This year classes consisted of pens of Angus Bulls, Charolais Bulls, Limousin Bulls, Feedlot Heifers, Shorthorn Bulls, and Hereford Heifers. In addition to the team's success, Nick Britt, Gasport, NY, was seventh high individual in the Carload Contest.  The carload contest drew 22 teams from over the United States and was won by Texas Tech University.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department Animal Science, said, "Competing at the National Western Stock Show is a valuable opportunity for our students that provides the chance to evaluate top quality animals. It is an outstanding educational experience, and I congratulate the team for their hard work."

The team was coached by Ben Williamson, Instructor in the Department of Animal Science.  Team members who competed for PSU in the two contests at the NWSS were Nick Britt, Gasport, NY; Clarissa Barton, Bedford, PA; Kara Riccioni, Frenchtown, NJ; Sarah Nafziger, Mohnton, PA; and Dylan Martin, Volant, PA.  Other team members included Olivia Rush, Doylestown, PA; and Mallory Perchinski, Williamsport, PA.

The Penn State Livestock Judging Team also competed in the NWSS Senior College Livestock Judging Contest the day before the Carload Contest.  In this contest, each team judged 12 classes of beef cattle, Boer goats, sheep and swine, and gave oral reasons on eight classes - four cattle, two sheep and goats and two swine. Oklahoma State University won the Senior College Livestock Judging Contest.