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Penn State's Livestock Judging Team Places Fifth Nationally

Posted: April 23, 2014

The team participated in the All East Livestock Evaluation and Judging Contest at Purdue University.
Members of the Penn State Livestock Judging team, seated, from left: Chelsea Moore, Mallory Perchinski, Nick Britt, Sarah Nafziger and Nathan Graybeal. Coach Ben Williamson is standing.

Members of the Penn State Livestock Judging team, seated, from left: Chelsea Moore, Mallory Perchinski, Nick Britt, Sarah Nafziger and Nathan Graybeal. Coach Ben Williamson is standing.

The Penn State Livestock Judging team was fifth high team at the 2014 All East Livestock Evaluation and Judging Contest held April 10-12 at Purdue University.

Team members representing the Department of Animal Science in the three-day contests at the All East were Nick Britt, Gasport, NY; Mallory Perchinski, Williamsport, PA; Chelsea Moore, Waynesburg, PA; Sarah Nafziger, Mohnton, PA; and Nathan Graybeal, Lebanon, PA. Ben Williamson, Instructor in the Department of Animal Science, coached the team.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "This highly competitive contest provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their diversity of knowledge about judging livestock.  I congratulate the team for it strong showing, and for their hard work and effort in preparation."

The team was also recognized as 4th in Beef Evaluation, 5th overall in Evaluation, and 4th in Swine Judging.  Individual awards included Mallory Perchinski earning 2nd in Beef Evaluation and Nick Britt receiving 9th in Swine Judging.

This unique contest encompasses not only a traditional livestock judging contest, but also a day of live animal carcass estimates and pricing, and a day of only breeding animal selection.


The All East Contest is comprised of Eastern collegiate programs, and rotates to different host universities every year.  This year's contest with nine participating teams was won by the University of Illinois.