January 26, 2017
2017 Meat Judging Team
The Texas Tech University Meat, Livestock and Wool Judging teams in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences began the 2017 competition season with a solid outing at the National Western Stock Show in Denver.
The Meat Judging and Wool Judging teams earned first place in their respective competitions while the Livestock Judging Team finished just two points out of first place behind Texas A&M University.
“These teams show the balance and strength of the program we are building at Texas Tech,” said professor Mark Miller, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Distinguished Chair in Meat Science and coach of the Meat Judging Team. “These students represented Texas Tech with excellence. They are a hard-working group that truly understands the value of teamwork.”
The Meat Judging Team cruised to a 92-point victory over Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M, which tied for second. Texas Tech earned victories in lamb judging, pork judging and the specifications division.
Three members of the team finished in the top 10 overall, led by Maddy Ainsley. The sophomore from Hondo racked up 1,065 points to take the top spot while April Molitor, a sophomore from Hondo, finished fourth with 1,022 points. Kaylee Martin, a sophomore from Roscoe, rounded out the Texas Tech contingent with a sixth-place finish (1,014 points).
Clay Braden, a sophomore from Wall, finished first in the alternate division, racking up 1,052 points and was one of seven of the top 10 finishers in the division.
Other members of the Meat Judging Team are:
2017 Wool Judging Team
The Wool Judging Team also opened up the spring with a victory, with both of its teams finishing first and second, respectively, and outlasting teams from South Dakota State University, Angelo State University and Texas A&M.
Individually, five members of the team finished in the top 10 overall, led by Alec Winfrey, a sophomore from Hondo. Haleigh Erramouspe, a freshman from Corona, New Mexico, was second, followed by Aspen Eaton, a freshman from Ovalo, in third; Jessie Featherstone, a freshman from Atascadero, California, in fourth; and Rafe Royall, a freshman from Garden City, in ninth.
Texas Tech also had the top three individuals in the alternate division – Zach Buckley, a freshman from Clovis, California; Kade Clapper, a freshman from Georgetown; and Reagan Langemeier, a freshman from Marion.
Other members of the Wool Judging Team are:
The team is coached by undergraduates Gabe Jennings, Matthew Huston and Breanne Burner. Associate professor Sam Jackson serves as the team supervisor.
2017 Livestock Judging Team
The Livestock Judging Team finished just two points behind Texas A&M for the overall prize, but did finish with three of the top 10 individuals and also won the Carload Contest by 27 points.
The Carload Contest is unique to the National Western Stock Show where competitors judge groups of cattle instead of each individual animal. Students judge each group of bulls, steers or heifers on subjective quality and uniformity.
Cam Anderson, a junior from Needville, was the top individual competitor for Texas Tech, finishing second overall. Jack Redifer, a junior from Blacksburg, Virginia, took third while Benjamin Weis, a junior from McIntire, Iowa, was sixth.
Mason Weadock, a junior from Wall, led the Texas Tech contingent in the Carload Contest with a sixth-place finish followed by Preston Lawrence, a junior from Pottsboro, in seventh and Will Gibson, a junior from Newton, Mississippi, who tied for 10th.
Other members of the Livestock Judging Team are:
The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is made up of six departments:
The college also consists of eleven research centers and institutes, including the Cotton Economics Research Institute, the International Cotton Research Center and the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute.Facebook