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February 28, 2011

Blinn College livestock judging team wins big in San Antonio

Team now boasts two top finishes in this season’s national collegiate judging contests

The Blinn College Livestock Judging team reigned supreme in this month’s San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, placing first out of 15 other junior college teams. This is the team’s second time to win the San Antonio event (2005) and the marks the group’s second major win this year. Last month the team placed first – for the second year in a row – in the National Western Stock Show Junior College Judging Contest in Denver.

The team is coached by Blinn Instructors Brant Poe and Brandon Callis, and Assistants Joe Rathmann and Dustin Valusek.

“The team’s consistency and persistence led them to this great team victory in San Antonio,” Poe said. “We couldn’t be more proud of our students.”

Blinn earned the top spot by capturing the overall high-team honors and by finishing second in cattle and sheep judging and fourth in swine judging and in oral reasons.

Highpoint individual contestants for Blinn were:

  • Everleigh Hayes, of Port Lavaca, placed third overall
  • Cody Wellman, of Magnolia, placed seventh overall
  • Levi Moyers, of Newcastle, Okla., placed 11th overall 
  • Shelly Sutton, of Sinton, came in 13th overall.

Other team members included: Brent Cromwell, of Giddings; Julie Goetzman, of Sealy; Darin Peters, of Stephenville; Koltan Schaaf, of Uniontown, Kan.; and Luke Vacek, of Taft.

The group now looks to conclude the season March 15 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Blinn Livestock Judging Team is a scholarship program in the Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology. Doug Pierce is division chairman.

Blinn’s Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology recently welcomed students into its new Ag Shop building in the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex. The first of two buildings to be opened this year, the Ag Shop is 14,435 square feet and designed for courses in small engine repair, woodworking, welding and CAD drafting. Construction is currently underway on a 9,000 square-foot building that will house more classrooms, laboratories and a livestock show arena/pavilion. The class/pavilion structure is scheduled for completion in August 2011.