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October 24, 2013

Blinn livestock judging team makes history

Freshmen claim top honors in Oklahoma and Texas

Blinn livestock judging team

It didn’t take long for Blinn College’s freshman livestock judging team to make history.

The team recently captured top honors at its first two competitions of the year, the Tulsa State Fair and the State Fair of Texas. It marks the first time in Blinn history a team has won first place at both competitions.

“It’s an impressive feat,” said first-year Livestock Judging Coach Brice Mund. “All their hard work and early-morning practices paid off.”

The sophomore team was also impressive, with fourth-place finishes at both fairs.

Blinn’s livestock judging team placed first at last year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and has won national competitions in six of the last nine years. The competitions ask students to rank 12 classes of cattle, hogs and sheep, and list eight reasons for ranking the animals as they did. The students then present their findings and are scored on accuracy, presentation skills and logic.
Individual honors at the Tulsa State Fair included:

  • Quest Newberry, freshman, second place.
  • Brody Halfmann, freshman, fourth place.
  • Jess Shields, sophomore, sixth place.
  • Payton Warmke, freshman, seventh place.

Individual honors at the State Fair of Texas included:

  • Chama Martin, freshman, first place.
  • Halfmann, third place.
  • Terrell Heard, sophomore, third place.
  • Warmke, sixth place.
  • Quest Newberry, freshmen, ninth place.
  • Karah Bradley, sophomore, 10th place.

“It’s exciting, and it really builds our confidence moving forward,” Halfmann said.

The Division of Agricultural Sciences is one of the fastest growing divisions at Blinn with almost 800 students currently enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all of its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

For more information on Blinn’s ag science program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.