The West Virginia University Livestock Judging Team recently earned 11 awards, including two individual, at the All-East Judging Contest in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Following on the heels of its success at a competition earlier this year, the team spent two days on the campus of Purdue University competing in the Breeding Selection and Judging Contest events.
The team placed fourth in each of the following selection categories: Sheep Selection, Swine Selection, Beef Selection and Overall Selection.
Additionally, the team placed fourth in both Sheep and Beef Judging, fifth in Swine Judging, fourth in Overall Judging and fourth in Oral Reasons.
Individually, team members Brad Rodeheaver, an agribusiness management and rural development major from Friendsville, Maryland, and Sami Fabian, an animal and nutritional sciences major from Acme, Pennsylvania, placed eighth and 10th in beef selection, respectively.
They are coached by Scott Bowdridge, assistant professor of animal science in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, and Taylor Harrison, a graduate student pursuing a degree in beef nutrition.
“Seeing the many awards we brought home demonstrates how hard we have worked,” Harrison said. “It also signifies the building of a great program and the success we will continue to have in the future.”
In addition to Rodeheaver and Fabian, members of the Livestock Judging Team include Robert Currey, an agricultural and extension education major from Salem, West Virginia; Shawna Rhodes, an animal and nutritional sciences major from Statts Mills, West Virginia; Annaliese Henderson, an agricultural and extension education major from Littleton, West Virginia; Amanda Kline, an agricultural and extension education major from Sabillasville, Maryland; and Holli Schell, an animal and nutritional sciences major from New Martinsville, West Virginia.
The team will next compete at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota, on Sept. 8.
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