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FORT WORTH — The Texas A&M University Livestock Judging Team won first place at the recently held 2013 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show at Fort Worth.
Texas A&M won high team in reasons, beef cattle, swine and horses to tie Texas Tech University with 4,685 out of 5,000 points. According to contest rules, when two teams tie, the team with the highest reasons score wins the competition, which meant Texas A&M earned the overall victory. Kansas State University, Colorado State University and the University of Arkansas rounded out the top five. Reasons is a set of livestock oral evaluations of the animal.
Team members who are junior animal science majors include: Holly Behrens, Port Lavaca; MaKayla Spaman, Oakdale, Calif.; Kit Clostio, Sweeney; Zach Davis, Willis; Keaton Dodd, Blanco; Katie Eslick, Winters, Calif.; Justin James, Prosper; Kati Keys, Riverton, Wyo.; Brett Moriarty, Spokane, Wash.; and Corey Sanchez, Bangs. Other team members are Everleigh Hayes, Port Lavaca, junior agricultural leadership major; and Konni Kelso, Seguin, junior agribusiness major.
“The entire coaching staff is extremely proud of the work ethic, passion and determination demonstrated by this young team,” said Brant Poe, team coordinator and coach.
In addition to Poe, the team is coached by Cassidy Hayes and Caleb Boardman.
The following were individual results:
- Hayes – second high overall; sixth high cattle; second high swine; third high reasons.
- Dodd – fourth high overall; ninth high cattle; fourth high reasons.
- Spaman – first high horses; fourth high cattle; ninth high reasons.
- Moriarty – fifth high cattle; tenth high reasons.
- Kelso – fifth high swine.
- Davis – third high horses.
The team began preparing last fall at Texas A&M and spent the winter break traveling to other parts of Texas and the United States enhancing their judging skills, Poe said.
“I can’t express enough how thankful we are to the producers, agriculture chapters and individuals who opened their doors to assist in our contest preparations,” Poe said. “The entire community of people working passionately toward a common cause of preparing student leaders makes it very rewarding for everyone.”
The team heads to San Antonio Feb. 23 to compete at the San Antonio Livestock Exhibition and will close the spring competition season on March 11 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
The Livestock Judging Team trains in presentation of reasons and livestock evaluation, including the selection of beef cattle, swine, sheep, goats and horses.