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SDSU Judging Teams Rank Well at National Western Stock Show

The South Dakota State University Livestock, Meats and Wool Judging teams started the 2016 judging season out on the right foot with respectable finishes at the recent National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo.

Livestock Team

The SDSU Livestock Judging team placed third in the National Western Carload Contest, where students judge six classes and answer questions, and earned seventh place in the Hill Contest, the traditional contest where students judge 12 classes and talk through eight sets of reasons.

Overall, the team finished seventh out of 24 teams.

Members of the team placed high individually as well. Nick Delaney, an Agricultural Business major from Lake Benton, Minn., took sixth overall in the Carload Contest and Wyatt Smith, an Animal Science Major from Adair, Okla., scored fifth in cattle. Lindsay Utter, an Agricultural Communications major from Wheatland, Wyo., and Smith also placed in the top 20 overall.

The team, comprised of students in their junior year at SDSU, is coached by Joshua Cribbs and includes: Delaney, Smith, Utter, Tyler Jensen, an Agricultural Business major from Aurora, S.D.; Kelly Morrison, an Animal Science/Agricultural Communications double major from Belle Plaine, Minn.; John Bray, an Animal Science major from Lawsonville, N.C.; Tyler Dolieslager, an Animal Science major from Doon, Iowa.; Justin Murray, an Animal Science major from Buffalo Center, Iowa; Tony Munsterteiger, an Animal Science major from Ogilvie, Minn.; Dallis VanderWal, an Animal Science major from Volga, S.D.; Lucas Stalcup, an Animal Science major from Ashland, Mont.; and Merritt O'Connor, an Animal Science major from Paxton, Neb.

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The National Western Stock Show kicks off the judging season and is one of four main national contests the team competes in. Over the course of the season, the team will compete in 10 competitions across the country.

Meats Team

The SDSU Meats Judging team placed ninth overall and fifth in placing's at the National Western Stock Show, the team's first competition of the judging season.

Individually, Andrew Berg, a sophomore Animal Science major from Pipestone, Minn., placed 17th in beef grading and total placings. Members of the team also placed in the top 50 overall, with Berg scoring 28th, Halley Becking, a sophomore Animal Science major from Florence, S.D., placing 36th, Jordyn Clark, a sophomore Animal Science major from Little Rock, Iowa, taking 40th, and Maggie Vander Laan, a junior Agricultural Communications major from Beresford, S.D., scoring 41st.

Heather Rode coaches the team with the help of Assistant Coach, Dani Evers, and members include: Berg, Becking, Clark, Vander Laan, Kyler Johnson, a sophomore Animal Science major from Baltic, S.D., and Rachel Deurmier, a junior Animal Science major from Artas, S.D.

Students on the team start in the Introduction to Meats Science class and then compete on the team during the following two semesters. Throughout the season, they participate in a total of eight competitions across the country.

Wool Team

The SDSU Wool Judging team finished ninth overall at the National Western Stock Show Wool Judging Contest. The team also placed fourth in the hand spinning competition, in which fleeces are judged according to their hand spinning value.

Individually, members of the team placed high as well. Kaley Nolz, a sophomore Agricultural Business major from Mitchell, S.D., was third individual in hand spinning and tied for third in placings, finishing eleventh after the tiebreaker. Amy Beckstrand, a freshman Animal Science and Agricultural Communications major from Waldorf, Minn., placed 10th in the hand spinning competition.

Grady Ruble coaches the team and other members are: Josh Brown, a freshman Animal Science major from Peterson, Minn.; Jamie Beckstrand, a freshman Agricultural Business major from Waldorf, Minn.; and Callie Kukuchka, a freshman Animal Science and Agricultural Business major from Belle Fourche, S.D.

–SDSU

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