Murray State Livestock Judging Team brings home top national honors


Murray State Livestock Judging Team brings home top national honors

Members of the Murray State College Livestock Judging Team won top honors at the 2018 Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix, Ariz.
  Murray State’s Sophomore Livestock Judging Team, led by coach Blaine Red, was named High Team Overall, and High Team for Swine, sweeping the late December contest with a second place wins in categories of cattle and reasons, and third place for sheep/goats.  The MSC freshman judging team placed fifth overall.

The contest, considered a major event in the world of agriculture, began in 1948 and attracts participants and contestants from across the United States.  The non-profit organization is dedicated to supporting youth and promoting livestock and agriculture while preserving western heritage.

Student members of the Murray State judging team are selected and recruited for their skills and backgrounds.  Most have experience with 4-H and/or FFA and plan to pursue a career in agribusiness or agricultural education.

“This is a select group which certainly has lived up to their reputation for exemplary skills and commitment.  They work extremely hard and it shows,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

Murray State College sophomore judging team member JB Bell placed third overall as an individual and first in sheep/goats.  Braden Allen placed fifth overall, first in swine and fourth in sheep/goats.  Jared Roach came in eighth overall and second in reasons.  Emma Meeks placed ninth overall and fourth in cattle.  Bailey Hatley won fourth place in swine.  Freshman Alyssa Bowen placed 10th overall and second in cattle, with freshman Dylan Hardwick placing 12th overall.

 “I’m extremely proud of this year’s team members.  They have accomplished so much, and it will be amazing to see what they continue to achieve,” said coach Blaine Red.

Murray State’s Sophomore Livestock Judging Team is headed to competition in Denver, Colo. this week.


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