Fort Hays State University's livestock judging team placed 12th overall out of 26 teams at the National Western Livestock contest in Denver on Jan. 14.
The contest was the first major event of the year and entailed 12 classes of livestock (six cattle, three sheep, and three swine) and eight sets of reasons. The tigers finished seventh place in team reasons, seventh place in sheep, ninth place in cattle, and 21st-place in swine judging.
Lance Manker, Indianola, NE, senior, finished ninth overall (933 out of 1,000 points), ninth in reasons, tied for first in sheep, and second-place in cattle.
" He was the champion in the junior college division last year. His finish in the top 10 overall was a first for FHSU," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach.
Cody Bobinmeyer, Culbertson, NE, junior, finished in the top six overall in sheep judging, scoring 915 out of 1,000 points.
On Jan. 15, the team took part in a carload contest. The contest included six classes of cattle.
" The unique thing about the contest is that in each class the students evaluate 20 animals," said Burch.
The Tigers finished in eighth place overall. Contributing to that ranking was Mandy Johnston, Blair, NE, senior. She scored 290 out of a possible 300 to land fourth place individually, followed by Manker, who scored 288 to take eighth place.
Other team members contributing to the team's success were Andrea Zillinger, Phillipsburg junior; Codi Watson, Lincoln senior; and Sean Gleason, Holdrege, NE, senior.
The Tigers are competing this week at the Southwestern Livestock Exposition in Fort Worth, TX.