FHSU livestock judging teams appraised for success

Competing in the Mid-America Classic Sept. 19, FHSU's Tiger Livestock Judging Team brought home two honors.

Bo Ringer, Concordia senior, scored 576 out of the possible 600 points in placing -- the act of ranking an animal according to bone and muscle structure, body composition and performance -- and finished third in overall placing. Ringer finished 15th overall in the contest.

"Bo started his fall like he started his spring in Denver and proved that he is one of the best livestock evaluators in the country," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach and program specialist at FHSU.

Tressie Bryant, Penokee junior, placed 12th in beef cattle judging and scored 459 points out of the possible 500.

"There were lots of positives," Burch said. "We made a lot of improvement over the weekend."

Burch said that FHSU competed against some of the best teams in the country, including Kansas State University, Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and the University of Nebraska.

Other members of the Tiger Livestock Judging Team who competed are Darlene Koster, Minneapolis senior, Kyle McConnell, Haxton, CO, freshman, and Levi Mitzner, Larned junior.

The seven-member junior team recently traveled to Casper, WY, to complete in the Casper College Livestock Judging Contest.

Out of the eight teams to compete, the FHSU team placed third overall.

Burch said that the contest was good practice for their next competition in December.

The students involved are listed below by hometown.

BURDETT: Evan Cooper, junior.
DERBY: Billy Stein, senior.
HAXTUM, CO: Kyle McConnell, freshman.
INDIANOLA, NE: Matt Wolf, junior.
MYRTLE POINT, OR: Kelsey Kennedy, junior.
RED OAK, OK: Kyle Kitchens, sophomore.
SASK, CANADA: Kiley McKinna, freshman.

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