Five members of the Fort Hays State University livestock judging team traveled to Frankfort, IN, on Oct. 13 to attend the Purdue Boilermaker and Premier Stockman contests.
" The Purdue contest gave us what we needed -- more class and reasons repetition -- as well as some good feedback," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach. "Some very well-respected individuals gave the Tigers some nice compliments on their presentation ability."
" At the Premier Stockman contest, there were no team awards but individuals performed well," said Burch.
The judging team also traveled to Kansas City, MO, on Oct. 20 to attend the American Royal Stock Show.
" We were 12th out of 24 schools in the contest. Our team struggled a bit in the second go-around and it proved to play a strong role in where we landed," said Burch.
The team finished seventh in the oral reasons contest and finished fifth in swine evaluation. Matt Wolfe, Indianola, NE, senior, placed 12th overall and Ashley Stull, Natoma senior, compiled a reasons score of 366 out of a possible 400. Burch said that Kiley McKinna, Redvers, Saskatchewan, Canada, senior, also finished strong.
Also competing in the contests were Evan Cooper, Burdett senior; and Kelsey Kennedy, Myrtle Point, OR, senior.
The judging team's next contest is in Louisville, KY, on Nov. 15.