Three members of FHSU's Livestock Judging Team and their judging team coach recently traveled to Scotland to participate in that country's foremost livestock event: the Royal Highland Stock Show in Edinburgh.
The competition consisted of three categories: 4-H/FFA cattle and sheep, collegiate cattle and sheep and the dairy division.
Lacey Shapland, Dighton junior, Blake Denton, West Point, Neb., senior, and Alex Miller, Onaga senior, all competed. Denton placed first in the beef cattle contest with a score of 364 out of 400, Miller took second with a score of 359 out of 400, and Shapland placed first in the sheep judging contest with a score of 343 out of 400.
"The Scots do not have the strict guidelines we have in the U.S., and it really put things into perspective on how much cultures can vary," said Denton.
The competition however, was only a fraction of the culture differences the team experienced.
"We arrived in Europe just in time for the championship game of the World Cup," said Shapland. "The fans there are crazy. They paint their faces and bodies and run through the streets screaming. We yelled with them just for fun."
They spent their free time traveling by tour bus and train through 10 different countries and seeing sights such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. They also spent two days traveling by rental car through parts of Belgium and Holland.
"Not knowing the language nor the road systems in these countries made it even more exciting," said Kolby Burch, livestock judging coach. "'Amazing' is the one word that can sum up this adventure."