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January 31, 2011

Blinn College livestock judging team wins big again in Denver

Blinn Livestock Judging Team winnersFor the second year in a row, the Blinn College Livestock Judging team brought home top honors at this month’s National Western Stock Show in Denver. Victorious over 25 other junior college teams, the Blinn group placed first at the National Western, one of only six national contests declared by the National Junior College Coaches Association.

The team is coached by Blinn instructors Brant Poe and Brandon Callis, assistants Joe Rathmann and Dustin Valusek.

“The National Western’s tradition is second to none,” Poe said. “When you speak about livestock expositions, the National Western ranks at the top of the list as far as quality livestock and prestige. I am so proud of the determination and perseverance that our team put forth to accomplish this win.”

Blinn earned the top spot with a score of 4,691 points by finishing first in swine judging, second in cattle judging, third in oral reasons and third in sheep and goat judging.

Highpoint individual contestants for Blinn were:

  • Darin Peters, of Stephenville, placed fourth overall and fifth in cattle
  • Brent Cromwell, of Giddings, placed sixth overall, sixth in swine and ninth in cattle
  • Shelly Sutton, of Sinton, came in seventh overall, first in cattle and seventh in reasons.

Other team members included: Everleigh Hayes, of Port Lavaca; Levi Moyers, of Newcastle, Okla.; Cody Wellman, of Magnolia; Luke Vacek, of Taft; Koltan Schaaf, of Uniontown, Kan.; and Julie Goetzman, of Sealy.

The group now looks forward to a busy spring with competitions planned at Fort Worth’s Southwestern Livestock Exposition, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition and The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Blinn Livestock Judging Team is a scholarship program in the Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology. Doug Pierce is division chairman.

Blinn’s Division of Agriculture and Applied Technology recently welcomed students into its new Ag Shop building in the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex. The first of two buildings to be opened this year, the Ag Shop is 14,435 square feet and designed for courses in small engine repair, woodworking, welding and CAD drafting. Construction is currently underway on a 9,000 square-foot building that will house more classrooms, laboratories and a livestock show arena/pavilion. The class/pavilion structure is scheduled for completion in August 2011.

(Front L-R) Brent Cromwell, Levi Moyers, Shelly Sutton, Everleigh Hayes, Darin Peters
(Back L-R) Brandon Callis (Coach), Dustin Valusek (Assistant Coach), Kotan Schaaf, Luke Vacek, Cody Wellman, Justin James, Joe Rathmann (Assistant Coach), Brant Poe (Coach)