Blinn livestock judging team places second at San Antonio

Laurel Kelley places second overall and Cole Youtz places 10th

Laurel Kelley places second overall and Cole Youtz places 10th

February 24, 2020

The Blinn College livestock judging team placed second at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo on Friday behind top-10 individual performances from Laurel Kelley and Cole Youtz.

Kelley placed second in swine, fifth in reasons, and 10th in cattle on her way to 930 points and a seventh-place finish overall. Youtz totaled 927 points for 10th place.

Kate Stedje placed sixth in swine and placed 14th overall with 920 points. Rylee Cass, who placed eighth in sheep, scored 915 points to place 18th and Addison Coburn was 20th overall with 914 points.

John Kelley placed sixth in cattle, Rylee Cass placed eighth in sheep, and Hunter Bean placed ninth in swine as Blinn finished with 4,573 team points, second only to Butler (Kan.) Community College.

“I’m incredibly proud of this team and its ability to fight through adversity,” said Brice Mund, team coach and a professor in the Agricultural Sciences Program. “Each day these students works to be better than they were the day before.”

Blinn’s next competition will be at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 16.

The livestock judging team is part of Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program, which has one of the most active extracurricular programs in the state, including livestock judging, the Agriculture Club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, and horticulture.

Blinn’s livestock judging team offers a one-year redshirt program in which students can gain additional knowledge about livestock judging and the livestock industry. Designed for freshmen, this program allows participants to receive one-on-one training with program coaches, help to host multiple 4-H and FFA livestock judging contests throughout the state, and participate in internship opportunities.

To learn more about Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program and the livestock judging team, visit www.blinn.edu/agricultural-sciences.

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