Livestock Judging Team three-peats at Keystone

The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team, part of CFAES’s Department of Animal Sciences, won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The win was the third in a row for Ohio State at KILE, which is a first for the university. 

Ohio State was among nine university teams around the country to judge five cattle classes, four swine classes and three sheep classes. The competitors presented oral reasons on eight of the 12 classes. Ohio State swept the team awards by winning each species and oral reasons en route to a 113-point margin of victory. 

Individually, four Ohio State students finished in the top 10 overall. Lydia Ulry, Johnstown, Ohio, won the contest and was high individual in beef cattle and swine judging. Courtney Tarvin, Mt. Olivet, Kentucky, Tonya Fender, Lynchburg, Ohio, and Jacob Ruffing, Republic, Ohio, finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Levi Criswell, Marion, Ohio, finished 11th after losing the tiebreaker for 10th. Fender and teammate Megan Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio, posted the highest total reasons scores in the contest. Zach Bartenslager, Lewisburg, West Virginia, placed sixth in beef cattle and Cody Shafer, Eaton, Ohio, finished third in sheep judging.

 Pictured in the photo, from left, are Tarvin, Hunker, Fender, Ulry, Shafer, Criswell, Bartenslager and Ruffing.

The team is preparing to compete at three more contests this fall: Stockman in Auburn, Indiana; American Royal held in Kansas City, Missouri; and the national contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.

For more information about the Ohio State Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045@osu.ed or 614-292-2201.