Special to the Reporter
Tarleton State University’s livestock judging team hit the ground running for the fall competition schedule and has yet to slow down.
“We have had some tremendous successes over the past several weeks,” said Jared Jackson, who coaches the livestock team. “Tarleton competes against both land grant and non-land grant universities from all across the Unites States.”
The team first traveled to the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn., to compete at the largest eight-breed swine show. The intercollegiate judging contest was held on Sept. 14, where Tarleton finished 10th overall. Individually, Jacob Lange of Miles, Texas, finished fourth in reasons.
Tarleton’s team then headed south to compete in the Flint Hills Classic Livestock Judging Contest on Sept. 19 in El Dorado, Kan. The team finished sixth overall and Lange finished fifth in cattle.
The following day, the team finished fifth overall and third in sheep at the Mid-America Livestock Judging Contest in Wichita, Kan. Individually, Stephen Roop of Grapevine, Texas, was second in cattle, eighth in reasons and eighth overall. Kyle Carpenter of Glen Rose, finished eighth in cattle.
On Oct. 5, the team competed at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas. Tarleton finished first in sheep and also placed third in cattle, hogs, reasons and overall. Individually, Lange placed first in sheep, fifth in cattle, sixth in hogs and second overall.
The team then traveled to Tulsa, Okla., for the Tulsa State Fair judging contests held Oct. 10. Tarleton was sixth overall and Lange was seventh in cattle.
Tarleton has two contests remaining for this judging year—the America Royal in Kansas City, Mo. on Oct. 31 and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 16. The final contest will determine the national champion team.
“We have a very intelligent, talented, and hard working team that say that they are prepared to bring the national champion bronze bull statue back to Stephenville,” Jackson said.
In addition to the previously mentioned team members, Seth Hammermeister from West, Texas, Allison Skeels from Boerne, and Lucas Barnett from Copperas Cove, round out the team. Also helping to coach the team is graduate assistant Jeff Jackson.