Colorado State University Livestock Judging Team Ranks High Overall at National Western Stock Show Contest

Colorado State University’s collegiate livestock judging team ranked "high team overall" in competition at the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show.

The nine-member team, all animal science majors in the College of Agricultural Sciences, placed third-high in swine judging. They placed first-high in judging sheep.

The Colorado State team placed second overall in "oral reasons"- the part of the competition requiring the student judges to defend the reasoning in their judgments.

Their "high team overall" status was earned in competition with 31 other teams.

Individuals also ranked high. Kathy Whitman of Kiowa was third-high in swine judging.

Jared Murnin of Miles City, Mont., placed second-high overall in sheep.

Murnin was also ninth- high overall in the entire contest.

Team members included Landon Gates of Yuma, Colo.; Tanner Machado of Choteau, Mont.; Elizabeth Mosey of Spokane, Wash.; Sarah Pierce of Divide, Colo.; Morgan Sartini of Foster, R.I.; Jeff Seibert of Miles City-Billings, Mont.; Amanda Ziehl of Casper, Wyo.; Murnin; and Whitman.

Team coach was Brett Kaysen, an instructor in animal sciences and a Fort Collins resident.