On Sunday, Feb. 12, five members of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Livestock Judging Team headed to the Iowa Beef Expo at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines to compete with students from across the state. SWCC student Tyler Waddingham (shown above), sophomore of Creston, came home with a first place finish!
Members of the SWCC Livestock Judging Team attending (see photo below) included Whitney Bayles, sophomore of Prescott; Carter Cooley, sophomore of Osceola; James Evans, freshman of Humeston; Hunner Siefkas, freshman of Peru; and Waddingham.
During the event, there were four levels of competition--4-H club members, FFA chapters, junior college, and senior college. The teams judged 10 classes of cattle. Classes consisted of various breeds--heifers, bulls, prospect steers, and performance data classes. There were two aspects to the judging competition: placing the 10 classes and giving six sets of oral reasons on why you placed the classes the way you did.
Waddingham, an ag major, was the first place individual overall in the placings portion of the contest and received an embroidered duffle bag. He finished the competition overall in 18th place. Carter Cooley placed 84th, James Evans was 104th, Whitney Bayles placed 121st, and Hunner Siefkas was 125th.
For this first year of livestock judging competitions, Susannah Miller, SWCC ag instructor, and her students have traveled to the American Royal Livestock Judging Competition, Denver Stock Show Livestock Judging Competition, and the Iowa Beef Expo Judging Competition. Miller said they are working on developing stronger skills in oral reasons and a keen eye for placing classes of livestock.