The Department of Animal Science has a rich heritage of successful judging teams. Many former team members who have gone on to obtain leadership roles in the industry as alumni strongly support the judging team experience. Participation on a judging team enhances a student’s ability to think, reason and make decisions, and to communicate with others. These skills are in great demand regardless of the career choice.
Students enrolled in dairy, horse, livestock, meats or welfare judging have the opportunity to travel and visit farms across the US. They can meet and talk to the owners and managers of some of the most successful operations in the world. These contacts help students better understand current management and marketing strategies as well as assist students in making and securing career choices.
Judging is more than visiting farms and taking a class. It is competing against schools all across the U.S. in contests held in conjunction with the major industry events. Some of these are: World Dairy Exposition, Madison, WI; North American Livestock Exposition, Louisville, KY; Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, OH; and Arabian Nationals, Albuquerque, NM.
Students may earn a maximum of 8 credits from ANS 200A Sec 001, ANS 200A Sec 002, ANS 200E, ANS 200F, ANS 300A Sec 001, ANS 300A Sec 002, ANS 300B, ANS 300C, ANS 300D, ANS 300E, ANS 300F. Many of these courses have a re-enrollment provision so that a student might be able to compete on one or two intercollegiate judging teams.
Coach - Dr. Joe Domecq
Dairy Judging Team website - Michigan Dairy Cattle Judging: Past, Present, and Future
Coach – Ms. Taylor Fabus
Facebook: MSU Horse Judging
Coach: Mr. Chastin Leggett
Coach – Dr. Sarah Ison
Coach – Dr. Miriam Weber-Nielsen
Coach – Ms. Sara Bronkema
The contact persons for the Agricultural Technology Judging Teams are:
Dairy: Dr. Joe Domecq
Horse: Dr. Sarah Ison
Livestock: Mr. Chastin Leggett