ANS Judging Team round up

The following is news from the ANS Judging Teams reported in the Winter 2014 newsletter:

Horse Judging Team

The following is news from the ANS Judging Teams reported in the Winter 2014 newsletter:

MSU Horse Judging Team

The MSU Horse Judging Team wrapped up its 2013 competitive season with a great performance at the U.S. Arabian/Half-Arabian Nationals Horse Judging Contest in Tulsa, Okla.  The team took home Reserve High Team Overall (tied for first in halter, second in reasons, second in performance).  There were many notable individual placings.  Rebecca Dow earned many prizes and a college scholarship as Reserve High Individual Overall (first in halter).  Another Spartan, Caitlin Mockeridge, took home Third High Individual Overall.  The talented team consisted of Kaine Diver, Caitlin Mockeridge, Rebecca Dow, Samantha Cripps, Ashley Graham, Lia Biondo, Maria Rising and Brianna Brodowski.  Coach Taylor Fabus  sends out a sincere “thank you” to all faculty members who helped the team members stay on track while they traveled. (more)


MSU Dairy Judging Teams Finish Strong

The MSU Collegiate Dairy Judging Team won first place at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 10.  The collegiate team edged out the University of Wisconsin-Madison by one point to finish with a score of 2,101.  All three MSU teams finished in the top five in their divisions, with the Ag-Tech team placing third and the 4-H team placing fifth.  Way to go, Spartans!


Meats Judging Team

From Sarah Wells, Meats Judging Team coach:  The MSU Meat Judging Team is halfway through its season. The first two contests in the fall were in Wyalusing, Pa., and Omaha, Neb.  There wer''e about 19 teams at each of the first two contests and approximately 120 contestants. This year has seen the highest participation in decades, and with that, the level of competition has risen as well. The 2013 Meats Judging Team: Lane Carpenter, Shane Adams, Sara Bronkema, Benedict Galbraith, Shelby Goodwin, Emily Hemstreet, Sonja Lapak, Alexia Siomka, Chris Walker, Emily Webster.

At the first contest, the Eastern National, the team won the placings division, and individuals Sara Bronkema and Sonja Lapak both placed as individuals in placings. The team was also recognized in the lamb and veal division, with the team taking third and Bronkema in third and Emily Elmer in ninth as individuals. Finally, in pork judging, the team ranked fifth overall, with Bronkema in seventh.  The team was 10th overall in the contest.

Two weeks later, the team traveled to Omaha with the goal of winning beef grading and did just that! Walker was 2nd in grading, Bronkema was 4th, and Brewer was 8th.  Bronkema was also second in placings and ranked second in the overall contest.  In the alternates division, Shane Adams placed second overall. The team was seventh overall in the contest.

As the team leaves for Amarillo this week, they are excited to try to continue their progress and reach their peak in Dakota City in mid-November.

''Quiz Bowl competition''

During the fall semester, the Animal Science Undergraduate Research Association (ASURSA) hosted a faculty/student quiz bowl competition. Three teams -- each consisting of six faculty members, three staff members and one graduate student -- joined the friendly competition. Participants answered questions covering all aspects of animal science. All involved enjoyed a fun afternoon and look forward to another quiz bowl event in the spring. Thank you to the MSU Alumni Association for funding the event.

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