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Livestock Judging Team

Participation on the University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team is the perfect enhancement to a student's education. Students will learn to accurately evaluate market and breeding livestock as well as gain the communication skills that are necessary in the livestock industry. The program also instills qualities such as confidence, decision making, teamwork, leadership, and dedication that can best be learned outside of a classroom setting. These skills help students to become more marketable to future employment prospects.
Livestock Judging will allow students to apply learned skills at National contests, and to meet producers in various segments of the livestock industry. With several nationally recognized producers nearby, and state of the art teaching facilities, the University of Wyoming offers one of the strongest programs in the nation. Experience the Livestock Judging Team as the perfect complement to your collegiate experience.

 Building on the Past, Starting a New Tradition.

COACH: Caleb Boardman
Phone:  307-766-2159

How do I get involved?
The first step is to sign up for Judging Livestock ANSC 3550-01. This is typically done during the Fall Semester of your Sophomore or Junior year.

How do I become part of the competitive team?
After being enrolled in the judging class for one semester, you are eligible to be selected as a member of the competitive team that travels to National contests.

Does the Livestock Judging Team give scholarships?
The UW Livestock Judging Team does not give individual scholarships. All scholarships are academic based and are awarded through the Brand of Excellence Scholarship Program through the College of Agriculture. For information - please contact Kerry Casper at (307) 766-4034 or

How does eligibility for the competitive team work?
A student is eligible to compete at a National Sr. College Judging contest if they have been enrolled at UW for at least one semester and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25. You have one calendar year of competitive eligibility for livestock judging, which starts in January and ends in November of the same year. A normal Judging Career consists of one semester of class-work in the fall, practice and traveling in the spring, and concluding practice and competitions the following fall. This is no way affects eligibility for any other Judging Teams at UW.

Where do we go?
Contests are held across the U.S., so we will not always go to the same contests year after year. Listed below are the contests we will be competing at during the 2015-2016 school year.
(Typically we compete at five contests each semester)

  • Arizona National: Phoenix, AZ
  • National Western Stock Show: Denver, CO
  • Sioux Falls Empire Show: Sioux Falls, SD
  • Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic: Kearney, NE
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo: Houston, TX
  • National Barrow Show: Austin, MN
  • Flint Hills Classic: Manhattan, KS
  • AKSARBEN: Omaha, NE
  • American Royal: Kansas City, KS
  • North American International Livestock Exposition: Louisville, KY (National Championship)
Who are we looking for?

Livestock Judging is open to all students enrolled at UW We are looking for hard-working people with a competitive attitude and the willingness and desire to learn more about the livestock industry.

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