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UW Livestock Judging Team Records Best Finish in 30 Years

January 4, 2018
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The UW livestock judging team finished eighth at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. This marks UW’s first top-10 finish at the national championship in at least 30 years, according to Coach Caleb Boardman. Pictured (from left) are: Assistant Coach Colby Hales; Connor Madsen, Kyle Cavey, Kassi Renner, Zane Mackey, Amanda Hartman, Garrett Barton, Ty Shockley, Paige Aylward, Tyler Bauer, Lucas Stalcup and Coach Caleb Boardman. (Steve Miller Photo)

The University of Wyoming livestock judging team finished eighth at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November in Louisville, Ky. This marks the first top-10 finish at the national championship in at least 30 years, according to Coach Caleb Boardman.

“We have records of scores dating back to 1993 and, from visiting with past team members through the late ‘80s, we can say this is the best finish for the program at the International in a very long time,” Boardman says.

Nationally, 138 contestants represented 29 universities at the event. In addition to earning eighth overall, the team finished fifth in performance cattle, sixth in swine, eighth in overall beef and ninth in reasons. The total scores posted -- as well as those in cattle, hogs and reasons -- are the highest on record for UW.

The team was led by Zane Mackey and Garrett Barton, who both finished in the top 30 overall. Barton tied for second in swine reasons and was fifth overall in swine.

Earlier in the fall, the team finished eighth at the National Barrow Show, AKSARBEN and the Flint Hills Classic contests; and finished ninth overall at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., at the end of October.

“Although the team was hoping for higher finishes at both Kansas City and Louisville, by being top 10 at both contests, they became one of six universities that finished in the top 10 at every national contest this year, which is a great accomplishment, and we’re very proud of them for that,” says Boardman, who is assisted by graduate student Coach Colby Hales.

Individually, Tyler Bauer led the team at the American Royal with a sixth-place finish out of 122 contestants. He also was fourth in cattle, and 11th in both sheep and reasons. The team finished ninth in each of the beef, sheep and reasons categories and 10th in hogs out of 25 teams.

Team members who competed and their hometowns are:

Ashland, Mont. -- Lucas Stalcup.

Berthoud, Colo. -- Kyle Cavey.

Denton, Mont. -- Amanda Hartman.

Dickens, Neb. -- Paige Aylward.

Johnstown, Colo. -- Tyler Bauer.

Lovell -- Kassi Renner.

Poway, Calif. -- Garrett Barton.

Torrington -- Zane Mackey.

Wheatland -- Connor Madsen and Ty Shockley.

“This marks the end of a chapter for these students and, while this team has helped establish UW as a nationally competitive program, I’m more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors,” Boardman says. “A long line of successful alumni have come through this program over the years, and my goal is that these students will continue that legacy of making an impact in whatever they do.”

Boardman extended thanks to the producers who allow the team to practice with their livestock, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Department of Animal Science and private donors who support the team’s travel throughout the year.

The UW judging programs include the livestock, horse and meats judging teams. For more information, email Boardman at or call (307) 766-2159.

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