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"This year the livestockjudging team, at
most of the contests, were ahead of every
Texas team . . . including some Texas
teams like Texas Tech and A8LM," said
Mike Bragg, an agriculture major and
member of the ACU judging team.
The judging teams had about 22
members who made up six teams. The
teams competed in horse judging, livestock
judging, meat evaluation, livestock evalua-
tion, and soil and dairyjudging.
"If you've got some background in
agriculture and livestock or farming it
helps," Bragg said. And most of the judg-
ing team members were agriculture majors
with agricultural backgrounds.
The teams, which practiced every Tues-
day and Thursday, competed at seven
shows in the southern part of the country.
They judged beef cattle, sheep, horses and
swine to determine marketability of each
"The livestock are all judged according
to their carcass value, or the value to the
meat packer, and palatable meat yield for
the consumerf' Bragg said.
The ACU teams sponsored a High
School Field Day contest for Future
Farmers of America and Four-H Clubs,
and high school and junior teams judged.
"The ACU livestock judging team put the
official placings on with the help of some
some professors," he said.
This year the freshman agricultural
judging team competed at the National
Southwest Hampshire Judging Contest in
Sweethwater where they placed first
The judging teams also traveled to the
Fort Worth Livestock Show where they
gained an overall seventh place out of 13,
and to the Houston Livestock Show where
they placed fifth overall.
ln October the teams traveled to the
Louisiana State Fair in Shreveport, where
they competed against 15 top agricultural
universities and placed first overall.
"It's a lot of work, but it's been worth
it," Bragg said.
This page: top - During a practice judg-
ing meet Britt Stuart takes notes on an
animal in the Allen Farm barng bottom -
Judging team members and sponsors.
248 Judging Teams
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FRONT ROW A Laurie Zirkle, Brad Stuart, Mike Bragg, Britt Stuart, Danny Nutt, Phil Donaldson, Sit
Sawyer. ROW 2 f Joel Lanier, Dr. Edwin DuBose, Bill Dickerson, Brent Carpenter, Grant Sandusky, Harolt
McDonald, Monty Mclnturff, Jennifer Johnson, David Autry, Dr. Ed Brokaw, Mike Morris, Schuyler Wight.”