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March 5, 2018By the U of A System Division of Agriculture
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The eight-member University of Arkansas Livestock Judging team
won overall reserve championship team honors at the Dixie National Livestock Show,
the largest pro rodeo east of the Mississippi.
In the Dixie National Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest, contestants from
across the nation judged 12 classes of cattle and gave eight sets of oral reasons
to defend their placings. Arkansas faced 14 other college teams, with Oklahoma State
earning overall champion honors, while Texas A&M placed third.
Bryan Kutz, instructor-Animal Science, with the University of Arkansas System Division
of Agriculture, said the students’ high performances gelled in a short time. He started
coaching the team in December; they earned their reserve championship Feb.10.
“I am extremely proud of the team,” Kutz said. “It’s nice when all the team members
come together and place consistently with each other. They all contributed and realized
their potential. I hope this will help boost confidence going forward to future competitions.”
Besides being named the Reserve Champion Team Overall, Arkansas was first place in
the Continental Division, second in the Steer and English cattle division, third in
reasons and fourth in the Brahman Division.
Michael McFarland of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, led the team, winning ninth high individual
overall. McFarland was also second in Continental and fourth in English. Bailey Corwine
of Pomona, Kansas; was fifth in steers and eighth in Continental. Zane Blubaugh of
Tonkawa, Oklahoma, was 10th overall and ninth in Brahman. Ted Chambers of LaCygne,
Kansas, was seventh in English. Jordan Volkman of Bourbon, Missouri, was fifth in
Continental and Lacy Barrett of Gravette, Arkansas, was eight in the Steers class.
Team roster consists of Blubaugh, Barrett, McFarland, Corwine, Volkman, Chambers,
Paul Shanks of Belle, Missouri; and Baxter Harrod of Hermitage, Arkansas.
Arkansas’ McClung HonoredThe Dixie National Show recognized the late Adam McClung, former executive vice president
of the Arkansas Cattlemen’s’ Association and a major supporter of the event, by giving
a memorial award in his name to the high point individual. McClung graduated from
Greenbrier High and went to Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University
on livestock judging scholarships.
“Competing on the livestock judging team builds life skills like effective communication,
confidence, decision making skills and self-motivation that are extremely important
with regards to career opportunities upon graduation,” Kutz said.
To learn more about livestock judging, contact Kutz at email@example.com, or contact your county extension agent to learn more about 4-H Youth livestock activities.
About the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo2018 marked the 53rd Annual Dixie Livestock Show and Rodeo. The 24-day event is the
site of the largest junior market livestock show in Mississippi and is the largest
professional rodeo east of the Mississippi River.
About the Division of AgricultureThe University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A System Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org