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a group photo in front of a blue curtain backdrop and green turf floor of the OSU livestock judging team displaying their championship banners, trophies and plaques from the North American International Livestock Exposition
OSU has earned the national title six of the past seven years. (Photo courtesy of the OSU Livestock Judging Team)

OSU livestock judging team dominates season with 23rd national championship

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

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The Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging team continues to break records by winning its 23rd national championship.

OSU was named high team overall at the 2023 North American International Livestock Exposition on Nov. 14. The team posted an overall reasons score of 1889 points, the all-time highest score ever recorded at the North American International Livestock Judging Competition in Louisville, Kentucky.

Individual Overall Results

  • Caden Church – 3rd
  • Eric Schafer – 5th
  • Jentry Squires – 6th
  • Ty Drach – 8th
  • Pace Mittelstaedt – 11th

Academic All-Americans

  • Jentry Squires
  • Alexis Lake

The OSU livestock judging program won first place at 10 contests this season, including the Cattlemen’s Congress, the National Western Stock Show, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the American Royal. OSU has earned the collegiate livestock judging national title six of the past seven years.

“This will go down as one of the greatest livestock judging teams ever,” said OSU livestock judging coach Parker Henley, who also serves as assistant professor of animal science and an OSU Extension specialist in beef seedstock management. “We thank the breeders, alumni and each individual who supported us and helped continue our tradition of excellence.”

The OSU livestock judging national championship is an example of competing with integrity and excellence that the university's land-grant mission strives for as noted in the We Are Land-Grant strategy.

The 2023 OSU livestock judging team includes 15 seniors:

  • Shawn Agar, Santa Rosa, New Mexico
  • Baxter Blair, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Caden Church, Sentinel, Oklahoma
  • Luke Daniels, Dalhart, Texas
  • Ty Drach, Fairbury, Illinois
  • Caleb Edens, Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Kasey Johnson, Maysville, Kentucky
  • Alexis Lake, Laramie, Wyoming
  • Pace Mittelstaedt, Amber, Oklahoma
  • Kloie Nation, Sapulpa, Oklahoma
  • Kade Pendley, Cyril, Oklahoma
  • Easton Ray, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Illinois
  • Riley Scott, Central High, Oklahoma
  • Jentry Squires, Kingfisher, Oklahoma

OSU’s new team of livestock judging competitors will participate in its first contest of the 2024 season at the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City in January.

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