UA Livestock Judging Team places third at Southwestern, second at Dixie National

March 11, 2011
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Bryan Kutz, Department of Animal Science
479-575-3745. bkutz@uark.edu

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University of Arkansas Livestock Judging Team members with coach Bryan Kutz (left) are Brett Isbell, AnnHiedi Reed, Lauren Wilson, Rachael Guidry, Blaize Wynn, Tiffany Evans, Tom Devine and assistant coach, graduate student Ryan Page.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The University of Arkansas Livestock Judging Team placed second among the 16 teams at the Dixie National Judging contest Feb. 12 in Jackson, Miss., and third at the Southwestern Stock Show judging contest for the second straight year Feb. 5 in Fort Worth.

The Dixie National contest was a test of evaluation skills in 12 classes of cattle. The UA team captured top honors in the market steer division. They were second in the Zebu division and team reasons; fourth in the Continental and seventh in the English division.

Brett Isbell finished eighth in the overall individual honors and Tiffany Evans placed tenth. Rachael Guidry finished as the high point individual in market steers followed closely by teammates Brett Isbell, third; Tiffany Evans, fifth; and AnnHeidi Reed, ninth. Top individuals in the Zebu division included Rachael Guidry, fifth; Lauren Wilson, sixth; Tom Devine, ninth; Brett Isbell, tenth; AnnHeide Reed, twelfth; and Blaize Wynn, fourteenth. Isbell and Evans also finished in the top ten in overall reasons scores.

In the Southwestern Stock Show, the Razorbacks placed second in swine and cattle, third in reasons, fifth in sheep and seventh in horses. Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Kansas State and San Angelo were the top five teams.

Tiffany Evans placed fourth in the overall individual honors, fourth in cattle and tenth in reasons. AnnHeidi Reed placed fifth in swine, and Brett Isbell ranked tenth in cattle.

The team is coached by Brian Kutz, an instructor in the UA department of animal science, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and a Cooperative Extension Service specialist for youth programs. Graduate student Ryan Page is assistant coach.