TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Four McCutcheon High School students put their livestock knowledge to the test over the weekend and it paid off.
The team of Ross House, Kyle Albregts, Caleb Harper and Tanner Baird won first place at the Indiana State Livestock Judging Championships.
The contest consists of judging the quality of animals paraded in front of them. The team judged 12 classes of sheep, cattle, hogs and goats and picked the best of each. They then had to explain why they chose those particular animals.
House said the hardest part is communicating clearly to the judges.
“The most difficult thing is to definitely present yourself and to explain why livestock is the way it is. That’s the hardest concept for people to understand and to explain overall,” House said.
The team will now head to Denver in January for the national competition. They will compete for a chance to advance to Scotland for the international contest in summer 2015.