Competitive livestock judging is a co-curricular activity that is an integral part of the Animal Science program at LBCC. Students need not be an agriculture major or have any prior judging experience to participate. The benefits extend beyond the learning and applying of current selection criteria. Communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork are essential personal development characteristics that evolve as a result of the time and effort that is expended. These valuable developmental traits are of great benefit regardless of the future endeavor that a student ultimately selects.
The opportunity to travel, make industry contacts, and be on the leading edge of change make judging not only a valuable resource, but an enjoyable experience as well. Numerous employers and university faculty consider the judging team experience just as important as the courses a student completes. Program graduates have been placed at numerous universities including Oregon State University, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State University, Chico State, Fresno State, and Texas Tech University.
LBCC is very proud of the success enjoyed by its judging team members, both in competition and in life. The 2009 team were champions at the North American. In addition, 5 former Judging Team members have been selected as LBCC Outstanding Alumni.
In recent years, teams have competed at the following contests:
Nationally Recognized Events
Local and Non-eligibility Events