The Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Team began their year by competing at the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo in Jackson, Mississippi on Feb. 13.
This was the first collegiate livestock judging contest in which Virginia Tech has been represented in over five years. Team members include: Andrew Saunders from Nelson County, Emmalee Edwards from Craig County, Grace Ott from Page County, and Troy Whittier from Montgomery County. The contest was an all-cattle contest and was divided into into four divisions: Brahman breed type, English breed type, Continental breed type, and market steers. A total of eight colleges competed in the contest.
With three contestants, Virginia Tech was not eligible for team awards, but team members gained valuable contest experience as they prepare for future contests in the spring and fall of 2016. The team would like to thank the staff of the University of Tennessee Bull Test Staton in Spring Hill, Tennessee; Deer Valley Farm of Fayettville, Tennessee; and Dyess Farms of Bassfield, Mississippi for providing excellent practices on the way to Jackson. This spring, the Virginia Tech Livestock Judging Team will also compete at the Southeastern Livestock Expo held in Montgomery, Alabama in March and at the All East Livestock Judging Contest held at Purdue University in April.