UW Livestock Judging team posts best scores since 1995 at National Western Stock Show

Back, from left, Mike Day, animal science department head, with team members Tyler Mackey, assistant, Nolan Woodruff, Molly Diefenbach, Kasey Miles, Caleb Boardman, coach. Front, Bill Dalles, Bobby Dorvall, Sadie Yates, Tate Chamberlain, BW Ochsner.
Back, from left, Mike Day, animal science department head, with team members Tyler Mackey, assistant, Nolan Woodruff, Molly Diefenbach, Kasey Miles, Caleb Boardman, coach. Front, Bill Dalles, Bobby Dorvall, Sadie Yates, Tate Chamberlain, BW Ochsner.

The University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team posted its best scores since at least 1995 in all categories at the National Western Stock Show en route to its sixth-place finish among 24 teams, according to coach Caleb Boardman.

The Denver competition January 14-15 was the second over the holiday break. The team finished third among seven teams at the Arizona National in Phoenix on New Year’s Eve, said Boardman, who added he only has records dating back to 1995.

Students returned from break on December 28 and were on the road until January 16.

“While most other students were enjoying Christmas break, students on the livestock judging team were hard at work preparing for the team’s first two contests,” Boardman notes.

The team travelled almost 4,000 miles, judged over 100 classes of livestock, and gave over 50 sets of reasons, he says.

“The hard work definitely paid off as the team got off to a great start for the year,” he says.

The team finished second in reasons and sheep/goats, and third in cattle and hogs at the Arizona competition.

At the Denver competition, UW was first in placings, fourth in hogs, tied for fifth in sheep/goats, and seventh in cattle and reasons.

There were 117 competitors at the Denver show. Individual results included:

  • Hogs – Tate Chamberlain, Casper, 5th; BW Ochsner, Torrington, 6th; Bill Dalles, Laramie, 7th.
  • Sheep/goats – Chamberlain, 10th.
  • Feedlot cattle – Ochsner, (tie) 1st.
  • Overall – Chamberlain, 18th, Bobby Dorvall, Fromberg, Montana, 23rd, Ochsner, 26th, Sadie Yates, Hesperus, Colorado, 44th, Dalles, 49th.

Team members also include Molly Diefenbach, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Kasey Miles, Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Nolan Woodruff, Ventura, California

The team competes next at the Nebraska Cattleman’s Classic February 20 in Kearney, Nebraska.

For more information, contact Boardman at 307-766-2159 or Caleb.Boardman@uwyo.edu.