COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team improved 7 spots from the past contest by placing 12 of 26 teams at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Intercollegiate Judging Contest on March 11. The team traveled for 8 days through 10 different states and practiced at 7 unique locations, including 2 academic institutions (Connors State College, Warner, Okla. and Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas), a performance bull test station and one of the world leaders in purebred Brahman production, V8 Ranches in Wharton, Texas. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas held its livestock judging competition with 12 classes and 8 sets of oral reasons. Over 190 students from across the country participated in the senior college division, with over 170 junior college students competing as well. Ohio State’s team showed its progress in class placement, as well as oral reasons. Participants gained 58 more points in reasons scores since competing in the National Western Stock Show, which is more than double the improvement of any other team that competed in both contests. Individually, Emily Limes placed 11th overall (tied for 10th), 7th in beef cattle and 7th in class placings. Paige Guenther was recognized on the team as most improved since the last contest with nearly a 50-point increase in total reasons score since the Dixie National in February. Team members who attended this contest included: Justin Bachman, Lancaster, Ohio, Adam Fennig, Celina, Ohio, Guenther, Rushsylvania, Ohio, Limes, Bowling Green, Ohio, Megan Moorman, Xenia, Ohio, Duane Shawk, Bucyrus, Ohio and Rebecca Wallen, St. Paris, Ohio. For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-2201.