COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team placed seventh at the 2012 National Barrow Show held Sept. 8-12 in Austin, Minn. for their first competition of the season. The team competed against 13 other schools around the country to judge 10 different classes of hogs and present four sets of oral reasons on their class placing’s. Ohio State ranked eighth in class placing and seventh in reasons scores. Trey Miller led the team individually, being nineteenth high individual and fifth overall in class placing. Miller, a fourth-year agribusiness major from Baltimore, Ohio, was excited to see the progress and hard work his teammates showed for this competition. “I am pumped for the fall because this is one of the best teams we’ve had in a while,” Miller said. “We don’t have to prove anything and have all to gain.” To prepare for this event, team members traveled to 10 different locations around Ohio and five various farms in Illinois and Iowa. They practiced evaluating the animals and presenting oral reasons. This practice served to help the students analyze different levels of animal quality and fully understand them for the competition. Ohio State Judging Team coach Kyle Culp was pleased with the way his students performed and knows they have a bright future ahead of them. “At this competition, the team had the best overall results since 2003,” Culp exclaimed. “Our team has the potential, and now it is up to them to continue to improve and show everyone that we are serious about being competitive.” Other team members for this event also included Nathan Benich, Jacob Boyert, Lindsey Grimes, Bailey Harsh, Linsey Howell, Audrey Neal, Kyle Nickles, Sean Robinson and Nick Wright. For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-292-2201.