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Buckeye Livestock Judgers Defend Title; Bring Back Traveling Trophy

Oct. 7, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 5, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Penn.

Ohio State was among 7 university teams around the country to judge five cattle classes, four swine classes, and three sheep classes. The competitors presented oral reasons on eight of the 12 classes.

The win is the second in a row for OSU at KILE. This marks just the third time in contest history the Buckeyes have successfully retained the traveling trophy awarded to the high team overall after having won the contest in the previous year.  The 1978-79 and 1985-86 teams also accomplished the feat.

Each student on the team was recognized at the awards breakfast for outstanding performances.  Emily Limes, Bowling Green, Ohio, led the team and the contest.  Along the way to a 17-point individual victory, Limes picked up wins in the cattle, swine and reasons divisions, and finished 8th in sheep.  Reserve high individual honors went to teammate, Adam Fennig, Coldwater, Ohio, who also finished 4th in cattle, sheep and reasons, and 5th in swine judging.  Rebecca Wallen, St. Paris, Ohio, garnered 4th place overall after winning the sheep division and finishing 7th in swine.  Justin Bachman, Lancaster, Ohio, finished 6th overall, and was also recognized for being 5th in cattle, 8th in swine and 10th in sheep.  The 8th overall individual was Paige Guenther, Rushylvania, Ohio.  Guenther was also named the high judge of Angus cattle, 5th in reasons, 6th in swine and 9th in sheep.  Tenth place was awarded to Duane Shawk, Bucyrus, Ohio, who also finished 7th in cattle and 9th in reasons.  Megan Moorman, Xenia, Ohio, rounded out the OSU team by finishing 2nd in sheep and 17th overall. 

OSU swept the team awards by winning each species and oral reasons en route to a 93-point margin of victory.  Practice will resume after just a two-day break as the team prepares for their final three competitions.  They will be back in action on October 18th at the Stockman in Auburn, Indiana, before prepping for the two largest contests of the year at the American Royal in Kansas City, and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, in November. 

For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at or 614-292-2201.