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Limes Leads OSU Livestock Judging Team with First Top Ten at Stockman

Oct. 21, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emily Limes finished sixth overall on Oct. 19, at the Stockman Judging Contest, held at the Dekalb County Fairgrounds in Auburn, Ind.  This marked the first time in the 20-year history of the contest that an OSU student has ranked in the top ten overall.

Ohio State was among ten university teams and approximately 70 students that competed this past weekend in the final competition prior to the American Royal and the Kalmbach Feeds sponsored trip to NAILE.  Team scores were not determined in the individuals-only contest.

Students judged classes of sheep, swine, goats and cattle and then presented oral reasons on select classes to affirm their placings of each class.

Team members at the Stockman contest included Justin Bachman, Lancaster, Ohio, Adam Fennig, Coldwater, Ohio, Paige Guenther, Rushylvania, Ohio, Emily Limes, Bowling Green, Ohio, Megan Moorman, Xenia, Ohio, Duane Shawk, Bucyrus, Ohio, and Rebecca Wallen, St. Paris, Ohio.

Leaders of the team included Limes, who also finished fourth in cattle, eighth in swine and tenth in reasons; Bachman, third in sheep/goats, 13th overall, and 20th in swine and reasons; Shawk, 11th in sheep, 20th overall; and Fennig, 8th in sheep/goats. 

OSU Livestock Judging coach Kyle Culp acknowledged the hard work the students put forth to be recognized at the Stockman.

Culp stated, “It is exciting to see our students being rewarded for their efforts.  I feel like we are very close to a major breakthrough, and am excited because this contest really helps me figure out where we need to focus down the home stretch.  I have no doubts that if each student executes to their potential, the next two contests will be very rewarding.”

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