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OSU Livestock Judging Team Named Reserve Champions in Mississippi

Feb. 12, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Livestock Judging Team continued the momentum from an exciting first contest in Denver by capturing reserve championship honors at the Dixie National intercollegiate beef judging contest in Jackson, Miss. OSU finished second in each category of the contest, Brahman cattle, Continental cattle, English cattle, market steers and oral reasons.

Courtney Tarvin, Mt. Olivet, Ky., led OSU with a ninth place finish, earning second place in Continental cattle and sixth in market steers along the way. Levi Criswell, Marion, Ohio, rounded out the top ten individuals in the contest, while finishing ninth in the English division. Two points behind Criswell was Zach Bartenslager, Lewisburg, W. Va., who was  awarded second in market steers. Other students receiving individual honors included Jacob Ruffing, Republic, Ohio, seventh in Continentals, Lydia Ulry, Johnstown, Ohio, eighth in market steers, Megan Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio, and Tonya Fender, Lynchburg, Ohio, finished tenth in Brahman and English cattle, respectively.

Next up for the team is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in March. The 2014 OSU Livestock Judging Team consists of Zach Bartenslager, Lewisburg, W. Va., Levi Criswell, Marion, Ohio, Tonya Fender, Lynchburg, Ohio, Megan Hunker, Bellevue, Ohio, Jacob Ruffing, Republic, Ohio, Cody Shafer, Eaton, Ohio, Courtney Tarvin, Mt. Olivet, Ky., and Lydia Ulry, Johnstown, Ohio. Emily Limes, Bowling Green, Ohio, is serving as the Assistant Coach of the team.

OSU coaches Kyle Culp and Emily Limes were pleased with the progress the team is making and look forward to seeing top performances in upcoming competitions.

For more information about the OSU Livestock Judging Team, please contact Kyle Culp at culp.1045@osu.ed or 614-292-2201.