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Ohio State Wins Livestock Judging Competition

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Livestock Judging Team won the Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) Collegiate and Junior Livestock Judging contest on Oct. 6, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Exposition Center in Harrisburg, Penn.


Ohio State was among 10 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.


In addition to being named first place team, Ohio State showed an outstanding performance placing first in the sheep division, third in reasons and the swine division and fourth in the beef division.


Team members traveling to KILE included Nate Benich, Plymouth, Ohio; Jake Boyert, Seville, Ohio; Lindsey Grimes, Hillsboro, Ohio; Bailey Harsh, Radnor, Ohio; Linsey Howell, Danville, Ohio; Trey Miller, Baltimore, Ohio; Audrey Neal, Tiffin, Ohio; Kyle Nickles, Loudonville, Ohio; and Nick Wright, Brookville, Ohio.


Neal, Miller, Howell and Benich were the leaders for the team at this contest. Individually, Neal placed sixth overall and second in sheep, Miller was eighth overall and first in sheep, Benich was tenth overall and in sheep, and Howell had the ninth highest score overall.


Other members to note were Nickles, who placed sixth in sheep and fifth in swine, Boyert was seventh in sheep, and Grimes who was tenth in beef and fourth in Angus cattle judging.


Team members were excited about their accomplishments and their ability to achieve a goal they had set for themselves by winning this contest.


OSU Livestock Judging coach Kyle Culp was proud of the results his team members were able to produce. He said this was the first time since 2004 that Ohio State’s team had won a contest at the KILE and knows that the team will only continue to improve from here.


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