Blaine French

Blaine French

Assistant Professor of Practice - Livestock Evaluation & Youth Programs


  • M.S., Animal Science, University of Arkansas, 2018
  • B.S., Animal Science, University of Arkansas, 2016
  • A.S., General Studies, Fort Scott Community College, 2014


  • Assistant Professor of Practice – Livestock Evaluation and Youth Programs, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019-present
  • Livestock Judging Team Coach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019-present
  • Co-Meat Animal Evaluation Team Coach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019-present
  • Assistant Livestock Judging Coach/Ag Instructor, Connors State College, 2018-2019
  • Assistant Livestock Judging Coach, University of Arkansas, 2016-2018
  • Halford Farms, Registered Polled Hereford Cattle, 2009-2019


  • ASCI 100: Fundamentals of Animal Biology and Industry Laboratory (4 cr)
    Semester: Fall and Spring
    Summary: Overview of the industries in animal science; fundamentals of animal biology related to their application in those industries; and trends and current issues related to production and consumption of animal products important for human welfare.
  • ASCI 300B: Principles of Livestock Evaluation and Judging (2 cr)
    Semester: Fall
    Summary: Principles of livestock judging and presentation of oral reasons. Evaluation of structure and composition differences in breeding and market livestock as related to their use in meat production. Live animal, performance records, genetic evaluations, and breeding livestock scenarios evaluated. Presentation of oral reasons to defend selection decisions.
  • ASCI 300D: Principles of Meat Animal Evaluation (1 cr)
    Semester: Spring
    Summary: Further expertise in breeding animal, market animal, and carcass evaluation. Live animal and carcass grading and pricing.
  • ASCI 311E: Beef Industry Study Tour (2 cr)
    Semester: Spring
    Summary: Work with the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars to identify beef cattle related enterprises that represent the breadth of the cattle industry. Prioritize these enterprises as candidates for inclusion in the summer tour.


The primary focus of my extension program is youth education using animals as the vehicle to create knowledge, teamwork, critical thinking, and communication skills. I focus on the evaluation of livestock and the management of livestock projects through the 4-H program.

Specific Extension Events
  • Winner's Unlimited Youth Livestock Judging Camps, Coordinator
  • Nebraska State FFA Livestock Evaluation CDE, Coordinator
  • Nebraska State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest, Coordinator
  • Premier Animal Science Event (PASE), Co-Coordinator
  • Nebraska State Fair 4-H Livestock Events


  • Junior Collegiate Livestock Judging All-American, 2014
  • National champion team at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, 2013
  • High Individual Overall at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, 2013
  • High Team Overall at the Dixie National in Jackson, MS, 2015
  • Coached the record setting team in reasons and Reserve Overall Team at NAILE & Champion Team in Houston, Tulsa, Forth Worth, & Dixie National, CSC 2018/2019


  • UNL Department of Animal Science
    • Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, 2019-present
    • Academic Advising Committee, 2019-present
  • National Collegiate Livestock Judging Coaches Association
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