University of Nebraska-Lincoln Livestock Judging Team

L-R: Savannah Millburn (Assistant Coach), Blake Wert, Tyler Perrin, Kolby Midcap, Tristin Smith, Jose De La Cruz, Layne Miller, Will Carbino, Chase Devries, Tigh Renken (Assistant Coach), Blaine French (Head Coach)

2022 Livestock Judging Team
The livestock judging team is not only rich in tradition but more importantly, in preparing students for future career success. Each year, the UNL Livestock Judging Team visits over 60 of the top livestock operations in 15 states to prepare for national competitions. Currently, the team participates in 13 regional and national competitions throughout the year including the National Western Stock Show (Denver, CO), San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo (San Antonio, TX), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Houston, TX), American Royal (Kansas City, MO), and the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (Louisville, KY).

Workout stops include seeing some of the nation's best livestock and meeting many of the influential breeders and top management minds of elite livestock operations. Livestock judging team participation increases the visibility of the exceptional students that make up the Department of Animal Science at UNL. This in turn contributes directly to the UNL Department of Animal Science's job placement rate, of which, livestock judging team participation has proven to be a major placement factor.

Upon reviewing the history the UNL Livestock Judging Team, it is apparent that many of the most successful breeders and influential leaders in the livestock industry trace their roots back to participation on competitive livestock judging teams. Over 900 students have participated since the program began in 1908. The vast majority feel their livestock judging experience was highly influential on their development of critical thinking skills, speaking abilities and overall job placement potential. Students have obtained careers with Cargill, Elanco, Farm Credit, Land O'Lakes, First National Bank, and Pioneer just to name a few. Alumni consider their livestock judging team experience as beneficial as any college course or activity while completing their education at UNL.

The opportunity to participate on the livestock judging team exists for all University of Nebraska-Lincoln students regardless of major. The skills gained as a result of this experience will be of major benefit in any career.

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2023 Schedule

January 10 Cattleman's Congress Oklahoma City, OK

5th High Team Overall
4th High Team Sheep/Goats
5th High Team Hogs
7th High Team Reasons
8th High Team Cattle

Brett Forgy- 8th High Individual Sheep/Goats, 13th High Individual Hogs, 13th High Individual Overall

Dominic Gittlein- 11th High Individual Hogs

January 12 National Western Stock Show Denver, CO

9th High Team Overall
8th High Team Reasons
8th High Team Cattle
8th High Team Hogs

Brett Forgy- 17th High Individual Overall, 14th High Individual Cattle, 13th High Individual Overall Reasons

Ainsley Fischer- 17th High Individual Overall Sheep/Goats

Carload Contest-
Paige Trumble- 11th High Individual Overall

February 11 Iowa Beef Expo Des Moines, IA Results
February 18 Nebraska Cattleman's Classic Kearney, NE

3rd High Team Overall
5th High Team Overall
3rd High Team placings
3rd High Team Reasons

Brett Forgy- 3rd High Individual Overall, High Individual Feedlot Cattle, 5th High Individual Placings, 6th High Individual Reasons

Hunter Johnson- 4th High Individual Overall, 2nd High Individual Placings, 12th High Individual Reasons

Heath Keiser- 8th High Individual Overall, 7th High Individual Reasons, 9th High Individual Placings

Ainsley Fischer- 8th High Individual Reasons

Brantly Hoover- 10th High Individual Placings

February 28 San Antonio Stock Show San Antonio, TX 6th High Team Overall
4th High Team Cattle
4th High Team Goats
5th High Team Sheep
5th High Team Reasons
March 18 Houston Stock Show Houston, TX

Reserve Champion High Point Team Overall

3rd High Team Sheep/Goats
3rd High Team Swine
4th High Team Cattle
6th High Team Reasons

Sarah Dilley- 3rd High Individual Overall, High Individual Sheep/Goats, 6th High Individual Reasons, 7th High Individual Placings

Ainsley Fischer- 7th High Individual Overall, 3rd High Individual Sheep/Goats, 9th High Individual Reasons, 9th High Individual Placings

Brantly Hoover- 10th High Individual Swine, 15th High Individual Overall

Caleb Durheim- 9th High Individual Overall Placings

September 1-2 National Swine Show Woodward, OK

3rd High Team Overall
4th High Team Reasons

Caleb Durheim - 6th High Individual Overall
Brantly Hoover - 9th High Individual Overall

September 24 AKSARBEN Stock Show Grand Island, NE
September 30 World Beef Expo Milwaukee, WI
October 6 Tulsa State Fair Tulsa, OK
October 9 Texas State Fair Dallas, TX
October 16 American Royal Kansas City, MO
November 13 North American International Louisville, KY

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Meet Our Faculty Advisor and Coach

I am Blaine French, faculty advisor and Head Livestock Evaluation Coach for the Nebraska Livestock Judging Team. You can read more about our team history and what joining our team entails towards the top of the page. For more information, you can reach me at or 402-472-8834.

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