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Animal Science Students Compete at NACTA

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 05/02/2018 Animal Science students recently competed in multiple contests at the NACTA Judging Contests. —Courtesy photo Animal Science students recently competed in multiple contests at the NACTA Judging Contests. —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — The Oklahoma Panhandle State Dairy Judging team finished in third place at the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Contest in Norfolk, Neb. at the Northeast Community College on April 19. The team scored 1415 points with the winning team, Kansas State University, scoring 1489.

The Dairy Judging Contest consisted of six judging classes, with three sets of oral reasons.
Coaches were Dr. Nels Peterson and Dr. Sandol Johnson. Team members included Wyatt Hammack of Platteville, Colo.; Hannah Hammack of Platteville, Colo.; Reilley Shore of Ulysses, Kan.; and McKenna Carlock of Fort Morgan, Colo.

Panhandle State students also competed in the Livestock Management Contest. The team was fifth overall in the contest. The contest consisted of a knowledge test, a problem solving test, and an identification of common livestock management tools. Dr. Sandol Johnson coached the team of Wyatt Hammack, Carlock, Shore, and Trenton Sween of Shattuck, Okla.

“The Animal Science Department has not sent a team to the NACTA contest for approximately six years. This year, students were very excited about returning to the NACTA contest. The same team members will be able to compete in the 2019 contest that will be held at Murray State, Kentucky. As a Department, we look forward to next year’s activities.”

The students visited the old Nebraska Livestock Sales of Norfolk, Neb. This stockyard was at one time, the largest livestock sale in the nation with the number of livestock sold. The stockyards closed in 2015. Students were also able to tour the large hydroelectric plant on the Missouri River, Nebraska Public Power District which services 86 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.