Texas Tech University

Texas Tech Livestock Judging Team


The Livestock Judging Team is comprised of predominantly junior and senior students who are interested in developing their knowledge of the livestock industry. It is open to students of any major. The team competes at national competitions including the National Western, the  Southwestern Livestock Exposition, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show, the National Barrow Show, the American Royal and the International in Louisville, Ky.

National Championships: 1934, 1953, 1985, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2015

Contact Information:
Ryan Rathmann, Ph.D.

(806) 834-7820

Current Team Members:

Austin Adams, from Hedley, Texas
Dakota Crissman,
from Pendleton, Indiana
Brody Halfmann,
from Garden City, Texas
Gabe Jennings,
from Fredonia, Texas
Chama Martin,
from Mason, Texas
Jonathan Nieman,
from New Home, Texas
Maclaine Shults,
from Meeker, Colorado
Zane Webster,
from San Simon, Arizona and
LJ Young
from Pendleton, Indiana

The team is coached by Dr. Ryan Rathmann and Mr. Jon DeClerck.


Animal & Food Sciences