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:

SyAnn Foster, a senior from Lockney
Colton Fritz, a senior from Fredericksburg
Lane Hale, a senior from Ozona
DeShae Hanagan, a senior from Artesia, NM.
Laramie Priest, a senior from Lorena
Colby Redifer, a senior from Blacksburg, VA.
Linay Runnels, a senior from Hondo
Taylor Shackelford, a senior from Prosper
Tylee Williams, a senior from Rio Vista
Bryson Williams, a junior from Earth 
Luke Ziegler, a senior from New Windsor, MA.

The team is coached by Dr. Ryan Rathmann and assisted by graduate student Kylan Carson.