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Tech wool judging team earns third-place finish in Houston

Texas Tech University’s Wool Judging (Red) Team ended their season with a third-place finish last week at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Eight teams competed in the high-profile annual contest, including squads from Texas A&M, Kansas State and New Mexico State.

Tech sent two wool judging teams to the Houston contest – a Red team and the Black team – since only four students can compete per team. The Houston competitions were the final contests for both the Wool Judging and Livestock Show teams for the spring semester.

The total roster of team members include:
• Matthew Harris, a freshman from Spring
• Stormie McClurg, a freshman from Nazareth
• Katie Rose McCullough, a freshman from Castle Rock, Colo.
• Markus Miller, a freshman from Abernathy
• Brandon Reeves, a freshman from Staunton, Va.
• Nathan Reeves, a freshman from League City
• Aaron Renfroe, a senior from Ozona
• Ethan Schlegel, a freshman from Tribune, Kan.
• Troy Tarpley, a sophomore from Fort Stockton
• Tyler Vogel, a freshman from Canyon
• Trevor White, a freshman from New Home
• Jeffrey Woods, a freshman from Sweetwater
• Loni Woolley, a freshman from Grandview

The team is coached by graduate student L.J. Ashorn and Moriah Beyers, a coordinator in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. Sam Jackson, associate professor, supervises the program. Officials said the wool judging team is the beginning level of the judging teams at Tech. After wool judging, students normally move to meat judging, then livestock judging.

Written by Norman Martin
CONTACT: Samuel Jackson, associate professor, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2805 ext. 232 or sam.jackson@ttu.edu

 

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