The Blinn College livestock judging team recently placed second at the North American International Livestock Exposition livestock judging competition in Louisville, Ky.
Blinn’s sophomore division placed second out of 30 teams, and two Blinn contestants placed in the top 10. Kylie Patterson placed first in the competition, her third first-place finish of the season, while Grayson Gilbraith placed 10th.
“It is tough to break through that ceiling at that specific contest, but they placed well and ended up second in reasons,” coach Brice Mund said.
Patterson was the high individual in reason, and placed second in the cattle and pig categories.
“Our coaches constantly work with us and make sure that we are as prepared as we can possibly be, then we go out and do everything to the best of our ability,” Patterson said.
Gilbraith placed third in cattle.
“I walked into this competition feeling good, and we all feed off each other in a positive way because we all are very competitive and have a lot of talent,” Gilbraith said. “It pushes every one of us to work 10 times harder than we would if we didn’t have the kind of talent all around us that we do.”
Blinn has been named National Team of the Year four times in the last 10 years.
Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program is one of the largest in the nation with almost 800 students enrolled – roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agriculture classes on all its campuses, with the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex serving as the program’s hub. In addition to its classroom excellence, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, and horticulture.
For more information on Blinn’s Ag Sciences program, visit: www.blinn.edu/agriculture.