Williams named a member of CSC livestock judging team
Maverick Williams, Walters, Oklahoma is serving as a member of the Connors State College livestock judging team in Warner. Williams, a 2017 Central High graduate, is a sophomore at CSC and pursuing an Associates of Science degree in Agriculture. He is the son of Jerry and Vonda Williams of Walters, Oklahoma.
Livestock judging team members evaluate both breeding and market animals for beef cattle, sheep, goats, swine and horses, to determine their value relative to current industry trends. After placing the class the students will then defend their placing by presenting oral reasons to an official judge. The participation in livestock judging will enhance the student’s critical thinking and decision making skills while also developing public speaking ability.
Connors State has a rich tradition in livestock judging by consistently being one of the top programs in the United States for the last 30 years with numerous top-5 finishes and several academic All-Americans.
CSC’s livestock judging team travels all over the state of Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest to practice and compete. They visit ranches, university farms and regional and national fairs and livestock shows. Through their travels team members will get to meet and workout with many of today’s elite animal operations and meet some of the top producers in the nation.
In the coming weeks, the team will travel to the Flint Hills Classic in Kansas, Tulsa State Fair, the State Fair of Texas, the American Royal in Kansas City and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. In the spring semester, the team will compete at the National Western in Denver, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Rodeo and Livestock Show and at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show.
The Connors State College livestock judging team coach is Nolan Hildebrand.
“Research shows Animal Science co-curricular activities such as livestock judging equip our students with interpersonal skills highly valued by employers across a myriad of professions,” says Hildebrand.
Connors State College is a two-year agriculture college located in east central Oklahoma. For more information visit the CSC website connorsstate.edu.
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