The Eastern Wyoming College Livestock Judging finished their judging season by participating in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) contest at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, April 18th -21st.
NACTA is a “professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines at the postsecondary level.” The NACTA Judging Conference provides undergraduate students from both 2 year and 4 year institutions with judging/competitive opportunities in a wide array of fields ranging from soils to livestock. Students develop communication and technical skills important for a career in agriculture.
EWC students competed in 3 of the 13 contest offered: Livestock Management, Livestock Judging and Agriculture Knowledge Bowl. The Livestock Management team of Jory Carson, sophomore, Lynch, NE; Kort Gartrell, sophomore, Paxton, NE; Myca Cantrell, freshman, Hot Springs, SD and Lukas Simmons, freshman, Evanston, WY captured the Overall Reserve Champion Honors and won the identification division. Carson was also 4th High Individual Overall and placed 3rd in identification and 4th in problem solving. Gartrell tied for 4th in identification. Santiago Ramos, sophomore, Bridgeport, NE also competed in Norfolk.
Next year’s competition will be held at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky in early April.