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National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest

Livestock Update, January 2006

Dr. Curtis Novak, Poultry Extension Specialist, VA Tech

FAYETTEVILLE --- The University of Arkansas, Department of Poultry Science hosted the 36th Annual National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest, Nov. 6-8 on the UA campus. Nine schools from across the country participated in the annual event.

Team scores as well as individual scores are tabulated and the following are the results of the competition: Penn State - first place, Texas A&M - second place, Louisiana State University - third place, West Virginia University - fourth place, and Virginia Tech University - fifth place. Virginia Tech was only out of 4th by 2 pts and 3rd by 15 so the team did very well.

Top 10 individuals for high score were: Maranda Smith, TAMU, first place; Regina Lehman, PSU, second place, Jenna Workman, WVU, third place, Kiya Cauffman, VT, fourth place; Jeremy Ranck, PSU, fifth place; Mark Carriere, LSU, sixth place; Kandace Perry, TAMU, seventh, Jonathan Moon, MSU, eighth place, Josh Evatt, UA, ninth place; and Michael Cressman, PSU, tenth place.

Other team award received by Virginia Tech was third place in the Egg Production & Quality section. Other individual awards received were 1st place in Egg Production & Quality and sixth place in Breed Selection & Carcass Quality by Kiya Cauffman, a West Virginia native. The other members of the team this year were Andrew Harker - Virginia and Robert Williams - Pennsylvania whom did equally well to help the team receive two awards this year.

The top team took possession of the four-foot-high traveling trophy at the Poultry Judging Banquet, which took place at the Clarion Inn in Fayetteville.

The 10 teams that participated were: University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Penn State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and West Virginia University.

One of the main sponsors of the team this year in addition to the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences was the Virginia Poultry Federation. The team would like to take this opportunity to thank both parties and look forward to their continued support next year.

Looking forward to the event next year already!

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