Interested in being apart of a team at WT? Through the Agricultural Sciences department, students have the opportunity to participate on judging teams such as livestock, horse, meats, and soil and crop judging.
WTAMU judging teams provide students a diversified and challenging experience. Team members learn problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, and communication skills; make valuable industry contacts, and are exposed to employment opportunities. Previous judging experience is not required to participate.
Here are some facts about the judging teams:
- West Texas A&M University has a reputation of having one of the best Horse Judging Teams in the country.
- Through the livestock judging team, students get the chance to meet the leaders in every given aspect of livestock production and see much of the country during the judging season. In addition to evaluating cattle, swine, sheep, and horses, the team also learns the production schemes behind these segments of the livestock industry
- With the meats judging team, students evaluate beef, lamb, and pork carcasses and wholesale cuts at many of the nation’s largest meat processing facilities, providing them an in-depth look at the meat industry.
- The Crop Team identifies economically important crops, weeds, insects, diseases, agronomic equipment and supplies, evaluates quality, and solves related mathematical problems.
- The Soils Team evaluates soil morphology and site characteristics, and uses this information to determine taxonomic classification and various land use interpretations.
Want to learn more, contact any of the following advisers:
Horse Judging: Dr. John Pipkin at (806) 651-2557
Livestock Judging: Dr. David Lust at (806) 651-2551 or Dr. Kevin Williams at (806) 651-2505
Meats Judging: Dr. Ty Lawrence at (806) 651-2560
Soil and Crop Judging: Brock Blaser at (806) 651-2555