Livestock Judges

Following is a list of livestock judges.

Note: Inclusion in this list is not necessarily an endorsement by the University of Kentucky. 

To be included on the list please fill out the form at the following link: Click here

Any questions contact: zach.bart@uky or larissa.tucker@uky.edu

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Ashley Thomas

premiergenetics14@gmail.com

I grew up on a Chi influenced beef cattle operation. While in 4-H and FFA I was involved in raising and exhibiting market lambs, hogs, goats, and beef cattle. I enjoyed livestock judging and served as the American Jr. Chianinia Association President and board members for 8 years. After high school, I attended Western KY University where I was a member of the Livestock Judging Team and received numerous recognitions for reasons and placings. While at WKU I specialized in Animal Science then attended Texas Tech and obtained my Master's in Agriculture Education. Throughout the years I have had the pleasure to judge shows in 6 states ranging from county fairs, district shows, and state fairs. I am currently employed as an agriculture educator and volunteer time as a livestock 4-H leader in the county. My family and I are heavily involved in raising and marketing livestock projects to youth across the U.S. I have a true passion for the livestock industry and assisting youth to reach their goals and dreams. Supporting youth through livestock is a highlight and look forward to working with your livestock show!

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Hardyville, KY.

Avery Lee Hankins

hankinsavery@gmail.com

My judging background started back in 6th grade when I started Livestock Judging through FFA & 4-H. During that time my team and I had a successful run. We attended Southeast Regional Contest (x3) in Raleigh, NC ,  Aksarben (x1) in Grand Island, NE, and American Royal (x1) in Kansas City, MO. Currently, I am an incoming Sophomore at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL; I'm on Livestock Judging Team at Lake Land as well.  I have a strong passion for livestock shows and what they stand for. It's not for the parents or breeders, but for the kids! I am interested in judging in the state of Kentucky because I want to spread my love and passion for this industry to the kids and what it stands for! By judging shows it helps me give back to the industry what it taught me and what kind of person it has turned me into today.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: New Richmond, IN.

Ben Williamson

bcw13@psu.edu

I grew up on a diversified farm in Ohio, and am currently the Livestock Judging Team Coach at Penn State University. To date, I have officiated shows of various species for 10 years in 11 states. This would include county fairs, jackpot shows, regional and state shows.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Tyrone, PA.

Blaine Rue

blainerue@icloud.com

Breeder and livestock enthusiast

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Lexington, OK.

Blake Goss

blakewgoss@gmail.com

Ive been blessed to judge in states from Florida-California and across the states in between. Good livestock and great kids make judging shows an experience that I Will remember forever.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Leedey, OK.

Brad Ellerbrock

brad.ellerbrock@agrigold.com

"I have raised sheep my whole life. During 4-H Years I raised purebred breeding Dorset sheep during the end of my collegiate career we decided to sell the Dorset ewes and start raising club lambs. We now run a 500 ewe flock of mainly black face club lambs today with a few southdowns and Dorset club ewes mixed in the 500. During college I was on an extremely competitive livestock judging team at the University of Illinois. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Atkinson, IL.

Brad Horner

brad.horner@hotmail.com

"I grew up showing and raising show livestock and have continued that passion with my family. My sons have competitively shown cattle, hogs, sheep and goats at the state and national level. I have judged multiple shows across the country for over 20 years. Some of the shows I have judged include: Kentucky State Fair NAILE Georgia National Cow Palace TJLA Fall Classic "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Dundas, IL.

Brenen Diesen

brenen.diesen@gmail.com

I was on competitive livestock judging teams through 4-H,FFA,JUCO, as well as at the university level. I have sorted shows across the country and am eager to work through more.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Coffeen, IL.

Brennen North

northbrennen@gmail.com

Have grown up showing livestock my whole life. Was on the 2014 national championship livestock judging team at Purdue University. Have judged multi species shows at county, jackpot, and state level shows since graduating college. Have always enjoyed the quality of showmen and livestock in the state of Kentucky and would enjoy the opportunity to work with the youth of Kentucky.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Veedersburg, IN.

Brent Titus

titusclublambs@gmail.com

"I was a member of the 1998 National Champion Junior College Livestock. High Individual 2000 American Royal. 2000 North American Livestock judging contest. Coached 2001 & 2002 National Champion 4-H livestock judging teams. Judged either market lambs, commercial ewes or market goats at the following state fairs: Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma Youth Expo, Oklahoma State Fair, South Dakota, Maryland"

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Alexis, IL.

Cassie Miller

cassie.miller@calloway.kyschools.us

I was heavily involved with the 4H livestock judging program as a kid, I was on the KY Gold team for 4H in 2007, the KY State FFA team in 2008, and judged for UK in college. While in my judging days I received 1st place at the Keystone International Livestock Expo. After college through now I have judged several local area (West KY) fair livestock shows.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? West KY

Location: Mayfield, KY.

Chad Martin

chadmartinshowpigs@gmail.com

I am currently a purebred swine and showpig breeder, with 27 years of show judging experience in swine and cattle across the US and Canada. I was a collegiate livestock judging team member at JJC and WIU where our teams were highly successful competitively with exposure to a wide variety of production practices. I successfully competed as a high individual in three national contests. I serve on numerous boards including the National Swine Registry and the American Yorkshire Club.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Flora, IN.

Charles Lemenager

chucklem2@icloud.com

3rd generation of raising registered livestock, both for the show ring and commercially. Have judged at Louisville and several state fair open and jr events. I would enjoy judging in Kentucky because w my job in feed sales, I refuse to judge in Illinois anymore, and believe the cattle in Kentucky are tremendous

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Fairbury, IL.

Chevy Vaske

sokr55rokr@gmail.com

Ive grown up raising a small herd of commercial cattle and show goats and then eventually found a love for all species and have exhibited Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Hogs, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, and Rabbits. A few years ago, I found my true passion, livestock judging. Through livestock judging, I was able to accomplish many personal and team goals. Some include High Individual at our state judging contest, High Individual, 2nd High Individual, and 4th High Individual the past three years at the American Royal in Kansas City. High Individual at the Keystone International in Harrisburg, PA, High Individual at Boilermaker and The Stockman in IN. Winning reasons at each of those contests (my favorite part!). Additionally, my team and I were able to receive top honors at the 2019 NAILE 4-H livestock judging contest. I plan to further my education and judging career at Black Hawk East in Kewanee, Illinois to pursue a degree in Agriculture Education. I may be young but Im a firm believer that a good stockman is a good stockman, no matter the age. I love God, livestock, people, and giving back to the organizations like 4-H and FFA that have played a large role in my successes. I want to inspire young people to pursue degrees in agriculture, encourage them, and be a positive role model for those in the Kentucky livestock industry. Getting to judge any show in this great state would be an absolute honor.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats;Dairy Cattle;Dairy Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Glencoe, KY.

Chris Schalk

chris.schalk@uky.edu

Hereford producer, exhibitor, and former high school livestock judging team coach. Beef breeding cattle judging experience in KY, TN, & IN. I enjoy the chance to evaluate high quality cattle exhibited by even higher quality individuals. Exhibiting livestock is a family activity and in 2021 any activity to encourages family time is a wonderful to be a part of.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Fountain Run, KY.

Clay Carlson

ccarlson2@csuchico.edu

Livestock judging team coach at Chico State in California for the past 20 years. Raise SimAngus cattle and kids show lambs and meat goats in 4H.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Orland, CA.

Connor Brew

connorjbrew21@hotmail.com

I grew up showing sheep and swine nationally, and throughout high school was on many successful livestock judging teams where I was able to travel overseas to judge. Post high school, I moved to Levelland, Texas to join the South Plains Livestock Judging team. While there I was on the National JUCO Team of the Year, an all-American, while being the high individual at Kansas City, Tulsa State Fair, and the National Western. Currently I study Animal Science at Texas Tech, and enjoy traveling the country working with young showman. The state of Kentucky has always intrigued me from a livestock standpoint, and Ive been wanting to get down that way to evaluate.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Millersburg, IN.

Corbin Cowles

ccowles@higgins-ins.com

I was born and raised on a purebred cattle operation in south central Kentucky that my family continues to operate today. Additionally, we ran a flock of Hamp/Suffolk crossbred ewes for a large portion of my childhood. After a successful career in Kentucky 4-H livestock judging, I continued my livestock evaluation career at Oklahoma State University. At OSU, I was a member of the 2018 National Champion livestock judging team. After graduation from Oklahoma State, I was the judging team coach from 2019-2020 at the University of Kentucky. Ive been blessed with opportunities to judge shows in 5 states to date, and at shows such as the North American International Livestock Expo.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Rockfield, KY.

Corinne Belton

corinne.belton@uky.edu

I grew up raising and showing several breeds of beef cattle as well as showing market lambs.  Was a member of the 1992 UK Livestock Judging Team (High Team in Sheep at the NAILE) and have coached the Shelby County 4-H Livestock Judging team for 25+ years.  I have judged on the county, state and national level at shows including Indiana, Kentucky and Florida State Fairs, Hoosier Beef Congress, National Junior Angus Show, National Jr. Red Poll Show, and NAILE. Have raised and shown beef cattle, sheep and hogs with my own children. I enjoy working with youth and evaluating livestock.  Showmanship is one of my favorite aspects of youth livestock shows.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Pleasureville, KY.

Cory Wallace

wallacewayshowpigs@yahoo.com

I grew up showing goats and pigs in the junior livestock circuit. As well as representing Kentucky 4-H at the national level judging on the gold team. After that I attended Western Kentucky University where I was a member of the meats and livestock judging team there. After a short stent flushing cows after graduating i returned to WKU and coached the judging team there for 2 seasons. I have been judging shows since 2011 and have a passion for helping the youth of Kentucky in the livestock industry.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Hartford, KY.

Courtney Bartenslager

bartenslagerc@gmail.com

I grew up on a cattle operation, and showed cattle, sheep, hogs and goats in 4-H and FFA. I was a member of the livestock judging teams at Blinn College and The Ohio State University.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Paris, KY.

Dale Hummel

hummellivestock@gmail.com

20 years as collie gate livestock judging coach. Judged across the US and International for past 30 years. Breeding show goats and Angus Cattle.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Cabery, IL.

Danna Goss

gossshowpigs@gmail.com

Our family owns and operates a show pig and cattle operation in Northwest Oklahoma. I teach at our area technology center. I was on the judging team at NEO and Oklahoma State.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Leedy, OK.

Danny Davis

ddavis@usd329.com

I was a member of the 1998 National Champion Livestock Judging Team for Kansas State University.  While attending college I also served on the National Junior Hereford Board.  I have been in the registered seedstock business my entire life and have shown competively at most major shows.  I have judged shows for over 20 years across the nation, including the Ft. Worth Stock Show, the American Royal, and was one of the first to ever judge a Virtual Show.  I feel comfortable judging all species.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats;Dairy Cattle;Dairy Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Maple Hill, KS.

Dave Mullins

dwm12278@gmail.com

"I have had the opportunity to judge cattle and hogs in over 20 different states, at a variety of levels. After working with the American Angus Association, for nearly 9 years, I relocated to the Midwest to focus on a career in livestock marketing, sales, and started a showpig operation that markets showpig prospects nationwide, and has produced success stories at every level. I feel blessed to have the opportunities I have in life and certainly Junior livestock programs is the source for most of these. I feel like I owe it to the kids and the program and give back by judging more shows in the future. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Danville, IN.

Derek Evans

derekpe14@gmail.com

Own and operate Evans Cattle Company in Campbellsburg, KY with my wife Kelsey and two kids Kennedy, and Brooks. I grew up in Central Illinois showing cattle and Judging in 4H/FFA Contest. I attended Lake Land Junior College on a livestock judging scholarship and received my associates degree in Animal Science/ Beef production. I then furthered my education at Oklahoma State University and received my bachelors degree in Animal Science. I have judged many county and state beef shows in Kentucky.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Campbellsburg, KY.

Derek Jeffries

jeffriessalesmarketing@gmail.com

Been raising goats for 21 years. Competed at the highest levels nationally. Won state 4H contest 2 years in a row before focusing on basketball, which I played 4 years in college.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Burlington, KY.

Derrek Smalley

Agie4life@aol.com

I have been involved in the agriculture industry my entire life. Want to be able to give back to the youth as I was given. Showing livestock and working with the youth to better them for the future is my passion.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Pendleton, OR.

Duane C. Flathers (Skip)

skipcowboy51@yahoo.com

I have been showing and fitting livestock since 1964! Worked at major livestock herds all across USA! I have judged shows in Iowa,Indiana, Illinois, New Mexico, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky! For the last 12 years have been selling show supplies for Pro Fit show supply soo been around a lot of shows and worked with major producers! I am well rounded in showing all livestock!

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Bowling Green, KY.

Dustin Ogburn

dogburn69@icloud.com

I raise , sell and show Registered Hereford cattle and a commercial cow calf herd for a living. Most Notable breeding the 2019 Reserve National Champion Hereford female at NAILE, along with division wins at Denver, Hereford Jr Nationals and several champions in Ky shows. I judged for the Western Kentucky University Livestock judging team in 2013. Iv judged several shows in Kentucky and states such as Illinois , Indiana , Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio. I bring professional with real world livestock production experience in my evaluation of stock.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Sanders, KY.

Evan McCleary

evanmccleary94@gmail.com

I grew up on a small diversified livestock/hay operation mainly focusing on boer goats. Being heavily involved with 4-H and FFA, I spent most of my time at shows and judging contests. I was a member of the 2011 Warren Co. Illinois team that won the state contest and travelled to the American Royal and finished 5th. Since judging at Joliet Junior College, I transferred to Iowa State University and have judged many county fairs and jackpot shows across the Midwest along with judging the Meat Goats at the Minnesota State Fair in 2015 & 16. For me, this is a way to step out of the Midwest and evaluate the the great stock that comes from many of other states along with meeting the fantastic youth that are at the lead those animals.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Goats; Sheep

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Clarence, IA.

Evan Tate

tatecattleco@hotmail.com

I have an extensive background in livestock production and enjoy judging cattle and hogs in surrounding states.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Hardinsburg, KY.

Ferrell Oliver

Oliverguernseys@aol.com

I have judged several county fairs. I have taught agr education for 30 years having taught dairy and livestock judging. My dairy teams have consistently stayed at the top of state judging winning state 5 times in dairy. The same for livestock judging winning the state 3 times.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Dairy Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Scottsville, KY.

Fran McCall

mccallfran@gmail.com

I grew up showing Shorthorn cattle and completing in livestock judging contests in 4-H and FFA. I was high individual in 2001 at the state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and competed on the Gold Team for Kentucky in the fall of 2001. I attended Western Kentucky University, earning my BS in Agriculture with emphasis in Animal Science. I was on the Livestock Judging Team in 2005. I then attend the University of Kentucky, earning my Master's degree in Ruminant Nutrition and coached the Livestock Judging Team from 2006-2009. I was the first female coach at UK. I have judging numerous cattle, sheep, hog and goat show in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. I also have experience judging showmanship and Round Robin Competitions. I currently work for Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation at the state office in Louisville.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Shelbyville, KY.

Gavin Perkins

gavin.perkins@carmeuse.com

"With over 20 years in the livestock show industry; showing, raising, and evaluating livestock has become a passion. The values and friendships made in the livestock show world have proved to be beneficial to both my personal and professional life. The benefits to our youth are far reaching and extremely valuable. As a showman, producer, and father I have been blessed with show ring success on the local, state, and national level. I evaluate thousands of animals across the country annually while selecting animals for show stock families. I've judged multiple shows throughout the bluegrass and enjoy evaluating livestock and the great kids that exhibit them."

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Maysville, KY.

Jackson Jeffries

jajeffries19@gmail.com

I judged competitively all throughout 4-H and FFA, winning the State FFA contest and a consistent Top 5 at 4-H State contests. I currently judge 3-5 shows a year in Kentucky and out of state. Currently I am involved with the show stock industry raising market goats and showing lambs with the Forsee's. I also travel the country working with youth on showmanship and fitting techniques for lambs and goats with YGB Livestock Camps.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: New Castle, KY.

Jason Heath

jheath1970@gmail.com

Judging at the University of Kentucky helped develop a strong background in judging.  While there I was a member of the national sheep high team and was honored with All American status.  I have been blessed to have the opportunity to sort livestock at NAILE, Fort Worth, Houston, Jackson and most recently at the OKC Cattleman Congress.  My family has been active in exhibiting livestock, winning 4 National Championships, champion and reserve market goats at Kentucky State fair as well as premier exhibitor at NAILE.  

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Piedmont, OK.

Jaycie Heath

jaycie.heath@okstate.edu

I grew up showing sheep, goats, cattle and hogs, and judging livestock in both Kentucky 4H and FFA. I was also a member of the UK collegiate livestock judging team during the spring and fall of 2019. I have judged Kentucky county fairs and served as an associate judge for multiple cattle breed junior shows at the North American International Livestock Expo. I love judging showmanship and working with youth to improve their projects and knowledge of animal agriculture.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Pleasureville, KY.

Jena Kiess

JENALEESIGEL@GMAIL.COM

I grew up on a small family farm in Breezewood, PA. I found my passion for livestock in the 4-H and FFA programs where I raised hogs, goats, sheep and beef cattle earning master showmanship and champion titles along the way. I graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Animal Sciences and Agribusiness Management. I was on the Livestock Judging Team and Meats Judging Team, earning high individual at the Maryland State Fair and High Team at the University of Kentucky Meats Judging Contest. I continue to judge livestock today across Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. I have judged cattle at the New York State Fair twice and North Carolina State Fair twice .Upon graduation, I worked for Country View Family Farms and most notably managed a 25,000 head gilt nucleus herd from wean to finish. Currently, I am an Account Supervisor with Pennsylvania Farm Bureaus accounting firm, MSC Business Services. I am a financial advisor aiding farmers across Central Pennsylvania and serve over 120 clients.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Cogan Station, PA.

Jeremiah Cupps

jermcupps@gmail.com

Grew up exhibiting all species of livestock and quickly developed a passion for not only the show industry, but more so the animal protein industry as a whole. Was a member of Steve Austin's first Kentucky All-Star judging team before attending Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois where I judged competitively on the collegiate level. Upon graduating Lake Land with my Associates I transferred to Western Illinois University. There I was a member of a highly decorated team that included wins at the 2019 National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, 2019 National Barrow Show Austin, Minnesota, and reserve team at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo just to name a few. After graduating WIU with my bachelors in Animal Science I returned home to the farm where I operate Cupps Livestock. Here we strive to not only raise highly competitive show cattle of all breeds, but more importantly to give back to an industry that has been so good to us as a family.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats;Dairy Cattle;Dairy Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Burlington, KY.

John Romero

jrromero97@yahoo.com

I exhibited sheep and pigs, been around livestock most of my life. Livestock is my passion and seeing young people do the same thing is awesome. Ive had the opportunity to judge in ten states. I really do enjoy help the youth and trying to make them better.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Mulhall, OK.

Jordan Marx

jtmarx12@gmail.com

I have raised and shown club lambs at a high level my entire life. Was a member of the 2015 Ohio State livestock judging team. I have sorted shows in 7 different states including California and Wyoming. Some recent highlights being sorting market lamb showmanship at the Indiana State fair in 2019, Midwest junior preview in Sedalia, Missouri and a myriad of county and jackpot shows in between.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Botkins, OH.

Jordan Stephens

jordan_stephens01@icloud.com

Simmental Seedstock background
Freshman Livestock judging team member at Blackhawk East Campus
3 top 10 finishes at JR nationals
Supreme champion heifer at KY State Fair

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Ewing, KY.

Josh Taylor

josh@griswoldcattle.com

"I am the cowherd manager for Griswold Cattle Co. in Stillwater,OK I have judged National Cattle Shows in Louisville, Denver, Kansas City, Ft.Worth and San Antonio. Along with being named lead judge for the 2021 Hereford Junior National owned heifer show this summer. I am an ABGA certified boer goat judge having judged a National show 4 times. I have also judged market goats in Kansa City, San Antonio and Denver along several state fair shows as well."

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Perkins, OK.

Julie Hall

julierjordan@aol.com

I grew up on a cross bred beef cattle farm in Jessamine County and around market steers at a young age. I showed sheep and purebred heifers, and judged in 4h and FFA. Currently raise along with my family purebred Hereford cattle and show along side my teenage son.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Hustonville, KY.

Justin Ross

justin_ross04@yahoo.com

I've been judging meat goats for the last 8 years. I've judged goats in ohio, Pennsylvania, west Virginia, and Kentucky. I've also been fortunate enough to have judge all 3 expo shows in Kentucky. I've now started judging cattle on a county level as well.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: West Union, OH.

Kade Patton

kadepatton15@gmail.com

I'm an active cattleman and all around livestock enthusiast. I've bred and shown cattle at the state, regional, and national levels. My younger brother Karson and I operate Patton Family Cattle Company we raise Angus, Simmental, & Sim-Angus cows while also selling bulls to commercial cattlemen and women. Graduate from Western Illinois University where I obtained my BS in Agricultural Business Management with a Minor in Animal Science prior to transferring to Western Illinois University I went to Lake Land College and was an active member of the collegiate livestock judging team there as well as Western Illinois University.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Frankfort, IN.

Kasey Johnson

k.johnson5093e@gmail.com

I grew up on my family's diversified livestock operation in Mayslick, KY where we raise Duroc, Yorkshire and Crossbred show pigs, as well as running a commercial cow-calf operation. I'm currently enrolled at Hutchinson Community College and a member of the judging team. Most recently, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be a member of the 2019 Kentucky 4-H livestock judging team that was the 2019 National Champion Team at NAILE.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Maysville, KY.

Kaye Kaufman

kayeweaber@gmail.com

"Hello! I grew up active in 4H and National Jr organization on a diversified Cattle and Sheep operation; attended Colorado State University and was a member of the Livestock, Wool, Dairy and Meat Animal Eval teams. I placed in the top ten in several contests, however I feel that I didn't flourish as an evaluator until I had the opportunity to coach when we lived in VA. I assisted with the state champion 4H and FFA teams who both went on to be extremely successful. Recently, I have judged several smaller breed shows at NAILE and the National Highland Junior Show at the National Western in 2020. In addition to that, I have sat on the committee for judging contests on the state, regional and National level. It would be my privilege to have an opportunity to judge more shows here locally in KY."

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Harrodsburg, KY.

Kelsey Evans

kelseyculpevans@gmail.com

My family and I grew up raising and showing Chianina, Chiangus and Hereford cattle, showing competitively not only here in KY, but nationally. My primary focus has been beef cattle but have also shown sheep, swine and goats. I was high individual at the 2008 KY 4-H Livestock Judging Contest and later attended Ft. Scott Community College on a full judging scholarship before transferring to Morehead State University where I too, was on the judging team. I've judged various shows and showmanships in KY, TN, IN and WV, with the highlight being the 2014 Hoosier Beef Congress Showmanship Contest. I love working with youth and understand the importance of livestock programs and youth development events. Today, my family is still very active raising livestock. My two children are now involved with the same breed associations I was and we cannot wait until they're old enough to participate in 4-H and FFA.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Campbellsburg, KY.

Kevin Farrell

Kevin20622@yahoo.com

I started livestock judging when I was 9 years old and went on to compete as a member of the Maryland State 4-H Judging Team. We ranked 5th as a team and I ranked 25th as an individual for the national competition. I also won the Eastern National competition that year. I attended the University of Kentucky for my undergraduate degree and competed on UK's Livestock Judging team during my senior year. We placed in numerous contest around the nation during that judging season. I enjoy judging shows today as a way to stay involved with the livestock industry and to help with the youth who have that same interest.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Cynthiana, KY.

Kevin Gump

gumpshowlambs@gmail.com

"Show lamb breeder for 20 plus years. Have been judging county, jackpot and state shows for over fifteen years in approximately ten different states. Species include market lambs and market goats. Ive already judged a few shows in Kentucky. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Fletcher, OH.

Kevin Stith

stithka@hotmail.com

I have judged shows in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. I have also coached 4-h teams in Ky and Missouri. We currently raise angus and crossbred cattle. I have an interest in judging because I fully support young people in animal agriculture and our youth programs.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Payneville, KY.

Kevin Wendt

kevin@thewendtgroup.com

I have been involved with Livestock Judging for over 40 years. I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Degree in Animal Science and was on award winning Meat Evaluation and General Livestock Judging Teams.  I have had the pleasure to judge numerous national breeding and market swine shows to include The Exposition, National Junior Summer Spectacular, Team Purebred Summer National, Eastern Regional, Southeast Regional, Oklahoma Youth Expo, LSU Stock Show, California Cow Palace, Ft Worth Stock Show.  Numerous State and County Fairs in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, West Virginia, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas, California, Iowa, Georgia, New York, Maryland, and Missouri.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Plain City, OH.

Kyle Banks

izzy5757@aol.com

I have judged market/breeding/showmanship hog shows in Kentucky,Ohio,Tennesse,Pennsylvania,,Georgia, And Indiana. A list of references is available. Experience in swine judging compiled by 20+ years in the industry.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Butler, KY.

Larissa Tucker

larissa.tucker@uky.edu

I grew up on a dairy farm in Kentucky.  I have exhibited registered Guernsey for many years and continue to work with my family to exhibit dairy cattle in Kentucky.  I am currently the Extension Associate for Dairy youth programs where I coach the 4-H and University of Kentucky Dairy Judging Teams.  I was a member of the University of Kentucky Dairy Judging Team who placed first at the NAILE Dairy Judging Contest.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Dairy Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Lexington, KY.

Lincoln Hart

hartlincoln@gmail.com

I have been breeding and raising hogs through Hart Showpigs since 2014. My family and customers that exhibit hogs that I have placed or bred compete on a Local, State and National level. Currently on the Livestock Judging team at NEO A&M College in Miami, Oklahoma. I am interested in judging livestock shows because I want to work with exhibitors to expand their projects and also give them a knowledge of what to look for and to learn more about their pigs.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Pikeville, TN.

Lindsay Blue

bluehawgs16@gmail.com

I have been involved in the livestock industry  for the past 50+ plus years.I have actively  been breeding superior  genetics in the swine industry for that time raising Hampshires and Yorkshires.
From the ranks of 4-h and FFA both as an exhibitor and /or judging competition to a member of the 1983 University of Kentucky  highly acclaimed  livestock judging team. Started Blue Genes Farm in 1990 and raised and sold purebred SPF Yorkshire breeding stock throughout the USA as well as internationally. Have judged shows from County to national level over these many years.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Sebree, KY.

Logan Jackson

loganpjackson.15@icloud.com

Growing up I showed market lambs and goats where I was fortunate enough to win or be reserve at Kansas City, Louisville, Phoenix, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and the State Fair of Texas. Currently Im a sophomore at Connors State College where Im apart of the livestock judging team. Ive been lucky enough to be top three at Kansas City, Louisville, and the Denver replacement judging contests. Now that Im at the end of my showing and junior college judging career Im ready to be on the other side of this industry that being judging livestock shows and I feel like Kentucky would be a great place to start.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Olden, TX.

Mallory Trenkamp

mpenick0002@yahoo.com

Judged through 4-H and collegiate, enjoy sorting stock and working with the young people in the program.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Morning View, KY.

Martha Day

martha.day@wku.edu

Degree in Animal Scoence, taught undergraduate animal science courses at a university, raised hogs and beef cattle for 15 years, carded horse judge with 3 national organizations, I wish to improve livestock breeds and work with youth through judging.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Scottsville, KY.

Michael Wells

wellsauction@yahoo.com

I have been judging livestock for the past 20 yrs. I enjoy helping the youth in showmanship as well as improving then with livestock. I enjoy sorting livestock and passing my knowledge along to others. I am also a APA poultry judge apprentice that should be a lienced judge this upcoming year.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Owingsville, KY.

Nathan Hicks

jnhickscattle@outlook.com

Grew up showing beef cattle in Kentucky, therefore a so said product of the program. Have raised and exhibited beef cattle at the local state and national level for several years. Of those 20 plus years of exhibiting I have raised and/or exhibited over 70 state fair champions in 3 different breeds as well as several regional champion females and bulls, also have raised and exhibited national champions at the American Royal, NAILE, NWSS, and Jr. National heifer shows. I think the youth of Kutucky deserve to exhibit their cattle under judges who give all exhibitors a fair evaluation of their cattle and realize the quality of cattle at which we should strive to produce in the state.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Versailles, KY.

Nathan Ray

nray_8604@hotmail.com

" Masters Animal Science ASU Bachelors Animal Science TAMU Associates Applied Science BHE Former Assistant Professor of Animal Science Joliet Junior College Coached at Senior and Junior College Levels 2- Time All American 5 -Time High Individual Member of High Teams Overall 10 plus times Raise Show Cattle and Show Pigs as a Living Exhibit Cattle, Hogs, Sheep, and Goats I believe in Agriculture and the future is our youth. We, as a family, have always been involved in youth development. That is what we do and who we are. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Osco, IL.

Nick Pudliner

nickpudliner@gmail.com

We run a 250 head show wether goat operation, raising wethers and does that compete at the highest levels of competition. Ive been raising goats and placing stock for over half of my lifetime now and would like the opportunity to share my knowledge with the future generation of showmen and young aspiring breeders alike.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Fayette, OH.

Paige Dupin

paigedupin1@gmail.com

Currently, I am a junior at Texas A&M University while competing in the livestock judging team. Before this, I competing in junior college at NOC, where I was apart of the 2019 American Royal Champion Team as well as 8th High Junior College All- American. With this, I would love to give back with my passion for livestock judging and the show industry to young people in Kentucky. Now that I am done showing, I feel I would gain a lot of experience by jumping on the opportunity to potentially judge Kentucky shows and fairs!

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Irvington, KY.

Patrick Padgett

patrickp@fisd.org

I enjoy working with youth and sharing my thoughts on their livestock. Being an Ag teacher, I have made it my career to help youth in agriculture accomplish their goals. I judge on average 10-12 shows a year at the county level, jackpots and large regional shows. I judged in college at Joliet JR. College and Texas Tech University. I have judged in Kentucky before and rank those experiences towards the top of my list of shows.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Fredericksburg, TX.

Perry Glancy

perry@kjauction.com

Passion for our youth, teaching about integrity and our livestock

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Syracuse, IN.

Rick Klampe

rickklampe5@gmail.com

Sheep producer, junior college faculty member and livestock judging team coach. Coached national champion team at Louisville in 2009. My judging experience includes Houston, San Antonio, California State Fair, Oregon State Fair, The Big E, National Dorset Show & Sale, Midwest Stud Ram Sale as well as numerous county fairs. Exhibited numerous times at the NAILE in Louisville breeding the National Champion Dorset ewe in 2016. Would like to expand my judging experience to Kentucky.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Jefferson, OR.

Robert Clark

angus_man_1@yahoo.com

I'm a fourth generation farmer devoted to the beef cattle industry and developing angus cattle. I was a member of the Morehead State livestock judging team. I grew up showing Angus cattle and still do, a big part of our business is assisting young 4-Hers with their projects while building their work ethic and ability to do by learning. I strongly beleive that livestock shows are more about the kids on the halter than the animal, however the lessons learned by winning& losing impacts that showman and can build on their character. As far as past judgeing experience I have judged a few county fairs nothing major but I feel confident in my ability to make decisions and to be fair to all participants.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Harrodsburg, KY.

Robert Dinsmore

rod-cnh@fred.net

I've judged small ruminants nationwide since the mid-90's. I was on the Livestock Judging Team for UK in 1997 and the Meats Judging and Dairy Judging Teams at UK in 1998. I've been fortunate enough to have served as a sheep official for the Junior College Livestock Judging contest for three years in the early 2000's and have judged Boer goats at most of the Texas majors along with the Cow Palace and NAILE as well as several state fairs across the country.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep, Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Jefferson, Maryland

Rodney Knittel

knittellivestock@gmail.com

I have judged in 6 states including the MO State Fair Jr Breeding Sheep show and goat and a sheep jackpot shown in Utah. I was an agricultural educator for 17 years and still have the passion and enjoy working with young people.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Greenfield, IL.

Seth Aufderhaar

seth.aufderhaar@gmail.com

I grew up raising and showing beef cattle. Ive been very interested in judging since I was a freshman in high school on our FFA team. In college I was on the 2015 Ohio State University General Livestock Judging Team. I have an interest in judging in Kentucky since it is a neighboring state to Ohio and I know there is a lot of great livestock to evaluate. Currently I have judged beef cattle shows in three different states.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Botkins, OH.

Skyler Scotten

skylerscotten@gmail.com

I grew up on a diversified livestock operation raising cattle and goats. I have judged competitively through 4-H and FFA as well as collegiately. I have judged all species across the country and enjoy working with the youth in agriculture. I have an interest in judging in the state of Kentucky because the quality of kids that state represents.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Nevada, MO.

Steve Patton

stevepatton7001@yahoo.com

"I have judged and officiated Judging contests coast to coast. I am an active cattleman that's raised and sold cattle breeding stock to commercial and purebred breeders. I have judged numerous state Fair, National and Regional as well as county shows. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Frankfort, IN.

Sydney Alsip

salsip5553@gmail.com

Judging and Showing livestock has played a massive role in my life. I grew up showing sheep, goats, and cattle, and my family and I run a small show lamb operation in Northern Ky. After a successful career in FFA and 4-H, I followed my passion to Oklahoma, where I am on the Northern Oklahoma Livestock Judging team. I’ve competed competitively across the US to grow my knowledge and give back to the industry that has given me so much.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Verona, KY.

Tanner Fetzer

fetzert@yahoo.com

My background is raising and showing goats since I was 8 years old. My family and I run Fetzer livestock located in northern Colorado. I was on the northeastern junior college judging team and was very successful in the sheep and goat division at the major contests. I have had the pleasure of judging goat shows across the country and love doing it!

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Kersey, CO.

Terry Burks

dynasty@accessky.net

I grew up showing Simmental cattle through 4-H/FFA and have always enjoyed working with young people, especially from the aspect of livestock education. These passions are the reasons I enjoy judging youth livestock shows. I was a member of the Western Kentucky University Livestock Judging team in 1986 and, since that time, have judged over 900 shows in 43 states. In addition to raising cattle and having worked for a number of elite purebred cattle operations, I worked with Beeler Farms as the swine herdsman for a number of years. I was also the owner of Dynasty club lambs and meat goats. So I have real world experience in all the meat animal species.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Bowling, Green, KY.

Tim Hubbard

hubbardtimothy77@gmail.com

"Arizona National Wyoming State Fair Minnesota State Fair SW Regional - OK Montana State Fair Jackpots across the United States "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Kewanee, IL.

Tomas Manske

tjmanske2@gmail.com

I grew up on a family farm raising cattle, pigs and crops. During my school years, I showed beef and swine in 4-H and FFA and that taught me many valuable skills and responsibilities. It was then that I developed a passion for the systems and programs that encourage those developmental skills. I became and ag teacher and then a 4-H agent for 23 years where I promoted not only showing livestock, but also had competitive livestock and horse judging teams as well as national qualifying livestock and horse quiz bowl teams. I thoroughly enjoy working with kids and animals and using the livestock event to not only evaluate the classes, but to also educate the exhibitors and families about the agricultural industry. (Resume, credentials and references available)

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Yukon, OK.

Troy Goretska

troy.goretska@adm.com

I always appreciate the opportunity to contribute to youth agricultural programs that have so positively influenced my life. I grew up showing livestock through 4H and FFA and have remained constantly connected with the industry as a breeder. I was also a member of the Livestock Judging team at Black Hawk College, Kewanee, IL.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Corydon, IA.

Will Banks

jarettbanks293@gmail.com

I have grown up on a diversified cattle operation, ranging from preconditioning and backgrounding feeder cattle, to finishing fats, and now breeding competitive Red Angus seed stock. I am currently enrolled at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson Kansas, where Im a member of the livestock judging team as well. I was also fortunate enough to be a member of the 2019 National Champion 4-H livestock judging team and have competed at contests across the nation. Judging shows is a blessing to me, anytime I have the opportunity to give back to the youth of my state and better young people, Ill never pass up.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Cynthiana, KY.

Will Blaydes

blaydes.will@gmail.com

"I started in the purebred livestock industry at a young age, helping my family raise Limousin cattle. Throughout out my junior experience I had the pleasure of exhibiting cattle all over the country. I fortunate to exhibit 3 national champion individuals, as well as, serving on the North American Limousin Junior Association board of directors. Recently my families operation added red angus to our herd, where we were fortunate to raise a 3 time reserve national champion heifer. Currently, I am a herdsman at Golden Age Farms where we raise angus and wagyu, focusing on producing premium beef. I am a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky where I majored in animal science with a minor in agriculture economics. I would enjoy judging shows in Kentucky, because I enjoy cattle and juniors. I know how a good experience exhibiting livestock has shaped my life. I would love to serve as a role model to kids. Growing up in the industry over the past 22 years I have had the opportunity to with incredible role model. While I have not had the opportunity to judge any shows, I feel that I would be an accurate evaluator with integrity. "

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Lexington, KY.

Wyatt Banks

jwyattbanks51@gmail.com

It's my life. I have judged through 4H, FFA, Juco and now Senior College. Looking at livestock and touching people in the process is what I aspire to do no matter the size of the show.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Cynthiana, KY.

Zach Bartenslager

zach.bart@uky.edu

Raises show cattle with Wife and Family. Currently serves as the Extension Associate for Youth Livestock Programs in Kentucky. Competed on livestock judging teams at Hutchinson Community College, Ohio State University and former livestock judging coach at the University of Tennessee.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle;Sheep;Hogs;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Paris, KY.

Zach Day

zdc2121@gmail.com

Herdsman for Burns Farms, a Tenesseee based Hereford Ranch. Interested in evaluating and helping youth of our industry with the guidance and capability of sorting livestock shows in a fun and educational way. Livestock judging teams in school and sorted a handful of county fairs.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Beef Cattle

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Pikeville, TN.

Zack Schwartz

z.m.schwartz@hotmail.com

Showed market lambs, currently raise and sell show lambs.

Species of livestock willing to evaluate: Sheep;Goats

Willing to travel? Yes

Location: Paris, KY.