In-Person LCCC Livestock Judging Show Heralds Return to Normalcy

Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 6:19 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - After last year’s virtual livestock judging show at the Laramie County Community College, today’s show marked a return to normalcy for the staff and students.

One hundred and thirty middle school and high school students across the region competed in the LCCC livestock judging competition Sept. 29th. The LCCC had a wide variety of stock for the students to study and evaluate based on how marketable each animal is. After the evaluation, the students presented the reasons for ranking the animals the way they did.

“We do this as an opportunity for the FFA kids to practice their reasons, and go to a contest and get used to the nerves and jitters involved with that,” said Dale Brown, LCCC Head Show Team coach, “and the whole procedures about being in groups and being quiet all day, and grabbing your lunch in between, and studying your reasons while you’re eating lunch, and all of the things that go into competitions whatever you’re judging.”

One of the reasons for the competition is preparing the kids for opportunities later on.

“I think it’s a really fun thing, a very educational thing, and it helps prepare them for all kinds of things in life... how to make decisions, how to describe things, how to defend their decisions and be able to speak in public,” Brown said.

Because last year’s livestock show was virtual, participators in the event this year said they noticed a different atmosphere among the kids than they have seen in previous years.

“Considering we’ve had that break...” said Morgan Moreno, LCCC Equine instructor and Ranch Horse team coach. “I think it’s gone very well and I think the students -- the FFA kids -- are back there feeling encouraged and welcomed to learn and, you know, not be worried about doing poorly, like, it’s just a learning experience.”

After a reportedly successful livestock show, those involved say they’re looking forward to many more to come.

“We’re just really excited to have all these schools down here today,” said Katie Schockley, LCCC Agriculture and Equine coordinator. “We can’t wait for next year’s contest as we start to get it picking up and we get going and we hope to see more schools next year too.”

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