Intermountain Livestock Judging


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Contest Results

Previous Presenters

  • 2015

    • Clint Rusk, PhD
    • Travis Hoffman
    • Sarah Baker

  • 2014

    • Brett Kaysen
    • Chip Kemp

  • 2013

    • Brett Kaysen
    • Rick Klampe

  • 2012

    • Randy Shipley
    • Paul Kuber

Each year youth work hard to raise a market animal, and enter it in the fair. They have waited all year to show this animal, and learn how to improve. It is important to provide youth livestock shows with qualified judges; however the list of knowledgeable individuals qualified is undersized. This in turn makes it difficult to hire proficient judges. To make the list more extensive, University of Idaho Extension educators teamed with extension personnel from Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. This was the birth of the Intermountain Livestock Judges training, which provides current meat animal industry guidelines. It also provides up to date evaluation methods, including the importance of being a positive influence, implementing carcass characteristics, and how to identify structural differences in livestock. Since the program began, individuals that are willing to judge youth shows, have been added to the list of qualified judges. Participants have judged 76 county fairs, 36 state shows, and 8 national shows in 14 different states!

Panel Experts

  1. Ryan Rathmann
  2. Caleb Boardman
  3. Sarah Baker

Ryan Rathmann

Texas Tech University

Ryan grew up in 4-H and FFA on his family’s cow-calf oper-ation in Bastrop, TX. Ryan received his B.S. and M.S. from Texas A&M University in Animal Science and Beef Cattle Reproduction in 2002 and 2005, respectively. He pursued his Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition at Texas Tech University completing his degree in December of 2008.

Ryan is currently an Associate Professor in the Depart-ment of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University and teaches a variety of courses. He serves as the faculty coordinator of the Livestock Judging Team, Meat Animal Evaluation Team, and the Beef Center. Ryan has coached eight National Champion Collegiate Livestock Judging Teams, three at Texas A&M from 2002 to 2004, and five at Texas Tech from 2007 to 2009 and again in 2011 and 2015. Ryan is recognized as the all-time winningest livestock judging coach in the 100 year history of the prestigious International Livestock Judging Contest and his 2008 Tex-as Tech team holds the all-time record score. Under Ryan's guidance, 22 undergraduate students have been recognized as members of the All-American Livestock Judging Team. In addition, Ryan has coached five National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Teams at Texas Tech from 2007 through 2010 and again in 2013. Ryan has judged local, state, or national junior and open cattle shows in 30 different states and Canada including every major show in Texas, the National Western, and the North American International Livestock Exposition.
University of Idaho
Steve Harrison
(208) 547-3205
Scott Nash

Joel Packham

Rauhn Panting
Utah State University
Josh Dallin
(435) 797-8442
Katelyn Bell
(801) 615-0205

University of Wyoming

Dawn Sanchez
(307) 783-0570

Marty Gifford

ontana State University
Marc King
(406) 932-5146



A Special Thanks to the following for their support:
Spanish Fork City
Circle V Meats
Southeast Idaho Ultrasound
USU Extension—Utah County