Livestock Judging

The award-winning livestock judging team has a rich tradition of excellence at Lake Land College. Coach Hayden Wilder leads the nationally recognized team, training them to compete in the areas of beef cattle, swine, sheep and goat judging along with the presentation of oral reasons. The team annually competes from September through March in more than a dozen major events throughout the country, including:

  • National Barrow Show – Austin, MN (Sophomores)
  • Flint Hills Livestock Show – Hutchinson, KS (Sophomores)
  • Tulsa State Fair – Tulsa, OK (Sophomores)
  • Boiler Invitational & Premier Stockman – Frankfort, IN (Freshmen and Sophomores)
  • American Royal – Kansas City, MO (Sophomores)
  • NAILE – Louisville, KY (Sophomores)
  • Hoosier Beef Congress – Indianapolis, IN (Freshmen)
  • Griswold Cattle Classic – Stillwater, OK (Sophomores)
  • National Western Livestock & Carload Contests – Denver, CO (Sophomores)
  • Dixie National – Jackson, MS (Freshmen and Sophomores)
  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition – San Antonio, TX (Sophomores)
  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston, TX (Sophomores)
  • Master’s Invitational – Warner, OK (Freshmen)

During freshman year, judging team members enroll in Livestock Evaluation (AGR-061) which prepares them for the busy sophomore year of competition. Prospective incoming freshman students should reach out to coach Hayden Wilder ( prior to enrolling in this course to receive more information. Livestock Judging Scholarships are awarded to students who, in the coach’s judgment, have the outstanding ability to perform on the competitive team.

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