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The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Livestock Judging Team travelled to Cookeville, Tenn., during the third weekend in September to compete in the Professor Lidvall Memorial Contest. The inaugural show was established to honor Professor Ed Lidvall, who taught at the University of Tennessee for 39 years and passed away in 2010. NEO swept the two-year college show, claiming high team overall as well as high team in Beef Cattle, Swine Judging, and Sheep/Goat Judging. “The freshmen and sophomore team exhibited exceptional character and work ethic throughout the past four weeks,” said Head Coach Taylor Graham. “It seems that the harder we work the luckier we get.”

The Livestock Judging Team followed up the competition the next week, competing in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Flint Hills Mid-American Classic. Sophomores Mattie Haynes and Tanner Walden both had an excellent showing. Haynes, an Ag Business major from Jay, Okla., finished second in the sheep/goats division and fourth in cattle, which earned her the spot at reserve high individual overall. Walden, an Animal Science major from Tonganoxie, Kan., finished second in both the cattle and reasons division and was named fourth high overall individual. The freshmen team fielded the third high team in the swine division and secured the ranking of fifth high team overall.

For more information about NEO livestock judging, contact Graham at taylor.graham10@neo.edu. (Photo: Front Row Sitting: Sky Hoot, Mattie Haynes, Tanner Walden, Ashley Peterson, Tyler Stedje. Back Row Standing: Coach Clay McGuire,Taylor Barber, Kalley Whitlock, Matt Breedlove, Lincoln Hart, Caleb Wamsley, Reid Lovorn, Brandon Fraser, Levi Perry, Paige Millard, Riley Smith, Wyatt Helms, Emily Norris, Head Coach Taylor Graham.)


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