Warner, OK –Johnna Stottlemyre, Luther, Oklahoma is serving as a member of the Connors State College Livestock Judging Team in Warner, OK. Stottlemyre is a freshman at CSC and pursuing an Associates of Science degree in Agribusiness and Pre-Law. She is the daughter of John and Jennifer Stottlemyre of Luther, Oklahoma.
Livestock Judging Team members evaluate both breeding and market animals for beef cattle, sheep, goats, swine and horses, to determine their value relative to current industry trends. After placing the class the students will then defend their placing by presenting oral reasons to an official judge. The participation in livestock judging will enhance the student’s critical thinking and decision making skills while also developing public speaking ability. Connors State has a rich tradition in livestock judging by consistently being one of the top programs in the United States for the last thirty years with numerous top-5 finishes and several academic-All Americans.
CSC’s Livestock Judging Team travels all over the state of Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest to practice and compete. They visit ranches, university farms and regional and national fairs and livestock shows. Through their travels team members will get to meet and workout with many of today’s elite animal operations and meet some of the top producers in the nation. The team is traveling to the Flint Hills Classic in Kansas, Tulsa State Fair, the State Fair of Texas, the American Royal in Kansas City and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY. In the spring semester the team will compete at the National Western in Denver, CO, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Rodeo and Livestock Show and at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show. The Connors State College Livestock Judging Team coach is Nolan Hildebrand.
“Research shows Animal Science co-curricular activities such as Livestock Judging equip our students with interpersonal skills highly valued by employers across a myriad of professions” says Hildebrand. Connors State College is a two-year agriculture college located in east central Oklahoma. Connors State College is a two-year agriculture college located in east central Oklahoma.
Both Stottlemyre and Jesse Cole, both from the class of 2018, were LHS standouts. They were first featured in the Luther Register in 2016 lauding their FFA accomplishments.