SPC’s Livestock Judging Team strives for success in spring season


LEVELLAND – The South Plains College Livestock Judging team entered the spring semester continuing to build on the success it achieved in the fall. 

The college entered two teams in the Griswold Cattle Contest held in Stillwater, Okla. South Plains College finished tied for first overall after earning 2,161points and tied for second overall with 2,147 points. 

“This contest featured 25 teams, and we entered two teams mixed with freshmen and sophomores,” said Conner Newsom, coach of the SPC Livestock Judging Team. “We had five students finish in the top 10.” 

William Watts of Brookhaven, Miss., finished second overall with 447. The first place winner score 448 points. Ty Dunham of Meeker, Colo., finished fifth as high individual with 442 points. Myles Hackstedt of Needville scored 441 points and finished seventh followed by Tanner Keeton of Borger in ninth place scoring 439 points. Grace Gullatt of Salem, Ala., also scored 439 points but she finished in 10th place based on a tie breaker. 

At the end of the fall semester, the team spent 10 days participating it its winter workout which focused on intense practices to prepare for the spring competitions. The most outstanding freshmen earned the right to travel with the team in the spring. 

The SPC Livestock Judging Team competed in the National Western Judging contest held Jan. 11 in Denver, Colo. The event featured 33 teams from across the country. The SPC team had a strong showing but finished fifth overall. SPC finished fifth in cattle, fourth in sheep/goats and fourth in oral reasons. 

Dunham finished eighth overall, second high individual in beef cattle judging with a score of 439, second in beef reasons with a score of 189 and third overall in feedlot cattle with a score of 97.   

“I wasn’t pleased with the outcome but we are peaking at the right time,” Newsom said. “We will try to repeat our performance at Houston like we did last year.”

The SPC Livestock Judging team will compete in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.