Britton graduate wins national livestock judging contest

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Farm Forum

Tyler Bush of Britton, a member of the South Dakota State University livestock judging team, won the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest Nov. 16 at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

Bush placed first overall and first in reasons, competing against students from 19 universities. The SDSU team placed third overall.

“The national contest is the longest running and most prestigious contest in all of livestock judging competitions,” Brady Jensen, SDSU livestock judging team coach, said in a news release. “Our team had the most successful season in recent history and went out on a high note at the national contest.”

“To win high individual overall and high individual in reasons at the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest is something I can’t exactly explain,” Bush, an animal science student, said in the release. “The time, dedication and determination it took the last decade or so is unmeasurable. Winning that day was a moment of satisfaction, knowing that all the time and effort I’ve put into judging had finally paid off.”

Bush also placed third in sheep and goats, fourth in hogs and eighth in cattle.

He is only the third person in SDSU history to win the national contest. The others were Leon Spronk in 1974 and Gary TeStroete in 1962.

Brooke Skoglund, animal science student from Hecla, is also a member of the SDSU team, which placed first in sheep and goats. Individually, Skoglund placed 38th overall.

The team dedicated 20 to 40 hours to practicing each week during the spring and fall semesters and competed in 11 contests since the start of the season in January, according to the release.

South Dakota State University student Tyler Bush of Britton won the National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest. He is the third SDSU student to ever win the national contest. Courtesy photo