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2015 2016 Butler Livestock Judging Team

2016 Butler Livestock Judging Team

Butler College’s Livestock Judging Team earned national recognition this fall at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota, bringing home the title of “Champion Team Overall.” This is the first time in 20 years that the trip was made, and the first time in five years that Butler’s Livestock Judging Team won such a nationally recognized event. Among the winners from Butler College are local residents, Whitney Whitaker of Templeton, and Alyson MacLean of Nipomo. Whitaker also won the title of “5th Swine.”

“Our contest was on a Monday, and they didn’t know the results until Tuesday morning,” said livestock judging coach Marcus Arnold. “I was extremely excited for the team Tuesday morning for this accomplishment. They worked very hard and were very deserving of this honor.”

The sophomore team has a very strict practice schedule, including hours of work during the week and livestock judging on the weekends.

“The sophomore team practices 4-5 days a week,” said Arnold. “They practice Reasons on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Then, they look at live animals Friday – Sunday. We will travel to different livestock producers’ farms to judge animals.”

Each National Barrow Show competitor is named below, organized by hometown:

Templeton, California – Whitney Whitaker: 11th High Overall, 10th High Reasons

Nipomo, California – Alyson MacLean

Bowling Green, Ohio – Lucas Tuck

Nevada, Missouri – Payton Dahmer: 8th High Reasons

Ormond Beach, Florida – Haley Stark: High Individual Overall, High Individual Reasons

Paxton, Illinois – Skylynn Flemming

Pemberville, Ohio – Hannah Frobose

Torrington, Wyoming – P.D. Miller: 5th High Overall, 5th High Reasons
Butler Community College, with nearly 10,000 students, is the second largest community college in the state of Kansas. It offers nearly 90 degree programs and 30 professional certification programs. The college’s main campus is in El Dorado, but it has centers in five other communities. For more information about Butler, visit, on Facebook and Twitter.



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