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NEO Livestock Judging Opens Season with Individual Wins

Miami, Oklahoma – Tuesday, October 3, 2018 – The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) Livestock Judging Team travelled to Grand Island, Neb., during the last weekend in September to compete in the Aksarben Stock Show. The ninety year-old show was established by the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben, a philanthropic civic organization dedicated to promote the region’s agricultural heritage. The NEO sophomore team claimed fifth place overall and the freshman team claimed third place overall.


Along with the team success, sophomore Abigail Spindle and freshman Mattie Haynes earned first place overall in their division. Spindle, a sophomore from Miami earned her spot by strong placing in the beef and swine categories. Haynes, a freshman from Jay, Okla., finished first in her division by taking first in beef and top-five in sheep and goats, and reasons.

The freshman team finished top-four in every individual category, led by Haynes. The sophomore team was bolstered by strong finishes from Cagney Effling, Grant Hubbard, Kassidy Fletcher, and Alexa Montagne. The sophomore team had two top-five individuals, with Effling finishing fifth. In total, between both sophomore and freshmen teams, NEO had seventeen individual top-ten finishes across the three species: swine, sheep and goats, and beef, and the reasons categories.

“The contest provided exactly what the team needs at this point in the season; reward for things we’re performing well at and a renewed focus on necessary improvements,” said Head Coach Taylor Graham. “We’ll be working diligently on what needs done, but I’m certainly proud of our work and success this past weekend.”

For more information about NEO livestock judging, contact Graham at taylor.graham10@neo.edu.

Results:

Freshmen Sheep and Goats
4th – Mattie Haynes
4th Overall Team

Freshmen Swine
10th – Daniel Goodwin
3rd Overall Team

Freshmen Beef
1st – Mattie Haynes
4th Overall Team

Freshmen Reasons
4th – Mattie Haynes
3rd Overall Team

Freshmen Overall
1st – Mattie Haynes
3rd Overall Team

Sophomore Sheep and Goats
2nd – Kassidy Fletcher
4th – Cagney Effling
7th – Alexa Montagne

Sophomore Swine
3rd – Abby Spindle
5th – Grant Hubbard
9th – Cagney Effling
5th Overall Team

Sophomore Beef
1st – Abby Spindle
3rd Overall Team

Sophomore Reasons
10th – Kassidy Fletcher
3rd – Cagney Effling
4th Overall Team

Sophomore Overall
1st – Abby Spindle
5th – Cagney Effling
12th – Kassidy Fletcher
5th Overall Team

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