The LLCC livestock judging team placed first overall at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) held in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 19. Twenty-six teams from across the nation participated in the competition. This marks the first time in LLCC history that the livestock judging team placed first in a national contest.
Front L to R: Rob Johnson of Niantic; Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; and Amy Loschen of Kempton. Back L to R: Larry Wilson, NAILE superintendent; LLCC Agriculture Professor Craig Beckmier of Morrisonville; Damon Stayton of Carlinville; Chris Mullinix, overall champion junior college team award sponsor; and Luke Eply, NAILE assistant superintendent
The livestock judging team comprises members of the LLCC Animal Evaluation Club. The overall team competed in beef, sheep and swine contests. Overall, the top LLCC contestants included Jackson Johnson as fifth high individual, Dalton Heavner was ninth high individual, while Rob Johnson placed in the 19th position. In the beef contest, the team tied for first and was second on a tie breaker. Jackson Johnson placed as the ninth highest individual, Dalton Heavner, was 11th high individual and Amy Loschen captured the 13th spot.
In the swine contest, the LLCC team placed fourth overall, with Jackson Johnson being high individual and Rob Johnson placing 17th. In sheep, the team placed fourth overall, with Dalton Heavner receiving second high individual honors. The team finished fifth overall in oral reasons, with Jackson Johnson capturing a fourth place finish and Amy Loschen placing 10th.
“After establishing itself as a top 10 program nationally in the last four years and pushing top five status, this was a huge difference maker for Lincoln Land Community College,” stated Craig Beckmier, LLCC agriculture professor and Animal Evaluation Club advisor. “As a result, this team has a shot at National Team of the Year for 2014-2015. There are two more national contests in the spring semester.”
LLCC livestock judging team members include Dalton Heavner of Pittsfield; Adam Heffelfinger of Ashland, Ohio; Jackson Johnson of Poneto, Ind.; Rob Johnson of Niantic; Amy Loschen of Kempton; Will Harsh of Radnor, Ohio and Damon Stayton of Carlinville.
In addition, Professor Beckmier of Morrisonville received the Fred Francis Coach of the High Team award and was also presented with the first traveling trophy for the overall champion junior college team.
The North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) is the world’s largest all-breed, purebred livestock exposition. Ten different species of livestock compete in the exposition, and the purebred beef and sheep events are the largest in the world. The NAILE is the first established national community college livestock judging contest.