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Led by Ryan McDuffie, Kason Cathy and Rylee Simpson, the cattle judging team combined for 26 top-10 finishes in winning the reserve championship at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix.

The U of A Livestock Judging Team won the reserve championship at the Arizona National Livestock Show in Phoenix during the semester break with five team members placing in the top 10 individually.

The team is made up of animal science students and coached by Professor Bryan Kutz. Team members have combined for 26 individual top 10 finishes.

Individuals judged and placed 12 classes of livestock containing four animals per class with categories for beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. After judging and ranking, the team members explained their ranking to the officials, who scored the competitors individually and as a team.

The U of A had the best team score in sheep and goats, and finished second in reasons, cattle and hogs.

Ryan McDuffie, Kason Cathy and Rylee Simpson combined for 13 top 10 finishes. McDuffie finished fourth overall, seventh in grounds, third in cattle, fourth in hogs and fourth in sheep and goats. Cathy finished sixth overall, eighth in the grapes and fifth in the pigs, sheep and goats. Simpson finished ninth overall, fourth in grounds, third in hogs and sixth in sheep and goats.

Julie Isbell was ninth in reasons and second in sheep and goats; Keely Harrelson was 10th in cattle and eighth in sheep and goats; Walker Antilla finished eighth overall, seventh in hogs, and ninth in sheep and goats; Carter Culp finished 10th overall, second in hogs and ninth in cattle; Rebekah Oneal was 10 for pigs, sheep and goats; and Raven Revels was 10th in the grounds.

The team is housed in the Department of Animal Science at Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

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