Cook selected as member of livestock judging team
By Debby Golden
Connors State College
REED CITY — Morgan Cook of Reed City was recently selected as a member of the Livestock Judging Team at Connors State College in Warner, Okla.
Cook is a 2013 graduate of Nowata High School. She is the daughter of John and Rodnie Cook. On campus, Cook is an active member of Aggie Club, Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow and Agriculture Ambassadors. Cook is sophomore at CSC and pursuing an associates degree of science in animal science. After receiving her associates degree, Cook plans to further her education at an undecided university. She was third overall in swine judging at the State Fair of Texas.
Livestock Judging Team members evaluate both breeding and market animals for beef cattle, sheep, goats, swine and horses, to determine their value relative to current industry trends. After placing the class, the students will then defend their placing by presenting oral reasons to an official judge. The participation in livestock judging will enhance the student’s critical thinking and decision making skills while also developing public speaking ability. Connors State has a rich tradition in livestock judging by consistently being one of the top programs in the U.S. for the last 30 years.
CSC’s Livestock Judging Team travels all over the state of Oklahoma and throughout the Midwest to practice and compete. They visit ranches, university farms and regional and national fairs and livestock shows. Through their travels, team members will get to meet and work out with many of today’s elite animal operations and meet some of the top producers in the nation. In the coming weeks, the team will travel to the Flint Hills Classic in Kan., Tulsa State Fair, the State Fair of Texas, the American Royal in Kansas City and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. In the spring semester, the team will compete at the National Western in Denver, Colo., San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fort Worth Rodeo and Livestock Show and at the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show. The Connors State College Livestock Judging Team coach is Blake Nelson. Assistant livestock judging team coach is Chase Reed.
Connors State College is a two-year agriculture college located in east central Oklahoma. For more information, visit the CSC website at connorsstate.edu.