Livestock Judging Team

Butler Judging Program

Photo of livestock judging team and their awards

Butler Community College has fielded a premier junior college livestock judging program for at least the past two decades. The livestock judging program offers students an intensive learning process that includes livestock selection and its application to the industry. While competition is important to the learning process of judging team members, it is not the only component of their training. Many hours are spent evaluating stock at several of the leading operations in Kansas and across the nation. 

It only takes a brief walk through the halls of the Butler Ag Building to see the countless plaques, banners and trophies that decorate the walls.  These accolades include more than 60 champion or reserve-champion finishes at national competitions. In addition, Butler has fielded 48 All-Americans— more than twice as many as any other junior college program. In 2016-2017, the Livestock Judging Team was named Team of the Year and five Butler students were All-American recipients. There are only 15 All-American slots. In addition, both Butler coaches were awarded coach of the year. This winning tradition is the result of a dedication to hard work and a commitment to excellence.

While there have been many accomplishments at a variety of contests, there is more to the program than just winning contests. We strive to instill the value of academics. During the past five years, over 40 Butler Judging students have maintained a cumulative GPA above 3.7.  That being said, Butler stands unparalleled in generating Academic All Americans; a feat achieved by individuals with a work ethic dedicated towards competitive judging skills backed by a pronounced GPA.

We encourage students to apply for Butler Scholarships. Butler gives away more than $600,000 in scholarships every year.

Following is a list of the many contests that students will attend throughout their two years at Butler.

  •          National Barrow Show                                                                                   Austin, MN
  •          Flint Hills Classic                                                                                El Dorado/Manhattan, KS
  •          Ak-Sar-Ben                                                                                                      Omaha, NE
  •          Kansas Junior Livestock Show                                                                  Hutchison, KS
  •          Tulsa                                                                                                                      Tulsa, OK
  •          State Fair of Texas                                                                                         Dallas, TX
  •          Stockman                                                                                                       Frankfort, IN
  •          American Royal                                                                                          Kansas City, MO
  •          North American International Livestock Exposition                            Louisville, KY
  •          National Western Stock Show                                                                     Denver, CO
  •          Iowa Beef Expo                                                                                          Des Moines, IA
  •          Southwestern Exposition                                                                           Fort Worth, TX
  •          Nebraska Cattlemans Classic                                                                     Kearney, NE
  •          San Antionio Stock Show                                                                          San Antonio, TX
  •          Houston                                                                                                            Houston, TX


Livestock Judging Publications

2016 May/June Showtimes Magazine; 2017 May/June Showtimes Magazine


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