Livestock Judging Team

Butler Judging Program

Butler community college has remained one of the most premier junior college livestock judging programs for at least the past two decades. The livestock judging program is an intensive learning process about livestock selection and its application to the industry. While competition is important to the learning process of judging team members, it is not the single component of their training. Many hours are spent evaluating stock at some of the premier operations in Kansas and across the nation. 

2015 2016 Butler sophomore livestock judging team

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 57 champion or reserve-champion finishes at national competitions. In addition, Butler has fielded 48 All-Americans— more than double the amount of any other junior college program. That 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. The past five years, over 40 Butler Judging students have maintained an accumulative 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 has given away over $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


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2016 May/June Showtimes Magazine


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