UT Livestock Judging Team

The University of Tennessee has a rich tradition in Livestock Judging. Dating back to their 1962 National Championship performance, UT still carries the tradition today. Livestock Judging enables students to understand the many different aspects of production livestock. Students enhance their public speaking skills as well as their evaluation skills for livestock. UT currently attends eight contest per year. Four in the spring which include: NWSS, Denver, Colorado; Dixie National, Jackson, Mississippi; Houston Livestock Show, Houston, Texas; and the All East Contest which rotates each year. Students will also travel to four contest in the fall semester. Starting with National Barrow Show, in Austin, Minnesota; Keystone International, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri; and NAILE, hosted in Louisville, Kentucky. Livestock Judging is open to all who wish to participate, and not just limited to Animal Science majors. It is recommended that students are a junior standing when they start the team. Students who wish to join the team should take ANSC 360 in order to become eligible.  

2018 UT LJT Updates

The 2018 UT LJT is back on the road in preparation for their fall judging tour. Contests for the fall include National Barrow Show (Austin, MN.); Keystone International Livestock Exposition (Harrisburg, PA.); Stockman Contest (Frankfort, IN.); American Royal (Kansas City, MO.); and the North American International Livestock Exposition (Louisville, KY.). The team will continue to make update on their Facebook page throughout the fall. If you want to keep up with the team hit the following link (link up UT Facebook) and give us a "like". If you are interested in joining the LJT or donating to the team please contact Zach Bartenslager at zbartens@utk.edu for more details! Go Vols!

Livestock Judging Camp 

This years University of Tennessee Livestock Judging Camp will be July 26-28, 2019. This camp is open to the first 25 individuals that rregister and will be entering grades 9-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Cost is $225, which includes lodging at UTK dorms, UT judging handbook, meals, recreation, transportation, camp t-shirt and 24 hour medical assistance. Registration deadline is June 20, 2019. For additional information, contact Zach Barenslager at zbartens@vols.utk.edu


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Ten Reasons Why You Should Become a Member of the Livestock Judging Team

  1. Travel the United States 
  2. Meet prestigious livestock producers from all over
  3. Evaluate some of the nation's top livestock
  4. Become a better evaluator
  5. Ability to make logical decisions
  6. Enhance your public speaking skills
  7. Build your resume
  8. Make new friends and relationships
  9. A fun way to be involved
  10. Bring success to yourself and the College


Contact Information 

Zach Bartenslager

Abigayle Pollock
268 Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville, Tennessee   37996
(865) 974-5068  


Support Us 

If you would like to support the Livestock Judging Team, consider a gift through UT Foundation. Use this direct link for your gift.