Texas A&M University recently won the 66th U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, held at Louisiana State University. This is their sixth consecutive win, having won first place at the event every year since 2008. Additionally, Michael Clay, a junior at Texas A&M, was announced high individual winner.
The Kansas State University team placed a close second in the team competition, with William Trieb, sophomore, finishing second in the individual category.
USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation sponsors the National Poultry Judging Contest as part of its comprehensive student outreach program. The contest was established to enhance young people's interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science studies. Teams compete in production judging, breed selection, and market products judging.
The Association also sponsors the annual College Student Career Program at the International Poultry Expo, supports National FFA and National 4-H poultry activities, and funds student recruiting efforts for poultry science departments and related programs through the USPOULTRY Foundation.
Eleven universities participated in this year's competition. The awards were presented by Barbara Jenkins, vice president of education programs, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.