Louisiana State University won the high team overall category at the 73rd USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held at Louisiana State University (LSU). The team from Pennsylvania State University took second place. Additionally, Hannah Feuerborn, University of Arkansas, won the high individual overall category, and Luke Comeaux, LSU, finished second.
“We are thankful for the assistance of David Boldt, Dr. Dennis Ingram and others at LSU for the logistics support and planning required for this event,” remarked John Starkey, USPOULTRY Foundation president. “It continues to be a program that has a high level of friendly competitiveness among the teams and the student participants.”
Ten universities participated in the competition in production judging, breed selection and market products judging. The schools included Auburn University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, University of North Georgia and University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
The contest is made possible by a grant from Mountaire Corp. in honor of Ted Cameron, founder of Mountaire. It is part of the USPOULTRY Foundation's comprehensive student outreach program, established to enhance young people's interest in the poultry industry and encourage student enrollment in poultry science and related studies.
In addition to the Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest, the USPOULTRY Foundation sponsors the annual College Student Career Program, International Student Program and National FFA Career Development Event at the International Poultry Expo (IPE), as well as co-sponsors the Ph.D. and Vet Student Career Fair during IPE, part of the International Production & Processing Expo. Other youth outreach sponsorship includes the National FFA Convention, National 4-H poultry activities, and high school and elementary school outreach programs. The Foundation also funds student recruiting efforts at colleges and universities from coast-to-coast.