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Judging Team

Good eye for superior quality? If you can tell the best ostrich egg or dairy cow from a group and why, you might want to join the judging team.

The Lakeland College Judging Team is the longest-running and largest intercollegiate judging program in western Canada.

The Judging team is a very active group on campus. Judging workshops are held weekly. The team is able to utilize the college farm units for various judging classes. Team members travel to several judging competitions each year including: University of Saskatchewan, University of Alberta, Olds college, Farm Fair, Canadian Western Agribition, and Macdonald College in Quebec. The team is also active in the local 4-H community. With members assisting as public speaking judges, as well as providing judges and organization to the annual You Be The Judge 4-H clinic. Each year the team puts on their home town judging competition held on Little Royal weekend. Beginner judges and expert judges are both welcome to join the team.

Bevin Hamilton - 780 853 8653
Darrell Hickman - 780 853 8663

2017 Western Canadian Judging Competition

Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta, would like to extend an invitation to you and your team to attend our 29th annual competition.  The competition will again include both intercollegiate teams and 4-H teams.

The classes to be judged will include both livestock and crop classes.  A list of potential classes is on the next page.  Teams will consist of four judges, but in the calculation of team scores, the lowest score will be dropped and your team score will include the three highest scores.  If there are changes in team membership after you have registered your team, please let us know at the time of registration on March 10. 

Registration fees are:
• $55 per 4-H team
• $75 per college team
• $25 per individual judge

The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, February 21, 2017.  Please return the registration form (pdf) as soon as possible and make cheques payable to “Lakeland College.”

Ag-Citing, the open house for the Agriculture School at Lakeland College is also being held on March 10, so there will be lots to see and do that afternoon.

The final schedule and rules will be sent out once we have received your paid registrations.

If you have questions or require more information, please contact Darrell Hickman (780 853 8663) or Bevin Hamilton (780 853 8653).

Another win--this time Saskatoon
Another one for the win column. On Jan. 29, 2010 a team of Lakeland College ag students travelled to Saskatoon with instructor Blair Dow to compete in the
University of Saskatchewan Stockman’s Judging Competition.

Students on the team were Rosalie Beaudoin, Jesse Nykoliation, Hope Eaton and Sammi-Jo Fuchs. Carla Schmitt also joined the group for the trip but judged
with a 4-H group.

As part of the competition, the team went to Saskatoon Livestock Services to judge three livestock classes (steers, replacement heifers and light horse) as well as two forage classes (silage and hay). They also completed a breed identification quiz, an anatomy quiz and a placings class with pictures of Jersey heifers.

After results were tallied, team Lakeland earned reserve grand champion. Beaudoin was the top overall judge. Lakeland team members showed their strengths in
several classes as they competed against other post-secondary teams including three from the U of S. Overall, the experience was excellent and a lot of fun.
We are the Champions--22nd Annual Western Canadian Judging Competition
On Friday, March 19, Lakeland College hosted the 22nd annual Western Canadian Judging Competition at the Vermilion campus. The event had over 100 judges
from 4-H teams, universities and colleges from across Alberta and Saskatchewan.

For the third year in a row, the home team took the title as grand champion and also had a member earn the title of grand champion judge. The two teams from Lakeland had a battle of the sexes as it was the ladies' team of Bree Patterson, Carla Schmitt, Krista Van Sickle and Shelby Longworth against the guys' team of Jan van de Brake, Kenton Lindenbach, Jesse Nykoliation and Preston Komarnisky. In the end, it was the guys team coming out victorious defeating a team from the University of Alberta and a team from Olds College. The women finished in fourth, ahead of Olds College's Team 2.

Lindenbach finished as grand champion judge. Longworth finished in third spot. The guys’ team also finished the competition with a total of eight team awards, including first place finishes in the mystery, beef and swine classes, as well as team reasons and the grand championship. While the girls’ team did not have any first place finishes, they had five team awards, including two second place finishes.

Individually, members from both teams captured a total of 13 individual awards, including five first place finishes in sheep and beef (va de Brake) and dairy, mystery and overall (Lindenbach). Award winners from the ladies team included Longworth (sheep, dairy, horse and overall), Schmitt (beef, reasons) and Patterson (mystery).

The students on the judging team get a bit of a break now until their next competition which will be at the University of Alberta on April 10. After that, it will be time to
focus on final exams as the year draws to a very successful close.
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