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WIU Livestock Judging Team Finishes Season with Third Place National Finish

December 8, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – In what is known the in livestock world as the "Super Bowl," the Western Illinois University Livestock Judging Team returned from Louisville, KY, recently with a third place national finish.

In addition, WIU agriculture science student, senior Caleb Boden, of Clear Brook, VA, captured the high overall individual title.

The North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE), in November, was the final competition of the judging team's season.

Other WIU results include:

• Team Honors: Second in swine, fourth in cattle and reasons and sixth in sheep/goat individual.

Boden: Third in reasons, seventh in cattle and third in swine, in addition to his high overall individual win.

Zach McCall, a senior agriculture science major, of Greenville, VA – fourth in swine and 20th overall.

Jeb Schwager, a senior agriculture science major, of Bellevue, IA – sixth in swine and 14th overall.

Nate Brookshire, a senior agriculture business major, of Woodland, CA – 16th overall.

In addition to Boden, McCall, Schwager and Brookshire, the 2022 WIU Livestock Judging Team members include Sawyer Schlipf, a junior agriculture science major, of El Paso, IL; Emily Fry, a senior agriculture business major, of Danville, IN; Dane Robertson, a senior agriculture business major, of Mooresville, IN; Gage Tebo, a senior agriculture science major, of Idaville, IN; Zach Cline, a junior agriculture business major, of Allenton, MI; and Bree Gaffney, a senior agricultural business, pre-MBA major, of Barneveld, WI.

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