California Community College and University Animal Science Programs have the opportunity to compete in two state-wide livestock expositions every year.
The fall competition is held in Fresno and a spring competition takes place in the South Valley.
Each college that chooses to participate brings a team of animal science students and college livestock projects, most of which are born, raised and managed by the students on the college team.
The fall livestock exposition was held in Fresno Oct. 4-6. Merced College animal science students competed with animal science students from Fresno State, Reedley College, Mt. San Antonio College, College of the Sequoias, San Joaquin Delta College and Modesto Junior College. Merced College won championships in nearly every category they competed in by the end of the three-day event, garnering nearly all of the intercollegiate awards given out at the exposition.
Congratulations to Professor Nikki Maddux and her Animal Science Show Team for the extraordinary results. This truly reflects the quality of the Merced College raised livestock, and the outstanding instructional program offered at the College.
Champion Showman – Garrett Lloyd
Other students in championship drive – Erika Ewing and Garrett Lloyd
Champion Wether Dam – Paige Alicea
Class winners in championship drive – Jessica Baker, Karla Godoy
Champion Showman – Daniel Gavino
Intermediate Showman winner – Anna Verrinder
Champion Doe – Daniel Gavino
Champion Wether – Daniel Gavino
Reserve Champion Wether - Anna Verrinder
Other students in championship drive – Sierrah Barnett and Jocelyn Alanis
Intermediate showman winner – Valentina Avila
Champion Prospect Steer – Madeline Viss
Champion Market Steer – Taylor Andersen
Heifer Class winners in championship drive – Victoria Reyna, Valentina Avila, Arielle Costa