Livestock Judging Team
Matthew C. Claeys
A.S., Black Hawk East Community College; B.S., University of Illinois; M.S., Auburn University
Phone: (765) 494-4834 Office: LILY 3-223
Daniel J. Wyant
Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture
1980 Michigan State University Livestock Judging Team
"Life is full of decisions, often involving multiple factors to be considered. Participation on judging teams teaches students to effectively weigh the evidence, then making sound decisions. The judging team experience enhances analytical skills and better prepares ones for success in life."
North Carolina Speaker of the House of Representatives
Pennsylvania 4-H Dairy Judging Team
"The judging team experience enhances the student's organizational, decision making, and communication skills that employers seek. Few activities provide students with the opportunity for personal development such as judging teams. I strongly encourage students to participate in the judging programs."
Department of Animal Sciences
"Being a member of a Livestock Judging Team can be the most dynamic factor in a young persons life due to mind development, communication skills, presentation ability, memory exercise, decision making and confidence building. You meet and get to know friends and business contacts that last a lifetime."
Manager Premier Stockman
1973 National Champion
Purdue Livestock Judging Team
"Few forms of educational training can compare with the judging team experience when it comes to preparing future leaders for agriculture and particularly the livestock industry. The necessity for making fast and accurate decisions based on sound logical analysis is such a key to success in life. Few things in my life have resulted in a greater return per time invested than my judging team experience at Purdue."
1965 Purdue Livestock Judging Team
"While on the livestock judging team, I had to make a decision, write an observation, and in two minutes, convince someone else what I had done was right and why. Very similar to what I do in my job today. This experience gave me more confidence as a decision maker."
Mrs. Jill Greene
Vice President and Team Leader
Meylocks & Priebe Advertising, Inc.
West Des Moines, IA.
1977 Purdue Livestock Judging Team
"Being on the livestock judging team was the greatest and most memorable experience
while attending Purdue. The chance to visit all the top livestock farms
and personally meet the breeders has been a great asset. Most of all it is
the life long friendships made with the team and other teams and their coaches. You
can't get all of this out of a book.
1961 Purdue Team