I have been raising breeding sheep and club lambs since I becoming a 4-H member. I have judged sheep, goats, swine and beef cattle at all levels in the state of Oklahoma in the last 15 years.
Probably the most important thing is that I strongly believe every judge should have the highest moral character and ethics. I know that I have not obligated myself at any event I have judged whether it be at the county, district or state level. It is my Christian beliefs and up bringing that I credit my character (which means the influence of a lot of good and Godly people in my life).
I have worked as a show official for the last 15 years at either the Oklahoma State Fair, Tulsa State Fair or Oklahoma Youth Expo in the Jr. Market Lamb and Breeding Sheep Divisions. Therefore, I have experienced the "behind the scenes" aspect of the show and will work with show officials to have an efficient, smooth running show while I am judging.
My strengths are judging sheep, but I do enjoy working through Goat, Beef Cattle and Swine (in that order). Additionally, I have continued to work on my ability to not just be a producer of sheep, but a breeder of good quality club lambs. This past year was a good year for my breeding program as I raised and exhibited the Champion Suffolk Wether Dam at the esteemed Midwest Stud Ram Sale in Sedalia. I take pride in knowing I did not buy my way to the top (by spending thousands on the breeding stock), and just raised a good sheep with my genetics and the help of other producers genetics and of course having the right judge at the right time.
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Ag Education at Oklahoma State University Master of Science in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University
1989 Oklahoma State University Animal Science Meat Judging Team Member of the United States Suffolk Sheep Assn. and American Hampshire Sheep Assn. Board member of the Oklahoma Sheep and Wool Producers, Inc. 1993 to 2006 Junior Director of Oklahoma Jr. Sheep Producers of OSWP, Inc. from 1996 to 2006 Served on Officiating Committee of National Intercollegiate Judging Contest 2006 and Tulsa State Fair Intercollegiate Judging Contest 2007 Oklahoma Ag Ed Instructor 1992-94, Taloga, OK OSU Extension Educator -- 1997 to 2007 Northern Oklahoma College Ag Instructor -- 2007
Judging Experience & Honors:
Numerous County Fairs and Livestock Shows from 1993 to present. I have judged regional and state shows in Oklahoma, Kansas and Minnesota