Penn State Students Have Best-Ever Showing in National Collegiate Poultry Judging Contest

Posted: April 24, 2014

Department of Animal Science students placed second overall at the 67th National Poultry Judging Contest at Louisiana State University.

Students from Penn State's Department of Animal Science placed second overall at the 67th National Poultry Judging Contest sponsored by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association at Louisiana State University on April 2-4. It was Penn State's best-ever showing in a highly competitive contest which featured 10 teams and 39 individuals.

Host Louisiana State placed first with 3,649 points, edging out Penn State by 3 points at 3,646 points. Other participating universities were Texas A&M, Arkansas University, Kansas State University, Missouri State University, North Carolina State University, the Ohio State University, West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Representing Penn State were Sarabeth Royer, Elizabethtown; Jessiah Ramsey, Mifflintown; Isaac Haagen, Howard; and Hannah Misner, Waynesboro. Phillip J. Clauer, Penn State Senior Instructor, coached the team.

The team tied for first in the Egg Production Division, with LSU and tied for first in the Breed Selection Division, with University of Arkansas; however officially placed second in both divisions on a tie breaker; and fourth in the Market Products Division.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science said, "I offer sincere congratulations to the Penn State Poultry Judging Team for their superb performance. This national contest is highly competitive, and the success of the team is a tribute to their expertise, hard work and to the preparation they have received from staff as well as their academic background."

All four team members placed 12th or higher as individuals. Their achievements include:

  • Royer: Fourth overall, second in egg production division; seventh in breed selection division and thirteenth in market products division.

  • Ramsey: Fifth overall, third in egg production, fifth in breed selection and sixteenth in market products.

  • Haagen: Seventh overall, tied for ninth in egg production, sixth in breed selection and eleventh in market products.

  • Misner: Twelfth overall, tied for ninth in egg production, sixteenth in breed selection and tied for thirteenth in market products.

Clauer said, "The concepts the students learned to succeed in the contest are important for them as they enter the industry. The contest teaches them how to make decisions and communicate their reasoning, as well as to identify products consumers want."

The students prepared for the competition through a rigorous training program as part of a 14-week poultry science course. They then competed with fellow students during a 1600 point exam over two, two-hour class periods to earn their spot on the Penn State team.

Clauer said he looks forward to preparing this team for the national contest held in the fall that will be held at the University of Arkansas. He added, "This is one of the many opportunities available to students interested in studying poultry at Penn State. This year we again have more employment opportunities in the industry than we have graduates." If you are interested in a career in agriculture and are interested in poultry, contact Phillip Clauer for more information, and perhaps you will judging for the Penn State Team in a few years.

The Judging team received partial funding from the Office for Undergraduate Education "Student Activities Fund" to enable them to participate in this event.

Phillip Clauer can be reached at (814) 863-8960 or by e-mail at

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