Poultry Judging Team Competes at the USPEA Southern Contest

Posted: August 22, 2016

The Penn State’s Poultry Judging team placed fifth overall at the USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest held at Louisiana State University on April 6-8, 2016.

Students from Penn State’s Department of Animal Science placed fifth overall at the USPOULTRY Foundation Ted Cameron National Poultry Judging Contest.  Representing the Penn State Poultry Judging Team were: Matthew Hackenberg, Alyssa Kaupas, Logan Karcher, Danielle Wilson, and Phillip J. Clauer, Penn State Senior Instructor who coached the team.  The team placed fourth in the Market Products Division, fourth in the Egg Production Division, and sixth in Breed Selection Division. There were 11 teams in the competition with a total of 43 participants.

Matthew Hackenberg placed 4th in the Production Division and 11th overall; Alyssa Kaupas tied for 6th place in the Breed Selection Division and 15th overall; Logan Karchner tied for 6th place in the Market Products Division.

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 1,600 point midterm exam over 2 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 to be held in the fall 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 had more employment opportunities in the industry than we had graduates.”

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

If you are interested in a career in agriculture and have an interest in poultry, contact Phillip Clauer for more information.

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