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K-State Meat Animal Evaluation team, national champions

The Kansas State University Meat Animal Evaluation team won the national title for the third straight year during the annual competition in Lubbock, Texas. | Download this photo.

K-State’s meat animal evaluation team crowned national champions

Students earn national title for third year in a row

April 13, 2018

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Kansas State University successfully defended its national title at the 2018 Collegiate Meat Animal Evaluation Contest in Lubbock, winning the event for the third year in a row.

The competition includes live market animal carcass predictions and pricing, breeding animal evaluation and meat judging competition and serves as a capstone judging experience for students by incorporating many industry applicable concepts.

“Meat animal evaluation is a challenging contest and we are impressed by these students’ dedication and hard work,” said Evan Titgemeyer, K-State Animal Sciences and Industry interim department head. “This contest not only tests a student’s ability in meat and livestock evaluation, but also requires that they understand pricing, which is particularly important in today’s value-based marketing system. We’re proud of the students and coaches for bringing home the national title for the third year in a row.”

The team placed first in the breeding, communication and pork divisions of the contest. Individually K-State had two place in the top five overall. Shilo Schaake of Westmoreland, Kansas was second overall and Payton Dahmer of Nevada, Missouri placed fourth.

The team is coached by Travis O'Quinn and Chris Mullinix and assisted by graduate student Lauren Prill.


Champion Team – breeding, communications and pork divisions

Third-Place Team – beef and sheep divisions

Fourth-Place Team – market and meats divisions


Individual Results (top 10)

Shilo Schaake (Westmoreland, Kansas) – 2nd overall, 4th breeding and 6th pork

Payton Dahmer (Nevada, Missouri) – 5th overall, 1st breeding and 9th sheep

Cody Boden (Clear Brook, Virginia) – 7th overall, 1st pork and 10th market

Wyatt Durst (Morrowville, Kansas) – 8th overall, 2nd breeding and 5th pork

Hannah Frobose (Pemberville, Ohio) – 5th beef and 10th breeding

Lucus Tuck (Bowling Green, Ohio) – 3rd beef and 8th market

Kolton Aubuchon (Trinidad, Colorado) – 7th meats

Whitney Whitaker (Templeton, California) – 10th breeding

Emilee Holt (Caldwell, Idaho) – 7th market and 8th sheep


The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. For more about the K-State’s ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.

Written by

Angie Stump Denton

At a glance

Kansas State University has won the national Collegiate Meat Animal Evaluation contest for the third straight year.


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