Theresia Lavergne, Claesgens, Mark A. | 4/29/2005 9:20:25 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University students excelled in every event against 11 other institutions at the 58th Annual U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest April 7-8 at LSU.
Led by their coach, LSU AgCenter poultry professor Dr. Dennis Ingram, the team took first place in the team production, team breed selection, team market product and team overall categories.
The team consisted of Bo Kyle (Welsh, La.), Jacob Landry (Hathaway, La.), Aaron Rasberry (Hathaway, La.) and Andrew Reed (Baton Rouge, La.). Jennifer Dowden (Leesville, La.) served as the assistant coach.
"It’s very unusual for a poultry judging team to place first in all three divisions, and I am very pleased with their performance," Ingram said, noting, "Aaron, Andrew, Bo and Jacob ranked second, third, fourth and seventh, respectively, in the individual overall placings and averaged better than 96 percent correct across the three divisions."
LSU AgCenter poultry professor Dr. Theresia Lavergne, who coordinated the national event, said, "Through participation in poultry judging and evaluation courses at universities, as well as participation in the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest, students learn to evaluate birds for past and future egg production and for breeding.
"Furthermore, students learn to grade eggs and ready-to-cook fryers according to U.S. Department of Agriculture standards. These skills are important, since they are used in commercial poultry production," Lavergne remarked.
"The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association National Poultry Judging Contest strives to increase student enrollment in poultry science," she said, adding, "The competition allows students the opportunity to demonstrate how well they have mastered the U.S. Department of Agriculture rules and regulations governing the grading of eggs and poultry carcasses."
Texas A&M University’s Kandace Perry took home first place in the individual overall, individual market products awards and individual production categories. Kabel Robbins of Kansas State University received first place in the individual breed selection awards.
The 12 schools competing in the contest were Kansas State University, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.