WT Herdsmen Compete at Annual Bison Conference/Judging Contest

Feb. 6, 2018

CONTACT:    Shawn Burns, 806-651-2300, sburns@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WT Herdsmen Compete at Annual Bison Conference/Judging Contest


CANYON, Texas—Members of the West Texas A&M University Herdsmen were recognized at the recent National Bison Association’s 23rd annual winter conference and 10th annual Junior Judging Contest in Denver.

Cassidy Wallace of Denton took top honors and a $1,500 scholarship in individCassidy Wallaceual judging competition, and the Herdsmen team placed second overall in the team judging competition.

Wallace, a freshman political science major, earned 226 points to nab the first-place honors and the scholarship provided by the National Buffalo Foundation. She and her fellow teammates also competed in the team judging competition and earned a total of 668.5 points for second place. Team members included Wallace, Laura Corder, junior agriculture business and economics business major from Amarillo; Madison Looney, freshman agriculture major from Mansfield; and Raul Salado III, junior animal science major from El Paso.

“We have been attending the NBA winter conference for the last nine years to expose the students to producers in the bison industry,” Shawn Burns, WTAMU chief of police and Herdsmen adviser, said. “This gives us a wealth of knowledge related to the species and allows the students the ability to learn from some of the best in the bison business.”

The Herdsmen is a University spirit organization in charge of the care and training of the live mascot. This year’s conference, “Roaming to Success,” offered the team members information ranging from handling techniques to the latest innovations in grassland health.


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