Texas Tech’s trio of agriculture judging teams managed to sweep the Houston Livestock Show’s three judging categories.

Tech’s meat judging team took first place honors on March 3rd, and last week, the Livestock Judging Team and Wool Judging Team took similar honors, marking the second time in school history that the three teams swept all judging at the annual event.

The last time the Red Raiders swept all three events was in 2008.

“All three teams have put in many long hours of practice and travel, have worked so hard preparing for their competitions, and have performed well throughout the year,” said Leslie Thompson, chair of the Department of Animal and Food Science. “They are an outstanding group of students academically, as well as being tough competitors.”

Tech’s livestock team took first place, had three of the top 10 high individuals and was first in the cattle and reasons divisions. They are coached by Ryan Rathmann and graduate student Brady Ragland.

Tech’s wool judging team took first and had five of the top 10 high individuals. The team is coached by Tech instructor Aaron Jennings and undergraduate student Brittany Thompson.

Houston is the last contest of the spring semester for the livestock and meat judging team, and the last of the year for wool judging, which does not compete in the fall.