Summer Opportunities

Summertime means warm sunny days, late nights in the barn preparing for summer shows and for many, no school. Yet even if you aren’t in the classroom every day, there are still chances to learn and grow as individuals. Summer is the perfect time to look for opportunities, whether it be a summer job, an internship or maybe a livestock judging camp. The experience you will gain, and the friendships forged will make the summertime that much sweeter and your future that much brighter.

Summer Work/Internships

Working in the summer is more than just going to a job every day and punching the clock. It’s all about the experience. While making money is always nice, you should look for a summer job or internship that peaks your interest, something that you are passionate about and something that could lead to other opportunities. Internships are all about trial and error. They are a chance to try something new and uncover what you are passionate about and what kind of career you hope to have one day. When it is time to start looking for summer jobs or internships, research companies in the industry you want to be involved in. Check out their websites and investigate to find the right fit for you. Reach out to counselors and school advisors for help with finding a place to learn. Ask close friends, school alumni and mentors for advice and suggestions. Even look to past employees or interns that may have worked for the company to discover if it is the right fit and the right experience for you. You should maximize all the resources at your disposal to find a great learning experience for your summer.

Judging Camps

We all love to show livestock in the ring. The adrenaline you get from leading or driving one is something we all enjoy. But have you ever thought about being on the other side of the animal and serving as the judge? If you judge livestock or have a livestock background, it’s highly plausible that this is a thought that has run through your mind. However, whether or not you ever judge a show, the decision-making and communication skills you gain from livestock judging are incredibly valuable to your life. Taking some time over the summer to strengthen your skills and learn from the best is always a great opportunity.

Below is a list of Livestock Judging Camp opportunities. Be sure to check out the websites of each camp you are interested in early, as some tend to fill up fast and many have a cap on accepted attendees.

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla.

  • June 10-12 or June 13-15
  • FMI: Rusty Gosz, OSU Extension Youth Livestock Specialist, or 405-744-6060

Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

  • Livestock Judging Camp: June 3-5, June 11-13, June 14-16
  • FMI: Chris Mullinix, or 785-532-1917
  • Horse Judging Camp: June 6 (beginner); June 4-5 (advanced)
  • FMI: James Lattimer, or 785-532-2840

Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas

  • Livestock Judging Camp: May 25-27 & June 6-8
  • FMI: Jon DeClerk,

Texas A&M, College Station, Texas

South Dakota State University Livestock Judging Team Camp

University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Camp

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

  • Livestock Judging Camp: June 4-6
  • Registration Deadline: May 1st
  • FMI: Hank Levan,

Mississippi State University

  • Livestock Judging Camp: May 18
  • Invitational Judging Contest: May 25
  • 3 Day Camp: May 27-29
  • FMI: Brett Crow, 316-323-4879 or

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

  • April 27: Livestock Judging Field Day
  • July 15-17: Livestock Judging Camp for sixth graders – high school seniors
  • FMI: Dr. Bain Wilson, or Katherine Carter,

Blinn College, Brenham, Texas

  • June 23-25 (experienced)
  • June 27-29 (novice)
  • FMI: Brice Mund, 979-224-4423 or Joe Rathmann, 512-988-0084

Connors State College, Warner, Okla.

South Plains College Livestock Judging

  • You Be The Judge: May 31-June 2 (Reasons only, Experienced, 14+)
  • Livestock Judging 101: July 26-28 (All Ages)
  • FMI: Conner Newsom, 325-812-8283

NEO, Miami, Okla.

  • June 10-12, June 13-15
  • FMI: Taylor Graham, or 918-961-2141

Redlands Community College, El Reno, Okla.

  • June 3-5
  • FMI: Brandon Callis, 979-204-1265 or

Eastern Oklahoma State College

  • June 12-14
  • FMI: Christopher Hall,

Casper College, Casper, Wyo.

Red Wave Livestock Judging Camp

  • Camp 1: May 31 – June 2
  • Camp 2:; August 2d-4
  • Non- Reasons Camp: August 4
  • FMI: Brand Mendes, 209-765-7173,

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