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Meet The Judges

The 12th Annual Big East Regional Youth and Jackpot Show

May 4-6, 2018

Contact: 413-205-5009 or

NEW for 2018! Two great shows in one destination!

Zach Bartenslager grew up on a cow-calf operation in Lewisburg, W.V. Additionally, Zach was heavily involved in 4-H exhibiting all species of livestock at a state level along with involvement in the National Junior Angus Association. He attended Hutchinson Community College while competing on the livestock judging team. After receiving his associate's degree he transferred to Ohio State University and was a member of the livestock judging team. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree Zach then too a coaching position at the University of Tennessee along with pursuing a master's degree.

Zach will be judging: Showmanship Ring 1 East, Youth Heifer Ring 1 East and Youth Steer Ring 1 East. He will be your Regional Hereford Judge. Thank you Kent Nutrition for bringing Zach to The Big East officiate for us!
Jack Oattes is from Cobden, ON where he and his father operate a purebred Charolais & Simmental operation that emphasizes balances trait selection and strives to produce practical, sound structured cattle that will excel in all facets of beef production. Jack attended Blinn College in Brenham, Texas on a livestock judging scholarship where he was a member of a nationally competitive livestock judging team that has wins at the National Western, Fort Worth Stock Show and more. He then continued his education at Kansas State University where he attained a B.S. in Animal Science and was a member of the 2015 team that were names American Royal Champions. Individually Jack had several successes as well and was recognized as the high individual overall at the national championship held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. He presently resides in Champaign, Illinois where he coaches the collegiate livestock judging team at the University of Illinois while working towards a master's degree in Ruminant Nutrition. Jack is looking forward to being at the Big Wast and working with the youth.

Jack will be judging: Youth Steer Ring 2 Kent and Jackpot Heifer
Kyle Grim owns Beaver Creek Angus, a 150 acre pasture based operation where most cows are bred to calve between January and February, with his family in Thomasville, PA. Kyle is a Penn State graduate who majored in Animal Science. While at Penn State Kyle worked with the University's cow herd, was a member of the livestock judging team and completed an internship in Nebraska. Kyle comes from generations of beef cattle experience starting with his grandfather and his great uncle who first got involved in the Charolais business.

Kyle will be judging: Showmanship Ring 2 Kent, Youth Heifer Ring 2 Kent and Jackpot Steer.

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