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July 6, 2014

Mefford hired as CSC livestock judging coach

WARNER — Former Oregon resident Clint Mefford has been hired as head coach of the Connors State College Livestock Judging Team, a media release states.  

Having grown up in the cattle industry, Mefford is thrilled to join the Connors State College family as the coach and as an agriculture instructor, he said.

Mefford’s vast experience in livestock judging make him a valuable addition to the CSC agriculture program, the release states.

Growing up in Central Point, Ore., Mefford learned the agriculture trade at a young age.

“My family has farmed and ranched in southern Oregon now for six generations, so the foundation for my experience and what I look for in livestock starts with lessons taught to me by both my parents and grandparents,” Mefford said.

Mefford transferred to Oklahoma State where he was a member of the 2010 National Champion Livestock Judging Team and also tied for high individual overall. In May 2011 he received his bachelor’s degree in animal science.

“I credit Dr. John Edwards, the director of Magness Land and Cattle in Plateville, Colorado, with giving me the push I needed to leave home and come out to Oklahoma in the first place,” Mefford said. “I am very thankful for his guidance,” he said.  “My coach, Dr. Mark Johnson asked me to stay on as his assistant livestock judging team coach while I pursued my masters in agricultural communications. I helped coach the 2012 National Champion Livestock Judging Team which is easily one of my proudest moments so far in my coaching career.”

Mefford has proven his skills both as a livestock judger and as an educator. He conducted published research on the skills gained by competing on judging teams, with the title of his thesis being “Interpersonal and Career Skills Gained from Competing on an Oklahoma State University Judging Team.” He also judged at Redlands Community College where he was named an All American.

“Many of my friends and livestock judging teammates at OSU hailed from Connors. Their unrivaled love and loyalty to the school always piqued my interests,” Mefford said. “Connors’ reputation as a premier agricultural school is well known throughout the country, so I felt an opportunity such as this was too good not to take. I love livestock judging and working with college students, and I feel Connors takes both of those variables very seriously.

“As a former livestock judging participant and now coach, I am austere in my belief that all animal science judging teams can contribute positively to a fulfilling collegiate experience.

“Animal science judging teams provide students with essential interpersonal skill development and allow them to network with an array of industry professionals. So my philosophy consists of believing that as an effective judging team we must serve as a vessel to help take these students to the next level.”

For information on the Connors State College Livestock Judging Team: www.connorsstate.edu.

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