Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Fall will pass in a blur of preparation for Clay Elliott, new livestock judging coordinator for New Mexico State University.
Elliott, who joined NMSU late this summer, is preparing collegiate teams for major shows that begin in January. "We have a top-notch set of recruits to blend with the kids here at NMSU," he said. "I feel we can jump-start the program immediately."
His other responsibilities as an instructor in the animal and range sciences department include assisting with student recruiting and 4-H and FFA judging events.
As head coach of Texas Tech's livestock judging team from 1995 to 2002, Elliott fielded top 5 teams that won shows in Denver, Fort Worth, Houston Phoenix and San Francisco's Cow Palace. He taught classes in introductory animal science classes, live animal evaluation and livestock production for non-animal science majors.
"We have tremendous support for agricultural and judging programs in New Mexico," he said. "Agriculture teachers, Extension agents and industry professionals are excited about rejuvenating livestock programs at NMSU. Many of them are NMSU graduates."
As a student, Elliott was an assistant coach for Colorado State University's livestock judging team, which placed first in Phoenix, Denver and Fort Worth in 1993. He earned a bachelor's degree in animal science from Colorado State in 1994, a master's in meat science from Texas Tech in 1998 and a doctorate in animal science from Texas Tech this year.
Elliott grew up on a beef cattle, sheep and horse operation in northern Wyoming.
He and his wife, Lili, have two daughters, Bree and Kyra.
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