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Beef Cattle:  Scott Schaake

Dr. Scott Schaake was raised on a cow-calf ranch/row crop operation near Lawrence Kansas.  He graduated from Kansas State University in 1984 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences and Industry.  He earned his M.S. at Clemson University and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, specializing in the area of Meat Science.

Currently he serves as the coach of the Livestock Judging Team.  His teams have won five National Championships during his tenure as a coach at Kansas State University.  Besides coaching, he is involved with teaching Beef Science, Introductory Animal Science Lab, Livestock Sales Management, Form and Function of Livestock and Principles of Livestock Selection at Kansas State University. 

Dr. Schaake has judged livestock shows in 32 states, Canada, South America and Mexico.  His personal interest includes all types of sports, hunting, fishing and attending his sons' sporting events.  His family includes wife, Kandi, and sons Shane and Shilo.

Swine:  Grant Grebner

Grant Grebner, Washburn, Illinois, manages his family’s 30-sow commercial farrow-to-finish operation. In addition to swine, they farm 800 acres in central Illinois and run 50 head of Charolais and Angus-cross cows. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Agriculture at Illinois Central College where he teaches primarily animal science courses and coaches the meat judging team at ICC, a community college located near East Peoria.

He is a graduate of Black Hawk East, Kewanee, Illinois, where he was a member of the national championship livestock judging team and won high individual honors at the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and master’s degree in non-ruminant nutrition, both from the University of Illinois. There, he was also on the livestock judging team and national champion Meat Animal Evaluation team.

Grant has judged beef and swine shows in 23 states at the local, state, regional and national level. Included in this list are the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Ft. Worth, Texas, the National Western Livestock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the American Royal in Kansas City, the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, the Oklahoma City Junior Livestock Show, the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, and the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa. He has served on the National Intercollegiate Judging Contest Committee at Louisville for fourteen years and served as a member of the official committee at the National Barrow Show for nine years, including four years as chairman. He served as a charter member of the Youth Advisory Board for the National Junior Swine Association and was awarded the 2004 NJSA Distinguished Service Award.

His work history also includes serving as managing editor of the Hampshire Herdsman, the monthly magazine of the Hampshire Swine Registry and operating an advertising and photography business for livestock breeders. He and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of a 5-year-old son, Collin. 

Horse: Julie Voge

Julie and her family currently live in Bryan, TX.  Julie's husband, Justin, is a veterinary resident at Texas A&M Vet school.  Julie is a carded judge for the AQHA and NSBA.  She judges shows all over the U.S. and Canada.  She has officiated at the Corporate Challenge, TX Amateur Championships, March to the Arch, Boystown and the NSBA World Championship shows.

Julie has coached the 2007 AQHA World Champion Sr. College Horse Judging Team, Kansas State University; as well as the 2007 AQHYA World Champion Team from Kansas Quarter Horse.

Her and her family enjoy showing horses in western pleasure and lead-line with their son, Colton. 

Sheep:  Brad Angus

Brad Angus joined the faculty in 1995 after completing his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois. Brad currently servers as Coordinator for the Agricultural Business Program. Courses under his direction include Crop Production, Introduction to Agriculture, Agribusiness Management and Agricultural Computations. Brad is responsible for the on-job-placement and supervision of the students in the Agriculture Business Programs.

He also coordinated the fund raising for the JJC Weitendorf Ag Education Center south of Joliet. He and his family currently reside on the home farm, south of Ottawa, and is an active part of this grain and purebred livestock operation. He also serves as the coach of Joliet Junior College's nationally competitive Livestock Judging Team and judges livestock shows from coast to coast.


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