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I graduated from Purdue University after being on the Livestock Judging Team. While on the Judging team, I received several awards in Livestock Judging. I have served as an official for several local, area and state contests. I am actively involved in several organizations and in the 4-H program. After graduation from Purdue I worked for United Feeds for nearly 3 years as a research assistant manager. I returned back to college and received another degree in Nuclear Medicine from Indiana University. Currently I work for First Farmers Bank and Trust as an Assoicate Vice President, Agricultural and Commercial Lender.
I am actively involved in the family farm raising show pigs and breeding stock. I enjoy working with youth, teaching, putting on educational programs and thinking outside the box for the future of education. http://www.harrellfamilyfarm.com/
As a Judge: I take pride in not being a political judge, judging the livestock as I see them, not judging the people and explaining why I placed the class this way. I think the person in last place needs to learn and understand more about their animal more importantly than talking in depth about the class winner. Each exhibitor deserves the same amount of respect and advice to do better for next year. I consider myself to be and give every exhibitor a fair chance and look.
I would consider my strongest points in judging to be: showmanship, detailed reasons, on foot carcass estimations and judging structure. I am fast and efficient, judging over 500 head or a few head.
As a judge, I take pride myself on quality livestock selection in an efficient manner, being non-politcal, providing informative reasoning, and always explaining how the kids can make improvements for the next year.
Bachelor Degree of Science Major: Animal Science Purdue University
Bachelor Degree of Science Major: Nuclear Medicine Technology Indiana University
Created the following articles on thejudgingconnection.com
Swine: Swine Showmanship Top Questions Asked By A Swine Judge Feeding and Fitting Guidelines Selecting 4-H Pigs Judging Swine Structure Pig Hair Clipping Guide More Is Not Better Breeds of Swine Basic Swine Management Detecting Muscle in Swine Detecting Swine Ham Shape Parts of a Pig Paylean Preparing for the Swine Show Reading Ear Notches Rib Shape in Swine Swine EPD Terminology Visual Estimations of Swine Loin Eye Area Visual Estimations of Back Fat
Sheep: Sheep Mouth Formation Breeds of Sheep Handling Market Lambs Parts of a Lamb Judging Sheep Lamb Cuts of Meat
Other: The Ethical Decision Methods To Reduce The Unethical Housing of Animals
The Monthly Newsletter Contributor
Judging Experience & Honors:
2016 Judging Contracts: Trinity Valley Exposition, Texas (Swine) Walworth County Wisconsin (Swine) Steuben County Indiana (Beef) Washington County Indiana (Sheep) Jay County Indiana (Swine) Williams County Ohio (Beef) Van Buren Youth Fair Michigan (Swine) Jackson County Michigan (Beef) Cheboygan County Michigan (Beef, Sheep and Swine) Starke County Indiana (Sheep) Henry County Ohio Jackpot Show (Sheep) 2015 Judging Contracts: Upper Peninsula State Fair (Beef and Swine) Eastern Michigan State Fair (Swine) Gallia County Ohio Preview Show/Day 2 Judge, (Beef) World Beef Expo Jr. Showmanship Judge Parke County, Indiana (Swine) Laporte County, Indiana (Sheep) Jay County, Indiana (Swine) Harrison County, Indiana (Swine) Crawford County, Ohio (Swine) Converse, Indiana Open Show (Beef) Paulding County, Ohio (Swine) Jefferson County, Wisconsin (Swine, Beef) Steuben County, Indiana (Swine) Columbiana County, Ohio (Swine) Cheboygen County, Michigan (Beef, Sheep, Swine) Williams County, Ohio (Beef) Nominated as a Beef Judge for Cow Palace and Denver
2014 Judging Contracts: Ohio Beef Expo Miniature Hereford Show Mandt Park Match Up Show Circuit, Wisconsin (Swine) Upper Peninsula State Fair, Michigan (Swine and Sheep) Grant County, Indiana (Beef) Wells County, Indiana (Sheep) Barry County, Michigan (Swine) Parke County, Indiana (Swine) Crawford County, Ohio (Swine) Columbiana County, Ohio (Swine) Ross County, Ohio (Sheep) Wyandot County, Ohio (Swine) Missaukee County, Michigan (Swine) Nominated as a beef judge for the National Brangus Junior Show.
2013 Judging Contracts: Grant County, Indiana (Beef) Fulton County, Indiana (Sheep) Well County, Indiana (Sheep) Barry County, Michigan (Swine) Berlin Fair, Michigan (Swine) Steuben County, Indiana (Swine) Lenawee County, Michigan (Beef) Hudsonville Community Fair (Swine) San Juan County, New Mexico (Swine) Steuben County, New York (Swine, Sheep, Beef) Wyandot County, Ohio (Swine) Hillsdale County, Michigan (Swine) Nominated as a beef judge for the National Brangus Junior Show. Nominated as a swine judge for the Upper Peninsula State Fair.
2012 Judging Contracts: St Lucie County, Florida (Swine and Beef) County Pride Michigan Open Show (Swine) Trumbell County, Ohio (Swine) LaPorte County, Indiana (Swine) (500 head shown) Switzerland County, Indiana (Swine) Indiana Junior Open Show (Beef) (70 head shown) Stueben County, Indiana (Starter Calves and Beef) Lake County, Indiana (Beef) Berlin Fair, Michigan (Starter Calves and Beef) (130 head shown) Monroe, Michigan (Beef) Lenawee County, Michigan (Swine and Beef) Lake County, Illinois (Swine) San Juan County, New Mexico (Swine) Hillsdale County, Michigan (Beef and Starter Calves)
2011 Judging Contracts: Monroe, Michigan (Beef) Pendelton County, Kentucky (Swine) Klamath Falls, Oregon (Swine) Lucas County, Ohio (Swine and Beef) LaPorte County, Indiana (Swine) Armada, Michigan (Beef, Sheep, Swine) Ross County, Chillicothe Ohio (Sheep)
2010 Judging Contracts: Knox County, Indiana (Swine) Johnson County, Indiana (Swine) Steuben County, Indiana (Swine) Monroe County, Michigan (Swine, Sheep) Mount Pleasant, Michigan (Swine) Mt. Morris, Michigan (Genesee County) (Swine) Norway, Michigan (Swine, Sheep, Beef) Lucas County, Ohio (Beef, Swine) Klamath Falls, Oregon (Swine) Delaware Livestock Exposition, Delaware (Swine)
2009 Judging Contracts: Parke County, Indiana (Swine) Johnson County, Indiana (Swine) Mt. Morris, Michigan (Genesee County) Armada, Michigan (Swine, Sheep, Beef) Monroe County, Michigan (Swine) Norway, Michigan (Swine, Sheep, Beef) Troy, Ohio Swine Clinic Purdue Block and Bridle Royal Swine Showmanship
2008 Judging Contracts: Scarlet and Gray Market Hog Show (Ohio) (Swine). Indiana Junior Board Extravaganza (Indiana)(Swine). The Royal Junior Barrow Show in Toronto Ontario Canada. Troy Ohio Market Gilt Show Parke County Indiana (Swine) Wabash County Indiana Round Robin Premier Stockman Livestock Judging Contest Swine Official
Past Judging Experience and Honors: · Member of the Purdue University Livestock Judging Team from 1997-99. · Purdue Univeristy Guest Speaker for the Junior Pork Day in 2003 and 2005. · Swine Offical for the Indiana 4-H and FFA State Judging Contest in 2001. · Block and Bridle Livestock Judging Contest Chairman in 2000. · Official for several local and area Livestock Judging Contests. · Judged multiple county fair and open shows through out the Midwest. · 8th Overall in the Indiana State Fair Judging Contest in 1996. · 8th Overall Individual at Purdue University Block and Bridle Livestock Judging Contest in 1998. · High Individual in Livestock Evaluation and Estimations at the All East Livestock Evaluation Contest in 1998. · Top Individual in Beef Evaluation at the All East Livestock Contest in 1998. · 3rd Individual in Swine Evaluation at the All East Livestock Contest in 1998. · 12th place Individual Overall at the All East Livestock Contest in Evaluations, Selection, Judging and Reasons in 1998 · 10th Summer Type Conference Swine Judging Contest in 1998 · 7th in the 1998 Indiana State Fair Judging Contest · 9th High Individual Overall at the Premier Stockman Contest in 1998. · 3rd High Individual Overall in Sheep at the Premier Stockman Contest in 1998. · 4th High Individual Overall in Swine at the Premier Stockman Contest in 1998. · 19th Individual Overall at the 1998 Beef Congress · 14th Individual in Horses at the Houston Stock Show in 1999. · 2nd Overall in 1999 AGR Show Judging Contest · 2nd High Individual overall at the NJSA Swine Judging Contest in 1999. · Received several 49’s and 50’s in reasons.
4-H / FFA honors:
· Grand Champion Gilt at the Indiana State Fair in 1994. · Reserve Champion Heavy Weight Crossbred Barrow in the 1994 Indiana State Fair Open Show. · Reserve Champion Senior Showman at the National Junior Summer Spectacular in 1998. · Multiple Class Winners at the Indiana State Fair in 4-H and Open Show in swine. · Multiple Open Show Breed Champions and Reserve Champions in swine. · Multiple County Fair Champions. · Multiple Showmanship Winnings and Placings. · Selected for Showmanship at the Indiana State Fair multiple times. · Grand Champion Gilt at Huntington County in 1990 and 1994 · Champion Light Weight Crossbred Barrow Huntington County in 1994. · Multiple Yorkshire Barrow Champions at Huntington County. · Grand Champion Gilt at the Blackford County Open Show · Winning all catergories of showmanship at Huntington County. · Grand Champion Carcass Lamb on foot at Huntington County. . Class winning Market Lamb at the Indiana State Fair. · Champion Angus Steer, Angus Heifer, and Hereford Steer at Huntington County.
Owner of The Judging Connection.com
Owner Harrell Family Farm
First Farmers Bank and Trust Associate Vice President, Agricultural and Commercial Lender.
Local / Personal achievements:
Selected as the 2009 representative for the SET 4-H organization.
2008-2009 one of the creators and author of the Identification of Swine by Imaging Auricular Vein Patterns.
Crawford County Swine Committee, Bucyrus, Ohio - Ryan judged the Market Hog show in 2015 and the Showmanship, Jackpot and Carcass shows in 2014 at the Crawford County Fair, Bucyrus, Ohio. Ryan was very thorough, efficient and consistent. His comments were very professional and helpful to exhibitors. He judged with integrity and was very complimentary on the quality of show. The Swine committee heard many good comments. Our committee would highly recommend Ryan
U.P. Parent - I would like to personally Thank you for judging our 2015 U.P. State Fair in Upper Michigan. I had the chance to watch you judge the steer and swine show this year and last year and thought you did an excellent job both years. I like how you take the time to comment to each exhibitor about their project not just the 1st or 2nd place winners in each class.
U.P. Parent - Ryan, Thank you for judging our 2014 U.P. State Fair swine and lamb show. Your positive comments and time spent with EACH exhibitor was a real learning experience for them. Thank you for your time.
Allen Wilson - We had Ryan Harrell judge our 2014 Barry County Fair Swine Show just last week July 15,2014. We had 337 hogs at our show. Ryan judge this show in a timely and efficient manner. He is non-political, honest and he is outstanding with the kids. After the show was completed I recieved many compliments from the parents and the Fair Board members. I talk to the kids the next day and they really appreciate the positive comments he gave them. I would have him come back and judge our show anytime.
Ginger Turnish - Ryan, Your positive conversations with the youth help build their confidence and self-esteem. Thank you for your time and support of our youth 4-H program.
Lenawee Parent - Ryan, Thanks for the great job of judging our fair. I heard a lot of positive comments from parents regarding your judging style and they really appreciated the time and comments you gave every child!!!!!
Marty - Thanks Ryan for a job well done at the Armada Fair in Michigan. Honesty and Integrity the two most important features of an evaluator of livestock!