What does it take to judge On The Hill? Ask Brad Bennett, the 2019 National Western Stock Show’s National Gelbvieh Junior Heifer and Gelbvieh Balancer Futurity judge.
Born in Weyers Cave, Virginia, Brad Bennett grew up raising and showing Simmental cattle. After high school, Bennett was eager to expand his knowledge of the livestock industry and fine-tune his evaluation skills. This led him to El Dorado, Kansas, where he judged on a National Champion Livestock Judging Team at Butler Community College. From there, Bennett transferred to Kansas State University where he marked on a Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team and received his bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree focused in cow/calf nutrition.
After graduating from Kansas State, Bennett’s inborn passion for livestock evaluation pushed him to travel north to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he served as both the livestock judging coach and meat animal evaluation coach for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Today, Bennett resides in Cookeville, Tennessee, with his wife Maddie and raises both Simmental and Charolais cattle. This past year, he took a position with ABS Global as a District Sales Manager.
Bennett’s extensive livestock judging background is why we’re happy to have him in the ring today. When asked what it means to him to have the opportunity to judge at the National Western Stock Show, Bennett said, “It’s tough to put it into words. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will always cherish and I am incredibly humbled to have had this opportunity.”