Dahmer Named K-State Livestock Judging Coach

PaytonMANHATTAN, Kan. –Payton Dahmer has been announced as the new Instructor and Livestock Judging Coach for the Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry Department. Dahmer will assume the role this summer.

Dahmer received his associates degree from Butler Community College. During his time at Butler, he was member of the 2017 Livestock Judging Team, which was named “Team of the Year.” He then attended K-State for his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate. During his judging career at K-State he was a member of the 2018 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team and the 2018 National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team.

During his collegiate judging career, he received honors of being a member of the 2017 All-American Junior College Team and the 2018 All-American Senior College Team. Additionally, Dahmer was recipient of the prestigious F.W. Bell Award.

While receiving his master’s degree, Dahmer served as the assistant coach and had the opportunity to assist in coaching the 2019 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team and the 2020 National Champion Livestock Judging Team.

While working on his doctorate, he has managed the K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Center. Additionally, Dahmer helped teach the swine section of the ASI Undergraduate Research Program and Sheep & Goat Science.

“Payton is no stranger to our department, he joins our team with great knowledge and leadership in the livestock judging arena,” says Dr. Mike Day, K-State ASI department head. “We are excited to have his expertise continue the rich traditions of the livestock judging program and contribute to our ASI teaching and research programs.”

With a broad research knowledge, Dahmer has extensive background in teaching and research within the department. He will be defending his doctorate this spring on “Nutritional and management strategies to improve beef and pork production efficiency.”