Dahmer, Payton

Payton Dahmer

Instructor & Livestock Judging Coach
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Area of Specialization:

Livestock Judging Coach & Instructor

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B.S, Kansas State University, 2019
M.S., Kansas State University, 2020
Ph.D. , Kansas State University, 2023


Bio Brief:

Dr. Payton Dahmer grew up on a small farm in Nevada, Missouri, where his family raised and exhibited all species of livestock across the country. He received his associates degree from Butler Community College in 2017. During his time at Butler, he was member of the 2017 Livestock Judging Team that won multiple national contests and was named “Team of the Year.” He then transferred to K-State to complete his B.S. in animal science, and he was a member of the 2018 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team and the 2018 National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation Team. He received honors of being a member of the 2017 All-American Junior College Team and the 2018 All-American Senior College Team and was recipient of the prestigious F.W. Bell Award.

Payton stayed at K-State and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition while serving as the assistant coach for the livestock judging teams that were named 2019 Reserve National Champions and the National Champions in 2020. Throughout his Ph.D. program, he also managed the K-State Sheep and Meat Goat Center and taught ASI 524 (Sheep and Goat Science) as well as helping teach the swine section of the ASI Undergraduate Research Program.

Dahmer has extensive background in teaching and research spanning across species. He enjoys judging youth livestock shows and working with exhibitors and breeders across the country.