Meet the Open Show Judge for Ring 1
Ryan Rathmann Ph.D
Ryan is an Associate Professor and holder of the John W. and Doris Jones Endowed Professorship in the
Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. Ryan is the all-time
winningest coach in collegiate history having coached nine National Champion Collegiate Livestock
Judging Teams (3 @ Texas A&M and 6 @ TTU) and five National Champion Meat Animal Evaluation
Teams. Ryan has judged local, state, or national junior and open cattle shows in over 35 states and
internationally. He conducts research in beef cattle nutrition and teaches courses in cow/calf
management, animal breeding and genetics, artificial insemination, and livestock/carcass evaluation.
Ryan is married to Kayla Kohls Rathmann and they have two daughters named Kinlee (13) and Karlee
(10). They operate RK Cattle a Red Angus seedstock operation. The girls show Red Angus and Charolais
heifers, Angus steers, and Dorper sheep.