Matt Ellicott will join the UNL Department of Animal Science in a new Extension educator faculty position Aug. 1.
Ellicott's primary responsibilities include teaching courses in the principles of livestock evaluation and judging and advanced livestock evaluation and judging. In addition, he will coach the UNL Animal Science Livestock Judging Team.
His Extension and outreach responsibilities include statewide leadership for programs in youth livestock project selection, preparation and showmanship, and assisting with existing youth livestock programs and events. Ellicott will also serve as a judge and support person for county fairs and similar livestock events, and work with 4-H leaders, Extension specialists, Extension educators and assistants, and other educational organizations.
He was born in Pender, but resided in Colorado during much of his youth, where he was active in 4-H and family livestock operations. He obtained his B.S. degree in animal science in 1998 at Colorado State University and completed his masters' degree in branded beef programs there in 2003.
He coached the 2001 Colorado State Champion 4-H Livestock Judging Team and was a member of the Colorado State University Reserve National Livestock Judging Team.
His work experiences include an internship with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Denver, marketing and sales assistant with Future Beef Operations in Parker, Colo., and manager of daily fabrication scheduling and sales of Premium Hereford Beef at Ridgefield Farms in Denver.