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Catch-a-sheep: A wild and woolly affair

Photo by Jan Swan WoodThe kids surround the sheep in the Catch-A-Sheep contest at the Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair, Nisland, SD on Aug. 20.

The Catch-A-Sheep Contest was held at the Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair, Nisland, SD, on the evening of Aug. 20. This unique event involves Butte and Lawrence County kids, ages 8-12, and some generous donors and sponsors.

The prize for the competition was one of six ewe lambs, donated by area sheep producers. The pre-entered competitors had their names drawn for one of two heats, and the six from each heat advanced to the finals, where another six were the final winners.

To win the ewe lamb, youth had to catch a grown sheep out of a pen while others were attempting the same feat. After haltering the sheep with a provided halter, youth had to push, pull or drag the sheep through a gate dubbed as the finish line, to the judges’ satisfaction.

This all seems fairly simple, but imagine a hoard of 8- to 12-year-olds running madly at a group of older cull ewes and trying to put a halter on one while she is running, jumping, spinning and evading capture. Of course, the ewe wasn’t the only one doing those things, which made the action was fast and furious, and great entertainment for the spectators. The shouts of encouragement from the crowd truly added to the atmosphere and the competition was tough.

Once a sheep was caught, it by no means wanted to cooperate, thus planting her feet and resisting attempts to be pulled across the finish line. Despite the challenge, more than six kids prevailed each time, though only the first six to cross the line qualified for the final round.

The final (third) round consisted of 12 finalists and the same very disillusioned – and by now perturbed – group of sheep. The sheep were more determined than ever not to cooperate, so the 12 young sheep wranglers had their hands full trying to be one of the six to cross the line first, and therefore victorious in the acquisition of a fine ewe lamb.

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The resulting award-lamb becomes a possible two-year project for the young person. The first year, they may show her, her lamb (if she has one), and her fleece. While it’s not required that contestants be in 4-H, they are encouraged to enter, otherwise they may show in the open classes. They are judged on the showing, fleece, portfolio and stall poster.

Each lamb is identified with a C.A.S. tag, as well as a scrapie tag. The youth is responsible for caring for the sheep and it becomes theirs to keep – potentially starting many youth with their own flock of sheep.

Organizers for the event were Keith Franke, Belle Fourche, SD; Gwen and Dwight Kitzan, Nisland, SD; and Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD.

The event couldn’t be held at all without supporters, including: St. Onge Livestock-Newell Sheep Yards; and Barney Barnes and Gilbert Wood who donated the use of the sheep for the contest. Others giving aid were Bill and Sandy Heidrich, Nisland, SD; Pat and Ronna Burke, Newell, SD; Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD; Jim and Jack Orwick, Newell, SD; and LeRoy and Jean Parks, Newell, SD. Due to the hazardous nature of that many kids and sheep in a milling mob, Newell Ambulance personnel, Don Tishmack and Anne Fickbohm, were there as well, donating their time.

This year, a fleece from a lamb donated by Gary and Lauren Babb, Newell, SD, and won by Grady Peterson, Belle Fourche, SD, won the 4-H Wool Show, Open Class, and the $100 Harlan Jacobsen Memorial Award sponsored by Tri-State Wool Marketing Association.

The lamb winner will receive their ewe lamb on or before Jan. 1, 2011 with donors and winners matched through a random drawing.

Donors and lamb winners:

• Donor Erk Ranch, Paul and Beth Erk, Newell, SD and winner Tera Williamson, Newell, SD.

• Donor Dan and Sue Kokesh, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tye Davis, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Capp Ranch, Earl and Alice, Nisland, SD and winner Payton Burtzlaff, Whitewood, SD.

• Donor Victor and Kay Reed, Nisland, SD and winner Taten Fox, Fruitdale, SD.

• Donor Bar 69, Craig and Deb Kukuchka, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tanner Schmidt, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Joe and Jane Burke, Newell, SD and Noah Pochop, Spearfish, SD.

The Catch-A-Sheep Contest was held at the Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair, Nisland, SD, on the evening of Aug. 20. This unique event involves Butte and Lawrence County kids, ages 8-12, and some generous donors and sponsors.

The prize for the competition was one of six ewe lambs, donated by area sheep producers. The pre-entered competitors had their names drawn for one of two heats, and the six from each heat advanced to the finals, where another six were the final winners.

To win the ewe lamb, youth had to catch a grown sheep out of a pen while others were attempting the same feat. After haltering the sheep with a provided halter, youth had to push, pull or drag the sheep through a gate dubbed as the finish line, to the judges’ satisfaction.

This all seems fairly simple, but imagine a hoard of 8- to 12-year-olds running madly at a group of older cull ewes and trying to put a halter on one while she is running, jumping, spinning and evading capture. Of course, the ewe wasn’t the only one doing those things, which made the action was fast and furious, and great entertainment for the spectators. The shouts of encouragement from the crowd truly added to the atmosphere and the competition was tough.

Once a sheep was caught, it by no means wanted to cooperate, thus planting her feet and resisting attempts to be pulled across the finish line. Despite the challenge, more than six kids prevailed each time, though only the first six to cross the line qualified for the final round.

The final (third) round consisted of 12 finalists and the same very disillusioned – and by now perturbed – group of sheep. The sheep were more determined than ever not to cooperate, so the 12 young sheep wranglers had their hands full trying to be one of the six to cross the line first, and therefore victorious in the acquisition of a fine ewe lamb.

The resulting award-lamb becomes a possible two-year project for the young person. The first year, they may show her, her lamb (if she has one), and her fleece. While it’s not required that contestants be in 4-H, they are encouraged to enter, otherwise they may show in the open classes. They are judged on the showing, fleece, portfolio and stall poster.

Each lamb is identified with a C.A.S. tag, as well as a scrapie tag. The youth is responsible for caring for the sheep and it becomes theirs to keep – potentially starting many youth with their own flock of sheep.

Organizers for the event were Keith Franke, Belle Fourche, SD; Gwen and Dwight Kitzan, Nisland, SD; and Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD.

The event couldn’t be held at all without supporters, including: St. Onge Livestock-Newell Sheep Yards; and Barney Barnes and Gilbert Wood who donated the use of the sheep for the contest. Others giving aid were Bill and Sandy Heidrich, Nisland, SD; Pat and Ronna Burke, Newell, SD; Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD; Jim and Jack Orwick, Newell, SD; and LeRoy and Jean Parks, Newell, SD. Due to the hazardous nature of that many kids and sheep in a milling mob, Newell Ambulance personnel, Don Tishmack and Anne Fickbohm, were there as well, donating their time.

This year, a fleece from a lamb donated by Gary and Lauren Babb, Newell, SD, and won by Grady Peterson, Belle Fourche, SD, won the 4-H Wool Show, Open Class, and the $100 Harlan Jacobsen Memorial Award sponsored by Tri-State Wool Marketing Association.

The lamb winner will receive their ewe lamb on or before Jan. 1, 2011 with donors and winners matched through a random drawing.

Donors and lamb winners:

• Donor Erk Ranch, Paul and Beth Erk, Newell, SD and winner Tera Williamson, Newell, SD.

• Donor Dan and Sue Kokesh, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tye Davis, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Capp Ranch, Earl and Alice, Nisland, SD and winner Payton Burtzlaff, Whitewood, SD.

• Donor Victor and Kay Reed, Nisland, SD and winner Taten Fox, Fruitdale, SD.

• Donor Bar 69, Craig and Deb Kukuchka, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tanner Schmidt, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Joe and Jane Burke, Newell, SD and Noah Pochop, Spearfish, SD.

The Catch-A-Sheep Contest was held at the Butte-Lawrence Co. Fair, Nisland, SD, on the evening of Aug. 20. This unique event involves Butte and Lawrence County kids, ages 8-12, and some generous donors and sponsors.

The prize for the competition was one of six ewe lambs, donated by area sheep producers. The pre-entered competitors had their names drawn for one of two heats, and the six from each heat advanced to the finals, where another six were the final winners.

To win the ewe lamb, youth had to catch a grown sheep out of a pen while others were attempting the same feat. After haltering the sheep with a provided halter, youth had to push, pull or drag the sheep through a gate dubbed as the finish line, to the judges’ satisfaction.

This all seems fairly simple, but imagine a hoard of 8- to 12-year-olds running madly at a group of older cull ewes and trying to put a halter on one while she is running, jumping, spinning and evading capture. Of course, the ewe wasn’t the only one doing those things, which made the action was fast and furious, and great entertainment for the spectators. The shouts of encouragement from the crowd truly added to the atmosphere and the competition was tough.

Once a sheep was caught, it by no means wanted to cooperate, thus planting her feet and resisting attempts to be pulled across the finish line. Despite the challenge, more than six kids prevailed each time, though only the first six to cross the line qualified for the final round.

The final (third) round consisted of 12 finalists and the same very disillusioned – and by now perturbed – group of sheep. The sheep were more determined than ever not to cooperate, so the 12 young sheep wranglers had their hands full trying to be one of the six to cross the line first, and therefore victorious in the acquisition of a fine ewe lamb.

The resulting award-lamb becomes a possible two-year project for the young person. The first year, they may show her, her lamb (if she has one), and her fleece. While it’s not required that contestants be in 4-H, they are encouraged to enter, otherwise they may show in the open classes. They are judged on the showing, fleece, portfolio and stall poster.

Each lamb is identified with a C.A.S. tag, as well as a scrapie tag. The youth is responsible for caring for the sheep and it becomes theirs to keep – potentially starting many youth with their own flock of sheep.

Organizers for the event were Keith Franke, Belle Fourche, SD; Gwen and Dwight Kitzan, Nisland, SD; and Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD.

The event couldn’t be held at all without supporters, including: St. Onge Livestock-Newell Sheep Yards; and Barney Barnes and Gilbert Wood who donated the use of the sheep for the contest. Others giving aid were Bill and Sandy Heidrich, Nisland, SD; Pat and Ronna Burke, Newell, SD; Tim and Roxie Tetrault, St. Onge, SD; Jim and Jack Orwick, Newell, SD; and LeRoy and Jean Parks, Newell, SD. Due to the hazardous nature of that many kids and sheep in a milling mob, Newell Ambulance personnel, Don Tishmack and Anne Fickbohm, were there as well, donating their time.

This year, a fleece from a lamb donated by Gary and Lauren Babb, Newell, SD, and won by Grady Peterson, Belle Fourche, SD, won the 4-H Wool Show, Open Class, and the $100 Harlan Jacobsen Memorial Award sponsored by Tri-State Wool Marketing Association.

The lamb winner will receive their ewe lamb on or before Jan. 1, 2011 with donors and winners matched through a random drawing.

Donors and lamb winners:

• Donor Erk Ranch, Paul and Beth Erk, Newell, SD and winner Tera Williamson, Newell, SD.

• Donor Dan and Sue Kokesh, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tye Davis, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Capp Ranch, Earl and Alice, Nisland, SD and winner Payton Burtzlaff, Whitewood, SD.

• Donor Victor and Kay Reed, Nisland, SD and winner Taten Fox, Fruitdale, SD.

• Donor Bar 69, Craig and Deb Kukuchka, Belle Fourche, SD and winner Tanner Schmidt, Belle Fourche, SD.

• Donor Joe and Jane Burke, Newell, SD and Noah Pochop, Spearfish, SD.

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