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2011 Davison Co. Calf Show highlights youth, cattle

More than 100 entries were evaluated at the annual Davison Co. Calf Show on Dec. 29-30, 2011 in Mitchell, SD. The 4-H show was judged by Jim Krantz, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension beef specialist, and the open show was judged by Barry Callies, cattle rancher from Howard, SD.

Winning the 4-H Grand Champion English Female award was Kylee Geppert with an Angus prospect heifer; Abby Repenning earned Reserve Champion English Female honors with her Hereford prospect heifer. In the 4-H Exotic division, Kaley Nolz took top honors with her Limousin heifer; Abby Repenning was second with a crossbred heifer. Krantz selected Dani Stoltz to win the 4-H Grand Champion Market Beef division, followed by reserve winner Michael Geidel.

Callies was the official for the open show, immediately following the 4-H division. He selected Tyler Bush’s entry for the Grand Champion English Heifer, followed by Kylee Geppert with Reserve Champion English Heifer. JC Forman won Grand Champion Exotic Heifer honors, and Savanna Vogel earned the Reserve Champion Exotic Heifer spot. Grand Champion English Market Beef was awarded to Taylor Hurd, followed by Brittany Bush with reserve. In the Open Exotic Market Beef Division, Tyler Bush earned the top spot, and Kodee Beckett received reserve champion honors. Winners received cash prizes, as well as coats and chairs.

The show was a sanctioned show and qualified winners earned points in the South Dakota Jr. Point Show, which recognizes youth who participate in showing beef animals throughout the state of South Dakota. Points are awarded to exhibitors, not each individual animal, based on placing in each breed class. Breed winners were also selected at the Davison Co. show.

Of course, the show is more than just evaluating cattle; there were several educational components for youth to participate in. Showmanship winners were Riley Larsen in first and Maesa Dvorak in second place in the beginner division; Tyler Bush, first and Alexis Montagne, second, and Sawyer Naasz, third in the junior division; senior winners were Brittany Bush in first; Kelsey Repenning, second; and Justin Montagne in third place.

In addition SDSU Extension offered the first annual Beef Skill-a-thon. Thirty youth were tested on beef selection, meat identification, quality assurance, nutrition management and calving problem-solving scenarios. Beginner division winners were Logan Schlim, first; Maesa Dvorak, second; Nalea Dunsomre, third; Clay Jorgensen, fourth; and Abby Conner, fifth. Juniors winners included: Sydney Dvorak, first; Jonathan Olthoff, second; Kera Kaufman, third; Hanna Peterson, fourth; and Ty Mogck, fifth. Winners in the senior division included: Gramm Johnson, first; Justin Montagne, second; Christy Mogck, third; Colin Geppert, fourth; and Kaley Nolz, fifth. In the adult division, Robert Peterson earned a first place finish, followed by Mike Connor in second.

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“This was the first Skill-a-thon offered by SDSU Extension, and I’m very pleased with turnout we had, with ten counties represented from the 30 kids who competed,” said Megan Nielson, SDSU 4-H Youth Livestock Field Specialist. “It was a great way to highlight the new educational activities that will be developed later this summer and to show how the new system of SDSU Extension is working.”

Various stations in the Skill-a-thon required the students to use critical thinking and problem solving skills while still having fun with hands-on exercises.

“Youth competed in five different stations that tested their knowledge of basic management practices they typically use when working with their beef project,” Nielson said. This contest helps show how well-rounded a youth has to be when they raise a livestock project. They have to understand how decisions made in the pasture dictate what is on a consumer’s plate. “

There’s more to come from SDSU Extension, Nielson said. “We hope to encourage youth to become more active in their livestock project by participating in these events and introduce them to future opportunities by networking with SDSU Animal Science Faculty, Extension and industry representatives. Long-term goals will be to develop a state-wide quality assurance program for all youth who have food animal projects and create online resources for kids to access information through igrow.org. This will provide kids with the knowledge and skills to be confident in raising their animal projects and become stronger advocates for agriculture.”