4-H livestock judging contest held at N.D. Winter Show
A Ransom County team placed first in the senior division of the state 4-H livestock judging contest held March 7 at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City.
The team members are Kylee Myers, Zach Bear, Garrett Oland and Haley Anderson. The first-place finish earns this team the opportunity to participate in the Eastern National 4-H livestock judging contest held in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., in November.
The livestock judging contest consisted of six classes of four animals each. The contestants evaluated and ranked two classes each of beef, sheep and swine. Contestants also gave oral reasons for their placing in three of the classes.
Counties could enter any number of 4-H participants in each division of the contest. The top three scores from the county team are added to make a team score.
The second-place team is from Morton County. Team members are Stetson Ellingson, Jameson Ellingson, Sara Jochim and Conner Kaelberer.
The third-place team is from Dickey County. Team members are Addison Magill, Jacob Hauck, Kadey Holm and Emily Hauck.
Teams from Kidder and Stark-Billings counties placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Addison Magill of Dickey County was high individual in the senior division and received the Mel Kirkeide Award for the top score.
In the junior division, the team from Kidder County placed first. Team members are Austin Schmidt, Bradyn Lachenmeier, Madelyn Schmidt and Dylan Lachenmeier.
The second-place team is from Morton County. Members are Sierra Ellingson, Jake Sanders, Medora Ellingson and Faith Gress.
The third-place team is from Ransom County, with members Sidney Anderson, Jacob Bear, Jamie Geyer and Kendra Myers.
The Dickey County and McHenry County teams placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
Sierra Ellingson was high individual in the junior division of the contest.
The team from Medina placed first in the open division of the contest, followed by teams from Towner and LaMoure.
Awards for the contest were sponsored by the North Dakota Winter Show, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and Ag Country Farm Services of Valley City through generous support of the North Dakota 4-H Foundation.
–North Dakota State University