4-Hers place in two range judging competitions
The Kidder/Oliver 4-H range judging team placed first in the senior division of the state 4-H and Old West Region range judging contests in Carrington on Sept. 18.
Team members are Monica Fitterer and Michelle Fitterer of Tuttle and Rebecca Schmidt of Center. Monica Fitterer was first high individual in the contest. This team will have the opportunity to represent North Dakota at the National Invitational 4-H Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma next spring.
The Foster County team of Casey Mack of Kensal, Justin Lee of Grace City and Jacey Retzlaff of Carrington placed second in the senior 4-H division and third in the 4-H division of the Old West Region contest.
Third place in the senior 4-H division went to the team from Stark-Billings counties. Team members are Caden Tuhy, Marissa Tuhy and Kyle Kostelecky, all of Dickinson.
The team of Jarrett Lardy of West Fargo, Shelby Sedivec and Kyra Sedivec of Mayville, and Amy Anderson of Clifford competed in the open division and placed second in the Old West Region 4-H contest.
The region consists of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. States take turns hosting the contest.
The Oliver County team placed first in the junior division of the state 4-H range judging contest. Team members are Reanna Schmidt, Breanna Vosberg and Erika Vosberg, all of Center; Olivia Klein of Max; and Teanna Hintz and Rylee Hintz of Hannover. Schmidt also was high individual in the junior division of the contest.
The range judging contest consists of three ecologic sites and two range plant identification sites. Participants evaluate the soil type, slope and plant content of each site, along with the current condition of the range, and make recommendations related to range management practices.
Each plant identification site consists of 15 plants. The participants identify and indicate various traits for each plant. The contest also includes a team problem related to a range situation. The team must calculate the appropriate stocking rate and management practices to fit the situation.
The range judging contest is conducted with support and sponsorship from the North Dakota 4-H Foundation and Society of Range Management. Kevin Sedivec, Extension rangeland management specialist, officiated the contest.