North Dakota 4-H’ers place at 2012 Western National Roundup

Courtesy photoOliver County's 4-H livestock judging team at the Western National Roundup in Colorado. Pictured are, front row, from left: Courtney Tweeten, Ashley Giedd and Kristen Liffrig. Back row, from left: John Klein and Peter Liffrig and team coach Rick Schmidt.

Three North Dakota 4-H teams placed in the in Colorado earlier this month.

The Oliver County livestock judging team placed fifth overall in the livestock judging competition held in Fort Collins, CO. The team included: Ashley Giedd, Kristen Liffrig, John Klein and Peter Liffrig, with Courtney Tweeten as the alternative.

The team excelled in the reasons portion of the competition, ranking fourth in swine reasons, seventh in sheep reasons and eighth in beef reasons.

Teams were required to evaluate a class of animals and rank the animals from most-to-least desirable based on a set of industry or product standards, then prepare and deliver oral reasons for their rankings.

Oliver County’s team also earned the following species placings: third in goats, sixth in swine, seventh in beef and 10th in sheep.

Giedd placed fifth in sheep and eighth individually. Klein placed fifth in goats and 18th individually. While Kristen Liffrig was in 41st place and Peter Liffrig was in 69th place. They were among 96 contestants.

Mercer County’s hippology team finished fourth overall, with 642 of 800 possible points. The team finished third in the stations phase, fourth in the exam phase and seventh in the judging phase. Hippology is a contest of equine knowledge.

The team members are Kelsey Klein, Shiloh Klein, Kimberly Klein and Mariah Lancaster.

Individually, Lancaster placed seventh overall, with 427 of the 500 possible points.

The Morton County consumer choices team, consisting of Dominick Goettle, Rachel Goettle, Tyrza Hoines and Renae Tokach, was third place overall in the consumer decision-making competition, with a second place in reasons and fifth place in the placings and the group process portions of the event.

In this competition, participants studied 12 consumer items or foods, then evaluated and ranked four examples of one item from best-to-worst and presented their reasons for their rankings.

Team members also judged six classes of items and presented two sets of reasons to the judges. Following reasons teams were presented with a group situation in which they were required to discuss options, make a decision and inform the judges why they selected that option.

Individually, Rachel Goettle finished second overall, with a second in placings and fourth in reasons. Dominick Goettle placed fourth overall and fourth in placings.

A combined Stark-Billings and Sargent counties horse judging team participated in the horse judging competition at the national event. Team members are Megan Dukart and Brooklyn Kadrmas from Stark-Billings county and Alicia Widhalm and Hannah Brummond from Sargent county.

– NDSU Ag Communication