South Dakota: 4-H livestock judging team places fourth at national competition
BROOKINGS, SD – The South Dakota 4-H livestock judging team placed fourth overall in the Western National 4-H Roundup Livestock Judging Contest.
The competition was held at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO on Jan. 6-9. The Western National 4-H Roundup Livestock Judging Contest is one of the nation’s most challenging competitions for livestock industry youth, attracting top young people from throughout the U.S. each year. A highly competitive event for young people ages 14-18, the contest provides participants with an opportunity to develop skills in evaluation, decision-making, communication, self-discipline, and responsibility.
South Dakota Cooperative Extension State 4-H Livestock Project Leader Rod Geppert, who served as the team’s coach, said that while the team will not move onto the world competition, the state’s 4-H representatives in Denver proved themselves among the nation’s best.
“The young people that participate in 4-H livestock judging at both the national and at the state level are an elite group,” Geppert said. “If I was looking for agricultural individuals to lead South Dakota in the future, I would take a hard look at the youth that participate competitively in these events. The knowledge they acquire and the skills they develop are second-to-none.”
The South Dakota 4-H livestock judging team was made up of JaCee Dennert, daughter of Dana and Nancy Dennert of Columbia; Ethan Johnson, son of Wyn and Charlene Johnson of Baltic; Lane Peterson, son of Steve and Lori Peterson of Holabird; and Kelsey Repenning, daughter of Steve and Lori Repenning of Mitchell. The team earned the right to represent South Dakota at the national contest because they were the top-four individuals who competed in the South Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held in July 2010.
The team finished fourth among 26 teams. They placed first in both beef and sheep judging, second in livestock placings, sixth in oral reasons, 10th in meat goat judging, and 14th in swine judging.
The Livestock Industry Trust Fund sponsored the South Dakota 4-H livestock judging team.
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