South Dakota: Brule County 4-H livestock judges finish 10th at Louisville
BROOKINGS, SD – The 2010 South Dakota 4-H livestock judging team placed 10th overall in the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.
Extension 4-H Livestock Project Leader Rod Geppert coached the team during the Nov. 16-17 event. The team included Blaine Geppert, son of Rod and Suzy Geppert of Chamberlain; Taylor Geppert, daughter of Kent and Pam Geppert of Kimball; Tate Glaus, son of Jim and Sholi Glaus of Chamberlain; and Shelby Kroupa, daughter of Greg and Renette Kroupa of White Lake.
The team took 10th overall among 34 teams and placed 13th in sheep and goat judging, 16th in swine judging, 14th in beef judging and 19th in reasons. Facing competition with 127 individuals in the overall contest, Taylor Geppert took 15th in individual sheep and goat judging and 28th in swine judging. Glaus’s individual score in beef judging earned 14th place, while Kroupa placed 24th in reasons.
The Brule County team earned the right to represent South Dakota at the national contest as they were the state champion county team at the South Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held in July.
The National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest has become one of the nation’s most challenging competitions for livestock-industry youth, attracting top young people from across the U.S. each year.
Coach Geppert said that as 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.
“There are very few programs that teach youth the ability to evaluate, make decisions and defend those choices verbally to an adult, one-on-one, but this program does exactly that,” said Geppert. “That’s a powerful skill set in today’s world of electronic communication that youth know so well.”
The Livestock Industry Trust Board and the South Dakota Pork Producers Council sponsored the South Dakota 4-H livestock judging team and their travel to Kentucky.
Many livestock producers are utilizing stockpiled pasture, hay regrowth and warm- or cool-season annuals to extend the grazing season this fall.