South Dakota: Davison County Calf Show features quality cattle
A blizzard may have swept across the South Dakota prairie at the conclusion of 2010, but it didn’t steal the show in Mitchell, SD for the annual Davison County Calf Show on Dec. 29-30. The area received a reported 9-inches of snow on Dec. 30 according to Jennifer Hacker, NWS meteorologist in Sioux Falls.
To beat the storm, judges Fred DeRouchey, of Mitchell, and Jeremy Lehrman, a sales representative for McFleeg Feeds, Madison, SD, quickly to place the beef classes and get stock trailers on the road ahead of the blowing snow that followed that day.
Winning the 4-H Grand Champion English Female award was Kylee Geppert with an Angus prospect heifer. Kelsey Repenning took Reserve Champion English Female honors in the 4-H division with her Hereford prospect heifer. In the 4-H Exotic division, Kaley Nolz took top honors with her Limousin heifer.
DeRouchey selected Abby Repenning’s Hereford steer to win the 4-H Grand Champion English steer division, followed by reserve winner, KayLa Gerlach. In the 4-H Exotic market calf division, Megan Geidal won with a market heifer, followed again by KayLa Gerlach with reserve steer.
Of the 4-H show, DeRouchey said, “We need to give credit to the 4-H program for providing opportunities for these young people. Of course, a lot of hard work goes into these calves. We need to recognize the parents and family members who help these 4-H youth prepare these projects for show time.”
Lehrman was the official for the open show, immediately following the 4-H division. He selected Brittany Bush’s entry for the Grand Champion English Heifer, followed by Kylee Geppert with Reserve Champion English Heifer.
JC Forman won Grand Champion Exotic Heifer honors with his Maintainer female. Kodee Beckett earned the Reserve Champion Exotic Heifer spot with her Chianina entry.
In the open market calf show, Kodee Becket also won the Grand Champion Market Steer award, followed by Riley Lau. In the market heifer division, Jessica Goeken earned the top spot, and Tyler Bush won the Reserve Champion Market Heifer award.
The show was a sanctioned show and qualified winners earned points in the South Dakota Jr. Point Show, which recognizes youth who participate in showing beef animals throughout the state of South Dakota. Points are awarded to exhibitors, not each individual animal, based on placing in each breed class. Breed winners were also selected at the Davison Co. show.
Of the exhibitors and their quality of cattle, Lehrman said at the conclusion of the show, “There are certainly lots of great cattle here in South Dakota. They came to compete today, and it’s evident they could also be very competitive in national and regional shows. I’m sure we will see many great achievements from these exhibitors as they work on their projects into the summer months.”
Of course, no calf show is complete without a showmanship contest. Heather Gessner, McCook County Extension Educator, judged the showmanship contest. Winning the senior showmanship contest was Brittany Bush in first, Kelsey Repenning, second, and Taylor Geppert, third place, respectively. In the junior division, Tyler Bush earned top honors, followed by Randi Grussing in second place and Cody List rounding out in third. In the beginner’s division, Sam Podzimek, age 10, won the top spot, and nine-year old Maasa Dvorak placed second. Winners also earned points for the South Dakota Junior Points Show in the showmanship division.
The wind, sleet and snow may have put a damper on attendance at the show. The Davison Co. Calf Show only had 68 calf entries. However, the quality of these cattle were certainly evident, as confirmed by both Lehrman and DeRouchey.
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