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Talkin’ livestock

BROOKINGS, SD – Public speakers from Davison, Grant and Meade counties finished first in their divisions during the 2010 South Dakota Summer Spotlight 4-H Livestock Speech Contest held on July 23.

The public speaking contest focused on youth presenting information about science, technology, engineering and math in the livestock industry. Organizers encouraged the public speakers to explore new topics in the livestock industry and presented cash awards to the top contestants.

In the senior division, David Strain of Meade County took first place with his speech titled “Is She a Five? Beef Cow Body Condition Scoring.” Abby Thiel of Dewey County placed second and Kelsey Repenning of Davison County took third place.

Kiara Leddy of Grant County won in the junior division with her speech, “Beef: It’s Still What’s for Dinner.” Sammi Schrag of Turner County took second place, and judges awarded third place honors to Brooke Bigge of Davison County.

In the beginner division, Tucker Bigge of Davison County took first, Kaden Leddy of Grant County was second, and Blake Olson of Turner County was third. In addition to the senior, junior, and beginner participants, Cloverbud 4-Hers also participated in the event.

South Dakota State University Animal and Range Sciences Department Head Clint Rusk and South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service North District Director Rosie Nold served as judges for the senior and junior divisions, while Extension educators Gail Frank and Lynn Carlson judged the Cloverbud and beginner contestants.

For a complete list of results, call your county Extension office.

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