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4-H Livestock Judgers Take 1st Place at State

Breana Kiser, Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent

3-14-19 4H Livestock JudgingDickey County Senior Livestock Judging team takes 1st place at state. They now have the change to represent ND at Louisville, KY to compete at the North American International Livestock Exposition this fall.

Dickey County Senior and Junior Livestock Judging teams competed over the weekend at the 4-H livestock judging contest held March 2 at the NDSU Sheppard Arena, Fargo, ND.

The livestock team members are (pictured left to right) Erich Scheffert (Sr.), Reed Wendel(Sr.), Ryder Wendel (Jr.), Caleb Hauck (Sr.), Rose Wendel (Sr.), Calli Hauck (Sr.), and Megan Rodine (Sr.).  

The North Dakota 4-H Livestock Judging Contest provides an opportunity for youth enrolled in 4-H livestock projects to enhance their livestock evaluation and selection skills. Additionally, a judging contest improves their communication and decision-making skills giving them invaluable life skills towards career development. The purpose of the 4-H livestock judging contest is to teach youth how to evaluate livestock and how to make and defend their decisions. Participants will judge classes that include beef cattle, boer goats, sheep and swine. Seniors will then answer questions from a class to evaluate their thought processes and knowledge of the species judged. Participants will then prepare sets of oral reasons and meet one-on-one with an official to describe the reasons for their class placement. Competition in livestock judging fosters self-confidence, organization, critical thinking, teamwork skills and oral communication skills. Just as important, this contest advances their knowledge of the livestock industry. This contest provides an educational program for all project members, including those who may not own a project animal.

Awards for the contest were sponsored by the North Dakota Winter Show, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and Ag Country Farm Services of Valley City through the support of the North Dakota 4-H Foundation.

Individual placings at State Livestock Contest:
   •    Senior Overall: 7th place-Reed Wendel, 8th place-Rose Wendel, 11th place-Calli Hauck, 17th place-Caleb Hauck, 37th place-Erich Scheffert, 44th place-Megan Rodine
   •    Junior Overall: 10th place-Ryder Wendel
•    Senior Overall Reasons: 3rd place-Reed Wendel, 11th place-Rose Wendel, 18th place-Calli Hauck, 21st place-Caleb Hauck, 34th place-Megan Rodine, 47th place-Erich Scheffert
•    Junior Overall Reasons: 27th place-Ryder Wendel

Congratulations to the Livestock Judging Team. They had an incredible season!

Livestock judging team had a busy year despite the battle with the weather. Here is a recap of their year.

Oakes FFA Contest
   •    Senior Team Overall: 1st place
   •    Senior Individual Overall: 1st place (tied)-Caleb Hauck & Reed Wendel, 5th place- Calli Hauck, 7th place-Megan Rodine, 8th place-Rose Wendel

Napoleon FFA Contest
   •    Senior Individual Overall: 5th place-Reed Wendel
   •    Junior Individual Overall: 1st place-Ryder Wendel

Southeast Judging Classic
   •    Senior Team Overall: 1st place
   •    Senior Individual Overall: 1st place-Caleb Hauck, 2nd place-Reed Wendel, 9th place-Erich Scheffert, 12th place-Calli Hauck, 14th place-Rose Wendel
   •    Junior Individual Overall: 4th place-Ryder Wendel

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