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Published September 02, 2009, 03:17 PM

Local 4-Hers excel at Minnesota State Fair Livestock Encampment

Stevens County had 40 participants at this year's 4-H livestock encampment at the Minnesota State Fair.

By: Kirstin Koch, 4-H Program Coordinator, Morris Sun Tribune

Minnesota 4-Hers from 81 counties arrived with 2,826 animals at the 2009 “Great Minnesota Get-Together” for this year’s 4-H livestock encampment held Thursday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Aug. 30. Stevens County had 40 participants exhibit over the weekend including 18 beef exhibitors, four dairy exhibitors, eight sheep exhibitors, seven swine exhibitors, and three poultry exhibitors.

Stevens County 4-Hers have been preparing for this event all year long. There are several components a member considers when they decide to exhibit livestock, including selection and preparation of the animal, educational programming, scholarship applications, and participation at county fairs. Education is integral in the “learn by doing” philosophy of 4-H. As part of the educational component, Minnesota 4-H requires every youth participating in the livestock encampment to take part in a livestock interview. Examples of the interview process include an on-line knowledge test, skill-a-thons, and personal interviews about their project area. Along with interviews, all 4-H youth participating in livestock programming are required to complete the Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) Training. Through this certification, youth are educated on bio-security, educating the public on the role of livestock, and caring for their animal’s welfare.

In the beef project, Stevens County had 18 of the 582 4-H beef exhibitors.

Brett Blackwelder exhibited his Heavyweight Dairy Steer and received a red ribbon.

Tyler Evink exhibited his Lightweight Crossbred Steer and received a purple ribbon. Tyler also participated in showmanship. Tyler received high honors by being a market beef interview winner, participating in the Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, and receiving a Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association Scholarship.

Angela Gausman participated in the Charolais Junior Yearling Heifer Class and received a red ribbon. Angie also received a participation in showmanship.

Courtney Greiner received a blue ribbon with her Simmental Steer and participated in showmanship.

Bobbie Johnson received Reserve Champion with her Simmental Cow Calf pair and participated in showmanship and the Beef Championship Event.

Brooke Johnson received a purple ribbon with her Simmental Spring Heifer Calf and participated in showmanship.

Dylan Johnson exhibited his Lightweight Dairy Steer and received a red ribbon. Dylan also received a callback for showmanship and was able to participate in Intermediate Dairy Steer Showmanship.

Mac Kampmeier received Grand Champion Limousin Steer and participated in showmanship. Mac also participated in the Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction and in the Beef Championship Event.

Reed Kampmeier received a purple ribbon with his Limousin Steer and participated in showmanship.

Lloyd Lesmeister received a red ribbon with his Simmental Steer and participated in showmanship.

Jacob Moser received a red ribbon with his Limousin Junior Yearling Heifer and participated in showmanship.

Jenna Moser received a red ribbon with her Heavyweight Crossbred Steer and participated in showmanship.

Evan Nelson participated in the Middleweight Crossbred Steer class and received a purple ribbon. Evan also participated in showmanship.

Josh Nelson received a blue ribbon with his Heavyweight Crossbred Steer and participated in showmanship.

Dylan Reese exhibited a Market Heifer and received a purple ribbon. Dylan also participated in showmanship.

Brad Wulf exhibited his Limousin Summer Yearling Heifer and received a purple ribbon. Brady went on to receive Champion Limousin Heifer. Brady was also honored as the Reserve Champion Intermediate Heifer Showman and participated in the Beef Championship Event.

Craigan Wulf received a blue ribbon with his Limousin Steer and participated in showmanship.

Travis Wulf received a purple ribbon with his Limousin Junior Yearling and participated in showmanship. Travis was also honored as a Beef Interview Winner.

Stevens County had four youth participate in the 4-H Dairy Show.

Katelyn Blackwelder received a blue ribbon with her Crossbred Senior Summer Yearling.

Kent Blackwelder exhibited a Crossbred Junior Summer Yearling and received a blue ribbon.

Matt Huot received a blue ribbon with his Holstein Winter Senior Yearling.

Erika Ritter received a blue ribbon with her Crossbred Junior Summer Yearling.

Stevens County was represented by three of the 269 youth who exhibited at the 4-H Poultry Show.

John DeBuhr received a purple ribbon with his Chicken Bantam Breeding Pen.

Mitchell DeBuhr exhibited a Chicken Bantam Breeding Pen and received a purple ribbon.

Jase Wilts received a blue ribbon with his Chicken Bantam Breeding Pen.

The Stevens County Poultry delegation also received second place in Herdsmanship.

There were 392 sheep participants at the 4-H Sheep Show and eight of the participants hail from Stevens County.

Receiving a blue ribbon with her Lightweight Market Lamb was Maria Cin. Maria also participated in Lamb Lead.

Lauren Kill received a blue ribbon with her Commercial Black Face February Breeding Ewe Lamb.

Shauna Kill received a red ribbon with her Commercial Black Face March Breeding Ewe Lamb. Shauna was also honored as a Sheep Interview Finalist.

Jeff Knobloch received a blue ribbon with his Commercial Black Face February Ewe Lamb and participated in showmanship. Jeff was also named a Sheep Interview Finalist.

Kayla Lesmeister received a blue ribbon with her Lightweight Commercial Black Face Market Lamb and participated in showmanship.

Seth Nelson received a blue ribbon with his Heavyweight Commercial Black Face Market Lamb and participated in showmanship.

Brandi Sperr received a blue ribbon with her Lightweight Commercial Black Face Market Lamb.

Brooke Wente received a red ribbon with her Lightweight Commercial Black Face Market Lamb. Brooke also participated in showmanship and was named a Sheep Interview Finalist.

Of the 460 4-H Swine participants, seven were from Stevens County.

Anthony Golombiecki received a red ribbon with his Heavyweight Market Barrow.

Justin Johnston received a purple ribbon with his Market Gilt. Justin was also honored as a Swine Interview Winner and received an Honorable Mention in Swine Showmanship.

Natalie Johnston received a purple ribbon with her Middleweight Market Barrow. Natalie was named a Swine Interview Finalist and also participated in the Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction.

Kevin Knobloch received a red ribbon with his Heavyweight Market Barrow.

Jacob Skarsten received a red ribbon with his Heavyweight Market Barrow and was named a Swine Interview Finalist.

MaKenzie Smith received a red ribbon with her Middleweight Market Barrow and was named a Swine Interview Finalist.

Carter Smith received a red ribbon with his Lightweight Market Barrow.

The Stevens County Swine delegation also received second place in Herdsmanship.

For more Minnesota State Fair results and photos check out www.fourh.umn.edu/fairresults.

Congratulations to all the youth from Stevens County that participated in the Livestock Encampment at the 2009 Minnesota State Fair.

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