Adams and Slope County compete in North Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest


Frank Turner

While the Night Hawks were competing in Grand Forks this weekend, the Adams/Slope community livestock judging team was close by in Fargo competing in their own state competition.  

There, 4-H participants on the junior and senior livestock judging teams represented Adams County and Slope County in the North Dakota State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest by judging cattle, goats, sheep, and swine in front of judges.  

The Adams/Slope junior team placed 2nd overall and the senior team placed 8th at the State Contest.  North Dakota State University Extension Agent and livestock judging coach Hannah Nordby said she was really impressed with how the 15 members on the junior team judged at state.  

The junior team, Chloe Marquardt, Ali Buckmier, Kallie Timm, Dru Dschaak, Jackson Hallen, Mika Stuber, Kestrel Damjanovich, Mace Stuber, Sophia Kennedy, Grant Kees, Blake Larson, Dillon Nash, Oscar Laufer, Joclyn Wolff, and Katy Schauer all contributed to their second place standing at the State Contest.  


Listed below are the individual results for the junior team:

Blake Larson 

  • 1st place overall 
  • 1st in Beef 
  • 1st Goat 
  • 4th in Sheep 

Sophia Kennedy 

  • 5th place overall 
  • 3rd Beef 
  • 1st in Reasons 
  • 2nd in Sheep 

Mace Stuber 

  • 12th place overall 


According to Nordby, the junior team actually won second place in a tiebreaker with Foster County due to the Adams/Slope team earning a higher Reasons score.  

“We were really happy for the junior team. They worked really hard all season and it was great to see it all pay off.” 

Walking into the State Contest, the Adams/Slope livestock judging team had an impressive track record. Leading up to State, the team had won every contest that they had participated in this year, including competitions in Dickinson, Fargo, Bowman, and Beulah 

Nordby attributed the senior team’s season success to her other fellow livestock judging coaches. Nordby said that Dave Pearson was the one who coached her back when she was a member of 4-H. 

 “Dave Pearson, Caitlin Pearson, and Kalen Manthei do a really good job of coaching the kids. It’s the reason why we are so competitive,” she continued. 

Although the senior team was striving to place in the top five at state, Nordby was still proud of their successful season and the seniors that set a great example for the rest of the team.  

“They had a phenomenal season leading up to the State Contest,” said Nordby, “We had two seniors on the senior team this year, Mack Buckmier and Zach Rickertsen. They were a great addition to the team and really showed some leadership.” 

The senior team, Tatum Fitch, Mitch Stuber, Beth Lien, Mack Buckmier, Zach Rickertsen, Kaden Schauer, Tate Nash, and Tommy Buckmier all contributed to their 8th place standing at the State Competition. 


Listed below are the individual results for the junior team:

Mitch Stuber 

  • 15th Overall 
  • 8th in Reasons 
  • 6th in Swine 

Tatum Fitch 

  • 3rd in Goats 

Mack Buckmier 

  • 6th in reasons 

According the Nordby, both the junior and senior team are already looking forward to competing next year.  

“On the way back from Fargo we were joking about practicing year round for next year’s season,” she said,  “The kids always look forward to the judging season. We work really hard but we also have a lot of fun.” 


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