Adams County 4-H Livestock Show

While the Adams County 4-H Livestock Show was held on Friday, August 2, 2019 the blood, work and sweat started months before.

Hannah Nordby
NDSU Extension

In the livestock project area 4-H members are able to show poultry, rabbits, swine, goats, sheep, or beef animals. Members start off their project by selecting an animal- taking into consideration how much they can afford to spend and their ideal “conformation check list” of a market or breeding animal. This check list varies depending on if the member wants to raise an animal where the end goal is to sell the animal to market or to be retained in the herd for breeding purposes. These animals are either bought at a sale or home raised by the member. Thanks to the Adams County Fair Board 4-H town kids have the unique opportunity to house animals at the C.M. Cook Youth Development Project 4-H and FFA Livestock Barn AKA “the club barn”. Other than feed and animal costs the building is 100% free for members to use!
Between the selection and showing of animals at the fair there is much work to be done. 4-H members learn the importance of appropriately feeding and caring for their animals. They also work with their animals in preparation for the show ring. Showmanship is the process of training, grooming, and showing animals to make them more presentable to compete at the Fair. Showmanship also includes the appearance and abilities of the show person. The 4-H members job is to show their animal to its best advantage. Members are also challenged with the task of learning about animal physiology and health.
For showmanship members are divided into two age categories 8-12 year-olds being juniors and 13-18 year-olds being seniors. The champion showman from each age category in the species area of beef, sheep, swine, and goats advances onto Round Robin. During the Round Robin showman are given two minutes per species to demonstrate their overall knowledge of the industry, animal physiology and ability to properly show each species to a judge. Total scores for each species are added up and the individual in both age groups with the highest tally is awarded an Overall Showmanship buckle.
The next stop will be the 77th Annual Lemmon Junior Livestock Show on September 14th, 2019. Adams County 4-H members will have another chance to compete with their animals. Following the livestock show members have the opportunity to sell their animal during the Premium Sale and Livestock Auction. A premium sale differs from an auction in that the 4-H member retains ownership of their animal, the premium is simply a reward for their hard work. During the auction the 4-H member will receive the final bid price and the bidder will take ownership of the market animal.
Livestock projects are all encompassing as 4-H members learn by doing, from purchasing an animal, daily feeding and care, and finally marketing.

2019 Livestock Award Sponsors
Ehler’s Trucking Inc.
Farmers Union Insurance
Evans Angus
Bruce and Cynthia Erickson
Consolidated Telcom
Uecker Livestock Yards, Inc.
Wayne and Gail Weishaar
John Gupman
Larry and Bonnie Lueck
Dakota Packing Co.
Ameriprise Financial
Southwest Grain, Reeder
Southwest Grain, Hettinger
Adams County Soil Conservation District
Evanson Jensen Funeral Homes
Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union
Bob and Nola Dietz
Runnings Fleet & Farm
NorDak, LLP
Barb Johnson Family
Francie Berg
Schauer Sheep Company
Ron and Heather Nester
Lyle’s Body Shop
Dacotah Bank
Western Frontier Insurance
Consolidated Telcom
RZ Motors, Inc.

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