June 1st was the annual South Central Livestock Clinic & Judging Contest in Bladen, Nebraska. Fifty junior individuals, nine senior individuals and two adults came from across the state to judge sheep, goats, beef and swine classes.
For those of you unfamiliar with the process, the contestants are presented with four animals of the same species and type (market or breeding). This is a called a class. The contestants choose how to place the class. They have only a few minutes to observe, write notes and then select the class placings. At the conclusion of some classes, they will be asked to answer questions about the class to test how well they observed the class. They will then write how they placed the class on a provided card and turn it in to the officials.
After they have judged all the classes, the contestants then will give oral reasons. These oral reasons are a one on one with a judge where the exhibitor must stand and defend their class placings. The contestants who are able to place the most classes, questions correctly as well as defend their placings the best will gain the highest points and therefore win. There are both individual placings and team placings. Teams consist of three or more individuals. Life lessons are gained through this process as the contestants are able to pick the best animals from a herd to keep as replacements. They also gain valuable interviewing skills through the oral reason process.
Champion Junior Individual was Garrett Scholz from Dawson/Gosper Counties with 362 point. Receiving Reserve Champion Zach Dickau from Pride of the Prairie Team, also from Gosper County, with 359 points.
Champion Junior Team with 1020 points was Franklin/Kearney 4-H Team which consisted of Shelby & Creed Johnson, Ayden Schmidt and Jacey Smidt. Receiving Reserve Champion Junior Team was Pride of the Prairie with 1017 points. Team members were Rianna & Sheridan Chaney, Zach Dickau and Carsen Reiners.
Champion Senior Individual was Alexis Tachovsky from Wilbur Clatonia FFA with 435 points. Receiving Reserve Champion was Tara Allen with the Adams County Team with 427 points.
Champion Senior Team was the Wilber Clatonia FFA Team with 1221 points. Team members included Alexis Tachovsky, Collin Hayek, Lilly Zoubek and Mikayla Pecka. Reserve Champion Team was Elizabeth Trausch and Tara Allen with 818 points.
Junior local contestant receiving a purple ribbon was Kassi Jones (357 pts). Receiving blue ribbons were Carten Auten (318), Addison Kierl (310), Max Hammer (290), Aidyn Bonifas (281), and Trey Vance (280). Receiving red ribbons were Dylan Auten (269), Sam Hammer (269), Lanham Skrdlant (248), MaKenna Karr (243), Clay Plambeck (242), Keaton Karr (236), Cody Plambeck (231), and Jeremy Sharp (220).
We’d like to thank those who provided the livestock. Market beef were provided by Mike Danehey of Red Cloud, breeding beef were provided by S & S Herefords, Ron Schutte of Guide Rock. Breeding meat goats were provided by Don Alexander & Dottie Belle from Mankato, KS. The Daren & Buffy Niemeyer family provided the contest with both the breeding and market sheep and the Plambeck family provided the market and breeding swine. Without their generous donation of their livestock during the clinic and contest; we’d never be able to have such a great program in our county!
Congratulations to all the individuals and teams for a job well done!