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Beltrami County 4-H excels at Minnesota State Fair

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By Ann Marie Ward, Special to the Pioneer

BEMIDJI – Beltrami County 4-H youth had excellent results at the 2012 Minnesota State Fair Livestock Encampment.

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Thirty-five Beltrami County 4-H youth exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair and exhibited in various livestock arenas, Aug. 22-26. Minnesota 4-H’ers from more than 85 counties arrived with more than 2,500 animals.

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 participate in a livestock interview. Examples of the interview process include an online knowledge test, skill-a-thons and personal interviews about the 4-H’er’s project area.

4-H not only produces purple ribbon animals, but more importantly is focused on producing purple ribbon kids.

A summary of the Beltrami County 4-H Livestock Encampment results is listed by specie:

Beef

Beltrami 4-H Cross Bred Dairy Steer Market Class exhibitor Christopher Gilbertson placed first in his class and third overall in Cross Bred Dairy Steers and earned an Award of Excellence/Purple Award. Christopher is a member of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club.

Other members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club exhibiting in the Beef category at the fair were Kyle Johnson with a Commercial Spring Calf, earning a White award; Brian Mason with a Commercial-Summer Yearling, earning a Red award; and Hailee Todavich with a Commercial-Junior Yearling, earning a Red award.  4-H Beef exhibitors totaled 568.

Dairy

Tori Koch with the Deer Lake Flyers earned an Award of Excellence/Purple Award on her Registered Winter Senior Yearling in the Dairy Division.

Other Beltrami 4-H exhibitors, all members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club, included: Amber Fast who showed a Holstein Grade –Summer Junior Yearling, earning a Blue award; Ashley Fast with a Holstein Grade – Spring Junior Yearling, earning a Red award; Cody Fast with a Crossbred class for cows 3 years and older, earning a Red award; and Jacob Koch with a Registered Holstein Winter Calf, earning a Red award. This year 476 4-H Dairy exhibitors participated in the fair.

Goat

Valerie Davis showed a Meat Breeding Yearling Doe-Dry and earned a Blue award. She is a member of the Buena Vista Bear Tracks 4-H Club. Caitlin Pickett, a member of the Beltrami Bobcats 4-H Club, showed an Alpine-Milking goat in the 3 years and older class, earning a Blue award. A total of 279 4-H youth exhibited goats at the fair.

Poultry

Cole Koebke with the Frohn Willing Workers 4-H club earned the title of Grand Champion Breeding Duck Pen. Cole also earned fifth place in Poultry Judging. In Poultry Judging, youth grade poultry carcasses and grade interior and exterior egg quality according to the industry standards. Youth are required to qualify their reasons for their grading.

A total of 254 Minnesota youth exhibited poultry at the fair.

Beltrami County 4-H’er Taylor Fankhanel earned third place in Intermediate Showmanship for Poultry. Youth are invited into Poultry Showmanship based on their written test scores, interview and the showing of their animal in the class judging arena.  She also earned ninth place in Poultry Judging. Taylor received a Blue Award on her Large Fowl Breeding Pen of Black Cochins. Taylor is a member of the Buena Vista Bear Tracks 4-H Club.

She also earned an AgStar Interview Finalist Award along with two other Beltrami Poultry exhibitors, Mark Yerbich, with Buena Vista Bear Tracks 4-H Club and Kylie St. Peter a member of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club.  Mark received a Blue award on his Production Brown Egg layer pen and Kylie received a Blue award on her Production White Egg layer pen.

Sheep

Colt Johnson, a member of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club, earned the Grand Champion award in the Commercial White and Speckled Face Yearling class. Colt also earned an AgStar Interview Finalist Award for his knowledge of the sheep industry.

Other youth exhibiting sheep included Kyla Langerak, with a Commercial BlackFace – Yearling Ewe, earning a Blue; Brett Schussman, with a Commercial Black Face – March Ewe Lamb, earning a Red; and James Swiggum, with a Registered Suffolk – March Ewe Lamb, earning a Blue. These youth are members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club.

There were 356 youth exhibiting sheep at the fair.

Rabbit

Emily Risberg’s trio of rabbits earned Grand Champion honors at the Minnesota State Fair.Emily Risberg earned Grand Champion market rabbit pen of three and Reserve Champion in the rabbit carcass judging class. Emily breeds and raises rabbits for show and market and is a member of the Beltrami Bobcats 4-H Club. Emily also earned a Blue Award with a livestock demonstration during the demonstrating a rabbit health check. She was also an Interview Finalist earning an AgStar Award at the 2012 State Fair.

There were 313 4-H Rabbit Projects exhibited at the fair.

Ethan Halvorson, a member of the Frohn Willing Workers 4-H Club, earned an Award of Excellence/Purple Award on his Small breed purebred – Senior Buck and seventh place overall in Rabbit Intermediate Showmanship. Rabbit Showman transition through many rounds of Showmanship presentations and questions before making it to the final selection of the top showman.

An Award of Excellence/Purple Award in the rabbit project area was also awarded to Mariah Parks with a Holland Lop-Senior Doe. Mariah is a member of the Beltrami Bobcats 4-H Club. Michelle LaMoure with the Northwoods 4-H Club also earned an Award of Excellence/Purple Award on her Holland Lop-Junior Doe.

Hannah Eichstadt of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club earned First Place Individual in Rabbit Judging and first overall. The Beltrami County 4-H Rabbit Judging Team earned fourth Place overall in Rabbit Judging.

All Beltrami Rabbit exhibitors participated on the Rabbit Judging Team. Rabbit judging is a class where the youth judge multiple breeds of rabbits based on the Standards of Perfection for Rabbits, and state their reasons to judge for their placings of each animal. Hannah received a Blue Award on her Polish-Senior Buck. Taylor Hiltz, a member of the Grant Valley Hustlers, received a Blue Award with her Holland Lop – Junior Buck and Lainy Sewall received a Blue Award with her Netherland Dwarf-Senior Buck. Lainy is a member of the Buena Vista Bear Tracks 4-H Club.

Swine

Zachary Erickson earned an Award of Excellence/Purple Award on his Registered Spotted February Gilt. Zachary is a member a member of the Beltrami Bobcats 4-H club. Zach also earned an AgStar Award as an Interview Finalist.

There were 477 swine exhibits from 4-H youth.

Sara Erickson showed a Market Gilt and earned a Red Award. She is a member of the Beltrami Bobcats 4-H Club. Reid Vonasek showed Market Gilt and earned a Blue award. He is a member of the Beltrami Bullseyes 4-H Club.

Members of the Deer Lake Flyers 4-H Club won the following awards: Anna Fogarty showed a Crossbred February Breeding Gilt and earned a Blue Award, Michael Fogarty showed a Lightweight Crossbred Barrow and earned a Blue Award, Gavin Lewis showed a Crossbred January Breeding Gilt and earned a Red Award, Katie Moen showed a Cross Bred January Breeding Gilt and earned a Red Award, Brenna Moen showed a Crossbred January Breeding Gilt and earned a Red Award, and Chase Todavich showed a Crossbred February Breeding Gilt and earned a Blue award.

Complete results from the Minnesota State Fair can be found online at www1.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/state-fair/fair-results or  www.Mnstatefair.org/competition/results

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ANN MARIE WARD IS the program coordinator for Beltrami County 4-H.

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