More than 220 members of the FFA and 4-H Clubs from Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota converged on the Four Seasons Pavilion Saturday February 8th for the Badlands Judging event, with Adams County winning both the senior and junior 4-H Livestock competitions.
In the senior 4-H competition, Adams County finished ahead of Golden Valley, Oliver Valley, Bowman County, Stark-Billings County, Morton County and McKenzie County. A second Oliver County 4-H team placed eighth.
In the junior 4-H competition, Adams County also took the top spot in the junior 4-H Livestock competition, followed by Grant County, Stark-Billings County, McKenzie County and Morton County. A second team from Grant County placed ninth in the competition.
According to the Slope County NDSU Extension agent, Shelby Hewson, Slope County competitors were part of the Adams County contingent which placed first in both categories.
In the FFA team livestock judging, Dickinson had two teams place first and second, followed by Belfield, Watford City, Scranton, Grant County, Mandan, Mott-Regent, New England and Flasher. A third team from Dickinson placed 11th in the team standings.
In the FFA Agronomy competition, Grant County placed first, in front of New England, Belfield, Mandan, Mott-Regent, Hettinger, Watford City, Dickinson and Flasher.
In the individual competition, while Laura Muggli of Grant County was first, Slope County’s Grace and Emily Dinius were second and fourth in the scoring. Competing for New England FFA, Grace Dinius scored 826 points, just 10 behind the leader. Emily Dinius was fourth with 747 points. New England also had William Schmidt (13th), Emma Bock (15th), Katie Schmidt (16th) and Samantha Fitterer (30th).
In the FFA Livestock category, Avery Roth of Grant County placed first, followed by Rylie Dohrmann, Isaac Binstock and Haeden Bullinger, all from Dickinson. Wyatt Dorner, competing for New England FFA, was eighth.
Scranton’s top finisher was Dani Maychrzak, who finished 17th, while Ella Anderson was 24th in the competition. The Scranton team placed fifth, while a pair of Dickinson teams placed first and second.
According to Max Robison, the Bowman County NDSU Extension agent, the turnout was a big increase over previous years for the Bowman County-Scranton FFA who sponsored the event.
“We had quite a few more in the FFA Agronomy/Ag Sales side,” he said. “We also had quite a few more judges for FFA and 4-H. Last year, the weather had a lot to do with it and we had a storm. Things were kind of nasty and a lot of teams could not make it.
“But, it is a really good turnout this year … and a little warmer,” he added.
“There is a good number more FFA judges as well as quite an increase in the junior 4-H.”
He also said that the quality of the animals is also a key to the success of the Badlands competition. “One of the reasons that Bowman has a pretty successful contest is that we can get the quality of livestock from within Bowman County and Adams County as well. They were really helpful this year and able to find us the sheep from Dave Pearson at the Hettinger Research Center, the hogs from Larson’s over in Adams County and the cattle came from Murnak Herefords and Dry Creek Red Angus,” Robison said.
The county extension agent said that the competitors are evaluated not only on their ability to numerically rate livestock but also on the ability to justify their ratings to judges in a verbal presentation.