NORFOLK, Neb. – The Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex at Northeast Community College in Norfolk was the site of the District II, III, and IV FFA District Livestock Judging Contest recently. Five-hundred-twenty contestants from 46 schools participated in the event held over three-days this year.
Michael Roeber, agriculture/livestock judging instructor at Northeast, said several changes were made this year due to the pandemic.
“In order to limit numbers in the facility at a given time, each of the three districts participated on separate days, with District 2 competing on Thur., Jan. 28, District 3 on Tue., Feb. 2, and District 4 on Thur., Feb. 4. The District 4 contest also had to deal with late starts by many schools due to the snow and wind taking place,” he said. “Additional pandemic protocols included each school being assigned a time to begin their competition, with team members from a school being kept together in their own group away from contestants from other schools.”
Teams could have up to eight members, with the top four scores counted. Roeber said the top 25% in each division in each district qualify for the State Livestock Evaluation contest, which will be held virtually on April 1st, with the state results being announced the following week during the virtual Nebraska State FFA Convention.
There were approximately 25 faculty members, staff and students from Northeast Community College who assisted in conducting the contest.
Individual and team results include:
District 2 Seniors
Individual: 1st - R.J. Bayer, Howells-Dodge; 2nd - Colby Bolton, Cross County.
Team: 1st - Columbus Lakeview (Zach Anderson, Makiaya De La Cruz, Alex Hinze, Abigail Lutjelusche, Ella Meyer, Eli Osten, Carly Schaad, and Emily Schaad. 2nd - Howells-Dodge (Justin Bayer, R.J. Bayer, Levi Belina, Regan Burenheide, Gavin Nelson, Blake Sindelar, and Brittin Sindelar).
District 2 Juniors
Individual: 1st - Tara Hambleton, Leigh; 2nd - Barrett Walahoski, Raymond Central.
Team: 1st - 1st Columbus Lakeview (Blake Anderson, Emma Anderson, Madisen Greisen, Adyson Groteluschen, MaKenna Lutjelusche, Niels Schmidt, Kyle Olmer, and Gunnar Wolfe).
2nd - Leigh-Clarkson (Dylan Brabec, James Grotelueschen, Taya Hambleton, Dylan Higby, Jacob Martensen, Jordan Noonan, and Dalton Zulkoski).
District 3 Seniors
Individual: 1st - Kendra Loseke, Blair; 2nd - Logan Buhrman, Wisner-Pilger.
Team: 1st - Blair (Trinity Back, Callie Landauer, Kendra Loseke, Dalton Nielsen, Baydun Read, Tyler Thompson, and Wyatt Wiemer.) 2nd - West Point (Lance Ditloff, Rachel Groth, Kaleb Hasenkamp, Cole Hutchinson, Anna Karnopp, Ethan Kreikmeier, Evie Schlickbernd, and Levi Schiller.)
District 3 Juniors
Individual: 1st - Emma Heller, Wisner-Pilger; 2nd - Jacie Bonneau, Pender.
Team: 1st Wisner-Pilger (Addisyn Albers, Danika Alexander, Cameryn Bellar, Emma Heller, Owen Heller, Jocelyn Russman, Braxton Siebrandt, and Trey Stewart). 2nd - Pender (Jacie Bonneau, Rylie Bonneau, Kendra Burns, Matthew Ferris, Logan Mosser, Colton Sanderson, Kylie Sturek, and Lillie Timm).
District 4 Seniors
Individual: 1st - Christen Curtis, Creighton; 2nd Jacie Painter, Norfolk.
Team: 1st - Crofton (Connor Arens, Lauren Buschkamp, Tom Burbach, Brooklynn Fiscus, Tuff Foxhoven Tucker Goeden, Jayden Jordan, and Stran Sage). 2nd - Battle Creek (Dylan Amick, Becca Arkfeld, Elly Kurpgeweit, Keisha Nelson, Ashlynn Schwartz, Jenna Ruge).
District 4 Juniors
Individual: 1st - Levi Cronk, Summerland; 2nd Blair Jordon, Crofton.
Team: 1st - Crofton (Josie Anthony, Emma Bilka, Garret Buschkamp, April Guenther, Blair Jordan, Madisen Petersen, Megan Tramp, and Ty Tramp). 2nd - Battle Creek (Brayton Croghan, Jeret Hassler, Dane Kilday, Justine Kurpgeweit, Trinity Lutt, Quintin Uehling, and Ryan Zohner).
Two contestants evaluate a class of cattle at Northeast Community College recently. They were among 520 students from 46 area high schools who participated in the annual District II, III, and IV FFA District Livestock Judging Contest recently at the College’s Chuck M. Pohlman Agriculture Complex in Norfolk.