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Northeast Livestock Team Narrowly Misses Second Place Finish at Valentine

Northeast Livestock Team Narrowly Misses Second Place Finish at Valentine

VALENTINE, Neb. – When it comes to Valentine’s Day, members of the Northeast Community College livestock judging team usually have one thing on their mind – cattle.

That’s because the team regularly attends the Heart City Bull Bash, which is named after Valentine and one of its largest industries – raising cattle.

This year’s event took place on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Northeast grabbing several top spots in the collegiate division.

While the Bull Bash itself began more than two decades ago with pens of bulls on Valentine’s Main Street, it has expanded over the years. Five years ago, one of the additions was livestock judging, including a collegiate division that regularly attracts teams from several states.

Mike Roeber, Northeast livestock judge, reported some strong results with his team this year.

“The team race was close. The top three teams were only five points apart after placings,” Roeber said. “Northeast ended up third overall, but only two points out of second.”

Cole Miller of Charter Oak, Iowa, placed first overall and in placings, and second in reasons. Grace Meiergerd of West Point was third overall, fourth in placings and seventh in reasons. The Northeast team of Miller, Meiergerd, Kyle Rehak, Wisner, Jack Ritter, West Point, and Kylie Luebbe, Seward, finished second in placings and third in reasons and overall. Also competing was Tatelyne Snover of Seward.

Students judged eight classes of cattle and gave four sets of reasons.

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