Keiser and Renken win 4-H livestock judging contest
Heath Keiser of Gothenburg and Tigh Renken of Bertrand earned gold medals and purple ribbons in the senior and junior divisions at the 2013 Dawson County 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held on May 28.
The contest consisted of hog, sheep and cattle classes and oral reasons on those classes.
Rounding out the medals in the contest were Patrick Peterson of Gothenburg, with the silver medal and Emily Keiser of Gothenburg with the bronze, both in the senior division. In the junior division, Jessie Rudolph of Gothenburg received the silver medal and Evan Peterson of Gothenburg received the bronze. All of the medals were provided by Monsanto.
Senior division ribbon awards included: Purple—Renken, Peterson and Keiser.
Junior division ribbon awards included: Purple—Keiser and Rudolph; Blue—Peterson, Jace Russman of Gothenburg, Sarah Treffer of Cozad, Savannah Peterson of Gothenburg and Greg Treffer of Cozad; Red—Emma Peterson of Gothenburg and Helene Keiser of Gothenburg.
The Tail Twisters 4-H Club of Gothenburg won the junior team honors receiving a purple ribbon. The club name will be engraved on a plaque.
Livestock for this event consisted of: hogs furnished by Bruce Montey, PM Farms in Cozad; a breeding heifer class furnished by Todd Ibach of Sumner; sheep classes from Ibach and the Mickey Fischer family of Cozad; market steer classes provided by the Jason Schneider family, John Schroeder family and Darr Feedlot, all of Cozad. The fairgrounds facilities were provided by the Dawson County Agricultural Society.
Four-H judging teams from Buffalo County also participated in the judging contest. Dawson County Extension educator Bruce Treffer, with help from Mike Wolff, Dawson County Extension assistant, organized the contest. Serving as contest official was Jennifer Saueressig of the Overton Veterinary Services. Also assisting were Kerry Elson and Brian Bosshamer, Extension educators in Buffalo County, Travis Line of Miller, Shannon Peterson of Gothenburg, John Schroeder of Cozad and Christy Treffer of Cozad.