Iowa 4-H Youth Excel at National Livestock Competitions


February 5, 2024, 8:00 am | Sydney Peterson, Amy Powell

Louisa County Livestock Judging Team.AMES, Iowa – Iowa 4-H members participated in national 4-H livestock competitions at the North American International Livestock Exposition held in Louisville, Kentucky, in November 2023. Additional 4-H youth participated in the National Western Roundup held in Denver, Colorado, during the Western National Stock Show in January 2024.

In Kentucky, Louisa County represented Iowa 4-H in the livestock judging competitions, and Benton County represented Iowa 4-H in the livestock quiz bowl contest.

Louisa County 4-H members Drew Totemeier, Cole Storm, William Hoopes and Cody Messer participated in the livestock judging competition. Wyatt Orr coached the team. This team placed second at the state competition in August, earning their spot to represent Iowa at the national contest.

“The team placed fourth overall out of 32 teams from across the county. This is one of the highest-placing teams Iowa has had,” said Amy Powell, animal science youth education specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

The team was second in beef, fourth in performance cattle, fifth in swine, sixth in oral reasons and 12th in sheep. Individual honors in the contest were awarded to Drew Totemeier for placing second high individual in beef, eighth high individual in performance cattle, seventh high individual in sheep and fourth high individual overall. William Hoopes was recognized for placing seventh high individual in performance cattle and 10th high individual in swine.

Benton County Livestock Quiz Bowl Team.Over 120 youth competed in this contest, which consisted of 11 evaluation classes in beef cattle, meat goats, sheep and swine. Participants presented four sets of oral reasons and answered questions in six classes.

Benton County 4-H members represented Iowa in the national 4-H livestock quiz bowl competition. Team members were Steiger Manson, Olivia Hanson, Joshua Wiley and William Kroneman. Maureen Hanson coached the team. Thirteen states participated in this competition, and participants answered questions on beef, sheep, meat goats and swine, as well as current events and general animal husbandry. The team placed third in the nation. Olivia Hanson placed sixth overall high individual, and Steiger Manson placed 10th overall high individual.

Clinton County 4-H members Caleb Kruse, Carter Mommsen, Jentry Johnson and Kyle Deppe, with alternate Grant Wilson, represented Iowa 4-H by participating in the livestock judging contests at the Western National Roundup in Denver. They were coached by Doug Deppe. This team won the state competition in August and earned their spot to represent Iowa at the national contest.

The team placed fifth overall out of 26 total teams from across the county. The team placed third in sheep, fourth in cattle, fifth in oral reasons, 13th in swine and 14th in goats.

Clinton County Livestock Judging Team.Individual honors in the contest were awarded to Jentry Johnson for placing fifth high individual in cattle and 11th high individual overall. Caleb Kruse was recognized for placing fourth high individual in sheep, seventh high individual in oral reasons and 11th high individual in cattle.

Over 95 youth competed in this contest, which consisted of 12 evaluation classes in beef cattle, meat goats, sheep and swine. Participants presented four sets of oral reasons and answered questions in six classes.

“We are extremely proud of these teams representing Iowa 4-H on the national stage,” Powell said. “These young people and their coaches are to be commended for their outstanding accomplishments. Qualifying to represent Iowa at the national contest is no small task, and these 4-H’ers have dedicated many years of hard work to be able to compete at this level.”

Contests at the national level encourage 4-H members to develop confidence, leadership and teamwork skills. Participating teams must qualify at their state’s top level of competition to secure an invitation to the event. For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.

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  • Benton County Livestock Quiz Bowl Team: (front row, left to right) team members Steiger Manson, Olivia Hanson, Joshua Wiley and William Kroneman; (back row) coach Maureen Hanson.
  • Louisa County Livestock Judging Team: (front row, left to right) team members Cole Storm, Cody Messer, William Hoopes and Drew Totemeier; (back row, left to right) alternate team member Brody Moeller and coach Wyatt Orr.
  • Clinton County Livestock Judging Team: (left to right) coach Doug Deppe and team members Kyle Deppe, Jentry Johnson, Carter Mommsen, Caleb Kruse and Grant Wilson (alternate).
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