Wessington Springs hosts Annual Springs Showdown Calf Show

During the Springs Showdown Calf Show, Storm Johnsen, Wessington, received Reserve Champion in the overall breeding heifers class with a Maine-Anjou heifer. iGrow photo

SDSU Extension

BROOKINGS — 4-H youth and other beef project enthusiasts packed the Jerauld-Buffalo Counties 4-H grounds November 5, 2017, to participate in the annual Springs Showdown Calf Show.

Eighty youth from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota exhibited 90 breeding heifers and 50 market steers and heifers. The show also included a 4-H livestock judging contest and livestock skill-a-thon.

“This show provided 4-H youth with a great opportunity to demonstrate their beef and livestock knowledge,” said Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program advisor – Sanborn, Aurora and Jerauld/Buffalo Counties.

Brady Jensen, South Dakota State University livestock judging coach, evaluated the cattle and youth showmanship skills.

“Tremendous quality throughout the show,” Jensen told spectators and exhibitors as he chose the top five in the steer show at the end of the day.

Several individuals and area businesses sponsored the event.

“As a non-profit show, sponsors play a huge role in the success of this show and we couldn’t do it without their support. $10,000 in sponsorships and entry fees were paid back to youth in attendance,” Erin Yost, Springs Showdown committee treasurer.


Top five overall breeding heifers included: Champion, Sydney Johnsen, Wessington, with a purebred Simmental heifer; Reserve Champion, Storm Johnsen, Wessington, with a Maine-Anjou heifer; third place, Trevor Bergh, Florence, with an Angus heifer; fourth place, Lex Larson, Valentine, Nebraska, with a Hereford heifer; fifth place, Harlee Heim, Wessington Springs, with a Foundation Simmental heifer.

Top five overall market beef included: Champion, Tate Bergh, Florence, with a crossbred steer; Reserve Champion, Abbi Henderson, Adel, Iowa, with a Charolais steer; third place, JD Thompson, Wessington Springs, with a Chianina steer; fourth place, Talli Heim, Wessington Springs, with a crossbred steer; and fifth place, Abbi Henderson, Adel, Iowa, with a market heifer.


Top five beginner showmanship winners: Champion, Kinsly Altena, George, Iowa; Reserve Champion, Piper Blum, Reliance; third place, Chance Blum, Reliance; fourth place, Teagan Scheel, Alpena; fifth place, Kerstynn Heim, Wessington Springs.

Top five junior showmanship winners: Champion, Raylee Fagerhaug, Wessington Springs; Reserve Champion, Trever Bergh, Florence; third place, Payton Beare, Ree Heights; fourth place, Sydney Johnsen, Wessington; fifth place, Lex Larson, Valentine, Nebraska.

Top five senior showmanship winners: Champion, Fletcher Larson, Valentine, Nebraska; Reserve Champion, Storm Johnsen, Wessington; third place, Allyson Beninga, Sioux Falls; fourth place, Lauren Verlinde, Tracy, Minnesota; fifth place, NaLea Dunsmore, Wessington.

4-H Livestock Judging Contest

Thirty-nine youth competed in the livestock judging contest. Youth evaluated feeder calves, market goats, and breeding ewes. The beginner ages also tested their knowledge with sheep parts identification while junior and senior age groups evaluated a sow class based on EPDs.

Top Five Beginners

• First place, Teagan Scheel, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Second place, Kerstynn Heim, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Third place, Jayna Blume, Hughs County.

• Fourth place, Rylan Fagerhaug, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Fifth place, Makynna Heim, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

Top Five Juniors

• First place, Mason Schelske, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Second place, Payton Tobin, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Third place, Landen Christensen, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Fourth place, Payton Beare, Hand County.

• Fifth place, Dillon Kammerer, Meade County.

Top Five Seniors

• First place, Riley Larson, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Second place, Talli Heim, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Third place, Quinten Christensen, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Fourth place, Sawyer Naasz, Brule County.

• Fifth place, Lex Larson, Cherry County, Nebraska.

4-H Livestock Skill-a-thon

Youth tested their knowledge identifying breeds of livestock and the continent they originated. In the equipment category youth identified tools used with artificial insemination. The parts of digestive systems in swine and goats were identified. Youth also were able to look at 17 different cuts of meat from a beef animal and label the retail and whole cuts accordingly.

Top Two Seniors

• First place, Quinten Christensen, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Second place, Sawyer Naasz, Brule County.

Top Two Juniors/Beginners

• First place, Carissa Scheel, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

• Second place, Mason Schelske, Jerauld-Buffalo Counties.

The beef project area is just one of many different project areas 4-H offers. For more information about how to get involved as a member or volunteer, contact your local Extension office. A complete listing can be found on iGrow.org.