4-H members practice their evaluation skills during the livestock judging contest at the Springs Showdown. Thank you to VanDyke Suffolks for providing us with top-notch stock to work through.

4-H beef project enthusiasts packed the Jerauld-Buffalo County 4-H grounds on a cold rainy Sunday, November, 3, 2019, to participate in the Eleventh Annual Springs Showdown Calf Show. 
Eighty-seven youth from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota exhibited 93 heifers and 48 market steers and heifers. 
“The beef project is really an 11-month commitment and for many it is their first trip to town. The committee’s goal is for the first show of the year to be a safe and positive experience for both kids and calves,” stated Audra Scheel, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor.  
The show also included a 4-H livestock judging contest for youth to demonstrate their livestock evaluation skills. Youth evaluated cattle, goats and sheep for the contest.
Raymond Gonnett of Lawrence, KS, judged the prospect market beef and Mark Wermersen of Sioux City, IA, evaluated the breeding beef show. Steer and heifer shows ran simultaneously which allowed for everyone to get home a little earlier this year.
“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. Over $9,000 in sponsorships and entry fees were paid back to youth in attendance,” said Erin Yost, Springs Showdown committee treasurer.
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