Isanti County 4-H students shine at recent livestock show
The Isanti County 4-H program sent 44 youth to the 78th Annual Northeast Livestock show in Brainerd Sept. 15-16.
The youth qualified to attend Northeast during the Isanti County fair. Top honors with a champion ribbon were awarded to five youth from Isanti County. The champion commercial breeding gilt was awarded to Chelsea Collins of Isanti for her Hampshire pig. Tiana Lenzmeier of the North Branch area took her champion placing with a standard breeding pen of light Brahma chickens. In the small breed rabbit category with a mini lop, Ashley Lindgren of St. Francis placed first. Bethel native, Kyle Moe, took home a champion ribbon for his market ducks. Rounding out the champions was Chelsey Swanson of Braham with market chickens.
Six youth were able to take home reserve champion ribbons from the show. The list of reserve champion winners includes Miranda Cain who showed market turkeys, Cydnie Engblom with breeding ducks, showing a market lamb Olivia Frost, AshLynn Johnson with a prospect steer calf, Alisha Stone showed a small breed doe rabbit and Mitchell Torkelson also takes home a reserve champion ribbon for his breeding ewe yearling.
Blue ribbons were also in abundance at the livestock show with 30 youth taking home blue ribbons. The youth who placed with a blue ribbon include: Alex Anderson, Amy Anderson, Samantha Bauer, Aaron Christensen, Bailey Cole, Sam Collins, Courtney Cveykus, Brady Engquist, Robin Gemmill, Kristina Gerard, Hailey Greeninger, Tressa Johnson, Mackenzie Kruse, Dakota LaFrenz, Kayla Lenzmeier, Noah Lindgren, Reiley Mattson, Andrina Moe, Logan Moe, Jessie Pearson, Samantha Pearson, Ty Redmann, Caleb Skiba, Meghan Skiba, Victoria Skiba, Hayden Sorenson, Olivia Sorenson, Chase Springer, Nathan Vonderharr and Clay Wilking. Also, showing for Isanti County were Charlie Eklund with a red ribbon placing, Keagan Niessen with a red and Justin Thunstrom also receiving a red ribbon.
Youth also compete in showmanship and are judged based on their knowledge of the livestock project, the preparation of the animal for show, interaction with the judge and how they show the animal.
During the Showmanship competition Amy Anderson of Cambridge received a champion ribbon while showing her chickens. Courtney Cveykus of Isanti also took home a champion ribbon for Rabbit showmanship. Showing a Boer goat Robin Gemmill from Cambridge received her purple ribbon. A reserve champion went home with Caleb Skiba of Cambridge for his skills in showing his duroc pig. Not only did Chelsea Collins take top placing in her class for her Hampshire pig but she also walked away with a champion ribbon in showmanship.