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FFA Competes in Livestock Judging

Heartland FFA members competed in District Livestock Judging on Wednesday, November 8, at the Merrick County Fairgrounds in Central City. Thirty-three members were split into either the Senior Division or Junior Division. 

The Senior Division was comprised of high school seniors and juniors. Eleven Heartland members competed in this division. In the Junior Division, made up of high school sophomores and freshmen, Heartland had 22 members compete. 

Livestock judging consists of various livestock classes where members have to select the correct order of animals. Competitors also have to give oral reasons for why they placed the classes the way they did. Classes that competitors judged were market hogs, breeding ewes, market lambs, breeding does, market goats, breeding bulls, market steers, and a keep or cull class of heifers.  

After the classes were placed, the Junior Division gave one set of oral reasons on market steers. The Senior Division gave two sets of oral reasons on market steers and breeding ewes.  

Heartland’s Senior Team placed 11th. The Junior Heartland Team placed 3rd, earning the right to compete at state. State will be held in April during the State FFA Convention.  

The following are the results for the Senior Division: Ben Janzen-31, Zach Miller-49, Sam Quiring-67, Allie Boehr-69, Thane Wetjen-75, Jacob Buller-77, Marisol Stamp-79, Jace Friesen-81, Blake Goertzen-99, Jake Goertzen-113, Katrina Epp-124. 

The following are the results for the Junior Division: Kaleb Ostrander-6, Brayden Ogorzolka-17, Maddie Janzen-17, Miles Kliewer-20, Weston Panko-24, Faith Hiebner-27, Adi Duerksen-33, Amanda Goertzen-40, Emma Ott-43, Kinsley Friesen-53, Hayden Powers-61, Cash Parrish-61, Camden Riggs-76, Nevada Gloystein-120, Lexi Inglsbee-124, Josh Goertzen-126, Colby Frisbie-140, Mary Dente-140, Abby Nolan-152, David Hiebner-160, Riley Quiring-165, Andrew Onnen-177.

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