FFA members recognized for achievement at the South Dakota State Fair

PHOTOS COURTESY SD FFA Kenidey Effling of Highmore won Grand Champion Breeding Heifer

HURON — From August 31 until September 4, 2023, 366 FFA members from 71 FFA chapters competed in livestock exhibitions, farm safety quiz bowl, agriscience fair, and a variety of agricultural displays. In addition, 47 district FFA officers and 8 state FFA leaders coordinated with industry volunteers to provide educational experiences to fair attendees at the Ag Adventure Center.

Chapter Sweepstakes:
1st – McCook Central
2nd – Beresford
3rd – Bridgewater-Emery
4th – Doland
5th – Mitchell

Chapter Display:
1st – Bridgewater-Emery
2nd – Arlington
3rd – Beresford
4th – Wolsey-Wessington
5th – Doland

Agricultural Exhibit Results:
1st Equipment Restoration – Landon Roling, McCook Central
1st Large Metal Project – Colton Michalek, Wessington Springs
1st Medium Metal Project – Taylor Howley, Bridgewater-Emery
1st Small Metal Project – Arlington FFA
1st Medium Wood Project – Gavin Mattson, Deuel
1st Small Wood Project – Doland FFA
1st Home Accessory Project – Bradley Dangel, Andes Central
1st Pallet Board Construction – McCook Central
1st Horseshoe Project – Bradley Dangel, Andes Central
1st Metal Art & Plasma Cut Design – Gavin Mattson, Deuel
1st Cut Floral Arrangements – Beresford FFA
1st Hanging Baskets/Decorative Planters – Arlington FFA

Agriscience Exhibit Results:
1st Division 1 – Doland FFA
1st Division 2 – Bobbi Eide, Gettsburg
1st Division 3 – McCook Central FFA
1st Division 4 – McCook Central FFA

Beef Cattle Show Results:
Grand Champion Breeding Heifer – Kenidey Effling, Highmore
Reserve Champion Breeding Heifer – Brooklyn Ludens, Viborg-Hurley
Top 5 Breeding Heifer Showman – (1) Cash Lehrman, Bridgewater-Emery, (2) Creighten Werning, Bridgewater-Emery, (3) Payton Beare, Highmore, (4) Chance Blum, Chamberlain, and (5) Paton Coyle, Miller
Grand Champion Market Heifer – Cody Eich, Howard
Reserve Champion Market Heifer – Seth Sundal, Tri-Valley
Grand Champion Market Steer – Ty Bergh, Florence
Reserve Champion Market Steer – Cailey Sime, Milbank
Top 5 Market Beef Showman – (1) Sawyer James, Estelline, (2) Jayna Blume, Pierre, (3) Nate Struck, West Central, (4) Seth Smith, Doland, and (5) Hannah Heezen, Wessington Springs

Grand Champion Breeding Doe Goat - Peyton Bischoff, Huron

Sheep Show Results:
Grand Champion Ram – Carissa Scheel, Wessington Springs
Reserve Champion Ram – Kasandra Knutson, Viborg-Hurley
Grand Champion Breeding Ewe – Tayden Miller, Estelline
Reserve Champion Breeding Ewe – Raesa Zelinsky, Brookings
Top 5 Breeding Sheep Showmen – (1) Josie Nold, Brookings, (2) Olivia Newell, Lennox Sundstrum, (3) Carissa Scheel, Wessington Springs, (4) Hadley Stiefvater, McCook Central, and (5) Colton Michalek, Wessington Springs
Grand Champion Market Lamb – Tyson Miller, Estelline
Reserve Champion Market Lamb – Riley Pankratz, Parker
Top 5 Market Sheep Showmen – (1) Drew Pederson, Garretson, (2) Landon Berg, Bridgewater-Emery, (3) Taya Chelmo, Kimball, (4) Andrea Miller, Canton, and (5) Chanel Mohrhauser, Tri-Valley

Meat Goat Show Results:
Grand Champion Breeding Doe – Peyton Bischoff, Huron
Reserve Champion Breeding Doe – Cooper Bischoff, Huron
Top 5 Breeding Meat Goat Showmen – (1) Kacy Goehring, Parkston, (2) Vanessa Dunkelberger, Parker, (3) Peyton Bischoff, Huron, (4) Emma Pierce, Estelline, and (5) Elle Goehring, Parkston
Grand Champion Wether Dam Doe – Ashlyn Tangen, Sioux Valley
Reserve Champion Wether Dam Doe – Jana Stearns, Hot Springs
Grand Champion Market Goat – Tanner Van Asselt, Tri-Valley
Reserve Champion Market Goat – Derek Van Asselt, Tri-Valley
Top 5 Market Meat Goat Showmen – (1) Matea Gordon, Sturgis, (2) Carley Crist, Beresford, (3) Danika Gordon, Sturgis, (4) Delaney Zoss, Mitchell, and (5) Tye McGraw, Clark

Rabbit Show Results:
Champion Best in Show – Hunter Masterson, Menno
Reserve Best in Show – Hunter Masterson, Menno
Top 5 Showmen – (1) Julia Tinker, Brandon Valley, (2) Brianna Gilchrist, Winner, (3) Michael Freeman, Ethan, (4) Hunter Masterson, Menno, and (5) Hannah Schoenfelder, Huron

Carissa Scheel, Wessington Springs, won Grand Champion Ram

Dairy Goat Show Results:
Grand Champion Doe – Trevon Cross, Garretson
Reserve Champion Doe – Maddisyn Thompson, Elkton
Grand Champion Milking Doe & Supreme – Trevon Cross, Garretson
Reserve Champion Milking Doe & Reserve Supreme – Trevon Cross, Garretson
Top 5 Showmen – (1) Trevon Cross, Garretson, (2) Makayla Cross, Dell Rapids, (3) Tayber Hansen, Doland, (4) Maddisyn Thompson, Elkton, and (5) Lane Thompson, Elkton

Swine Show Results:
Grand Champion Breeding Gilt – Jonathan Moe, Estelline
Reserve Champion Breeding Gilt – Nolan Eichler, Lake Preston
Top 5 Breeding Showmen – (1) Nolan Eichler, Lake Preston, (2) Sutton Murphy, Arlington, (3) Jovie Wirt, Lennox Sundstrum, (4) Dawson Plagmann, Bridgewater-Emery, and (5) Jocelyn Wagner, Hichcock-Tulare
Grand Champion Market Hog – Jonathan Moe, Estelline
Reserve Champion Market Hog – Treyson Zeigler, Gettysburg
Top 5 Market Showmen – (1) Melanie Calmus, Howard, (2) Khloie Klinkhammer, McCook Central, (3) Clayton Weber, ORR, (4) Lacie Weber, ORR, and (5) Hadlie Johnson, Montrose

Dairy Cattle Show Results:
Supreme Champion – Braylon Plucker, Lennox Sundstrum
Champion Holstein – Grace Norling, Beresford
Champion AOB – Braylon Plucker, Lennox Sundstrum
Top 5 Showmen – (1) Steven Paulson, Groton, (2) Grace Norling, Beresford, (3) Sutton Plucker, Lennox Sundstrum, (4) Estelle Schweer, Milbank, and (5) Katie Scherff, Dell Rapids

Adopt-an-Animal Results:
Sow with piglets – Bode Sweeter, Lennox Sundstrum
Sow with piglets – Max Klein, Wessington Springs
Laying hens – Colton Stiefvater, McCook Central
Laying hens & chicks – Mercedes Jones, Wessington Springs
Laying hens & chicks – Madison Hofer, Freeman
Chicks – Kayeleigh Bowden, Huron
Bucket calf – Grace Rowen, Wolsey-Wessington
Feeder pigs – Aedan Klawonn, Madison Central

The South Dakota FFA Association is a statewide organization of 5,668 agricultural education students in 110 chapters in every corner of South Dakota. It is part of the National FFA Organization, a national youth organization of 760,113 student members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture with 8,612 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Visit www.sdaged.org for more information