Dakota Farmer

The North Dakota 4-H show joins leaders from across the state with 4-H youth for a showmanship contest.

Sarah McNaughton, Editor, Dakota Farmer

August 13, 2021

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During the North Dakota State Fair, 24 4-H members got the leadership opportunity of lifetime. Partnering with a public leader to teach them how to show an animal. This inaugural event was created by North Dakota State University Extension agents and the NDSU Extension Animal Science Team.

“I heard about this happening in other states, and I visited with them to get feedback and ideas,” says Kurt Froelich, NDSU Extension agent. “I just saw an outstanding opportunity to get these young people to engage with leaders and enhance their leadership skills,” he explains.

Related: Public leaders connect with 4-H youth

The 24 4-H’ers were selected as champion showman in their various species during the state shows throughout the fair. One of the 4-H’ers was 16-year-old Taylor Cattin of Kenmare.

“We put in a lot of hours in the barn, and a lot of effort into our animals from when we get them in April or May,” she explains. “The opportunity to show them how much goes into this is great. You know if you don’t work for what you get, you won’t succeed, and you might end up in the bottom of your class.”

The 4-H showmen ranged in age from 12 to 17, and each had quality time with their public leader during prep and show time.

About the Author(s)

Sarah McNaughton

Editor, Dakota Farmer, Farm Progress

Sarah McNaughton of Bismarck, N.D., has been editor of Dakota Farmer since 2021. Before working at Farm Progress, she was an NDSU 4-H Extension agent in Cass County, N.D. Prior to that, she was a farm and ranch reporter at KFGO Radio in Fargo.

McNaughton is a graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in ag communications and a master’s in Extension education and youth development.

She is involved in agriculture in both her professional and personal life, as a member of North Dakota Agri-Women, Agriculture Communicators Network Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority Alumni and Professional Women in Agri-business. As a life-long 4-H’er, she is a regular volunteer for North Dakota 4-H programs and events.

In her free time, she is an avid backpacker and hiker, and can be found most summer weekends at rodeos around the Midwest.

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