4-H Special Sheep program kicks off the Buena Vista County Fair with livestock exhibition
The Buena Vista County 4-H Special Sheep participants celebrated the Fourth of July exhibiting sheep at the Corderman Farm. Over the past 15 years, Rusty and Karen Corderman have led the Special Sheep Program mentoring a grand total of 128 youth.
Youth participants learn about sheep and practice showing the livestock. This program was started with the goal of getting more 4-Hers interested in raising sheep, after Cordermans’ own sons graduated. The couple shared that the 4-Hers become honorary “grandkids” for the summer and they enjoy watching participants learn, grow and return year after year, or purchase their own sheep!
This year, 33 4-H members have spent two or three nights a week throughout the month of June working with sheep provided by the Cordermans. In a typical year, Special Sheep participants show their sheep at the Buena Vista County Fair. The format was changed this year due to COVID and the desire to keep youth working in small groups while reducing the capacity of the fair livestock barns. While the photos look a bit different, with 4-H exhibitors adding a facemask to their showman attire, the learning and the fun remained the same!
Paige Whitney, Ag teacher at OABCIG and Iowa State University Livestock Judging Team alum, judged the 4-H Special Sheep Show. Hannah Colerick from Alta’s Maple Valley Agriculturists 4-H Club earned Grand Champion Special Sheep Market Lamb with Madison Stull from Storm Lake’s Providence Go-Getters 4-H Club as Reserve Champion. In the Special Sheep Pen of 2 Class, Aden Archer and Graham Small, both from Albert City’s Fairfield Pioneers 4-H Club were named Grand Champions. Eli Rieb and Brayden Marshall, both from Alta’s Maple Valley Agriculturists 4-H Club received Reserve Champion awards. The Junior Showmanship Champion was Ava Brenner and the Reserve Junior Showman was Eli Rieb, both from Alta’s Maple Valley Agriculturist 4-H Club. Champion Intermediate Showmanship honors were awarded to Emily Launderville, with Intermediate Reserve Champion going to Destiny Brown, both from Storm Lake’s Providence Go-Getters 4-H Club. Gracelin Dahlhauser from Storm Lake’s Providence Go-Getters 4-H Club earned the Champion Senior Showmanship award and will advance to the Senior Showmanship Competition during the Sheep Show on Friday, July 10 at the Buena Vista County Fair in Alta. Joelle Arnts from Alta’s Maple Valley Agriculturists 4-H Club received Reserve Senior Showmanship.