On Sunday I had the opportunity to judge the dairy division of the annual Block and Bridle Club Little North American Showmanship Contest at the Hanson Center in Ames. It was the first time I had attended the event in many years and lots has changed. The event chairmen and their team deserves lots of kudos- the event was very professional.
The event has a nearly 100 year history on campus. It is a show for Iowa State Students to show animals and be judged on how well they show their livestock. It allows students who have shown livestock continue to show as well as other students that have never shown livestock the ability to show. It also allows students to learn about other species of animal instead of focusing on one species. Included were beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, poultry and meat goats.
This year’s dairy winners included: in the Pro Division, Paige Newman and in the Novice Division Paige Spowart and Breyer Ott.
This year’s show was dedicated to Alec Gotto, the “cow whisper” and $1,000 was donated towards helping him to purchase a more ‘arena friendly’ wheelchair so he can continue to do what he loves – show cattle.
My only disappointment was they had to cancel the staff and alumni class. I find it just wrong that there isn’t any ISU grads that are confident in enough their showmanship skills to compete. I challenge my fellow ISU Dairy Science alumni to participate next year!