The Cuming County 4-H program was represented at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY by the 4-H Livestock Judging team during the week of November 11-15. According to Larry Howard, Nebraska Extension Educator in Cuming County, the team placed first at the Nebraska State Contest in June and won the right to represent Nebraska at the National Contest. There were 124 individuals representing 34 states at the event.
The Cuming 4-H team placed 13th overall and was 7th in Sheep, 11th in Beef, 18th in Reasons and 22nd in Swine. Team members were Connor Klitz, Ross Klitz, and Blake Guenther of West Point and Megan Schroeder of Wisner. Individually, Ross Klitz placed 17th overall and was named an All American with the other top 20 individuals. Ross was 9th in Sheep, 24th in Beef, 70th in Reasons, and 84th in Swine. Blake Guenther was 35th overall, 29th in Reasons, and 38th in Sheep, 41st in Beef and 57th in Swine. Connor Klitz was 49th overall, 35th in Sheep, 53rd in Swine, 75th in Reasons and 81st in Beef. Megan Schroeder was 83rd overall, 35th in Beef, 88th in Reasons, 97th in Sheep and 103rd in Swine.
The team was sponsored by funding provided by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, Cuming 4-H Foundation, Cuming County Feeders Association, Cuming County Pork Producers and the use of the vehicle by Citizen’s State Bank in Wisner. Todd Schroeder of Wisner accompanied the team as their sponsor. Lee Schroeder coached the team for the state contest.