Sheep show strong
NEW ULM — The animal shows and exhibits at the Brown County Free Fair continued Thursday morning with the FFA and 4-H Sheep Show.
For the last few years both Brown County’s FFA and 4-H sheep program have remained strong with students of all age groups participating in the program.
Mary Hoffmann, the FFA advisor for Sleepy Eye, said the sheep always have a good showing, and Brown County is well represented at the state level.
“There are lot of new showmen this year and in every age group,” Hoffmann said. “We can replace the kids who age out.”
This year, the FFA show belonged to sophomore Mikayla Opatz. Her market lamb and ewe lamb took the top ribbon in their respective categories and then took the champion best in show and reserve champion title.
Opatz has been showing sheep for 10 years and owes her success to a lot of hard work and respect for the animals.
In the 4-H Ewe Show, Russell Hellendrung took champion banner for his weather dam ewe lamb. Brennan Veerkamp took reserve place for his yearling weather dam.
Russell Hellendrung also took the champion ribbon in the market lamb division with his brother Andrew Hellendrung taking reserve.
In the junior class, 10-year-old Greyson Tomaszewski took the Showmanship award with his sheep Piper. Tomaszewski has been showing sheep for four years and likes working with the animals.
Andrew Hellendrung, 13, was the Intermediate Showman with his sheep “Aftershock.” This is Hellendrung’s third year in the 4-H sheep program, and his secret is to simply work with the animals every day.
The senior showman award went to Cassidy Hoffmann and her sheep Josh. Hoffmann is a six-year veteran of the sheep program and will be a senior this year.
Judge Zach Post was impressed with this year’s showman. He asked every exhibitor what they learned this year and the top answer was “It takes a lot of work.”
Post said this is good thing to learn.