NDSU Students Gear Up For The 87th Little International, Feb. 8-9 In Fargo

Anna Isaacson of Edgeley, N.D., a sophomore social work major (left) and Dani Buskohl of Wyndmere, N.D., a sophomore elementary education major, on Feb. 7 work on sheep fitting for the Saturday, Feb. 9, competition on Saturday at the Little International in Fargo at North Dakota State University. This photo was taken at about 4 p.m. at Shepperd Arena on the NDSU campus.

The 87th Little International, a kind of homecoming for the animal science department at North Dakota State University.

Eric Miller of Mandan, N.D, a junior in agricultural economics, is the assistant sheep superintendant for the sheep showmanship this year. He says there are about 32 contestants in the sheep area. There are about 175 total contestants, including the sheep, hogs, dairy and beef cattle divisions. “We usually try to keep each class from 7 to 10 or 12 at the most animals,” he says. There are four classes of each species, except horses has two classes.

On Feb. 8 the Little I starts with the 4-H and FFA judging contest, one of the ways NDSU puts out the welcome mat for prospective students. That runs 8 a.m. to about 2 p.m. On Saturday the show starts at 8 a.m. and to about noon. The “night show” starts at 6 p.m., going to about 7:30 p.m.

Eric Miller, assistant superintendant for sheep, 87th Little International, Fargo. Photo taken 4 p.m., Feb. 7, 2013, at Shepperd Arena, North Dakota State University

Other notes from the event:

The Little International Livestock Show is the largest student-
sponsored event on the NDSU campus involving over 300 students.
The show features showmanship classes of horse, beef, dairy, sheep,
and swine as well as ham curing and public speaking. The Little
International also honors an Agriculturist of the Year; this position
commemorates an individual who has not only excelled but also
contributed substantially to the agriculture industry.

Theme: Our Roots Run Deep

Agriculturist of the Year: Lyle Warner

Hall of Fame Banquet: $20.00
Showmanship Events: Morning Show- Free of charge
Night Show- $5.00
Dance in the Chips: $9.00 in advance, $10.00 at the door
Hotel: Ramada Plaza Suites

Princess Christine Wanner of Wishek, ND, Queen Mandy Peine of Vermillion,
MN, and Princess Calli Lemm of Hillsboro, ND.

February 8th, 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest
Shepperd Arena
8:00 a.m. – Hippology Contest
Horse Park
8:30 a.m. – FFA Agriculture Sales Contest
Memorial Union
9:00 a.m. – 4-H and FFA Crops Judging Contest
Bison Sports Arena
9:30 a.m. – FFA Small Animal Care Contest
Memorial Union
2:00 p.m. – Contest Awards
Shepperd Arena
5:00 p.m. – Hall of Fame Social
Ramada Plaza Suites
6:00 p.m. – Hall of Fame Banquet/Meal
Ramada Plaza Suites

February 9th, 2013

8:00 a.m. – Showmanship Preliminaries
Shepperd Arena
8:00 a.m. – Photo Competition
Loftsgard Atrium
9:00 a.m. – Ag Engineering Show
Ag Engineering Building
12:30 p.m. – Alumni Luncheon
Loftsgard Atrium
6:00 p.m. – Showmanship Finals
Shepperd Arena
11:00 p.m. – Dance in the Chips with “Dude Walker”
Shepperd Arena

1 Response

  1. Mary Beth McDonald

    In my bookcase I have my mother’s gold-colored cup from the Little International in Beef judging in 1936 and a silver colored cup for Sheep in 1933. Her name was Flora Elliott. She graduated from the School of Agriculture at NDSU in 1937. I’m proud to see the tradition continuing!

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