Cattle, goats and swine on hand at North Henderson Livestock Show

Robert Blackford
Alex Feltmeyer, left, placed second in the bucket calf judging while cillon Cheline placed first.

The 51st Annual North Henderson National Livestock Show took place Saturday in North Henderson with a variety of animals being shown and judged. There were about 100 people in attendance at the show.

Sherrard grad Clay Zwilling served as the judge for the event. Zwilling is in his fourth year at Oklahoma State University where he is studying animal science and animal education. Zwilling placed seventh overall in the Denver National LIvestock Sho  in individual livestock judging last year and his team placed second overall in the country to Texas A & M by only one point.

After graduation Zwilling hopes to teach high school agriculture in the area.

Zwilling is also a past FFA State President.

"The quality was deep all in all the species," said Zwilling. "This area has a long tradition of having great livestock. The kids are phenomenal here."

Bill Farm, who helps organize the event noted that donations to put on the show were $2,125 last year, a  record high. The show organizers were able to provide $300 scholarships for 2012 United graduates Sully Frick and Evan Powell.

"I think these boys have shown here every year since they were eight years old," said Farm.


Sully Frick, 18 will attend Black Hawk East in Kewanee next year and be a member of the livestock team there. He is studying agriculture with the hope of attending Iowa State University afterward and studying ag business. He is undecided about life after college.


Evan Powell, 18, will be attending Bradley in the fall and will be majoring in sports communication. He hopes to go into advertising or public relations with a sports team. He is the son of Kraig and Lisa Powell of Alexis.


Rachel Leary showed the all breed market hog grand champion while Isaac Tabor of Cameron, showed the all breed market hog reserve champion.

Results from the individual classes were:

Lightweight: Jessica Richardson, first (160); Sully Frick, second (185); Blake Ryner, third (Blake Ryner); Kelton Cheline, fourth (215); Rose Leary, fifth (150); Evan Wynne, sixth (155); Kealy Simkins, seventh (215); Brea Simkins, eighth (210); Dillon Cheline, ninth(210); and Gary Wynne, tenth(215).

Heavyweight: Rachel Leary, first(245); Isaac Taber, second (260); Evan Powell, third (250); Eryka Keeney, fourth (245); Shalyn Lucas, fifth (230); Marty Lair, sixth (255) and Loren Fox, eighth (295).

Zwilling took some time after the show to coach the exhibitors on how to exhibit their animals, "You and the pig should be one body. Make eye contact with the judge. I judge you on if I was able to see  your hogs when I needed too."

Isaac Tabor won the award for swine showmanship.


There were three goats for the goat show and Shelby Link's goat was  named the all breed market goat while Noah Olson showed the reserve champion. Link also won the award for best goat showmanship.

The showmanship award was given in memory of George Johnson, who started the North Henderson Livestock Show 51 years ago. Johnson died in this past year.

Placement overall was Shelby Link, first' Noah Olson, second and Emma Colbrese, third.


Sully Frick showed the all breed grand champion heifer and Blake Ryner showed the reserve champion.

Placement overall was Sully Frick, first, Blake Ryner, second and Brooke Ryner, third.

Kelton Cheline showed the all breeds grand champion steer while Bre Simpkins showed the reserve champion.

Placement in lightweight steers was Kealy Simkins(1,146 pounds), first and Dillon Cheline (1,076), second; heavyweight steers: Kelton Cheline(1,226), first Brea Simkins(1,290), second and Gary Wyne(1,260), third.  

Dillon Cheline and Alex Feltmeyer placed first and second respectively in the bucket calf competition.


Keeley Simkins won the prize for (participants in eighth grade and under) junior showmanship.

Sully Frick won the senior showmanship for those in high school.