Iowa Youth Show the Best of the Best in FFA Showmanship Competition

DES MOINES, IA (08/24/2017) (readMedia)-- Showmanship awards were given to the top FFA exhibitors of beef, sheep, swine, rabbits, poultry, horses and dairy goats at the 2017 Iowa State Fair. Youth demonstrated their ability to present their livestock in the show ring and answered questions from the judges about their animals.

Complete results below:

Top Showman Breeding Beef) Bailey Schaben, Boyer Valley FFA, Dunlap

Top Showman Performance Beef) Carson Manghesen, Northeast FFA, Goose Lake

Top Showman Breeding Sheep) Jaxson Kampen, Humboldt

Top Showman Marketing Sheep) William Rupnow, Lake View

Champion Senior Swine Showman) Kale Boysen, Wapello

Reserve Champion Senior Swine Showman) Tyler Frasher, Anamosa

Champion Junior Swine Showman) Dalayna Brugman, Everly

Reserve Champion Junior Swine Showman) Koby Boysen, Wapello

Top Showman Rabbit) Thomas Lehman, Maquoketa Valley, Delhi

Reserve Top Showman Rabbit) Mariah Gorham, Carroll Area FFA, Carroll

Top Showman Poultry) Emily Meerdink, Akron Westfield

Reserve Top Showman Poultry) Joshua Sunberg, Red Oak

Top Showman Horse) Grace Blake, North Tama

Reserve Top Showman Horse) Elyse Buysse, West Liberty

Top Showman Dairy Goats) Megan Reasoner, Mount Ayr


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