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La Salle County Stockman host banquet

The 14th annual La Salle County Stockman’s Harvest Rewards Banquet was conducted Nov. 21 at Seneca’s Oak Ridge. 
An audience of 280 attended the event honoring La Salle County’s outstanding young people who raise and show breeding livestock.
The Stockman awarded two $1,000 scholarships. Presented by David Isermann, the scholarships were awarded to Tyler Angus, of Ottawa, who following graduation from Ottawa High School, will attend the University of Illinois majoring in agriculture and biological engineering; and Emily Bernard, of Grand Ridge, currently attending Joliet Junior College with plans to transfer in the fall to Kansas State University and major in agriculture communication and ag business.
Board member Rich Prescott presented the 2017 Stockman of the Year to Fred Baker, of Streator.
Baker is a fourth generation grain and cattle farmer in Otter Creek Township, raising registered Hereford cattle. Throughout the years, he has been a supporter of young people in the agriculture and livestock industry. He was a part of the La Salle County Stockman’s Association from its  beginning, serving on its board. His work ethic, passion for the livestock industry, and perspective of the future of the American livestock industry is reflected by his encouragement of the next generation.
During the banquet, a welcome was said by Chris Over, while Clay Sundberg, a National Junior Simmental trustee, offered the invocation.
La Salle County Stockman President Terry Patyk welcomed and thanked those in attendance for coming. 
Recognized guests were Monty Whipple, La Salle County Farm Bureau president: Malcolm Whipple, past La Salle County Farm Bureau president; Reed Wilson, IVCC agriculture program; Aly Utegg, Illinois Shorthorn Association Lassie; and Amber Schiffbauer, Illinois Angus Association Ebonette.
“Win-A-Show-Animal” essay contest winners were announced by Dan Lukach. Each winner wrote a 250-word essay on “Why I want to win a show animal."
An animal from beef, swine, goat and sheep breeds were donated and given to the winner. The animals will be shown this coming July at the La Salle County Junior Fair.
This year’s beef winner was Nolan Lukach, receiving a heifer donated by Dittmer Angus, Marseilles; the swine winner was Greyson Marincic, receiving a hog donated by Kolb Genetics, Washburn; the sheep winner was Andrea Brandner, receiving a sheep donated by Reel Club Lambs, Mendota; and the goat winner was Collin Coss, receiving a goat donated by Western Factory Outlet, Peru.
The Grand and Reserve Champion market winners from the 2017 La Salle County Junior Fair were recognized followed by a live auction to sell their champion market animals.
Grand Champion Market animal winners who auctioned their animals were as follows: Teresa Dittmer, beef steer; Jacob Black, barrow; Karly Reel, lamb;  Hueston Wilson, pen of chickens; Ethan Robson, goat; and Keegan Boldt, dairy. 
Reserve Grand Champion market animal winners: Nolan Lukach, beef steer; Kendall Nelson, barrow; and Nick Angus, lamb.
Rate of Gain Steer / Premier Carcass: Dalton Walter.
Winners of the Grand Champion Breeding Animals: heifer-Dalton Walter; grade heifer-Macklin Brady; gilt purebred-Kendall Nelson; gilt x-bred-Kendall Nelson; ram-Nick Angus; ewe-Jessica Reel; and doe goat-Hueston Wilson.
Winners of Reserved Grand Champion Breeding Animals: heifer-Kara Freebairn; grade heifer-Elizabeth Mason; gilt purebred-Lance Moritz; gilt x-bred-Anna Simons; ewe-Karly Reel; ram-Kameron Hastings; and doe goat-Hueston Wilson.
Showmanship winners from the 2017 La Salle 4-H and Junior Fair were announced and recognized in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions of each animal breed. The 2017 Master Showmanship winner was Kendall Nelson.
In the beef category: Junior Showman-Tate Sundberg; Beef Intermediate-Kara Freebairn; Senior Beef-Kendall Nelson.
In swine category: Junior Showman–Greyson Marincic; Swine Intermediate-Bernadette Dittmer; and Swine Senior-Kendall Nelson.
In the goat category: Junior Showman–Bianca Reilly; Goat Intermediate Showman-Hueston Wilson; and Senior Sheep Showman-Ethan Robson.
In the sheep showmanship category: Junior Showman–Karly Reel; and Senior Showman–Tyler Angus.
Six new lifetime memberships were presented. They were James Bernard, Adam Goodbred; Andy Goodbred and family; Clay and Jamie Mudge: Betsy Patyk: Daryle Wragge: Reed Wilson; and Matt Mason and family. Information on life memberships can be obtained by contacting board member Ken Bernard or any Stockman member.
Over the past 14 years, the Association has provided the platform to return more than $250,000 to the youth of La Salle County through programs such as animal essay contest, scholarships, breeding awards, and live market animal auctions.
During this past year, the Stockman’s Association sponsored or donated to: Kansas Livestock Fire Relief; La Salle County Junior Fair’s Livestock Premiums; Bred & Owned Class Sponsorships at at the La Salle County Junior Fair and the Tri-County Fair; Section 7 FFA–grand champion winners; La Salle County Farm Bureau’s ag in the classroom; Streator Ag Days; La Salle County Livestock Judging Team; La Salle County Stockman’s Scholarships; Harvest Rewards Banquet Rewards; and the donation of a half hog to the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.
Auctioneers for the evening were Adam Almburg, Ruben Dittmer, Tom Diss, Ron Espe, Dan Naughton, and Brian Curles, who is currently the 2017 World Champion auctioneer. 
Five ladies donated for the auction: Nancy Maze, Rosie Walter, Shirley Prescott, Anita Lukach and Beverly Vainisi.

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