NDSU’s Saddle and Sirloin Club to host 88th Little International
Published February 10, 2014
The 88th Little International Livestock Show, the largest student-sponsored event at NDSU, is scheduled for Feb. 14-15.
The show features showmanship classes of horse, beef, dairy, sheep, swine and contests for ham curing and public speaking.
Commonly known as “Little I,” the 2014 event’s theme is “Perfect Passion.” More than 300 students participate in the planning and organizing of the event.
Little International is organized by NDSU’s Saddle and Sirloin Club. Members of the organization promote agricultural industry and animal welfare while developing agricultural leaders. The club promotes leadership and organizational skills for all students interested in agriculture.
Burdell and Theo Johnson of Tuttle, N.D., will be honored with the annual Agriculturist of the Year at this year’s Little I.
The Johnsons have a commercial Red Angus cow-calf operation and background the calves in their own feedlot. They also are active in the sheep industry, running a commercial flock of Columbia-Targhee ewes and a small flock of purebred Hampshire ewes.
Theo taught business and physical education for more than 15 years. She has also been a 4-H leader, Sunday school teacher and an officer in the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association.
Burdell taught industrial and physical education before pursuing his passion for ranching fulltime. He was the North Dakota Lamb and Wool Producers Association president from 1992 to 1994, and has filled many high-level positions in the American Sheep Industry.
Burdell recently organized a group named Emerging Young Entrepreneurs, which provides an opportunity for 25 young people from across the country to attend the American Sheep Industry convention.
Levi Helmuth, an agricultural economics senior from Lambert, Mont., is manager of this year’s Little I. Maria Hager, an agricultural economics senior, is the assistant manager.
“Every year we strive to do better,” Helmuth said. “We dig deeper and reach a little higher to do the best we can to put on the Little International. I’m honored to stand at the helm as we contribute to and carry on the legacy of the Little International.”
Little I queen will be Jordan Zenker, an animal sciences major from Gackle, N.D. Stephanie Osowski, an agricultural economics major from Grafton, N.D., and Laura Steffan, a management major from Belfield, N.D., were selected as princesses.
Event highlights include the Hall of Fame social and banquet on Feb. 14 at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. The social begins at 5 p.m., with the banquet starting at 6 p.m. To buy tickets, call David Larson at 218-766-3323.
The alumni luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the H.R. Lund Atrium of Loftsgard Hall, and the annual Dance in the Chips is set for 11 p.m. in Shepperd Arena.
For a complete schedule of events, visit ndsusaddleandsirloin.com/Schedule_of_Events.html.