NEW ULM - Carly Krieg of Springfield and South Dakota State University Animal Science major Chantel Miller of Hanska won the 4-H Sheep (breeding) and FFA Sheep shows respectively Thursday.
Krieg, 13, won with "Lacy," which she raises at her grandparent's farm. Krieg said she feeds the sheep corn and pellets, has it walk 60 to 75 minutes a day on a "walker," then walks the sheep herself for 10 to 15 minutes a day in the summertime.
Sheep raising runs in the family. Her older brother A.J., a University of Minnesota student, competed in county fair sheep shows for many years. She also shows pigs, competing at the state fair pig division last year.
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Carly Krieg of rural Springfield won the 4-H Sheep Show Breed division with “Lacy.”
"I like working with sheep," Krieg said. "Pigs don't sweat as much because you don't have to press and hold them like sheep."
Other top breed sheep were shown by Brok Miller and Tiffani Meidl. Leading market sheep were shown by Brok Miller, Tyson Meidl, Matthew Paulson and Garrit Meidl.
The Millers of Hanska finished one, two, three in the FFA Sheep Show. Chantel Miller finished first with "Bargain," a Hamp cross. Brok Miller was second and her twin sister Jazmyne Miller was third.
Chantel Miller, who has placed high in many state fair divisions, has been showing sheep for 17 years.
"I set them up and walk them daily," Miller said. "You create a real connection with them. A trusting relationship."
The Millers attend many shows including some as far away as Rapid City, S.D. and as near as Jackpot Junction Hotel Casino, near Morton.
Top 4-H rabbits were shown by Kaylin Severin, Jamie Fischer, Morgan Hoffman and Ethan Matter. Severin, of New Ulm, won the small and large senior doe and small junior doe divisions. Fischer won the small senior buck and small senior doe classes. Hoffman won the small senior doe and Matter won the small senior buck class.