The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Tim Gallagher
Assistant Director of BVU Relations 

BVU livestock show team hosts open show

Hartley native works to host competitors from 3 states who prepare for county fair circuit


June 23, 2022


Buena Vista University senior to-be Maggie Albert, of Hartley, announces during the Third Annual BVU Livestock Show Classic on June 4-5. Albert is an animal science major and a member of the BVU livestock show team.

Fifty head of cattle and nearly 100 sheep were shown by competitors in the Third Annual Buena Vista University Livestock Show Classic hosted by the BVU Institute for Agriculture on June 4-5.

"We had competitors from throughout Iowa and into South Dakota and Minnesota," said Mike Christen, land manager serving BVU's Agricultural Experiment Station and coach for the BVU livestock show team. "With two to four people accompanying each show animal, it meant that we had a sizeable contingent of visitors here showing their livestock and getting to know a little more about ag opportunities at BVU."

Ag students at BVU worked with Christen and BVU Director of Agriculture Rich Crow in organizing and staffing both shows.

BVU senior Maggie Albert, who raises and shows steers, took on the role of ring announcer at the event, which was held at the Buena Vista County Fairgrounds.

"I love running shows and being able to bring people to Alta and Storm Lake to help them see what BVU's Institute for Agriculture is doing," Albert said. "Having our own livestock show team at BVU helps put us in touch with more people who are showing livestock competitively in open shows, 4-H, and through FFA."

Albert, an animal science major from Hartley, came to BVU in 2019 as the Institute for Agriculture was taking off. One year later, BVU added the AES, where Albert has spent time tending to show cattle. In 2021, BVU's livestock show team began competing, allowing Albert to continue participating in one of her passions.

"I was excited as a freshman to have a new ag program," she said. "Two years later with the advent of our livestock show team, it was an opportunity I wasn't going to pass up."

Christen said the timing of the BVU Open Livestock Show works well with families who are readying for county fairs and, eventually, the Iowa State Fair.

"Our show comes at a time in early June when people want to get these animals out and accustomed to the show ring before their county fair," Christen explained. "For some of the kids involved in our show, it might have been the first time they've competed in front a judge in that kind of a setting. It's a great place for them to start."


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