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Hundreds of Students Compete At John Deere Ag Expo

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Agriculture still remains the number one industry in Montana and students across the state are preparing themselves to work in this booming industry.

Over 1,400 students are competing in the John Deere Agriculture expo in Bozeman this week. Among those students more than 500 are in the livestock competition.

At the livestock competition students are judging cattle, sheep and swine from the highest and lowest quality.

"They're judging based on the conformation of the animal, their lines, how level design they are, and how big body they are," said Stacy Dietz, livestock judging competition superintendent.

Then, students tell the judges why they judged the livestock the way they did.

"It's a great opportunity for young people to build confidence in themselves and it helps them with their decision making skills," said Dietz.

Future Farmer Association Development Director, Chase Rose says the livestock competition is just one way students can learn about the ag industry.

"There is tremendous opportunity in agriculture. It's one of the fastest growing sectors and the fastest growing industries. It's been incredibly profitable in the last 10 years," said Rose.

High school student, Allie Nelson from Great Falls has been participating in the livestock competition for four years.

"I really love the breeding process and getting to know all the different processes of the animals," said Nelson.

She will be judging two classes of bulls, one class of heffiers and lambs. She said the hardest part of competition is presenting her reasons to the judges.

"That's pretty hard for me, but we get through it and we practice beforehand," said Nelson.

Nelson has been breeding cattle for nine years. She plans on going to college to study agriculture business or agriculture communication.

The ag expo runs through Saturday.

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