Local 4-Her Austin Sorgan (left) recently traveled to Canada to participate in the Canadian National Junior Hereford Show. (Photo submitted)
Local 4-Her Austin Sorgan (left) recently traveled to Canada to participate in the Canadian National Junior Hereford Show. (Photo submitted)
CONVOY – Austin Sorgen, a Crestview High School graduate of 2018, and the son of Phil and Jill Sorgen, recently traveled to Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec and competed in Bonanza 2018, the Canadian National Junior Hereford Show.

“There were 150 Junior exhibitors participating,” he said. “The main rule is that the Jr’s are the only ones allowed to work with the animals. The parents can help with minor things, but the kids have to do all the work to get the animals ready and show them.”

Sorgen went to Canada with family friends, the Schrader family. For him to help, he had to participate in two events, so he showed their heifer in Showmanship and used their heifer in the Individual Grooming Contest.

Sorgen was named Champion Groomer and Reserve Sr. Showman.

Sorgen stated that he is glad he got the opportunity to travel to Canada for such an experience.

“I got to meet a lot of new people and see a lot of new things,” he stated. “I learned that showing cattle is more of a family event. It’s not just about the kids, or the parents. I had a lot of fun and would go back in a heartbeat, but probably not next year. It was a 44-hour drive.”

Sorgen has shown cattle and sheep for nine years in 4-H. He has shown a mixture of breeds, not just Hereford’s, mainly steers. He will be showing this year at the Van Wert County Fair.

Sorgen will be attending Illinois Central College this fall for Animal Science and plans to be a Cattle Feed Nutritionist.

A Cattle Feed Nutritionist is responsible for formulating rations that enhance the health, well-being and growth of the livestock. Sorgen says he has always liked experimenting with different feeds and seeing the outcome that the feed has on the animals’ health.

Not only has Sorgen participated in 4-H for nine years, but he was also in FFA for four years.

“I have met so many friends through 4-H and FFA, and that is more important than winning any competition,” said Sorgen.