A show of cross-species cooperation was part of the last day lineup at the Otoe County Fair. The third annual Round Robin show at the Otoe County Fair was a great way for spectators to get a look at all types of large animals all in one place.  
The competition was between Senior Showmanship Grand Champions for meat goats, dairy goats, beef, swine, sheep, and horses.
In the first round of competition, they showed horses.  Those who did not have a horse borrowed them from others.  In a true effort of cooperation, animal owners made sure to lend calmer animals for them to use (as others did later in the competition with the other animals).
The competition continued through each of the other five animals as the competitors were tasked with showing them while also answering questions asked by the judge.  Showmanship technique can vary greatly from one animal to another, and some competitors had to learn a lot about new animals in just a short amount of time.
Grand Champion Sheep Showmanship winner Nick Goracke, son of Don and Teresa Goracke, was the winner of the 2016 Otoe County Round Robin.  
In order to prepare for the Round Robin competition, he observed the other shows and techniques used by others throughout the fair weekend.
Goracke is a junior at Johnson County Central and a member of the Better Beef Producers 4-H Club.  He enjoys raising sheep, FFA, and sports including football, basketball, baseball, and track. After high school, Goracke plans to attend college in the agricultural field.  
He was faced with some stiff competition in the other showmanship winners.  Grand Champion Senior Meat Goat Showmanship winner Anne Bennier, daughter of Mark and Linda Bennier, was excited to participate in the Round Robin for the second year in a row, and she said it was just as much fun this time.  
Bennier is a junior who enjoys showing animals, quilting, and reading.  In her 4-H career, she has competed in a variety of projects including speech, knitting, crocheting, and showing horses, goats, and even chickens.
Grand Champion Senior Swine Showmanship winner Tony Heng, son of Pat and Tracy Heng, has also previously competed in the Round Robin Competition; he was in the first show in 2014.  
Heng is a freshman at Minnesota State University where he plans to major in mechanical engineering and will be on the wrestling team.  He enjoys wrestling, fishing, and showing pigs.
Though this was Emma Porter’s first Round Robin Competition, she’s no stranger to it as her brother Riley competed in 2015.  The Grand Champion Senior Dairy Goat Showmanship winner is the daughter of Chuck and Susanna Porter.  She is a junior at SDA High School.
Porter has competed in rabbits, dairy goats, Irish dance performance, sewing.  She enjoys cross country, drama, speech, Girl Scouts, dance, and writing fiction.  Porter said her future plans are “to improve the lives of others, helping others to learn, to gain independence, and live genuinely happy lives.”
Grand Champion Senior Horse Showmanship winner Anna Bohlken, daughter of Jay and Abbie Bohlken, is a junior at SDA High School and a member of the Wranglers 4-H Club.  She has been showing horses for eight years.
Bohlken serves as youth representative on the Otoe County 4-H Foundation, is a member of the SDA Dance Team, and participates in a variety of clubs and activities including: Skills USA, FBLA, Student Council, and National Honor Society.  She plans to one day attend a four-year college in agribusiness.
The final competitor in the Round Robin Competition was Grand Champion Senior Cattle Showmanship winner Morgan Leefers, daughter of Mike and Jeni Leefers.  The SDA High School Senior is a member of the North Branch Rancheros 4-H Club, and she has participated in cattle, swine, baking, and crafts through her years in 4-H.
Leefers enjoys spending time with her friends, softball, cheerleading, and track.  She plans to attend college and major in ag business or animal science.
They all worked hard to show each animal to the best of their ability.  It was a great reminder that showing animals takes a lot of work and skill because spectators could sometimes tell which ones had experience with particular animals by the ease or difficulty with which they controlled them.  Overall, it was a great event that offered a chance for fair-goers to catch a glimpse of the six animals all in one show.