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RHS grad helps run Little International livestock show

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Tony Marthaler has shown cattle for years and he loves it. That's why when he started at North Dakota State University, he joined the Saddle and Sirloin Club.

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The club aims to promote the agricultural industry through educational and social activities. As part of that mission the club runs an event called Little International. The student-led event consists of showmanship competitions in beef, dairy, sheep and swine among others.

The club honors agriculturists who distinguish leadership in the industry. This year's event will be held Feb.10-11 at Shepperd Arena in Fargo.

This year Marthaler will play a critical role in the event. As the beef superintendent for the 86th Little International Marthaler will select the cattle and judge the show for the day.

Marthaler said it's not a very fun job because as superintendent he can't show. But when asked, he decided it was his time to take on the responsibility.

"It's not a fun job, but I felt like I should do it," said Marthaler.

Marthaler is a sophomore at NDSU. He is majoring in agricultural economics and minoring in animal science. While he's not sure what he wants to do with that, Marthaler hopes to work in the ag industry.

Marthaler graduated from Rosemount High School in 2010. He grew up in Coates and participated in 4-H. While in 4-H he started showing cattle and has been involved in one way or another ever since.

Knowing that he could continue on, joining the Saddle and Sirloin Club was one of the first things he did when he arrived on the NDSU campus.

Marthaler said he's looking forward to this year's Little International and plans to compete in the event in future years when he's not serving as the beef superintendent.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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