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North Dakota state veterinarian Susan Keller will be honored as Agriculturalist of the Year at the evening banquet during the North Dakota State University's 2019 Little International showmanship contest which takes place Feb. 8-9. 

The 300-member NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club leads the event.

After running her own veterinary clinic, then serving as deputy state veterinarian, Keller was named North Dakota state veterinarian in 2004. She and her family run Keller Broken Heart Ranch south of Mandan.

"We are thrilled to dedicate the 93rd Little International to Dr. Keller," said Kacey Koester, Little I manager and an NDSU senior in animal sciences from Steele. "Her years of dedication to the improvement of animal husbandry and health truly epitomizes the purpose of the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club and the Little International."

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The Agriculturalist of the Year banquet will be Feb. 8 at the Avalon Events Center in Fargo. Tickets are $20.

The showmanship contest, which will feature more than 200 student livestock showmen, bring almost 500 4-H and FFA youth to campus, begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 9 at NDSU's Shepperd Arena, with NDSU students showing beef, dairy, sheep and swine. The night show begins at 5:30 p.m.

To purchase tickets to the Agriculturalist of the Year banquet, contact Koester at littlei.management@gmail.com or call 701-391-4646.

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