“Winning the Little International was unreal. It was almost better than any other show I have ever won. Just, there are so many people that you really appreciate and admire, and to be crowned the winner of it all is a fantastic feeling, ”said Molitor.
NDSU’s Little International Saddle and Sirloin Cub is an annual event that has taken place since 1922. The event focuses on animal husbandry, and attendees can choose to show from a range of animals. Other facets include a speech contest, a ham curing contest, hippology and a silent auction.
To participate in Little International, you must become or already be a member of the NDSU Saddle and Sirloin Club.
Molitor grew up in Watkins, Minnesota, on his family’s dairy farm. There he was active on the farm, helping wherever needed.
“We milked 130 cattle. It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun, ”said Molitor.
Prior to attending NDSU, Molitor was an active member of 4-H. While he exhibited in the dairy arena for a year, his main focus was the sheep arena. He has also been involved in agricultural education and a member of the FFA.
“I loved participating in both FFA and 4-H growing up. I loved doing all of this stuff, ”Molitor said.
Molitor took his passion for clubs and farming related activities with him to college, where he is a member of many clubs and organizations affiliated with agriculture. He is a member of Club Selle et Surlonge, Club Bison Dairy, Club Agronomie, member of the Farm Bureau Club and he is also part of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
When it came to participating in the Little International, Molitor knew he had to work before the show if he wanted to be named the winner.
“You don’t just win the Little I, if you want to win it, of course. It’s very competitive; there are too many good showmen and a lot of people who know what they’re doing. Even people who don’t know what they’re doing or don’t have demonstration experience, they work their backs to be competitive. If you don’t put in the effort, you just won’t win Little International, ”Molitor said.
Molitor will be graduating from NDSU this spring with a degree in agricultural economics. With this diploma, he hopes to be able to give back to the industry that has given him so much.
“I would love to get started and I’m trying to get into farm lending, just trying to give back to the farmers. My family is one of those dairy farms that haven’t quite made it through. So I would love to give back to the farming community in any way I can, ”Molitor said.