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Dane County Tops State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Dane County won the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 8 at the Wisconsin State Fair and earned a trip to compete at the National 4-H Contest in Madison held during World Dairy Expo. Dodge County finished second in the contest and will have the chance to compete at the Pennsylvania All-American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to contest coordinator Ted Halbach, UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist.

Joel Sutter of Dane County and Tony Brey of Door County finished 1-2 in both the oral reasons and overall individual competitions. The other top ten individuals included: Kari Behling, Dodge County; Joe Digangi, Dodge County; Chad Wethal, Dane County; Jerome Meyer, Walworth County; Chrissy Wendorf, Vernon County; Mike Riebe, Barron County; Linda Behling, Dodge County; and Aaron Breunig, Manitowoc County.

Dane County was also the high team in oral reasons, followed by the Door County team.

A team consisting of Jerome Meyer of Walworth County, Chrissy Wendorf of Vernon County, Mike Riebe of Barron County, and Aaron Bruenig of Manitowoc County will represent Wisconsin at the North American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky.. These youth earned a place on the team because of their high individual placings in the contest.

Several volunteers assisted with this year”s contest. Paula Bovre, Dave Selner, Todd Kronberg, and Paul Trapp were the official judges. Steve Fronk served as the group leader for the contest and collected cards. Becky Mentink assisted in coordinating classes and organizing the reasons portion of the contest. Melanie Miller and Laura Biesterveld scored the contest.