While summer and county fairs are still a few months away, Wisconsin dairy cattle judges need to be thinking about renewing or obtaining their Wisconsin Purebred Dairy Cattle Association judging certification. PDCA has scheduled its annual judges training for April 18 at the Vernon County Fairgrounds in Viroqua.
To be certified PDCA judges, individuals should attend a conference every four years. Judges who demonstrate appropriate skill levels at the conference are listed as PDCA recommended with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. WDATCP maintains a listing of registered county fair judges.
The conference will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee is $30 per person and includes lunch and beverages. Youth groups are encouraged to attend at a reduced $10-per-person rate. Larry Shirm, U.S. product specialist and marketing assistant at Alta Genetics USA, Inc., will officiate at the conference. Shirm is an internationally recognized dairy show judge.
Conference attendees are slated to judge six individual animal classes and will overview showmanship fundamentals. The conference, which will feature four Jersey cow and heifer classes, precedes the Wisconsin Jersey Spring Spectacular Show scheduled for April 19.
More information and registration materials are available by contacting Ray Kuehl, (608) 849-4000 or (608) 849-7917. Completed registration forms and payments (check payable to PDCA) may be sent to Kuehl at 204 W. Main Street, Waunakee WI 53597. The deadline for registrations is April 12 and the conference cost is due upon sign-in at the conference.