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 certifications. PDCA has scheduled its annual judges training for April 12 at Henk and Bonnie Van Dyk”s Willow”s Edge Farm in New Richmond, Wis.
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.
Todd Searles, Minnesota Holstein breeder and showman, will officiate the conference. Searles has judged numerous state and international shows. Conference attendees are slated to judge six individual animal classes and will overview showmanship fundamentals. The conference will feature three Holstein classes and three colored breed classes.
The conference will run from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The registration fee is $25 per person. Youth groups are encouraged to attend at a reduced $10 per-person rate. The St. Croix County Junior 4-H dairy group will offer lunch and beverages.
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 7 and the conference cost is due upon sign-in at the conference.