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Dodge and Monroe counties top herdsmanship competition at the 2004 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Show

Wisconsin dairy youth provided an up-close look at the state”s dairy industry for urban fairgoers at last week”s Wisconsin Junior State Fair. County exhibits featuring top-notch cattle and dairy promotional themes were judged as a part of the herdsmanship competition. Dairy youth exhibitors from 46 Wisconsin counties competed for the title of champion herdsmen.

In the large-herd competition, which represents groups with 20 or more animals, 20 counties competed, with six earning blue ribbons. Dodge County came out on top, followed closely by Sauk, Barron, Fond du Lac, Washington and Sheboygan counties, respectively.

Monroe County won the small-herd contest, with 26 groups competing. Small herds consist of five to 19 animals. Also receiving blue group recognition were Richland, Oconto, Crawford, Clark, Brown and Marquette counties.

The groups were judged on the preparation and care of the exhibit, which includes animal care, as well as the appearance and attitude of their youth exhibitors. Herdsmanship judges represented various aspects of the dairy industry, including extension personnel, Wisconsin agriculture instructors, breed and A.I. representatives, veterinarians, dairy farmers, professional show people, and agricultural press. High-placing county groups from last year”s event also judged in the competition.

In a separate category, displays were judged on their educational merit, originality, and attractiveness. The educational displays were part of each county”s dairy cattle exhibit at the fair. “The Real Seal, For a Real Meal” and “Our County – Rich in Agriculture” were suggested themes that the youth incorporated in their displays. Marquette County was recognized as the Champion Educational Display and received a blue ribbon. Four Honorable Mention counties were also recognized: Wood, Jefferson, Oconto and Polk counties. Each county that had a worthy educational display received $100 for its efforts.

The Patrick Geelan Memorial Spirit Award was presented for the first time this year. This award is in memory of 17-year-old Patrick Geelan, who died unexpectedly last October during a football game. The award is sponsored on behalf of the Fond du Lac County Junior Holsteins, his parents Jim and Kathy Geelan, and his family to honor Patrick’s great attitude and lively spirit. Jackson County was named this year’s recipient.
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writer: Nicole Hosto

A complete list of the herdsmanship results follows:
Large Herd Results
1st Blue – Dodge
2nd Blue – Sauk
3rd Blue – Barron
4th Blue – Fond du Lac
5th Blue – Washington
6th Blue – Sheboygan
1st Red – Wood
2nd Red – Polk
3rd Red – Manitowoc (tie)
3rd Red – Calumet (tie)
5th Red – Green
6th Red – Vernon
1st White – Dane
2nd White – Rock
3rd White – St Croix
4th White – Grant
5th White – Outagamie
6th White – Chippewa/Dunn
1st Pink – Iowa
2nd Pink – Jefferson
Small Herd Results
1st Blue – Monroe
2nd Blue – Richland
3rd Blue – Oconto
4th Blue – Crawford
5th Blue – Clark
6th Blue – Brown
7th Blue – Marquette
1st Red – Portage
2nd Red – Waukesha
3rd Red – Juneau
4th Red – La Crosse
5th Red – Eau Claire
6th Red – Door
7th Red – Columbia
1st White – Waupaca
2nd White – Walworth
3rd White – Shawano
4th White – Waushara
5th White – Winnebago
6th White – Lafayette
7th White – Trempealeau
1st Pink – Kenosha/Racine
2nd Pink – Kewaunee
3rd Pink – Lincoln
4th Pink – Jackson
5th Pink – Ozaukee