Young dairy experts from Dane, Vernon and Grant counties represented Wisconsin at two national dairy bowl competitions in 2004. The three teams earned the right to represent Wisconsin by placing at the top of the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in January 2004.
The Vernon County dairy bowl team competed in October at the World Dairy Expo 4-H Dairy Bowl Invitational, where nine teams competed. The team defeated the Minnesota team in the first round, but was defeated by Ohio and Massachusetts in the double elimination tournament. Team members included Chrissy Wendorf, Brian Wendorf and Derek Petersheim of Viroqua, and Ashley Peterson of Genoa. Kent Wendorf of Viroqua coached the team.
“The kids felt honored to represent Wisconsin in such a big contest,” stated coach Wendorf. “The experience should serve them well in the future.”
The Grant County team also competed at the World Dairy Expo 4-H Dairy Bowl Invitational. The team received a bye in the first round. They were defeated by Illinois in the second round, but came back to beat Kentucky. Grant County placed 4th overall after a defeat by Ohio. The team, consisting of Chloe Briel of Fennimore, Craig Pagenkopf of Lancaster, and Alyson and Trisha Stanek of Prairie du Chien, was coached by Bob Keeney of Mt. Hope and Becky Martin of Stitzer. Julie Briel transported the team to the competition.
The Dane County dairy bowl team competed at the North American Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest held in Louisville, Ky. in November. Team members were Vicki Cooper of Deforest, Erick Monsen and Kelly Sime of Stoughton, and Amber Elliott of Marshall. They are coached by Chad Wethal of Stoughton and Kathy Elliott of Marshall. In a close match they lost their first round to Iowa, but went on to defeat Georgia in the second round. In their third round they lost to Virginia. Maryland placed first in the national contest.
“I told the kids, they should feel good about how well they performed against the top teams. This was a very good experience for our team and they learned a lot from the contest,” said coach Elliot. “4-H dairy quiz bowl has been a fantastic experience for our members. We are thankful for the opportunity to have attended the contest, to have learned so much, and to have networked with other team members throughout the United States.”
Sponsors that helped the Dane County team make its trip to Louisville included: the Wisconsin 4-H Grant, Bullseye Ag Service, Dane County Farm Bureau, Dane County 4-H Leaders Association, Stoughton FFA Alumni, Dane County Holstein Breeders, Badgerland Farm Credit Services, ABS Global, and East Central/Select Sires.
In dairy bowl competition, teams must correctly answer questions pertaining to dairy cattle, including facts about breeds, genetics, herd health, nutrition and reproduction.