Twelve senior dairy judging teams and eight individuals from across the state will travel to the Polk Country Fairgrounds July 29 to compete in the 2005 State 4-H Senior Dairy Cattle Judging contest and vie for the opportunity to move on to a national-level contest. The teams and individuals are selected from four statewide district judging contest as part of the 4-H Area Animal Science Days program. Participants judge eight classes of dairy cows and heifers at each competition. Seniors who are 15 to 19 years old give reasons on three classes while younger junior contestants answer conformation-related questions on two classes.
A total of 418 4-Hers competed in the junior and senior divisions at the district contests; 195 seniors from 41 teams and 223 juniors from 39 teams represented their counties at the contests. Teams consist of three to eight individuals. Depending on the size of the contest, two to four of the top senior teams from each district, as well as the top two individuals that do not belong to one of the top teams, were selected to participate in the state contest.
For the first time, a State 4-H Junior Contest will be held for youth 10 to 14 years of age. This competition is slated for Sept. 5 at the Iowa County Fair in Mineral Point. The top two placing teams at each district contest qualified to advance to the state competition.
“This is the first year that we will be holding a state junior contest,” explained the contest”s coordinator, Ted Halbach, UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist. “The county coaches felt that a state junior contest would provide extra incentive and reward for youth in this division and I”m all for that.”
“I am very appreciative for the willingness exhibitors at both the Polk and Iowa county fairs have shown to work these contests into an already busy fair week,” continued Halbach. “The success of the youth judging program in Wisconsin really lies in this kind of volunteerism and support throughout the state. This activity receives great local grass-roots support, from the producers who volunteer their herds for judging practice to the coaches and extension staff who mentor and teach these youth.”
Southwest Area Animal Science Day – Gays Mills, Crawford County
The Southwest district dairy judging contest was held June 24 in Gays Mills at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Vernon and Grant Counties placed first and second in the senior competition. Third place LaCrosse County will join them in traveling to the state contest.
Winning the overall senior competition was Heather Petersheim of Vernon County. Her brother, Derek Petersheim, came in second place. Katie Kearns, 6th place from Crawford County, and 11th place Loren Daentl from Iowa County will represent the Southwest district as individuals at the state contest.
In the junior competition, LaCrosse County placed first, with Grant County juniors coming in second place to qualify for the state junior competition. Alyssa Yager from Iowa County was named the top junior individual, followed by Ranae Holthaus of LaCrosse County in second.
Southeast Area Animal Science Day – Plymouth, Sheboygan County
Sheboygan County hosted the Southeast Area Animal Science Day June 28 in Plymouth. Sheboygan County took first in the senior division, coming in 30 points ahead of second place Fond du Lac County. The 3rd place team from Jefferson County, as well as the 4th place team from Walworth County also received bids to the state contest.
Winning the overall senior division was Amanda Knorn of Kewaunee County; second place went to Erin Jens of Sheboygan County. Amanda Knorn and as 13th place Jesse Neuser of Manitowoc County will represent the Southeast District as individuals.
Dodge County won the junior division with a five-point advantage over second place Sheboygan County, making them eligible for the junior state contest. Janelle Remington of Dodge County edged out Kimberly Weyland of Winnebago County by four points to win the junior contest.
Northeast Area Animal Science Day – Marshfield, Wood County
The Northeast district contest was held june 29 in Marshfield at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds. The Calumet County seniors topped the team from Columbia County by 22 points. Both teams will compete at the state contest.
Daniel Walker of Columbia County won the overall senior competition. Carissa Levash of Calumet County was just one point behind in second place. Representing the Northeast District as individuals will be 4th place Sandra Kirchner and 7th place Zach Sawall, both of Waupaca County.
In the junior competition, Calumet County juniors also topped the contest, beating out 2nd place Waupaca County by 34 points. Both teams will represent the Northeast District in Mineral Point. Danae Bauer of Waupaca County won the individual competition by 24 points over Monique Levash of Calumet County.
Northwest Area Animal Science Day – Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County
The Northwest Area Animal Science Day was held June 30 at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. Pierce County won the senior division, followed in second by St. Croix County. Both teams gained automatic bids to the state contest. Joining them will be 3rd place Wood County and 4th place Polk County.
In the individual senior contest, Ellen Esch of Pierce County edged out Jacob Brey of Door County by 1 point to win 1st place overall. Jacob Brey and 6th place Stephanie Merritt will represent the Northwest district as individuals in the state competition.
St. Croix County was first among the junior teams, winning by 52 points over Rusk County. These teams round out the state junior contest field. Bethany Vandoorn of Rusk County was first in the junior individuals, followed by Katie Peper of Polk County in second.