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Columbia County tops 2005 State 4-H Senior Dairy Judging Contest

Columbia County won the State 4-H Senior Dairy Judging Contest held July 29, 2005 at the Polk County Fair in St. Croix Falls. They earned the right to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Contest held at World Dairy Expo in Madison. Polk County finished second and Walworth County was third. Polk County will travel to the Pennsylvania All-American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pa.

Daniel Walker of Columbia County won the overall individual competition, with Lindsay Morris, Jefferson County, coming in second. Chrissy Wendorf of Vernon County won the oral reasons portion of the contest and was the third high individual. The other top 10 individuals, in order of rank, were: Annette Zwald of St. Croix County, JR Boyke of Fond du Lac County, Bob Stilling of Jefferson County, Jessica Lundgren of Polk County, Michael Maier of Grant County, Jenna Vanderstappen of Walworth County, and Mary Johnson of Polk County.

Vernon County was the high team in oral reasons; Fond du Lac County placed second.

“The reasons that I heard at this year”s contest were uniformly above the level that I heard my first year here in 1998,” stated contest coordinator and UW-Madison extension dairy youth specialist Ted Halbach. “This is a reflection of a lot of hard work on the part of both the kids participating and their coaches. In looking at the invoices for our UW-Madison judging CDs and videos, I know that the counties have been very aggressive in looking for new resources – clearly they have put them to good use.”

Lindsay Morris and Bob Stilling, both of Jefferson County, Annette Zwald of St. Croix County, and JR Boyke of Fond du Lac County will make up a team to represent Wisconsin at the North American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky. These youth earned a place on the team because of their high individual placings in the contest.

Fifteen youth also competed in a showmanship contest, with evaluations made during the dairy judging contest. Five youth were recognized for their superior showmanship work: Erin Lynch, Walworth County (overall winner); Maureen Lee, Jefferson County; Elisa Petersheim, Vernon County; Kyle Zimdars, Fond du Lac County; and Adam Huibregtse, Sheboygan County.

Several volunteers helped make this contest a success. Josey Morris, Paul Trapp, Corey Geiger, and Ted Halbach served as official judges. Lindsey Worden, dairy youth program assistant, helped coordinate classes, and organized the reasons and showmanship portions of the contest. Melanie Miller scored the contest. Chuck Prissel, UW Extension Polk County 4-H Youth Development Agent, Jered Haase, Karrie Melin-Swenson, and Polk County dairy exhibitors all contributed time and effort to the organization and successful completion of the contest.

“Because of schedule conflicts and a decline in open class dairy numbers at the Wisconsin State Fair, I needed to look elsewhere this year for a state contest site,” said Halbach. “The Polk County volunteers and exhibitors couldn”t have been more hospitable. They helped make the contest a positive, first-class experience for every participant.”