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Sauk and Marquette Counties win 2005 Junior State Fair Dairy Herdsmanship competition

Wisconsin junior dairy exhibitors gave fairgoers an excellent view of the state”s dairy industry at the 2005 Wisconsin Junior State Fair. County exhibits featuring elite groups of cattle and incorporating dairy promotion themes were judged in the herdsmanship competition. Dairy youth exhibitors from 44 Wisconsin counties competed for the title of champion herdsmen.

Sauk County won the large-herd competition, followed closely by Barron, Fond du Lac, Monroe, Dodge, and Washington counties. Twenty counites competed in this category, which consists of groups of 20 or more animals.

In the small herd division, which represents groups with five to 19 animals, 24 counties competed and seven received blue ribbons. Marquette County won; Crawford, Winnebago, Clark, Richland, Calumet, and Juneau counties also received blue group recognition.

The groups were judged on the preparation and care of the exhibit, including care of the animals, appearance, and attitude of their youth exhibitors. Herdsmanship judges came from various parts of the dairy industry, including extension personnel, Wisconsin agriculture instructors, as well as agricultural press, dairy farmers, and A.I. representatives. Counties that received either blue or red group recognition in last year”s competition also judged the event.

In a separate category, displays were judged on their originality, attractiveness and educational value to the public. These displays were a part of each county”s dairy exhibit. “How the Dairy Industry Impacts Wisconsin” and “4-H … Building Tomorrow”s Dairy Leaders Today” were this year”s themes that the exhibitors incorporated into their displays. Juneau County received Champion Educational Display recognition and received a blue ribbon. Four Honorable Mention counties were also recognized: Outagamie, Polk, Oconto, and Sheboygan counties. Each county that had a worthy educational display received $100 for their efforts.

The Patrick Geelan Memorial Spirit Award was presented for the second year. This award is in memory of 17-year old Patrick Geelan, who died unexpectedly in October 2003 during a football game. The award is sponsored by 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. Pierce County was named this year”s recipient.

Large Herd Results
1st Blue – Sauk
2nd Blue – Barron
3rd Blue – Fond du Lac
4th Blue – Monroe
5th Blue – Dodge
6th Blue – Washington
1st Red – Sheboygan
2nd Red – Polk
3rd Red – Vernon
4th Red – Outagamie
5th Red – Jefferson
6th Red – Wood
1st White – Iowa
2nd White – Dane
3rd White – Green
4th White – Manitowoc
5th White – Trempealeau
6th White – La Crosse
1st Pink – St. Croix
2nd Pink – Grant

Small Herd Results
1st Blue – Marquette
2nd Blue – Crawford
3rd Blue – Winnebago
4th Blue – Clark
5th Blue – Richland
6th Blue – Calumet
7th Blue – Juneau
1st Red – Portage
2nd Red – Waukesha
Tie 3rd Red – Kenosha/Racine
Tie 3rd Red – Pierce
5th Red – Shawano
6th Red – Oconto
7th Red – Brown
1st White – Eau Claire
2nd White – Walworth
3rd White – Columbia
4th White – Waushara
5th White – Lafayette
6th White – Chippewa/Dunn
7th White Kewaunee
1st Pink – Rock
2nd Pink – Door
3rd Pink – Waupaca