The Polk County Dairy Judging Team took top honors at the State 4-H Senior Dairy Judging Contest at the Polk County Fair in St. Croix Falls July 28, 2006. With this honor, they earn the right to represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in Madison this fall.
The team from Waupaca County placed second overall, just one point ahead of St. Croix County, to earn the chance to represent Wisconsin at the All-American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pa. Other teams placing in the top five were fourth place Dane County and fifth place Dodge County.
Heather Scanlan of Grant County edged out second place Mary Johnson of Polk County and third place Jake Kruschke of St. Croix County by one point to take first place individual honors. Other top ten individuals overall in order of rank were: Sandra Kirchner, Waupaca County, Jessica Lundgren, Polk County, Julia Cooper, Dane County, Zachary Sawall, Waupaca County, Michelle Owens, Polk County, Jacob Brey, Door County, and Sara Vanderstappen, Walworth County.
Polk County also earned first place in the oral reason portion of the contest, followed by second place St. Croix County, third place Dane County, fourth place Grant County and fifth place Pierce County.
Mary Johnson of Polk County won the individual oral reasons contest, placing two points ahead of second place Annette Zwald of St. Croix County and third place Jessica Lundgren of Polk County. Rounding out the top five individuals in oral reasons were fourth place Heather Scanlan, Grant County, and fifth place Stephanie Merritt of Dunn County.
Jake Kruschke, Julia Cooper, Jacob Brey and Sara Vanderstappen will make up the team that will represent Wisconsin at the North American Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Ky. The Wisconsin team that competes at Louisville is made up of the top four individuals who are not a part of the top two teams.
“After hearing all of the teams at the Area Animal Science Days contests and seeing the results, Polk County had to be considered one of the favorites going in to the competition,” said Ted Halbach, Extension Dairy Youth Specialist. “I think that by finishing second last year and earning the Harrisburg trip, that experience benefited their team a great deal in confidence and maturity.”
Nine youth also competed in the showmanship contest, with evaluations made during the dairy judging contest. Five youth were recognized for their superior showmanship skills: Trisha Stanek of Grant County (overall winner), Elisa Petersheim, Vernon County, Hayden Hauschildt, Pierce County, Heidi Petersheim, Vernon County, and Mikayla Doornink, St. Croix County.
The contest was successful due to the help from several volunteers. David Erf, Angie Ulness, Jim Powers, and Roy Hetts served as official judges. Pam Hobson, UW-Extension Richland County scored the contest. Chuck Prissel, UW Extension Polk County 4-H Youth Development Agent, Jered Haase, Karrie Melin-Swenson, Polk County dairy exhibitors, and contest co-sponsor Blain Supply Inc. all contributed great time and effort to the successful completion of the contest.
“Polk County did a phenomenal job in hosting this contest for the second year in a row. Their county volunteers were so accommodating and covered every detail imaginable,” said Halbach. “Their efforts allowed each youth to have a positive experience at the contest which is what this is all about.”