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Sauk and Shawano Counties Win 2006 Junior State Fair Dairy Herdsmanship Competition

Wisconsin junior dairy exhibitors gave fairgoers an excellent view of the state”s dairy industry at the 2006 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 47 Wisconsin counties competed for the title of champion herdsmen.

Sauk County won the large-herd competition, followed by Barron, Washington, Polk, Green and Dodge counties. Twenty counties competed in this category, which consist of groups of 20 or more animals.

In the small herd division, which represents groups with five to 19 animals, 25 counties competed and six received blue ribbons. Shawano County won; Winnebago, Marquette, Portage, Juneau and Waushara counties also received blue ribbon 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. “Celebrate the Fine Art of Dairy” and “Everyone Loves a Cow Parade” were this year”s themes that the exhibitors incorporated into their displays. Outagamie County received Champion Educational Display recognition and received a blue ribbon. Six Honorable Mention counties were also recognized: Juneau, Polk, Vernon, Door, Marquette and Lafayette counties. Each county that had a worthy educational display received $100 for its efforts.


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

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