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Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl teams Compete In National contests

Some of Wisconsin”s top dairy youth competed in national dairy quiz bowl contests this fall. Door, Wood and Fond du Lac Counties represented Wisconsin this year in two different national contests after earning top honors at the Wisconsin state 4-H dairy bowl contest held last January.

Door County earned 1st place honors in the senior division of the Wisconsin state 4-H dairy quiz bowl contest. This first place finish earned them a trip to the national contest held at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. on November 3, 2007. Team members were Jake Brey and Ben Kinnard of Sturgeon Bay, Garrett Rass of Forestville, and Brandon Kruswick of Algoma. The team was coached by Clarice Brey, also from Sturgeon Bay.

At the NAILE competition the Wisconsin team earned the Reserve Champion title. Team captain Jake Brey also earned the highest score among all contestants on the 50 question written exam that all participants take to seed the teams. In the contest, the Door County team defeated teams from Maryland, New Hampshire and Virginia to make it to the final round undefeated. They were then defeated by the Virginia team in the finals.

“In the contest there were no deductions for wrong answers, so that was different than we were used to,” Coach Clarice Brey mentioned. “But the boys enjoyed it and had fun together. It”s always interesting to find out what you don”t know. That”s what makes it a good learning experience.”

Wood and Fond du Lac County dairy bowl teams also represented Wisconsin on the national level. After placing second and third respectively at the Wisconsin state contest last January, they earned the opportunity to compete at the World Dairy Expo 4-H Dairy Bowl Invitational held in Madison, Wis. on October 6, 2007.

Wood County finished in 3rd place, while Fond du Lac tallied 4th at the contest. The Wood County team members included Michelle Heeg, Paul Lippert, Lee Slattery, and Carl Lippert. Pat Slattery and Matt Lippert were the coaches.

Fond du Lac County”s team consisted of Kelsey Waldschmidt, Ryan O”Leary, Krieg Tidemann, and Greg Zimdars. The team was coached by Mary Ryan and Fred Tidemann.

Minnesota”s team from Meeker County topped this year”s contest, while Florida followed in 2nd. Rounding out the group, in 5th place was Minnesota”s Brown County team.

“It was a well-run contest,” said Wood County coach Matt Lippert. “The kids had a lot of fun participating.”

Dairy quiz bowl is both a knowledge competition and a speed competition. Team members need to know about the different breeds of cattle, nutrition, genetics, diseases, and herd management practices. They also need to know the answers quickly and be the first to ring their buzzer.

“Our success in 4-H dairy quiz bowl at the national contest level really speaks to the quality of our state”s overall program that includes both 4-H and breed association bowls,” stated Ted Halbach. “Credit really starts and ends with all the dedicated volunteer coaches who put in the time studying and mentoring the youth who participate.”

Halbach also feels Dairy Quiz Bowl is actually continues to grow in popularity in the state as evidenced by participation numbers at both the State 4-H Contest and Wisconsin Junior Holstein event.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation”s Dairy Endowment Fund sponsored the Wisconsin teams that advanced to national 4-H competitive events. For more information contact Ted Halbach at (608) 263-3305 or e-mail


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Pictured from left to right, front row: Coach Clarice Brey and Ben Kinnard. Back row: Garrett Rass, Brandon Kruswick and Jake Brey.
Pictured from left to right, Michelle Heeg, Paul Lippert, Carl Lippert, Lee Slattery, Theresa Schiferl, and Coach Matt Lippert.
Fond du Lac County 4-H Dairy Bowl Team are front row from left, Ryan O’Leary, Kelsey Waldschmidt and Greg Zimdars. Back row, Krieg Tidemann, and Coach Fred Tidemann.