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Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Team Takes Third At NAILE

Wisconsin”s dairy judging team of 4-H youth took 3rd place honors at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition Youth Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Sunday, November 4, 2007 in Louisville, Ky. Of the 20 teams competing, the Wisconsin team also earned 3rd place in Oral Reasons, 3rd in Ayrshires and Guernseys and was 5th in Jerseys. Kristin Natzke from Fond du Lac, Wis. led the team, earning top individual honors in Oral Reasons and placing 10th overall.

Team Wisconsin 4-H Placed:
– Third Team Overall (1728 points)
– 3rd in Ayrshires
– 3rd in Guernseys
– 3rd in Oral Reasons
– 5th in Jerseys

Team Members and Individual Awards:

Kristin Natzke – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Dodge County 4-H
– 10th High Individual Overall (578 points)
– 1st in Oral Reasons
– 6th in Brown Swiss

Mary Johnson – Cushing, Wis. – Polk County 4-H
– 11th High Individual Overall (576 points)
– 1st in Ayrshires
– 10th in Brown Swiss

Kyle Natzke – Fond du Lac, Wis. – Dodge County 4-H
– 13th High Individual Overall (574 points)
– 1st in Jerseys

Rebeka Dieter – Cuba City, Wis. – Lafayette County 4-H
– 9th in Brown Swiss

Ted Halbach, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Youth Specialist, coached the team. Team members earned the right to represent Wisconsin at this national contest based on their high individual overall placings at the Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in St. Croix Falls, Wis. on July 27, 2007.

“This is a great opportunity for these kids to be able to attend a top show and really a first-class judging competition,” mentioned Halbach. “Even though the team members come from different parts of the state they had a nice camaraderie. Each of our team members had their own individual highlights in the judging which just topped off the experience for them.”

“Kristin Natzke did just an unbelievable job at NAILE,” added Halbach. “She put in a tremendous amount of effort and every day in the week leading up to the contest her scores improved to the point you knew she would be a serious competitor”

The Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Endowment Fund sponsored the team.

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Team photo available:

http://www.cals.wisc.edu/downloads/Louisville4H
Names for photo (left to right) Coach Ted Halbach, Kristin Natzke, Mary Johnson, Rebeka Dieter, Kyle Natzke