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Fond Du Lac County 4-H Dairy Judging Team Finishes Fourth At All-American Contest

Twelve 4-H teams took part in the 39th Annual All-American Dairy Show Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Monday, September 17, 2007 in Harrisburg, Pen. The Fond du Lac County, Wis. team placed fourth overall with 1801 points. Kyle Zimdars led the team, placing 5th overall with 620 points, and was 7th in oral reasons. The team also took 8th place in Oral Reasons, 2nd in Brown Swiss and Jerseys, 8th in Holsteins and 9th in Guernseys.

The Wisconsin 4-H Team Placed:
4th Team Overall (1801 points)
8th in Oral Reasons
2nd in Brown Swiss
2nd in Jerseys
8th in Holsteins
9th in Guernseys

Individual Awards and Team Members:
Kyle Zimdars – Ripon, Wis.
5th High Individual Overall (620 points)
7th in Oral Reasons
3rd in Jerseys
5th in Guernseys
Ryan O”Leary – Brandon, Wis.
5th in Brown Swiss
9th in Holsteins
Brandon Ferry – Pickett, Wis.
Paige Vossekuil – Brandon, Wis.

The team was coached by Chad and Amy Ryan, Fond du Lac and Chris Pollack, Ripon. The Fond du Lac County team placed 2nd overall among 36 teams at the Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Polk County on July 27. This 2nd place finish earned them the opportunity to represent Wisconsin at the All-American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.

“Team camaraderie was one of our biggest strengths,” said Coach Amy Ryan. “The way the team got along and worked together was very key to our success this year. As a coach it is rewarding to see a team work as hard as this team did and to achieve success by earning a spot to a national contest.”

“It was evident that they were thankful for our support as coaches and for the experience that they had this year,” added Ryan.

“The most enjoyable part for me was being a member of the team and working with my coaches to develop my knowledge of judging and my communication skills,” said team member Kyle Zimdars.

Brandon Ferry added, “I have had the chance to meet many new people. It also gave me the chance to see many great cows and learn how to choose the best ones.”

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation”s Dairy Endowment Fund helped sponsor the team.

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http://www.cals.wisc.edu/downloads/FondduLacCounty.jpg
left to right, Kyle Zimdars, Ryan O”Leary, Brandon Ferry, Paige Vossekuil