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Daniell Brown leads Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Team to second at NAILE

Wisconsin”s dairy judging team of 4-H youth took second place honors at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition Youth Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Sunday, November 9, 2008 in Louisville, Ky. Of the 20 teams competing, the Wisconsin team also earned third place in oral reasons, first in Brown Swiss, first in Jerseys, second in Guernseys and sixth in Holsteins.

Daniell Brown of Dodgeville, Wis. took home top honors earning High Individual Overall recognition and finishing second in oral reasons. Brown, representing Iowa County 4-H, placed first in Guernseys, third in Holsteins, fourth in Jerseys and eighth in Brown Swiss.

Team Wisconsin 4-H Placed:
2nd Team Overall (1,784 points)
3rd in Oral Reasons
1st in Brown Swiss
1st in Jerseys
2nd in Guernseys
6th in Holsteins

Team Members and Individual Awards:

Danielle Brown – Dodgeville, Wis. – Iowa County 4-H
1st High Individual Overall (627 points)
2nd in Oral Reasons
1st in Guernseys
3rd in Holsteins
4th in Jersesys
8th in Brown Swiss

Kelly Lee – Johnson Creek, Wis. – Jefferson County 4-H
9th in Brown Swiss
Michelle Owens – Frederic, Wis. – Polk County 4-H
3rd in Jerseys
Justin Langer – DeForest, Wis. – Columbia County 4-H
6th in Guernseys

Ted Halbach, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Youth Specialist coached the team. Team members were selected by their high overall individual placing at the Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held in St. Croix Falls, WI on July 25, 2008. The Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Endowment Fund sponsored the team.

“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 developed a nice camaraderie. Each of our team members had their own individual highlights in the judging which just topped off the experience for them.”

“Danielle Brown did just an unbelievable job at NAILE,” added Halbach. “She put in a tremendous amount of effort to prepare for this opportunity and I was so happy for her to be rewarded beyond the experience of participating. No doubt Danielle carried the day for us.”

Full size photo of Danielle Brown here: left to right:  Coach Ted Halbach, Danielle Brown

Full size photo of the team here: left to right:  Coach Ted Halbach, Justin Langer, Kelly Lee, Danielle Brown, Michelle Owens