COLORADO 4-H TEAMS COMPETE IN NATIONAL DAIRY JUDGING CONTESTS
Colorado 4-H Dairy Judging teams recently completed competition at two national level contests.
The first team, comprised of Brandon Kerbs, Gill; Brianna McBride, Severance; Wade Hofmeister, Fort Morgan; and Bryanna Andersen, Mead, competed at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest was held on October 3rd in conjunction with the 50th Annual World Dairy Expo.
The second team, comprised of Awna Hirsch, Eaton; Kendawl Gartrell, Eaton; and Megan Podtburg, Greeley, competed at the All American Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. This contest was on September 19th in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Both teams were coached by Keith Maxey, Weld County Extension Agent, Greeley; Debbie Carpio, Kersey; and Sarah Hirsch, Eaton.
The contests require participants to place ten classes of dairy cattle, representing five different dairy breeds, and present five sets of oral reasons (four in Harrisburg). Each placing class and each set of reasons is worth up to 50 points.
At Madison, 115 individuals representing 29 teams from the U.S. and Canada, competed for top honors. Colorado placed 6th overall, and was 8th overall in oral reasons, 3rd in the Holstein division and 5th in the Jersey division. Additionally, Bryanna Andersen received All-American honors for her 7th high individual finish. Brianna McBride won high individual in the Holstein division.
In Harrisburg, 56 individuals from 15 teams competed. Awna Hirsch was 5th high individual overall, with the Colorado team finishing 12th overall.
Team members and coaches thank the many generous donors who helped make their trips to Madison and Harrisburg possible.
For information about the Colorado 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Program, contact Keith Maxey at the Weld County Extension Office, 970-400-2075.