The dates have been set for the 2015 Badger Dairy Camp! It will be held June 10-12, 2015 on the UW Madison Campus. Look for more information and entry forms here on the Wisconsin Dairy Youth website later this winter.
The rules for the 2015 Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl have been re-posted to include the references for this year’s event. There were not many changes to the references from previous years. There are a few new references and one deletion, “The Rules Are Black and White”, as this publication is no longer available for purchase.
It takes a large number of volunteers to make the 4-H Dairy Bowl run smoothly. If you are an Extension employee or industry person who is not coaching a dairy bowl team but you would be interested in helping out as a moderator or judge, please let me know! Additionally, this year we are asking that each county brings along at least one volunteer (youth or adult) to serve as a runner, door guard, or scorekeeper.
Rules and other information for 4-H Dairy Bowl can be found on the Dairy Bowl page of this site.
Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging, Management, and Quiz Bowl teams enjoyed great success this fall at events from Harrisburg to Madison to Louisville. Nineteen different youth from across the state competed on 5 different teams at these events.
In Harrisburg, at the All American Dairy Show, Wisconsin 4-H was represented in the Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest by a dairy judging team and a dairy management team. The judging team from Dane County had a successful day in the Oral Reasons category placing 4th as a team. Team member Emma Olstad was also the 3rd high individual in Oral Reasons. Team members were Emma Olstad, Sara Griswold, Elizabeth Sarbacker and Lindsay Sarbacker.
In the Junior Dairy Management Contest at Harrisburg, Wisconsin 4-H was represented by the team from Sheboygan County. The team had an excellent day, placing 4th overall in the 4-H contest. Team member Emily Meinnert was also recognized for placing 8th overall as an individual. Team members were Andy Helmer, Erica Helmer, Jimmy Jens, and Emily Meinnert.
Wisconsin 4-H had an exceptional showing at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in Madison with the Manitowoc County team placing 3rd overall and team member Jordan Siemers being the 1st place individual in both the overall and reasons contests. Other highlights included the team placing 2nd in reasons, 4th in Brown Swiss, and 1st in Holstein. Individually, Jordan Siemers was 1st place overall, 1st place in oral reasons, 5th place in Holstein, 1st place in Jersery, and 1st place in Guernsey. Individual honors also went to Crystal Siemers-Peterman who was 2ndin Brown Swiss and Tiffany Roberts who was 1st in Holstein. Team members were Jordan Siemers, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Tiffany Roberts, and Sanne deBruijn.
In Louisville at the North American Livestock Expo, Wisconsin 4-H was represented by both a judging and a quiz bowl team. In the Quiz Bowl Contest, Wisconsin was represented by the Grant County team with members Charlie Moore, Charlie Hamilton, Abriana Errthum and Adrianna Lau. Although the team was not one of the top finishing teams at the end of the day the group had a great time and learned a lot at the contest.
In the judging contest at Louisville, the top individual judges at the State 4-H Dairy Judging who were not members of the Harrisburg or Madison teams joined together to represent Wisconsin. Team members were Dawson Nickels of Dodge County, Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Krisen Broege of Rock County and Charlie Hamilton of Grant County. The team had an outstanding day placing 2nd overall and 4th in oral reasons. Other team highlights included placing 3rd in Ayrshire, 2nd in Brown Swiss, 5th in Guernsey, 5th in Holstein, and 4th in Jersey. Individually, Dawson Nickels had an exceptional day placing 1st in Ayrshire, 5th in Guernsey, 3rd in oral reasons, and 3rd overall. Additionally, Jessica Pralle placed 4th in Ayrshire, 3rd in Holstein and 9th overall, Kristen Broege was 6th in oral reasons and Charlie Hamilton was 11th overall.
Congratulations to all of the youth and volunteers who worked hard to represent Wisconsin well at these National 4-H events. And special thanks to all of the donors who helped with each teams travel budgets.
The Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and Dairy Management contest will take place on Saturday, February 7th in Portage, WI. This year the contest will be moving back to the John Muir Elementary School due to a scheduling conflict with ACT testing which will be taking place that same day at the high school.
Competition in the 4-H Dairy Bowl and Dairy Management Contests encourages a 4-H member to develop a more complete knowledge of dairy animals and related subjects. These contests provides an educational dairy program for all dairy project members, including those who may not own or show a dairy project animal, and provides a way to develop alertness and self-confidence.
The Dairy Bowl is a “quiz bowl” competition where all questions deal with dairy topics. Teams of four members compete with each other in giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Teams receive points for correct answers and may lose points for incorrect answers. The team with the highest final score is the winner.
In the Dairy Management Contest, teams work both as individuals and together to answer questions related to the management of a dairy farm and dairy cattle. Team members work through various stations and at the end of the event, the total score for the team is added together to determine the final team score.
Both of these contest offer the opportunity for youth to test and showcase their knowledge of dairy cattle science and the dairy industry. For more information, including entry forms and contest rules, please visit the Dairy Management Contest page and the Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest page.
The Cream of the Crop 4-H Club in Jefferson County is again hosting their Dairy Challenge Contest. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, September 13 at the Jefferson High School with registration starting at 9:30am for the 10:00am contest. Participants will be tested on their knowledge of dairy cows and dairy farming as well their dairy judging skills. Entries are due by September 5th! Click on the following link for your entry form!
Twenty youth from across Wisconsin interviewed on Wednesday, July 30th for the James W Crowley 4-H Dairy Leadership Award. Fifteen award winners were selected and are listed as follows in alphabetical order:
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Three of these 15 individuals were selected to each win a $500 scholarship provided by the James W. Crowley Management and Extension Fund. These individuals are Taylor Behnke, Andrew Greenfield and Kati Kindschuh.
All 20 interviewees, the Top 15 and the three scholarship award winners were recognized at the Junior Dairyland Youth Celebration on Sunday August 3rd at the Wisconsin State Fair. Congratulations to all of these hard working individuals!
Here are the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging results!
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR WI YOUTH!!!! APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY JULY 25TH FOR THE 2014 NATIONAL 4-H DAIRY CONFERENCE
Applications are now available for the National 4-H Dairy Conference! Wisconsin 4-H members who are in grades 10-12 as of January 1 2014 are eligible to apply for a chance to represent WI as a delegate at the conference. The 2014 National 4-H Dairy Conference will take place on September 28 through October 1 in Madison, WI. For more information and to fill out your application click here.
The State 4-H Dairy Judging contest has been set for Monday July 21st at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Black River Falls! The 4 Area Animal Science Days, and other events, can be found on the Calendar page. For rules and more information on Dairy Judging you can head to the Dairy Judging page!