Youth from across Wisconsin have a successful fall at national dairy events

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In September, the 4-H Dairy Judging team from Manitowoc County traveled to Harrisburg, PA to represent Wisconsin 4-H in the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.  The team had a good day placing 4th overall in the contest.  Also in Harrisburg, the Polk County 4-H Dairy Management team placed first in the All-American Junior Dairy Management Contest with team members Ethan Dado, Trent Dado and Laura Jensen.  Ethan was the high placing individual at the contest and Trent and Laura placed 2nd and 4th respectively.  While in Harrisburg, the group from Polk County also participated in the FFA Dairy Judging contest and took home the top team award.  Trent Dado was the first place individual, Laura and Ethan were 2nd and 5th respectively.

At World Dairy Expo, Wisconsin 4-H was represented by the team from Polk County.  Team members Trent Dado, Laura Jensen, Chris Rassier and Cody Getschel took home the third place team award in a close contest, trailing first place by just 7 points.  The team also placed second in Oral Reasons.  Trent Dado was the high individual in the contest and placed 5th in oral reasons.  Laura Jensen and Cody Getschel placed 7th and 8th in individual reasons respectively.

In Louisville at the North American International Livestock Expo (N.A.I.L.E.), the Manitowoc County 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl team competed against 18 other states in the National 4-H Dairy Bowl and brought home 4th place honors.  Team members were Jordan Siemers, Josh Siemers, Jake Siemers and Crystal Siemers-Peterman.  At the Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest, the composite team from Wisconsin tied for first place and brought home second place honors overall and were also second place in oral reasons.  Team members were Derrek Kamphuis from Fond Du Lac County, Alex Huibregste from Sheboygan County, Jordan Ebert from Kewaunee County and Jacob Pintens from Barron County.  Derrek Kamphuis was the top individual in oral reasons and placed second overall.  Alex Hubregste placed 5th overall and 6th in oral reasons.

Congratulations to all of the Wisconsin youth who were successful in national events this fall and to the volunteers who coached the teams!

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