MSU Dairy Judging Success in National Contests, Michigan 4-H Team Earns Invitation to
|MSU Collegiate Dairy Judging Team: Left to Right, Coach Renee McCauley, Rosemary Rice, Amanda Sollman, Emily Butcher, Melissa Brower, and Coach Joe Domecq|
|Michigan 4-H Dairy Judging Team: Left to Right, Coach Joe Domecq, Coach Renee McCauley, Katie Arndt, Eric Sneller, Sarah Mann, and Lauren Bush
|MSU Ag Tech Dairy Judging Team: Left to Right, Coach Joe Domecq, Coach Renee McCauley, James Weber, Eric Westendorp, Eric Cole, and Liz Reed.|
The Ag Tech Team placed 3rd in Brown Swiss, 4th in Guernseys, and 8th overall. Eric Cole was 2nd in Brown Swiss and 6th in Guernseys. Liz was 4th in Red and Whites. Eric Westendorp was 2nd in Holsteins and 5th overall.
The final contest of the year was held at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY in November. The Collegiate Team placed 1st in Ayrshires, 5th in Brown Swiss, 7th in oral reasons, and 9th overall. Melissa was 3rd and Emily was 5th in Ayrshires. Amanda was 10th in Guernseys.
The Ag Tech Team placed 4th in Ayrshires, 6th in Holsteins and Jerseys, and 9th overall. Eric Westendorp and James Weber placed 8th and 9th respectively in Holsteins.
Michigan 4-H was represented in this contest by J.W. Hart (North Adams), Matt Mann (Hillsdale) Sarah Michalek (Deckerville), Sarah Mann (Hillsdale), and Brittany Westendorp (Nashville). This team had an outstanding day placing 10th in Brown Swiss, 5th in Jerseys, 2nd in Holsteins and Jerseys, 1st in Ayrshires and oral reasons, and 3rd overall.
Individually, Brittany was 3rd in Holsteins, J.W. was 1st in Jerseys and 3rd in reasons. Sarah was 10th in Ayrshires, 1st in Brown Swiss, 3rd in Guernseys, 2nd in oral reasons and 6th overall. Matt was 1st in Ayrshires, 7th in Guernseys, 9th in Holsteins, 12th in reasons, and 7th overall.
The Michigan 4-H teams are selected from the top 25 individuals at the state judging contest held during Michigan Dairy Expo in July. These individuals are invited to participate in several workouts during August, and the teams for each contest are selected at the end of August.
All 4-H youth are invited and encouraged to participate in the contest at Michigan Dairy Expo and try-out for one of the national teams. The Collegiate and Ag Tech team members are selected from students at Michigan State University who have completed a judging course and have been part of the judging program during their education at MSU.
ABS Global, Michigan Dairy Memorial Foundation, NorthStar Cooperative, Inc., Michigan Holstein Association, Michigan District 1 Holstein Club, Michigan District 6 Holstein Club, Michigan Jersey Cattle Club, Michigan Milk Producers Association, and the United Dairy Industry of Michigan provide major financial support to the MSU Dairy Judging Program.
Team members also participate in fund raisers throughout the year, including the Spartan Spectacular Calf Sale held every March.
The MSU Dairy Judging Program would like to extend appreciation to all of the individuals, farms, and agricultural businesses that support the program by providing cattle, expertise, and financial support.
Special thanks to Sarah Black, Gail Carpenter, and Renee McCauley who coached and traveled with the teams to various contests and workouts this fall. The MSU Dairy Judging Program is coordinated by Dr. Joe Domecq.
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