Fond du Lac, Dodge Counties Win State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Fond du Lac, Dodge Counties Win State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Fond du Lac County team will compete at World Dairy Expo.

One hundred youth competed at the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest which was held on July 18 in Marshfield in conjunction with the State Ayrshire and Guernsey show. Ayrshire and Guernsey animals were pulled out of the show strings and Holstein, Brown Swiss and Jersey cattle were trucked in from nearby farms to make classes for the contest. Both seniors and juniors judged 10 classes. Seniors gave oral reasons on four classes.

TOP SENIOR TEAM: Members of the state champion senior 4-H dairy judging team from Fond du Lac County are, from left front row, Derrick Kamphuis, Austen Schmidt and Matthew O'Leary Back row, Coaches Shi Lurvey and Brandon Ferry, Nicholas Shuster, and Coaches Chad Ryan and Chris Pollack.

In the senior contest, Fond du Lac County took top honors and will go on to represent Wisconsin in the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. They also received the new Dr. Dave Dickson Memorial Trophy. This traveling trophy will be awarded annually to the top Senior team at the Wisconsin 4-H State Dairy Cattle Judging contest with each year's winning team having their county engraved on the trophy. Dane County took second and Dodge County took third and earned the right to compete for Wisconsin at the All American in Harrisburg, Pa.

Austen Schmidt from Fond du Lac County won the senior division and Sara Harn of Dane County was the top individual for oral reasons. Representing Wisconsin at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Lousiville, Ky., will be a team consisting of Sara Harn from Dane County, Ben Powers from Dunn County, John Klossner from Green County and Lizi Endres from Dane County.

Top Five Senior Teams Overall

1. Fond du Lac County

Team Members: Austen Schmidt, Derrick Kamphuis, Nick Schuster, Matthew O'Leary

2. Dane County

Team Members: Sara Harn, Lizi Endres, Cassie Endres, Lindsey Hellenbrand

3. Dodge County

Team Members: Erik Warmka, Carrie Warmka, Janelle Remington, Brad Warmka

4. Green County

Team Members: John Klossner, Brooks Hendrickson, Bryan Cramer, Tess Zettle

5. Jefferson County

Team Members: Nicole Wright, Laura Finley, Nolan Wilharm, Morgan Lundy

Top Five Senior Teams in Oral Reasons

1. Dane County

Team Members: Sara Harn, Lizi Endres, Cassie Endres, Lindsey Hellenbrand

2. Dodge County

Team Members: Erik Warmka, Carrie Warmka, Janelle Remington, Brad Warmka

3. Fond du Lac County

Team Members: Austen Schmidt, Derrick Kamphuis, Nick Schuster, Matthew O'Leary

4. Green County

Team Members: John Klossner, Brooks Hendrickson, Bryan Cramer, Tess Zettle

5. Calumet County

Team Members: Monique Levash, Blake Klessig, Mitch Krahn, Brent Levash

Top Ten Senior Individuals Overall

1. Austen Schmidt, Fond du Lac County

2. Derrick Kamphuis, Fond du Lac County

3. Sara Harn, Dane County

4. Erik Warmka, Dodge County

5. Ben Powers, Dunn County

6. John Klossner, Green County

7. Dane Thompson, Barron County

8. Lizi Endres, Dane County

9. Cassie Endres, Dane County

10. Carrie Warmka, Dodge County

Top Ten Senior Individuals in Oral Reasons

1. Sara Harn, Dane County

2. Lizi Endres, Dane County

3. Cassie Endres, Dane County

4. Austen Schmidt, Fond du Lac County

5. Monique Levash, Calumet County

6. John Klossner, Green County

7. Ethan Dado, Polk County

8. Paige Vossekuil, Fond du Lac County

9. Jenna Langer, Columbia County

10. Carrie Warmka, Dodge County

In the junior competition, Dodge County won first team overall and was first in the type analysis questions category. The Pierce County juniors placed second overall. In the junior individual contest, brother and sister Dawson and Kylie Nickels took first and second respectively.

Top Five Junior Teams

1. Dodge County

Team Members: Dawson Nickels, Kylie Nickels, Ben Buske, Danielle Warmka

2. Pierce County

Team Members: Hannah Nelson, Rachel Coyne, Shanelle Borth, Paige Nelson

3. Dunn County

Team Members: Luke Powers, Krista Styer, Brooke Branter, Jack Powers

4. Rock County

Team Members: Jenna Broege, Alyssa Templeton, Rachel Gerbitz, Otis Johnson

5. Columbia County

Team Members: Peter Daentl, Mikayla Endres, Ashley Hagenow, Cole Endres

Top Ten Junior Individuals

1. Dawson Nickels, Dodge County

2. Kylie Nickels, Dodge County

3. Luke Powers, Dunn County

4. Hannah Nelson, Pierce County

5. Rachel Coyne, Pierce County

6. Shanelle Borth, Pierce County

7. Jenna Broege, Rock County

8. Krista Styer, Dunn County

9. Bailey Larson, Jackson County

10. Alyssa Templeton, Rock County

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