Dairy Judging Teams Invited To Cream Of The Crop Dairy Challenge

Dairy Judging Teams Invited To Cream Of The Crop Dairy Challenge

Event will be held on Oct. 20 in Jefferson and Fort Atkinson.

Cream of the Crop 4-H Club is inviting 4-H, FFA, junior breed or other youth organizations to

participate in the second annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Challenge.

This event will be hosted by the Cream of the Crop 4-H Club in Jefferson on Saturday, Oct. 20. The event location is about 40 minutes east of Madison. For those who wish to Map Quest the location the address is 925 Lexington Blvd. Fort Atkinson, WI 53538. Registration will begin at the Fort Atkinson High School at 9:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 10 a.m.

HONING JUDGING SKILLS: Youth 9 to 18 years of age are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Cream of the Crop 4-H Dairy Challenge Oct. 20 in Fort Atkinson and Jefferson.

This is sure to be a unique contest that will not only test youth's dairy judging skills, but will require them to answer questions regarding a scenario of commercial heifers, registered heifers, evaluate DHIA herd reports, evaluate a cow's conformation, production and pedigree and then rank four sires based on their pedigree, and type and production information that will best complement the cow, and be able to identify 25 common dairy cattle diseases based on symptoms. Students will also be given a 25 question multiple choice exam that will cover milk quality, reproduction, and general dairy industry information.

There will be six stations for the teams to rotate through. The DHIA summary comparison, disease identification, and 25 question multiple choice exam will be completed at the Fort Atkinson High School by half of the teams while the other half of the teams are bused to the Lundy Farm to start with the commercial and registered heifers and the sire selection portion.  Half way through the contest the teams will be switched giving each team 20 minutes at each station.

This may sound somewhat daunting, but students will have the opportunity to discuss and work with your three teammates throughout the contest. Each team will be given a packet to put their team answers in.  There will be no individual scores. Nor will there be an oral reasons portion to this contest. To be eligible for the contest participates must be between the ages of 9 and 18.  Participants must not have completed high school before competing in this contest. 

Teams can be made up of any combination of four youth. All teams will be judged the same… no senior or junior divisions. The top 10 teams will be announced at the completion of the contest. The contest, lunch and awards should be completed by 2 p.m. Get your family, 4-H, FFA, Junior Breed friends or other acquaintances together to participate in this fun and educational contest.  Lunch will be provided at no additional charge after the contest is completed as scores are being tabulated. 

There is a $20 team entry fee.  Checks can be made payable to Cream of the Crop 4-H Club.  The contest will be limited to the first 30 teams that submit their entries. So, get your teams together early to participate in this one-of-a-kind contest.  

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact Mark Lundy at (920) 563-6137.   

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