Twenty nine teams from across the country competed at the 2011 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in Madison on Oct. 3. The 4-H team from Wisconsin placed third overall in a very tight contest, trailing the first place team by just four points. The team also placed second in total reasons, fourth in the Brown Swiss breed, second in the Guernsey breed, first in the Holstein breed and first in the Jersey breed.
The team representing Wisconsin was from Fond du Lac County with members Nicholas Schuster, Austen Schmidt, Derrek Kamphuis and Matthew O'Leary. The Fond du Lac County team won the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Marshfield last July. The team was coached by Chad Ryan, Brandon Ferry, Shi Lurvey and Chris Pollack.
The team from New York won the contest with 1,981 points overall. The team from Pennsylvania placed second with 1,980 total points. The Wisconsin team finished third with 1,977 points.
Individually Austen Schmidt placed second overall, sixth in total reasons and first in the Jersey and Guernsey breeds. Nicholas Schuster placed fourth overall, third in oral reasons, second in the Holstein breed and fifth in the Guernsey breed. Derrek Kamphuis placed twentieth overall and sixth in Brown Swiss. Matthew O'Leary placed 10th in the Guernsey breed.
By placing third overall this team has qualified to travel to and compete at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland next summer.