Dairy 4-H'ers Rank High in Regional Competition
- By Wendy Sorrell
Burlington--Vermont 4-H dairy club members proved that they could hold their own in regional dairy judging competition, Sept. 14 in West Springfield, Mass.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sent two dairy judging teams to Eastern States Exposition this year for the day-long competition, which featured nine outstanding teams who judged six breeds of cattle.All the New England states except Rhode Island were represented.
The Vermont A Team included Brooke Aicher, Shelburne; Britney Hill, Bristol; Sara Ingwersen, Addison and Cassie Westcom, Enosburg. These four individuals earned the highest overall scores in the Vermont 4-H dairy judging contest in 2012 and had an opportunity to compete at Eastern States last fall as members of the B Team.
The 2013 Vermont B Team, selected at the state dairy judging contest this past June, included Tim Carson, Newbury; Morgan Conant, Randolph Center; Jordan Hubbell, Shoreham and Chelsea Young, Tinmouth.
Three Vermonters finished in the top 15 for highest overall individual scorer, based on a combined score for judging and oral reasons of several breed classes. Britney Hill placed tenth, Sara Ingwersen, eleventh and Jordan Hubbell, twelfth.
State contestants placing in the top 15 in the judging classes, by breed, were as follows:
AYRHSIRE: Sara Ingwersen (second); Tim Carson (ninth); Cassie Westcom (tenth)
BROWN SWISS: Chelsea Young (eleventh); Jordan Hubbell (fifteen)
HOLSTEIN: Sara Ingwersen (fifth); Chelsea Young (eighth); Britney Hill (tenth)
JERSEY: Britney Hill (first); Jordan Hubbell (second); Cassie (seventh); Tim Carson (twelfth); Brooke Aicher (fourteenth)
MILKING SHORTHORN: Morgan Conant (sixth); Jordan Hubbell (thirteenth); Sara Ingwersen (fourteenth)
In overall reasons, Vermonters took five of the top 15 spots, more than any other state. Sara Ingwersen placed third, Brooke Aicher, fifth; Britney Hill, eighth; Cassie Westcom, thirteenth and Jordan Hubbell, fifteenth.
The scores of all four members of each team were combined to determine team rankings. The Vermont A Team ranked first in judging Holsteins, second in Jerseys and third in both Ayrshires and Milking Shorthorns.
The Vermont B Team came in second for Holsteins, fourth for Jerseys and sixth in Brown Swiss. For overall rankings for oral reasons, the A Team took sixth and the B Team seventh place.
To learn more about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.