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Vermont 4-H Has Strong Finish in Dairy Judging Contest

The Vermont 4-H Dairy Judging Team captures second-place in the 4-H Division at the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Sept. 17 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. They are (left to right): Joseph Real, Georgia; Madeline Nadeau, Derby; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; and Seth Carson, Newbury. (photo: Chantale Nadeau)

Burlington--For four outstanding Vermont 4-H dairy club members, it's been a whirlwind week. As soon as they finished competing in the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, held Sept. 15-16, they were on their way to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a national dairy judging contest.

Seth Carson, Newbury; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Madeline Nadeau, Derby; and Joseph Real, Georgia; represented Vermont at the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 55th All-American Dairy Show at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center. Contestants judged 10 classes of cattle and then gave oral reasons for four or five classes, depending on their division.

The Vermont team was one of 43 4-H, Future Farmers of America, collegiate and post-secondary teams that took part on Sept. 17 in youth dairy judging competitions. They were coached by Elizabeth and Ricky Hall of East Montpelier and chaperoned by Chantale Nadeau of Derby.

Vermont finished second overall in the 4-H division, losing to Wisconsin in a field of 12 teams, and second in oral reasons. The team placed third for judging Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Holsteins and Jerseys and fifth for Guernseys.

Joseph Real was third high individual scorer in the 4-H contest, placing third in judging the Holstein classes and oral reasons and fifth for Ayshires. Isabel Hall ranked sixth overall with a fourth-place finish in Brown Swiss and sixth place in oral reasons. Madeline Nadeau came in seventh for individual scores and oral reasons and Seth Carson, fourteenth overall.

This team won't have time to rest on its laurels as it's heading to Madison, Wisconsin, next to compete in the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 3.

To learn more about 4-H dairy judging, contact Wendy Sorrell, University of Vermont Extension 4-H livestock educator, at