Burlington--Four outstanding dairy 4-H members represented Vermont at the National Youth Dairy Judging Contest, Nov. 5, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Competing on the state dairy judging team were Seth Carson, Newbury; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Maddie Nadeau, Derby; and Joseph Real, Georgia. They were chosen based on their individual scores from a series of Vermont 4-H dairy judging events held March through August.

This was the first year that University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H sent a team to this event, which was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Expo. A total of 92 4-H and Future Farmers of America contestants participated on 23 teams in the contest.

The team headed to Kentucky on Nov. 1 for three days of practices on 10 farms. In addition to the competition in which they judged 10 classes of cattle, they also attended an awards breakfast before heading back to Vermont.

Although one of the youngest teams in the competition, the Vermont team fared well, finishing seventh overall and third in oral reasons. In the breed classes, they placed third in Guernseys, fifth in Holsteins, seventh in Jerseys and 12th in Ayrshires.

Individual placements included:

  • Seth Carson--38th high individual overall, 29th in reasons
  • Isabel Hall--39th high individual overall, tenth in reasons, second in Holsteins¬†
  • Maddie Nadeau--40th high individual overall, 20th in reasons, seventh in Guernseys, eighth in Jerseys¬†
  • Joseph Real--seventh high individual overall, eighth in reasons, third in Guernseys, sixth in Ayrshires, 20th in Holsteins, 24th in Jerseys, 27th in Brown Swiss.

The team was coached by Elizabeth and Ricky Hall of East Montpelier. In 2018 this team will compete at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin. 

To learn more about 4-H dairy judging or the Vermont 4-H dairy project, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.


Wendy M. Sorrell