Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team wins breed division at national contest
Missouri 4-H was one of only four teams to win a breed division at the 2012 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Oct. 1 in Madison, Wis., according to Karla Deaver, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The team won the Brown Swiss breed for the third time in recent years, placing them in the top five of states for repeated winners in the breed.
"We are so proud of how these youth did at the national contest," said Deaver. "While they weren't as consistent across breeds as they needed to be to place in the top 10 of the contest overall, their performance in the Brown Swiss breed was very impressive."
The team of Brittany Groves from Lawrence County, Tricia Kirchdoerfer from Cape Girardeau County, and Bryce Romine from Crawford County won the Brown Swiss breed with a total of 413 points out of a possible 450.
For Groves, the win was special because her family are long-time Brown Swiss breeders. She is also involved with the breed at home on the farm. The team finished tied for 20th out of 32 teams, and were a mere 23 points away from the top 10.
Groves, daughter of Todd and Sheila Groves of Billings, was fifth high individual in Brown Swiss and 13th in Guernseys, placing 34th overall and just 12 points away from All-American status in the 124-person field.
Romine, the son of Cynthia and Gary Romine of Cuba, was ninth high individual in Brown Swiss. Kirchdoerfer, the daugther of Eddie and Amy Kirchdoerfer of Cape Girardeau, had her best performance in Holstein and Jerseys. All three members of the team achieved individual best scores in oral reasons, one of their goals going into the contest.
Contestants placed one cow and one heifer class in Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Holsteins and Jerseys and gave five sets of reasons. The team is coached by Ted Probert, a dairy specialist with University of Missouri from Wright County, and Karla Deaver, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension from Lawrence County.
The team is supported by Monsanto Company, FCS Financial, the Missouri Holstein Association and the Missouri Dairy Association in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation. For more information about the Missouri 4-H dairy judging team, contact Ted Probert at 417-741-6134 or Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102.