Billings family sweeps state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
Brittany, Grant and Bailey Groves were high individuals in the senior, intermediate and junior divisions respectively of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 18 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. All are the children of Todd and Sheila Groves of Billings and they are Lawrence County 4-H members.
"We believe this is a first in the history of our contest," said Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist. "Having all three division winners coming from the same family is certainly unique, and we know the family is very proud of their accomplishment."
Brittany Groves was the high individual in the senior division with 377 points. She was first in Ayrshires, third in Guernsey and Holstein and second in oral reasons. Second high individual in the senior division was Steven Nelson of Grovespring. Nelson was first in Jerseys and oral reasons and second in Ayrshires and Holsteins. Rounding out the top five were Tucker Peterson of Mountain Grove, Tricia Kirchdoerfer of Cape Girardeau and Dayne Voelker of Perryville. Peterson was first in Holsteins and Voelker was second in Guernseys and third in oral reasons.
Grant Groves was the high individual in the intermediate division with 354 points. He was second in Brown Swiss. In second was Shaelyn Scoon of Schuyler County. Rounding out the top five were Lauren Whitehead of Conway, Lora Wright of Clever and Ellie Wantland of Niangua.
Bailey Groves of Billings was the high individual in the junior division with 356 points. Second was Kelsie Grimm of Aurora, followed by Whitney Yerina of Conway, Woody Springer of Cass County and Taylor Whitehead of Conway.
The 70 contestants placed six classes and gave two sets of reasons. The top three individuals in each breed received cash prizes sponsored by the Missouri breed associations.
The top ten individuals in each division received rosettes from the Missouri State Fair, and the top three individuals in each division received a plaque from the Missouri State Fair and supporters of the contest.
Contestants, their families, and exhibitors who provided cattle for the event were the guests at a Junior Dairymen's Barbeque sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri State Fair, Missouri Cattlemen's Association, MFA, Dairy Farmers of America, and Hiland Dairy.
Teams will represent Missouri 4-H at both the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin in October and North American International Livestock Exposition contest in November.
For more information about the dairy judging program, contact either Ted Probert at the Wright County Extension Center at 417-741-6134, or Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.