The State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest teaches students to evaluate a situation, make a decision, and provide reasons for their decision…all through looking at cows! 4-H’ers spent two months learning to evaluate and place dairy cattle. At the contest, classes made up of four animals each are walked around an arena while students evaluate their conformation and place them accordingly. Once each class is placed, students must give oral reasons to defend their placings. Junior Dairy Judging Team members were: Sarah Beth Coble, Macy Doyen, Lucy Lane, Maggie Lane, Audrey Kyzer, Emree Williams, Bree Chamberlin, Sara Morgan Sapp. Senior Dairy Judging Team members were: Mary Helen Coble, Tony Gray, Abby Joyner, and Holt Sapp.
The Junior Team placed 4th in the State Contest with Macy Doyen placing 9th high individual. The Senior Team placed 1st overall earning Master 4-H status, the highest achievement in a 4-H career. The team placed well individually in the top 10 with Mary Helen Coble placing 1st high individual overall and earning Master 4-H status, Holt Sapp placed 3rd high individual and Abby Joyner placed 9th high individual. The senior team will travel to the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest this fall in Madison, Wisconsin to compete against other state winning teams from across the county. Thank you to Franks Farm and Harmony Grove Dairy for allowing the team to practice with your animals. Congratulations to everyone on a job well done!
The Dairy Judging Team is having a Pork Chop Plate Fundraiser on May 13th to support their trip to the National Contest! You may purchase tickets directly from the Burke County Extension Office or from a dairy team member.