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June 11, 2018 Dairy Judgers Successful at State Contest

Week of June 11, 2018
Marissa Leier, Extension Agent

Dates to remember:
June 14-Morton County Soil Conservation District Meeting, Mandan

 Dairy Judgers Successful at State Contest

The State 4-H Dairy Judging contest was held on June 5th at the North Dakota State University Dairy barn. Participants judged 5 classes of Holsteins and gave 2 sets of oral reasons. The senior team earned first place with Samantha Johnson placing 1st individually, Justin Johnson placing 4th, and Fayth Hoger placing 5th. Samantha also had the top reasons score of the contest earning 47 out of 50 points. They have earned the privilege to represent North Dakota at the National 4-H ContentsDairy Judging Contest in October which takes place at the World Dairy Expo in Madison Wisconsin.

The junior team also received first place. Jada Bonogofsky placed 1st individually, Medora Ellingson placed 4th, Cassidy Strommen placed 6th, Sheridan Ellingson placed 10th, Cooper Strommen placed 11th, and Stran Ressler placed 12th

The piece that follows was written by some of the junior team on the trip back from Fargo.

First of all, we would like to say a big thank you to Gregg and Kristie Klusmann, Northern Lights Dairy, Hogerville Dairy, Mark and Kristi Doll, and Van Bedaf Dairy for letting us have hands on practice on your farms. The biggest thanks to our moo-tastic coaches, Marissa Leier and Nathan Boehme for taking time out of their Thursday nights to coach us.

State contest was a great time. We saw 2 heifer classes, a class of 2 year old, 3 year old, and 4 year olds. They were all Holsteins. After the contest, we got to experience getting interviewed by Sarah McNaughton from KGFO radio. We also took a tour of the NDSU Dairy barn.

Dairy judging has taught us: “communication skills”-Stran Ressler, “If I work hard, I can go places”- Cooper Strommen, “To be confident and make true friends”- Sheridan Ellingson, “To be more confident when talking to people, what quality makes a good dairy cow, and what to look for in a future operation”-Medora Ellingson, “Everyone has their fire; once you find it you can exceed”-Jada Bonogofsky.

These are only a few life skills that we have learned. We can’t wait to keep learning new ones in this great competition we call dairy judging. 

The teams worked hard, and it paid off. The skills they are learning along the way will not end after the judging season is over, they will stick with them for a lifetime. If you are interested in getting involved on a judging team, do not hesitate to call the NDSU Extension-Morton County office at 701-667-3340.

 State Dairy Judgers

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