The Vermont State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest attracted 53 participants, including 22 in the senior division (ages 14 and older) who competed for a spot on the Vermont 4-H dairy judging team.
The annual competition, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, was held at three Rutland County farms. The 4-H'ers judged Holsteins at Cash and Karen Ruane's farm in North Clarendon, Brown Swiss at Sean Young's farm in Tinmouth and Jerseys at the Milky Way Farm in Ira.
The highest-scoring individuals in the senior division were, in order of placement, Chelsea Young, Tinmouth; Tim Carson, Newbury; Megan Hill, New Haven; Jordan Hubbell, Shoreham; Miguelle Thurber, Barre; Therese Rainville, Fairfield; and Morgan Conant, Randolph Center. Chelsea, Tim, Jordan and Morgan were selected for the state team, which will compete at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., this fall and again in 2014 and at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in October 2014, held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
The top five winners in the other age groups, in order of placement, were:
12 to 13 years old: Abigail Armstrong, Granville; Maggie Turco, West Rutland; Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Katelynn Ouellette, Vergennes; Seth Browe, West Pawlet
10 to 11 years old: Ben Crawford, Whiting; Chandra Stanley, Enosburg Falls; Mckenna Phillips, Bridport; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Erika Tracey, Vergennes
8 to 9 years old: Hayden Howe, South Royalton; Owen Seward, East Wallingford; Charlie Hayes, East Montpelier; Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier; Lorry Trujillo, Pittsford
Members of the dairy judging team selected at last year's State Dairy Judging Contest also participated at this event, although they were not eligible for ribbons. They included Brooke Aicher, Shelburne; Britney Hill, Bristol; Sara Ingwerson, Addison; and Cassie Westcom, Enosburg. This team will compete at both Eastern States and the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest this fall.
Teens who helped out at the event included Caitlyn Abbott, Fairfield; Brian McGarry, Enosburg; Tiffany Tracey, Vergennes; and Kathryn Wright, Enosburg Falls. All are former state 4-H dairy judging team members.
For more information about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or by email at email@example.com