Foster County wins N.D. state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

Farm Forum

The 4-H dairy judging team from Foster County placed first in the senior division of the N.D. state 4-H dairy judging contest held with the recent FFA contest at North Dakota State University.

Team members are Madison Wendel, Candice Nysted, Ann Endres and Cassidy VandeHoven of Carrington. Joel Lemer is the team’s coach.

The team is eligible to represent North Dakota 4-H at the national dairy judging contest held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., this fall.

Dairy judging consists of evaluating classes of four animals and ranking them based on conformation. Contestants defend their placing with oral reasons.

The second-place senior team from Oliver County consisted of Shane Giedd of Washburn, Emily Klein of Max, Rachel Oliver of Savage, Mont., and Heidi Scheetz of Hensler.

The Morton County team of Stetson Ellingson of St. Anthony, Brandie Doll of New Salem, and Hunter Kleinjan and Patrick Johnson of Mandan placed third in the senior 4-H division. Heidi Reiter and Jackie Buckley are the team’s coaches. Madison Wendel was high individual in the senior division.

The team representing McHenry and Ward counties placed first in the junior division. Team members are Lane Bachmeier, Brian Frounfelter, Caleb Cross and Rylan Bachmeier, all of Granville. Jeff Hagel is the team’s coach.

The Foster County team of Savanna Friedt of Carrington, and Madeliene Nichols and Sean Nichols of Sykeston placed second in the junior 4-H division. Lemer is the team’s coach.

A team from Morton and Oliver counties placed third in the junior division of the 4-H contest. Team members are Abby Hintz of Hannover, Brenna Hoger of New Salem and Olivia Klein of Max. Rick Schmidt is the team’s coach. Lane Bachmeier was high individual in the junior division.

The North Dakota Milk Producers, Midwest Dairy Association of North Dakota and North Dakota 4-H Foundation are the sponsors for this contest. The contest was directed by J.W. Schroeder, NDSU Extension dairy specialist, and Todd Molden, NDSU dairy manager.