Missouri Dairy Business Update
Special January Issue
Missouri 4-H dairy judging team is Europe bound
Missouri 4-H had its best finish since 1998 in the 2017 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Oct. 2 in Madison, Wisconsin at World Dairy Expo, according to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist.
The team finished third in a field of 22 teams and placed in the top five in four of five breeds and oral reasons, qualifying them for international competition.
“They have been worked extremely hard, and came away from this contest with two top ten judges, two All-Americans and the best overall finish a Missouri team has had since the 1998 team, which also placed third,” said Deaver.
Their third-place finish in Oral Reasons is the best a team from Missouri has ever had.
The team of Grant Groves, Daryin Sharp, Ellie Wantland and Lora Wright was fourth in Ayrshires, seventh in Brown Swiss, fifth in Guernseys, second in Holsteins, fifth in Jerseys and third in Oral Reasons.
- Wright, daughter of Larry and Jodi Wright of Verona, was the sixth high individual overall and named an All-American.
- Wantland, daughter of Jeff and Leeann Wantland of Niangua, was the ninth high individual overall and named an All-American.
- Groves, the son of Todd and Sheila Groves of Billings, was a mere 4 points away from All-American status, finishing in a tie for 26th.
- Sharp, the son of Erron and Delores Sharp of Bolivar, was also a mere 4 points away from All-American status, finishing in a tie for 26th.
The team is coached by Ted Probert, University of Missouri Extension dairy specialist, and Deaver, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
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