Friday, December 06, 2013

Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team Finishes Among Top 10 at North American Expo

Contact: Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102


MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Missouri 4-H was the 9th overall team at the 2013 North American International Livestock Exposition Youth Dairy Judging Contest held Nov. 10, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky, according to Karla Deaver, a University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development specialist. There were 23 teams in the youth division of the contest.

The team of Megan Fry,Tyler Kirchdoerfer, Morgan Reed, and Grant Voelker, had a solid first outing as a team, placing third in Ayrshires, 6th in Brown Swiss and 9th in Holsteins.  

“This was the first multi-state competition for this team, and the first big contest for a couple of team members,” said Deaver. “They had a very solid first outing. Our training focus the next 10 months will be on improving our consistency in both oral reasons and placings in preparation for the National 4-H Contest next October.”

Fry, daughter of Dwight and Lori Fry of Mountain Grove, was 15th high individual overall in the contest. She was11th in Ayrshires and 9th in Guernseys.

Kirchdoerfer, son of Ed and Amy Kirchdoerfer of Cape Girardeau , finished 36th overall.

Reed, daugther of Bob and Sherry Reed of Mountain Grove, was 6th in Ayrshires. 

Voelker, son of Charlie and Nancy Voelker of Perryville, was 30th in Brown Swiss and 31st in Jerseys.

Contestants placed ten classes and gave three sets of reasons.  The team is coached by Ted Probert, a University of Missouri dairy specialist, and Karla Deaver, a University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development  specialist headquartered in Wright and Lawrence Counties respectively. 

 The team is supported by Monsanto Company, FCS Financial, the Missouri Holstein Association and the Missouri Dairy Association in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and thanks all their sponsors for their support.  

For more information about the Missouri 4-H dairy judging team, contact Ted Probert at (417)741-6134 or Karla Deaver at (417)466-3102.


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