Saturday, August 23, 2014

Fry, Owings and Kirchdoerfer Sweep Top Spots at State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

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

MT. VERNON, Mo. -- Megan Fry, Matthew Owings and Tyler Kirchdoerfer finished first, second and third, respectively in the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 16 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Only 12 points separated the top three finishers.

Fry, Owings and Kirchdoerfer, along with Morgan Reed of Mountain Grove, are current members of the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team, and will represent Missouri at contests in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Madison, Wisconsin this fall.

Megan Fry was the high individual in the senior division with 387 points.  Fry, of Mtn. Grove,  was first in Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Jerseys, and Oral Reasons, and second in Holsteins.

Second high individual in the senior division was Matthew Owings of Mountain Grove.  Owings was first in Ayrshires, second in Guernseys and Jerseys, and third in Holsteins.

Tyler Kirchdoerfer of Cape Girardeau finished third overall, and was third in ayrshires, Brown Swiss and Jerseys.

Rounding out the top five were Lora Wright of Verona and Ellie Wantland of Niangua.  Wright was second in oral reasons, and Wantland was third in that division.

Bailey Groves of Billings was the high individual in the intermediate division  with 378 points.  Groves was first in Holsteins, second in Ayrshires, and third in Guernseys.

In second was  Lauren Whitehead of Conway followed by Evan Dotson of Marionville, Grant Groves of Billings, and Nicolas Dotson of Marionville.

Taylor Whitehead of Conway was the high individual in the junior division. Second was Garrett Grimm of Aurora, followed by Lila Wantland of Niangua, Raven Austin of Conway, and Whitney Yerina of Conway.

The contestants placed six classes and gave two sets of reasons. The top three individuals in each breed received cash prizes sponsored by the Missouri breed associations.  The top ten individuals in each division received rosettes from the Missouri State Fair, and the top three individuals in each division received a plaque from the Missouri State Fair and supporters of the contest.  

Contestants, their families, and exhibitors who provided cattle for the event were the guests at a Junior Dairymen’s Barbeque sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri State Fair, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, MFA, Dairy Farmers of America, and Hiland Dairy.  The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging 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.  

Teams will represent Missouri 4-H at two contests this fall:  The Youth Invitation Contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin in October.

For more information about the dairy judging program, contact either Ted Probert at the Wright County Extension Center at (417)741-6134, or Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.



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