On Monday, October 2, three Gordon County 4-H’ers represented Georgia 4-H at the 96th National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, Wisconsin as a part of the World Dairy Expo. The three 4-H’ers from Gordon County were Brooklyn Carr, Luke Ryan, and Gracy Sexton. This team earned the right to compete at the national contest by winning 1st place at the Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest held in March of this year. As state winners, these team members are also granted Master 4-H status in dairy judging.
The national contest consisted of judging 10 classes of four dairy cattle in each class. The participants judged a heifer and a cow class in each breed of dairy cattle represented: Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey. Each participant also had to defend their placings in each cow class by presenting their reasons for their placing order to a judge.
For the national contest, the team was coached by Tim Street. In preparation for the contest, the team visited multiple farms in Wisconsin prior to the contest. These farms included Cozy Nook Farm (a Brown Swiss dairy operation), Mapleton Valley Farm (milking shorthorn), Crescentmead (red and white Holsteins), Ocean View Genetics (black and white Holsteins), and Hoard’s Dairyman Farm (Guernsey). In addition, the team got to tour the National Dairy Shrine Museum as well as Nasco. The team also took part in a welcome dinner to meet the other teams competing as well as a reception and awards banquet to honor the top placing teams. The teams from Wisconsin, Missouri, and Maryland were the top three scoring teams.