Missouri 4-H came home with lots of hardware from the 2013 Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest held earlier this month in Harrisburg, Penn., at the All-American Dairy Show.
According to Karla Deaver, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension, the team placed second in a field of 15 teams, a mere 8 points behind Maryland.
"All three team members placed in the top ten individuals of the contest," said Deaver. "This team has been very consistent since the beginning, and they are looking forward to competing at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wis., later this month."
The team of Steven Nelson, Tucker Peterson and Bailee Whitehead won both the Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds. In addition, the team was third in Guernseys, sixth in Ayshires and Oral Reasons.
"We have had strong performances in the Brown Swiss breed, and this team has continued that tradition," said Deaver.
Peterson, son of Janet Peterson of Mountain Grove, was the third high individual in the contest, and was the high individual in the Brown Swiss breed. He was also sixth in Jerseys.
Whitehead, the daughter of Tony and Nicki Whitehead of Conway, was the seventh high individual overall, and was seventh in Guernseys.
Nelson, the son of Mike Nelson of Grove Spring, was the eighth high individual overall, and was 8th in Brown Swiss, tenth in Jerseys and seventh in oral reasons.
Contestants placed one cow and one heifer class in Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Holsteins and Jerseys and gave four sets of reasons.
The team is coached by University of Missouri Extension specialists Ted Probert (dairy specialist) and Karla Deaver (4-H specialist). They are headquartered in Wright and Lawrence counties respectively.
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.
Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. Studies show 4-H'ers have three times greater interest in science than non-4-H peers and are 70 percent more likely to go to college. Over 5,000 youth in urban communities join local 4-H clubs each year.
The 4-H program also helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community. To learn more about 4-H — the world's largest youth-serving organization — and how to get involved locally, visit the Missouri 4-H website.