The annual Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl and first annual 4-H Dairy Management Contest was held on Feb. 2 in Portage.
Dairy bowl contestants were tested on their knowledge of dairy cattle genetics, health, nutrition, showing and other topics as well as their ability to quickly and accurately answer questions under pressure. Four-person teams and their alternates traveled from all corners of the state to represent their counties in the three age divisions; junior, mixed and senior.
This year Manitowoc County went home with champion teams in both the senior and mixed divisions. Senior team members were Jordan Siemers, Jake Siemers, Josh Siemers and Crystal Siemers-Peterman. Mixed team members were Joost de Bruijn, Bieke de Bruijn, Sanne de Bruijn, Connor Siemers and Lauren Siemers. Both teams were coached by Janina Siemers. The senior team from Manitowoc will go on to represent Wisconsin this November in the national dairy bowl contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.
Thirteen counties competed in the senior division this year. Placing second to Manitowoc County was the team from Shawano County. In the mixed division, which includes contestants from both the senior and junior age groups, 17 teams competed and Dane County took second place to Manitowoc.
Eleven teams vied for first place in the junior division, which includes contestants 14 years of age and under. Shawano County Team 2 took home first place in this year's contest. Team members were Taylor Gracyalny, Ben Schmidt, Mason Jauquet and Colin Wussow. The team was coached by Heather Jauquet and Nicolle Wussow. Taking home second place in the junior division was the team from Barron County.
2013 also marked the first year for the 4-H Dairy Management Contest. For this event, senior contestants were tested on their knowledge of dairy cattle judging and linear scoring, their ability to utilize DHI records, their knowledge of dairy animal treatment methods, feed identification and their ability to use online dairy management tools. The team from Polk County won first place in this year's Dairy Management Contest and has earned the right to go on to represent Wisconsin at the National Dairy Management Contest in Harrisburg, Penn., in September. Team members were Ethan Dado, Trent Dado and Laura Jensen with coaches Gwen Dado and Patti Hurtgen.
The Top 5 individuals overall in the management contest were, first place Laura Jensen of Polk County, second Trent Dado of Polk County, third Cody Moeller of Shawano County, fourth Charlie Hamilton of Grant County and fifth Brad Warmka of Dodge County.
UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science faculty, Badger Dairy Club members and UW dairy science alumni helped with moderating, judging and operating the contest. The event was co-sponsored by the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Endowment Fund, the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science, UW-Extension and the Badger Dairy Club.