State 4-H Dairy Team Knows Brown Swiss

Missouri 4-H dairy judging team first in breed division at national contest

Published on: Nov 16, 2012

Missouri 4-H was one of only four teams to win a breed division at the 2012 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, Wisconsin, according to Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist. The team won the Brown Swiss breed for the third time in recent years, placing them in the top five of states for repeated winners in the breed.

"We are so proud of how the kids did at the National Contest," said Deaver. "While they weren't as consistent across breeds as they needed to be to place in the top 10 of the contest overall, their performance in the Brown Swiss breed was very impressive."

The team of Brittany Groves from Lawrence County, Tricia Kirchdoerfer from Cape Girardeau County, and Bryce Romine from Crawford County won the Brown Swiss breed with a total of 413 points out of a possible 450. For Groves, the win was very special, as her family are long-time Brown Swiss breeders and she is very involved with the breed at home on the farm. The team finished tied for 20th out of 32 teams, and were a mere 23 points away from the top 10.

Members of the dairy judging team won top owners in Brown Swiss Division.
Members of the dairy judging team won top owners in Brown Swiss Division.

Groves was 5th high individual in Brown Swiss and 13th in Guernseys, placing 34th overall and just 12 points away from All-American status in the 124 person field. Romine was 9th high individual in Brown Swiss. Kirchdoerfer had her best performance in Holstein and Jerseys. All three members of the team achieved individual best scores in oral reasons, one of their goals going into the contest.

Contestants placed one cow and one heifer class in Ayrshires, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Holsteins and Jerseys and gave five sets of reasons. The team is coached by Ted Probert, University of Missouri dairy specialist, and Karla Deaver, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth developmentsSpecialist 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 Thank you to all their sponsors for their support.

Source: Missouri 4-H