Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
What is the name of the muscle cells that squeeze milk out of the alveoli? Answer is myoepithelial. What hormone maintains pregnancy? Answer is progesterone. Wow! There's a lot to know and these are just two examples of the questions answered by 12 Meeker County 4-H'ers as they participated in the regional Dairy Bowl Contest held Saturday, March 19, in Redwood Falls. One senior team and two junior teams competed against other teams from across the state. As a result of the event, all three teams will be advancing to the State Dairy Bowl Competition which will be held Saturday, April 16, at Foley High School.
Senior Team members include: Tyler Eblen of Belgrade, Jon Frenchick of Paynesville, Matt Frenchick of Paynesville, and Nicole Krumrie of Litchfield. This team placed first overall and the team has won the opportunity to compete in the State Project Bowl Competition. They are coached by Jim Salfer.
Junior Team members include: Team One consists of Gregory Gathje of Richmond, James Gathje of Richmond, Timothy Lux of Eden Valley, Katherine Gathje of Richmond. Junior Team One placed first overall and has won the opportunity to compete in the State Project Bowl Competition. Team Two consists of Sawyer Eblen of Belgrade, Gregory Lux of Eden Valley, Wyatt Renne of Grove City, and Daniel Williamson of Spicer. Junior Team Two placed third overall. Both junior teams were coached by Alan Barka and Lucas Salfer.
Dairy Bowl is a "quiz bowl" competition where all questions deal with dairy topics. Teams of four to six members compete with each other in giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Questions are on topics such as nutrition, reproduction, milk quality, and judging. Teams receive points for correct answers and may lose points for incorrect answers. The team with the highest final score is the winner. The contest is organized on a double elimination basis with winning teams advancing into further rounds until a champion team is selected.
For more information on how to become involved in Dairy Project Bowl or 4-H, please call the Meeker County Extension Office at (320) 693-5275, or toll-free (877) 993-5275), e-mail
, or visit our websites at www.extension.umn.edu/county/meeker, or http://meekerco4-h.synthasite.com/.