Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Meeker County represented in national competition
Minnesota's State Champion 4-H Dairy Knowledge Bowl team from Meeker County competed against 19 other state champion teams from throughout the United States at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Nov. 6. Dairy Bowl is a "quiz bowl" competition where all questions deal with dairy topics. Teams of four to six members take a written test and also 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.
The Meeker County team did very well in Louisville. They lost their first match to Wisconsin by only five points. Then, they won their next three matches and eventually lost to Florida by a small point margin of 10 points. The team did an exceptional job, and with very close scores, nearly won the matches that they lost. Only six places were awarded and Florida was sixth, so our 4-H'ers probably placed seventh or eighth overall. Team members included Tyler Eblen of Belgrade, Anne Gathje of Richmond, Joe Gathje of Richmond, Jon Frenchick of Paynesville, and Matt Frenchick of Paynesville. They were coached by Jim Salfer of Dassel. The team earned the trip by placing first in the Minnesota State contest in April.
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, toll-free (877) 993-5275, e-mail
, or visit our website at http://meekerco4-h.synthasite.com/.