Hundreds of Minnesota 4-H’ers spent their summer evenings looking at dairy cattle in an effort to determine the best animal and the reason to place one animal over another. Experience in judging livestock helps a participant select future projects and replacements for their own herd ventures. The judging experience truly helps 4-H members base their decisions on sound reasons and implement several new life skills. The intermediate dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 6th – 8th grade. This year, there were 48 participants from 13 teams competing in the intermediate dairy judging contest. The senior dairy judging division includes 4-H members who have completed 9th grade – one year post-high school. This year, there were 63 individuals representing 14 teams competing in the senior dairy judging contest.
Meeker County’s intermediate dairy judging participants included:
Gregory Gathje – Placed 41st overall individual in reasons, Placed 38th overall individual
Katherine Gathje – Placed 25th overall individual in reasons, Placed 32nd overall individual
Shelby Kuechle – Placed 20th overall individual in reasons, Placed 19th overall individual
This team placed eleventh overall.
Meeker County’s senior dairy judging participants included:
James Gathje – Placed 26th overall individual in reasons, Placed 34th overall individual
Nicole Krumrie – Placed 28th overall individual in reasons, Placed 37th overall individual
Ashley Warren – Placed 34th overall individual in reasons, Placed 38th overall individual
This team placed tenth overall.
The 4-H program is funded through a partnership of federal, state, county and private resources and is part of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. More Minnesota State Fair results and photos can be found at www.fourh.umn.edu/fairresults.
Meeker County’s intermediate dairy judging participants are, from left to right, Katherine Gathje, Shelby Kuechle, Gregory Gathje, and coach Isaac Salfer. Submitted photo.