Colorado Youth Dairy Judging Team selected |

Colorado Youth Dairy Judging Team selected

The 2010 State 4-H Dairy Contest was conducted last week at Ray and Debbie Carpio’s Horizon-Vue Dairy near Kersey with 12 participants judging five classes of cattle and presenting oral reasons on selected classes.

And on Thursday, 18 springing Holstein heifers will be auctioned at the Weld County Fair, marking the conclusion of the Weld County 4-H/FFA Dairy Heifer Replacement and Catch-It Heifer programs. The heifers are all bred and confirmed pregnant. The sale will start at 1 p.m. or at the conclusion of the dairy cattle show, whichever is later. It will be outside under a tent, next to the dairy show cattle ring at Island Grove Regional Park. Heifers will be released to buyers at the end of the sale.

Meanwhile, the top five seniors in the state dairy contest will represent the state at the Youth Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pa., in September. Those five include Morgan Cobb of Eaton, Tate Mesbergen of Greeley, Sarah Hirsch of Eaton, Morgan Penner of Lafayette, and Kacey Vande Steeg of Gill. Cobb was high individual in placings and Hirsch was high individual in reasons in the contest.

In the junior division Emily Vande Steeg of Gill was awarded high individual overall, followed by Awna Hirsch of Eaton, Topanga McBride of Windsor, Brianna McBride of Windsor and Megan Vande Steeg of Gill. Hirsch was the high individual in placings and Topanga McBride was the high individual in reasons.

Coaches for the dairy judging program are Keith Maxey, Weld County Extension agent, and Troy Mesbergen of Greeley.

For more information on the judging program or the heifer sale, call Maxey at (970) 304-6535, ext. 2075.

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