Notes about the 2008 State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest
Weld County 4-H Livestock Intern
The 2008 State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was held Wednesday, July 16, with Shray Dairy, Ray, Sheryl, Tim & Lynae Hardesty of Galeton, hosting the contest. Nine contestants participated in the contest, judging five classes of cattle and presenting two sets of oral reasons. Contestants were divided by age into Senior and Junior divisions.
In the Senior division, Sarah Kramer-Hirsch, Eaton, was the high individual in placings and Tyrell Pohlmann, Erie, was the high individual in reasons. Sarah Kramer-Hirsch was awarded high individual overall; with Tyrell Pohlmann, Erie; Madessa Hoffer-Dye, Fort Collins; Tate Mesbergen, Greeley; and Shelby Hardesty, Eaton; rounding out the top five.
In the Junior division, Topanga McBride, Windsor, was the high individual in reasons and Awna Hirsch, Eaton, was the high individual in placings. Topanga McBride, was awarded high individual overall; followed by Brianna McBride, Windsor, Awna Hirsch, Eaton; and Jeremiah Erickson, Eaton; rounding out the top four.
MacKenzie Goss, Weld County 4-H livestock Intern; and Keith Maxey, Extension Agent, Weld County; served as coaches for the dairy judging program.
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