A team of four Wisconsin 4-H members placed second in overall team at the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (N.A.I.L.E) in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 4, trailing the Minnesota 4-H team by just one point.
Seventy-five youth on 19 teams from across the USA competed at this event. The 4-H team from Wisconsin placed second overall and was the fourth place team for total reasons. The team was also first place in the Guernsey breed and second place in the Ayrshire breed, fourth in Brown Swiss and fifth in the Jersey breed.
Team members included Matthew Kramer from Fond du Lac County; Ethan Dado and Laura Jensen, both from Dane County; and David Pintens from Barron County. They qualified to be members of this team at the State 4-H Dairy Judging contest in July, being the top four individuals from the contest who were not on a team that had already qualified for a national contest.
The teams' second place finish at Louisville comes after a long year of dairy judging for the four members who started practicing early this spring with their county programs and continued to practice with their county coaches and with Beth and Mark Heinze through the fall.