Successful year for Dodge County 4-H Dairy Judging Team

Wisconsin State Farmer

Juneau — The Dodge County 4-H Dairy Judging Team recently completed a successful season. Six team members competed at two National 4-H Dairy Judging competitions this fall.

Paul Grulke, Mayville; Dawson Nickels, Watertown; Samantha Pitterle, Watertown; and Danielle Warmka, Fox Lake represented Wisconsin at the All-American 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in September. As a team, they placed first in the Reasons Division, first in Brown Swiss and second in overall competition.

There were 13 teams from across the United States that competed in the contest. Individually, Warmka was Second High Individual, first in Reasons and first in Holsteins. Nickels was second in Reasons, first in Brown Swiss and eighth High Individual. Grulke was second in Brown Swiss, third in Reasons and 13th Individual. Pitterle was third in Ayrshires.

Kylie Nickels of Watertown and Ben Buske of Brownsville recently competed at the North American International Livestock Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, Kentucky, as members of the Wisconsin 4-H Team. At this contest, the team placed first in Reasons, Ayshires and Brown Swiss, second in Holsteins and third Overall against 21 other teams. Individually, Nickels was first in Holsteins and Second High Individual Overall and in Reasons. Buske was 11th in Ayrshires and 17th in Reasons. Emma Olstad, Stoughton, and Brianna Hall, Westby, were also members of the team.

The Dodge County 4-H Dairy Judging Team is coached by Linda Behling, Columbus; Shelly Grosenick, Watertown; Molly Sloan, Columbus; and Carrie Warmka, Fox Lake. The team and coaches would like to thank the many farms that hosted practices throughout the year and the following businesses that provided financial support traveling to competitions: Caine Petroleum, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Milwaukee Stockyards, Warmka Holsteins and Vita Plus Corporation.

NAILE Dairy Judging Contest (left to right): Kylie Nickels, Ben Buske, Brianna Hall and Emma Olstad.
All-American Dairy Judging Contest (left to right): Paul Grulke, Danielle Warmka, Dawson Nickels, Samantha Pitterle, Shelly Grosenick and Linda Behling.