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MADISON – Wisconsin is famous for making delicious dairy products, but it takes hard work and superior care to produce high-quality milk. The Miss Q Contest, which is sponsored by AgSource Cooperative Services, rewards junior dairy exhibitors for excellent dairy practices.

Three youth were recognized July 21, at the Dane County Fair. Dylan Herbrand, Dane; Kimberly Keller, Mount Horeb and Nicholas Schleicher, Columbus were each awarded the Miss Q title and given the opportunity to sell one, half-gallon of milk at the AgSource Miss Q Auction, held during the fair.  

Cows on a processed DHI testing program that have completed a first, second, third or fourth-or-higher lactation were eligible for the award. The cow in each lactation class with the highest milk quality, determined by the lowest average linear score (somatic cell count), was declared the winner.  

Proceeds from the auction were awarded to the winning youth exhibitors to assist with further development of their dairy project or finance their post secondary education.

Dylan Herbrand of Dane earned the first lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. Tony Schlimgen purchased the first place half-gallon of milk for $450. Mystic Valley Dairy was a contending bidder. Dylan is the son of Brad and Kari Herbrand and is a member of the Roxbury Boosters 4-H Club. 

Kimberly Keller, a member of the Mounds View Mountaineers and daughter of Tim and Sandy Keller, captured the second lactation award. Her quality milk pitcher was purchased for $1,350.00. KCF Syndicate, in care of Dr. Robert Rowe, was the successful bidder. 

Nicholas Schleicher earned the fourth lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. Farmer’s and Merchants Union Bank, Columbus, Wis., purchased the fourth place half-gallon of milk for $400.00. Nicholas is the son of Steve and Lisa Schleicher and is a member of the DeForest Handy Helpers. 

John Chadwick with Landmark Services Cooperative in Cottage Grove provided a $200 cash donation, to each Miss Q exhibitor. 

Ray Kuehl, from Ray Kuehl Auction Services of Waunakee, served as auctioneer for the event.
 

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