On Sunday, November 4, the 2018 NAILE Dairy Judging Contests were held during the annual North American International Livestock Exposition at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.
This year, Florida 4-H was represented by four members from the Florida 4-H Dairy program, including Sarah Carter from Hillsborough County 4-H, Julia Heijkoop from Sumter County 4-H, Nicholas Hammer, also from Hillsborough County 4-H, and Shelby Sumner from Okeechobee County 4-H.
Together, as a team, they were named as the overall champions for the entire contest, placing first overall with a score of 1,927 out of 2,100 points, bringing home Florida 4-H's first national championship of the year!
The team also placed as the high team overall in the Ayrshire division and Holstein division, third in the Brown Swiss division, second in the Guernsey division, fifth in the Jersey division, and sixth in reasons.
Individually, Carter placed fourth in the Ayrshire division, ninth in the Guernsey division and as the reserve champion high individual overall. Heijkoop placed second in the Brown Swiss division, seventh in the Holstein division, eighth in reasons and as the fourth high individual overall. Sumner placed third in the Holstein division, second in the Jersey division, fourth in reasons and as the eighth high individual overall. Hammer also placed as the sixth high individual overall.
20 teams and 78 individuals from across the country competed in the contest this year. Congratulations to this very outstanding team on this prestigious accomplishment, and best of luck to them in their future endeavors in and out of dairy. For complete results, visit afs.ca.uky.edu/naile/dairyjudging.
Dairy contests are designed to promote the learning of information and skills related to live dairy cattle and dairy products and to provide recognition opportunities for youth. Dairy judging requires youth to place classes of live dairy cattle and to give oral reasons defending their placings. For more information, visit livestockexpo.org/educationContests.html.
(Photo from the NAILE)