News Release

Monday, September 30, 2019

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Wisconsin Wins National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Again

MADISON, WIS. – Winning the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest for the third year in a row was the team from Wisconsin. This group, placing first in both overall and reasons, consists of team members Abigail Powers, Benjamin Styer, Marie Haase and Fritzy Ullom, and coaches James Powers and Scott Nelson. Coming in second place overall and third in reasons was the Ohio team of Marissa Topp, Derek Burns, Heath Starkey and Lindsay L’Amoreaux, coached by Sherry Smith. Marie Haase of Wisconsin was named high individual overall as well as high individual in reasons.

Teams and individuals receiving recognition include:

Top Ten Teams – Overall:

  1. Wisconsin, 2,038, team members: Abigail Powers, Benjamin Styer, Marie Haase and Fritzy Ullom, coached by James Powers and Scott Nelson
  2. Ohio, 2,009, team members: Marissa Topp, Derek Burns, Heath Starkey and Lindsay L’Amoreaux, coached by Sherry Smith
  3. New York, 2,001, team members: Abigail Wratten, Garrett Proskine, Lydia Chittenden and Bryce Warriner, coached by Douglas Waterman
  4. Maryland, 1,996, team members: Jill Allen, Atley Miller and Jillian Sutton, coached by Kelly Zepp and Austin Schwartzbeck
  5. Illinois, 1,952, team members: Payton Erbsen, Briley Lenkaitis, Zachary Paul and Lane Heinzmann, coached by David Fischer
  6. Kentucky, 1,947, team members: Kelly Baird, Casey Montgomery, Tyler Moehrke and Madison Goodlett, coached by Larissa Tucker and Bland Baird
  7. Iowa, 1,945, team members: Regan Demmer, Trenton Hammerand, Madison Strief and Julie Hammerand, coached by Jeff and Jessica Hammerand
  8. Indiana, 1,944, team members: Lane Bollenbacher, Owen Nifong, Kendra Langfeldt and Sophia Bollenbacher, coached by Geri Newman and Carrie Jo Bollenbacher
  9. Pennsylvania, 1,929, team members: Kristin Johns, Emory Bewley, Tabitha Hauck and Madison Benfer, coached by Chad Dechow
  10. Minnesota, 1,919, team members: Kelsey Erf, Ashlyn Miklas, Cassandra Hinsch and Jack Saemrow, coached by Tony Scheffler, Maizie Scheffler, Emily Pieper and Emily Benrud

Top Ten Individuals – Overall:

  1. Marie Haase, 706, Wisconsin
  2. Lane Bollenbacher, 681, Indiana
  3. Heath Starkey, 680, Ohio
  4. Benjamin Styer, 677, Wisconsin
  5. Jillian Sutton, 674, Maryland
  6. Abigail Wratten, 673, New York
  7. Derek Burns, 668, Ohio
  8. Atley Miller, 666, Maryland
  9. Lydia Chittenden, 665, New York
  10. Regan Demmer, 663, Iowa

Top Ten Teams – Reasons:

  1. Wisconsin, 682, coached by James Powers and Scott Nelson
  2. New York, 670, coached by Douglas Waterman
  3. Ohio, 661, coached by Sherry Smith
  4. Kentucky, 660, coached by Larissa Tucker and Bland Baird
  5. Maryland, 658, coached by Kelly Zepp and Austin Schwartzbeck
  6. Iowa, 643, coached by Jeff and Jessica Hammerand
  7. Illinois, 636, coached by David Fischer
  8. Missouri, 633, coached by Karla Deaver and Ted Probert
  9. Pennsylvania, 632, coached by Chad Dechow
  10. Indiana, 628, coached by Geri Newman and Carrie Jo Bollenbacher

Top Ten Individuals – Reasons:

  1. Marie Haase, 230, Wisconsin
  2. Marissa Topp, 229, Ohio
  3. Bailey Groves, 229, Missouri
  4. Benjamin Styer, 228, Wisconsin
  5. Abigail Wratten, 228, New York
  6. Casey Montgomery, 226, Kentucky
  7. Abigail Powers, 224, Wisconsin
  8. Lydia Chittenden, 223, New York
  9. Jill Allen, 223, Maryland
  10. Jillian Sutton, 222, Maryland

The National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest is made possible in part through generous support of Platinum Level Sponsor, Bayer Crop Science; Gold Level Sponsor, STgenetics and Westway Feed Products; Silver Sponsors, Bio-Vet, Inc., Lakeshore Federated Dairy Cooperative and Masters Choice Hybrids; and additional supporters.

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