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Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 2:09 am | Updated: 3:11 pm, Fri Aug 15, 2014.

Bailey Groves of Billings was the high individual in the junior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. 

Groves' entry earned 351 points. Second was Kelsie Grimm of Aurora, followed by Lila Wantland of Niangua, Whitney Yerina of Conway and Taylor Whitehead of Conway.

Tucker Peterson, Steven Nelson, and Bailee Whitehead finished first, second and third, respectively in the senior division.

Only three points separated the top three finishers according to Karla Deaver, a 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Peterson, Nelson and Whitehead are the current members of the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team, and will represent Missouri at contests in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Madison, Wisconsin this fall.

Tucker Peterson of Mountain Grove was the high individual in the senior division with 378 points. Peterson was first in Ayrshires, second in Brown Swiss and Guernseys, and third in oral reasons.

Second high individual in the senior division was Steven Nelson of Grovespring. Nelson was first in Brown Swiss, Jerseys, and oral reasons and second in Ayrshires.

Bailee Whitehead of Conway finished third overall, and was second in Jerseys and oral reasons, and third in Brown Swiss and Guernseys. Rounding out the top five were Josh Walther of Cape Girardeau and Grant Voelker of Perryville. Walther was first in Holsteins and third in Ayrshires.

Lauren Whitehead of Conway was the high individual in the intermediate division with 343 points. In second was Ellie Wantland of Niangua. Rounding out the top five were Lora Wright of Clever, Kathrin Buff of Ava and Shaelyn Scoon of Schuyler County. Scoon was second in Holsteins.

The contestants placed six classes and gave two sets of reasons. The top three individuals in each breed received cash prizes sponsored by the Missouri breed associations. The top ten individuals in each division received rosettes from the Missouri State Fair, and the top three individuals in each division received a plaque from the Missouri State Fair and supporters of the contest.

Contestants, their families, and exhibitors who provided cattle for the event were the guests at a Junior Dairymen’s Barbeque sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri State Fair, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, MFA, Dairy Farmers of America, and Hiland Dairy.

The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team is supported by Monsanto Company, FCS Financial, the Missouri Holstein Association and the Missouri Dairy Association in partnership with the Missouri 4-H Foundation, and thanks all their sponsors for their support.

Teams will represent Missouri 4-H at three contests this fall: The Youth Invitation Contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin in October and the North American International Livestock Exposition contest in November.

For more information about the dairy judging program, call Ted Probert at the Wright County Extension Center at (417) 741-6134, or Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center at (417) 466-3102.

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