Southwest Missouri 4-H members Lora Wright, Ellie Wantland and Grant Groves finished first, second and third, respectively in the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held Aug. 20 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.
Lora Wright was the high individual in the senior division with 377 points. Wright, daughter of Larry and Jodi Wright of Verona, was high individual in oral reasons, Jerseys, Holsteins and Brown Swiss and second in Guernseys.
Second high individual in the senior division was Ellie Wantland of Niangua. Wantland, daughter of Jeff and LeeAnn Wantland of Niangua, was second in oral reasons, Holsteins and Brown Swiss and third in Guernseys and Jerseys.
Grant Groves, son of Todd and Sheila Groves of Billings, was third high individual overall and and third in Brown Swiss.
Rounding out the top five were Blake Wright of Verona and Daryin Sharp of Bolivar. Wright was first in Ayrshires.
Bailey Groves of Billings was the high individual in the intermediate division. Groves was third in Holsteins and oral reasons. In second was Lila Wantland of Niangua. Rounding out the top five were Nicolas Dotson of Marionville, Kylie Scrivner of Ava and Kelsie Grimm of Aurora.
Molly Archer of Falcon was the high individual in the junior division. Archer was second in Ayrshires and Jerseys.
Second was Jasmine Gates of Cairo and third was Hope McClellan of Willow Springs. Rounding ot the top five were Garrett Grimm of Aurora and Jackson Gunter of Conway.
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 10 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.
The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team will be competing this fall in Louisville, Kentucky at the North American International Livestock Exposition contest. For more information about the dairy judging program, contact either 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. £