County 4-H dairy judges place in national contest

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Marshall County's 4-H Dairy Judging Team, from left, are Dalton Todd, Dustie Strasser, Rachel Whaley, and Ben Jordan.

By Rob Augustin III

Special to the Tribune

Marshall County's 4-H Dairy Judging Team recently attended the National Dairy Judging Contest in Wisconsin, where they competed against teams from 32 different states.

The team represented Tennessee extremely well, finishing in 8th place for the Brown Swiss class, 10th in Jerseys, 12th in Holsteins and 17th overall. The event was conducted in Madison, Wisc.

Members of the team include Rachel Whaley, daughter of Calvin and Mitzi Whaley, Dustie Strasser, daughter of Toby and Jenny Strasser, Ben Jordan, son of Ken and Melanie Jordan, and Dalton Todd, son of Dee and Carla Todd. The students were accompanied on the trip by Coaches Jenny Strasser and Ken Jordan, along with UT Extension Agents Rob Augustin and Rick Skillington.

They also performed well individually as Dustie Strasser and Ben Jordan placed 22nd and 27th overall for Brown Swiss and 24th and 19th for oral reasons in the Brown Swiss class. Dustie also placed 23rd in Holsteins. Dalton and Rachel performed well, helping their team succeed and finish in 17th place.

The team spent a day at the World Dairy Expo where they could view the latest technologies and developments in the dairy industry, as well as the country's most elite dairy cattle from all seven breeds. After the Expo, they toured Wisconsin's State Capitol Building.

The Dairy Judging Team appreciates support from the community, local dairy farmers and sponsors for supporting this trip. It would not have been possible without their contributions. Team members hope they made the community proud and they look forward to continued support.