First annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Challenge was a success
By Mark Lundy
The first annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Challenge was held at the Fort Atkinson High School and at Lundy Farms on September 17, 2011. Youth from across the state of Wisconsin came to test their dairy industry knowledge and teamwork skills. Teams of four worked together through six stations covering sire selection, commercial heifers, registered heifers, DHIA herd reports, dairy cattle disease identification, and a quiz on basic dairy industry knowledge. At the completion of the contest everyone was treated to Rocky Rococo pizza, which was sponsored by Badgerland Financial and Accelerated Genetics. Milk for the lunch was supplied by the Sassy Cow Creamery. Officials were Maureen and Gerrit DeBruin.
Winning the contest was the team of Carrie Urbanek, Casey Urbanek, Brooke Muenzenberger all of Cashton and Nicole Wright of Johnson Creek. Placing second in the contest was the team of Colin Uecker, Dawson Nickels, Ben Uecker, and Andy Sell all from Watertown. Placing third was the Laconia FFA team with members Matthew and Nathan O’Leary and Darren and Derrek Kamphuis.
The Cream of the Crop 4-H Club that hosted the event would like to thank Gerrit and Maureen DeBruin for officiating the contest and the numerous volunteers that kept the contest running smoothly. This contest would not have been possible without the tremendous support of ABS Global, Ag Source, Busy Barns Adventure Center, East Central Select Sires, the Fort Atkinson FFA Alumni, and Premier Insurance Solutions LLC who all generously supported the event.
The winning team of Carrie Urbanek, Casey Urbanek, and Brooke Muenzenberger all of Cashton and Nicole Wright of Johnson Creek.
The second place team from Watertown. Back Ben Uecker and Andy Sell. Front Colin Uecker and Dawson Nickels.
The Laconia FFA team finished third with members Matthew O’Leary, Darren Kamphuis, Nathan O’Leary and Derrek Kamphuis.