The second annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Challenge was held at the Fort Atkinson High School, Fort Atkinson, WI and at Lundy Farms in Jefferson, WI on October 20, 2012. Youth from across the state of Wisconsin came to test their dairy industry knowledge and teamwork skills.
Three weeks after winning the Central National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo the Juda FFA Chapter proved they can do more than judge classes of dairy cattle as they won the second annual Cream of the Crop Dairy Challenge. After working together through six stations of registered heifers, commercial heifers, sire selection, disease identification, DHIA herd comparison, and a written exam the Juda FFA team of Joel Dieckhoff, Alyssa Cramer, Kelsey Cramer, and Clayton Mahlkuch edged out the 2011 winning team of Nicole Wright, Brooke Muenzenberger, Carrie Urbanek, and Casey Urbanek by a mere nine points. Rounding out the top three teams was the Watertown team of Andy Sell, Ben Uecker, Colin Uecker and Dawson Nickels.
Officiating the contest was Jeannie Bishop, Kylene Anderson, and Ron Schaap. Numerous Cream of the Crop 4-H club members and volunteers kept the contest running smoothly. This contest would not have been possible without the tremendous contributions of ABS Global, Accelerated Genetics, Badgerland Financial, East Central Select Sires, Premier Insurance Solutions LLC, and United Cooperative who all generously supported the event to ensure all participants enjoyed a Rocky Rococo pizza lunch and received a contest shirt.
The winning Juda FFA team of Kelsey Cramer, Clayton Mahlkuch, Alyssa Cramer, and Joel Dieckhoff
The second place team of Carrie Urbanek, Casey Urbanek, and Brooke Muenzenberger all of Cashton and Nicole Wright of Johnson Creek.
The Watertown team finished third with members Colin Uecker, Ben Uecker, Dawson Nickels, and Andy Sell