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Better than any udder

Buchanan's Horst top FFA dairy judge in nation; team fifth

Buchanan's Horst top FFA dairy judge in nation; team fifth

November 07, 2006

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - A senior at James Buchanan High School is FFA's best dairy cattle judge in the nation.

Logan Horst, 17, who was in his first big national competition, beat out 183 other FFA students to win the crown recently at 79th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

James Buchanan's dairy judging team did well, too. Horst and three other team members - Zachary Meyers, Tobin Stuff and Jacob Brake - won fifth place among 46 teams and earned more than $2,000 in scholarships.

"It was a difficult competition," said Lisa Shaw, an ag teacher at James Buchanan who coached its teams. "It took over 10 hours to complete and they were up against some very good teams."

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The National Dairy Judging competition tested the students' abilities to select and manage quality dairy cattle.

They had to judge six classes of dairy cattle - two classes of Holsteins, two of Jerseys and two of Milking Shorthorns, Shaw said. In addition, they had to do two sire selections, a dairy management exercise, place four dairy animal pedigrees, and a linear classification of five Holstein cows.

For the latter, Shaw said, the students had to put a score of 1 to 50 on 25 different traits of cattle. These traits "can be anything from udder height, foot angle to how tall the cow is," she said.

Each of the 46 teams in the national event earned the right to be there by earning top berths in their own state's competition.

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