Top 4-H teams from around U.S. compete at Expo

Maryland 4-H team places second overall

Maryland 4-H team places second overall

October 15, 2007

MADISON, Wis. - More than 30 4-H teams from across the nation had the opportunity to compete for top honors at the 86th National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on Oct. 1.

The contest is held every year in conjunction with World Dairy Expo at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The competition includes placing 10 classes representing five dairy cattle breeds and presenting five sets of oral reasons.

In the judging contest, Maryland 4-H placed second overall as a team.

Team members included Derek Lease, Carroll County; Laurel Moore, Queen Anne's County; Hannah Smith, Washington County; and Amy Yeiser, Anne Arundel County.

On an individual basis, the team members placed: Derek Lease - fourth; Hannah Smith - sixth; Amy Yeiser - 12th; and Laurel Moore - 17th.


In the reasons portion, Maryland 4-H finished second with team members placing: Hannah Smith - second; Derek Lease - 11th; and Amy Yeiser - 23rd.

Out of the 111 individuals judging in the contest, the four Maryland 4-H members were all in the top 17 individuals and no other state had more than two individuals in the top 20 of the contest.

Breed results include:

· Ayrshire - Team, sixth; and Amy Yeiser, second.

· Brown Swiss - Team, fourth; Derek Lease - third; and Hannah Smith, fifth.

· Guernsey - Team, ninth; and Laurel Moore, third.

· Holstein - Team, third;, Hannah Smith, fifth; Derek Lease, 22nd; and Laurel Moore, 23rd.

· Jersey - Team, second; Amy Yeiser, 13th; and Derek Lease, 14th.

The team was coached by Michael Allen of Glen-Toctin Farm, Jefferson, Md., and Kiera Finucane with the University of Maryland.

The 4-Hers qualify to compete at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2008.

For more information, contact Finucane at 301-405-1392.

World Dairy Expo is an international trade and dairy cattle show.

This year, more the 67,000 visitors gathered from 89 countries to participate in the dairy cattle breed shows and sales, youth judging contest, educational seminars, a 1,500-booth trade show and an America's Dairyland Marketplace.

For more information, call 608-224-6455 or go online at

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