Chambersburg FFA wins national cow judging contest

June 02, 2009

The Chambersburg FFA Chapter won the high school division of the 79th annual Hoard's cow judging contest held in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

This year, 25,282 dairy enthusiasts from all 50 states entered the contest. Entries also came from the District of Columbia, Canada, Austria, Bangladesh, Belize, Malta and Switzerland.

Those 25,000 entries included nearly 19,000 in the junior division and 6,000 in the senior division. Overall, 290 agricultural education instructors, 352 high schools, 512 4-H clubs, 664 families, 90 college teams and 31 cooperative teams entered the contest.

Besting the competition by four points was the Chambersburg FFA, coached by Lisa Shaw. The school is in Franklin County, Pa., the state's second-largest dairy county. The dairy judging team won the 2008 Pennsylvania FFA state contest and the Ohio spring dairy judging.


Chambersburg FFA then finished second at the Invitational All-American dairy judging and sixth at the National FFA dairy judging contest.

Shaw joined Chambersburg's teaching staff three years ago, and coached top teams in past contests.

Those entering the contest test their skills against five official judges by placing five classes of dairy cows, including Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey, and Red and Whites.

All the entries are scored by the Hoard's Dairyman team, and winners are announced in the May 10 issue. Since the beginning of the contest, some 5.5 million entries have been received by the Hoard's Dairyman magazine since 1931.

Hoard's Dairyman is an international dairy farm magazine reaching 75,000 subscribers throughout the U.S., Canada, and 80 other foreign countries. There is also a Spanish and Japanese edition.

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