On June 23, the winning team of the 2009 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest headed to Scotland to compete in an international judging event.
The team brought Maryland its 29th national victory.
The team consists of Chelsea Davis, Cecil County; Emily Gill, Harford County; Morgan Meisenheimer, Howard County; and Ariel Taxdal, Harford County.
The program is coordinated by Kiera Finucane, Animal and Avian Sciences, and this year's team was coached by Loretta Wright, a longtime supporter of dairy and Maryland 4-H, from Carroll County.
The team traveled to Scotland, England, France, Luxembourg and Germany over 14 days. The team had the opportunity to judge cattle in multiple countries, saw a play in London and took a cruise down the Rhine River. The group was invited to lead cattle in an international sale hosted by the Luxembourg Herd Book Association.
The program's longterm success and viability is possible only through the time, effort and financial support of the entire dairy industry in Maryland.