Wisconsin Team takes Lely National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

Taylor HillmanCattle, Dairy & Livestock

Ray Lin Dairy
Wisconsin paved the way, winning the Lely National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest Monday, September 28 at World Dairy Expo.

Coach Jim Powers led team members Ben Powers, Luke Powers, Brooke Brantner and Krista Styer to a win in both overall team and team reasons with 2,079 and 690 points, respectively. Coming in only two points behind was Pennsylvania, coached by Chad Dechow, capturing second place overall as well as second in reasons. Ben Powers, of Wisconsin, drove the competition as both high individual overall with 718 points, and as top individual reasons with 244 points. Following close behind was Luke Powers, also from Wisconsin, placing second overall with 715 points and in reasons with 240 points.

Twenty-six teams competed, judging five heifer classes and five cow classes, with reasons being given on all cow classes. Full results are as follows:

Top 10 Teams Overall:

1. Wisconsin, 2,079, coached by Jim Powers

Team members: Ben Powers, Luke Powers, Brooke Brantner, and Krista Styer

2. Pennsylvania, 2,077, coached by Chad Dechow

Team members: Jenna Metzler, Caleb McGee, Daniel Kitchen, and Emily Heilinger

3. California, 2,029, coached by Frank Gambonini

Team members: Alexandra Gambonini, Constance Jones, Deena Migliazzo, and Hannah Young

4. New York, 2,021, coached by Doug Waterman

Team members: Theresa VanLieshout, Alyssa Grocott, Colleen Perl, and Mary Martha Kennedy

5. Michigan, 2,011, coached by Joe Domecq

Team members: Shelby Berens, Lance Frahm, Rachel Ekkell, and Evelyn Okkema

6. Florida, 2,008, coached by Chris Holcomb

Team members: Avery Kotlarczyk, Amanda Hidbrader, Cady McGehee, and John McGehee

7. Illinois, 2,002, coached by David Fischer

Team members: Sadie Ropp, Amanda Ruhl, T.J. Wingert, and Riley Zettle

8. Minnesota, 1,987, coached by Keith Brogan

Team members: Shawn Johnson, Jacob Hornberg, Derek Salwey, and Caleb Speltz

9. Maryland, 1,984, coached by Jeff Semler

Team members: Lindsay Smith, Alison Ferver, Mary Lawrence, and Cassandra Plummer

10. Virginia, 1,980, coached by Matt Nuckols

Kelly Callender, Randall Gray, Rachel Waggie, and Bailey McGill

Top 10 Individuals Overall:

1. Ben Powers, 718, Wisconsin

2. Luke Powers, 715, Wisconsin

3. Daniel Kitchen, 707, Pennsylvania

4. Jenna Metzler, 704, Pennsylvania

5. Alexandra Gambonini, 703, California

6. Colleen Perl, 690, New York

7. Rachel Ekkell, 686, Michigan

8. T.J. Wingert, 682, Illinios

9. Alyssa Grocott,681, New York

10. Rachel Waggie, 680, Virginia

Top 10 Team Reasons:

1. Wisconsin, 690, coached by Jim Powers

2. Pennsylvania, 686, coached by Chad Dechow

3. Michigan, 674, coached by Joe Domecq

4. New York, 668, coached by Doug Waterman

5. Florida, 661, coached by Chris Holcomb

6. Minnesota, 658, coached by Keith Brogan

7. California, 656, coached by Frank Gambonini

8. Maryland, 642, coached by Jeff Semler

9. Kentucky, 636, coached by Larissa Tucker

10. Virginia, 632, coached by Matt Nuckols


Top 10 Individual Reasons:

1. Ben Powers, 244, Wisconsin

2. Luke Powers, 240, Wisconsin

3. Daniel Kitchen, 234, Pennsylvania

4. Colleen Perl, 231, New York

5. Alexandra Gambonini, 230, California

6. Jenna Metzler, 228, Pennsylvania

7. Rachel Ekkell, 228, Michigan

8. Cady McGehee, 225, Florida

9. Shawn Johnson, 225, Minnesota

10. Sarah Thomas, 224, North Carolina

Additional contest funding is provided by Title Sponsor, Lely; Platinum Sponsor, DeKalb; and Gold Sponsor, Westway Feed Products.