Ethan Dado of Amery, Wis., was named the high individual in the 27th annual Junior Dairy Management Contest held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the 2013 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.
As the highest placing individual, Dado also received a $1000 scholarship sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association.
The Wisconsin 4-H team of Ethan Dado, Trent Dado and Laura Jensen also took home the winning 4-H Team award while Big Spring FFA, with team members Cody Bear, Mark Shughart, Joseph Weber, and Michael Morris, repeated last year's win in the FFA team division.
"This event is one more avenue available to youth to learn about the industry," said Carl Brown, director of the Dairy Management Contest. "It teaches things that young people in the industry are going to need to know."
Participants of the event must exercise their knowledge by evaluating and determining the most profitable cows, determining nutrition and maintaining quality of health as well as tying together business management skills required to succeed in the dairy business.
Six classes were provided for the participants including dairy cattle selection, feed identification and management, dairy business and nutrient management.
Sponsors for the event included the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association, Alltech Pennsylvania and Elanco Animal Health.
The top ten individuals (pictured above) were:
1st Ethan Dado, Wisconsin 4-H
2nd Trent Dado, Wisconsin 4-H
3rd Kelly Raterink, Michigan 4-H
4th Laura Jensen, Wisconsin 4-H
5th Cody Bear, Big Spring FFA, Newville, Cumberland Co.
6th Allison Schafer, Michigan 4-H
7th Erik Shelmidine, New York State 4-H
8th Hunter Calyer, New York State 4-H
9th Cameron Cook, Michigan 4-H
10th Joshua Markel, Michigan 4-H
Team placings in the 4-H division were:
1st Wisconsin 4-H
2nd Michigan 4-H, Team A
3rd New York State 4-H
4th Massachusetts 4-H
5th Michigan 4-H, Team B
6th Otsego County Dairy 4
Top five FFA Teams were:
1st Big Spring, Newville, Cumberland Co.
2nd Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co.
3rd Southern Huntingdon Co., Three Springs, Huntingdon Co.
4th Tri-Valley, Valley View, Schuylkill Co.
5th West Perry, Elliottsburg, Perry Co.
The 50th All-American Dairy Show, the world's largest dairy show, runs Sept. 7-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. This year's show features 23 shows in six days, the nation's only all-dairy antiques show, nearly 3,000 animals and 2,000 exhibitors from across the nation. For more information, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us or call 717-787-2905.