For the second year, the Minnesota FFA team took first place honors in the FFA division.
Pictured left to right are Travis Troendle, Kayla Leiding, Haeley Leiding, Jared Torendle and coach Stacy Leiding.
Both in 2011 and again in 2012 the Minnesota FFA Team took top honors in the FFA division during the judging contest at the 44th Annual Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 2012 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg. Team members were among three of the top five placing individuals. The team consisted of Kayla Leiding, Haely Leiding, Jared Troendle, and Travis Troendle coached by Stacy Leiding.
Top FFA individual from Minnesota, Haely Leiding (left), with coach Stacy Leiding at the 44th Annual Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 2012 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.
Top five individuals were:
1st Haely Leiding, Minnesota FFA
2nd Kayla Leiding, Minnesota FFA
3rd Emma Eckrote, Indiana FFA
4th Travis Troendle, Minnesota FFA
5th Taylor Gunter, Georgia FFA
The remaining FFA teams in order were:
2nd Georgia FFA
3rd Indiana FFA
4th Missouri FFA
5th West Virginia FFA
(l-r): Taylor Gunter, Kandice Harper, Jacob Trites, Avery Duncan and coach Cale Watkins
Awards were sponsored by the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein and Jersey breed associations and the All-American Dairy Show. Genex Cooperative, Inc. and the All-American Dairy Foundation sponsored the judging contest, and the Pennsylvania Dairymen's Association sponsored the banquet.
The 49th All-American Dairy Show, the world's largest dairy show, runs Sept. 15-20 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, more than 2,400 animals and nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 21 states. For more information, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us or call 717-787-2905.