Sept. 28 2014 04:59 PM

Nearly 300 individuals converge on Fort Atkinson for judging practice

Nearly 300 attended the judging workout at the Hoard's Dairyman Farm on Sunday morning. Hoard's Dairyman magazine and farm staff prepared three classes of cows for the judges to evaluate. Teams representing 4-H, post-secondary (2-year technical colleges) and university teams and coaches took the opportunity to get in some last-minute practice before the national contest tomorrow at World Dairy Expo.

The judging workouts have proven valuable for many teams. The winning 4-H, post-secondary and college teams in 2013 all attended our practice last year. (Maryland 4-H, Kaskaskia College and Virginia Tech). Will that continue in 2014?

Want to check out the past judging contest winners? Visit and click on the 4-H, post-secondary and collegiate links. The Hoard's Dairyman team will be posting results from the award banquets as they are announced. Follow us on Facebook/hoardsdairyman to cheer on your favorite teams.

Other herds around the Madison area opened their barns as well to the judging teams from the U.S., Canada and South America. The host farms this year included Cozy Nook Farm (Brown Swiss), Mapleton Valley farm (Milking Shorthorn), Ocean-View Genetics (Holstein), Hoard's Dairyman (Guernsey and Jersey) and Sunshine Genetics (Brown Swiss).

Tours in Fort Atkinson also included the National Dairy Shrine Museum and Nasco. A lunch meal was sponsored by Hoard's Dairyman and Nasco.

Good luck to all teams competing!

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