Oct. 2 2017 08:00 AM

Hundreds of youth and young adults practice at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm

Judging team members and their coaches arrived at the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm on Sunday morning to judge three classes of cows: two Guernsey classes (milking yearlings and 3-year-olds) and a Jersey 2-year-old class.

They had 90 minutes to evaluate the three classes, walk around the farm, and enjoy our visitor center. In addition to the farm stop on Sunday morning, they toured Nasco and the National Dairy Shrine. All were treated to a hot lunch, compliments of Nasco and Hoard’s Dairyman.

4-H, post-secondary, and university teams will all start judging at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning in the Coliseum on the World Dairy Expo grounds in Madison, Wis. After a full day of judging and delivering multiple sets of reasons, the awards reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the banquets begin at 7:30 p.m. The university and post-secondary banquets are held in conjunction, rotating award announcements. The 4-H banquet is held in another room in the Exhibition Hall. The award presentations for 4-H are running concurrently with the college contests.

To help fans of all three teams stay updated with the results, Hoard’s Dairyman will be attending all banquets and posting the results (all breeds, individuals, and teams) as they are announced. Feel free to like, share, and comment on our posts as you cheer on your family members, your alma mater, and all participants in the youth judging contests.

If you are a bit of a history fan, a record of past winning teams and individuals can be found on our Hoard’s at Expo blog page.

Good luck to all teams competing in these national contests!

Patti Hurtgen

The author is the online media manager and is responsible for the website, webinars, and social media. A graduate of Modesto Junior College and Fresno State, she was raised on a California dairy and frequently blogs on youth programs and consumer issues.