4-H students compete in dairy judging contest

EAST MONTPELIER — Fifty-five 4-H’ers competed at the annual State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, June 20, with the top 10 individuals in each age group winning rosette ribbons.
The host farm for the event, which was sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H, was Fairmont Farms — The Haven in East Montpelier. The 4-H’ers judged three classes of Holsteins from the farm’s herd as well as three classes of Jerseys that were transported to the farm for the competition by Billings Farm in Woodstock.
Local 4-H’ers participating in the senior (14 and older) division were Bradley Hill of Bristol, Jordan Hubbell of Shoreham, Audrey Huston of Waltham and Matthew Ouellette of Weybridge.
Katy Waterman of Weybridge took fourth place in the 12- and 13-year-old division. Also participating was Addison Hubbell of Shoreham.
Ruby Hubbell of Shoreham took tenth place in the 8- and 9-year-old division.
The competition also served as a practice session for Addy Parsons of Weybridge, one of the four 4-H’ers named to the State 4-H Dairy Judging Team last year who will compete this fall at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., and the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
To learn more about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418 or 800-571-0668, ext. 2.

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