Freeport, Illinois — Competing with 15 teams, comprised of two-year colleges and four-year universities, the Highland Community College Dairy Judging team finished their season with a second-place finish at the Southwestern Exposition & Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
Participating team members were Anna Folgate, Pearl City; Hannah Hunziker, Ridott; Ellie Lenkaitis, Winnebago; and RileyZettle, Rock City. The team was coached by Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville.
Judging consisted of several classes, including Brown Swiss, Jersey, and Holstein breeds, followed by four sets of oral reasons in which judges provide an explanation for their placing in dairy cattle evaluations. In the Jersey Breed, RileyZettle was the second-place individual, and the team finished third. The team also finished third in Brown Swiss. In Holsteins, the team had a second-place finish.
In overall competition, Hannah Hunziker finished sixth, and Anna Folgate finished ninth while the team finished in second place.
The team would like to thank the following companies that have supported the Highland Dairy Judging team: 1st Farm Credit Services, Furst-McNess Company, Hunter Haven Farms, Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau, Midwest Community Bank, Scheidairy Farms, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Stephenson County Service Co. and Vita Plus Corporation.
The team would also like to thank the local dairy farmers that have opened their barn doors for practice.