Highland Dairy Judging team finishes a successful fall semester

FREEPORT — The Highland Community College Dairy Judging Team recently completed another successful judging season.

The 2017 Dairy Judging Team members were Charlie Elliott (Freeport), Bria Koester (Dakota), and Andrea Willing (Rock City). The team was coached again this year by Kristi Dinderman (Orangeville). The team began the season traveling to the Accelerated Genetics Contest in Viroqua, WI on September 17. The highlight of the season was a strong showing at the World Dairy Expo on October 1 in Madison, WI.

Finally, the team finished the season at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY on November 5.

Coach Kristi Dinderman said, “I am extremely proud of our team for the work they put into preparing for our contests. Athree-person team has a big disadvantage to a four-person team at these contests. To earn such high placing’s with one fewer member shows great dedication and perseverance of the students.”

World Dairy Expo – Madison, WI

  • Overall Team – 4th place
  • Overall Individual – Charlie Elliott (6th)
  • Ayrshire – Team (1st), Andrea Willing (5th)
  • Brown Swiss – Team (2nd), Charlie Elliott (2nd)
  • Holstein – Team (3rd), Charlie Elliott (5th)
  • Milking Shorthorn – Team (5th), Bria Koester (10th)
  • Jerseys – Team (5th)
  • Guernsey – Andrea Willing (8th)

North American International Livestock Exposition – Louisville, KY

  • Overall Team – 6th Place
  • Overall Individual – Charlie Elliott (10th)
  • Reasons Team – 4th Place
  • Reasons Individual – Charlie Elliott (9th)
  • Holstein – Team (3rd), Andrea Willing (4th)
  • Ayrshire – Team (3rd)
  • Jersey – Team (4th)

The Dairy Judging Team has been tremendously supported over the years through contributions by local businesses.  A special thank you to 1st Farm Credit Services, Furst McNess, Hunter Haven Farms, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Stephenson Service Company, Scheidairy Farms, Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau, Midwest Bank, and Vita-Plus for the much needed financial support for the dairy judging program.  If you have any questions about the Dairy Judging Team or the Highland Agriculture Program, please contact Justin Ebert at justin.ebert@highland.edu.

Photo Caption: L-R: Coach Kristi Dinderman, Andrea Willing, Bria Koester, and Charlie Elliott

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