Highland Dairy Judging Team Competes at World Dairy Expo

FREEPORT — The Highland Community College Dairy Judging Team traveled to Madison, WI, on Oct. 3, for the 28th International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.

The team did an outstanding job and finished in fourth place overall at the contest.

The team members are Anna Folgate (Pearl City), Hannah Hunziker (Ridott), Ellie Lenkaitis (Winnebago), and Riley Zettle (Rock City).

The team is coached by Kristi Dinderman from Orangeville. Below are all of the team and individual placings in each category of the contest:

Overall Team – 4th place

Overall Individual – Anna Folgate (8th)

Individual Placing Classes – Ellie Lenakaitis (4th), Anna Folgate (5th)

Milking Shorthorn – 5th place team

Jerseys – 3rd place team, Ellie Lenkaitis (10th)

Holsteins – 1ST PLACE TEAM, Hannah Hunziker (5th), Anna Folgate (7th)

Guernsey – Anna Folgate (4th), Riley Zettle (7th), Ellie Lenkaitis (9th)

Brown Swiss – 4th place team, Hannah Hunziker (4th), Anna Folgate (5th)

Last fall the Dairy Judging Team returned to competition for the first time in more than 10 years.  Agriculture Instructor Justin Ebert said, “The quick turnaround to success is due to the dedication of the team members and their coach Kristi Dinderman. The time and effort the team puts in to preparing for their competitions is tremendous.”

The return of the dairy team was made possible through the support of the local communities. With the help of the HCC Foundation, the Agriculture Department conducted a fundraising drive to help support the Dairy Judging Team. A special thank you to 1st Farm Credit Services, Furst- McNess, Hunter Haven Farms, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, Stephenson Service Company, Scheider Dairy Farms, Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau, Midwest Bank, and Vita-Plus for the much needed financial support to restart this program.

The Dairy Judging Team’s next competition will be at the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, KY on Nov. 6. For more information about the HCC Dairy Judging Team, or the Highland Agriculture Program, contact Justin Ebert at justin.ebert@highland.edu.

Photo caption (left to right): Riley Zettle, Anna Folgate, Ellie Lenkaitis, Hannah Hunziker, and Coach Kristi Dinderman

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