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Youths, Dairymen Excel at Dairy Expo

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017

Last week, dairy enthusiasts gathered in Madison, Wis. for the World Dairy Expo where a handful of individuals from northern Indiana and southern Michigan competed in both the dairy shows and dairy judging contests.

Indiana's team consisting of Grace Klopfenstein, Jim Feitz, Bryce Birk and Arden Scutchfield placed eighth overall. Individually, Grace Klopfenstein placed eighth overall. The team also placed 10th in reasons. The team is coached by Greg Klopfenstein.

The Michigan 4-H team of Brenna Connelly, Catherine Thompson, Jacob Twohey and Isaac Rott placed fourth verall. The team also placed fourth overall in reasons. The team is coached by Joe Domecq and Sarah Black.

In the college division, Michigan State University placed 10th overall and ninth in reasons.

During the week's dairy shows, Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman and the Reinholt family of Bremen exhibited the reserve junior champion female of the junior Ayrshire show. The heifer earned first place and best bred and owned of the spring heifer calf class. They also exhibited the first place junior and production winner in the senior 3-year-old Ayrshire cow class. In addition, they earned third place in the spring yearling heifer class.

In the Brown Swiss show, Dalton, Dillion and Breanne Freeman of Bremen earned first place in the component merit cow class, with the cow also earning the title of Total performance winner and the Nasco International Type and Production award.

Others exhibiting in the Brown Swiss show at the World Dairy Expo included Blessing Farms of Fort Wayne, who exhibited the best bred and owned and fourth place winter heifer calf of the open show. Caylee James of LaGrange showed the second-place junior fall heifer calf.

Bryce Birk of North Liberty exhibited the first-place spring yearling heifer of the junior Guernsey show. The heifer was also selected as honorable mention of the junior heifer show.

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