URBANA, Ill. — The 2019 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, was another exciting and memorable event for Illinois 4-H’ers. The Illinois 4-H dairy judging team placed 5th high team overall out of 19 teams from throughout the nation. Illinois team members included: Payton Erbsen, Lanark; Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle; Briley Lenkaitis, Eldorado; and Zachary Paul, Worden, IL. The team also placed 5th high team in placings only and 7th high team in oral reasons.
Briley Lenkaitis placed 15th top individual overall and received an “All-American” plaque. In addition, she placed 12th in oral reasons, 12th in Guernsey, and 14th in Brown Swiss breed. Payton Erbsen took home 21st top individual award and received an “All-American” plaque plus he placed 11th in the Holstein breed. Zachary Paul received the 4th place top individual ribbon in the Guernsey breed and was 15th individual in the placings division.
On a “top 10” team basis by breed, Illinois placed 3rd in Guernsey, 4th in Holsteins, 7th in Jerseys, and 8th in Brown Swiss. The Illinois 4-H team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and River Valley Dairy of Tremont, IL. In addition, the team jackets were sponsored by The Equity of Effingham, IL. The team was coached by Dave Fischer, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Dairy Program Coordinator.
— University of Illinois Extension
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