Vaughn tops Missouri 4-H dairy judging contest

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Top-scorers in the senior divison, from left: Alex Mareth, Purdy, third place; Steven Nelson, Grovespring, second place; and Jessica Vaughn, Columbia, first place.

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Published: Friday, August 26, 2011

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Karla Deaver, 417-466-3102

MT. VERNON, Mo. –Jessica Vaughn of Columbia was the top-scoring individual in the senior division of the 4-H dairy judging contest held Aug. 20 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Vaughn had a total score of 366 out of 400 possible points. She was the high individual in oral reasons, second in Holsteins and second in Jerseys.

The second-highest-scoring individual in the senior division was Steven Nelson of Grovespring. Nelson was third in Guernseys.

Rounding out the top five were Alex Mareth of Purdy, Jared Smith of Purdy and Brittany Groves of Billings. Groves was second in Guernseys and third in Holsteins. Mareth was third in Jerseys. The top individual in Guernseys and Holsteins was Shayla Mitchell of Cuba.

Ellie Wantland of Niangua was the high individual in the intermediate division with 346 points. Wantland was first in Brown Swiss. In second was Lora Wright of Clever. Wright placed first in Jerseys. Rounding out the top five were Sarah Wichern of Cape Girardeau, Dalton Smith of Rolla and Taylor Groves of Billings.

Grant Groves of Billings was the high individual in the junior division. Second was Lauren Whitehead of Conway, third was Rachel Wichern of Cape Girardeau, fourth was Bailey Groves of Billings and fifth was Dylan Muench of Cape Girardeau.

Also participating in the competition were two collegiate judging teams. Teams from Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University worked out their teams, adding a new dimension to the contest.

The contestants placed six classes and gave two sets of reasons. The top three individuals in each breed and oral reasons received cash prizes sponsored by the Missouri breed associations.

The top 10 individuals in each division received rosettes from the Missouri State Fair, and the top three individuals in each division received a plaque from the Missouri State Fair and supporters of the contest.

Teams will represent Missouri 4-H at both the National 4-H dairy cattle judging contest in Madison, Wis., in October and the North American International Livestock Exposition contest in November.

For more information about the dairy judging program, contact either Ted Probert at the Wright County MU Extension Center at 417-741-6134, or Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County MU Extension Center at 417-466-3102.

Missouri 4-H, University of Missouri Extension’s youth development program, helps to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their communities. To learn more about 4-H—the world’s largest youth-serving organization—and how to get involved locally, go online to or visit the nearest University of Missouri Extension Center.