Iredell County 4-Hers compete in national dairy cattle judging contest

Posted at 9:55 AM on Oct 10, 2017

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Pictured (from left) are Madison Sifford, Emily Holland, Luke Johnson and Rachel Gray.

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Three Iredell County 4-Hers recently competed in the 96th National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging at World Dairy Expo which was held in Madison, Wisconsin.

The youth representing Iredell County and making up three spots on the North Carolina 4-H Dairy Judging Team were Luke Johnson, Rachel Gray and Emily Holland. The fourth team member was Madison Sifford from Alamance County.

The team placed 13th overall and was 4th in Jerseys (Madison Sifford 11th, Rachel Gray 20th and Luke Johnson 25th in individuals); 8th in team in Ayrshires (Rachel Gray 9th and Luke Johnson 26th in individuals).

Contestants judged 10 classes (five cow classes and five heifer classes) of the major dairy breeds -- Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Ayrshire -- and presented five sets of oral reasons. The team placed 11th in total reasons score.

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