Wisconsin Wins Big at All-American Junior Dairy Management Contest

Wisconsin Wins Big at All-American Junior Dairy Management Contest

Ethan DadoEthan Dado of Amery, Wis., was named the high individual in the 27th annual Junior Dairy Management Contest held on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the 2013 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.

As the highest placing individual, Dado also received a $1000 scholarship sponsored by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

The Wisconsin 4-H team of Ethan Dado, Trent Dado and Laura Jensen also took home the winning 4-H Team award while Big Spring FFA, with team members Cody Bear, Mark Shughart, Joseph Weber, and Michael Morris, repeated last year’s win in the FFA team division.

“This event is one more avenue available to youth to learn about the industry,” said Carl Brown, director of the Dairy Management Contest. “It teaches things that young people in the industry are going to need to know.”

Participants of the event must exercise their knowledge by evaluating and determining the most profitable cows, determining nutrition and maintaining quality of health as well as tying together business management skills required to succeed in the dairy business.

Six classes were provided for the participants including dairy cattle selection, feed identification and management, dairy business and nutrient management.

Sponsors for the event included the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Alltech Pennsylvania and Elanco Animal Health.

Top 5 in Jr Dairy Management contest

The top ten individuals (pictured above) were:
1st – Ethan Dado, Wisconsin 4-H
2nd – Trent Dado, Wisconsin 4-H
3rd – Kelly Raterink, Michigan 4-H
4th – Laura Jensen, Wisconsin 4-H
5th – Cody Bear, Big Spring FFA, Newville, Cumberland Co.
6th – Allison Schafer, Michigan 4-H
7th – Erik Shelmidine, New York State 4-H
8th – Hunter Calyer, New York State 4-H
9th – Cameron Cook, Michigan 4-H
10th – Joshua Markel, Michigan 4-H


Winning Wisconsin 4-H team

Team placings in the 4-H division were:
1st – Wisconsin 4-H
2nd – Michigan 4-H, Team A
3rd – New York State 4-H
4th – Massachusetts 4-H
5th – Michigan 4-H, Team B
6th – Otsego County Dairy 4


Winning Big Spring FFA team

Top five FFA Teams were:
1st – Big Spring, Newville, Cumberland Co.
2nd – Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, Cumberland Co.
3rd – Southern Huntingdon Co., Three Springs, Huntingdon Co.
4th – Tri-Valley, Valley View, Schuylkill Co.
5th – West Perry, Elliottsburg, Perry Co.

The 50th All-American Dairy Show, the world’s largest dairy show, runs Sept. 7-12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. This year’s show features 23 shows in six days, the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show, nearly 3,000 animals and 2,000 exhibitors from across the nation. For more information, visit www.allamerican.state.pa.us or call 717-787-2905.

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9.30.2013