AMES, Iowa--Iowa’s top 4-H dairy judging team from Clayton County competed in the 86th National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest Oct. 1, 2007, at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Team members included Matt Henkes, Luana; Baili Kerns, Edgewood; Jordan Landsgard, Postville and Leah Ruff, Farmersburg. Coaches were Trent and Leslie Henkes of Luana and Larry Landsgard of St. Olaf.
During the national contest, 4-H members placed 10 classes representing five dairy cattle breeds and presented five sets of oral reasons.
"Individuals use communication skills by explaining their decisions," said Mike Anderson, program specialist with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H Youth Development. "These skills will help them be better leaders for the future."
The team placed 10th overall in the judging contest. On an individual basis Baili Kerns placed 16th overall. In the Brown Swiss breed, team members placed second and Matt Henkes placed ninth individually.
4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. In Iowa 4-H is headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.