Missouri 4-H places first at All-American Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

  • Published: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Missouri 4-H’s dairy judging team finished first overall at the 2022 All-American Dairy Show Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Sept. 19 in Harrisburg, Pa.

The team of Payton Nix, Lila Wantland and Whitney Yerina finished ahead of Florida and Kentucky to win the contest. “All three team members finished in the top 20,” said Karla Deaver, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth development specialist and co-coach of the team. “They were very consistent across breeds, and that gave us the edge.”

Nix, daughter of Keeland and Lacy Nix of Mountain Grove, had an incredible contest, Deaver said, finishing as third high individual overall. Nix was second high individual in Ayrshires, ninth in Brown Swiss, third in Holsteins and fifth in oral reasons. She talked a perfect 50 in Ayrshires.

Yerina, daughter of Brett Yerina of New York and Katie Dixon of Phillipsburg, Mo., was 10th high individual overall in the contest and 12th in Holsteins. Wantland, daughter of Jeff and LeeAnn Wantland of Niangua, finished 19th overall and was seventh in Ayrshires and 11th in Guernseys.

The team was second in Ayrshires by 1 point. They were also fourth in Brown Swiss and Holsteins, fifth in Guernseys and sixth in oral reasons. “This contest allows us to build momentum going into the national contest on Oct. 2,” said Deaver.

Contestants placed 10 classes and gave four sets of reasons. The team is coached by Deaver and MU Extension dairy specialist Ted Probert.

Major support for 4-H agriculture programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Eunice Campbell, Corteva Agriscience, FCS Financial, the Hertzog family, the Missouri Association of Meat Processors, MFA Foundation, Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Holstein Association, the Missouri Soybean Association, and Anita and Wayne Vanderwert. For more information about the Missouri 4-H dairy judging team, contact Karla Deaver at 417-466-3102.


Pictured, from left:,Missouri 4-H dairy judging team members Lila Wantland, Whitney Yerina and Payton Nix at the All-American Dairy Show Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pa.

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