MADISON, Wis. — The 2019 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, was another exciting and memorable event for Illinois 4-H members.
The Illinois 4-H dairy judging team placed fifth high team overall out of 19 teams from throughout the nation. The team also placed fifth high team in placings only and seventh high team in oral reasons.
Illinois team members included Payton Erbsen, Lanark; Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle; Briley Lenkaitis, Eldorado; and Zachary Paul, Worden.
Lenkaitis placed 15th top individual overall and received an “All-American” plaque. In addition, she placed 12th in oral reasons, 12th in Guernsey and 14th in Brown Swiss breed.
Erbsen took home 21st top individual award and received an “All-American” plaque, plus he placed 11th in the Holstein breed. Paul received the fourth place top individual ribbon in the Guernsey breed and was 15th individual in the placings division.
On a top-10 team basis by breed, Illinois placed third in Guernsey, fourth in Holsteins, seventh in Jerseys, and eighth in Brown Swiss.
The Illinois 4-H team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and River Valley Dairy, Tremont. In addition, the team jackets were sponsored by The Equity, Effingham.
The team was coached by Dave Fischer, University of Illinois Extension 4-H dairy program coordinator.