By LeAnn R. Ralph
LODI — Dunn County’s junior livestock judging team took second place in the state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest held July 25 in Lodi.
Dunn County junior team members include Addie Grossbier, Andrew Zukowski, Kittrick Singerhouse and Emily Zukowski.
The junior team is coached by Jesse Singerhouse.
The state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest was held at the Lodi Agricultural Fairgrounds in Lodi and is an annual venue that allows the top junior and senior county 4-H livestock judging teams the opportunity to use their skills in judging beef, swine, sheep and meat goat classes.
This year, eight junior teams and nine senior teams participated.
During the contest, teams evaluate classes of market and breeding beef, market and breeding swine, and market and breeding sheep.
The teams also answer questions and deliver sets of oral reasons for their placement of the animals.
The junior and senior teams that competed at the state contest qualified by being the top teams in the district Area Animal Science Days held at various places around the state in June.
The top two teams in the senior division will represent Wisconsin at the national judging contest this fall.
A senior team from Juneau County took top honors. The second place senior team was from Waukesha County.
The third place senior team was from Manitowoc County, and the fourth place senior team was from Iowa County. The fifth place senior team was from Jefferson County.
The top senior beef and sheep teams were from Juneau County, and the top senior swine team was from Jefferson County.
The top junior livestock judging team was from Iowa County.
Dunn County’s second place junior livestock judging team was the the top junior beef judging team and took second in sheep and goat judging.
Among the top ten junior individual judges, Addie Grossbier from Dunn County was in fourth place; Andrew Zukowski from Dunn County was in seventh place; and Kittrick Singerhouse from Dunn County was in tenth place.
Sponsors for the state 4-H Livestock Judging Contest include the Milwaukee Stockyards; Wisconsin 4-H Foundation; Buell Gunderson Memorial; Country Fresh Meats; UW-Extension; and the UW-Animal Science Department.
Extension Youth Livestock Specialist Bernie O’Rourke, Outreach Specialist Alissa Grenawalt, and 4-H Youth Development Specialist Pam Hobson organize the contest annually.