The Illinois team took sixth place in the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held recently during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.
Members of the national team included Jared Dickman, Lanark; Connor Erbsen, Lanark; Dawn Irwin, Beason; and Lauren Robison, Mulberry Grove.
The team earned third place in Ayrshire and Guernsey breeds and fifth in Holsteins. Individually out of 86 competitors, Erbsen placed 13th overall and Irwin placed 18th overall, with both earning the All-American status for the contest.
In individual breed placings, Irwin placed first in Guernsey and second in Ayrshire. Erbsen placed fifth in Holsteins and 11th in Brown Swiss. Dickman placed seventh in Holstein and 19th in Ayrshires. Robinson placed 18th in Brown Swiss and 20th in Ayrshire.
The Illinois 4-H Foundation and River Valley Dairy of Tremont support the team in national competition. Team jackets were provided by The Equity of Effingham. The team is coached by Dave Fischer, University of Illinois Extension 4-H dairy program coordinator.
Youth interested in dairy cattle may contact the local University of Illinois Extension office. Information about local offices are found online at extension.illinois.edu.