National 4-H Judging Champs Compete in Scotland

Article from the Milk Messenger on Dairy Judging from June 1981.

The Michigan 4-H Dairy Judging Team is participating in the International Dairy Judging Competition in Scotland this summer. Judging team members are Jim Fuerstenau of Macomb County, Diane Henry of Ionia County, Lisa Ulrich of Montcalm County, and Lynn Wilcox of Kent County.

The Michigan team, which won the National Dairy Judging Competition in Madison, Wis., in October, met other dairy and livestock judging teams at the International Young Farmer Competition in Edinburgh on June 24.

After the competition, the group toured farms and lived with farm families in Scotland, London, Paris and Switzerland and on the Isle of Jersey.

"The purpose of the tour will not only be to participate in the competition," said Gale Baumgardner, Michigan State University 4-H youth dairy specialist, "but also to learn more about the lifestyles and farming techniques of our European neighbors. The team will have a unique opportunity to explore the rural areas of Europe and see parts of the country that many tourists never experience."

The trip was made possible by donations through the Michigan dairy industry. The team has already approximately $10,000 to cover the expenses of their 2-week trip, from June 20 to July 5.

"The support we have received has been tremendous," Baumgardner said. "We're happy to know so many people share our pride and confidence in this outstanding group of young people."

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