State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
Twenty seven youth participated at the 2020 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl supported by The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Milk Check-Off on June 5, 2020. Due to the pandemic, the competition was offered virtually this year.
Youth participating in the quiz bowl receive a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate that knowledge in a competitive and thought-stimulating environment as well as receive important life skills, such as confidence and independence. They also have the opportunity to strengthen their decision-making and leadership skills in an environment, which allows contribution to a group effort, encouraging teamwork and collaboration with a diverse group of peers.
"I am incredibly proud of all of the young people that participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Quiz Bowl competition. Not only have they proven their dedication to this event, but also their ability to remain steadfast to the competition even during these challenging times," said Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA Dairy Science Specialist. "This year I commend each of them for not only participating but ultimately epitomizing each of the four H's, by remaining loyal to this event and using their knowledge to lift up the dairy industry in the most health conscious way possible."
Competitors were given one attempt to complete a 100-question multiple choice and fill in the blank test in a limited time frame to test their knowledge on dairy nutrition, calf management, parlor management and reproduction as well as current events and statistics within the dairy industry.
The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl are:
First Place Team: Amare Woods, Jordan Daniels, Lydia Connell, Dana Wells and Seth Jones-Tift County.
Second Place Team: Kalani Washington, Alicia Carnes, Leah Szczepanski, Lexi Pritchard, Alyssa Haag and Lilly Ann Smith-Oconee County.
Third Place Team: Bella Fisk, Michael Whitlock, Alexa Hillebrand, Leopold Joh, Colton Swartz and Anthea Shelton-Coweta County.
State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
Twenty-one youth participated in the 2020 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest on July 14. Sponsored by the Ina Hopkins-John W. Cook Memorial Fund, the Carole Williams-Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and the Pam Krueger-Milk Check Off, the competition was held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Though not an ideal way to view cattle, this tremendous group of young people took it all in stride," said Jillian Bohlen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension dairy specialist and professor of animal and dairy science at UGA.
"Sorting through five classes of animals, each competitor worked diligently to find those that best fit the ideal for dairy cattle. Our senior competitors excelled in their justification of placings in reasons that were among the best, collectively, I have heard. I applaud each youth member that competed on their dedication to this program and their work in the contest. I would also like to thank Dr. Bill Graves, professor emeritus, for his assistance in officiating the contest."
The annual evaluation competition is a major event for the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program. Youth participating in the Dairy Judging Program acquire a better knowledge of dairy-related topics and learn to demonstrate their knowledge in a competitive environment. The contest also encourages youth to enhance their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, problem solving and social skills as a team member.
In the virtual format, senior participants, from ninth through 12th grade, reviewed videos to place five classes of cows and heifers into specific classes and submitted two videos providing reasoning for their placings. Junior participants, grades four through eight, will reviewed five videos for placement.
- First place team: Emma Newberry, Lexi Pritchard and Neely McCommons - Oconee County
- Second place team: Michael Whitlock, Colton Swartz and Bella Fisk - Coweta County
- Senior High Individual: Noel Pickel - Morgan County
- First place team: Andrew Gardner, Maggie Harper and Landon Gardner - Morgan County
- Junior High Individual: Sarah Morgan Sapp - Burke County