MSU Dairy Youth

Youth from Allegan and Clinton counties win dairy quiz bowl contest at 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days

Published: 2015-08-26

Youth teams from Allegan and Clinton counties were the first place winners in this year’s dairy quiz bowl contest held during Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days, an annual dairy youth activity held in conjunction with Michigan Dairy Expo. The 18th annual expo took place July 20-24 at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing.


The Michigan Youth Dairy Days dairy quiz bowl competition tests the dairy knowledge of youth teams, who are awarded points for correctly answered questions. Though the majority of questions focus on dairy cattle health, nutrition and production practices, a wide range of questions can be asked. Teams compete in a series of one-on-one, quiz-off, double elimination rounds until the top team is chosen.


Dairy quiz bowl contestants can compete in one of three age divisions: novice (ages 9-11), junior (ages 11-14) or senior (ages 15-19). Nine teams competed in both the novice and senior divisions and 18 teams competed in the junior division.


The first place team in the novice division heralded from Clinton County. The members of Clinton County Team A were: Olivia Black, of Eagle; Jolene Nash and Matthew Whitaker, of Elsie; and Paul Meyer, of Ionia.

The second place team was Ottawa County Team A: Brandon Dreyer and Hunter Meekhof, of Zeeland; Caitlyn Tietema, of Zeeland; and Josiah Tripp, of Dorr. In third place was the team representing Washtenaw County. The members of this team were: Jake and Jared Bunn, of Manchester; Grace Pantolin, of Manchester; and Katie Polzin, of Saline. Branch County placed fourth. Its team was made up of the following members: Mallorie Brenneman, of Jonesville; Macy Pish, of Quincy; Jackson Preston, of Quincy; and Madison Wineland, of Coldwater. The fifth place team was Allegan County Team A: Sam Geerlings, of Hamelton; Lexus and Tristan Vandenberg, of Plainwell; and Martin Ybema, of Hopkins.


For the second year, Allegan County Team A was the winner in the junior category. Team members were: MaKenna Davies, Wayland; Shannon Good, Caledonia; Caleb and Katrina Tucker, Hopkins; and Casey Ybema, of Hopkins.

Ottawa County Team A finished second: Brittany Dreyer, of Zeeland; Ashton Geurink, of Zeeland; Joshua Tripp, of Dorr; and Jacob VanderMolen, of Allendale. In third place was Clinton County Team C. Team members were: Miriam Cook, of Pewamo; Devin Kora, of Elsie Leslie McAlvey, of Sumner; and Keith Schafer, of Westphalia. Members of the fourth place team representing Lapeer and Kent counties were: Jonah Haskins, of Marlette; Joanna Link, of Alto; Connor Nugent, of Clarksville; and Jake Nugent, of Lowell. The team representing Branch and Washtenaw counties placed fifth. Team members were: Mackenzie Blatter, of Reading; Mariah Jansen, of Sturgis; Ryan Luckhardt, of Saline; and Chrissy Polzin, of Saline.


Allegan County also won the senior division. The winning team members were: Shelby Berens, of Holland; Samantha Boettcher, of Gobles; Isaac Elzinga, of Hopkins; and Miles Wixom, of Bloomingdale.

Clinton County Team B was second. Team members were: Cameron Cook, of Pewamo; Joshua Markel and Allison Schafer, of Westphalia; and Forrest Nash, of Elsie. Ottawa County Team A placed third. Team members were: Gerrit Baker, of Byron Center; Chelsea Barnes, of Zeeland; and Caleb and C.J. Shearer, of Hudsonville. The three-person team representing Kent, Livingston and Washtenaw counties placed fourth: Kristen Burkhardt, of Fowlerville; Libby Grile, of Alto; and Phillip Rabideau, of Whitmore Lake. Shiawassee team members placed fifth: Alexis Butcher, of Corunna; Megan Crevier, of Corunna; Taylor Fuhrman, of Perry; and Dakota Place, of Perry.


As the youth-centered portion of the Michigan Dairy Expo, the largest annual dairy event in the state, Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days offers young people interested in the dairy industry opportunities to compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various educational activities, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging competitions and the Dairy Days youth show. This year, nearly 150 youth from around the state participated in one or more of the educational competitions, and winners may go on to represent Michigan in national competitions.


Awards and other recognition during Michigan 4-H and Youth Dairy Days, along with other dairy youth and judging program activities conducted throughout the year, are made possible through the generous support of numerous businesses, organizations and individuals. These include: ABS Global, AIS Equipment, the Branch County Dairy Organization, the CHS Foundation, the Clinton County 4-H Dairy Council, Dairy Farmers of America, the District 1 and District VI Holstein associations, Drs. Joe and Denise Domecq, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Hillsdale County Dairy Leaders, Ira Krupp, Lely, the Michigan Dairy Memorial Foundation, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Holstein Association, the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club, the Michigan Milk Producers Association, the Michigan Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, the MSU Dairy Club, the MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team, the MSU Department of Animal Science, MOO-ville Creamery, NorthStar Cooperative, the Osceola County 4-H Dairy Boosters, the Ottawa County 4-H Dairy Committee, Rodney Pennock, Purina Animal Nutrition, the Shiawassee County 4-H Dairy Association, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and the Vitality Dairy crew.


For more information about the Michigan 4-H dairy youth program, contact Elischer at 517-432-4306. For more information about the Michigan Dairy Expo, contact Dr. Joe Domecq at 517-353-7855.


The 2016 Michigan Dairy Expo is scheduled for July 18-22 at MSU.