Congratulations to Zoe Lockburner and her team for finishing 9th at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Louisville, KY!

Zoe has been a very active member of the 4-H dairy program for many years and earned a place on the NJ 4-H Dairy Judging team by placing in the top 10 in the state contest in April. Since then, Zoe has been practicing with a state coach in preparation for this national competition.

Dairy Judging is a competition in which youth learn decision-making skills comparing live animals to a breed standard. They also develop public speaking skills when they present their oral reasons to a judge. While participating in this type of competition youth develop important life skills including public speaking and decision making.

2019 Results of the New Jersey 4-H Dairy Judging team at NAILE 4-H Dairy Judging contest in Louisville KY. Team was coached by Tracy Smith, Warren. Members- Bradley Richman and Carley Kimball, Salem; Zoe Lockburner, Sussex and Brittany Smith, Warren.

Team Overall Placement – 16th 

Team Overall Reason Placement- 9th

Team Holstein placement- 17th.

Team Ayrshire placement- 18th

Team Brown Swiss – 9th 

Team Guernsey 5th

Team Jersey – 21st

High Individual Overall – Brittany 39th

Individual Reason Placement:

Brittany 17th, Zoey 31st, Bradley 41st

Breeds Individually:

Ayrshire – Brittany 26th

Brown Swiss – Zoey 17th, Bradley 34th, Brittany 45th

Guernsey – Carley 11th, Brittany 12th, Zoey 35th, Bradley 36th 

Holsteins – Bradley 30th 

Jerseys – Brittany 33rd

They only post up to 48th place in the results they hand out.  There were over 80 contestants. 

About the author

Dave is the 4-H Senior Program Coordinator for the Sussex County 4-H program.