Delaware County Junior Dairy Judging Team Wins at State

Three Senior Dairy judging teams and two Junior teams from Delaware County recently competed well in a competitive State Contest, held during the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines.

Individually Delaware County juniors earned 4 of the top five spots! One team from Delaware County won the Junior Division! First team members were Haley Ronnebaum, Alia Domeyer, Tyler Hoeger and Isaiah Hammerand (Dubuque County). They also earned 1st in Reasons, Brown Swiss and Ayrshire, 2nd Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey. Individually, Haley Ronnebaum placed 1st Reasons, Jersey, 2nd Overall, Brown Swiss, 4th Guernsey, 6th Brown Swiss, Holstein.  Isaiah Hammerand earned 1st Guernsey, 4th Overall, Brown Swiss, 5th Ayrshire, Jersey, 9th Reasons.  Alia Domeyer earned 1st Ayrshire, 2nd Reasons, 5th Overall, 7th Holstein. Tyler Hoeger earned 6th Reasons, 8th Ayrshire, 9th Brown Swiss, Holstein, Milking Shorthorn.

The second team brought home 3rd place honors. Team members are Maleah Demmer, Ford Domeyer and Katherine Comley. In addition, they received 2nd Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, 3rd Reasons, 5th Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn. Individually Maleah Demmer earned the top Junior! Additionally 3rd Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, 4th Reasons, 6th Guernsey, 7th Milking Shorthorn, 8th Holstein, 9th Jersey. Ford Domeyer earned 1st Brown Swiss, 3rd Milking Shorthorn,  4th Holstein, 10th Reasons. Katherine Comley placed 7th Ayrshire.

Members of the highest ranking senior team include Mason Kruse, Carter Kruse, Tehya Demmer and Laney Demmer. They placed 3rd  Overall. They also earned 1st Jersey, 2nd Milking Shorthorn, 3rd Brown Swiss, Reasons, 5th Guernsey,  Ayrshire. Individually, Mason Kruse earned 5th Brown Swiss, 6th Reasons, 10th Overall, Milking Shorthorn Carter Kruse earned 3rd Guernsey, 5th Reasons, 6th Holstein, 7th Jersey, 8th Milking Shorthorn. Tehya Demmer earned 1st Jersey, 2nd Brown Swiss. Laney Demmer earned 8th Ayrshire, and 9th Milking Shorthorn.

Members of second highest ranking team include Amber Engelken, Lane Domeyer, Sydney Demmer and Grace Strief (Dubuque County). The team placed 2nd Ayrshire, 3rd Guernsey, 4th Reasons, 5th Overall, Brown Swiss, Holstein.  Individually Amber Engelken earned 3rd Reasons, Milking Shorthorn,  4th Overall, Brown Swiss,6th Guernsey, 7th Ayrshire. Sydney Demmer earned 10th Holstein. Lane Domeyer earned 10th Jersey. Grace Strief earned 8th Guernsey.

The third Delaware County Senior team members were Tara Goedken, Sarah Goedken and Courtney Goedken. They earned 3rd Milking Shorthorn, 4th Guernsey, Holstein and 5th Reasons. Individually Sarah earned 2nd Milking Shorthorn, 4th Jersey.  Courtney earned 3rd Brown Swiss. Tara earned 7th Holstein, 10th Guernsey.

There were 7 Teams with 29 individuals competing in the Senior Division. There were 6 teams with 22 individuals competing in the Junior Division of the Contest this year.

The coaches of the Delaware County Dairy Judging teams are David Kunde, Kaleb Kruse and Jeannie Domeyer. We appreciate the support of parents, volunteers and the dairy producers who let us practice at their farms in preparation for the state contest. This year we judged animals at the farms of Norm and Julie Voelker, Tom and Sara Kruse, Greg and Pam Carroll and David and Donna Kunde.


photos courtesy of Delaware County Dairy Judging Teams