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2012 Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team included Scott DeBaugh, Carol DeBaugh, Tessa Wiles, and Derrick Zimmerman coached by Kiera Finucaneand Jessica Fritz Little.

The 2012 Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team.

November 13, 2012
College Park, MD - The Maryland State Fair presented the department with the opportunity to work with the CMREC Dairy Herd, the State Fair Birthing Center and countless 4-H Contests over the “11 Best Days of Summer.” Our students gained experience in educating the general public about the practices and benefits of production agriculture while our staff and faculty worked to create educational experiences for students, 4-H members and the public. One such event was the 4-H and FFA State Dairy Judging Contest. The eighty five youth contestants evaluated ten classes of cattle and ranked them on their confirmation to breed standards. The quality of the dairy cattle in Maryland is known nation-wide and this year 175 people from collegiate, junior college and 4-H teams from around the country traveled to participate in the contest.

Dairy judging provides youth an opportunity to learn public speaking, leadership, analytical skills and most of all how to work together as a team. These skills serve the 4-H members well after their career in 4-H has come to an end. By all accounts, the 2012 Maryland State Fair was a great success! Two outstanding teams of 4-Hers were selected to represent Maryland at National Contests.

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