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May 27th, 2017

Vermont Finishes Fourth In National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

4H natldairyquiz14The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team recently returned from the North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky, with a fourth place win. Team members were Back row (from left): Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Ben Maille, Shelburne; Tara Collins, Fairlee. Front row (from left): Sara Kirby (coach) and Maggie Kirby, both from East Montpelier (photo courtesy of UVM Extension 4-H)

The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team’s combined knowledge of dairy nutrition, herd health, breeding and genetics, calf raising, dairy marketing and other dairy-related topics resulted in a fourth place-finish in national competition.

The four-member team competed Nov. 7-8 at the 35th annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky. The event, which attracted 14 teams from across the country, was held at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.

Team members included Tara Collins, Fairlee; Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier; Ben Maille, Shelburne and Andrew Seward, East Wallingford. The team was selected at the state dairy quiz bowl compe-tition sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension earlier this year. The coaches were 4-H volunteers Sara Kirby, East Montpelier and Kaitlin Benoit, Montgomery Center.

For placing fourth, each team member received an engraved silver cup and commemorative glass along with a rosette ribbon. Andrew Seward also was recognized for having the tenth highest individual score in the 50-question written test.

All competitors took the written exam on the first day of competiThe Vermont team’s trip was funded in part by the State 4-H Dairy Committee. Each team member also received a K. Stewart Gibson Award, given in honor of the former UVM Extension dairy specialist, to help cover expenses to participate in this national event.

To learn more about the 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668,

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