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10 area dairy exhibitors recognized
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MONROE - The Green County Fair hosted the 11th annual Dairy Youth Recognition Auction, in cooperation with the Foreign Type Cheesemakers cheese auction. There were 10 area 4-H and FFA dairy exhibitors recognized for their accomplishments at the 2013 fair.

Bids and donations at this year's auction totaled more than $14,175 from area businesses. Youth selling at the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction receive half the amount bid, and the other half goes toward scholarships for all FFA and 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project.

Through the proceeds gathered from previous auctions, $3,550 in scholarships was presented to eight Green County dairy youth to further their post high school education. Those who received scholarships were Joel Dieckhoff, Jenna Sweeney, Evan Dorn, Maria Eberle, Rachel Gilson, Lukas Wymer, Molly Wyss and Bryce Zettle.

Showing the Supreme Senior Champion Registered Female was Brooks Hendrickson, son of Kate and Jeff Hendrickson. High bidder for his recognition was Middleton Machining and contending bidder was IBA-Fahrney. Hendrickson was also the recipient of the Senior Showmanship award and received a top bid from Green Pasture Vet Service. Contending bidders were Judd's Auto Body and Klondike Farms.

Rachel McCullough, daughter of Chris and Kathie McCullough, had the Supreme Junior Champion Registered Female. Her entry received a top bid from Mahlkuch Electric, with Sugar River Bank/New Glarus Bank as the contending bidder.

Jenna Sweeney, daughter of Paul and Tammy Sweeney, showed the Supreme Senior Champion Grade Female. Top bidding honors went to Colony Brands Inc.; Renk Seed-Roger Brugger was runner-up.

Winning the bid for the Supreme Junior Champion Grade Female, exhibited by Leslie Pryce, daughter of Dan and Terry Pryce, was Renk Seed-Roger Brugger. Contending bidding was by Decatur Dairy.

The low somatic cell count cow was exhibited by Aaron Nimtz, son of Jeff and Julie Nimtz. Klondike Cheese was the top bidder with Green Pasture Vet Service contending.

Andrea McGowan, daughter of Rolly and Patty McGowan, was recognized as the Sportsmanship Champion, which is presented to an outstanding senior dairy exhibitor who has never participated in the Dairy Youth Auction and who has demonstrated strong sportsmanship in and outside of the show ring, enthusiasm for the project, and a strong commitment to the youth dairy project. The top bid went to Framvale Farms, owned by Kristi and Peter Leonard, with Mahlkuch Electric the contending bidder.

The Beginning Showmanship Winner was Brian McCullough, son of Chris and Kathie McCullough, with the winning bid given by Mahlkuch Electric, and the contenting bidder was Sugar River Bank/Bank of New Glarus.

Mitchell Dammen, son of Gary and Amy Dammen, was the Intermediate Showmanship winner. The winning bid for his recognition was by Tollakson Pioneer with IBA Fahrney contending.

Earning the prestigious award of Supreme Showmanship Champion was John Klossner. The winning bid for his recognition came from New Glarus FFA Alumni, with Green Pasture Vet Service and Klondike Farms as contending bidders.

Additional donors to the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction were Chalet Cheese Co-op, Green County Milk Quality Council, Brugger Dairy LLC, and Family Dairies USA. Dave Koning, Paul Beach and Joe Mellum served as auctioneers.

Each winning bidder received a picture award, a gift basket of locally made cheese and a hardwood cutting board.