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Milking contest results revealed
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Times photo: Anthony Wahl Cheese Day King John Wegmueller and Prince Eli Zimmerman work together to milk a cow during the milking contest adjacent to the Monroe square Saturday afternoon during Cheese Days 2012.
MONROE - With 40 teams competing, the Cheese Days Milking Contest attracted the largest number of participants to date on Saturday. "Pinch and pull" is the advice dairy farmers give to first-time milkers - and some contestants pinched and pulled better than others.Winning teams included a group from Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy called "Abe Maids-A-Milking" and "The Big Squeeze" from Badger State Ethanol.The all-volunteer event, co-chaired by Randy and Pam Wyss and Jeremy and Kelsi Mayer, took place in front of the post office on 11th Street. Fifteen cows - donated for the afternoon by seven area farms - lined up on sawdust in the street to get milked by the contest's 160 participants in front of a cheering crowd.Volunteer farmers included the Dale Foster family of Juda, Matt and Dorothy Baxter of Orfordville, Carrie Ritschard and Jeremy Davis of Monroe, Brian and Sue Crull of Juda and Troy and Lindsey Nevil of New Glarus.Milk weights were donated by Bonnie and Jim Moser of the Green County Dairy Herd Improvement Association.