Traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., for the FFA National Dairy Judging Career Development Event are South Winneshiek students, from left: Ben Hanson, Cassidy Buddenberg, Mariah Schmitt and Karla Hageman. (Submitted photo)
Traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., for the FFA National Dairy Judging Career Development Event are South Winneshiek students, from left: Ben Hanson, Cassidy Buddenberg, Mariah Schmitt and Karla Hageman. (Submitted photo)

For the first time since 2007, four South Winneshiek FFA students will be traveling to Indianapolis, Ind. to compete in the FFA National Dairy Judging Career Development Event.

The team members of the South Winneshiek FFA competing include Cassidy Buddenberg, Karla Hageman, Ben Hanson and Mariah Schmitt.

South Winneshiek Agriculture is taught at South Winneshiek High School for seven class periods a day and at Turkey Valley High School for one class period a day. Mariah is a Turkey Valley Student while the other three students are from South Winneshiek School District.

On Saturday, Sept 15, the group of four placed first as a team out of the 12 teams across the state hoping to travel to the National Contest. Students were scored on five dairy cattle classes (Holstein, Milking Shorthorn, Brown Swiss, Jersey and age groups within the breeds). They were also judged on pedigree placing, oral reasons, a production management test and linear scoring of a cow.

According to the South Winn spokesperson, while the group placed first, Buddenberg ranked third overall, Hageman ranked fourth overall, Schmitt ranked fifth overall and Hanson ranked 11th over all.

In the dairy cattle classes, the group ranked first in pedigree, first in oral reasons, second on the production test and ranked eighth on the linear scoring.

The 2012 National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis is Oct. 24-27.