AgSource Miss Q Contest award winners and successful auction buyers are joined by fair royalty and contest sponsors at the 2012 Jefferson County Fair (L to R): Rodney Davis, Regional Sales Manager, AgSource Cooperative Services; Matt Griebenow; Jerry Yunto; Taylor Egnarksi; Tera Gross; Victoria Yurs; Sandy Locht; Shannon Behn; Bryce Krull; Carrie Mess; Olivia Peter; and Willow Hombsch.
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is famous for delicious dairy products, but it all starts with high-quality milk. The Miss Q, which stands for Quality, Contest is sponsored by AgSource Cooperative Services and rewards junior dairy exhibitors for excellent dairy practices. Four youths were recognized Saturday, July 14, at the Jefferson County Fair. Matt Griebenow, Watertown; Victoria Yurs, Fort Atkinson; Bryce Krull, Lake Mills; and Olivia Peter, Lake Mills, were each presented with the Miss Q award and given the opportunity to sell one gallon of milk at the AgSource Miss Q Auction, held during the fair.
Cows on a processed DHI testing program that have completed a first, second, third or fourth-or-higher lactation were eligible for the award. The cow in each lactation class with the highest milk quality, determined by somatic cell count and overall milk composition, was declared the winner. Proceeds from the auction were awarded to the winning youth exhibitors to assist with further development of their dairy project or finance their post secondary education.
Matt Griebenow, son of Joel and Lisa Griebenow, earned the first lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. Griebenow is from Watertown and is a member of the Maple Street Hustler's 4-H club.
Harold DeYoung and Jerry Yunto, representing Waupun Equipment of Watertown, Wis., purchased his gallon of milk for $350.00. Bill Stade Auction Service was a contending bidder.
Victoria Yurs, a member of the Barnyard Clovers 4-H Club and daughter of Jason and Jennifer Yurs, captured the second lactation award. Her quality milk pitcher commanded an impressive $1,000.00. Sandy Locht and Matt Stever, representing Whitewater Veterinary Clinic, were the successful bidders. Strong competition came from contending bidders The Scharine Group, Waupun Equipment and Udder Comfort.Bryce Krull earned the third lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. Harold DeYoung, Jerry Yunto and Carrie Mess, representing Waupun Equipment of Watertown, Wis., purchased his gallon of milk for $500.00. Krull is the son of Cindy and the late Brian Krull, and is a member of the Jefferson Junior Dairy Breeders. Contending bidders were Udder Comfort and the 4 C's Milk Stand - FFA Alumni.
The AgSource Miss Q fourth lactation winner was Olivia Peter, of the Hubbleton Hustlers 4-H club. She is the daughter of Robert and Christine Peter. Her gallon of quality milk was purchased for $500.00 by Harold DeYoung, Jerry Yunto and Carrie Mess from Waupun Equipment of Watertown, Wis. Udder Comfort, 4 C's Milk Stand-FFA Alumni, and Klement Towing, of Fort Atkinson, all participated in the bidding.
Mike Stade, Stade Auction & Realty Company of Jefferson served as auctioneer for the event.
AgSource, a member-owned cooperative headquartered in Verona, Wis., is a leader in agricultural and environmental laboratory analysis and information management services. A subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International, AgSource provides services to clients in the United States and across the globe. Learn more at http://www.agsource.com/.