MO Team at All-American, Harrisburg
Missouri placed 3rd overall at the All-American contest in Harrisburg, PA.

The Missouri Team Ends Their Year.

The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging team of Blake Wright, Nicholas Dotson, Hala Edquist and Bailey Groves are winding up their judging year with the All-American contest in Harrisbug and then onto World Dairy Expo.

Proud to report that Missouri 4-H had a great contest: they were the third place team overall!
Individual placings were:
• 2nd in Jerseys and Holsteins
• 4th in Guernseys
• 5th in Brown Swiss
• Bailey Groves was 5th high individual overall, 2nd in Ayrshires and 4th in Guernseys
• Blake Wright was 2nd in Holsteins and 4th in Jerseys.

A very successful outing for this team that has worked hard to overcome some challenges. Next up: National 4-H Dairy Judging contest in Madison, Wisconsin!

Hoard's Dairy Farm - Practice Stop
The team made several stops on their way to Expo

The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging team takes several days attending many farms on the way to Expo practicing. This is a great opportunity to view different herds and cattle. They also get aquainted with other schools, teams and coaches. Here are a few of the stops we made in four days as we traveled to Expo.

Luck-E Holsteins, Illinois
The team was priveledged to see some really great cattle at Luck-E Holsteins.

A highlight is always the stop at Mil-R-Mor and Bob Miller takes a special interest in all of the youth.

National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
The Missouri team of Blake Wright, Bailey Groves, Hala Edquist and Nick Dodson competed for a final time at the National competition at World Dairy Expo.

Here are the results from the contest:
• 12th High Team in the Nation
• 4th in Ayrshires
• 7th in Brown Swiss
• 8th in Oral Reasons
• Bailey Groves was high individual in Ayrshires, 2nd in Brown Swiss, and 3rd in Oral Reasons, averaging a 45.8. The high individual in reasons averaged 46, and had 1 more point than Bailey. I don't have records to teams prior to 1997, but this is the highest individual in oral reasons for Missouri 4-H since that time, and possibly ever. Scott Wilson was 4th high in oral reasons in 2008.
• Hala Edquist was 2nd in Ayrshires and 10th in Brown Swiss.

These are the measurable results of our contest. The team was a little disappointed in their overall standings, and we didn't have our best day judging and being in agreement with the officials. We had some highs to celebrate, and we had some lows. But here are the results that are a bit more difficult to measure. This team has passion. Passion for judging and passion for this industry. If I wasn't sure about that before this trip, I am now. One team member that I wasn't sure had that fire, got to the point where he argued with his coaches over a pair switch on a practice class. I realize that not everyone thinks that is a positive, but it demonstrates confidence in his placing to us. He was so adamant about it that he gave 4 sets of reasons on the same class so he could convince us!

Team is more than just a word. One team member had an uncharacteristically bad day judging. As difficult as it was for him to take that personally, he was far more upset about how he felt he let his team down. So for those who think a judging team is merely a collection of individuals, they couldn't be more wrong. Teammates lift each other up, develop friendships and camaraderie. I also watched our team congratulate others who had success during and after the awards were announced. These were friends from other states and in some cases in other judging divisions that our team had gotten to know during our judging workouts prior to this contest.

Our team can talk! In MIssouri, we have usually had the situation where teams were really good at judging, but needed more when it came to the reasons room. We had some excellent oral reasons scores, even on classes where we didn't agree with the officials. For those that may not be judging alums, that is difficult to do.

We are proud of this team, and how far they have come. Some started working toward this when they were very young, age 10 or so. Others just started working with us a little over a year ago. I am excited to watch these 4 young adults as they grow and develop. I know they will continue to make us proud.

Coaches: Karla Deaver and Ted Probert

Thank you to everyone who has supported us by providing financial support, cattle for practice sessions, and just being generally supportive of our efforts.



Watch for Entry Deadline Date - December 7, 2019

Missouri Junior Holstein Association offers several opportunities for young members to get involved, receive awards and gain scholarships towards college. Missouri Princess, Miss, Distinguished Junior (Sr & Jr Division), Spring Classic Scholarship. Applications will be posted soon.


Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging


Missouri Dairy Judging was featured on a local TV show 'From the Tailgate'. Watch the two segments below highlighting the kids and this great opportunity!

Click on the play button within the video to play the segment.


Holstein Foundation Launched Career Resources

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 24, 2019 – The Holstein Foundation launched career resources designed to provide basic knowledge in a wide range of careers relating to the dairy industry. They are ideal for use by all ages, from junior dairy project members or leaders seeking reference materials.

The mission of the career resources is to help youth find a dairy-related career path that suits them best.

“We set out to help youth understand the wide variety of career opportunities in the dairy industry,” says Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski. “We plan to expand these resources in the future to help them get the job they want too.”

Currently, 10 careers are outlined to fit a wide variety of interests. The Holstein Foundation will continue to expand the careers profiles offered and provide more resources on things like resumes and interviews.

All career descriptions can be downloaded free of charge from the website in a PDF format. With questions, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or Visit to download online for free.


American Agri-Women Foundation scholarships

Various scholarships with differing deadlines

American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with more than 50 state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations, united to communicate with one another and with other consumers to promote agriculture. AAW members have been advocating for agriculture since 1974

There are several different scholarships available. Each has a different entry deadline. Click on the following link to view foundation offerings. and Scholarship offerings



October 10 Late Entry Deadline for Louisville

October 19 Extra Late Entry Deadline for Louisville

November 9 Grand National Jr Show, Louisville, KY
Judge Nate Goldenberg, TX

December 1 Cow of the Year Ad deadline

December 7 Junior Award Deadline - Postmarked to Katie Wantland



Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Lora Wright, President & Historian
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Blake Wright, Vice President
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Dalton Smith, Secretary
12300 Cty Rd 5300, Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 247-1864

Adeline Dickerson, NW Reporter
23737 Hwy HH, Unionville, MO 63565
(660) 748-5366

Roper Voskamp, SW Reporter
15658 Lawrence 1100, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
(417) 235-4716

Amanda Brooks, SC Reporter
8613 Gourley Rd., Mt. Grove, MO 65711
(417) 259-3634

Case Melzer, WC Reporter
22215 S. Jefferson Pkwy, Harrisonville, MO 64701
(816) 289-3589

Sophia Geppert, Reporter
4728 Co Rd 240, Kingdom City, MO 65262
(573) 814-3148

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker, State Advisor
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, MO 64873
(417) 737-2876

Katie Wantland, Assistant Advisor
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543


This is a statewide organization open to any boy or girl in Missouri under 21. It promotes Registered Holsteins and has 172 members. 
Dues are $5.00 per year per member. 
Click For Membership Form


  • Dairy Bowl, Public Speaking, Jeopardy, and building a banner for National Convention.

  • Judging at local, state and national levels.

  • Showing at local, state and national shows

  • Cow Camp


  • State Spring Show Awards

  • All-Missouri Junior Awards

  • Distinguished Jr. Member Award

  • Princess and Missouri Miss

  • Spring Show

  • Junior District Show Awards

  • All-Missouri

  • District Junior and Senior Member Awards

  • Princess Scholarship

  • Spring Classic Scholarship




  1. Selling the 100th Anniversary T-Shirts!



  1. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to continue the point system. The points are as follows:
    District Show — 16
    State Fair — 20 points
    First junior animal exhibited by a junior in each open class receives full points, with following places decreasing by 2 points each.  Again awards will be given per child instead of per class, and one award will be presented for partnership animals.
  2. Jr. Membership Fees due March 15: Membership form on main page to print or in Pulsator newsletter. It is important for juniors also to get their state dues paid on time, with the correct address, phone number and email address. This is the information we utilize to contact you throughout the year regarding awards, programs, activities, etc. We do not want you to miss out on an event because we did not have your accurate information. State membership fees are due by March 15. If your household only has junior members (no adult membership) then you might want to consider adding a Mid-States Magazine subscription for $5. A great way to stay connected.



Call or E-Mail me any time if you have questions about 
Missouri Junior Holstein activities. 
My address is
My home address is:
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, Missouri 64873.
Shannon Kleiboeker 417-737-2876
State Junior Holstein Chairman


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