It was a very different year at the Missouri State Fair for 2020. Since all of the open shows had been cancelled, just the youth remained. However, they had a nice group of juniors for the youth show.

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

Youth Show Judge: David Jones, Oklahoma

Kay Bacon Memorial Award

Junior Champion Youth Show
Winter Calf: JL-Kel-Land HT Flamingo, Lila Wantland

Mark Highfill Memorial Award

Grand Champion Youth Show
5-Yr-Old: Ms Golden-Dream Cane-Red-ET, Colton Kleiboeker; Princess, Whitney Yerina

Junior Supreme Champion

Champion Holstein
Supreme Champion - Holstein, JL-Kel-Land HT Flamingo, Lila Wantland, Niangua

Photos from The Shows!!

Pearl's Pics took some shots at the Missouri State Fair. They took lots of ring shots of all the breeds during the open and youth shows. You can follow the link below to view all of the photo albums.

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Youth Show Heifer Photos
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2020 MO State Fair-YouthShow

Youth Fun Contest and Candid Photos
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4-H State Judging Contest

Wantland Tops State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest for 2nd Year

Sedalia, MO – The State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest looked somewhat different this year, but Lila Wantland remained consistent and led the field in dominating fashion at the 2020 event held August 22 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Wantland repeated her 2019 win, following up 2018 and 2017 victories in the intermediate division.

Wantland, the daughter of Jeff and Leeann Wantland of Niangua, was high individual in Guernseys, Jerseys, Holsteins,and oral reasons. “Lila has been extremely consistent and continues to improve in her judging and reasons,” said Karla Deaver, 4-H Youth Development Specialist and co-coach of the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging team. Second high individual was Payton Nix of Mountain Grove. Nix, daughter of Keeland and Lacy Nix, was second in Guernseys, third in Holsteins and oral reasons. Third high individual was Whitney Yerina of Phillipsburg. Yerina, daughter of Katie Dixon and Brett Yerina, was second in Holsteins, third in Guernseys and oral reasons. Fourth high individual was Michael Vedder of New Haven. Vedder, son of Cliff and Tracy Vedder, was high individual in Ayrshires and Brown Swiss. Rounding out the top five was Libby Shaver of Grovespring. Shaver is the daughter of Shane and Denise Shaver.

Topping the intermediate division was Molly Archer of Falcon. Archer, daughter of Robert and Jamey Archer, was second in Ayrshires and Brown Swiss. Archer was followed by Monique Turner of Springfield, daughter of Monica and Mike Streets, who was third in Ayrshires. Rounding out the top five were Teagan Hardy of Steelville, daughter of Dustin and Autumn Hardy; Maria Vedder of New Haven, daughter of Cliff and Tracy Vedder; and Sammi Justice of Clever, daughter of Jason and Sarah Justice.

In the junior division, Tyson Droste of Lancaster had the top score. Droste is the son of Mike and Jenny Droste. In second was Harper VanZyverden of Marshfield, VanZyverden, daughter of Scott and Rachel VanZyverden, was third in Jerseys. In third and fourth respectively were sisters Ellery and Raylee Couch of Verona. Daughters of Kenan and Becca Couch, Ellery was second in Jerseys and Raylee was third in Brown Swiss. In fifth was Noah Gunter, son of David and Courtney Gunter of Conway.

The contest looked a bit different this year. According to Deaver, the contest usually has six classes with the majority being cows. Due to the show being a youth show only, and the smaller numbers of cattle entered, contestants actually placed seven classes of heifers. “We were still able to put together quality classes in each breed, so we were happy we could still hold the contest and give youth the judging opportunity and recognition they deserve,” said Deaver. The top three individuals in each breed received cash prizes sponsored by the Missouri breed associations and supporters of youth dairy programs. The top ten individuals in each division received rosettes from the Missouri State Fair, and the top four individuals in each division received a plaque from the Missouri State Fair and supporters of the contest. Contestants, their families, and exhibitors who provided cattle for the event were treated to pizza and ice cream prior to awards.

Sponsors of the 2020 event include the Missouri Brown Swiss, Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein Associations; Sancrest Specialized Transport; Brandt Dairy and Dr. Barry Steevens, as well as Missouri 4-H and the Missouri State Fair.

While the Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team will not be competing this fall, plans are in place for the team to compete in 2021. “We continue to practice and work to improve our skills even during this time of reduced face to face activity,” said Deaver. “The life skills that youth gain in judging activities – decision-making, problem-solving, public speaking, defending their decisions– are skills that we need to help our kids learn now more than ever. Not only are these skills they will use on a daily basis as adults, but in today’s uncertain world they are skills they will use now,” Deaver said.

For more information about the dairy judging program, contact either Ted Probert at the Wright County Extension Center at (417)349-4134, or Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center at 417-466-3102.

Senior Division Judging Winners
Top Ten: 1st Place Lila Wantland; 2nd Place Payton Nix; 3rd Place Whitney Yerina, 4th Michael Vedder, 5th Libby Shaver, 6th Addison Tharp, 7th Logan Archer, 8th David Ley, 9th Emma Parrigon, 10th Jasmine Gates, 11th Brady Vedder

Intermediate Division Judging Winners
1st Place Molly Archer; 2nd Place Monique Turner; 3rd Place Teagan Hardy; 4th Maria Vedder, 5th Sammi Justice, 6th Blake Gates, 7th Emery Goings, 8th Jackson Gunter, 9th Travis Kriegel

Junior Division Judging Winners
1st Place Tyson Droste; 2nd Place Harper Van Zyverden; 3rd Place Ellery Couch; 4th Raylee Couch; 5th Noah Gunter

Top 3 in the Holstein Division sponsored by MO Holstein
Blake Wright; 1st Lila Wantlnd; 2nd Whitney Yerina; 3rd Payton Nix.

Judging Contest Photos
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2020 MO DairyJudging Contest



Junior All-Missouri
**CHANGES for 2020**

**ATTENTION: Jr All-MOAwards will be determined at the All-State Show!
October 10-11 in Marshfield, MO

Questions, contact Katie Wantland (417) 872-5543 or Shannon Kleiboeker 417-737-2876 or

Open and Junior All-Missouri Show
2020 3-Year-Old Futurity will be held in conjuction with the State Show


Entries due: Oct 1
Entry Fee: $15/animal
Friday, October 9 @ 6pm: May arrive at Webster County Fairgrounds
Saturday, Oct 10 @ 5pm: In-Place (May arrive later if contact Jodi Wright)
Show Begins Sunday, October 11 @ 10am
Release: Conclusion of Show Oct 11

Rules, Entries and Important Info:

The Missouri Holstein Board of Directors and Show Committee are striving to make a member friendly show. We are seeking monetary sponsorships and items. Hope to have a silent auction show day. Please read the complete rules at the link below. If you have questions or concerns or need to make special arrangements please let the show management know ahead of time. If we receive enough class sponsors we hope to provide some premiums after the show.

1. See Rules and Health requirements below.
2. Entries due Oct 1 @ $15 / head. Late entries accepted, contact show management.
3. 3-Year Old Holstein Futurity will also be included in this show. (Please enter if you have received paperwork from Jodi)
4. This will be both the show where Open All-Missouri awards will be determined and Junior All-Missouri awards
5. If you are not a current MHA member you are welcome to pay your dues and participate (will not qualify for All-MO Awards).
6. If you would like a printed copy of entry rules and forms mailed please contact Jodi.
7. Due to positive cases of Vesicular Stomatitis, the City of Marshfield requires up to date health certificates to enter the grounds. If cattle originate from a county that has confirmed cases four days prior to the event you must obtain a health certificate. NO EXCEPTIONS. See details on rules. Identify if your county is affected using the map at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.

Click below to open all of the rules, entry information, COVID release (Required), schedule and important information.

Show Rules
Entry Information



September 24-26 Southern National Holstein & Jersey Show, Stillwater, OK

October 1 All-MO State Show Entry Deadline

October 10-11 All-MO State Show, Marshfield, MO

December 11 Junior Award Deadline




2020 Junior Officer Team:
Secretary - Lila Wantland; President: Blake Wright; Vice President - Whitney Yerina; Reporters - Molly Melzer, Sammi Justice, and Sophia Geppert

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

Whitney Yerina, Vice President
15823 Merchant Dr, Phillipsburg, MO 65722

Lila Wantland, Secretary
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543

Sammi Justice, SW Reporter
1294 Schupbach Rd, Clever, MO 65631
(417) 880-0165

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

Sophia Geppert, NE 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. 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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