Young people who have set their sights on a career in the dairy business, or in some other aspect of agriculture, turned out in big numbers to compete at the 2010 Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville.
The Invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl took place Nov. 5-6 at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE). Ohio brought home top honors in the event.
Teams of young people from 20 states competed by testing their knowledge on many levels of the dairy business. The contest began with a written test the evening of Nov. 5, and the teams competed in a toss-up question phase on Nov. 6.
The contest includes a double elimination. Ohio was advancing through the main bracket and then was beaten by the team from New York, so they went to the consolation rounds. They ended up being undefeated in the consolation rounds, resulting in them going against the winner of the main bracket — a rematch with New York that Ohio won. However, this was New York’s first loss in a double elimination contest. So, the two teams were required to match up at the touch of the buzzers for a third time. When the test scores and answers from the toss up, team questions and bonuses were all added together, Ohio was the winner.
The Ohio team and their coaches were recognized at a gala banquet on Nov. 7. Team members were Rachel Townsley of Champaign County, Brandon Meier, Sam Weeman, and Eileen Gress of Wayne County, and Billy Grammer (alternate) from Mahoning County. Coaches were Lisa Gress, Lorraine Townsley and Julie Martig.
The North American International Livestock Exposition is the world’s largest purebred livestock exposition.