Members of the Amery FFA dairy judging team were seated and ready for competition during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis. From left are Ella Williamson, Katherine Elwood, Hailey Clausen and Courtney Glenna. The team’s 3rd place win qualified them to travel to Scotland and Ireland next summer.

An Amery FFA team recently captured 3rd place in the Dairy Evaluation and Management Career Development Event at the National FFA Convention, qualifying them to participate in an International Dairy Judging Tour next summer in Scotland and Ireland.

Team members Katherine Elwood, Courtney Glenna, Hailey Clausen and Ella Williamson competed Nov. 6-7 during the FFA Convention, held in Indianapolis. They had advanced to that level after winning the Wisconsin contest this past April. Over the course of a couple days in Indianapolis, they evaluated classes of dairy cattle and presented oral reasons on their placings; they also took a written exam and gave a team presentation. Courtney finished as the national champion on the written exam.

The team, coached by Gwen Dado of Amery and Patti Hurtgen of Fort Atkinson, has been studying together for the past three years.

In June 2020, the team will take part in a two-week tour of Scotland and Ireland organized through Agrotours. They, along with other top 4-H, FFA and collegiate teams from throughout the U.S., have been invited to judge dairy cattle at both the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and the Charleville Show in Ireland. They also will tour modern dairy farms in the area, view the Scottish Highlands and have the opportunity to spend a couple days sight-seeing in London.

The team has begun raising the estimated $25,000 (about $5,000 per person) needed for them and a chaperone to travel to Europe next summer. Donations from individuals, as well as businesses, are welcome in any amount. To help sponsor the team, please contact Dave and Heidi Clausen at (715) 554-7085 or clausen@amerytel.net. Contributions also can be mailed to the Clausens, with checks made payable to the Amery FFA Alumni, at 471 70th Ave., Clayton, WI 54004.

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