Bethany Dado began her senior year this fall. In 2010, she was the High Individual in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Dado just completed her reign as Amery’s 1st Princess. Bethany currently serves as President of Amery FFA and represented Wisconsin at the National FFA Convention in the Creed Speaking Contest in 2009. She also placed 2nd in the state FFA Discussion Meet in 2011.
Ethan Dado is a junior at Amery High School and the most experienced team member, with seven years of dairy bowl under his belt. He was the 3rd High Individual at the 2011 Wisconsin FFA Dairy Judging Contest. Ethan was also a member of Wisconsin’s top 4-H dairy judging team last year. In the National Dairy Jeopardy Contest, Ethan placed 4th in the Intermediate division in 2010. He serves as Treasurer of Amery FFA and is a valuable member of Amery’s track and cross-country teams.
Bethany and Ethan live on a 450 Registered Holstein dairy. They are very involved with the calf and heifer care on the farm. They do the feeding and vaccinating, as well as the cleaning of calf huts and heifer barn. During field work time, they both operate the skidsteers and tractors.
Osceola’s Chris Rassier has been participating in dairy bowl for six years. This senior wrestles at Osceola High School and was part of Osceola’s 2nd place FFA Dairy Judging Team in 2011. Chris’ showmanship skills earned him an opportunity to compete in the very first showmanship contest at the Wisconsin Championship Show in 2010. His educational display took the top spot in the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s contest and advanced to national competition in 2009. Chris’ first-hand dairy knowledge comes through his managerial 4-H project at Horse Creek Holsteins in Star Prairie, Wisconsin. Chris has had the opportunity to work on the dairy. And just like his teammates, has shown animals at the county and state fair.
The team’s coach, Patti Hurtgen does not live in Polk County; she resides in Fort Atkinson, five hours away. She relies on Gwen Dado and Ginny Rassier to do a lot of the face-to-face practices. “I know this team would not be as prepared with out the help of Gwen and Ginny. They were both teachers and we draw on those talents often,” commented Hurtgen.
The distance makes group practices more difficult, and each practice has greater significance. The team has skype sessions, receives email blasts, has facebook chats, and YouTube videos to watch. “I try to tailor the mode of learning to each individual youth. If they learn better by hearing information, I make audio recordings. If they like the interaction of chatting online, I type one questions at a time and wait for an answer, then type the next question,” shares Patti.