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The Miss Q Contest, sponsored by AgSource Cooperative Services, rewards junior dairy exhibitors for superior dairy practices. Four youth were recognized Friday, September 2nd, at the Walworth County Fair. Melissa Konkel, Elkhorn; Dan Keizer, Delavan; Katie Gillette, Whitewater; and Katie Keizer, Delavan, Wis., were each awarded the Miss Q title and given the opportunity to sell one half-gallon of milk at the Miss Q Auction, held during the fair. 

Cows on a processed DHI testing program that have completed a first, second, third or fourth-or-higher lactation were eligible for the award. The cow in each lactation class with the highest milk quality, determined by the lowest average linear score (somatic cell count), was declared the winner. Proceeds from the auction were awarded to the winning youth exhibitors to assist with further development of their dairy projects or finance their post secondary educations.


Rachel Vanderstappen, Fairest of the Fair; Melissa Konkel, leading her animal; Abriel Odling, Fair Royalty and Marty Vanderstappen, Dutch-Made Farms

Melissa Konkel, a member of Big Foot FFA Chapter and daughter of Duane and Lisa Konkel, captured the first lactation award. Her quality milk pitcher sold for $700. Marty and Nancy Vanderstappen, Dutch-Made Farms, were the successful bidders.


Dan Keizer, leading his animal; Rick Adams, Sugar Creek Dairy and S-C Dairy Syndicate; Abriel Odling, Fair Royalty and Rachel Vanderstappen, Fairest of the Fair

Dan Keizer earned the second lactation AgSource Miss Q Award. The S-C Dairy Syndicate, including Rick Adams, Sugar Creek Dairy; Gale Shelboure, Al Supply, and Tyler Guarido, Homestead Hoof Care, purchased this half-gallon of milk for $650. Dan is the son of Dave and Carol Keizer and a member of Ridge Prairie 4-H. 


Shari Strickhouser; Richard Kuecker; Katie Gillette, leading her animal; Abriel Odling, Fair Royalty; a representative from Maudus Trucking, and Rachel Vanderstappen, Fairest of the Fair

The AgSource Miss Q third lactation winner was Katie Gillette, a member of the Whitewater 4-H Club and the daughter of Tim and Mary Gillette. Her half-gallon of quality milk was purchased for $2,500 by the "Constance" Syndicate, which includes the Whitewater Veterinary Hospital, Richard Kuecker and Family, Lemke Milk Hauling, Madaus Trucking, Sunshine Genetics, Bob and Deb Gillette, Nick Uglow, Tim and Mary Gillette, and LaFayette Ag Sales. 


Katie Keizer, leading her animal; Bill Stade; Rachel Vanderstappen, Fairest of the Fair and Abriel Odling, Fair Royalty

Katie Keizer was the AgSource Miss Q fourth lactation winner. Katie is the daughter of Dave and Carol Keizer and a member of the Ridge Prairie 4-H Club. Her half-gallon of quality milk was purchased for $950 by Bill Stade Auction and Realty of Sharon, Wis.

Complete Feed Service of Sharon, Wis., represented by Jeff Johnson and Adam Watkins, presented each AgSource Miss Q Lactation Winner with an additional $150 cash award. Sugar Creek Mutual Insurance Company and Lauderdale Agency donated $600 to each Miss Q Contest exhibitor for their success! Thank you to Katy Katzman and Jason Kollwelter representing the Walworth County Dairy Promotion Committee for donating the 2016 Miss Quality Contest banners for the dairy show. We'd also like to thank Gary Finley for serving as the auctioneer for the event, hosted by the Walworth County Sale Committee.

AgSource, a member-owned cooperative, headquartered in Verona, Wis., is a leader in agricultural and environmental laboratory analysis and information management services. A subsidiary of Cooperative Resources International, AgSource provides services to clients in the United States and across the globe. Learn more at www.AgSource.com.