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Kids and Cows Compete at Annual 4-H Dairy Show

New Haven--Enthusiasm ran high at the annual University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Dairy Show as 68 4-H'ers, ages 11 to 18, vied for championship awards in conformation and showing classes, as well as a chance to represent Vermont in regional competition.

The show was held Aug. 15 at the Addison County Fair and Field Days site in New Haven. The 4-H'ers arrived the previous day to practice and prepare their animals for the show. They also participated in fire safety training with Derek Shepardson, Vermont Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Safety; Louise Waterman, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets; and Gail Lapierre, UVM Extension AgrAbility Project.

All 4-H'ers competed in fitting and showmanship classes where they were evaluated on their poise and presentation of their animal, as well as their handling of their animal. In the conformation classes, arranged by age and breed of animal, judging was based on the physical structure, condition and appearance of the animal. Judges for the event were Richard Giddings, Brandon (Holsteins), and Moira Poitras, Brimfield, Mass. (colored breeds)

The Senior Fitting and Showing Grand Champion was Caitlyn Abbott, Fairfield. Therese Rainville, also from Fairfield, was named Junior Grand Champion.

Individuals earning championships for their breed in the conformation classes included:

AYRSHIRE--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Brittany Hill, Bristol, with her two-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Peter Carrara, Proctor, with his fall calf

BROWN SWISS--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Shelby Biasini, Morrisville, with her three-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Angela Volk, Bridport, with her fall calf

GUERNSEY--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Katelynn Tracey, Vergennes, with her fall calf

HOLSTEIN--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Amber Thomas, Shoreham, with her three-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Chelsea Abbott, Fairfield, with her summer yearling

JERSEY--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Katelynn Tracey, Vergennes, with her three-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Megan Hill, New Haven, with her fall calf

MILKING SHORTHORN--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Kimberly Page, Randolph Center, with her two-year-old cow

The Ed Gould Award was presented to Ken Pope and Paul Saenger, both from Shoreham. This award is given in memory of Gould, a staunch supporter of the dairy industry, to an adult who provides leadership and strong support to the Vermont 4-H dairy program.

Brenda Atwater of Vernon was honored with the John Knapp Award. This award is presented annually to the high scoring individual in the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest. It honors the late John Knapp, a 4-H volunteer who coached the state quiz bowl team for many years.

Thirty-five competitors also earned the chance to compete in the regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, Mass. in September.

Contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668, ext. 2 (within Vermont) for information about the Vermont 4-H dairy program.

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