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Annual State 4-H Dairy Show Attracts Over 60 Competitors

Highgate--On Aug. 13, 64 4-H'ers, ages 11 to 18, from throughout the state competed at the annual University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Dairy Show in Highgate.

The show was held at the Franklin County Fair and Field Days grounds. Judges for the event were Seth Johnson of Tunbridge (colored breeds), and Dan Lacoss of Barton (Holsteins).

For the 4-H'ers, the activities began the day prior to the show. In addition to practicing and preparing their animals for the show, they participated in a clipping contest and fun get-acquainted activities.

The show got underway with the fitting and showmanship classes where the 4-H'ers were judged on their poise as well as presentation and handling of their animal. For the conformation classes, arranged by age and breed of animal, judges looked at the physical structure, condition and appearance of the animal.

Chelsea Abbott, Fairfield, was named the Senior Fitting and Showing Champion. The Junior Champion was Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier.

In the conformation classes individuals earning championships for their breed were:

AYRSHIRE--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Ashley Woods, Enosburg Falls, with her two-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Kelli Jerome, Leicester, with her fall calf.

BROWN SWISS--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Shelby Biasini, Morrisville, with her four-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Kathryn Wright, Enosburg Falls, with her summer yearling.

HOLSTEIN--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Elle Purrier, Montgomery, with her two-year-old cow; Junior Champion Grand Champion: Britney Hill, Bristol, with her summer yearling.

JERSEY-- Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Tiffany Tracey, Vergennes, with her three-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Megan Hill, New Haven, with her winter calf.

MILKING SHORTHORN--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Kyle Letourneau, East Charleston, with his spring yearling.

Renee Lacoss and Susie Marchand, volunteer leaders of the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club, received the Ed Gould Award, given in memory of Gould, a strong supporter of the dairy industry. The award is presented annually to an adult who provide leadership and support to the Vermont 4-H dairy program.

The recipient of the John Knapp Award is Michael Ingwersen of Addison. 

The award is given in honor of the late John Knapp, a 4-H volunteer who coached the state quiz bowl team for several years, to the 4-H'er who receives the highest individual scores in the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest.

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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