4-H Kids and Cows Compete at Lamoille County Dairy Show
- By Lindsay Jones
Johnson--The focus of the day was on fun as 4-H'ers from four counties vied for ribbons and championships at the 4-H/Open Peewee Youth Dairy Show, July 27, at the annual Lamoille County Field Days in Johnson.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Green Mountain Moovers 4-H Club of Morrisville sponsored the event, which attracted participants from Caledonia, Franklin, Lamoille and Orleans Counties. Lora Smith-Goss of North Haverhill, N.H., who has judged open and 4-H shows for 30 years, was the judge for both the fitting and showmanship and conformation classes.
The event included a peewee division for 4-H Cloverbuds, ages five to seven, to introduce them to the show ring and give them experience showing a dairy animal in competition. Entrants in this division received participation ribbons but were not ranked. They included Bo and Sam Callan, Enosburg Falls; and Gabriel, Haley, Morgan and Natalie Michaud, all of East Hardwick.
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.
The Senior Fitting and Showing Champion was Shelby Biasini of Morrisville. Her sister, Adele Biasini, was named the Junior Fitting and Showing Champion. Winning the Novice Fitting and Showing Champion award was Lincoln Michaud of East Hardwick. This division was open to exhibitors new to dairy show competition.
Fitting and showmanship winners, by age group and in order of class placement were:
- SENIOR DIVISION: Ages 16 and older: Shelby Biasini, Morrisville (Green Mountain Moovers); Devin Mitchell, Richford (Green Mountain Dairy 4-H). Ages 14 and 15: Cassie Westcom, Enosburg Falls (Franklin County 4-Leaf Clovers); Ian Biasini, Morrisville (Green Mountain Moovers)
- JUNIOR DIVISION Ages 10-11: Adele Biasini, Morrisville (Green Mountain Moovers); Lucy Kelley, Morrisville (Green Mountain Moovers); Chandra Stanley, Enosburg (Green Mountain 4-H Dairy); Hunter Michaud, East Hardwick (Kingdom Country Farmers)
- JUNIOR DIVISION Ages 12-13: Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield (Franklin County 4-H Dairy Club); Hattie Moriarty, Stowe (Green Mountain Moovers); Todd Howard, Greensboro Bend (Kingdom Country Farmers); Cole Goodhue, Fairfield (Franklin County 4-H Dairy Club)
- NOVICE DIVISION: Lincoln Michaud, East Hardwick (Kingdom Country Farmers); Sadie Ellner, Morrisville (Green Mountain Moovers); Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls (Green Mountain Dairy 4-H)
In the conformation classes, Grand Champion of All Breeds was won by Shelby Biasini of Morrisville with her Brown Swiss winter calf.
Championships, listed by breed, were won by the following:
- AYSHIRE--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Devin Mitchell, Richford, with his summer yearling.
- BROWN SWISS--Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Chandra Stanley with her two-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Shelby Biasini, Morrisville, with her winter calf. Reserve Junior Champion: Shelby Biasini, Morrisville, with her fall calf.
- HOLSTEIN--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Todd Howard, Greensboro Bend, with his spring yearling. Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Lincoln Michaud, East Hardwick, with his winter calf.
- JERSEY--Senior and Grand Champion: Cassie Westcom, Enosburg, with her two-year-old cow. Cassie also received a special Jersey award from the Vermont Jersey Breeders Association, which included a certificate and a gift card from Nasco, a mail order company that sells agricultural, educational and health care products.
In addition to winning trophies, each of the champions in the conformation classes received an additional prize donated by local businesses. These included bags of grain, soap, brushes, hoof polish and other items. For winning the Grand Champion of All Breeds Shelby Biasini was awarded a show halter.
The day also included a barbecue for all participants. The food was donated by Hannafords and Price Chopper in Morrisville and Shaws in Stowe. Volunteers who assisted with the show included Rod Kries, Wolcott, (barbecue), Karen Westcom, Enosburg (announcer) and Debora Wickart and Stan Biasini, both of Morrisville (set up).