Caledonia County 4-H'ers Compete at 4-H Dairy Show in Lyndonville
- By Lindsay Jones
Lyndonville--Local 4-H dairy club members had a chance to show the dairy cows they've raised through their 4-H projects at the Caledonia County 4-H/Open Peewee Youth Dairy Show, July 30, at the fairgrounds in Lyndonville.
The show, sponsored by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension and Caledonia County 4-H was the first 4-H dairy show held in the county in four years. Seth Carpenter of Derby, a former 4-H dairy member, was the judge. The announcer was Lindy Birch, the UVM Extension 4-H educator in Orleans and Essex Counties.
In the fitting and showmanship competition, the judge evaluates how well each exhibitor presents and handles his or her animal in the show ring. Classes are arranged according to the age of the individual.
In this competition Brooke Hubbard-Sizen of Sutton was named Senior Fitting and Showing Champion. DJ Nelson of Ryegate won the Junior Fitting and Showing Championship. The Novice Fitting and Showing Champion (for first-time competitors) was Brookelyn Dennis of Ryegate.
Winners, by age group and in order of placement included:
- SENIOR DIVISION: Ages 16 and older: Brooke Hubbard-Sizen, Sutton (Mountain Side 4-H); Rebecca Tanner, Lyndonville (Mountain Side 4-H)
- JUNIOR DIVISION Age 9: Luke McReynolds, Danville (North Danville Willing Workers); Emily Tanner, Sutton (Mountain Side 4-H)
- JUNIOR DIVISION Age 10: DJ Nelson, Ryegate (Ryegate Trailblazers); Caleb Nelson, Ryegate (independent 4-H member); Kasey Barton, Sutton (Mountain Side 4-H); Melanie Coons, East Burke (Mountain Side 4-H)
- JUNIOR DIVISION Ages 12-13: Devyn Nelson, Ryegate (independent 4-H member); Emily A. Tanner, Lyndonville (Mountain Side 4-H); Kortney Coons, East Burke (Mountain Side 4-H)
- NOVICE DIVISION (first-time competitors): Brookelyn Dennis, Ryegate (Ryegate Trailblazers); Aleah Nelson, Ryegate (Ryegate Trailblazers); Brydie Barton, Sutton (Mountain Side 4-H); Cameron Dennis, Ryegate (Ryegate Trailblazers); Saige Coons, East Burke (Mountain Side 4-H)
The 4-H'ers also competed in conformation classes where their animals were evaluated for appearance, physical structure and overall condition. These classes are arranged by age and breed of animal.
Taking top honors were Rebecca Tanner of Lyndonville whose Jersey winter yearling heifer was named the Supreme Champion of All Breeds. Reserve Supreme Champion of All Breeds went to DJ Nelson of Ryegate for his Holstein fall calf.
Breed championships were as follows:
- AYRSHIRE: Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Emily A. Tanner, Lyndonville, with her winter calf
- BROWN SWISS: Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Devyn Nelson, Ryegate, with his winter yearling heifer; Reserve Junior Champion: Caleb Nelson, Ryegate, with his summer yearling heifer
- HOLSTEIN: Junior Champion and Grand Champion: DJ Nelson, Ryegate, with his fall calf. Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Aleah Nelson, Ryegate, with her fall calf
- JERSEY: Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Rebecca Tanner, Lyndonville, with her winter yearling heifer. Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Luke McReynolds, Danville, with his spring calf.
The show also allowed 4-H Cloverbuds, ages five to seven, to participate although they were not eligible to compete for ribbons or trophies. Participants included Avery and Kacie Nelson, both from Ryegate and Sarah Tanner, Sutton.
Every participant received a rope halter, courtesy of Caledonia County 4-H. In addition, Rebecca Tanner received a special award from the Vermont Jersey Breeders Association.
To learn more about the 4-H dairy program in Caledonia County, contact Lindsay Jones, UVM Extension 4-H educator, at (802) 888-4972 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.