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State 4-H Dairy Show Attracts Large Turnout

Several 4-H'ers competed in the 14-year-olds division in the fitting and showmanship competition at the State 4-H Dairy Show, Aug, 12 in Lyndonville, which was judged by Matt Sneller of Canton, Maine. From left to right: Maggie Kirby, East Montpelier; Megan Hill, Bristol; Therese Rainville, Fairfield; Miquelle Thurber, Barre; Tim Carson, Newbury; Levi Vaughan, East Thetford (hidden behind the judge); Morgan Conant, Randolph Center; Parker Royer, North Troy; Jacob Senecal, Bradford and Leslie Donlin, Starksboro. (photo credit: Michael Wilson/UVM Extension)

Lyndonville--Competition was keen at the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 12, as 90 4-H dairy members, ages 11 to 18, vied for championship awards in conformation and showing classes.

The annual show was held at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville. Judges for the event were Jennifer Tierney-Bosley, Malone, N.Y. (colored breeds) and Matt Sneller, Canton, Maine (Holsteins).

On the day before the show, the 4-H'ers had a chance to groom their animals and practice for the show. They also participated in a clipping contest and workshop on how to pack a bed for cattle. Caledonia, Essex and Orleans County 4-H clubs and local businesses hosted an evening pizza party.

The first event of the show was the fitting and showmanship classes, which are arranged by age of the exhibitor. The judges evaluates how well competitors present and handle their animal.

Two East Montpelier 4-H'ers earned top honors in the fitting and showmanship competition. Maggie Kirby was named the Senior Fitting and Showing Champion with the Junior Champion going to Isabel Hall.

In the conformation classes, arranged by breed and age of the animal, the focus is on the overall appearance of the animal including its physical structure and condition. The 4-H'ers earning breed championships were:

  • AYRSHIRE--Senior Champion: Morgan Conant, Randolph Center, with her two-year-old cow; Junior and Grand Champion: Dacey Anechiarico, Whiting, with her spring calf.
  • BROWN SWISS--Junior and Grand Champion: Kathryn Wright, Enosburg Falls, with her fall calf.
  • HOLSTEIN--Senior Champion: Luke Parent, St. Albans, with his two-year-old cow; Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier, with her summer yearling.
  • JERSEY--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Megan Hill, New Haven, with her two-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Tyler Royer, North Troy, with his summer yearling.
  • MILKING SHORTHORN--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Amanda Eugair, Proctor, with her winter calf.

Thirty-five participants also were selected to compete in the regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in W. Springfield, Mass. in September.

Two special awards were presented at the 4-H dairy show. Darlene Wright of Enosburg received the Ed Gould Award, which is awarded to an adult 4-H club leader or volunteer who is a strong supporter of the Vermont 4-H dairy program just as the late Gould was.

The John Knapp Award, given each year to the highest scoring individual in the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, went to Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier. The late John Knapp was a 4-H volunteer who coached the state quiz bowl team for several years.

For information about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or