Public Invited To 4-H State Dairy Show
- By Wendy Sorrell
New Haven--Many of Vermont's best dairy 4-H members will compete at the annual 4-H State Dairy Show, Aug. 11 in New Haven, for championships and a chance to show their animals in New England regional competition.
Spectators are welcome to attend the free University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H event, which will be held at the Addison County Fair and Field Days grounds, beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available for purchase on-site.
Separate competitions will be held for all the breeds. The fitting and showmanship classes, based on the age of the exhibitor, focus on the poise of the 4-H'er and presentation of the animal. In addition to earning ribbons for placement, the top individuals in both the junior and senior divisions will earn the fitting and showmanship championship for their division.
In the conformation classes, arranged according to the animal's age and breed, the judges evaluate the cow or heifer on its physical structure, condition, physical appearance and breed characteristics. A grand champion will be chosen from among all the junior and senior champions for each breed.
In addition, 30 of the best competitors will be selected to participate at the regional 4-H dairy show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. in September.
The day before the state dairy show, participants will take part in a clipping contest. They also will attend a chicken barbecue hosted by Addison County 4-H clubs and local businesses.
Eligibility for the state show is based on a number of factors. The 4-H'ers must be between 11 and 18 years of age and have participated in their county dairy show this year. They also need to attain a score of 60 or higher on their dairy project record books and go through an interview process that includes questions on a number of dairy topics and their 4-H project work.
For more information on the 4-H dairy show, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at (802) 656-5418 or (800) 571-0668, ext. 2 (within Vermont).