University of Vermont

State 4-H Dairy Show Attracts 81 Competitors

Diane Norris (right) with Poulin Grain, a show sponsor, presents the Junior Fitting and Show Championship trophy to Charlie Haynes of East Montpelier at the Vermont 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 13 in Highgate. (photo: Allison Smith/UVM Extension 4-H)

Highgate--Enthusiasm ran high at the State 4-H Dairy Show, Aug. 13, as the 4-H'ers vied for championships in conformation and showing classes along with a chance to represent Vermont in regional competition.

The event, held at the Franklin County Field Days grounds in Highgate, attracted 81 participants who showed 107 animals. Judges were Aaron Eaton, Syracuse, New York, for Holsteins and Senior Fitting and Show classes and Sheri Boardman, Middleburgh, New York, for colored breeds and Junior Fitting and Show classes.

New this year was a grilled cheese competition, held the evening before, which was won by the team of Katherine Howard, East Thetford; Mairen Poirier, Wells River; and Ron Senecal, Bradford. Their win qualifies them to compete against other state 4-H teams at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, in September.

Thirty of the State 4-H Dairy Show's best exhibitors also are headed to the "Big E" to participate in the 4-H dairy show. In addition, Vermont will send teams to compete in dairy judging and quiz bowl. Representing Vermont on the judging team will be Seth Carson, Newbury; Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Maddie Nadeau, Derby; and Joseph Real, Georgia. Members of the quiz bowl team are Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier; Calvin Seward and Dana Seward, both from East Wallingford; and Chandra Stanley, Franklin.

In the fitting and show competition at the state dairy show the 4-H'ers were evaluated on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal. Adele Biasini, Morrisville, was named the Senior Fitting and Show Champion (ages 14-18). The Junior Fitting and Show Championship Award (ages 11-13) went to Charlie Haynes, East Montpelier.

In conformation classes, arranged by breed and age of animal, judging was based on the physical structure, condition and appearance of the animal. Youths earning championships for their breed in the conformation classes were:

AYRSHIRE--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Jonathan Flores-Torres, Ferrisburgh, with his two-year-old cow; Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Abigail Reen, Bristol, with her spring yearling.

BROWN SWISS--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Chandra Stanley, Franklin, with her fall calf. Reserve Grand Champion: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield, with her summer yearling.

GUERNSEY--Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Cody Trudeau, Hardwick, with his winter calf.

HOLSTEIN--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Elizabeth Menard, Fairfield, with her three-year-old cow. Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Averie Brown, East Montpelier, with her winter calf. Reserve Junior Champion: Isabelle Hall, East Montpelier.

JERSEY--Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Addison Hubbell, Shoreham, with her two-year-old cow; Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge, with his fall calf. Reserve Junior Champion: Sarah Hill, Bristol, with her winter calf.

Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier, was presented with the John Knapp Award. The award is given in memory of Knapp, the Vermont 4-H dairy quiz bowl team coach for several years, to the 4-H'er who achieves the highest overall individual score in the annual Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest.

Yankee Farm Credit received the Friend of 4-H Award, which recognizes a business that has been a long-time supporter of 4-H programs. Judith Vaughan of Newbury was this year's recipient of the Ed Gould Award. The award goes to an adult who provides leadership and strong support to the Vermont 4-H dairy program just as Gould did.

University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Franklin County 4-H Foundation co-sponsored the dairy show.

To learn more about the 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at