University of Vermont

4-H Members Place Well at Regional Dairy Show

Morrisville 4-H'er Adele Biasini was named Senior Champion in fitting and showing and the Junior and Reserve Grand Champion in conformation for the Brown Swiss breed at the 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition, Sept. 15-16 (photo: Stan Biasini)

Burlington--Vermont 4-H'ers competing in the regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition did the state proud as they captured three of the four championships in fitting and showing and several in conformation.

The University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H dairy delegation included 30 youths, all among the top competitors at the state 4-H dairy show in August. They competed Sept. 15-16 at the expo in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

In addition to individual placements, awards also were given to the best state herds by breed. Vermont won first place for Brown Swiss and Holstein, second for Ayrshire and third for Jersey. Vermont did not have a Guernsey herd this year.

For the fitting and showing classes, the judges evaluated the exhibitors on their poise and how well they presented and handled their animal in the show ring. Given the large number of competitors, several classes for juniors (ages 12 to 14) and seniors (ages 15 to 18) were held. In conformation classes, arranged according to age of the animal, the judges considered the animal's body condition and appearance when determining placements.

Vermont 4-H'ers captured both championships in the senior division with Adele Biasini, Morrisville, named Senior Champion and Christopher Girard, Lunenburg, taking Reserve Senior Champion. Enosburg Falls 4-H'er Molly Callan was the Junior Champion.

Other Vermonters who placed in the top five in their respective showing classes included:

Junior Showmanship: Group A: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield (first); Alycia Gainer, Lunenburg (second). Group B: Sam Callan, Enosburg Falls (second); Colby Simpson, Sutton (third). Group C: Lincoln Michaud, East Hardwick (third); Nathan Parent, St. Albans (fourth) Group E: Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls (first); Abigail Reen, Lincoln (second). Group F: Katie Blake, Sutton (first); Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier (third); Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne (fifth)

Senior Showmanship: Group A: Averie Brown, East Montpelier (fifth). Group B: Ryanne Nadeau, Newport (second); Julie Parent, St. Albans (fourth); Group C: Emily Frazier, Berlin (fourth); Group D: Adele Biasini, Morrisville (first); Aislynn Farr, Richmond (second); Seth Carson, Newbury (third). Group E: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier (second); Chandra Stanley, Enosburg (fourth). Group F: Olyvia Fortin, Newport (second); Madeleine Nadeau, Derby (third); Group G: Christopher Girard, Lunenburg (first)

Placing in the top five in conformation classes were:

AYRSHIRE: Reserve Senior Champion and Honorable Mention Grand Champion: Jonathan Flores-Torres, Addison; Reserve Junior Champion: Joseph Real, Georgia; Honorable Mention Junior Champion: Abigail Reen, Lincoln

  • Fall calf: Joseph Real, Georgia (second)
  • Winter Calf: Abagail Hurd, Hardwick (second)
  • Spring Yearling Heifer: Abigail Reen, Lincoln (first)
  • Fall Yearling Heifer: Aislynn Farr, Richmond (first)
  • Two-year-old heifer: Jonathan Flores-Torres, Addison (first)

BROWN SWISS:  Junior and Reserve Grand Champion: Adele Biasini, Morrisville; Reserve Junior Champion and Honorable Mention Grand Champion: Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne; Honorable Mention Junior Champion: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield

  • Fall Calf: Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne (first); Chandra Stanley, Enosburg (third); Olyvia Fortin, Newport (fourth)
  • Winter Calf: Adele Biasini, Morrisville (first)
  • Summer Yearling Heifer: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield (first); Ellie Bissell, Richmond (second)
  • Winter Yearling Heifer: Julie Parent, St. Albans (first)

HOLSTEIN: Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier

  • Spring Calf: Katie Blake, Sutton (first)
  • Fall calf: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier (first); Ryanne Nadeau, Newport (third); Madeline Nadeau, Derby (fourth); Lincoln Michaud, East Hardwick (fifth)
  • Winter Calf: Emily Frazier, Berlin (second); Averie Brown, East Montpelier (third); Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier (fifth)
  • Spring Yearling Heifer: Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls (second)
  • Summer Yearling Heifer: Colby Simpson, Sutton (first); Christopher Girard, Lunenburg
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  • Fall Yearling Heifer: Charlie Haynes, East Montpelier (first)
  • Winter Yearling Heifer: Sam Callan, Enosburg Falls (fourth)

JERSEY: Honorable Mention Senior Champion: Addison Hubbell, Shoreham

  • Winter calf: Sarah Hill, New Haven (third)
  • Spring Yearling Heifer: Seth Carson, Newbury (first)
  • Two-Year-Old Heifer: Addison Hubbell, Shoreham (first)

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