(written by Henry Cammack)
This summer (2011) the UVM CREAM (Cooperative for Real Education in Agricultural Management) program exhibited a select group of their Jersey and Holstein cattle at the Addison County and Champlain Valley Fairs. Fairs provide the CREAM students with an opportunity to reach out to the Vermont dairy community. The shows also allow the CREAM students to advertise the excellent genetics in the CREAM herd and opens marketing opportunities.
The CREAM show string proved quite competitive this year. At the Addison County Fair two CREAM heifers won first place in their classes, one took second, and four took third place. CREAM also won Best Junior Three in both the Jersey and Holstein breed. This means that overall CREAM had the best group of heifers in both the Jersey and Holstein breeds. UVM Iatola Sadie and UVM Furor Serenity, two cows bred by UVM but now currently owned by Joe Allen (Class of ‘03) won Grand and Reserve Champion respectively. CREAM entered these cows, along with UVM CREAM Blackstone Norma-Jean, into the Best Senior Three category and won! Overall, the Addison County Fair was a success and CREAM took home several awards with its excellent cattle. In addition to the Addison County Fair, CREAM also showed in the Champlain Valley Fair.
UVM CREAM Blackstone Norma-Jean won the Jersey Futurity against even more competition at the Champlain Valley Fair. CREAM brought home an engraved trophy that will be held in a trophy case in Terrill Building until next year’s show (go take a look!). Again, UVM Iatola Sadie took Grand Champion of the Jersey show. CREAM entered Sadie, Serenity, and Norma- Jean into the Best Senior Three category and took the title again. Even though the CREAM heifers were not as successful as they were at the Addison County Fair, CREAM demonstrated that there are competitive genetics in the herd.
As the fall semester starts back up again, CREAM is already planning for next year’s show season. UVM Iatola Sadie is entered in the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. The CREAM group anxiously awaits the results of this show. Hopefully the success of UVM and UVM CREAM’s “S” line of Jerseys continues. CREAM just received two new born calves from this line and the group hopes that one day these calves will follow in their ancestor’s footsteps in the show ring.
Our Future Show Ring Girls:
CREAM Brings a Calf on Campus!
Every year CREAM brings a calf on campus in order to teach the UVM community about the CREAM program. Students get the opportunity to learn about the CREAM program while petting one of our sweet young calves. This Fall semester, we brought Skylar and Saffron outside of the Davis Center. They had a lot of visitors! We even had Rally Cat take a photo with Saffron (see below)! They are both quite the celeberties now =)
Skylar Interacts with UVM Students
Rally Cat Greets Saffron
Rally Cat Hugs Saffron =)
CREAMer, Margaret holds Saffron on the ride home
CREAM advertises for Ben and Jerry's!
Last Octbober (2010) CREAM's very own UVM-CREAM Laurin Poppy was the star of a photo shoot for Ben and Jerry's. 2010 CREAMer Becca Reusch assisted local photographer Natalie Stultz as Poppy posed in the Fitzsimmons Arena. See some pictures from the photo shoot!
Last modified January 13 2014 12:52 PM