BURLINGTON, VA — Several Vermont 4-H’ers had an opportunity to represent the state in dairy competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA recently.
In the general dairy knowledge contest, held Sept. 17, Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier placed fifth overall in the senior division. Sharon Palmer of Weybridge came in 7th. In the junior division, Elizabeth Menard of Fairfield was 7th and Lillianne Seward of East Wallingford, 9th. All dairy exhibitors were required to take part in this contest.
On Sept. 18 two different 4-H dairy events were held, quiz bowl and the clipping contest. The Vermont Quiz Bowl Team finished 5th with Lillianne Seward ninth high overall individual. Other team members were Emily Carson, Newbury; Chris Girard, Lunenburg; and Sharon Palmer, Weybridge.
Vermont’s team for the clipping contest consisted of Cole Goodhue, Fairfield; Virginia Patz, Shoreham; and Andrew Seward, East Wallingford. The team placed 4th.
Two Vermont teams competed in the dairy judging competition on Sept. 19. In this contest, the 4-H’ers had to evaluate several classes of different breeds of cattle and provide oral reasons for two classes. The scores of all members of each team were combined to determine team rankings.
Representing the state on the A Team were Cole Goodhue; Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville; and Addy Parsons, Weybridge. They came in 8th. The B Team, which placed 5th in competition, included Maggie Kirby and Maddie Nadeau and Jacob Patenaude, both from Holland.
The A Team ranked first in judging Ayrshires and 4th in Brown Swiss. The B Team finished 3rd for Holsteins and 4th for Jerseys. For overall rankings for oral reasons, the B Team came in 1st and the A Team, 7th.
Four Vermonters placed in the top 10 for individual oral reasons. They were Jacob Patenaude, third; Addy Parsons, 5th; Maggie Kirby, 7th; and Maddie Nadeau, 8th.