Thirty-five Susquehanna County Dairy 4-Hers recently traveled to the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg to compete at the PA State Junior Dairy Show. Participants qualified for the State Show by exhibiting and receiving a blue ribbon at the District Dairy Show. Susquehanna County was well represented, and did an excellent job competing against other 4-H Dairy members from across the state.
Once again, Susquehanna County was very proud to have three 4-Hers exhibit State Champions. Trevor Tompkins showed Evergreen-MCT Black Beauty to a 1st place finish in the 4 year old Holstein class, and was named Senior and Grand Champion of the Holstein Show. Trevor was also awarded Best Bred and Owned Animal of the Holstein Show. Alex Bonavita exhibited Jon-Ann Red Rub Rosethorn-EXP, a Junior 2 Year Old Milking Shorthorn, and was named Grand Champion of the Milking Shorthorn Show. Alex also was awarded the Best Bred and Owned Animal of the show. And lastly, Kyle Vanderfeltz showed his Jersey Senior 3 Year old, VanFel Legal Jumpy, and was named Reserve Grand Champion of the Jersey Show. He also received the Best Bred and Owned Animal of the Jersey Show. It is a great accomplishment to be named Grand Champion at the State Show, but it is even more impressive when it is with a homebred animal.
The other Susquehanna County 4-Hers who participated had great days as well. In the Ayrshire show, Conner Hunsinger had the 2nd place Junior 2 year old. Kennidy Finch was 3rd with her 4 year old. Garrett Peters had the 7th place spring calf, and the 5th place spring yearling. And Cassie Clark won 3rd place with both her owned and bred fall calf and summer yearling. In the Brown Swiss show, Emma Loch placed 3rd with her Senior 2 year old, 5th with her winter calf, and 14th with her fall calf. Austin Bonavita took 2nd with his 6-years-and-over cow and 8th with his spring calf. Allana Warner was 6th with her spring calf, 5th with her summer yearling, and 5th with her spring yearling. Taylor Sebring was 6th with her summer yearling. Sharon Snyder took 6th with her spring yearling, and Rachel Johnson was 1st place with her winter yearling. In the Guernsey show, Kyle Bonavita place first and best owned and bred with his spring calf, and was second with his fall calf. Garrett Peters was first with his winter calf, and 3rd with his fall yearling. In the Holstein Show, Callie Curley too 3rd, and best owned and bred in the Junior 2 year old class. Michayla Stahl was second with her spring calf. Tommy Gudykunst stood 11th with his spring calf. Corey Vanderfeltz was 8th with his winter calf, and Kennidy Finch was 14th with her winter calf. Rierdan Reyan took 3rd with his fall calf. Emily Supancik was 7th with her summer yearling, and Patrick Curley was 2nd with his spring yearling. In the Jersey Show, Delaney Curley was 5th with her Senior 2 year old. Emory Bewley was 6th in the Senior 2 year old class. Kieran Curley was 7th in the Senior 2 year old class, and Cassidy Greenwood was 9th in the Senior 2 year old class. Katelyn Supancik showed the 7th place spring calf. Tommy Gudykunst showed the 12th place spring calf. In the fall calf class, Sabrina Clark was 6th, Jamie Supancik was 11th, Cassidy Greenwood was 12th, and Julia Sprout was 16th. Cassidy Greenwood also showed the 11th place spring yearling.
In the Milking Shorthorn show, Alex Bonavita had the 6th place winter calf, 4th place summer yearling, and 1st place spring yearling. All of Alex’s animals were owned and bred, and his spring yearling, Jon-Ann Zeus Rosepuff-ET was named Best Bred and Owned of the Milking Shorthorn heifer show.
Lastly, in the Red and White Show, Victoria Clark was 1st with her Senior 2 year old. Tracy Severcool took 4th with her spring calf and 5th with her spring yearling. Gavin Bewley was 2nd with his winter calf. Kennidy Finch took 5th with her fall calf. Jason Farley stood 3rd with his winter yearling, and Devon Greenwood was 5th, and best owned and bred with her fall yearling.
Several individuals from Susquehanna County also received the Master Showman Award. These exhibitors were Cassie Clark, Emma Loch, Rachel Johnson, Kyle Bonavita, Trevor Tompkins, Michayla Stahl, Kieran Curley, Katelyn Supancik, Sabrina Clark, Jamie Supancik, Alex Bonavita, Vicki Clark, Tracy Severcool, Gavin Bewley, Kennidy Finch, and Jason Farley.
Overall, Susquehanna County did a great job at the PA State Junior Dairy Show. As you can see, several breeds were represented, and the kids did an excellent job of showing their animals. Great job to all who participated.