The well-attended show took place at the Caledonia County Fairgrounds in Lyndonville with more than 60 youths, ages 11 to 18, from 11 counties showing dairy animals. University of Vermont (UVM) Extension organized the event, which also included a team clipping competition and grilled cheese-making contest.
In the fitting and showmanship competition the 4-H’ers were evaluated on their poise and how well they handled their animal. Isabel Hall of East Montpelier was named Senior Champion. Adele Biasini, Morrisville, was chosen as Reserve Senior Champion. The Junior Champion was Lincoln Michaud of East Hardwick with Carolyn Kirby of East Montpelier winning Junior Reserve Champion.
In the conformation classes, which were arranged by age and breed of animal, judges looked at the physical structure, condition and appearance of each animal. Championships were awarded as follows:
Ayrshire – Senior Champion: Morgan Conant, Randolph Center, with her four-year-old cow; Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Abagail Hurd, Hardwick, with her spring yearling.
Brown Swiss – Senior Champion: Addy Parsons, Weybridge, with her two-year-old cow; Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Adele Biasini, Morrisville, with her spring yearling.
Guernsey – Junior Champion and Grand Champion: Cody Trudeau, Hardwick, with his winter calf.
Holstein – Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Hunter Michaud, East Hardwick, with his two-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Isabel Hall, East Montpelier, with her summer yearling.
Jersey – Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Cassie Westcom, Enosburg Falls, with her four-year-old cow; Junior Champion: Seth Carson, Newbury, with his summer yearling.
Thirty competitors also were selected to compete again in the regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA in September.
The day before the dairy show, the 4-H’ers enjoyed a pizza party sponsored by Caledonia and Orleans County 4-H and area businesses and participated in team clipping and grilled cheese-making contests.
Coming in first in the clipping competition was the team of Isabel Hall, East Montpelier; Ted Hartsock, Lyndonville; and Courteney Simpson, Sutton. The second-place team included Chris Girard, Lunenburg; Todd Howard, Greensboro Bend; and Alexis Lawson, Sutton.
For the grilled cheese contest, each team was evaluated on its culinary prowess and knowledge of food safety. The winning team included Jake Senecal, Bradford, and Brennan and Levi Vaughan, Thetford.
Several special awards also were presented at the show.
The John Knapp Award went to Abagail Hurd of Hardwick for earning the highest score at the Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in March. It is given in honor of the late John Knapp, the coach for the state quiz bowl team for many years.
Kaitlin Benoit of Montgomery Center received the Ed Gould Award, presented annually to an adult who supports and provides outstanding leadership to the Vermont 4-H dairy program. Poulin Grain, Inc. was honored with the Friend of 4-H Award, which recognizes a business that has been a staunch supporter of 4-H programs over the years.
To learn more about the UVM Extension 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 802-656-5418.