For immediate release – July 25, 2012
Contact: Joe Domecq at (517) 353-7855 or Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Allison Schafer, Clinton County, and Lance Frahm, Saginaw County, were recognized as the highest point-getters in the junior division of this year’s Michigan Youth Dairy Days, an annual dairy youth activity held in conjunction with Michigan Dairy Expo. The 16th annual expo took place July 16–20 at the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing.
As the youth-centered portion of the Michigan Dairy Expo, the largest annual dairy event in the state, Youth Dairy Days offers young people interested in the dairy industry opportunities to compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various educational activities, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging competitions and the Dairy Days youth show. This year more than 200 youth members from around the state participated in one or more of the educational competitions, and winners may go on to represent Michigan in national competitions.
Schafer, of Westphalia, was awarded the Overall Dairy Youth Dairy Days High Rank Award in the junior division and received a $1,000 cash prize. Frahm, of Frankenmuth, was named the Reserve Overall Dairy Youth Dairy Days High Rank Award winner in the junior division and received a $750 cash prize.
The Overall Dairy Youth Dairy Days High Rank Award is awarded to the contestant who accumulates the highest total rankings in three of four contest categories: dairy cattle judging (conformation placings and oral reasons), dairy management, quiz bowl and showmanship. The senior division is open to youth ages 15 to 19. A similar contest is held for youth ages 9 to 14 (junior division). Each participant may only win the high rank award once in the junior division and once in the senior division.
Joe Domecq, Michigan dairy youth specialist and director of Youth Dairy Days and the Michigan Dairy Expo, said that the weeklong educational event serves as the stage for showcasing some of the industry’s most talented and engaged youth and future dairy industry leaders.
These youth must spend hours and hours practicing in preparation for Dairy Days. It takes a lot of commitment on the part of the youth,” he said. “They must learn a number of skills in the months and weeks leading up to Dairy Days. Once here, youth have to budget and prioritize their time to compete in back-to-back contests, often while being responsible for taking care of their show animals in the barn.”
Awards and other recognition during Youth Dairy Days, along with other dairy youth and judging program activities conducted throughout the year, are made possible through the generous support of numerous businesses, organizations and individuals. These include: ABS Global, Branch County Dairy Organization, Clinton County 4-H Dairy Council, Clinton County 4-H Dairy Leaders, Cole Riverview Farms, Country Fresh, Dairy Farmers of America, Dean Foods, District 1 Holstein Association, District VI Holstein Association, Drs. Joe and Denise Domecq, Foremost Farms USA, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Hillsdale County Dairy Leaders, Ira Krupp, Land O’Lakes Purina Feeds, Michigan Dairy Memorial Foundation, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Farm Bureau, Michigan Holstein Association, Michigan Jersey Cattle Club, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, MSU Dairy Club, MSU Dairy Judging Team, MSU Department of Animal Science, MOO-ville Creamery, NorthStar Cooperative, Osceola County 4-H Dairy Boosters, Ottawa County 4-H Dairy Committee, Rodney Pennock, Shiawassee County 4-H Dairy Association, United Dairy Industry of Michigan, United Producers, Westvale-Vu Dairy and Yoplait-Colombo.
For more information about the Michigan dairy youth program at MSU or Michigan Dairy Expo, visit www.MIdairyyouth.ans.msu.edu, or contact Dr. Joe Domecq at 517-353-7855.
The 2013 Michigan Dairy Expo is scheduled for July 15-19 at MSU.