For immediate release – August 2, 2012
Contact: Joe Domecq at (517) 353-7855 or Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Courtney Heisler, Springport, was selected as the supreme champion showmanship winner at the Michigan Youth Dairy Days dairy cattle show held July 17 at Michigan State University (MSU). Heisler, 16, was selected as the winner from a field of 12 individual showmanship class winners. The youth dairy show was held during 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 MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education in East Lansing.
As the supreme champion showperson, Heisler was one of three youth to represent the Michigan dairy industry at the 4th annual Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-abration held that evening. Her lot, which was represented by a dairy products basket, sold for $5,100 to the syndicate of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM), Kalmbach Feeds, Caledonia Farmers Elevator, Dairy Farmers of America and VanBeek Nutrition. Though a majority of the funds generated from the sale of the dairy lots is returned to the statewide dairy youth fund of the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, Heisler received $1,000. The dairy portion of the fund supports dairy youth programs through educational grants and scholarships, as well as dairy youth program activities, such as the Michigan Youth Dairy Days and related activities.
Classes were divided according to the total number of participants and their respective ages. The focus was on having a similar number of participants in each class with no more than one year’s age difference between the youngest and oldest contestant.
Winners of the individual classes were:
Division 1: Lucas Crabtree, Addison (Hillsdale County)
Division 2: Shannon Good, Caledonia (Kent County)
Division 3: Ian Black, Eagle (Clinton County)
Division 4: Kylie Slavik, Ashley (Gratiot County)
Division 5: Chelsea Barnes, Zeeland (Ottawa County)
Division 6: Daniel Remenar, Elsie (Clinton County)
Division 7: Miriah Dershem, St. Johns (Clinton County)
Division 8: Morgan Luoma, East Leroy (Calhoun County)
Division 9: Abigail Butcher, St. Johns (Clinton County)
Division 10: Courtney Heisler, Springport (Calhoun County)
Division 11: Lucas Moser, Dansville (Ingham County)
Division 12: Kailey Sweers, Williamston (Ingham County)
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 from around the state participated in one or more of the educational competitions, and winners may go on to represent Michigan in national competitions.
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 and Michigan Youth Dairy Days are scheduled for July 15-19 at MSU.