For immediate release – August 3, 2012
Contact: Joe Domecq at (517) 353-7855 or Carla McLachlan at (517) 432-5402
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Courtney Heisler, Springport (Calhoun County); Parker Hardy, Tipton (Lenawee County); Lucas Moser, Dansville (Ingham County) were the top winners in the 2012 Michigan Youth Dairy Days dairy youth show held July 17 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.
Heisler was selected as the supreme champion showmanship winner from a field of 12 individual class winners. Hardy exhibited the supreme champion dairy heifer and Moser showed the supreme champion dairy cow. The trio represented the dairy industry at the fourth annual Michigan Livestock Expo ‘Sale-abration’ auction held in conjunction with Michigan Dairy Expo.
The sale of three dairy product gift baskets representing the youth show winners and the Grand Champion Cheese exhibited by Cowslip Creamery, Grand Rapids, generated a record $34,600. Though a majority of the funds generated from the sale of the dairy lots will be returned to the statewide dairy youth fund of the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, the youth members who exhibited the winning animals or earned the champion showperson award each received $1,000. The dairy portion of the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship 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.
Nearly 300 animals were exhibited in the dairy youth show, which was judged by Donna Griewe, Sidney, Ohio, and Steve Hendress, West Lafayette, Ind.
In the Ayrshire show, Kayle Jakus, St. Johns (Clinton County) exhibited the junior champion heifer and the senior and grand champion cow. The junior champion was also selected as the Ayrshire breed reserve grand champion animal.
Justin Webster, Laingsburg (Clinton County) showed the senior and grand champion Brown Swiss cow. Courtney Heisler, Springport (Calhoun County), showed the reserve senior and reserve grand champion Brown Swiss cow. In the junior show, Heisler showed the junior champion heifer. Kelvin Webster, Laingsburg (Clinton County), had the reserve junior champion heifer.
Two animals were shown in the Guernsey breed show. Shelby Berens, Holland (Ottawa County), exhibited the junior champion heifer, which was also picked as the reserve grand champion Guernsey animal. C.J. Berens, Hamilton (Ottawa County), showed the senior and grand champion Guernsey cow.
In the Holstein heifer show, Parker Hardy, Tipton (Lenawee County), had the junior champion heifer. She was later selected as the supreme champion heifer of the entire show. Standing in the reserve junior champion position was Lucas Moser, Dansville (Ingham County), with his yearling heifer.
Hardy and Moser reversed positions in the Holstein cow show. Moser exhibited the senior and grand champion Holstein cow, which was later picked as the show’s supreme champion dairy cow. Hardy owned the reserve senior and reserve grand champion dairy cow, as well as the honorable mention senior and honorable mention grand champion animal.
Daniel Remenar, Elsie (Clinton County), exhibited the junior champion Jersey heifer. The reserve junior champion Jersey heifer was shown by Austin Zmrzlik, Fremont (Newaygo County). Skylar Buell, Temperance (Monroe County), earned a triple win in the cow classes. She was awarded senior and grand champion, reserve senior and reserve grand champion, and honorable mention senior and honorable mention grand champion with her Jersey cow class winners.
In the Milking Shorthorn show, MacKenzie Delong, North Branch (Lapeer County) showed the junior champion heifer, which was also awarded the reserve grand champion rosette. Hanna Dutcher, Owosso (Shiawassee County) exhibited the reserve junior champion animal. Megan Crevier, Corunna (Shiawassee County) exhibited the senior and grand champion Milking Shorthorn cow.
Kristin Burkhardt, Lowell (Kent County), had the junior champion Red and White animal. Marcus Reed, Owosso (Shiawassee County) exhibited the reserve junior champion Red and White heifer. Jack Baker, Byron Center (Ottawa County), showed the senior and grand champion Red and White cow, and Reed had the reserve senior and reserve grand champion animal.
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.