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2019 | Spring Edition
2019 State Commercial Dairy Heifer Show
Written by Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA
Heifers for the State Commercial Dairy Heifer Show in Perry, GA weighed in on February 20th
with 228 heifers crossing the scales and 198 young people proudly brought them there.

Showmanship was a daylong event that began bright and early on February 21st. Serving as judge
for both Showmanship on the 21st and weight classes on the 22nd was Mary Creek of Palmyra Farm Ayrshires and Holsteins in Hagerstown, MD.

Congratulations to all of the youth that participated in this event and demonstrated the hard work they put into their projects. The dedication was evident from young people, parents, agents, advisers, and dairy producers. Special thank you to the farmers that loaned out heifers for this program - your generosity and support will forever impact the lives of these exhibitors. Show highlights include:
Master 4-H Showman:
Sarah Ullom, 9th grade, Coweta Co. 4H

Supreme FFA Showman -
Morgan Patterson, 11th grade, Jasper Co. FFA

Class 1 - Peyton Clark, Madison Co. 4H
Class 2 - Luke Huff, Oglethorpe Co.y 4H
Class 3 - Lane Bridges, Chattooga Co., FFA
Class 4 - Sydney Coble, Burke Co. 4H
Class 5 - Emma Turner, Oconee Co.Middle FFA
Class 6 - Torrie Reed, Gilmer Co. FFA
Class 7 - Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. FFA
Class 8 - Morgan Patterson, Jasper Co. FFA
Class 9 - Lawton Harris, Piedmont Academy FFA
Show Results:
Class 1 - Jayden Evans, Whitfield Co. 4H
Class 2 - Josie Roberson, Coweta Co.y 4H
Class 3 - Hannah Newberry, Rutland High FFA
Class 4 - Eliza Jane Glover, White Co. High FFA
Class 5 - Christian Page, Oconee Co. 4H
Class 6 - Chayse Culbert, Chattooga Co., FFA
Class 7 - Caeden Swartz, Coweta Co.y 4H
Class 8 - Reagan Britt, North Hall FFA
Class 9 - Trent Maddow, Jasper Co. FFA
Class 10 - Sarah Kimbrell, Wilbanks Middle FFA
Class 11 - Katarina Jackson, Houston Co. FFA
Class 12 - Christopher Pittman, Piedmont Academy FFA
Class 13 - Morgan Patterson, Jasper Co. FFA
Class 14 - Sydney Coble, Burke Co. 4H
Class 15 - Lawton Harris, Piedmont Academy FFA
Class 16 - Alexis Adams, Rutland High FFA
Class 17 - Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. FFA
Class 18 - Sarah Ullom, Coweta Co. 4H
Class 19 - Ariel Lawson, Rutland High FFA
Class 20 - Emma Newberry, Oconee Co. FFA

Grand Champion: Morgan Patterson, Jasper Co.
Reserve Champion:Trent Maddox, Jasper Co.
3rd Overall - Trent Maddox, Jasper Co.
4th Overall - Emma Newberry, Oconee Co.
5th Overall - Eliza Jane Glover, White Co.
GDYF's Spring Dress-A-Cow Contest Was A Blast
The GA Dairy Youth Foundation held their spring Dress-A-Cow contest at the GA National Livestock Show in Perry this February. Costumes ranged from a School Bus to a Sushi Roll. Spectators were blown away by the creative costumes that the kids exhibited.  Check out of Facebook page for photos!
Highlights from State Show Dress-A-Cow Contest

  • 29 competed for the Dress-A-Cow Contest. 
  • It was a difficult task to pick winners. 
  • Everyone that competed brought their game... and were highly creative!
  • Thanks to all that competed! 
Junior Class 8-10 years old 
1st place -- Tristen Robbins - "School Bus"
2nd place -- Caeden Swartz - "Jockey"
3rd place -- Luke Huff - "Milk Man"

Intermediate Class 12-13 years old
1st place -- Braedon Sizemore - "Greatest Show"
2nd place -- Halle Pierce - "Sushi Roll"
3rd place -- Brantley Burton - "Sunflower and Gardner"

Senior Class 14 years and older
1st place -- Kayla Parrish - "My Little Milk Shake"
2nd place -- Reagan Britt - "Red Riding Hood"
3rd place - - Alexus Carlock - "Hot Diggity Dog"
GDYF Selects 2019
Junior Board of Directors

Six individuals were selected to serve on the 2019 Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Junior Board during the Georgia Junior Livestock Show in Perry, Georgia.  

Congratulations to those selected to serve:
Front: left to right
  • Jennifer Brinton, Coweta County
  • Emma Newberry, Oconee County
  • Eliza Jane Glover, White County
  • Maryellen Mate, Madison County
Back: left to right
  • Keshon Winns, Burke County
  • Abby Joyner, Burke County

The board members were selected following an application process and interview at the UGA Dairy Science Club show in Athens, Georgia. 

The members of the GDYF Junior Board will strive to connect dairy youth with the opportunities provided through GDYF. Through leadership and fundraising, the board will work to promote interest in Georgia dairy programs and help GDYF best serve young people interested in dairy activities.
GDYF Annual Auction
Successful at 2019 GA Dairy Conference

The annual Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation fundraising auction saw another year of success at the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah, 
Georgia, on Jan. 21, 2019. 

Farrah Newberry, GDYF Executive Secretary, presented the 2019 Dr. Larry Guthrie award to Kellay Watson in recognition of her dedication to GDYF fundraising events and student activities.  Congratulations to the Kellay on this well-deserved recognition!

Following the award, the evening took an exciting turn as the GDYF auction began with Phil Harvey serving as auctioneer. Industry affiliates and producers alike competed in high-speed bidding to purchase items to benefit Georgia dairy youth programs. The auction raised close to $13,000! 
AgProTeam Wins 9th Annual GDYF Golf Tournament
Seventy-six golfers took advantage of a beautiful day for golf on March 29th at the 9th Annual Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Golf Tournament in Bishop. Many thanks to our sponsors and golfers who supported the event.

General tournament sponsors were:
Dr. Larry Guthrie
Sue and Sam Mosley
Embry Farm Services
Carl Blount Insurance Agency
Country Financial, Gail Wiley
Mack Guest

After registering and receiving goody bags with donations from The Dairy Alliance, golfers ate lunch sponsored by Chick-fil-a on Epps Bridge. During the tournament, golfers also enjoyed ice cream and milk provided by Mountain Fresh Creamery. 

The 2019 Tournament was held in memory of H. B. "Bud" Wiley, Jr. (1944-2012) who was an avid dairy farmer and pivotal in organizing the first two golf tournaments for GDYF. Thank you to the GDYF Golf Committee and Kellay Watson for their work in planning and executing this successful event. We also appreciate those that volunteered, including the GDYF Junior Board members!
Tee & Green Sponsors  
AgSouth Farm Credit
Team Dairy, Southeast Ag Services
Georgia Farm Bureau
Godfrey's Warehouse Inc.
Lanier Cold Storage
Ecosyl Products, Inc.
Walton EMC Natural Gas
United States Department of AG
Southeast Testing Lab
Roll Off Systems
JLW Trucking, Inc.
South State Bank
My Pool Pal, Reece Gilmer
Holly & Steve Crumley d/b/a Holly's Bed & Breakfast
Ag Central
Olympic Steel
Bagwell Insurance Group

Chic-fil-a Epps Bridge for sponsoring lunch
Hole Sponsors
Hammond Septic Tank
Glo-Crest Dairy
Mobile Fleet Solutions
Mountain Fresh Creamery
Muddy H Holsteins
Peggy Gates
Rider Transport, Inc.
Rider Farms
Rider Towing
Shamrock Animal Health
Team Dairy, Southeast Ag
Central Georgia Electric Corp.
Eatonton Cooperative Feed
Coweta County Dairy Show Team
Coweta Sigma Lambda Chi
Ag Central
Grizzle Lawn Care
Sills Bros Grading
Udder Nutrition
Bagwell Insurance Agency
Griffin Warehouse Millen
2019 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest Held Earlier This Month - Heather Shultz, GA 4-H Extension Specialist, Livestock
The 2019 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest was held at the UGA Instructional Arena on Friday, April 5. Twenty-five Juniors (4 Teams) and 23 Seniors (5 Teams) participated in the contest. 
Results from the Junior Dairy Judging Contest:

1.       Abby Joyner, Burke Co., 262
2.       Benton Burnett, Coweta Co., 255
3.       Katie Reynolds, Gordon Co., 254
4.       Jiles Coble, Burke Co., 253
5.       Hunter Petty, Gordon Co., 251
Top four Junior team results:
1.       Gordon Co., 755*
2.       Burke Co., 755*
3.       Coweta Co., 743
4.       Jones Co., 674
*Tie broken by reasons
The first place Junior Team, from Gordon Co., team members are: Katie Reynolds, Hunter Petty, Kylie Hurd and Rebekah McElrath. Burke Co., who placed second are: Abby Joyner, Jiles Coble, Sydney Coble and Holt Sapp. Coweta Co. placed third and their members are: Benton Burnett, Lila-Jane Burnett, Emmeline Burnett and Josie Roberson.
Results from the Senior State Dairy Judging Contest:
Top five Senior individuals
1.  Bryson Smith, Gordon Co., 364
2.      Mary Helen Coble, Burke Co., 356*
3.      Gabrielle Ralston, Gordon Co., 356*
4.      Charlee Causey, Carroll Co., 353
5.      Amelia Ayers, Carroll Co., 347
*Tie broken on reasons
Top five Senior team results:
1.      Gordon Co., 1058
2.      Carroll Co., 1028
3.      Coweta Co., 953
4.      Morgan Co., 909
5.     Jones Co., 887
The first place Senior Team from Gordon County has the opportunity to represent Georgia at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, WI this fall. Gordon County Team members are: Bryson Smith, Gabrielle Ralston, Annelies Carr and Hannah McElrath. Carroll Co. placed second and their team members are: Charlee Causey, Amelia Ayers, Lillyanna McDermitt and Anna Fe Miller. Coweta Co. placed third and their team members are: Madison Dyar, Bella Fisk and Michael Whitlock.
Thank you to Dr. Jillian Bohlen-UGA Dairy Specialist, Dr. Bill Graves, staff, faculty, students and volunteers from the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department for all of their coordination with the State contest. Much appreciation to Claire Woodard-UGA Graduate Assistant and Tim Collings-Georgia 4-H Program Specialists for their dedication to the program. 
2019 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat
The 2019 Southeast Dairy Retreat is set for July 7-11. It will take place in beautiful Orange, Virginia. Orange, VA is located about 26 miles from the Charlottesville airport.
Stay tuned in for more information by following SE Dairy Retreat on Facebook.
For hotel information go to:

Registration packets will be available on May 3rd. Stay tuned and follow SE Dairy Retreat Facebook page.
Georgia Hosts 18th Annual Dairy Challenge
Collegiate dairy students – 240 in total – from 29 different states and Canadian provinces traveled to Georgia for the 18 th  annual Dairy Challenge. ®  This trip to the Southern Region of the dairy industry was a great chance for students to put to use all they have learned about analyzing dairy farms and learn new things about this unique region for dairy.

Tifton, Georgia, was home base for the 2019 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge ®  (NAIDC) held March 28 th  to the 30 th , with eight area dairies participating in the educational event. Dairy students from 44 colleges worked to improve their dairy management and communication skills, networked with other students, and explored industry careers.

Dairy Challenge represents all that is great about the dairy industry, as we see dairy producers, universities and industry professionals all come together to provide these students – the next generation – be prepared to enter the workforce and make great contributions to dairy’s future,” explained Dr. Maurice Eastridge, Professor and Extensions Dairy Specialist at The Ohio State University and NAIDC Board Chairperson.
Dairy Challenge is a unique, real-world experience where dairy students work as a team and apply their college coursework to evaluate and provide solutions for an operating dairy farm. In Tifton, two programs ran concurrently – the 18 th  annual Dairy Challenge contest and the seventh annual Dairy Challenge Academy. The events were coordinated by the NAIDC Board of Directors and the Southern Regional planning committee.

This year’s contest participants included 36 universities, whose four-person teams competed for awards based on the quality of the teams’ farm analysis and appropriate solutions. Their farm presentations were evaluated by a panel of five judges, including dairy producers, veterinarians, finance specialists and seasoned agribusiness personnel. Read Full Story Here>>>
GA Dairy Youth ALSO Excel Outside of the Show Ring!! CHECK OUT THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Abby Joyner from Burke Co. 4-H and new GDYF Junior Board member placed highest individual for the Junior category at the 2019 State 4-H Judging Competition!

Octavia Bushey of Gilmer Co. FFA: In December, Octavia and her heifer was the Reserve Junior Intermediate Champion of the New York Spring Carousel Show. Fall Yearling Red and White won her class at the Premier National Red and White show in Harrisburg

Jorja Cooper of Chattooga High FFA : Jorga was recently selected as a GA FFA Foundation Convention Ambassador for the 2019 GA FFA Convention.

Addie Bridges of Chattooga High FFA : Chasity was selected to serve on the 2019 Georgia National Jr. Livestock Ambassador team.

Emma Newberry of Oconee Co. FFA : Emma was selected to serve on the 2019 Georgia National Jr. Livestock Ambassador team and was selected to attend the 2019 Governor's Honor Program for Agriscience Research.

We want to feature more accomplishments from our GDYF members!! Please email those to use for our Summer issue by July 15th. Send to Farrah Newberry at
GDYF Junior Membership is Free!
Youth interested in dairy activities in Georgia now have the opportunity to become Junior Members of Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation free of charge! This membership provides youth ages 18 and under the chance to see what GDYF is doing to help them succeed in various activities throughout the year. Junior Members receive the quarterly newsletter with updates about competitions, shows and ways they can get involved. To fill out the membership form,  click here.