Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

Fall 2015 E-Moos
GDYF Junior Board Applications
The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation is paving the way for the future of the Georgia dairy industry with the formation of the first Junior Board of Directors. We will mail applications to interested youth in December. Junior members in grades 8-12 are eligible to serve on the Junior Board. If you or anyone you know is interested, please complete the online interest form on
Georgia Junior National Commercial Dairy Heifer Show
Jiles Coble, Burke County, clipping his heifer.
The commercial dairy heifer show at the Georgia National Fair on Oct. 11, 2015, saw many victories for 4-H and FFA members who competed in both showmanship and weight class events.

Students in grades 3 through 12 exhibited heifers for top honors in the junior showmanship category.

1st Place Showmanship
3rd-5th Grades: Eliza Exner, Coweta Co. 4-H
6th-8th Grades: Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. 4-H
9th Grade: Jorja Cooper, Chattooga Co. FFA
10th Grade: Tori Smith, Houston Co. High FFA
11th Grade: Connor Hamlin, Houston Co. High FFA
12th Grade: Kesley Kohl, Putnam Co. FFA

Congratulations to the winners of the weight class category
Grand Champion: Connor Hamlin, Houston Co. High FFA
Reserve Grand Champion: Emily Williams, Houston Co. High FFA

Finally, congratulations to the winners of the Dairy Cattle Showmanship Circuit awards presented by the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation. 
Winners of the GJLF showmanship circuit received awards and recognition for their achievements at the GA National Fair.
Junior Division
1st:   Trent Maddox
Jasper Co. 4-H
2nd: Jorja Cooper,
Chattooga Co. FFA
3rd:  Natalie Collis, 
4th:  Jiles Coble
Burke Co. 4-H
5th:  Morgan Patterson, 
Jasper Co. 4-H

Senior Division
1st:  Kesley Kohl,
Putnam Co. FFA
2nd: Ashley Dooley,
Chattooga Co. FFA
3rd: Brandon Price,
 Putnam Co. FFA
4th: Haley Pulsifer, 
Perry High FFA
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Cow Patty Bingo Winner Chosen
On Oct. 11, 2015, dozens gathered to watch the selection of the annual GDYF Cow Patty Bingo winner. Three commercial dairy heifers circled the ring after the conclusion of the showmanship competition. After minutes of tense anticipation, one heifer placed a cow patty on the winning square! Ticket holder Barry Dye had purchased one lucky ticket! Congratulations to Barry on winning the $250 grand prize at this year's competition. Thank you to all Commercial Dairy Heifer Program exhibitors and GDYF board members who sold tickets and made this event possible! The 2015 event raised over $1,200 for GDYF activities.
UGA Dairy Science Club: Dairy Fun Night

Dairy Fun Night participants got creative with costumes for team members and heifers.
University of Georgia students gathered on Thursday, Dec. 5 to celebrate the annual Dairy Fun Night, hosted by the UGA Dairy Science Club. 

Throughout the evening, students participated in some fun and messy events involving dairy products and even dressing up a dairy heifer in an inventive costume. 

Congratulations to the Dairy Fun Night winning team, "Dairy Potter." Team members included Lauren Fowler, Calvin Kennedy, Angel Hogg, Ben Gladstone and Shaquile Christmas.
The games at Dairy Fun Night got creative and messy.

Participants of Dairy Fun Night contributed canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, and they donated the proceeds of the evening to Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation.

Thank you for your support of GDYF, UGA Dairy Science Club! We love seeing college students supporting the Georgia dairy industry and contributing to its future!

To see more pictures from UGA Dairy Fun Night, check out the Dairy Science Club Facebook album

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Houston County FFA Members Excel in National Dairy Evalution CDE
Houston County FFA members placed sixth in the nation in the Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management Career Development Event.

Team members Makayla Fulton, Haley Shultz, Kara Wilson and Sarah Wheeler traveled to the National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in this event from Oct. 28-31. 

The National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management CDE is a competitive event that tests the student's ability to select and manage quality dairy cattle. Event components include six classes of dairy cattle, herd record evaluation and dairy management team activity. Each team competed at local and state levels to earn the privilege of representing their home state at the convention & expo.

Kara Wilson received the honor of ninth-place individual in the competition, while other team members received gold emblem awards.

Congratulations to these competitors and Houston County FFA on a successful year!  
Helton Receives Commissioner of Agriculture Showmanship Trophy at GNF
Brooke Helton (left) receives the coveted Commissioner of Agriculture Showmanship Trophy from Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, Gary Black.
Congratulations to Brooke Helton, University of Georgia dairy science student and GDYF member, for winning the Commissioner of Agriculture Showmanship Trophy.
The Commissioner's Showmanship Competition took place on Oct. 18 after the junior open show.  Competitors for the trophy included the top showman in ninth through 12th grade and collegiate classes in the Open Show. 

Helton is a thrid-year animal science student at UGA who has been involved with the Commercial Dairy Heifer Program since a young age.

Exhibitors were judged according to showmanship ability, appearance of animal and appearance of exhibitor.  Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation sponsored the award.
2015 National Dairy Conference 
by Bobby Smith
Sarah Kate Howard (left), Bobby Smith and James Cagle represented Georgia at the 2015 National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin.

Nearly 200 youth from 4-H dairy projects around the U.S. and Canada congregated in Madison, Wisconsin, for the 2015 National 4-H Dairy Conference, held September 27 through October 1 in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo. This year Sarah Kate Howard from Lizella and James Cagle from Madison were chosen as youth delegates representing Georgia, and Bobby Smith of Madison served as Adult Leader and chaperone. Youth and adult participants learned about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products. They developed a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, dairy industry and farm speakers and tours, and culminates with a visit to the World Dairy Expo.

Youth who have been a 4-H dairy project member for at least three years and are between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1, 2016, are encouraged to join us in Madison at 4-H Dairy Conference next fall. Because of overlapping schedules attendees may not exhibit animals at World Dairy Expo or participate in National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest while at National 4-H Dairy Conference.
Collegiate Dairy Show Results at GNF

Congratulations to the champions in the collegiate showmanship class at the Georgia National Fair in Perry on Oct. 18. This is the first year with a collegiate class in the Open Show for junior showmanship. The following students received top-ten honors in the collegiate show.

1st place-Brooke Helton
2nd place-Meri Franks
3rd place-Matt Holton
4th place-Monica Schaapman
5th place-James Holton
6th place-Ashley Bingham
7th place-Taylor Strickland
8th place-Mary Wright
9th place-Sarah Jane Thomsen
10th place-Kayla Alward

UGA Dairy Science students showed in Open and Junior Holstein and Jersey shows.
Oconee County 4-H Members Compete Nationally
Oconee County 4-H members competed at the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Madison, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in late October. 
Pictured (l to r) are the team members Godfrey Hendrix, Jared Daniel, Brantley Saye and Andy Kate McCannon.

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In This Issue
Junior National Show Results
Upcoming Events
Cow Patty Bingo
UGA Dairy Fun Night Success
Houston County FFA Excels in National Dairy Competition
Helton Wins Commissioner's Trophy at GNF
National Dairy Conference Results
Collegiate Dairy Showmanship Results
Oconee 4-H National Dairy Judging Team
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