Quarterly Update from the 

Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

November 2017
Fall 2017 E-Moos
2018 GDYF Junior Board Applications 

GDYF is laying the foundation for the future of the Georgia dairy industry. We are approaching the third year of our Junior Board and want to say "thank you" to our current members - they have done a fantastic job! We will mail applications out next month to those interested in applying for the 2018 Board. Junior members in grades 8-12 are eligible to serve and only 12 youth will be selected to serve next year.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please  complete the online interest form on gadyf.com here.
Georgia Junior National Commercial Dairy Heifer Show
Lawton Harris, Jasper Co., clipping her heifer.
The commercial dairy heifer show at the Georgia National Fair on Oct. 8, 2017, saw many victories for the 100 4-H and FFA members who competed in both the showmanship and weight class events.

Students in grades 4th through 12th exhibited heifers for top honors in the junior showmanship category.
1st Place Showmanship
4th-5th Grades: Morgan Ward, Chattooga Co 4H
6th Grade: Sydney Coble, Burke Co. 4-H
7th Grade: Colton Swartz, Coweta Co. 4-H
8th Grade: Octavia Bushey, Clear Creek Middle FFA  
9th Grade:  Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. 4-H
10th Grade: Shamar Mohone, Putnam Co. FFA
11th Grade: Lawton Harris, Piedmont Academy FFA
12th Grade: Elizabeth Mansour, Coweta Co. 4-H

Congratulations to the winners of the weight class category:
Division I: 
Grand Champion:  Michaela  Armour, White Co. High FFA
Reserve Grand Champion: Colton Swartz, Coweta Co. 4-H

Division II:
Grand Champion:  Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. 4-H
Reserve Grand Champion: Katarina Jackson, Houston Co. FFA

Division III:
Grand Champion: Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. 4-H
Reserve Grand Champion: Trent Maddox, Jasper Co. 4-H

Finally, congratulations to the winners of the Dairy Cattle Showmanship Circuit awards presented by 
the Georgia Junior Livestock Foundation.

2017 Junior Division Dairy Point Circuit Winners:
1st place: Trent Maddox , Jasper Co. 4-H
2nd place: Octavia Bushey, Glimer Co. FFA
3rd place: Ashlyn Reddick, Burke Co. FFA
4th place: Jennifer Brinton, Coweta Co. 4-H
5th place:  Jiles Coble of Burke 4-H

2017 Senior Division Dairy Point Circuit Winners:
1st place: Lawton Harris, Piedmont Academy FFA
2nd place:  Jorja Cooper, Chattooga FFA
3rd place: Morgan Patterson Jasper Co. 4-H
4th place:  Shelby Merrill, Gilmer Co. FFA
5th place: Haley Pulsifer, Perry FFA 
GNF Dress-A-Cow Contest Highlights Industry 

The GA Dairy Youth Foundation held their second Dress-A-Cow contest in October y at the GA National Fair in Perry.  Costumes ranged from mac'n'cheese to Minnie Pearl to a jockey and race horse. Spectators were blown away by the creative costumes that the kids displayed during the event. 

GDYF Recognizes Dr. Larry Guthrie at GA National Fair

Georgia's Commercial Dairy Heifer Program has reached its 20th year! During the GA National Fair, GDYF honored Dr. Larry Guthrie for his contributions in initiating and building the heifer program. This program continues to impact lives across Georgia and introduce many kids to the dairy industry. Thank you Dr. Guthrie for your commitment and service to the youth of 4-H and FFA!!
Bushey Receives Commissioner of Agriculture Showmanship Trophy at GNF
Congratulations to Octavia Bushey, an eighth grader representing the Clear Creek Middle School FFA Chapter, for winning the Commissioner of Agriculture Showmanship Trophy in October

The Commissioner's Showmanship Competition took place at the Georgia National fair 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. 

Bushey also recently placed 6th in the 2017 Mid-East Fall Red and White Show in Louisville, KY, and her heifer was the  Junior Champion Holstein in the Open and Junior Holstein Show during the Georgia National Fair.

Exhibitors were judged according to showmanship ability, appearance of animal and appearance of exhibitor.  Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation sponsored the award. Congratulations!!
North Hall FFA Dairy Judging Team Competes at National Competition
North Hall FFA represented Georgia at the National FFA Dairy Judging contest this year. The team consisted of three 2017 graduates and a current Junior:

Will Strickland- 2017 graduate- Showed commercial dairy for two years, and competed at state judging 3 times- High individual at state- Silver emblem at Nationals

Katie Pitchford- 2017 graduate- Showed commercial dairy for two years, registered for two years, and competed at state 3 times- 3rd high individual at state- Silver emblem at Nationals

Karlie LaFerrara- 2017 graduate- Showed commercial dairy for four years and competed at state judging 3 times- Bronze emblem at Nationals

Katelyn Smith- 2017 graduate- Showed commercial dairy for two years, and registered for two years- Bronze emblem at Nationals

The team finished with a bronze emblem overall at the national contest. Congratulations to the team on their success and for representing our industry well!
Attached picture was taken in front of the famous globe at World Dairy Expo. From left to right, Bobby Smith, Lawton Harris, Neeley McCommons, Karmen Holbert, and Caitlin Bennett Jackson.
Georgia 4-H'ers Attend 65th National Dairy Conference in Madison, WI

Is there a setting where youth can come from across the U.S. to the heart of America's Dairyland to tour dairies and dairy monuments, meet dairy industry leaders, network with dairy youth, and attend World Dairy Expo? Absolutely! That opportunity is the National 4-H Dairy Conference. This past October, three Georgia 4-H'ers: Lawton Harris, Morgan County, Neeley McCommons, Oconee County and Karmen Holbert, Flyod County, and County Extension Agent Caitlin Bennett Jackson attended the 65th annual National Dairy Conference in Madison, Wisconsin and had an "udder-ly" life changing dairy experience.

The conference was four jam packed days in which youth encountered countless opportunities to learn and network within the dairy industry. Throughout the whole conference youth were encouraged to ask questions and "get outside their comfort zone" to really take home as much knowledge as possible. While attending the conference, youth toured: ABS Global Inc. headquarters in DeForest, WI, Hoard's Dairyman publishing house and farm, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese, the National Dairy Shrine, UW-Madison camps, and the unforgettable World Dairy Expo. Youth were also able to attend a variety of workshops on campus that ranged from dissecting an udder in a lactation lab to practicing artificial insemination with reproductive tracts. During meals youth were able to listen to industry leaders from DeLAval, Cargill, AMPI, Mycogen Seed, Accelerated Genetics, Alice in Dairyland, and many more. There were also many times for fun and fellowship between the dairy youth with a pin exchange, ice breaker games, an ultra-competitive "COW-sino" night where youth competed in a skill-a-thon of dairy knowledge, and a final night dance.

Every minute of National 4-H Dairy Conference was an opportunity for youth to become excited about the dairy industry and want to continue to be a part of it. If you know of a high school age youth that has been involved with a Georgia 4-H Dairy Project for three years or more, highly encourage them to apply for National 4-H Dairy Conference. Ask your local County Extension Agent for details on application deadlines!
  Upco ming Events



Upcoming Commercial Dairy Heifer Show Clinics in Madison, GA
Morgan Co Extension will host two Commercial Dairy Heifer Clinics on Dec. 9th and Jan. 6th at the Morgan County Ag Center in Madison, GA. These clinics are open to all GA dairy heifer show kids. This is a great opportunity for new and experienced exhibitors to educate themselves on proper dairy heifer nutrition, health and showmanship.

During the first clinic, extension staff and volunteers will deworm, body cond ition score, vaccinate, weigh and dehorn (if necessary) heifers. A basic halter breaking/showmanship clinic will be held as well.

At the second clinic, exhibitors will be taught more advanced showmanship skills, have their heifer's hooves trimmed and body conditioned again. Please note that heifers DO NOT have to be WELL halter broken to attend - this is a learning experience!

Please RSVP by Dec. 6th to the Morgan Co Extension office at 706-342-2214 in order to assure that we have an adequate amount of vaccine and dewormer.

Address to Morgan Co. Ag Center:
2268 Athens Highway, Madison, GA 30650
Oconee Co. 4-H Members Compete Nationally in Quiz Bowl
Georgia received an honorable mention at the 38th Annual North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky.  Georgia defeated Tennessee in round 1, lost to Alabama in round 2, beat Missouri and then Iowa in rounds 3 and 4, but lost to Vermont in the end.  Georgia is ranked in the top 6 teams at the national contest. Pictured: Back Row, Left to Right: Mennah Abdelwahab, David Han, Neely McCommons.  Front Row, Left to Right: Kelle Ashley, Allison Barnes, Ayah Abdelwahab.

Gordon County 4-H'ers Members Represent GA in Wisconsin at National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest

On Monday, October 2, three Gordon County 4-H'ers represented Georgia 4-H at the 96th National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, Wisconsin as a part of the World Dairy Expo. The three 4-H'ers from Gordon County were Brooklyn Carr, Luke Ryan, and Gracy Sexton. This team earned the right to compete at the national contest by winning 1st place at the Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest held in March of this year. As state winners, these team members are also granted Master 4-H status in dairy judging.

For the national contest, the team was coached by Tim Street. In preparation for the contest, the team visited multiple farms in Wisconsin prior to the contest. These farms included Cozy Nook Farm (a Brown Swiss dairy operation), Mapleton Valley Farm (milking shorthorn), Crescentmead (red and white Holsteins), Ocean View Genetics (black and white Holsteins), and Hoard's Dairyman Farm (Guernsey). In addition, the team got to tour the National Dairy Shrine Museum as well as Nasco. The team also took part in a welcome dinner to meet the other teams competing as well as a reception and awards banquet to honor the top placing teams. The teams from Wisconsin, Missouri, and Maryland were the top three scoring teams. (Source: Calhoun Times)
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In This Issue
Junior National Show Results
GNF Dress-A-Cow Contest
Bushey Wins Commissioner's Trophy at GNF
N. Hall FFA Dairy Judging Team
Upcoming Events
Upcoming Show Clinic for Dairy
Oconee 4-H'ers Compete in National Quiz Bowl
Gordon 4-H'ers Represent State at Nat'l Competition
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