Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

Kickoff of the GDYF Golf Tournament at Lane Creek Golf Club
Spring 2016 E-Moos
Southeast Dairy Yoth Retreat Registration Due May 15, Financial Assistance Form Due May 9

The registration deadline for the 2016 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat is May 15. Join the Georgia GDYF delegation for a week-long retreat learning about the dairy industry and meeting students from across the southeast.

Youth ages 9-19 are invited to attend the retreat held in Maggie Valley North Carolina during July 10-14. Activities include dairy workshops, farm tours and a trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Total cost of the trip is $200. Completed registration forms and payment are due by May 15.

Financial Assistance is available through GDYF. Complete the Financial Assistance Form and return it to the GDYF office by May 9.
GDYF Junior Board Training Day

Junior Board members met at W Dairy in Madison, Georgia for their training day. Board members pictured (l to r) are Kesley Kohl, 1st Vice President; Haley Pulsifer, 2nd Vice President; Constance Johnson, Secretary; Emma Newberry, T-Shirt Competition Chair; Anna Bass, Junior Member Recruitment Chair; Makenzie Hale, Social Media Chair; and Michaela Pollex, President.
 Not pictured is Alyssa Rauton, Secretary/Reporter.  
GDYF's inaugural Junior Board of Directors met on Saturday, April 16, for the first-ever training day. The seven young ladies who were present spent the day planning activities to engage junior members, thank sponsors and increase participation in GDYF fundraisers and activities. 

They voted unanimously to accept the mission statement of the Junior Board as it states, " The Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Junior Board is devoted to serving as a support system for dairy youth and dairy youth activities by fortifying personal growth and development, encouraging awareness of the dairy industry, and building relationships between like-minded individuals while still understanding the value of individuality."
Godfrey's Warehouse Team Wins 6th Annual Golf Tournament
The Godfrey's Warehouse team members display their winning plaque, presented by Farrah Newberry of Georgia Milk Producers.

Beautiful weather and 60 competitive golfers graced the course of Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop, Georgia, to benefit Georgia's dairy youth on Friday, March 25.

The 6th Annual GDYF Golf Tournament was held in memory of "Bud" Wiley, Jr., who was a dairy farmer and instrumental in organizing the first GDYF golf tournaments. Read More
UGA Spring Dairy Show
The UGA Spring Dairy Show gave producers the opportunity to exhibit the quality of their registered cows during the day-long event.Photo Courtesy of UGA Dairy Science Club
Seventy animals from three states were exhibited during the University of Georgia's annual Spring Dairy Show on Saturday, March 26, in Athens, Georgia.

For the first time in recent years, the show was "Open" with a "Junior" showmanship class, increasing participation from last year's show.

With animals from Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, the show was a success. Twenty-one college students from UGA and Berry College exhibited animals in the show.

The 2016 Supreme Champion was Peelers Ace Virginia from the Jersey Aged Cow Class.

Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to those who made the 2016 show a success.
Georgia 4-H Dairy Judging Competition   

Coweta County 4-H members competed at the state dairy judging competition, and the Coweta junior team took home first place honors. Students pictured are (back row, l to r)  Michael Whitlock, Eliza Exner, Lexy Hillebrand, Niky Hillebrand, Jennifer Brinton, Bella Fisk, (front row, l to r)  Colton Swartz, Sara Ullom and Jacob Nichols.
Sixty-nine students from across the state competed in the Georgia 4-H Dairy Judging Contest on Friday, March 25, in Athens, Georgia.

This year's competition hosted 11 junior teams and six senior teams.

Students judged cattle to be shown in the UGA Spring Dairy Show. Students observed classes of four animals and ranked them based on a national scorecard created by PDCA.  On select cow classes, students prepared sets of reasons defending their placement of the class and orally delivered them to contest judges.  Contestants were ranked on their individual class placings and oral reasons scores, and their team totals were combined for a county score. 

Congratulations to the top junior individual, Gabrielle Ralston of Gordon County 4-H, and the top senior individual, Mady Hillebrand of Coweta County 4-H.

Members of the Coweta County 4-H team won the junior division, while Morgan County 4-H was first in the senior division.

Morgan County's senior team will go on to represent Georgia at the national level at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Competition in Madison, Wisconsin. The national contest is held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo each October.

Congratulations to all of the competitors, and thank you to UGA for hosting this event to encourage dairy youth involvement! 

UGA Dairy Science Students at Dairy Academy
By Dr. Jillian Bohlen
Five University of Georgia Dairy Science students recently attended the Dairy Academy as part of the 2016 North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge in Syracuse, New York.  Nathan Webb, Marlee Garner, Kayla Alward, Sarah Jane Thomsen, and Mary Wright along with their advisors, Dr. Jillian Bohlen and graduate student Lark Widener, were part of this international event that was host to 240 students from over 32 colleges and universities April 7-9, 2016.  The pre-contest farm tour was one not to be forgotten!  The progressive dairy, Hemdale Farms, located in Seneca Castle, New York, currently milks over 1,000 cows with 21 robotic milkers.  For most students at the pre-contest tour, this was the first time they were ever on a farm using robotic milkers and likely for all students, this was the first time on a farm this large using only robotic milkers.  This initial event was definitely a tremendous learning opportunity with stations focused on education in reproduction, technology management, nutrition, waste handling, cow comfort (they used waterbeds) and calf rearing. 
That night, UGA students were placed into teams with members from other colleges and universities from across North America.  They set out on a mission to identify the "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats" of a local dairy operation.  Working with an industry mentor, the teams spent that first night sifting through data, protocols, and information related to the dairy farm's daily operation. Day two started with a (very cold and snowy) trip to the actual dairy farm.  Here the teams were able to make visual observations to identify areas that are strengths or weaknesses for the farm, validate information they were seeing in the farm's data, and try to understand the reasons for where the farm was succeeding or underperforming. That afternoon, the teams developed presentations that they would deliver the following day to teams that visited the same farm as well as industry experts. 
Each UGA student did a tremendous job adapting to the different husbandry styles and making sound recommendations to the farm for improvement.  Each farm was milking over 1,000 cows and was actively seeking ways to improve and grow and while also experiencing "growing pains" on how to do that most effectively.  Each farm had its own strengths and areas of novelty. One farm had one of the most immaculate and well-run heifer rearing barns while the other was cost saving by using energy from its own manure digester to power the farm.  
Beyond being able to learn and develop by sifting through the nuts and bolts of tremendous dairy operations, the UGA students were able to learn from some of the best and brightest in the industry. One of the main objectives of the Dairy Challenge and Academy is to promote a networking opportunity between students and professionals in the field of dairy science.  From this interaction, UGA students walked away with increased knowledge, internships and leads on potential job opportunities.  As a group, the UGA Dairy Science students and advisors would like to thank the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation for their support of such a tremendous event.
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UGA Dairy Science Club Hosts Regional Student Meeting
ADSA-SAD meeting attendees conclude their Georgia dairy tour with a stop at Hillcrest Dairy.Photo Courtesy of UGA Dairy Science Club
The University of Georgia Dairy Science Club hosted the Southern Regional American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliates Division Meeting during Feb. 25-27, 2016.

More than 70 students from nine universities were in attendance at the meeting held in Athens, Georgia. UGA students planned a fun-filled agenda for conference attendees. Thursday, Feb. 25, welcomed students with registration and a social. Competitions were held on Friday, Feb. 26, along with dinner at Athens' iconic restaurant "The Grill" and ice skating at the Classic Center afterward.

Georgia dairy families hosted tours on Saturday, Feb. 27, as the group traveled to Harmony Grove Dairy, Birdsville Dairy and Hillcrest Dairy. Thank you to the Coble family, Beryl Landis and the Rodgers family for hosting the tours.

The event concluded with a Saturday evening banquet with guest speakers Carol and Everett Williams . Read More
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.


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SEDYR Deadlines Approaching
Junior Board of Directors Training Day
Golf Tournament Results
UGA Registered Show
4-H State Dairy Judging Competition
Upcoming Events
UGA Hosts ADSA-SAD Meeting
Free GDYF Junior Memberships

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