Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

Summer 2018
Georgia youth attending the 2018 SE Dairy Youth Retreat
Summer 2018 E-Moos
Georgia Youth Attend 2018 SE Dairy Youth Retreat
      What a fun week for the participants of the 2018 SE Dairy Retreat!  This annual event is a tremendous opportunity for youth ages 8 to 18 to learn about the diverse Southeast dairy industry. This year it was hosted by the UGA Dairy Science Department. 

     Over 110 students, industry volunteers and chaperones attended the retreat this week in central Georgia. 

      On the first day of the retreat, youth participants from five southeastern states interacted with professionals from UGA, GA Milk Producers and GA's Mobile Dairy Classroom during several hands-on learning activities at the GA FFA-FCCLA Center in Covington. On Tuesday, they took a behind-the-scenes tour at ZooAtlanta and enjoyed an evening of bowling.  On the last day, participants visited  Godfrey Dairy, WDairy and Rockhouse Creamery and finished the day with a sponsored meal from the Morgan County Cattlemen's Association and a fun-filled relay event ran by the GA Dairy Youth Foundation Junior Board.  

     Thank you to those in Georgia for hosting the 2018 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat this yea r. Our  Georgia kids  had a great experience and made many new friends  and  memories. 

     Also, a very special thank you to our dairy farm families and industry sponsors that support the GA Dairy Youth    Foundation. Your contributions allow GDYF to help fund the registration and transportation fees for GA youth attending this event.  
UGA Extension holds State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition     

2018 Morgan Co. Senior Team
2018 Oconee  Co.  Junior 
Saturday, June 1st, was a fun and exciting day of Dairy Quiz Bowl in Athens, GA.  An event like no other offered to dairy youth; Dairy Quiz Bowl is a true test of pure dairy knowledge.  Also unique, Dairy Quiz Bowl allows young people the opportunity to work as a team and individually while competing in each round.  
 What Is Asked of Each Division:
Junior Division 
  • What is the term given to milk left in the udder after a normal milking?
  • Where is material deposited if it is administered to the animal IV?
  • What is the measurement that determines how well cows turn feed into milk?
  • When predipping a cow before milking, how much of the teat should be covered?
  • During the day, what are the two peak times of water consumption for the dairy cow?
 Senior Division
  • What would the uppercase letters PP mean on a Holstein pedigree?
  • What is the current base year for genetic evaluations of dairy cattle?
  • In addition to methane, what is the other main gas formed in the rumen?
  • How much additional milk should you expect from cows milked 3 times a day instead of 2?
  • According to the PDCA scorecard, what trait in the rear feet and legs receives priority?
Placing first in the Junior Competition was Oconee County's Junior A team. Team members were: Lexi Pritchard, Robie Lucas, Alyssa Haag, Camden Stephens.  Placing second was Monroe County. Those team members were: Emma McLeod, Megan McLeod, Marlee Coffman and Aaraon Wiggins.  Placing third was Oconee County's Junior B team.  Team members were: Thomas Stewart, Leah Szczepanski, Hoke Lucas and Jack Durham Marable.
Placing first in the Senior Competition was Morgan County.  Team members were: Lawton Harris, Susan Bishop, Lucy Young and Will Woodard.  Morgan Co. will have the opportunity to represent Georgia 4-H at the North American Invitation 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in Louisville, KY this coming fall.  Placing second was Oconee County. Those team members were: Kalani Washington, Andrew Guthrie, Alicia Carnes, Annie Stephenson,  and Amelia Sale.  Placing third was Coweta County. Team members were Michael Whitlock, Jennifer Brinton, Nicole Hillebrand and Beck Glover.
GDYF Junior Board Training Held in May

GDYF's 2018 Junior Board of Directors met on Saturday, May 10, for their annual leadership and training day. The 10 directors spent the day planning activities to engage junior members, brainstorming ideas on how to thank sponsors and thinking of ways to increase participation in GDYF fundraisers and activities. 

Georgia's dairy youth can look forward to having more ways to get involved with dairy activities, including a costume class, a dairy social and workshops led by the Junior Board.
The group toured W Dairy, led by owner Carol Williams. Thank you to WDairy for hosting this event.
GA National Fair will host another  Dress-A-Cow Contest 
on Saturday, October 6 at 4 p.m.

Staff at the Georgia National Fair were  so impressed with the participation and creative costumes during our GDYF  Dress-A-Co w contest last year that they want to feature it again during the Georgia National Fair.    So put your "thinking caps on"  and start designing your costumes 
f or the next round on  October 6, 2018.
The GNF Jr. Commercial Dairy Dress-A-Cow Contest will be held at 4 pm. in the Foster Rhodes Livestock Arena.   More information on this event will be released soon!   
Look what's coming.... Our new GDYF T-Shirts!

Thanks to Mercy Thang, Barnett Shoals Elementary, 
Clarke County School System  for our design .
AGAware Workshops Scheduled for Summer
AgGeorgia and AgSouth are pleased to announce the dates and locations locked down for another round of AGAware workshops. Van McCall will present an exciting and fun-filled, educational workshop on farm finance.  The classes are from 9 am until 4 pm with lunch provided and there is no charge to attend. The workshops are certified for FSA borrower credits as well. For more information contact:

Upcoming Events/Shows
(For now:  The dates are subject to change, these are based on last year's shows and the information posted as of today, 8/6/18)

Aug. 26: Chattooga Dairy Show at Chattooga Ag Fair  
Entry Deadline: August 11th

SEPT 1: - GA National Fair Entry Deadline

Sept 8: 10th Annual White Co. Commercial Dairy Heifer Show, Agriscience Center, Cleveland, GA
Entry Deadline: August 22nd

Sept 23: Gwinnett County Fair Dairy Show Sept. 22 (check in Sept. 21) -

Oct.6: 4pm - Jr Comm. Dairy Dress-A-Cow Contest
Foster Rhodes Arena at Georgia National Fair, Perry - Enter at Weigh-In on Oct. 6

Oct.7: Jr. Comm. Dairy Heifer Showmanship & Show, Foster Rhodes Arena at Georgia National Fair, Perry
Entry Deadline: September 1st

Oct. 21: Augusta Fair Dairy Show, Augusta (check in Oct. 20) 
Entry Deadline: October 1st

Nov. 15: State Show Entry Deadline 
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,
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