Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

Summer 2019
Summer 2019 E-Moos
Virginia Hosts 2019 SE Dairy Youth Retreat 
The 2019 SE Dairy Retreat was hosted this year by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Junior Holstein Association the week of July 7th-11th. The week was packed with fun activities for youth ages 9 to 19.  This annual event provides a tremendous opportunity to learn about the diverse Southeast dairy industries through hands-on learning.

Over 110 students, industry volunteers and chaperones attended the retreat in Orange, Virginia. 

Youth participants from seven southeastern states visited Battlefield Greenhouse a 15 acre state of the art greenhouse, Marshall's Dairy an organic certified dairy. This dairy is part of the Red Cow Society milking 530 cows. Participants toured Montpelier,  the home to President James Madison, the Father of the Constitution and Architect of the Bill of Rights. Much fun and interaction was had at Cool Lawn Farms, King Dominion and Cows-N-Corn.
Thank you Virginia for hosting the 2019 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.  
Thank you VIRGINIA for Another Great SEDYR!
Written by Jennifer Brinton, GDYF Junior Board Member, Coweta County
Have you ever wished there was a summer camp for cow kids? Well, guess what. There is! 

This "cow camp" is known as the Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat (SEDYR). SEDYR is a week long retreat held in several states across the southeast. SEDYR kids, ages 8-18, get the opportunity to learn all about the dairy industry through workshops, tours, and fun hands-on activities. 

The location of the retreat is rotated across the southeast every year. This summer, the retreat was held in beautiful Orange, Virginia. Over 100 youth attended the retreat, with 17 of them from Georgia.  

After a long day of traveling on the first day, everyone got to know each other better by playing fun mixer games. On the second day, there was a tour of the beautiful Battlefield Greenhouses where the kids learned all about how they grow and care for their plants. They grew a wide variety of different flowers, but during SEDYR they were mainly focused on growing mums for the fall. There was also a tour of President James Madison's exquisite and history-rich house, Montpelier. The youth were also very excited to tour Marshalls Dairy Farm as well, where they got to see how a robotic milking system works. 

On the second day, the youth toured Cool Lawn Dairy and the agri-tourism farm, Cows-N-Corn. Cool Lawn Dairy is an impressive Holstein herd operation that taught a variety of different workshops about everything from their calf and heifer management, to their feed rations, to how their freestall barn is set up. With more and more interaction happening on the internet these days, it has become increasingly important for ag riculture to promote itself online. Cows-N-Corn recognizes this development and taught very helpful workshops on how to promote agriculture and answer the public's questions properly. For lunch, the participates ate sandwiches and delicious ice cream at Moo Thru, which is actually owned and operated by Cool Lawn Dairy. Cool Lawn Dairy is very proud to have Moo Thru recently recognized as the best ice cream in Virginia! That night, there was also a cookout dinner and a fun barn dance.

Thank you so much to Marshalls Dairy Farm, Cool Lawn Dairy, and Cows-N-Corn for allowing our dairy youth to tour and learn about your farms! A big thank you also to all of SEDYR's sponsors, hosts, and volunteers.

On the third day, the kids blew off some steam and had a blast at the Kings Dominion amusement park! There were roller coasters galore, games, and a fun water park to cool off at. What more could a kid want? On the last day, everyone said goodbye and traveled back home.  

SEYDR is all about having fun, making new friends, and new memories, but it is also very educational. Youth had many opportunities to learn at this summer's retreat. They learned about dairy nutrition, herd and calf management, robotic milking, how to properly educate and promote the dairy industry and much more! If you know someone who would be interested in going on the SEDYR, GDYF highly encourages that they sign up for it next summer!  
Dairy Dawgs in Cincinnati
Written by Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA 
This year's American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) meetings were held in Cincinnati, OH. As usual, the dairy dawgs not only attended the meetings June 22nd - 25th but also represented the University of Georgia well with many connections made, learning outcomes achieved, and accolades awarded.
With ten undergraduates and one graduate student, this was UGA's largest delegation yet to attend national ADSA meetings. The meetings started on Saturday with an educational farm tour at Young's Jersey Dairy. This small-scale dairy specializes in agritourism and processing of their milk for farmstead cheeses. After a walk around the farm, a look into their processing facilities, and of course taste testing, the group was headed begin their official meeting events with networking and dinner with other attending universities.
Sunday the group was focused on Dairy Quiz Bowl. With a four man team made up of Jay Moon, Matt Holton, Will Porter, and Greyson Fernandez, the team went head to head with schools from across the country in a double elimination match up with questions spanning industry people, dairy production, dairy foods, and current industry news. The team was impressive in both knowledge and quickness on the buzzer, which earned them a 4th place in the Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest.

Monday continued the competitions and networking opportunities. Kenne Hillis presented her production paper on "Evaluating the potential impact of the slick gene on reducing heat stress in dairy cattle" in the morning while Alyssa Rauton presented her foods paper "A2 milk and the potential impact on consumer markets" that afternoon. During this same time, UGA's scrapbook and annual report was being evaluated in the convention center and graduate student Kayla Alward was presenting her research findings in a poster titled "Evaluating the impact of stage of live on anti-Müllerian hormone in dairy cattle".   The students were also able to participate in a career roundtable lunch and attend mentoring sessions hosted by faculty and allied industry partners that were at the meetings as well.
Early afternoon, Kenne and Alyssa received exciting news - they BOTH received 2nd place in their respective paper presentations. That's right, UGA had the national 2nd place dairy production presentation and the national 2nd place dairy foods presentation. Both students were recognized at the ADSA awards ceremony that evening with over 500 academic and industry professionals from across the world.
The event came to a close on Tuesday with a final business meeting, mentoring session, and an educational workshop on media training. During this same time, Kayla Alward was presenting another piece of her research findings in the ADSA Southern Branch Graduate Student Paper competition. Her presentation was titled "Evaluating anti-Müllerian hormone as a reproductive tool in dairy cows". During the banquet and awards program, the UGA delegation were thrilled to received 1st place chapter website ( designed by Avery Adams and 3rd Outstanding Chapter in the Nation. In addition, Kenne Hills was elected as Secretary/Treasurer to the national board and Jay Moon was the outgoing Officer at Large.
The group then packed up and headed to the airport to return to UGA. Just prior to boarding the plane, graduate student Kayla Alward received news that her presentation won 1st place in the Southern Branch Graduate Student Paper competition. What a way to end a great trip! These events not only allow these students to showcase their hard work but also allow them to network and connect with peers and professionals from across the world. With no other opportunity like it, this event is always a highlight to the year. Such a trip would not be possible without the generous support of the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and Southeast Milk Check-off. Thank you!
UGA Extension holds State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition
Coweta Co. 4-H - Senior State Winning Team
The 2019 State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition was held Friday, June 7 at the UGA ADS Rhodes  Center.  Seven Junior Teams and 6 Senior Teams competed for top honors.

In the double elimination style quiz bowl, 4-H members learn not only equine science related subject matter, but the valuable skills of contributing to a group effort, teamwork, learning to learn, critical thinking, planning, organization, cooperating and communicating.

Placing first in the Junior Competition was Burke Co.  Those team members were:  Emmaline Cunningham, Tony Gray, Abby Joyner, Alaina Olson and Holt Sapp. Also in the Junior Team Competition, Coweta Co.-Team A was second and Oconee Co. was third.

Placing first in the Senior Competition was Coweta Co. Team A.  Those team members were:  Jennifer Brinton, Nicole Hillebrand, Kitty Yeager and Madison Dyar. Rounding out the Senior Quiz Bowl Competition, Tift Co. placed second and Coweta Co.-Team B placed third.

We would like to extend sincere thanks to Dr. Jillian Bohlen and all Extension Staff, University of Georgia, Animal and Dairy Science Staff and Students, Dairy Science volunteers that assisted in the production of this popular even t.  We are so appreciative of Mrs. Farrah Newberry, Executive Director of the Georgia Milk Producers, and Mr. Jay Moon, Morgan Co. Program Assistant, for their generous support of the Dairy program.  Special thanks to Claire Woodard, State 4-H Livestock Support and Tim Collings, State 4-H Program Specialist for their excellent assistance during the event.

Congratulations to all participants and thank you to all those that assisted in the success of this event.
GDYF Junior Board Training Held in May
GDYF's 2019 Junior Board of Directors met on Saturday, March 16, for their annual leadership and training day. The 6 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.

National 4-H Conference
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GA National Fair will host Dress-A-Cow Contest on Saturday, October 5 at 4 p.m.

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!  
Put your "thinking caps on" 
and start designing your costumes 
f or the next round on 
October 5, 2019.

State FFA Dairy Production  
Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award
  The GA Dairy Youth Foundation proudly sponsors the State FFA Dairy Production Entrepreneurship Proficiency Award each year for Georgia FFA. Congratulations to these three ladies on their placings at 2019 GA FFA C onvention in April:
1st Place: Emma Newberry (Oconee)
2nd Place:  Mackenzie Jones (Putnam) 
3rd Place: Cassidi Hannah (Lee)
Upcoming Events
(For now: The dates are subject to change, these are based on last year's shows and the information posted as of today, 8/1/19)

Aug 17: Cr escent FFA Livestock Show (Dairy & Beef) Cresent Livestock Arena, Iva SC
Entry Deadline: August 5, 2019
For more information contact Caroline Davis 864-934-7694 

Aug. 25: Chattooga Dairy Show at Chattooga Ag Fair  
Entry Deadline: August 10th

SEPT 1: - GA National Fair Entry Deadline

Sept 14: 11th Annual White Co. Commercial Dairy Heifer Show, Agri-science Center, Cleveland, GA
Entry Deadline: August 23rd

Sept 22: Gwinnett County Fair Dairy Show Sept. 22 (check in Sept. 20) -

Georgia National Fair - October 3-13, 2019

Oct.5: 4pm - Jr Comm. Dairy Dress-A-Cow Contest
Foster Rhodes Arena at Georgia National Fair, Perry - Enter at Weigh-In on Oct. 5

Oct.6: Jr. Comm. Dairy Heifer Showmanship & Show, Foster Rhodes Arena at Georgia National Fair, Perry
Entry Deadline: September 1st

Oct. 20: Augusta Fair Dairy Show, Augusta (check in Oct. 19) 
Entry Deadline: October 1st
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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GA Dairy Youth ALSO Excel Outside of the Show Ring!! CHECK OUT THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Mary Anna Bentley, a 10th grader at  Chattooga High School in Summerville, GA recently achieved 4H master status in the 4H project achievement category of Dairy and Milk Science. Mary Anna is a member of the Chattooga County Dairy Show Team.  

Octavia Bushey of Gilmer County FFA, was elected to serve as an Area Office for GA FFA  Region 1.

Emma Newberry of Oconee County FFA, was elected to serve as an Area Office for GA FFA Region 2.