Yesterday's email had an error listed in the results for the UGA Commercial Dairy Heifer Show.  Please note that Mady Hillebrand of Coweta County was Senior Showmanship winner for the UGA Commercial Dairy Heifer Show.  Congratulations Mady on this accomplishment!

Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

Winter 2016 E-Moos
GDYF Names First Junior Board of Directors
Eight individuals were selected to serve on the first-ever Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Junior Board of Directors at the Georgia Junior Livestock Show in Perry, Georgia. 

Congratulations to the board on the opportunity to serve in the following positions:

President ...................Michaela Pollex, Waynesboro
1st Vice President .....Kesley Kohl, Eatonton
2nd Vice President ....Haley Pulsifer, Perry
Reporter/Secretary ...Alyssa Rauton, Waynesboro
Treasurer ...................Constance Johnson, Madison
Directors ....................Makenzie Hale, Watkinsville
                 ....................Emma Newberry, Watkinsville
                 ....................Anna Grace Bass, Bowman

The board members were selected following an application process and interviews with a panel at the UGA Dairy Science Club show in Athens, Georgia. 

The founding members of the GDYF Junior Board will strive to connect dairy youth with the opportunities provided through GDYF. Through leadership and fundraising, the board will work to promote interest in Georgia dairy programs and help GDYF best serve young people interested in dairy activities.
6th Annual GDYF Golf Tournament Scheduled for March 25 in Bishop

Mark your calendars and put together a team for the Sixth Annual GDYF Golf Tournament! 

The tournament will begin at Noon on Friday, March 25, at Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop, Georgia. 

Join us in a four-person Lauderdale Scramble format. Each player will receive 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and door prizes. Entry fee is  $75 per player or $300 per 4-person team. 

If golf isn't your thing, you can still support GDYF by becoming a tournament sponsor! For additional details, click here.    
Georgia Junior Livestock Show 2016
Brent Bohannon of Coweta County 4-H receives the honor of Grand Champion and a $1,500 award from Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long as Carol Williams and judge Lynn Lee offer congratulations.
Photo courtesy of Georgia Farm Bureau


The 2016 Georgia Junior Commercial Dairy Heifer show saw another year of success in Perry, Georgia. Students competed in showmanship for the titles of Master 4-H Showman and Supreme FFA Showman and exhibited heifers for the honor of receiving the Grand Champion title. The results are as follows:



                4th Grade             Holt Sapp, Burke Co.

                5th Grade             Brent Bohannon, Coweta Co.

                6th Grade             Sarah Ullom, Coweta Co.

                7th Grade             Trent Maddox, Jasper Co.

                8th Grade             Emma Newberry, Oconee Co.

                9th Grade             Garrett Morgan, White Co.

                10th Grade           Elizabeth Mansour, Coweta Co.

                11th Grade           Kara Wilson, Houston Co.

                12th Grade           Zach Samples, Dawson Co.

Supreme FFA Showman   Emma Newberry, Oconee Co.

Master 4-H Showman       Michaela Pollex, Burke Co.



Division One

Grand Champion           Grace Thomas, Houston Co.

Reserve                           Sarah Ullom, Coweta Co.

Division Two 

Grand Champion           Brent Bohannon, Coweta Co.

Reserve                           Eliza Exner, Coweta Co.

Division Three

Grand Champion           Mady Hillebrand, Coweta Co.

Reserve                           Garrett Morgan, White Co.

Division Four 

Grand Champion           Jennifer Brinton, Coweta Co.

Reserve                          Elizabeth Mansour, Coweta Co.



5th Place Overall - Sarah Ullom, Coweta Co.

4th Place Overall - Mady Hillebrand, Coweta Co.

3rd Place Overall - Jennifer Brinton, Coweta Co.

Reserve Grand Champion - Grace Thomas, Houston Co.

Grand Champion - Brent Bohannon, Coweta 4-H (Shown above.)



  1. Coweta 4-H

  2. Houston FFA

  3. White Co.

  4. Gilmer Co.

  5. Burke Co.

Many thanks to the people who made this show possible. We hope to see many of these participants at the commercial show at the Georgia National Fair this fall!

  2016 Commercial Dairy Recordbook Winners  

Senior Recordbook Winners receive honors for their impressive record-keeping skills in their commercial dairy heifer projects.
Photo by Joy Carter Crosby
Ten students were recognized for their record-keeping excellence in the Commercial Dairy Heifer program at the Georgia Junior Livestock Award Banquet held Feb. 19, 2016, in Perry, Georgia.
These ten individuals meticulously recorded  details ranging from heifer nutrition and care to money earned from showing. Students were also required to answer a worksheet of questions pertaining to the dairy industry and write a story about their 2015-2016 Commercial Dairy Heifer Project experience.
The top 5 Junior Recordbook participants proudly display their certificates during the Award Banquet.
Photo by Joy Carter Crosby
Twelve students competed in the Junior Division competition, while seven submitted recordbooks in the Senior Division. 
Congrat-ulations to all of the partici-pants on completing their projects and the hard work they put in throughout the 2015-2016 show season.
Junior Division Winners (age 9 through 8th Grade)
1. Jennifer Brinton - Coweta County 4-H
2. Holt Sapp - Burke County 4-H
3. Sarah Ullom - Coweta County 4-H
4. Emma Newberry - Oconee Middle FFA
5. Trenton Reddick - Burke County 4-H

Senior Division Winners (Grades 9 through 12)
1. Mady Hillebrand - Coweta County 4-H
2. Hunter Swartz - Coweta County 4-H
3. Michaela Pollex - Burke County 4-H
4. Haley Pulsifer - Perry High FFA
5. Elizabeth Mansour - Coweta County 4-H
Upcoming Events

March 25, 2016
Bishop, GA

4-H State Dairy Judging Contest
March 25, 2016
Athens, GA

UGA Dairy Science Club Show in Athens
Written by Dr. Jillian Bohlen, UGA
UGA Dairy Science Club members celebrate a successful show and judging contest.
Over 225 heifers were exhibited by over 190 Georgia youth in the UGA Dairy Science Club's Commercial Heifer Show in Athens on Feb. 6, 2016. This year's judges were Amanda Lutz and Tina Horn of Chester, South Carolina. The show chairs this year were Brooke Helton and Meri Franks, with the entire club helping support them in making the 2016 show a success! After a morning of showmanship competition by grade in school, Junior Showmanship Champion was Emma Newberry of Oconee Co. FFA and Senior Showmanship Champion was Mady Hillebrand of Coweta Co. 4-H.
In the break between showmanship and weight classes, more than 20 "Little Dawgs" put their showmanship skills to the test.  Tremendous heifers were shown in every weight class.  Coming out on top for Junior Grand Champion was Caleb Blocker from White County, while Junior Reserve Champion went to Andrew Phillips of Habersham County 4-H. Senior Grand Champion went to Emma Newberry of Oconee County FFA, while Senior Reserve Champion went to Michaela Pollex of Burke County 4-H. The winner for this year's T Shirt design contest went to Constance Johnson of Morgan County 4-H.
Caleb Blocker of White County FFA exhibited the Junior Grand Champion heifer. Pictured with Caleb is judge Amanda Lutz.
Emma Newberry of Oconee County 4-H exhibited the Senior Grand Champion heifer, pictured with judge Tina Horn. 

The practice judging contest held on Friday night w as also a successful event with 39 youth participating. Meri Franks led the contest in which Morgan Patterson from Jasper County 4-H won, scoring 235 out of 250 possible points.
Special thanks go to this year's sponsors: GA Dairy Youth Foundation, London Farms, Merial, Gwinnett County Fair, Hennessy Lexus, Southern Swiss Dairy, Brian Blough-Edward Jones Investments, Senator Jack Hill, P.K. Martin for State Senate, White County Farmers Exchange, Speed, Seta, Martin, and Trivett, LLC., and Maryland Virginia Milk Producers.
GDYF Auction and Donations Grow Again in Savannah
Written by Allison Fortner  
The annual Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation fundraising auction saw another year of success at the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah, 
Donald Yoder receives the 2016 Larry Guthrie Award as Carol Williams recognizes his dedication to GDYF.
Georgia, on Jan. 18, 2016. 

Carol Williams, GDYF president, took the podium at the conclusion of the evening banquet to recognize a long-time supporter of the youth foundation. Williams presented the 2016 Dr. Larry Guthrie award to Donald Yoder in recognition of his dedication to GDYF activities. 
Congratulations to Donald on this well-deserved recognition.
Following the award, the evening took an exciting turn as the GDYF auction began with Phil Harvey serving as auctioneer. Industry affiliates and producers alike competed in high-speed bidding to purchase items to benefit Georgia dairy youth programs. The auction raised a total of $18,925, while providing plenty of entertainment for banquet attendees. 
Paul Harvey serves as auctioneer for the GDYF auction as Carol Williams displays a donated item.

This is the largest amount the auction has raised since the beginning of GDYF in 2009. Thank you to all who donated items and participated in bidding during the auction!
With a successful auction and generous conference attendees, the funds continued to grow with contributions to the Calves for Kids program, which asks donors to give the market price of a bull calf to support GDYF. This year's gifts were equal to the price of 27 calves!
Thank you to everyone who made the fundraiser another successful one and contributed to the growth of Georgia's dairy youth! 
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.

In This Issue
Junior Board of Directors Named
Sign Up for March 25 Golf Tournament
State Show Results
Dairy Recordbook Winners
Upcoming Events
UGA Dairy Show
GDYF Events at Georgia Dairy Conference
Free GDYF Junior Memberships

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