Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation

GDYF Jr Board members at the 7th Annual; GDYF Golf Tournament at Lane Creek Golf Club
Winter/Spring 2017 E-Moos
Godfrey's Feed Team Wins 7th Annual Golf Tournament
Godfrey's Feed won first place at the GDYF golf tournament.

Beautiful weather and 67 competitive golfers graced the course of Lane Creek Golf Club in Bishop, Georgia, to benefit Georgia's dairy youth on Friday, March 31.

The 7th 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. Thank you to all that made this event possible and to our supporters for helping us raise over $5,000 for GDYF through this event.

GDYF Annual Auction a Success at 2017 GA Dairy Conference
The annual Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation fundraising auction saw another year of success at the Georgia Dairy Conference in Savannah, 
Georgia, on Jan. 16, 2017. 
Bobby Smith, GDYF Board member, took the podium at the beginning of the evening banquet to recognize a long-time supporter of the youth foundation. Smith presented the 2017 Dr. Larry Guthrie award to Albert Hale in recognition of his dedication to GDYF activities.  Congratulations to Albert 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 $23,500! 
Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat Registration Due May 26, Financial Assistance Form Due May 23!!

The registration deadline for the 2017 Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat is May 26! 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 in Bradenton, Florida, on July 9-13.  During the retreat, youth participants from seven southeastern states will interact with dairy industry professionals during hands-on learning activities. This year's group will visit a wide variety of farms in Florida, ranging from a minimal input, grazing dairy milking 5,000 cows to a large agri-tourism herd that produces their own milk and cheese. The group will also make an outing to Adventure Island and get involved with interactive workshops and tours! The cost is $200 per youth participant and includes lodging (4 youth per room), events, and all meals (Sunday evening through Thursday breakfast) except lunch on Wednesday at Adventure Island. Group transport will be arranged by UGA Extension and will depart from Athens, GA on Sunday. You will be provided more information following receipt of your registration materials.

Materials are due back to Dr. Jillian Bohlen by May 26th!!!  We know this is a very quick turnaround but are working off Florida's deadlines for information.  Below are all necessary documents!  Please email or call 706-542-9108 if you have any questions!

Financial Assistance is available through GDYF. Complete the Financial Assistance Form and return it to the GDYF office by May 23.
GDYF Selects 2017-18 Junior Board of Directors
Twelve individuals were selected to serve on the 2017-18 Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation Junior Board during the Georgia Junior Livestock Show in Perry, Georgia.  

Congratulations to those selected to serve in the following positions: 
  • President:  Haley Pulsifer, Perry
  • 1st Vice President: Alyssa Rauton, Waynesboro
  • 2nd Vice President:  Jacob Bass, Bowman
  • Secretary/Reporter:  Makenzie Hale, Watkinsville
  • Treasurer: Anna Grace Bass, Bowman
  • Membership chair: Holden Driggers, Sylvania
  • Fundraising chair: Emma Newberry
  • Social Media chair: Maelynn Ruff, Elberton
  • Events co-chair: Jorja Cooper, Lyerly 
  • Events co-chair: Hunter Swartz, Senoia
  • Promotions chair: Katie Pitchford, Clermont
  • Scrapbooker/Historian chair: Jennifer Brinton, Newnan

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

The 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.

Special Thanks to our First GDYF Junior Board of Directors:
GDYF Jr. 2016 Board following our GDYF Cow Costume Contest
Pictured Left to Right: Haley Pulsifer, Alyssa Rauton, Anna Grace Bass, Constance Johnson, Emma Newberry, Micheala Pollex, Mackenzie Hale

2017 State Commercial Dairy Heifer Show
Written by Dr. Jillian Bohlen, Assistant Professor, UGA

Held February 24th and 25th, the State Commercial Dairy Heifer Show in Perry, GA and judged by Mr. Herby Lutz was "THE" event of the year for young people in the commercial heifer project.  This year's show had 244 heifers exhibited by 209 young people.   Heifers this year ranged in weight from 257 to 810 pounds and there were ZERO heifers eliminated from the show at weigh in.  This is a huge testament to the hard work of the young people, parents, agents, advisors, and dairy producers.
Show highlights include:
Master 4-H Showman: Elizabeth Mansour of Coweta Co. 4-H
Supreme FFA Showman: Lawton Harris of Piedmont Academy FFA
Division 1 Champion: Eliza Exner of Coweta Co. 4-H
Division 1 Reserve: Colton Swartz of Coweta Co. 4-H
Division 2 Champion: Sarah Ullom of Coweta Co. 4-H
Division 2 Reserve: Emily Williams of Houston Co. FFA
Division 3 Champion: Sydney Coble of Burke Co. 4-H
Division 3 Reserve: Tori Smith of Houston Co. FFA
Division 4 Champion: Elizabeth Mansour of Coweta Co. 4-H
Division 4 Reserve: Shamar Mohone of Putnam Co. FFA
Grand Champion: Elizabeth Mansour
Reserve Champion: Shamar Mohone
3rd Overall: Sarah Ullom
4th Overall: Emily Williams
5th Overall: Eliza Exner
GDYF Hosts First Dress-A-Cow Contest 
at State Show 
The GA Dairy Youth Foundation held their first Dress-A-Cow contest this week at the GA National Livestock Show in Perry.  Costumes ranged from firetrucks to Alice in Wonderland to football players. Spectators were blown away by the creative costumes that the kids exhibited in the first (of hopefully many) Dress-A-Cow contest. To view the many colorful and creative costumes, visit the GDYF Facebook page here.
UGA Commercial Dairy Heifer Show
Written by Dr. Jillian Bohlen, 
Assistant Professor, UGA
 The University of Georgia Dairy Science Club hosted the 20th annual Commercial Dairy Heifer Show on Saturday, February 11 th . This year's show was another tremendous success that was pulled together by show chairs James and Matt Holton. Following weigh in on Friday, the weekend's events were underway with a practice Judging Contest with five heifer classes organized by Brooke Helton. With 57 young people participating in the contest, the top youth was announced as Jessi Lynn Strickland
(231 points) of Burke County. Second place was awarded to Mary Helen Coble (226 points) also of Burke County.

Following the judging contest and new this year was an exhibitor dinner on Friday night sponsored by the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation. This goal of this dinner was to have all exhibitors take a break to build comrodery and friendship with others that share the same interest. With the help of Dr. and Mrs. Holton, the dinner was a tremendous success.

Saturday morning got underway with an exhibitor meeting at 8:30 and
showmanship kicking off at 9:00. The 2017 show boasted 217 heifers exhibited by 198 showmen and women. Showing in two rings with judges Derek and Brittany Heizer, the competition was stiff in all grades of showmanship. As the showmanship classes concluded, the Junior Showmanship Champion was Octavia Bushey (7th grade) of Gilmer County FFA and the Senior Showmanship Champion was Haley Pulsifer (12th grade) of Perry FFA. These top two individuals received bronze casted heifer trophies thanks to show sponsors.

Immediately following showmanship, weight classes started with lightweights (250 - 486 pounds) in one ring and heavy weights in the other (487 to 762 pounds). The lightweight Junior Champion was heifer 7371 exhibited by Tyler Margita of Dawson County FFA while the Reserve Junior Champion was heifer 7500 exhibited by Colton Swartz of Coweta County 4-H. In the heavyweight ring, the Senior Champion was heifer 7813 exhibited by Shadai McCaskell of Houston County FFA and the Reserve Senior Champion was heifer 6837 exhibited by Lawton Harris of Piedmont FFA.

The success of this year's show was made possible by dedicated young people, parents, agents, advisors, dairy producers, and a great group of sponsors. The UGA Dairy Science Club would like to again thank our sponsors that contributed over $250 to the event: Athens Seed Company, All Animals Veterinary Hospital, Chick-Fil-A, Select Sires, Godfrey's Feed, White County Farmers Exchange, Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation, Edward Jones (Brian Blough), Senator John Wilkinson, Graft, Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett, Oglethorpe Feed and Hardware Supply, Senator PK Martin, Southern Swiss Dairy, Warbington Farms, and Speed, Seta, Martin, Trivett,
and Stubley. Congratulations to all exhibitors and the Dairy Science Club looks forward to seeing you all back next year! Click here for pictures
GA 4-H Dairy Judging Competition   
Pictured from left to right:  Kurt Sutherland, Caleb Carr, Luke Ryan, Gracy Sexton, Halle Moore, Brooklyn Carr, Annelies Carr

The 2017 Georgia 4-H State Dairy Judging Contest was held at the UGA Instructional Arena on Friday, March 24th.  34 Juniors (6 Teams) and 18 Seniors (3 Teams) participated in the contest. 
Results from the Junior Dairy Judging Contest:
1.            Joshua Carr, Gordon Co., 256*
2.            Jacey Morgan, Jasper Co., 256*
3.            Charlee Causey, Carroll Co., 253*
4.            Holt Sapp, Burke Co., 253*
5.            Isabella Waddell, Jasper Co., 247
*Ties broken with reason scores.
Top five Junior team results:
1.            Carroll Co., 744
2.            Gordon Co., 741*
3.            Burke Co., 741*
4.            Jasper Co., 726
5.            Coweta Co., 705
*Ties broken with the top three team members reason scores.
The first place Junior Team, from Carroll Co. consisted of Charlee Causey, Sydney Musick, Sara Kate McDermitt and Joseph McDermitt.  Gordon Co., who placed second are:  Joshua Carr, Gabrielle Ralston, Jazmine Ralston and Bryson Smith.  Burke Co. placed third and their members are:  Holt Sapp, Abby Joyner, Samuel Eckerman and Ivan Burgess.
Results from the Senior State Dairy Judging Contest:
Top five Senior individuals:
1.                 Katie Hanson, Carroll Co., 353
2.                 Brooklyn Carr, Gordon Co., 344
3.                 Caleb Carr, Gordon Co., 337*
4.                 Audri Crews, Coweta Co., 337*
5.                 Lillyanna McDermitt, Carroll Co., 335
*Ties broken with reason scores.
Top five Senior team results:
1.                   Gordon Co., 1006
2.                   Coweta Co., Team A, 992
3.                   Coweta Co., Team B, 870
The first place Senior Team from Gordon County has the opportunity to represent Georgia at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held in Madison, WI this fall.  Gordon County Team members are:  Brooklyn Carr, Caleb Carr, Luke Ryan and Gracy Sexton.  Coweta Co., Team A placed second and their team members are:  Audri Crews, Hunter Swartz, Cody Whitlock and Mady Hillebrand.  Coweta Co., Team B. placed third and their team members are:  Nicole Hillebrand, Alexa Hillebrand and Elizabeth Mansour. 
Thank you to Dr. Jillian Bohlen, staff, faculty, students and volunteers from the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department for all of their coordination with the State contest.  Much appreciation to Michael Rabalais- 4-H Program Specialists, Claire Woodard-UGA Student Support and Steve Walker-Georgia 4-H IT Coordinator for their dedication to the program. 
  2017 Commercial Dairy Recordbook Winners
Ten students were recognized for their record-keeping excellence in the Commercial Dairy Heifer program at the Georgia Junior Livestock Award Banquet held Feb. 25, 2017, 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 2016-2017 Commercial Dairy Heifer Project experience.

Twenty students competed in the Junior Division competition, while thirteen submitted recordbooks in the Senior Division.  Congratulations to all of the participants 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 Co. 4-H 
2. Sarah Ullom - Coweta Co. 4-H 
3. Holt Sapp - Burke Co. 4-H 
4. Eliza Exner - Coweta Co. 4-H 
5. Trenton Reddick - Burke Co. Middle FFA 

Senior Division Winners:  (Grades 9 through 12)
1. Haley Pulsifer - Perry FFA 
2. Hunter Swartz - Coweta Co. 4-H 
3. Emma Newberry - Oconee Co. FFA 
4. Mady Hillebrand - Coweta Co. 4-H 
5. Elizabeth Mansour - Coweta Co. 4-H
Upcoming Events

State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition
June 3, 2017
Athens, GA

Southeast Dairy Youth Retreat
July 9-13,2017
Bradenton, FL
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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2017 GDYF Golf Tournament
SEDYR Deadlines Approaching
GDYF Jr. Board Announced
GDYF Dress-A-Cow Contest
Upcoming Events
Free GDYF Junior Memberships

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