Tuesday, September 29, 2009

New York cow wins Grand Champion of Junior and Open Ayrshire Show

Shown here is the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion of the Central National Ayrshire show. Blind Buck Vall Tri Redpepper (shown at right) was exhibited by Sara Pulver of Fort Edward, NY. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to Edgebrook Special K Alamode exhibited by Mike and Brenda Dilly and Andy Tow of Montour, Iowa. Congratulations! Tomorrow the Jersey cows show, watch for the winners later tomorrow right here.

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Farm Display Snapshots

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Back to back win for Virginia Tech

With a team score of 2,508, an average of 46.45, Virginia Tech won the 89th Annual Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest. This marks the second year in a row that the team from Blacksburg, Va., has won the contest and the seventh time in contest history Virginia Tech has won the Super Bowl of collegiate contests. The team, coached by Katherine Knowlton and Mike Barnes, included the second and third overall individuals Paula Craun and Hannah Smith. The team was rounded out by Derek Heizer and Parker Welch.

In a close second, with a score of 2,500 was the team from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls paced by Sandra Kirchner who averaged 47.2 on twelve placings and six sets of reasons. Sandra's teammates included: Londa Johnson, Cortney Kieffer, and Jessica Lundgren. The team is coached by Steve Kelm.

It takes many volunteers to run the contest. In all, 40 some volunteers work on putting the contest together. On Sunday, the contest management, along with breed representatives, go through the barns to select contest classes. In many cases, six to eight animals are brought out for consideration. During this process one of the assistants logged some 20,000 steps on his pedometer . . . that equates to 7 to 10 miles of foot traffic across World Dairy Expo.

The animals that are selected for the contest come to the Coliseum on Monday afternoon. In all, 19 collegiate and 17 post-secondary teams placed the 12 classes. Later in the day, the contestents defended those decisions in oral reasons given to 16 contest officials. The contest results were released early Tuesday morning.

This college contest marked the 27th and final year that Dr. Dave Selner served as superintendent of the collegiate contest. In the 89-year history of the contest, there have been only four superintendents of the contest. Taking over the helm of the 2010 contest will be Hoard's Dairyman Associate Editor, Corey Geiger.

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Maryland takes home top honors in 4-H Contest

The team from Maryland 4-H won the National 4-H contest at this year’s World Dairy Expo. Awards were announced Monday evening. Ariel Traxdal, Morgan Meisenheimer, Emily Gill, and Chelsea Davis made up the Maryland team and were coached by Kiera Finucane and Lorretta Wright (shown in the photo.) Maryland also won reasons for the 14th time in history — fittingly receiving the Lee Majeske plaque (Majeske was a long-time Maryland 4-H coach.) Karen Anderson (shown in the photo), a 4-H'er from Minnesota was placed first individually. That’s the third year in a row that a Minnesota 4-H'er has won the contest. In addition, this is the second national contest that Anderson has won during her 4-H career. In 2006, Anderson was the high individual at the All-American contest in Harrisburg, Pa.

Here is a summary of the top 10 teams:
1. Maryland
2. Michigan
3. New York
4. Ohio
5. Minnesota
6. Virginia
7. Iowa
8. Illinois
9. Kentucky
10. Pennsylvania

Top 10 individuals:
1. Karen Anderson, Minnesota

2. Katie Arndt, Michigan

3. Morgan Meisenheimer, Maryland

4. Jared Smith, Ohio

5. Brett Hildebrandt, Wisconsin

6. Chelsea Davis, Maryland

7. Callie Alvis, Virginia

8. Jordan Hanson, Iowa

9. Darin Buckenmeyer, New York

10. Casey Arlig, New York