Update on Collegiate Dairy Judging and Dairy Palooza

Team judging in Texas: Laura Bond, Meghan Sanders, Ella Jackson, and Colton Harstine.

Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Program Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

The OSU Dairy Judging Team of Laura Bond, Colton Harstine, Ella Jackson, and Meghan Sanders participated in the contest located at the Fort Worth Stock Show in Texas on Sunday, January 17.  The team finished 2nd in the Jersey breed and Ella Jackson was 5th high individual overall.  She also placed in the top 5 in two breeds, as well as 3rd high individual in reasons.  With 15 participating teams, this winter destination continues to grow in popularity! The trip also included many locations of cultural interest and visits to dairy farms who offered classes for us to evaluate.  Both also had active niche market businesses and shared their expertise on this topic.

The Animal Science Recognition banquet will be held on April 2 at the Ohio 4-H Center on campus (click here for reservation form).  This year, we will be recognizing the 50, 25, and 10 year anniversary teams.  There will also be a silent auction to benefit the judging teams and dairy challenge.  If you are interested in these activities, please contact Ayars.5@osu.edu.

At the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference to be held on March 10, the Dairy Palooza Committee will receive the prestigious 4-H Innovator Award.  Many of you reading this newsletter have been directly involved with your time and your financial support.  We thank you again for playing an integral role in this accomplishment and the success of this event.  If you have not yet viewed our informative video, the link can be located at www.ohiodairypalooza.com.