New Extension Member Hired to Assist with 4-H Dairy Programs

Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Judging Teams Coach and Extension Youth Specialist, The Ohio State University

The Ohio 4-H Dairy Program has a new team member.  Sherry Smith joined our Extension staff on September 1, 2013.  She needs very little introduction to many of you who have been showing cows or working with the dairy judging program.

Sherry graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986 and was a member of the dairy judging team.  From that time forward, she has earned an excellent reputation as a judge and also as a volunteer for the Wayne County dairy judging teams.  Much of her professional career has been spent with ration balancing and the evaluation of dairy records.  She also currently works as independent dairy nutrition consultant, but has been previously associated with Moormans, Ohio Holstein Association, and Archer Daniels Midland.

As an active breeder of Brown Swiss cattle, Sherry has served on many of their committees and also as the State president.  Beyond the dairy coaching, she also volunteers time as a 4-H club advisor and works with Spring Dairy Expo as the Showmanship Coordinator.

Sherry will be in the office one day per week and she will coordinate 4-H dairy programs with the assistance of Bonnie Ayars. Effective, September 1, 2013 Bonnie has reduced her workload from four to three days. Sherry can be reached at or (330) 465-2376 and Bonnie can be reached at, (614) 688-3143. Both of them have offices in 222 Animal Science Building. Sherry and her husband, Neil Smith (Executive Secretary, American Jersey Cattle Association), reside in Glenford, Ohio.