Ms. Bonnie Ayars, Dairy Program Specialist, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University
It has been widely publicized that our OSU Dairy Judging Team earned the National Title at World Dairy Expo. It has been 33 years since triumph has come back to Ohio State. To add to our magical, year, we only “Won by One!” In a moment prior to the contest on one of our farm workouts, the students were talking about visiting Switzerland and seeing Brown Swiss cows in their original setting. I responded by mentioning that if they won the contest, we would go.
Promises made are promises kept and luck was once again on our side. We teamed up with a trip coordinated through New Generation Genetics and Brown Swiss USA. Even as you read this, we are preparing for our trip on November 25th through December 1st.
We are looking for any corporate or individual donations for our trip. General dairy judging funds will not be used. The students will be responsible for a portion of the expenses. Many of you have generously responded and we are appreciative. For more information/details, please contact me through email or a call. If you would like to follow our trip, we will post daily photos on our Facebook Page, Ohio State University, Dairy Judging Teams.
We all can take pride in this unique group of judging students. You may have worked with them, seen them managing the parlor at the Ohio State Fair and Spring Dairy Expo, or watched them grow up with 4-H or FFA projects. This State and your support of youth have brought them to this honor.
Left to right: Coach Ayars, Lauren Almasy, Billy Smith, Ian Lokai, and Sarah Lehner