Local 4-H Members Expand Their Bovine Knowledge

photo by Wendy Sorrell | Participants at the State 4-H Bovine Bonanza, held Nov. 14 at the University of Vermont in Burlington, listen as Chelsey Patch describes the various types of milking parlors.

BURLINGTON – For Vermont 4-H’ers enrolled in the dairy, beef and working steer projects, November 14 was a day filled with opportunities to explore several bovine-related topics in depth.

Fifty-seven 4-H’ers from nine counties gathered at the Paul R. Miller Research and Educational Center on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus in Burlington for the State 4-H Bovine Bonanza. They were split into groups, according to age, to learn about agricultural careers, calf health and nutrition, farm safety, milking parlors and tractor safety.

Certificates of participation were awarded at the conclusion of the UVM Extension 4-H-sponsored event to the following local participants, listed by age group and county: Ten- and eleven-year-olds: Trevor Smith, Hardwick; twelve- and thirteen-year olds: Emma Rowell, Greensboro; 

Assisting Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, with the event were UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students Adele Biasini, Chelsey Patch, Kate Rowley and Emily Surrell and former 4-H’er Bethany Orvis. Adult volunteers included Matt Bodette, UVM dairy herd manager, and UVM Extension 4-H educators Lindy Birch, Margaret Coan and Martha Seifert.