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Johnson Dairy Show Attracts 20 4-H Members

photo by Nicole Vershereau
Six-year-old Hutson Michaud, East Hardwick (center), and seven-year-old Hazel Kelley, Morrisville, listen to judge Jerry Emerich of Mooers, N.Y., after participating in the peewee division for 4-H Cloverbuds at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show, July 23 at the 2022 Lamoille County Field Days.

JOHNSON – The 4-H Youth Dairy Show, held in conjunction with the 2022 Lamoille County Field Days, attracted 20 participants who showed 26 animals.

University of Vermont Extension 4-H and the Green Mountain Moovers 4-H Club of Morrisville sponsored the July 23 event, which was judged by Jerry Emerich of Mooers, N.Y.. It was held at the Lamoille County Field Days site in Johnson.

In addition to fitting and showmanship and conformation classes for 4-H’ers, ages 8-18, the show included a peewee division for 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-7, to introduce them to the show ring and give them experience showing a dairy animal. Entrants in this division received participation ribbons but were not ranked.

photo by Holly Ferris
A first-time dairy show participant, eight-year-old Ryan Holbrook of Hardwick, showed Chelsea, his Jersey spring calf, at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show, July 23 in Johnson.

The show opened with the fitting and showmanship classes where the focus was on the exhibitors and how well they presented and handled their animal. In the conformation classes, arranged according to the age and breed of the animal, the judge evaluated the animal, taking into account its physical structure, condition and appearance.

Local winners were Junior Fitting and Showing Champion was Steven Warner, East Hardwick.

Also, Jersey Grand Champion, Hadley Michaud, East Hardwick.

For winning the Jersey breed championship, Hadley also received a rosette ribbon and a $50 gift certificate to Tractor Supply from the Vermont Jersey Breeders Association.

The day included a free cookout and potluck luncheon for all exhibitors.

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