Another successful Show Calf Summit is in the books. A different date and location did not seem to deter youth from attending. 100 youth from around New England & New York, came to Rutland to take part in the Summit. Interestingly, it was like a new generation of youth attended. Of the 100 youth 68 were 12 years or under and with limited showing experience. However that does not mean they were not sharp as a tack. They peppered the presenters with questions from start to finish. With this number of youth, it made for small groups and the chance for hands on experience.
The presenters this year were Callum McKinven, Lookout Holsteins & Jerseys, Quebec; Jenny Thomas, Triple T Farm, Ohio; Pat Lundy, Luncrest Farm, New York; Matt Senecal, Arethusa Farm, Connecticut; Elizabeth Olson, Vermont/Minnesota; Ariel Garland, Vermont; Kyle Thygesen, Vermont; Bonnie Burr, Connecticut and Martha Seifert, Vermont. Subjects covered were Selection, Clipping, Public Relations, Show Savy, Showmanship, Nutrition, Washing and Making a Bedded Pack. The Seward Family of East Wallingford, VT brought in 15 heifers for the groups to work on. On Friday evening, Nicole Fletcher from Massachusetts who coaches the New England Quiz Bowl Team, worked with the group on Dairy Jeopardy and provide information about other programs that the youth could participate in.
Generous sponsors made this whole event possible. Each participant received a tee shirt, nylon halter, pad board and pen. There were numerous door prizes with the top three being two sets of clippers and a top line blower. Sponsors included Ag Enhancement, Farm Credit; Yankee Farm Credit; Phoenix Feeds; Poulin Grain; Select Sires; New England States Holstein Assoc.; Bob White Dairy Equipment; Salem Farm Supply; Stoneyfield Yogurt; Green Mtn. Dairy Promotion; Agritech; Mycogen Seeds; Orleans County Farm Bureau; Shur-Gain/Nutreco; Cargill Feed & Nutrition; Prince Ag Products; Cattle Connection; Hi-Pro;Performance Products; NASCO and Valley Vet.
The Otter Creek 4-H Club provided lunch before everyone headed for home on Saturday.