Local Youths Win Awards at Dairy Show

Winners in the junior breed championships at the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, July 14 in Tunbridge, were (left to right): Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (Brown Swiss);  Dylan Slack, Bethel (Holstein);  Grace Collins, South Royalton (Ayrshire); Zachary Johnson, Tunbridge (Guernsey); and Regan Johnson, Woodstock (Jersey)  (photo credit: Allison Smith/UVM Extension) -
Winners in the junior breed championships at the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, July 14 in Tunbridge, were (left to right): Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (Brown Swiss); Dylan Slack, Bethel (Holstein); Grace Collins, South Royalton (Ayrshire); Zachary Johnson, Tunbridge (Guernsey); and Regan Johnson, Woodstock (Jersey) (photo credit: Allison Smith/UVM Extension)

Tunbridge — Several local youths took home awards from the Central and Southeast Region 4-H Dairy Show, held July 14 at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds.

Keenan Thygesen, of Tunbridge, received the Dick Dodge Memorial Award for being named the overall fitting and showmanship champion. The award is given in memory of the former University of Vermont Extension dairy specialist who inspired and educated youths and adults in dairy science.

The Vermont Jersey Breeders Association 4-H Grand Champion Jersey 2015 award went to Regan Johnson, of Woodstock.

In the fitting and showmanship competitions participants were evaluated on how well they handled and presented their animals. They competed by age with separate categories for seniors, 14 and older; juniors, 11 to 13; and novice, 8 to 10.

In conformation classes, arranged by breed and age of the animal, the animals were judged on physical structure, condition and appearance.

The senior fitting and showmanship champion was Tim Carson, of Newbury. Senior reserve champion was Abby Smith, of Topsham. Thygesen was named junior fitting and showmanship champion, with Seth Carson, of Newbury, taking reserve champion.

In the novice division, Regan Johnson was the novice fitting and showmanship champion. Zachary Johnson, of Tunbridge, was the reserve champion.

The following 4-H members and their animals were named breed champions: Ayrshire senior champion was Morgan Conant, of Randolph Center, with her 2-year-old cow; the junior champion was Grace Collins, of South Royalton, with her spring calf. Brown Swiss junior champion was Thygesen, with his winter calf. Guernsey junior champion was Zachary Johnson, with his spring calf.

Holstein junior champion was Dylan Slack, of Bethel, with his spring calf. Jersey junior champion was Regan Johnson, with her spring yearling heifer.

The first-place winners in each conformation class, listed by breed, follow: Ayrshire, fall calf, fall yearling heifer and 2-year-old cow, Conant; spring calf, Collins; winter yearling heifer, Adam Messier, of Braintree. Brown Swiss, winter calf, Thygesen. Guernsey, spring calf and winter yearling heifer, Zachary Johnson; summer yearling heifer, Smith. Holstein, fall calf, Jake Senecal, of Bradford; spring calf, Dylan Slack; spring yearling heifer, Eliza Mabey, of South Royalton; summer yearling heifer, Seth Carson; winter calf, Tyler Slack, of Bethel; winter yearling heifer, Levi Vaughan, of East Thetford. Jersey, fall calf, Seth Carson; fall yearling heifer, Kennedy Moore, of Reading; spring calf, Silvia Hale, of Hartland; spring yearling heifer, Regan Johnson; summer yearling heifer, Leah Titus, of Reading; winter calf, Josie Cross, of Reading; winter yearling heifer, Mary Scherer, of Barnard.

Sponsored by the University of Vermont Extension 4-H, the event was open to 4-H members in Orange, Washington, Windsor and Windham Counties.

— Staff report

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