Four Michigan 4-H youth traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in September to compete in the Junior Dairy Management contest at the All-American Dairy Show.
Jonah Haskins, 18, of Marlette, Kaylee Kriser, 18, of Quincy, Jennifer VanLieu, 19, from Reading and Hayley Wineland, 16, from Coldwater traveled more than 1,000 miles with coach Lisa Bowerman, also of Quincy, to represent Michigan 4-H at the contest.
The team took third place honors in the overall 4-H division, while Kriser placed eighth overall as an individual, and Haskins placed ninth.
The Junior Dairy Management Contest allows participants to demonstrate their skills and knowledge related to the practical care and management of dairy cattle. The team earned the opportunity to represent Michigan at the national competition by winning the senior division of the dairy management contest at Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days, held in July.
“I am grateful to have had this opportunity to take my dairy management skills to the next level and it’s something I think every 4-H member should strive to experience,” said Haskins, who won the senior division of the dairy management contest at Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days. “It was a great learning experience to see how dairy farming is done differently across the country. It takes a lot of studying because there were many different topics to cover and many practices to work with my teammates preparing for the contest.”
In total, 58 youth from 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the nation competed. Topics covered in the contest included farm business management, feed and nutrition management and evaluation, dairy facilities and cow comfort, dairy foods and milk quality assessment, dairy cow welfare, and linear scoring of cattle.
To learn more about Michigan 4-H’s dairy programs, visit the 4-H dairy cattle production and management page on the Michigan 4-H website.