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Maryland 4-H Horsemen's Party Report
Oct 06, 2013

The annual Horsemen’s Party was held yesterday Sunday, October 6 in Clarksville. On behalf of the Maryland 4-H Horse Program and the Maryland 4-H Foundation we wish to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported the event in any way to make it successful! We sincerely appreciate all who attended the event, who donated and secured items for the auctions, who sold and purchased raffle tickets, and who generously sponsored or secured sponsors for this year’s party. A special thanks to the members of the Horsemen’s Party Planning Committee who diligently worked for many months to plan and offer the party and to the colleagues, volunteers, and state team members who stepped up at the party to help in so many different ways.

We were honored to recognize the 2013 recipients of three special awards:
- Maryland 4-H Horse Program Youth Development Award: Conrad Arnold
- Maryland 4-H Horse Program Volunteer Award: Karen Macleod
- Amelia Grace Dashiell 4-H Horse Scholarship: Alana Hamann

We congratulated the 4-H members who earned positions on the 2013 Maryland 4-H Horse Program competitive teams who will be representing Maryland 4-H at national contests held at the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, OH - October 14-17, 2013 and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup in Louisville, KY - November 7-10, 2013. Good luck to our teams and coaches!

Horse Bowl Team
- Mariah Chapelle, Washington County
- Jennifer Huffman, Queen Anne’s County
- Olivia Richart, Cecil County
- Jenny Searles, Montgomery County
- Coach: Dr. Al Starr, Howard County

Communications Team
- Public Speaking: Hannah Cimbaljevich, Carroll County
- Individual Presentation: Melissa Lempicki, Montgomery County
- Team Presentation: Olivia Stibolt, Anne Arundel County and Kimberly Zulauf, Anne Arundel County
- Coach: Karen Scott, Carroll County

Hippology Team
- Emily Sewell, Montgomery County
- Amber Snyder, Montgomery County
- Erin Snyder, Montgomery County
- Alyssa Sumpter, Howard County
- Coach: Darryll-Ann Buschling, Howard County

Horse Judging
- Samantha Barlage, Anne Arundel County
- Taylor Garner, Calvert County
- Sarah Sebbane, Montgomery County
- Thomas Wolf, Carroll County
- Coach: Sabrina Ginn, Cecil County

And also, we congratulated 4-H members from across Maryland who completed Levels 3 and up of the Maryland 4-H Horsemanship Standards Program during 2013. This program helps 4-H members progressively develop horsemanship skills throughout their participation in the MD 4-H Horse Project.
Congratulations to all!


Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging is off to a great start!
Sep 13, 2013

The Maryland State Fair presented the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences with the opportunity to work with the University Dairy Herd, the State Fair Birthing Center and countless 4-H Contests over the "11 Best Days of Summer." Our students gained experience in educating the general public about the practices and benefits of production agriculture while our staff and faculty worked to create educational experiences for students, 4-H members and the public. One such event was the 4-H and FFA State Dairy Judging Contest. The ninety three youth contestants evaluated ten classes of cattle and ranked them on their confirmation when compared to breed standards. The quality of the dairy cattle in Maryland is known nation-wide and this year 225 people from collegiate, junior college and 4-H teams from around the country traveled to participate in the contest.

Dairy judging provides youth an opportunity to learn public speaking, leadership, analytical skills and most of all how to work together as a team. These skills serve the 4-H members well after their career in 4-H has come to an end. By all accounts, the 2013 Maryland State Fair was a great success! Two outstanding teams of 4-Hers were selected to represent Maryland at National Contests.

The Bea Pfefferkorn Memorial Awards were presented to the highest scoring Junior, Emma Schnebly, and Intermediate Individual, Todd Allen, in Oral Reasons.

The Dorothy Emerson Memorial Award was presented to Ian Doody of Montgomery County, the high scoring Senior Individual in Oral Reasons.

The Select Sire Power, Inc Award was presented to the highest scoring Senior 4-H member on Placings, Cassidy Schirmer of Kent County.

Ian Doody also won the John L. Morris Trophy presented to the Senior 4-H Member with the highest Overall Score for all breeds.

A $1000 donation from the John B Merryman Endowment Fund at the Maryland 4-H Foundation, Inc. will be presented to support the Maryland 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Teams participating in regional and national competition. The team competing at the All-American Contest and World Dairy Expo to be coached by Anne Davis and Kiera Finucane includes Ian Doody, Montgomery County; Courtney Hoff, Carroll County; Cassidy Schirmer, Kent County; and Julia Doody, Montgomery County.

The team competing at the North American International Livestock Expo to be coached by Barbara Schenning Minde and Kiera Finucane include Curtis Gannon, Montgomery County; Cory Zimmerman, Montgomery County; Dunchadhn Lyons, Montgomery County; and Catherine Savage, Montgomery County.

At the Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg PA on Sept 9th included Ian Doody, Montgomery County; Courtney Hoff, Carroll County; Cassidy Schirmer, Kent County; and Julia Doody, Montgomery County finished 1st Overall. They were the high team in Oral Reasons as well as the Ayrshire and Guernsey breeds, with Ian Doody finishing as the top individual Overall and in Oral Reasons. The team competes next at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI on September 30th coached by Anne Davis of Union Bridge, MD and Kiera Finucane of the University of Maryland.

We are proud to have the opportunity to travel with and showcase the efforts of the Maryland 4-Hers this fall and thank you for your continued support of the program. To view the full contest results, please visit our website at http://dairy.umd.edu/ or call Kiera Finucane at (301)-405-1392.


11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference
Apr 04, 2013

The 11th annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Timonium Maryland, March 27-28, 2013. This premier event draws attendees from across the country to learn about the latest research in animal nutrition being conducted at universities, in industry, and at government institutions. Conference committees are made up of individuals from the Maryland Feed Industry Council, the American Feed Industry Council, USDA, and the land grant universities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and Virginia. The 2013 event drew in approximately 215 attendees and 25 corporate sponsors.

The event kicked off Wednesday morning with a General session discussing current industry issues, highlighted by a presentation from international speaker Karin Naehrer from BIOMIN, Mycotoxins in animal production – their risks and implications. Novus International sponsored the Technical Symposium, consisting of breakout sessions for Dairy and Poultry. The Dairy sessions focused on recent developments in the advances of cow comfort, health and nutrition management, while the Poultry sessions shared recent advances in and association between skeletal health and gut health in poultry.

As always, Thursday’s Dairy, Poultry, and Equine sessions did not disappoint! The Equine room focused on nutritional management of horses under stress, featuring speakers from across the country sharing their research. Poultry session attendees caught up on the latest in direct fed microbials. University of Maryland’s Dr. Roselina Angel shared her research on Early broiler chicken mineral (Ca, P, Cu and Zn) requirements and disease/nutrition interrelationships. The Dairy session looked at the benefits of various feed additives and addressed the concern of mycotoxins in feed.

The student poster contest had a total of 8 entries. University of Maryland Student Mac Campbell was the first place winner in the Undergraduate Division, and Marie Iwaniuk took third place in the Graduate Division.

Abstracts for the 2013 Mid Atlantic Nutrition conference are available online and full copies of the 2013 Conference Proceedings can be ordered at www.manc.umd.edu


Dairy Bowl 2013 Round-up
Apr 01, 2013

Seven counties with sixty six contestants were well represented at the Maryland 4-H State Dairy Bowl contest held at the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland College Park on Saturday April 13th. Event staff volunteers included faculty, staff and students from the University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, five USDA researchers and employees, an FDA researcher and many private industry professionals. This is a terrific networking opportunity for the contestants and a gateway to the University campus and programs. The contest began at 9:00am with teams competing in a double elimination bracket ranked according to their scores from the written exam. The students work very hard and show tremendous potential for leadership in the dairy industry. Please congratulate the following teams and individuals for their outstanding performance. Event staff remarked throughout the day how impressed they were with the knowledge that the contestants demonstrated.

Junior
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Schuyler Bowers - Frederick
2. Claire Hughes - Anne Arundel
3. Joseph Hubbard - Frederick
4. Katelyn Iager - Frederick
5. Atley Miller - Carroll
Individuals
1. Claire Hughes - Anne Arundel
2. Schuyler Bowers - Frederick
3. Katelyn Iager - Frederick
4. Joseph Hubbard - Frederick
5. Kendall Welsh - Frederick
6. Atley Miller - Carroll
7. Rachel Ward - Cecil
8. Gwennyth Burns - Carroll
9. Ethan Lacher - Cecil
10. Jaycey Miller - Carroll
Teams
1. Carroll
2. Anne Arundel / Cecil
3. Frederick
Intermediate
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Todd Allen - Frederick
2. Shelby Iager - Frederick
3. Ryan Allen - Frederick
4. Grace Hughes - Anne Arundel
5. Shannon McCabe - Anne Arundel
Individuals
1. Todd Allen - Frederick
2. Grace Hughes - Anne Arundel
3. Matthew Nevin - Carroll
4. Trinity Miller - Carroll
5. Robert Hahn - Frederick
6. Shelby Iager - Frederick
7. Ryan Allen - Frederick
8. Maura McCabe - Anne Arundel
9. Tyler Umberger - Frederick
10. Jordyn Griffin - Carroll
Teams
1. Frederick
2. Carroll
3. Anne Arundel
4. Combined team 1
5. Combined team 2
6. Cecil
7. Montgomery
Senior
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Katelyn Allen - Frederick
2. Shelby Hahn - Frederick
3. Shannon Fiedler - Baltimore
4. Patrick Fendrick - Montgomery
5. Dusty Hahn - Frederick
Individuals
1. Katelyn Allen - Frederick
2. Dusty Hahn - Frederick
3. Shelby Hahn - Frederick
4. Shannon Fiedler - Baltimore
5. Patrick Fendrick - Montgomery
6. Jillian Seay - Cecil
7. Dane Grossnickle - Frederick
8. Ben Miller - Cecil
9. Bethany Gillett - Baltimore
10. Casi Blickley - Anne Arundel
Teams
1. Frederick
2. Montgomery
3. Baltimore
4. St. Mary's
5. Cecil
6. Anne Arundel

The top ten Senior individuals are eligible to compete in the 4-H State Dairy Bowl Buzz-off will be held on Saturday September 7th at the State 4-H office in College Park for the opportunity to represent Maryland at the National 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in Louisville, KY. For more information, please visit: dairy.umd.edu and click on the 4-H Dairy link.


Maryland Ties for 7th at 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest
Nov 15, 2012

A team of four Maryland 4-Hers participated in the invitational 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Competition on November 2nd and 3rd at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky. The competition began the evening of November 2nd with a written exam and continued the following day with team group and individual quiz questions. Participants were recognized at an awards banquet the evening of November 3rd. This is the 33rd year for the Dairy Quiz Bowl competition held at the North American International Livestock Exposition, which is the largest purebred livestock exposition in the world.

Teams of knowledgeable young people from 19 states competed for top honors by testing their dairy science knowledge on many levels of the industry including anatomy and physiology, feeding and nutrition, health and diseases, breeding and genetics, herd management, lactation and production, dairy foods and marketing, and other dairy business trivia. Maryland team members included: Garret Buckmeier of Frederick County, Curtis Gannon of Montgomery County, Dunchadhn Lyons of Montgomery County and Josiah Manning of Calvert County.

April Hall Barczewski, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development from the University of Maryland Extension, Cecil County office and Gail Yeiser, Assistant to the Dean for Alumni and External Relations University of Maryland for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H Volunteer from Anne Arundel County, coached and accompanied the team.

The team from New York edged out the team from Wisconsin for first place, while the teams from Maine and Virginia placed 3rd and 4th overall respectively.

For more information about the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development Program including the dairy project area, please contact April Hall Barczewski at 410-996-5280 or e-mail adhall@umd.edu.


Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging has a successful season!
Nov 13, 2012

College Park, MD - The Maryland State Fair presented the department with the opportunity to work with the CMREC Dairy Herd, the State Fair Birthing Center and countless 4-H Contests over the “11 Best Days of Summer.” Our students gained experience in educating the general public about the practices and benefits of production agriculture while our staff and faculty worked to create educational experiences for students, 4-H members and the public. One such event was the 4-H and FFA State Dairy Judging Contest. The eighty five youth contestants evaluated ten classes of cattle and ranked them on their confirmation to breed standards. The quality of the dairy cattle in Maryland is known nation-wide and this year 175 people from collegiate, junior college and 4-H teams from around the country traveled to participate in the contest.

Dairy judging provides youth an opportunity to learn public speaking, leadership, analytical skills and most of all how to work together as a team. These skills serve the 4-H members well after their career in 4-H has come to an end. By all accounts, the 2012 Maryland State Fair was a great success! Two outstanding teams of 4-Hers were selected to represent Maryland at National Contests.

At the Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg PA on Sept 17th, team members Scott DeBaugh, Carol DeBaugh, Tessa Wiles, and Derrick Zimmerman finished 5th Overall. They were the high team in the Holstein and Jersey breeds, with Carol DeBaugh finishing as the top individual in Jerseys. Their success as a team, coached by Jessica Fritz Little of New Windsor, MD and Kiera Finucane of the University of Maryland, continued at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI on October 1st. The team finished 9th Overall with an impressive 3rd place finish in the Brown Swiss breed and 6th place in Oral Reasons. Scott DeBaugh earned All-American status for his 18th place finish in the contest. Congratulations Scott!

At the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, KY on November 4, 2012, Brent Zimmerman, Katelyn Allen, Julia Doody, Ian Doody and coach Amanda Dennis of Thurmont and Kiera Finucane of the University of Maryland, the team finished 6th Overall. The contest included 22 4-H and FFA teams. All team members finished in the top 30 in the contest for Oral Reasons and they were the high team in the Jersey breed and second place team in Guernseys. Katelyn Allen was the fourth high individual in the contest and Julia Doody was the high individual in Jersey and 4th high individual in Oral Reasons.

We are proud to have had the opportunity to travel with and showcase the efforts of the Maryland 4-Hers this fall and thank you for your continued support of the program. To view the full contest results, please visit our website at http://www.ansc.umd.edu/extension/dairy/ or call Kiera Finucane at (301)-405-1392.


University of Maryland Block and Bridle hosts successful Livestock Show and Events
Apr 28, 2012

The University of Maryland hosted its Maryland Day Open House on Saturday, April 28th, 2012. For the Block and Bridle Club at UMD, the day consisted of a student livestock show, which was then followed by the presentation of the Chad Clark Herdsmanship Award and many other "Ag Day" traditions. Animal Science students of all experience levels competed in the livestock show hosted by the University's Block and Bridle Club. At the end of March, with the help of student and staff coaches, 60 exhibitors began training their animal of choice ? swine, lamb, dairy heifer, or beef steer ? in preparation for Ag Day. Many of these animals had never been handled and required the students to put in hours of training. The students and the animals form bonds with each other as the days leading up to Ag Day are a learning experience for both of them. Training began with the students and animals becoming comfortable around each other, then the students started leading the animals, and as Ag Day neared, they worked on details such as properly setting the animal up, bathing, and clipping. The pigs started the day with Dr. Tom Hartsock judging the classes and naming senior Ed Horowitz champion. Next, Senator Barry Glassman evaluated the sheep showmen, in which senior Anjuli Bhaduri-Hauck won the champion title. After the lambs, came the dairy heifers, and Michelle Kurtovic was awarded champion by Sean Johson. Lastly, Bruce Bennett judged the beef steer classes, which ended with senior Jeanne Herbert winning champion. The four champions then continued onto the grand champion competition where each of the students had to show all four species. The livestock show concluded with the judges naming Jeanne Herbert as this year's grand champion due to her outstanding showmanship. After the completion of the livestock show, the Chad Clark Herdsmanship Award was presented by the Clark family in memory of their son who passed away in a car crash. Emily Beall, the swine student coach, was the recipient of this year's award for her dedication and willingness to help all of the student exhibitors. Additional Ag Day traditions include the Equestrian Club's horse show, the Sigma Alpha's Kiss-a-Pig, and the fistulated cow demonstration. Overall, the Ag Day was a huge success and we hope to see you next year!


Dairy Bowl 2012 Round-up
Apr 02, 2012

Seven counties with sixty five contestants were well represented at the Maryland 4-H State Dairy Bowl contest held at the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland College Park on Saturday April 14th. Event staff volunteers included faculty, staff and students from the University of Maryland Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, five USDA researchers and employees, an FDA researcher and many private industry professionals. This is a terrific networking opportunity for the contestants and a gateway to the University campus and programs. The contest began at 9:00am with teams competing in a double elimination bracket ranked according to their scores from the written exam. The students work very hard and show tremendous potential for leadership in the dairy industry. Please congratulate the following teams and individuals for their outstanding performance. Event staff remarked throughout the day how impressed they were with the knowledge that the contestants demonstrated.

Junior
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Ryan Allen - Frederick
2. Emily Hurd - Anne Arundel
3. Grace Hughes - Anne Arundel
4. Max Nelson - Anne Arundel
5. Robert Hahn - Frederick
Individuals
1. Ryan Allen - Frederick
2. Max Nelsen - Anne Arundel
3. Grace Hughes - Anne Arundel
4. Dylan Hill - Kent
5. Jordyn Griffin - Carroll
6. Emily Hurd - Anne Arundel
7. Claire Hughes - Anne Arundel
8. Shannon McCabe - Anne Arundel
9. Marissa Roberts - Carroll
10. Robert Hahn – Frederick
Teams
1. Anne Arundel A
2. Frederick A
3. Carroll
4. Kent/Frederick B
5. Anne Arundel B
Intermediate
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Todd Allen - Frederick
2. James Savage - Montgomery
3. Wyatt Kahler - Carroll
4. Cassie Plummer - Kent
5. Maura McCabe - Anne Arundel
Individuals
1. Todd Allen - Frederick
2. Catherine Savage - Montgomery
3. Maura McCabe - Anne Arundel
4. Dustin Hahn - Frederick
5. Allie Wilson - Frederick
6. James Savage - Montgomery
7. Jillian Seay - Cecil
8. Cassie Plummer - Kent
9. Shelby Iager - Frederick
10. Tyler McMullen – Cecil
Teams
1. Frederick A
2. Montgomery
3. Anne Arundel
4. Frederick B
5. Carroll
6. Cecil
7. Kent
Senior
Top Individuals in the Written Exam
1. Katelyn Allen - Frederick
2. Shelby Hahn - Frederick
3. Garret Buckemeier - Frederick
4. Dunchadhn Lyons - Montgomery
5. Elizabeth Lyons - Cecil
Individuals
1. Dunchadhn Lyons - Montgomery
2. Shelby Hahn - Frederick
3. Elizabeth Davis - Cecil
4. Garret Buckmeier - Frederick
5. Katelyn Allen - Frederick
6. Curtis Gannon - Montgomery
7. Josiah Manning - Calvert
8. Riley Hoffman - Frederick
9. Cassidy Schirmer - Kent
10. Kyle Plummer - Kent
Teams
1. Frederick
2. Montgomery
3. Cecil
4. Kent
5. Calvert


The top ten Senior individuals are eligible to compete in the 4-H State Dairy Bowl Buzz-off will be held on Saturday September 8th at the State 4-H office in College Park for the opportunity to represent Maryland at the National 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest in Louisville, KY. For more information, please visit: dairy.umd.edu and click on the 4-H Dairy link.


Maryland Dairy Convention Celebrates 6th Annual Event
Feb 01, 2012

The University of Maryland Extension (UME) has worked with the Maryland Dairy Industry Association (MDIA) and the Maryland Dairy Shrine since 2007 to hold an annual statewide premier dairy event. The organizations sponsor a high quality program for the dairy youth, dairy producers, allied industry, representatives of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and other interested parties. The Convention was held on February 25 at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

As with any major event, many people are involved in planning and orchestrating the activities of the convention. During the day, over 30 youth and 90 adults participated in the educational programs and industry trade show. The youth program was chaired by Kiera Finucane, Coordinator of Dairy and Beef Extension Programs in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, and included Lindsey Vansandt, DVM and graduate student in the department, providing a hands-on exercise with reproductive tracts to demonstrate the cow’s anatomy and physiology. Gail Yeiser, Assistant to the Dean for Alumni & External Relations, presented an introduction to The National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management Program. Kiera also included feed identification, equipment identification, silage evaluation, DHI record analysis, a general dairy knowledge exam, and an invited talk and demonstration on hoof health and lameness for the youth by Dr. Ernest Hovingh from Penn State.

This year’s adult educational program consisted of seven invited speakers with Dr. Paul Rapnicki, University of Minnesota Clinical Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, giving the keynote talk on Dairy Cattle Stockmanship. The program committee was chaired by Dr. Bob Peters and included UME faculty members Stan Fultz and Mike Bell, along with Kiera Finucane and the Board of Directors of MDIA. Laurie Savage, Secretary/Treasurer of MDIA, coordinated the trade show of agri-business and industry sponsors. President Scott Youse of Ridgely conducted the business meeting. Stan Fultz moderated the slide presentation for the Dairies of Distinction and Joe Stowers, member of the MDIA Boyd Cook Memorial Scholarship Committee, awarded the three scholarships. Contestants for both of these awards were evaluated by committees with department, UME, and industry members. This year’s winners of the Dairy of Distinction were the Doody Family of Tulip Pond Farm in Union Bridge and the Shafer Family of Shafdon Farm in Jefferson. Each family received a Dairy of Distinction sign from MDIA and a framed farm photo taken by Edwin Remsberg and given by Lancaster Farming newspaper. Scholarship winners were Carissa Doody ($1,000), Jason Zimmerman ($500), and Tracy Forsythe ($500).


A Dairy Judging Journey Comes Full Circle
Jul 01, 2011

Participation in 4-H begins for many at the young age of 8 years old. Often these individuals have lofty goals and through hours and years of hard work, they often have the opportunity to achieve those goals. This story can be told by countless individuals across the nation. Today, I’d like to focus on four Maryland 4-Hers, namely Kaitlyn Corbett, Hannah Hood, Jessica Sentelle and Jason Zimmerman. These four youth were members of the 2010 Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team that won the National Championship at World Dairy Expo in October 2010.

Countless hours are logged in the preparation of judging classes to perfecting oral reasons techniques. Winning the contest in October provided another opportunity and yet another challenge to these young people. The opportunity was to travel internationally to judge dairy cattle, but the challenge was to fundraise $30,000 in order to do so. This was daunting task to say the least. This group, along with their families and coaches Jeff Semler and Kiera Finucane, came up with a plan and like the rest of their 4-H careers taught them, put that plan into action. "Fundraising was a stressful experience, but it also taught us that we must work together and work for what we want," said Jessica Sentelle of Frederick County.

At the end of May, the fundraising goal was reached, with the generous help of the organizations that came forward with opportunities for fundraising, farmers who provided AND purchased donation items to auctions, and companies have donated supplies and products for the team to package and sell at various events. This was truly the effort of an entire state to reach this goal. "Thank you for helping us achieve this goal and for giving us the opportunity to make this trip possible," said Jason Zimmerman. The coaches, parents and volunteers associated with this program truly are the reason the youth continue to succeed well beyond the 4-H realm.

The team departed from Dulles Airport on June 22nd to begin this two week, five country excursion. The team was able to visit the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and the Luxembourg Dairy Show where they experienced a judging contest, showmanship competition and cattle sale. Two team members, Corbett and Sentelle placed second at the judging contest in Scotland while Zimmerman was reserve showman at the Luxembourg competition. "The dairy judging program overseas is quite different from the one in the U.S.," says Hood. "We basically look for all of the same qualities in a cow, but they put more emphasis on head and nostril size. Instead of standing on the outside of the ring looking in at the cows, we were positioned in the middle of the ring looking out as the cattle circled around us." Sentelle further explains, "Instead of having the usual 12 to 15 minutes to place each class, we were given only four minutes to make a decision and take notes for reasons. It was very fast paced." The rest of the trip included stops at a dairy farm in England, two days in London, one quick day in Paris, host farm stays in Luxembourg and two days touring Germany. "We enjoyed seeing London from the London Eye," states Corbett referring to a large Ferris-wheel in the middle of the city. "Each city had its own differences and we were able to see all of the sights."

The highlight of the trip for all of the team members was the host family stay. "My favorite part of the trip was staying with my host family," explains Hood. "I was paired with another girl on a different judging team and went to stay at a young woman’s home. She was a nutritionist who lived in Germany and was representing her company at the fair in Luxembourg. This was a lot of fun and we were able to see how she lived."

Starting in the dairy judging program as a 4-H Junior is clearly not a guarantee of International success in dairy cattle evaluation, but perseverance in the program will teach life skills that will benefit the individual for years to come. "I would like to thank my family, friends, coaches and everyone else who has supported me in reaching this goal. This is a huge milestone in my judging career and an experience that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I have met a lot of amazing people who have contributed in many different ways to making this trip become a reality," says Kaitlyn Corbett of Washington County. This quote sums up the feeling of all of us that were fortunate enough to share in this experience. This program develops strong, confident individuals capable of making a rational decision and eloquently defending the reasons used in making that choice. Even better, three of the four individuals on this team are already back home helping coach the next generation of 4-H Dairy Cattle judges! Should you be interested in finding out more details, please see the blog that the team members wrote throughout the trip: http://marylanddairyjudging2008.blogspot.com/ or contact Kiera Finucane at (301)405-1392.


Maryland 4-H Dairy Judging Team Heads Overseas
Jun 14, 2011

On June 22nd , the winning team of the 2010 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest will be heading to Scotland to compete in an International Judging event. The team brought Maryland its 30th National victory, which is an incredible feat. With that honor comes an opportunity to represent Maryland at an International judging contest, provided the team was willing to put in the time and effort to fundraise $30,000 to make the trip. "Fundraising is a lot of work, but earning this trip makes it well worth the effort. I learned how to really work as a team and to interact with a lot of different people. It has been a great experience" says Kaitlyn Corbett of Washington County. The team consists of Kaitlyn Corbett, Washington Co.; Hannah Hood, Frederick Co.; Jessica Sentelle, Frederick Co.; and Jason Zimmerman, Montgomery Co. The program is coordinated by Kiera Finucane, Animal and Avian Sciences, and this year's team was coached by Jeff Semler, Extension Educator in Washington County with University of Maryland Extension.

The team will travel through Scotland, England, France, Luxembourg and Germany over the fourteen day trip. We will have the opportunity to judge cattle in multiple countries including the Royal Highland Show in Scotland and at the Luxembourg National Show, see a play in London, take a cruise down the Rhine River and so much more. The team has even been invited to lead cattle in an international cattle sale hosted by the Luxembourg Herd Book Association! Jason Zimmerman says "I’m most looking forward to visiting Luxembourg because I will get to live with a host family and help with the sale. I will have an opportunity to see how chores are done on the host family’s farm and see many cows at the sale." These sentiments are echoed by teammate Jessica Sentelle, "I’m most excited to stay with the host families because it will be a completely different experience and it will allow us to see the different customs of the families."

Many of you have supported the fundraising efforts put forth by the team over the past eight months. The program’s long term success and viability is possible only through the time, effort and financial support of the entire dairy industry in Maryland. "I’d like to thank all of our supporters so much. We have been working most of our 4-H careers to get to this point and we never could have made it without your help. Once again, thank you for all that you’ve done for us" says Hannah Hood. While the team and 4-H program cannot send each and every one of you a personal thank you card, we would like to invite you along on our international adventure with us. Please look for daily updates on our blog: http://marylanddairyjudging2008.blogspot.com/


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