Dairy Youth Honored at York Banquet
Southeastern Pa. Correspondent
YORK Pa. — The best of York's dairy youth programs was honored recently, as the county hosted its annual dairy awards dinner and program Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center.
A milk toast by York County Dairy Princess Carlyn Crowl and her court opened the salute to outstanding 4-H dairy members and youth Holstein breeder accomplishments.
This year's honoree as outstanding York County dairy member is Jason Cooper, son of Scott and April Cooper, Delta. Cooper, a veteran youth dairy judge and exhibitor, is an integral part of the management of the family's high-producing Holstein dairy herd and works with the local 4-H clubs on community and agriculture leadership activities. His youth dairy judging accomplishments are notable and included this past season a high individual placing in reasons at the spring Penn State contest, first place in both individual placings and reasons at the Delaware Valley spring contest and second in reasons at 4-H state achievement days.
First runner-up for the outstanding dairy member award was Lane Shaffer and second runner-up was Amber Thoman. Other finalists included Ben Doll and Emily Cooper.
Winner of the LoBianco scholarship, given annual by the LoBianco family in memory of their late son, Justin, was Katie Livingston. Livingston is very involved in county beef and regional Angus activities and will help to host the national junior Angus summer meeting, to be held at the York Expo next July.
Dairy judging recognition was extended to the county's teams that took several top placings at regional contests. A senior team of Jason Cooper, Jessica Murphy and Nathan Baumgardner placed first in team reasons and fourth overall at the Penn State spring judging. Delaware Valley contest finished with the York junior team of Erin Perry, Jacob Saylor and Emily Cooper finishing third overall, with Erin Perry first place winner in individual reasons. The 4-H state achievement team of Nathan Baumgardner, Jason Cooper, Carlyn Crowl and Katie Shultz placed first overall and high overall in reasons. During recent team judging in Louisville, Ky., Carlyn Crowl finished first in the Ayrshire judging division.
Appreciation was extended to dairy judging coaches Jeff Myers, Jeff Rutz, Kelly Johnson and April Cooper. Recognition was also extended to York cooperative extension employee Linda Spahr, honored recently as the outstanding extension educator in Pennsylvania.
Outstanding member recognition was awarded by each of the three regional dairy clubs in the county. Central dairy club winners were Jackie Bortner, rookie, Lauren Guise, junior, Brooke Bortner, intermediate and Amanda Thompson, senior. The Milk and Money club honored cloverbud winner Max Cooper, Cassidee Crowl, junior, Emily Cooper, intermediate and Jason Cooper, senior. Winners from the Southwest dairy club were Zachary Weaver, cloverbud, Kasey Doll, junior, Ben Doll, intermediate and Amber Thoman, senior.
Milestone leader awards were presented to Tammy Thompson for 15 years of service and to Heather Myers and April Cooper each for five years as dairy club advisers.
Several junior Holstein club members were recognized for performance awards of their animals. Sisters Lauren and Nicole Guise shared the honors in the fall yearling category. Highest performance records was Lauren's Md-Maple-Lawn Hank 2605, with a freshening at 1 year and 11 months with a 305 day record of 18,005 pounds of milk, 729 pounds of fat and pounds of 561 protein. Nicole's PA-Buttonwood Pierre Sadie completed her one year record, freshening at 1 year and 11 months with a 305 day record of 16,792 milk, 716 fat and 531 protein.
Ben Doll's Dar-Dale Patrick Party-Red was the 2-year-old winner, with a production record freshening at 2 years, 3 months with a 305 day record of 21,844 pounds of milk, pounds of 649 fat and pounds of 641 protein.
The three-year-old performance winner, owned by Aaron Doll, is Dar-Dale Blitz Pixie, with a 305-day record of 28,079 pounds of milk, pounds of 798 fat, and pounds of 739 protein.
Highest four-year-old entry in milk was McKenzie Doll's Dar-Dale Mel Bonnie, freshening at 4 years, 7 months, her 305-day record was 25,510 pounds of milk, pounds of 1022 fat and pounds of 749 protein.
Nicole Guise's PA-Buttonwood R Mark Sassy took fat and protein honors with a 4-year, 7-month freshening and a 305-day lactation of 24,619 pounds of milk, 1,172 pounds of fat and pounds of 801 protein. Nicole Guise won the 5-year-and-older category with her PA-Buttonwood Juror Susie, a cow that freshened at 9-years, 7-months. The cow had a 251-day record producing 15,808 pounds of milk, 732 pounds of fat and 477 pounds of protein.
Junior progressive breeder recognition was extended to Lauren Guise for her four-year-old PA-Buttonwood Roy Sweety, with a 305-day record of 25,188 pounds of milk, 944 pounds of fat, 738 pounds of protein, classified 86, then rising to 88 as a 5-year-old.
Three new directors were elected to three-year terms on the county's Holstein club board. Elected to fill those terms were Bridgette Bortner, Lori Baumgardner and Daphne Guise.