While Harvest Festival was in full swing at Shelburne Farms, four Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club members were showing their Brown Swiss at The Big E. They were chosen for the interstate competition based on their results at the 4-H dairy shows at Addison County, Champlain Valley Exposition, and the State Dairy 4-H show.
Brooke Aicher and Benjamin Maille both of Shelburne, Nathan Fefee of Bristol, and Courtney Banach of South Burlington were part of the 35-member Vermont delegation that travelled to Springfield, Mass. to show in the New England 4-H Dairy Show. Many months of work training, grooming and working with their animals went into their success. Like the other members of the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club, these four young people lease a calf from the Shelburne Farms herd to participate in the 4-H program and come to the farm to learn about care and showing of cattle from their club leaders. Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club leader Susie Marchand said, “Everyone worked really hard all season to get to this point and did an amazing job both in and out of the ring representing Vermont and Shelburne Farms!”
Aicher came in 4th in the Spring Yearling Class and 8th in Fitting and Showmanship. Maille won the Summer Yearling Class and came in 7th in Fitting and Showmanship. Banach won her Fitting and Showmanship Class and also took Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Brown Swiss. Fefee won the Spring Yearling Class and came in 4th for fitting and showmanship.