Local 4-H’ers excel at Big E dairy show

Vermont 4-H’ers captured several championships and top place awards, including two Shelburne teens, Benjamin Maille and Brooke Aicher, at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 12-15, beating competitors from the five other New England states.

The 35 youths selected to participate in the regional dairy show competed in both fitting and showmanship in which they are judged on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal in the show ring and in conformation classes. In addition, awards were presented by breed for state herds with Vermont winning first place for Brown Swiss and Jersey.

Due to the large number of competitors, several fitting and showmanship classes were held in the junior (ages 12-14) and senior (age 15 and older) divisions. The top two finishers in each class in each division competed for championship awards. Shelby Biasini of Morrisville was named Senior Fitting and Show Champion for the second year in a row. Maggie Kirby of East Montpelier won Junior Fitting and Show Champion.

Other Vermont 4-H club members placed as follows in their respective classes:
Senior Showmanship:
Class B: Benjamin Maille (sixth)
Class E: Brooke Aicher (seventh)

Vermont 4-H’ers also competed in conformation classes, earning several breed championships. The results were as follows:
Spring Yearling Heifer:
Brooke Aicher (third)
Fall Yearling Heifer:
Benjamin Maille (third)

To learn more about the Vermont 4-H dairy program, contact Wendy Sorrell, UVM Extension 4-H livestock educator, at 656-5418 or wendy.sorrell@uvm.edu.

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