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Guernsey youths earn prize money for cows’ production

TULSA, Okla. -- Bethany Trotter of Enon Valley, Pa., took home top honors in the Guernsey Gold Production Contest which annually sees youths from all over the United States competing for notoriety and cash. She won the competition with Faria Farms Messenger Roxy, whose ME record was 23,920M 996F 758P. She had purchased her as a heifer at the World Dairy Expo in 2010. Bethany’s winning entry earned her $1496.

At the recently concluded National Guernsey Convention it was an exciting night for youth members of the AGA youth association at the Youth Awards Banquet and Fun Auction. The National Guernsey Convention has long been recognized for the many exciting activities and contests offered for youth. Young people from across the country were represented this year by fellow youth members who made the trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to compete in the many contests and recognition programs offered at the National Convention.

The Guernsey Gold Production Contest allows youth from all over the United States to compete in a production contest and win cash prizes. Sale managers for auctions held throughout the year designate certain heifers in the sale as Guernsey Gold Heifers. The sale manager then places a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of that heifer in to a jackpot to be awarded to the animal completing the highest ME protein records among all Guernsey Gold Heifers sold each year.

Placing second in the contest was Kimberly Lakey of Trempealeau, Wisconsin. Her entry, Coulee Crest Tiller Reno-ET, produced an ME record of 22,807M 1042F 678P, which earned her $1120. Kimberly purchased her heifer at the National Convention Sale, held in Pennsylvania in 2010.

Henry Myers of Worton, Maryland, won third place with White Hall Neon Paige, who completed a record of 19,736M 884F 619P. fPurchased by Henry at the Blue Halter Sale in Pennsylvania, Paige earned him $748.
Rounding out the top four was Alyssa Nuttleman of Bangor, Wisconsin, with Moziers Vigilant Rosehip-ET completing an ME record of 11,938M 627F 456P. Alyssa received a check for $374. Rosehip was purchased in the Ozark Jubilee Sale in Missouri.

The awards were presented at the American Guernsey Association’s annual convention in Tulsa, Okla. in June.