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Kids learn from pros at Northeast show calf event

DERBY LINE, Vt. -- The 7th Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit was another resounding success. Held here on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, at Cowtown Holsteins, 185 youths from throughout New England and New York gathered to learn. The event has become so popular that 50 youths had to be turned away because of lack of space to accommodate a larger group.

The youths were privileged to learn from some of the most talented people in the show industry. Tim Abbott opened with a presentation on the history of showing and why we do it. Following his presentation, the youths were divided into groups to learn how to select a calf, how to clip their calf and a session called “Show Savy” which includes the things they need to do at home before the show, what to do upon arrival with their animals and care of the animal during the show. Presenters for these sessions included Jenny Thomas and Dusty Schirm from Ohio, George Morasci from California, Scott Hussey from Maine; Adam Liddle, Jamie Black and Pat Lundy from New York; Rick Allyn from Connecticut and Tim and Sharyn Abbott from Vermont.

At the close of the sessions on Friday, eight youths who had submitted essays read them to the group, with hope of winning the calf offered as the prize. Provided by Plynn Beattie, the calf was won Ben Boutin of Williston, Vt. The subject of the essays was: “What have you learned from past Summits?” Listening to the essays helped to understand how much the youths take away from the Summits.

Saturday morning featured sessions on showmanship, nutrition and one that explained what they need to stock their show boxes with and how to build a bedded pack for their animals.

During the event raffle tickets were sold on a winter calf donated by Four-Hills Farm. The winner was Lillian Seward of Rutland, Vt.

Sponsors are critical to the success of the Show Summit. They included Cowtown Holsteins, AgEnhancement Farm Credit East, New England States Holstein Association, Yankee Farm Credit, Performance Products, Morrison Feeds, Shur-Gain, St.Jacobs ABC, Select Sire Power, Cargill Feed & Nutrition, Agri-Mark/Cabot, Genex, Nutreco, Whitman Feeds, Lawe’s Ag, Lyons Dairy Sales, Poulin Grain, Phoenix Feeds, Woodlawn Farm, Orleans County Farm Bureau, Prince Agri Products, Mycogen Seeds, Conn Vet, Co-op Insurance, St. Albans Co-op, Renaissance Nutrition, Vermont Economic Development Authority, North Country Dairy Supply, Hi-Pro, Cattle Connection, Dairy One and Agritech.