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Ayrshire business and banquet topped off with sale

Thelma Kemerer, center, accepted the Hall of Fame plaque on behalf of her late husband, Roy, surrounded by previous honorees and two daughters. From left: Dwight Hunter, John Rodgers, Earl Keefer, Thelma Kemerer, Lauretta Pollock and Susan Tresseler.

BELLEVILLE, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Ayrshire Spring Convention was held here in the Belleville area of Mifflin County, hosted by Gay Rodgers at her Hameau Farm and John Rodgers at his Plum Bottom Farm. Gay hosted the youth activities while John offered the use of his facilities for the annual sale, which averaged $1193 on 21 lots.

The high seller was R-Lyn Dreamer Destiny. There was a tie for second high seller between R-Lyn Burdette Lila and Dramatic Burdette Jennabel. Destiny and Lila were bred by Robert and Sherrie Doody, Keymar, Md. Both were purchased by Rachel Ramaley of Derby, Pa. Jennabel was bred by Mandi Ramsburg of Walkersville, Md. and purchased by Bentley Fencil of Dunbar, Pa.

Roy Kemerer of Westmoreland County was honored posthumously as the newest member of the Pennsylvania Ayrshire Hall of Fame. His widow was present to accept the recognition on his behalf.

Five young ladies were chosen for the Ayrshire court. Serving as Pennsylvania Ayrshire Princess is Rebekah Baumgardner, assisted by Ayrshire Maids Katelyn Nolan, Lainey Nolan, Aubree Deforest and Alivia Ellingsworth.

Ten youths participated in the dairy jeopardy contest. Lainey Nolan was the winner in the junior division while Rebekah Baumgardner topped the senior group. The display contest had eight participants. The winner of the 8-9 year old division was Cody Nolan with Ayrshire Milk; winner of the 10 year old group was Lainey Nolan with Reproduction, and the winner of the 11-and-over division was Alivia Ellingsworth with Cattle of Ayr.

Numerous production awards were presented. Named cow of the year was Mowry's Wilton Trista, owned by Jared Helsley, Roaring Springs, Pa.

The hot topic at the spring meeting was the 2015 national convention which will be held in Pennsylvania at Raystown Lake. Any person who would like to help with the convention is encouraged to visit www.paayrshires.org for more information.

-- Information submitted by Janel Zinn