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Continued success noted; many members honored

Recipients of All-Pennsylvania awards (left to right): front row - Allie Snider, Karli Stoltzfus, Kolby Stoltzfus, Bella Gable; back row - Macy Walason, Aaron Gable, Beth Anne Clark, Elsie Wolff.

Special for Farmshine

BEDFORD, Pa. -- Members of the Pennsylvania Guernsey Breeders’ Association (PGBA) gathered here April 25-26 for their 83rd annual meeting and awards banquet. President, Eric Poole of Mt. Pleasant presided over the weekend’s festivities which included the recognition of members for their accomplishments both in the show ring and the bulk tank.

During the business meeting, President Poole and Vice President Troy Hill were both elected to a second term as officers. Elsie Wolff will continue her role as Association secretary/treasurer.

Business manager Jim Trotter delivered his annual report focusing on the theme of “Repetition.” He emphasized the continued success of the Association’s members and youth which has created a reliable brand for the PGBA. Over the past year, Pennsylvania garnered 15 All-American award recognitions, completed another successful show season on the national level, won both the junior and senior divisions of the National Guernsey Quiz Bowl competition, and came home with a total of 20 awards from the national convention in Oklahoma last June.

For the national perspective, Dave Trotter AGA president and Lewis Jones AGA chief administrator both provided an overview of new programs and policies being implemented at the America Guernsey Association office in Columbus, Ohio. Both Dave and Lewis thanked the Pennsylvania membership for their continued support of the national association.

Friday evening the association recognized the accomplishments of the members of the past year during the annual awards banquet. Special guests included Jim Sharp, manager of the All-American Dairy Show, who thanked the members for their continued support of the show. Cindy Weimer represented the American Dairy Association and provided promotional materials to the members and a recap of current dairy promotion efforts.

Following the milk toast provided by the Pennsylvania Alternate Dairy Princess, Brooke George, the current National Guernsey Queen, Bethany Trotter of Enon Valley, Pa., thanked the Association for providing the many opportunities for youth which made it possible for her to become more involved in the breed. After her remarks, she introduced the new Pennsylvania Guernsey Queen, Cassandra Musser also of Enon Valley.

The PGBA Board of Directors took time during the banquet to honor Jim Trotter for his 25 years of service as business manager for the Association. Under Jim’s leadership the Blue Halter Sale has grown to a sale attracting the best genetics from across the U.S. and Canada. Jim has also served as a representative for Pennsylvania at the regional and national level. The Board thanked Jim and his wife Mary Lou for the dedication and continued support of the membership.

President Poole honored the 2013 All-Pennsylvania award winners, which included six certificates for Sniders Homestead Farm of New Enterprise and four certificates for Warwick Manor Farm in East Earl. The All- Pennsylvania Fall Yearling, Sniders Super Lux Andee, would top the Blue Halter Sale on Saturday with a final bid of $13,700.

In the production awards, Trotacre Farm, Enon Valley, was recognized as the high Guernsey herd in Pennsylvania with 33 cows averaging 22,083 pounds of milk in 2013. Trotacre Tiller Brenna received the award for high cow in 2013 with a 305-day record of 38,943M 1373F and 1165P. Brenna, (VG-85), also received national accolades, when she surpassed the previous world record for milk production. At 7-8y 365d 3x, Brenna completed a new world record for milk production with 47,340M 3.4% 1633F 3.1% 1446P. Brenna's record also places her as a class leader for the 365-day milk and protein categories for cows 5-10 years of age.

After the awards presentations, the Juniors held their craft auction to raise funds for youth awards, contests, and the trip to the national convention. As always, the youths had the support of the crowd; raising just over $2000 for the evening. The Juniors thanked all the donors and buyers for their continued support of the youth program.

2013 Open All-PA Awards
Spring calf - Warwick Manor Kojack Licorice owned by Kolby Stoltzfus
Winter calf - Misty Meadows Rebel Satchel owned by Beth Anne Clark
Fall calf - Sniders Tiller Rowanda owned by Allie Snider
Summer yearling - Misty Meadows Levi Seybert ET owned by Beth Anne Clark
Spring yearling - Hollow View Kojack Dolly owned by Elsie Wolff
Winter yearling - Sniders Lone Star Maggie owned by Macy Walason
Fall yearling - Sniders Super Lux Andee owned by Bella Gable
Junior 2 year old - Warwick Manor Kojack Rollins owned by Clayton Lehman
Senior 2 year old - Sniders Barney Avalynn owned by Allie Snider
Junior 3 year old - Warwick Manor Atlas Clarabelle owned Karli Stoltzfus
Senior 3 year old - Sniders Jetstar Bobress owned by Aaron Gable
4 year old - Oakland Less Laney owned by Trisha Covert
5 year old - Sniders Adacka Bojangle owned Aaron Gable
6 year old & over - Sniders Garrett Ashanti ET owned by Aaron Gable
Best bred & owned - Warwick Manor Atlas Clarabelle owned by Karli Stoltzfus

2013 Open Production Awards
High herd

Trotacre Farm, Trotter Family, Enon Valley,
33 cows ~ 22,083M ~ 1047F ~ 822 P
High cow for milk, fat, protein
Trotacre Tiller Brenna, Trotacre Farm
38,943 Milk ~ 1373 Fat ~ 1165 Protein

Officers & Directors for 2014-2015
State officers

• President - Eric Poole, 783 Ruffsdale Alverton Rd, Mt. Pleasant, 15666 (724) 696-4119
• Vice President - Troy Hill, 1436 Georgetown Rd., Sandy Lake, PA 16145 (724) 699-2650
• Secretary - Elsie Wolff, 39 Black Bear Road, Quarryville, PA 17566 (717) 786-2336
State directors
• Vicki Baker, Scottdale (724) 331-4814
• A. Gable, New Enterprise, (814) 766-3272
• David Henisee, Mount Joy (717) 342-9502
• Troy Hill, Sandy Lake (724) 699-2650
• Andy McCarty, Hughsville (570) 974-8892
• John B. Morrow, Tyrone (814) 684-1898
• Mark Pifer, Reynoldsville (814) 427-2178
• Eric Poole, Mt. Pleasant 9724) 696-4119