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By: Sandra Krone, 2016-17 Dairy Club Reporter
On April 23rd, Virginia Tech’s Dairy Club held their 88th Annual Little All-American Dairy Show and Banquet. Thirty-three members participated in the show, and three pledges also exhibited as the final requirement for their pledge process. They spent two weeks intensively feeding, watering, halter training, brushing, washing, and clipping their heifers in preparation for the show. The more experienced members set up workshops throughout the two weeks to teach the novices the ins and outs of the show, which were normally accompanied with pizza. Friday night the participants met as a group with the judge, Kyle Thygesen ‘95, to find out what his expectations were for the next morning. Most participants woke up in the wee hours of the morning on show day to start their preparations. Carol Lee Donuts and Duchess Dairy milk were provided, and the show began at 8:30 AM at the Judging Pavilion on Plantation Road, emceed by Michael Granché and Kaitlyn Sonifrank. The championship results are as follows:
Grand Champion: Cortney Hostetter
Reserve Champion: Andrew Laffey, Jr.
Grand Champion Jersey: Andrew Laffey, Jr.
Reserve Champion Jersey: Caroline Warns
Grand Champion Holstein: Cortney Hostetter
Reserve Champion Holstein: Chelsea Abbott
Champion Fitter: Andrew Laffey, Jr.
Reserve Champion Fitter: Chelsea Abbott
Novice Champion: Amy Legare
Reserve Novice Champion: Lindsay Isernia
Novice Fitting Champion: Amy Legare
Reserve Novice Fitting Champion: Lindsay Isernia
After a hectic but fun morning, the show participants and their parents took a break for the afternoon, cleaning up and catching up. At 6:00 PM, the doors opened at Custom Catering on North Main Street for the Little All-American Banquet. Before dinner, emcees James Comstock and Chelsea Abbott welcomed everyone, followed by the invocation by Whitney Bowman, and finally a milk toast by Kelly Leatherman. After dinner, Little All-American Awards, industry awards, and Dairy Club Awards were announced. The new officers, Ryan Zimmerman, Zack Seekford, Courtney Henderson, Andrew Laffey Jr., Sandra Krone, Casi Fleshman, Amy Legare, and Kathryn Wright, were installed, and new President Ryan Zimmerman gave the Senior Toast to end the banquet. A long night of dancing, fellowship, and fun followed the banquet.
The Dairy Club at Virginia Tech sponsored a blood drive in honor of Reese Burdette on Friday, April 22. Reese is the 9 year old daughter of Claire (VT DASC ’99) and Justin Burdette. She was badly burned in a house fire on Memorial Day in 2014. After 662 days in the PICU at John Hopkins Hospital, she returned home two days before her 9th birthday in March. She has received over 500 units of blood and 400 units of platelets. Reese and her family hold a special place in the hearts of the dairy and Hokie communities. Without the help of donors, Reese and countless others would not be here today.
To read more about Reese’s accident and recovery, here are a few articles about her medical miracle.
The 14th Annual Hokie Cow Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 23rd at the Blacksburg Country Club.
The fundraiser supports scholarships, 4-H programs, and educational programs for undergraduate students in the Dairy Science Department.
Please register online or contact Kathy Duncan email@example.com or call 540-231-4769 or more details.
Seven Virginia Tech students attended the Georgia Dairy Conference and Southeast Dairy Student Symposium, held in Savannah, Georgia from January 18-20, 2016. Workshop topics included ways to reach out to the public, effective interviewing, understand market economics, and improve production. Virginia Tech's own faculty, Dr. Bob James and Dr. David Kohl presented at the event, which was attended by more than 25% of Georgia dairy farmers. "I enjoyed the opportunity to network with industry professionals and other dairy students," said Brittany Bowman, a Virginia Tech student. "The workshops helped me see the industry in a new light, and the expo was outstanding." The Virginia Tech Dairy Science Department is grateful for opportunity to attend and is excited to take more students in the future.
Summary by Brittany Bowman, Virginia Tech '17
Dairy Science & Communications,
Dairy Science Student Ambassador,
Congratulations to our Dairy Club for a very successful trip to the 2016 Southern ADSA - Student Affiliate Division annual meeting!
This year’s meeting was hosted by the University of Georgia in Athens on February 25-27. Members attending (front row/ left to right): Grace Ott, Cara Woloohojian, Hannah Van Dyk, Jenna Hardy, Brian McGarry, Kim Meyers, Lizzie Davis, Cole Leonard, and Nicki Hardy. Back Row: Virginia Tech alumnus, Joel Coble (Class of '99).
1st place Yearbook
2nd place Website
Outstanding Student: Lizzie Davis
2nd place Production Paper: Jenna Hardy
1st place Quiz Bowl Team: Cole Leonard, Grace Ott, Hannah Van Dyk, and Cara Woloohojian
Next year’s meeting will be hosted by LSU in Baton Rouge.
We would like to introduce the six amazing students selected in December to serve as our Dairy Science Student Ambassadors!
Student Ambassadors assist with undergraduate recruitment--open houses, student visits, admissions weekends, etc. Lizzie Davis, a senior in the department, developed the application process, structure, and training for the student ambassadors in a fall semester independent study course. Annemarie will be the head student ambassador and coordinate the student ambassador schedules and meetings.
We are excited to have these students helping to recruit the best and brightest dairy, animal, and STEM interested students to the Department of Dairy Science!
A great sale (and signature tradition!) organized and managed by the Virginia Tech Dairy Club. Many thanks to all who supported the sale!
Leaving campus via Southgate Drive:
5279 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060