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Youths compete in State 4-H Dairy Show

LYNDONVILLE — 4-H’ers, ages 11 to 18, from throughout the state showed 125 dairy animals at the State 4-H Dairy Show On Aug. 12. Exhibitors qualified for the show through their 4-H dairy project records, interviews, participation in a local 4-H dairy show and community service activities. 
In fitting and showing classes, arranged according to the exhibitor’s age, the 4-H’ers were evaluated on their poise and presentation and handling of their animal. Top finishers in the Junior Division included Natalie Atkins of Lincoln, who took home the honors for the Age 12 group.
The youths also competed in conformation classes, arranged by age and breed of the animal, with scoring based on the physical structure, condition and appearance of the animal. Jonathan Flores-Torres of Ferrisburgh received the Senior Champion for Ayrshires with his 3-year-old cow. Sarah Hill of Bristol was tapped as the Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion for Ayrshires with her spring calf. 
Rosa Kehoe of Middlebury took home the Junior Champion and Grand Champion for Guernseys with her winter calf. Bristol’s Abigail Reen and her summer yearling took the Junior Champion and Grand Champion for Jerseys.
Thirty of the top exhibitors were chosen to compete in the New England regional 4-H dairy show at Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.

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