MSU Dairy Youth

Ingham County 4-H member exhibits supreme champion cow and Shiawassee County 4-H member shows supreme champion heifer at 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days

Published: 2015-08-26

A Holstein cow owned by Lucas Moser, of Ingham County, was selected as the supreme champion dairy cow and a yearling Red and White Holstein heifer owned by Andrew Atherton, of Shiawassee County, was chosen as the supreme champion dairy heifer at the Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days dairy cattle show held July 21 at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing.


Each winner was picked from a field of six dairy breed grand and junior champions, respectively. The dairy cattle show is one of several youth-centered activities held annually during the week-long Michigan Dairy Expo, the state’s largest dairy event. This year’s expo, the 18th annual, was held July 20-24. More than 125 youth competed in this year’s show.

The reserve supreme champion dairy cow was a Brown Swiss owned by Justin Webster, of Clinton County. The reserve supreme champion dairy heifer was a Jersey calf owned by Keagan Long, of Ingham County.

Moser and Atherton, in addition to the reserve supreme showmanship winner, Kristen Burkhardt, of Livingston County, represented the Michigan dairy industry at the annual Michigan Livestock Expo ‘Sale-abration’ auction held the evening of the show. Because a youth may only represent one winning category, Moser – who also was the overall showmanship champion – elected to participate as the winner of the supreme champion dairy cow award. Champion animals selected the previous weekend at the Michigan Livestock Expo were also sold at the ‘Sale-abration’ auction.

This year’s dairy product gift baskets representing the supreme champion cow and heifer, showmanship winner, and grand champion cheese, raised $43,300. A majority of the funds generated from the sale of the dairy lots goes into a statewide dairy youth fund of the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund. The dairy portion of the fund supports dairy youth programs through educational grants and scholarships. The youth members who exhibited the winning animals or earned the champion showmanship award receive $1,000 each.

Dairy animals representing six dairy breeds were exhibited in this year’s Michigan 4-H Dairy Days Youth Show. A list of senior and reserve senior champions, selected from the milking cow classes, and junior champions, selected from the heifer (female dairy animal not yet milking) classes, for each breed appears below.

Ayrshire breed

  • Junior champion: Madison Wineland, Branch County (Coldwater)
  • Reserve junior champion: Jacob Armstrong, Branch County (Coldwater)

  • Senior champion: Kole Jakus, Clinton County (St. Johns)
  • Reserve senior champion: Seth Hulst, Ottawa County (Coopersville)


Brown Swiss breed

  • Junior champion: Chelsea Barnes, Ottawa County (Zeeland)
  • Reserve junior champion: Hope McAlvey, Clinton County (Sumner)

  • Senior champion: Justin Webster, Clinton County (Laingsburg)
  • Reserve senior champion: Bryce Frahm, Saginaw County (Frankenmuth)

Guernsey breed

  • Junior champion: Amber Szakel, Shiawassee County (Corunna)
  • Reserve junior champion: Chelsea Barnes, Ottawa County (Zeeland)

  • There were no senior champions.

Holstein breed

  • Junior champion: Anna Moser, Ingham County (Dansville)
  • Reserve junior champion: Morgan Bolinger, Tuscola County (Kingston)

  • Senior champion: Lucas Moser, Ingham County (Dansville)
  • Reserve senior champion: Tyler Burkhardt, Livingston County (Fowlerville)

Jersey breed

  • Junior champion: Keagan Long, Ingham County (Lansing)
  • Reserve junior champion: Morgan Bolinger, Tuscola County (Kingston)

  • Senior champion: Miriah Dershem, Clinton County (St. Johns)
  • Reserve senior champion: Jake Nugent, Kent County (Lowell)

Milking Shorthorn breed

  • Junior champion: Stoney Buell, Monroe County (Temperance)
  • Reserve junior champion: Carolyn DeLong, Lapeer County (North Branch)

  • Senior champion: Jessica Nash, Clinton County (Elsie)
  • There was no reserve senior champion.

Red and White Holstein breed

  • Junior champion: Andrew Atherton, Shiawassee County (Swartz Creek)
  • Reserve junior champion: Anna Moser, Ingham County (Dansville)

  • Senior champion: Shannon Good, Allegan County (Caledonia)
  • Reserve senior champion: Gerrit Baker, Ottawa County (Byron Center)

As the youth-centered portion of the Michigan Dairy Expo, the largest annual dairy event in the state, Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days offers young people interested in the dairy industry opportunities to compete for premiums, ribbons and scholarships in various educational activities, including dairy quiz bowls, dairy management contests, dairy cattle judging competitions and the Dairy Days youth show. This year, nearly 150 youth from around the state participated in one or more of the educational competitions, and winners may go on to represent Michigan in national competitions.

Awards and other recognition during Michigan 4-H Youth Dairy Days, along with other dairy youth and judging program activities conducted throughout the year, are made possible through the generous support of numerous businesses, organizations and individuals. These include: ABS Global, AIS Equipment, the Branch County Dairy Organization, the CHS Foundation, the Clinton County 4-H Dairy Council, Dairy Farmers of America, the District 1 and District VI Holstein associations, Drs. Joe and Denise Domecq, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Hillsdale County Dairy Leaders, Ira Krupp, Lely, the Michigan Dairy Memorial Foundation, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Holstein Association, the Michigan Jersey Cattle Club, the Michigan Milk Producers Association, the Michigan Purebred Dairy Cattle Association, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, the MSU Dairy Club, the MSU Dairy Cattle Judging Team, the MSU Department of Animal Science, MOO-ville Creamery, NorthStar Cooperative, the Osceola County 4-H Dairy Boosters, the Ottawa County 4-H Dairy Committee, Rodney Pennock, Purina Animal Nutrition, the Shiawassee County 4-H Dairy Association, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and the Vitality Dairy crew.

For more information about the Michigan 4-H dairy youth program, contact Elischer at 517-432-4306. For more information about the Michigan Dairy Expo, contact Dr. Joe Domecq at 517-353-7855.

The 2016 Michigan Dairy Expo is scheduled for July 18-22 at MSU.