Too often we hear about the “graying” of farmers and the fears of where the next generation of farmers is going to come from. Monday, Sept. 19, more than 900 dairy cows, calves and heifers took their turns on the tanbark in Harrisburg. What makes this remarkable are the 600 youths who participated in the Premier National Junior Dairy Show at the All-American, the largest youth dairy show in the nation.
These youths were in hot pursuit of achieving their dairy dreams – whether it is winning their classes, earning best bred and owned awards or beating their best placings from other shows. The event ended with the selection of the 2011 supreme champion, a Holstein owned by Douglas Boop named Linden-Loch Damion Delila.
However, if you were to ask show organizer Patti Hushon, her pride rests in the fact that this show is “run by youths” for the youths. From the banner carriers to the announcer and assistants, youths were found around the complex helping to make this event happen.
If this show is an example of the future of the dairy industry, I think we are in great shape. To all of those youth showmen, great job and congratulations, you have made dairy farmers proud.
-- Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade, Special Sections Editor