HARRISBURG, Pa. — T.J. Frahm from Frankenmuth, Mich., was high individual in the 26th annual Junior Dairy Management Contest, held Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the 2012 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, Pa.
Repeating wins last year were the New York State 4-H team, with Hunter Calyer, Peter Gartung, Noah Ives and Cody Sears, and the Big Spring FFA, with team members Cody Bear, Laura Ryan, Mark Shughart and Joe Weber.
“It’s an honor to win,” said Frahm, a freshman at Michigan State University, who has also participated in other management contests. A member of the Michigan State 4-H team, Frahm grew up honing his dairy management skills on a 120-cow dairy.
“This contest is a training ground for young dairymen,” said Carl Brown, one of the event’s organizers. “It provides an exercise in the width and breadth of dairy management.” From the beginning of the contest, participants evaluate cows to find the best, most profitable ones, then determine how to feed them, keep them healthy, measure their performance and tie that all together in an economical package designed to help participants succeed in the highly competitive dairy business.
Participants competed in six classes, including dairy cattle selection and dairy linear type, feed identification and management, nutrient management, dairy tools and equipment, Dairy Herd Improvement Association records and dairy business management.
Local top 10 individuals were: Hunter Calyer, New York State 4-H, second; Ransom Elwell, Dairy Dandies 4-H, N.J., fourth; Noah Ives, New York State 4-H, fifth; Cody Sears, New York State 4-H, sixth; Cody Bear, Big Spring FFA, Newville, Pa., seventh; Joseph Weber, Big Spring FFA, Newville, Pa., eighth; Samantha Bliss, Captain Jack FFA, Huntingdon, Pa., ninth; and Peter Gartung, New York State 4-H, 10th.
Team placings in the 4-H division were: New York State 4-H, first; Dairy Dandies 4-H Club, N.J., second; and Orange County, New York, 4-H, third.
Top five local FFA teams were: Big Spring, Newville, Pa., first; Conococheague, Mercersburg, Pa., third; Cumberland Valley, Mechanicsburg, Pa., fourth; and Bermudian, York Springs, Pa., fifth.