Local 4-Her attends World Dairy Expo, National Youth Dairy Invitational

By Haywood County Cooperative Extension | Dec 03, 2013
Photo by: WNC All Stars Dairy 4-H Club

Kelly Parkins, a Haywood County native, was one of four youth recently selected to represent North Carolina 4-H at the All-American Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and at the World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wisconsin. Selection for the North Carolina team was based on knowledge and performance from six state level workout sessions in which the top four scoring youth were invited to attend these national events. Parkins is the daughter of Stephanie and Randy Parkins and is the granddaughter of Dallas and Gladys Smith and Gearldine Parkins.

The North Carolina 4-H delegation competed in the 45th annual Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held during the All-American Dairy Show in Pennsylvania. Teams from across the United States made up the 41 teams that competed in the contest. The competition included two parts: dairy cattle evaluation and oral reasons in defense of those placings. This competition is designed to prepare future dairy leaders. Awards were sponsored by the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, and Jersey breed associations and the All-American Dairy Show.

A total of 288 youth that made up 24 teams from across the country participated in the 2013 World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin. The competition was divided into 10 classes of dairy cow evaluations, and teams gave oral reasons on five of those classes. The North Carolina 4-H Team placed 15th overall in the nation with Lauren Luther from Rowan County leading the way as the 10th high individual overall. Congratulations to the team and Haywood County representative Parkins.

To learn more about the All Stars Dairy Club or for information about the Haywood County 4-H program, call the Extension Office at 456-3575.

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