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STARTING of the THEM most OFF respected RIGHT showing & fitting Youth learn from some industry’s about By Julie Ashton of showing presentation given by Tim Abbott, When you gather some of the Holstein owner of St. Jacobs ABC. industry’s greatest cowmen at an event in April, “This event has become a great resource you’d probably think they are at a show or sale, for the young people of the Northeast to gain or hashing out the latest bull proofs. Yet, this valuable information about showing, fitting, past weekend at Cowtown Holsteins in Derby nutrition and our industry. Countless number Line, VT, this group came together to teach our of youth tell us how much they gain from industry’s youth about showing and fitting at this experience and we have had the luxury the Northeast Show Calf Summit. of getting in some of the best people in the The summit, in its seventh year, is sponsored industry to teach them,” commented Abbott. by the Vermont Holstein Association, but ”We owe a great deal to the presenters who wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers take time out of their very busy spring schedule that help plan and organize the two-day event. to join us and to the sponsors who make it all 180 youth from across the possible. The goal was to educate and Northeast toughed out a motivate the next generation of people cool and damp weekend to for our business and seeing these young learn from the industry’s best people, we are well on our way!” about showmanship, clipping, The esteemed presenters at the selection, proper show nutrition 2014 summit were: Rick Allyn, CT, and even about show bedding Scott Hussey, ME, Dusty Schirm, OH, packs. Jamie Black, NY, Pat Lundy, NY, Jenny Tim Abbott Friday afternoon kicked off Thomas, OH, George Morasci, CA, Click here to listen the event with a brief history and Tim and Sharyn Abbot, VT. DBweekly 4 Julie Ashton | HolsteinWorld jashton@dairybusiness.com the local paper and the article “We are so grateful that was good for other kids to see these presenters who that you can do farming instead take the time to pass on of playing video games. I think their expertise and show farming is better than video the youth what’s possible games because it gets you more because that’s how they active and get you more active in all started,” said Martha nature. It teaches you to be more Seifert of the Vermont responsible and hardworking.” Holstein Association. “The A calf raffle was also held, presenters are all so open and Lilli Seward, Rutland, VT, and personable towards had the winning ticket. The the kids; it is rewarding to December Holstein calf was watch their interactions Ben Boutin, essay winner donated by Four-Hills Farm. with one another.” The Vermont Holstein Association would like Beyond the breakout sessions, youth also to say a big “Thank You” to all the volunteers submitted essays on this year’s topic: “What have you learned at the past summits and how and presenters who helped put on another has it benefited you.” This year’s essay winner great Calf Summit. Watch their website next taking home a December Holstein calf was Ben winter for details about the 2015 event. Boutin, Williston, VT. “I gained confidence in myself because the Dusty Schirm teaching clipping Summit taught me a lot about taking care of my calf. There was an article written about me in