Close to 85 dairy and beef participants lit up the fairgrounds in Truro, Nova Scotia last month with their youthful enthusiasm displayed during the 2012 EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase.
“This was the largest group of youth participants we’ve had in the 23 years of this Truro event, and one of the largest spectator crowds we’ve ever had there to cheer them on,” said EastGen Atlantic Area Manager Dale MacPhee. “It is important to mentor youth who are our future community leaders and represent the future of our agri- cultural industry.”
MacPhee also commended Nova Scotia 4-H for their generous support and thanked all event leaders and sponsors who joined EastGen to make the Showcase on ongoing success.
The three-day event drew 4-H aged participants from across the Atlantic region. During the first two days there were presentations given by industry specialists, and then participants had the chance to put what they learned into practice on show day. “There is nothing like learning to do by doing. It’s the 4-H motto and one that EastGen firmly supports,” MacPhee stated.
An exciting feature of the Showcase is the embryo jackpot for dairy competitors. A draw for one embryo was made in each class, giving all competitors the chance to win. Thanks to the following Holstein breeders who so generously provided elite pedigreed embryos, sired by Semex bulls, from the heart of their breeding pro- grams for a draw in each class:
Bigmaple-Dunphy’s Holsteins Ltd., Keswick, NB; Lonelymaple Holsteins, Upper Stewiacke, NS; Crasdale Farms, Hunter River, PE; Gardenvale Farms Inc., Charlottetown, PE; Goldenflo Holsteins, Marshfield, PE; Pure Holsteins, Little Rapids, NF; Weeksdale Holsteins, Breadalbane, PE, Ashlyn Holsteins and Frizzells Valleyville Farm Inc., Hunter River, PE; Lindenright Holsteins, Antigonish, NS; and Lewisdale Holsteins, York, PE, and Eastside Holsteins, Frenchfort, PE.
These embryo donations were promoted prior to the event via EastGen’s website, Facebook page, and other media outlets. This created a stir among participants eager to win a potential-packed embryo that could develop into an outstanding animal and one day be credited with encouraging their future in the dairy industry.
2012 EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase Results: DAIRY SHOW WINNERS: Champion Showperson - Andrew Eikelenboom, NS; Reserve Champion Showperson - Tyler Parlee, NB; Champion Calf - Andrew Eikelenboom, NS, with St-Jacob Goldwyn Hillary- ET (first place summer yearling); Reserve Champion Calf - Kyle Bouma, PE, with Red Oak Sanchez Odyssey (second place summer yearling); Hon. Mention Calf - Connor Mann, PE, with Weeksdale Braxton Replay (first senior heifer calf); Overall Dairy Champion - Tyler Parlee, NB; Reserve Champion Overall Dairy - Patti Douglas, PE.
BEEF SHOW WINNERS: Champion Showperson - Becky Lowe, NS; Reserve Champion Showperson - Melanie Delong, NS; Champion Calf - Taylor Stewart, NS, with Harmony Ridge Simone; Reserve Champion Calf - Nicole Booth, NB, with Reen 400Y; Overall Beef Champion - Becky Lowe, NS; Reserve Champion Overall Beef - Taylor Welch, NB.
DAIRY EMBRYO JACKPOT WINNERS:
Kelly Thomson, NB Kyle Bouma, PE Parker Briggs, NB Tyler Parlee, NB Erin Graves, NS Patti Douglas, PE Rebecca Williams, NF
Taylor McCready, NB Alexa Wilson, NS
Lheros x Pineriver Broker Helen, donated by Bigmaple-Dunphy’s Holsteins Ltd., NB Fever x Lonelymaple Astronomical Kala, donated by Lonelymaple Holsteins, NS Lavaman x Cowtown Make A Wish-ET, donated by Crasdale Farms, PE Sid x Gardenvale Dundee Analeese, donated by Gardenvale Farms Inc., PE Windbrook x Goldenflo Gibson Smarties, donated by Goldenflo Holsteins, PE Windbrook x Beckholm Goldwyn Pennisha, donated by Pure Holsteins, NF Stanleycup x Morsan Miss Interpret, donated by Weeksdale Holsteins, Ashlyn Holsteins & Frizzells Valleyville Farm Inc., PE
Windbrook x Lindenright Goldwyn Diamond, donated by Lindenright Holsteins, NS Numero Uno x Lewisdale Eastside Gold Amaze, donated by Lewisdale Holsteins and Eastside Holsteins, PE
EastGen wishes to express thanks to the following sponsors who supported EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase 2012 in various ways: Lindenright Holsteins; PEI Branch of Holstein Canada; Nova Scotia Animal Breeders; Maritime Angus Association; (LCL) Legault Companies; Parkers Plants; Atlantic Holstein Promotions (All Atlantic Night); Central Nova Holstein Club; 4-H Councils and Clubs of Nova Scotia; Nova Scotia Agricultural College; Nova Scotia 4-H; New Brunswick 4-H; Prince Edward Island 4-H; and Scotsburn Dairy.