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Eliza Days crowned Dairy Princess at annual banquet

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Dairy Princess
DAIRY PRINCESSES. Eliza Days (at right) was crowned the 2014 Carroll County Dairy Princess at the Dairy Promotion Board’s annual banquet. Lynden Ferguson was crowned runner-up.

Annual awards were presented and new dairy princesses crowned at the 2014 Carroll County Dairy Banquet held March 1 at the Carrollton Friendship Center.

John Neider, president of the Carroll County Promotion Board, served as master of ceremonies. He recognized 2013 Dairy Products - Dairy Skill-a-thon participants and scholarship recipients, and presented the Dairy Manager of the Year award. Several former distinguished service winners were also recognized along with numerous sponsors. “We want to thank Thorne’s, who stores products for the dairy booth during the Carroll County Fair for us and United Dairy, who through their pricing allows the board to keep prices low in the dairy booth during the fair,” Neider said. “That makes the dairy booth the best buy on the midway’.”

Carroll County Dairy Promotion Board members Melissa Kiko, Cheryl Rohr and Tracy Evans, were also recognized for their outstanding efforts for the board.

Springway Farms of Magnolia (Bill Burkhart family) was named the Carroll County Dairy Herd Manager of the Year. Shaland Holsteins of Scio (Shawver/Tullis family) was the runner-up. The award is based on the averages of the milk, fat, protein, somatic cell count, days dry, percentage of first service conception, calving intervals, and services/conception.

High herd for components included: Milk: Shaland Holsteins, 26,792; Springway Farms 25,896; and Joe Kiko, 22,414; Fat: Springway Farms, 1,105; Shaland Holsteins, 932; and Joe Kiko, 850; and Protein: Springway Farms, 790; Shaland Holsteins, 780; and Joe Kiko, 717.

Dave Evans had the low somatic cell count, followed by Springway Farms and Joe Kiko.

Redien Farms (John Neider family) received a state Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA) award for placing in the top five percent for Milking Shorthorn for milk, fat and protein.

Eliza Days was crowned the 2014 Carroll County Dairy Princess and Lynden Ferguson is the runner-up. They were crowned by Lauren Rutledge, 2013 Dairy Princess.

Days, 15, is the daughter of Rodney and Connie Days of Carrollton. She is a sophomore at Carrollton High School and is a member of the high school bowling team. She is involved in the Carrollton FFA chapter, Carroll County Junior Fairboard, and her church youth group.

Ferguson, 13, is the daughter of Wayne and Jennifer Ferguson of Carrollton. She is a seventh grade student at Bell-Herron Middle School.  She attends Harsh Memorial Methodist Church, is a four-year member of Carroll County 4-H program and works on the family’s two farms.

The dairy princesses were selected by Sabrina Eick, Kara Stuckey, and Tammy Carle, who served as judges.

Dairy Promotion Board members elected to serve a 2014-2017 term include:  John Neider, Dave Evans, Kevin Tullis, Bill Burkhart, and Jennifer Brown.

Board officers are Neider, president; David Compston, vice president; Melissa Kiko, treasurer; and Cheryl Rohr, secretary. The reorganizational meeting will be March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the OSU Extension Office.

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