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Distinguished service, top herds honored; princesses crowned at banquet

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Dairy Princesses
DAIRY ROYALTY. Lauren Rutledge (left) was crowned the 2013 Carroll County Dairy Princess at the annual Dairy Promotion Board Banquet. Eliza Days was crowned runner-up.

New dairy princesses were crowned and two board members honored at the 2013 Carroll County Dairy Banquet held March 2 at the Carrollton Senior Friendship Center.

John Neider, president of the Carroll County Promotion Board, gave a review of 2012 and recognized Dairy Products - Dairy Skill-a-thon participants for 2012.  Alex Poole, scholarship recipient for 2012, was also recognized. 

The Tullis Family of Shaland Holsteins of Scio received the Dairy Herd Manager of the Year Award.  Dave Evans of Minerva was the runner-up.  The Dairy Herd Manager of the Year is based upon the average of milk, fat, protein, somatic cell count, days dry, percentage of first service conception, calving intervals and services/conception.

Winners of high herds for components included:  Milk:  Shaland Holsteins, 26,128; Springway Farms (Burkhart Family), 25,898; and Joe Kiko, 21,818; Fat: Springway Farms 1,124; Shaland Holsteins, 929; and Kiko, 847; Protein:  Springway Farms, 818; Shaland Holsteins, 767; and Kiko, 673.

Evans had the low somatic cell count, followed by Springway Farms and Cliff Brown.

The Distinguished Service to the Dairy Industry award was given to Melissa Kiko and Cheryl Rohr, both long-time members of the dairy industry.  Both have been in charge of the dairy princess contest and activities and served on the scholarship committee.  They helped put the dairy products baskets ready and gathered items for the fair auction. 

Kiko serves as treasurer of the promotion board and is a past president and vice president.  She is in charge of ordering product for the dairy booth and cleaning and servicing the machines.  

Kiko and her husband, Joe, operate a dairy farm on Kensington Rd. north Carrollton.   They have a daughter, Emma, who is in the first grade.

Rohr is secretary of the promotion board.  She organizes board activities by sending agendas and reminders, keeping minutes and setting the location of the meetings.

Rohr and husband, Dave, live on a farm on Bane Rd., Kensington. They are parents of Brittany, a senior at Carrollton High School.

The Distinguished Service Award originated in the late 1980s.

Lauren Rutledge and Eliza Days were crowned 2013 Dairy Princess and runner-up at the banquet. 

Rutledge was crowned by Charm Evans, 2012 Dairy Princess. Rutledge, 16, is the daughter of Todd and Leigh Ann Rutledge of Carrollton.  She is a sophomore at Carrollton High School and a member of the track team, Carrollton FFA chapter and serves on the Carroll County Junior Fairboard.  She enjoys working on her aunt and uncle’s farm and going to tractor pulls.

Days, 14, is the daughter of Rodney and Connie Days of Carrollton.  She is a freshman at Carrollton High School and is involved in the Carrollton FFA chapter, Carroll County Junior Fairboard, 4-H, and her church youth group.  She enjoys working on the farm, taking 4-H projects to the fair and being outside.  

Members elected to serve on the Dairy Promotion Board for the term of 2013-2016 include:  Melissa Kiko, Holly Kincaid, Stacy McCort, Diane Miller, and Dan Morsheiser.

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