TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA – As warm as the temperature has been at times this
TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA – As warm as the temperature has been at times this summer, the friendly competition was even hotter over the July 12-14th weekend at the fairgrounds in Truro, NS, during the 24th EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase. Close to 83 beef and dairy participants converged on the fairgrounds to learn and compete over the course of the two and a half day event. This was the final of four similar events organized by EastGen and held across their service area this summer.
“This was one of the best groups of youth to have participated in this event. We are very proud to say that we had youth representing all four Atlantic provinces this year. For me, one of the greatest rewards for hosting the Showcase is not only seeing the learning that is taking place by the youth, but the friendships that are being made across all the Atlantic provinces which will last a lifetime,” commented Dale MacPhee, EastGen Atlantic regional sales manager. “The EastGen 4-H Showcase is an event that has past participants coming back as team leaders just to be involved with the event and the mentoring of the youth. They will be the future leaders in our communities and represent the future of agriculture, one which we are proud to be a part of.” MacPhee also commended Nova Scotia 4-H for their generous support of resources and thanked all event leaders and sponsors who join EastGen to make Showcase such an ongoing success.
An embryo jackpot was once again an exciting feature for Showcase competitors. One embryo was randomly drawn in each class in order to give all participants a chance to win. Thanks to the following Holstein and Ayrshire breeders who generously provided elite pedigreed embryos, sired by Semex sires, from the heart of their breeding programs: Brackley Farm, Brackley, PE; Lilac Lodge Holsteins, North Wiltshire, PE; Raisaview Holsteins, Cormack, NF; Winterbay Farms/Fairisle Farms Inc., Mt. Stewart & Brackley, PE; Forever Schoon Farm, Vernon Bridge, PE; Extondale Farms, Winsloe, PE; Red Oak Farms, Oyster Bed, PE; Cobequid Holsteins, Upper Onslow, NS; Straitside Holsteins, Pugwash, NS; and Lonelymaple Holsteins, Upper Stewiacke, NS.
2013 EastGen Atlantic 4-H Showcase Results:
Judges: Dairy – Garth Morton, New Brunswick; Beef – Jay Hiltz, Nova Scotia
DAIRY SHOW WINNERS: Champion Showperson – Connor Mann, Prince Edward Island; Reserve Champion Showperson – Raine Beckwith, New Brunswick; Champion Calf – Raine Beckwith, New Brunswick, with Shadowave Gold Spicey (sired by Braedale Goldwyn); Reserve Champion Calf – Cole Yuill, Nova Scotia, with Cobequid Mercury Lily; Overall Champion – Erica Jackson, Nova Scotia; Reserve
Overall Champion – Kyle Bouma, Prince Edward Island; Top Quiz – Erica Jackson, Nova Scotia; Best Exhibit – Team Carleton; “Andrea Crowe Inspirational Award” – Logan Vroegh, Nova Scotia.
BEEF SHOW WINNERS: Champion Showperson – Melanie DeLong, Nova Scotia; Reserve Champion Showperson – Sarah Manthorne, Nova Scotia; Champion Calf – Danielle Stewart, Nova Scotia, with Harmony Ridge Mona Lisa; Reserve Champion Calf – Sarah Manthorne, Nova Scotia, with SM Zoey; Overall Champion – Taylor Welch, New Brunswick; Reserve Overall Champion – Danielle Stewart, Nova Scotia; Top Quiz – Taylor Welch, New Brunswick.
DAIRY EMBRYO JACKPOT WINNERS:
Lane Yuill, Nova Scotia Meridian x Brackleyfarm Atwood Wonderful, donated by Brackley Farm.
Ashleigh Bennedict, Nova Scotia Goldwyn x Bridgecross Shottle Lark, donated by Lilac Lodge Holsteins.
James Murphy, Prince Edward Island Windbrook x Raisaview Shottle Appleten, donated by Raisaview Holsteins.
Cole Yuill, Nova Scotia Doorman x Fairisle Windbrook Beth, donated by Winterbay/Fairisle.
Serena Meaney, Nova Scotia Perfect x Forever Schoon Elizabeth 2, donated by Forever Schoon Farm.
Miranda Murphy, New Brunswick Sid x Extondale Goldwyn Joan 2, donated by Extondale Farms.
Marshall Ellis, Nova Scotia Fever x Goldenflo Dundee Stylish, donated by Red Oak Farms.
Sarah McCullough, New Brunswick Windbrook x Cowtown Goldwyn Piper-ET, donated by Cobequid Holsteins.
Ryan Porter, Nova Scotia Facebook x Hobby Hollow Goldwyn Beckie, donated by Straitside Holsteins.
Kyle VanderKloet, Prince Edward Island Windbrook x MS Savage-Leigh Precise-ET, donated by Lonelymaple Holsteins.
Denis Arsenault, Prince Edward Island Family passes to Canadian Dairy XPO, Stratford, ON.
EastGen wishes to express thanks to the following sponsors who supported this event: Atlantic Area 4-H Organizations, Agropur, Canadian Dairy XPO, Fundy Veterinarians, Lindenright Holsteins, Leagault & Companies, Nova Scotia Animal Breeders, Parker’s Plants, and the PEI Branch of Holstein Canada.
EastGen is a farmer owned company headquartered in Guelph, Ont., and serving the dairy and beef breeders of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. EastGen, and their two partner cooperatives located in British Columbia and Quebec, are proud owners of The Semex Alliance, which is recognized as a leader in developing and marketing elite dairy and beef genetics to customers around the world.
For more information or photos contact:
Dale MacPhee, EastGen Atlantic Area Manager Tel.: 506-875-1573 Email: [email protected]