Brandon Kahler sent us the following report about the Maryland Guernsey Breeders meeting held in March!
On March 21, the Maryland Cooperative Guernsey Breeders Association held their annual meeting at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The juniors and adults both held meetings during the event. Elections were held, awards were presented, and everyone enjoyed fellowship and a fun auction.
One of the highlights of the day was the record book awards. Youth across the state completed record books on their Guernsey projects. Everyone that participated received a copy of The Guernsey Breed . Tessie Weant had first junior record book. Raymond Fendrick was first intermediate, and Katie Moser was Senior and Overall Record Book Award winner. Other participants were: John Henry Myers, Wyatt Kahler, Chance Smith, Patrick Fendrick, Brandon Kahler, Ashley Hevner, and Logan Derickson.
Awards were also given to Guernsey breeders with high producing cows. Chance Smith was the overall junior winner in the production contest. His cow, OCS Dairy Bullsie Star, produced 29, 750lbs. milk, 1674 fat, 887 protein. In the adult division, Windy Springs Farm was the top herd for under 50 cows, whereas Three Brooks Farm was the top herd for over 50 cows. OCS Dairy took the title of Lowest SCC Score. OCS Firestone was the Overall Highest Fat winner with 1806lbs. fat, and OCS Susie was the highest protein winner with 1084lbs. protein.
The lifetime achievement award was presented to Jo-Ann Chason. She coordinates the Milk-It at the Maryland State Fair, and she leases Guernseys to 4-Hers.
Results of the Junior election were: Erin Spurrier, president, Rachel Manning, vice president, Elizabeth Reese and Patrick Fendrick, co-secretaries. Newly elected adult directors are John Fendrick, Karen Vaughn, Diane Miller, Jo-Ann Chason, and Erin Spurrier.
Brandon Kahler, Tessie Weant, and Wyatt Kahler display the book, The Guernsey Breed, presented to record book participants.