Down to business at CA Convention

It was all business today as California Holstein Association members met for their annual meeting, and the juniors competed in a number of different contests.

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Dairy Bowl took up the first half of the day for juniors as there were 3 novice teams competing, 6 junior teams, and 3 senior teams.

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At the same time, some of the association’s 227 senior members began to gather for the Holstein USA Regional Meeting.

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One of the speakers was Holstein USA’s Dr. Sam Comstock who spoke about “fed” beef – or adding to your bottom line by growing Holstein beef for the market. Why Holstein beef? Dr. Comstock noted that with the increased price of corn, the decreased number of beef cows available, and the fact that there’s an increased interest in food with a story, now is a great time to grow Holstein beef.

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Chillin’ in Visalia! Praciticing up on last minute dairy bowl questions are part of the Merced 2 Senior team – Bailey Allen, Kiara Gilardi and Colleen Allen. Missing from the unofficial team photo is Katie Migliazzo.

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When is it our turn??? Christian Cunningham asks Kirsten Areias for an explanation of the dairy bowl brackets.

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Novice dairy bowl participants with their favorite moderator Marilyn Herzog! The winning Novice team was Merced 1 – Hannah Mancebo, Rachel Mancebo, Holly Ballez and Haley Ballez. The second place novice team was the South San Joaquin team of Eva Van Dyk, Jacob Fernandes, Tyler Dunn and Grace Wilbur.

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A very active junior silent auction will close tonight before the annual banquet starts.

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Still a place for the retired! Junior members who have “been there and done that” competing at a state level are Tony Lopes, Elisabeth Regusci, Caitlin Lopes and Elise Regusci. The fab four were the moderator, score keeper and judges for one of the dairy bowl rooms.

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Redwood Empire cheering section is in the house!

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More Redwood Empire pride!

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Merced 2 getting ready for senior dairy bowl finals!

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Merced County’s senior dairy bowl teams with Marilyn!

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And the winning senior dairy bowl team from Redwood Empire & South San Joaquin are at left – Courtney Faria, Ellorine Carle, Alex Gambonini and Frankie Gambonini. At left are the second place seniors from Merced 2 – Bailey Allen, Kiara Gilardi, Colleen Allen and Katie Migliazzo.

In the senior meeting, state delegates were announced to the National Holstein Convention this July, and they are Bill Genasci, Dino Migliazzo and Joey Airosa.

Newly elected to the state board is Jessica McIsaac.

Mike Deaver will serve as the official judge of the California State Show to be held April 25 & 26 in Modesto. The show will also host a National Judging Conference that same week on Wednesday the 24th.

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