On Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, the All-American Dairy Show hosted their annual Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging and Junior Dairy Management contests at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg, Pa. Florida was represented by some outstanding youth from Florida 4-H and Florida FFA with more impressive finishes in dairy events on the national level.
In the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Florida was represented by a 4-H team made up of Jozef Heijkoop from Sumter County 4-H, Gracie Lee from Hillsborough County 4-H and Ainsley Peterson from Suwannee County 4-H.
As a team, they placed seventh in the Ayrshire division, fifth in the Brown Swiss division, eighth in the Guernsey division, sixth in the Holstein division, sixth in the Jersey division, fourth in reasons and fifth overall. Individually, Heijkoop was fourth in the Guernsey division, third in reasons and twelfth overall, Lee was ninth in the Holstein division and Peterson was eighth in reasons, with 14 teams and 55 individuals competing in the contest.
In the Junior Dairy Management Contest, Florida was represented by a 4-H team made up of Peterson, Lee and Jozef Heijkoop and an FFA team comprised of Michael Fioretto and Hunter Fioretto, both from Braden River FFA, Julia Heijkoop from South Sumter FFA and Connor Sutton from Lennard FFA.
Michael Fioretto, Hunter Fioretto, Julia Heijkoop and Sutton were named as the champions in the FFA division and as the sixth place team overall while Peterson, Lee and Jozef Heijkoop placed sixth in the 4-H division and as the seventh place team overall.
Individually, Peterson was second in the beef division, second in business management, third in genetics, fifth in linear evaluation, second in veterinary care and the second high individual overall. Michael Fioretto was fourth in the beef division, third in business management, eighth in genetics, tenth in veterinary care and the seventh high individual overall. Hunter Fioretto was seventh in the business management division, while Jozef Heijkoop was first in the genetics division, with 25 teams and 97 individuals competing.
Congratulations to these outstanding teams on each of their awards! Dairy contests are designed to promote the learning of information and skills related to live dairy cattle and dairy product and to provide recognition opportunities for youth. For full results, visit www.saeserver.com/4DCGI/GotoPage/20170922_193553_4439133/organization_main_page.