Travelling and entry fees for the Ohio State University Collegiate Dairy Judging Team competitions are expensive. The students manage the dairy parlor at the Ohio State Fair and do other fundraisers to pay their own way, but as travel costs continue to rise, the long-term budget for the program is looking slimmer. Extension dairy program specialist and collegiate dairy coach Bonnie Ayars decided to address the issue.
“The students are working to raise money for their trips but we need a reserve for the future. For the very first time of my tenure, I am coming forth with a fundraiser for the collegiate dairy judging teams,” she said. “COBA has generously donated a calf for us to use at the Spring Dairy Expo Buckeye Classic Sale managed by the kids.”
Leading up to the March 30 sale, 100 shares for the calf will also be sold for $100 each to raise funds for the judging team. Donors will not own the calf, but will play a role in ensuring future opportunities for students on the Dairy Judging Team as a part of “The Clipboard Syndicate.” These shares will be sold to alumni and friends of the dairy judging program for the purpose of funding travel, contest entry fees, and other costs associated with the collegiate dairy judging team.
Once all 100 shares have been acquired, the shareholders will auction the heifer as Lot 1 in the 2017 Ohio Buckeye Classic Sale with all proceeds supporting the future of the collegiate dairy judging team through the Ohio State Dairy Judging Program Fund. The Clipboard Syndicate will auction an early 507HO12788 Frazzled daughter born in December of 2016. Her Kingboy dam is a full sister to 7HO12787 King royal and her maternal line has been an exceptional cow family for the Buschur family in New Weston. She clocks in at +2631GTPI+744NM$+2069M+2.61T.
“It will only be a formality to buy into the calf,” Ayars said. “Immediately following our formality, the calf will be sold to a breeder and we will also benefit from that income. We are so very thankful for this opportunity and also would like others to know of the generosity of COBA.”
Syndicate members will be recognized at the Buckeye Classic Sale for their contributions. Forms and payment can be mailed to The Clipboard Syndicate, c/o Bonnie Ayars, 222D Animal Science Building, 2029 Fyffe Rd, Columbus, OH 43210. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.