On April 2 at Plumb Hall on Ohio State University campus, the Ohio Dairy Goat Association held their spring conference for all Ohio dairy goat youth.
To receive these awards the youth have to take part in many activities throughout the year. They must show in affiliate club goat shows, including the Ohio State Fair and national dairy goat shows and participate in the skillathon. They must give demonstrations to other 4-H members and work at affiliate club dairy goat clinics as well. These youth are the outstanding youth from all age groups. Premiere youth winners were:
11 – 12 years: Arika Zeiter, Fulton County
13 – 14 years: Heather Cade, Delaware County
15 – 16 years: Alexandria Stewart, Ross County
8 – 10 years: Hunter Dye, Delaware County
17 – 18 years: BreAnn McFarland, Guernsey County.
The overall winner was Alexandria Stewart.
In addition, the Ohio Dairy Goat Association 2016 youth Ambassadors were selected. They are 18-year-old Jonathan Roe-Warner from Salesville, a member of the East central Ohio Dairy Goats Association and Salesville Stitch and Stock 4-H; and 18-year-old BreAnn McFarland from Byesville, a member of the East Central Ohio Dairy Goat Association, Salesville Stitch and Stock 4-H Club, and Meadowbrook FFA Chapter. She is a senior at Meadowbrook High School and will be at Ohio State University in Wooster in the fall. These ambassadors will be at the Ohio State Fair in July working the show along with the ODGA Buckeye Classic show in Lore City on June 4. They will also travel throughout Ohio to attend many dairy goat shows at the county fair levels.
Pat Cornell of Medina was chosen as friend of ODGA. She has been a member of ODGA for 30 years, holding various offices in the organization. Cornell travels in the summer an fall judging youth dairy goat shows is known for making and selling goat’s milk soap at many farmers markets. She also donates her time teaching soap making at dairy goat clinics. Pat raises dairy and Boer goats for the children in Medina County as well.