National 4-H Dairy Conference
Posted: October 15, 2012
I was selected to be one of four Pennsylvania state delegates to attend the 58th annual National 4-H Dairy Conference from September 30th to October 3rd. This event was held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.
To begin my application process, I had to apply, including writing three essay responses on topics related to the dairy industry, to then be considered for one of the two possible nominations on the county level. Then, interviews were conducted at the state level, resulting in the selection of four state delegates. The PA Dairyman’s Association sponsored the Pennsylvania delegates, as well as the adult chaperones on our trip to Madison.
Once at the conference, everyday was packed full of information. The highlights of the conference included meeting new people from all over the United States and Canada and the tours: including ABS Global, Hoard’s Dairyman Farm (as well as the publication facilities), the National Dairy Shrine, Crave Brothers Farm and Farmstead Cheese. Other days were filled with valuable seminars such as: Feeding Calves to Their Full Potential, Marketing Dairy Products, How to Artificially Inseminate Dairy Cattle, Developing a Comprehensive Dairy Heard Mating, and Farm Finance.
I had an absolute blast during my time at the National 4-H Dairy Conference. I met many new friends, who I hope to remain in contact with for a very long time. I enjoyed learning about the new advancements in the dairy industry. I would encourage others to take similar opportunities to travel, meet new people and learn as much as possible. I am also very thankful for everyone who helped make the conference a possibility, especially the PA Dairyman’s Association, for sponsoring youth on such an awesome experience.
Submitted by Mary Dice, Somerset