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Michigan Dairy Expo draws enthusiasts to East Lansing

EAST LANSING, MI -- The dairy industry is alive and well as the Michigan Dairy Expo proved with the participation of dairy enthusiasts from all corners of the mitten state during a week of everything dairy at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing. From Monday, July 20th through Friday, July 25th the pavilion was filled with activity involving youth and adults and dairy cattle.

Contests of all kinds were on the slate for the entire week at Michigan Dairy Expo. In the Dairy Management contest the winning Novice team was Isabella-Gratiot consisting of Lydia Deters, Abigail Wilson, Emily Wilson and Taylor Gager with Brendon Dreyer as the overall winner. In the Junior division Clinton A won consisting of Leslie McAlvey, Miriam Cook, Keith Schafer and Devon Kora with Jonah Haskins as the high individual. In the Senior division the winning team was Clinton A consisting of Allison Schafer, Forrest Nash, Cameron Cook and Joshua Markel with Allison Schafer as the high individual.

In the Quiz Bowl competition the winning Novice team was Allegan A; Sam Geerlings, Martin Ybema, Tristin Vandenberg, Lexus Vandenberg. The winning Junior team was Allegan A: Katrina Tucker, Casey Ybema, MaKenna Davies, Shannon Good and Caleb Tucker. The winning Senior Team was Allegan; Isaac Elzinga, Miles Wixom, Shelby Berens and Sam B.

The Overall Showmanship winner was Lucas Moser of Ingham County. Moser also had the Supreme Champion Cow while Andrew Atherton of Shiawassee County had the Supreme Champion Heifer.

In dairy judging the winning Novice team was Isabella-Kent: Emily Wilson, Abigail Wilson, Lydia Deters and James Link with Emily Wilson as the high individual. In the Junior division the winning team was Clinton A: Ian Black, Madison Halfman, Adelie Thelen and Miriam Cook with Miriam Cook as the high individual. In the Senior division the winning team was Clinton A: Cameron Cook, Miriah Dershem, Madeline Meyer and Allison Schafer with Josh Markel as the high individual.

With After quiz bowl, dairy management, showmanship and judging, two individuals who scored the highest were honored as overall winners of the week. Allison Schafer of Clinton County was the High Individual in senior division while Shannon Good was the High Individual in the junior division.

The Great Dairy Adventure snatched the spotlight on Wednesday, July 22nd as children and their families, educators and caregivers flooded into the pavilion to learn about farming first hand, meet farmers and veterinarians and learn how they care for animals. They discovered the importance of consuming dairy products as a part of a balanced diet while enjoying free pizza, yogurt, cheese, ice cream and milk sourced from local Michigan-based businesses.

As the youngsters traversed through the educational maze they enjoyed hands on contact with calves, had the opportunity to milk a cow, peek into a cow's rumen, create several dairy crafts and converse and have their picture taken with several MSU athletes.

By the end of the day the attendees learned how milk travels from a local farm to one of Michigan's 90 dairy processing plants to their grocery store within 48 hours of leaving the dairy farm.

The week rounded out with the open dairy show as all breeds competed for champion honors. The Jersey breed swept the supreme champion honors when Brenhaven Jerseys of Caro exhibited the Supreme Champion cow in Penisula Kaught Mallory and Kegan Long of Lansing exhibited the Supreme Champion Heifer in Cloverfield Gold Hammer Marci.