HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Sam Hayes encourages all dairy enthusiasts to attend the 38th All-American Dairy Show Sept. 22-27 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pa.
The All-American showcases some of the finest dairy genetics in the nation. Many of the animals entered in the competition have achieved national recognition for breeding, milk production, or type quality.
Expositions provide an opportunity for breeders, dairy business representatives, and enthusiasts to exchange ideas and seek information to help advance the quality of the dairy industry.
Some of the nation’s top dairy cattle will travel to Harrisburg to compete in regional and national dairy breed shows held throughout the week.
Holstein competitions. The show will also host the Pennsylvania Holstein Fall Championship Show and the Eastern Elite Holstein Sale, providing opportunities for Holstein breeders to purchase some of Pennsylvania’s best of the breed to take home to their herds.
Selection of the supreme champion will be Sept. 27 following the Holstein and Jersey shows.
To recognize the genetic quality of the dairy cattle to be paraded in the large arena of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, the All-American Dairy Show will again be offering record-breaking premiums, with each entry receiving a cash award.
Top premiums. Cash premium increases have been added with $200 going to the reserve grand champion, junior champion, and intermediate champion of each breed. First place exhibitor herd class winners will receive $500.
To recognize good breeding in dairy herds, the junior best bred-and-owned and senior best bred-and-owned for each breed will be awarded $200. The premier breeder award winner will get a cash prize of $200.
Premium lists are available through the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Besides the national and regional dairy shows to be held during the All-American, several other events will take place.
Other activities. Festivities will begin Saturday evening, Sept. 22, with the Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Pageant. Young ladies from across the state will compete.
Several exciting youth activities will be featured at the All-American. The youth showmanship contest will begin at 1 p.m. Sept. 23, and will close with the senior youth fitting contest. Sunday evening’s activities will conclude with the junior dairy show Olympics.
The youth will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous competitive events in the 2001 All-American. 4-H and FFA members from across the state will compete in the Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show Sept. 24.
The Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging contest will host dairy judging teams from across North America competing in 4-H, FFA, and collegiate divisions. The contest will culminate with an awards banquet Monday evening.
The Junior Dairy Management Contest will challenge participants on their understanding of dairy nutrition and facilities, animal health, industry issues, and general dairy information.
For information on the All-American Dairy Show contact the Farm Show Complex at 717-787-2905 or visit the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s homepage at www.pda.state.pa.us.