The Washington Town and Country Fair Dairy Show was Elizabeth Scheer’s time to shine, as she took home nine awards with her Holstein herd.
At the show Friday, Aug. 4, Scheer, 18, of New Haven, took home more than half of the honors including best dairy herd, best udder, the champion female junior and reserve champion female junior awards.
She also was named the senior showman of the dairy show.
Scheer is member of Washington FFA and recent graduate of Washington High School,
Most notably, Scheer’s Holstein was named Grand Champion Market Dairy Class for Class 200. Michael Vedder, 16, of the New Haven 4-H Club, showed a Holstein that was named reserve champion.
Dairy Show Judge Aaron Heinzmann, an assistant professor of agriculture at Kaskaskia College, Ill., said Scheer had solid control of her animals throughout the day and moved at a perfect pace with the cows. He said she stood out from the crowd when it came to showmanship.
“She keeps good pace with her animals, never getting too far ahead or too far behind,” Heinzmann said. “She leads them with grace and has an understanding with her animals.”
This may have been Scheer’s last year showing, but she said it was a thrill to take home so many honors. She plans to attend the University of Missouri-Columbia in the fall, where she plans to major in biochemistry.
Scheer won the following awards:
• Junior Champion Female
• Junior Reserve Champion Female
• Junior Best Udder
• Champion Female
• Reserve Champion Female
• Best Dairy Herd
• Best Udder
• Dairy Champion
• Senior Showmanship
Scheer also received $100 for winning the best udder award as part of the Nelson H. Hall Agricultural Achievement Award.
The show’s junior showmanship award went to Maria Vedder, 11, New Haven, a member the New Haven 4-H Club. Heinzmann commented that Vedder had confidence with her cows and has a bright future in showing at the dairy competitions.
Both Scheer and Vedder received belt buckles with their showmanship awards.
Vedder, who had many cousins and siblings also competing, took home the reserve junior champion female in the open and junior shows.
Any cow awarded a blue ribbon at the show had a bucket of items made from its dairy sold at the Fair auction. The bucket included a gift certificate to Schnucks. Selling the dairy at the auction is often used for the exhibitor’s ongoing education and as a source of extra money.
The show was sponsored by the East Central Wholesale Breeders Association.