Colorado Dairy Youth Extravaganza
Slatter Goss is only 4 years old, but he got something figured out in a hurry June 8.
His Holstein fall yearling heifer is pretty good.
“Yes,” he said with a big smile when asked if he thought his calf was good.
Of course, that came right after he collected a blue ribbon for having the grand champion Holstein heifer at the conclusion of the June 8, 2010 Colorado Dairy Youth Extravaganza conducted in Greeley’s Island Grove Regional Park. Then the heifer was named supreme champion of the show, which got Slatter another blue ribbon, both of which he showed off to anyone who wanted to see them.
The supreme reserve champion heifer was exhibited by Jacob Carpio of Kersey, Colo. The supreme champion cow, a Jersey, was exhibited by Andrew Elliott of Kersey, while Chase Maxey of Kersey had the reserve, a Holstein.
Slatter, the son of Mike and Tamie Goss of Merino, Colo., was one of about 80 kids from the six-county region of northern and northeastern Colorado who exhibited 130 animals at Tuesday’s show.
The annual event, organized by the Weld County 4-H Dairy Advisory Council, had several contests and awards for the kids, which were provided by several sponsoring businesses and organizations.
Keith Maxey, dairy agent with the Weld County office of Colorado State University Extension, said more than $4,000 in premium money was paid to the exhibitors, noting this year’s show was the largest in history in the terms of kids and animals.
“I guess we’re going to have to do something special for the 10th annual show next year,” he said.
Judge for this year’s show was Trisha Cobb of Perkins, Okla., who said it was the first time she’s had the chance to come to Colorado to judge a dairy show. She was raised on a Brown Swiss dairy near Braman, Okla., and she and her husband, Abe, own and operate a dairy near Perkins. She has judged dairy shows for several years all over the country, including some national shows.
Five of the six dairy breeds were represented at Tuesday’s show, which took Cobb the better part of four hours to sort through. She was particularly impressed with the Holstein show.
“I hope all of you realize how really good this Holstein show was,” she told the crowd watching the show. “This has just been a great set of cattle and a great set of kids. It’s really been a pleasure for me to line them up today.”
At one class of the Brown Swiss show, a heifer belonging to Kyler Churchwell of Wray, Colo., decided she’d had enough and promptly plopped down on the cool grass.
“We’ve had some animals protesting out here,” Cobb said. “But this young man has been working her all morning, and she’s not cooperating. But he never gave up and that’s what it is all about.”
Meanwhile, Slatter’s mom, who was raised on a dairy near Fort Lupton, Colo., said she and her husband live on a farm near Merino, southwest of Sterling, Colo., where they grow some crops, have a small beef herd and raise dairy heifers. The heifers, she said, go to a dairy in Utah once they are old enough to start milking.
Slatter is one of five Goss children, who range in age from 1 to 8, and Tamie said raising them on a farm and teaching them proper handling of animals is ideal.
“Every one of them will have a heifer,” she said.