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2022 UGA Show Recap!


Friday, February 11th, was a busy day. 181 heifers weighed in with 164 young people at the halter. The turnout this year was tremendous and the quality of kids and heifers did not disappoint.

Just over 60 youth made their way to the arena for a practice Dairy Judging Contest. Christian Page was high individual followed by Olivia Vanderwalt, Maggie Harper, Abby Joyner and Erin Rivers, respectively. Many thanks to Alyssa Rauton, a busy, first year veterinary school student and dairy enthusiast for pulling this opportunity together.

Following the judging contest, the barn was welcomed to the Exhibitor’s Dinner. Sponsored in part by the Georgia Dairy Youth Foundation and highlighting brisket from the UGA Meat’s Lab, this dinner is a time for youth, parents, teachers, and agents to fellowship.

After the dinner, the UGA Dairy Science Club hosted an education program in which Mr. Kirk Butcher discussed and performed the tips and tricks to correctly fitting a heifer. A tremendous thank you goes out to Mr. Butcher for again leading this experience.


Bright and early the next morning, Saturday February 12th, Showmanship began in the two rings. Ring one hosted grades 4th – 8th, while ring two held grades 9th-12th. Judges were recent Viriginia Tech graduates, Elizabeth Menard and Sarah Thomas (bios at the end).