Snyder County junior members win at PA holstein convention

STATE COLLEGE – Eight members from the Snyder County Junior Holstein Association recently attended the 2014 Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Convention in State College. Those Snyder County members in attendance included: Abby Doak and Sam Doak, children of Sam and Julie Doak of Beavertown; Courtney Ewing, daughter of Duane and Karen Ewing; Ethan Hauck, son of John and Susan Hauck of New Berlin; Tabby and Sam Hauck, children of Ronald and Larissa Hauck of Winfield. Kalyn Renninger, daughter of Chad and Tonya Renninger of Beaver Springs, and Jacob Shaffer, son of Jeff and Cindy Shaffer of Beavertown.

The Snyder County delegation planned the Saturday night convention activities and served as Masters and Mistresses of Ceremonies for the Saturday night dinner. Ethan Hauck gave the invocation. Following the meal, each Snyder County member introduced an award presenter for the evening.

This year, Jacob Shaffer was voted by Snyder County members in attendance to serve a a two-year term on the Jr. Executive Committee of the PA Junior Holstein Association, the largest Junior Holstein Association in the nation with approximately 1,650 members. At the Executive Committee meeting held during the convention, Jacob was elected as 2014-15 President of the PA Jr. Holstein Association. Jacob won first place in the Senior Division Prepared Public Speaking contest with his 6-8 minute speech titled “Feeding the World in 2050,” as well as the Scientific Folding Display contest. Jacob also won first in the Animal Division of the Jr. Photography contest, second place in the Senior Division Essay contest, and earned his second Jr. Progressive Breeder Award for meeting both type and production criteria with his Registered Holstein. Jacob will represent Pennsylvania in the Prepared Public Speaking contest at the National Holstein Convention in Dubuque, Iowa in June as well as serve as a delegate for Pennsylvania at the National Convention.

Tabby Hauck was named a finalist in the prestigious Jr. Division of the Distinguished Jr. Member Contest. She was interviewed by a panel of judges on her Holstein projects. Tabby also earned third place honors with her Jr. Division Creative Folding Display.

Ethan Hauck placed third with his folding display in the Jr. Division. In the Folding Display Contest, the top three in each age division advance to national competition. Ethan’s folding display will be exhibited and judged at the National Holstein Convention along with the folding displays from both Tabby and Jacob.

Area businesses who helped to sponsor the PA Jr. Holstein Convention included Ritter Feeds of Paxtonville, B & R Farm Equipment of Beavertown, Eye-Like Holsteins of Beavertown, Middleswarth Potato Chips of Middleburg, Readington Farms of Whitehouse, NJ, Red Dale Ag Services of Orwigsburg, Snyder County Holstein Association, Susquehanna Bank of Lewisburg, Swineford National Bank of Middleburg, West Branch Mobile Vet Clinic of Lewisburg, and West Milton State Bank of Beaver Springs.