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Boonsboro farmer Stiles and Pa.dairy official

October 03, 2006

HARRISBURG - In recognition of their efforts helping dairy youth, Dr. Carl Brown of Birdsboro, Pa., and Janet Stiles of Boonsboro, received the Pioneer Award at the All-American Dairy Show here last month.

Through their work, the Junior Dairy Management Contest was added to the All-American Dairy Show in the 1980s.

The contest created "the ultimate challenge in dairy cattle judging, feed and nutrition knowledge, breeding and genetic evaluation, and dairy industry understanding," according to a news release from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

"Twenty years later, the contest continues to be a challenging and comprehensive test, and is a great opportunity for youth to develop their dairy skills and knowledge," said Rita Kennedy, president of the Pennsylvania Dairy and Allied Industries Association.

Several years ago, John L. Morris, a dairy industry leader, suggested adapting the stockman's contest for dairy youth to challenge and educate them in a fun and hands-on way.

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Stiles, who has a dairy farm near Boonsboro, came up with topics and recruited specialists to run the event, and encouraged 4-H members to participate, the ag department said.

The first Junior Dairy Management Contest was held at the Eastern National Livestock Show in Timonium, Md., and later moved to the Maryland State Fair to draw a larger group of dairy farm youths.

"After a few years, it became obvious to Stiles that to draw the quality and quantity of dairy farm youth needed to make a contest of this magnitude a success, it had to find a new home," the department said. The All-American Dairy Show was her choice.

In 1985, Brown, on behalf of Stiles, sought support from the board to host the contest as a new activity at the show.

Today, Brown is the superintendent of the contest. He has helped or participated in almost all of the All-American Dairy Shows since its inception. He also was the industry representative for the Pennsylvania Dairy and Allied Industry Association in the 1980s and early 90s.

Stiles operates a 100-cow, 125-acre dairy farm, Shenandoah Jerseys, with her son and daughter. She is on the board of directors for Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers and is to be recognized as the World Dairy Expo's Dairy Woman of the Year soon.

This year's All-American Dairy Show, held from Sept. 16-21 in Harrisburg, is billed as the world's largest dairy show. This year, it drew more than 3,600 cattle and participants from 28 states.

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