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Local residents bring home Md. breeder awards

County youths do well in State Fair competitions

County youths do well in State Fair competitions

September 25, 2007|By ERIN CANFIELD / Washington County Dairy Princess

Washington County's livestock exhibitors brought home several top prizes this year from the Maryland State Fair.

The fair, which was held in Timonium, Md., from Aug. 24 through Sept. 3, is open its first weekend to any exhibitor.

During that time, our local winners include:

· Anvil Acre Simmentals, owned by the Griffith family of Boonsboro, captured the Premier Simmental Breeder Award; and

· Joe Frey and Debbie Miller of Roadside Dorsets, who won Premier Breeder and Exhibitor for the Dorset breed of sheep. They also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Dorset Ram.

The fair's second weekend is when 4-H and FFA members, between the ages of 8 and 18, get to show off their livestock.

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This year, the county was represented by 22 livestock exhibitors showing swine, sheep, beef cattle and dairy cattle.

The results include:

· In the swine department, Timmy Martin received Reserve Champion Yorkshire Boar and also received first with his Yorkshire March Gilt.

· In swine showmanship, where exhibitors are judged on how well they present their animals, Justin Martin received second place in his age division. Garrett Hamby exhibited two market hogs that placed second and third in their classes.

· In the Sheep Department, Erin Canfield received Champion Southdown Ewe and Reserve Champion Southdown Ram. She also placed fourth in the 16-year-old showmanship division.

· Kaitlyn and Erin Corbett also exhibited breeding sheep. In showmanship, they both received third place in their age divisions. n n During the Beef Cattle show, Garret Hamby placed fourth in his class with his Angus heifer. Erin Canfield also exhibited an Angus heifer, and won second in her class.

The Dairy Barn had the most representation from Washington County.

· Hannah Smith won Champion Bred & Owned Holstein Heifer.

· In dairy showmanship, Scott Debaugh was fifth in the 13-year-old division, Carol Debaugh was fourth in the 10-year-old division, and Cory Debaugh was third in the 9-year-old division. Cory also won first place with his Brown Swiss Winter Yearling Heifer.

· Tessa Wiles won first in her division of Red & White Holstein Showmanship, and went on to compete for Champion Senior Showman.

· Gene Wiles placed second in his showmanship class, Macayla Wiles placed fourth, and Rachel Wiles also placed fourth in her class.

At state fair, there is a dairy event called the Dairy Fit-Out Contest, where a team of three exhibitors have a set amount of time to "Fit" a dairy cow. "Fitting" a cow means to get it ready for the show.

The kids are allowed to wash the cow before the contest, but during the time allotted, they must clip the hair from the cow, make a "topline" by spiking the hair on its back, and make any other alterations to enhance the features of the cow. And,m they must put a shiny show halter on before time runs out.

This year's Washington County team, which tied for third, consisted of Scott Debaugh, Cory Debaugh and Macayla Wiles. The cow the team fitted was owned by Tessa Wiles.

Our Washington County dairy exhibitors also competed in the 4-H dairy Judging Contest at State Fair.

The competitors judge different classes of dairy cattle and present reasons, telling an official why they placed the cows in that order.

The following are the overall results, meaning they take their scores from each class they judged and combined them for a final score.

In the junior division, Cory Debaugh was first, Erin Corbett second, Carol Debaugh 10th and Rachel Wiles was 14th. These four made up the Junior team, which was second overall. Gene Wiles, who competed as a junior individual, placed 11th.

In the Intermediate Division, Tessa Wiles was ninth, Macayla Wiles 10th, Kaitlyn Corbett 11th and Scott Debaugh 13th. The intermediate team placed third.

Tracey Forsythe received fifth place overall in the senior division. Hannah Smith, who also competed in the senior division, placed second overall.

Hannah also qualified for the Maryland State Dairy Judging Team. She and the rest of the team will be representing Maryland at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc.

Congratulations to all the 2007 State Fair participants!

Erin Canfield is Washington County's Dairy Princess. You can contact her at WCDairyPrincess@aol.com or call her at 301-964-0256.

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