2021 4-H Dairy Showmanship Contest Winners: Left to Right- Ava Meyer, Country Critters 4-H Club received Reserve Grand Champion Showman; Erma Wolcott, Lone Member, received Grand Champion Showman; with Dan Crowell, 4-H Dairy Committee Chairman congratulating the youth.

2021 4-H Dairy Showmanship Contest Winners Ava Meyer & Erma Wolcott

Local 4-H Youth Receive Awards at the 4-H Dairy Show Held at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds

JAMESTOWN, NEW YORK (August 10, 2021) – The 4-H Dairy Show was held on July 23, 2021, at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds with 33 4-H youth participating from Chautauqua County, who received ribbons and other awards for their efforts showing five different breeds of dairy cattle. The official judge was Katie Coyne from Geneseo, NY.

The youth, ages 9 to 19, showed their dairy animals in 4-H airy showmanship and in the judging contest. The showmanship contest involved competing for individual awards based upon how well the 4-H members presented their dairy animals to the judge. In the judging contest, youth received ribbons, based upon the judge’s opinion of their animal’s conformation characteristics. This year there were 7 youth ages 5-8 participating in the showmanship class for DairyBuds. They were not judged for placings, but to gain experience being in the show arena and interacting with the dairy judge. All 4-H Dairy Youth received a Chautauqua County 4-H Dairy T-Shirt for their accomplishments in the 4-H dairy program.

Congratulations to all the 4-H dairy exhibitors on their many achievements at the 2021 4-H Dairy Show. A special thanks to our 4-H Dairy Junior Superintendents - Jillian Bond, Lone Member; and Katie and Maggie King, Cherry Creek Corn Huskers 4-H Club, who assisted the younger youth with their dairy animals and helped wherever needed. In the 4-H Dairy Showmanship contest, Erma Wolcott, Lone Member was named Grand Champion Dairy Showman; and Ava Meyer, Country Critters 4-H Club was named Reserve Grand Champion Showman.

Showmanship Results: (1st through 4th placings): First place youth in the first three age groups received a 4-H Belt Buckle, the Beginners who have never shown in 4-H received a 4-H Clover Bag.

Seniors (17 & 18 years old)

1st - Miranda Nickerson, Lone Member

2nd - Corinne Covert, Little Brokenstraws

Juniors (15 and 16 years old)

1st - Erma Wolcott, Lone Member

2nd - Jillian Bond, Lone Member

3rd -Brason Frederes, Lone Member

4th-Cole Nickerson, Lone Member

Beginners (age 10-13 years old, have shown before in 4-H)

1st - Ava Meyer, Country Critters

2nd -Ana Frederes, Lone Member

3rd -Ava Burridge, Lone Member

4th -Carlie Ward, Lone Member

Beginners (Age 8-10, have not shown before in 4-H))

1st - Grace Meyer, Country Critters

2nd -Brielle Crowell, Lone Member

3rd- Tyler Crowell, Country Critters

4th-Elise Marsh, Country Critters

Grand Champion Dairy Showman: Erma Wolcott, Lone Member

Reserve Grand Champion Showman: Ava Meyer, Country Critters

Dairy Bud Participants (youth 5 to 8 years of age): Each DairyBud received a bucket with show supplies, a DairyBud ribbon, a DairyBud T-Shirt, and a 4-H Clover Bag: Westyn Bruyer; August Carlberg; Owen Carlberg; Evan Mierzwa; Ella Olmstead; Violet Walker; and Paige Winton.

The results of the dairy conformation classes are as follows (1st through 4th place blue ribbon winners):

Spring Heifer Calf

Brown Swiss1st- Carlie Ward, Lone Member

Holstein1st -Levi Mierzwa, Centralia Corner Kids

2nd -Tyler Crowell, Country Critters

3rd -Elise Marsh, Country Critters

4th-Grace Meyer, Country Critters

Winter Heifer Calf

Ayrshire1st - Erma Wolcott, Lone Member

2nd- LynnDee Nagel, Lone Member

Brown Swiss1st -Ava Burridge, Lone Member

2nd - Carlie Ward, Lone Member

Holstein1st - Ava Meyer, Country Critters

2nd - Levi Mierzwa, Centralia Corner Kids

3rd - Brielle Crowell, Lone Member

Jersey1st - Rhett Nagel, Lone Member

2nd - Jillian Bond, Lone Member

Fall Heifer Calf

Holstein1st - Brason Frederes, Lone Member

2nd - Levi Mierzwa, Centralia Corner Kids


1st - Cole Nickerson, Lone Member

2nd - Elizabeth Burridge, Lone Member

3rd -- Jillian Bond, Lone Member

Milking Shorthorn1st -- Elizabeth Burridge, Lone Member

Summer Yearling Heifer

Brown Swiss1st -Ava Burridge, Lone Member

Holstein1st -Miranda Nickerson, Lone Member

2nd- Devon Centner, Stockton Panthers

Jersey1st -Jasmine Bond, Lone Member

2nd - Ava Burridge, Lone Member

Spring Yearling Heifer

Brown Swiss1st- LynnDee Nagel, Lone Member

Jersey1st -Corinne Covert, Little Brokenstraws

Winter Yearling Heifer

Brown Swiss1st - Cole Nickerson, Lone Member

Jersey1st - Jasmine Bond, Lone Member

Junior Champions: (Youth received a large, colorful champion or reserve champion rosette)

Ayrshire Erma Wolcott, Lone Member

Reserve AyrshireLynnDee Nagel, Lone Member

Brown SwissCole Nickerson, Lone Member

Reserve Brown SwissLynnDee Nagel, Lone Member

HolsteinAva Meyer, Country Critters

Reserve HolsteinMiranda Nickerson, Lone Member

Jersey Cole Nickerson, Lone Member

Reserve JerseyCorinne Covert, Little Brokenstraws

Milking ShorthornElizabeth Burridge, Lone Member

Many thanks to the 4-H dairy committee members for planning and helping during the show including: Dan Crowell, Brian Jantzi, Gwen Nagel, Bart Nickerson, Kelsey Neckers, Lisa McConnell, Lynn Harris, Heather Woodis, and Arissa Hitchcock. Thanks also to Mick Lanphere for staying in the dairy barn over- seeing the cattle.

A special thank you to the many agribusinesses and families that made financial donations to the 4-H Dairy Project to assist with the show and educational programs for the 4-H dairy youth throughout the year: Jeff Winton Associates & Wall Street Dairy LLC; Kate & Jim Finch; Nick & Diane Frederes; Brian & Mary Jantzi & Family; Joe & Linda Powell; LandPro Equipment; Gramco; Perry Veterinary Clinic PLLC; Gabel’s IBA; Randy Wiltsie, Southern Tier AI Service; Weaver Livestock; Chautauqua County Holstein Club; Niagara Frontier Jersey Cattle Club; Joe Ivory; Green Banks Farm; Ormond Farm, LLC; Dye’s Farm & Dye’s Maple Syrup – Peggy & Tim Dye; Karen & Phil Johnson, Carrie Gaynor and Families in Memory of Richard J. Lind; Miller’s Dairy Farm; R-Betterview Farm; Brehm Farms, Bradley & Jessica Brehm; Monty & Deb Winton; Jay Gould -Legislator, District 17; Brian & Sarah Winton, Dennis A. Carlberg & Family, Falcon Crest Holsteins; William Moss; James & Jennifer Dye, Colonial Hill Farm; Mid-Knight Dairy LLC; and Kent & Nannette Knappenberger Family, Allen-Dale Farm. Much appreciation to Mike Wilson, Larry Romance & Son, for providing the skid steer to use in the barns and show rings at this year’s 4-H shows.

The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


Lisa Kempisty
Agriculture Community Educator (Dairy & Livestock)
716-664-9502 ext. 203

Last updated August 10, 2021