Sep 27, 2019

College of the Ozarks dairy receives awards at Missouri State Fair and Ozark Empire Fair

Students with dairy cows
Dairy Award
Student showing a dairy cow

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks W. Alton Jones Dairy raises Holstein, Ayrshire, and Jersey cows.  The students had the opportunity to show the cows in various classes at the Missouri State Fair and the Ozark Empire Fair.

The Ozark Empire Fair was held July 28, in Springfield, Missouri, and the Missouri State Fair was held August 16, in Sedalia, Missouri. The College dairy students received multiple ribbons and awards for their hard work and dedication.

“I was very honored and excited to receive the privilege of showing our dairy cows at the Missouri State Fair,” said Kaedyn Palmer, senior agriculture animal science and agriculture business major. “As someone who did not come from an agricultural background, I enjoyed experiencing the process and the hard work that goes into showing dairy cattle. From breaking the cow to lead, fitting her for the show, and leading her in the show ring, it was rewarding to see my hard work come to fruition, no matter where she was placed.

Ryan Bilyeu, dairy manager at C of O, and his students presented their best dairy cattle and placed well in the overall competitions.  Bilyeu serves as vice president of the Missouri Holstein Association.

College of the Ozarks rankings:

Missouri State Fair

Ayrshire Show:
1st Place Spring Calf
3rd Place Senior 2-year-old

Jersey Show:
4th Place Fall Calf

Holstein Show:
7th Place Winter Heifer 
10th Place Winter Calf
3rd Place Summer Yearling
3rd Place Fall Yearling
2nd Place Junior 2-year-old
2nd Place 3-year-old Futurity
3rd Place Senior 3-year-old
3rd place Junior Best 3 Females
2nd Place Produce the Dam

Student participants included Kaedyn Palmer, senior agriculture animal science and agriculture business major; Isabelle Wick, junior animal science major; Kala Lafferty, junior agriculture education major; and Chayla Hoffman junior accounting agribusiness.

Ozark Empire Fair

1st Place Spring Heifer
3rd Place Senior 2-Year-Old 
3rd Place Daughter/Dam Class

5th Place Winter Heifer 
6th Place Winter Heifer 
5th Place Fall Heifer 
2nd Place Summer Heifer 
2nd Place Junior 2-Year-Old Cow 
1st Place Produce of Dam
1st Place Best Three Females

Student participants included Isabelle Wick, Rebekah Powers, junior agricultural development major; and Laura Nave, junior animal science major.  

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.