2023 Junior Youth Achievement Winner
NATIONAL & District 4 Winner:
Ashlynn Schultz, IL
My name is Ashlynn Schultz and I live in Dakota, Illinois. I currently own 6 registered Brown Swiss that have been in my family name since 1938. Alpine Echo was the prefix that my great grandpa established near Browntown, Wisconsin. Ever since I could walk, I have had a passion for showing dairy cattle. I have shown at various shows such as World Dairy Expo, Canton, Youth Dairy Classic in Iowa, Dairy Days, Stephenson County Fair, and more. My aunt operates Mil-R-Mor Farm where I have gained a lot of experience and knowledge about dairy cattle. I hope to make a career out of my passion for dairy cattle as a livestock nutritionist. In addition, it is a personal goal to win showmanship at a show beyond the county level. Every year, I look forward to spring when my dairy projects come to my house and it is my job to take care of them on a daily basis. This includes clipping, washing, feeding, and monitoring their health. I am an active member of the Country Cousins 4-H club and Orangeville FFA. When I work on my aunt and cousins dairy farm my duties include; feeding calves, operating machinery, and assisting with milking. Some of my hobbies outside of dairy cattle include softball, basketball, being outdoors and baking. It is my goal for my remaining years as a brown swiss youth member to get more involved in the Brown Swiss Association activities and shows.
RESERVE & District 1 Winner:
Tenley Chittenden, VT
Tenley Jane Chittenden is a youth Brown Swiss member from Shoreham Vermont. Her family operates Richville Farms and their Brown Swiss prefix is Perry Brook. Recently she is most proud of raising Crazy Horse and Elan the number one and two PPR bulls and the number one PPR heifer Lulu. Their dairy has over 800 Holsteins and 120 Brown Swiss. Tenley is very involved on her farm especially in taking care of heifers. She has a group of 40 heifers that include flush donors that she feeds and cares for before and after school. She has started her own herd through a purchase at the Eastern Breeder’s Sale into the W family. She is an active 4-H member competing in the youth shows and quiz bowl contests. She attended the National convention in New England and this past year attended the World Conference in Madison. She has gotten really good at taking genomic samples on calves and is an important part of the farms testing program. Outside of her cow interests, Tenley is the goalie for the Brandon Rec soccer team and has recently taken up Lacrosse. She likes to volunteer and helped to pass out a tractor trailer load of milk donated by her farm and DFA to local families during the pandemic.