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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.

District 3 Winner

Carter Kibler, OH

My name is Carter Kibler. I live in Lordstown Ohio. My dad owns a 700-cow dairy farm, with 32 of them being Brown Swiss. The herd has around 325 milking and the rest heifers and calves. My mom is a veterinarian and works in Champion, Ohio. I have 3 dogs and 3 cats living in my house. My 3 dogs’ names are O’Neill, Skye, and Bear. The 3 cats names are Marvel, Gray Lady and Odin. I go to Austintown Fitch High School, and I am in 9th grade. I am a swimmer and a soccer player for my high school. I also participate on a club team for swimming and soccer. My soccer club teams name is Soccer Vision Academy (SVA) and my club team for swimming is called Youngstown Neptunes. For high school swimming I made it to the Ohio state districts in division 1 as a freshman in the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. I have helped my dad on the farm ever since I was a little kid. On Wednesdays, I help my dad milk in the summers in the afternoon. I have been a member of the Trumbull Co Dairy Judging Team since I was 5, but I’m told I attended meetings since I was 2 with my dad as an advisor. I have gone to Spring Dairy Expo for 4 years and I have shown many Brown Swiss there. Only one has placed well there in 2022. I also took that same one to Louisville in November of 2022. That was my first year going there and it was really fun. She also placed third in the open show and second in the junior show. She was Reserve Summer Yearling Bell Ringer for Ohio. I will be showing her maternal sister this year as my outstanding project and hoping to move further into more national shows.

District 8 Winner

Lauren Benfer

I'm Lauren Benfer I grew up on a small dairy farm located outside of Clay Center, Kansas. I've been in the Brown Swiss project for 7 years and this is my favorite project by far. This past year, I was chosen to be the Kansas Brown Swiss Queen. I am very delighted to hold that position. The Brown Swiss project is also my FFA SAE project. On my Family dairy farm, I help milk and feed calves. My favorite is to feed calves because all the babies are cute, and I enjoy feeding the babies because my family members don't have patience. Our Family milks approximately 100 cows and we milk both Holstein and Brown Swiss. Our family most times goes to three shows and we only show our Brown Swiss, but the 3 shows are the local county fair, Kansas Jr. Dairy show in Salina, Kansas, and Kansas State Fair. At the state fair, this past year my heifer Steph-N Dare Me ET got Reserve Champion in the 4-H division. After High school, I plan to go to a Jr. college and get a veterinarian technician. After I get my degree, I will go back to the farm and help my dad and keep raising and showing Brown Swiss. I have many hobbies but my favorites are baking/cooking. I enjoy showing many different animals at my county fair like goats, horses, and dairy cattle. I enjoy helping my FFA chapter with many activities in the community.