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2023 National Youth Ambassador

The National Youth Ambassador supports and promotes the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association and National Programs. An Ambassador and Alternate will be chosen at the National Convention.

2023 YOUTH AMBASSADOR:   Natalie Roe

My name is Natalie Roe, and I am a sophomore currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a double major in Dairy Science and Life Science Communications. I am originally from Monticello, WI, where my parents, Dan and Sally Roe, own and operate a cash crop farm, Roe Farms Partnership. They also own and operate a commercial grain elevator, Pleasant Grain LLC. I got my interest in Brown Swiss Cattle from 4-H, starting with a 4-H project calf from Voegeli Farms Inc., when I was young. From there, my interest blossomed, and my brothers, Nick and Alex, and I started our herd, TopLine Swiss. We show these heifers across the Midwest. I am active within the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Juniors Association, as well as many other dairy activities in my county and at college. Currently, I am involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, the UW-Madison Judging Team, and more. With my degrees, I am hoping to go into the dairy industry with a communication or marketing position

2023 Alternate Youth Ambassador

Adele Biasini

My name is Adele Biasini; residing on a small family dairy farm in Morrisville, VT, with my parents and older sister. We milk 40 head of registered Brown Swiss and Holsteins and have been shipping milk for 30 years. My family started a niche market of making Farmstead Artisan cheese fourteen years ago to help support our farm and make a local product for our ever-growing community.

I was heavily involved in my 4-H dairy club, the Green Mtn. Moovers, for the past 11 years where I also participated in quiz bowl, dairy judging, and the National 4-H Dairy Conference. I am currently very active within the dairy industry by participating in the Brown Swiss classification twice a year and presenting my Brown Swiss at state, regional, and national shows every year. We also take part at the National Brown Swiss Conventions as we are able. I have been recognized as both State Bell Ringer multiple times and National Bell Ringer for the first time in 2019. This past year, I received National Bell Ringer with my Fall Yearling in Milk, as well as my Senior 2-Year-Old Cow. Both of these cows also received All American nominations which I am very humbled to have received. Over the years, I have been fortunate to grow my Brown Swiss herd and now own 10 heifers and young cows.

Currently, I am a Senior at the University of Vermont studying Animal Science with plans to receive my Bachelors of Science degree this coming May. I am attending William H. Miner Institute for the current semester in the Advanced Dairy Management course. I am gaining a stronger understanding of everyday responsibilities in a dairy manager’s position. While I am currently away from the UVM campus, I still enjoy being active within the college community as I am one of many UVM CALS (College of Agriculture & Life Sciences) representatives who assist welcoming incoming students and being present for accepted student days for those who plan on majoring in animal science. I was active on the UVM club softball team for three years. In the coming months after I graduate in May, I plan to continue pursuing my passion as a professional in the dairy industry as I decide what my next steps are. In my free time, I enjoy playing softball and doing any outdoor activity such as skiing and hiking. I also spend a lot of time at our farm caring for our dairy herd and cropping during the summer.

Erin Armitage, NY

Erin Armitage is the nineteen-year-old daughter of Kevin and Lee-Ann Armitage. Erin lives on a small dairy heifer facility with her family who raises heifers for local dairy farms alongside their herd of show cattle. She graduates from SUNY Morrisville with her Associate’s Degree in Dairy Science and Agribusiness in May of 2022. Upon graduation, Erin plans to transfer to Virginia Tech to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. In the future, Erin would like to open a consulting firm for agribusinesses and dairy farms while expanding her herd of Brown Swiss show cattle and lease to youth.