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Competition aims to inspire young dairy producers

Along the way, young people learn more about dairy industry.

The first annual Churn It Up National Yield Competition aims to inspire those entering the world of agriculture.

Presented by Minerva Dairy, this competition is available to young dairy farmers ages 9 to 19. Those interested in continuing their education will be able to vie for a college scholarship of $6,500 and the support of the industry’s leading organizations and associations. Furthermore, simply participating in this national competition will educate entrants as they navigate their way through the dairy industry, teaching them how to humanely and responsibly take care of their cow and the work ethic needed for dairy farming.

The Churn It Up National Yield Competition follows the general organization of the traditional regional yield competitions that have been a mainstay in communities across the country for years, awarding those whose cows produce the highest dairy yield during a 305-day lactation period.

Promoted alongside the competition’s grand prize and runner up prizes, the Minerva Dairy Creamery Cup recognizes the entrant who submits this year's most inspiring story. Entrants who have submitted their final yield results are asked to share what family farming means to them or simply share the story of themselves and their cow. Judges will choose one young dairy farmer to be awarded this $1,500 scholarship.

The average age of dairy farmers is 59, with 5% to 10% retiring each year. Many retiring dairy producers don't have an identified successor.

Source: Churn It Up National Yield Competition

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