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Youth recognized by Iowa Holstein Association

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 03/15/2013 10:23 AM

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DUBUQUE, Iowa —Four young people were honored as leaders at the recent Iowa Holstein Convention in Dubuque.

Michael Bahl, 20, son of Martin and Linda Bahl of Dubuque, is 2013 Distinguished Junior Member. Andy Dougherty, 16, son of Ron and Julie Dougherty of Epworth, Mary Scott, 15, daughter of Mike and Kathleen Scott of Westgate, and Katie Stewart, 16, daughter of Matt and Diana Stewart of Oelwein, are 2013 Young Distinguished Junior Members.

Bahl is a sophomore animal science/dairy science major at Iowa State University with a goal of becoming a veterinarian. He is president of the Iowa Junior Holstein Association and participated at the national level in dairy jeopardy and dairy quiz bowl. He was on a team that represented Iowa at the 4-H Dairy Bowl Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition and was a top-10 individual at the Iowa State Dairy Judging Contest. He is treasurer for the Iowa State Dairy Science Club.

After completing veterinary training, Bahl would like to work for a Dubuque veterinary clinic, go into partnership with his family and open their farm to the public.

"I want to become an advocate for the dairy industry through my own dairy," Bahl said.

A junior at Western Dubuque High School, Dougherty grew up a few miles from Farnear Holsteins, which his grandparents started and his uncles own. Farm work, he said, taught him responsibility, dedication and hard work. He has shown cattle at the county and state level.

He is involved with the Iowa Junior Holstein Association and the Farley Wrangler 4-H Club. Through 4-H he's been part of the first place Iowa Dairy Quiz bowl Team. He plans to attend ISU, major in dairy science and stay involved in the dairy industry.

Stewart, a sophomore at Oelwein High School, grew up on her family's 5th generation dairy farm. When her older siblings left for college, her family went from milking 80 to 200 cows and built a double-16 parlor. Between sports and other activities, she helps milk whenever possible.

She is active in Iowa Junior Holstein Association and 4-H and has shown at the county, district and state levels. She is president of her 4-H club and was first place individual at the Iowa State Fair Dairy Judging Contest.

She's continued to expand the herd.

Scott attends West Central High School in Maynard and helps her family milk 68 Holsteins. Scott's first 4-H project was a calf named Hilary that she received for Christmas in 2007. Hilary has produced 15 heifer calves to date and has been to at least one show every year of her life. She was 2011 Supreme Champion at the Fayette County Fair.

Scott is active in dairy quiz bowl making the Iowa team in 2011, 2012 and 2013. She received first place on the written test in 2012 for the junior team, and for State 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl, she has been first or second on the test every year.

She plans to attend ISU and become a veterinarian.