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0617 New Ulm Youth Dairy Show

By Melissa Mussman

mmussman@agrinews.com

NEW ULM, Minn. — Donations and plenty of volunteer help make it possible for the Minnesota Youth Dairy Show to continue.

The Brown County fairgrounds hosted the event last week.

Paul Fritsche of New Ulm and his wife, Melanie, have been the show’s chairpeople for eight years.

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"This is a continuation of the old region dairy days. When the regions disappeared, I went and asked to keep it going," said Paul. "We have run it entirely on donations and a lot of volunteer help."

The show is open to all of southern Minnesota, and all dairy breeds. This year’s exhibitors were mostly from Brown and Nicollet counties. All major dairy breeds except fo Milking Shorthorns were represented.

"We do have one family from Faribault County and another from Lyon County," said Paul. "It is even open to people out of state if they choose to come."

The Fritsches get high-caliber judges who live outside the area so that the youth get a new experience.

"The point of this show is to allow the kids to get together and show against kids they may not know from surrounding areas," said Paul. "If the kids have a smile on their face we have done our jobs."

Megan Struss, 12, of Courtland has taken part in the show for the last three years.

"I love showing my animals the most," smiled Struss. "It is a way for me to find out what I want to bring to our county fair since the majority of our county is at this show."

"It is really fun for them and us as a family," said Mary Struss, Megan’s mother. "The experience they get from showing is something they really can’t get anywhere else."

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Isaac Nelson, 8, of Sleepy Eye, was also thrilled to be showing.

"I like getting the ribbons from my calves I show," said Nelson. "I am showing my favorite calf Sarah, who is a Holstein winter calf, because she is really good and walks nice for me."

Nelson had a great day with Sarah. She he took first place in the registered Holstein winter calf class and also took reserve junior champion for the registered Holsteins.

"It was really exciting to go in and do well," smiled Nelson.

This show has been a success for the past several years with large numbers of dairy cattle and breeders in attendance.

"Somebody did this for me when I was growing up," said Paul. "I’m doing this for the next generation, and hopefully someone will take over for me for the next generation."

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