By SUSAN MYKRANTZ
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kira Andre was crowned the 2013 Ohio Jersey Queen during the Ohio Jersey Breeders’ Assoc. annual picnic, at Waterman Dairy Complex on The Ohio State University campus.
Molly Michael will serve as the 2013 Ohio Junior Jersey Queen and Calla Mazzaro, the Ohio Jersey Princess.
Andre, 20, is the daughter of Nate and Trish Andre of Wauseon. She has been a member of the Ohio Junior Jersey Breeders Assoc. (OJJBA) for 10 years and has served as a director at large and secretary and news reporter. She has received the Junior Promoter Award, served as Ohio Jersey Princess, earned the Outstanding Girl and Diley Family awards and won the Ohio Jersey Youth Achievement Contest.
She was a member of the 2011 Jersey Youth Academy Class and received the William A Russell Scholarship. She has also been a 10-year 4-H member, during which her projects included dairy heifers, waterfowl, alpacas, sewing, gardening, scrapbooking, dog obedience and dog grooming and handling. She has been a Fulton County Dairy Ambassador and a 4-H camp counselor.
Andre has been a five-year FFA member and her projects included dairy placement and entrepreneurship. She participated in dairy cattle judging, the job interview contest, animal behavior and welfare, parliamentary procedure and co-op contests. She also served as vice president, reporter and sentinel.
She placed first in Ohio in Dairy Entrepreneurship, finished in the top four in the nation and second in the state in Dairy Placement, and holds her State and American FFA degrees. Andre is a student at Ohio State ATI where she is a member of the Dairy Club, serving as vice president, and the Ohio State ATI Hoof-N Hide Club.
Michael, 17, is the daughter of Michael and Melissa Michaels of Baltimore. She has been a member of the OJJBA for four years and is currently serving as director at large. She was the 2012 Ohio Jersey Princess.
She is an eight-year 4-H member and her projects have included dairy heifer, dairy cows, dairy feeders, small engines, cooking, sewing and child development. She is a National Dairy Conference winner and first alternate State Dairy Achievement winner.
She has been the Fairfield County Premier Dairy Exhibitor and Fairfield County Dairy Princess.
Michael serves on junior fair board and is a junior leader. She is also working on her Girl Scout Gold Award. She has been an FFA member for three years and her projects include dairy animals and woodworking. She has served as chapter treasurer and vice president.
She has also received her state FFA degree and participated in the “AG is Cool” activity at the Ohio State Fair.
Mazzaro, 15, is the daughter of Tom and Charity Mazzaro of Williamsfield. She is a seven year 4-H member and her projects have included dairy cows, carcass pig, market hogs, sewing and cake decoration. She has been a junior leader, as well as an FFA member for one year.
She has exhibited the Supreme Champion and Supreme Showmanship in her county. She has exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Junior Champion at the Ohio State Fair, and Intermediate Champion, Junior Champion, Reserve Junior Champion and Honorable Mention Junior Champion at the Pennsylvania All American Dairy Show.
Speaking at the picnic, Dr. Ron Kensinger, chair of the OSU Animal Science Department, expressed his appreciation for the support Ohio Jersey breeders have given the university.
“We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Ohio breeders,” he said. “The genetics and quality of cattle in our herd would not have occurred without a partnership with the Ohio breeders.”
Following the event, the faculty were available to answer questions about the farm, the dairy herd and research being conducted at the university, including co-housing for calves, a project conducted by Dr. Kristy Daniels.
As part of the project, she is looking at the social aspect of co-housing, growth rate for calves and the frequency of cross-sucking. So far, she said the study has shown calves in co-housing have a higher feed intake and daily gain, and better nutrition before weaning means better performance when they enter the milking herd.