Morrisville State College student Unique Wellington chose a cow he named “Heffy” for his first time presenting in the ring.
“She was the friendliest of the group,” he said of the heifer he showed during the college’s recent Spring Showmanship event. Approximately 60 students, some skilled and others with no experience, showed lambs, dairy cows and beef cattle during the annual event.
Wellington, who made the switch from city life to Morrisville to follow his dream of becoming a dairy breeder, had only seen a cow once prior to enrolling in Morrisville’s animal science – dairy program.
He hid his first-time jitters by focusing on the judges and making sure Heffy’s foot placement was proper. He took fourth place in the Novice Dairy event, just missing a chance to compete in the finals.
Winners of the Spring Showmanship were:
• Natalie Strub, of North Collins, Master Showman, Grand Experienced Showman for Beef, and Reserve Showman for Dairy
• Madison Woodis, Dewittville, Reserve Master Showman and Grand Experienced Showman for Dairy
• Austin Graham, Montrose, Pennsylvania, Grand Showman for Lamb
• Garrett Jenkins, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania, Reserve Showman for Lamb and Novice Showman for Dairy
• Jacob Wafler, Wolcott, Reserve Novice Showman for Dairy
• Brittney Noto, Delevan, Reserve Showman for Beef
Judging this year’s event were two Morrisville alumni: Tristan Peterson, a 2015 graduate, now working for Farm Audit East Crop Insurance; and Duncan Bailey, Northeast sales team leader for Alta Genetics USA. Both graduated with bachelor’s degrees in agricultural business development.