Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

01/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2019 18:27

Agriculture Secretary’s Team Claims Udder Success at the Farm Show Celebrity Cow Milking Contest for the Second Year

Agriculture Secretary's Team Claims Udder Success at the Farm Show Celebrity Cow Milking Contest for the Second Year

Harrisburg, PA - Taking matters into both hands, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding led his team to victory in the Celebrity Cow Milking Contest on Friday, Jan. 11, at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.

Four teams of five media personalities, agricultural royalty, cabinet members and legislators came together for a chance to experience the dairy industry up close, from the producers to the actual animals they raise.

Redding's milking prowess, using a two-handed technique as the anchor of his team, helped yield the team 1.5 pounds of milk from a Holstein cow. His team included Representative John Lawrence, Representative Pam DeLissio, Valerie Pritchett of ABC 27, and Representative Steve Malagari. The Holstein, Angry, is owned by Delaware Valley University.

Two teams tied for second and third place both milking 0.7 pounds of milk.

One team was led by Senator Elder Vogel, milking 0.7 pounds of milk from a Red and White cow. Team members included Pennsylvania Dairy Princess Brooke Emery; Secretary of the Department of Human Services Teresa Miller; wife of Senator Sharif Street, April Street. The Red and White, named Britt, is owned by Hostetter Dairy in Somerset Co.

Right behind, the next team was led by Deputy Secretary of Policy and Planning for Governor Wolf, Erin Smith Wachter, milking 0.7 pounds of milk from an Ayrshire cow. Team members included Representative Danielle Friel-Otten, Rob Barley of the Milk Marketing Board, Representative Rob Murt, and Representative Jordan Harris. The Ayrshire, Marissa, is owned by Dreamnol Ayrshires of Chester Co.

The fourth-place team was led by Matt Barcaro of News 8 milking 0.6 pounds of milk from a Guernsey cow. Team members included Director of Produce and Floral at Giant Food Stores, Chris Keetch; Representative Mark Gillen; CEO of Feeding America Claire Babineaux-Fontenot; and Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Karns Quality Foods, Andrea Karns. The Guernsey, named Summer, is owned by Shultz Cattle Company of York Co.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation's largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, 5,200 of which are animal events, plus 300 commercial exhibitors - more than a million square feet of entertainment and education highlighting the strength and diversity of Pennsylvania's agriculture and food industry. The show runs January 3-12 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and January 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from nearby Interstate 81.

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