Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp
May 27-29, 2019
Host: Wrightvale Farm, Verona, MO
Location: Lawrence County Fairgrounds

Clipping Help
Leroy Wright came by to help some of the campers with their clipping technique.

Tool ID
Ellie Wantland explains many different tools used for dairy cattle. It is a hands-on workshop.

Injections Demonstration
Ted Probert has creative ways to demonstrate proper injection technique.

Camp extension specialist, Jeannie Merino, celebrated a birthday with Shannon Kleiboeker's famous cookies!

Ron Gruesenmeyer, Guest Speaker
Ron had an interactive discussion about careers in agriculture.

This year's 4-H Dairy Cow Camp is now history. This is our second year at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Freistatt. These facilities worked great with the rain we had allowing everyone to be indoors! We had a very full camp this year at 42 campers. Wrightvale Farm, Larry & Jodi Wright, Verona, supplied the heifers again this year. There was a lot of heifer loving going on with little calves and little kids!

The first day everyone checked in with Karla Deaver and received their buckets with brushes, soap, clear magic, pencils and some other show supplies. The campers were divided into color groups and picked a heifer to work with for the three days. Washing the heifer comes first and then after she dries, they tackle clipping the head. Each heifer has two campers working with her and after three days she is ready for the show ring.

At the end of the day campers boarded the van and went to a local motel for the evening. The second day there was a tool ID, heifer management, dairy judging, clipping, what to do when (showing timing), tagging, ethics, and dairy bowl contest. For the evening entertainment pizza was brought in and then everyone went to the local YMCA for ropes course, rock climbing, and swimming! A good time was had by all.

Often it is good to partner an older camper with a younger one.
Molly Archer was a great teacher!

Clipping Together
Ada Bluel and Monique Turner each working on a side.

Show Day Food Preparers
Robert & Janice Perry donate and grill the tri-tips that are show day lunch. They are delicious! Jeannie Luttrell provides the dessert with her Jeannie Whip.

Reagan Bluel does a workshop on proper tag identification and placement, utilizing real ears!

Jr Showmanship
Oliver Appelton and new camper

Intermediate Showmanship
Jackson Gunter and Teagan Hardy

Clipping Her Up!
Garrett Grimm intently works on his heifer

Tips from the Judge
Showmanship Judge, Tucker Peterson, gives some tips to Warren Schooley
(Ray Schooley's grandson from NM).

Dairy Bowl Competition winners
Molly Archer, Ada Bluel, and August

One neat promotional aspect of this year's cow camp is that Jamie Johansen host of 'From the Tailgate' on KOZL TV came and did a story on 4-H Dairy Cow Camp. She interviewed several campers and we are excited to get the word out about this great program.

Showmanship is the last event for the camp and then the awards ceremony. Parents come to watch and see what the kids have learned while there.

The staff this year was Karla Deaver, Ted Probert, Bob McNary, Jeanne Moreno, Sarah Townley, Reagan Bluel, John Underwood, Janice Perry, Ramona Andrus Shannon Kleiboeker, and several helpers: Ellie Wantland, Lora Wright, Blake Wright, Logan Archer and Maria Poock.

If you are 8 years old and would like to attend, watch this web site for info in March or contact your local Extension office personnel for forms. Dairy experience is not required. After attending our three day seminar, you can clip, show, judge and be more knowledgeable about many aspects of having an animal or dairy project.

4-H Dairy Cow Camp is a cooperative program between University of Missouri Extension and a number of industry sponsors, including Wrightvale Dairy, Dairy Farmers of America, Southwest Dairy Farmers, MFA, Inc., Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Holstein Junior Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Association, Missouri Ayrshire Breeders Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Land O’Lakes/Purina, Missouri Dairy Association, Sancrest Specialized Transport, S & H Farm Supply, So-Mo Agri-Supply, D Bar J Livestock LLC, John Underwood, Race Brothers of Monett, Hiland Dairy, Monsanto Company, Countryside Animal Clinic, FCS Financial and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

For more information about cow camp, contact Karla Deaver at the Lawrence County Extension Center in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, or your local county extension center.

One of our youngest campers is interviewed for a TV segment on 'From the Tailgate'.

Karla Deaver being Interviewed!
Karla was also interviewed by Jamie Johansen.

Getting Tips!
Tucker Peterson talks with Monique Turner

Jr Judging Contest Winners
Monique Turner, Ada Bluel, and new camper

Sr Judging Contest Winners
Kylie Scrivner, Molly Archer, and Maya Huffman

Sr. Showmanship
Lila Wantand and Garrett Grimm

Teen counselors come back year after year to help coach new campers.
Blake Wright, Ellie Wantland, Lora Wright, Maria Poock, and Logan Archer

Great Group of Campers!
Had 42 kids this year!! So wonderful to see youth still interested in learning about the dairy industry! Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who make this camp possible!

Second Generation Campers!
Since cow camp has been going for nearly 30 years, here are some kids that had their parents attend! Keeping the tradition alive.


National Convention Teams and Competitions

Juniors attending National Convention and their competition categories:

Junior Dairy Bowl Team: Roper Voskamp, Sophie Geppert, Colton Kleiboeker, and Ada Bluel.

National DJM Semi-Finalist: Lora Wright

National Holstein Women's Scholarship Finalist: Lora Wright

Public Speaking Participants: Blake Wright, Sophie Geppert, and Roper Voskamp

Banner Contest: Colton Kleiboeker

Digital Scrapbook: Lora Wright

Dairy Jeopardy: Blake Wright, Amanda Brooks

Folding Display: Molly Melzer

National Convention 2019 will be in Wisconsin from June 24 - 27, 2019. Katie Wantland and Shannon Kleiboeker will be accompanying our juniors.

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4H Dairy Judging Camp - Registration OPEN NOW

I wanted to be sure all of you were the first to know about dairy judging camp. The dates this year are July 16 - 18. The registration brochure is below for your convenience. Our group is limited to the first 20 registrants, so if you are interested please return your form soon!

To view Registration flyer click here

Print Health Form if not a 4-H Member-click here

Karla Deaver, Youth Extension Specialist



Special Thank you to our generous donor!

Calf will be raffled at the Missouri State Fair!! Check back for details and calf pedigree


National Holstein DJM Semifinalists

Lora Wright - Missouri
12 National Semifinalists to compete in June for 6 Finalists

he Distinguished Junior Member award recognizes 17-21 year olds who have excelled in preparing for their life's work, while contributing to their local and state Holstein activities.

Established in 1922, this contest is the longest running Holstein youth program, and is the highest honor that can be given to a Junior Holstein member.

Holstein Association USA has updated the eligibility rules which will take affect for the 2017 competition. There is no limit to the number of applications each state can send. Contestants prepare entry books summarizing their Junior Holstein activities and provide their views on current industry topics.

Twelve semifinalists are chosen to attend the National Holstein Convention, where six Distinguished Junior Member finalists are selected. The top six DJMs receive an annual renewed adult membership with the Holstein Association USA, Inc.


June 21 - 23, 2019

We invite dairy youth ages 5-19 to participate in an all-breed dairy show!
June 21-23, Bentonville, AR

For more information contact Tim or Nikki Crawley at (479) 291-4552 or tlcrawley@centurytel.net www.facebook.com/4statedairydays



June 1 Jr. Transfer Deadline for Jr Ownership

June 13-14 Wright County Fair, Grovespring

June 17 Ozark Empire Fair Entry deadline

June 21 - 23 4-State Dairy Days, Bentonville

June 24 - 27 National Holstein Convention, Wisconsin

July 1 MO State Fair Entry Deadline

July 12 MO Holstein Field Day, Osborn, MO

July 16-18 Dairy Judging Camp

July 25 - 28 Ozark Empire Fair

August 13-18 2019 MO State Fair & Futurity Show

August 17 2019 MO State Dairy Judging Contest



Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Lora Wright, President & Historian
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Blake Wright, Vice President
11449 Lawrence 2220, Verona, MO 65769
(417) 743-2921

Dalton Smith, Secretary
12300 Cty Rd 5300, Rolla, MO 65401
(573) 247-1864

Adeline Dickerson, NW Reporter
23737 Hwy HH, Unionville, MO 63565
(660) 748-5366

Roper Voskamp, SW Reporter
15658 Lawrence 1100, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712
(417) 235-4716

Amanda Brooks, SC Reporter
8613 Gourley Rd., Mt. Grove, MO 65711
(417) 259-3634

Case Melzer, WC Reporter
22215 S. Jefferson Pkwy, Harrisonville, MO 64701
(816) 289-3589

Sophia Geppert, Reporter
4728 Co Rd 240, Kingdom City, MO 65262
(573) 814-3148

Shannon Wilson-Kleiboeker, State Advisor
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, MO 64873
(417) 737-2876

Katie Wantland, Assistant Advisor
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543


This is a statewide organization open to any boy or girl in Missouri under 21. It promotes Registered Holsteins and has 172 members. 
Dues are $5.00 per year per member. 
Click For Membership Form


  • Dairy Bowl, Public Speaking, Jeopardy, and building a banner for National Convention.

  • Judging at local, state and national levels.

  • Showing at local, state and national shows

  • Cow Camp


  • State Spring Show Awards

  • All-Missouri Junior Awards

  • Distinguished Jr. Member Award

  • Princess and Missouri Miss

  • Spring Show

  • Junior District Show Awards

  • All-Missouri

  • District Junior and Senior Member Awards

  • Princess Scholarship

  • Spring Classic Scholarship




  1. Selling the 100th Anniversary T-Shirts!



  1. Jr. All-Missouri Points:  Juniors voted to continue the point system. The points are as follows:
    District Show — 16
    State Fair — 20 points
    First junior animal exhibited by a junior in each open class receives full points, with following places decreasing by 2 points each.  Again awards will be given per child instead of per class, and one award will be presented for partnership animals.
  2. Jr. Membership Fees due March 15: Membership form on main page to print or in Pulsator newsletter. It is important for juniors also to get their state dues paid on time, with the correct address, phone number and email address. This is the information we utilize to contact you throughout the year regarding awards, programs, activities, etc. We do not want you to miss out on an event because we did not have your accurate information. State membership fees are due by March 15. If your household only has junior members (no adult membership) then you might want to consider adding a Mid-States Magazine subscription for $5. A great way to stay connected.



Call or E-Mail me any time if you have questions about 
Missouri Junior Holstein activities. 
My address is shannonkleiboeker@hotmail.com
My home address is:
17077 Lawrence 1030, Wentworth, Missouri 64873.
Shannon Kleiboeker 417-737-2876
State Junior Holstein Chairman


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