Missouri 4-H Dairy Cow Camp is Full!

May 25-27, 2022
Lawrence County Fairgrounds, Freistatt, MO

A great group of campers is assembled this year for the three day camp.

A FULL group of campers that learned a lot over the three days! Be sure to join us in 2023!

We had a full group of 4-H Dairy Cow Camp kids. The campers come ready to work and learn all with great attitudes! This is our fourth year at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds in Freistatt. These facilities worked great with the rain we had allowing everyone to be indoors! We had 40 campers this year with many great counselors. . The Tag Sale heifers and calves from Wrightvale Farm, were the animals the campers worked with. 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 heifer. Each heifer has two campers working with her and after three days she is ready for the show ring.

By the afternoon of the second day the kids had heifers ready to photograph and video for sale promotion. Thank you to everyone involved with the sale for their understanding on the fitting of the heifers by our youth.

Cow Camp Show & Award Photos
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2022 Cow Camp Showmanship and Awards

A highlight of the 2022 camp included a session with Dr. Darren Loula of Christian County Veterinary Service who gave a presentation on embryo transfer; and Kary Crumpley, hoof trimmer, on foot health in dairy cattle.

A judging contest and showmanship competition provide the culmination for the camp. In the dairy judging contest, first place junior was Harper VanZyverden of Niangua. Second was Raylee Couch of Verona and third was Emma Coleman of Grant City. In the senior division, first was Robin Drury of Springfield, second was Teagan Hardy of Steelville and third was Sammi Justice of Clever. First junior in placings was Harper VanZyverden and first in the senior division was Roland Neptune.

In the showmanship competition, winning the junior division was Diesel Dixon of Conway and second was Nora Penn of Edina. In the intermediate division, first was Whitley Dill of Marshfield and second was Raylee Couch of Verona. In the senior division, first was Sammi Justice of Clever and second was Alexis Koopal of Ohio.

A number of other awards were handed out, including a rookie awards to Latham and Nevaeh Bradley of Koshkonong. Most Initiative award was given to Lily Bluel of Monett and Noah Stephens of Arkansas. Most engaged camper award was given to Allie and Gracie Kenney of Miller. Leadership recognition was awarded to Sergio Mendoza of Cape Girardeau and Raylee Couch of Verona. Two pairs were recognized as best team: Cobie Kleiboeker of Wentworth and Brantley Keltner of Clever; and Teagan Hardy of Steelville and Alexi Casperson of Marshifield. Most improved camper was awarded to Zeb Wilson.

A new award, given in memory of Dr. John Underwood, longtime supporter of Missouri Dairy Cow Camp, was awarded to Case Melzer of Harrisonville.

Major support for 4-H Agriculture programs is provided by the Missouri 4-H Foundation in partnership with Eunice Campbell, FCS Financial, the Hertzog Family, the Missouri Association of Meat Processors, Missouri Farm Bureau, the Missouri Holstein Association, and Anita and Wayne Vanderwert. Missouri Dairy Cow Camp also receives support from the following businesses and individuals: Wrightvale Holsteins, Dairy Farmers of America, So-Mo Agri-Supply, Southwest Dairy Farmers, MFA, Inc., Missouri Holstein Association, Missouri Holstein Junior Association, Missouri Jersey Cattle Association, Missouri Guernsey Breeders Association, Missouri Brown Swiss Breeders, Land O’Lakes/Purina, Sancrest Specialized Transport, Main Street Feeds, Mac’s Vet Supply, Race Brothers, D Bar J Livestock LLC, Perrydale Farms, Jeanne Whip of Republic, Ozark Mountain Creamery, Midwest Dairy Association, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Andrus Dairy, and Ron and Betty Duffy.

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.

May 28, 2022, Freistatt, MO

Show Results

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NEW OPPORTUNITY: Over 50 head showed at our second All-Breeds Youth Dairy Heifer show. We keep improving the format and event for spectators and exhibitors alike. Judge Tyler Chupp, OK placed 54 head of multiple breeds. This show format had all breeds showing together in class. A majority of the sale heifers also showed in the show. We had a wide variety of breeds represented and youth of all ages and multiple states. Thank you to all of our sponsors and those that helped make this event successful.

If you have suggestions please contact Karla Deaver, 417-466-3102 deaverk@missouri.edu.

Show Photos
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2022 All-Breeds Youth Show Photos

Food Booth & Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who donated food, items, or time to helping out with the food booth or the silent auction the juniors greatly appreciate it. They raised over $600 between the two events. Sadly, we were all so busy doing things that we didn't do very well getting photos.


National Convention Teams and Competitions
GOOD LUCK to the Juniors Competing in South Dakota

Speech-Sophie Geppert
Speech-Sammi Justice
Dairy Jeopardy-Amanda Brooks
Banner-Cobie Kleiboeker

Dairy Quiz Bowl: Case Melzer, John Mann, Colton Kleiboeker, Sophie Geppert

Congratulations to Missouri Junior Holstein Members selected by Holstein Association USA
Blake Wright, 2022 Distinguished Junior Member Semi-Finalist
Sophia Geppert, 2022 Young Distinguished Junior Member Finalist
Blake Wright, 2022 National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization Semi-Finalist

Blake Wright will compete for a finalist position for both the DJM and NHWSO Scholarship at National Holstein Convention JAC REPRESENTATIVE:
Lora Wright, At Large Member


4H Dairy Judging Camp - DATES set

I wanted to be sure all of you were the first to know about dairy judging camp. The dates this year are July 18 - 20. The registration brochure will be released shortly. Our group is limited to the first 20 registrants, REGISTRATION FORM BELOW!

To view Registration flyer click here

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

Karla Deaver, Youth Extension Specialist

Adults and Youth
ENTRIES DUE: August 21, 2022

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IT'S A CONTEST: The Pulsator magazine is sponsoring a Photo Contest. So dust off those cameras or go back in your files and submit your best!

*Two Divisions: Phone & High Resolution
*Three Age Groups: 12 & under; 13-18 & Over 18
*Entry Deadline August 21 (No late entries)
*Photos must show some aspect of dairy production including but not limited to: livestock, products, landscape and individuals.
*Photos must have been taken in MO Since 1/1/21 by the person submitting the image. Limit 3/person.

For complete entry and rule information see image above.
For more information or to submit contact Jenna Wilson, 417-459-8794 mopulsator2@gmail.com.



The transfer deadline for qualification to show in the youth show at the MISSOURI STATE FAIR and for OZARK EMPIRE FAIR is June 1.


  1. Holstein Association USA extended the Junior transfer “received by” deadline to July 15 for both heifers and cows in 2020. This new deadline for juniors will remain in place for the 2021 show season and beyond. To be eligible to participate in sanctioned Junior Holstein Shows, the July 15 deadline must be met.

    A transfer deadline of July 15 aligns more closely with most of the other dairy breed associations. The extended deadline also allows Juniors an extra month and a half to purchase their show calves, providing additional marketing opportunities.

    This is a "received by" deadline — any ownership transfer not received by the Holstein Association USA office on or before July 15 will not be eligible for Junior Holstein Shows. Adding or dropping any owner after the deadline will disqualify an animal for Junior recognition. If there is a question as to whether a Junior ownership transfer has been completed, be sure to contact the Holstein Association USA customer service or visit www.holsteinusa.com to check the ownership status and ensure the transfer was received before the deadline.

  2. Junior All-Missouri Awards
    Junior members will receive points at the Missouri State Fair (open show) and their respective district shows (or substitute show). As long as animals are transferred (received by date listed on paper) by the July 15 deadline and a paid Missouri Junior member by June 1 then they will qualify for those awards in 2021.



June 15 Ozark Empire Fair Entries Due

June 27- July 1 National Holstein Convention, South Dakota

July 1 Missouri State Fair Entries Due

July 15 Youth Transfer deadline for Jr All-MO Awards and National Junior shows

July 15 Holstein Field Day, Purina Nutrition Center, Gray Summit

July 18-20 Dairy Judging Camp

August 6 Southwest District Show at Ozark Empire Fair, Springfield

Aug 1 - 6 Ozark Empire Fair

August 20 Fall Pulsator Deadline

August 21 Photo Contest Deadline

August 16-21 2022 MO State Fair & Futurity Show

August 20 2022 MO State Dairy Judging Contest




2022 Junior Officer Team:
Vice President - Sophia Geppert; Reporter - Case Melzer, Adeline Dickerson;
Reporters - Sammi Justice, Amanda Brooks; Secretary - Lila Wantland; President - Whitney Yerina;

Missouri Junior Holstein Association Officers
Whitney Yerina, President
15823 Merchant Dr, Phillipsburg, MO 65722

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

Lila Wantland, Secretary
1491 Macedonia Rd, Niangua, MO 65713
(417) 872-5543

Sammi Justice, SW Reporter
1294 Schupbach Rd, Clever, MO 65631
(417) 880-0165

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

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

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

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. 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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