Dan Silvius photoTop Tuscarawas County Dairy Farmers are seated, l to r, Gary Burky, Chad Burky, Dean Putt; and back row, Jim Loveday and Jerry Horn Jr. Dan Silvius photoPictured, l to r, is the 2009 Tuscarawas County Junior Dairy Princess Alyssa Lautzenheiser, 2008 Tuscarwas County Senior Dairy Princess Karen Brown and 2008 Tuscarawas County Junior Dairy Princess and 2009 Tuscarawas County Senior Dairy Princess Clarissa Mutti.Stone Creek native crowned senior dairy princessEsther M. SilviusSpecial to the NewsRAGERSVILLE -- Top producers were recognized, new royalty was crowned and a recent trip to Iraq was discussed during the Tuscarawas County Dairy Farmers annual banquet, Feb. 26 at the Zion United Church of Christ at Ragersville. A 150 dairy farmers and guests were in attendance. Top dairy herds, in both official and unofficial categories, were recognized for the production of milk, fat or protein and presented with plaques or certificates. The unofficial category was added in 2004.Also receiving plaques were owners of most improved herds, lifetime cows and low somatic cell county herds.Awards were presented to the following:* High herd in milk production: (100 cows or less) -- Lemuel Farms, Steve and Jill Henry, Turkey Flat Road SE, Uhrichsville, for 23,066 pound of milk; and (101 cows and over) -- Burky Farm LLC of Sugarcreek Road SW, New Philadelphia represented by Gary and Chad Burky, for 28,907 pounds of milk, (three times a day milking).* High herd in milk production, unofficial: (100 or less) -- Ray Mutti of 892 Stonecreek Road SW, New Philadelphia, 21,652 pounds of milk; (101 and over) -- Jim and Marcia Loveday, Winklepleck Road NE, Dundee, 26,355 pounds of milk.* High herd in fat production, official: (100 or less ) -- Carlene Farms, Stonecreek Road SW, New Philadelphia, represented by Cliff and Charlie Finton, 922 pounds; (101 and over) -- Putt Dairy Farms, Ragersville Road NW Sugarcreek, 1,078 pounds. (three times a day milking).* High herd in fat production, unofficial: (100 or less) -- Ray Mutti, 902 pounds; (101 and over) -- Mutti Dairy Farms, Stonecreek Road SW, Stone Creek represented by the Vernon, Kevin and Keith Mutti families, 969 pounds.* High herd in protein production, official: (100 or less) -- Jerry Horn, Oldtown Valley Road SW, New Philadelphia, 701 pounds; (101 and over) -- Putt Dairy Farms, 876 pounds.* High herd in protein production, unofficial: (100 or less) -- Ray Mutti, 678 pounds; (101 and over) -- Jim and Marcia Loveday, 780 pounds.* Most improved herd, official -- Jerry Horn, for an increase of 2,141 pounds of milk.* Most improved herd, unofficial -- Richard Fisher, 6004 Winfield Strasburg Road NW, Dover, for an increase of 881 pounds of milk.* Putt Dairy Farms was recognized for having the high official lifetime cow, while Ridenour Farms of Angel Valley Road SW, Stone Creek, had the high unofficial lifetime cow.* D&S Dairy Farm was recognized for having the official low somatic cell count herd with 146,000, while Mutti Dairy Farms had the unofficial low somatic cell count herd, with 122,000.Myron Armstrong, Northeast Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI) Cooperative Inc. manager, assisted with the presentation of awards.Brian Winters, DHI manager, reported that Putt Dairy Farms was listed in the top five percent in the state for milk, fat and protein production. Burky Farm LLC was listed in the top five percent in the state for milk and protein production.A total of 40 Tuscarawas County dairy herds are currently on DHI test.The Tuscarawas County averages for all official herds on test for 2008 was 23, 341 pounds of milk, 826 pounds of fat and 716 pounds of protein.The Tuscarawas County dairy herds have continued to remain above the state averages as they have for many years.Certificates were presented in a number of other categories for Holstein, Jersey and Brown Swiss cattle.Clarissa Mutti, a 15-year old straight-A sophomore at New Philadelphia High School, was crowned senior dairy princess, while Alyssa Lautzenheiser, a 12-year old seventh grader at New Philadelphia Welty Middle School, was crowned junior dairy princess.A daughter of Kevin and Sheila Mutti of Stone Creek, Clarissa served as the 2008 Tuscarawas County Junior Dairy Princess. She has shown cows, calves and heifers as an eight-year member of the Milkmakers 4-H Club and has taken bread and photography projects as a member of Town & Country 4-H Club. On her family farm, Mutti Dairy Farms, where she lives with her parents and brother, Clark, her job is to take the cows' milk samples once a month for DHI testing and help feed the calves. The new senior princess has held several offices for her clubs, including vice president, secretary and treasurer. In addition, she is actively involved in the Teens Encountering Christ (TEC) youth group at Jerusalem Church. Her sister, Christine, was the 2003 county dairy princess. Lautzenheiser is the daughter of Dan and Lorrie Lautzenheiser of New Philadelphia. Her brother, Josh, encouraged her to join 4-H when she was nine years old and since then, she has shown four Brown Swiss and three Holstein heifers in both junior fair and open class shows. She belongs to Town & Country 4-H Club and has served as their treasurer. In addition, she has been inducted into the National Junior Honor Society in school and currently serves as acolyte at Emanuel Lutheran Church. She would like to pursue a career in agriculture and attend ATI to become a herdsman. She enjoys helping at her grandfather's farm where he feeds bred heifers and steers.Karen Brown, the 2008 Tuscarawas County Senior Dairy Princess, crowned Mutti, and Mutti crowned Lautzenheiser, her successor.Dairy princess attendant is Donja Larie Maley, 17, daughter of Duane and Rhonda Garabrandt, a New Philadelphia High School junior. She is a member of Milkmakers 4-H Club.Sheila Mutti and Missy Horn were in charge of the dairy princess contest. Judges were Joy Hothem and Kathy Steinebrey.Connie Finton gave an update on some of the local dairy promotions. "We provide giveaways for the libraries and host a story time with healthy snacks and a free book for each child. This year, we will supply milk after the Run for Home half marathon as a good way to REFUEL your body," she said.Michele Specht, Farm Bureau organization director for Tuscarawas, Carroll and Harrison counties, discussed some current concerns of farmers including changes to the line fence laws and animal rights issues.Guest speaker, Dr. Rick Daugherty, DVM of Sugarcreek Veterinary Clinic, discussed a recent mission trip to Iraq where he visited agricultural and vet schools and area dairy farms.A memorial slide presentation was given in honor of a long time dairy farmer, Carl E Finton of New Philadelphia.