COSHOCTON -- Owners of top dairy herds were recognized, the 2013 Coshocton County Dairy King and Queen were crowned, a number of youth achievement awards were presented, and others received special recognition at the annual Coshocton Dairy Farmers Banquet.
Members of the Coshocton Dairy Service Unit hosted the event which took place April 19 at the County Career Center.
Bill Daughtery of the dairy service unit board of directors presented the county producer awards to owners of the top DHI tested and published Coshocton County dairy herds, as follows: James and Onita Lowe, first place in all three categories, for production of 22,750 pounds of milk, 933 pounds of fat, and 722 pounds of protein; John Wyler, second place in all three for 20,885 pounds of milk, 889 pounds of fat and 674 pounds of protein; Tumblin Dairy Farms, third place in all three for 20,467 pounds of milk, 851 pounds of fat and 631 pounds of protein; and Hill-N-Dale Farms, fourth, for 17,333 pounds of milk,744 pounds of fat and 595 pounds of protein.
Jenna Wyler, 15-year old daughter of John and Annette Wyler of Fresno, was crowned 2013 Coshocton County Dairy queen, while Cameron Mizer, 16-year old son of Terry and Pam Mizer of Bakersville was crowned 2013 Coshocton County Dairy king.
The new royalty were crowned by Anna King, the 2012 dairy princess and Kurt Wyler, the 2012 dairy king.
Cameron is a sophomore and Jenna is a freshman, both at Ridgewood High School. The king and queen are also members of the Ridgewood FFA. Jenna served the FFA as treasurer and was recently elected for another term for next year. She also plays basketball for the school and is a member of the Spanish Club.
The new queen is a member of the Coshocton County Junior Fair Board and a seven year member of the White Eyes 4-H Livestock Club.
She has shown cattle and market hogs and has taken many cooking and baking projects.
She has also participated in several judging events, including dairy foods, and soils and was a member of the dairy judging teams.
She placed fourth in the district creed speaking contest.
Jenna enjoys cooking and baking, makes angel food cakes from scratch, and has a talent for decorating cakes and cup cakes.
When she graduates from high school she would like to pursue a career as a chef and attend a culinary school. She has always wanted to take part in the cupcake wars on the TV food channel.
Jenna concluded with the statement, "I want to be the dairy queen so I can promote the dairy industry and be a good representative from Coshocton County."
The new king is a member of Progressive Livestock 4-H Club and takes woodworking projects.
He shows dairy cattle every year at the Coshocton County Fair through the FFA.
"I love to work on my family's dairy farm and do any kind of outdoor work," he said. "I also pull tractors every year at the Bakersville Chicken Barbecue and Homecoming."
Kevin Lowe, president of the dairy service unit board of directors, presented the 2012 Dairy Project Awards to all participants who showed a dairy project at the 2012 Coshocton County Fair.
Receiving awards were Anna King, Augusta Kinzel, Belle Norman, Brandon Bowls, Caitlyn Bookless, Dilyn Tumblin, Dalton Cunningham, Kelsie Hughes, Savannah Bowls, Rachelle Yoder, Sydney Zinkon, Karley Carpenter, Sydney McKee, Cameron Mizer, Jenna Wyler and Kurt Wyler.
"All the 2012 dairy projects were exemplary and each participant should be commended for the hard work and commitment exhibited in the projects," Lowe said.
Allison Ryan from the American Dairy Association Mid-east, gave an update on recent dairy promotion. in partnership with other businesses and organizations.
Two new partners are the Quaker Oats-"Make it with Milk" campaign and Taco Bell.
She discussed using chocolate and other flavored milk in schools.
"It is important to educate parents, school officials and health professionals about the use of flavored milk in schools," she said. "We need to promote the nutritional benefits of flavored milk and work with schools and processors to keep chocolate milk in schools."
Also receiving special memorial honors during the banquet were several individuals who have been involved with the dairy program and passed away during the past year.
They include: Keith Pepper, George Pritchard, Rick Lahmers, Diane Mizer and Richie Hothem.
The dinner was prepared and served by Marilyn Wyler and the women of the Fresno United Methodist Church.
The new king and queen assisted with the presentation of a number of door prizes donated by area merchants.