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One fortunate Wisconsin youth will be the recipient of a registered Guernsey calf during the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders' Association (WGBA) annual convention on March 4-5th in Siren.

This calf will be awarded to the youth who writes the best essay on their choice of two topics: (1) 'What a Guernsey calf would mean to me' or (2) 'The Guernsey cow is important to me because...'

Essays are currently being accepted for this 18th annual contest.

Entrants do not need to have a Guernsey background or be from a Guernsey farm.

The essay winner will be announced during the youth luncheon at the WGBA state convention on March 5.

Contest guidelines include:

✔ Essay should be a minimum of 250 words on the topic of 'what a Guernsey calf would mean to me' or the topic 'the Guernsey cow is important to me because…'

✔ Contest is open to Wisconsin youth ages 10-17

✔ Entrant should include plans for housing, responsibilities or plans for caring for the calf and show opportunities in the essay

✔ Winner must agree to exhibit the calf at shows and give a report on the calf at the WGBA annual meeting after winning

✔Winner must be willing to join the Wisconsin Junior Guernsey Breeders' Association for a one time fee of $15.

To enter the contest, interested Wisconsin youth should mail their essay to: Dawn Pingel, , Essay Committee Chairwoman, 19372 Juneau Rd., Wilton, WI 54670. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 10.

For additional information, applicants can call 608-484-0416 or e-mail wisgba@yahoo.com. The Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders' Association is the largest state Guernsey breed organization and has a 91-year history of activities that promote and improve the Guernsey breed.

Last year's recipient was Levi Kindschi of Loganville. Kindschi has had tremendous success with his fall calf, Jens Gold Dandy Ohum Bug. She has even been nominated for All American and Junior All American Honors.

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