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Swyers Heads to World Dairy Expo

Dansville senior Josie Swyers headed to the World Dairy Expo

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Josephine ("Josie") Swyers, a senior at Dansville High School, is leaving for Madison Wisconsin on Friday morning as part of a group of students representing New York State at the National 4-H Conference. They will also be attending the Wisconsin World Dairy Expo. Josie is a member of the Junior Dairy Leaders (JDL), a group supported by Cornell University. The Junior DAIRY LEADER program is intended to reach youth between the ages of 16 - 19 who have an interest in exploring careers in the dairy industry through hands-on experiential learning.

The JDL meet several times a year in Ithaca. Opportunities for participants include:

  • Representing New York at the National 4-H Dairy Conference
  • Interaction with Dairy Producers and Agribusiness Professionals
  • Resume Development
  • On-Farm Production Management Experiences
  • Leadership Development and Team Building
  • Dairy Farm and Production Facility Tours in the Northeast and Wisconsin
  • Technical Skills Seminars in Herd Health, Calf Care, Dairy Nutrition, and Artificial Insemination

Josie was the Livingston County Dairy Princess for 2017-2018 and is an alternate this year.  Josie's future plans are to attend college for architecture, specifically barn design to accommodate new technology like milking and calf feeding robots.  Josie said that barn architecture is important because if the cows aren't comfortable, their milk production is affected.

Josie is part of a team of 30 students from New York State headed out to Wisconsin. Josie's sister, Emma Swyers, a DHS alumni, will also be travelling to Wisconsin for her internship. Emma also was a member of the JDL program during high school.