Dodge County Dairy Princesses named
The Dodge County chapter of the American Dairy Association (ADA) crowned two young ladies as Dairy Princesses on Friday evening during a banquet at the Milton Township Town Hall.
Approximately 65 attended the banquet and enjoyed a meal prepared by Omar’s Kitchen Catering from West Concord.
Hannah Elias,from Mantorville, and Bailey Delzer, from Dodge Center, will represent the county’s dairy farmers for the next year.
While neither is a daughter of a dairy farmer, the updated rules allow young women who work on dairy farms to participate in the Dairy Princess program and both of this year’s Princesses fall into that category.
Delzer is a senior at Triton High School and has ties to farming the form of her father and grandfather who trimmed cattle’s feet. This is her first year in the Dairy Princess program.
She is sponsored by Ross Bailey and Carriage House Animal Hospital and milks cows on the farm of Keith Behounek near Dodge Center
Delzer has competed in dairy cattle showmanship for both 4H and FFA and plans to study Agriculture Education at South Dakota State University to further her “passion for educating people about agriculture.”
Elias was the lone Dairy Princess for Dodge County last year and wanted to be a one since she was little, when her aunt was crowned a Dairy Princess.
As soon as she was old enough to drive, Elias began working on the Durst Brothers farm north of Mantorville driving tractors and taking care of the grounds.
During her junior year of high school she began milking on the Patrick O’Brien farm and was inspired to enter the Dairy Princess program as an extension of what she’s learning in the Dairy Science program the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.
Since it’s her first year, Delzer plans on learning and “taking it step by step.”
During the coming year she will be “advocating for agriculture, informing the public, and keeping people interested.
The industry isn’t doing great right now with milk prices low and I want to help the industry grow and come back.”
Elias has a similar goal in her second year. “My push will be agriculture advocacy by talking with consumers and I want to promote what farmers do to care for their animals.”
Chris Brogan and Isaac Whiteakre were on hand from Cenex Harvest States (CHS) to accept this year’s Friend of Dairy Award from the Dodge County ADA.
Both Elias and Delzer spoke to the gathering about their goals for the coming year, Angie Alberts recognized Dodge County ADA sponsors, and Paul Daley thanked those who have helped with parades and the malt stand at the county fair.
You can meet the Princesses at events all around Dodge County. They will be at the County Fair, parades, local stores like Erdman’s, and even available in Rochester at places like Hy-Vee.