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McCook, Roberts 4-H Members at National 4-H Dairy Conference
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/11/2017

4-H members Brianna Schock of McCook County and Kassidee Lentsch of Roberts County represented South Dakota during the National 4-H Dairy Conference held in conjunction with World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., last week.

"This event brings future dairy leaders from more than 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces together to build upon their knowledge of the dairy industry," said Lauren Hollenbeck, 4-H Youth Program Advisor in Clay, Yankton and Union Counties.

During the event, Schock and Lentsch joined with other youth to learn about production, processing, marketing and the use of dairy products.

"They also developed a greater understanding of careers available in the dairy industry such as production, biotechnology, genetics and marketing - among others," Hollenbeck said.

The conference focused heavily on leadership and networking between industry professionals and future dairy professionals.

The conference provided many opportunities to practice both leadership and networking.

"We learned how to get out of our comfort zone and talk to new people," said Brianna Schock, 17, of Salem.

The trip was made possible with the support of the S.D Livestock Industry Trust Fund, Glacial Lakes Energy, Midwest Dairy Association and Associated Milk Producers, Inc. (AMPI).

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