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The New York Spring Carousel is Right Around the Corner
March 16, 2016

Time to plan for the New York Spring Dairy Carousel April 8-11 in Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds.

The 41st edition, sponsored by the New York Holstein Association, will include shows for all major dairy breeds along with top-notch Holstein and Protein Breed sales.

In 2015, over 200 youth from the Northeast participated in the judging contest followed by eight different breed shows featuring 730 head of dairy cattle. Many of the animals have won their respective breed‚Äôs¬†All-American contests as ‚ÄúThe Carousel‚ÄĚ has become known as, ‚Äúthe show of the spring.‚Ä̬†The Holstein Sale had an exciting line up of high genomic females, potential show winners, Red and Whites, and members of the¬†Breed’s most distinguished cow families. The 70 lots averaged $6,912.

The Carousel officially kicks off Friday, April 8, 8:00 a.m., with the National Holstein USA Judging Conference, followed at 12:30 p.m. with the Youth Showmanship Contest. Starting at 2:30 p.m., is the second annual Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest. This event is sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast AgEnchancement. At 6:00 p.m. will be the Protein Breeds Sale.

New York Junior Holstein members are center stage on Saturday morning, April 9, with the Junior Holstein Show judged by  The day concludes with the fun-filled Junior Olympics & Pizza Party for the juniors.

The Carousel culminates on Monday, April 11 with the New York International Spring Holstein Show judged by Justin Burdette.Mercersburg, PA at 9 am.

A complete schedule of events is included below. Cattle will again be released at the end of each breed show. A list of classes and the entry forms are available online at OR by calling the New York Holstein Association office at 607-273-7591. The early entry deadline has passed. Entries received by March 24 are $75 per head, then increase to $130 per animal until showday.

If you’re planning to attend, hotels in the area include: Best Western Fairgrounds, 315-484-0044; Clarion Fairgrounds, 315-457-8700; Comfort Inn Fairgrounds, 315-453-0045; Maplewood Inn, 315-451-1511; Red Mill Inn, 315-635-4871; and Western Ranch Motel, 315-457-9236. Make your reservations as soon as possible since rooms sell out quickly. Mention the New York Spring Dairy Carousel for special rates.

Camper/RV hookups are available at $30 per day. Reservations, camper license number, and pre-payment are required.

Food is available in the Coliseum and admission is free, so come one and all to the 2016 New York Spring Dairy Carousel.

For any other questions or for online entries & information go to HERE, or contact Cattle Superintendent Alan Danforth at 518-231-6597 or New York Holstein Association Executive Manager Patsy Gifford at 607-316-0867.

Schedule of Events 

Wednesday, April 6  

8:00 am Barns open (note that this year cattle may leave at end of respective breed show)

Thursday, April 7   

7:00 pm All cattle in place

Friday, April 8  

8:00 am National Holstein USA Judging Conference, sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast


12:30 pm Jr. Showmanship
2:30 pm Richard Keene Memorial Youth Judging Contest, sponsored by Farm Credit Northeast


6:00 pm Protein Breeds Sale

Saturday, April 9  

9:00 am NY Jr. Holstein Show
1:00 pm Ayrshire Show (Ring 1) & Guernsey Show (Ring 2)
4:00 pm Holstein Sale

Sunday, April 10  

8:00 am Red & White Show (Ring 1)
9:00 am Milking Shorthorn Show (Ring 2)
12:30pm Jersey Show (Ring 1) & Brown Swiss Show (Ring 2)

Monday, April 11  

8:00 am International Spring Holstein Show
Cattle released at conclusion of EACH BREED show

Guernsey/Jersey shows
Milking Shorthorn/NY International Spring Holstein shows


Area hotels:  

Best Western Fairgrounds 315-484-0044
Clarion Fairgrounds 315-457-8700
Comfort Inn Fairgrounds 315-453-0045
Maplewood Inn 315-451-1511
Red Mill Inn 315-635-4871
Western Ranch 315-457-9236

Camper/RV hookups are available at $30/day each.
Reservations, camper license # and prepayment required.

Contact information:
Alan Danforth, cattle superintendent: 518-231-6597
Patsy Gifford: 607-316-0867
Online entries & information:

Source – Dairy Agenda



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