COXSACKIE, N.Y. — Kasey Purdy of Coxsackie is the lucky recipient of a donated Jersey calf that she will use for her dairy cattle 4-H project this year. Kasey is the daughter of James Purdy and Alisha Schmidt and is a member of the Greene Earth 4-H Club.
4-H alumnus Ben Gardner received a Jersey calf through a calf award program of the Niagara County 4-H program in 2008. Since then, that one calf has now become a string of nine cows. He chose to pay it forward by gifting a Jersey calf born last fall to an interested local youth – so he/she may begin to grow their own herd. Applications were received from local 4-H members and FFA members.
This year’s calf was born August 24, 2020. Her dam is Red Pine Louie Rosemary and her sire is J-Kay Tequila Fizz. Kasey has named her new calf Buttermilk.
In her application Kasey noted a family history of dairy farming, although she does not currently live on a dairy farm. “I have dreamed of owning a calf since I was eight years old. My grandparents own an 800 cow dairy farm in Canandaigua, NY and I love visiting the calves and taking care of them. Jerseys are special to me because their milk has a high percentage of butterfat, protein and calcium and they have a low rate of dystocia”, shared Kasey.
Kasey is an active member of the Columbia and Greene 4-H dairy project. She has participated in 4-H dairy bowl for the past six years and was team captain for the district junior team last year. She is a member of the local 4-H dairy work group and has participated in the 4-H veterinary science program. She will be showing Buttermilk at the Greene County Youth Fair this summer.
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