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Young Breeder of the Future Award Tis year’s recipient of the


2012 Young Breeder of the Future Award is Samantha Gambonini. Samantha is a 9 year-old third grader from Petaluma, California and is a member of the Redwood Empire Holstein Association.


Samantha Gambonini


Samantha is the proud own- er of six Holstein cows, and five Holstein heifers, all Reg- istered Holsteins. She started her project herd when her fa-


ther gave her a calf in exchange for help on the family farm. Her herd has grown from breeding her own animals and acquiring additional calves from her father. Her father pays for the feed in exchange for keeping her cow’s milk.


Samantha exhibits her Holstein’s at local and county shows, in- cluding the Redwood Empire Holstein Association’s Black and White Show, the Sonoma County Fair, and the Mendocino Coun- ty Fair. Trough her hard work and dedication, she has earned many awards including 1st place in showmanship at the Men-


docino County Fair. Samantha also has competed in six dairy


judging contests, in 2010 winning 4th place overall, and in 2011 winning 1st place for reasons and 3rd place overall. Samantha has also received a Lifetime Production Award for one of her cows.


Outside of the Holstein Association, Samantha is an active mem- ber of her local 4-H club. Aside from dairy, she has been involved with other projects such as swine, holiday cookies, and rabbit’s and received the Green Award at the 2011 County Presentation Day. Samantha is also an excellent student, and was named the 2011 third grade Student of the Month in September.


When asked why she should be considered for this award, Saman- tha expressed her passion for the Holstein Association, “ I should be considered for this award because I love my Holstein cows and being a member of our Holstein Club. I hope to show and judge cows for many years. I hope to be a club officer someday and make many new friends.”


We congratulate Samantha on her award this year as the 2012 Young Breeder of the Future!


60 California Holstein News Annual 2012


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Photos: High Point Carlow VG 85 © by Frank Robinson


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