Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New York State Dairy Princess Crowned in Salina

Casey Porter, NYS Dairy Princess
Casey Porter of Jefferson County was named New York State Dairy Princess Tuesday night.

Second alternate is Mikayla MacNeil of Cortland County and first alternate is Lindsey McMahon of Rensselaer County.

Porter, who lives on her parent's dairy farm in Adams Center, goes to South Jefferson High School. For years, she and her family members have shown dairy cattle at the Jefferson County Fair and New York State Fair.

Mikayla MacNeil
The Porterdale Farm was honored in 2011 at Empire Farm Days with the state Agricultural Environmental Management Award. Porterdale Farms was started in 1938 by Glenn and Ruth Porter with 198 acres and 35 cows. The farm now has 1700 mature cows and 1300 replacement heifers. They crop alfalfa, grass, hay, corn silage and corn grain on 4,500 acres. 
Lindsey McMahon
About 35 young women from throughout New York state competed to become state dairy princess during a two-day pageant at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway. Contestants are judged in a variety of categories, including performance on a written test, product knowledge test, prepared adult speech, impromptu questions and informal interaction with others.

The princess and alternates will  work throughout the next year making appearances throughout the state for milk promotion.

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