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Oakhurst Dairy Continues Support Of 4-H

PORTLAND, Maine (November 4, 2008)––As they have done for the past three years, Oakhurst Dairy continued to show its support of the 4-H Youth Development Program in both Maine and New Hampshire at a total of 11 fairs in 2008.  Oakhurst Dairy believes the program is essential to generating awareness of dairy farming among our youth, which serves as the all-important first step in attracting our future dairy farmers.

Oakhurst provides funding to help the 4-H Youth Development Program participate in Dairy shows across Maine and into parts of New Hampshire throughout the summer and fall months.  The Shows help teach youth through hands-on learning experiences. Boys and girls between the ages of 9 and 18 strut their stuff showing off cows they have groomed, clipped and cared for. Champions of all ages in the showmanship category receive checks from Oakhurst for $100 as well as Oakhurst banners recognizing their winning efforts.  Since 2005, Oakhurst has awarded a total of almost $16,000 to the winners.

 “The 4-H does a great job of raising the profile of dairy farming within our communities and helps nurture kids into our future dairy farmers, which as a local, family run dairy company is important to us,” Said Stan Bennett, President of Oakhurst Dairy. “We feel strongly about the mission of the 4-H and its dedication to teaching kids life skills through the unique hands-on projects they offer through their various programs.”

In addition, Oakhurst provided sponsorship dollars to the Pine Tree State 4-H Foundation allowing the Pine Tree State 4-H Dairy Team, consisting of 20-25 kids, to compete at The Big E in Springfield, MA. Those who don’t have animals to show participate in the dairy judging contest or the dairy quiz bowl. 

“Thanks to the support from Oakhurst, any child in the state of Maine can try out for the team making it affordable for any family, not just those who’s families have the means to pay,” said Harold Brown, President Pine tree state 4-H Foundation.  “We are grateful for Oakhurst’s contribution and their dedication to continuing the education of dairy farming in our area.”

         Oakhurst is Northern New England’s largest independent dairy company, with three generations of commitment to the health and wellbeing of the community and the environment. For 87 years, the Bennett family has stood behind every glass of Oakhurst milk. The company contributes 10% of annual profits to organizations that promote healthy kids and a healthy environment –– another good reason to choose the Natural Goodness of Maine. For more information visit www.oakhurstdairy.com. 

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