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Carlson crowned 2009 dairy princess

Attendant Madison Pettit, Goodhue County Dairy Princess Amanda Carlson and attendant Tiffany Huneke will promote the dairy industry in Goodhue County this year.

ZUMBROTA - Amanda Carlson of Welch was crowned the 2009 Goodhue County dairy princess Saturday at the Goodhue County Dairy Princess and DHIA Awards Banquet.

Prior to being crowned, Carlson was honored by her fellow contestants who named her miss congeniality. Her outgoing personality and conversational abilities were evidenced when she entertained the crowd with a story about going to a restaurant and eating a crunchy corn muffin. Later she discovered that she had eaten the wrapping paper along with the muffin.

After being crowned, Carlson announced, "This is the first time I'm almost speechless."

She is the daughter of Mike and Hettie Carlson and was sponsored by AMPI.

Her attendants are Tiffany Huneke, daughter of Dave and Kathy Huneke of rural Zumbrota, and Madison Pettit, daughter of Joel and Sarah Pettit, also of rural Zumbrota.

The girls will represent Goodhue County this summer while promoting dairy products at fairs, parades and banks. They will attend a training seminar at the College of St. Benedict May 15-17, at which time 12 girls will be chosen to compete for Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair.

Others competing in the event were Amber Brossard of Wanamingo, Amy Gadient of Zumbrota, Becky Goplen of Pine Island, Shelby Mahoney of Cannon Falls, and Vanessa Voth of Goodhue.

@Sub heads:Dairy awards

@Normal: Craig Vangsness was named the outstanding field representative by DHIA.

The Premier Dairyman Award was given to Voth Dairy of Goodhue for the best three-year rolling herd average. Denise and Brad Vote have 282 cows with 29,727 pounds of milk, 1,116 fat, 921 protein, and a $3,944 value.

The Milk Quality Award was presented to David Buck of Dennison, who had the lowest somatic cell count - averaging 95,000.

The top herd production winners were:

Larry and Barb Lexvold of Goodhue who have 66 registered Holsteins with a dollar value of $4,128 per cow, milk production of 29,715 pounds; fat, 1,128 pounds; and protein, 966 pounds.

Voth Dairy has 282 registered and grade Holsteins with $ 3,961 value, 28,246 pounds of milk, 1,116 fat, and 904 protein.

Opsahl's Holsteins of Goodhue. Dean and Diane Opsahl have 39 registered Holsteins with a $3,765 value, 28,654 milk, 1,050 fat and 850 protein.

The Dicke family of Goodhue. Jim, Dale and Lyle Dicke's hard has 159 registered and grade cows, $3,650 value, 26,021 milk, 1,036 fat, and 826 protein.

The Schliep Family Dairy of Zumbrota. Don, Deb, and Lindsay Schliep have 68 grade Holsteins, $3,644 value, 26,818 milk, 1,057 fat and 800 protein.