News releases

Maryland’s Show Like A Pro dairy youth workshop announces 2018 judges

FREDERICK, Md. — The Show Like A Pro committee welcomes their 2018 workshop and show judges. Joan Seidel of Fleetwood, Pa., and Deanna Bendig of Gettysburg, Pa., will be serving as officiates for the workshop’s show. Show Like A Pro will be held June 9 and 10 at the Frederick Fair Grounds in Frederick, Md. For more information on the workshop and how to attend the show, visit www.showlikeapro.org.

Joan Seidel

Our official judge, Joan Seidel is no stranger to the showring, with grand shows under her belt like the All American Dairy Show, Big E, World Dairy Expo and other international-based events such as the Canadian Royal Winter Fair, German National Show, and Brazil National Show in her resume, she brings to our youth experience and professionalism.

Joan works as a self-employed cattle fitter having clientele in multiple states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New England. She not only works with cattle at shows and sales, but also contributes her services to classification and herd clipping preparations. Joan assists with professional cattle photographers in the U.S., Canada and other countries. She and husband, Doug enjoy working the cattle ring together, too.

Her experience inside the showring also makes her a great candidate for aiding youth. Joan has had the honor of judging showmanship competitions at the New York Spring Show and the All American Dairy Youth Show (intermediate and senior classes). Her judging continues to shows like the Maryland State 4-H Show, World Dairy Expo Fitting Contest and several local conformation and showmanship events.

Joan expressed that one of her biggest thrills was to lead a champion cow in the World Dairy Expo “Parade of Champions”. It was memorable not only because of the national-level experience, but also a family moment as her sister was in the parade as well. Joan finds these experiences very rewarding and has made the effort to help dairy youth so that they, too, can share in similar moments.

Deanna Bendig

Serving as an associate judge, Deanna Bendig of Gettysburg, Pa., compliments our official judge in similar experience. Deanna co-manages Spungold Holsteins, a 65-milking herd with her husband Dale. The pair recently won the coveted World Dairy Expo’s Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award for efforts in the showring and management of their cattle boarding facility.

Deanna remembers gaining the love for dairy cattle at a young age through the help of her parents and peers. Since then, Deanna and her husband have earned countless banners ranging from honors like champion cattle, premier exhibitor and herdsmanship titles.

Gracing the showring with some top-notch dairy animals has been a highlight for Deanna. One cow that sticks out in her mind is the legendary Brown Swiss cow, Old Mill E Snickerdoodle, bred and owned by Allen Bassler.

It has been known in the dairy community that no matter how big-named they become, they find it important to promote the industry to today’s youth by coordinating dairy judging practices, helping students, or opening the door to their farm.

Thank you to Joan and Deanna for your contribution to the future of the dairy industry by teaching our youth!