Southern States                                             Tractor Supply Company


Thank you for your amazing generosity and support of dairy youth!

Allen Hess

Butch Arnold

Basil Grossnickle General Insurance

Charles & Judy Iager

CJ Miller, Inc.

Denton Lenhart

Farmers Cooperative Association, INC

Fight BAC

Frederick County Farm Bureau

Fritz Farm

Heart Felt Livestock Supply

Hemp’s Clippers & Supply

Innovative Dairy Nutrition

James Ferguson

Jody Bell

Kathy Hoff & Coldspring Farm

Lenny & Suzan Thompson

Locust-Ayr Farm

Maple Lawn Farms

Maryland Agricultural Fair Board

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers

Maryland Farm Care

Maryland Delaware Ayrshire Breeders

Maryland Jersey Cattle Club

Maryland Junior Jersey Club

Mecuro Farms

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians

Murray Financial Group, Inc

My Ladys Manor Farm

Oakland Farm-Sharon Thomas

Palmyra Farms

Peace & Plenty

Phibro Animal Health Corporation-Robbie Shaw


R.D. Bowman & Sons

Reifsnider’s Farm Supply

Shafdon Farm

Sheepman’s Supply

Stoney Point Farm

Sykesville Farm & Home

Thurmont & Emmitsburg Community Show

Thurmont Feed Store

Tractor Supply Company (TSC)-Frederick

Trouts Market

Udder Comfort

Udder Tech Inc.

Willard Agri-Service

Windsor Manor Farm

2017 Donor Letter



Presented in partnership with the MD Purebred Dairy Cattle Association

Dear Dairy Enthusiast,


The SHOW LIKE A PRO (SLAP) Maryland Dairy Youth Workshop is gearing up for 2017 partnering again with the Maryland Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA)!  The SLAP Program, now in the 8th year, provides an overnight 2 day experience simulating a real show. SLAP provides participants of every level the knowledge needed to compete in the Fitting and Showing divisions along with taking proper care of the animal before and during a show. We have first year youth who have never yet shown up to individuals in their final year of eligibility. They all leave with new knowledge to improve their performance.  Although SLAP is a Maryland program, we allow interested youth from any state to attend.   Five states other than Maryland were represented in past years and we would love to add more!  There are no boundaries between the dairy industry and we work to promote the industry by creating new friendships and knowledge for everyone.

We are blessed to live in a relatively small geographical area that includes a number of individuals that compete and/or judge at national competitions including the All-American Dairy Show and World Dairy Expo.  We are further blessed that these professional showmen as well as professional fitters are willing to assist in working with these youth.  We have a large team of fitters who teach, demonstrate and then work with the attendees on their own animal.  In past years we have had the teams of Chris Hill and Jennifer Keilholtz-Hill, Justin and Claire Burdette, as well as Mary Creek and Michael Creek offer individual instruction in optimally exhibiting an animal.  The workshop ends with a real show, judged by our professionals.  We are proud to say that a number of our attendees have advanced to national shows and have won their contests.

The volunteers who create this experience meet many times over the year in addition to providing the workshop.  We are all volunteer as well as financial contributors. We ask you to also support our efforts to sustain the dairy industry by contributing whatever you can to help offset the cost of awards, ribbons and prizes as well as operating costs including insurance, facility rental, printing and website expenses to name just a few.  Any amount will help and we are confident the pride and interest of the dairy community will help us succeed.  Please send your donation in the form of a check made out to MARYLAND PDCA with “SLAP” in the memo line and send to:

                      SLAP Dairy Workshop

c/o Amanda Valentine Dennis

16940 Bollinger School Rd.

Emmitsburg MD 21727-8703

Thank you in advance for your support and please encourage any youth you know to attend the workshop.  Donations received prior to May 1st will be listed on the SLAP website prior to the event.  All donations will be recognized during the workshop and included in press releases sent to both print and online dairy news, as well as listed on the SLAP website after the event.  Details will be forthcoming via Farmshine and other dairy periodicals. You can also like us on Facebook to get “news blasts”. All workshop information including registration packets will be posted on our website by February 15, 2017.



Maryland Show Like A Pro Committee

If you have questions please feel free to contact Mandi @ 301-788-2254


Thank you for your amazing generosity and support of youth interested in the dairy field!

Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit

Phibro Animal Health Corporation

CJ Miller Inc

Innovative Dairy Nutrition

Burdette LLC

Walkersville Veterinary Clinic

Reifsniders Farm Supply

Mount Airy Southern States

Taneytown Farm and Home

Farmers Cooperative Association

R.D. Bowman and Son

Agricultural Products

Butch Arnold

Denny Lenhart


Udder Comfort

Woodsboro Southern States

Tractor Supply Company

Heartfelt Livestock Supply

Ceresville New Holland/Sheepman’s Supply

Fritz Farm LLC

Maple Lawn Farms

Kathleen Hoff

Thurmont and Emmitsburg Community Show

Maryland Delaware Ayrshire Breeders

Catoctin FFA Alumni

Round Hill Acres

Arthur and Peggy Johnson Jr.

MD – Carrollton Holsteins

Mid-Maryland Dairy Veterinarians

PBLS Enterprises Inc

C Basil Grossnickle Insurance Company

Select Sire Power Inc

Keymar Fertilizer Inc

Windsor Manor Farm

Peace and Plenty Farms LLC

Maryland Jersey Cattle Club

Murray Financial Group Inc

Maryland Junior Jersey Club

Maryland Dairy Industry Association

Stoney Point Farm

Catoctin Mountain Seed Corn Sales

James Ferguson-SEMEX

Shafdon Farms LLC

MD Hillbrook Sales and Service

Allen Hess

Kent nutrition group maker of Blue Seal Feed

Anne Arundel County Dairy Leasing Club

Brett and Andrea Haines

MD Oakland Farm

Maryland Brown Swiss Association

John L. Thompson, Jr. Attorney at Law