The Bradford County Holstein Club held its annual dinner and banquet Saturday at the Wysox fire hall. According to club president Jeff Jenkins, the meeting is a way for members to stay in touch with each other and discuss the dairy industry in Bradford County.

During Jenkins' presentation, he explained the club's need to stress on junior members, as they are the future of the dairy industry in Bradford County.

"We are doing better with the junior members," Jenkins said. "Throughout the year we do several activities to keep the younger members interested, such as bowling parties, roller-skating, and hayrides," Jenkins explained.

The funding for the junior club comes mainly from a calf raffle which is held each year.

For the adult portion of the club, the majority of operating expense funds come from a sale held each year in April at Alparon Park in Troy. This year the 6th annual Bradford County Calf and Heifer Sale will be held at 11 a.m. on April 13. The sale is open to the public and the profits will be split between the Bradford County Holstein Club and Bradford County 4-H.

Jenkins also noted that approximately 25 businesses help make the sale possible through donations.

"Without the support of local businesses that donate, the sale would not be possible," Jenkins said.

Ken Raney, Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Holstein Association, the state level of the club, was in attendance to give an update on state activities. Of the events discussed, the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Club will be holding its annual convention in Erie on Feb. 1 to Feb. 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn & Ambassador Center. The convention will include contests to test members' knowledge, public speaking skills, and writing ability. Participants will be recognized for their hands-on work with dairy cattle, breeding and production accomplishments.

"We are expecting about 350 junior members to be in attendance this year," Raney said.

The adult convention will on Feb. 28 to March 2 at the Pittsburgh Marriott North in Cranberry Township. As part of the convention, a sale is held to benefit the state level of the club.

Jenkins said he believes the Bradford County Club of the Pennsylvania Holstein Association is actually older than the state association itself, but, "No one ever wrote down when each local club started, so it is hard to be sure."

There are 45 local clubs across the state, which all form to make the Pennsylvania Holstein Association.

The official 100th state anniversary celebration will be held Nov. 8, 9, and 10 at the Penn State Convention Center in State College, Pa. Raney said he is expecting approximately 500 members to be in attendance. Raney estimated statewide club membership to be 2,700 adult and 1,600 junior members.

Tim Zyla can be reached at (570) 265-1634 ; or tzyla@thedailyreview.com.