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Emily Moses is Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Moses is 2016 Clayton County Dairy Princess

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Clayton County’s 2016 Dairy Princess, Emily Moses, has had a love of dairy since she was a child.

“I was born into dairy farming, “ said Moses, the daughter of Travis and Nancy Moses, of Monona. “I’ve always been around it.”

Growing up on the family farm, where Holsteins were the breed of choice, Moses said she always found the calves interesting. She later enjoyed milking, when she became old enough to help. 

Throughout her youth, Moses has also been a member of the Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H Club and, eventually, the MFL MarMac FFA. She showed cattle for the first time last year.

“I absolutely loved it,” she said with a smile. “I’m excited to do it again.”

Moses said the work ethic dairy farming instilled in her over the years has been beneficial.

“I’ve always had to work,” she said.

The family sold its cows last fall, resulting in some shed tears, Moses said. She’s continued to work, however, milking at the Doug and Peggy McNally farm and doing barn chores at the Larry and Amy Vorwald farm.

Despite her interest in dairy, Moses admitted she’d never thought about becoming the county’s dairy princess until a friend encouraged her to run.

“Then, I went for it,” Moses said. “I wanted to help promote and tell people about dairy.”

She was crowned at the Clayton County Dairy Banquet June 3 and will officially begin her duties July 1.

Moses said her duties will include promoting the dairy industry, attending parades and fairs, handing out milk shakes and other dairy products at events and just generally helping people gain more knowledge about dairy.

“Dairy products are such a big factor in your health; there are so many benefits,” she stated. “Sometimes, people don’t understand where it all comes from.”

During June Dairy Month, she said it’s important to recognize the impact local dairy producers make; it’s as easy as consuming local dairy products or giving words of encouragement.

“Thank a dairy farmer,” she said. “It’s little, but it means a lot.”

In addition, she reminded people to be aware and respectful of farmers who are out on the roads, getting to their fields.

Aside from informing others, Moses also hopes to learn more herself.

“I hope to gain knowledge and meet people, broadening my horizons,” she said.

Moses, who graduated from MFL MarMac this year, will attend Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar this fall, majoring in dairy science and ag business. 

Through dairy science, she hopes to get involved with breeding, genetics and artificial insemination.

Moses said her dream job is to become a veterinary technician, working with large animals.

Over her one-year tenure as Clayton County Dairy Princess, Moses said it will be an honor to know she’s representing the whole county. 

“I’m informing people and helping out,” Moses said. “It’s not just about parades.”

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