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NYS 4-H Virtual Poultry Judging Series

4-H Educators,


I am happy to announce that during the month of May there will be a NYS 4-H Virtual Poultry Judging Series for youth that are interested in poultry science.   The program is free and will be held via zoom. Youth that attend, not only will be learning about judging but will also be sent poultry classes to judge on their own time.  A discussion of the judging classes will take place during the May 22nd workshop.  


Our presenter for this series will be Amy Barkley.  Amy is the Livestock Specialist with the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC). In her role, she works with on-campus faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) agricultural educators in the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben to bring timely research-based programming and consultations to the farmers across the region. Amy grew up on a small, diversified family farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania and earned her bachelor's degree in animal science with a minor in Poultry and Avian Science from Penn State University. Following graduation, she attained her master's degree in animal science from Penn State, where her research focused on renewable, alternative bedding materials for broiler production and their impacts on broiler performance, welfare, and the environment. Following graduation, Amy worked in quality assurance for a national egg company, partnering with farms of all sizes across the nation to ensure compliance in food safety, nutrition, product quality, and animal welfare. In addition to her work with CCE, Amy and her husband Zach own and operate Snowy Brook Farm, a small, diversified operation focusing on heritage poultry, fruits, vegetables, and honeybees in East Concord, NY.

If you have questions, please contact me at


Have a great day!


Brian Aukema

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