Two young women will compete for the title of Dairy Princess during the District 4 Dairy Princess contest on June 15 at the Turlock Ballroom.
This year's contestants are Morgan Oliveira of Hilmar and Brooklyn Silva of Los Banos.
Morgan is the daughter of Joe and Marilena Oliveira. She was raised on her family’s dairy, Oliveira Dairy, where she grew up playing with the cotton seed and feeding calves. Morgan began showing dairy cattle with her local 4-H group when she was nine. She has her own herd of registered Holstein and Jersey cattle and exhibits them at shows across the state. Morgan was active in the Hilmar Future Farmers of America program, has served as the Central Region Future Farmers of America South Vice President, and is the California Future Farmers of America State Sentinel. She is a recent graduate of Hilmar High School and will attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall to major in Agriculture Communications.
Brooklyn is the daughter of Brett and Celeste Silva. She is a junior at Los Banos High School and was born and raised on her family’s farming and dairy operation, Silview Holsteins. Brooklyn has been showing dairy cattle at the local county fair since she was 9 years old. She is a member of the Los Banos Future Farmers of America program and is on the dairy judging team. Brooklyn is on the Los Banos High School volleyball team, is a member of Ducks Unlimited, and is the President for the Our Lady of Fatima Student Government.
The young lady crowned as Dairy Princess will represent the dairy industry in Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, Sacramento, San Benito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Yolo counties. She will serve the area as an ambassador for the dairy industry with various audiences. The newly selected princess and her alternates will participate in a mandatory training, provided by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), where they will receive professional development coaching.
The contest is sponsored by the District 4 Dairy Princess Committee and the California Milk Advisory Board. The contest will start at 6 p.m. June 15, followed by heavy hors d’oeuvres. To purchase tickets for the contest, contact Linda Teixeira at 209-402-8305.
California is the nation’s leading milk producer, and produces more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. California is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made with milk from the state’s dairy farm families.