Annual Youth Challenge

2009 Winners / 2008 Winners

PDO and Grand Valley Fortifiers are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Youth Challenge for the most innovative idea on a dairy farm.

This contest is open to all dairy farm youth in Ontario (not related to the contest judges) 21 years of age or younger (on Dec 31, 2010). Older entrants are eligible to enter if they are enrolled full-time in post-secondary education (college or university). Only one entry per person is allowed.


Innovations can be related to any aspect of dairy farming, including labour saving inventions, animal handling and welfare, environmentally-friendly farming, improved safety, improved farming efficiency, management improvement, etc.

Submissions will be judged on the usefulness and originality of the innovation (70%), quality of the submission (10%), benefit to dairy farming and potential for use on other dairy farms (20%).

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 entries as determined by the judges. The winning entries will be awarded at Canada 's Outdoor Farm Show BBQ Thursday September 16 th , 2010 and posted on the PDO website plus other media and promoted at other PDO events.

Prizes will be:

1st: Apple MacBook Pro Laptop

2nd: JVC Everio 120 GB Camcorder (or similar)

3rd: Apple iPod Touch 65 GB

Entrants, by entering the contest, agree to allow display of the innovation at the 4-H Pavilion at the Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock or to have a video shown if transportation of the invention is impractical. All decisions of the judges are final and judges reserve the right to withhold any or all prizes if there are no suitable entries.

Contest entries must be received by: Friday August 20, 2010

Contest submissions to be done by:

•  photographs and a brief (250 word maximum) description of the innovation indicating its purpose and advantages and how it has helped on the farm;


•  a brief video submission (3 minutes maximum) showing the innovation, and a brief on-camera presentation describing the innovation's purpose and advantages and how it has helped on the farm.

Submit entries on Compact Disc (CD) or DVD by mail to:

Progressive Dairy Operators Youth Contest
c/o Carol Anne Pinkney
62 Thomas Blvd
Elora ON N0B 1S0

Please include your (1) Name, (2) Address, (3) Telephone number, (4) Email address, and (5) Name of your innovation with your entry (6) Name and Relationship to Licensed Milk Producer