AADS: Milking Shorthorn Profile: Sam Yoder
The All-American Dairy Show’s golden jubilee will be held on September 7 to 12, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Nearly 2,400 head will be exhibited in 23 different dairy shows, representing seven breeds and featuring both open and youth divisions. Over the next few month's we will be sharing the stories of the six herds that have exhibited at every one of the 50 All-American Dairy Shows. It will be a look back into history to learn about the exceptional individuals and the cows they developed.
This September marks the 50th Anniversary for the All-American Dairy Show and six prominent families stepped into the show ring for the duration of the event. The first leader is one of the founding fathers of the AADS, Sam Yoder of Shoemakersville, Pa.
Sam Yoder established Pinesedge Farm in the 1940’s, taking over his father’s beef and shorthorn herd after returning from service in World War II. It wasn’t long before he added three Milking Shorthorns, and his passion for the breed sparked. By 1950, Sam tried his hand at showing and it only took the local Reading Fair for the show bug to resonate.
In 1953 the Purebred Dairy Cattle Committee (PDCC) was formed under the direction of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association (PDA). One year later Sam was appointed as the Milking Shorthorn representative on PDCC.
Thanks to the support and promotion of PDCC and PDA, a bill was passed by the Pennsylvania State House in 1956 that provided $10,000 to hold the first statewide Junior Dairy Show. As Sam recalls, opening the Junior Dairy Show gave Cuthbert Nairn a platform to promote his vision of holding a national dairy show in Pennsylvania. Cuthbert spent hours lobbying for the show, both on the political field and with individuals. Sam and Phyllis remember countless times of discussion around the kitchen table with Cuthbert as he worked through the details of his “dream show” in the Eastern States.
Cuthbert did not back down. He took his idea to the next level and gained the support of Secretary Leeland Bull. In 1960 they requested funds for such a show. The vision became a reality three years later when Secretary Bull unveiled plans to include $50,000 for the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show (PAADS). The show came to fruition in the 1964 budget under Governor Scranton.
Sam served on the original PAADS board along with Frances Kennedy, Brown Swiss; Cuthbert Nairn, Ayrshire; Gene Harding, Guernsey; Merle Miller, Jersey; and Obie Snider, Holstein.
Showing was a strong thread for the Yoder family. For Sam and Phyllis’ four children, Sam, Nedra, Fred and Wendy, show events were their family time. Every season they hit the local, regional and state shows. That usually included eight or nine shows, some of them back-to-back. One year, the Yoders exhibited a string of 22 Milking Shorthorns and another year they split the group and had two show strings, that way Pinesedge was represented at both Bloomsburg Fair and Eastern States.
Watch for an upcoming post of the tremendous herd of cows Sam has breed.
Read about the special events planned for the 50th anniversary in this previous post.