Austin Barry is leading the way this month as Warren County’s Dairy Month chairman. He and a group of 4-H volunteers will present activities designed to communicate the value of milk and dairy products to the community.
Dairy Packs Power is the theme for the month, and plays off the upcoming “Superman” movie to be released in June. The objective is for consumers to understand dairy farmers are the “real-life” superheroes.
Austin is a very active 4-H member. He has been involved with numerous projects, including dairy, leadership, citizenship and meats judging team. He is an honor club member, All-Star member, and is a state citizenship project finalist. He was presented the Presidential Academic Award, honor roll award and recently received the FFA Star Green Hand Award.
He is an upcoming sophomore at Warren County High School. He is active in FFA, the Warren County Food Bank, Goodwill, Nashville Rescue Mission, Second Harvest Food Bank and is a member of the Bratcher’s Crossroads Free Methodist Church. His parents are Gena Barry, and Michael Barry.
“We wish Austin much success in his role of communicating the nutritional benefits of milk and dairy products to the people of McMinnville,” said Randy Davis, president of American Dairy Association of Tennessee. “Austin will appreciate the cooperation of the people there. His interest and enthusiasm will result in a better informed community from which all will benefit.”
Austin helps his grandparents on their 1,000-acre farm in the Bratcher’s Crossroads community. Levin and Rachel Billings have been in the dairy industry since 1950, and still manage a herd of 80 Holstein cattle.
Austin helps with the daily milking, feed rationing, row crop spraying, planting and working hay and cutting silage.
“I really enjoy being on the farm,” said Austin. “And can’t think of anything better to do. I’m excited about dairy month and the many activities we have planned.”
Speaking of plans, the annual Dairy Princess Pageant has been set for June 29 at Three Star Mall. The reigning princess, Sarah Grace Rains, will crown her successor at the event. She is the daughter of Johnny and Tonya Rains, and is an honor roll student at Dibrell Elementary where she participates in 4-H activities and various sports teams.
Also in conjunction with Dairy Month and the start of summer, the Standard will be holding our annual Banana Day on Friday, June 14. Visitors to our office will receive a free banana split from 1 to 4 p.m. on that day, in addition to discount subscriptions.