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Golden Summer: Lily Dias
Sweeping Competitions with
Passion and Simmentals
By Shannon Largey

ning? The four animals took over 30 different titles and awards
from twelve shows. Toot alone took home grand champion at Jersey Fresh, Simmental Eastern Regionals, Marshfield Fair, Bolton
Fair, and the Big E. Lily also won a number of showmanship
awards with Josie.

In a field where the competition can pay five figures for their
steers and hire professionals to show them alongside young people
like Lily, the Dias family recognizes genetics as a factor but knows
a bigger role in the success of the animal is the feed they dine on
and the care they are given.

F

or most high school students, their summer vacations are filled
with friends, enjoying nights without homework, and maybe
working a summer job. However, for the Bristol Aggie Sophomore, Lily Dias of Norton, Massachusetts, it was a summer of
Grand Champion Titles as she won competitions throughout the
East Coast with her steer and heifers.

Nine years ago while she was just six years old, Lily started
showing a number of animals-from goats to pigs and horses-
but her true passion has been in showing cattle, specifically Simmentals. The red ones are her favorite. This love started with her
cow, Lucy, who she got as a small nine year old who could not
even see over Lucy's head.
Lily's show season spans from the beginning of May through
mid-October. This season she showed four animals: Toot, a Simmental steer; and heifers Josie, a Simmental; Coco, a Chi-Maine
Cross; and Pebbles, a Holstein. Didn't believe me about the win34

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At the beginning of the season, Lily switched over to a beef formulation from Phoenix Feeds and noticed many changes in her
animals. With an ultimate goal of getting her steer to be market
ready by the time the Big E rolled around in September, it was
important to her that Toot put on weight quickly and steadily. Over
the course of the summer, his weight gain averaged 100 pounds
a month while putting on muscle and not looking too lanky. She
didn't encounter a weight plateau around 1100 pounds like she had
experienced before. Along with weight gain, Lily observed shinier
coats and that the animals enjoyed the food; she called it "highly
palatable." She also noted they did not need to supplement with
cornmeal or other ingredients as she had in previous feed mixes.
Lily, a farmer through and through, enjoys haying, educating others about farming, and is considered a "cow geek." Her mother,
Jodie, encouraged the time she spends with the animals saying
"it keeps her out of trouble, teaches her responsibility, hard work,
common sense, and throughout her time showing she has gained
a new family."
Humble about her accomplishments at such a young age, we
chatted about her animals and the season's successes, but her mind
was already on the next. One of the many things Lily is excited
to see in the upcoming season: calves grown for their whole lives
on feed from Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition. Keep a look out for this
young, passionate farmer and her Simmentals at shows next year.


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