California dairy industry crowns a new princess

Heiltje de Jong
District 5 Dairy Princess Finalist

Heiltje grew up on her family’s dairy farm and is an active member of Central Valley Christian High School FFA where she is also involved in soccer and volleyball. In addition, she is a member of the 4-H group and the youth of her church.

Heiltje will assist Maidson in her duties as District 5 South Dairy Princess, including speaking on behalf of the California dairy industry to various audiences throughout the year. As Dairy Princess and Alternate, Madison and Heiltje will undergo professional development training focused on their presentation skills, advocacy for the California dairy industry, and leadership and business etiquette.

Participants were judged on speaking skills, education, dairy background, personality and balance. The contest judges were B Vanbeck, Ali Macedo and Madelyn Fernandes.

California is the country’s largest milk producer. It produces more butter, ice cream and skim milk powder than any other state. The state is the second largest producer of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products made with Real California Milk can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies that products are made with real milk produced on California dairy farms by California dairy farm families.

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