The Breeder’s Choice awards give you, the breeder, the chance to help determine which are the greatest show cattle in the world. The competition continues to grow. This year over 3,000 breeders cast their votes for their favorites. With many great cattle not attending World Dairy Expo and The Royal this year, more classes than ever were separated by only a few votes. (Read more: 2014 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show Results, 2015 Royal Winter Fair Holstein Show Results)
Spring Heifer Calf
After winning both the Royal and Expo, it’s no surprise that Claircrest Fever Tiki takes home the Breeder’s Choice award. What does come as a surprise is that 3rd place from Expo, Butlerview Doorman Class, placed ahead of the 2nd place from the Royal, Petitclerc Atwood Atlas.
Winter Heifer Calf
Despite not showing at Expo, Royal winner, Belfast Doorman Lovestruck, was able to dominate this class with 25% more of the votes than the Expo winner, Ms Duckett Dymnt Carissa-ET. Jumping up to the 3rd place in this tight class was Expo 5th place and 1st at the international Junior Show, Butlerview Door Camilla.
Fall Heifer Calf
Winning both at Expo and The Royal, Stranshome Gold Annice-ET easily takes home the Breeder’s Choice Award. She is followed comfortably by Royal 2nd place, Lingle Goldchip Feline and then Ms Ellee Armani Elysia-ET who was 2nd at Expo and 3rd at the Royal.
Solid-Gold De Gsun Disco, continued her magical dance after winning both Expo and the Royal. She handily took home the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Award. Disco was followed by Calbrett McCutchen Lila, who earned many fans after her 2nd place finish at The Royal. Rounding out the top three was Comestar Hodree Goldwyn-ET, who finished 2nd at Expo and 3rd at The Royal.
Spring Yearling Heifer
Gaining a lot of momentum after her 3rd place finish at Expo, Jacobs Goldwyn Aliza, went on to win the Royal and now the Breeder’s Choice award for 2014. Placing second was Expo winner, Ashview-TG Atwood Lilly-ET, followed by Budjon-JK Advn Awakening-ET who finished 2nd at both Expo and The Royal.
Winter Yearling Heifer
While Devans Remark Dempsey stepped up from her 3rd place finish at Expo to win The Royal, it was not enough to dethrone Expo winner Savage-Leigh Alex Lacey-ET for the 2014 Breeder’s Choice award. The two were separated by less than 0.01% of the votes. Following in third was Jacobs Alexander Eddy who finished 5th at Expo and 6th at The Royal.
Fall Yearling Heifer
Rounding out her dominating wins at Expo and The Royal, Comestar Larion Goldwyn-ET, is the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Award winner. Following her, as she did at Expo, is Eastside Brady Caramel. Slipping into the third position is the winner from Le Supreme Latier, Comestar Larianne Goldwyn, who was 4th at Expo and The Royal. (See more at Supreme Dairy Show – Suprême laitier – Red & White Show Results 2014).
Yearling Heifer in Milk
Despite not being shown at World Dairy Expo and the Royal, Petitclerc Gold Saltalamacchia takes home the 2014 Breeder’s Choice award very handily. Finishing in second is Expo winner Siemers Gsun Haya-Dream-ET then Bernadale Goldwyn Ability who finished 2nd at the Royal and 4th at Expo.
Junior 2 Year Old Cow
Bosdale Gold Lustre dominated at the Royal and she does so in this class as well, taking home the Breeder’s Choice award in convincing style. Expo Champion Ryan-Vu Sid Molly finishes in a solid second place followed by Jacobs Sid Glory who was 2nd at the Royal and 9th at World Dairy Expo.
Senior 2 Year Old Cow
Talk about an extremely close class. The top 3 senior two year olds were separated by less than 6% of the popular vote. In a reversal of the earlier trend, where the Royal Winners were defeating the Expo winners, Expo winner, Arethusa Fever Almira-ET takes home the 2014 Breeder’s Choice award over Lottos Atwood Lizette, who was 2nd at Expo and winner at The Royal. Rounding out the top three in this close class was Quebec winner, and 2nd at The Royal, Petitclerc Goldwyn Anouk.
Junior 3 Year Old Cow
After winning both Expo and The Royal, one of only 3 milking cows to do so, Jacobs Atwood Vedette takes home the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Award in convincing style. Following her, as she did at Expo, is BVK Atwood Abbie-ET. Windy-Knoll-View Parfait the 3rd place from Expo finishes third.
Senior 3 Year Old Cow
Charwill Attic Marcy, got all she could handle at the Royal, where the Expo Champion was defeated by Brookvilla Goldwyn Brooks, who was in prime form. This led to one of the closest classes of the day, with less than 2% difference between these two great cows. Ultimately it was Marcy that came out on top, with the Grand Champion from the International Red & White Show, Strans-Jen-D Tequila-Red finishing third as she was at the open Holstein show at The Royal. (See more at International Red & White Show – World Dairy Expo 2014)
4 Year Old Cow
Despite not making it to the Royal, Expo winner, Butz-Butler Gold Barbara, rode her extreme popularity to take home the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Award over now herd mate Cache-Valley Lheros 2331-ET, the Royal winner who was also 2nd at Expo. Moving up over 3rd place finisher Ms Atwood Madison at Expo and the 2md at the Royal, to take home third in the Breeder’s Choice is 3rd place Royal finisher Kingsway Sanchez Arangatang
5 Year Old Cow
Despite winning both Expo and the Royal, Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha found herself in a tight battle with 2nd place finisher at both shows – Jacobs Goldwyn Valana. Ultimately it was a surge at the end that earned Katrysha the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Award. Finishing third is 2013 Royal Grand Champion, and 2014 NY International Spring Show Winner, Robrook Goldwyn Cameron.
As she did all year, RF Goldwyn Hailey dominated this class. With over 43% more votes that the next closest competitor, Royal Lifetime Production Loyalyn Goldwyn June, Hailey has certainly staked her claim as one of the greatest of all time. Rounding out the top three is Expo production class winner, Ms Dundee Belinda.
In the closest overall class of the day, with less than 9% of the votes separating the top 6 animals Italian Champion Cityview Goldwyn Adeena 1 takes home the victory over Spanish Champion Ptit Coeur Affirmed Medecina. UK Champion Bilsrow Gibson Ada, squeaks out a third place victory over Australian Champion Fairvale Morty Lady 51.
The Bullvine Bottom Line
With so many of the Royal and Expo champions not going head to head, the votes were extremely close. Those animals that were able to have success at both shows were certainly rewarded. Ultimately for those classes where the Expo and Royal winners did not go head to head, the only way to decide the true victor is with the 2014 Breeder’s Choice Awards. Congratulations to All!