Who is going to show? Who has calved since Expo? Who has improved over the past three months? These are the magic questions for the 2014 Royal Winter Fair edition of the Fantasy Exhibitor. As an added bonus we have now added heifer classes to the mix.
You have $1,000,000 dollars to spend and you must pick an animal from each of our Holstein classes. Please note that you do not have to pick an animal in every class, if you feel the money is wiser spent on a more expensive animal in a different class. The animals in each class have been given dollar values based on their past performance and their momentum heading into the 2014 Royal Winter Fair. (Please note this is not an actual estimated sale price value, as this fantasy value is purely based on predicted ability to win the show in relation to others in the class). As an improvement over the 1st edition, animal values more directly correlate to their chances of earning maximum points under the following point system:
- 1st place – 20 points
- 2nd place – 15 points
- 3rd place – 10 points
- 4th place – 9 points
- 5th place – 8 points
- 6th place – 7 points
- 7th place – 6 points
- 8th place – 5 points
- 9th place – 4 points
- 10th place – 3 points
There will also be bonus points as follows:
- Junior Champion – 10 points
- Reserve Junior Champion – 8 points
- Honorable Mention Junior Champion – 6 points
- Intermediate Champion – 10 points
- Reserve Intermediate Champion – 8 points
- Honorable Mention Intermediate Champion – 6 points
- Senior Champion – 10 Points
- Reserve Senior Champion – 8 points
- Honorable Mention Senior Champion – 6 points
- Grand Champion – 10 points
- Reserve Grand Champion – 8 points
- Honorable Mention Grand Champion – 6 points
Yes we know there are cows we will miss. And yes we know there are cows on the list that may not be at the show. We here at the Bullvine have done our best in trying to handicap each class. We have taken some cows off of the list that we have confirmed are not attending. But with so many top cows not hitting the shows already this season, it’s hard to tell who will be there and who will not. If you feel that we have underscored a cow (meaning too low a dollar value in relation to the other cows in the class), that is all the more reason to have this “great buy” in your string. Remember that you have a limited number of dollars to spend, so you are as much looking for the cows that offer the greatest value as you are trying to predict who will win the class.
The entry deadline will be noon Thursday November 13th. There will also be a 4 point bonus for each day you submit your entries prior to that. For example, if you submitted your “string” on November 3rd you would receive a 40 point bonus. Also make sure that you don’t spend more than $1,000,000 as any exhibitor string that spends more than $1,000,000 will be removed from the competition. Winners will be announced on Monday November 17th, 2014.
The grand prize winner receives a one-of- a-kind Bullvine Fantasy Exhibitor Champion Jacket. All ties will be broken by date of entry. If submitted on the same day, ties will be broken by total dollars spent.
The Bullvine Bottom Line
We here at the Bullvine appreciate your support and enjoy bringing you fun competitions such as this. This is your chance to show the world your ability to pick the winners and to do it on a budget. Anyone can pick out a favorite in each class and then say that they are the best judge of cattle, but can they pick a great show string? And do it on a budget? As many found in the inaugural competition, putting it all together is a lot harder than you think. Best of luck and good picking!
Need some help calculating your totals? Click here to download an excel file to assist.