Everyone has heard of or participated in Fantasy Football, Baseball or Hockey games. Now the Bullvine is bringing that excitement to the dairy show ring. No longer will you simply be rooting for the favorite in each class, you will also have the added thrill of watching how your team, the show string you have selected, performs. This added excitement is, no doubt, going to be the greatest thing to happen to the show ring since the introduction of Supreme Champion.
The rules are pretty simple. You have $1,500,000 dollars to spend and you must pick an animal from each of our seven milking Holstein classes. The animals in each class have been given dollar values based on their past performance and momentum heading into the 2013 World Dairy Expo. (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).
Points will be awarded as follows:
- 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:
- 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. For that reason and plus the fact that we have not been to every show there is, we have limited it to 12 animals to choose from in each class. 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 midnight Thursday October 3rd. There will also be a 2 point bonus for each day you submit your entries prior to that. For example, if you submitted your “string” on September 23rd you would receive a 20 point bonus. Also make sure that you don’t spend more than $1,500,000 as any exhibitor string that spends more than $1,500,000 will be removed from the competition. Winners will be announced on Monday October 7th, 2013.
The grand prize winner will receive 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, tie will be broken by total dollars spent.
The Bullvine Bottom Line
At The Bullvine we have tired of the way most magazines cover show events. “Here is the list of the results with a few pictures.” Boring!!!! That is why we first introduced the Breeders Choice Awards (Read more: The Winners of the 2012 Breeder’s Choice Awards are… and The 2012 Breeder’s Choice Awards – The Tanbark Trail Edition) and now we are pleased to introduce our Fantasy Exhibitor Game. 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 (Read more: (Read more: Who’s Next? World Dairy Expo 2012 Holstein Show Preview). Judges place a whole class! Great judges can pick that diamond in the rough, that one that is flying under the radar and that comes out on show day and surprises everyone!