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World Dairy Expo 2019 Recap


 Rain during the 53rd World Dairy Expo’s run didn’t dampen spirits nor diminish appetites as the Coliseum filled for cattle shows and lines formed in the rain for delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. Attendance was off a bit at World Dairy Expo in Madison last week compared to the year prior. Organizers of the dairy and tradeshow say over 62,200 people from 94 countries came through the gates during the five-day event at the Alliant Energy Center. That was about 2,900 less than last year’s total count. Visitors from Canada, Mexico, Italy, China, Brazil and Japan represented the top nations with the most attendees, respectively.

In the dairy barns, 1,642 exhibitors from 34 states and seven Canadian provinces checked in 2,331 head of dairy cattle this year.  Here are just a few of the many highlights:

Delilah Does It Again 

Cutting Edge T Delilah, owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, N.Y., made history for a second year in a row on Saturday, October 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to ever claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles. Taking the title of Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo is Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show, De La Plaine Bingo Stinger, owned by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, Vt.

Milksource Thunder-Red-ET, owned by Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom of Stoughton, Wis., was named the Supreme Champion of the Heifer Show at WDE after claiming the Junior Champion title during Friday’s International Red & White Show. The Reserve Supreme Champion of the Heifer Show was Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, owned by Westcoast Holsteins of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.

Red & White Cow and Heifer Are Junior Show Supreme Champions

The Red & White Grand Champion Mead-Manor Def Adeline-Red was crowned Supreme Champion of the Junior Show at the 2019 World Dairy Expo, Saturday, October 5. The Junior Three-Year-Old Cow was exhibited by Mike & Megan Moede of Algoma, Wis. The Supreme Champion Heifer of the Junior Show was Milksource Thunder-Red-ET, the Junior Champion of the International Junior Red & White Show. Thunder, the first-place Fall Heifer Calf, was exhibited by Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom of Stoughton, Wis.

Reserve Supreme Champion honors in the Junior Show were awarded to Musthaven Goldwyn Jaelyn-P, the winning Five-Year-Old Cow, Senior Champion and Grand Champion of the International Junior Holstein Show. Jaelyn is owned by M., M. & M. Price and C. Cunningham of Lomira, Wis. The Reserve Supreme Champion Heifer of the Junior Show was Nor-Bert Lochin Vesta, the Junior Champion and first-place Fall Yearling Heifer of the International Junior Ayrshire Show, exhibited by Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman of Bremen, Ind.

Barbara Named Best at International Holstein Show 

Butz-Butler Gold Barbara-ET
Grand Champion – International Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Kueffner, Iager, Hetts, Beilke & Armbrust

Butz-Butler Gold Barbara, exhibited by Kueffner, Iager, Hetts, Beilke & Armbrust of Boonsboro, Md., was named the Grand Champion of the 2019 International Holstein Show on Saturday, October 5. First winning the 150,000 Lb. Production Cow Class, Barbara then won the titles of Senior Champion and Grand Champion. Claiming Reserve Grand Champion honors was winning Five-Year-Old Cow and Reserve Senior Champion, Oakfield GC Darby-ET, owned by Trent Valley, J. Mell, T&L Cattle, F&D Borba and F&C Borba of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Floydholm Mc Emoji-ET
Intermediate Champion – International Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
La Femme Fatale & Shawn & Seth Nehls

Along this pair of champion cows are Intermediate Champion and Reserve Intermediate Champion, Floydholm Mc Emoji-ET and Jacobs Doorman Victoire, respectively. Emoji was the winning Junior Three-Year-Old Cow and is owned by La Femme Fatale & Shawn & Seth Nehls of Kaukauna, Wis. Owned by Milk Source, Ransom-Rail & L. Fisher of Kaukauna, Wis., is Jacobs Doorman Victoire, the winning Senior-Three-Year-Old and Reserve Intermediate Champion.

Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable
Junior Champion – International Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Irreplaceable Syndicate

Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, the winning Summer Yearling Heifer and Junior Champion of the International Holstein Show, is owned by Westcoast Holsteins of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Blexys Crush Budweiser-ET, the top Winter Heifer Calf owned by Budjon, Vail, Abbot, Van Exel and Woddmansee of Lomira, Wis., was the Reserve Junior Champion.

Premier Breeder was Ferme Jacobs Inc, Cap-Sante, Québec, Canada, while Premier exhibitor was Mike and Julie Duckett of Rudolph, Wis. Braedale Goldwyn won another Premier Sire banner, and Val-Bisson Doorman-ET took home Premier Sire of the Heifer Show. Reyncrest Farm of Corfu, N.Y., won both Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor of the Heifer Show.

Evaluating the 428 entries were official judge Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, Wis., and associate judge Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wis.

Complete class results can be found here

Midwest Cows Win International Junior Holstein Show 

Musthaven Goldwyn Jaelyn-P
Grand Champion – International Junior Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
M, M & M Price and C Cunningham

Wining Five-Year-Old cow, Musthaven Goldwyn Jaelyn-P, takes home Senior and Grand Champion titles at the 2019 International Junior Holstein Show. Jaelyn is owned by M, M & M Price and C Cunningham of Lomira, Wis, and takes home both the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award and the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award. The Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion was winning Six-Year-Old and Older Cow, Lida-Acres Atwood Annie. Annie is owned by Olivia D & Madilyn B Johnson of Pelican Rapids, Minn. They were awarded the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award.

Evaluating the 235 entries were official judge Eddie Bue, Kaukauna, Wis. and associate judge Brandon Ferry, Hilbert, Wis.

Heart & Soul Dempsey Raelynn
Intermediate Champion – International Junior Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Matthew Boop

The Intermediate Champion, Heart & Soul Dempsey Raelynn, topped the Summer Junior Two-Year-Old Cow Class. Raelynn is owned by Matthew Boop of Millmont, Penn. The Reserve Intermediate Champion was Jericho-Dairy Baracuda-ET, owned by Lance D Mcclure of Hobart, N.Y. Baracuda was the winning Senior Three-Year-Old Cow.

Vandoskes Denver Cami
Junior Champion Bred and Owned – International Junior Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Brianne, Brooklyn & Reid Candoske

Harvue Doorman Fiji-ET, owned by Jacob Bingham of Clear Spring, Md, won the Spring Yearling Heifer Class, and then was awared the title of Junior Champion of the 2019 International Junior Holstein Show. Vandoskes Denver Cami-ET topped the Winter Heifer Calf Class before being named Reserve Junior Champion. Cami is owned by Brianne, Brooklyn & Reid Vandoske of Cleveland, Wis.

Complete class results can be found here

Father Son Take 1st and 3rd in the 2019 Fantasy Exhibitor Contest

Don Vosters of Wisconsin is the 2019 Fantasy Exhibitor contest winner.  Don had a team of  Windy Knoll View Cat, REYNCREST DOORMAN CARMEN, CRYSTAL STAR AVLNCH CALI, WINDCROFT DRMAN IRREPLACEABLE, BLONDIN T&L AVALANCHE ANGELA, PETITCLERC IMPRESSION AURALIE, BLEXY DOORMAN BRANDY, OCD Defiant Lethal, Heart & Soul Dempsey Raelynn, PETITCLERC DOORMAN SAPPHIRE-ET, MILKSOURCE GOLDWYN CAPRI, MIDAS-TOUCH JEDI JANGLE-ET, JACOBS DOORMAN VICTOIRE, OAKFIELD WB TIFFANY, OAKFIELD GC DARBY, CO-VALE DEMPSY DINA 4270 and Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal. This team earned him a total of 162 points plus he received 28 bonus points for entering his team on the 2nd possible day.  Don was followed by Travis Canning from Ontario Canada and then his son Grant, who finishes in the top 3 for the 2nd year in a row.

  1. Don Vosters – 190
  2. Travis Canning – 182
  3. Grant Vosters – 180
  4. Greg Norris – 176
  5. Blake Biese –  172
  6. Jesse Bradley – 168
  7. Cole Hollands – 167
  8. Matt Iager – 166
  9. Erica Enright – 165
  10. Blair Weeks – 165

 

Lily Leads International Red & White Show


Highcroft Absolute Lily-Red
Grand Champion – International Red & White Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Glamourview-Iager/Walton, Eaton Holsteins

Highcroft Absolute Lily-Red was named Grand Champion and Senior Champion of the International Red & White Show, Friday, October 4, and takes home the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Trophy and $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Award. Lily, the winning Five-Year-Old Cow, was exhibited by Glamourview-Iager & Walton and Eaton Holsteins of Marietta, N.Y. Meadow Green Abso Fanny-Red, the Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion, was the first-place 125,000 Lb. Production Cow and was exhibited by Triple-T, T&L Cattle, Berry, F&D Borba and F&C Borba of North Lewisburg, Ohio.

Weeberlac Tickle Me-Red-ET
Intermediate Champion – International Red & White Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
ferme blondin, A Philips and K Wolf

Weeberlac Tickle Me-Red-ET, the winner of the Junior Two-Year-Old Cow Class, was named Intermediate Champion and exhibited by Ferme Blondin, A. Philips and K. Wolf of Saint-Placide, Québec, Canada. Reserve Intermediate Champion Honors went to Ms Awesome Atomic-Red-ET, the first-place Senior Two-Year-Old Cow exhibited by K. Doeberiener, L. Bowen and B. Schilling of West Salem, Ohio.

Milksource Thunder-Red-ET
Junior Champion – International Red & White Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom

Junior Champion, Milksource Thunder-Red-ET, the first-place Fall Heifer Calf, was shown by Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom of Stoughton, Wis. Knonaudale Lite My Fire-Red-ET, the winning Winter Yearling Heifer, was exhibited by Kaila Stoltzfus of East Earl, Penn.

Premier Breeder was Apple Partners of Lanark, Ill., and Grady and Lane Wendorf of Ixonia, Wis. were Premier Exhibitor. Premier Sire was Apples Absolute-Red-ET.

In the Heifer Show, Milk Source LLC of Kaukauna, Wis. was Premier Breeder and Premier Sire of the Heifer Show was a tie between Cycle McGucci Jordy-Red and Dymentholm Mr App Avalanche-TW.

 total of 265 animals in the International Red & White Show were official judge, Jamie Black, of Batavia, N.Y. and associate judge, Pat Lundy, of Granville, N.Y.

Complete class results can be found here

International Junior Red & White Show Won by Wisconsin Cow

Mead-Manor Def Adeline-Red
Grand Champion of the Junior Show – International Red & White Holstein Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Mike & Megan Moede

Mead-Manor Def Adeline-Red claimed the Grand Champion and Intermediate Champion honors at the International Junior Red & White Show, Friday, October 4, and will take home the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Award. Adeline was the winning Junior Three-Year-Old Cow, exhibited by Mike and Megan Moede of Algoma, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion was Cherry-Lor Ladd Ripple-Red, the Senior Champion and first-place Five-Year-Old Cow, exhibited by Matthew Boop and Cael Hembury of Millmont, Penn. This pair of cows was presented the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show awards, respectively.

Rounding out the champion lineup were Reserve Senior Champion Long-Brook Ab Sweety-Red-ET and Reserve Intermediate Champion Kara-Kesh-RK Our Gem-Red-ET. Sweety was the first-place Four-Year-Old Cow, shown by Victoria Clark of Springville, Penn. Gem was exhibited by Curtis, Evelyn and Agnes Griffin of Thief River Falls, Minn. and won the Junior Two-Year-Old Cow Class.

Junior Champion, Milksource Thunder-Red-ET, was shown by Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom of Stoughton, Wis. Thunder was the first-place Fall Heifer Calf. Knonaudale Lite My Fire-Red-ET, the winning Winter Yearling Heifer and Reserve Junior Champion, was exhibited by Kaila Stoltzfus of East Earl, Penn.

Placing a total of 98 animals in the International Junior Red & White Show were official judge, Jamie Black, of Batavia, N.Y. and associate judge, Pat Lundy, of Granville, N.Y.

Complete class results can be found here

Delilah Continues her Reign

Cutting Edge T Delilah
Grand Champion – International Brown Swiss Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion

Cutting Edge T Delilah added 2019 Senior Champion and Grand Champion titles to her name at the International Brown Swiss Show on Thursday, October 3. Delilah, the 2018 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion of both the Open and Junior Shows, also took home the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award, the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Trophy, the Vid Vye Memorial Trophy and Swiss Bell Trophy. She won the Aged Cow, Six-Year-Old & Over Class and was exhibited by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, N.Y. Exhibited by the same pair of owners was the Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion, Cutting Edge Thunder Faye, the first-place Five-Year-Old Cow.

Jenlar Carter Waltz-ETV
Intermediate Champion – International Brown Swiss Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Brianna Meyer

Intermediate Champion honors were awarded to Jenlar Carter Waltz-ETV, the first-place Junior Three-Year-Old Cow exhibited by Brianna Meyer of Chilton, Wis. Following Waltz as the Reserve Intermediate Champion was Eloc Biver Rennie. Rennie was the winner of the Junior Three-Year-Old Cow Class and was shown by Pierre Boulet and Yvon Sicard of St-Justin, Québec, Canada.

Knapp Jetway Wiggle
Junior Champion
International Brown Swiss Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Matthew Pacheco

Knapp Jetway Wiggle, shown by Matthew Pacheco of Kerman, Calif. was the Junior Champion. Wiggle was the winning Fall Heifer Calf while the first-place Winter Yearling Heifer, New View C Bravo, exhibited by Molly Moffett and Kelly Jo Manion of West Salem, Ohio was named Reserve Junior Champion.

Elite Dairy of Copake, N.Y. was awarded Premier Breeder of the show and of the Heifer Show. For the honor, the farm took home the Ira Inman Award. Premier Exhibitor was Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion, also of Copake, N.Y, and Pit-Crew Genetics of Cambridge, Minn. was named Premier Exhibitor of the Heifer Show. Cutting Edge Thunder was the Premier Sire, and the Premier Sire of the Heifer Show was Voelkers TD Carter.

Official judge Joe Sparrow of Owenton, Ky. and associate judge Jeff Core of Salvisa, Ky. placed a total of 319 animals in the 2019 International Brown Swiss Show.

Jenlar Carter Waltz-ETV wins Grand Champion title of the International Junior Brown Swiss Show. This winning Junior Three-Year-Old and Intermediate Champion was exhibited by Brianna Meyer of Chilton, Wis. Waltz and Brianna took home the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award and the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award. Claiming the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award was Random Luck L Talula, exhibited by Matthew Thompson of Darlington, Wis., who also won the Component Merit Class before being named Senior Champion of the 2019 International Brown Swiss Show.

Cutting Edge Tit Butercup-ET, owned by Derek Liddle of Argyle, N.Y., was the winning Aged Cow, Six-Year-Old & Over, and Reserve Senior Champion of the International Brown Swiss Show. Rounding out the champion cows was winning Senior Three-Year-Old and Reserve Intermediate Champion ON-A-Whim Richard Porsche-ET, exhibited by Katie L. Larmon of Greenwich, N.Y.

Winning Winter Yearling Heifer, New View C Bravo, owned by Molly Moffett and Kelly Jo Manion of West Salem, Ohio, was named Junior Champion of the International Junior Brown Swiss Show. Taking Reserve Junior Champion honors was winning Fall Heifer Calf, Red Brae Noble Louisiana, owned by Wesley Winch of Fennimore, Wis.

Evaluating the 95 entries were official judge Joe Sparrow, Owenton, Ky., and associate judge Jeff Core, Salvisa, Ky.

Complete class results can be found here

California Farm Claims Top Two International Jersey Show Titles

Vierra Dairy Farms of Hilmar, Calif. exhibited both the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at the International Jersey Show Wednesday, October 2. The winning Five-Year-Old Cow, Bri-Lin Valson Spritz, finished on top and earned the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award and the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Trophy. Showdown Justine, the first-place Four-Year-Old Cow, followed Spritz as Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion.

LLR Tequila Excitemen
Intermediate Champion – International Jersey Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Glamourview-Iager/Walton, Eaton Holsteins

Intermediate Champion and Reserve Intermediate Champion were LLR Tequila Excitement and Despresverts Joel Glamour-ET, respectively. Excitement, the winning Senior Two-Year-Old Cow, was exhibited by Glamourview-Iager/Walton and Eaton Holsteins of Marietta, N.Y. Glamour was shown by Joshua Arp from Norwalk, Ohio.

Schulte Bros Teq Glory-ET
Junior Champion – International Jersey Show – World Dairy Expo 2019
Budjon and Vail

Schulte Bros Teq Glory-ET was named Junior Champion and topped the Summer Yearling Heifer Class. Glory was exhibited by Budjon Farms and Peter Vail of Lomira, Wis. Reserve Junior Champion was Campbell TB Gunman Elsa, the winning Fall Heifer Calf shown by Lookout and Verna & Randy Peterson from Canton de Hatley, Québec, Canada.

Arethusa Farm, of Litchfield, Conn., was named Premier Breeder, while Premier Exhibitor honors went to Vierra Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif. Premier Sire was Tower Vue Prime Tequila-ET. In the heifer show, Meadow Ridge Jerseys of Cumberland, Wis. was named both Premier Breeder and Exhibitor. J-Kay Tequila Fizz was the Premier Sire of the Heifer Show.

Placing a total of 391 animals in the International Jersey Show were official judge Jack Lomeo Jr. of Sylvan Beach, N.Y. and associate judge Brent Walker of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Glory for Gloriana in the International Junior Jersey Show

Winning Senior Three-Year-Old, Four-Hills Velocity Gloriana, was named Grand Champion and Intermediate Champion of the International Junior Jersey Show, taking home the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award on Wednesday, October 2. Gloriana was shown by Megan Hill of Bristol, Vt. Following Gloriana was the Reserve Grand Champion Meadow Ridge Kasanova Sara, exhibited by Michael Riebe and Alleah & Emma Anderson of Cumberland, Wis. Sara was also Senior Champion and first in the Four-Year-Old Cow Class. Gloriana and Sara received the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award, respectively.

Rounding out the champion group were Reserve Senior Champion, Chilli Nitro Cabo-ET, and Reserve Intermediate Champion, DKG Ritzs Relentless Sugar. Cabo was the winning Five-Year Old Cow shown by River Valley Farm, Ben, Andy, Blessing & Grace Sauder of Tremont, Ill. Sugar was exhibited by J, D, T, L & B Greiwe and G, G & M Hageman of Sidney, Ohio, and was second behind Gloriana in the Senior Three-Year-Old Cow Class.

Townside Norman Kookie, the winning Winter Yearling Heifer, was named Junior Champion. Kookie was shown by Noah Bilz and Greg Cornish of Dorchester, Wis. Landree Fraley of Muncy, Pa. exhibited KCJF Andreas Cancun, the Reserve Junior Champion and winning Fall Yearling Heifer.

Official judge Jack Lomeo Jr. of Sylvan Beach, N.Y. and associate judge Brent Walker from Guelph, Ontario, Canada placed a total of 121 animals in the International Junior Jersey Show.

Complete class results can be found here

Vermont Cow Wins International Ayrshire Show

De La Plaine Bingo Stinger of Bridport, Vt. took home the Senior and Grand Champion titles, the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award and the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Trophy during the International Ayrshire Show on Tuesday, October 1. Stinger, shown by Blue-Spruce Farm, was the winning Five-Year-Old Cow. The Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion was Marilie Gentleman Karmina, shown by Peter Vail and Mike & Linda Hellenbrand of Lomira, Wis. Karmina topped the 100,000 Lb. Production Cow Class.

The Intermediate Champion Female was Old-Bankston JC Banner from the Junior Two-Year-Old Cow Class. Banner was exhibited by Glamourview-Iager & Walton of Walkersville, Md. Following Banner as Reserve Intermediate Champion was the winning Senior Two-Year-Old Cow, Old-N-Lazy V Melania-ET, shown by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, Vt.

Jomill Burdette Kalliope, shown by Glamourview-Iager & Walton of Walkersville, Md., was the International Ayrshire Show Junior Champion. Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman of Bremen, Ind., exhibited the Reserve Junior Champion, Nor-Bert Lochin Vesta. Kalliope and Vesta placed first and second in the Fall Yearling Heifer Class, respectively.

Old-N-Lazy, Kurt Wolf and Michael Maier, of Epworth, Iowa, was Premier Breeder. Glamourview-Iager & Walton from Walkersville, Md., was Premier Exhibitor. Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette-ET was named Premier Sire.

In the heifer show, Family Af-Ayr Farm of Caledonia, Ill., was awarded Premier Breeder, and Glamourview-Iager & Walton of Walkersville, Md., was named Premier Exhibitor. Premier Sire of the Heifer Show was Palmyra Berkely Reagan-ET.

Official judge Phillip Topp of Botkins, Ohio, and associate judge Matt Hawbaker from Clear Spring, Md., placed a total of 262 animals in the International Ayrshire Show.

Old-N-Lazy Gibbs Morgan-ET was named the Senior and Grand Champion Female of the International Junior Ayrshire Show, takes home the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award on Tuesday, October 1. Morgan, the winner of the Four-Year-Old Cow Class, was exhibited by Mikayla Endres of Lone Rock, Wis. Toppglen Wishful Thinking-ET followed as the Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion. Shown by Tanner, Brennan, Marissa and Logan Topp of West Salem, Ohio, Wishful Thinking stood first in the Six-Year-Old & Over Cow Class. Morgan and Wishful Thinking received the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show Award, respectively.

The show’s Intermediate Champion Female was the winning Senior Three-Year-Old Cow, Nor-Bert Reinholts Lochin Vail-ET. Vail was exhibited by Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman of Bremen, Ind. Miss Bikini of Iowayside, shown by Dana and Madison Sickles and Jack and Sydney Carroll of Marengo, Iowa, was named Reserve Intermediate Champion and the first-place Senior Two-Year-Old Cow.

Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion Female were Nor-Bert Lochin Vesta and Farr Reagan Cheerio, respectively. Vesta, the winning Fall Yearling Heifer, was shown by Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman of Bremen, Ind. Aislynn Farr of Richmond, Vt., exhibited Cheerio, the first-place Summer Yearling Heifer.

Official judge Phillip Topp of Botkins, Ohio, and associate judge Matt Hawbaker from Clear Spring, Md., placed a total of 77 animals in the International Junior Ayrshire Show.

Complete class results can be found here

Blanche is Back at the International Milking Shorthorn Show

2017 Grand Champion, Eichlers Md Blanche-ET, owned by Peter Vail & Hillpoint Partners of Englewood, Fla., returned to the colored shavings to be named Senior and Grand Champion of the 2019 International Milking Shorthorn Show at World Dairy Expo on October 2. Blanche received the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Cash Award for this honor. Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion titles were presented to Trilow Zeus Lala-ET, owned by Triston & Willow Upchurch and Susan Lee of Oxford, Wis.

The winning pair of Junior Two-Year-Old Cows claimed the Intermediate Champion titles. Lazy M Greek Leda-EXP-ET, owned by Lazy M Farm LLC – Michael & Herman Maier of Stitzer, Wis, was named Intermediate Champion of the International Milking Shorthorn Show, and Reserve Intermediate Champion honors went to Lazy M Jekyll Arizona, owned by Trent J. Wingert, Jr. of Kent, Ill.

Hard Core Md Justice Rozly-EXP and Heavenly Badger Lime, both owned by Mike Gregory of Anamosa, Iowa, took home the Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion titles, respectively.

Premier Breeder of the 2019 International Milking Shorthorn Show is Hard Core. Peter Vail and Mike & Linda Hellenbrand took the honor of Premier Exhibitor. Purple Idalee RR Zeus-EXP-ET was named Premier Sire and Premier Sire of the Heifer Show. Heavenly Show Cattle took the Premier Breeder of the Heifer Show title while Lazy M Farm, LLC – Michael & Herman Maier claimed the title of Premier Exhibitor of the Heifer Show.

Official judge Keith Topp, Botkins, Ohio, and associate judge Clark Morgan, Urbana, Ohio, placed 206 entries. 

Mar-Leigh Presto Juliet-EXP, owned by Mary Sweeney of Bergen, NY, was named Senior and Grand Champion of the International Junior Milking Shorthorn Show. She earned the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Award and the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion Junior Show Award along with her titles. First named Intermediate Champion and then Reserve Grand Champion was Valley View Oakleigh 2390-EXP, owned by Brittany Crawley of Gravette, Ark., who ended her day with the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion Junior Show Award.

Reserve Senior Champion honors were presented to Heavenly Berry-ET, owned by Brett Ritschard of Heavenly Show Cattle of Monroe, Wis. Reserve Intermediate Champion is Hard Core Premium Sprinkle-EXP, owned by M. Alexander, M. Elliot and J. Baynes of Bloomington, Ind.

Taking home the Junior Champion title was Heavenly Applecrunch, owned by Jazmin Wingert of Kent, Ill. Reserve Junior Champion is Maunesha Creek Made In Mexico, owned by Mena E. Schmitt of Sun Prairie, Wis.

Official judge Keith Topp, Botkins, Ohio. and associate judge Clark Morgan, Urbana, Ohio, placed 69 entries. 

Bred and Owned Guernsey Wins Show

Valley Gem Atlas Malt-ET took home the honor of Grand Champion and Best Bred and Owned of the International Guernsey Show, Friday, October 4. Malt, the winning Four-Year-Old Cow and Senior Champion, was also awarded the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Trophy, the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Award and the Douglaston Manor Farm Trophy for her breeder-exhibitor, Valley Gem Farms of Cumberland, Wis. Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion was Willow Brook Labron Toni, the first-place Six-Year-Old & Older Cow. She was exhibited by Matthew & Wesley Aiken of West Middlesex, Penn. Toni, who was last year’s Grand Champion Guernsey, was awarded the Burton Lane Trophy for her Reserve Grand Champion title.

Intermediate Champion honors and the Eugene Nelson Intermediate Champion Award went to the winning Junior Three-Year-Old Cow, H Broke Levi Tayte, shown by Springhill of Big Prairie, Ohio. Reserve intermediate champion was Thurston Farms Primetime Trixie, the first-place Yearling Heifer in Milk, exhibited by Katie T. Livingston of West Winfield, N.Y.

Knapps Apie Time To Show-ETV, the first-place Fall Yearling Heifer, was named Junior Champion and received the Norman E. Magnussen Memorial Award. She was shown by Glamourview-Iager & Walton of Walkersville, Md. Following Time to Show as the Reserve Junior Champion and second-place Fall Yearling Heifer was Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV, exhibited by Springhill and Valerie & Jim Spreng of           Big Prairie, Ohio.

Premier Breeder honors were awarded to Springhill of Big Prairie, Ohio. Premier Exhibitor was Knapps Guernseys of Epworth, Iowa. In the heifer show, Austin and Landen Knapp received Premier Breeder, and Landen Knapp was Premier Exhibitor. Jens Gold Aaron Copper-ET was Premier Sire. Premier Sire of the Heifer Show was Indian Acres American Pie.

Official judge Seth Johnson of Tunbridge, Vt. and associate judge Jon Lantz of Ellsworth, Wis. placed a total of 203 animals in the International Guernsey Show.

Grand Champion and Intermediate Champion honors of the International Junior Guernsey Show were awarded to Thurston Farms Primetime Trixie, the first-place Yearling Heifer in Milk. Trixie was exhibited by Katie T. Livingston of West Winfield, N.Y. She received the $500 Udder Comfort Grand Champion Award and the Afton Farm Trophy with this honor. Warwick Manor Miss America-ET, the first-place Junior Three-Year-Old Cow exhibited by Kaila, Karli and Kolby Stoltzfus of East Earl, Penn., was named Reserve Grand Champion and Reserve Intermediate Champion of the Junior Show. Trixie and Miss America received the Lillian & Keith King and Jim King Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion Junior Show Awards, respectively.

Senior Champion was Springhill Mentor Jamaica-ET, the first place Four-Year-Old Cow. Jamaica was exhibited by Kaila, Karli and Kolby Stoltzfus of East Earl, Penn. Reserve Senior Champion was Hartdale Top Notch Coco, shown by Lauren Robison and Braden Hartmann of Mulberry Grove, Ill. Coco was the winning Five-Year-Old Cow.

Twincounty Whats On Tap-ET was named Junior Champion, after winning the Winter Heifer Calf class for Landree Fraley of Muncy, Penn. Following Whats on Tap as Reserve Junior Champion and second-place Winter Heifer Calf was Jon Ann Charismas T Cherie, shown by Kyle Bonavita of Meshoppen, Penn.

Placing a total of 77 animals in the International Junior Guernsey Show were official judge Seth Johnson of Tunbridge, Vt. and associate judge Jon Lantz of Ellsworth, Wis.

Maryland Duo Wins A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award 

The 2019 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was presented to Chris and Jen Hill of MD-Hillbrook Farm of Thurmont, Md. at the 2019 World Dairy Expo. This award honors a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout the show.

Chris and Jen are no strangers to the colored shavings, as Chris has been attending World Dairy Expo since 1984 and Jen since 1993. The two passionate dairy enthusiasts joined forces when they got married and have since become an unstoppable team. Together, they have established and grown their business, MD-Hillbrook, where they market elite show cattle and hold sales. They use each other’s skills, talents and knowledge of dairy cattle to make a team like no other.

At Jen’s family farm, Glad Ray Farms, the duo works together raising impressive show heifers, many of which end up gracing the colored shaving at World Dairy Expo. They have exhibited their animals at WDE, the All-American Dairy Show and local, county and state shows for many years.

Chris and Jen are an incredibly dedicated team who set goals to succeed. They are both willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed. They truly exhibit the definition of sportsmanship in showing fair and generous behavior and treatment of others. In the world of showing dairy cows, Chris and Jen represent this no matter the situation, amidst a win or defeat. They have guided, helped and inspired many people throughout the dairy industry. Together they strive to take their business to the next level, to help others succeed, and most importantly, to never stop believing in the future of the dairy industry.

California native wins 2019 Klussendorf Award

Ken Melvold of Fresno, Calif., was named the 78th winner of the Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States during the 53rd World Dairy Expo®. Melvold is a humble, friendly, and kind human being, and these attributes may mask that fact he is a tremendous cowman and great competitor.

The award is given in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, considered an outstanding showman of his time and a model for all those who have followed him. This year’s selection was made by members of the Klussendorf Memorial Association, formed in 1937, at its annual meeting held earlier this week in Madison, Wis. Melvold received the silver trophy designed by Tiffany Jewelers of New York City.

This year’s winner’s showing experiences started like many others with a 4-H project and progressed from there. During college, Melvold worked with the Piney Hill West show herd, traveling up and down the California circuit. The string would show all summer and end up at the California’s Cow Palace and then Waterloo, Iowa, for the National Dairy Cattle Congress.

It was during this time that the 78th Klussendorf winner rubbed elbows with the likes of Henry LaFranchi, Stuart Rowe, Harlan Askelson, Al Hay, and many more. As these relationships grew, Melvold would work for such herds as Willomonte in Nevada, Champ Goodwood in Missouri, Dreamstreet in New York, and Bottema Farms in Indiana. Melvold also worked with some of the best herds throughout California and assisted or managed hundreds of sales in all dairy breeds throughout the U.S.

If success is measured in miles traveled, few can match Melvold’s odometer from boxcar to airplane.

If success is measured in ribbons, banners, and trophies won, the trophy case would be overflowing.

Most importantly, if success is measured by friendships gained and grown throughout the years, few in dairy circles could match this Melvold’s success. Simply stated, Ken Melvold is one of the most popular people in our business.

Missouri dairyman wins the Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award

Dean Dohle of Halfway, Mo., was presented the 29th Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award during the 53rd World Dairy Expo, in memory of Duncan MacKenzie, the 1961 Klussendorf winner. While this year’s Duncan MacKenzie winner has an impressive dairy résumé, it is most important to note that Dohle exemplifies the standards that made Duncan MacKenzie the forbearer of this award.

While this year’s Duncan MacKenzie was raised on a beef cattle and hog operation, everything changed when Dohle began helping his aunt and uncle on their Guernsey dairy farm. That’s when he fell in love with the dairy cow.

At age 21, without any work lined up, the Missouri farm boy headed to Madison, Wis., and walked through the barns and eventually found work that year and more importantly found a lifelong vocation. In the last 27 years, Dohle, who took a leap of faith on that first trip, has not missed a World Dairy Expo since.

Fitting every attribute of a Klussendorf-MacKenzie winner, Dohle is always willing to help others. No matter the breed, or where he might stand in the class, he always sports a smile and helping hand because he appreciates and is humbled by the confidence others have placed in him.

Over the years, this year’s winner has been fortunate to work with breeders and cows from 35 states. Dohle serves on the World Dairy Expo Exhibitors Committee, and still gets as excited as a little kid on Christmas morning as he waits for the next World Dairy Expo to unfold.

As others quickly came to appreciate his talents, Dohle began to work with some of the greatest cows, including the Brown Swiss, Timberline Jetway Toni EX-95; the Holstein, Woodfield Inspiration Lou EX-96; the Jersey, Responses Cheryl EX-95; the Brown Swiss, SCF James Vix EX-94; and his very own World Dairy Expo Grand Champion, the Milking Shorthorn, Oak Grove Nikolia.

With a keen eye for great dairy cattle, Dohle also has judged shows in 28 states and Mexico. He has twice served as associate judge for the International Brown Swiss show at World Dairy Expo and has judged six breeds at the North American International Livestock Show.

As Dean made his way to the colored shavings on the Friday of World Dairy Expo, he most certainly would recognize that it takes a team to run a dairy. With that in mind, Dean would be quick to thank his wife, Stacy, and son, Grant, who help run their 50-cow Starstruck Dairy in Halfway, Mo.

Wisconsin Veterinarian wins 2019 Honorary Klussendorf Award

Dr. Sheila McGuirk of Madison, Wis., was named the 17th winner of the Honorary Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States, during the 53rd World Dairy Expo®. The Honorary Klussendorf Award mirrors all the attributes of the Klussendorf Award and is given as special recognition by the membership for their involvement with the purebred dairy cattle industry.

From the moment she interviewed for the then soon-to-opened University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, this veterinarian embraced her new community and its grand cow show at World Dairy Expo. Throughout the process, McGuirk helped transform dairy cattle health care.

After being recruited to the Veterinary School by the likes of the late Dr. Lee Allenstein, the late David Dickson, the late Jim Crowley, and the late Terry Howard, all World Dairy Expo legends, this compassionate veterinarian volunteered at the 1983 show, and she’s been volunteering and leading change ever since – all while keeping in mind the heart of the farmer and the needs of the consumer.

McGuirk played a pivotal role in developing techniques to test milk for possible adulteration, partnered with others on ultrasound techniques at the show, modernized the cattle check-in process, and most recently, led efforts to research overbagging.

This year’s 17th Honorary Klussendorf winner calls the 1982 interview to join the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine “a heaven-sent interview”. Most in the dairy community believe that heaven sent those at World Dairy Expo the “Mother Teresa” of cow care. That’s because Dr. Sheila McGuirk deeply understands dairy farm men and women and their love for cows.

It’s this deep appreciation for both bovines and their caretakers that brought Dr. Sheila McGuirk to the colored shaving as the 17th Honorary Klussendorf Winner, and this certainly makes Sheila a trendsetter in the dairy industry.

The award is given in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, considered an outstanding showman of his time and a model for all those who have followed him. This year’s selection was made by members of the Klussendorf Memorial Association, formed in 1937, at its annual meeting held earlier this week in Madison, Wis.

Iowa’s Kruse Wins 2019 Merle Howard Award

Kaleb Kruse of Dyersville, Iowa, was named the 16th Merle Howard Award winner at World Dairy Expo® on Saturday, October 5.

Personable, hard-working, and above all, a team player who routinely deflects credit for success to others. These are among the many words that can describe Kaleb Kruse who possesses a beaming personality.

This graduate of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill., has a deep appreciation for great cattle from all dairy breeds. With that in mind, Kaleb Kruse established the KCCK prefix with his two younger brothers, Cole and Carter, where the trio breeds their own cattle and also purchases foundation seedstock to improve their growing herd.

In high school, Kruse was very involved in the Maquoketa FFA Chapter holding offices both in his chapter and at the district level. 4-H involvement included serving as a club officer, on County Council, and exhibiting dairy and swine at the county and state levels. He was a member of the state 4-H Dairy Judging and Quiz Bowl teams.

Always willing to lend a helping hand, Kruse has provided labor and has been a leadsman at Iowa Holstein Association’s state sales. He has exhibited Holsteins at the county, district, state, and national levels. KCCK McBeth was the first homebred animal exhibited by the Iowa native. The heifer was junior champion at Iowa State Fair, 3rd bred and owned, and 7th at the 2015 International Junior Holstein Show held at World Dairy Expo.

At this year’s show, the Kaleb and his brothers exhibited the second place junior owned Brown Swiss Fall Yearling that also stood fourth in the open show. In addition, the Kruse team showed the second place junior-owned Guernsey Fall Calf that stood fifth overall in the open show.

While at Kaskaskia College, the 16th Merle Howard award winner was a member of the dairy cattle judging team and placed second in reasons at the 2017 Post-Secondary Contest at World Dairy Expo. Kaleb’s University of Minnesota judging team place third overall this past Monday at the 2019 Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest.

In his downtime, this student, who transferred to the University of Minnesota to complete his four-year degree, travels to sales, meeting people across the globe while working for Cowbuyer.com

Respected among his peers, past Merle Howard award winner, Cassy Krull, had this to say about Kruse, “He is a team player! You will never hear Kaleb take the credit himself. He is always part of the team.”

“Whether it is working at home or the show, Kaleb is the worker bee!” continued Cassy. “He gives back by helping with local dairy judging groups and helping youth at shows by taking them under his wing!”

Kruse is the son of Sara and Tom Kruse.


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