WOW, if the 2014 Holstein Show is even half as good as it’s anticipated to be, it’s going to be one of the greatest in history.  In order to help you get ready for this fantastic ride, here is a preview of the 2014 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show.

The Judges

Paul Trapp 2014Judging the 2014 International Holstein Show is Paul Trapp.  Paul is a Regional Sire Analyst with ABS Global, where he has worked for 21 years.  He has been responsible for the acquisition of Dundee, Destry, Garrett, Gerard, Levi and Gillespy.   Paul and his wife Sarah, a Holstein USA representative, have been together for 14 years and married for 8 years.  They have two sons, Kole (6) and Beau (4), born during the 2009 WDE.  They own an elite group of Registered Brown Swiss, Jerseys and Holsteins that have received All-American Nominations in all three breeds.  They are also partners in Pit-Crew Genetics which has received 19 Brown Swiss All-American Nominations since 2007.  One of Paul’s first show heifers, Sky-Vu Ultimate Lestwood, was named Reserve Junior Champion at the 1981 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show.   Paul attributes a lot of his success to his parents, Paul Trapp Sr and Judy Conard, who worked at Hanover Hill for many years.   It was there that he met another major influencer in his life, R Peter Heffering.  It is also where he saw his favorite cow of all time, the great Brookview Tony Charity.

Paul says he will be looking for a complete modern dairy cow that is extremely correct, stylish and well balanced.  They will need to have the combination of dairy strength, open-rib and move around the ring with ease and comfort.  The kind of cow that anyone would be happy to milk, with youthful udders, great udder texture and strong attachments that make milk easily.

Pat Conroy 2013Assisting Paul will be Pat “Cowboy” Conroy. Pat and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Angola, Indiana with their children, Kaiden and Zailey. Pat is a full-time dairy cattle fitter who also markets purebred dairy cattle. Most notably the great DECRAUSAZ IRON O’KALIBRA (Read more: DECRAUSAZ IRON O’KALIBRA: Simply the Best). Having grown up on a Minnesota dairy farm, he began learning early about the show ring while working at Elginvue Farms. His fitting career has also given him the opportunity to travel from coast to coast in the U.S. as well as in Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, France, Germany and Switzerland. Pat owns 40 head of dairy cattle that are housed at dairies across the United States, Canada and Europe, including numerous All-American and All-Canadian nominations. Pat’s previous judging experiences includes the Kentucky State Holstein Show, California State Fair Holstein and Jersey Shows and county shows in Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Recently he judged the Jerseys at the All-American Show in Harrisbury PA.

Junior Classes

As is usually the case many of the top heifers have not gone head to head yet this year.  So, it can be hard to tell who will be the favorites coming into the show.  Add to that the variability in how much heifers can change from show to show and it is certainly going to be a wild ride through the heifer classes.    Some notable heifers to watch for include:

  • Spring Heifer Calf
    • Claircrest Fever Tiki
    • JPB Bradnick Sexy Lady
  • Winter Heifer Calf
    • MS Duckett Dymnt Chrissa
    • MS Duckett Dyment Coral
    • Rotaly Goldwyn Allegria
    • Westcoast Doorman Amber
  • Fall  Heifer Calf
    • Lingle Goldchip Feline
    • Luncrest Black Widow-1564
  • Summer Yearling Heifer
    • OCD Shadow Leap of Faith
    • Ryan-Vu Regin Raz A Taz
    • Trent Valley H P
  • Spring Yearling
    • Benner Attic Jojo
    • Jacobs Goldwyn Aliza
    • Mapel Wood Windhammer Elegance
  • Winter Yearling
    • Devans Remark Dempsey
    • Wabash-Way Braxton Twinkle
    • Westcoast Ladd Aspen
  • Fall Yearling
    • Fairmont-DTP Laurel
    • Maple-Downs-AL GChip Galina
    • Siemers Damion Scar-Let

Intermediate Cow Classes

It is always interesting to see which show heifers have calved in well from the year before, which young cows have calved in and come out of the wood work and which young cows have kept on developing since last year.  This year has no shortage of story lines.

Milking Yearlings

It is impossible to predict this class as many that will be shown in this class, are just recently fresh and have not been shown this year in milking form. From the few I have seen I can predict that it will be a very very good class.

Junior 2 Year Olds

OUTAUAIS SID HAILEY
1st place Jr 2, Quebec Championship Show/Montmagny 2014

With many Junior 2 year olds being too fresh to attend many of the championship shows, this class is sure to have many surprises.  If the rumors are true, the best cow in this class has not even attend a show yet this year.  From the young cows that have attended the championship shows certainly watch out for:

  • OUTAUAIS SID HAILEY
  • MAPLEKEYS SID ODYSSET
  • SIGNATURE R KATNESS
  • ROTALY WINDBROOK HILDA

Senior 2 Year Olds

ARETHUSA FEVER ALMIRA
1st place Sr 2 Year Old All-American Show 2014

Given that the Senior 2 year olds have been calved in much longer than the Junior 2 year olds, it is a lot easier to get a clear picture on who to look for.  Leading the way has to be the battle between four amazing young cows.  Arethusa Fever Almira impressed many as a milking yearling in 2013 and has continued to look impressive in 2014.  Another milking yearling from last year, MS ATWOOD ADRENALINE, has calved again and is looking very impressive.  Calving in for the 1st time in 2014 are CROVALLEY SID A LA CRÈME and PETITCLERC GOLDWYN ANOUK who have looked incredibly impressive this year.  And let’s not forget the 2013 Royal Winter Fairy Junior Champion and HM Champion from last year’s World Dairy Expo, FANICO REGINALD MARTY, while she has not attended any shows in milking form, she has recently scored VG-89-2yr.  Contenders are:

  • ARETHUSA FEVER ALMIRA
  • PETITCLERC GOLDWYN ANOUK
  • CROVALLEY SID A LA CRÈME
  • FANICO REGINALD MARTY
  • MS ATWOOD ADRENALINE

Junior 3 Year Olds

BERGEROY SEAVER CARTER
1st place Jr 3 Year Old, Quebec Championship/Montmagny 2014

With last year’s fan favorite BELFAST GOLDWYN LASENZA now dry, this class has opened itself wide open.  For me, this class could come down to a coin flip among many strong contenders.  Cows to watch for include:

  • BERGEROY SEAVER CARTER (Picture)
  • BVK ATWOOD ABBIE
  • DREAM-PRAIRIE GW ALBERTA

Senior 3 Year Olds

BROOKVILLA GOLDWYN BROOKS
1st place Sr 3 Year Old, All-American Holstein Show 2014

This class is going to be extremely interesting.  In this class you have the amazing CHARWILL ATTIC MARCY, that I think will be grand champion one day, but she has been milking over a year and could be in tough against BROOKVILLA GOLDWYN BROOKS who looked outstanding when she was named Grand Champion at the recent All-American Show. (Read more: Eastern National Holstein Show at the All-American Dairy Show 2014) Given that Brooks is in prime form and Marcy is over a year in milk, I think that Brooks should edge this one out.  Two sleepers in this class for me are CROVALLEY KNOWLEDGE AKIKA, who seems to be really finding her stride as 3 year old and KINGSWAY GOLDWYN ARTICHOKE.  These two went head to head as heifers and should do battle here again.

  • BROOKVILLA GOLDWYN BROOKS
  • CHARWILL ATTIC MARCY
  • CROVALLEY KNOWLEDGE AKIKA
  • KINGSWAY GOLDWYN ARTICHOKE

Senior Cow Classes

4 year Olds

ROQUET JASMINE SANCHEZ
Grand Champion Northeast Fall National 2014

For me, this is a really tough class to predict.  With many of the top 3 year olds from last year not back this year or, in the case of the very popular BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA, milking over a year and a class time decision if she will show, it is hard to predict what could happen in this class.  Looking impressive in her grand champion win at the Northeast National was ROQUET JASMINE SANCHEZ who indeed made a name for herself when she defeated the great RF GOLDWYN HAILEY at the 2013 Quebec Championship Show (Read more: RF Goldwyn Hailey Unbeatable?).   Giving Jasmine a run for her money should be two cows from the Jacobs string, JACOBS ATWOOD MELODY and BLONDIN ALEXANDER ARMANA.

  • ROQUET JASMINE SANCHEZ (Picture)
  • BUTZ-BUTLER GOLD BARBARA
  • JACOBS ATWOOD MELODY
  • BLONDIN ALEXANDER ARMANA

5 Year Olds

ROBROOK GOLDWYN CAMERON
Grand Champion NY International Spring Show 2014

Looking even better than she did when she won Grand Champion honors at the 2013 Royal Winter Fair, ROBROOK GOLDWYN CAMERON looked extremely impressive at the 2014 NY Spring Show.  (Read more: New York International Spring Holstein Show 2014) However, can she get it done milking as long as she has?  That is the magical question.  Looking to give her a run for her money is COBEQUID GOLDWYN LENO who has dominated in Ontario and Quebec this year.  Another cow to watch for in this class is LOVHILL GOLDWYN KATRYSHA who sold for $250,000 at the International Intrigue at Milksource this past year.

  • ROBROOK GOLDWYN CAMERON
  • COBEQUID GOLDWYN LENO
  • LOVHILL GOLDWYN KATRYSHA

Mature Cows

RF GOLDWYN HAILEY Grand Champion Expo Quebec – Montmagny 2014

Since so many shows have different definitions of what is a mature cow and what is a lifetime production cow, it can be hard to predict who will be in what class.  What is not hard to predict is who should be the favorite in this class.  RF GOLDWYN HAILEY has calved back in again and looks extremely good.  She has always had that amazing frame and very correct movement of her legs and her mammary system is impressive for a cow of her age, milking as hard as she does.  However, this is a class that has many big name cows in it this year.  So Hailey will not have it easy.  In this class Judge Trapp will have to decide among six outstanding cows.

  • BOULET GOLDWYN CHALOU
  • LOYALYN GOLDWYN JUNE
  • MS DUNDEE BELINDA
  • MILKSOURCE GOLDWYN AFRICA
  • RF GOLDWYN HAILEY
  • WENDON GOLDWYN ALLIE

The Bullvine Bottom Line

It all comes down to how these amazing cows look when they walk out onto the colored shavings.  The 2014 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show has to be one of the most anticipated shows in history.  With so many great cows calving back and making the trip to Expo, it’s going to be one of the best shows ever.

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