The theme for the 2017 World Dairy Expo is Discover New Dairy Worlds, and based on how this year is shaping up, we will be discovering some new Champions in the Holstein show. 

The Judges

Judging the 2017 Holstein Show is Adam Liddle. Adam owns Liddleholme Farm in Argyle, New York, with wife, Nicole, and children, Anthony, Brock and Hailee. Prior to purchasing his current farm in 2002, Liddle spent many years working for other dairies, including the world-renowned farms of PamTom and Ridgedale. Their 58-cow Registered Holstein herd has a current BAA of 111.2 percent, which ranks as 12th high BAA in the nation for their herd size. Liddle’s interest in breeding and developing high-quality, registered cattle has resulted in numerous All-New York and Junior All-New York awards, as well as All-American and Junior All-American winners. His judging experience includes his past judging experiences include the International Junior Holstein Show in 2011, International Red & White Show in 2012, and the 2014 Supreme Dairy Show as well as serving on the All-American Judging panels. He has also judged the Northeast Fall National, the Premier National Junior Show, the Western Spring National, the Eastern Fall National, the Wisconsin Championship Show and the Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show. In 2008, Liddle was the associate judge of the International Holstein Show.

Assisting Judge Liddle will be his associate Carl Phoenix. Phoenix hails from Sunderland, Ontario, where he and his wife, Kera, and their three children milk 35 registered Holsteins under the Phoenixholm prefix. He also farms in partnership with Phoenix Bros under the Dappledale prefix – family partnership that involves his father, brothers, cousins and uncles. Over the past 12 years, Phoenix has placed cattle at the Irish National Show, the Wisconsin State Championship Holstein Show, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Brazil State Show and numerous shows across Canada and the U.S.. He has also judged the Youth Showmanship Contest at WDE and at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic.

Junior Classes

In a year that has not seen many of the top animals go head to head, it’s not a surprise that there really are no clear-cut favorites in any age group.  Here are the ones to keep an eye out for in each age group.

Spring Calf

  • CO VISTA DOORMAN 2417
  • RAN-CAN ALANZO CLICHE
  • ARETHUSA SOLOMON ALOHA

Winter Calf

  • ROLL-N-VIEW ARMANI APPLEPIE
  • TY D DEMPSEY LOVEMMY
  • BUDJON-ABBOTT ALEXANDERA

Fall Heifer Calf

  • DEMMERS GOLDWYN PAISLEY
  • BUDJON-JK DOORMAN ELVINA
  • MS TAMARAC TAVERN

Summer Yearling

  • PETITCLERC ATWOOD SPOUTNIK
  • AROLENE MCCMTCHEN ATLANTA
  • BUDJON-VAIL DRMN ZANETTA

Spring Yearling

  • CAMPBELL-RUN GCHIP AMELIA
  • REYNCREST CORVETTE GRACIE
  • PFAFFSWAY DM LITLE LEEZA

Winter Yearling

  • MILKSOURCE DOORMAN CHEX
  • T-TRIPLE-T POKERFACE
  • BUDJON-VAIL DRMN ASHLEY

Fall Yearling (not in milk)

  • PLUM-LINE ATTIC ATLEE
  • PAPPYS DOORMAN ROUSEY
  • ROLL-N-VIEW DEF CELINE

Intermediate Cow Classes

As we discovered last year, just because you have been winning all year does not mean you are going to roll on through and win expo as well.  Having said that here are some of the early favorites for the show.

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 good class.

Junior 2 Year Olds

UNIQUE DEMPSEY CHEERS

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:

  • UNIQUE DEMPSEY CHEERS
  • CARPSVIEW ARMANI VELVET
  • MS SID LEAP FROG

Senior Two Year Olds

ALLSTAR LM DURBIN ANGEL

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. Coming off her Reserve Grand Champion honours at the Atlantic Spring Show, WEEKSDALE ABSOLUT VODKA will be one many are interested in seeing.  Giving her a run for her money will be SAVAGE-LEIGH ABSL LEONA, the winner from the Eastern National Holstein Show. For me the one I will be watching in this class will be ALLSTAR LM DURBIN ANGEL, she caught my eye when she won the Ontario Summer Show and I think should be the favorite in this class. Rounding out those heifers to watch for is another US National Show Winner, ARETHUSA GC MACKENNA, who was the winner at The Northeast Fall National.

Junior Three Year Olds

TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN

If there is one class where there has to be a clear-cut favorite to win, it is the Junior Three Year Old Class.  TREFLE CHASSEP DOORMAN, dominated the Junior Two Year old classes at Expo and the Royal last year and has just kept developing to an easy victory at the 2017 Wisconsin State Show. Other cows in this class to keep an eye out for are ALLYNDALE SHOCKING LILAC, JACOBS WINDBROOK DAYLIGHT and MS ELMVUE NOVELTY KEELEY.

Senior Three Year Olds

ACK-LEE DEMPSEY PASSION

This is one class where we may see last year’s winner, LINGLE GOLD FREAKY GIRL, take on some stiff competition.  Looking to dethrone Freaky Girl will be SKYCREST MINCIO PRICKLES, the Intermediate and Grand Champion from Ontario Summer Show as well as SUNNY PLAINS DEMPSEY LAUREL, the Intermediate Champion from the BIG E.  But my sleeper in this class will be the winner from Harrisburg, ACK-LEE DEMPSEY PASSION.

Four Year Olds

CO-VALE DEMPSY DINA 4270

A class where it’s going to be really interesting to see how they look at Expo is the four year olds.  Coming into it the three stand outs this year so far have been, AROLENE GOLDWYN DIVINE, the winner from Wisconsin State Show,  LOYALYN DUPLEX VANESSA, the Grand Champion from the Atlantic Spring Show and OCD BRADNICK CANDY, the Grand Champion from the New York State Show.  But a cow I am really excited to see how she looks is CO-VALE DEMPSY DINA 4270.  If Dina can come out looking as good as she did at the Royal in 2015, this should be her class to lose.

Five Year Olds

WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PANTENE

There is no question that WINDY-KNOLL-VIEW PANTENE has to be the emotional favorite in this class.  You cannot help but fall in love with the story of Reese Burdette and Pantene.  Outside of the emotion Pantene is a serious contender in this class. Looking to rain on the parade will be CAVANALECK BG BRUIN, GARAY GOLDWYN LEXUS and CAVANALECK DEMPSEY BOZICA.  A sleeper in this class will be JACOBS SID BEAUTY, who will be looking to relive 2015 Expo glory when she was Intermediate Champion. Not to be forgotten in this class is TK-PLAIN-VIEW RIPLEY who recently went EX-95.

Mature Cows

JACOBS GOLDWYN VALANA

With the most dominant cow in this class so far, this year, LIDDLEHOLME RESUR LU-RED, not at the show since the Judge bred her, this class becomes a battle from cows that have not attend any shows yet this year.  Leading the way is the Reserve Grand Champion from 2015 at Expo, JACOBS GOLDWYN VALANA.  Standing in her way will be CACHE-VALLEY LHEROS 233 and ROSIERS BLEXY GOLDWYN.  As always, the mature cow class will be an epic battle with the winner ultimately taking home the Grand Champion Honors.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

It all comes down to how these amazing cows look when they walk out onto the colored shavings.  The 2017 World Dairy Expo Holstein Show has the most classes with a clear cut favorite that I can remember in recent history.  With so many great cows making the trip to Expo, it’s going to be a great show.

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