Every year, I’m amazed at how World Dairy Expo manages to grow in both size and quality of the show. Each year, there seems to be more of everything – cows, people and exhibitors – and yet Expo seems to not only get bigger each year, but better, too.
This year was no exception.
According to World Dairy Expo Communications Manager Janet Keller, attendance at World Dairy Expo set another record this year. There were 71,788 people at the five-day show including 2,950 international guests from 95 countries, compared to last year when there were 68,006 visitors including 2,699 international visitors.
If you thought there were a lot of commercial exhibitors at this year’s show, you were right. There were 863 commercial exhibitors compared to 810 in 2011.
There were so many exhibits, several people told me it took them three days to get through all of the exhibits they wanted to see before they were able to get over and find out what color the shavings were in the show ring and watch some of the cow show. In case you missed the show, this year’s colored shavings were orange!
Not to be outdone, there were 2,385 dairy cattle representing seven breeds – Holsteins, Red and White Holsteins, Jerseys, Brown Swiss, Guernseys, Ayrshires, and Milking Shorthorns – at the show. The breakdown by breed is as follows:
•Holsteins – 636 (242 junior, 394 open)•Jerseys – 448
•Brown Swiss – 374
•Red and Whites – 270
•Ayrshires – 253
•Guernseys – 217
•Milking Shorthorns – 187
A total of 1,234 exhibitors from 41 states and eight Canadian provinces showed 2,385 dairy cattle this year.
I confess, while I did see many of the exhibits and parts of the Guernsey, Holstein and Red & White shows, I did not get a chance to watch any of the cow sales. There were a total of 159 sale lots at six sales including: Ayrshires: 15; Brown Swiss: 28; Guernseys: 30; Holsteins: 45; Jerseys: 37; and Milking Shorthorn: 4.
The World Classic Holstein Sale totaled $1,490,000 on 45 lots for an average sale price of $33,111. The top-selling animal was Elm-Park Geisha PP-Red-ET who was consigned by Elm Park Farms Ltd. and Randy Kleinhans of Sheboygan Falls and was purchased by David Jones of Sahara Holsteins, Newport, United Kingdom for $122,000.
Wisconsin cows reign supreme
Wisconsin dairy exhibitors did well in the showring this year.
Supreme Champion Cow of the Junior Show, Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET, was exhibited by Jordan and Whitney Ebert of Algoma, while the Reserve Supreme Champion Cow of the Junior Show was Ms Del-Hollow Javent-Red-ET, a Red and White Holstein exhibited by Kyle Natzke and Kyle Demmer, of Fond du Lac.
Jaclyn Peterson of Wilson, who exhibited the Supreme Champion Guernsey at the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair, also won Supreme Champion of both the Open Show and Junior Show at World Dairy Expo with her 4-year-old cow Misty Meadows Adacka Pixie.
Premier Breeder of the Guernsey show honors went to Steve and Debbie Nuttleman of Adams Creek Farm of Bangor.
In the International Holstein Show, Grand Champion Female of the Junior Show went to Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET, exhibited by Jordan and Whitney Ebert of Algoma.
Budjon Farms and Peter Vail of Lomira showed the Reserve Grand Champion Female, Random Luck Ray Helen in the International Jersey Show.
In the International Red and White Show, Grand Champion Female honors went to Blondin Redman Seisme-Red, exhibited by Milksource Genetics of Kaukauna, while Natzke and Demmer of Fond du Lac showed the Grand Champion Female of the Junior Show, Ms Del-Hollow Javent-Red-ET. Reserve Grand Champion Female of the Junior Show was Milgene Advn Jezabel-Red-ET, exhibited by Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford. Milksource Genetics was also named Premier Exhibitor.
In the World Dairy Expo International Futurity, the Overall Futurity Champion was Arethusa First Prize Vienna-ET, a Jersey cow exhibited by Kari Behling of Fox Lake. The Ayrshire Futurity Class Winner was Grand-View Burdette Diamond, exhibited by Tim Busch, Hope & Meadow Hahn, Cecil. The Guernsey Futurity was won by Knapps Apie Jaydeen-ET, exhibited by Troy and Lindsey Nevil, of New Glarus.
In the Youth Showmanship Contest, Cole Booth of Plymouth won the junior contest, while Carley Krull of Lake Mills won the intermediate contest.
A number of dairy judging contests are held at Expo each year and teams and individuals from Wisconsin did well. In the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, University of Wisconsin-Madison placed second out of 19 teams. Team members include Hayden Hauschildt, Abbey Wethal, Jacon Brey and Ryan O’Leary. Coaches are Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal. The team from UW-River Falls placed fifth.
In the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, Austen Schmidt of UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course was the top individual overall. The UW-Madison FISC team placed third out of 12 teams.
Wisconsin placed fifth in the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest out of 31 teams.
In the Central National FFA Dairy Judging Contest, Juda FFA placed first, while teams from Campbellsport and Sauk Prairie finished second and third respectively. Plymouth FFA took fourth place and Wittenberg-Birnamwood FFA placed fifth. Karson Vance of Whitewater FFA won the Central National FFA Dairy Showmanship Contest.
A team from Prairie Central won the Central National FFA Dairy Products Contest, while Cassville FFA won the Central National FFA World Forage Management Cup.
The World Forage Analysis Superbowl was won by Bob Schauf of Indianhead Holsteins of Barron. Schauf received a check for $2,500 for his winning BMR Corn Silage entry.
The 2013 World Dairy Expo will be held Oct. 1-5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The theme for next year’s show appropriately is “Center of the Dairy Universe.” Don’t miss it!