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Brown Swiss cow makes history at 2018 World Dairy Expo

Progressive Dairyman Editor Dave Natzke Published on 10 October 2018
World dairy expo 2018

For only the second time in World Dairy Expo’s 52-year history, the Supreme Champion of the Junior Show and the Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo were the same cow. Cutting Edge T Delilah, exhibited by Kyle Barton of Copake, New York, was named Grand Champion Brown Swiss and the 2018 Supreme Champion of both the junior and open shows.

The 52nd annual World Dairy Expo was held Oct. 2-6, in Madison, Wisconsin. An estimated 65,136 people attended the event, including 2,379 international guests representing 94 countries.



Behind Delilah, Reserve Supreme Champion honors were awarded to Jacobs Lauthority Loana, a Holstein exhibited by Ferme Jacobs and Pat Conroy of Cap-Sante, Quebec, Canada. Gamlake Destry Sallie, a Holstein exhibited by Samantha Gambonini of Petaluma, California, was named Reserve Supreme Champion of the Junior Show.

Supreme Champion Heifers were named for the first time at the 2018 World Dairy Expo. The Supreme Champion Heifer of the Junior Show was Ms Kress-Hil Saphire-Red-ET, a red and white exhibited by Owen and Kendyll Kress and Savanah Barts, Newton, Wisconsin. Supreme Champion Heifer of the Open Show was a Jersey, Milksource Gentry Marriot-ET, exhibited by MilkSource Genetics LLC and Finca Valparaiso of Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

Rounding out the World Dairy Expo 2018 Supreme Champions were the Junior Champion, Milksource Taelyn-ET, a Holstein exhibited by MilkSource Genetics LLC; and Four-Hills Burd Sassy 64671, an Ayrshire exhibited by Johnathan Hill of Bristol, Vermont.

Brown Swiss

For Delilah, it was the third time in four years she took home two champion trophies at the International Junior Brown Swiss Show. Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show was Jenlar Carter Waltz-ETV, shown by Brianna Meyer of Chilton, Wisconsin. Reserve Grand Champion of the International Brown Swiss Show was Cutting Edge Stratus Sue, exhibited by Ronald R. Kelm of Markesan, Wisconsin.


Hi Guern View Diva Designer, exhibited by Riley Zettle of Rock City, Illinois, took home the title of Grand Champion Female of the International Junior Guernsey Show. Reserve Grand Champion was awarded to Warwick Manor Ty Carter, exhibited by Kaila, Karli and Kolby Stoltzfus of East Earl, Pennsylvania.


Willow Brook Labron Toni, owned by Jake Booher, West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, took home the Grand Champion Female title of the International Guernsey Show. Reserve Grand Champion was Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET, exhibited by Brian and Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville, Illinois.

Red and whites

Oakfield A Shampagne-Red-ET, owned by Westcoast Holsteins, Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, was named Grand Champion Female of the International Red & White Show. Reserve Grand Champion was Highcroft Absolute Lily-Red, exhibited by Steve Smith and Anthony Crothers of Nicholasville, Kentucky.

Robin-Hood Pretty In-Red, owned by Regan Demmer of Peosta, Iowa, took home Grand Champion honors at the International Junior Red & White Show. Reserve Grand Champion was Ms Aol Diamondback Raspberry-Red-ET, shown by Jaydn, Kennedy, Caroline and Andrew Kimball of Windham, Maine.

Milking Shorthorns

Maple Fudge Of 12 Oaks, owned by Colton and Ashley Brandel of Lake Mills, Wisconsin, was named Grand Champion Female in both the International Junior Milking Shorthorn Show and the International Milking Shorthorn Show.

Kuszmar Mega Lely-62, owned by John P. and Marjorie Kuszlyz of Batavia, New York, was awarded Reserve Grand Champion Female in the International Milking Shorthorn Show.

Reserve Grand Champion of the International Junior Milking Shorthorn Show went to Lazy M PS LadyLump Exp-ET, owned by Scotty Young and Brett Groebner of Monroe, Wisconsin.



SV Impression Holly-ET, exhibited by River Valley Farm – Ben, Andy, Blessing and Grace Sauder of Tremont, Illinois, was named Grand Champion of the International Junior Jersey Show. Reserve Grand Champion honors went to the Meadow Ridge Jackknife Summer, owned by Michael Riebe and Alleah and Emma Anderson of Cumberland, Wisconsin.

MB Lucky Lady Feliz Navidad-ET, exhibited by Rivendale Farms of Pittsburgh LLC, Bulger, Pennsylvania, was named Grand Champion Female of the International Jersey Show. Reserve Grand Champion was South Mountain Voltage Radiant, exhibited by Ernest Kueffner and Terri Packard of Boonsboro, Maryland.


Palmyra Berkley P Ruth-ET was named Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show for the second year. She was exhibited by Palmrya Farm-Evan Creek of Hagerstown, Maryland. Reserve Grand was Marilie Gentelman Karmina, exhibited by Peter Vail and Mike and Linda Hellenbrand of Lomira, Wisconsin.

Toppglen Wishful Thinking-ET, shown by Tanner, Brennan, Marissa and Logan Topp, of New Bremen, Ohio, was the Grand Champion Female of the International Junior Ayrshire Show. River-Valley Gavins Brooke, exhibited by Megan, Johnathon, Bradley and Sarah Hill of Bristol, Vermont, was Reserve Grand Champion


Jacobs Lauthority Loana, owned by Ferme Jacobs and Pat Conroy, Cap-Sante, Quebec, Canada, was named Grand Champion of the International Holstein Shown. Reserve Grand Champion was Weeks Dundee Anika, exhibited by MilkSource Genetics LLC of Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

Gamlake Destry Sallie, exhibited by Samantha Gambonini, Petaluma, California, was named Grand Champion Holstein of the Junior Show. Reserve Grand Champion was Lovhilll Braxton Funky-ET, exhibited by Joseph, Zach, Jerome and Darian Stransky of Owatonna, Minnesota.

Holschbach honored with A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award

The 2018 A.C. “Whitie” Thomson Memorial Award was awarded to Mike Holschbach of Heatherstone Enterprises in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The award honors a herdsman or showman who exhibits exemplary leadership and sportsmanship throughout the show. Other award winners were:

• Kyle Barton of Copake, New York, was named the 15th Merle Howard Award.

• Adam Liddle of Argyle, New York, was named the 77th winner of the Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the U.S.

• Evan Creek of Hagerstown, Maryland, was presented the 28th Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award.

Cattle judging contest results

Dairy cattle judging is a mainstay of World Dairy Expo, with contests for youth, 4-H, post-secondary and collegiate teams.

More than 335 youth competed in the Youth Showmanship Contest. Winning the Junior Division was Keaton Phoenix of Greenbank, Ontario, Canada. The Intermediate Division was won by Caden Finley of Greenbank, Ontario, Canada. Madison Dyment of Burgessville, Ontario, Canada, won the Senior Division.

Winning the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest for the second year in a row was the team from Wisconsin. Team members included of Cole Mahlkuch, Brian McCullough, Rachel McCullough and Clayton Mahlkuch and was coached by Mike Marean. Coming in a close second and sixth in reasons, was the Minnesota team of Kjersten Veiseth, Jay Dicke, Owen Scheffler and Madelyn Wehe. Awna Hirsch, of Colorado, took home the honor of high individual overall, while Ainsley Peterson of Florida won the reasons portion.

The University of Wisconsin – River Falls topped 20 other college teams in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Leading the top team and placing third overall individually was Erica Helmer. Coached by Steve Kelm and Mary Holle, the team from River Falls calso included Kaila Tauchen, Matt Kramer and Clint Irrthum. This group also topped the reasons portion of the competition. Virginia Tech followed as second team overall with team member Shelby Iager placing first overall individually and third overall in reasons. David Pintens of University of Wisconsin – Madison won the oral reasons contest.

SUNY Cobleskill captured top honors in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Lydia Williams led the team as the first-place individual overall and was joined by teammates Rachel Hall, Toni Jaque and Shannon Sears. Michigan State University Ag Tech placed second overall and third in reasons as a team. Kaskaskia College was the overall winner of the Practical Contest.

The ninth annual World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest experienced record participation once again. The 34 contestants represented 12 states, two Canadian provinces and Germany. Ranging in age from 14 to 21, these participants were allotted one hour to prepare an animal to show-ready quality. Top finishers in the Intermediate Divisions were Haley Beukema, New Richmond, Wisconsin, and Dillon Freeman, Bremen, Indiana. Lisa Cramer, Uplengen, Germany, and Grant Fremstad, Westby, Wisconsin, were winners of the Senior Divisions.

Winners announced in World Forage Analysis Superbowl

The World Forage Analysis Superbowl evaluated 843 entries. Doug Dotterer, Dotterer Dairy of Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, took home Grand Champion Forage Producer honors. The Grand Champion First-Time Entrant award went to Matt Held, Slinger, Wisconsin. In addition, two Quality Counts Awards were presented. The corn silage winner was Hylight Dairy LLC, Adams, New York, and the hay/haylage winner was Windy Ridge Farms, Marionville, Missouri.

For other World Dairy Expo news, photos and video, visit the World Dairy Expo website.  end mark

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