DOAG: Connecticut Cow Named Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo

This article appeared in the November 6, 2013 edition of the Ag Report.
 
 

Connecticut Cow Named Grand Champion at World Dairy Expo

Kurt Nieminen, Bureau of Regulation and Inspection

 

Every fall dairy breeders from around the world flock to Madison, Wisconsin.  This city of 240,000 residents has become the center of the dairy universe, and every year it swells with dairy enthusiasts.

 

Some go to check out the latest dairy innovations or watch the many cattle shows. Others go for the elite cattle sales that are held during the week, while still others go to catch up with old friends and talk cows.  World Dairy Expo is a week-long event that unites dairymen from around the world.

 

For a few Connecticut breeders, the journey to World Dairy Expo’s breed shows—Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein, Jr. Holstein, Jersey, Red and White, and Shorthorn—means an opportunity to see how well their cattle can compete against the best North America has to offer. 

 

The road to Madison is a year-long process that begins immediately after the completion of the event each year.  Competing at the highest level takes extreme dedication and hard work.  Exhibitors work with animals constantly, scrutinize diets, and pay attention to every detail. 

 

This year’s shows featured 2,225 head of cattle from 36 states and seven provinces. 

 

One of the nation’s smallest states, Connecticut does not send many dairy cattle to World Dairy Expo, but the few that do make the journey are among the most elite.  This year several Connecticut breeders not only made the trek but did extremely well in the competitions.

 

In the Jersey show, Arethusa Farm of Litchfield took home the ultimate honor.  Page-Crest Excitation Karlie, the first-place finisher in the Senior Three-Year-Old Cow class, was named Grand Champion as well as Intermediate Champion of the show. 

 

Karlie has a successful show season last year as well, with Intermediate Champion and Reserve Grand Champion honors at the 2012 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.  Arethusa Farm purchased Karlie earlier this year at the Franchise Kind Sale II for a world-record price of $170,000.

 

Several other Arethusa Farm animals also did well in the Jersey show.  Arethusa Exciting Vanguard-ET was second in the Fall Yearling Heifer class, while Arethusa Vida Tequila-ET finished third.  The Fall Yearlings also anchored the farm’s third-place finish in the Junior Best Three Females class. 

 

In the Six Year Old and Older Cow class, Arethusa Veronica’s Comet-ET came in fourth, while Milo-Vindication Season-ET finished fifth.

 

Another Connecticut dairyman did extremely well in the Guernsey show.  Dr. P. Morey Miller of Granby exhibited Millborne Hillpoint S Fiesta-ET in partnership with Mike Hellenbrand and Peter Vail.  Fiesta won the Senior Two-Year-Old Cow class and walked away with the Fight Bac Guernsey Gold Futurity, then topped off her great day in the ring by being named Intermediate Champion as well as Reserve Grand Champion of the show.

Dr. Miller also exhibited the second-place finisher in the Spring Heifer Calf class, Millborne HP Bentley Holly.  Holly is owned by Dr. Miller and Hillpoint Partners.

 

In the Holstein show, several animals exhibited by Connecticut breeders were among the top ten finishers in their classes. 

 

Quad R Attic Malibu, exhibited by Rick and Shannon Allyn of Canaan in partnership with J & K Cantele, finished first in the Summer Yearling Heifer class, while BVK Atwood Andrea-ET, owned by the Allyns in partnership with Jason Lloyd and Mike Heath and fresh off a grand championship at the Northeast Fall National (The Big E), finished third in a very strong Junior Three-Year-Old Cow class. 

 

Meanwhile, Robrook Goldwyn Cameron, exhibited by Woodmansee Farms of Preston in partnership with Bujon Farms, St Jacobs ABC, and Peter and Lyn Vail, took second in the Four-Year-Old Cow class, while Comestar Larion Goldwyn, owned by JM Valley, the Allyns, Ferme Jendro, D Dubois, F Lemieus, and M.E. Dal Farm, finished third in the Fall Heifer Calf class.

Elsewhere at World Dairy Expo, A First Choice Female, sired by Atwood out of Cameron, sold for $42,000 at the World Classic sale.  The quality of the cattle exhibited this year was truly exceptional.

 

Exhibitors are already beginning to plan and prepare for 2014 World Dairy Expo, "Designer Dairy.”  For more information about the event, visit www.WorldDairyExpo.com.

 

Closer to home, October 25-27, 2013, Connecticut’s Holstein breeders took center stage in Norwich when the Connecticut Holstein Association hosted the 2013 New England Holstein Convention. 

 

In conjunction with the convention, a tag sale featuring a group of the Northeast’s finest Holstein cattle was held October 24-27 in Preston.  The New England Fall Classic Tag Sale offered live cattle, picks of flushes, as well as embryos.  Other events included a Friday night dinner, a pizza party for juniors, breakfast panel discussion, speaker from the Dairy Food Council, annual meeting, and tours of farms in Lebanon and Preston.

 

For more information about the Connecticut Holstein Association and the New England Holstein Convention, visit www.nesholsteins.com.