A pair of four-year-old cows win Grand Champion and Reserve in International Jersey Show at World Dairy Expo.
by Chelsey Johnson, Hoard's Dairyman Editorial Intern
A competitive and quality class from top to bottom is how lead judge Mark Rueth, Oxford, Wis., described the group of Jersey females contending for Grand Champion of the International Jersey Show on Wednesday. With the help of Associate Judge Cathy Yeoman, Dover, Okla., the pair deemed Arethusa Response Vivid-ET, owned by Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, Conn. the Grand Champion of the show. Arethusa Response Vivid-ET was also the first place cow in the Four-Year-Old Cow class and Champion Senior Female.
Meanwhile, Random Luck Ray Helen followed the Grand Champion cow all day as she earned Reserve Grand Champion, Reserve Senior Champion Female and second place in the Four-Year-Old Cow class. Hillacres Morrae Maryland, owned by Budjon Farms and Peter Vail, Lomira, Wis., was recognized as honorable mention.
Winter Heifer Calf, M-Signature Tequila Clara Marie, owned by Gene Iager and Kevin Ehrhardt, Baldwin, Md., was named Junior Champion. The Intermediate Champion Female was Marynole Excite Rosey, owned by Nelson Farm, Stranshome and Joel Kietzman, Owatonna, Minn.
In the junior show, Big Guns Jamaica Vanilla, exhibited by Madison Fisher and Josh McKay of Claysburg, Pa., earned Grand Champion. Winner of the Winter Yearling Heifer class, Partee at Budjon Licorice-ET, owned by Emma Olstad, Stoughton, Wis., was Junior Champion Female.
Premier Breeder honors went home with Arethusa Farm and Premier Exhibitor was awarded to Ron and Christy Ratliff, Garnett, Kan.
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