The annual Dodge County Holstein Futurity was held during the Dodge County Fair, on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. First place, best bred and owned, and best udder was awarded to Rynearson Rainy Razzy-Red, owned by Don Rynearson, and led by Kate Smith of Smith Crest Holsteins, Watertown. The judge was Jeff Brantmeier, Sherwood, Wis.
Placing second was Wildweed Sanchez Mistletoe, led and bred and owned by Linda Behling with Wildweed Holsteins and Jerseys, Fox Lake. Third went to Peicrest Adon Popsicle-Red, led by Travis Smith, Watertown, and bred and owned by Gregg Peirick, Columbus. Fourth was Robrook Windbrook Myleigha, led and first-place-junior owned by Kylie Nickels, Watertown; and fifth place was awarded to Ladinodale Atwood Angela, led and second-place-junior owned by Matthew Gunst, Hartford. Junior best bred and owned went to Jessica Manke, Watertown, with J-Ren Sid Vignette.
The futurity is a unique event for Holstein breeders in the Dodge-County area to introduce the dairy industry to the general public. Exhibitors enter animals as calves and show the same animals as two-year olds, after they've had their first calf. During the show, exhibitors parade their cows wearing formal attire.
Numerous businesses in the Dodge-County area provide monetary donations to sponsor the futurity every year. Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance, and Cliff's Inc., Friesland, were champion-level sponsors for the 2016 show.