Judge Mandi Bue of Freedom placed 12 outstanding young cows on Saturday, August 10 at Wisconsin State Fair Park during the first All-Breeds Futurity. Since 1987, the Wisconsin Holstein Association has hosted an annual Holstein Futurity at the Wisconsin State Fair, but this year was the first year all seven dairy breeds were eligible to show.
Taking top honors and Best Udder was Floydholm MC Emoji-ET, exhibited by Shawn and Seth Nehls of Hustisford. They took home a $1,500 check sponsored by Compeer Financial and $50 from CentralStar Cooperative.
Second and Best Bred and Owned was Milgene Defyin Jackolantern, exhibited by the Hildebrandt family from Hustisford. The Hildebrandt family was awarded $750 sponsored by International Protein Sires and the Best Bred and Owned award sponsored by Lirr Farm, the Nigh family.
Rounding out the top three and the production and combined fat and protein winner was Crestbrooke A Cabernet-ET exhibited by Kyle Natzke of Fond du Lac. Agropur sponsored the $500 third place award and Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance Agent sponsored a prize for the production awards.
The first-place junior was Dreamfix Summer Fling exhibited by Landon and Mylie Wendorf, Dawson and Kylie Nickels, and Christian Sachse of Ixonia. They won an award sponsored by Angela Davis-Brown of Ma-Brown Holsteins and Jerseys and a cash prize sponsored by the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.
The Nigh family of Lirr Farm also sponsored the Best Junior Bred and Owned award. This award went to Colton and Ashley Brandel of Lake Mills exhibiting Brand-New Iron Man Allis.
Although the cows are the stars of the show, the exhibitors dress their best in competition for the Best Dressed awards. The Best Dressed junior was Carly Strauss of Lake Mills, who won an award sponsored by the Barron County Junior Holstein Association. Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford was awarded Best Dressed male and received an award from Robert and Karyn Schauf. Yvonne Preder sponsored the Best Dressed female award, which was awarded to Kayla Wright of Johnson Creek.
The night was led by the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, Kevin and Peggy Coffeen of De Pere. They announced the winning cows and introduced the dignitaries that were present as well as sharing Wisconsin dairy facts with the crowd. Representing the sponsors were Jill Armbruster from Compeer Financial, Ron Sersland of International Protein Sires, and David Hitner from Agropur. Royalty from across Wisconsin also attended the event and helped present awards including Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess, Lauren Siemers; Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Attendant, Mikayla Endres; Wisconsin Brown Swiss Queen, Natalie Roe; Alice in Dairyland, Abigail Martin; and Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Meghan Buechel.
The Wisconsin Holstein Association All-Breeds Futurity would not have been possible without the generous donations from our major sponsors, Compeer Financial, International Protein Sires, Agropur, and Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance Agent. In addition, we would like to thank all of the committee members, volunteers, and additional sponsors that helped make the show a success.
We hope to see everyone at the 2020 WHA All-Breeds Futurity at next year’s Wisconsin State Fair on August 15, 2020.
Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Registered Holstein breed, its breeders and owners. Established in 1890, it has grown its junior and adult membership to become the second largest state Holstein association in the nation. For more information visit the WHA website at www.wisholsteins.com.