For the second time in three years, Erbacres Snapple Shakira-ET claimed Supreme Champion honors on the colored shavings at World Dairy Expo.
On Friday afternoon, the speckled cow first ascended to the top of the Six-Year-Old and Older Cow class that included the Grand Champion Holstein from the last two Expos — and, in fact, the last two Expo Supreme Champions: herself and Oakfield Solomon Footloose-ET. At the close of the class, Shakira and Footloose stood first and second in the class, respectively, and earned raucous applause throughout the Coliseum.
Those two cows then went on to be named Senior and Reserve Senior Champion and, finally, Grand and Reserve Grand Champion of the International Holstein Show.
Two hours later, Shakira repeated her feat from 2021 when she earned the top award of the 2023 Expo dairy cattle show. She is owned by Ferme Jacobs, Antelimarck, Ty-D Holsteins, Theraulaz, and Attaboy Holsteins of Cap-Sante, Quebec.
Reserve Supreme Champion went to the Grand Champion Jersey. That was Stoney Point Joel Bailey, exhibited by Vierra Dairy Farms of Hilmar, Calif.
Among the heifers of the Open Show, the Red and White reigned Supreme. Sco-Lo Dc Rogue2470-Red-ET is owned by Fly Higher, Elmlo, Andy and Whitney Reynolds, and Mackenzie Reynolds of Corfu, N.Y. Reserve Supreme went to the Holstein, Kingsway Caught a Vibe, owned by Kingsway Farms and Velthuis Farms of Hastings, Ontario.
Both Supreme titles in the Junior Show went to the Ayrshire representative. Toppglen Wishful Thinking-ET was the winning cow for Tanner, Brennan, Marissa, and Logan Topp of West Salem, Ohio. The top heifer was Grand-View Champ Dyna, owned by Jacob, Logan, and Madison Harbaugh of Marion, Wis.
Both Reserve titles went to the Jersey animals. Reserve Supreme Champion in the Junior Show was Rolling Spring Premier Lucille owned by Evan Jauquet of Pulaski, Wis. Among the heifer contenders, Miss Gayles Grace-ET, owned by Kendall Thomas of North Lewisburg, Ohio, was Reserve.
Each Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champion goes home with banners, trophies, and awards donated by generous sponsors. Their support helps these exhibitors carry a piece of this momentous occasion home with them and for years to come as World Dairy Expo 2023 wrapped up.
Katelyn Allen joined the Hoard’s Dairyman team as the Publications Editor in August 2019 and is now an associate editor. Katelyn is a 2019 graduate of Virginia Tech, where she majored in dairy science and minored in communication. Katelyn grew up on her family’s registered Holstein dairy, Glen-Toctin Farm, in Jefferson, Md.