A pair of bred and owned cow stood out on the royal blue shavings. And this year was a comeback for the 2014 Reserve Supreme Champion, Brown Heaven Glenn Fantasy, owned by Ferme Brown Heaven of Vercheres, Quebec. She topped the 5-Year-Old Class and went on to receive Trapp's Grand Champion nod. The second-place 5-year-old, Top Acres Supreme Wizard-ET, owned by Wayne Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio, took Reserve Supreme Champion honors.
When selecting his senior champions, Trapp noted, "When this pair of 5-year-olds came into the class, both Tom and I were excited." In regards to Fantasy, Trapp added, "She's just a tremendous dairy cow.
Elite Dairy, Copake, N.Y., claimed both Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor honors.
Twin Elms-VU Java Bree, owned by Blessing Farms of Fort Wayne, Ind., won Junior Champion honors as the winning fall yearling heifer (not in milk). Cutting Edge A Ruby, exhibited by John and Bonnie Ayars and Kenny Manion, Mechanicsburg, Ohio, was named Reserve Junior Champion.
In the Junior Show, Judge Trapp selected Cutting Edge T Delilah, exhibited by Kyle Barton of Ancramdale, N.Y., for Grand Champion. He followed with Jonlee Secret Langwathby, owned by Dalton Freeman of Bremen, Ind., for Reserve. Jenlar Jongleur Winnie, exhibited by Brianna Meyer of Chilton, Wis.,was named Junior Champion of the show, and Blessing Osborn T Taylor, exhibited by Caylee Nicole James of La Grange, Wis., took home Reserve Junior Champion honors.
The author, Amanda Smith, was an associate editor and is an animal science graduate of Cornell University. Smith covers feeding, milk quality and heads up the World Dairy Expo Supplement. She grew up on a Medina, N.Y., dairy, and interned at a 1,700-cow western New York dairy, a large New York calf and heifer farm, and studied in New Zealand for one semester.