On Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 at the 2012 South Dakota State Fair in Huron, Scott Ellinghuysen of Altura, Minn., evaluated 216 head of dairy cattle.
In the Guernsey show, Adam Creek Mitchell Mari, a Junior Yearling, exhibited by Plucker Farms of Chancellor was chosen Junior Champion. The Reserve was a Senior Yearling exhibited by Jessica Kenefick of Alcester, Kenefick Neon Aphrodite. She also exhibited the Intermediate and Reserve Grand Champion, Kenefick Neon Athena, a Senior 2 year old. Plucker Farms exhibited the remaining mature female champions: Idle Gold Adurable Edna, Junior 3 year old, Reserve Intermediate Champion; Faria Farms Challenge Noelle, 4 year old Senior and Grand Champion; Ridge Roll Mics Doxi, Lifetime Production, Reserve Senior Champion.
Selks Micah Adilida George, exhibited by Selken Ranch of Colton was chosen Champion bull in the Holstein division. The first place Junior Yearling, Al-Shar Final Mississippi, shown by Al-Shar Holsteins of Groton was named Junior Champion. The Reserve Junior was the 2nd place Junior Yearling exhibited by Sipka Holsteins of Volga, Sipka Dundee Sundae-ET. A Junior 2 year old, Al-Shar Destry Marvilous, shown by Al-Shar Holsteins, was the Intermediate and Grand Champion. The Reserve Intermediate was a Junior 3 year old shown by Andrew Weber of Groton, Loremar Roscoe Kendra. Senior and Reserve Grand Champion, Free-State BC Fran, a 4 year old, was shown by Bonnie Elms Farm of Dimock. Sipka Dundee Sydney-ET, a 5-year old cow, exhibited by Post Lane Holsteins of Volga, was the Reserve Senior Champion.
The Brown Swiss show started with the naming of the Champion Bull. Opdahl Lee Hank was shown by Opdahl Dairy of Hazel. Koerner Agenda Vee, a Senior Heifer calf, exhibited by Koerner Swiss of Harrisburg was the Junior Champion. The Reserve Junior Champion was shown by Riley Anderson, Jasper, MN, Fick Donut Danish a Senior yearling heifer. The Senior and Grand Champion was an aged cow, Brandt Dally Waneka, exhibited by Bob Gillette of New Richmond, WI. Koerner Promotion Vicky, a 4 year old, shown by Koerner Swiss was the Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion.
The Champion Jersey Bull was a Senior calf exhibited by Thyen Farms of Waverly. The Reserve Champion bull was Reiman's Tequilla Moment, a Junior yearling, shown by Chance-a-Lot Dairy of Letcher. The Junior Champion was a Senior Yearling, SanForddale Governor Anna Belle, exhibited by Bonnie Elms Farm of Dimock. They also had the Reserve Junior Champion, Missy Maddie, a Senior Calf. In the milking female division the Intermediate Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of Groton, was a Junior 2 year old with Andrew Weber at the halter, Gordons Governor Rose. Reserve Intermediate, Senior and Grand Champion and Reserve Senior Champion were all exhibited by Bonnie Elms Farm. They were MB Minister Zaine, a Junior 3 year old; Paule-View Giller Sabrina, a 5 year old; and the 4 year old Cloverfield Excitation Godiva respectively.
JK Berg Nitro Leo, the 1st place Senior Bull calf owned by Thyen Farms of Waverly was
the Champion Bull in the Milking Shorthorn show. The reserve was the 2nd place calf, BT's Blake, shown by Thomas Shorthorns of Huron. Thyen Farms also exhibited both heifer division champions, JK Berg Artemis Exp, a winter yearling and Thyen Liriano Lightening a Senior yearling, the Reserve. The Intermediate and Reserve Grand Champion, JK Berg SS Lingering Lips, a Senior 3 year old also came out of the Thyen string. The Reserve Intermediate Champion was a Junior 2 year old, BRT Sundance Adelia Amy, shown by Brityn Boldt Davies of Arlington. The Senior and Grand Champion was Thomas Snowball 506, an Aged Cow owned by Thomas Shorthorns. The Reserve Senior Champion went to Richard Boldt of Arlington with BRT King 792 Daphne Clyde.
The premier Breeders were as follows: Galen Fick, Hull, IA, Brown Swiss; Opdahl Dairy, Hazel, Guernseys; Sipka Holsteins, Volga, Holsteins; Blarney Jerseys, Huron, Jerseys; and Boldt Farm, Arlington, Milking Shorthorns.
The Premier Exhibitors were: Alex and Riley Anderson, Jasper, MN, Brown Swiss; Plucker Farms, Chancellor, Guernseys; Vanderham Dairy, Alcester, Holsteins; Bonnie Elms, Dimock, Jerseys; and Boldt Farm, Arlington, Milking Shorthorns.
Our Supreme Champions, which is a competition between the champions of all 5 breeds, was won by Al-Shar's Holstein in the Junior Division and Bob Gillette's Brown Swiss in the milking female division. The Supreme Champion awards sponsors are AMPI; Accelerated Genetics; Cache Valley Select Sires; Valley Dairy Supply; Animal Health International; Real-Tuff, Inc.; Dakota Land Feeds and Stockholm Refrigeration.
The Wayne Jarman family of Wilmot received the Herdsmanship award which is given out for neatness of display, attentiveness to their cattle and helpfulness and friendliness to the visitors and other exhibitors in the barn.