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That’s a wrap! Scenes from All-American Dairy ShowThat’s a wrap! Scenes from All-American Dairy Show

More than 20 competitions were held at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Chris Torres

September 25, 2023

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World Dairy Expo is right around the corner, but the center of the dairy cattle world — at least for showing cattle — was the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg last week.

Hundreds of exhibitors and their cows graced the multiple rings inside the sprawling complex where more than 20 separate competitions were held. Sept. 20 was the big day, though, as judges gathered for one last competition inside the complex’s New Holland Large Arena: the naming of the supreme champions.

Margot Precious, a 4-year-old Ayrshire owned by Kurt Wolf of Guttenberg, Iowa, was named supreme champion cow.

Lands-Brook KNH Chili Pepper, a fall yearling Milking Shorthorn, was named supreme champion heifer.

And Oakfield Solomon Sunset-ET, owned by Oakfield Corners Dairy in Oakfield, N.Y., was named supreme champion bred and owned.

Award winners

No All-American is complete without the naming of winners of the Obie Snider, Pioneer and Image awards.

Dr. Alan McCauley of Ada, Ohio, is this year’s Obie Snider Award recipient. The award, established in memory of Obie Snider, a founding father of the All-American Dairy Show, recognizes an individual who places significant value in service to the dairy industry and community, and displays high standards of conduct.

Loren and Helen Zimmerman of Hummelstown, Pa., received the Image Award. The Image Award is presented annually to an individual who has enhanced the image of the All-American Dairy Show with notable contributions to its reputation, prestige and welfare.

Allen Hess of Hagerstown, Md., was named the Pioneer Award winner. The Pioneer Award is presented to an individual who has considerable impact on the overall success of the previous year’s All-American Dairy Show, exhibiting time, energy or leadership to help improve the quality of the show.

About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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