The Wisconsin Holstein Association Futurity is always a night to remember, and this year was no exception. The crowd gathered on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Wisconsin State Fair to watch as "A Parade of Bovine Beauties" entered the arena to compete for the title of champion of the 27th annual WHA Futurity. Judge Chris Lahmers of Marysville, Ohio, had the difficult task of placing 13 registered Holstein three-year-old cows.
Krull Sanchez Eminem-ET was selected the winner of the 2013 Futurity. Eminem was exhibited by Bryce Krull of Krull Farms, Lake Mills. Bryce received a $1,500 check sponsored by Badgerland Financial. Eminem and Bryce also received Top Bred and Owned and Top Junior Bred and Owned awards, sponsored by Robert and Randy Nigh of Lirr Farms. They were also awarded Best Udder of the show, sponsored by East Central Select Sires, and 1st place Junior in the class, sponsored by Angela Davis-Brown of Ma-Brown Holsteins and Jerseys and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.
Placing second in the class and receiving a $750 check sponsored by International Protein Sires was Gildale Jasper Nugget, exhibited by Brenda Gilbertson of Hollandale. Third place honors, receiving a $500 check sponsored by Agropur, went to Milgene Goldwyn Joytime, exhibited by Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford.
Burledge Shottle Graffiti-ET, exhibited by Joseta Halbur of Fond du Lac, walked away with the honor of Top Milk Production and Top Fat and Protein, both sponsored by Brain Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance Agent.
Though the cows are the stars of the show, our exhibitors were shinning just as brightly as they exhibited their animals dressed in tuxedos and ball gowns. Colin Uecker was named Best Dressed Junior and received a plaque and a $100 check sponsored by Mark and Mary, Chad and Amy Ryan of Ryan-Vu Dairy. Brett Hildebrandt was voted Best Dressed Adult Male, sponsored by Robert and Karyn Schauf of Indianhead Holsteins, and Kristin Jarek received the award for Best Dressed Adult Female, sponsored by David and Yvonne Preder of Scenic-Edge Holsteins.
Laura Herschleb and Moriah Brey served as Mistresses of Ceremonies for the evening where they helped to introduce distinguished guests. In attendance were Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, Ben Brancel; Alice in Dairyland, Kristin Natzke Olson; Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Steffani Koch; WHA Princess, Morgan Behnke; WHA Princess Attendant, Crystal Siemers-Peterman and Green County and Dane County Royalty.
Source: Wisconsin Holstein Association