The Wisconsin Holstein Association (WHA) will be temporarily suspending a rule to compensate state Holstein breeders who were unable to show at their district shows due to recent flooding conditions. This rule suspension will allow all breeders to show at the Wisconsin Championship Show that will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 14 and 15 at the Eau Claire County fairgrounds in Eau Claire even if they could not attend a district show.
For this year and this year only, the rule that states "Any exhibitor showing at their district show is eligible to show at the Wisconsin Championship Show" will be suspended.
Due to 30 counties being placed under State of Emergency by Governor Jim Doyle because of flooding across the state, the WHA Board would like those who could not make it to their district shows due to flooding to have the opportunity to show at this year's championship show. Therefore, animals may be entered even if exhibitors were unable to show at their respected district show. This decision was reached after a special meeting by the WHA board of directors on June 18.
"There were breeders that could not get to shows due to road closures from flooding," says WHA President Corey Geiger. "At the Fond du Lac District Show, the fairgrounds were being used as an evacuation site for flood victims the same day as the show was taking place. In Jefferson, exhibitors left the fairgrounds as the town was essentially being closed down due to flooding. The Wisconsin National Guard is currently guarding the downtown bridges in Jefferson for use by emergency vehicles," said Geiger.
"In respect to those breeders who made it to the district shows, the late fees for the Wisconsin Championship Show will still stay in place," he says.
Entries will be $50 per animal until July 1 and will increase to $100 per animal after. To enter or for questions, contact the WHA Office by calling 1-800-223-4269, or visit the website at www.wisholsteins.com to obtain a form. The Wisconsin Holstein Association is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Holstein Registered breed and its breeders and owners.