A 4 year old Jersey cow, Select Jade Emy-ET, exhibited by Jordan Ebert of Kewaunee County, was named the Supreme Champion Cow of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Dairy Show.
Select Jade Emy won Grand Champion Jersey Cow honors prior to competing for Supreme Champion. This wasn't the first year Jordan exhibited the Grand Champion Jersey Cow at State Fair. He did so in 2010 and 2008 as well with a different Jersey cow. And even though that cow was Reserve Supreme Champion Cow in 2010 and 2008, this is the first time Jordan showed the Supreme Champion.
The thrill of victory
Following his impressive victory, Jordan said he was thrilled.
"It's like getting the monkey off my back," Jordan said. "I almost won it twice and now I did win it."
Jordan is the 17 year old son of Randy and Renee Ebert. He is a senior at Algoma High School in Algoma.
Select Jade Emy beat out the Grand Champion Holstein Cow, a Junior 2 year old exhibited by Elizabeth Sarbacker of Dane County which was named the Reserve Supreme Champion Cow. Jordan received a $500 cash award from Case IH in Racine, and one year's use of a Featherlite Trailer sponsored by R.A. Adams Enterprises in McHenry, Ill. Elizabeth received a $250 cash prize from Case IH.
Other breed grand champions of the show include: Nicole Wright of Jefferson County who exhibited the Grand Champion Brown Swiss, a 3 year old cow named Siegerts Jetway Lolidop; Jacklyn Peterson of St. Croix County had the Grand Champion Guernsey, a 3 year old cow named Misty Meadows Fayette Bab; Katy Heine of Jefferson County showed the Grand Champion Ayrshire, a 4 year old cow named Holy-Ayr Wilton Stacy; and Morgan Pelanek of Sauk County who had the Grand Champion Milking Shorthorn, a winter calf named Sunset Ruby Nouveau-ET.
The largest junior dairy show in the state and nation, there was a total of 783 cows, heifers and calves exhibited at this year's show including 511 Holsteins, 80 Jerseys, 77 Brown Swiss, 62 Guernseys, 33 Ayrshires and 20 Milking Shorthorns.
Bred and Owned of the Show honors went to Paradise-D Shotl Powder, the second place junior 2 year old Holstein cow exhibited by Andrea Pagenkopf of Grant County. Jennifer Rule of Iowa County showed the Reserve Supreme Champion Bred and Owned of the Show, an aged Brown Swiss cow named Oak Knoll Janet. Andrea received a $250 cash award while Jennifer won $150 cash prize from Case IH.
The Supreme Champion Showman of the show honors went to Kyle Natzke of Dodge County who was the 19 year old showmanship winner. Kyle, whose spring yearling heifer, Brookhill Attic Devastation was the Junior Champion of the Holstein Show, received a $200 cash award from Case IH. The Reserve Supreme Champion Showman was Brooks Hendrickson of Green County who was the 16 year old showmanship winner. Ben Powers of Dunn County, who was the 14 year old showmanship winner, was named honorable mention.
Other showmanship winners include: Austen Schmidt of Fond du Lac County, 18 year old winner; Mackenzie Nickels of Rock County, 17 year old winner; Crystal Siemers-Peterman of Manitowoc County, 15 year old winner; Riley Miller, Rock County, 13 year old winner; and Olivia Brandenburg, Jefferson County, 12 year old winner.