Earning grand champion honors in both the open and junior show at the International Guernsey Show, Friday, Oct. 5, was the icing on the cake for Jaclyn Peterson, Wilson.
Peterson's 4-year-old, Misty Meadows Adacka Pixie graced the colored shavings at World Dairy Expo for the last time as a junior-owned entry, but not before leaving her legacy for the Peterson family.
Not only did Pixie garner grand champion honors, but also took home best bred and owned of both shows and best udder, as well as the Nasco International Type & Production Award and the Total Performance Cow Award.
This marks the first time the Petersons have ever showed a grand champion at Expo, and brings to end the drought of not having shown a class winner in the open show since 1990. They've only missed four Expo appearances since the show started.
This caps off an accomplished year for Peterson and Pixie, as they were named Supreme Champion and Supreme Bred and Owned at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair back in August, a title never won by the Guernsey breed.
In addition the "Pixie" team was Grand Champion of the Wisconsin State Show in July and Grand Champion at the Midwest Fall Show in Minnesota. She was nominated Junior All-American as a senior 2-year-old in 2010.
The dynamic duo also finished second in the World Dairy Expo senior showmanship contest on Thursday evening and won the Guernsey showmanship contest during the Wisconsin Junior State Fair and at the Wisconsin State Show, with Peterson doing all the fitting. Production and type go hand-in-hand for this Adacka daughter. Scored EX-92, she's already produced over 35,000 pounds of milk in her second lactation in less then 305 days on three-times-a-day milking, ranking her at #163 on the August 2012 CPI list.
And there's no magic "Pixie" dust involved in producing this milk. It's just a simple 16 percent complete grain mix, along with some baled hay and corn silage, and a lot of outside pasture during the summer months.
The Grand Champion Guernsey is backed by a show-winning pedigree. Her dam, Misty Meadows Tiller Patience (EX-91), was nominated Junior All-American as both a senior 2-year-old and 4-year-old. Her grandam, Misty Meadows B Peaches (EX-93), was nominated Junior All-American Aged Cow four times and was the All-American Aged Cow in 2003.
The daughter of Randy and Kelly Jo Peterson, Jaclyn is a junior at the St. Cloud State University in Minnesota enrolled in the nursing program. She owns close to 30 cows, calves and heifers and had held numerous leadership roles in FFA and 4-H and is currently the president of the Wisconsin Junior Guernsey Breeders.
The Wilson youth describes herself as an all-around person at the farm, assisting with milking, general chores, calf registration and field work. The farm consists of 150 acres and 28 milk cows.
Peterson is the youngest of five siblings - three older brothers and an older sister; the oldest brother Chris works on the farm as well.
According to Randy, winning Grand Champion recognition as World Dairy Expo is really a dream come true, and it's really special since this cow is homebred.
Randy added, "And how many people can say they have had grand champion with three generations at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair?" In addition to Pixie, her dam was grand and the grandam was crowned grand champion twice.
Pixie currently has four Fame pregnancies and her natural December calf by Friendship Regal. She has been bred back and hopefully pregnant with plans to flush her in the future.
What does the future hold for this 20-year-old Guernsey enthusiast? She plans to pursue her career in nursing but hopefully can work in the Midwest so she can continue to work with her Guernseys and share her talents with other youth.