The top cow, chosen at the close of this year’s World Dairy Expo on Saturday, was RF Goldwyn Hailey, owned by Gen-Com Holstein Ltd. of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Quebec.
The Canadian Holstein captured the Supreme Champion title of the 2012 World Dairy Expo, beating the top entries from all the other dairy breeds.
Earlier in the day, Hailey was named the winning Six-Year-Old & Older Cow and Senior Champion of the 2012 International Holstein Open Show, adding on to her title of Grand Champion.
The six-year-old Hailey, who is officially ranked Excellent-97 points, had a four-year-old milking record (in 294 days) of 27,679 pounds of milk, so she’s much more than a pretty face.
The Expo win adds to the cow’s show record. In 2011, she and her owners racked up a long list of credentials. She was named Reserve Grand Champion and Best Udder of Show at the 2011 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last fall and Reserve All-Canadian and Reserve All-American 5-Year-Old for 2011.
At the 2011 Quebec International Fall Show, Hailey placed first in the Five-Year-Old Cow class, second at the Quebec Expo, and third at the International Holstein Show.
The Expo Supreme Champion was bred by R&F Livestock and Chilliwack Cattle Company in Warman, Saskatchewan. Her dam is Mellholm Louie Hanah and she was sired by Braedale Goldwyn.
Gen-Com Holstein Ltd., founded in May 2009, specializes in Holstein breeding and working with heifers, cows and embryos with high genetic potential.
The Reserve Supreme Champion was the top Jersey winner at this year’s show, Arethusa Response Vivid-ET, owned by Arethusa Farm, of Litchfield, CN – a farm that has entered the top ranks of World Dairy Expo with both a Jersey and a Holstein in recent years.
It was quite a week for the little brown cow. Only a day into Expo, Vivid dominated her competition, earning the title Grand Champion of the 2012 International Jersey Show on Wednesday Oct. 4.
She was also named winning Four-Year-Old Cow and Senior Champion. The Arethusa cow was introduced with the other breed champions during a theatrical awards ceremony to close the show.
The Jersey already has a pretty substantial resume from the show circuit. She was the Intermediate Champion at the New York Spring Jersey Show in 2010 and the Intermediate Reserve Grand Champion at the 2010 All-American Show.
Last year, she was also the first Junior Three-Year-Old Cow at World Dairy Expo.
Vivid is a daughter of Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J, the World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion in 2006 and Reserve Supreme Champion in 2004, and was sired by Hollylane R Response-ET.
Arethusa Farms prides itself on providing the best care for its cows to produce truly exceptional cows. The farm has numerous wins for premier breeder. Vivid is an Excellent 91-point cow.
Other cows that the judges considered in the run-up to the Supreme Champion announcement included several Wisconsin cows:
• International Red & White International show champion Blondin Redman Seisme-Red, owned and exhibited by Milksource Genetics of Kaukauna. She was named Senior Champion after being the winning entry in the Aged Cow, Six-Year-Old and Over Cow class. She is an Excellent-96-point cow, with a 97-point mammary system.
• The Grand Champion Guernsey, Misty Meadows Adacka Pixie, an Excellent-92-point cow that was recently named Grand Champion at the Minnesota State Fair, shown by Jaclyn Peterson of Wilson.
• The Brown Swiss Champion, Forest Lawn Whistler Molly, exhibited by Renegade Swiss of Madison. The Excellent-94-point cow had earlier been named champion of the International Brown Swiss show at Expo.
• Ayrshire champion, Sweet-Pepper Black Francesca, exhibited by Beverly Donovan of Benton, ME. The cow, ranked 2E-94 has been Grand Champion at five National Shows since 2009 and is a two-time unanimous All-American. She was the winner of the Six-Year-Old and Over class on her way to the breed championship in the International Ayrshire Show at Expo.
• Mi-San Acres O Lust-ET, the top Milking Shorthorn, a Senior Three-Year-Old, shown by David Riley of Williamsfield, OH. She was champion of the International Milking Shorthorn show during the week.