Memorable cows, exhibitors from Expo’s first 50 years

Jan Shepel


Those who love high-quality dairy cattle love to come to World Dairy Expo and see the best in North America – and probably the world. As Expo celebrates its 50th anniversary, we remember some of the notable cows and exhibitors and their achievements at Expo.

In 1987 Brookview Tony Charity, a Holstein from the Havens herd in Ohio became a World Dairy Expo record breaker by winning an unprecedented fourth title as World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion. She had earlier earned that title in 1982, 1984 and 1985.

In 1993 Innisfail Lobelia became the first cow of any breed to win a fifth Grand Champion title at World Dairy Expo after winning again in the International Milking Shorthorn Show.

In 2000 a bidder at the World Classic Sale during Expo paid $82,000 for a clone of C Laduc Broker Mandy.  With interest high in cloning and other forms of advanced reproductive technologies, this was the first time a clone was sold at public auction.

In 2003, Old Mill E Snickerdoodle,  owned by Allen Bassler of Virginia, was named Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo. In 2008 and 2009 she was in the hunt for the top prize, coming up Reserve Supreme both years. Snickerdoodle was named Grand Champion of the Brown Swiss show a record breaking six times at Expo.

In 2007 Indian Acres MM Pistachio Pie, became the first cow of any breed to win both Supreme Champion honors in both the open and junior show. Owned by Ashley Sears of Massachusetts, the cow was only the second Guernsey to be named Expo Supreme Champion.

In 2015, MilkSource Genetics of Kaukauna, took Supreme Champion at Expo with Holstein Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha and Reserve Supreme Champion with their Jersey Musquie Iatola Martha-ET. They also had the Grand Champion of the International Red and White Show – Strans-Jen-D Tequila-Red-ET. With those wins, MilkSource made history as the first farm to have cows from three different breeds be recognized with grand champion honors in their respective breeds at World Dairy Expo.

In 2013 Allan Bassler brought his highly prized veteran of World Dairy Expo “Snickerdoodle” back to Madison at the ripe old age of 15. His special bond with his aged Brown Swiss cow, a former Supreme Champion and two-time Reserve at Expo was evident. She is one of the record breakers we remember on the 50th anniversary of Expo.