Judges to place more than 2,400 head of cattle at WDE

Wisconsin State Farmer

MADISON - World Dairy Expo’s 2017 associate judges have been selected, rounding out the group of 16 judges who will have the honor of placing more than 2,400 head of cattle during the 51st show.


This year’s diverse group of  judges has experience judging national and international shows around the world, and Expo is excited to welcome them to judge on the colored shavings, many for the first time. 

International Ayrshire Show
Official Judge: Allyn "Spud" Paulson, Arlington, WI
Associate Judge: Kurt Wolf, Epworth, IA

Over the years, Paulson has been a dairy cattle fitter, allowing him to work with a two-time Reserve Junior Champion Milking Shorthorn at World Dairy Expo (WDE). He returns to the colored shavings after judging the International Milking Shorthorn Show in 2015, in addition to numerous state and local shows.

Over the past decade, Wolf, his family­ and their business partners, have developed 51 All-American Nominees, including the 2011 Grand Champion and 2012 Reserve Grand Champion Ayrshires at WDE. In 2015, he was the official judge for the Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn Shows at the Indiana State Fair. 

International Brown Swiss Show
Official Judge: Keith Topp, Botkins, OH
Associate Judge: Dean Dohle, Halfway, MO

Topp stands center ring this year with an impressive judging career resume, including the 2013 International Ayrshire Show, the 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show and numerous state and local shows.

Dohle has judged the National Brown Swiss Show in Mexico and state and national shows in 27 states in the United States, including the 2005 International Brown Swiss Show.

International Guernsey Show
Official Judge: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, OH
Associate Judge: Bernie Heisner, Fairview Heights, IL

This year marks Lahmers’ fourth appearance as a judge at Expo. His previous shows include the 2011 International Brown Swiss Show, 2012 International Junior Holstein Show and – most recently – 2016 International Jersey Show.

Heisner has coached dairy judging teams at The Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. He has judged the Arizona State Fair, the Indiana State Fair and several shows across Illinois, Michigan and Ohio.

International Holstein Show
Official Judge: Adam Liddle, Argyle, NY
Associate Judge: Carl Phoenix, Sunderland, ONT.

Liddle’s showring accomplishments have culminated in having bred or owned an All-American Nominee each of the past eight years. His past judging experiences include the International Junior Holstein Show in 2011, International Red & White Show in 2012, and the 2014 Supreme Dairy Show.

For 12 years, Phoenix has placed cattle at the Irish National Show, the WIState Championship Holstein Show, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Brazil State Show and numerous shows across Canada and the U.S.. Hehas also judged the Youth Showmanship Contest at WDEand at the TD Canadian 4-H Dairy Classic.

International Jr. Holstein Show
Official Judge: Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, WI
Associate Judge: Ryan Krohlow, Poynette, WI

Harbaugh was a co-owner of the 2000 Grand Champion Red & White at WDE, co-breeder of the 2011 Reserve Grand Champion Red & White at Expo and has developed numerous Holstein and Red & White All-American Nominees. This is Harbaugh’s sixth time judging at World Dairy Expo.

As a professional cattle fitter, Krohlow has prepared cattle for showrings around the world and numerous Grand Champions at WDE, including the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Supreme Champions.He judged the 2015 All-American Guernsey Show, 2016 Midwest Fall National Red & White Show and various local and state shows.

International Jersey Show
Official Judge: Mike Berry, Albany, OR
Associate Judge: Corey Couch, Victoria, Australia

Berry has judged major cattle shows from coast to coast, including the California State Holstein and Jersey Shows, the New York Spring Dairy Carousel Jersey Show, WI State Championship Holstein Show, the Jersey Jug Futurity, the Junior and Open All-American Jersey Shows and was the associate judge for the 2013 International Red & White Show.

Couch owns one of the highest producing Jersey herds in Australia for the past 15 years. He has also exhibited four National Champions, one Reserve National Champion, four Intermediate Champions and two Junior Champions at International Dairy Week. 

International Milking Shorthorn Show
Official Judge:Jack Lomeo, Jr., Sylvan Beach, NY
Associate Judge: Simon Lalanda, St. Pacide, QUE.

Lomeo returns to the Expo Showring as an official judge, having previously served as the 2014 associate judge for the International Milking Shorthorn Show. Beyond judging at Expo, Lomeo has evaluated dairy cattle at state shows across the Northeast, various regional shows in the U.S. and Canada and the Stratford Championship Show.

Lalande manages registered cattle sales and exhibits Blondin animals at several local, regional, national and international shows. A few notable Blondin cows to grace the colored shavings include the 2008 Intermediate Champion Holstein, the 2015 Supreme Champion of the Junior Show and a two-time Grand Champion Red & White cow.

International Red & White Show
Official Judge: Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, WI
Associate Judge: Brian Kelroy, DeForest, WI

Ryan has evaluated cattle at shows across North America, including the 2012 International Ayrshire Show, the 2013 Mexican National Holstein Show, the 2015 International Junior Holstein Show, the 2017 Midwest National Spring Holstein Show and several breed shows at the All-American Dairy Show.

Kelroy has evaluated cattle at the 2015 Yamagata Holstein Show, the 2015 Arequipa National Holstein and Brown Swiss Shows, the Southern National Junior Spring Show and many more shows across the Midwest.