Delilah does it again, making World Dairy Expo history the second year in a row
MADISON - The whoop of celebration could be heard as the spotlights swung to find Kyle Barton and Cutting Edge T Delilah in the middle of the coliseum floor. As the spotlights zeroed in on the World Dairy Expo two-time Supreme Champion, Barton doled out high fives with those around him.
Cutting Edge T Delilah, a Brown Swiss owned by Ken Main and Kenny Jo Manion of Copake, N.Y., made history for a second year in a row on Saturday, Oct. 5, becoming only the second Brown Swiss to claim back-to-back World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion titles.
Barton had no words to describe what it felt like standing on the colored shavings and hearing the winner announced, but the continuous huge smile on his face, the high fives and handshakes spoke volumes of the euphoria surrounding the moment.
As Kenny Manion explained, it was all "a bit overwhelming."
It was Manion's first experience at winning champion at World Dairy Expo.
"Winning supreme is truly an overwhelming experience, to say the least. You dream of this day your whole life," Manion said. "You hope it might happen, you know, but this is something you truly just dream about your whole life. It's hard to put into words. It is really a great honor for us to be able to not only repeat - even do it one time is amazing - but to repeat is even that much more special. We are very honored about the whole thing."
Holding the giant check presented to the Supreme Champion, Ken Main talked with many people as he made his way down the colored shavings at the end of the show.
"It's quite a deal," Main said. "I didn't think it could possibly happen two years in a row."
Reaching that pinnacle is a 365 days a year job though, Main pointed out. "It doesn't happen overnight. She's been getting better every year since she was a calf."
What's next for Delilah?
"Gotta have some babies now," Main said, laughing.
The 7-year-old added 2019 Senior Champion and Grand Champion titles to her name at the International Brown Swiss Show on Thursday, Oct. 3. She also took home the $1,000 Udder Comfort Grand Champion cash award, the Allen Hetts Grand Champion trophy, the Vid Vye Memorial trophy and Swiss Bell trophy, as well as winning the Aged Cow, Six-Year-Old and Over Class.
There were more than 2,000 head of the finest cattle at World Dairy Expo this year, that culminated in crowning the best of the best at the Parade of Champions on Saturday night.
It was the culmination of a great week at the world's biggest dairy event.
"There were a lot of great cattle here, as usual," said Manion. "The exhibitors are so friendly and not only the expo staff, you have to appreciate, but everyone contributes to making it the event that it is — truly a world event. This is the place to be if you are in dairy cattle."
Taking the title of Reserve Supreme Champion of World Dairy Expo is Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show, De La Plaine Bingo Stinger, owned by Blue-Spruce Farm of Bridport, Vt.
Milksource Thunder-Red-ET, owned by Molly Olstad and Tristan Ostrom of Stoughton, Wis., was named the Supreme Champion of the Heifer Show at WDE after claiming the Junior Champion title during Friday’s International Red & White Show.
The Reserve Supreme Champion of the Heifer Show was Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, owned by Westcoast Holsteins of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada.