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WEST ALLIS -  A dozen bovine beauties graced the shavings at the Wisconsin State Fair Park on August 12 to compete for the top prize in the 31st Annual Wisconsin Holstein Futurity.

In this nontraditional show, the animals are entered three years prior to the show and only the best of the entries compete for the coveted title, led by handlers decked out in their finest garb..Jerome Meyer of Sun Prairie, WI, served as the judge.

This year the prestigious title was captured by Ryan-Vu Chelios Mocha, owned by Ryan-Vu Holsteins and shown by Amy Ryan of Fond du Lac, WI. The Ryan family received $1500 from event  sponsor, Compeer Financial.\

Mocha was also named best udder of the show, first place bred and owned animal, top milk production winner and the top fat and protein production winner.

Following closely in second was Ryan-Vu GChip Claudette, exhibited by Joseph Opsal of Blue Mounds, WI. Claudette won a $750 check from International Protein Sires.

Joseph and Claudette also received the first place junior award and $50, sponsored by Angela Davis Brown of Ma-Brown Holsteins and Jerseys, and the Best Dressed Junior Award and $100 sponsored by Dean and Leslie Frisle of Frisle-Vu Holsteins.

Finishing in third place was Miss Oeh-My Atwood Veida-ET, owned by Jenna Langer & Joel Kietzman. Agropur presented Jenna and Veida with a check for $500.

Dressed to impress

Even though the bovine beauties are truly looking their best, the exhibitors are dressed to impress. These exhibitors gave up their jeans and boots for a night of ball gowns and tuxedos to compete for the best dressed awards.

Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford, WI. received the Best Dressed Male award and $100 from Indianhead Holsteins. The Best Dressed Female of the night went to Courtney Ewert of Hustisford, WI. along with $100 sponsored by Scenic-Edge Holsteins.

The night was led by the Mistresses of Ceremonies, Ann O'Leary and Kristin Olson, to introduce distinguished guests and the bovine beauties. The distinguished guests included Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Courtney Moser; Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Attendant Kelsey Cramer; Alice in Dairyland Crystal Siemers-Peterman; Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs Rebecca Starkenburg; now-retired Wisconsin Secretary of Ag Ben Brancel; National Red and White Queen Hannah Nelson; and Green County Royalty.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association uses the futurity to help promote the dairy industry to the general public and display the first class care and dedication provided to animals and the products they produce. The Wisconsin Holstein Association Futurity was started to inform consumers about the dairy industry and Registered Holsteins.

Sponsors for the 31st Wisconsin Holstein Association futurity include Compeer Financial, International Protein Sires, Agropur, and Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance Agent.

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