Smith-Crest Armani Vivian-ET wins Dodge Co. Futurity

Wisconsin State Farmer

JUNEAU - Smith-Crest Armani Vivian-ET rose to the top of the class of 28 Holsteins entered in the 16th annual Dodge County Holstein Futurity.

The event was held during the Dodge County Fair, on  Aug. 19, and was judged by Chad Ryan of Fond du Lac.

The Vivian was also named best bred and owned, and best udder. The animal is owned by Smith-Crest Holsteins of Watertown and was led by Kate Smith. of Smith-Crest Holsteins, Watertown.

Smith-Crest Armani Vivian-ET earned first place, best bred and owned, and best udder during the Dodge County Fairy Futurity Contest. Joining her from left are, Kelsey Cramer; Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess Attendant, Alisha Burnett; 2017 Dodge County Fairest of the Fair, Holly, Travis, handler Kate and Matt Smith of Watertown and Judge Chad Ryan.

Placing second was Milgene Just For Laughs-ET, led by Courtney Ewert, bred and owned by Hildebrandt Family Farm of Hustisford.

Third place went to Paulsoncrest ATWD Jackie-ET, led by Brian Paulson, bred and owned by Paulsoncrest, Columbus, followed by fourth place Intense Absolute Twitty, led and first-place-junior owned by Kylie Nickels, Watertown.

Excellent GC Risk It All, led and second-place-junior owned by Matthew Gunst, Hartford. was awarded fifth place. Junior best bred and owned went to Fayth Paulson, Columbus, with Paulsoncrest Shot Domino.

The futurity is a unique event for Holstein breeders in the Dodge-County area to introduce the dairy industry to the general public. Exhibitors enter animals as calves and show the same animals as two-year olds, after they’ve had their first calf. During the show, exhibitors parade their cows wearing formal attire.

Numerous businesses in the Dodge-County area provide monetary donations to sponsor the futurity every year. Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance, and Cliff's Inc., Friesland, were champion-level sponsors for the 2016 show.