100 years of WI Brown Swiss

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The Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association kept its 100-year anniversary rolling during the 47th Annual Wisconsin State Show and Swisstacular Sale held June 24-25 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam.

The three-day event kicked off with a youth showmanship clinic on June 23, that was conducted by several of the older youth. The Brown Swiss breed will be well represented at the National Brown Swiss Convention slated for July 9 in Owatonna, MN. Thirty-eight youth will exhibit 54 heifers at the event.

Judge Hayden Hauschildt of Ellsworth, put the Youth Showmanship participants to the test before picking his winners: Mini Showman — Abby Meyer; Junior Showman — Briana Meyer; Intermediate Showman — Marcus Schoepfer; and Senior Showman — Renae Holthaus.

Swisstacular sale

The Swisstacular sale featured some of the best genetics in the Midwest. The event attracted numerous active phone and pre-sale bidders competing with the on-site bidders on Friday night.

High seller at $6,000 was a choice lot in which the buyer picks a bull for JoDee Kingpin Raisin Hell and receives the resulting calf, consigned by Powerline Swiss and purchased by Sparxflyn and Frosted Beauty Swiss of Epworth, IA.

Highest live lot bid was $4,200 for a summer yearling purchased by the partnership of Ben Everson and Ronald Kelm and consigned by Ronald Kelm.

Sale cattle were managed by Allen 'Spud' Paulson with Jim Hammerand on pedigrees, Chris Lungren as auctioneer, and Tammy Voegeli as clerk. A total of 24 live lots and one choice lot were sold for an average of $2,616.

State Show

Judge Angelo Pozzatti of Italy sorted through 155 head of cattle to find his champions of the Junior and Open shows on Saturday. Pozzatti is a sire analyst for Swissgenetics.

At the conclusion of the show, Pozzatti expressed his appreciation for the high quality of Brown Swiss cattle in Wisconsin.

Junior Show Results

Renae Holthaus won the junior grand championship with her fall yearling AR-Line J Hillbilly Martini. Earning reserve champion honors in the junior show was Otis and Malcom Johnson with their fall calf, Browns Galenas Go-Girl. Honorable Mention was presented to Niermans Durham Rhoda, a summer yearling exhibited by Braylon Hoesly.

Leif Thompson's five-year-old Siegerts Stanford Katrina was tapped for Grand Champion honors. Trysten Chwala's junior three-year-old Beu Dell Precious Dee earned reserve grand champion honors, while junior two-year-old VB HP Bush Minty exhibited by Haley Reeson was honorable mention.

Open Show Results

In the open show, Renae Holthaus took junior champion honors with her fall yearling AR-Line J Hillbilly Martini. Jon and Curt Retzlaff's spring yearling R-Plain B Beautiful was runner-up as reserve junior champion, Fall yearling M&M Kingpin Sierra shown by M&M Swiss was honorable mention.

Kruses DR Victor Annabelle, a senior three-year-old exhibited by Joyce Uglow was pulled out and named Intermediate Champion while reserve intermediate champion honors went to Ronald Kelm who exhibited Jo-Dee Rosco Sangria, a senior three-year-old. M&M Swiss's M&M Total Shotski was tapped as honorable mention in the division.

Four year-old CIE Witts Pride Tinker Tonja won senior champion honors for GoldfawnFarms/Rick Thompson. Sunshine Association/G. Groves was the owner of reserve senior champion, aged cow Groves View Agenda Tina ET. Awarded honorable mention in the division was Random Luck Prem Talent ET, component merit cow shown by Random Luck Farm.

Rick Thompson of Goldfawn Farms exhibited the Grand Champion, four-year-old CIE Witts Pride Tinker Tonja. Earning reserve champion honors was senior three-year-old Kruses DR Victor Annabelle exhibited by Joyce Uglow. Rounding out the championship circle was honorable mention grand champion, Groves View Agenda Tina ET, an aged cow exhibited by Sunshine Assoc/ G Groves.

The Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association promotes breeding, showing, and marketing of Brown Swiss cattle through support of the many breeders in the state.

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