Outagamie Holstein Futurity features 15 entries

Ray Mueller
Now Media Group


Holstein breeders, other farmers and all other interested persons are invited to attend the Outagamie County Holstein Breeders' third annual Futurity Show at 8 pm Saturday, July 30, on the county's fairgrounds here.

This year's contest will have 15 entries compared to 12 last year, according to Futurity committee member Jim Kortz. He's enthusiastic about the future of the event, given that about 90 and 100 young registered Holsteins have been identified as potential entries for the Futurity in the next two years. He estimated that up to one-third of the animals registered for the Futurity are brought to the show.

There is a prize pool of $7,500 this year with all of the entries sharing in the money, Kortz said. The winner will receive $1,000 while the lowest placing among the 15 will receive $250.

Awards will also be given to the three best dressed show men or women.

For the third consecutive year, with a contribution of $2,000, the Family Insurance Center of Seymour earned the naming rights for the 2016 Futurity. In gold, silver, and bronze categories, other contributors have provided the remainder of the prize money pool.

Eric Westphal of Byron will judge the show. Dave Selner, who has been in the role for many similar events, will be the master of ceremonies. Kortz noted that Selner will point out a number of dairy facts during his commentary.

The evening's activities will start at 7:30 with the sale of eight dairy baskets (up from five a year ago), Kortz said. Members of the county's Junior Holstein Association will distribute string cheese packets to the crowd, which numbered about 750 last year and even more during the county's first Futurity show in 2015.

The Futurity is held in conjunction with the 2016 Outagamie County Fair. There is a $5 admission fee for everyone over age 12 along with a $3 fee for parking in one of the lots on the fairgrounds.