The barns will be ready for cattle at noon on Friday, May 31 at the Cuming County Fairgrounds in West Point, NE. The show will begin at 10:30 am with showmanship on Saturday, June 1; followed by a judging contest and then conformation classes. All youth and adults across the Midwest are encouraged to exhibit. Entries will be accepted until 9:00 am the morning of the show.
On Sunday I had the opportunity to judge the dairy division of the annual Block and Bridle Club Little North American Showmanship Contest at the Hanson Center in Ames. It was the first time I had attended the event in many years and lots has changed. The event chairmen and their team deserves lots of kudos- the event was very professional.
It was mid-March many years ago that my Dad loaded his nine-year-old son up on a Sunday afternoon and they went down to the Telleen’s dairy to judge Brown Swiss cows. It was my first judging workout and it set the stage for what soon became the most exciting thing in that nine-year-old dairy kid’s life. While we raised Holsteins at the time, I was excited to see the big, Brown Swiss cows and was challenged by the differences between the two breeds.
I had the opportunity to attend the 18th annual Cream of the Crop Show at West Point Nebraska on Saturday. My friend Chad Sickles from Marengo, Iowa was the judge and did his usual great job with the kiddos. This was the largest show ever with 91 head from three states.
We had several youth exhibitors from Northwest Iowa entered including: Adam Hansmann from Boyden; Austen Gonnermann from Sanborn; Jacob Eggink from Sibley; plus Anna and Zach Mercer from Fonda.
Congratulations to the Iowa exhibitors and I look forward to seeing you on August 5 at the Sibley Dairy Youth Show.