World Dairy Expo has once again wrapped up after a successful event. Lots of news came out from Expo, read about all the awards and news below. Cowsmo’s Show & Sale Coverage, can be found on our main World Dairy Expo page HERE!
Kaleb Kruse of Dyersville, Iowa, was named the 16th Merle Howard Award winner at World Dairy Expo® on Saturday, October 5. Personable, hard-working, and above all, a team player who routinely deflects credit for success to others. These are among the many words that can describe Kaleb Kruse who possesses a beaming personality.
Youth from around the globe participated in the 2019 World Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship Contest on Thursday, October 3. More than 350 exhibitors competed in this year’s contest. Topping the Junior Division, winning the W. Terry Howard Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and clippers from Andis Company was Morgan Howard of Burgessville, Ontario, Canada. Winner of the Intermediate Division, the Howard Voegeli Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and Clippers from Andis Company was Olivia Finke of London, Ohio. Joey Opsal of Blue Mounds, Wis. won the Senior Division, receiving the Keith King Award, sponsored by Images Custom Embroidery, and a semen tank courtesy of MVE Chart.
Dean Dohle of Halfway, Mo., was presented the 29th Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award during the 53rd World Dairy Expo, in memory of Duncan MacKenzie, the 1961 Klussendorf winner. While this year’s Duncan MacKenzie winner has an impressive dairy résumé, it is most important to note that Dohle exemplifies the standards that made Duncan MacKenzie the forbearer of this award.
Ken Melvold of Fresno, Calif., was named the 78th winner of the Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States during the 53rd World Dairy Expo®. Melvold is a humble, friendly, and kind human being, and these attributes may mask that fact he is a tremendous cowman and great competitor.
Dr. Sheila McGuirk of Madison, Wis., was named the 17th winner of the Honorary Klussendorf Award, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States, during the 53rd World Dairy Expo®. The Honorary Klussendorf Award mirrors all the attributes of the Klussendorf Award and is given as special recognition by the membership for their involvement with the purebred dairy cattle industry.
Winning the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest for the third year in a row was the team from Wisconsin. This group, placing first in both overall and reasons, consists of team members Abigail Powers, Benjamin Styer, Marie Haase and Fritzy Ullom, and coaches James Powers and Scott Nelson. Coming in second place overall and third in reasons was the Ohio team of Marissa Topp, Derek Burns, Heath Starkey and Lindsay L’Amoreaux, coached by Sherry Smith. Marie Haase of Wisconsin was named high individual overall as well as high individual in reasons.
The World Dairy Expo Youth Fitting Contest presented the first-ever WDE Overall Fitter Awarf during the tenth annual contest on Sunday, September 29. 42 contestants represented 7 U.S. States, and 1 Canadian Province. These contestants, ranging in age from 13-21, were allotted 60 minutes to prepare their animal to be show-quality ready. Judging the Youth Fitting Contest was Adam Hunt, Genetic Consultant with Select Sires Genervations in Ecinburg, Ontario, Canada.
For the third year in a row, SUNY Cobleskill captured the overall team honor in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest on Monday, September 30, 2019. Cassie Menedez carried her team to the top as the high individual overall. She was joined by her teammates Kathryn Bosley, Angela George and Laura Littrell. Kaskaskia College followed as the second-place team overall and the first-place team in reasons, making this their fourth reasons title in a row. The succeeding top teams were: Northeast Iowa Community College in third, Modesto Junior College in fourth and SUNY Morrisville in fifth. In the Practical Contest, Northeast Iowa Community College placed first overall, followed by Kaskaskia College in second.
The Ohio State University finishes first among eighteen schools in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest on September 30. Coached by Bonnie Ayars, The Ohio State University team placed seventh for reasons with a score of 788. The team consists of fourth-place overall individual Billy Smith and ninth-place overall individual Lauren Almasy along with Sarah Lehner and Ian Lokai. Other top five teams include Penn State University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and Michigan State University. Receiving individual top honors is Madison Dyment of the University of Kentucky with a score of 845. Rachel Coyne of the University of Minnesota, Tanner Morrison of the University of Minnesota, Billy Smith of The Ohio State University and Caleb McGee of Penn State University round out the top five individuals.