Futurity honors best of the best

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent

WILLIAM SCHULZ III and his entry Lyn-Vale Brokaw Bellatorae claimed the top honors at the 18th annual Sheboygan County Fair Futurity event last weekend. — Review photo by Verla Peichl WILLIAM SCHULZ III and his entry Lyn-Vale Brokaw Bellatorae claimed the top honors at the 18th annual Sheboygan County Fair Futurity event last weekend. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 18th annual Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity was held this past weekend at the Sheboygan County Fair in Plymouth.

There were 33 entries of the finest three-year-old Holsteins and when the final results were in the winner was Lyn-Vale Brokaw Bellatorae, owned and presented by William Schulz III.

“You’re always a little surprised when you win and there’s such a large amount of good competition,” said Schulz. “I had felt that we would place in the top five, but not certain about winning.

“This isn’t just about me, but everyone on our team like Yvonne Preder and Travis Krohlow,” he said.

Lyn-Vale Holsteins is considered a family-run operation with partners Bill and Ronnie Schultz along with their dad Bill Jr.

At present, the herd is comprised of 90 percent red and/or red carrier genetics.

The Schultz family takes great pride in exhibiting red and white Holsteins at local, district, state, national, and international shows.

Numerous All-Americans and Junior All-Americans have been awarded to the family, whether exhibited by themselves or through sales of the Lyn-Vale genetics.

The farm is located along the edge of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and is comprised of 400 tillable acres that supply all the feed and bedding needed to take care of and nurture 200 head of registered Holsteins.

The Schultz family takes great pride in what they have accomplished over the years and plan to stay in the dairy business for years to come.

The judge for the day was Kevin Jorgenson of Waupun. His credentials are extensive and he was well qualified for the position of determining not only the winner, but the rest of the competitors.

“Sheboygan County held the first Futurity, and due to its success here, there are 20 different events held throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said Jorgensen. “You should all be proud of the exhibitors - they are all special. This is no small feat. This is not only the greatest fair, but an amazing showing of Holstein cattle.”

Jorgensen is a Holstein sire analyst for Select Sires. His territory consists of Wisconsin, the Western United States and Canada.

Additionally, he is the coordinator for the Showcase Selections and Red and White product lines at Select Sires.

He grew up on a Holstein dairy farm in Poy Sippi and attended the University of Wisconsin Madison, receiving a bachelor’s degree in dairy science.

He later earned a masters of business administration from Marian University in Fond du Lac.

In addition to his duties at Select Sires, Jorgenson owns 100 head of registered Holsteins with Mitch Breunig of Jenny- Lou Holsteins in Sauk City and works extensively in the cattle sale industry, working auctions across the U.S. as a pedigree announcer and ringman.

The Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity began in 2000. The purpose of the Futurity is to stimulate interest in breeding and exhibiting outstanding officially-identified Holsteins.

Holstein breeders choose calves they believe will grow and develop into cows that will be productive on the farm and competitive in the show ring.

The cows exhibited in this year’s Holstein Futury, were entered as calves before January 2015 and were born between Sept. 1, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. They were shown as three year olds during this show season.

Lyn-Vale Brokaw Bellatore, owned by William Schulz III, took second place in this year’s Holstein Futurity with Katie Ulezelski serving as the presenter.

Third place went to Mission Bell Pitbull Oneida owned by Mission-Bell Dairy and presented by Nick Jens.

Mission-Bell Chelios Dahila owned by Mission-Bell Dairy and presented by Jimmy Jens was fourth.

RedBrae Luficer Kylie owned by Brady Bleck and presented by Elise Bleck rounded out the top five.

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