Top Holstein selected at County Fair Futurity

by Verla Peichl
Falls News Correspondent


SARAH FELDMAN shows off 2018 Sheboygan County Fair Futurity winner Cow-Palace Atwood Gracie. – Falls News photo by Verla Peichl SARAH FELDMAN shows off 2018 Sheboygan County Fair Futurity winner Cow-Palace Atwood Gracie. – Falls News photo by Verla Peichl The 19th annual Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity was held at the Sheboygan County Fair and it was sponsored by Schulz & Dippel Trucking.

The entries are considered the best of the best and they are three year old Holstein cows either black and white or red and white.

This year there were thirtyfive entries and their handlers are also the best of the best.

The winner of the 2018 Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity was Sara Feldmann with her entry Cow-Palace Atwood Gracie.

“I didn’t think I would win,” said Feldmann. “I was very surprised.”

“I figured she would be in the top three, but you don’t ever really let yourself imagine that she would be the winner,” said Ron Roskopf, owner of Cow- Palace Atwood Gracie.

Judge Brian Kelroy had a difficult task ahead, but his expertise managed to help make the final decision.

Kelroy grew up on his family’s

Registered Holstein farm in Fond du Lac under the Kelroys Holsteins prefix. He has judged local, district, state and national shows throughout the country, and has also judged shows internationally in Australia, Japan, Peru and Poland.

Some of the highlights in Brian’s judging career are serving as the official judge for the 2018 Southern National Holstein Show, the Brown Swiss show at the 2018 International Dairy Week in Australia, the 2018 Wisconsin Championship

Red and White Show, the Southern National Jersey Show, Mid-East Summer National Junior Holstein Show and serving as the associate judge for the International Red and White Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo in 2017.

Kelroy is also the judging coach for the University of Wisconsin Madison Dairy Judging team where he has coached the team to a national championship at the Intercollegiate Dairy Contest at World Dairy Expo.

Kelroy has also shown and bred animals that have competed well in the show ring, including Kelroy Rubens Vivian, who was classified EX-95. He is employed by East Central Select Sires and previously worked as a classifier for Holstein USA. Brian and his wife, Dana, reside in DeForest with their children Kian and Ava.

“What I look for is the animal’s dairy frame, width of the legs for good structure, high hocks, balance and all around good dairy posture,” said Kelroy. “The decision between the top two animals was difficult, but when I gave them another look the black and white surpassed the red and white.”

That decision made the deciding factor go to Cow-Palace At wood Gracie presented by Sara Feldmann.

It was a difficult job for Judge Brian Kelroy. but his expertise and knowledge helped him work his way through the entries and when the final decision was made these are his ending results

5th runner up - Katie Ulezelski with her entry Lyn-Vale Pepperdine-Red-ET. Owner William Schulz III.

4th runner up - Gina Adamavich with her entry Glennlawn Gdreams Everly. Owner Spruce Lawn Farm

3rd runner up - Ava Booth with her entry Booth-Haven Luck Be A Lady. Owner Cole, Ava, Campbell & Royce Booth

2nd runner up - Yvonne Preder with her entry Scenic-Edge Hex Jasmine-Red. Owner Scenic Edge Holsteins

1st place - Sara Feldmann with the winning Holstein Cow- Palace Atwood Gracie.

San Ron Holsteins is owned by Ron and Sandy Roskopf.. Currently, they milk 450 Holsteins. Ron also owns the Cow Palace Sale barn in Kaukuana.

Over the past year, the farm has exhibited at many local, district and state shows and a few animals at world dairy expo.

Every entry in the Futurity will be receiving prize money for participating. The winning entry will receive a chair compliments of the Sheboygan County Holstein Association, and an embroidered blanket given in memory of longtime Sheboygan county fair exhibitor, Wilbur Bohnhoff.

After Wilbur’s passing in 2001, it was decided by his family of six children to sponsor an award in his name. His main interest was exhibiting registered Holstein cattle, but also included entering and exhibiting crops from the farm. His support through sponsorships for the junior and open shows has never gone unnoticed.

His children, Maribeth, Gene, Randy, Rodney, Francha and Yvonne have all exhibited at the fair for many many years. Rodney and Yvonne still exhibit under the Scenic-Edge farm name.

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 this year were entered as calves before January 2016 and were born between Sept. 1, 2014 and Aug. 31, 2015. They showed as three year olds during this show season.


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