By Tom Collins
WISCONSIN — A Peterborough farmer, who owns one-quarter of the reserve champion Holstein at the World Dairy Expo, said the animal is a modern-day kind of cow.
“She has no holes in her,” said Gerald Coughlin about Oakfield GC Darby. “She’s not a giant, she’s got a tremendous udder, good set of feet and legs, lot of dairy strength about her, angularity and dairyness.”
Coughlin runs Trent Valley Holsteins at Peterborough, where Oakfield is kept and 30 cows are milked. He said his show cows do not get any special treatment at the home farm.
Coughlin said good cows develop over time and Oakfield is proof. This is the first year of show success for the five-year-old Oakfield, who was also named grand champion at this year’s Ontario Summer Show. Oakfield placed ninth in her class as a junior three-year-old at the World Dairy Expo in 2017.
Coughlin used to also partly own Alfinch Zelgodis Taci, which won the four-year-old class at the World Dairy Expo, but Coughlin sold her earlier this summer.
Here are some of the Ontario competitors that finished in the top three at this year’s World Dairy Expo.
Youth Showmanship Contest Junior division (ages 9-12)
- Morgan Howard, Burgessville, Ontario, Canada
Spring heifer calf
- Windy-Knoll-View Cat, bred by James and Nina P. Burdette at Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, owned by Brian Joseph Enright at Winchester, Ont. and Jamie Jaquemet Holsteins at Winchester, Ont.
Spring yearling heifer
- Mapel Wood Doorman Dancer, bred by Len and Tracey Vis of Mapel Wood Farms at Jerseyville, Ont., owned by Jamie and Angela Howard of Howard-view Holsteins at Burgessville, Ont., and Howard-Haven Holsteins at Burgessville, Ont.
- Oakfield GC Darby-ET, owned by Gerald Coughlin of Trent Valley Holsteins at Peterborough, Ont., Jason David Mell at Merrill, Wis., T & L Cattle Ltd. at Rosedale, B.C. and Frank and Carol Borba and Frank and Dianne Borba at Escator, Calif.
Summer yearling heifer
- Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, bred by Brian and Cheryl Dickson of Windcroft Farm at Gananoque, Ont., Jamie and Petra Black of Constrable, N.Y. and Eaton Holsteins of Marietta, N.Y.
Junior champion female
Windcroft Drman Irreplaceable, bred by Brian and Cheryl Dickson of Windcroft Farm at Gananoque, Ont., Jamie and Petra Black of Constrable, N.Y. and Eaton Holsteins of Marietta, N.Y.
Winter heifer calf:
- Brandervale Naughty Nickers, bred and owned by James Alexander at Milton, Ont. and Tyler and Debbie Brander at Rockwood, Ont.
Junior Three-Year-Old Cow:
- Charlyn Certified Venue Viva, bred by Sandy MacGillivary, J & S Kingdon at Warwick Township, Ont. and Ken, Karen, Jon, Sandy, Sydney and Shae Kingdon of Charlyn Jerseys at Warwick Township, Ont., owned by Lorne Ella at Hornby, Ont, Sandy MacGillivary, J & S Kingdon and Charlyn Jerseys
- Pleasant Nook Apple Dumpling, bred and owned by Rob and Julie Eby of Pleasant Nook Jerseys at Ayr, Ont.
Lifetime Cheese Production Cow:
- Marlau Socrates Arcadios-ET, owned by Cybil Fisher at Green Bay, Wisconsin, Patty Jones at Puslinch, Ont. and Andrew, Jennifer, Taylor and Will Vander Meulen, and Jim and Liz Livock of Avonlea Genetics
- Pleasant Nook Action Posh, bred and owned by Pleasant Nook Jerseys
Best Three Females: Pleasant Nook Jerseys
Premier breeder: Pleasant Nook Jerseys
Red and whites
Summer Yearling Heifer:
- Deslacs Avalanche Ashtilia Red, bred by Deslacs Holsteins at Victoriaville, Que., owned by Christie Prins of Pryme Farms Inc. at Brighton, Ont.
National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest
Top Ten Individuals:
- Madison Dyment, 845, University of Kentucky, from Burgessville, Ont.
Top Ten Individuals – Reasons:
- Madison Dyment, 282