For some, the end of summer means back to school, falling leaves and harvest. But for many dairy guys, it’s also the start of Holstein show season.
Most counties hold their shows in August and September. George, Jim and Nathan Thompson of Cavanaleck Farms Ltd. at Belmont, Ont. were the big winners this year, owning the grand, reserve and honourable mention at the Middlesex Show on Aug. 7.
Here are the grand champions, reserve and honourable mention cows from the 10 Western Ontario county shows that took place in August and September. The only county not included in this list is Haldimand-Norfolk, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 8.
Brant-Wentworth: Aug. 29
Grand: Bofran Brewmaster Frima, bred by Jean-Francois Beaudoin at Ste. Marguerite, Que., owned by Len and Tracey Vis of Mapel Wood Farms at Jerseyville, Ont.
Reserve: Vogue LMF Love Actually, bred by J. Albert Cormier of Cormdale Genetics Inc. at Cambridge, Ont., Silvercap Holsteins at Puslinch, Ont., Dave Eastman and Len Vis of Vogue Cattle Co. at Brighton, Ont. and Blackrock Livestock Company at Brighton, Ont., and owned by David R. Dyment at Dundas, Ont., Justin Hogge at Ogden, Utah, and Wadeland Dairy at Ogden, Utah.
Honourable mention: Bridgeview High Octane Skor, bred and owned by Bridgeview Farms at Brantford, Ont.
Bruce-Grey: Aug. 27
Grand: Hicklee Windbrook Spring, bred and owned by Cameron Hickling at Hanover, Ont.
Reserve: Fraeland Black Beauty, bred by Jack and Steve Fraser of Fraeland Farms at Fergus, Ont., owned by Gary and Tara Reynolds of Bond Vale Farm at Atwood, Ont., Terry Beckett of Beckholm Holsteins at Sunderland, Ont., Hodglynn Holsteins at Kincardine, Ont. and Chris, Ryan and David Steven of Little Star Holsteins at Watford, Ont.
Honourable mention: Hicklee Armani Ariel, bred and owned by Ed & Bonnie Franken at Teeswater, Ont. and Cameron Hickling.
Dufferin-Wellington: Aug. 30
Grand: Quality Solomon Lovely, bred by Beckridge Holsteins at Keswick, Ont., Ari Eckstein of Quality Holsteins at Vaughan, Ont., Oscar Dupasquier at Guelph, Ont. and Agriber Societa Agricola SRL at Piacenza, Italy, owned by Beckridge Holsteins, Quality Holsteins, and Agriber Societa
Reserve: Jacrest Tonka Narcissa, bred by Jacrest Holsteins at Wallenstein, Ont., owned by Quality Holsteins
Honourable mention: Dandyland Graces Girl, bred and owned by Dennis, Sandy and Dan O’Hara of Dandyland Farm at Schomberg, Ont.
Elgin: Aug. 9
Grand: Maplekeys Uno Okotoks, bred and owned by Josh and Jamie McKay of Maplekeys Farms at Aylmer, Ont.
Reserve: Silverridge Doorman Tracy, bred by Charlie Dykxhoorn of Silverridge Farms Ltd. at Springfield, Ont. and Sjendi Farms at Beamsville, Ont., owned by Ferme Lorka at Ste. Croix, Que.
Honourable mention: Maplekeys Solomon Orbit, bred and owned by Maplekeys Farms
Lambton: Aug. 21
Grand: Fraeland Black Beauty, bred by Jack and Steve Fraser of Fraeland Farms, owned by Gary and Tara Reynolds of Bond Vale Farm, Terry Beckett of Beckholm Holsteins, Hodglynn Holsteins and Chris, Ryan and David Steven of Little Star Holsteins
Reserve: Hodglynn Control Rochelle, bred and owned by Hodglynn Holsteins and Little Star Holsteins
Honourable mention: Charlyn Goldchip Sunrise, bred and owned by Ken, Karen, Jon, Sandy, Sydney and Shae Kingdon of Charlyn Jerseys at Warwick Township
Middlesex: Aug. 7
Grand: Cavanaleck High Octane Blast, bred and owned by George, Jim and Nathan Thompson of Cavanaleck Farms Ltd. at Belmont, Ont.
Reserve: Cavanaleck High Octane Osmic, bred and owned by Cavanaleck Farms Ltd.
Honourable mention: Cavanaleck Windbrook Soley, bred and owned by Cavanaleck Farms Ltd.
Niagara: Aug. 21
Grand: Haws Dempsey Rhyme, bred by Dave and Sharon Haws of Haws Farms at Grassie, Ont., owned by Brookturn Holsteins at St. Anns, Ont.
Reserve: Brookturn Empire Stacey, bred and owned by Brookturn Holsteins
Honourable mention: Feederlane Soloman Justine, bred and Feederland Farms at Wainfleet, Ont.
Oxford: Aug. 22
Grand: Milksource Goldwyn Jenay, bred by Milk Source LLC at Kaukayna, Wis., owned by Up-Ridge Holsteins at Embro, Ont. and Royal Lynn Holsteins at Cayuga, Ont.
Reserve: Wayholme Reginald Petunia, bred by Cleon Bauman at Elmira, Ont., owned by Glen Sim of Glenbert Holsteins at Embro, Ont., owned by John, Elizabeth, David, Ryan, Kelly and Amy Martin of Marthaven Holsteins at Woodstock, Ont.
Honourable mention: Sweetview Avalanche Mitsou, bred by Shayne Brus and Annette Santschi of Sweetview Holstein at Ayer’s Cliff, Que., owned by Up-Ridge Holsteins
Perth-Waterloo: Sept. 13
Grand: Bosdale Doorman F Libby, bred and owned by Ed, Gerald, John, and Pete Bos of Bosdale Farms at Bosdale Farms at Cambridge, Ont.
Reserve: Adieu Lauthority Typhoon, bred by Murrel and Stacey Frey of Adieu Farms Inc. at Waterloo, Ont., owned by John, Elizabeth, David, Ryan, Kelly and Amy Martin of Marthaven Holsteins at Woodstock, Ont. and David Wideman at Listowel, Ont.
Honourable mention: Bosdale Doorman Mary, bred and owned by Bosdale Farms
Simcoe: Aug. 22
Grand: R-M Atwood Brenda, bred by Ronald J. Melius at Slinger, Ont., owned by Dalton J. Faris at East Gwillimbury, Ont.
Reserve: Earincliffe Dempsey Dania, bred by Scott Brethet at Tottenham, Ont., owned by Scott Brethet and Rockymountain Holsteins at Water Valley, Alta.
Honourable mention: JM Valley Gold Abel, bred by JM Valley Holstein at Amqui, Que. and owned by Dalton H. Faris