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The Official Publication of the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association

Becky Payne, Executive Director Arlene Crosser, Records Coordinator 1224 Alton Darby Creek Rd., Suite B Columbus, OH 43228 (614) 335-0020 l Fax: (614) 335-0023 Email: info@usayrshire.com www.usayrshire.com

OFFICERS

Tom Fenton, President 22050 SR 136, Winchester, OH 45697 (937) 823-8815 Expires 2019 l

September/October2017 Volume 103, Number 5

FEATURE Preparing for the Big Dance - Roundtable......................................... 12 This is My Story............................................................................... 24 West Virginia University Celebrates...................................................... 6

Mark Valentine, Vice President 15621 B Kelbaugh Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788 (240) 674-6092 Expires 2018 l

DIRECTORS Director at Large Donna Mertz

13970 County Road P18, Blair, NE 68008 (920) 382-7678 Expires 2018 l

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Tom Gillette 5137 Old Route 12, Lyon Falls, NY 13368 (315) 982-7707 Expires 2020 l

Dale Maulfair 400 South Center St, Jonestown, PA 17038 (717) 865-6439 Expires 2018 l

Cindy Crawford 165 Sawyer-Needham Rd., Whiting, VT 05778 (802)623-6934 Expires 2019 l

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PERFORMANCE Active AI Summary............................................................................. 8 Excellent Cows................................................................................ 22 High-CPI List................................................................................... 11 REWARDS Application..................................................................... 20 Young Sire Report............................................................................ 10

DEPARTMENTS

Advertising Index............................................................................. 33 All-American Rules & Form..........................................................16-17 Classification Schedule.................................................................... 33 Calendar........................................................................................ 33 Directory - Breeders Listing............................................................... 28 Executive Director’s Report................................................................. 6 President’s Report.............................................................................. 6 Queen’s Corner.............................................................................. 26

Mary Creek 18811 Wagaman Rd., Hagerstown, MD 21740 (301) 471-0726 Expires 2020 l

Rhonda Patrick-Winkler 2980 Woodbine Rd, Woodbine, MD 21797 (410) 489-9369 Expires 2019 l

ON THE COVER Reymann Memorial Ayrshires celebrates their 100th year at West Virginia University. Farm Director Ben Walsh (left) and Herd Manager Curtis Swiantek are working with the students with the goal of increasing the Ayrshire herd numbers. Photo by Becky Payne

Damion Ulmer N9268 State Hwy 55, Seymour, WI 54165 (920) 639-2375 Expires 2018 l

Region 3

Lloyd Machin 6614 Iowa St., Newton, IA 50208 (641) 792-9523 Expires 2020 l

Linda Hanson 35400 St. Hwy 1 NE, Goodridge, MN 56725 (218) 378-4588 Expires 2018 l

Janet Jarratt 2104 Los Lentes Rd SE, Los Lunas, NM 87031 (505) 620-1136 Expires 2019 l

Ex-Officio Board and Executive Committee Member Doug Evans

4106 Davenport Rd., Georgetown, NY 13072 (315) 837-4777 Expires 2019 Expires at election of new president l

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hank you to the Iowa Ayrshire Breeders’ Association for a great convention. It’s also a great honor to be serving as your President for the next two years. Thanks so much for your support. Congratulations to all of the award winners, both youth and adults. It was rewarding that the Association finished the year financially in the black. The breeders of U.S. Ayrshires can be proud of this fact, as you stepped up and increased registrations and transfers. Through early 2017, we were over the 2016 numbers, and this doesn’t include two dispersal sales. Keep it up! In April of this year, I had the opportunity to attend South Africa’s 100-year celebration. What a great trip! Thanks to the South African breeders for hosting and looking after me. Special thanks to the Kevin Lang family whom I stayed with for two days after the celebration and national show. As for the show, the Champion, Reserve Champion, Intermediate Champion and Junior Champion were all U.S. sired. As I visited with breeders at the show, everyone wanted to know two things: what bulls are being used in the US, and what US young sires are up and coming? Funding from USLGE made this trip possible and I appreciate this important government program. Last week we appointed committees for the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association. Thank you all for your time and commitment. We had very good success this past year and are looking forward to another great year. The Ayrshire breed is blessed with great leadership in our Executive Secretary and Board of Directors. I’m looking forward to the next two years. ~ Tom Fenton, President

Executive Director’s Report

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ith all that’s going on in the world today – the month we honor 911 victims and heroes, the natural disasters occurring around the world, facing economic hardships on the farm every day – I’m absolutely convinced that each of us has an open heart. But do we have open minds?

The greatest thing about being an American, and one that we often take for granted, is our freedom of choice. Along with this wonderful freedom comes the responsibility to accept and appreciate the fact that others also have the freedom of choice. Just because others don’t make the same decisions that I do, doesn’t make their choices wrong for them in their circumstances. Whatever YOUR choice is in the management of your Ayrshires, I challenge you to make your decision, stand by it with an open mind, and do the best job you can in your circumstances to promote yourself, your cattle and the Ayrshire breed. If your passion is for showing cattle, be knowledgeable about the bulls with excellent type traits that can also move the breed forward genetically while earning their keep making good production. Are you telling yourself that’s not possible? Then I dare you to take a second look at some of the cows that have won major shows in recent years. “Ruth” was intermediate champion last year at WDE. Scored Excellent, she’s ranked #6 on the CPI list, and was projected over 30,000M as a second calf 2-year-old. “Patagonie” was named grand champion last year at WDE. Also scored Excellent, she has completed records over 24,000M. Then there’s “Colata”, grand champion of numerous national shows, classified Excellent with records over 30,000M. And who can forget “Francesca”, a multiple WDE grand champion, who made over 30,000M and scored Excellent. The list could go on, yet the truth is simple. Ayrshire show cows can milk, and milk cows do show.

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U.S. Ayrshire Breeders’ Foundation Committee

CHAIRMAN NEAL SMITH: 4724 Seminary Rd., Smyrna, TN 37167 l (615)417.0759 l Term expires June 2018 TREASURER SHARON TENTINGER: 40913 200th St., Remsen, IA 51050 l (712) 786-2302 l Term expires June 2019 JOHN RODGERS: 95 Plum Lane, Belleville, PA 17004 l (717) 250-8010 l Term expires June 2019 DICK WITTER: PO Box 166, Mehoopany PA 18629 (717) 250-1399 l Term expires June 2020 DOUG FENTON: 22050 SR 136, Winchester, OH 45967 l (937) 205-1209 l Term expires June 2017 To be a valued resource in the enhancement of the U.S. Ayrshire Breeders’ Association, its cattle, its membership and its youth.

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Pennsylvania Ayrshire Breeders’ Association 55 memberships in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For more information contact: President: Janel Zinn, Newburg, PA Phone: 71-377-0755 l Vice President: Sharon Nolan, Cochranville, PA Phone: 610-505-5201 Secretary/Treasurer: Lori Baumgardner, Dillsburg, PA Phone:717-432-3169 l www.paayrshires.com

Wishing everyone a successful and rewarding show season!

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Roundtable

Preparing for “The Big Dance”

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~ How Ayrshire exhibitors gear up for the International

Compiled by Purebred Publishing staff: howing at World Dairy Expo is the honor and thrill that many registered Ayrshire breeders young and old look forward to every year. The high-quality cows, reunions with old friends, booming trade show and plethora of events combine to make it the highlight of a year of hard work. We spoke with four Ayrshire breeders who are no stranger to the colored shavings to ask them about their experiences at Expo and the work it takes to get there. Mary Creek is one of the many at Palmyra Farm in Hagerstown, Maryland, who work hard all year to prepare for fall shows. They milk 120 Ayrshires and are world-renowned for their success at Madison and beyond. Mark Brown and his wife Becky farm with Becky’s parents Brenda Martin and Bryan Everson at Glenmar-Dale Farms in Wisconsin. Mark also works as a nutritionist. They milk 85 cows, including seven Ayrshires. Greg Evans of Sunny Acres Farm in Georgetown, New York, is part of a six-generation dairy that milks 50 Ayrshires and focuses on show type and marketing. They have bred, owned and developed numerous All-Americans and Junior All-Americans over the years. Gene Hall, Jr. began his own operation near Cushing, Oklahoma, in 1999. They milk 140 cows who are pastured yearround, with free choice minerals and various hay. Hall’s Ayrshires is another nationally-recognized herd for producing high-quality Ayrshire cattle.

WDE in 1988 as part of the World Ayrshire Conference. It was the opportunity to be a part of the largest Ayrshire show in US history. We then exhibited two times in the 90s before taking a hiatus until 2005. We returned to Expo because that’s where the best from across the country competed. It also holds great weight in the All-American contest with the winners typically faring extremely well. As we move forward, we will use our WDE results as a marketing tool to sell animals from the show string, plus their daughters/embryos. G. Hall: I have been showing cows my whole life and going to Madison was always a dream. So far from home and such amazing cattle was intimidating, but in 2002 we decided to give it a try. We had a great time and have been coming back ever since.

World Dairy Expo is a journey, and a journey for all those involved in the growth and development for that special heifer or cow. Every day when you go to the barn, treat her as she is the next Expo winner and you will never be disappointed. ~Greg Evans

the summer, so the only thing that changes at a show is no pasture or corn silage, so we substitute beet pulp and other forage for those. G. Evans: Our milking cow ration at home is fairly basic as we are not set up to feed a TMR. The cows receive free choice hay or baleage plus three feedings a day of a specially formulated grain from our local mill. We believe that keeping cows on a routine is huge and that feeding at shows should mimic what we do at home in both amount and timing. Our heifers are separated by size and fed a 40% grain, plus free choice first-cutting hay. G. Hall: All of the show heifers are separated into a lot and put on a high protein, mineral and grass hay diet for the summer through the show season. This makes it easier to work with them and make sure that each heifer is progressing. The show cows are separated each afternoon and fed additional grain, top quality hay and mineral. This way we can better manage their diet and milking schedule and see how each cow is developing. How do you decide what animals make the cut? When is that decision usually made? M. Creek: Making the decision on what to exhibit is interesting. We are a very interactive family and there are lots of discussions about who is good enough to go. Over the years, we all have developed a pretty good eye for cattle that can perform well in the show ring. The decision is also based on the costs, so marginal animals get left behind. M. Brown: We go to a local High Protein Show, Wisconsin Ayrshire State Show and a couple competitive county fairs to decide who is good enough for WDE. However, sometimes heifers just change over the summer and the string changes and cows freshen all summer, so it just comes down to evaluating animals at entry time. G. Evans: The show string line up is evaluated year-round, with it changing numerous times, as heifers mature or freshen and depending on cows’ body condition and stage of lactation. World Dairy Expo line up is finalized around New York State fair, as we assess how they respond to trucking, bagging and the overall show program on show day. G. Hall: We generally pull out multiple heifers in each class early in the summer and by the time our county fair comes along in late August we have narrowed it down to just the top heifers in each class based upon how they have developed over the summer. Whichever heifers are ready to go make the cut for county and state shows. By the end of our state show we pick our string for Madison.

What kind of a feed/activity regimen do you have for your heifers and cows that are headed to Expo? How different is it than your other animals? M. Creek: For many years, we simply loaded them on the truck and went. About five years How long have you been exhibiting at World ago, we started separating out the cows a few Dairy Expo? What made you go first, and weeks before the trip and transitioned the why do you continue exhibiting Ayrshires cows to a hay and grain diet and away from there? our herd TMR. We rarely show heifers, but M. Creek: We began exhibiting at Expo in they usually spend about three weeks off the 1977 when the national show was moved TMR and on hay and grain. there. We did not exhibit there from 1980 M. Brown: We show at several shows over until 2003 because Ayrshire went to a regional the summer, so the heifers are on a ration national show format, so we exhibited at of protein pellets and hay that matches with Harrisburg, the Eastern National. We have their needs. Some years we have more calves, been there every year since 2003 and with full where this year we have yearlings, so the strings of six or more animals since 2004. ration changes based on the heifers’ needs. M. Brown: We have only been exhibiting Becky evaluates the heifers and changes hay Ayrshires for seven years at WDE, but have when needed. We try and have several types been exhibiting Holsteins, Jerseys and Brown of hay on hand. The cow herd is fed corn Swiss for over 20 years. silage, baylage, pasture and a grain mix in G. Evans: Sunny Acres first exhibited at 12

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G. Evans: Our drive is 16-18 hours. Preparation for travel consists of many aspects. Lining up trucking for us isn’t usually an issue as were lucky to have the cows on a 40-foot air-ride trailer which greatly reduces stress from the road. Being that far from home, you need to have everything organized as far as tack and grain while making sure to have a reliable source of bedding and quality hay from either the grounds or the area surrounding Madison. G. Hall: It takes about 15 hours for us to get to Madison. Not really long enough to stop, unload and milk but long enough to be hard on the cattle. The trip really takes a lot out of them and us. We bed the trailer down and pile hay in front of the animals but they won’t get fed or watered until they get into their stall. By the time we bed down and get unloaded, they have been on the trailer for about 17 to 18 hours. They pretty much just lay down and sleep for the first two days.

What is the biggest challenge in getting animals ready ahead of show day? M. Creek: Getting them ready before show day is just like any other day. Keep them happy, eating, resting, milking and healthy. If that all comes together it is much easier to have them ready. Long term there is planning necessary that is related to pregnancy, length of lactation, estrous cycles, etc. that can affect their preparation for show day. M. Brown: The big challenge is just time finding time to make sure the animals are worked with enough to look their best. There aren’t many tricks for getting animals ready, it’s just work, leading, washing, clipping, trimming feet, picking the pack, etc. G. Evans: Living in central New York, trucking becomes the biggest challenge as our girls can spend well over 16 hours on the trailer, with one stop on the way for chores. We generally make sure to arrive as early as possible. Coming from this far of a distance, we have to give the cows 24 hours to recover in both milk production and rib structure. Being as though the Ayrshire show is the first show of the week on Tuesday, we have to take certain measures to ensure the cows are ready for show day. We typically try to fill the cows almost like show day before getting on the trailer to stem the loss of body mass from the trip while providing ample water and hay inside the trailer. G. Hall: Our biggest challenge getting animals ready for show day is having enough time for the cattle to recover from the long trip and then to get used the different hay. We don’t have room to bring our own hay so when we get here, everything is new and because we show on Tuesday, some of the animals have a hard time getting a good fill. By the end of the week they look great but showing early in the week is our biggest challenge.

Once the animals are on the grounds, what regimen do you have for them? M. Creek: The daily show routine is pretty standard. Early mornings, milking, feeding, washing, clipping. M. Brown: We just have a normal show routine, by WDE time, the string has been on the show ration and that doesn’t change until show day and so the animals settle easily. G. Evans: Keep them on a routine that promotes familiarity both in feeding and milking times. It makes a huge difference in their ability to snap back from the trek out. G. Hall: Once we are there we try to let them rest as much as possible and get back on a normal schedule. We usually milk at 6 and 6, grain the cows three times a day and push the hay as much as possible.

How far of a drive do you have to Expo? What preparation do you have for the actual travel to the show? M. Creek: We are about 750 miles from Expo. We are lucky. We can feed, milk and load and make it without having to stop and chore on the way. M. Brown: We are very spoiled, we are only 1.5 hours from WDE, but it doesn’t matter how far you are from the show, you still have to load everything you need. We do have an advantage of knowing the Madison area very well and can get something from home if needed.

What is your favorite part about exhibiting at World Dairy Expo? M. Creek: The challenge, rating our animals against other breeders, visiting with friends, marketing, networking and learning. M. Brown: There are too many things we like about WDE to mention all of them, but the biggest thing about this show is, it is just dairy. The people that attend and exhibit are dairy people, they may not all be Ayrshire people, but they appreciate a good cow no matter what color or breed. G. Evans: Truly too many to count! It’s where the dairy industry meets, so most importantly

seeing old friends that you only get to see that week. That first moment you walk on the colored shavings with your animal and your heart beats just a little faster and you get the chills. The anticipation and calm of the early hours before the show has always fascinated me. When you see someone have their “Expo moment.” The competition and comaraderies have always been important. G. Hall: The best part about showing at Madison is seeing the amazing cattle. We don’t get to see many Ayrshires in our area other than our own, so it’s great to see the cows in person that we only get to see on Facebook posts all spring and summer. What kind of help do you need back at home to be able to be “all hands on deck” at Expo? M. Creek: We have to hire a few extra people to cover the day before the show and the day of the show and the next morning until the regular crew gets back home. Family members who have other careers are usually called on to fill in also. M. Brown: Becky’s mom and dad keep the farm running and Becky and I do the show work, but always round up some help for show day. G. Evans: “All hands on deck” is by far an understatement, both for Expo and at home. Over the years myself, Andrew and my father have rotated who stays home to manage the farm, and in most recent years my father has spent more time at home. We are also fortunate enough to have a two-year agriculture college not far away, and have never had trouble getting a few extra set of hands around the farm for the show season. G. Hall: Finding help is hard and getting harder every year. That is our biggest challenge when preparing to leave for any show. We have a full-time milk hand that works every day when we are gone, and my Dad is there to watch over things. We have to find another hand that can be there every day do help him with chores. They do a great job keeping things going while we are gone. Do you have any special tips for young Ayrshire breeders who have their sights set for the colored shavings? M. Creek: Give it a try - you will regret forever that you never tried. No matter your results, it will make memories and stories for a lifetime. M. Brown: Showing is a combination of the

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as of June 2017, to August 2017 Score Animal Date Scored BAA Born 93 PALMYRA BENEVOLA R GINGER F72394504 7/29/2017 109.1 6/14/2013 93 BJ’S-AYRSHIRES BURDETTE ZIGZAG F70272062 6/12/2017 108.1 9/6/2011 92 HI-AYR-VIEW MARCH MADNESS F100662724 6/1/2017 108 3/13/2013 92 YELLOW BRIAR HAM POPPY F100716517 6/4/2017 106.9 9/15/2011 92 HI-AYR-VIEW BURDETTE ASKEW F100677360 6/7/2017 106.9 11/10/2011 92 HAZCROFT GIGI GABRIELLA F72511709 7/29/2017 108 6/1/2013 92 BURR-OAK DYNAMO’S PAULANN F100443732 7/18/2016 106.9 11/11/2005 92 MOWRY’S AMBUSH MISSY F100634314 7/11/2017 106.9 12/9/2011 92 RENEE F100558498 5/5/2017 106.9 10/26/2008 91 SATHRE BURDETTE SAIGE F100673272 6/17/2017 107.9 12/2/2013 91 CR-FARM ANSEL HONOR F100598151 7/20/2017 105.8 5/25/2010 91 IOW-AYR SHOWSTAR RAY F71702235 6/19/2017 105.8 6/10/2012 91 CONEBELLA RISTOURN’S FALCO F69458679 7/14/2017 105.8 6/9/2010 91 LA-DALE SWEDMARK DOT F100701739 7/19/2017 105.8 2/21/2010 91 CURLY-HILL BURDETTE SPRINKLE F70583250 7/13/2017 105.8 10/15/2012 91 JENNY’S RENO VERIZON F66745640 7/11/2017 105.8 9/1/2011 91 BAR-VUE OB VICKI F70514671 6/12/2017 105.8 4/8/2012 91 HI-AYR-VIEW DREAM BEYOND F100648986 6/1/2017 105.8 10/19/2012 91 G-FORCE SARGE JENNI F100646582 6/7/2017 105.8 7/20/2012 91 OLD-N-LAZY MOTION FOR MISTRIAL F840003012136397 6/6/2017 106.8 9/8/2013 91 FISHERSONS DEVLIN BAM F100679586 6/12/2017 106.8 9/2/2013 91 ONWORD PRIME APPLETINI F100686946 6/8/2017 105.8 7/7/2012 91 FAMILY-AF-AYR B DARING F72376695 6/7/2017 106.8 9/20/2013 91 MOWRY’S KV PUDDLES F100649875 7/11/2017 105.8 10/2/2012 91 VALES-PRIDE PEDRO VERITY F100686151 7/28/2017 107.9 6/1/2014 91 NELSONWAY BRAZIL SIENNA F100685011 6/12/2017 106.8 10/7/2013 91 MOWRY PLUM-BOTTOM S PARIS F100650060 7/8/2017 105.8 6/1/2012 90 PRINCESS ICELAND F100487172 7/6/2017 104.6 3/3/2007 90 SATHRE DIEGO AUBREY F100667484 6/17/2017 105.6 8/15/2013 90 HIDDEN-VALLEY GARTH’S SUZANNE F50803813 7/30/2017 104.6 1/20/2009 90 CONEBELLA OBLIQUE’S LEWA F70479118 7/14/2017 104.6 8/26/2012 90 DESIGNER GENE’S BURDETTE OPRAH F100683505 7/6/2017 105.6 7/26/2013 90 OLD-BANKSTON JC BAYWATCH F69949962 6/7/2017 104.6 10/12/2012 90 IOW-AYR HUMMER 4543 F69868933 6/9/2017 104.6 11/9/2010 90 WEST MEADOW BURDETTE OASIS F73861986 7/14/2017 106.7 3/2/2014 90 BLUE-SPRUCE BUR FIRECRACKER F840003012472957 5/7/2017 105.6 9/1/2013 90 MANDACRES CALIMERO JULICIOUS F100627758 5/12/2017 104.6 9/10/2011 90 FALLS-PRIDE SIMBAD POPPY F100676846 5/11/2017 106.7 2/22/2014 90 CLOVERKEY DREW FIONA F100580464 7/11/2016 104.6 11/23/2009 90 BRICKER-FARMS GIBBS CANDY CANE F100675537 7/5/2017 106.7 12/25/2013 90 MOWRY’S KV PETRAFIED F100674554 7/11/2017 106.7 12/27/2013 90 STILLMORE-LEXY MOLLIE F100667475 6/17/2017 105.6 7/18/2013 90 HI-AYR-VIEW FB RAVISH F100652651 6/1/2017 105.6 12/9/2012 90 GOOD-VUE BERKLY SHOW GIRL F840003009378965 6/4/2017 104.6 7/3/2012 90 MEGA-STAR SNOW BURD F100633087 7/18/2017 104.6 1/23/2012 90 HI-AYR-VIEW DREAM BARBIE F100668850 6/1/2017 105.6 9/13/2013 90 SEVEN-C GRIFFEY FREEZE F100673227 6/11/2017 105.6 6/1/2013 90 MAPLE-DELL B DELLA F71900210 7/28/2017 106.7 12/3/2013 90 MAULFAIR ACRES BURDETTE FAWN F71573630 7/18/2017 104.6 1/6/2013 90 CONEBELLA DB’S LUKA F72809350 7/14/2017 105.6 5/28/2013 90 SPRING-VALE APPLE CINNAMON F100676930 7/28/2017 106.7 12/2/2013 90 FITZ-AYR BERKELY ADARA F840003135547816 5/11/2017 105.6 2/19/2013 90 HIDDEN-VALLEY NITRO RACHEL F100631245 7/30/2017 104.6 12/31/2011 90 JENNY’S BLACKJACK CRISPEX F72477807 7/11/2017 106.7 4/17/2014 90 DALTONDALE HI-AYR-VIEW AVALON F100632808 6/1/2017 104.6 2/17/2012 90 NEW-VUE POKER SERAPH F840003010443868 6/10/2017 104.6 9/13/2012 90 CW BURDETTE DIAMOND F70314037 7/19/2017 104.6 7/29/2012 90 AYR-BACK BURDETTE ALMOST APRIL F100658581 7/21/2017 105.6 3/26/2013 90 LONE-AYR PEARL’S PEACHES F100642337 7/9/2017 104.6 6/3/2012 90 SATHRE RIGGINS GRACIE F100610295 6/17/2017 104.6 3/13/2011 90 ROYALE-DIVIDE BDETTE STARLYN F100629303 6/6/2017 104.6 9/3/2011 90 BRICKER-FARMS RAMIUS CARMEN F100662694 7/5/2017 105.6 6/2/2013 90 BAR-VUE CAP WILD F66535274 6/12/2017 104.6 3/19/2010 90 SATHRE BENDIG ADDISON F100610307 6/17/2017 104.6 3/19/2011 90 MOWRY’S DAZZLE PEBBLES F100654952 7/11/2017 104.6 12/1/2012 90 FOREST-PARK OBLIQUE BLAZE F100638680 6/10/2017 104.6 3/5/2012 90 BEAR-AYR REAL MANIAC F840003012212046 6/8/2017 105.6 8/1/2013

Owner PALMYRA FM CATTLE PART., HAGERSTOWN, MD FRANKS, BRYON, ST. OLAF, IA DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL RUPPRECHT & GORENTZ, THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN KNAPP, LANDON, EPWORTH, IA PALMYRA FM CATTLE PART., HAGERSTOWN, MD HETKE, DALE & SERENITY, LADYSMITH, WI MOWRY, JASON, GARRETT, PA HAWKSLEY, CRAIG & BONNIE, WEST KINGSTON, RI SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN LAWTON, THERESA, FOXBOROUGH, MA SKI-PAL & YARRABEE, BROOKLYN, IA GABLE, DONALD C., ELVERSON, PA SMITH, DALE, WELLSBORO, PA WORTHINGTON, REBECCA, DOYLESTOWN, PA POOLE, JENNIFER L., MT. PLEASANT, PA IRRTHUM FARM, INC., WANAMINGO, MN DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL BORCHARDT, GREGG & PATRICIA, CALEDONIA, IL MACKINSON, DONALD, PONTIAC, IL FRANKS, BRYON, ST. OLAF, IA WORDEN, JACOB, OELWEIN, IA BORCHARDT, GREGG & PATRICIA, CALEDONIA, IL MOWRY, JASON, GARRETT, PA VALENTINE, MICHAEL & DENISE, EMMITSBURG, MD NELSON, CASEY & AMY, ELLENDALE, MN RODGERS, AUDREY GAY, BELLEVILLE, PA CALDWELL, BROOK ANN, SAEGERTOWN, PA SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN COALE, ROYSTON III, NEWVILLE, PA GABLE, DONALD C., ELVERSON, PA WHITING, CALLIE, PULASKI, PA BANOWETZ, LEVI, CHARLOTTE, IA LANG, MAYNARD J. & SONS, BROOKLYN, IA KOPFER, JILL L VAIL, BLANDON, PA CLARK, ZACHARY, CORNISH, NH LICATA, AMANDA, COOPERSTOWN, NY POOLE, BRIAN & TRACEY, ORISKANY FALLS, NY HETKE, DALE & SERENITY, LADYSMITH, WI BRICKER, TODD, SALEM, OH MOWRY, JASON, GARRETT, PA SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL HANSON, MICHAEL & LINDA, GOODRIDGE, MN MAULFAIR, DAVID & RACHEL, JONESTOWN, PA DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL VINKEMEIER, JEFF, TINA,COURTNEY,, NORWOOD/YOUNG PATRICK, DAVID, WOODBINE, MD MAULFAIR, PATTIE, JONESTOWN, PA GABLE, DONALD C., ELVERSON, PA HUBBARD, JEFFREY, JR., THURMONT, MD FITZGERALD, JASON, PARIS STATION, NY COALE, ROYSTON III, NEWVILLE, PA POOLE, JENNIFER L., MT. PLEASANT, PA DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL OPITZ, ELINOR, MAPLE LAKE, MN STOWE, JAROD, OXFORD, PA STOWE, JOSEPH, OXFORD, PA RAMALEY, TODD MICHAEL, DERRY, PA SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN MACKINSON, DONALD, PONTIAC, IL RENNER, ALAYNA, FERNDALE, CA IRRTHUM FARM, INC., WANAMINGO, MN SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN MOWRY, JASON, GARRETT, PA OPITZ, ELINOR, MAPLE LAKE, MN WORDEN, JACOB, OELWEIN, IA

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right animal and the right preparation to get to the top of the class. If you are young and ambitious find a mentor and work with them to develop skills needed to accomplish this. Becky and I still learn from watching others at shows and asking questions. Get to know as many people as possible and learn from each. G. Evans: World Dairy Expo is a journey, and a journey for all those involved in the growth and development for that special heifer or cow. Every day when you go to barn, treat her as she is the next Expo winner and you will never be disappointed. G. Hall: I think every young person that likes to show should strive to make it to the colored shavings at Madison. It’s the World Series of cow shows! All the time and effort for a trip around the ring brings up a simple question – what makes it worth it? M. Creek: Challenge, Competition, Rewards, Added Value, Winning, Memories. M. Brown: We enjoy the competition, the people and the dairy cattle business. I got bit by the show bug with a Round Oak Rag Apple Elevation bull calf at the county fair a long time ago and that feeling of standing in the middle of the ring holding the trophy has never gone away and keeps me wanting more. G. Evans: Walking across the colored shavings no matter the placing is always worth it! It’s being fortunate enough to stand in the top five animals in the United States that really takes the cake. Since our return to World Dairy Expo in 2005, we have been fortunate enough to have multiple class winners and the ultimate top honor of Grand Champion Ayrshire cow. G. Hall: It’s great to see what all of the mating and hard work put in over the past year has produced and how the breed is progressing. Just being a part of the greatest event in the dairy industry is exciting and the highlight of my year. Great cattle and great people make it a great trip. Editor’s note: Thanks to Mary, Mike, Greg and Gene for their prompt and great responses to bring this roundtable to our readers!

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ello, Ayrshire breeders! I am sure most of you have been busy with preparing for the National shows and with finishing the harvesting of your crops. I have been busy as well. In addition to helping with hay, I have been helping my dad fix our mower after a hired hand hit a big rock. We had to grind bolts that had been stripped, replace knives and blades, and time the drivers. While fixing the mower we spent hours trying to get it to work correctly, because the turtle shells kept hitting each other. We couldn’t figure out why, so we kept taking it apart and putting it back together again until it worked. Since my dad works off the farm, I had to grind the bolts off and get things taken apart before he got home with the parts we needed. My Ayrshire herd has had the same misfortunes. I lost my first heifer to a freak accident, followed by having to sell my next two Ayrshires when my parents sold off most of our milking herd, followed by my two-year-old freshening with a bull. Through the continued struggles I have not given up on my Ayrshires! Recently I was blessed with a Lochinvar heifer out of an EX-91 Riggins cow that I co-own with my uncle. The resulting heifer was an embryo I bought from my uncle and I also have a Brazil out of the Riggins. It has taken me five years to get my first bred and owned calf, but I have learned to never give up and to follow my dreams; things will work out in the end! I hope to make the most of my year as queen and I would love

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I’ve heard criticism towards others who buy cattle and show them. People say, well they can just go buy a winner. Really? Surely it does mean a lot when you win with an animal that you’ve bred. But don’t discount these people who buy and appreciate great Ayrshires. They create excitement at sales, they make our genetics more valuable every day, they experience highs and lows just like the rest of us, and most importantly they appreciate a good thing when they see it. They work hard along the way in developing these animals. If studying pedigrees and genetic indexes is your thing, and I sure hope we all pay attention to this area of our businesses, that’s great! Find the genetics that interest you, do your homework and go for it. If that includes sampling bulls that fall into the percentages category, that’s your choice. I’ve heard some breeders who are in the cheese making business say they have concerns with using percentage bulls because the advantage of using Ayrshire milk in cheese making is the composition of fat globules in Ayrshire milk. Could outside genetics in percentage bulls change this composition? We’ll need to study this. Pick the best bulls you can to accomplish your goals. We’ve got a great system in place that allows you to make your own decision, maintain your membership in this organization and register all of your cattle in the herd book. Is our system perfect? Maybe not; but we’re listening, learning and trying to keep an open mind.

to be invited to your state meetings and shows to help however possible. I have been inquiring for sponsors and doing raffles to help pay for my trips to the national shows as funds are very limited. I will be at the Eastern States National show as the Queen and exhibiting as a fellow breeder. I am extremely excited to be attending World Dairy Expo for my first time this year. I have no idea what to expect but I am excited to meet a lot of you during the show, at the sale and at the Ayrshire booth. I want to meet as many people as possible while at the national shows. I am so passionate about my cows, and the breed, that I want to share that with as many other enthusiasts as I can. I can’t wait to see all the quality cows that will be there. Louisville’s Southern National show is in my radar if I can raise enough money for expenses – Louisville sure is a long way from Maine! I wish the best of luck to you all at the National shows!! ~Mackensie

Step up and be the best steward of the Ayrshire breed that you can. This includes the “tone” of your conversations, whether it’s at a dairy meeting, in a barn at a show, or on Facebook. I actually read a conversation recently on Facebook that included a new buyer, and comments were made that Ayrshires can’t calve early and perform well. Really? Then how did the top ten milking yearlings recognized for 2016 completed lactations average over 19,000 ECM? And then, the Jr. owned milking yearlings averaged over 15,000 ECM. Last year’s WDE intermediate champion went through the ring as a second calf Sr. 2-year-old! The Ayrshire is known for her longevity, low somatic cell and efficient feed conversion. Now we add that she contributes from a young age. Everyone – step up and tell our story! It’s a great one! I’m not just suggesting tolerance of other ideas, as surely we all need a good dose of this on a daily basis. I’m suggesting that each of us embrace these different ideas and different methods and build each other up. We all love the Ayrshire breed for one reason or another, and these combined passions will make us stronger, more desired and more profitable as a breed.

enjoy this experience. They are all uniquely different from each other, and you’ll find them very interesting. Each will be featured in upcoming Digest articles. The hotel for the week is perfect for our group and located right in the hub of activity in Branson, MO. They are keeping the room prices affordable, and the layout will offer a great time for our guests to socialize together all week long. We’ll be going together as a group to a couple of attractions in the area that will not disappoint you. The College of the Ozarks will be hosting the Grand National Sale. Wow, you won’t believe how this college operates as a business. It’s amazing. Speaking of the sale, the committee is already at work looking for quality consignments. Accepting the challenge the Board of Directors presented earlier this summer, sale chairman Don Benson is personally encouraging every consignor to genomic test all consignments to continue our quest for breed progress. West Virginia University will be presenting some of their research project results, and some of their students and staff will be in attendance. This is going to be a convention that will be remembered for a long time; and you won’t want to miss it!

We’ve all got important work ahead of us in the next year; that’s for sure. I encourage you to also include taking a few days to attend the National Ayrshire Convention this June in Missouri. I had the honor of attending the Missouri Ayrshire state meeting last month, and they are working hard to get ready for us. I visited the farms on the tours, and you will

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105.6 10/7/2013 104.6 12/14/2011 106.7 1/28/2014 104.6 6/22/2011 105.6 2/2/2013 104.6 9/9/2011 104.6 3/14/2010 105.6 1/25/2013 105.6 1/23/2013 106.7 12/21/2013 105.6 4/14/2013 104.6 3/8/2010

SATHRE, CRISTY, ADAMS, MN ACEL, ELIZABETH, GUYS MILLS, PA MOWRY, JASON, GARRETT, PA POOLE, JENNIFER, MT PLEASANT, PA BORCHARDT, GREGG & PATRICIA, CALEDONIA, IL BRADT III, EDWARD E., COBLESKILL, NY COALE, ROYSTON III, NEWVILLE, PA POOLE, JENNIFER L., MT. PLEASANT, PA WAITE, AMANDA, MIDDLEBURG, PA BRIGGS, NORA MAE, ELIZABETHTOWN, PA DINDERMAN, BRIAN & KRISTI, ORANGEVILLE, IL CALDWELL, ERIKA, SAEGERTOWN, PA

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Oake Knoll Farm................................... 23 Pennsylvania ABA.................................. 11 Plum Bottom Farm................................. 11 Select Sires............................................. 33 Stil Dreamn’ Dairy................................ 36 Stylin Genetics....................................... 19 Timberlawn Farm.................................. 11 West Virginia University.........................2 World Event Sale.................................. 35

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