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DBweekly 30 YEARS AGO AT WORLD DAIRY EXPO 1983 By Parker Welch It’s always fun to take a trip down memory lane and look at how things have changed or, in some cases, have stayed the same over the years. This week we travel back in time 30 years to the 1983 World Dairy Expo. At the time, it was the highest attended World Dairy Expo ever with over 85,000 attendees. In fact, attendance increased by nearly 15,000 people from the year before. As far as the cow numbers go,1,487 cattle crossed the shavings that year – 207 Ayrshires; 312 Brown Swiss; 160 Guernseys; 466 Holsteins; 160 Jerseys; and 184 Milking Shorthorns. In the Holstein Show it was Millervale Ultimate Rosalyn, exhibited by Dreamstreet Holsteins of Walton, NY, who walked away with not only Grand but Supreme Champion honors as well. The Quality Ultimate daughter, described as “silky and high quality” out of Millervale Astronaut Royal topped the four- year-old class and was named Best Udder before claiming her title. The Reserve Grand n rvale Ultimate Rosaly ille M Campbell-Hollow Ultimate Kate Champion was another Quality Ultimate daughter who was also owned by Dreamstreet, Campbell-Hollow Ultimate Kate. The results at Madison mimicked the placing’s from Harrisburg as Ultimate Rosalyn and Ultimate Kate stood 1st and 2nd the week before at the Eastern National. Lining up the classes was Richard Keene of Gilbertsville, NY and his associate Howard Binder of Ft. Lupton, CO. Judge Keene followed his trend and went with two heifers from the same class for his Junior Champions as well. Hailing from the fall yearling class, C Walker 15 Parker Welch | HolsteinWorld th C Walker Prestar Be Prestar Beth and Rel-Vista Stardust stood 1st and 2nd respectively before moving on to earn Junior Champion honors. Unlike the Grand Champions, the Junior Champions had actually been switched in their class the week before at the Eastern National. In a show report from the Nov. 10th, 1983 issue of HolsteinWorld, the Junior Champion is described as, “virtually as tall as the Grand Champion, her frame, scale and power made her just too much for the Reserve Junior Champion.” 1983 was also a year that had, “high tech Rel-Vista Stardust products introduced at Expo.” The most buzzed about technology was a hand-held computer for recording milk weights in the parlor and a fully-integrated software package for herd management. In fact in the same November HolsteinWorld write up it says, “high tech products are coming to the dairy farm fast and furious” Although things have changed, it is very interesting to see how some ideas and principles have stayed the same. Be sure to read next week as we take another trip to explore another past World Dairy Expo!
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