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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
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
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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
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!