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DBweekly MEET THE JUDGES: 16 JUDGES SET TO CRITIQUE 2,500 HEAD By Kayla Jentz A slate of 16 official judges will evaluate over 2,500 head of top quality dairy cattle on the colored shavings at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum. They’ll choose seven breed champions in the open and junior shows by week’s end, which will go on to compete for the ultimate title of World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion. We present the 2013 World Dairy Expo judges: Milking Shorthorn Show and as Associate Judge of the 2010 International Guernsey Show. Associate Judge: Keith Topp, Botkins, OH Keith Topp co-owns and operates his family farm, Topp View Farms, with his mother, Mary Lou, and brothers, Eric and Phillip. He has judged state fairs and state shows in Kentucky, Topp Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, and exhibited the Grand Champion at the International Brown Swiss Show in 1999. Last year one of his Ayrshires was named Reserve Junior Champion. International Ayrshire Show: Paul Trapp, Taylor, WI Paul Trapp, a regional sire analyst for ABS Global, owns an elite group of registered Brown Swiss, Jerseys and Holsteins with his wife, Sarah and sons, Kole International Brown Swiss Show: and Beau. Paul has served five Richard Hill, Cattaraugus, NY Trapp Richard Hill is owner of Hills Valley Farm LLC, years on World Dairy Expo’s with his wife, Donna, son, Darin, and daughter- Dairy Cattle Show Committee, and previously served as lead judge at the 2011 International in-law, Katie. He served six years as director 10 Countdown to of the National Brown Swiss Association, and judged Brown Swiss shows in Washington, Pennsylvania, New York Hill and Kentucky. His farm pro- duced the Intermediate Champion at the 2011 International Brown Swiss Show at World Dairy Expo. Richard was also awarded 2011 Premier Breeder and Exhibitor at North American International Livestock Exhibition. Associate Judge: Joe Sparrow, Frankfort, KY Joe Sparrow is a dairy nutritionist with CPC Commodities and co-owner of Fairdale Farms LLC with his parents, brothers and wife, Angela. He has bred or exhibited 13 All-American nominations, including the Intermediate Champion of the 2012 International Sparrow WORLD DAIRY EXPO 7. General information: Make your plans, chart your course and get your boarding pass. 6. Virtual tours: Take a five-day, eight-stop tour without leaving the grounds. 5. Cattle shows and sales (and a look at some past champions): 2,500 cattle, and colored shavings. 4. Seminars: Cutting-edge management, production and forage information. 3. WDE staff: Whether out front or behind the scenes, these folks make the event ‘go’ 2. Meet the (16) dairy cattle show judges (and some ‘Stars’) 1. Get a Trade Show overview, and meet our DairyBusiness and HolsteinWorld staff accompanying you on your journey to the ‘Center of the Dairy Universe’
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