Quality shows at Brown County Fair Dairy Show

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt
Dairy Show judge Emily Pieper looks over the line of cows entered in the Brown County 4-H Dairy Show on Friday.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Dairy Show judge Emily Pieper looks over the line of cows entered in the Brown County 4-H Dairy Show on Friday.

NEW ULM — At the Brown County 4-H Dairy Show, judge Emily Pieper praised the number of high quality dairy cows.

In addition to the quality of animals the competition was not just limited to Holsteins. There were a variety of different cows including Jersey and Brown Swiss.

Seventeen-year-old Crystal Portner showed her Brown Swiss “Taffeta” in the 4-H Show. She said the big difference between a Brown Swiss and a Holstein is the fat content of the milk. The Brown Swiss milk is significantly higher and traditionally used for cheese.

Portner has been showing cows for ten years and the dedication shows. During Friday’s show she won the Senior Showman Championship award. She also received the Reserve Champion Dairy behind Josh Nelson who won top dairy cow.

Portner said the secret to raising good show cows is to work with them every day and get to know them well. That means, milking the cows, walking with the cow and even trimming the animal’s hair.

Expertise with dairy cows runs in the family. The top dairy showman awards all went to the Portner family; Crystal took Senior Showman and her sister Sophia Portner took Intermediate and their cousin Rachel Portner took the Junior award.

Other awards included the Brown County ADA Spirt Award, given to Elizabeth Griebel.

The Long-term Dairy Achievement went to John Rosenhammer and Isabella Portner.

Top Production and Reserve Top Production both went to Josh Nelson.

Best Udder went to Isaac Nelson.

Top Holstein Grade Calf was awarded to Grace Sellner.

Top Holstein Registered Calf went to Isaac Nelson; and the top Brown Registered Swiss Calf went to Sophia Portner

Pieper said Brown County could do very well at the State competition.

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