4-H Dairy Show features a strong field, signals bright future

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Isaac Nelson stands with 4-year-old holstein “Brend” after winning The Overall Champion Dairy Award Friday at the Brown County Fair.

NEW ULM — The Brown County 4-H Dairy Show featured the best and brightest youths active in the Dairy.

Judge Jon Larson said it was fun and a honor to judge such a quality program. He believed Brown County’s dairy future was strong. The only difficult part about his job Friday morning was picking the top cow, a task he frequently described as splitting hairs. With several of the cows the difference between first and second place was very narrow.

Overall, 18-year-old Isaac Nelson had the best showing in Dairy. Not only did Nelson received the Champion Dairy award for his 4-year-old holstein, he won Reserve Champion Dairy for his 2-year old holstein.

Nelson was awarded several other top honors at the end of the show, including Brown County ADA Spirit Award, Top Production, Reserve Top Production and Best Udder.

Nelson said there was no secret to his success, he just had good cows and he knew how to show them. Nelson has been showing Dairy Cows for 15 years.

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Rachel Portner took first place in the Junior Showperson class during the 4-H Dairy Show at the Brown County Fair Friday.

“The best part of it is watching the cows growing,” he said. “Its fun to see how they progress.”

In the fall, Nelson will be attending the University of Minnesota. At this time, he plans to study animal science and computer science.

The Long-Term Dairy Achievement Award went to Isabella Portner. Top Holstein Grade Calf went to Gracie Sellner. Top Holstein Registered Calf went to Alex Schroeder.

In the Showperson divisions, Rachel Portner place first in the Junior Class with Alex Schroeder taking Reserve Champion.

In Intermediate Showmanship Gracie Seller took the purple ribbon and Josh Moldan took Reserve Champion.

Isabella Portner took the Sr. Showperson title with Crystal Portner taking Reserve Champion.

The Showperson categories were especially challenging this year. By the end of the Dairy Show many of the cows were becoming less cooperative due to the warm sun.

Judge Larson complimented the exhibitors for their ability to control the animals.