Nelson takes dairy prize

Staff photo by Gage Cureton Brown County 4-H Dairy Show judge Jon Larson, left, observes Isaac Nelson’s holstein cow Friday during the Brown County Free Fair. Nelson went on to win the champion dairy title, best udder and the reserve champion senior showperson award.

NEW ULM — The Brown County 4-H Dairy Show featured a familiar face and competitor this year at the Brown County Free Fair Friday.

For the second year in a row, Isaac Nelson secured the champion dairy title. In addition, Nelson won best udder and reserve champion senior showperson.

Nelson, who’s a student studying animal science at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, said his strategy for securing the champion title is simple.

“I just pick good parents,” he said. “It’s just kind of about how they look and a bit of it’s the diet too to get them to look slimmer.”

Nelson said he’s also won the champion dairy title several years ago, and this year’s champion bovine is a descendent of those cows.

“I’ve done it a couple times before,” Nelson said. “The [cow] I won with is the daughter of one of my animals that won two or three years in a row.”

Nelson said this year is his last year as a member of 4-H and cited his focus on school work as a chief reason. However, he said he may return to next year’s free fair and showings.

“I might show open class, but I’m not sure if it’ll be here or if I do at all.” he said.

In the open show, Alex Schroeder secured three champion titles including both junior and senior champion and the grand champion placing. Schroeder placed in the reserve champion dairy spot. Schroeder’s holstein registered calf also won the top position.

Sophie Portner held down the FFA showing, herding out competition, and secured both senior and junior champion titles and overall best in show. Portner also received the top milk production award.

In the intermediate showmanship class, Kaden Olson won champion and Rachel Portner secured the reserve champion listing. T

Crystal Portner won the Brown County ADA Spirit Award for her dedication.

Gage Cureton can be emailed at gcureton@nujournal.com.