Top holsteins from the regional area will be on the fairgrounds in Beaver Dam on Wednesday, June 12. Junior Showmanship will take place in the morning from 8:00-10:00 am, with the Wisconsin Holstein District 8 show to follow midday from 10:00-2:00. Both events are free and open to the public at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. The morning and afternoon events will be held rain or shine. Close to 100 attendees are expected to be in attendance, along with more than eighty Wisconsin cattle. The District 8 show is just one of several events held annually throughout Wisconsin.

Junior showmanship will showcase three age divisions: 10 and under; Junior (11-15 years); and Senior (16-20 years).  The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to increase knowledge and provide opportunities to youth by involvement through the Registered Holstein Project. The Association strives to positively influence young members by recognizing and congratulating their achievements and accomplishments in the industry, through events like the June 12 show in Beaver Dam. Membership is open to those under 21 years of age.

From 10:00-2:00, the Wisconsin Holstein Association District 8 show will feature the top Holsteins from Dodge, Jefferson, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties. The Wisconsin Holstein Association was established in 1890 and has since grown to more than 3,500 members. The groups works with all areas of the dairy industry to promote, educate and develop programs that will help grow the dairy industry as a whole. This event is hosted by the Jefferson County Holstein Breeders. Wisconsin native, Mandi Bue, will be judging this year’s event. She has judged similar events throughout the Midwest. Bue grew up on a Baraboo dairy farm and was very active in 4-H and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. After attending UW-Madison and being employed at a local Veterinary Hospital, she has since returned to her “farming roots”, when she started Legendhold Holsteins with her husband. Throughout their career, the couple has worked and cared for many world-renown cattle – including those at Stranshome Holsteins (Owatonna, Minnesota), Ludwig Farms (Fithian, Illinois) and Milksource Genetics (Kaukauna, Wisconsin). The Bue’s have successfully worked with countless all-american nominees and several show winners.

If your organization or business is interested in sponsoring the June 12 events, monetary event sponsorship will help make this year’s event run effectively. Local farmers, their families and volunteers lend their valuable time during a busy season to make this event successful. Please reach out to Mandy Sell at [email protected] if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities.