HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 2012 All-American Dairy Show will welcome 11 judges to place classes in 14 youth and open shows Sept. 15-20, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. The judges are:
Tom Agnew of Hartland, Wis., will judge the Premier National Junior Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn shows on Monday, Sept. 17. Agnew works with parents Pat and Phyllis, and sister Katie, on their Mapleton Valley Farms with 55 milk cows, 75 head of young stock and 400 acres. Established Milking Shorthorn breeders, the Agnews exhibited the reserve junior champion at the 2011 World Dairy Expo and had four All-American nominations and two winners. Their Holstein herd ranks in the top 100 for BAA with 110.1 percent. Agnew and wife Keely own Innovative IBA, an IBA agriculture supply distributor and have one daughter, Bryn. He has judged many shows across the country.
Jeff Brown of Jackson Center, Ohio, will place the Premier Junior Jersey Show on Monday, Sept. 17. A dairy progeny specialist for Select Sires, Brown’s family operates a herd of 30 Holsteins, Brown Swiss and Jerseys under Koneta Holsteins and Kar-Linn Brown Swiss. The Browns have bred or owned an All-American nomination in each breed, including four Brown Swiss class winners at World Dairy Expo that all were named All-American winners. Brown has judged district and state shows, served as the 2011 associate Brown Swiss judge at World Dairy Expo, in addition to judging in Costa Rica.
Stanley Chupp of Inola, Okla., will judge the All-American National Guernsey Show on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Chupp and brother Dale co-own Chupps Guernsey Farm with 200 cows, mainly Guernseys. The Chupps have exhibited Grand Champion Guernsey four times between World Dairy Expo and the national show in Louisville and have had numerous All-American and Reserve All-American winners. Active in the American Guernsey Association, Chupp calls the national convention sales and many other dairy sales. He and his family own Chupps Auction Company, which conducted more than 65 auctions in 2011. He and wife, Cindy, have one son, Daniel.
Kelli Cull of Lomira, Wis., will make her All-American Dairy Show judging debut by placing the Premier National Junior Holstein Show on Monday, Sept. 17. She and husband Tom are partners with father-in-law John in Budjon Farms. They milk 75 Holsteins and Jerseys, raise 300 head of young stock and farm 500 acres. Known for their breeding program, the Culls have earned many All-American and All-Canadian nominations under the Budjon and Budjon-JK (also known as Elegance Futures) prefixes. They bred and exhibited the 2005 grand champion Holstein and exhibited the two-time grand champion Jersey at World Dairy Expo. Cull worked in the artificial insemination industry for seven years after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls before returning to the farm full-time.
Ted DeMent of Kenney, Ill., will return to the All-American Dairy Show to judge the All-American Jersey Show at Harrisburg on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20. He manages a 120-acre dairy where he raises heifers for Kilgus Family Dairy and milks a few select cows. He has judged at more than 25 state shows for all breeds, in addition to the 2011 All-American Milking Shorthorn Show, All-American Jersey Show twice, Jersey Jug Futurity and World Dairy Expo Milking Shorthorn Show. He has also judged in Ecuador and Guatemala. An appraiser for the American Jersey Cattle Association for six years, DeMent was also a classifier and on the association’s type advisory committee. He also served on the All-American panel for Ayrshire, Guernsey, Milking Shorthorn and Jersey All Breed Access.
Chris Lahmers of Marysville, Ohio, will pull double duty by placing the Premier National Junior Guernsey Show on Monday, Sept. 17, and the All-American Milking Shorthorn Show on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. He and his family own Brown Velvet Brown Swiss and Lah-Dale Holstein show herds, have bred five All-American Brown Swiss and exhibited the 2005 intermediate Brown Swiss champion at World Dairy Expo. For 12 years, he has worked as the dairy programs specialist for COBA/Select Sires. Lahmers has judged the Ayrshire and Brown Swiss shows at the All-American, Holstein and Guernsey shows in Louisville, N.Y., Red and White Spring Show and Pennsylvania Spring Holstein Show. He and wife, Elizabeth, have three daughters, Elaina, Ava and Audrey.
Norm Magnussen of Lake Mills, Wis., will judge the All-American Brown Swiss Show on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. His family raised Brown Swiss on their Norvic Farm, and in 1976 he assumed responsibility for Brown Swiss Sale Service and has managed sales in 16 states, including 14 national sales. He will manage the 2013 Wisconsin National Brown Swiss Sale. Magnussen has judged many local and state fairs, as well as national shows in Louisville, Ky.; Stillwater, Okla.; and Dallas, Texas. Internationally, he judged the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Canada, and shows in Manitoba, Quebec, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru and Columbia. He and wife, Traci, have two children, Trevor and Molly.
Mark Rueth of Oxford, Wis., returns to Harrisburg and will judge the All-American Holstein Show on Wednesday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 20. He and partner Nicky Reape own and operate Rosedale Genetics Ltd. where they milk 80 head and raise 140 heifers, maintaining a BAA of 110.2 percent. Rueth has had a hand in owning and developing four supreme or reserve supreme champions at World Dairy Expo including Westlynn Tom Dee, Stookey-Elm Park Blackrose (from which 50 percent of their milking herd descends), Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red and Kinyon Linjet Ideal. Rueth and Reape’s merchandising program has resulted in embryos sold in 10 countries. He judged the Pennsylvania Fall Championship Show and the International Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo, in addition to numerous shows around the globe, including Australia, Brazil, France, Mexico and Switzerland.
Chad Ryan of Fond du Lac, Wis., will make his first judging appearance at the All-American with the Red and White Show on Wednesday, Sept. 19. He and wife Amy, along with sons Dylan and Cameron, work with his parents, Mark and Mary, at Ryan-Vu Holsteins. The family’s 80-cow herd, with a BAA of 112 percent, has bred or developed six All-American and 10 Junior All-American nominees. A dairy judging coach, Ryan also travels the country preparing and clipping cattle for shows. He has judged the Midwest National Red and White Show, Illinois Holstein Championship Show and Wisconsin state Guernsey, Ayrshire and Jersey shows, the Southern National Spring Junior Show in Oklahoma, and a show in Mexico. He will serve as the associate judge of the 2012 Ayrshire Show at World Dairy Expo.
Jeffrey Zeigler of Plain City, Ohio, will place the Premier National Junior Brown Swiss Show on Monday, Sept. 17, and the All-American Ayrshire Show on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept. 19. He is the genomics program manager for Select Sires after 20 years leading various sire development programs. From a dairy farm, Zeigler is an Ohio State graduate and former judging team member, and has used those skills to judge shows in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Columbia, France, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Switzerland. He has judged in 26 states in addition to shows at the All-American, North American Jersey Show, World Dairy Expo, Big E, Western National and Royal Winter Fair. He and wife, Melanie, have four sons.
Kelly Zepp of New Windsor, Md., will judge at the All-American for the first time at the Premier National Junior Red and White Show on Monday, Sept. 17. Along with husband Gabe and three children — Bryce, Kelsey and Lexi — Zepp farms with her parents at Windsor Manor Farm where they milk registered Holstein and Red and White cattle. She also works part-time at county soil conservation offices as a contractor for Total Daily Maximum Load (TDML) projects related to water quality. A Virginia Tech graduate and dairy judging team member, Zepp now coaches her county dairy judging team and was coach of the Maryland State 4-H Dairy Judging Team. She has judged many local and state shows and serves on several county and state Holstein boards and committees.