Judges Announced for All-American Dairy Show

4/20/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The 2013 All-American Dairy Show will welcome 12 judges to place classes in 14 youth and open shows, Sept. 7-12, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.

Michael Heath of Westminster, Md., will place the All-American Eastern National Holstein Show on Sept. 11-12. He grew up on Spring Valley Jersey Farm, one of the six farms to have exhibited at all 50 All-American Dairy Shows, owned by parents Billy and Betty Heath. Heavily influenced by his parents, grandfather and uncles, Heath became a professional fitter for 14 years after college and is now is a dairy cattle marketer.

Chris Hill of Thurmont, Md., is set to judge the All-American Ayrshire Show on Sept. 10-11. With roots in his family’s Wauwatosa Ayrshire Farm, he now owns and operates MD-Hillbrook Sales Service with wife, Jennifer.

Chris Lahmers of Marysville, Ohio, returns to the All-American to judge the All-American National Guernsey Show on Sept. 11. 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 Brown Swiss Intermediate Champion at World Dairy Expo.

Jeremy McDonald of Middletown, Va., will judge the All-American Milking Shorthorn Show on Sept. 10-11. The McDonalds milk 70 Holsteins and Brown Swiss under the Shen-Val prefix and raise registered Angus cattle. They also have orchards, vegetable gardens and a farm market to direct-market their produce and beef.

Carrie Chickering-Sears of South Deerfield, Mass., will place the Premier National Junior Guernsey Show on Monday, Sept. 9. With husband, David, and daughter, Ashley, she operates Indian Acres Farm and bred Indian Acres MM Pistachio Pie, the 2007 supreme champion at the All-American Dairy Show, Premier National Junior Show and World Dairy Expo. Sears is the director of community education in animal agriculture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Steve Shaw of Williamsburg, Pa., makes his All-American Dairy Show judging debut with the Red and White Show on Sept. 11. A regional sales leader and nutritionist for Cargill Animal Nutrition, Shaw and his family own Linden-Loch Holsteins and bred or owned three All-American and nine Junior All-American nominated Holsteins and Red and Whites.

Eric Topp of Botkins, Ohio, will serve triple duty by placing the Ayrshires and Milking Shorthorns in the Premier National Junior Show on Sept. 9 and the All-American Brown Swiss Show Sept. 10-11. His family farm, Topp-View Farms, produced champions at the Ohio State Fair and Spring Dairy Exposition, World Dairy Expo, and the North American International Livestock Expo. He is a dairy nutritionist for Maria Stein Grain, and he and wife, Mary, have two daughters, Madelyn and Mackenzie.

Paul Trapp of Taylor, Wis., will place the Premier National Junior Jersey Show on Sept. 9.

Mark Rueth of Oxford, Wis., will place the Premier National Junior Holstein Show on Sept. 9.

Jacob Hushon of Fort Atkinson, Wis., returns to the All-American to place the Red and Whites in the Premier National Junior Show on Sept. 9.

Steve Hendress of West Layfette, Ind., will judge the Premier National Junior Brown Swiss Show on Monday, Sept. 9.

Kelli Cull of Lomira, Wis., returns to the All-American for the second year and will place the Jersey Show on Sept. 11-12.

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