9/22/2012 7:00 AM
By Charlene M. Shupp Espenshade Special Sections Editor
HARRISBURG, Pa. — For two young Holstein breeders, Monday’s youth supreme pageant will go down as a first — their first supreme champions.
Rising to the top with the youth Robert Morris supreme champion blanket was Coy Campbell of Gratz, Pa., and his 5-year-old Holstein class winner and champion, Shady-Row Dundee Daphne.
A new champion was added to the pageant, the supreme champion heifer. The winning Holstein fall yearling Peace & Plenty Fishy, owned by Austin Schwartzbeck of Union Bridge, Md., was also selected as the overall junior champion of the show.
Coy’s mother, Melissa, said the family purchased Daphne at the Maryland State Holstein Convention Sale when she was a calf.
Coy has had success with this animal through the years, saying she stood second to last year’s youth show grand champion.
Those achievements continued this year, with Coy collecting several champion wins, including the youth reserve grand champion at the Pennsylvania Holstein Spring Show youth show and Southeastern Pennsylvania Championship Show youth grand champion and open reserve grand cham pion. The cow has an excellent 93 classification score.
Coy said he does like to show cows as well as help out around the family farm Penn-Gra. He has earned the title of “right-hand man” from his family because of his willingness to help out.
While he has no plans to show at the World Dairy Expo or North American Livestock Exposition, Campbell said he would like to exhibit cows there in the future.
Schwartzbeck’s supreme champion, Fishy, traces back to his first 4-H project calf. He said this award brings his youth showmanship career full circle. As he wraps up his show career, his future plans are to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2014 and return to the family dairy farm, Peace & Plenty Farm and work with his family.
Schwartzbeck received the first Samuel G. Yoder Crystal Star presented to the supreme champion heifer.
“Winning junior champion is a great way to end my junior Holstein showing career,” he said in his biography before the announcement.
Fishy has provided some other significant awards as well, including reserve junior champion at last year’s show, junior champion in the youth show at the 2011 World Dairy Expo and a reserve junior All-American fall calf award. Fishy was also the All-Maryland fall calf and nominated All-American last year.
Next stop for this pair is Madison, Wis., to show at the World Dairy Expo next month.
The Holsteins were selected by a team of judges who evaluated the nearly 1,200 entries that crossed the tanbark at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg.
Holstein judge Kelli Cull of Lomira, Wis., talked about the reasons the two champions were picked.
She said the supreme heifer has the total package and “is going to make tremendous cow down the road.”
The supreme cow, she said, simply has quality all the way through.
“I’m glad my fellow judges agreed with me on the selection of the Holsteins,” Cull said.
The other breed grand champions were Ayrshire — Springvale Burdette Applefritter, Jeffrey Hubbard, Thurmont, Md.; Brown Swiss — Kulp-Gen Legacy Tiara, Megan Kulp, Manheim, Pa.; Guernsey — Walnut Ridge Russ Noper, Kaitlin Moser, Middletown, Md.; Jersey — Lew-Lin Valor Kooky, Bryant Stuttle, Dryden, N.Y.; Milking Shorthorn — Mi-San Acres O Lust-ET, David Riley, Williamsfield, Ohio; and Red & White — Rob-Sara Rustler Tina B-Red, Laura Emerson, Middletown, Del.
The junior, or heifer, champions were Ayrshire — Maple Dell Poker Daisy-ET, Alexis Winkler, Woodbine, Md.; Brown Swiss — PA Lyn-Leigh Denver Topsy, Dylan Coleman, Ronks, Pa.; Guernsey — Hearts Desire Jackpot Sweet, Marshall Overholt-Springhill, Big Prairie, Ohio; Jersey — M-Signature Tequila Clara Marie, Calla Mazzaro, Williamsfield, Ohio; Milking Shorthorn — Solid Gold Mega Priceless-ET, Spencer Weimer, Emlenton, Pa.; and Red & White — Pheasant Echos RE Diego-Red, Trinity Miller, Westminster, Md.