HARRISBURG, Pa. — Standing in the spotlight with the supreme champion dairy cow is nothing new for Jill and Andrew Dice.
But this year’s win at the Pennsylvania Farm Show — the third for the Lebanon couple — was special because they won with a Jersey, their breed of choice.
The Dices won the supreme title on Jan. 10 with senior 3-year-old Kash-Up Andreas Envy, which the couple owns in partnership with Andrew’s sister, Dianne Dice.
In 2015 and 2018, the Dices won supreme champion with a Holstein, Gajan Carla, which is housed at Glen Martin’s farm in East Earl.
Andrew was awestruck when the judge reached out to shake his hand. “She (the cow) was right on the money,” Jill said.
The judge cited Envy’s great stage of lactation, good udder and udder attachment, and sound feet and legs as reasons she stood out from the other breed champions, she said.
The cow was on a show diet, but overall in preparing for the Farm Show the cow was “low maintenance,” she said.
The couple, who run Blue Mountain Jerseys in Fredericksburg, plan to do in vitro fertilization with Envy to increase the number of her offspring.
Below are the breed grand champions from the Farm Show open dairy competition.
Jomill Lochinvar Ophalia Ex
Exhibited by Jason Heeter
Owned by Jomill Farm of Huntingdon County
Northkill Creek Ghost
Exhibited by Hannah Balthasar
Owned by Northkill Creek Farm of Berks County
Sniders Advocate Access
Exhibited by Eion Snider
Owned by Snider Homestead Farm
of Bedford County
Trus-is-it ATWD Angry
Exhibited by Aidan Arsenault
Owned by Delaware Valley University
of Bucks County
Kash-Up Andreas Envy
Exhibited by Andrew Dice
Owned by Blue Mountain Jerseys
of Lebanon County
Innisfail-wo Sulius Lucy
Exhibited by Katie Shults
Owned by Jeffrey McKissick
of York County
Red & White
Exhibited and owned by Lynette Gelsinger
of Berks County