2017 All-Canadian Holstein Nominations


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We close out a great show season in Canada with the presentation in this issue of the nominations in the 2017 All-Canadian Holstein contest. This is the 76th consecutive year that the Holstein Journal has sponsored and conducted this renowned competition which recognizes the best Holsteins who have competed in shows across this country.

Serving on this year’s All-Canadian Nominating Committee were Jamie Black, Constable, N.Y., Frank Donkers, Woodstock, Ont., Thierry Jaton, Compton, Que., and Carl Phoenix, Sunderland, Ont. These four experienced judges and cowmen assumed the responsibility of selecting the six best animals and groups for a nomination in the 22 All-Canadian classes in a meeting held on November 30th in the Holstein Journal office in Richmond Hill, Ont. The men worked together extremely well and with a similar eye in seeing cattle set about thoughtfully assessing each entry. Some of the classes proved more challenging than others, with the 5-year-olds, in particular, proving to be a tough class. 

By the end of the meeting, the Nominating Committee had reviewed a total of 144 entries in the open individual classes, along with nine Breeder’s Herds, eight Junior Breeder’s Herds, and 38 4-H entries. The nine cow classes attracted 81 entries with numbers ranging from six in the longtime production class up to 12 in both the 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. The six junior female classes drew 63 entries in all. Class numbers there varied from eight in the intermediate yearlings up to 13 in the intermediate calves. The nominees in the open division come from exhibitors residing in nine Canadian provinces, 14 states of the United States, and five other foreign countries. In the 4-H division, the smallest class was the summer yearlings at six, with the largest being the senior calves at nine. 4-H enthusiasts from Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia were rewarded with nominations for their 4-H project animals.

The leading breeder and exhibitor of All-Canadian nominees in 2017 is Ferme Jacobs Inc., Cap-Sante, Que., the respected three-time Master Breeder herd owned by the Jacobs family. Ferme Jacobs had seven milking females nominated in the contest, five of these carrying the Jacobs prefix, and three of those homebred cows are members of their nominated Breeder’s Herd. Ferme Jacobs is also partners in two more nominated cows. This latest achievement caps off another successful show season for the Jacobs family who were Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at both the Royal Winter Fair’s National Holstein Show and World Dairy Expo’s International Holstein Show in 2017.

Runner-up for leading exhibitor is MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis., who claimed four nominations in the milking classes. They are also partners in another milking nominee, who just happens to be the Royal Winter Fair grand champion. Ferme Jean-Paul Petitclerc & Fils Inc., Saint-Basile, Que., finishes second in the breeder race and third for exhibitor. Four junior females sporting their Petitclerc prefix are nominated in the contest, with three of these still owned by this Quebec farm. In the open competition, there are nine prefixes which appear twice on the list: Budjon-Abbott, Hendercroft, JM Valley, Kingsway, Knonaudale, Mount Elm, Skycrest, Unique and Wendon. Kingsway Farms, Hastings, Ont., also bred two more nominees in the 4-H classes.

The Uhr family at Knonaudale Farms Inc., Crysler, Ont., can certainly be very proud of their nominations this year. Their nominated Breeder’s Herd includes a mother (Jasmine), her daughter (Mudpie), and Mudpie’s daughter (Orangecrush), with Jasmine and Orangecrush also nominated in the individual classes as well. In addition, Jasmine has another daughter who is a member of Kingsway’s nominated Breeder’s Herd (Kingsway Windbrook Jazz).

Earning recognition as the leading sire of All-Canadian nominees in 2017 is Val-Bisson Doorman. This is the first time this Semex owned bull has achieved this distinction. “Doorman” has 19 daughters nominated in the open competition. Just five of these daughters are milking females, with the oldest being junior 3-year-olds. “Doorman” is also the most popular sire of 4-H nominees at 11, with three of these daughters nominated in both the open and 4-H divisions. Placing second for leading sire is Braedale Goldwyn who has 14 nominations, 13 of these cows and one a junior calf. “Goldwyn”, who has won top sire honours nine times in his career, was leading sire of All-Canadians for the first time in 2007, and then followed with consecutive wins every year from 2009 through 2016. “Goldwyn’s” influence definitely lives on. Tying for third leading sire are a pair of “Goldwyn” sons, Lirr Drew Dempsey and Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood, who each have seven nominated daughters in the contest. Nine bulls, five of these “Goldwyn” sons, have two nominated daughters each in the open classes: “Lauthority”, “Fever”, “Windbrook”, “Golden Dreams”, “Brokaw”, “Gold Chip”, “Mario”, “Seaver” and “Solomon”.

The Holstein Journal sent advance copies of the nomination pages in early December to 21 judges who will serve as the All-Canadian Selection Committee. Their votes will determine the winners of the All-Canadian, Reserve and Honourable Mention awards in each class. Serving on the All-Canadian Selection Committee will be the four members of the Nominating Committee, along with Tim Abbott, Enosburg, Vt.; Pierre Boulet, Montmagny, Que.; Yvon Chabot, Victoriaville, Que.; Dr. David Chalack, Calgary, Alta.; Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.; Gerald Coughlin Jr., Peterborough, Ont.; Steve Fraser, Fergus, Ont.; Herb Henderson, Ashton, Ont.; Kevin Jacobs, Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, Que.; Richard Landry, Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults, Que.; Joël Lepage, Amqui, Que.; Adam Liddle, Argyle, N.Y.; Callum McKinven, Canton-de-Hatley, Que.; Orville Schmidt, Leduc County, Alta.; Jeff Stephens, Troy, Ont.; Blair Weeks, Pleasant Valley, P.E.I.; and Mike West, East Garafraxa, Ont. The results of the All-Canadian Holstein contest will appear in the February Holstein Journal.

Congratulations to all of the exhibitors who earned a nomination in the 2017 All-Canadian Holstein contest!