All-Canadian Holstein Nominations


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We complete another exciting and memorable show season in Canada with the announcement in this issue of the nominations in the Holstein Journal’s 2018 All-Canadian Holstein contest. This is the 77th consecutive year that the Holstein Journal has sponsored and conducted this respected contest that recognizes the best Holsteins who have competed at shows on Canadian soil.

The 2018 All-Canadian Holstein contest received a total of 138 entries in the open individual classes. There were 79 cows entered in the nine milking classes with numbers ranging from seven entrants in the longtime production and 4-year-old classes up to 12 in the milking yearlings. The six junior female classes drew 59 entries, with class sizes running from eight in the intermediate yearlings up to a high of 13 in the senior heifer calves. There were eight Breeder’s Herd entries submitted and seven Junior Breeder’s Herds. Holstein breeders from eight provinces of Canada, 12 states of the United States, and five other foreign countries are represented in the list of exhibitors with nominated animals. Our contest’s five 4-H classes attracted 42 entries in all, with participation running from just six entrants in the 4-H intermediate calves up to 11 in the 4-H summer yearlings. 4-H members from four Canadian provinces eventually earned nominations for their 4-H project animals.

Accepting the Holstein Journal’s invitation to serve on the 2018 All-Canadian Nominating Committee were Joël Lepage, Amqui, Que., Adam Liddle, Argyle, N.Y., Carl Phoenix, Sunderland, Ont., and Bloyce Thompson, Frenchfort, P.E.I. These four respected judges and cowmen have judged at major shows in Canada this past season and witnessed many more as exhibitors and spectators. Meeting together in the Holstein Journal’s office in Richmond Hill, Ont., on December 3rd, they thoughtfully and objectively assessed the merits of each entrant as they narrowed the field to six nominees in each of the contest’s 22 classes. While the committee had many tough decisions to make throughout the meeting, the large milking yearling class proved to be the most challenging.

Westcoast Holsteins, Chilliwack, B.C., is the leading exhibitor of All-Canadian nominees in 2018. This is the first time that the Kooyman family of Westcoast has earned this title. This British Columbia exhibitor, who travelled a lot of miles this past season, showed six nominated animals for all or part of the year, and were partners in one more.

Leading breeder of All-Canadian nominees in 2018, and runner-up for leading exhibitor, is the Jacobs family of Ferme Jacobs Inc., Cap-Sante, Que. This is the fourth consecutive year that Ferme Jacobs has bred the most nominees in the contest. They bred six nominated cows this time, four of whom they exhibited, and also earned a nomination for their Breeder’s Herd. Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor at the recent Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s National Holstein Show, Ferme Jacobs was also a partner in two more nominated milking females.

In the exhibitor race, third place goes to MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, Wis., who showed all or part of three nominees. In fourth is Brian Joseph Enright of Winright Holsteins, Winchester, Ont., who showed all or part of five nominated junior females and also claimed a nomination in the Junior Breeder’s Herd class. On the breeder side, there is a three-way tie for second with the prefixes of Garay, JM Valley and Winright appearing on three nominated animals apiece. Five prefixes, one Canadian and four American, appear on two nominated animals. They are: All-Glo, Fraeland, Midas-Touch, Oakfield and Roll-N-View.

This may be the era of genomics and fast moving genetics, but Braedale Goldwyn, who was born in January 2000, continues to demonstrate his might as a sire of show winning daughters. This legendary Semex owned bull had 12 daughters nominated in the 2018 All-Canadian contest making him the leading sire of nominees again after a one-year absence. Of his nominated offspring, nine were cows ranging in age from milking yearlings to longtime producers, while three are yearling heifers. This is the tenth time that “Goldwyn” has been leading sire of All-Canadian nominated animals taking previous honours in 2007, and then again consecutively from 2009 through 2016. Finishing a close second in the sire race is Val-Bisson Doorman with 11 nominated daughters. “Doorman”, whose oldest nominated daughters are just senior 2-year-olds, was the top overall sire in 2017. Tying for third place are Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood and Dymentholm Mr Apples Avalanche who each sired seven nominated daughters. These two bulls are followed by Lirr Drew Dempsey with five nominations and then Mr Apples Armani-ET with three. “Doorman” is once again the most popular sire in the 4-H division with eight daughters, two of whom are nominated in both 4-H and the open classes. He is followed by “Avalanche” and Cycle Doorman Jacoby-ET who sired three nominees apiece. The wide variety of sires being used in Holstein herds today was definitely evident in the All-Canadian contest with 43 different bulls siring a nominated animal in the open classes, and 19 different bulls having daughters in the 4-H division.

Advance copies of the All-Canadian nomination pages were sent on December 6th to 20 judges who will comprise the All-Canadian Selection Committee. Their votes will ultimately determine the winners of the All-Canadian, Reserve and Honourable Mention awards in each class. Serving on the All-Canadian Selection Committee are the four members of the Nominating Committee, along with Jamie Black, Brushton, N.Y.; Pierre Boulet, Montmagny, Que.; Justin Burdette, Mercersburg, Penn.; Yvon Chabot, Victoriaville, Que.; Gerald Coughlin Jr., Peterborough, Ont.; Steve Fraser, Fergus, Ont.; Thierry Jaton, Compton, Que.; Kevin McGriskin, Melancthon, Ont.; Stephanie Murphy, Hastings, Ont.; Joel Phoenix, Cannington, Ont.; Orville Schmidt, Leduc County, Alta.; Jeff Stephens, Troy, Ont.; Paul Trapp, Taylor, Wis.; Blair Weeks, Pleasant Valley, P.E.I.; Mike West, East Garafraxa, Ont.; and Ridley Wikkerink, Cobble Hill, B.C. The results of the All-Canadian Holstein contest will appear in the February Holstein Journal.

Congratulations to all of the exhibitors who achieved a nomination in the 2018 All-Canadian Holstein contest!