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Slikers to contribute a sure Winner

Top Acres was in attendance at the very first All-American Dairy Show in 1964 by a personal invitation from Sam Yoder and the late “Scotty” Narin.

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The donating breeders of a Brown Swiss calf to a young junior exhibitor at the opening ceremony of the Premier National Junior show are Wayne and Connie Sliker, St. Paris, Ohio. Their Brown Swiss herd continues to be in strong demand both within the United States and internationally.

The Top Acres Whizzbang family needs no introductions! One Excellent after another is the trait of this remarkable cow family. If you think a calf born from this family could be a winner? Top Acres QS Winner, born June 20, 2013, will be going home with one very lucky Brown Swiss junior. Winner is a daughter of Top Acres PS Whazoo-ET, winner of the 2011 All-American Swiss Futurity and scored EX-91 at 4 years. Her dam, Top Acres Andre Whisper-ET, is scored 2E-93 and nominated All-American winter calf in 2005. Think the winning stops here? Hardly. The next dam back is a cow that certainly needs no introductions: Top Acres EJ Whizzbang 5E-93, named All-American four times, a national performance winner, grand and reserve grand champion honors. Continuing the excellent maternal line is MY T Fine Whisper TW scored 2E and an 3 time All-American, grand champion and reserve grand champion numerous times.  Maternal sisters to Whazoo have all received All-American honors and two of three are excellent with the third scoring VG-89, 90-MS. In 2012, two sisters were honored as the reserve All-American produce: Top Acres Supreme Wizard-ET VG-89, 90-MS and Top Acres Supreme Wisp 2E-92, 93-MS. The third sister, Top Acres Bonanza Whisp-ET EX-91, 91-MS at 2 years, was named the All -American junior 2 year old in 2011.

In the mid 1950’s, beginning in New Jersey with FFA and 4-H projects, a non-farm boy began his love for Brown Swiss that continues today. The Top Acres prefix was registered when the first Swiss calf was purchased in 1956 and the farm programs continue to strive for quality in breeding attractive, profitable dairy cattle that have remained in high demand for decades. Since moving to Ohio in 1974, the herd has continued to be bred for high level type plus production. Developing long-lasting cows enables the farm to consistently breed and market animals to their customers. Deep-rooted cow family members are still in strong demand, such as the Whizzbang, Priscilla and Snowstorm families that are marketed worldwide. Currently the cattle inventory runs approximately 100 head including a few high profile lactating cows, dry donor herd, show heifers and recipient pool. Top Acres markets embryos and deep pedigreed show type Brown Swiss both privately and publicly. 

In addition to the farm, Wayne owns and operates Modern Associates, a cattle marketing company. In the past 41 years, Modern Associates has conducted auctions in 25 states and has sold cattle into 44 states in addition to numerous foreign countries. Annual sales are conducted along with feature sales and herd dispersals.

Top Acres was in attendance at the very first All-American Dairy Show in 1964 by a personal invitation from Sam Yoder and the late “Scotty” Narin. The Slikers are very fond of the show and have been involved for all 50 years, exhibiting for over 30. Wayne has served as an official judge numerous times for five breed shows, as auctioneer, and the farm has been a long time show supporter and sponsor. Top Acres’ All-American resume includes 13 grand champions and 11 champion bulls.

Wayne feels the Premier National Junior show has provided opportunities for many youth to exhibit their special cattle make new friends and become more involved in the industry. It is impressive to see not only the accomplishments with showing, but also the ambitious young leaders that have gained experiences from their involvement.