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Quebec Holstein reigns supreme; Arethusa Jersey is reserve

Pictured from left to right are RF Goldwyn Hailey with Mario Comtois and Lison Laroche, owners of Gen-Com Holsteins; Arethusa Response Vivid with Pat Conroy on the halter; George Malkemus, co-owner Arethusa Farm; Terri Packard, unidentified sponsor, Anthony Yurgaitis, co-owner of Arethusa Farm; Ernest Kueffner, Doug Borth, prize sponsor.
Photo courtesy of Agri-Graphics

MADISON, Wis. -- Gen-Com Holsteins Ltd. of Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Conseil, Quebec, was awarded highest honors here on Saturday, Oct. 6, when their cow, RF Goldwyn Hailey (EX-97), was named supreme champion at the World Dairy Exposition.

Competing against the six grand champions of the colored breeds, Hailey was the unanimous choice of the judges during a breathtaking grand finale that included not only cow and colored shavings, but also ceremonial lighting, decor, music and the always necessary mystery. An estimated 5000 people filled the Alliant Energy Center to witness the regal presentation of each breed champion.

Hailey, the grand champion of the International Holstein Open Show that concluded just an hour or two before the supreme champion pageant, already had a long list of victories to her credit before coming to Madison. She was reserve grand champion and best udder of show at last year’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and was Reserve All-Canadian and Reserve All-American 5-Year-Old for 2011.

Hailey was bred by R&F Livestock and Chilliwack Cattle Co., Warman, Saskatchewan. A Goldwyn daughter, she is out of Mellholm Louie Hanah.

Gen-Com Holstein Ltd. was founded in May 2009, specializing in Holstein breeding and working with heifers, cows and embryos with high genetic potential.

Hailey’s supreme champion recognition included the Gregory Blaska Memorial Trophy, $1500 courtesy of BouMatic, a champion sash courtesy of Arethusa Farm, Litchfield, Conn., a royal blanket from Agpro, Inc., Paris, Texas, and a director’s chair sponsored by Royal Brand Embroidery, Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

Arethusa Response Vivid-ET, owned by Arethusa Farm, of Litchfield, Conn., was named reserve supreme champion of 2012 World Dairy Expo. She had qualified for the exclusive pageantry as the grand champion of the International Jersey Show, which was held on Wednesday Oct. 4.

Like the supreme champion herself, Vivid arrived in Madison with impressive credentials from previous shows. She was the intermediate champion at the N.Y. Spring Jersey Show in 2010 and the intermediate reserve grand champion at the 2010 All-American Show. In 2011, she was the first-place junior 3-year old at World Dairy Expo.

Now a 91-point 4-year old, Vivid is a daughter of the renowned Huronia Centurion Veronica 20J, the World Dairy Expo supreme Champion in 2006 and reserve supreme champion in 2004. She is sired by Hollylane R Response-ET.

As reserve supreme champion, Vivid’s owners received $1000 from Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., a champion sash courtesy of Arethusa Farm, a royal blanket courtesy of E-Zee Milking Equipment and a director’s chair courtesy of Royal Brand Embroidery.