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Klussendorf Trophy goes to Wayne Conard

MADISON, Wis. -- Wayne Conard of Ridgedale Farm, Sharon Springs, N.Y., received the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States. He was named the 72nd winner of the Klussendorf Trophy, given annually in memory of Arthur B. Klussendorf, considered the outstanding showman of his time and a model for all those who have followed him.

Conard’s selection was made by members of the Klussendorf Memorial Association, formed in 1937, at its annual meeting held just prior to the World Dairy Expo. He received the silver trophy designed by Tiffany Jewelers of New York City.

Ridgedale Farm’s show exhibit always presents the appearance of pride, cleanliness and cow comfort. As a youth, Conard won New York State’s Master Showman Award as he continued to work with his family’s dairy. As a young adult, he had the opportunity to broaden his knowledge of cattle care, pedigrees and marketing when he worked with the Backus organization, Tom Coyne and Hanover Hills Sales, gaining experience from high-profile cow people.

Under Wayne’s leadership, his family’s Ridgedale dairy operation gathered an impressive string of accomplishments. Ridgedale was the 1987 winner of the All-Canadian Breeder’s herd. In 1992, Wayne was the MacKenzie award winner with his late brother, Willis. He also bred what is believed to be the Holstein breed’s only three consecutive generation EX-95 cow family. The cows are named Example, Estelle and Estel. Additionally, the Ridgedale herd is consistently one of the nation’s highest BAA herds and has bred a number of All-New York and All-American nominations. Many of them will be represented in the upcoming Ridgedale Farm Sale on November 2 in Sharon Springs, N.Y. The families of Roxy, Adeen, Barb, Estel Marq-I and others will headline a total of 115 head to enter the ring.

In addition to Wayne’s Ridgedale herd’s accomplishments, the winner is a trusted leadsman for others. Over the years, he has been on the halter of winners for Hanover Hill, Top Acres and most recently for the All-American and World Dairy Expo champion Brown Swiss exhibited by Elite Dairy.

Wayne and his wife, Jen, are parents of two sons, Cy, 18, and Isaac, 8. Son Cy was the 2012 Merle Howard winner at World Dairy Expo.