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WDE Madison: Strong BIVER’s and NORWIN’s on the show from Brown Swiss

The Brown Swiss show has now become the second-biggest breed show at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, USA. And genetics from Switzerland have once again played an important role.

This year’s Brown Swiss show had more animals in the ring and more visitors on the spectator terraces than in previous years. Many of the heifers came from show bulls. And we are pleased to report that Robland Norwin MAYDAY (Elijah Landgraf, Jackson, MO), a heifer whose Swiss father is the bull NORWIN, was crowned as champion. Her excellent dairy strengths had already shone through in her category.

The cow exhibition was also impressive with its high quality and very good udders. Amongst the youngest cows who had calved before the age of two, the judges were impressed with two animals with Swiss fathers: VB HP Norwin TEANNA (Voegeli Farm, Inc. and Hillpoint Partners, Monticello, WI), a NORWIN-daughter, again finished in second place and Robland Anibal BAILEE (Robert Landgraf, Jackson, MO), an ANIBAL-daughter finished in 3rd place.

The second cow category was also strong and well represented. Following immediately on the heels of the first cow, a daughter of the Swiss bull JONGLEUR, Iroquois Acres Jong CALI (Matthew Pacheco, Kerman, CA) was crowned junior vice-champion. The judge drew attention to her “incredible udder”. In her category the JONGLEUR-daughter also beat another BIVER-daughter, Brown Heaven Biver FAY Brown Heaven (Verchères, QC) who finished in fourth place in the competition for younger three-year old cows.

Swiss bulls also finished highly in the rankings in other cow categories. In the classification for older two-year old cows, BIVER-daughter Eloc Biver RENNIE (Pierre Boulet and Yvon Sicard, St-Justin, QC) finished second in the rankings and GENOX-BOY-daughter Bradner Genox-Boy HILLBILLY HW (Golden Gate Farms, Abbotsford, BC) finished fifth. Considering the relatively few semen doses that have been exported to North America, the show successes for Swiss bulls were remarkable.