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Michiana Represents at NAILE


by Jerry Goshert

Published: Friday, November 19, 2021

Michiana was well represented at the North American International Livestock Exhibition in Louisville, Ky. Allie and Bryar Kuehnert of Fort Wayne, Verl Weaver of Goshen, and the Freeman family of Bremen were big winners in the dairy show, while Tammy Tullar of Wayland, Mich., Dawn Birr of Nappanee and Anna Eckrote of Akron walked away with several top awards in the dairy goat show.

NAILE, known as the world's largest livestock competition, began Nov. 5 and runs through this Thursday.

In the junior Holstein show, the Kuehnerts' 4-year-old class winner and Dalton Freeman's champion aged cow both competed for senior champion honors. The judge selected the 4-year-old as the reserve senior champion female. The Kuehnert Holstein then advanced to the supreme drive, winning the title of reserve grand champion female.

In the open Holstein show, Mallarie and Jordan Stookey of Milford showed the first-place 5-year-old. Sunrose Holsteins of Millersburg received the Produce of Dam award.

In the open Guernsey show, Weaver had a good run in the junior show. He exhibited the first-place winter yearling heifer and junior champion female, and also placed second with the junior best three females. Weaver's success continued in the senior show. He exhibited the first-place senior 3-year-old and also the first- and third-place Lifetime Component Merit. In the drive for best daughter and dam, Weaver placed first and fourth. He also captured third place for best three females.

In the open Red and White show, Allie and Bryar Kuehnert, along with Kinnley Ackley, exhibited the first-place senior 2-year-old, intermediate senior champion female and reserve grand champion female. The same cow caught the judge's eye again in junior Red and White show, winning her class for senior 2-year-olds.

Dillon Freeman was a winner in the junior Milking Shorthorn show. He showed the intermediate senior champion, which was named reserve grand champion female.

In the open Brown Swiss show, Blessing Farms and Garrison Brothers, both of Fort Wayne, exhibited the reserve junior champion female. Indiana also placed first in the herd competition.

Goshen's Kaitlin Lamb had a winning heifer in the junior Brown Swiss show. Her calf took first place in the summer yearling heifer class.

In the junior Ayrshire show, a cow owned by Dalton, Dillon and Breanne Freeman won first place in the Louis Zumbach Total Performance Award.

In the open Ayrshire show, Macy, Case and Brantley Baker, all from Huntington, were involved in showing the first-place junior heifer calf.

Dairy Goats

In dairy goats, Tullar collected several top awards, including the supreme junior champion and supreme champion senior best three females.

Gwen Brubaker of Huntertown captured first place in senior dairy goat showmanship. Birr placed second in dairy goat herdsmanship.

In the open AOP show, Tullar showed the grand and reserve grand champions, and was named premier breeder and premier exhibitor. She also exhibited the ADGA senior champion doe, reserve senior champion doe, senior champion, reserve senior champion, best udder, first-place dairy herd, first-place senior best three females, first-place get-of-sire and first-place produce of dam.

In the open LaMancha show, Tullar claimed premier breeder and premier exhibitor awards, along with the following first-place showings: early junior kid, intermediate kid, dry junior yearling, dry senior yearling, ADGA junior champion and reserve junior champion, junior champion, reserve junior champion, junior best three females, junior get-of-sire, yearling milker, 2-year-old, 4-year-old, 5-year-old and older, dry doe, ADGA reserve senior champion doe, reserve senior champion, reserve grand champion, second best udder, top dairy herd, senior best three females, senior get-of-sire and second-place produce of dam.

Birr exhibited the first-place senior kid in the LaMancha show and had several winners in the Dwarf Nigerian show. Those included: ADGA reserve senior champion doe, reserve senior champion, reserve grand champion and second-best udder. First-place awards included: early junior kid, intermediate kid, 2-year-old and 4-year-old.

In the open recorded grade show, Eckrote exhibited the first-place 2-year-old, ADGA senior champion doe, senior champion, overall grand champion and second-best udder. Tullar brought the ADGA junior champion and reserve champion, junior champion and reserve champion, junior best three females, and was named premier breeder and premier exhibitor.

Eckrote brought the senior best three females in the open Saanen show.

In the open Toggenburg show, Michael and Tamara Pluimer of Middlebury were named premier breeder and premier exhibitor. They also showed the first-place junior get-of-sire and first-place junior best three females. In addition, one of their goats was named the American Dairy Goat Assn. reserve junior champion. Brubaker exhibited the first-place dry doe.

In the open Alpine show, Eckrote showed the first-place 4-year-old, ADGA reserve senior champion doe and reserve grand champion dairy goat. Tullar won produce of dam and second-best udder. She also had second-place get-of-sire and second place for senior best three females.

Swine

Brantley Platt of Roanoke exhibited the reserve champion heavyweight crossbred and first place in Class 3. He also showed a first-place Duroc barrow.

Other swine winners were: Jaye Mitzner, Wanatah, reserve champion AOB; Noah Hayden, Lowell, first place in Berkshires, Class 1; Ethan Beaman, Twelve Mile, reserve champion Hampshire and first place in Class 2; Jaima Vigar, Urbana, champion Yorkshire and first place in Class 1.

In showmanship, Cara Greiner of Warren was named reserve champion in Division 5.

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