The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair traditionally marks the end of the North American show season and is the culmination of 364 days of hard work by both breeders and exhibitors. The 2009 Canadian National Holstein Show was no exception as Judge Barclay Phoenix assisted by Judge Roger Turner placed 321 of North America's finest Holsteins.
Semex sires out shown all others with extremely impressive results. Virtually dominating the show, 95 of the 157 individuals in the top 10 in their respective classes were Semex sired. These 95 individuals included 13 class winners and seven of the nine champions, representing 25 different Semex sires, showing not only our strength but also Semex's influence and the respect our bulls have earned throughout North America.
In the heifer classes, Semex sires were predominant, with six of the seven classes going to Semex sires. Braedale Goldwyn quickly showed why he is still the world's most highly demanded sire and the most hotly anticipated sire of sons as he began his early path to the Premier Sire Award.
His daughter T-Triple-T Gold Prize once again won the Intermediate Yearling Class and defended her Junior Champion title earned last month at World Dairy Expo. Honourable Mention Jr Champion was awarded to Philmardo Watch Out Im Here, the 1st place Jr Yearling sired by Semex's Gillette Watch Out.
The milking classes were heavily influenced by Semex sires, with Goldwyn leading the way in the young cow classes, siring all the winners in the Intermediate Champion lineup.
Fine details separated many placings, with the judges choosing the winning Jr 3 Yr Old, Salem Goldwyn Theresa, as the Intermediate Champion, the winning Sr 2 Yr Old, Sherona-Hill-JH Rachel, as Res. Intermediate Champion and the second place Jr 3 Yr Old, ABF September Cheese, as the Hon. Mention Intermediate Champion.
"These cows send chills up my spine," said Judge Barclay Phoenix. "They are the epitome of what dairy cows are supposed to be. They've got dairy strength, they've got tremendous udders and they've got tremendous feet and legs."
As the milking classes continued, one cow above all others was ready to defend her title as the Royal Winter Fair Grand Champion. Leading the 100% Semex-sired Mature Cow Class, Thrulane James Rose displayed those same traits that have made her famous around the world many times before: dairy strength; width of chest; depth of fore and rear rib; tremendous udder attachments; and a beautiful mammary system.
With an entrance fit for rock stars and the crowd on their feet, the candidates for Grand Champion were introduced. At the end of the day Semex's domination showed as eight of the 10 contestants were Semex sired including: Intermediate and Res. Intermediate Champion; 2nd place 4 Yr Old (Highview Jasper Cherry) by Wilcoxview Jasper; 2nd place 5 Yr Old (Goldenflo Lheros Bubble Gum) by Comestar Lheros; 1st place Mature Cow (Thrulane James Rose) by Shoremar James; 2nd place Mature Cow (Starbrite Lyster Lyndsay) by TCET Lyster; 1st place Longtime Production Cow (Bridgeview Gibson Dottie) by Silky Gibson; and 2nd place Longtime Production Cow (Bruynland Storm Kendra) by Maughlin Storm.
Judge Phoenix proclaimed his winner to be the reigning Royal Champion Thrulane James Rose amid a rousing cheer from the stands over the World Dairy Expo Grand Champion Harvue Roy Frosty, with the 2nd place Mature Cow, Starbrite Lyster Lyndsay taking Hon. Mention Grand Champion Honours.
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