VIROQUA, Wis. – Jersey enthusiasts from across the Upper Midwest converged in Viroqua May 5-6 for the 24th edition of the Wisconsin Jersey Spring Spectacular, where 87 heifers and 47 cows went through the ring before judge Matt Sloan of Lake Mills.
At the end of the day, Sloan selected his intermediate champion, the winning junior 2-year-old, to be his grand champion and best uddered cow of the show. Miss Smokin Hot Texas Tornado, exhibited by Austin Nauman and John Selin of Marshfield, was also named the best bred and owned cow of the show.
To follow the young cow, Sloan named Random Luck Chrome App, the winning 4-year-old and his selection for senior champion, to be the reserve grand champion cow. App was exhibited by Matthew and Allison Thompson of Darlington.
The Thompson family of Random Luck Farm also exhibited the reserve senior champion female, Oeh-My Tequila Patron, who was the second place 4-year-old cow, and Random Luck Victory At Last, the reserve intermediate champion female and the winning senior 3-year-old.
Sloan’s selection for junior and reserve junior champion honors went to the winning pair of winter yearling heifers. Taking home the junior champion ribbon was Discoverys Joyride Emersun-ET exhibited by Kevin Krecji and Lisa Demmer of Ellsworth. Arthuracres and Harrison Pagel of Oelwein, Iowa, took home reserve junior champion honors with Reckless Nimbus Of WF Cashells.
Woodmohr Jerseys of Bloomer garnered the premier breeder and premier exhibitor honors.
In the youth division, senior and grand champion honors went to Miss Ronde Rosabella-ET, the top junior-owned 5-year-old exhibited by Mia Smith and Kamrie Mauer of Elroy. Following her as the reserve senior and reserve grand champion of the youth show was the top-placing junior-owned senior 2-year-old, Kyles Siege Nora exhibited by Emily and Kyle Barlass of Janesville.
Junior champion honors in the youth show went to the top-placing junior-owned winter yearling, Reckless Nimbus of WF Cashells, exhibited by Arthuracres and Harrison Pagel of Oelwein, Iowa. Following her as the reserve junior champion of the youth show was the top-placing junior-owned fall calf, Shots Victorious Sweet-N-Sour-ET, exhibited by Brooklyn, Blakely and Bryce Kohls of Arlington, Minnesota.
Lucas Redalen, of Rushford, Minnesota, was named the junior premier exhibitor of the show. Emily Barlass, of Janesville, won the junior division of the youth showmanship contest; Lindsey Gibbs, of Rollingstone, Minnesota, topped the intermediate division; and Becca Tank, of New London, was the top senior showman.
The show has been put on by volunteers for the past 24 years. Committee members involved with planning this year’s show include Karla Peterson, Olivia Brandenburg, Michelle and Gordon Barlass, Katy Laneville, Randy and Kari Drinkall, Kaitlyn Riley, Olivia Peters, Steve Swenson, Ralph Uhe and Mark Wallace.