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Culbertson shows Reserve Intermediate Champion at World Dairy Expo

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 11/21/2012 1:16 PM

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MADISON, Wis. —Annie Culbertson, 18, has shown cattle since she was three and exhibiting at World Dairy Expo since 2008.

Her Holsteins have done well. She exhibited the Reserve Junior Champion of the International Holstein Junior Show in 2008 and 2009 and placed well in 2010 and 2011.

She continued that tradition in 2012 when her junior three-year-old cow, Macland San My Button-ET, placed first in her class and was named Reserve Intermediate Champion of the International Junior Holstein Show. The Intermediate Champion, Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET, shown by Jordan and Whitney Ebert of Algoma, Wis., went on to be named Supreme Champion of the Junior Show.

"The last time I showed Button was last year at the Olmsted County Fair in Rochester," Culbertson said. "She just calved three weeks before Expo. I didn't know what to expect so that made it even more exciting. I was really happy that Button did so well. The judge liked how dairy she was and how well she looked in her udder. She is a big sweetheart, and she led perfectly."

Her parents are Scott and Tina Culbertson of Pine Island. Her grandparents are Kathie and the late Bill McFarland of Elgin. Her uncle Jim McFarland manages the 45-cow milking herd at Elgin, and Culbertson's family keeps the show heifers at their farm.

"We couldn't do it without Jim," she said.

Culbertson is a member of the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club and is active in the Junior Holstein Association. She shows at the Olmsted County Fair, the Minnesota State Holstein Show, the Minnesota State Fair in the 4-H and open shows and at World Dairy Expo.

"What I really like about showing is working with my animals throughout the year and meeting new people," Culbertson said. "When I win, it's really nice because I see the hard work pay off. I've met some really great friends who I'll be in contact with throughout the rest of my life. I also like talking to people who visit the fairs and shows about farming."

Culbertson went to Madison with her dad on Sept. 29, stayed through the Junior Holstein Show, returned home for a few days and then came back. Her family showed four animals.

Culbertson is a senior at Pine Island High School, where she is a Panther Crew leader working with freshmen and a member of National Honor Society. She plans to attend the University of Minnesota or the University of Wisconsin to major in ag education with an emphasis in leadership, communication and marketing.