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Friese shows Grand Champion Holstein at World Dairy Expo

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

Date Modified: 10/25/2013 12:57 PM

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MADISON, Wis. —Rachel Friese knew that her senior three-year-old Holstein, Rose, was good, but she had no idea the cow would be Grand Champion of the International Junior Holstein Show at World Dairy Expo.

"I was excited to show her," Friese said. "She is a beautiful cow, and she looked really good on show day. After she won her class, I thought maybe she had a chance at Intermediate Champion. I'm pretty overwhelmed."

Whitaker-KK Goldie Rose, co-owned by Friese and her 5-year-old cousin Genavieve Knaup, was Intermediate Champion and then chosen Grand Champion and earned best udder.

In the Open Show, Rose finished third in her class and was best udder for the class.

Friese and Knaup purchased Rose as a calf from Whitaker Holsteins of Georgia. Genavieve's father, Kyle, is a professional fitter, and he bred the calf with Lee Whitkaer. Rose was sold shortly after she won Grand Champion of the junior show. The cow's sire is Braedale Goldwyn and Whitaker Aspen Romain is the dam.

"It will be sad to see her go, but that's how it is in the show cow industry," Friese said. "It will be a good home for her. I'm excited to see how she does. They can take her to bigger shows than we could."

Friese's parents, Becky and David, own Rodash-View Holsteins, of Wanamingo, Minn. They farm with sons Josh and Marshall.

The Frieses milk 90 registerrd Holsteins. They farm about 350 acres.

"You always dream about this," said Becky. "It's usually not the small town dairy farm that wins big. This really gets your name out there."

Friese showed Rose at the Minnesota State Holstein Show in Owatonna this summer where she was reserve senior three-year-old. She was Grand Champion of the District 2 Holstein Show.

Friese said that Rose has a bit of an attitude.

"We were fine when we walked in the ring, but any time we turn and she sees a door she likes to act up," Friese said. "I got her calmed down."

Friese, 21, has shown cattle since she was three. It was her first time on the shavings at World Dairy Expo.

"This was really a great way to go out, but it's a little sad, too," Friese said. "I've been showing a long time."

Kyle got Rose ready for the show ring.

"He's a perfectionist," Friese said. "He was so excited."

Friese said that what judge Pat Conroy liked about the cow was her beautiful udder.

"She is a very correct, beautiful cow all around," Friese said.

At World Dairy Expo, Friese's cow was stalled with Reid and Daria Stransky's Stranshome string.

Another cow in the string, Cleland Advent Korie-Red-ET, owned by Joseph, Zach, Jerome and Darian Stransky and Ryan Lauber of Owatonna, Minn., was Grand Champion of the International Red and White Junior show. The two cows competed for Supreme Champion of the Junior Show with the Red and White winning Reserve Supreme Champion.

Friese's 11-year-old cow, Rodash-View Durham Jazz, placed second in the 125,000 pound class and received best udder in the International Junior Holstein Show.

"Rachel has won many times with the older cow, and a lot of people thought that was the cow that won," Becky said. "I said no it was the younger cow."

Friese said participating in the Supreme Champion ceremony was amazing.

"It is such an honor just to be an exhibitor at this show, but to make it to the Supreme Champion ceremony was something I never expected," Friese said. "The purple shavings and the beautiful cows from seven breeds, is something that every junior member dreams about. In the end, she didn't receive any higher honors, but I was beyond happy with the experience. It was a phenomenal week that I will treasure for the rest of my life."