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Kruse's heifer wins Cattle Congress scholarship show

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 10/10/2012 1:08 PM

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WATERLOO, Iowa —Cole Kruse, 12, of Dyersville received a $2,000 college scholarship Sept. 15 for winning the National Cattle Congress Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show with his Ayrshire senior calf, Covey P&A Reality Jamaica.

The show was new to the National Cattle Congress Fair.

Lars Sivesind, 19, Waukon, was second with his Guernsey senior yearling, Prairie Moon Yogi Bliss. His heifer was supreme champion at the Allamakee County Fair. He received a $1,000 scholarship. Dana Sickles, 10, Marengo, finished third with her Holstein summer yearling, To-Mar Mello Liva-Red. Her heifer was supreme champion at the Iowa County Fair. She received a $500 scholarship.

"It's pretty nice to win," Kruse said. "She's a really good calf. She's a September calf. My little brother Carter showed her full sister. She got second."

Kruse said he wanted to thank Carter and his older brother Kaleb for helping him, as well as his parents Tom and Sara who own P & A Ayrshires.

Kruse's calf was supreme champion at the Delaware County Fair.

Danielle Kiefer, assistant dairy superintendent and scholarship show organizer, said that 24 young people entered heifers and 21 showed up.

"We were pleased with the show," Kiefer said. "We'll do it again next year, and we may expand it to include youth from other states."

Kruse's heifer, Covey P&A Reality Jamaica, was also junior champion Ayrshire and supreme junior champion of the Cattle Congress Youth Show. Reserve supreme champion was Sivesind's Prairie Moon Yogi Bliss. The senior yearling was also junior champion Guernsey.

Kruse also won junior showmanship. Sivesind won senior showmanship with Rachel Scott reserve champion. Mary Scott of Westgate won intermediate showmanship.

Jeremy Muerterthies of Lawler showed the show's supreme champion. His 5-year-old Holstein, Wild Rose Houston Ox, was also Holstein grand champion.

Reserve supreme champion was Shaelyn Scoon's Ayrshire Aged Cow, Charlie, which was also grand champion Ayrshire.

Youth Show judges were Randy Frank and Robert Breitspecher.

There were 180 head of cattle exhibited in the open show and 150 head exhibited in the youth show. Kiefer said about 300 head of cattle were involved between the two shows.