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World Dairy Expo is 'Super Bowl' of cow shows

By Jean Caspers-Simmet
simmet@agrinews.com

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

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MADISON, Wis. — World Dairy Expo is the "Super Bowl" of cows shows for Reid Stransky of Owatonna, Minn.

"This is the epicenter of the dairy industry," Stransky said during an Expo interview.

Stransky farms with his parents, Joe and Ev; his wife, Daria; and their four sons. They grow 3,500 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. The Stranskys' dairy herd name is Stranshome. They have a registered Holstein herd and they do embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization with Trans Ova Genetics of Sioux Center, Iowa.

"The heifers calves out of these elite cows we do a lot of merchandising to kids who like showing cattle," Stransky said.

Stranshome's philosophy is that they could either focus on selling milk or selling genetics.

"If we wanted to sell milk, we would have built a 500 to 1,000-cow dairy," Stransky said. "We concentrated on the genetics, especially the show-type genetics."

The Stranskys milk 130 head.

Stransky's string consisted of 25 head of mostly black and white and red and white holsteins with some Brown Swiss tied in from Pit Crew Genetics, a partnership of four breeders from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Of the 25 head, 15 were from Stransky's herd.

Of the 25, seven were shown in the junior Holstein show, 11 in the Red and White show and eight in the open Holstein show. The rest were shown in the Brown Swiss show.

Stransky has been a World Dairy Expo exhibitor for 10 years, and he's been watching the show for 20 years.