The Holstein Journal has announced the winners of their 2019 All-Canadian Red & White Holstein contest. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! The below release was provided by Bonnie Cooper on behalf of the Holstein Journal.
The Holstein Journal is pleased to announce the winners in its 2019 All-Canadian Red & White Holstein contest. This marks the 13th year that the Holstein Journal has sponsored and conducted this Red & White competition.
When the Holstein Journal announced in March 2019 that it was ceasing publication of its monthly magazine, Peter English, Holstein Journal owner and publisher, stated that he would be continuing the All-Canadian Holstein and Red & White contests. He planned to utilize the Journal’s website, www.holsteinjournal.com, to publicize the All-Canadian nominations and winners. Peter was working on the 2019 All-Canadian contests when he died unexpectedly on November 29, 2019. All work on the competitions stopped with his untimely passing.
In late January, Peter’s family gave the go ahead for the All-Canadian contests to resume. Bonnie Cooper, former editor of the Holstein Journal, along with help from France Lemieux of Quebec and administrative assistance from Holstein Canada, took on the job of completing the contests. Thanks to the enormous support and cooperation of everyone in the Holstein industry, we have achieved this.
The Holstein Journal received a total of 30 entries for the 2019 All-Canadian Red & White contest. Eight of those animals were entered in both the Red & White and Holstein All-Canadian competitions. Our biggest Red & White class was the Heifer Calves (summer, junior, intermediate and senior calves) with 10 entries. This was followed by eight entries in the Senior Cows (4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, mature cows and longtime production). The Junior Cows (milking yearlings, junior and senior 2-year-olds and junior and senior 3-year-olds) and Yearling Heifers (summer, junior and intermediate yearlings) each drew six entries. We received Red & White entries from exhibitors residing in five provinces of Canada, 11 states of the United States, and two other foreign countries.
Winning her fourth All-Canadian Red & White title in the Senior Cows is Meadow Green Abso Fanny-Red-ET, the greatly admired Apples Absolute-Red-ET daughter who has now taken All-Canadian honours in this class in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Three times grand champion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair’s National Red & White Show, and once reserve grand champion, this 9-year-old cow has proven she can show with the best Black & White Holsteins too having also been declared All-Canadian longtime production cow in the 2019 All-Canadian Holstein contest. Fanny’s four All-Canadian Red & White wins match the number also won by Blondin Redman Seisme-Red who was All-Canadian Senior Cow in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
In addition to Fanny, two other Red & White cows secured awards in the All-Canadian Holstein contest. Weeberlac Tickle Me Red, who is the All-Canadian Red & White Junior Cow, was named Reserve All-Canadian junior 2-year-old Holstein, while the Reserve All-Canadian Red & White Junior Cow, Blondin Avalanche Darleen, also took Reserve honours in the Holstein milking yearling class.
Three animals who achieved awards in the 2018 Red & White contest came back again in 2019 to win another award. They were Antia Absolute Joline, Blondin Avalanche Darleen and Glaustar Jacot Majesty Red.
For the second year in a row, the leading sire of All-Canadian Red & Whites is Dymentholm Mr Apples Avalanche. He sired an impressive two All-Canadians and one Reserve in the 2019 contest. Two bulls, Apples Absolute-Red-ET and Cycle McGucci Jordy-Red, are tied for second place in the sire race with each having produced one All-Canadian and one Reserve daughter. Mr D Apple Diamondback sired two Honourable Mention winners.
There was no leading breeder or exhibitor to be declared in the 2019 All-Canadian Red & White competition.
To be eligible for an entry in the All-Canadian Red & White contest, an animal must have competed in a Holstein Canada recognized Red & White Show and/or Holstein Show during the 2019 show season. There is no nomination process in the All-Canadian Red & White competition. Only those exhibitors who had an animal chosen as All-Canadian, Reserve or Honourable Mention were required to pay the entry fee.
Pictures and placings of all the Red & White entrants were sent to nine judges on February 18th. These nine judges comprised the 2019 All-Canadian Red & White Selection Committee and their votes have determined the winners. Serving on this committee were: Jamie Black, Batavia, NY; Pierre Boulet, Montmagny, QC; Rolland Dubois, Saint-Flavien, QC; Dominic Fortier, Saint-Christophe-d’Arthabaska, QC; Markus Hehli, Rimbey, AB; Joel Phoenix, Cannington, ON; Jeff Stephens, Troy, ON; Blair Weeks, Pleasant Valley, PE; and Mike West, East Garafraxa, ON.
During the voting process, these judges indicated their choice for first, second and third place in each class. No judge was permitted to vote in a class in which an animal he bred or owned was entered. A first place vote was worth 7 points, a second 3 points, and a third 1 point. The animal with the highest point total is declared All-Canadian, second highest is Reserve, and third highest is Honourable Mention. A breakdown of the vote for the top three finishing animals in each class appears elsewhere in this web page post. Other animals who received votes, but did not finish in the top three, do not appear on this list. That will explain the variation in number of ballots seen in each class. Anyone having questions about the Red & White contest should contact Bonnie Cooper (English) at 416-579-6572 or [email protected], or France Lemieux (French) at 819-795-5213 or [email protected]
Thank you to the exhibitors who supported the Holstein Journal’s All-Canadian Red & White contest. Congratulations to all of the winners!
The English family, and all of us involved in the 2019 All-Canadian contests, express our sincere thanks to everyone for their patience and cooperation as we worked to honour and fulfill Peter’s wishes for the All-Canadian contests. Your understanding has been deeply appreciated.
Regarding the future of this contest, as Peter stated in the final issue of the Holstein Journal, it was his plan to continue the 78-year Holstein Journal tradition of the All-Canadian contests.
Peter’s Estate is going through Probate. When the Estate is settled later this year, then the family will respect Peter’s wishes and look for the All-Canadian to be purchased in memory of Peter. In the interim, please contact Bonnie Cooper with any questions.
Click here to see the results of the 2019 All-Canadian Red & White contest voting.
Click here to see the winners of the 2019 All-Canadian Red & White contest.