IXONIA (WKOW) -- Wisconsin farmers have a lot of faith in their cattle, and some even enter their young stock in cattle shows years before the competition. That's what the Wendorf family did.
The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity is a non-traditional cattle show not only because entrants exhibit their cows wearing formal wear, but because exhibitors enter their animals three years prior to the show in hopes of raising a high-quality show cow.
The Wendorfs have been showcasing their cattle for decades and put a lot of faith into their cows' genetics. Todd Wendorf says "She ended up being nominated for All-American as a heifer, and so all we did was pray that she would put on that really good udder that she'd be able to make that Futurity and do well, and we got lucky!"
The first place winner was Milksource Dty Tammy-Red-ET, and a red and white Holstein, shown by Ryan Krohlow of Poynette and owned by Grady and Lane Wendorf and Dawson and Kylie Nickels of Dodge County. Along with winning best of show, Tammy, the cow, was also named the Best Udder of the show and the top fat and protein production winner.