HARRISBURG, Pa. — Dillon Freeman, 15, of Breman, Indiana, took home two Supreme banners with his champion Ayrshire cow and heifer in youth competition for the Premier National Junior Show at the beginning of All-American Dairy Show week in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Sept. 16.
Dillon’s Grand Champion Ayrshire Senior 3-year-old Nor-Bert Reinholt’s Lochin Vail ET was named the Supreme Cow of the PNJS; and his Junior Champion Ayrshire fall yearling heifer Nor-Bert Lochin Vesta was named the Supreme Heifer.
Helping him prepare animals and show them were his sister Breanne and brother Dalton, with Breanne stepping in to lead his heifer during the Supreme pageant while he led the cow.
It was the Freeman family’s second year at the All-American and the first time they brought milking animals instead of just heifers.
Their parents Monty and Jennifer have a 140-cow dairy farm in northern Indiana, where Holsteins are the predominant breed, but the children have a string of 15 Ayrshires they breed, raise, fit and show.
“We love Udder Comfort, that’s for sure,” says Jennifer, stopping by the booth later in the week during the All-American Dairy Show.
Dillon’s Supreme Champion of the Premier National Junior Show is classified EX91 and was previously Grand Champion Ayrshire of the junior and open shows this year at the Ohio Spring Dairy Expo, Grand Champion Ayrshire of the junior show at the Midwest Spring National and Supreme Champion over all breeds at the 2019 Indiana State Fair.
A total of 882 cattle were shown by over 400 youths during the Premier National Junior Show on Monday, Sept. 16 — kicking off the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg.