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Sibley dairy tops all breeds

By Staff | Sep 14, 2014

THE FIVE SUPREME dairy champion animals were judged on Sept. 12 to determine the Champion of All Dairy Breeds winner at the Clay County Fair. The 2014 top dairy cow was the Holstein, center, shown by Leroy Eggink, of Great Heritage Holsteins, of Sibley.

SPENCER – Her name is Simple Dreams Goldwyn Patty ET.

She’s a 5-year-old Holstein cow and on Sept. 12, she became the 2014 Champion of All Dairy Breeds at the 2014 Clay County Fair.

Leroy Eggink, of Great Heritage Holsteins, based in Sibley, said he thought Simple Dreams had a good chance of not only topping her breed, but winning the supreme overall title in the dairy show.

Eggink, a third-generation Holstein breeder and dairyman, said that earlier in the day, the cow was rated a 93, on a scale of zero to 100.

He said 95 is an elite cow, and only five cows in the U.S. have been rated as high as 97. None have ever hit 100, he said.

DAIRY BREEDER Leroy Eggink, of Great Heritage Holsteins, based in Sibley, receives congratulations from the judge after Eggink’s aged Holstein cow was named the Champion of All Dairy Breeds on Sept. 12 at the Clay County Fair.

So besides the judge,” Eggink said, “somebody else like her, too.”

Simple Dreams was the dairy champion this year at the Osceola County Fair as a 4-H project.

Eggink said he opens his farm to city youths to have the experience of working on a farm and caring for livestock. His Holsteins have been shown at six regional county fairs.

When asked what it meant for him to win the overall Clay County Fair dairy honors, Eggink said, “It’s always nice to win.

“Twenty years ago to win was a big deal here. The top end (of the competition) is good here, but we just don’t have the numbers.”

He said his goal of attending at the Clay County Fair now is education of dairy consumers and promoting his industry through the media.

Many Iowans are three generations separated from the farm, he said.

“The (dairy) show is a sideline, but what we can teach is to help them learn where the milk comes from.”

He said fair visitors enjoy watching the milking process and learning about animal care.

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