Futurity makes its debut in Calumet

Tuxedos and cows do not seem to go together—but they do at a Futurity.

The first-ever Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity is scheduled to be held Sunday, Sept. 6 starting at 7:30 p. m. at the Calumet County Fair in the Harder-Goeldi building. The Calumet County Fair is held at the fairgrounds on Chilton’s southwest side.

A Futurity is a unique, non-traditional dairy cattle show where exhibitors enter animals as calves and then show them as three-year-old cows. Exhibitors wear formal attire as they display their animals in front of a dairy cattle judge, also usually dressed in formalwear.

At the Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity several different breeds of dairy cattle will be exhibited. Exhibitors receive cash awards for the top placed animals and prizes are given out for best dressed male and female along with highest milk production awards.

In addition to having fun, dairy cow owners and/or handlers view a Futurity as something of a public relations opportunity. Sue Schultz, one of seven Futurity Board members in Calumet County, said, “The Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity is a great opportunity for local dairy farmers to showcase their outstanding dairy cattle, inform the public of the care of their animals and the dairy products they produce. Calumet County Fair attendees are encouraged to attend the inaugural Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity and enjoy the pageantry and festivities that come with the dairy show.”

The Futurity is sponsored by the Calumet County Holstein Breeders Association. Officials of the association said the Futurity will celebrate the high caliber dairy genetics and high producing herds of Calumet County farm families. The event is designed to be both entertaining and educational.

An interesting aspect of any Futurity is the fact that animals are “nominated” by their owners as young calves in the hopes of developing into three-year-old star-worthy cows. There is no guarantee that will happen, of course, but having a cow entered in a Futurity also serves as motivation to provide the best care possible for that cow—something Wisconsin dairy farmers normally do for all their cows, association members said.

Larry Meyer is the chairman of the Futurity Board in Calumet County. Other board members not previously mentioned are Brandon and Shi Ferry, Jeff Brantmeier, Ashley and Andy Brantmeier, Adam Schnell, Cory Ott, and Shay Ott.

Entrants in the Calumet County Futurity must be a resident of Calumet County unless they have exhibited at the Calumet County Fair in the open or junior dairy show prior to the 2015 Futurity.

All dairy breeds are eligible. Animals must be registered with respective breed associations and must be registered for at least three generations. Entrants are paying $25 per animal with the fees being awarded as prize money and divided among participating exhibitors. The top prize will be $1,000.

Formal wear is required for all Futurity Show exhibitors. Examples are formal dresses for females and tuxedos or suits and ties for males. Contestants will be prohibited from entering the show ring if not adhering to the dress code.

Anyone showing a Futurity animal also needs to have at least one animal entered in the open or junior show of the fair.

Dave Selner is scheduled to be the emcee of the Futurity Show and is nationally known for his work at dairy cattle shows. He will be providing a lot of commentary during the show, which is expected to last about an hour with a social to follow.

The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity was held recently during the Wisconsin State Fair. Taking first place was Milksource Dty Tammy-Red-ET, owned by Grady and Lane Wendorf and Dawson and Kylie Nickels of Dodge County and shown by Ryan Krohlow of Poynette. They received a $1,500 check from Badgerland Financial, a major sponsor of the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity. Milksource Dty Tammy-Red-ET was also named the Best Udder of the show and the top fat and protein production winner.