A Vermont farm and its champion cow is celebrating taking the top prize at the World Dairy Expo.
“Blexy,” a classic black-and-white Holstein, was selected as the top bovine of all the dairy breeds at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. With more than 2300 entries, the dairy show is considered the Kentucky Derby of the cow world.
The seven-year-old animal is co-owned by Borderview Genetics in Richford, Vermont. Co-owners Tim and Sharyn Abbott focus on breeding cows that will reach the top of their class. “We knew Blexy was special. Now we know that the judges think so too,” said Tim Abbott, who has nurtured their cow along her path to the pinnacle of the cow business.
“We thank all our friends and family who have helped us reach this goal. It is a dream come true. We could not have done this without the help of so many special people,” noted Sharyn Abbott.
In addition, the top cow award will help Borderview Genetics grow its business. Blexy will have more calves, and her strong pedigree will allow the Abbotts to market more of their herd for sale across the United States, Canada, Mexico and other parts of the world.
Tim and Sharyn have deep roots in farming. Tim grew up on a farm in Cabot, Vermont. Sharyn was raised on a farm in Enosburgh. The couple met at the University of Vermont where they were active in the Animal Science Department.
“Vermont is known for its quality milk, butter and cheese. Most of all, we recognize Vermont farmers. Sharyn and Tim are proof Vermont is at the head of the class when it comes to dairy.” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary, Anson Tebbetts.
Blexy is currently enjoying some rest and relaxation in Wisconsin before she travels to her next stop, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held in November in Toronto, Canada.