Early Show Season Highlights from Tim Abbott
Director of Sales/General Manager, ABS Canada/St. Jacobs ABC
The middle of April has been a great time for St Jacobs ABC. It started with great success at the New York Spring Show with several daughters of our bulls having great success in the show ring, topped off by the success of leading lady Rainyridge Talent Barbara, EX-95, owned by Ernie Kueffner and St. Jacobs ABC. Barbara won the Aged-cow class and went on to be named Reserve Grand Champion. A part of the St. Jacob’s Choice Collection™ program, Barbara is the dam of Judge’s Choice™ sire, 94HO14456 PERSEUS*RC, a Jasper son available from STJ/ABS. PERSEUS would make a great mating on DUNDEE daughters. There are calves on the ground from that mating and people are quite excited about how promising they are.
Barbara has matured into a great cow and is taking after her great grandam, Tony Beauty by getting better with age! We were also pleased to hear that Barbara’s dam, Outside Breeze, Ex-95, was first aged cow (at nearly 9 years of age) and Grand Champion at the Southwest Spring National show in Oklahoma.
The great times continued with the Midwest Spring National held in Jefferson, Wisconsin over the weekend. Official judge Michael Heath of Westminster, Maryland placed 196 head on Saturday, April 16. Leading the way as Senior and Grand Champion was St. Jacob’s very own, Dubeau DUNDEE Hezbollah VG-89, a Four-Year-Old and a part of the St. Jacob’s (STJ) Choice Collection™ program. Ms DUNDEE Belinda, exhibited by Jeff Butler of Illinois was tapped with Reserve honors. Everyone at ABS/STJ is excited about the upcoming show season and looks forward to more good news throughout the summer and fall!
Influencing the Premier Sire recognition included three DUNDEE sired milking daughters being class-winners, two runner-ups and three standing third in their respective cow classes. Gracing the winner’s circle in contention for Senior Champion, three of the four cows pulled in were DUNDEE progeny. The DUNDEE legacy also continues to look bright as there were four heifers placing within the top four in their classes.