AADS: Milking Shorthorn Profile-Part II: Sam Yoder
The All-American Dairy Show’s golden jubilee will be held on September 7 to 12, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Nearly 2,400 head will be exhibited in 23 different dairy shows, representing seven breeds and featuring both open and youth divisions. Over the next few month's we will be sharing the stories of the six herds that have exhibited at every one of the 50 All-American Dairy Shows. It will be a look back into history to learn about the exceptional individuals and the cows they developed.
This September marks the 50th Anniversary for the All-American Dairy Show and six prominent families stepped into the show ring for the duration of the event. The first leader is one of the founding fathers of the AADS, Sam Yoder of Shoemakersville, Pa. We have profiled the early years of Pinesedge, and now will share more recent information.
Sam observed several changes at the All-American Dairy Show.
• Showmen only clipped the ears and tails; it was quite a few years later before they clipped heads and blended in body hair.
• Exhibitors were dispersed throughout the barns without any regard to the kind of breed, and Sam saw a great rapport among farmers.
• Communication changed drastically, “We stood in line at payphones four or five people deep to call home for extra supplies, medicine or to talk to family,” says Sam. Phyllis recalls times that she wouldn’t hear from him for days. One week, she expected him to return by Sunday but he didn’t drive in the lane until Wednesday or Thursday.
Denise Whiting, vice president of the Milking Shorthorn Society says, “Sam accomplished his goal of focusing on profitability and breedability,” and it was evident in the show ring. “Through all those years, there is one Pinesedge cow family that dominated the Milking Shorthorn ring.” Every decade, a Pinesedge Grand Champion emerged at the AADS, most of them coming from one particular cow family. Sam and Phyllis purchased the beautiful Milking Shorthorn, Guckians Cherry II, and in 1968 she won Grand Champion honors at the Pennsylvania All-American Dairy Show. In 1972, Cherry’s daughter, Pinesedge Charleen won the Grand Champion title and less than ten years later, Charleen’s daughter, Pinesedge Alfair Carleen was named Grand Champion two years in a row, 1985 and 1986. The cream of that cow family was Pinesedge BT Alfair EXP and she brought home the Grand Champion ribbon in 1995, 1996 and 1997 under the ownership of Majorie and John Kuszlyk, N.Y. A rarity, her full sister, Pinesedge BT Alfair TOO was named the Junior Champion female in 1997 at the AADS. Alfair EXP’s winnings did not stop in Harrisburg; she also won Grand Champion honors a few weeks later at World Dairy Expo. She had a classification score of 5E-95 at 15-00 and transmitted that greatness to her offspring. Whiting remembers, “Alfair as a fantastic, outstanding cow that was like no other in the Milking Shorthorn breed.” A unique quality in the Alfair family is her ability to transmit her greatness to both her sons and daughters. Kuszmar Alfairs Othello, Alfair EXP’s exceptional son, has been awarded the Premier Sire of the International Milking Shorthorn Show at the World Dairy Expo for the tenth year in a row.
One day Sam and Phyllis tabulated their time spent at the PA Farm Show building; with PA Farm Show, State Show and the AADS, he spent at least two years of his life in the building. Was it worth it? “Absolutely,” Sam says. “Seeing the generations come together, the positive changes in the breed and the lasting friendships, it was worth every minute.”
If you missed the earlier post on Sam Yoder, see it here.
Read about the special events planned for the 50th anniversary in this previous post.