Each year cattle exhibitors take the challenge to select their respected peers to serve as official judges at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. As thousands of cattle parade across the colored shavings, these 16 judges preside over the crowning of the champions of each of the seven breeds on display during the five day event.
International Junior Holstein Show: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, Ohio
Junior Holstein Associate: Pat Conroy, Angola, Ind.
International Ayrshire Show: Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wis.
Ayrshire Associate: Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, Wis.
International Brown Swiss Show: Curtis Day, Burnsville, Minn.
Brown Swiss Associate: Brian Schnebly, Hagerstown, Md.
International Guernsey Show: Adam Liddle, Argyle, N.Y.
Guernsey Associate: William Peck, Schuylerville, N.Y.
International Holstein Show: Michael Heath, Westminster, Md.
Holstein Associate: Dave Dyment, Dundas, Ont.
International Jersey Show: Mark Rueth, Oxford, Wis.
Jersey Associate: Cathy Yeoman, Dover, Okla.
International Milking Shorthorn Show: Steve White, New Castle, Ind.
Milking Shorthorn Associate: Ken Empey, Dorchester, Ont.
International Red & White Show: Justin Burdette, Mercersburg, Pa.
Red & White Associate: Steve Shaw, Williamsburg, Pa.
The 2012 World Dairy Expo will run Oct. 2-6.
Complete biographies of each judge and associate can be found at www.world-dairy-expo.com.