News Release

Friday, January 6, 2023

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                   Jenna Langrehr, Communications Specialist,
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World Dairy Expo Announces 2023 Associate Judges

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo® is delighted to announce the eight individuals selected to serve as associate judges of Expo’s 2023 Dairy Cattle Show. Nominated by the official judge and approved by a committee of Expo exhibitors, these individuals bring a global perspective to this world-renowned event. World Dairy Expo returns to Madison, Wisconsin, October 1 – 6, with the Dairy Cattle Show held in the Coliseum, October 2 – 6.

The complete slate of individuals who will serve as judges at World Dairy Expo 2023 and the dates of the respective show are as follows: 

International Ayrshire Show: Tuesday, October 3
Official: Kurt Wolf, Guttenberg, Iowa
Associate: Steve Searles, Pine Island, Minn. 

International Brown Swiss Show: Tuesday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 4
Official: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, Ohio
Associate: Richard “RT” Thompson, Darlington, Wis.

International Guernsey Show: Monday, October 2
Official: Kevin Hartmann, Mulberry Grove, Ill.
Associate: Ted DeMent, Kenney, Ill. 

International Holstein Show: Thursday, October 5 and Friday, October 6
Official: Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, Wis.
Associate: Jason Danhof, Waukon, Iowa

International Junior Holstein Show: Monday, October 2
Official: Callum McKinven, Canton de Hatley, Quebec, Canada
Associate: Matt Mitchell, Speedwell, Tenn.

International Jersey Show: Monday, October 2 and Tuesday, October 3
Official: Mike Duckett, Rudolph, Wis.
Associate: Kevin McGriskin, Melancthon, Ontario, Canada

International Milking Shorthorn Show: Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5
Official: Brandon Ferry, Hilbert, Wis.
Associate: Mike Gregory, Hebron, Ill.

International Red & White Show: Wednesday, October 4 and Thursday, October 5
Official: Phillip Topp, Botkins, Ohio
Associate: Tanner Schmaling, Elkhorn, Wis.

Serving as the meeting place of the global dairy industry, World Dairy Expo brings together the latest in dairy innovation and the best cattle in North America. The global dairy industry will return to Madison, Wis. for the 56th event, October 1-6, 2023, when the world’s largest dairy-focused trade show, dairy and forage seminars, a world-class dairy cattle show and more will be on display. Download the World Dairy Expo mobile event app, visit or follow WDE on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Spotify, Instagram or YouTube for more information.