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Manitowoc Culver's Futurity Draws Large Crowds

Manitowoc Futurity WinnersManitowoc, Wis. (October 8, 2012)…The 8th Annual Manitowoc Culver’s Futurity was held during the Manitowoc County Fair to an exceptionally large crowd this year.  Due to the growth of the cattle show as a whole, the event was moved into the Ice Center to accommodate the growing number of cows and the crowd that gathers to watch this exciting event.  With 23 cows tediously prepared and 23 leadspeople dressed to impress, attendees were able to view an exciting showcase of what Manitowoc’s Dairy Industry has to offer.

Exhibiting in a futurity shows faith that your young stock will mature into prize winning dairy cattle.  The cows in this show were entered in 2009, as small calves and shown as 3 year olds.  They not only compete for placing’s, but also for the Best Bred and Owned, Highest Milk Production, and Best Dressed Exhibitors.  First place in the futurity went to Siemers Goldwyn Glams-ET owned by Siemers Holsteins.

It takes many sponsors to make this show run smoothly including those who donate time and resources.  The local Manitowoc Culver’s, owned by brothers Scott and Kurt Levin, has been the primary sponsor of this event since it began eight years ago.  As a major promoter of the dairy industry, the Culver’s franchise utilized 189,951,979 pounds of milk from an average of 8,183 cows in 2011 for its custard alone.  Culver’s utilizes many other fresh dairy products including almost 500,000 pounds of Swiss Cheese, 2.25 million pounds of American Cheese and over 2 million pounds of cheese curds.  And who could forget about those Butterburgers which require 912,000 pounds of butter annually. 

Agriculture, specifically the dairy industry is Wisconsin’s is number one industry. Manitowoc county is home of 293 herds.  In 2011 there were 12259 herds of dairy cattle in the state. The key to Manitowoc County being the number three county in the state for pounds of milk production is not the 49,500 cows in the county but the average milk production per cow of 24,900. This is the highest production per cow average in the state. 

The Manitowoc County Futurity Committee encourages you to make your entries for the 2015 Futurity. Once again this will be a class of three-year old cows consisting of all breeds. (Which will be subject to change based on the number of entries and the size of the class.) The Futurity Committee will have the discretion of making the show consist of two or more classes, based on number of animals showing in their respective breeds.