Fritsches, Portner dominate Brown County Fair dairy show

NEW ULM – Fritsche Farms of rural New Ulm received the Overall Superior Dairy Champion and Guernsey Breed Overall and Reserve Championships Friday at the Brown County Fair Open Class Dairy Show.

The Fritsche family, Andrew, Paul and Arlon has been raising Guernsey cows since 1928. Andrew Fritsche said they plan to compete at the Minnesota State Fair and World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. this fall.

“They’re gentle cows that are efficient with food. They don’t eat as much as some other breeds,” Andrew Fritsche said. “My grandpa Arlon still milks cows at age 79.”

Paul Fritsche, the National Dairy Promotion & Research Board Treasurer, is the herdsman for the milking herd. In March 2010, Paul and Melanie Fritsche received the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Distinguished Breeder Award. Paul Fritsche was named the National Outstanding Young Farmer in 1994 by the American Guernsey Association.

Sabrina Portner, 16, Sleepy Eye, was named Open Class Brown Swiss Senior Champion. She’s young, but rather experienced with cows, working with them since she was in kindergarten.

Brown Swiss have good milk components,” Portner said. “It’s a lot of work. They can be stubborn, but it’s fun.”

Other open class award winners were Jersey Jr. Champ Russell Hoffman, Reserve Champ Zach Novey, Holstein Sr. Champ John Rosenhammer, Holstein Breed Overall and Reserve Champs and Overall Superior Reserve Champion Roseview Farms.

Top 4-H Dairy show awards went to Isaac Nelson, fall, three-year-old; Becca Rosenhammer Sr., two-year-old, aged cow; Josh Nelson winter, fall yearling; Russell Hoffman Jersey three-year-old; Sabrina Portner Sr., two-year-old; Crystal Portner, fall calf.

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