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Rosie Post Earns All-American Jr. Holstein Aged Cow Title

By Rosie Cunningham


Rosie Post showing Posthaven Hank Creampuff at the Holstein show. 
Contributed Photo Rosie Post showing Posthaven Hank Creampuff at the Holstein show. Contributed Photo HOBART - Hobart is now home to an All-American Jr. Holstein Cow winner.

The All-American Dairy Show, in Harrisburg, Pa., features nearly 2,000 of the top dairy cattle shown by over 1,000 of the best exhibitors in the U.S. and Canada for more than 40 years. With 23 dairy shows in six days, including four days dedicated to youth shows, contests and programs, the All- American Dairy Show is a premier event.

Rosie Post said she went to Harrisburg on Sept. 14 with Uncle Al and Aunt Carolee (McClure) to show Posthaven Hank Creampuff, a 6-year-old Holstein.

“I showed her at the county fair this year, too,” she said. She described what makes her a great cow to show. “She is a strong brood cow and has very, very exceptional udders.”

Post said earlier in the week, she washed “Hank” everyday and clipped her two days prior to the event.


Rosie Post, of Hobart, won first place at the All-American Jr. Holstein Show. 
Contributed Photo Rosie Post, of Hobart, won first place at the All-American Jr. Holstein Show. Contributed Photo “We adjust her diet too (about one month prior),” she added. “We feed her beet pulp, in addition to her regular grain. We also feed her a lot of hay to drop her ribs.”

The Post family (Posthaven Farm) as a unit, are veterans when it comes to showing Holsteins. In addition to Rosie, her brother Randy, Brett and Andrew take part, as do their cousins. Her mother, Betty Ann, passed the showman torch to her children years ago.

“I love doing this because we get to show off the cows breeding, others can see what you and your family have accomplished,” said Post.

The 21-year-old graduate of South Kortright Central School is a great help on the family farm, which milks 61 head. Post will soon graduate from SUNY Cobleskill with a two year degree in Dairy Production Management. She said that she truly loves that she grew up on the farm and said she intends to continue to work in the family business.


Posthaven Hank Creampuff scored Excellent 93-2E during the All-American Holstein Show earlier this month. 
Photo By Cybil Fisher Posthaven Hank Creampuff scored Excellent 93-2E during the All-American Holstein Show earlier this month. Photo By Cybil Fisher “There is always something different to do, you can work outside and we have really good cows,” she said.

Post added that she plans continued from front page on showing for years to come and hopes to one day “get out to Madison, Wis. to show in a premier event.”

The Post children started showing livestock when they were very young, showing in the Little Britches division at the Delaware County Holstein Club Show, where three - and four-year-old children lead calves to get a feel for showing.

When it comes to choosing a cow to show, Post said it depends on how big, strong and dairy enough, a cow is.

When showing, not only is the showman to wear all white and dress well, experience is obvious when adjusting the livestock’s stance. It is important to focus on how the feet are set and the stance needs to be adjusted depending on where the judge stands.

When choosing a cow to show, you want to look for a tall, long and strong cow, with a high, wide rear udder.

Showing is something the Post family has always done and Post said the added bonus is the competition in doing it alongside her brothers.

“It’s fun to go up against them,” she said.

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