WDE Announces Master Breeders

Ken Main and Peter Vail, along with their Cutting Edge prefix, have been selected as the twelfth recipients of the Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award.

The award honors exemplary breeders and herds that have been successful at showing and judging dairy cattle. The winners embody all of the qualities associated with the Klussendorf Award, including character, ability, endeavor and sportsmanship.

Main and Vail have exemplified what it means to be Brown Swiss breeders, World Dairy Expo said in a release. The duo have provided solid genetics for profitable production through their dedicated breeding program and top maternal lines to herds throughout the Brown Swiss breed.

The two earned six Grand Champion titles at World Dairy Expo in addition to the 2018 and 2019 Supreme Champion banners with Cutting Edge T Delilah 2E-95. Main and Vail have been named Premier Exhibitor of the International Brown Swiss Show for 13 consecutive years and Premier Breeder annually since 2016. They have had an All-American winner every year since 2003, with as many as 17 nominations at one time. These dairymen are also regular exhibitors at state, regional, national and international shows.

At the time of their dispersal sale, the herd’s production average was 21,650 pounds of milk with a 4.6 percent butterfat and 3.7 percent protein test.

The Cutting Edge prefix is a renowned name in the dairy industry and will be for generations to come, World Dairy Expo writes.