Evan Creek of Hagerstown, Md., was presented the 28th Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award during the 52nd World Dairy Expo, in memory of Duncan MacKenzie, the 1961 Klussendorf winner. This year’s Duncan MacKenzie winner is first class. He is a man who will look you in you in the eye and respectfully call you “sir or ma’am” and is always sure to say a very sincere “Thank you”.
The list of Klussendorf and Klussendorf MacKenzie winners whom Creek has worked with for sales and shows is extensive. That’s because he is a “go-to guy” for many people. That list includes MD Maple Dell, Triple-T, Arethusa, Kueffner, Sherona Hill, Glamourview, Windy-Knoll-View, Waverly, Snider Homestead, Duckett, Gil-Tex, Oakfield Corners, River Valley, MD-Hillbrook, Morrell, Pappy’s, Van Exel, Elite, and Bendig. This list could go on and fill a book of herds that trust the care of their top animals to this talented individual.
Creek started out his career by developing a firm foundation through 4-H and FFA and bred and owned many junior and open All-American nominees. He also has bred numerous sires that have successfully influenced the breed through their active service in A.I. programs. One of those bulls is the reigning Premier Sire of both the heifer and cow show at World Dairy Expo, having earned that title for the fifth consecutive year at this year’s show. That bull is Palmyra Tri-Star Burdette-ET.
That’s not all. Nearly everyone will recognize his homebred cow – Palmyra Berkely P Ruth-ET – who successfully defended her 2017 title as Grand Champion of the International Ayrshire Show at World Dairy Expo earlier in the week. Ruth, along with her herdmates, gave Palymra Farms of Hagerstown, Md., both the 2018 WDE Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor banner to Evan Creek and his family.
While Evan has an impressive dairy résumé, it’s most important to note that he exemplifies the standards that made Duncan MacKenzie the forbearer of this award.
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. Crowds of nearly 70,000 people, from 100 countries, will return to Madison, Wisconsin for the 52nd annual event, October 2-6, 2018, 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. Visit worlddairyexpo.com or follow us on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or YouTube for more information.