For the 52nd year, World Dairy Expo will welcome North America’s finest dairy cattle and their breeders and owners to Madison, Wisconsin in October. Bringing a wealth of knowledge and international judging experience, sixteen individuals have been tasked with evaluating 2,500 cattle in five days.
Chris Hill, Thurmont, Md., Official Judge
Chris Hill lives in Thurmont, Maryland with his wife, Jennifer, where they own and operate MD-Hillbrook Sales and Service, a sales and auctioneering business. Assisting with 35 sales yearly throughout the United States and Canada, Hill has worked with a variety of events from herd dispersals to elite consignment sales. In addition to MD-Hillbrook Sales and Services, Hill and his wife maintain a small inventory of select show cattle and have bred or owned more than 50 All-American Nominees during the past ten years. Hill is the 2002 recipient of the Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award and has previously served as the official judge for the Brown Swiss, Holstein, Jersey and Red & White breed shows at World Dairy Expo. Beyond WDE, Hill has judged cows around the globe, served on the All-American Judges Panel for all seven breeds and officiated the Holstein class of the Hoard’s Dairyman Judging Contest.
Robert Teixeira, Keyes, Calif., Associate Judge
Robert Teixeira resides in Keyes, California with his wife, Kate, and children, Jon, Chloe, Alexis and Nichole, where he is a manager and part-owner of Gil-Tex Holsteins. Consisting of 600 milking cows, Gil-Tex has bred or developed more than 150 Excellent females including six 95-point or 96-point cows. Teixeira’s show string has exhibited six Grand Champions at the California State Holstein Show and has bred, developed or cared for 60 All-American Nominees in the Holstein, Red & White, Jersey, Brown Swiss and Guernsey contests over the past 18 years. He was the recipient of the first Merle Howard Award at World Dairy Expo in 2004 and the exhibitor of the 2001 Reserve Supreme Champion of the Junior Show and Grand Champion of the International Junior Holstein Show. Teixeira has judged state and national shows including the Southern Spring National Junior Holstein and Jersey Shows, the Maryland Spring Holstein Show and was the associate judge at the Eastern Fall National Holstein Show