Krull earns top honors at World Dairy Expo

December 3, 2013
Cassy Krull

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — At the 2013 World Dairy Expo, University of Wisconsin-Platteville sophomore animal science and agri-business major from Lake Mills, Wis., Cassy Krull was awarded the Merle Howard Award, which is given to the top junior exhibitor at World Dairy Expo. The award is given to a student who demonstrates superlative skills in fitting and showmanship, and an overall passion for the dairy industry.

Like others in the large crowd, Krull was trying to figure out the person they were describing as the recipient of the award. “I had no idea what was going on,” said Krull. “Every year I go to listen and see who wins this award, as I know many of the past recipients. I was sitting at the top of the coliseum watching the show with my boyfriend and two friends as they started to read the biography. The announcer said, ‘This year’s recipient for the Merle Howard Award is a three-breed candidate owning Holsteins, Jerseys, and Red and Whites.’ I was trying to put the pieces together of who could have those three breeds, then they continued and said my name. My eyes welled up with tears of joy and excitement; I couldn’t believe it!”

Krull was born and raised on her family’s dairy farm in Lake Mills where they have 45 cows. She showed her first heifer with assistance at age 2 but when she received her first Jersey heifer for Christmas early on in life, it sparked her drive and love for the dairy industry. “I don’t see myself straying too far from the dairy and agriculture industry,” said Krull.

The Merle Howard Award was started in 2004 in honor of Merle Howard, a respected dairy industry pioneer. Howard also served on the first National Dairy Shrine Board, becoming one of only eight people to receive the 4-E Award for outstanding service.

“Receiving this distinguished award is by far the most humbling achievement and milestone I have reached,” said Krull. “I now know that the hard work I do at home and the extra time I put in is all worthwhile.”


Contact: Cassy Krull,, UW-Platteville Student

Written by: Carly Willman, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194,


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