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World Dairy Expo Special Edition

September S b 88, 2018

What’s Inside...

• Wolfe family named McKown Master Breeder ..................................... Pages 14-15 • Hornickel, Keim named Industry People of the Year ......................................... Pages 17, 19 • Blue Star Dairy Farms host virtual tour ............................................ Pages 22-23 • Seminar: Clearing hurdles into a dairying career ........................................ Pages 35, 37 SECOND SECTION • Seminar: A glimpse of the future ...... Page 4 • Behnke, Stetzer to judge International Milking Shorthorn Show ............Pages 9, 11

WDE enters The Next Frontier

2018 show adapts as industry evolves By Jennifer Coyne jenn@dairystar.com

MADISON, Wis. – Each year, World Dairy Expo evolves to meet the growing needs of the dairy industry – and the 2018 show will be no exception. In accordance with this year’s show theme, WDE will enter The Next Frontier, providing a platform for elite dairy cattle genetics, state-of-the-art industry products and world-class educational opportunities. “We know the industry is changing,” said Laura Herschleb, attendee services with WDE. “As an organization, we’re constantly evolving, too, and this year’s show is reective of that.” The 52nd annual show will take place Oct. 2-6 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Within the tried and true events of WDE, attendees can anticipate adjustments to the show’s dairy cattle show, trade show and various attendee hospitality events for an experience more catered to their enjoyment. “Planning for World Dairy Expo is a Turn to WDE | Page 2

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More than 800 companies exhibit at World Dairy Expo every year in Madison, Wis. This upcoming show will feature addiƟonal space for tenured businesses, as well as a redesigned Trade Center.


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Dairy caƩle exhibitors lead their caƩle in breed open and junior shows at the 2017 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. Those viewing the caƩle shows may parƟcipate in railbird judging, placing one milking class from each breed and comparing their placings with that of the judges’.

365-day-a-year task,” Herschleb said. “Once last year’s show wrapped up, we already had a team thinking about this year. We’ve focused on areas of opportunities to continue making this the must-attend event in the global dairy industry.” In the show ring, junior champion heifers of the junior and open shows will walk alongside the grand champion cows in the 2018 World Dairy Expo Parade of Champions. Just as a supreme champion is named for the junior and open shows, so will a supreme champion heifer of both shows. The supreme champion cow of the junior show will receive the use of a cattle trailer for one year, provided by Frenchville Trailer Sales, LLC of Ettrick, Wis. “The parade of champions is such a captivating part of the show, and this is a way for more people to be in-

volved,” Herschleb said. For dairy cattle show enthusiasts, it will be an exciting opportunity to watch the development of the supreme and reserve supreme champion heifers as they become a part of future cow shows. Attendees will once again be able to participate in railbird judging, placing one milking class from each breed and comparing their placings with that of the judges’. After it is announced which class will be railbird judged, participants will have 15 minutes to send in their placings via text message. They will then be notied if they won in the same manner. “This is such a fun way to be involved,” Herschleb said. “It’s been a neat event at smaller shows, and we’re looking forward to continuing it at the industry’s premier dairy cattle

show.” Technology remains an instrumental component of WDE, sharing the daily happenings with attendees at the show and those following along remotely. Individuals may opt to receive real-time dairy cattle show results via text message in addition to streaming the show ring coverage on ExpoTV. In its sophomore year, the newest addition to ExpoTV – Expo360 – will kick off daily at 10 a.m. with an hourlong live broadcast of WXPO News, live coverage of Expo seminars and virtual farm tours, and other coverage, bringing a complete 360-degree look of the show to viewers. “Our goal is to keep attendees engaged in real time,” Herschleb said. While WDE is an opportunity for youth to learn more about the industry through dairy cattle judging contests, Turn to WDE | Page 4

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A youth exhibitor leads his heifer to the show ring during the 2017 World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. This year, a supreme champion heifer of the open and junior shows will be named during the World Dairy Expo Parade of Champions Saturday, Oct. 6.

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ultimate goal in engaging with these organizations was to bring benet and opportunity to dairy producers to help them be better situated for the future.

What’s a saying or philosophy you farm or live by? Find your purpose in life. What is it that excites you and draws you in? Dream about what you want to accomplish and develop strategies to get there. Your biggest obstacle could be yourself. A favorite quote from Dr. Charles Swindoll about the power of positive attitude is, “I am convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” Your success in life as a leader will depend on how much trust people decide to place in you. Be honest, be sincere, keep your promises and admit your mistakes. Be worthy of honor and respect.

What are your favorite off-farm activities? Five years ago, we bought a cottage on a small bay that’s part of Green Bay. It’s an one-hour drive from home, so it’s a great place to spend an afternoon or a day to unwind. I’ve also spent my winter evenings for the past several years coaching girls high school junior varsity basketball. While I nd the strategy and excitement of the game enticing, I nd greater reward in how we use the sport of basketball to teach life and leadership skills in young people.

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If you could describe your dairy journey in three words, what words would you use? Listen, learn and lead.

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What’s been the best part of your career? Having a career that I love and being able to raise our family in that business. It was fun to introduce my kids to things that I care so deeply about and watch them grow. I have especially enjoyed the time that we have been able to spend together as a family. What’s a saying or philosophy you farm or live by? I have a few, depends on the situation. One is “I believe”; another is “do the best you can with what you have”; a third is “work hard” and nally “whatever happens, happens.” What challenges have you overcome as a dairy farmer and how did you overcome them? Finances and consistent farm labor can be challenging. On the personal side, I nd my aging body challenging. I am not able to do the farm jobs the way I once could, with quickness and ease but try to do it the best I can and accept the aging. I laugh as I claim to be a 25-year-old’s mind set with a much older body.

high. However, expenses were reasonable, and we could make a living. With today’s markets and narrow margins, it’s more challenging to be protable. If you could describe your dairy journey in three words, what words would you use? Pride. I feel proud of the family that Robert and I have raised and the cows that we have built. One of the biggest gratications was winning the 2016 World Dairy Expo Holstein Champion and Reserve Supreme Champion with our homebred cow. We are most proud that our family together shared in making this dream come true.

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What has been the hardest part about dairy farming? One area of farming we nd challenging is having reliable and consistent farm labor. We have been fortunate to have our family, interns and afterschool employees that work at the dairy. It takes patience and a little luck to nd the right people who t into our daily routine and have the same appreciation for our operation as we do. Another area is getting started in the dairy business. Robert and I started 34 years ago with the Sheehan family. It was fun sharing and planning for the future and executing our ideas together. When Robert and I started, milk prices were low and interest rates were extremely

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What are your favorite off-farm activities? I think it is important to be involved in off the farm activities and organizations. Meeting other people and sharing new ideas is a fruitful experience and can be a stress reliever. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed working with the 4-H program and coaching dairy judging teams that competed at World Dairy Expo, Harrisburg and Louisville contests. I know how important the leaders were in my formative years, and I wanted to be able to pay that forward. Teaching Ag in the Classroom has been another exciting experience. Most students have no clue of farm life and what happens on the farm. Giving them this experience makes them appreciate their food and resources. Being involved in my church is important because Robert and I live by the motto “Family, Faith and Farming.” My latest venture has been serving on the founding committee to create the Agriculture Miracle of Birth Center at the Olmsted County Fair. This is our seventh year of showing the public of our everyday farm life, where their food comes from and how fragile the process is. Describe your farm and your role. Our farming operation includes two dairies, a 230-cow freestall/parlor managed by other family members and a 60-cow tiestall herd which Robert and I and our family have managed for 34 years. My constant duties have been raising the newborn and transition calves on our farm, heifer care, ll-in milking and mixing feed. Over the years I have milked at the double-12 parallel parlor dairy, detected heifers’ heat, drove trucks, tractors, and hauled bales, cattle and manure. My favorite job is running the skidloader for feed mixing and clean-up which seems endless. In addition, I am the lawn care person and a bookkeeper. Many titles in one day.

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RICHFIELD SPRINGS, N.Y. – Breeding and raising an exceptional herd of registered Holsteins is a long-standing tradition for Howard and Virginia Wolfe. “All members of the family have always been active in and responsible for doing all of the necessary farm work from the daily chores with the animals to the eldwork,” Virginia said. The Wolfes – along with their sons, Douglas and Michael, and Michael’s wife, Monica, and their four children – own and operate Ovaltop Holsteins near Richeld Springs, N.Y. The Wolfe family was selected as the 10th recipient of the 2018 Robert “Whitey” McKown Master Breeder Award by the Klussendorf Memorial Association. The family will accept the award Friday, Oct. 5 at World Dairy Expo’s International Holstein Show in Madison, Wis. The award acknowledges individuals or families who display ability, character, endeavor and sportsmanship while also earning success in the show ring as an exhibitor and judge. The Wolfes milk 90 registered Holsteins in a tiestall barn. One quarter of the herd is Red and White Holstein. Ovaltop Holsteins has bred 170 Excellent and 427 Very Good cows since its 1929 inception on the Wolfe family homestead in New Jersey. Howard, a third-generation dairyman, and Virginia moved their registered Holstein herd to their current farm site in 1977.

In New York, the family has earned 28 consecutive Progressive Breeder of Registry awards. The milking herd has a rolling herd average of 26,519 pounds of milk with a breed age average of 110.3. “For the past 45 years, we have bred all animals A.I. using many of the high performing sires in the industry,” Virginia said. “We concentrate on breeding for a balanced cow with good feet and legs, sound udder and those with dairy strength. We strive to have good, sound cows that will produce and reproduce for many years.” The farm consists of 500 acres of which 350 are tillable. One fulltime employee assists the family. At Ovaltop Holsteins, milking is completed twice daily – at 4:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. – by Michael, Douglas and Howard. “This schedule has helped maintain production and good udder health,” said Virginia of the strict milking routine. Following a schedule also allows the Wolfe family to spend time with each other. “Family time is spent whenever possible; however, as a family we are all together most all day long every day,” Virginia said. Cows are fed three times a day. The total mixed ration is comprised of silage, haylage, corn meal, grain concentrate and dry hay. Second cutting alfalfa is fed four to ve times a day in the tiestall barn. In addition, the milking herd is on pasture during the evenings in the summer months. Dry cows are housed on a bedded pack in an open-style barn. Youngstock are started in individual hutches and then moved to small group pens. As bred heifers, they are moved to a freestall section of the heifer barn. Heifers and dry cows are also given access to pasture during summer months. Turn to MCKOWN | Page 15


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The Wolfe family are active members of the Otsego-Herkimer-Montgomery Holstein Club and the New York Holstein Association. Howard served on the association’s board of directors and on the executive committee. Virginia serves as the chairperson of the association’s publication committee. Howard, Virginia and Michael have also been volunteer leaders in the 4-H program for many years, while Monica assists with their county American Dairy Association dairy promotion program. Virginia served on their town planning board for 25 years and also represented their town on the Herkimer County Farm Land Preservation Board. Douglas and Michael were active in their local 4-H club, FFA chapter and National Junior Holstein Association throughout high school. Michael’s children are now involved in the local Holstein and 4-H clubs. “We all enjoy attending and watching the younger generation play sports whenever possible,” Virginia said. “We also attend and participate in many of our national, state and local Holstein club activities, like annual conventions, banquet meetings, picnics and sales. As a farm, we attend and show a string of Ovaltop animals at several shows throughout the year.” Ovaltop Holsteins exhibits animals starting with the New York International Spring Holstein Show in April; their local youth and Holstein club shows during the summer months; the Great New York State Fair; the All-American Dairy Show and if an animal qualies, World Dairy Expo. Both Douglas and Michael are former National Junior Holstein Association distinguished junior members and have Bachelor of Science degrees in animal science. Douglas serves on the New York Holstein Association Show Committee. Michael and Douglas are experienced dairy show judges. “They will no doubt continue in farming with registered Holsteins as they now make the majority of the animal and crop decisions,” Virginia said of her sons. The commitment to the Holstein breed and striving to continue developing the next Excellent cow is what drives the Wolfe family. “We all enjoy the challenge of breeding and raising better cattle with each generation,” Virginia said. “It gives us all great satisfaction. … It is truly an honor to receive the … McKown Master Breeder Award. We have many family, friends, fellow breeders and agri-business people who have helped us through the years to thank for helping us receive this award.”

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a surprise,” Keim said. “World Dairy Expo has been a part of us since the beginning.” Keim and Hornickel developed Sunshine Genetics, a 235-acre farm near Whitewater, Wis., that specializes in embryo transfer. The business partners’ start began in college at the University of Illinois. At the time, the students connected because of their shared passion for dairy cattle and ET technology. “There was no course on ET at that time, and there were no textbooks to follow either,” Keim said. “But it was an area that was particularly fascinating to both of us. We dreamed of producing more than one calf per year from the best cows.” Outside of school, Keim and Hornickel gained a greater knowledge for ET technology on the weekends and in the evenings. This continued until they started Sunshine Genetics in 1983. “At our farm, we were able to provide individual care for valuable cows and this gave us more positive outcomes,” Hornickel said. “We knew if we could control many of the variables that inuence embryo production by supervising everything from feeding to breeding at our ET center, we would see good results and attract new clients.” The small business quickly developed into an international company. “Since our business is located less than an hour from World Dairy Expo, we have attracted many visitors and future customers who contributed to the long-term growth of the business,” Keim said. “We would entertain many international dairy farmers and genetics experts that would see our clients’ cows we were housing at the time, subsequently purchasing their embryos.”

“It has been wonderful to work with and meet dairy producers from all around the world. The two of us were fortunate to be a part of this exciting industry at the best time for its development.” DAN HORNICKEL, VETERINARIAN

As Keim and Hornickel continued to work with individuals across the world, they adopted new technologies, including non-surgical ET, embryo freezing and thawing, direct transfer, bovine genomics, sorted semen and in-vitro fertilization. Through their work in dairy cattle reproduction, Hornickel and Keim have provided genetics that have inuenced the dairy industry worldwide. “Sunshine Genetics is known for its international ET work, becoming a source of toplevel Holstein and Brown Swiss embryos,” Keim said. “We transplanted the embryos that we sold to assure good results with the rst shipments and trained local veterinarians.” After more than 20 years operating the genetics business, the business owners sold their company to Dr. Schueller in 2009. While no longer involved in the dairy trade in the same capacity, this year’s Industry People of the Year are humbled to be a part of a growing industry. “It has been wonderful to work with and meet dairy producers from all around the world,” Hornickel said. “The two of us were fortunate to be a part of this exciting industry at the best time for its development.”

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MIDDLETON, Wis. – Milking 2,600 cows at three sites throughout south-central Wisconsin, Blue Star Dairy has been asked to share their story as a virtual tour farm at World Dairy Expo. “World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to Madison for more than 15 years,” Meinholz said. “Tours are presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall.” Blue Star Dairy Farms, a family-run farm is owned by three families, two brothers and an uncle, Craig and Sherri Meinholz, Brian and Rhonda Meinholz and Art and Lori Meinholz. Beginning in Middleton, Wis., PHOTO SUBMITTED Blue Star Dairy Farms current- The Meinholz family operates Blue Star Dairy Farms. They milk 2,600 cows on three different sites throughout Wisconsin ly milk 2,600 cows on three sites including loca�ons in Middleton, DeForest and Arlington. The Meinholz family will be hos�ng a virtual farm tour during throughout Wisconsin including lo- World Dairy Expo. cations in Middleton, DeForest and somatic cell count of 130,000,” said own replacement heifers in natu- stall barn until they enter the milkArlington. rally-ventilated barns until they are ing herd. “These dairies have a com- Sherri Meinholz, farm manager. In addition to this, Middlemoved to open-front bedding packs. “Blue Star Dairy Farms also bined daily production average of ton and DeForest farms raise their Heifers are later moved to a free operates 4,500 acres of land and 90 pounds of milk per cow and a Turn to BLUE STAR DAIRY | Page 23

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purchased feed from neighbors on an additional 1,500 acres,” Meinholz said. Keeping up with 6,000 acres and 2,600 cows comes with hard work from countless employees. “Our employees work in specic departments on our farms. We have team members who work with our calves, ones who work in our shop and eld crew, the milking parlor crew, a maternity area team and the feeders,” Meinholz said. “We provide continuing education to help them learn and grow on the job.” Keeping successful and happy employees that work well with family is what keeps the farm going even in times of stress. “There are current challenges that we are facing as an entire dairy industry, but we are a family farm, which means we will preserve. The cattle, our family and our awesome group of employees is what motivates us to be the best farmers we can be,” Meinholz said.

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Eager to share their family story with thousands at World Dairy Expo, Meinholz hopes to give others a similar experience to what they have had in the past. “Our family has grown up in the dairy industry and have seen many farms over the years. It has been benecial for us to see these farms and learn from other producers, as we have received new knowledge or a new idea to try at our farms,” Meinholz said. “We hope to do this for others.” Sponsored by Compeer Financial, a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities, Blue Star Dairy Farms is one of the eight farms selected to share their farm with visitors of World Dairy Expo.

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and a 3 percent protein. “We could go on for pages about her offspring success, both in the show ring and the bulk tank,” Pam said. Last year, Selz-Pralle Dairy earned worldwide attention and accolades when one of their very own broke the world record for milk production. Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918, Very Good-88, milked 78,170 pounds with a 4 percent butterfat and 3.1 percent protein, completing that lactation at 5 years and 11 months of age. 3918, also known simply as the Aftershock, is a healthy cow that, by and large, wants to be left alone to do her job. She calved in earlier this year, and Pam said she is still milking her heart out. “We get asked all the time about the Aftershock,” Pam said. “She started off strong and looked like she was going to break her previous record, but we were overstocked and the heat took a toll on her milk production. She’s still milking about 198 pounds a day, and looks like she’ll make close to 70,000 pounds this lactation.” While they are good managers with a herd average consistently over 100 pounds per cow per day and seven pounds of combined fat and protein, Scott and Pam are also good farmers growing high quality feed for their cows and keeping them as comfortable as possible, believing that 80 percent of milk production comes from the environment the cow is in. Furthermore, they are good breeders of high-scoring registered cattle. “We feel that as the industry keeps changing, the denition of a pure Holstein breeder will continue to change,” Scott and Pam said. “But we don’t think the passion for those who love to breed good cattle will ever change.” Talk with Pam and Scott in person and nd out the details of what makes our operation produce high volumes of milk from high type cows, during their World Dairy Expo virtual farm tour sponsored by Mycogen Seeds Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.


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and aunt Doug and Vonne, and cousin, Jason and his wife, Shari – milk 2,800 Holsteins near McBain, Mich. They also run 3,000 acres of cropland. The Benthems will host a World Dairy Expo virtual tour in Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon. The tour will highlight the dairy’s overall operation, most notably their 60-stall rotary parlor. At Benthem Brothers, the herd is milked three times a day. Milk production averages 90 pounds of milk per cow, per day with a 3.8 percent butterfat and 3 percent protein. The somatic cell count has held under 100,000. The Benthems have always intended to expand cow numbers, but needed a milking system to accommodate the herd. “We started looking at rotary parlors and really liked the Waikato [Milking Systems] rotary parlor,” Benthem said. … “We toured the facility [in New Zealand], … and we liked the consistency of it.” In 2016, the Benthems installed a Waikato Milking Systems 60-stall rotary system complete with a Centrus composite platform. “We really liked their … oor; it’s a lot lighter than a concrete deck,” Benthem said. “They also have a unique way to test the milk for conductivity. Each quarter is milked for 15 seconds to check for conductivity in the milk. We like it for pre-stripping the cow.” Prior to the rotary system, Benthem Brothers was milking 1,300 cows. Now, 2,800 cows are housed and milked on the farm. The cows adjusted well to the new system, Benthem said. “It was tough the rst few days,” Benthem said. “After the rst three days, it got better, and after the rst three weeks, it got a lot better. Now, the cow comfort is just amazing. They load themselves. We are really, really happy with it.” With the installation of the rotary, the Benthems were able to dramatically reduce labor costs. They employ 30 full-time and six part-time employees. One employ wipes each cow to prep her for milking; one person attaches the milking units. The milking unit takes care of the pre-stripping. A third person watches for any milking units that may detach. A fourth employee ensures the cows are loading and exiting properly. “We can save a person by not having to dip and pre-strip,” Benthem said. … “We feel we have cut down our labor two-thirds from what we had before by being more efcient. … We are able to milk twice as many cows and increase production, and our labor cost is down.” Benthem said the rotary parlor has also benetted the family. “We are really happy with the change, and our quality of life has gotten better,” he said. “That is the best thing. It gives us more exibility. … We are able to hire some more key employees over the last few years who can take on more responsibilities.” Benthem’s dad and uncle began milking 30 cows in a tiestall barn when they purchased the farm from their father in 1983. In 1992, the brothers purchased a neighboring farm with a double-8 herringbone parlor; they also purchased 100 of the neighbor’s cows, bringing their herd to 200 cows. They also implemented three-times-a-day milking. In 2002, they upgraded to a double-12 herringbone parlor, as well as a freestall barn. With the new parlor, the family was milking 250 cows. “That was kind of the turning point for the dairy to have a nice, modern freestall barn,” Benthem said. A second freestall barn was built in 2007, and they were milking 600 cows. In 2011, a third freestall barn was built and their herd totaled 800 cows. The freestall barns are bedded with sand and naturally ventilated. Nearly 50 percent of the sand is being reclaimed, with hopes to reclaim 75 percent, Benthem said. The virtual farm tour will also highlight the farm’s two 180-head calf barns. Youngstock are fed pasteurized milk and are housed in individual pens. Close-up cows are housed in a maternity area on a bedded pack. An additional freestall barn houses sick cows as well as fresh cows. “It has helped us keep a low cull rate,” Benthem said of the freestall barn. “And that is something we are really proud of.” Implementing technology has allowed the Benthem family to stay progressive in an ever-changing industry. Benthem credits the farm’s employees for helping ease the transitions they have made. “We have great employees in all areas,” he said. “… All around, our employees surround us. They are second to none and do an awesome job.”

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Visit eight dairy farms during World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours

World Dairy Expo Virtual Farm Tours have been bringing the best dairy operations in North America to Madison for more than 15 years. The eight dairies selected this year are no exception, highlighting topics ranging from technology and genetics to strong community ties and cow comfort. These virtual outings include a visual presentation led by the farm’s owner or manager, with time for questions and an open discussion to follow. Tours are presented daily during World Dairy Expo, Tuesday through Saturday, in the Mendota Room 1 of the Exhibition Hall. Sponsors of the 2018 Virtual Farm Tours include: American Jersey Cattle Association,

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high-genomic cows for Leaninghouse Holsteins, New Mexico, whose many active A.I. sons include House, Big Bubba, Clete, and Fabio. As early adopters of new technology, this herd was one of the rst to begin using activity and rumination technology, shredlage processing for brown midrib (BMR) corn silage, and incorporating Berga (Palm) Fat into their ration. Scott and Pam’s commitment to agriculture extends to a variety of key leadership positions in state and national organizations, including the Wisconsin Holstein Association, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, AgSource, Cooperative Resources International and CommonGround. Hosted by: Rocky Creek Dairy, Olin, N.C. Friday, Oct. 5, Noon Highlights: 1,240 milking/Milk Quality Sponsored by: NC Dairy Advantage The Shelton family moved to Olin, North Carolina in 1992 and started Rocky Creek Dairy with 400 cows and 450 acres of land. Since then, Ben Shelton, his wife Mimi and his son Paul, who own the dairy together, have expanded the farm to 1,400 cows and 1,320 heifers on 2,200 acres. Preweaned calves are cared for in group housing with automatic feeders before transitioning to pasture, followed by free stall housing at eleven months. Cows are milked three times a day in a double 16-parallel parlor and are housed in sand-bedded free stalls. The milking herd maintains a rolling herd average of 31,200 pounds of milk with 70,000 SCC. This has led the dairy to receive Don Wesen Milk Quality Awards and the 2015 Marvin Senger Distinguished Dairy Farmer Award. Rocky Creek was also the rst dairy in North Carolina to be certied by the Secure Milk Supply Plan, a voluntary biosecurity initiative. Reaching into the community, the farm hosts school groups, college groups, extension programs and other North Carolina dairy industry and county community events. Ben, a practicing veterinarian, also owns Rocky Creek Veterinary Services which is located at the dairy and primarily treats cattle. He also serves on the North Carolina Board of Agriculture, is Vice-President of Cobblestone Milk Cooperative and a former board member of North Carolina Dairy Producers Association and NC Dairy Advantage. Hosted by: McCarty Family Farms, LLC, Colby, Kan. Friday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m. Highlights: 12,000 milking/Non-GMO Ration Sponsored by: QLF McCarty Family Farms, LLC began as one dairy farm in Rexford, Kansas in 2000. Since that time, the McCarty Family of Tom and Judy McCarty and their four sons Mike, Clay, David and Ken have grown the business to include

ve sites: three in Kansas, one in Nebraska and another in Ohio. In total, the family is milking 12,000 cows in parallel and rotary parlors. In 2011, the family built a processing center on the original farm site in Rexford, Kansas. The following year, they began sending their processed milk to Dannon. This partnership allows the McCartys to directly supply Dannon and has given them added stability during the changing dairy markets. Two years ago, McCarty Family Farms began the transition to a non-GMO ration for their herd and have since received accreditations from Non GMO Project and Where Food Comes From. The choice to convert to this type of system has required the family to have stronger relationships with their growers and suppliers. McCarty Family Farms has been recognized as an Innovative Dairy Farm of the Year, US Center of Innovation on Farm Award Winner and a Sustainability Award winner. Their sustainability awards have recognized the family’s ability to reduce trucks on the road by 75 percent due to the on-farm processing abilities while also reducing their dependency on water through reclaiming 39,000 gallons of fresh water daily. Hosted by: Benthem Brothers Inc., McBain, Mich. Saturday, Oct. 6, Noon. Highlights: 2,700 milking/Rotary Parlor Sponsored by: Waikato Milking Systems In 1981, brothers Doug and Bruce Benthem began milking cows in a stanchion barn in McBain, Michigan. Three expansions later, the brothers are now milking 2,400 cows in a 60-cow rotary parlor at Benthem Brothers, Inc. in partnership with Doug’s son, Jason and Bruce’s son, Ryan. The rotary system the Benthems installed features the latest Centrus composite platform and is only the third parlor of its kind in the United States, manufactured by Waikato Milking Systems whose U.S. ofce is in Verona, Wisconsin. Milking three times each day, the farm has a rolling herd average of 29,096 pounds of milk with a somatic cell count of 90,000, earning the Benthems a Michigan Milk Producers Association Gold Quality Milk award in 2017. Benthem Brothers, Inc. was a nalist for the Consumers Energy Project of the Year in 2017 and has veried their farmstead, 3,000 acres and livestock production through the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Other members of the Benthem family involved with the dairy include Doug and Bruce’s brother, Mark, Doug’s son, Kyle, Bruce’s son, Andy, and Jason’s wife, Shari.


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Clearing hurdles into a dairying career Sipiorski shares challenges of exposing next generation to industry By Brittany Olson Contributing Writer

MADISON, Wis. – As the dairy industry continues to evolve, the stakes and potential costs for the next generation of dairy farmers for establishing their own herds have never been higher. Add in having to search high and low for a milk buyer, and even the most determined aspiring dairymen and dairywomen might be deterred from becoming the heart and soul of the dairy industry. “Dairy is becoming a tightmargin industry, and as much as I don’t like it, that’s the way it is,” Gary Sipiorski said. Sipiorski, the dairy business development manager at Vita Plus in Madison, Wis., will present “Entering the Dairy Industry: How do Young People get Started into Dairying?” at a World Dairy Expo seminar Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

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- Know the numbers. Sipiorski said taking the time to understand, interpret and put together nancial statements, such as cash ows and balance sheets, are critical to becoming a successful farmer. “Understanding that each movement of money on the farm, such as the cost of raising heifers, has an immediate effect on the cash ow statement, and it will eventually work its way over to the balance sheet as either an asset or a liability,” Sipiorski said. “The sooner they understand that, the more successful they will become.” - Cost of getting into a dairy farm. The sheer cost of milking cows, replacement animals, machinery and real estate is enough to keep many who may have the desire to milk cows for a living out of the business. “How many kids have the money right out of a two- or four-year school to farm?” Sipiorski said. “Not many.” Sipiorski suggests cultivating and maintaining a good relationship with lenders and the Farm Service Agency, of which the latter has helped young farmers get started with lowinterest loans. “FSA has up to $300,000 available just for young and beginning farmers for cattle and machinery purchases, and up to $300,000 for real estate purchases,” Sipiorski said. - Handing over the reins. For those transitioning a farm from one generation to the next, both the parents and children may not know where to begin when transferring assets. “The parents … may not want to let go, either,” Sipiorski said. Sipiorski recommends beginning transferring assets when generation one is in their mid-50s, beginning with the cattle because they generate cash ow. Sipiorski suggests working with an accountant, attorney or nancial advisor to look at the best way to transfer assets. Farm transfer talks should begin when the generation wishing to take over the farm is in their mid-20s to early 30s. “… Farm transitions can take 10-plus years, and they need to have an understanding of why it’s important to transfer assets …,” Sipiorski said. “After transferring cattle, then turn over the checkbook because the cattle are making cash ow, then the machinery and then the real estate. By the time the transfer is complete, generation two … should have a good idea of what they’re doing.” - Where to begin when you do not have a family farm. “I get calls all the time from folks not only looking to retire and get out of farming, but also from younger couples looking to get into farming,” Sipiorski said. “Making those matches can be really difcult.” Sipiorski recommends working with the retiring farmer for at least one year to make sure each generation’s personalities are compatible. “Work with a non-family farm for a year to make sure the transition will work and that everyone gets along because nding a match is a huge obstacle,” Sipiorski said.

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VIROQUA, Wis. – Not being born into a dairy farming family did not dissuade Rob Klinkner from deciding dairy farming was the path in life he wanted to pursue. Rob and Gail Klinkner and their family – Reagan, 12, Garrison, 10, Rubi, 6, Ginger, 4, and Rylan, 1 – milk 55 head of registered Jerseys, Holsteins, Guernseys and Ayrshires on their Pine Prairie Farm outside of Viroqua, Wis.

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worked to help that grow,” Rob said. “The Treschers let me show their animals at the Parish 4 Jersey Show and at the Monroe County Fair.” Rob saved up enough money to begin his own Jersey herd at the age of 13, with the purchase of Feniwis Peep T Perky at a dispersal sale. Gail grew up on her family’s registered Holstein farm outside of Westby, Wis., and was as passionate about the dairy industry and breeding registered Holsteins as Rob was about his Jerseys. The two met through 4-H and FFArelated activities. They each attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course program, with Rob graduating in 2001. Gail graduated from the program in 2003, and they married later that year. Rob started working at the Fremstad’s Norse Star Jersey Farm, and the desire to have his own farm continued to grow. In 2002, Rob worked out a rental agreement with a retired farmer located near Westby, Wis. “I had a 50-50 agreement with the landlord,” Rob said. “We worked together to harvest quality forages, and I purchased the rest of the feed and paid the “We’ve tried to electric. The landlord paid a percentage of any needed repairs, and we each received 50 nd the most percent of the milk check.” The original cows Rob purchased efficient number were purebred Jerseys. He joined the AJCA Registration, Equity, Appraisal of cows to milk and Performance Program to begin the in our facility registration process through the Genetic Recovery Program. to maintain Once Rob and Gail were married, her protable Holsteins moved to Pine Prairie to join the Jersey herd. Gail continued to work off the margins.” farm while Rob managed the dairy herd. They continued on the rented farm until GAIL KLINKNER, DAIRY FARMER October 2006 when the opportunity to purchase their current farm presented itself. “We picked the worst time of the year to move a dairy farm,” Rob said. “We had a lot of work to do right away getting the barn ready. We put pasture mats in right away. We had to install the milking system. The heifer facility needed some revamping to be ready for winter, and we had to pour some concrete. We had to get some of the basic machinery we needed but didn’t have.” The Klinkners have had to be exible in their plans to navigate their way through nancial struggles. “In July 2010, we made the decision to downsize the herd,” Gail said. “We sold 40 cows and 20 heifers to pay down some debt. It kept us milking cows. I continued managing a local farm store, and Rob got a part-time job driving school bus.” By 2013, the barn was full again, and the Klinkners decided to pay off their remaining debt by having another sale in April 2014. They sold 40 cows and 10 bred heifers, leaving 20 cows remaining in the herd. Both Rob and Gail worked off-farm jobs during this time, while managing the farm. Since that time, the herd has grown back to its current size of 35 registered Jerseys and 20 registered Holsteins. There are two Guernseys their son Reagan owns and a couple of Ayrshires they house for a friend. “We’ve tried to nd the most efcient number of cows to milk in our facility to maintain protable margins,” Gail said. “It’s the key to the Turn to KLINKNERS | Page 39


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a dairy and start from scratch on how we were going to do the day to day tasks on the cows. It’s denitely managed differently, but looking back we are pretty happy we made that decision and love it. The cows love it.” The advent of the Houins’ robotic dairy establishes them as the largest robotic dairy farm in the United States. However, being the rst farm to operate at their scale has posed its challenges. “The software and reports that you see are more geared towards a smaller producer who knows their cows and is the one physically doing all the work,” Houin said. “Me being the manager, I’m not there doing the work every day, but when I go to look at the reports, with so many cows, it’s very tedious to look at. The reports that I want to see are going to be different than the reports of a smaller producer.” Because of the software collecting data from the large herd, Houin said the system has crashed at times due to the excessive data transmissions. In addition to an overview of the farm, Houin will share the inferences he has made from the data collected during the seminar. “Being I have almost half the cows on robots and half the cows conventionally, I think it should be really good comparisons as far as milk production, reproduction, cull rates and maintenance costs,” Houin said. “Just to give people an idea if it is worth the hype.”

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Jack Britt has his sights on the future of the dairy industry to meet the needs of the growing global population. “The goals are to look far into the future and forecast the genetics, technologies and systems that will be in place and will be suited to meet the needs of over 9 billion people in the face of

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into a possibility for dairy producers. Leading this discussion is Paul VanRaden, a research geneticist at the USDA-AIPL. VanRaden has thirty years of experience deriving genetic evaluation methods and introducing new traits for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 1994, he introduced the lifetime net merit index and has updated the formula six times since to include additional conformation, calving, fertility, livability and health traits. Friday, Oct. 5, 1 p.m. View from the top: How corporate restaurant and food retail sourcing policies are being developed and the implications to the farmer Panelists: Mike Brown, Director, Dairy Supply Chain, The Kroger Co. Sarah Hendren, Nutrition & Quality Assurance Manager, Culver Franchising System, LLC Paula Emerick, Sourcing Category Manager, Global Beverage Sourcing/Dairy, Starbucks Coffee Company Moderator: Angela Anderson, Director, Customer Outreach, Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Sponsored by: Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1) From animal welfare to sustainable sourcing, key restaurant and food retail leaders will be discussing how policy and buying decisions are developed and implemented for their companies. Sharing decision-making insight and how they work with the dairy industry, these individuals will touch on topics that are impactful to the dairy community. The panel discussion which will also highlight ways dairy farmers and stakeholders can engage with the supply chain, will end with an open question-andanswer segment. Saturday, Oct. 6, 11 a.m. Learning from the Future – Dairying in 2068 Dr. Jack H. Britt, Senior Consultant, Jack H. Britt Consulting Continuing Education Credits: ARPAS (1), RACE (1) The dairy industry is constantly changing and evolving. In this seminar, Dr. Jack H. Britt, a senior dairy consultant and former Professor at three Land-Grant universities, will share what he believes the industry will look like in 2068, 50 years from now. With a family dairy farming background, this scientist, teacher, entrepreneur and dairy future enthusiast has teamed up with a group of international experts to create this vision for dairying in the future. Their vision includes a cow with genes from multiple breeds, a smaller environmental footprint, healthier and more fertile. They predict the development of natural microbes specically for cattle that will replace antibiotics and chemicals used on farms today. Also foreseeing a structure change in the dairy industry, Dr. Britt will share the groups thoughts on lateral and vertical integration, location and scale as well as the role of automation, robotics and articial intelligence in 2068.

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Brian Behnke cultivated a love for caring for and judging cattle with his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s registered Holstein herd in Brooklyn, Wis. Behnke, who manages ABS Global subsidiary St. Jacobs ABC in DeForest, Wis., is presiding over the International Milking Shorthorn show as head judge this year and grew up judging cows in his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barn. Meanwhile, Carla Stetzerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love for Milking Shorthorns began as a child on her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm in west central Wisconsin, and carries over not only into her career as a herd analyst for NorthStar Cooperative, but also onto the colored shavings when she steps into the ring as associate judge for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Milking Shorthorn Show at World Dairy Expo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up showing at numerous shows with my sisters and brother,â&#x20AC;? Stetzer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We generally went to Carla Stetzer PHOTO SUBMITTED some local shows as well as the Minnesota State Fair, Assoc. judge, Intl. Brian Behnke will be head judge at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s InternaĆ&#x; onal Milking Shorthorn World Dairy Expo and occasionally Louisville. We conMilking Shorthorn Show during World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. tinue to show a little as my boys and their cousins are Show getting into showing as they are getting older. I was also very involved in dairy judging, staring when I was 9. I had some success at the district level and enjoyed it, but had to be convinced to join the judging team my junior year at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.â&#x20AC;? For both Behnke and Stetzer, their eye for judging cattle opened doors for their future careers. In addition to working as a sire analyst, Behnke has also worked as a herdsman for several registered Holstein herds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up judging cows in my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s barn and then judged on the 4-H team until I went to college,â&#x20AC;? Behnke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a great judging team at Madison, and we won the national contest. Judging opened doors for me and has given me many blessings. I have been lucky and fortunate to have seen many countries in the world while traveling to judge. I enjoy seeing new things and seeing the dairy and agricultural industries and how they adapt to their conditions.â&#x20AC;? Behnke lived in Washington for a time and was a sire analyst for Landmark Genetics. Then, he was a herdsman at both Roylane Registered Holsteins and Wilcox Farms, Inc. Behnke and his wife, Tami, moved to Wisconsin where he worked for Semex for 13 years. For the last two years, he has managed St. Jacobs ABS. Turn to JUDGES | Page 11

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presented by the National Dairy Shrine at the organization’s annual awards banquet at World Dairy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Madison, Wis. “We both come from families with generations of involvement in dairying and always wanted to have a dairy,” Randy said. “We love what we do and feel it’s more of a calling than a career.” Randy and Jennifer own Ash Grove Dairy, LLP where they milk 1,200 cows near Lake Benton, Minn. The farm site includes a newly constructed cross-ventilated freestall barn permitted for 1,383 cows and 200 calves. While the Grosses have not yet reached their housing capacity, they plan to grow their herd in time by expanding the barn 50 percent to the east and 50 percent to the west. While Randy did not grow up on a farm, he was active in 4-H in his youth. Jennifer’s family sold their cows while she was studying dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

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classications and genomic testing. They also began an embryo transfer program to improve their herd more rapidly, hoping to generate 4-H projects for their sons and create an Ash Grove family legacy. “I cannot think of anything to do differently,” Randy said. “The path that has brought us to where we are today has helped to shape us as people and dairy farmers. We’re thankful for the opportunities we’ve been blessed with and have worked hard to make the most of them. Through the years, we have been fortunate to work with some exceptional advisors and have great neighbors.” At World Dairy Expo, in addition to their award, the Grosses are looking forward to catching up with friends and seeing prestigious dairy cattle.

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Having no family farm for the couple to take over, the Grosses decided to start from scratch. After gaining 10 years of experience from managing a 3,600-cow dairy in Elkton, S.D., the Gross family purchased their farm in 2016. Over the past two years, Ash Grove, LLP, named after the Gross family homestead in South Dakota, has become an established and reputable business in the dairy industry. However, the family’s success has not come easily. “A start up dairy requires long days training cows to the parlor, putting procedures and protocols in place and getting the team all working in the same direction,” Randy said. “After things are up and running it’s more about working towards continuous improvement, whether it be in milk production, genetics, cost control, employee development, milk quality, forage quality or calf care. There is always some area that demands attention.” The award recognizes outstanding dairy managers who have introduced and applied effective management and business practices to help achieve a more protable dairy business. The top priority on the Grosses farm is protability, growth and developing a top-notch herd of registered Holsteins. “We strive to achieve these goals in a manner that benets our cows, family, employees, consumers and community,” Randy said. “We believe if we do our best to take care of the cows, in turn they will take care of us.” The Grosses focus on cow care and giving their employees a chance to grow in order to keep their dairy operation successful. The family is proud that of 14 employees nine have been with them for seven to 13 years, choosing to follow them from their former dairy in South Dakota to their farm in Minnesota. “These areas encompass a lot of day-today details, but we believe keeping these as our priorities will allow Ash Grove Dairy to be prepared for the future,” Randy said. Randy and Jennifer are dedicated to the dairy industry and look for new ways to improve their herd and management style. “As our herd matures and new technologies are implemented, we expect to see improvement,” Randy said. “We are already seeing this occur.” Ash Grove has recently started regular

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Ronald Eustice, well-known Red and White Holstein enthusiast and international marketing consultant, is attending World Dairy Expo like every year and helping with the International Registration Booth as translator. But this year is special for Eustice, because he will also be named to the National Dairy Hall of Fame. “I am deeply humbled by the award and feel very grateful to receive it,” Eustice said. “I have received several awards in the past, but this is the most cherished.” Eustice will receive the recognition at the National Dairy Shrine Banquet Thursday, Oct. 4 in Madison, Wis. The award is given to outstanding representatives of the dairy industry. Pictures and biographies of these persons are preserved at the National Dairy Shrine Visitors’ Center and Museum in Fort Atkinson, Wis. “World Dairy Expo is unique because it is more than a cattle show,” Eustice said. “It’s a gathering place for people from all over the Turn to EUSTICE | Page 19

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Ron EusƟce will be named to the NaƟonal Dairy Hall of Fame at the NaƟonal Dairy Shrine Banquet, Oct. 4 in Madison, Wis.

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world seeking information and expanding their knowledge of the dairy industry. World Dairy Expo is the greatest dairy event in the world, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased to help make it even better.â&#x20AC;? Eustice has represented the U.S. food industry in more than 80 countries. In 1970, he worked with Carnation Company directing semen sales and teaching A.I. classes in Mexico. In 1977, Eustice became the international marketing director for the American Breeders Service and in 1984 took on the same role with Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Lakes. Through Land Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Lakes, he was involved with technology transfer and farmer training all over the world, including a threeyear assignment in Indonesia teaching dairy management classes in the Indonesian language. In 1990, he took on another role where he would stay for 22 years as the executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council, working closely with both the beef and dairy industries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Upper Midwest more than half the beef produced comes from dairy steers and market cows,â&#x20AC;? Eustice said. Eustice was an early promoter of Red and White dairy cattle. He purchased his ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst Red and White dairy calves in 1963 while he was a freshman at the University of Minnesota working in the dairy barns. Back then, the red factor was seen as undesirable and a major effort was made to eliminate animals carrying the gene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bulls that sired red and white calves were removed from A.I. service,â&#x20AC;? Eustice said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, some of the best animals in the breed carried the gene for recessive red color, and it was impossible to eliminate something that no one could see.â&#x20AC;? His passion for the breed led him to success in the show ring as well. In 1968, Red and White Holstein calves were eligible to be registered in the Holstein Association USA, and he showed the ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst prize 3-year-old and reserve grand champion at the ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst National Red and White Show at World Dairy Expo. He also managed a National Red and White Sale at the National Dairy Cattle Congress in 1969. This year, the International Red and White Show will be one of the larger cattle shows at Expo. Eustice is the author of a book on the history of Red and Whites in North America, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They Saw Red.â&#x20AC;? His next book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Polled Pioneers: History of Naturally Hornless Dairy Cattle in North Americaâ&#x20AC;? will soon be available. On the topic of genetics, Eustice believes our dairy cattle have become too big and too tall. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our cattle must meet the needs of commercial dairy farms,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means moderate stature, wide chests, and good feet and legs.â&#x20AC;? He also believes we will see more polled dairy cattle of all breeds in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dairy cows have been put on this earth for one reason: to produce milk, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need horns to do it,â&#x20AC;? Eustice said. Through his work, Eustice feels he is not only an advocate and spokesperson for the dairy and beef industries, but for all of agriculture. Modern agriculture has changed from the farm Eustice grew up on in Southern Minnesota. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Farming and food production have changed dramatically during my lifetime,â&#x20AC;? Eustice said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With each passing year the general public becomes less familiar with how our food is produced, and we provide safe, affordable nutritious food to the world.â&#x20AC;? Eustice said we must make a continuous effort to tell the story of the modern miracle of food production and warns our livelihood depends on it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all need to be advocates for agriculture,â&#x20AC;? Eustice said.

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Pivotal cow family propels success

Jameses named National Young Jersey Breeders By Danielle Nauman danielle.n@dairystar.com

MINERAL POINT, Wis. – Concentrating on building cow families that milk well and excel in type describes the breeding philosophy Jason and Leah James employ in breeding their dairy herd. Adherence to those goals earned the young couple the distinction of being recognized with a National Young Jersey Breeder Award at the American Jersey Cattle Association’s annual meeting held last month in Canton, Ohio. The Jameses milk 175 registered Jerseys, Milking Shorthorns and Holsteins on their Pine-Valley Farm in Mineral Point, Wis. The couple took over operation of Jason’s 200acre family farm following their marriage in 2011. The herd is milked in a double-6 parallel parlor and housed in two freestall barns. “My love of the Jersey breed started when I showed a Jersey when I was little,” Leah said. “Jerseys have been a longtime love of mine.” With her sister Londa,

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The James family – (from leŌ) Jason, holding daughter Brenlyn, and Leah – accept a NaƟonal Young Jersey Breeder Award from AJCA Vice President Walter Owens at the American Jersey CaƩle AssociaƟons’ annual meeƟng last month in Canton, Ohio. Leah introduced the rst Jerseys into her father’s then all-Holstein herd in southeast Minnesota. Eventually, the sisters would establish the prex, New Heights, and work to develop cow families. After their marriage, Jason joined the partnership, and the New Heights herd now calls Pine-Valley

Farm home. A group of ve purchased bred heifers arrived at Pine-Valley Farm with Leah in 2010. All the heifers calved in with heifer calves, giving the newly-forming Jersey herd a solid foundation. From the original Jerseys, two cows scored Excellent and the direct

descendent of another went on to be the rst cow carrying the farm’s PVF prex to score Excellent. “When we determined that we needed to add more cows to the farm, deciding to look for Jerseys was a no-brainer,” Leah said. “I had previously worked as a type appraiser

for AJCA, and in my travels, there was one farm that always struck me as having tremendous quality cattle and deep pedigrees.” The Jameses purchased two groups of eight cows to form the foundation of the Pine-Valley Jersey herd: one group from a breeder in Iowa and one from a herd dispersal in South Carolina. Several cows were picked up along the way to help round out the herd. “One of the most enjoyable things about this industry is getting to buy cows,” Leah said. “Working together to research and discuss the foundation stock we were adding was really a memorable experience for us.” These added cows embodied the things the Jameses had set as the cornerstone of their breeding program. “We really placed value on the pedigrees and the cow families,” Jason said. “All of these cows had Very Good or Excellent dams and granddams, all with good milk records. They really helped establish the nucleus of the Jersey herd here at Pine-Valley.” There is one cow in the herd in particular that has helped the Turn to JAMESES | Page 25

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ConĆ&#x;nued from JAMESES | Page 23 Jameses reach national prominence in Jersey cattle genetics. Clareshoe Allstar Zoom Zoom, now scored EX-91, was a purchase made at the 2014 National Jersey Heifer sale in Washington, D.C. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zoom Zoom ď&#x192;&#x17E;t many of the criteria we were looking for in an investment,â&#x20AC;? Jason said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She was one of the top Cheese Merit $ heifers on the sale, backed by a full pedigree with an EX91 point dam sired by Tollenaars Impuls Legal. And even though she was bred, we could still work with her after the sale.â&#x20AC;? Once Zoom Zoom arrived to Pine-Valley, the Jameses started her on an IVF, planning to aspirate her at least once before her pregnancy became too advanced to perform the procedure. For that IVF mating, the Jameses opted to use the high genomic-tested bull JX Prop Joe {3}. That IVF cycle resulted in nine embryos transferred, with six pregnancies conď&#x192;&#x17E;rmed. Of those pregnancies, there were four bull calves and two heifer calves born. Today, as 3-year-olds, those two resulting heifer calves are both still listed in the top 1.5 percent of the genomic-tested females; and one, JX PVF Prop Joe Zip {4}-ET, is a former No. 2 Genomic Jersey Performance Index cow in the breed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We worked extensively with Zip as a heifer, putting her on an IVF program,â&#x20AC;? Leah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We used an early release sire called World Cup {5}, and that turned out to be a great decision for us.â&#x20AC;? That mating resulted in a bull calf, JX PVF WC Zinc {5}-ET. Zinc is now in stud at Genex Services, LLC, and is one of the top genomic young sires at +201 GJPI and +684 CM$. The Jameses have also placed a World Cup son out of Zipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ď&#x192;&#x;ushmate, Zap, in stud at

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joying the rewards of working to breed animals with high genomic numbers, they also enjoy exhibiting animals from all three breeds at local, state and national shows. They lease animals to young show enthusiasts each year. They also sell project calves to junior members each year. Both Jason and Leah are involved in their local Jersey Parish group, helping to run the Southwest Wisconsin High Protein Show. They have also been involved with helping to facilitate the Wisconsin Spring Spectacular and the Wisconsin Dairy Showcase shows. The couple is also involved with the Wisconsin Milking Shorthorn Breeders and the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Leah is a graduate of the Young Dairy Leader Institute, and Jason has participated in Foremost Farmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Leaders Program. Both have attended and graduated from the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin Managerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Academy. Leah also volunteers with the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest held each year at World Dairy Expo. Along with their 1-year-old daughter, Brenlyn, the Jameses are excited to see where their passion for breeding excellent cow families takes them. They have laid the foundation for Brenlynâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s involvement, starting her herd with her ď&#x192;&#x17E;rst Jersey, PVF Lemonhead Miss B. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The friendships and the connections weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made throughout the Jersey industry over the past decade have been priceless,â&#x20AC;? Leah said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having not been born into Jersey families, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come to ď&#x192;&#x17E;nd that it is the people that make the breed second to none. We feel lucky to be part of the Jersey family now.â&#x20AC;?

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