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Mors Durham Buckleader Kate EX-94 Sire: Durham Multiple All-Ohio Awards

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Still looking the part at 10 years old Over 210,000M Lifetime 365D 46,605M 3.7% 1,734F 3.1% 1,447P Four daughters in herd

Shelburne Legacy Evelina EX-92 Honorable Mention All-American 2010 Champion 2010 Spring Show

w Fresh in March and looks awesome w 365D 35,774M 3.9%1,412F 3.2% 1,174P w Agenda daughter/Chief son

Velvet-View London EX-90 Sire: Primetime Senior Champion 2010 District 8 Show

w Just fresh with more points to come w 365D 38,146M 5.0% 1,920F 3.3% 1,258P w Purchased at the 2010 Buckeye Classic Sale

~Richman Farms, Inc.~ The Indoe Family • Lodi, Ohio Dick 330-948-1427 Tom 330-948-1137 Bill 330-948-2259 Tyler 330-416-8891 Jim Morlock, Jr. and Martin “Bud” Yoder Fitting and Showing

Visitors Always Welcome

Thanks to Lisa Kerr for purchasing our Red Apple heifer at the Convention Sale. Glad to be a part of District 8 hosting the Convention Activities.

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436,098 MILK

Paradise-R Roebuck Hot 2321 EX-90 EX-MS July 15, 1996 — January 5, 2012 Ranked FIFTH All-Time Lifetime Milk Production in Holstein USA Records Highest Lifetime Milk Production in Ohio 436,098 Milk 14,113 Butterfat 12,912 Protein EXTREMELY WET • SUPER TOUGH • ALWAYS PRODUCTIVE Sired by: Paradise-R Roebuck Dam’s Sire: Tagwood Royalty Pepper-ET Grand Sire: Paradise-R CleitusMathie Service Age Bulls for Sale At All Times


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(USPS 404-600) (ISSN: 0899-4862) Official Publication of the Ohio Holstein Association

Volume 76

Number 2

MARCH-APRIL 2012 Published 5 times per year in January, March, May, September and November at Shreve, OH by the OHIO HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 479, Wooster, OH 44691 dairyagendatoday – Click on Industry Links

PUBLICATION OFFICE — SHREVE, OH Subscription price in the U.S. is $15.00 per year. The NEWS subscription list is filed geographically by town and state. When you change your address, please be sure to give us your old address as well as the new one. Advertising rates available upon request. News and advertising forms close one month preceding date of issue. Address all mail to the: OHIO NEWS P.O. Box 479 • Wooster, OH 44691 330-264-9088 • Fax 330-263-1653 Send UPS or Fed Ex to 1375 Heyl Rd. Entered as periodical matter at the Post Office at Shreve, Ohio 44676. OFFICE STAFF General Manager . . . . . . Don Alexander, cell 304-376-1788 Email: Office Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Diana Miley Email: Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Esther Welch Email:

OFFICERS President . . . . Joe Miley, West Salem. . . . . . 330-263-7814 Vice President . Dallas Rynd, Ashville. . . . . . . 740-983-6690 Secretary . . . . Cathy Berg, Bellville . . . . . . . 419-886-2871 Treasurer . . . . Lisa Kerr, North Fairfield . CELL 419-264-8523

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS Ken Janes, Wooster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330-464-4134 Lamar Liming, Mineral Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . 330-652-5694 Peter Spike, Delaware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 740-363-2184

NATIONAL DIRECTOR Mike Jones 760 East 450 North, Marshall, IN 47859. . . . 765-592-0644

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Lamar Liming, Mineral Ridge . . . . . 330-652-5694 Adam Whiteleather, Salem . . . . . . . 330-205-1738 John Hartline, Whipple . . . . . . . . . 740-236-7240 Jen Bouton, Mt. Vernon . . . . . . . . . 740-507-8271 Greg Conrad, New Holland. . . . . . . 740-495-5067 Ken Janes, Wooster . . . . . . . . . . . . 330-464-4134 Ted Renner, Dalton . . . . . . . . . . . . 330-828-2604 Regina Berg, Bellville . . . . . . . . . . 419-886-4229 Tom Thorbahn, Vickery . . . . . . . . . 419-547-0795 Laurie Menzie, Bloomdale . . . . . . . 740-624-6367 Marvin Steinke, Wapakoneta . . . . . 419-738-7174 Jenny Thomas, Cable . . . . . . . . . . . 614-395-9823 Jenny Thomas, Cable . . . . . . . . . . . 614-395-9823 Eric Topp, Wapakoneta. . . . . . . . . . 419-953-3427 Don Bickel, New Vienna. . . . . . . . . 937-218-2697

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The Board of Directors of the Ohio Holstein Association has adopted the following: “The Mission of the Ohio Holstein Association is to provide services and programs to its members and young people so that they might attain a better living from their involvement with Holsteins.”


From the President, by Joe Miley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 From the Districts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Brownhaven Holsteins…Combining Expertise in Dairy and Excellence in Environmental Stewardship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10 The Holstein Grapevine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 2011 Progressive Breeders Registry Award Recipients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Esther’s Extras . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ohio News Subscription Order Form . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ohio News Advertising Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 2011 Ohio Progressive Genetics Herd Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 General Manager’s Views, by Don Alexander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Scenes from the Annual Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Ohio Holstein Association Annual Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21-22, 24 Barn Meeting Open House at Berg Farms – photos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Ohio Holstein Association Convention Sale Averages $2,639 . . . . . . . . 30-31 In Memoriam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34-35 BarbWire, by Barb Lumley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The Queen’s Corner, by Jacquelyn Sherry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Ohio Holstein Women’s Committee Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 From Indiana Mike Jones, National Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Junior Jottings by Korey Oechsle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Ohio Junior Holstein Association Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40-41 Dairy Palooza Covers Dairy Info from Head to Tail, by Susan Mykrantz . . . 42 Coming Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Index to Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

On the Cover Thank you to Jenny Thomas for taking the cover photo of the families at Brownhaven Holsteins in Auglaize County, District 12. Brown family members pictured, starting at lower left and moving clockwise, are Mitchel, Rachel, Austin, Ruth, Kim, Tony, Lou, Alvin, Alan holding Ashley, and Amanda. Mitchel, Rachel, Austin, Kim, Ashley and Amanda are Alan and Ruth’s children. Tony is the son of Lou and Deb (not pictured). Alvin is Lou and Alan’s father. Lou and Deb also have four older children, a daughter and three sons who are not pictured. The Holstein who knows her way around the milking parlor is a current favorite, Springhill-OH Jeeves Howdee VG-85. The Brown family name surfaces in Holstein activities in a variety of ways. Lou faithfully fills out the District 12 Show report; both he and Alan are officers of District 12, and both have been purchasing Registered Holsteins at Ohio sales. The history of the Junior Memorial Award lists the 1979 winner as Louis Brown. Recently Browns have been in the spotlight for receiving the 2011 Dairy Division Environmental Stewardship Award at the Ohio State Fair, and in November 2011 they received the R. Livingston Ireland Award from the Water Management Association of Ohio for their commitment to water quality and conservation. They were featured in American Dairy Association Mideast television spots that ran statewide last year. The farm press has covered many aspects of their conservation activities. For more on the Brown family’s dairy operation and environmental stewardship, see the cover story on pages 8, 9 and 10. Thanks to those who took convention photos: Karen Welch, Cheri Oechsle, Julie Renner and Melissa Hart.

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From the President by Joe Miley HELLO, AGAIN. It certainly seems like things are moving quickly as we prepare for spring planting. Things are moving quickly here at Ohio Holstein also. It Joe Miley doesn’t seem possible that another annual meeting is behind us already. The 2012 Annual Meeting was held March 17 at the Quality Inn and Suites in Bellville, Ohio. The activities were coordinated by the Annual Meeting Committee, and members of District 8. It seems to be working very well to move the Annual Meeting to various parts of the state. The weekend started out on Friday with the Convention Sale, held at the Richland County Fairgrounds. It was a very strong sale that averaged $2,639 on 61 lots. The cattle looked great, and the large crowd in attendance was very appreciative. Thank you to everyone who worked to make the sale a success! Following the sale, everyone was invited to attend an open house at the Berg family farm. If you missed this, you missed a wonderful opportunity. A large crowd was on hand to enjoy an evening of great company, great cows and marvelous hospitality! The judging contest was also a popular event, and the competition was fierce! Thank you so much to the Berg family for welcoming us all to your farm. It was very much appreciated. The Annual Meeting took place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Before the business meeting began, Julie Renner was elected to serve as a new trustee for the Ohio Dairy & Holstein Education Inc. In his Manager’s Report, Don Alexander reported on the sale from Friday and gave us a list of the events he is planning for the coming year. The Summer Sale is planned for August 25, and the Fall Sale will be November 17. Both sales will be held in Wooster. He reported on last year’s sale of 276 heifers to Turkey and said he is in the process of negotiating a sale of 1,000 heifers that would be exported to Egypt. We will provide

Spring Highlights Pine-Tree Bolivar Mara 1393 Now EX-91 2E Backed by 8 Generations EX or VG Dams 1-11 3x 365D 32,190M 3.5% 1,115F 3.1% 1,003P 3-06 3x 323D 29,760M 3.7% 1,094F 3.3% 969P Flushed in February to DUNDEE – Made 14 #1 Embryos Transfers made for December 2012 Calves

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Thanks to all who attended, and to District 8 for hosting, a great convention weekend! Top 2x DHI herd in Ashland County for milk, fat and protein 2 Year Progressive Genetics Herd Award • Registered Holsteins since 1913 Welch Family Farm since 1867 • McDanel Family Farm since 1873

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more details as they become available. He is also helping manage some private dispersals. Included in his report was information on the new copy machine he acquired for the office. This will enable us to print our own sale catalogs, flyers and also booklets. The election of officers was held, and I would like to welcome new officers: Vice President Dallas Rynd, Secretary Cathy Berg and Treasurer Lisa Kerr. Thank you to everyone who ran for offices. Thank you, also, to retiring officers Steve Gilbert and Michele Burky for their service. Scott Higgins spoke representing ADA Mideast and Ohio Dairy Producers Association. He gave an update on activities and how the checkoff dollars are used. If you are not aware of all that Scott and his staff accomplish, you need to be! All committee reports were printed in the delegate booklet. If you would like to see a copy, contact Diana at the office. National Director Mike Jones gave us an update on what was happening at the national level and some details on the upcoming National Conven-

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tion. The Ohio delegates to the National Convention are Joe Miley, Esther Welch, Steve Moff, Tom Thorbahn and Peter Spike. If you have any comments or concerns you would like conveyed at the convention, contact one of your delegates. Max Dunseth reported he would no longer be working in Ohio and that Glenn Sageser would be covering the whole state. Thank you, Max, for many years of fine service! If anyone is interested in submitting a proposal to host next year’s convention, please contact Julie Renner or the office as soon as possible, as plans need to be started. On a final note, the Executive Committee will be appointing committees for the upcoming year at the next board meeting on April 20. If you would like to serve on one, contact the office or call me. If you have never served on a committee, it is time you did! It is my plan to continue to encourage increased involvement from all of our committees. Remember, Ohio Holstein will only be as strong as WE make it. Thanks, everyone, for all the help and support. — JOE OHIO NEWS | 3-4/2012 | 5

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From the Districts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The 2012 Officers and Program Work reports from each district are due at the office. Here is a summary of reports received by March 10, 2012, as a way to share information on district officers and activities throughout the state and to encourage other districts to share their information.



State Director Greg Conrad President Adam Gross Secretary Judy Wolford Treasurer Dallas Rynd Co-Show Chairmen Dallas Rynd and Dick Lewis Activities Held in 2011— Feb. 26 Annual Meeting at Circleville June 20 District Show at Circleville June 20 Junior Activities at Circleville Activities Planned for 2012 — Mar. 10 Annual Meeting at Circleville June 18 District Show at Pickaway County Fairgrounds June 18 Junior Activities at Pickaway County Fairgrounds



State Directors Ted Renner and Ken Janes President Richard Bloomfield Vice-President Junior Beachy Secretary Chelsi Lingle Treasurer Lisa Mangun Membership Chairman Ken Janes News Reporter Lisa Mangun Activities Held in 2011 — Jan. 17 Annual Meeting at Mt. Hope Apr. 15 Night Crew at Spring Sale at Wooster

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District Show and Clinic at Wooster Aug. 25 Night Crew at Summer Sale at Wooster Activities Planned for 2012 — Same as above

DISTRICT 8 State Director Regina Berg President Dave Conrad Vice-President Dave Cornish Secretary Patrick Twining Treasurer Lisa Kerr Show Chairman Ray Twining Youth Chairman Daren Sheffield Activities Held in 2011— Jan. 22 Annual Meeting at Huntington July 6 Picnic at Wellington Aug. 19 District Show at Wellington Aug. 19 Junior Show with shirts for all contestants, Judging Contest, Queen Contest at Wellington Activities Planned for 2012 — Jan. 15 Annual Meeting at Huntington Mar. 16 Hosting State Sale and Annual Meeting at Mansfield and Bellville Aug. 22 District Show at Wellington Aug. 22 Junior Activities at Wellington



State Director Laurie Menzie President Dan Morlock Vice-President Kevin Meller Secretary Shelly Morlock Treasurer Mark Seedorf Show Chairman Gene Meller Activities Held in 2011— Jan. 21 Annual Meeting at Das Essen Haus July 7 Annual Picnic, Sunnyville Farm July 7 Pond Safety, Youth Activity at Annual Picnic Aug. 16 District Show at Napoleon, Henry County Fairgrounds Activities Planned for 2012 — July 9 Annual Picnic Sep. 12 District Show at Wauseon, Fulton County Fairgrounds Sep. 12 Youth Activity at District Show



State Director Marvin Steinke President Alan Brown Vice-President Richard Steinke Secretary Lou Brown Treasurer Lou Brown Membership Chairman Tom Strasburg News Reporter Lou Brown Sale Chairman John Smith Show Chairman Lou Brown Youth Chairman Cheri Oechsle Youth Rep Matt Oechsle

Activities Held in 2011 — Jan. 19 Membership at Speedway Lanes July 10 Dairy Tour at Otte Dairy, Maria Stein Aug. 1 District 12 Show and Junior Show at Wapakoneta Aug. 1 District 12 Showmanship at Wapakoneta Activities Planned for 2012 Jan. 19 Membership at Pizza Hut, New Bremen June Dairy Tour at Auglaize County July 30 District 12 Show and Junior Show at Wapakoneta July 30 District 12 Showmanship at Wapakoneta



State Director Jenny Thomas President Leslie Maurice Vice-President Jenny Thomas Secretary Cindy Howman Treasurer Joyce Nelson Membership Chairman Leslie Maurice Show Chairmen Leslie Maurice and Jenny Thomas Youth Chairmen Joyce Nelson, Jill Lokai and Leslie Maurice Activities Held in 2011 — Feb. Annual Meeting at Urbana Apr. Show Committee Meeting at Urbana June District Show at Urbana June Junior Show and Youth Contest at Urbana Activities Planned for 2012 — Feb. Annual Meeting at Urbana Apr. Show Committee Meeting at Urbana June District Show at Urbana June Youth Judging Contest at Urbana



State Director Donald Bickel President Curt Heger Vice-President Chad Griffith Secretary Donald Bickel Treasurer Curt Heger Membership Chairman Donald Quallen Sale Chairmen Curtis Bickel and Chad Griffith Show Chairman Donald Quallen Youth Chairman Cole Heger Youth Rep Cole Heger Activities Held in 2011 — Feb. Annual Meeting at Wilmington Mar. State Convention and Sale at Wilmington July District Show at Hamilton July Junior District Show at Hamilton Activities Planned for 2012 — Feb. Annual Meeting at Wilmington July District Show at Hamilton July Junior District Show at Hamilton

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THE DAIRY SIDE Brownhaven Holsteins is located northwest of New Bremen in Auglaize County, District 12. We are a family farm consisting of Lou and Deb with four sons and one daughter, and Alan and Ruth with four daughters and two sons. Our dad, Alvin, started this farm in 1959 with our mother, Ruth, who passed away with cancer two years ago. We milk 240 cows at the home farm and raise 180 heifers at the farm that Alan and his family have one mile north of the home place. Eight years ago we built a double-ten Germania Parlor with Delaval milking and pulsation equipment. We have slowly grown from 120 cows to 240. Cows are housed in free stalls. Manure is stored in a three million gallon holding pond, a concrete holding area 80’ x 100’, and a 60’ x 120’ dry stack barn. Manure is scraped twice a day with a skid loader. We raise 150 acres of corn silage and 100 acres of alfalfa. We work with several neighbors who raise wheat for straw and soybeans for extruded beans for us, and we also export manure to these farms. We have been planting cover crops the last five years; rye, rye grass and Canadian oats have all been used. One hundred percent of available corn silage fields are planted. The dairy herd is currently averaging 72 pounds of milk with a 3.7% butterfat and 3.1% protein on the monthly DHI test. We are on the COBA/Select Sires Young Sire Program. For the last two years, we have been using the very high genomic young sires from six different studs. A cow generating a lot of interest in our herd today is two-year-old Springhill-OH Jeeves Howdee VG-85. She is negative to CV, and her genomics came back at 2300. This makes her the second-highest Jeeves in the country. Bred by Springhill Farms, Alan purchased her at the 2011 Ohio Summer Sale from Ryan Welch. Howdee’s dam is a VG-87 Durham with 31,540M 4.2% 1,340F 3.3% 1,029P at 3-08. The next dam is an EX 8 | OHIO NEWS | 3-4/2012

Alvin, Lou and Alan Brown in the parlor with Springhill-OH Jeeves Howdee VG-85

Jolt, and the third dam is Langacres Beautiful Holly EX-94. Howdee is bred to Super Chap and contracted to Accelerated, with additional interest from ABS. We have been purchasing Registered Holsteins at the Ohio sales and have been pleased with their quality. At the Mideast Impact Sale in March 2011, we purchased Quietcove Jeeves Flair and Tri-Koebel Atlantic Frenzy-ET. We bought BVK Sanchez Alamode-ET at the Sch-Ger Dispersal, and from the Buckeye Classic Sale, we took home Quietcove Atlantic Heidi, Pine-Tree Planet Supercalf-ET and Indian Stone Shottle Kimi. We purchased five good ones at the Quality-Quest Sale and brought home a good group from the November 2011 Fall Sale. Our highest-producing Holstein is a Marion three-year-old with 33,000M. We have had at least ten 200,000 pound cows. Also, we have had at least ten excellent cows and many very good. The highest scored two-year-old was a VG-89 Shiawana a few years ago. The herd is fed by a TMR consisting of corn silage, haylage, baled hay, ground ear corn, shelled corn and extruded bean meal. Corn silage is

stored in bunkers, bags and upright silos. We feed out of a bunker in winter, bags in summer and fall ,and upright in the spring. This allows the farm to take advantage of the pros and reduce the cons of each storage system. Big bales for hay and straw are stored inside. All labor is supplied by the family. A neighbor provides a big baler to bale hay and straw. Lou and Deb do the morning milking while Alan moves cows, scrapes manure and feeds. Alan and Ruth do the evening milking while Lou and Tony do feeding, scraping and moving cows. Tony is Lou and Deb’s youngest son, who started working full-time on the farm after graduation last year. The children help in the parlor and in other areas with feeding small animals. Deb and Ruth also have jobs off the farm; Deb is with Republic Service, and Ruth is with Leaguers Insurance. Brownhaven Farm has earned the DFA Award 12 months out of 12 months, and the Gold Standard in milk quality for four years straight. Milk is marketed through DFA and goes to the Dannon Plant in Minster. Lou says, “I have always enjoyed visiting other dairy farms, looking at

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facilities and the best cows they want to show me, discussing which bulls that have worked and which ones didn’t. Even though every farm is different in size and management, the end goal is always the same: to raise a family, to make a decent living and to leave the farm better than when you started.” Lou identified three of the many challenges facing dairymen: financial challenges for even the best operations, bringing the next generation into the operation and dealing with environment issues.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP SIDE Living in the Grand Lake Watershed has put our farm in the spotlight. Grand Lake St. Marys is the largest inland lake in Ohio. It covers 13,500 acres, is 8.2 miles by 2.8 miles and has an average depth of five to seven feet deep. We are four miles from Lake St. Marys and live along a state highway. Everything we do has an environmental impact. Starting next year, we will not be allowed to haul manure on snow or frozen ground. From December 15 to March 1, we cannot spread manure in fields in this distressed watershed. Environmental measures we have taken include: • Building a 60’ by 120’ dry stack barn at the main dairy and another at the heifer farm. • Expanding our manure holding pond from two million to three million gallons. • Installing four gate valves with concrete catch basins on the four large tiles leaving our farm. • Planting 200-foot wide hay buffer strips along all roadways, creeks, ditches and waterways, with a total of 34 acres involved. • Establishing two acres of quail buffer 120 feet wide along the woods. • Building wetlands in the back field next to the border between two woods. • Maintaining 30 acres in continuous no-till for five years. • Developing a comprehensive nutrient management plan five years ago. • Soil testing every two years. • Sampling manure every year, including holding pond, pen pack and dry lot.

• Installing spouting on every roof to keep clean water out of the manure. • Establishing cover crops in our fall and winter crop growing months to keep erosion and nutrients from runoff. We have joined a group of farmers in our watershed with the ADAPT Network. We will focus on soil testing on 26,000 acres and compare different rates of nitrogen and phosphorous being applied to growing crops. Another group Lou belongs to is called AG solutions. This group specializes in the problems in the Grand Lake Watershed. We have had

over 25 different companies that would like to help solve issues in this distressed watershed. This includes everything from biodigesters, fertilizer pellets made from hog manure and settling tanks to settle phosphorous to the bottom of the tank, to concentrating the material and then trucking only the high phosphorous solution out of the watershed. We are also experimenting with different additives for the manure storage pits. We will have test plots to compare dairy and hog manure applied to growing wheat and corn crops at different rates. There is also a device that will control the flow on tile and Brownhaven – continued on page 10

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take samples for phosphorous. The year Lake St. Marys broke out with bad blue-green algae, we had a very warm April. The previous months, we had had a thick ice cover for most of the winter. The water treatment plant at Celina keeps track of water quality readings, and ammonia is of special interest. Readings from 0.9 to 1.3 are normal for this lake. That year they were around 2.5. They now say this is what caused our lake to go from green algae, the good kind, to blue-green algae, the bad, smelly kind. AG Solutions’ mission is to identify and eliminate, through the use of technology and environmental sound farming practices, agricultural factors that negatively affect the environmental health of Grand Lake St. Marys, while also enhancing the prosperous farming economy that is an integral part of the local community. With the use of best management practices and a lot of common sense, farmers should be able to make a huge difference in water quality. Someday, farmers will be known by our watersheds. In a normal year, we host three tours to our farm. This year we had six. They included tours from various state and national soil and water organizations, Madison County Soil and Water and Farm Bureau, Dannon Yogurt Management Team, Ohio State Extension and Canadian cover crop tour. We were also visited by representatives from state senators and representatives and a New Zealand dairy family and veterinarian. In 2011, Brownhaven Farm received the Dairy Division Environmental Stewardship Award at the Ohio State Fair. In November 2011, we received the R. Livingston Ireland Award from the Water Management Association of Ohio for our commitment to water quality and conservation and our sound management practices and strong conservation ethic. In 2008, the farm was awarded Cooperator of the Year from the Auglaize Soil and Water Conservation District. The local staff deserves much of the credit for the accomplishments that have occurred at our farm. Alan and Lou are active in the District 12 Holstein Club with Alan as 10 | OHIO NEWS | 3-4/2012

current president and Lou as secretary treasurer. Lou is a member of AG Solutions, supervisor with the Auglaize River Log Jam Project, Miami River Trade Agreement Joint Board and Auglaize Soil and Water District. He heads up the milk and ice cream stand at the fair for New Bremen Day, the Auglaize County Dairy Banquet and the District 12 Holstein Show and Junior Showmanship. He is also active in Auglaize County Extension Advisory Board, COBA, DFA and in his church. He has ongoing meetings with Terry Cosby, head of Ohio NRCS;

Karl Gebhardt, Chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources; and Jim Zerringer, Director of the Department of Natural Resources. Live videos from the farm have been a unique project in recent years. The American Dairy Association Mideast filmed informational commercials here that ran statewide in June and August. Other videos were done by broadcasters and news reporters. A listing of news articles and TV appearances is available on request.

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Harpster Brothers, District 8, were the big winners of the Holstein Junior Raffle, as their name was drawn at the annual meeting to receive the Sullivan’s Cadillac Hybrid Chute. The chute was donated by Beck’s Hybrids, through Matt and Megan Lawson. Watch for he kickoff of another great Junior Raffle. Harpsters were also fortunate as both a consignor and a purchaser at the Convention Sale. • Chris Sayers and Paul Haskins were the officials for the judging contest held at Berg Farms on March 16. Winners of the COBA/Selects Sires semen certificates were: Adults, Don Bickel, first; Marvin Steinke, second; and Roy Mangun, third; Juniors Hayden Brightbill, first; Louis Liming, second; and Johnnie Johnson, third. • The annual meeting program listed a special Thank You to the following sponsors: ADA Mideast; ABS Global, Inc.; COBA/Select Sires; Habrun’s Insurance; Gerber Feed Service; The Commercial & Savings Bank; IBA of Ohio/Terry Vance; Tri-County Animal Clinic; Millersburg Tire Service; Mennonite Mutual Insurance; Harold’s Equipment; ADM Alliance Nutrition/Roger Schrader; Dairy Farmers of America; W. G. Dairy Supply; Polen Implement; SOCI Petroleum; Meyer Hatchers/Falling Star Farm; Priority One; Genex/Toby Schaub; Tim Davis & Sons Milk Transit; Kiko Auctioneers; Loudonville Farmers’ Equity; Ag Credit Wellington; Taurus Service. The Juniors thanked Beck’s Hybrids and Matt and Megan Lawson for the raffle donation, Bernie Heisner for his time, ADA Mideast for donations of ice cream and milk, Smith Dairy for donations of milk, and Pearl Valley Cheese for their cooperation in the Holiday Cheese Sales. The Queen’s Committee thanks DHI, Inc. for sponsoring the Queen’s Luncheon. • ABS Global employee and GMS Evaluator Keith Ferrand retired in early January after nearly 18 years with the company. Ferrand worked with herds in western Ohio and Indiana. Ferrand began working for ABS in February 1994 after retiring as a Holstein classifier. He had the opportunity to mate over 44,000 cows while working at ABS. In his retirement, Keith plans to take advantage of extra time with his family, especially his 10 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. He also enjoys working with top cattle, including the 2010 Brown Swiss All-American senior yearling sired by 29BS3781 Power Surge. Keith will also continue to test herds for DHIA, and he and his wife Betty will continue to garden and grow their honey business. • New Arrival: Kevin and Kristi Spreng, D-7, Shreve, announce the arrival of daughter Callihan Rene on February 16 weighing 8 lb. 2 oz. at 18-1/2 inches tall. She was welcomed by big brother Noah, two years old, and grandparents Floyd and Patty Spreng and Raye and Brent Pringle. • Paul and Delores Eicher, West Salem, celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary on February 16. On February 14 they were honored at the governor’s mansion in Columbus with the “Joined Hearts in Giving” through the Ohio

Department of Aging for their continued volunteer efforts and for being married more that 40 years. As longtime Holstein members, the Eichers operated Monitree Holsteins. They remain active in the Congress Community Church, American Legion, Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross. • Davis Denman, District 1, was recently named by U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack to serve on the national cattle board representing Ohio. Davis is a trustee for the American Dairy Association Mideast, a director for Dairy Farmers of America, serves as treasurer of the Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation Board and is a member of the Holstein Association. • Bonnie Mohr, Glenco, MN, has been named the Holstein Foundation’s 2011 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader Award honoree. She was a member of YDLI’s inaugural class held in 1994 and 1995. Mohr is a renowned dairy artist who has been involved with the dairy industry her entire life. Her paintings are very popular, and the framed painting of Holsteins in the snow provided by District 3 for the Women’s Fun Auction at the convention sold for $400 to the Joe and Diana Miley family. • World Dairy Expo has announced the complete slate of judges for the October 2-6, 2012, show: International Holstein Show Judge Michael Heath, MD; Associate Judge Dave Dyment, ON; International Junior Holstein Show Judge Chris Lahmers, OH; Associate Judge Pat Conroy, IN; Grand International Red & White Show Judge Justin Burdette, PA; and Associate Judge Steve Shaw, PA. • Musical talent abounds in the family of Greg and Judy Conrad, District 5. Three of their children were in the Westfall High School recent performance of The Music Man; 2011 Ohio Holstein Queen Mikayla, as a senior, had the role of the mayor’s wife, Mrs Shinn; sophomore Macy had a dual role as both a young lady and young man in River City; and seventh grader Macrae played Winthrop, a role made famous by a very young Ron Howard. Members of the family also sing in church and play piano and guitar. • Hard-working dairy farmers deserve a relaxing vacation, and Bill and Nancy Burkhart, District 3, recently enjoyed a week’s cruise with New Orleans and Jamaica as their favorite stops. Their daughter Katey is back in Ohio after an ATI internship at North Florida Holsteins.

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2011 Progressive Breeders Registry Award Recipients Congratulations to the 17 Ohio PBR Award recipients, based on the following criteria: • Herd owner must be a member of both their national and state association, and enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier TriStar options and Herd Classification programs. • Percent BAA for Herd Classification must be in the top 25% of herds classified during the 18-month time period just prior to March 1 of the current calendar year. • Must have a minimum of twenty 87% RHA and higher cows in the milking herd, of which at least 75% bear the owner’s prefix. • Automatic evaluation of all herds is done annually. The PBR recognition is given to approximately 10% of herds enrolled in the Deluxe or Premier Tri-Star options. Tri-Star Herd Mature Equivalent Lactation Averages are adjusted by each state’s average production. A milk component cutoff is based on combined fat and protein, which is calculated by multiplying the milk cutoff 3.6% for fat and 3.1% for protein, and totaling the two components.

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General Manager’s Views — Don Alexander

Don and Laura Gordan at the Ohio Holstein office working on the Buckeye Classic Sale catalog.

When the Ohio News arrives, Spring Dairy Expo should be well under way. The Buckeye Classic sale will have an exciting lineup of cattle. Laura Gordon, chairperson of the sale this year, and the Buckeye Dairy Club have done an outstanding job organizing the sale. Again we are comanaging this year’s Buckeye Classic sale, and your support will benefit prospective buyers for years to come. There have been a lot of good classification reports in Ohio the last two months. This should make for a

tremendous Spring Show, and speaking of Spring Shows, we have been approached by a representative from Michigan to possibly combine our Spring Show and maybe alternate locations, all in an effort to make the show even more competitive. We will certainly discuss this with Ohio Holstein’s show committee and the Spring Dairy Expo show committee and would like any comments or thoughts from our members. There will be a National judging conference during the New York Spring Show the 15th of April, and I would encourage anyone that likes to judge shows or will be judging shows to attend. Several shows require that you have participated in a conference to be on the list of approved judges sent out by the Holstein Association. We recently replaced the copier in the office, which now enables us to print sale catalogs, brochures and flyers in house. This gives us the ability to make last minute changes, print as many or few as needed, or print more catalogs if we realize the crowd will be larger than we originally expected, which is what happened at the Convention Sale. We have printed two catalogs so far, and by the time you receive the News, we will have printed the Sharo-Dan sale catalog, scheduled for April 11. See their ad in this issue — what a fine group of cows that know how to work! We have been sending flyers to a condensed version of the membership and to a previous buyers list, so if you haven’t been General Manager – continued on page 38


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Scenes from the Annual Meeting

Regina Berg, recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, is surrounded by her family. Front, from left: Aaron, Walter and Regina Berg; Kayla and Derek Barker. Back, from left: Dan and Becky Barker; Collin, Peter and Cathy Berg.

Marcia and Terry Stammen with the Senior Buckeye Breed Builder Award

Kaye and Ken Janes were completely surprised to receive the Distinguished Service Award.

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Ohio Holstein Association Annual Awards 2012 OHIO HOLSTEIN WOMAN OF THE YEAR REGINA BERG, DISTRICT 8, BeWare Holsteins/Berg Farms, Ltd., Bellville, was so busy planning the annual meeting on March 17, and the barn meeting at their farm on March 16, that she didn’t realize her family all agreed that their mom and grandmother is very deserving and a great representative for Ohio Holstein Woman of the Year. Husband Walter Berg was also surprised by the nomination provided by their daughter Becky and Dan Barker and their children Derek and Kayla, and son Peter and Cathy Berg and their children Collin and Aaron. “Since the start of the family’s involvement with Holsteins in 1974, Regina has been involved in every bit of the hard work and decision making that has made Be-Ware Holsteins what it is today! Over the years, she has done it all — milked, fed heifers, helped do various barn duties, helped us at cow shows, found time to make a meal for us when she was also in the barn working, taken care of bills and registrations, and the list goes on. One job we would all say is her specialty is raising the newborn calves. Her hard work, research, dedication and attention to the calves’ good start and survival have made her the best. She finds it unacceptable and frustrating that feed dealers and others are satisfied with any mortality rate. She taught us that the first defense is taking your time to feed, and you have to do constant observations and research as to how the calves look, feel and how much they are eating. To her, doing chores just to get them done is unacceptable. Details are important. This is something everyone on the farm soon learns. “Beyond the farm, Regina has also felt it was important to be actively involved in various Holstein, agriculture and community boards and activities. Over the years she has been involved with the Trumbull

County Holstein Club, running the milkshake stand at the Trumbull County Fair, and District 1 Holsteins Activities, now District 8 Holstein activities as she is serving her second term on the Ohio Holstein Board as the District 8 representative. She has participated in hundreds of school activities including PTO, as well as Farm Bureau (Trumbull, Richland /Morrow counties), Richland County FSA, election poll worker, historical societies and many other volunteer activities. “And, through all the farm and other involvement, Regina made sure we had noncow family time. While growing up, there was priority given for us to take family vacations, even if it was a day trip to Lake Erie from the Trumbull County farm. Now, grandkids are added to the family time and summertime fun, with watching them show their 4-H projects and music and athletic events. Regina also plans educational family trips to other countries, to England and Italy so far.”

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD It’s not often that KEN JANES is at a loss for words as he was when Barb Lumley announced at the convention that he and his wife Kaye were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award. In 1980, Ken came from Evansville, Wisconsin, to Ohio as National Holstein Fieldman and continued in that position for 15 years. Since then, he has continued to work with dairy families, for NOBA/Genex for five years and for COBA/Select Sires for the last 11 years. Ken says he enjoys mating cows and gets a great deal of satisfaction seeing the improvement that can be made by correctly using good bulls. During the years that the Ohio Holstein Association operated without a manager, Ken stepped into the role of sale manager, and added that he likes doing selections and seeing how Awards – continued on page 22

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consignments go on to develop in other herds. Ken is very well known throughout the state, visits many farms and is looked to for guidance in breeding cows. He currently represents District 7 on the Ohio Holstein Board, is on the Executive Committee and the Breed Improvement Committee, and is co-chair of the Sales Committee. He has represented Ohio as a delegate to the National Holstein Convention numerous times and served on the National Holstein Nominating Committee. Ken and Kaye met through the combined efforts of Tom and Karen Lang and Kaye’s sister Raye and her husband Brent Pringle, who worked at Langs’. Ken and Kaye were married in 1992, and since that time have worked together as volunteers for the Holstein Association. They are currently co-chairs of the Youth Committee. Kaye has worked with numerous youth activities including the lunch stands at the sales and as a chaperone for Juniors at the National Holstein Convention. Ken and Kaye’s 18-year-old daughter Allison is a senior at Triway High School, and they enjoy following her activities in school, sports and the show ring. The family is active in the Shreve Methodist Church, where Kaye is the church secretary. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ken and Kaye as a team. This is the second time the award has gone to a husband and wife team, as Jim and Nancy Kemp received this honor in 2009.

2012 BUCKEYE BREED BUILDER AWARDS The purpose of the Buckeye Breed Builder Awards is to recognize Ohio Holstein members who have done a progressive job in their dairy herds as well as actively serving within the Association and their community. TERRY STAMMEN, DISTRICT 14, was chosen to receive the Senior Buckeye Breed Builder Award. He and his wife Marcia operate Wabash-Way Holsteins, LLC, New Weston, in Darke County. Their herd of 230 Holsteins has an average of 24,393M 3.7% 894F 3.3% 798P with a BAA of 107.7%, 15 Excellent Cows and 39 Very Good. The farm has earned the PBR Award for four years and the Progressive 22 | OHIO NEWS | 3-4/2012

Genetics Herd Award for seven years. Several Wabash-Way animals can currently be found on the USDA Elite Cow Genomic Locator List. They have produced six Gold Medal Dams and 20 Dams of Merit and have sent more than 30 bulls into AI to Alta, Select Sires, Semex and Taurus. Terry said he began with 30 grade Holsteins in 1974, purchased two Registered Holsteins in 1975, and reserved the Wabash-Way prefix in 1979. As the family grew, so did an interest in exhibiting and the desire to develop an elite herd of profitable cattle that excelled in production, type and longevity. Over the years, more registered animals were purchased

and cow families developed to establish the present herd. WabashWay Holsteins can be found worldwide, as they have merchandised through embryo sales, a farm web site and through participating in local, state and national shows. The family includes four children who have participated in dairy and Holstein activities: Elizabeth (Chris) Lammers, Emily (Joe) Siegrist, Zach and Allison (Shawn) Ryan. Terry has served on the Ohio Holstein Board and is currently a member of the Ohio Dairy Producers Association Board. He has been a 4-H leader, helped with the local FFA and coached lots of Awards – continued on page 24

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basketball. Terry has also served on the Parish Council of St. Bernard’s Church. ERIC TOPP, DISTRICT 14, is the recipient of the Junior Buckeye Breed Builder Award. He is a part of ToppView Holsteins, Botkins, in Shelby County. Their 100 percent Registered Holstein herd of 40 cows has an average of 23,300M 826F 798P. They have a BAA of 113.2 with 19 Excellent cows and 8 Very Good. Eric said he got an early start in Registered Holsteins when his parents, Don and Mary Lou Topp, give him his first animal before he was in 4-H. He has added to his herd through breeding and through purchasing in sales and private treaty. The Topps have been very successful in showing with numerous state fair and Spring Show winners, several AllOhio awards and a Junior AllAmerican nomination with NeuHope Mars Gidget-EX-94. He has merchandised his Holsteins through state and national sale consignments and private treaty sales. Eric has served as president of several breed associations and has judged national shows at Harrisburg and Louisville along with numerous state fairs and other shows. He is currently the District 14 representative on the Ohio Holstein Board. He has been a dairy judging coach, C.Y.O. basketball coach and youth basketball coach, and a church usher for I. C. Parish. Eric expressed his thanks to his family “for the wonderful opportunity to do all that I can do.” Eric and his wife Mary were accompanied by daughters Madelyn and Mackenzie, who were attending their first convention, and by his mother Mary Lou Topp. 24 | OHIO NEWS | 3-4/2012

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HIGH PRODUCTION HERD for Wayne County, 2011 ★ RHA 29,160M Selling 65 Registered Holsteins – Young Milking Cows and Bred Heifers Outstanding Production – Milked 3 Times a Day – SCC 117,000 Selling 20 cows with records over 30,000M and 1,000F up to 33,000M 1,155F 1,032P! 26 Cows were milking over 100 lbs. on February test! 20 Dams of Cows selling with records over 30,000 lbs. milk! SIRES AND SERVICE SIRES ARE TOP BULLS OF THE BREED! SOME OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS SELLING — ★ Fresh OMAN from Pine Tree’s RUDY MISSY Family ★ Fresh PONTIAC Dam: VG-86 40,850M 1,209F 1,069P with 5 records over 34,000M and 1,000F ★ 3-year-old CARNATION COUNSELOR daughter: Dam is EX-94 46,000M 2,166F 1,272P ★ Bred Heifer by MILLION: Dam VG-87 Daughter of Whittier Farms Christina, former #1 INDEX COW with at 2-03 365D 38,810M 4.7% 1,828F 3.3% 1,270P ★ BAXTER Bred Heifer: Dam is VG-85 at 2-03, a daughter of Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy

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February Developments… (While I was enjoying the great Florida winter…with thanks for the good work of everyone at Rausch’s R-Style Holsteins!)

Pine-Tree Shottle Winnie-ET was scored VG-88 at 3-04 She had 113# for the tester and produced 11 embryos by Mogul (embryos’ PA +2265) for Dr. Nate Steiner. Three were transferred that resulted in 2 pregnancies. Eight #1’s were frozen for future use. Pine-Tree Burt Bea 4299-ET was scored VG-87 at 2-07 She had 95# for the tester at 231 days and produced 10 embryos by Anderson for ABS; 6 were transferred that resulted in 3 pregnancies. Four #1’s were frozen for future use. Next flush will be to Calico for ABS. Ri-Val-Re Shottle Cupid-ET was scored VG-87 at 6-00 She had 92# for the tester at 198 days. She is due 8/20/12 to 7HO11072 (Ambrose.)

Ohio Holstein Association Convention Sale Averages $2,639 by Barb Lumley The day was beautiful; the cattle looked great, and a nice crowd was on hand for the Ohio Holstein Association Convention Sale, held Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, Ohio. Sixty (60) live lots sold for an average of $2,639. One choice lot sold for $2,600, and two embryo lots averaged $825.

Front, from left: Ken Janes, Don Alexander, Patrick Twining holding top seller PineTree Planet Suela, Matthew Steiner, Jr. and Ethan Steiner. Back, from left: Randall Kiko, auctioneer, and Ted Renner, pedigrees. Photo by Melissa Hart, Dairy Agenda Today.

Topping the sale at $7,000 was Lot 4, Pine-Tree Planet Suela, classified Very Good 86, a daughter of Ensenada Taboo Planet-ET. She had a nice record in progress, sold with contracts and was open and ready to flush. Purchased by Steven Gasser, Creston, Ohio, she was consigned by Matthew Steiner, Rittman, Ohio.

Pine-Tree Zenith Mint-ET was the dam of an ET Bookem daughter (calf’s PA +2095). Mint now has 11,477# milk with 534# fat and 360# protein in 120 days at 4-08. The calf’s Genomic values for will be eagerly awaited in May! It was a very good month!! We hope yours was too!! We were glad to be back for the convention sale and annual meeting. See you at Spring Dairy Expo!

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Selling for $5,100 was Lot 6, Congress-LK GWN AKE2877-ET, a fall calf sired by Braedale Goldwyn from a

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Very Good 87 daughter of the well-known Tri-Day AshlynET Her buyer was Gene Iager, Fulton, Maryland, and she was consigned by Congress Lake Farm, Mogadore, Ohio. Pine-Tree Spearmint Marie, Lot 19, a big, strong daughter of Pine-Tree Spearmint showing a nice udder promise and due to calve at anytime, sold for $5,000 to Austin Trbovich, Waynesburg, Ohio. From a VG-85 Bolivar daughter with records of 32,970 milk, 1,256 fat and 1,022 protein, she was consigned by James Kemp, West Salem, Ohio. Lot 1, Pine-Tree 2149 DOLC 4983-ET, was sired by Coyne-Farms Planet Dolce-ET and from a VG-87 Zenith from the Rudy Missy cow family. With a GTPI of +2136, she sold to Steven Gasser, Creston, Ohio, for $4,700. She was consigned by Matthew Steiner, Rittman, Ohio. Raber-View Coldspring Cally, Lot 35, consigned by Roy L. Raber, Millersburg, Ohio, sold for $4,600 to Kurt Wyler, Fresno, Ohio. Classified Very Good 86 and with a beautiful udder, she was milking 93 pounds per day. Sired by Coldsprings Kenyon 9118-ET, she was from a VG-85 Magna Dam. Lot 44, MS Starmark Lauren Dawn-ET, consigned by Mike Hellenbrand, Starmark, and Sandy Dale, Cross Plains, Wisconsin, sold for $4,300 to James McWilliams, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. She is a winter yearling sired by Den-K Marshall LL Laurin from a VG-86 Goldwyn daughter whose third dam is the well-known Snow-N-Denises Dellia, Excellent 95. Con-River 1389-ET, Lot 3, sold for $4,200 to Bill Besancon and Steve Gilbert, Wooster, Ohio. She was consigned by Andrew, Bradley, Jeffery and Rebecca Conrad of Grafton, Ohio. She is a Charlesdale Superstition daughter, confirmed pregnant due in October to Zelgadis and from an EX-93 Picston Shottle with 38,040 pounds of milk, 1,340 fat and 1,190 protein. Selling for $4,000 was Lot 25, Pine-Tree Mano MollieET, Good Plus 82 and milking 89 pounds a day. Sired by Long-Langs Oman Oman-ET from the EX-90 Pine-Tree Outside Mollie, she was consigned by Matthew Steiner and purchased by Andy Dawson, Shelby, Ohio. The sale was managed by the Ohio Holstein Association, Don Alexander, general manager. Auctioneer was Randall Kiko, Salem, Ohio, with Ted Renner, Dalton, Ohio, reading the pedigrees. Ringmen were Ken Janes, Kenneth Brown, Russell Kiko and Paul Haskins. Cattle preparation was by Orion Cattle Services, with Steve Jordan managing the fitting crew.

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— In Memoriam — CARL W. SCHLENKER, SR., 92, died January 15, 2012, at The Gardens of Wapakoneta. At the age of 12, after the death of his father, he began a farming career that spanned his life. After his marriage to Mildred Cook in 1940, he began breeding purebred Holstein cattle and at one point had the highest-producing herd in Auglaize County. He was secretary of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, helped organize the Auglaize County Holstein Association, and served as its first president. Through the years he had a diversified farming operation including registered shorthorn cattle, a farrow-to-finish hog operation, egg produc-tion, grain and sheep. In the 1960’s he had the highest commercial ewe flock in Ohio. He helped organize the Wapakoneta Producers Livestock Association and served on its advisory board, and he was director and president of the Wapakoneta Farmers Grain Co. In 1960 he was appointed to the U. S. Farm Policy Council under Secretaries of Agriculture Claude Wickard and Orville Freeman. In 1961 he spoke at the Midwest Governor’s Bread Basket Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was president of the Auglaize County National Farmers Organization and state secretary. He was a charter member and Ohio Director for the National Corn Growers Association for 10 years. In 1970 he helped launch a farm program at WIMA radio, where he served five years as farm director. He spoke at the Vocational Agriculture Convention in West Germany in 1972. In the late 1980’s he was the first president of the Ohio Grain Producers Association, where he was recognized for his lifetime service to agriculture. After retiring from active farming, he and his wife participated in mission work in southern Mexico. He was a lifelong member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Wapakoneta and served on the Church Council. He continued as a member of the Ohio Farmers Union and the Wapakoneta Senior Citizens. Survivors include daughters Mary Jo (Richard Roth) of Wapakoneta and Judith (Frederick) Platfoot of Botkins; sons Carl, Jr. (Peggy), Thomas (Patricia) and Chris (Deborah) Schlenker, all of Wapakoneta; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in law and a brother- and sister-in-law. He was preceded in death by his wife, brother John Schlenker, sister Pearl Schiller, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, son-in-law Wayne Clements, step-father John Gibson and two great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to The Gardens of Wapakoneta Activity Fund, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Wapakoneta, or St. Rita’s Hospice. DENNIS RAYMOND “SMITTY” SMITH, 71, of Urbana, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at the James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio University Medical Center. He was born October 11, 1940, in Maplewood, a son of the late Kenneth and Wilma Abbott Smith. Known as “Smitty,” Dennis owned Smitty’s Hoof

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Trimming Service for more than 25 years. He enjoyed his family, his work and his cattle, and was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan. Dennis is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bea, whom he married November 21, 1959, along with his children, Tim (Shawna) Smith of Cable, Steve Smith of Springfield, Judy (Bob) Helming of St. Paris and Jacquie (Dave) Wray of Mason; grandchildren Brittany and Zach Smith; Lauren, Hannah and Connor Smith; Ryan, Jessica and Jami Helmig; Alexis, Jordan and Michele Smith; Ethan and Eli Edwards; and Sarah and Monica Wray; a sister Janet (John) Small of Maplewood; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jane (Bruce) Ware of Antioch, Tennessee, and Marlene Baker of DeGraff; a brother-inlaw, Ray (Anne) Hanback of Columbus; several nieces and nephews; and good friends Jay Fledderjohn of St. Mary’s and Gary and Susie Hamman of New Washington. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Smith; a grandson, Rick Helmig; and a granddaughter, Emma Edwards. Donations may be made to the Lymphoma Society.

NORMAN D. ALGER, 84, passed away February 15, 2012, at Robinson Memorial Hospital, Ravenna. He was born in Cleveland, the son of the late Horton B. and Helen (Carlton) Alger. In World War II, he served his country in the Submarine Service of the U. S. Navy. A lifetime Mantua area resident, he graduated from The Ohio State University in 1952 with a degree in Animal Science and Agronomy. He began farming in 1952, and since 1987, he was a partner with two of his sons in the Alger Dairy Partnership. He was a member of the Milk Marketing Cooperative, where for 30 years he held various positions of leadership, and a member of the DHI Cooperative and Portage County Farm Bureau. He was inducted into The Ohio State University Dairy Science Hall of Service in 1985. He was a former member of the Mantua Township Zoning Commission, American Legion Post 193 and Royal Order of Moose in Port Charlotte, Florida. Norman took pleasure in researching his family heritage, and this was instrumental in the development the baseball diamond in Mantua Township known as Kathy’s-Mel Harder Field, which was dedicated to her grandfather, former Cleveland Indians baseball player Mel Harder. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and spending the winter months in Florida with his wife Marilyn (Mantsch) Alger, whom he married December 20, 1952, and who survives at their home. Also surviving are sons Keith (Cristina) Alger of Silver Springs, MD, Brian (Kathy) Alger and Randall Alger, both of Mantua, and Kermit (Cathy) Alger of LaGrange, KY; sister Doris Ann (Lewis) Smith of Boise, ID; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Mantua-Center Christian Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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— In Memoriam, continued — LOIS I. CONRY, 93, of Wakeman, passed away February 21, 2012, at the Cleveland Clinic. Born August 6, 1918, in Fremont, she lived in the Wakeman area for the last 54 years. She was a 1936 graduate of Monroeville High School and was a member of the Professional Business Women’s Association. Lois was a homemaker and helped her husband with their farm and their Registered Holstein herd with the prefix Conry Acres. They had a strong interest in Canadian Holstein breeding. She enjoyed the farm, farm community and family life. Together the family attended many high school and college basketball games, and in recent years attended Notre Dame football games. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Monroeville and also attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wakeman. She is survived by her daughter Lois “Sue” (Jerry) Schwan of Monroeville; sons John, Jr., and Brian Conry of Wakeman; grandchildren Stacey Gessling, Tom (Lavin) Schwan and Mandy (Randy) Schafer; nine great-grandchildren; sister Jean Bores of California; sister-in-law Helen Overmyer of Norwalk; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by

her husband of 47 years, John Conry, Sr.; her parents, Clarence and Lucy (Schlegel) Overmyer; and her brother, Norman Overmyer. Memorial contributions may be made to either Trinity Lutheran Church, 121 Broad St., Monroeville, OH 44847, or to St. Mary’s Church, P.O. Box 576, Wakeman, OH 44889.

LOWELL EDWARD “LOUIE” HOFFMASTER, 74, of Brownsburg, Indiana, passed away March 10, 2012, in Indiana. He was born May 8, 1937, in Salem to the late Frank and Vanetta Hoffmaster and had lived in Medina County for 36 years prior to moving to Mechanicsburg, Indiana, and for the past year in Brownsburg. He had served in the U. S. Army for three years. He was a lifetime farmer, manager of the Modern Tool and Die Farm (MTD) in Medina County, a member of the Ohio and National Holstein Associations and had served on several boards for Ohio agricultural services. He was also an avid coon hunter. Surviving are his wife Dona of Brownsburg; children Tom of New Bremen, Randy of Medina and Lori (Jack) Wells of Indianapolis, Indiana; eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

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BarbWire Dairy Products’ Importance in Diets What a surprise it was to find an article in a well-known magazine actually encouraging people on a diet to use dairy products. According to the Barb Lumley magazine, after an exhaustive review of weight-loss research, the editors learned a fascinating thing: Not all calories are created equal when it comes to weightloss. They had a list of thirteen (13) contenders that seem to have a special ability to thwart your body’s desire to hold on to fat, so you lose quickly and without hunger. Lo and behold, what should be the first thing on the list? Calcium! You are told to drink milk because its calcium is good for your bones, however research shows that same calcium helps control hunger! Research also shows that people who don’t consume enough calcium have a greater fat mass and less control of their appetite. Second on the list was Dairy. Studies have found that dairy sources of calcium are markedly more effective in accelerating fat loss than other sources. In one study, researchers showed that eating three servings of dairy significantly reduced body fat in obese subjects, and if the subjects restricted calories while consuming the same daily servings, fat and weight loss accelerated. On the list of fat releasers providing calcium are milk; yogurt; greens; Brazil nuts; and Parmesan, Swiss, feta and mozzarella cheeses. There’s more! A study done in 2010 indicated that drinking fat-free milk immediately after whole-body resistance training and again one hour after the workout allowed participants to increase fat loss, gain greater muscle strength and strengthen bones by reducing bone cell turnover. Drink milk, and get all these amazing benefits! And when I opened up my Sports Illustrated, there was a two-page spread of basketball’s Carmelo Anthony stating, “After I’ve given 110%, I’ve got nothing left, so I refuel with chocolate milk for protein and to get back my key nutrients,


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The Queen’s Corner by Jacquelyn Sherry HELLO, EVERYONE! My name is Jacquelyn Sherry, and I am blessed to have this amazing opportunity to represent Ohio and the dairy industry as your 2012 Ohio Holstein Queen. I would first like to thank everyone who supported me in running for Ohio Holstein Queen; I enjoyed seeing everyone who was at the Convention on Saturday. I would also like to thank my mom for accompanying me on the car ride. A little about me: I am the daughter of Bill and Stephanie Sherry and grew up in Greenville, Ohio. I have two younger siblings, Colton and Nicole, whom I hope will continue to be involved with 4-H and learn about the industry. My passion for the dairy industry started when I was in 4-H, showing as part of the Stillwater View show staff, and has grown over the years to help shape me into the person that I am today. I am a sophomore at The Ohio State University, studying Animal Science and Agricultural Communications. I am involved with Buckeye Dairy Club, serving on the Yearbook Committee and as Recording Secretary. When I am not busy with school activities, I usually spend my evenings working at Rod’s Western Palace.

It will be an exciting year, as I hope to attend as many shows, sales and events as I possibly can. Please feel free to contact me with any dates and events. You can email me at, or call me at 937-459-8980. I am looking forward to hearing from everyone and meeting many new people along the way. I hope to see everyone at Spring Dairy Expo, and I would like to wish everyone good luck this show season! ————————

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As I sit here writing this letter, I am watching the last game of the first week of the NCAA Tournament. Four Big Ten teams in the sweet 16 and 4 teams from Ohio — that’s great! I really enjoyed coming over to your state sale and convention. It was a great turnout, and I thought your sale went very well with a $2,639 average. I want to thank the Berg family for hosting the judging contest and picnic. The scenery was very beautiful with rolling hills and pastures. The Bergs have a very nice herd of cows, and I wish them the best in the future. I find it very impressive that you are able to successfully have three sales a year to help make money for your Association, along with moving new genetics into other herds. I hope to make it over to the Spring Show and Sale. I wish all participants good luck, especially me (Ha Ha). I hope everyone has a safe and good planting season. I am heading to our spring board meeting and will report progress in our next Ohio News. Indiana Jones signing off.

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receiving them and would like to, please contact our office. It is an economical way to contact a lot of people for each sale. The copier is a win-win-win; we will save money and have the convenience to print at anytime. As I mentioned at the Annual Meeting, we are in the process of finalizing the details for an export order to Egypt of 1,000 short bred registered Holstein heifers to be shipped by July. We will post details on the website as we have them, or contact the office with any questions.

Thanks to the consignors and buyers of the cattle in the Convention Sale March 16. The sale crew did a great job preparing the cattle; we had a huge crowd and incredible weather with a $2,639 average on 61 head. To accomplish everything that’s been done this year, I would like say thank you to everyone that has volunteered their time, ideas and donations that make your Ohio Holstein Association a great organization to be a part of; their names are too numerous to list. JOB WELL DONE!! Take care, Don

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by Korey Oechsle, Reporter

The Juniors of Ohio have been very busy with winter sports and other activities these past couple of months, but we found time to get together at the annual meeting in Bellville. Friday, March 16, was the sale and an open house at the Bergsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. That night there was a pizza party with friends at the hotel and a swimming party for the Juniors. Our annual meeting was held Saturday morning; 16 Juniors from around the state met to discuss business. Matt Lawson of Beckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hybrids spent the first part of the meeting talking to us about our goals for the organization and additional fundraising. The treasurerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report said that we raised over $2,200 in raffle tickets. We also raised over $775 with cheese sales, $2,500 with the lunch stands and $500 with T-shirt sales. Matt Lawson also told us that he has worked on next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raffle, and Beckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hybrids will again donate a chute, plus he has teamed up with Cargill and others for a total of five raffle items, each valued between $600 and $900. Tickets will, hopefully, be ready to sell by Spring Dairy Expo. Thanks to all who supported us this year! Other items discussed were changes to the constitution, which has not been revised since 1986, another fun day,

T-shirt sales and National Convention. It was also voted on to require Junior memberships to be paid by May 1 to be eligible for Junior All-Ohios, and Juniors were reminded they need to apply for that award â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it is NOT an automatic. Election of officers was held. Your new president is Matt Oechsle. Your vice president is Allison Mangun. Johnnie Johnson is your new treasurer. The new secretary is Anna Miley. I was re-elected as your reporter and will continue writing to you. At the luncheon, the Juniors pulled the winning raffle ticket, which was Harpster Enterprises. The next Junior meeting will be Friday, March 30, right after the Holstein heifer show at approximately 11:30 a.m., in the front of the Gilligan Building at the Ohio State Fairgrounds. At this meeting, the Juniors will vote on the changes to the constitution. The changes will be e-mailed to you before Spring Dairy Expo and posted on the website and Facebook.

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Ohio Junior Holstein Association Awards Distinguished Junior Member

Ohio Memorial Award

The 2012 Outstanding Distinguished Junior Member is MATTHEW J. OECHSLE of Van Wert, Ohio. A junior at Lincolnview High School, Matt is the son of Jim and Cheri Oechsle from District 12. Matt is 17 years old and says “the most important things to me at this age are sports, girls and, of course, cows.” Matt serves on a variety of committees for the Van Wert County Junior Fairboard, is president of his 4-H club, a District Representative and the National Young Dairy Junior Member entry for the Ohio Junior Holstein Association. He has been a past officer, Junior Dairy Bowl team member, leadsperson and fundraiser for the OJHA. Besides showing his own cattle, Matt works with other dairies throughout the year on their show strings. This past summer and fall he was a member of the Hardy Holstein show crew, even traveling to Madison, Wisconsin, for World Dairy Expo, and he routinely helps Meyer Jerseys in Indiana. At Lincolnview High School, Matt is Vice President of his FFA chapter, is a member of the Regional-winning JV Parliamentary Procedure team and recently earned his Chapter Farmer degree. He is a member of the Science Club, the choir and is the spirit leader at school. He was recently named the MVP for the county student section spirit awards by the local media. He is very involved in music, having earned top ratings at the District Solo & Ensemble contest. He is principal drummer for the First United Methodist Church Praise Band and a frequent soloist for both church and school. He has played both football and baseball during high school and ACME summer ball. Matt is very involved in the home operation. Matt says, “We have never been a big operation, since both of my parents work off the farm. Over the years my herd has grown with the help of the partnership of Jim and Jeannie Tugend in Jeromesville, Ohio. The deal was, I would raise the heifers; pay for feed, vet and semen; and return them as springing heifers. I had full showing rights with animals transferred into my name per the lease. When they calved, I got that first calf. Some of the milking cows are kept a little closer to home, and sometimes we keep them at home to milk. I help with chores every morning before school as well as after. I make all my own breeding decisions, too. We also farm about 30 acres of hay each summer, and we boys do most of that.” Matt’s future plans include attending college to pursue a large animal veterinary degree with the hopes of someday owning his own dairy, too.

The Ohio Memorial Award recognizes an Ohio Junior Holstein Member who exemplifies exceptional leadership, participation and dedication in the Holstein and dairy industries. The award was first established as a memorial award to honor those youth who died at a young age and never fully reached their potential. The first applicant is MIKAYLA CONRAD. Mikayla is the 17-year-old daughter of Greg and Judy Conrad of New Holland, Ohio. She is a member of the Ohio Junior Holstein Association and the Ohio Junior Ayrshire Club and served as the 2011 Ohio Holstein Queen. At Westfall High School she is involved in the Chorale, the Concert Choir, a member of the high school musical cast, Swing Choir, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the cross country and track teams, and FFA. She also serves in a capacity of areas at her local church including youth choir, praise band and chancel choir. She has studied piano for 10 years and is a member of the competitive gymnastics team at the Pickaway County YMCA. She has held various offices in her 4-H club, been a camp counselor, on the county fashion board and attended 4-H teen conference. Major 4-H honors include State 4-H Dairy Achievement winner, delegate to National 4-H Congress and delegate to 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus in 2011. She also placed second in Dairy Skillathon at the Ohio State Fair this past summer and has a multitude of showmanship and champion awards for her dairy animals. One of the five questions on the application was: How will your Holstein background help you with your future plans? Mikayla ‘s response was: “Growing up on a Holstein dairy farm has had a huge impact on my life. I have lived on our family farm my whole life, and I have worked on the farm as much as I have been able. I have shown cattle since I was in the second grade. In third grade, I joined 4-H and continued showing, as well as learning about anatomy, feeding and other management practices. In March of last year, I became the 2011 Ohio Holstein Queen. I have thoroughly enjoyed traveling to shows and sales in order to represent the dairy industry in a positive manner. Over the last several years, I have also given several presentations about the Dairy Checkoff program in order to educate consumers about the dairy industry. “My goal has always been to go to college, and I was thrilled when I got my acceptance letters from both of the colleges to which I had applied, The Ohio State University and Wilmington College. I plan to double major in communications and animal science, so that after college I can get a job in the dairy industry. I want to build a career that will allow me to positively influence the dairy industry. I would like to go into marketing and public relations in

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order to educate the public about dairy products, the dairy farmers behind those products and the work that goes into getting milk to consumers. The dairy industry has had a very positive influence on my life, and I would like to give back some of myself by helping to promote such a vital industry.” The second applicant, HARRISON OECHSLE, is the 19year-old son of Jim and Cheri Oechsle from Van Wert. He is currently a freshman at OSU-ATI studying ag business. He is a member of the ATI Buckeye Dairy Club and is the Northwest Ohio District Representative for the Ohio Junior Holstein Association. He has served on the OJHA scrapbook committee, placed 14th in the Intermediate Speech division at the Minnesota National Convention and placed second in the Junior Fitting Contest in Wisconsin at the National Convention. He has served as president of his

4-H club and vice president of the Vantage FFA. A member of the county Junior Fairboard and 4-H scholarship winner, he also served as a volunteer on the 4-H County Levy Campaign. He has numerous showmanship and championship awards from county, district and state levels. He is a junior fire fighter for the Ohio City Fire Department and a backstage crew volunteer for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. In high school he was a member of the Spanish Club and JV football team. Harrison’s response to “How will your Holstein background help you with your future plans?” was: “My background with raising Holsteins has taught me time management, responsibility and good management skills. I’ve also learned valuable hands-on mechanical skills, common sense repair capabilities and work ethic. With these skills, one day I hope to open my own garage and work on anything from motorcycles to semis. I also plan to keep involved with livestock in some form with raising calves, heifers or market animals. And when I have my own family, I want my kids to experience the same opportunities that my parents sacrificed for so I could show, and learn all these great skills.” And the winner was HARRISON OECHSLE, shown receiving the scholarship check from Julie DeLavergne

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Dairy Palooza Covers Dairy Info from Head to Tail

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Your Beef Checkoff Dollars at Work Promotion

Your Beef Checkoff: Investing in Beef Safety, Nutrition and Promotion

Checkoff Strikes Out Hunger During 2012 Baseball Season

With the baseball season a mere month away, the Ohio Beef Council is putting the final touches on a partnership teaming your beef Checkoff with the Columbus Clippers, Kroger Marketplace and the Mid Ohio Foodbank in an effort to strikeout hunger during the 2012 baseball season. During this year’s Clippers baseball season, the Ohio Beef Council is proud to announce that with each strikeout recorded by the Clippers’ pitching staff, two pounds of lean ground beef will be donated to the Mid Ohio Foodbank. Just one pound of lean ground beef can provide a family of four with a meal packed full of ten essential vitamins and nutrients while accounting for 150 calories which is the ultimate bang for your calorie buck. But, the Ohio Beef Council needs your help in striking out hunger this season. Be sure to visit to learn how you can donate your pound of lean ground beef. Let’s show hungry Ohioans that Ohio’s beef producers care!

The American Grillmaster Experience Coming to Ohio For the second year, in partnership with The American GrillMaster Experi-

ence, the Beef Checkoff Program is kicking off a summer-long grilling tour in 2012. The American GrillMaster Experience is a beef barbecue demonstration and educational tour - including beef grilling demonstrations, product samples, recipes and other Checkofffunded resources- designed to educate and inform consumers about grilling techniques. A total of 30 events in 28 states are planned on the 2012 tour from March 3 - Nov. 4.

“Savvy consumers want to see, try, taste and experience products for themselves before they make purchasing decisions,” says Jane Frost, cowcalf producer from San Jon, N.M. and vice-chair of the checkoff’s Joint Retail Committee. “Connecting with consumers through promotional sampling in an environment of fun and excitement proves to be one of the best platforms for engaging our target audience and promoting our beef products.” The American Grillmaster Experience will stop in Ohio on Saturday, June 30 at Sam’s Club in Canton Ohio. Contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614873-6736 for details.


BEEFonomics Takes the Beef Story to the Classroom For the past months, Ohio Beef Council staff have been working with the Ohio

Department of Education to approve curriculum that has set in motion plans to pilot the BEEFonomics program in the closing months of the 2011-2012 school year. BEEFonomics is an educational course that will be offered to all high school family and consumer sciences classes throughout the state. The course connects and provides our future meal-time decision makers with the tools necessary to confidently utilize beef within a healthy diet. Furthermore, this program will work to explain where their beef comes from and how it was raised. The average consumer is three generations removed from agriculture thus has very little knowledge of the process beef goes through to get to their plate. BEEFonomics will foster a better understanding of the food chain consumers depend on and also stave-off misinformation draped by vegetarian rhetoric that is readily available for today’s teachers. The Ohio Beef Council is looking for

producers interested in taking their beef story to the classroom as administrators of the BEEFonomics program. Administrators will be asked to present a pre-developed Power Point slide show, as well as execute a cooking demonstration highlighting the ease of beef preparation. If you are interested in becoming a BEEFonomics administrator, contact the Ohio Beef Council at 614-873-6736

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Beef 509 Alive and Well in 2012 After a one year hiatus producers from around Ohio - 27 strong - gathered at the animal sciences building on the campus of The Ohio State University to be a part of the Beef 509; a course designed to raise producer awareness about the product they provide while equipping them with further knowledge to ensure a quality and consistent product. 509 shows producers segments of the industry that they oftentimes don’t connect with, thus may not understand. Throughout the two days, participants heard from a host of beef experts on topics ranging from live animal evaluation and grading practices to processing and fabrication with respect to pricing throughout each segment of the industry. Beef 509 is made possible through a partnership between the Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation and The Ohio State University. Watch the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association website at for your next chance to attend Beef 509. The Ohio Beef Council and the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board are responsible for developing programs that increase the demand for beef. For more information, contact the Ohio Beef Council, 10600 U.S. Highway 42, Marysville, Ohio 43040, 614-873-6736,

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Index ABS Global, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 ADA Mideast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Ag Credit/Country Mortgages. . . . . . . . 11 Agri Sales & Consulting . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Agri-Graphics, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Andrews, Steve & Seth – Auctioneers . . . 38 Ashland Implement Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Call-Del Farm. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Cargill Animal Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 COBA/Select Sires. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 52 Commodity Blenders, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Commodity Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 ComputerMixx . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Curry Lumber & Pole Building Co’s. . . . . 33 Drifty-Hollow Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Embryo Transfer Services . . . . . . . . . . . 33 First National Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Garver, Merlin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Habrun’s Insurance Service, Inc.. . . . . . . 16 Harold’s Equipment, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Haudenschild Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Jaloda Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 K & M Builders, Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Keim Concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Kidron Auction, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Land O’Lakes Purina Feed . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Lehman, Eileen – Livestock Hauling . . . . . 6 Lowe and Young, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Meaden & Moore – CPA’s . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Mennonite Mutual Insurance Company . . 44 Menuez Excavating & Construction . . . . 31 Midwest Genetics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Miley Holstein Farms Ltd. . . . . . . . . . . . 17 New Bedford Sharpening Service . . . . . . 21 New Pittsburg Large Animal Clinic . . . . . 35 Ohio Beef Council. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 OH-River Syndicate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Ohio State University/ Agricultural Technical Institute . . . . . . . 39 Paradise Valley Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Polchin Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Polen Implement. . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 24, 38 Quality Quest Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Quietcove Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Ratta Applied Construction . . . . . . . . . . 29 Renaissance Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Richman Farms, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sharo-Dan Farm Holstein Sale . . . . . . . . 27 Spike, Pete & Jean – Vacation Rental . . . 44 Springhill Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Stein-way Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Taurus Service, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Ten-Penny Holsteins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Thomas, Jenny – Photographer . . . . . . . 44 Town & Country Co-op Feed . . . . . . . . . . 9 Trail Farm Supply LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 U-Dean Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Vaughn, Steve – Nutritional Consultant . 44 W. G. Dairy Supply, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Whiteleather Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 This index is provided as an additional service. Publisher assumes no liability for errors or omissions.

Coming Events MEETINGS and EVENTS


April 15 – Holstein Association USA Judges Conference, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY, 9:00 a.m. April 20 – Ohio Holstein Board Meeting, at the Holstein office, Wooster April 28 – Dairy Palooza, 4-H Dairy Program, Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster May 12 – Buckeye Dairy Club Annual Dairy Recognition Banquet at Der Dutchman, Plain City, 11:30 a.m. June – District 12 Dairy Tour, Auglaize County June 29-30 – National Holstein Convention Delegate Meetings, Springfield, MO July 9 – District 10 Picnic

April 14 – 50th Kentucky All Breeds Dairy Show April 14 – New York Junior Holstein Spring Show, Syracuse, NY April 15 – New York Spring Red & White Show, Syracuse, NY April 16 – New York International Spring Holstein Show, Syracuse, NY June – District 13 Show and Youth Judging Contest June 16 – District 3 Show, at Dover, Judge Matt Lawrence June 18 – District 5 Show and Junior Show, Pickaway County Fairgrounds, Circleville July – District 15 Show July 7 – District 7 Show at Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster July 21 – District 1 and 2 Show, Canfield July 30 – District 12 Show, Junior Show and Showmanship, Wapakoneta August 22 – District 8 Show and Junior Activities, Lorain County Fair, Wellington September 12 – District 12 Show at Fulton County Fairgrounds, Wauseon

SALES April 5 – Spring Genomic & Type Spotlight Sale, Angola, IN April 11 – Sharo-Dan Holstein Sale, at the farm, Dalton May 28 – Impact of Ada Sale, Lowville, NY June 29 – National Convention Sale, Springfield, MO August 25 – Ohio Summer Sale, Wooster October 27 – The Best of Quality Quest 2012, at the farm, Beloit November 17 – Holstein/All-Breeds Sale, Wooster

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1/2 Mile West of Holstein Association

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For Quality You Won’t Regret... Dual Chamber Waterbeds with Ultra Comfort Free Stalls ✘ Reduce bedding costs (DRASTICALLY) ✘ Eliminate hock abrasions ✘ Increase cow comfort to promote better milk ✘

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Springhill-OH Oman Anett (2E-91 EEEEE) +2034 GTPI 2-01 308D 28,290M 3.7% 1,060F 3.2% 904P 3-00 365D 33,340M 3.7% 1,237F 3.2% 1,058P 4-01 302D 35,280M 3.3% 1,169F 2.9% 1,018P

Anett has over 100,000 Lifetime and is recently fresh again. She is one of four homebred Omans that have scored EX-91 or higher!

OMAN ANETT’S DAM Oman Anett and her descendants have tested well for genomics including her Damascus daughter and Shamrock granddaughter that are now owned by Velthuis Farms, Sjendi Farms and Ardross Holsteins of Canada.



Springhill-OH Atticus Anett (2E-91 EX MS) 3-11 365D 34,860M 3.2% 1,102F 3.1% 1,082P

Over 150,000 Lifetime and due soon with her sixth calf

7109 SR 514 • Big Prairie, OH

Chris Lang • Tom, Karen & Kendra Lang

PH: 330-378-4515 • FAX: 330-378-4390

Ohio News Mar-Apr 2012  

News magazine, Ohio Holsteins

Ohio News Mar-Apr 2012  

News magazine, Ohio Holsteins