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GUERNSEY Breeders' Journal Features 13 | Notice of the 143th Annual Meeting 8 | A Passion for the Guernsey Community Dr. Joseph Piskorowski D.D.S.

39 | Sources of Information CDCB Talks about sources

43 | Healthline

12| All-American Winners

A new feature sponsored by MERCK

Meet the All-American & Junior Winners

Departments 36 | AGA Committees

7 | Director's Report

38 | AGYA

6 | Golden Journey

5 | Calendar of Events

40 | Obituaries

40 | Current Events

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Officers and Directors PRESIDENT & DISTRICT 1 (CT, DE, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, WV) 2022| David Coon 845.518.0732 • dbcoon62@gmail.com 373 Separate Road, Amenia, NY 12501 FIRST VICE PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR AT-LARGE 2021 | Chris Lang 330.473.9660 • springhill.chris@gmail.com 7301 SR 514, Big Prairie, OH 44611 SECOND VICE PRESIDENT & DISTRICT 3 (IN, IL, KY & MI) 2020 | Brian Dinderman 815.297.4111 • dindermanb@gmail.com 3307 W. Orangeville Rd., Orangeville, IL 61060 TREASURER & DISTRICT 2 PUREBRED PUBLISHING PRESIDENT (OH & PA) 2021 | Victoria L. Baker 724.331.4814 • ansellvl@gmail.com 237 Catalina Farm Rd., Scottdale, PA 15683 DISTRICT 4 (WI) 2022 | Jason Yurs 920.728.4822 • jyurs@hoards.com N2856 State Road 89, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

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Golden Journey Dear AGA Members, Spring is rapidly approaching and we are moving with due speed to ratchet up our 100% Guernsey Premium Milk consumer programs. We currently have two fantastic projects in the pipeline which anticipate market rollouts in May and in June of 2019. Both projects will be 100% Guernsey Premium milk. Both projects will launch in key metropolitan areas of the USA and we are planning a strong branding and marketing push to accompany the launches. As we move closer to launch date, I will be sharing with you key messaging and brand positioning which will be crafted to speak to the target consumer. The data is clear that the traditional milk category has relinquished space to

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other beverages as well as analog dairy beverages. I believe once the consumer is introduced to quality Guernsey products, we can begin to take back the Guernsey legacy of premium, great tasting, nutritious product. I’m particularly excited that these projects will generate significantly above federal order prices to Guernsey milk supply and provide a key model for replicating these projects in other geographies. More to come. ~ Doug

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| Office Updates National Award Applications and Scholarships are due March 31 for both adult awards and many junior awards. Significant expansion of the CDCB services portfolio have taken place in the past three years since the fees were established in the current levels. New traits including cow livability, gestation length, and resistance to mastitis, ketosis, displaced abomasum, metritis, hypocalcemia and retained placenta were added. Early first calving evaluations will be implemented in April 2019. There are also changes coming for reports for crossbred animals, profitability indexs, haplotypes, accuracy, genealogy and more. Due to the research involved and information to be provided, fee changes in genomic testing will occur beginning in April 2019. Watch for more information to come.


the Director's Report Global Enthusiasm for U.S. Genetics As I am entering my sixth year as an AGA director, change never ceases to stop. Many exciting things continue to develop as others go by the wayside. U.S. genetics are constantly in demand around the globe, as I witnessed firsthand in January. On a recent trip to Australia, I had the opportunity to judge the Guernsey show at the International Dairy Week in Tatura, Victoria, Australia. It was an incredible week and a beautiful way to showcase Guernseys! Many sires bred in the United States were represented at the exhibition, including Legend, Prada, Jackpot, Latimer, Activate, Reggie, Pistoll, Phoenix, Royal and American Pie. The Junior Champion was an ultra correct Pistoll, while both the Reserve and Honorable Mention were strong Latimers. The Grand Champion cow was an Activate that was simply stunning and would compete at any level in the United States. It always amazes me the enthusiasm others have for garnering information on U.S. genetics. We should be proud as breeders that our genetics are sought after and hopefully we can continue to provide seedstock through many options for others outside our borders. It is our responsibility to continue this trend going and keep the momentum rolling!

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a

Passion

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G uernsey C ommunity By Robin Alden

T he G uernsey community is well-known for its unique combination of diversity and unity among its members. We all know as many Guernsey breeders with interesting off-the-farm jobs as those who work only as farmers. We know Guernsey breeders whose interest in the breed is recent, alongside those who were born into the community. What we have in common is a passion for the breed, and the acknowledgement that our community remains strong despite turbulent economic times. Dr. Joseph Piskorowksi is no different in his passion and vision for the Guernsey breed than the average AGA member, although his story is certainly unique. So how did a dentist in a New York college town get involved with Guernseys, and become the owner or co-owner to many award-winning leaders of the breed? As it turns out, dairying and college towns are both entwined in Dr. Piskorowski’s DNA, starting with his childhood on a small Holstein dairy in Princeton, New Jersey. “When I was a boy, there were a lot of impressive herds of dairy cows in New Jersey – White Cloud Brown Swiss, Lee Acres for Ayrshires, Abraham Boehn had arguably the best herd of Holsteins ever assembled, and Wood Acres Guernseys.” Wood Acres was owned by Herbert W. Hoebler, a New York advertising executive that inspired the hit TV show Mad Men. Day-to-day operations at Wood Acres were ran by Merton Sowerby, who later became a classifier for AGA, and a pioneer for the breed. Dr. Piskorowski recognizes Sowerby as one of his mentors in the business, crediting him with running a dairy so successfully that it “made finances a secondary issue.” The Wood Acres legacy lives on at Femara Guernseys in Trumansburg, where Dr. Piskorowski’s herd resides. “In my barn now, I still have some of the stainless-steel feeders that were installed at Wood Acres,” he commented.

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“Returning to my family’s rented farm for a career was never an option,” said Dr. Piskorowski, but during his time at dental school and in the service, he often returned to the farm. Following setting up his own dental practice in Ithaca, New York, Dr. Piskorowski would relief milk for nearby farms, but it wasn’t the level of involvement that he craved. “I decided I wanted to start owning cows again, with the intent of being like my mentors,” he said. “They put the improvement of the breed as paramount.” This desire to return to his roots, along with his observation that rural communities were struggling with a changing economy, drove him back to the industry with a goal to work with young people to ensure they could still have the experiences he did. “A great [deal] of my success in my profession originates from the skills and values I learned from growing up on a small, family dairy farm,” explained Dr.


Piskorowski. “It was important for us to share those experiences with young people, even if they were not going to have the opportunity to grow up on a farm.” And that’s where Guernseys came in. Dr. Piskorowski saw the Guernsey community as welcoming and encouraging to young people in an area that was often competitive in the show ring. “I could see kids bringing the best animals they had to the local show and coming in toward the bottom of the class. That happens a couple times, and the kid moves on to something else,” he observed. “But when you went to the Guernsey shows, it was a different atmosphere.” Dr. Piskorowski was inspired by a young man who was economically disadvantaged but wanted to participate in dairy. “Eric Craig and the Ripley family took this kid under their wing, got him a calf to show and really worked with him,” he remembers. “He never won a lot, but he did get his picture on the cover of the Hoard’s Dairyman. More importantly, this young man was made to feel like he had a place to belong. So, the love and respect of people who loved Guernsey cows came before the love of the Guernsey cow.” Motivated to join this Guernsey community, Dr. Piskorowski decided to purchase a cow at the New York Spring Guernsey sale. “It had been 20 years or more since I had owned a cow, and I knew I was going to make every conceivable mistake – and I made even more,” he reminisced. “Seth Johnson was Executive Secretary at the time, and he helped me make some of my early choices. More importantly, he introduced me to Kevin Stoltzfus and Warwick Manor.” Over the years, Warwick Manor has been the home to many of Dr. Piskorowski’s partnership animals,

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“If you want to make a difference in a young person's life, give them a calf.” including this year’s All-American Aged Cow Nominee, Coulee Crest Carter Georgia EX-93, and Altann daughter Sniders Yogi Anise-ET EX-94. “You could not ask for a better mentor or business partner than Kevin and his team,” emphasized Dr. Piskorowski. “With him, we have been able to invest in great genetics…We keep all our best animals at his farm, and he develops them into great cows and cow families.” Stoltzfus has kind things to say in return about their long-running partnership. “Dr. Joe’s passion and love for the Guernsey breed runs deep,” he said, adding, “Partnering with Dr. Joe is super easy! We both have the same goals when it comes to what we want in cattle. We first got to know each other with his purchase of Anise at the 2010 National Convention, and it’s been a great ride ever since.” Initially, all of Dr. Piskorowski’s cows were kept at Warwick Manor, but again, this didn’t satisfy his desire to work with cows every day. After unsuccessfully boarding cows at various local dairies, Dr. Piskorowski and his wife searched for a

farm to rent or purchase on their own. In the meantime, he decided to start housing calves next door to his office in Ithaca. “Ninety percent of my patients thought it was the greatest thing ever! Ten percent went to a new dentist,” he joked. “My receptionist still talks about how many people would call trying to get 4:00 pm appointments, because that was the last appointment of the day and they wanted to help feed calves after we were done.” Dr. Piskorowksi also started finding calves homes with 4-H members around this time, in an effort to encourage their involvement. After initially struggling with how to price the calves, they came up with an arrangement – the youth would take the calves for free, and in return they had to give Dr. Piskorowski the second heifer calf resulting from the project. This procedure has worked out as mutually beneficial. Quoting the late Doug Maddox, Dr. Piskorowski notes, “If you want to make a difference in a young person’s life, give them a calf.” For the last seven years, part of Dr. Piskorowski’s herd has resided in March 2019 | Guernsey Breeders' Journal

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Trumansburg, after a local recommended he contact Peter Ditmars, who had dispersed 20 years earlier and owned a barn that was deteriorating in its empty state. “He told us we could use the barn, but we would be responsible for fixing it, and [he] had no interest in helping us,” said Dr. Piskorowski. “Peter has been in the barn every day helping since then. The farm has changed ownership since then, but Peter at 87 still comes every day to help and give sage advice.” Dr. Piskorowski credits several other community members for helping with his daily operations – Alley French, who assists with milking and other chores, his nephew Zack, who stepped up after Dr. Piskorowski broke an arm last year, Lester the milk tester, Gabe the feed salesman, veterinarians Dr. Sabine Mann and Dr. Brad Peterson and equipment dealer Cazenovia Equipment. “None of them make any money supporting me, but they treat and respect me just like they do their ‘real farm’ customer,” he notes. “The most help by far is my wife,” he adds. “I have someone who supports me through good times and bad.” When it comes to his Guernsey herd, Dr. Piskorowski is proud of his successes, and looking forward to its future. “We have been really lucky to work with some great cows thanks to some wonderful advice from smart people,” he said. He credits the success of partnership animals

such as Georgia and Anise to the care at Warwick Manor. “I think the best way a partnership works is when each partner can bring a unique skill to the union,” he notes. “Ideally, each partner can recognize that early, and respect each other’s knowledge or contribution.” When it comes to his local herd, though, his favorites are Indian Acres A Meringue Pie-ET EX-91 and Ripley Farms Coni Vanessa-ET, a Very Good Alton from Low Brook Goldfoot Conny. Of Meringue Pie, Dr. Piskorowski says,

“Usually when we consign an animal to a sale, it is a realization that an animal could do better in someone else’s farm,” he advises. With new ownership of his current barn, Dr. Piskorowski is considering other options. “The dairy industry is certainly undergoing some historic changes, and if we decide to make a sizable financial investment, we want to make sure we are going in a good direction,” he said, adding, “I can’t imagine not milking cows, though.”

“The dairy industry is certainly undergoing some historic changes...” “We have all seen the influence Pistachio Pie had in the breed through her sons. I was one of the lucky people who got to work with one of her daughters, and she is probably the most trouble-free cow I have ever known.” He notes that Vanessa is also a very trouble-free cow in addition to being a tremendous brood cow, with daughters such as Femara Lightning Trixie VG-88, a previous class winner at the New York Spring Carousel. Although Dr. Piskorowski has done a lot of embryo work, he admits it’s not always cost-effective. However, he does so with a specific goal for the cow in mind. He is also a frequent consignor to Guernsey sales.

Dr. Piskorowski has long been interested in the changes affecting the dairy economy, but he does see a way for Guernsey breeders to adapt. Part of this is recognizing the crisis and being willing to change – and this comes with some hard truths. “I see too many farm families who say how much they like the lifestyle, but aren’t honest with themselves about how much they are giving up to try to maintain a dying way of life,” he said. “Even more sad are the people who are burning through their family’s equity with the hope things are going to change in six months or a year. If you are honest about the industry and how technology has changed the basic tenements of production, and how consumer tastes have changed, there is only one conclusion: there has been a paradigm shift in the commodity milk market. “That doesn’t mean everything is gloom and doom,” noted Dr. Piskorowksi. Comparing the dairy industry to his

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familiar dental industry, he explains that the division between low-cost products and local products is quite similar. “[Chain dental outlets] serve a purpose; if you want treatment as cheaply as possible, on an emergent basis, then go there…. There is still a bright future for the solo practitioner in dentistry, but you have to put the consumer first.” He sees the same opportunity with the Guernsey cow, supporting the AGA in their formation of Guernsey-branded cooperatives. Dr. Piskorowski believes that the Guernsey makes the best product of any cow – “and there are many consumers

out there who want a better product and are willing to spend more money” if they understand where their dollar is going. He believes that Guernsey breeders have the power to utilize special branding, but there is work to be done. “That means keeping our farms clean, by treating our animals and employees with respect and showing the customers that we are different than Fair Oaks Farms,” he said, using an example of a “mega-dairy.” “We have the opportunity to carve out a market that will make consumers feel better about what they buy and who they support,” posited Dr. Piskorowski, “but

it will only work if we are sacrificing to make this long-term goal work.” For Dr. Joseph Piskorowski, the Guernsey breed is about the Guernsey community. Story after story about his involvement in dairying and the breed come back to the support shown to him by others, and the support he returns in kind to those who need it. In his eyes, this community, and their dedication to the progress of the breed, youth and marketing programs, are vital to the success of the Guernsey cow.

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| Notice of the 143rd Annual Meeting The 143rd annual meeting of the American Guernsey Association will be held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Sunday, June 23 at 8:00 a.m. The business of the meeting will be the election of members to the board of directors, the reports of the president, executive secretary, treasurer, Purebred Publishing president, recommendations of the board and other matters relating to the AGA and its activities. Ballots for the elections of members to the board of directors and a brief resume relating to the nominees will be mailed to active members at least thirty (30) days prior to the annual meeting. Ballot A is for the election of a director for District 5 in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota. These ballots are mailed to, and may only be used for voting by active members in those states.

Ballot B is for election of a director for Director-At-Large. These ballots are mailed to all active members to vote on. The Bylaws require the use of ballots in the election of directors and adoption of amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Proxies may not be used for these purposes. In order to be counted, each ballot must be returned in the envelope provided. The envelope must be signed by the voting member before delivery. As stated in the Constitution, “Active members not attending the annual meeting may vote by mailing their ballots to the Executive Secretary for delivery to the home office no later than 10 days prior to the annual meeting, or to the Election Committee at the place of the annual meeting, providing that no such ballots shall be accepted by the Election Committee later than noon of

the day prior to the annual meeting. These ballots shall be counted with the ballots of active members present and voting during the annual meeting.” The signed-and-sealed ballot envelope should be placed in the envelope and submitted by return mail to the American Guernsey Association, 1224 Alton Darby Creek Rd, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43228. Ballots mailed to the headquarters office are to be received by June 14, 2019. The sealed ballot envelope can be mailed in an envelope or hand delivered to the chairman of the Election Committee, American Guernsey Association at Dubuque, Iowa. Hand delivered ballots, or ballots mailed to the National Convention site, must be received by noon on Saturday, June 22.

| Annual Meeting Notice to be Mailed The notice of the 143rd American Guernsey Association annual meeting will be mailed in May to all AGA active members. Active members who are individuals shall be entitled to one (1) vote at any meeting of the Association. Only individuals who are active members shall be entitled to hold office in the Association. The AGA Constitution defines an active member as: “A membership shall retain its full term, but be classified active or inactive as follows: (a) An active member shall be one in which at least one application for registration in the name of the membership; or at least one application for transfer of ownership into the name of the membership shall have been received by the Herd Register Department of the American Guernsey Association within two (2) years prior to January 1, preceding an annual meeting. (b) A membership shall be declared inactive when there has not been received 12

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in the Records Department of the association at least one application for registration in the name of the membership; or at least one application for transfer of ownership into the name of the membership within two (2) calendar years prior to January 1, preceding an annual meeting. (c) A membership having been classified as inactive shall automatically be reinstated to active status upon fulfilling the requirements of section (a), defining active status. (d) An individual membership of an individual, who is a shareholder, partner or other joint ownership arrangement that is a member, shall be classified as an active membership if at least one application for registration in the name of the corporation, partnership or joint ownership membership or at least one application for transfer of ownership into the corporation, partnership or joint ownership arrangement shall have been received by the Records Department of the American Guernsey Association

within the two (2) calendar years prior to January 1 preceding an annual meeting, provided that the corporations, partnership or joint owners files with and maintains with the Executive Secretary of the Association, a current and complete list of all shareholders, partners and joint owners.” The envelope to be mailed contains a notice of the 143rd annual meeting, convention schedule and reservation form. Also enclosed will be ballots for the director elections. Any active member not receiving a ballot by June 1, 2019, should contact the American Guernsey Association at 1224 Alton Darby Creek Rd, Suite G, Columbus, OH 43228, or call the office at (614) 864-2409 during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern daylight time, Monday through Friday.


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2018

All-American winners

By Robin Alden, Assistant Editor

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nother year has come and gone, and as spring shows are rapidly approaching, the 2019 show season will soon be underway. Therefore, let’s take one final look at the 2018 season, which culminates here with the AllAmerican contest winners. Before you leaf through the following pages of the nation’s top Guernsey cattle, take a moment to recap the contest in numbers.

The States

The state of Ohio leads the way with the most total AllAmerican wins, with eight. However, the state of Pennsylvania has accumulated the most total honors, with 18 – three AllAmericans, six Reserves and five Honorable Mentions. The states of Iowa and Illinois both racked up four All-American wins each. Following Pennsylvania with the most total honors is Ohio with 15, Wisconsin with 10 and Iowa with nine. There are 10 total states represented in the contest winners.

The Owners

The new title for top All-American wins is held by Springhill of Big Prairie, Ohio. In total, Springhill owned 14 All-American honorees, including eight winners, and bred eight individual honorees (three winners). Not far behind is Austin and Landen Knapp, Epworth, Iowa, with nine total honorees owned and seven bearing the Knapp prefix. Valley Gem Farm of Cumberland, Wisconsin also had a successful year, with five honorees owned. The Hillpoint partners group was also part-owner in six winners.

The Sires

A diverse group of 31 sires were represented in the individual honorees. Narrowly taking the top spot was Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame, with four total daughters represented in the following pages. However, Indian Acres American Pie is the only sire with two All-American winners. American Pie, Rebel and Lone Star all have three total daughters achieving honors this year.

The Junior Contest

Pennsylvania youth held strong this year with a total of 12 Junior All-American, Reserve or HM wins in 2018. Following is Iowa with eight and Wisconsin with six, and all three states can claim three Junior All-American wins each. Two families from the top two states led the way with their projects: Dana and Madison Sickles of Marengo, Iowa and Kaila, Karli and Kolby Stoltzfus of East Earl, Pennsylvania, with four honorees each.

The Judges

This year, 19 qualified judges turned in ballots for the open contest, while 18 participated in the junior division. The four National Show judges served as the nominating committee, and those judges, along with their associates and any AGA-approved judge placing a state show that sent in placings to Purebred Publishing, formed the final selection committee (junior judges were not required to be on the Approved List in 2018). This year’s open All-American judges were: Emily Hartmann and Julie Hemp from Illinois; Alta May Core from Kentucky; Brian Schnebly from Maryland; Carrie Chickering-Sears from Massachusetts; Karen Johnson from Minnesota; Jenna Lenhart from New York; Jeremy Kohler, Chris Lang and Jeff Ziegler from Ohio; Sean Johnson, Matt Lawrence, Chris Reichard and Kevin Stoltzfus from Pennsylvania; Mike Hickman from Tennessee and Lynn Harbaugh, Kevin Jorgeonson, Roger Turner and Molly Sloan from Wisconsin. The junior contest judges were Bryan Marcoot, Emily Hartmann and Julie Hemp from Illinois; Alta Mae Core from Kentucky; Brian Schnebly from Maryland; Karen Johnson from Minnesota; Jenna Lenhart from New York; Lee Kohler, Jenny Thomas and Keith Topp from Ohio; Andrew Vander Meulen from Ontario; Nate Oleniacz and David Trotter from Pennsylvania; Mike Hickman from Tennessee; Nate Goldenberg from Texas; Dr. Katharine Knowlton from Virginia and Bob Hagenow and Lynn Harbaugh from Wisconsin.

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Spring Heifer Calves

All-American

Reserve

H Broke Boman Rosi-TW, 3/15/2018 Sire: Flambeau Manor Boman-ET Dam: H Broke Levi Razzle VG-86 Bred & Owned by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

H Broke Levi Tot, 3/10/2018 Sire: Marodore Aarons Levi-ET Dam: H Broke Showtime Taytor EX-92 Bred & Owned by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

Honorable Mention

Sniders HP GG Apple Sauce-ETV, 3/1/2018 Sire: Sniders Challenge Rebel Dam: Sniders Garrett Ashanti-ET EX-94 Exh: Hillpoint, Snider Homestead & Dan Basse, Cross Plains, WI Now owned by Andrew Levesque, Hayfield, MN

Winter Heifer Calves

All-American

Unanimou s

Knapps Pie Time To Dance-ETV, 12/02/2017 Sire: Indian Acres American Pie Dam: Knapps Regis Tambourine-ET EX-95 Bred & Exhibited by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Now owned by Jake & Jade Marie Kruschke, New Richmond, WI

Reserve

Guernsey Gem Bo Kapow-ETV, 12/21/2017 Sire: Warwick Manor Alymo Bo Dam: Up The Creek Jester Kazaam EX-91 Bred & Owned by Valley Gem & Scott Weisensel, Cumberland, WI

Honorable Mention

Indian Acres Lonestars Lacey, 12/2/2017 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Indian Acres Fays Lauren EX-90 Bred & Owned by Ashley Elise Sears, So. Deerfield, MA

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fall Heifer Calves

All-American

Unanimou s

Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV, 9/4/2017 Sire: Land of Living RO Levi-ET Dam: Dix Lee Tiller Joke EX-93 Bred & Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve

Knapps APie Time To Show-ETV, 9/27/2017 Sire: Indian Acres American Pie Dam: Knapps Regis Tambourine-ET EX-95 Bred by: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by: Glamourview - Iager & Walton, Fulton, MD

Honorable Mention

Royalty Manor Fame Lastcallcrush-ET, 9/6/2017 Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame Dam: Coulee Crest AP Lexi-ET VG-88 Bred & Owned by Jade Marie Kruschke, New Richmond, WI

All-American

Sniders HP GG Lonestar Amazing-ETV, 6/17/2017 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Sniders Loral Ashley-ET EX-92 Bred by Aaron Gable, New Enterprise, PA Owned by the Amazing Syndicate, Chicago, IL

Summer Yearlings Reserve

Knapps Copper Tropical, 6/15/2017 Sire: Jens Gold Aaron Copper-ET Dam: Knapps Prada Tambi Love-ET VG-87 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Knapp Guernseys & Kelly Jo Johnson, York, PA

Honorable Mention

Hartdale Primetime Cami, 7/26/2017 Sire: Knapps Prada Primetime Dam: Hartdale Advance Cookie VG-85 Bred by Lauren Robison, Mulberry Grove, IL Owned by Lauren Robison & Braden & Connor Hartmann, Mulberry Grove, IL

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Spring yearlings Reserve

All-American

Rutter Bros Top Notch Cali-ETV, 3/3/2017 Sire: Knapps APie Top Notch Dam: Rutter Bros Showtimes Candy-TW EX-93 Bred & Owned by Kelly J Johnson, York, PA

Rutter Bros Top Notch Cami-ETV, 3/6/2017 Sire: Knapps APie Top Notch Dam: Rutter Bros Showtimes Candy-TW EX-93 Bred & Owned by Kelly J Johnson, York, PA

Honorable Mention

Springhill Disco Jarica, 4/1/2017 Sire: Discos K Gettin Dirty-ET Dam: Springhill Jacqueline-ET EX-90 Bred by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH Owned by Springhill, Grammer & Wetmore, Big Prairie, OH

winter yearlings

All-American

Crown J HP Lucifer Jedi, 12/5/2016 Sire: Flambeau Manor P Lucifer-ET Dam: Coulee Crest HP Crown J Jazzy-ET EX-90 Bred & Exhibited by Hillpoint & Josey Morris, Cross Plains, WI Now Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve

Springhill Spider Jabrill-ETV, 12/9/2016 Sire: Coulee Crest Luxury Spider-ET Dam: Dix Lee Tiller Joke EX-93 Bred & Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Honorable Mention

GR-Trotacre Corbins Ella, 12/29/2016 Sire: Sniders Tiller Atlantic Dam: PR-Maple Lane T T Trixie EX-90 Bred by Cara M Trotter, Enon Valley, PA Owned by Corbin McMurray, Eighty Four, PA

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fall Yearlings

All-American

Reserve

Springhill Pies Jadira-ETV, 9/2/2016 Sire: Indian Acres Pies-ET Dam: Springhill Jacqueline-ET EX-90 Bred by Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie, OH Owned by Springhill and Valerie & Jim Spreng, Big Prairie, OH

Springhill Pies Joy-ETV, 9/3/2016 Sire: Indian Acres Pies-ET Dam: Dix Lee Tiller Joke EX-93 Bred & Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Honorable Mention

Muffets Twin Acre Lizzy, 9/8/2016 Sire: Millborne HP PV Fireworks Dam: Muffets Twin Acre H Lilly D-79 Bred & Owned by Elizabeth Marie Roedl, Edgewood, IL

Junior Best 3 Females

All-American

Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV

Springhill Pies Joy-ETV

Springhill Disco Jarica

Bred by: Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve All-American Knapps Ladysman Tigger-ETV Knapps Pie Time To Dance-ETV Knapps APie Time To Show-ETV Bred by: Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

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Honorable Mention Springhill Hot Topic-ETV Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV Springhill Pies Jadira-ETV Bred by: Springhill, Big Prairie, OH


Milking yearlings Reserve

All-American

Knapps Copper Tonic, 9/18/2016 Sire: Jens Gold Aaron Copper-ET Dam: Knapps Prada Tambi-ET VG-83 Bred & Owned by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

Springhill Lonestar Universe-ETV, 9/17/2016 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Campbells Rodneys Unify EX-94 Bred & Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Honorable Mention

Knapps Regis Tamaris-ETV, 9/12/2016 Sire: Marodore Enhancer Regis-ET Dam: Knapps Ace Tamera EX-93 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Analise Stover, Mercersburg, PA

Junior Two-Year-Olds

All-American

Unanimou s

Knapps A Pie Tambi-Lex-ETV, 4/29/2016 Sire: Indian Acres American Pie Dam: Knapps Regis Tambourine-ET EX-95 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

Reserve

Millborne HP Alymo Finally-ETV VG-87, 12/3/2017 Sire: Sniders Garrett Alymo-ET Dam: Millborne Hillpoint S Fiesta-ET EX-93 Bred by M Miller, M Hellenbrand & Peter Vail, Granby, CT Owned by the Finally Syndicate, Granby, CT

Honorable Mention

Sniders Doc Jamie, 3/21/2016 Sire: Mole Hill Kringle Doc-ET Dam: Sniders Rebel Jayso EX-91 Bred by Aaron Gable, New Enterprise, PA Owned by Blaire Ann Gable, New Enterprise, PA March 2019 | Guernsey Breeders' Journal

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Senior Two-Year-Olds

All-American

Unanimou s

Springhill Fame Urania-ETV VG-85, 12/2/2015 2-02 305D 17,360M 4.3% 746F 3.2% 559P Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame Dam: Campbells Rodneys Unify EX-94 Bred by Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie, OH Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve

Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV VG-88, 12/9/2015 Sire: Dix Lee Tiller Kojack-ET Dam: Campbells Rodneys Unify EX-94 Bred by Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie, OH Owned by Alyssa Ince & Faith Ling, Conway, MO

Honorable Mention

Hollow View Senator Senora VG-86, 12/15/2015 Sire: Rocky Hill Fame Senator Dam: Hollow View B Sheri D-79 Bred by Scott & Elsie Wolff, Quarryville, PA Owned by Elsie Wolff & Kevin Stoltzfus, Quarryville, PA

All-American

Junior Three-Year-Olds Reserve

Unanimou s

Hi Guern View Diva Designer EX-91, 4/24/2015 2-00 305D 14,990M 4.7% 702F 3.1% 471P Sire: Marodore Aarons Levi-ET Dam: Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET EX-95 Bred by Brian & Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville, IL Owned by Riley Zettle, Orangeville, IL

Valley Gem Atlas Malt-ET VG-87, 3/20/2015 3-00 305D 14,270M 5.6% 795F 3.6% 508P Sire: Hollow View Storm Atlas Dam: Mi Wil Tiller Malibu EX-94 Bred by Kimberly M Grewe, Cumberland, WI Owned by Valley Gem Farms, Cumberland, WI

Honorable Mention

Walnut Corner Rebel Avita VG-87, 6/6/2015 1-11 365D 26,050M 5.3% 1,385F* 3.5% 910P Sire: Sniders Challenge Rebel Dam: Sniders Mario Avital Bred by Lindsey Bros, Oakwood, OH Owned by Lindsey Bros & Kevin Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA 20

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All-American

senior three-year-olds Reserve

Millborne HP Kringle Tara EX-92, 9/19/2014 2-07 365D 16,900M 4.4% 742F 3.4% 572P Sire: Chupps Hillpoint Gdust Kringle-ET Dam: Knapps Hillpoint MB Fame Tia-ET EX-94 Bred by P Morey Miller & Hillpoint Partners, Cross Plains, WI Owned by M Miller, M Hellenbrand & Peter Vail, Granby, CT

Warwick Manor Ty Carter VG-88, 12/2/2014 2-03 282D 16,300M 4.7% 769F 3.3% 545P Sire: Knapps Regis Ty-ET Dam: Warwick Manor Chris Colby Bred by Kaila Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA Owned by Kaila, Karli & Kolby Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA

Honorable Mention

Four Winds GG Activate Heaven EX-91, 9/7/2014 Sire: Sniders Goldust Activate-ET Dam: Four Winds Fame Hopeful VG-87 Bred by Clark & Joy Vilter, Robert Illing & Melanie Balines, Hartland, WI Owned by Prairie Cream & Valley Gem, Trempealeau, WI

four-year-olds

All-American

Unanimou s

Misty Meadows Rebel Suite EX-91, 8/20/2014 2-11 305D 15,710M 4.6% 720F 3.3% 523P Sire: Sniders Challenge Rebel Dam: Misty Meadows Levi Suede-ET EX-94 Bred & Owned by Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, PA

Reserve

Sniders Gary Anjolee EX-93, 9/12/2013 4-05 305D 24,090M 3.5% 848F 3.1% 736P Sire: Golden J Skipper Gary Dam: Sniders Adacka Agile EX-94 Bred by Kendy Beth Gable, New Enterprise, PA Owned by Brandon Potter, E&K Nicley & Bella Gable, New Enterprise, PA

Honorable Mention

Up The Creek Jester Kazaam EX-91, 3/11/2014 3-06 305D 23,170M 4.8% 1,111F 3.6% 829P Sire: Dix Lee Mentor Jester-ET Dam: Up The Creek Super Lux Kazoom-ET EX-93 Bred by Karen Anderson Johnson, Lester Prairie, MN Owned by Valley Gem & Scott Weisensel, Cumberland, WI March 2019 | Guernsey Breeders' Journal

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five-year-olds

All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Willow Brook Labron Toni EX-94, 11/5/2012 Sire: Marodore Ronalds Labron-ET Dam: Willow Brook Audi Teeny VG-84 Bred by Matthew P Aiken, West Middlesex, PA Owned by Jake Booher, New Castle, PA

Mar Ral Maestro Milly EX-92, 2/10/2013 4-01 322D 22,630M 5.2% 1,170F 3.4% 759P Sire: Villa Crest Mar Ral Pie Maestro Dam: Mar Ral Andy Marcy EX-90 Bred & Owned by Ralph Turley & Verl Weaver & family, Orient, OH

Honorable Mention

Kadence Fames Buttercup EX-93, 4/8/2013 4-10 305D 18,240M 5.3% 965F 3.3% 610P Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame Dam: Kadence Levi Bingo EX-93 Bred & Owned by Kadence Farm, New Glarus, WI

All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET EX-95, 3/23/2012 5-04 319D 22,670M 4.6% 1,034F 3.5% 803P Sire: Edgewater Meadows Yogibear-ET Dam: Adams Creek Regal Dancer EX-92 Bred & Owned by Brian & Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville, IL

Misty Meadows Levi Suede-ET EX-94, 8/3/2012 4-01 305D 20,310M 4.5% 913F 3.2% 658P Sire: Land of Living RO Levi-ET Dam: Misty Meadows Archie Sis EX-92 Bred & Owned by Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, PA

Honorable Mention

Knapps HP Fame Topeka-ET EX-94, 12/1/2011 5-00 365D 25,700M 4.1% 1,062F 3.5% 897P Sire: Millborne Tiller Fayes Fame Dam: Knapps Ace Tamera EX-93 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH 22

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aged cows


senior best 3 females

All-American

Springhill Fame Urania-ETV

Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV

Springhill Mentor Jamaica-ET

Bred by Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve All-American Valley Gem Luck Deidra Valley Gem Atlas Malt-ET Valley Gem Duallys Fierce Bred by Valley Gem Farm, Cumberland, WI

Honorable Mention

Millborne HP Kringle Tara Millborne HP Alymo Finally-ETV Millborne Hillpoint Africa Bred by P Morey Miller & Hillpoint Partners, Granby, CT

Dam & daughter

All-American

Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET

Unanimou s

Hi Guern View Diva Designer

Brian & Kristi Dinderman & Riley Zettle, Orangeville, IL

Reserve All-American Misty Meadows Levi Suede-ET Misty Meadows Rebel Suite Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, PA

Honorable Mention Knapps Hillpoint MB Fame Tia-ET Millborne HP Kringle Tara M Miller, M Hellenbrand & Peter Vail, Granby, CT

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Produce of Dam

All-American

Springhill Fame Urania-ETV Produce of Campbells Rodneys Unify

Reserve All-American Produce of Knapps Ace Tamera: Knapps Toolite Regis Trista-ET Knapps Regis Tamrick-ET Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Honorable Mention

Produce of Hartdale Alstar Cutie: Hartdale Top Notch Coco Hartdale Mentor Coconut Lauren Robison & Braden Hartmann, Mulberry Grove, IL

Exhibitor’s herd

All-American

Knapps HP Fame Topeka-ET

Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV

Springhill Mentor Tequila-ET

Springhill Pies Joy-ETV

Springhill Fame Urania-ETV

Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV

Springhill, Big Prairie, OH

Reserve All-American

Knapps Toolite Regis Trista-ET, Knapps A Pie Tambi-Lex-ETV, Knapps Copper Tonic, Knapps Pie Time to Dance-ETV, Knapps Ladysman Tigger-ETV Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA 24

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Honorable Mention

Knapps Toolite Regis Trista-ET, Knapps Ace Tequila-ETV, Knapps Copper Tonic, Knapps ROL Top The Class-ETV, Knapps Copper Tropical Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA


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Spring Heifer Calves

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Warwick Manor Lone Star Georgie, 3/10/2018 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Coulee Crest Carter Georgia EX-93 Bred by Kevin Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA Owned by Kaila, Karli & Kolby Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA

H Broke Boman Rosi-TW, 3/15/2018 Sire: Flambeau Manor Boman-ET Dam: H Broke Levi Razzle VG-86 Bred & Owned by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

Honorable Mention H Broke Levi Tot, 3/10/2018 Sire: Marodore Aarons Levi-ET Dam: H Broke Showtime Taytor EX-92 Bred & Owned by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

Winter Heifer Calves Jr. All-American Reserve

Misty Meadows HP MB Suspicious-ETV, 12/1/2017 Sire: Millborne HP PV Fireworks Dam: Misty Meadows Levi Sienna-ET VG-88 Bred by Beth Anne Clark, New Paris, PA Leased by Ashlyn Sarbacker, Edgerton, WI

Indian Acres Lonestars Lacey, 12/2/2017 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Indian Acres Fays Lauren EX-90 Bred by Ashley Elise Sears, So. Deerfield, MA Leased by Corinne Lee, Duxbury, MA

Honorable Mention Knapps Mission Twilight-ETV, 1/15/2018 Sire: Mar Ral Tiller Mission Dam: Knapps Ace Tamera EX-93 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Aiden McMurray, Eighty Four, PA

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fall Heifer Calves

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Hi Field Lightning Taffy, 9/4/2017 Sire: Marodore T Les Lightning-ET Dam: Hi Field Crunch Snappy VG-83 Bred by Herbert R Guyer, Derry, PA Leased by Kylan Keehan, Bel Air, MD

Knapps Pies Making Magic-ETV, 9/25/2017 Sire: Indian Acres Pies-ET Dam: Knapps Aaron Maximus-ET VG-89 Bred by D Randy Knapp & Family, Epworth, IA Owned by Landree Fraley, Muncy, PA

Honorable Mention Knapps Copper Tempo, 9/10/2017 Sire: Jens Gold Aaron Copper-ET Dam: Knapps Best Buy Tamale Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Robert Nagel, Clymer, NY

summer yearlings Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Sniders HP GG Lonestar Amazing-ETV, 6/17/2017 Sire: Springhill J Lone Star-ET Dam: Sniders Loral Ashley-ET EX-92 Bred by Aaron Gable, New Enterprise, PA Leased by Logan Harbaugh, Marion, WI

Hartdale Primetime Cami, 7/26/2017 Sire: Knapps Prada Primetime Dam: Hartdale Advance Cookie VG-85 Bred by Lauren Robison, Mulberry Grove, IL Owned by Lauren Robison & Braden & Connor Hartmann, Mulberry Grove, IL

Honorable Mention

Ripley Farms TG Ariah, 6/6/2017 Sire: Knapps AP Top Gun-ET Dam: Ripley Farms Geo Addison-ET VG-88 Bred by Kyle Ripley, Moravia, NY Owned by Ben Axtell, Deposit, NY 26

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Spring yearlings

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Knapps Pies Tambilize-ETV, 3/3/2017 Sire: Indian Acres Pies-ET Dam: Knapps Regis Tambourine-ET EX-95 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

Prairie Moon C Betsy, 3/1/2017 Sire: Jens Gold Aaron Copper-ET Dam: Prairie Moon Yogi Bree VG-81 Bred by Lars, Landon & Leslie Sivesind, Waukon, IA Owned by Grace Howe, Waukon, IA

Honorable Mention Warwick Manor Kip Collins, 3/2/2017 Sire: HP SH AC Alymo Kip-ET Dam: Warwick Manor Ty Carter VG-88 Bred & Owned by Kaila Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA

Winter yearlings Jr. All-American

Knapps ROL Top The Class-ETV, 12/31/2016 Sire: Land of Living RO Levi-ET Dam: Knapps Regis Tambourine-ET EX-95 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA

Reserve

Lang Haven Bruce NataEve-ET, 1/1/2017 Sire: Brookleigh Geo Bruce Dam: Lang Haven Prada Natalia-ET EX-90 Bred & Owned by Jenna Langrehr, West Salem, WI

Honorable Mention GR-Trotacre Corbins Ella, 12/29/2016 Sire: Sniders Tiller Atlantic Dam: PR-Maple Lane T T Trixie EX-90 Bred by Cara M Trotter, Enon Valley, PA Owned by Corbin McMurray, Eighty Four, PA

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Fall Yearlings

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Lang Lang Haven Haven Pilot Pilot Toronto-TW, Toronto-TW, 9/2/2016 9/2/2016 Sire: Sire: Lindrian Lindrian Grumpy Grumpy Pilot-ET Pilot-ET Dam: Dam: Lang Lang Haven Haven Prada Prada Natalia-ET Natalia-ET EX-90 EX-90 Bred Bred & & Owned Owned by by Jenna Jenna Langrehr, Langrehr, West West Salem, Salem, WI WI

Lang Haven Pilot Tahiti-TW, 9/2/2016 Sire: Lindrian Grumpy Pilot-ET Dam: Lang Haven Prada Natalia-ET EX-90 Bred & Owned by Jenna Langrehr, West Salem, WI

Honorable Mention Moziers Spider Demelza-ET, 10/26/2016 Sire: Coulee Crest Luxury Spider-ET Dam: Four Winds Hillpoint Delightful-ET EX-90 Bred by Dr. John O Mozier, Louisburg, KS Leased by Kathleen Gallagher, Waterville, NY

milking yearlings Jr. All-American

Hickman Valleys Martin Quest, 9/26/2016 Sire: Chupps HP AC GG Kringle Martin Dam: Jens Gold Copper QJess VG-84 Bred by Makayla & Austin Hickman, Shelbyville, TN Owned by Austin Hickman, Shelbyville, TN

Reserve

Knapps Regis Tamaris-ETV, 9/12/2016 Sire: Marodore Enhancer Regis-ET Dam: Knapps Ace Tamera EX-93 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Analise Stover, Mercersburg, PA

Honorable Mention HCF Kriminal Brownie, 9/8/2016 Sire: Sniders Rebel Kriminal Dam: HCF Collettes Showtime Mana D-73 Bred by Rebecca Collette, Chuckey, TN Owned by Mary Beth & Callie Collette, Chuckey, TN

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Junior Two-Year-Olds

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Hickman Valleys Martin Brylee, 3/23/2016 Sire: Chupps HP AC GG Kringle Martin Dam: Hickman Valleys Amos Brooke VG-84 Bred & Owned by Makayla Hickman, West Salem, WI

Knapps Primetime Audrey VG-87, 3/2/2016 Sire: Knapps Prada Primetime Dam: Knapps Mr America Andy VG-87 Bred by D Randy Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Taylor Graves & Brandon Potter, Lebanon, IN

Honorable Mention

H Broke Levi Tayte VG-86, 3/10/2016 Sire: Marodore Aarons Levi-ET Dam: H Broke Showtime Taytor EX-92 Bred & Exhibited by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

Senior Two-Year-Olds Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV VG-88, 12/9/2015 Sire: Dix Lee Tiller Kojack-ET Dam: Campbells Rodneys Unify EX-94 Bred by Marshall Overholt, Big Prairie, OH Owned by Alyssa Ince & Faith Ling, Conway, MO

Knapps A Pie Sassy-ETV VG-88, 9/29/2015 Sire: Indian Acres American Pie Dam: Knapps Regis Sissy EX-94 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Landen Knapp & Brandon Potter, Epworth, IA

Honorable Mention Knapps Kringle Tappy-ET VG-87, 12/2/2015 Sire: Chupps Hillpoint Goldust Kringle-ET Dam: Knapps Regis Tamilla-ET EX-90 Bred by Austin & Landen Knapp, Epworth, IA Owned by Landree Fraley, Muncy, PA

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Junior Three-Year-Olds

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Hi Guern View Diva Designer EX-91, 4/24/2015 Sire: Marodore Aarons Levi-ET Dam: Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET EX-95 Bred by Brian & Kristi Dinderman, Orangeville, IL Owned by Riley Zettle, Orangeville, IL

Eber Acres N Alivia VG-88, 3/23/2015 Sire: Lang Haven Grumpy Novak Dam: Hollow View A Abagail VG-82 Bred by Allen J Cook & Grace Villa, Mechanicsburg, OH Leased by Rachel Lokai, Urbana, OH

Honorable Mention Toolite Crunch Hailey VG-87, 3/14/2015 Sire: Jens Gold Aaron Crunch-ET Dam: Toolite Harleys T Hurley VG-85 Bred by Jason Tooley, Granville, NY Owned by Kirsten Claire Widrick, Watertown, NY

SEnior Three-Year-Olds

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Warwick Manor Ty Carter VG-88, 12/2/2014 Sire: Knapps Regis Ty-ET Dam: Warwick Manor Chris Colby Bred by Kaila Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA Owned by Kaila, Karli & Kolby Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA

Lavon Farms Novak Rattle EX-90, 12/31/2014 Sire: Lang Haven Grumpy Novak Dam: Lavon Farms Gembo Rebecca-TW EX-91 Bred by Lavon Farms, Emory, TX Owned by Aubree, Aiden & Alaina Topp, Botkins, OH

Honorable Mention

Walnut Lane Grand Jury Gemma VG-87, 12/15/2014 Sire: Sniders Action Grand Jury Dam: Walnut Lane Aaron Gucci VG-87 Bred by Emily D Stuff-Meyers, Chambersburg, PA Owned by Jocelynn McMurray, Eighty Four, PA 30

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Four-Year-Olds

Jr. All-American

Reserve

Unanimou s

Sniders Gary Anjolee EX-93, 9/12/2013 Sire: Golden J Skipper Gary Dam: Sniders Adacka Agile EX-94 Bred by Kendy Beth Gable, New Enterprise, PA Owned by Brandon Potter, E&K Nicley & Bella Gable, New Enterprise, PA

Hartdale Top Notch Coco EX-90, 3/18/2014 Sire: Knapps APie Top Notch Dam: Hartdale Alstar Cutie EX-92 Bred by Lauren T Robison, Mulberry Grove, IL Owned by Braden Hartmann & Lauren Robison, Mulberry Grove, IL

Honorable Mention

SummitRidge Royalty First Lady EX-90, 4/9/2014 Sire: Ripley Farms R Oak Royalty-ET Dam: Summit Ridge Yogibear Foxey EX-91 Bred & Owned by Kyle & Ryan Erickson, Ferndale, WA

Five-Year-Olds

Jr. All-American

Willow Brook Labron Toni EX-94, 11/5/2012 Sire: Marodore Ronalds Labron-ET Dam: Willow Brook Audi Teeny VG-84 Bred by Matthew P Aiken, West Middlesex, PA Owned by Jake Booher, New Castle, PA

Reserve

H Broke Showtime Taytor EX-92, 9/5/2012 Sire: Four Winds Showtime-ET Dam: GR-J Sandy Hill Yogibear Taylor VG-86 Bred & Owned by Dana & Madison Sickles, Marengo, IA

Honorable Mention Warwick Manor Brady Kody EX-90, 4/18/2013 Sire: Warwick Manor Mentor Brady Dam: Sniders Yogi Kesha EX-92 Bred & Owned by Kaila Stoltzfus, East Earl, PA

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Aged Cows Jr. All-American

Wrightstock Blue Spruce Ellen EX-91, 8/11/2011 Sire: Jens Gold C Blue Spruce-ET Dam: Wrightstock Premier Evelyn VG-82 Bred by Michael Wright, Mondovi, WI Owned by Skyler, Braylon & Sutton Plucker, Chancellor, SD

Reserve

GR-Craig Moor Camero Starlet EX-92, 8/19/2012 Sire: Ripley Farms Lexus Camero-ET Dam: PR-Craig Moor Pokers Starburst VG-84 Bred by Craig Moor Farm, North Bangor, NY Owned by Chascidy LaQuay, Philadelphia, NY

Honorable Mention Golden J Prada Zazoo EX-90, 7/21/2012 Sire: Indian Acres Prada-ET Dam: Golden J George Zingy D-75 Bred by Trent & Leann Jensen, Amery, WI Owned by Chelsey Jensen, Amery, WI

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all-american all-american voting voting results results

Spring Calves Jr Best Three Females 5-Year-Olds H Broke Boman Rosi-TW

106

AA

Springhill A

109

AA

Willow Brook Labron Toni

133 UAA

H Broke Levi Tot

27 RAA

Knapps B

34 RAA

Mar Ral Maestro Milly

55 RAA

Sniders HP GG Apple Sauce-ETV

20 HM

Springhill C

30 HM

Kadence Fames Buttercup

14 HM

Springhill Hot Topic-ETV

15

Springhill B

25

Knapps Toolite Regis Trista-ET

6

Knapps Ladysman Tigger-ETV

8

Knapps A

Lang Haven Laredo Nutella

1

Misty Meadows Suitor Jezabelle

0

H Broke Showtime Taytor

0

0

Yearlings in Milk*

Aged Cows

Winter Calves Knapps Copper Tonic

115

Knapps Pie Time To Dance-ETV

119 UAA

Springhill Lonestar Universe-ETV

49 RAA

Hi Guern View Dancing Diva-ET

Guernsey Gem Bo Kapow-ETV

34 RAA

Knapps Regis Tamaris-ETV

11 HM

Misty Meadows Levi Suede-ET

41 RAA

Indian Acres Lonestars Lacey

13 HM

Hickman Valleys Martin Quest

11

Knapps HP Fame Topeka-ET

15 HM

Lang Haven Latimer No Worries-ET

11

AA

HCF Kriminal Brownie

1

Coulee Crest Carter Georgia

Misty Meadows HP MB Suspicious-ETV 5

Knapps Regis Tamlou-ETV

0

Sniders Super Lux Andee

Trotacre Ernie Selena

Hearts Desire Mission Passion

5

112 UAA

5 3 0

Jr. 2-Year-Olds Fall Calves Knapps A Pie Tambi-Lex-ETV

119 UAA

Sr. Best Three Females

Springhill Jokes Finale-ETV

Millborne HP Alymo Finally-ETV

45 RAA

Springhill

113 AA

Sniders Doc Jamie

19 HM

Valley Gem B

28 RAA

Knapps APie Time To Show-ETV

126 UAA 51 RAA

Royalty Manor Fame Lastcallcrush-ET 16 HM

Sniders Doc Ainsley

2

Millborne & Hillpoint

27 HM 19

Knapps Pies Making Magic-ETV

4

Hickman Valleys Martin Brylee

1

Valley Gem A

Trotacre Ernie Madalyn

1

Valley Gem Luck Deidra

1

Knapps 0

Hi Field Lightning Taffy

0

Warwick Manor

0

Sr. 2-Year-Olds Summer Yearlings Springhill Fame Urania-ETV

119 UAA

Dam & Daughter

Sniders HP GG Lonestar Amazing-ETV 86

Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV

49 RAA

Diva & Designer

10 HM

Suede & Suite

35 RAA

8

Tia & Tara

30 HM

AA

Knapps Copper Tropical

52 RAA

Hollow View Senator Senora

Hartdale Primetime Cami

16 HM

Villa Crest Magic Tamryn

119 UAA

Guernsey Grove HP Taffy-ETV

0

Knapps Pies Superior-ETV

1

Anjolee & Ainsley

3

Mar Shirl Ernie Ginger

0

Knapps Kringle Tappy-ET

0

Villa & Villamae

0

Up The Creek Hoppers Wheat-TW

0

Kazaam & Kapow

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Jr. 3-Year-Olds Spring Yearlings Hi Guern View Diva Designer

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Produce of Dam

Rutter Bros Top Notch Cali-ETV

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AA

Valley Gem Atlas Malt-ET

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Produce of Campbells Rodneys Unify 98

Rutter Bros Top Notch Cami-ETV

70 RAA

Walnut Corner Rebel Avita

15 HM

Produce of Knapps Ace Tamera

31 RAA

Springhill Disco Jarica

27 HM

Valley Gem Duallys Fierce

2

Produce of Hartdale Alstar Cutie

21 HM

1

Produce of Dix Lee Tiller Joke

Prairie Moon Wunder

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Eber Acres N Alivia

AA

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Produce of Rutter Bros Showtime Candy-TW 7 Ry-Sar Copper Kallie-ET 0 Produce of Misty Meadows Levi Suede-ET Sr. 3-Year-Olds 1 Winter Yearlings Millborne HP Kringle Tara 107 AA Knapps Pies Tambilize-ETV

0

Golden Gapp Spider Angelina

0

Warwick Manor Ty Carter

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Exhibitor's Herd

Springhill Spider Jabrill-ETV

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Four Winds Activate Heaven

10 HM

Springhill

GR-Trotacre Corbins Ella

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Anovadales Silver Envy

Crown J HP Lucifer Jedi

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Knapps A

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Springhill Mentor Jamaica-ET

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Knapps B

Knapps ROL Take Me Home-ETV

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Lavon Farms Novak Rattle

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Warwick Manor

Warwick Manor LS Star-ET

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Valley Gem

Knapps ROL Top The Class-ETV

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95 AA

5

Misty Meadows 4-Year-Olds Fall Yearlings Misty Meadows Rebel Suite Springhill Pies Joy-ETV

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Springhill Pies Jadira-ETV Muffets Twin Acre Lizzy

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Sniders Gary Anjolee

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57 RAA

Up The Creek Jester Kazaam

13 HM

31 HM

Summitridge Royalty First Lady

2

Hartdale Top Notch Coco

0

Misty Meadows Fworks Silhouette-ETV 2

Luckyvale Grumpy Kaz-ET

0

Holcombs Lonestar Sunset

Knapps Tambi-Pies-ETV

6 0

AA

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junior all-american voting results

Spring Calves Coulee Crest Top Gun Dulcie-ET 7 Sr. 2 Year Olds H Broke Boman Rosi-TW 114 AA Springhill Kojack Uno-ETV 126 UAA Joy Hill P Kantessa 3 Warwick Manor Lone Star Georgie 53 RAA Knapps Apie Sassy-ETV 37 RAA Green Slopes A1 Jem 0 H Broke Levi Tot 30 HM Knapps Kringle Tappy-ET 28 HM Coulee Crest Lonestar Nika 1 Oakland Latimers Prestidge 7 Winter Yearlings Dix-Lee Method Deluxe 0 Knapps ROL Top The Class-ETV 96 AA H Broke Boman Rubi-TW 0 Jr. 3 Year Olds Lang Haven Bruce NataEve-ET 53 RAA Hi Guern View Diva Designer 119 UAA GR-Trotacre Corbins Ella 17 HM Winter Calves Eber Acres N Alivia 32 RAA Marodore Lonestar Feliz 6 Misty Meadows HP MB Suspicious-ETV 101 AA Toolite Crunch Hailey 19 HM Guernsey Grove HP WB Fame Alexa 2 Indian Acres Lonestars Lacey 38 RAA Hartdale Mentor Coconut 17 Warwick Manor LS Star-ET 2 Knapps Mission Twilight-ETV 17 HM Burgess Farm Levi Faith 0 Guernsey Gem Bo Kapow-ETV 14 Fall Yearlings Trotacre Ernie Selena 13 Sr. 3 Year Olds Lang Haven Pilot Tahiti-TW 104 AA Knapps Copper Thats Right 4 Warwick Manor Ty Carter 119 UAA Lang Haven Pilot Toronto-TW 60 RAA Lavon Farms Novak Rattle 49 RAA Moziers Spider Demelza-ET 21 HM Fall Calves Walnut Lane Grand Jury Gemma 15 HM Balmoral Latimer Santana 8 Knapps Pies Making Magic-ETV 119 UAA Tru Lan Goliath Ali 4 Holcombs Lonestar Sunset 3 Hi Field Lightning Taffy 36 RAA Nicley Ripley Aaron Panda-ETV 2 Knapps Copper Tempo 28 HM 4 Year Olds Trotacre Ernie Madalyn 4 119 UAA Yearlings Heifers in Milk Sniders Gary Anjolee Hi Guern View Designer Decor-ET 0 Hartdale Top Notch Coco 49 RAA Hickman Valleys Martin Quest 103 AA Knapps Copper Thunderstruck-ETV 0 Summitridge Royalty First Lady 19 HM Knapps Regis Tamaris-ETV 48 RAA HCF Kriminal Brownie 34 HM Summer Yearlings 5 Year Olds Springhill Cordell Twister 2 Sniders HP GG Lonestar Amazing-ETV 112 UAA Willow Brook Labron Toni 102 AA Hi Field Affirmed Tulip 0 Hartdale Primetime Cami 44 RAA H Broke Showtime Taytor 70 RAA Ripley Farms TG Ariah 16 HM Warwick Manor Brady Kody 25 HM Jr. 2 Year Olds Charnell Crunch Holla 3 Lang Haven Laredo Nutella 1 Knapps Primetime Audrey 77 AA Mar Shirl Ernie Ginger 1 Hickman Valleys Martin Brylee 73 RAA Aged Cows H Broke Levi Tayte 23 HM Spring Yearlings Wrightstock Blue Spruce Ellen 90 AA Sniders Doc Ainsley 8 Prairie Moon C Betsy 106 AA GR-Craig Moor Camero Starlet 78 RAA Wesgray Grover Reba 6 Knapps Pies Tambilize-ETV 62 RAA Golden J Prada Zazoo 16 HM Warwick Manor Kip Collins 20 HM Kilchona Yogi Roz 14

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AGA Committees The following are standing committees of the American Guernsey Association as approved by the AGA Board December 2018. Each of the committees meets at the National Guernsey Convention, or via conference call throughout the year as needed. The meetings of most of these committees are open to any member at the National Convention. If you have interest in serving on one of these committees please contact your AGA Director. If you have opinions or ideas that you would like to see explored by a committee, contact any member of that committee or your AGA Director. AGA ANTIQUITIES COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board for the care and maintenance of the AGA’s collection of trophies, artwork and breed memorabilia. Chair, David Cochard, MO Patty McMurray, PA Linda Cochard, MO Evelyn Roedl, IL John McMurray, PA Bonnie Ayars, OH Bev Wachtel, OH Becky Freed, IL Dave Coon, NY - AGA Board AGA BY-LAWS & RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board to maintain a relevant and accurate set of By-laws and yearly resolutions to be printed in the annual meeting program. Chair, Dr. John Mozier, KS John Morrow, PA Dave Cochard, MO John McMurray, PA Dave Trotter, PA NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board and to the chairs of future conventions regarding activities and structure of the National Guernsey Convention. Chair, Mary-Elizabeth Foote, NY Maria Chupp, OK Dorothy Peterson, WI Emily Hartmann, IL Julie Renner, OH Paul & Melanie Fritsche, MN Karen Laabs, IA Kim Grewe, WI Dave Coon, NY – AGA Board AGA TYPE COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding the AGA Type Appraisal Program and type recognition programs. Chair, Chris Lang, OH, AGA Board 36

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Brandon Grewe, WI Dale Jensen, WI Dan Ripley, NY Bill Wachtel, OH Eric Craig, NY Kyle Erickson, WA AGA SHOW COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding National Guernsey Shows, AGA Approved Judges and the All-American Contest. Chair, Dr. Beth Clark, PA Steve Nuttleman, WI Michael Smith, KY Randy/Wanda Knapp, IA Kevin Stoltzfus, PA Dan Sivisend, IA Brandon Grewe, WI Katie Dixon, MO Chris Lang, OH, AGA Board GENETIC IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding genetic evaluations, genetic and production recognition programs and other means for improving genetic potential in the Guernsey breed. Chair, Jason Yurs, WI Vickie Baker, PA, AGA Board Tom Ripley, NY Dan Ealy, PA Leon Zweegman, WA Kevin Anderson, MN Blaine Crosser, OH Alan Mann, OR AGA YOUTH COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding all youth programs, contests and activities. Chair: Cara Woloohojian Troy Hill, PA Public Speaking Coordinator Melissa Kohler, PA Bonnie Ayars, OH Daniel Ripley – AGYA President

Brian & Kristi Dinderman, IL Karen Anderson, MN Laura Jensen 2016 Outstanding Youth Stephanie Evers 2016 National Queen Lauren Robison 2017 National Queen Chelsey Jensen 2017 Outstanding Youth Chris Holcomb, AGA Board Kim Grewe, WI, AGYA Advisor Dan Fritsche, MN, AGYA Advisor Mary-Elizabeth Foote, NY, AGYA Advisor GOLDEN GUERNSEY COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding promotion of Guernsey milk and the administration of the Golden Guernsey trademarks. Chair, Keith Dixon, MO Dave Cochard, MO Dr. John Mozier, KS Gary Mithoefer, IN Don Peterson, WI Kevin Stoltzfus, PA Todd Moore, TX Shannon Smith, WA Dan Ripley, NY FINANCE COMMITTEE Charged with making recommendations to the AGA Board regarding use and directions of funds Chair, Chris Lang, OH, AGA Board Vickie Baker, PA, AGA Treasurer Todd Moore, TX Lee Kohler, OH Duane Schuler, WI WORLD GUERNSEY CONFERENCE 2019 Co-Chairs John and Patty McMurray, PA Finance – Todd Moore & Craig Church, AGA If interested in serving on this committee or a sub-committee please contact them.


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Queen's Corner

Happy March Guernsey Enthusiasts, Although many of us may be feeling the cold temperatures mother nature has left upon us, spring is right around the corner. While temperatures begin heating up, my passion for showing cattle will be lit as we approach the 2019 show season. When most girls are young, they spend their days playing with dolls and dressing in their sparkly tutus dreaming of one day becoming a graceful and talented ballerina; however, I was not like most girls. I spent my summers running around in my bright pink, cowprint rubber boots breaking calves to show at the county fair with hopes of one day growing up to be like my mother and father: a strong, hardworking, dedicated agriculturalist. I still remember my first show calf. I sort of ran into the hobby by accident, while I was roaming around my family’s calf barn one warm, summer day. Stomping up and down the aisles as my rubber boots crushed fresh straw underneath my feet, I remember seeing a calf poke her head out of her hut with pure curiosity. Her ear tag read Rosie. It this moment in time I could not help but fall in love with the big-eyed, most beautiful creature who had been inhabiting that particular hut that month, but I am so glad I did. I slowly walked up to her and watched her rough tongue come out to lick my hand - a moment that changed me forever.

During that next summer, I spent hours breaking my new best friend to lead, rewarding her with sugar cubes and rubs behind her ears. We had created a bond of trust between us, which ultimately ignited my love for each and every animal in my family’s barn today. Without Rosie, I would have never found my place in this world. A place that makes me happy and challenges me to be a part of something greater than myself. For that, I am forever grateful. For many of us, dairy means more than the early mornings and late nights making sure our cows are well taken care of. It is more than the conversations we have with our neighbors, ensuring them they can have trust in our processes, as we care for our land using sustainable practices. It is more than the pride we take as we sit down for a meal drinking a wholesome, nutritious glass of milk as we think of the hard work that went into producing such a meaningful product. For many of us, dairy is a way of life. It is what we look forward to most, something that makes us happy. Now that I have shared the road that led me here, I invite each of you to remember what point in your life led you to where you are today? What moment changed your world forever? What made you this happy? Wishing you all the best this upcoming season, Rachel Grober, 2018 National Guernsey Queen

2019 AGYA Raffle Calf Contest At the National Guernsey Convention in June, one lucky raffle winner will receive either a Registered Guernsey Calf or $1,000 - but this year, Junior Members can compete to win their own recognition!

• The youth who sells the most tickets and the youth who raises the most money in the raffle will receive special recognition and prizes at the National Convention Sale! • The State Association whose youth raise the most money will also receive special recognition! • Youth should coordinate their sales either with their State Association or directly with the AGA if their state is not participating. • All proceeds from the AGYA Calf Raffle go directly to the AGA Youth Fund. • To obtain a sales form and blank tickets, contact the office at 614.339.5390 or ralden@usguernsey.com

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Are You Relying on the Best Sources for Genetic Information? By Dr. H. Duane Norman Everyone’s been hearing the term fake news lately. While examples arise where fake news is a problem, the perceived frequency and seriousness depends on whom you ask. Regardless, all would likely agree that not all sources of information are equally useful. The same applies to genetics and management information supplied to dairy producers. One consideration: often the information is generated by the same companies marketing the products. This doesn’t automatically imply that the information will not be beneficial. In fact, sometimes it’s one of the few source – or even the only source – describing a beneficial product. Still it pays to be cautious as sometimes information can be misleading, and in other cases, excess data adds confusion.

Most revolutionary changes in dairy genetics over the last decade are due to the adoption of genomic testing. Breeding values are available on more traits, often improved via genomic information. Additional traits are being promoted by various groups. A few artificial insemination (AI) organizations have created new indexes for their bulls, derived from two or three traits, frequently traits not provided by their competitors. Other organizations offer rankings in conjunction with genotype services. Unfortunately, a transparent explanation is often not provided for most of these indexes. Without a clear understanding of the merits and methodology, it seems prudent to remain cautious and ask whether these independent rankings even approach the benefits provided through the lifetime merit indexes by the

Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB). As you consider the genetic rankings now available, I offer these recommendations. First, make sure all potential service sires are ranked using a composite index that is appropriate for the economic situation of the herd. Be aware that screening out potential service sires strictly on individual traits (like bypassing any with negatives for PTA fat or PTA protein percentages) will result in less economic gain than a total commitment to a well-constructed index. Second, consider semen price – which is not determined strictly by genetic merit. Buyers need to be comfortable knowing which bulls they can acquire for a reasonable price and eliminate any that are overpriced. Next, purchase your semen supply from the list, taking into consideration how soon new genetic information will be available. Lastly, control inbreeding when mating individuals; mating programs can assist in this effort. It is important to realize that one can achieve more economic progress improving several traits than if improving just a few. (Read more on this in the December 2018 CDCB Connection.) To maximize progress, one must CONTINUED ON PAGE 45

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| In Memoriam O n Janu ar y 2 8 , 2 0 1 9 , L e R oy McKittrick peacefully passed away. LeRoy was born in Richland Center on February 21, 1954, to Melvin and Helen McKittrick of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin. At age 18, he met the love of his life, Sherri (Wells) McKittrick, at the Wisconsin State Fair. They wed on August 4, 1973, and went on to have three sons, Nicholas (Jennifer Lassila), Nathan (Melissa Miescher), and Brandon (Sara Hampton). After high school graduation, LeRoy worked for Advanced Transformer in Boscobel. It was in this area where Sherri and LeRoy first put down roots, building

| Current Events NATIONAL DAIRY SHRINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE APRIL 15 Submitted by National Dairy Shrine The National Dairy Shrine is again looking for applications for its annual scholarship program. Applications are accepted from March 1 until the deadline of April 15. Official scholarship application award forms are available on the NDS web site, www.dairyshrine.org under the youth tab and then scholarship applications. The National Dairy Shrine Student Recognition Program recognizes and rewards graduating seniors planning a career in the dairy industry. There will be a $2,000 cash award given to the winner, a $1,500 reward for second place, and three to seven $1000 cash awards depending on the number and quality of applicants. National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) Milk Marketing-Dairy Products Scholarships are available to encourage students to pursue careers in the marketing or development of dairy products. The winner receives a $1500 scholarship while the other winners receive $1000 scholarships. Up to five winners are recognized annually. National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management, Inc. (DMI) Education & Communication Scholarships are available to encourage students to pursue careers in the education or communication of the value of dairy products and the dairy industry. 40

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a home in Muscoda and starting a family. In 1981, LeRoy and Sherri partnered with LaVon on their dairy farm in rural Soldiers Grove. LeRoy tended to the numerous animals around their home, hit golf balls down the road, and simply enjoyed interactions with family and friends. The eight grandchildren Hailey, Hunter, Neesa (Nick and Jen), Clara, Hazel, Leo (Nathan and Melissa), Trenton, and Jasa (Brandon and Sara) all had uniquely special relationships with Papa. LeRoy was preceded in death by his parents (Helen and Melvin), infant

The winner receives a $1500 scholarship while the other winners receive $1000 scholarships. Up to five winners are recognized annually. Kildee Scholarships are offered in two categories. Graduate study applicants may include the top 25 All-American contestants in one of the past three National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Contests plus the First and Second Place teams in the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge National contests. These students are eligible to apply for up to two $3000 graduate school scholarships. Undergraduate students may apply in their junior or senior year of college for one $1000 Kildee Undergraduate scholarship. Applicants for this scholarship must have been one of the top 25 contestants at the National 4-H or FFA Dairy Judging Contests. NDS Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarship recognizes and rewards current college juniors planning a career in the dairy industry. There will be a $1,500 cash award given to the winner and two to five more $1000 cash awards depending on the number and quality of applicants. NDS Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarship recognizes and rewards current college sophomores planning a career in the dairy industry. There will be a $1,500 cash award given to the winner and two to five more $1000 cash awards depending on the number and quality of applicants.

brother (Richard), grandparents (maternal-Mabel and Hugo), (paternal-Ernest and Matilda McKittrick), and father-inlaw (Fay Wells). LeRoy’s life was celebrated on February 1, 2019.

Depending on number and quality of applicants there will be two to four Maurice Core Freshman Scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,000 to a freshman college student attending a four year agricultural college. This scholarship is sponsored from a fund created in honor of Maurice E. Core long-time industry leader and past Executive Director of National Dairy Shrine. Two NDS Marshall McCullough scholarships of $2000 and $1,500 are awarded annually to high school seniors intending to enter a four year college or university and major in: Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agriculture Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Up to two NDS Iager Dairy Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to second year college students enrolled in a two-year agricultural college. This scholarship is sponsored by a fund created by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Iager of Fulton, Maryland. There are three Klussendorf scholarships given in the amount of $1,500 to students in their first, second, or third year at a two or four year college or university. Applicants need to major in Dairy or Animal Science with intentions to enter the dairy cattle industry. There are four McKown scholarships given in the amount of $1,500 to students in their first, second, or third year at a two CONTINUED ON PAGE 45


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Healthline

By Dr. Michael Bolton, Dairy Technical Services Manager, Merck Animal Health Sponsored by:

SUCCESSFUL STOCKMANSHIP MAKES THE DIFFERENCE

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f you’ve been around livestock your entire life, stockmanship likely comes to you intuitively. But for others, it’s a necessary skill that must be acquired for the health of the animals and success of the dairy. Stockmanship training helps employees understand how cattle differ from humans in their responses and behaviors. It helps create an awareness of how the animal handler’s actions impact the animal they are trying to manage. Knowing why “cows act like cows” will help you achieve successful stockmanship through the entire workforce. Applying good dairy stockmanship techniques can make a significant difference – fewer injuries to livestock and their handlers, improved cattle responsiveness, and increased feed consumption that equates to healthier and more productive animals – all of which result in a more successful, profitable operation.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

Good dairy stockmanship starts with a team approach, proper training and dedicated time to getting it right. Animals also need time to ‘get it right’ and to understand what is expected of them when being handled. Cow communication begins with understanding the cow’s flight zone, or personal space. Each animal’s flight zone is different. By understanding where and how to engage the zone and points of balance, the animal will move where you’d like her to with only minimal verbal communication. Cows form their trust of humans from their first experiences and do not forget adverse treatment quickly. There is strong scientific support that low-stress handling and proper stockmanship skills are not only the right thing to do for the animals’ welfare but also for their productivity and the profitability of the dairy.

WHY COWS ACT LIKE COWS

There are three primary reasons why “cows act like cows.” It is because of 1) their anatomy; 2) their instincts; and 3) their life experiences. Cows see and hear differently than we do and therefore, process sights and sounds differently. They rely primarily on panoramic vision that only allows them to see 42

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the majority of their environment with very limited depth perception. Imagine walking without being able to see your feet. Due to this unique vision, as well as their evolution as “prey” animals, cattle prefer to follow others, walk into light instead of dark and flee before exploring what danger may exist. Animals’ experiences are possibly the most important aspect for animal caretakers to take into account when learning proper stockmanship skills. Cattle have great memories and are also able to understand your feelings and body language. The more positive interactions cattle have with caretakers, the better their memories will be and, in turn, the better they will respond when they are handled in a slow, low-stress manner.

DAIRY CARE 365® TRAINING TOOLS

Merck Animal Health offers several training modules at no cost through their Dairy Care365® program, available in English and in Spanish, on stockmanship, including: • Introduction to Dairy Stockmanship presents the basic principles of stockmanship and teaches employees how to effectively communicate with cows so they can move cattle in a positive manner. • Moving Cows to the Milking Parlor explains how to safely and effectively move dairy cows to and from the milking parlor to ensure they stay calm and relaxed throughout the entire milking process. • Low-Stress Handling of Dairy Calves and Heifers focuses on teaching dairy farm personnel to develop dairy handling skills that are shared by owners, management and workers. • Handling Non-Ambulatory Cows is designed to develop the skills needed to respond to a down cow emergency. These modules, which are approximately 20 minutes in length, feature real on-farm settings to provide a realistic representation of how cows behave and react to their


surroundings. After watching each module, participants are prompted to take a quiz to test their knowledge. With at least 80 percent correct, a personalized certificate of completion can be printed. Each module has an accompanying customizable standard operating procedure (SOP) template that outlines how animals should be handled to optimize their health and well-being. The templates begin with guiding principles for each topic and are followed with sections to help dairies work their veterinarians to develop best practices on their own unique set-ups, experiences and goals.

To get started with the Dairy Care365 series, visit Training.DairyCare365.com. You can also contact a Merck Animal Health representative or email DairyCare365@ merck.com for more information. The goal of sound stockmanship is to establish a longterm partnership between humans and cattle. As such, routine training for employees and practice of these skills is essential. It takes work and practice, but as they say, practice makes perfect.

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or four year college or university. Applicants need to major in Dairy or Animal Science with intentions to enter the dairy cattle industry. If you would like to apply for any of these scholarships, please visit the NDS website at www.dairyshrine.org to download the applications. If you have any questions, please contact the NDS office at info@ dairyshrine.org. Winners of these awards will be announced this summer, with the presentation of awards to be held at the annual NDS awards banquet in Madison, Wisconsin on Thursday October 3, 2019. CDCB CONTINUED FROM PG 39

use an index that incorporates all heritable traits of economic value. CDCB’s composite indexes incorporate as many as 38 traits. Be clear, the traits do not receive equal weight. Instead, the index is optimized because the traits are weighted according to the economic value. There is sufficient emphasis on each trait where the directional improvement is obvious, so all traits will be improved. What happens in the alternative schemes where individuals select their service sires by focusing just on a couple traits? Unfortunately, several other traits with economic value will deteriorate. Perhaps the best example was when the average daughter pregnancy rate for U.S. Holsteins declined from 38.8% in 1960 to 24.1% in 2000, in an era when producers directed most of their selection emphasis toward improving production. After the Productive Life evaluation was published and incorporated into Net Merit – followed soon with a direct evaluation for Daughter Pregnancy Rate – this decline in fertility reversed and began improving each year.

These indexes developed by USDA for CDCB are transparent and have been peer reviewed. The genetic change (progress) obtained in individual traits is published tri-annually on CDCB’s website. CDCB offers four lifetime merit indexes – net merit, cheese merit, fluid merit and grazing merit – to provide alternatives so producers under differing conditions can choose the index most appropriate for their herds’ management and milk pricing. The returns to producers from using welldesigned genetic indexes are enormous. If all selection in the U.S. would be based on NM$, cows dying while in the milking herd is projected to decline from 17% to 10% within a decade. Then, salvage sales to U.S. producers could increase by as much as $394 million by the 10th year. This is because genetic evaluations for Cow Livability have been developed and incorporated into all four CDCB composite indexes. Remember, there are three key questions to ask: How many traits are in the alternative index provided by others? Are the traits included weighted appropriately and according to credible research? Will the index deliver benefits comparable to those provided by the four CDCB lifetime merit indexes? CDCB continues to produce evaluations for more traits every year. As a result, producers will see changes in their cattle over the next decade, meeting their expectation for healthier, trouble-free animals. Dr. H. Duane Norman was Research Leader of USDA’s Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory for 24 years and is currently Technical Advisor and Industry Liaison with the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, Bowie, Md.

| Index 43 | Anova Dale Guernseys 44 | California GBA 44 | Chupps Guernsey Farm 44 | Coon Brothers, LLC 39 | Crown J Guernseys/Morris Farm 44 | Donnybrook Farm 11 | Femara Farm 47 | H-Broke Guernseys 44 | Hoard's Dairyman Farm 44 | Idle Gold Guernseys 44 | Jens-Gold Guernseys 44 | Kuszlyk Cattle Company 3 | Land of Living/World Conf. Sale 44 | Lavon Farms 34 | Maple Bottom Farm 44 | Marodore Farm 13 | Millborne Farm 46 | New York GBA 44 | Oak Knob Guernseys 41 | Ohio GBA/Buckeye Classic Sale 11 | Ozark Jubilee 35 | Pennyslvania GBA 44 | Ripley Farms 44 | Riverwood Guernseys 2 | Rocky Hill Farm 33 | Sapphire Genetics 48 | Springhill 40 | The Guernsey Foundation 44 | Willow Grove Guernseys 44 | Wisconsin GBA

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