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elcome to Iowa and the 2018 National Brown Swiss Convention!

Members of the Iowa Brown Swiss Association are excited to share our beautiful state with you. We are proud of our heritage of hard-working Iowa families who have developed the Brown Swiss breed here for more than a century. And we are equally delighted to showcase the outstanding herds, farms and people who continue to advance Brown Swiss cattle in Iowa today. For several years, we have worked together to plan this week’s activities. We hope you will enjoy the fabulous scenery, hospitality, food, spirits and – of course – Big Brown Cows – we have in store for you. From the interesting tours, social events, and junior activities; to the Fun Auction, National Youth Heifer Show and National Sale, it promises to be a fun and relaxing four days. We especially appreciate the many sponsors who have supported the convention. Their generosity has helped keep the participation cost reasonable, and made many extra details possible. Thank you also to all of the volunteers who have worked countless hours to organize this event, and thank you to all of you who have devoted precious time off to joining us here. We hope you have a wonderful time! Sincerely,

Galen & Sandy Fick Convention Co-Chairs

Randy & Elaine Franck Convention Co-Chairs

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Convention Committees Co-Chairs Randy & Elaine Franck and Galen & Sandy Fick

Finance Jordan Hunt Jonna Schutte Bruce Telleen

National Sale Lee Barber Robert Barber Rick Kruse

Registration Tours & Transportation Luanne Barber Amanda Hunt Erich Hodges Margo Hodges-Tinner Junior Activities Jani Telleen Eric Anderson Logan Worden Alan Guy Rhonda Guy Decorations/Farm Displays Wil Manweiler Jim & Mary Pfeiler Bob Sadler Karen Kruse Dan & Dede Wagener Linda Medlang Fun Auction/Photo Contest Convention Brochure Kent & Laura Appler Maureen Hanson Doug & Jodi Fairbanks Heather Luitjens Jodi Porter Farm Tour Hosts Hilltop Acres - Dennis & Barb Mashek & Family Jo-Lane Dairy - Lance & Jonna Schutte & Family

Iowa Brown Swiss Association Board Randy Franck, President, 563-357-2733, Rick Kruse, Vice President, 563-590-0101, Jonna Schutte, Secretary-Treasurer, 563-537-0092,

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2018 National Brown Swiss Convention Monday, June 25- Wednesday June 27

National Board Meetings

Wednesday, June 27 12:00 noon- 5:00 pm 6:00-8:00 pm

Registration in Lobby area (Registration moves to coat room area for late arrivals) Photo Contest entries and Fun Auction items may be delivered to Coral Ballroom Salon A / B Welcome Reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres featuring Iowa wines, beers and cheese – Marriott outdoor Terrace overlooking the Iowa River

Thursday, June 28 6:00-7:30 am 6:30 am 8:30 am 8:30 am 8:00 am 5:00 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm

Grab and Go Breakfast – Buses leave for Jo-Lane Dairy & Hilltop Acres Swiss Tour Buses leave for Historic Amana Colonies & Dan & Debbie’s Creamery Tour Buses leave for Historic Amana Colonies & Kinze Manufacturing Tour Juniors at Johnson County Fairgrounds-Heifer Clinic in the morning-Fun and Games Registration table opens in coat room area Fun Auction, Photo Contest and Iowa Brown Swiss farm displays available for viewing Buses return from tours Social Hour Youth Awards Banquet Youth Awards/Ambassador & Achievement Winners announced. Followed by Fun Auction

Friday, June 29 6:30-8:00 am 8:30 am 10:00 am 12:00 2:30 & 3:30 4:30 pm 5:30 pm

Breakfast Buffet Juniors at Johnson County Fairgrounds-Fitting Contest, Judging Contest-Fun and Games Award Presentations ANNUAL MEETING Lunch Buses leave for Johnson County Fairgrounds for Cattle Viewing National Sale Barbeque sponsored by ST Genetics begins NATIONAL BROWN SWISS SALE Buses returning to hotel after sale

Saturday, June 30 8:30 am

Free breakfast featuring traditional Iowa State Sale Breakfast Sandwiches, donuts and milk at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, sponsored by the Iowa Junior Brown Swiss Association , 2018 Iowa Pioneers National Youth Heifer Show Lunch available at Johnson County Fairgrounds


Did you know that the first National Brown Swiss Convention to feature a Fun Auction was in 1982 in Des Moines, Iowa? This tradition has been raising funds to support Brown Swiss juniors for 36 years. We've got some exciting items committed to this year's sale, like a set of wooden benches from the Pfeiler's of Holy Cross, Iowa, and a paperweight depicting Silver Bell registration #9322, donated by Jodi Porter, Denver, Iowa. “Silver Bell” was the 1928 National Champion Female developed , by Dr C.F. Osborne from Hampton, Iowa, and sold to Walhalla Farms for $5,400 in April 1928. Check out all of the Fun Auction items in advance, and join us for this light-hearted event for a great cause on Thursday evening. 8

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Junior Activities

2018 National Brown Swiss Convention June 27 – Wednesday All day until 8:00 p.m. -- Registration at the Hotel Cattle check-in at the Johnson County Fairgrounds

June 28 – Thursday 6:30-8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast at the Hotel Chores 9:00 a.m. -- Heifer Clinic at the fairgrounds. From Bottle to Show Ring, we will explore and review things like choosing your heifer, haltering, feeding, bathing, clipping, proper show ring etiquette, herdsmanship, and much more with pros from all around Iowa. Noon – Lunch at the fairgrounds 1:00 p.m. -- Judging Contest for all ages. See how well our officials do when they choose their top animals. 3:00-5:00 p.m. -- Free time, chores and head for the hotel for the Junior Banquet and Fun Auction. June 29 - Friday 6:30-8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast at the Hotel Chores 9:00 a.m. -- Fitting Contest. Groups will be created as you work together to fit animals for the imaginary showring. Those not fitting will be the judges along with a panel of officials. Noon – Lunch at the fairgrounds. Free time in the afternoon. There will be some barn activities for the Juniors during down time. Chores National Brown Swiss Sale June 30 – Saturday 6:30 -- Breakfast at the fairgrounds starts. 8:30 a.m. -- Iowa Pioneers National Youth Heifer Show. Begins with Showmanship including Novice Class for any Youth under 9 years of age who are registered for the Convention. Showmanship is open to all registered youth attendees, even if they do not have a heifer at the show.

Brown Swiss Photo Contest

Brown Swiss Association members from across the country will be displaying their photography talents at the 2018 National Brown Swiss Photo Contest. All entrants must be adult or junior members of the National Brown Swiss Association. All of the photos must be farm-related, with a positive portrayal of Brown Swiss animals preferred. Winners of the photo contest will be announced Thursday evening, June 28, at the Youth Banquet. A Best of Show and People’s choice award will be given in each age division. Stop by the Coral Ballroom Salon A/B at the Coralville Marriott Hotel to view the entries and cast your votes or your favorite Brown Swiss images!

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Iowa Pioneers National Youth Heifer Show

This year’s National Brown Swiss Junior Heifer ShowCoralville, will pay to June the30,Iowa Iowatribute • Saturday, 9 am Judge – Ted DeMent, Kenney, Illinois families who have built the Brown Swiss breed in Iowa over many Entry Fee $10 per animal plus the junior must pay the $55 Jr. conventio decades. Entries due June 1, 2018 No entries later than June 15, 2018

Late entries received after June 1 will be $25 per animal plus $75 late Jr. Conv

The show will be the finale eventSend entries to: of the 2018 National Brown ConChecks made payable to the Iowa Brown Swiss Association vention, starting at 9:00 a.m. Cattle must arrive at the fairgrounds by June 27, 2018, 8 pm on Saturday, June 30 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. A free breakfast will be served to all attendees, featuring “Iowa State Sale-style” breakfast sandwiches. Junior Name: _____________________________________________________________ Date of Birth

Address: ________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____

Junior exhibitors from across the country are expected to participate. City/State/Zip ____________________________________________________________ Email: ____ The first classes of the day will be Novice, Junior, Intermediate and T-Shirt Size (circle all that apply) Youth S M L Adult S M Senior Showmanship. The Novice class is for young people under 9 years of age who are registered at the convention. Older youth who Name of Animal: _________________________________________________________ Reg. # ____ are registered at the convention also may borrow an animal to particiTattoo: ___________________________________________ DOB: _______________________ Class pate in Showmanship if they do not have their own heifer at the show.

Sire: __________________________________________________________________________ Reg.

Dam: _________________________________________________________________________ Reg. Class awards will be sponsored by Iowa Brown Swiss families to support Brown Swiss youth and honor their family members who devotName of Animal: ed their careers_________________________________________________________ to raising, promoting and advancing the Brown Swiss Reg. # ____ Tattoo: ___________________________________________ DOB: _______________________ Class breed. Their mentoring, guidance, ethics and showmanship have laid Sire: __________________________________________________________________________ Reg. the groundwork needed to continue this rich story of the breed in Dam: _________________________________________________________________________ Reg. Iowa. Some are from generations back while others are still walking *Please make copies of this form to add additional animals to be ente and teaching among us, but all of their stories are what makes the rest Classes of Junior, Intermediate and Senior Showmanship with awards w of us continue to persevere in the dairy industry today. GENOMIC MERIT AWARD: Genomics has Class 1 – Spring Heifer Calf born between become an important part of many breed- 3/1/2018 - 5/31/2018 Representatives of the families will be in attendance to present the ing programs. Because of this, the National Class 2 – Winter Heifer Calf born between Brown Swiss Association has developed and awards. It is an honor and a privilege12/1/2017 - 2/28/2018 to recognize the following peowill sponsor an award to recognize the highClass 3 – Fall Heifer Calf Born between ple theirheifer at a national contributionsshow. to the Iowa Brown Swiss Association and est for genomic The award will be based on a combination of 9/1/2017 - 11/30/2017

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genomic PPR, genomic $NM and the show Class 4 – Summer Yearling born between placing. To be eligible for the award, the 6/1/2017 - 8/31/2017 exhibitor must send the complete genomic Pioneer Class Class 5 – Spring Yearling born between for their animal into the Na- 3/1/2017 - 5/31/2017 test results Merle Anderson Spring Heifer tional Brown Swiss Office by June 8, 2018. Class 6 – Winter The winner Lee & selected Luannefrom Barber Winter HeiferYearling born between will be only the 12/1/2016 - 2/28/2017 entries sent to the National Office. The Iowa

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General Interest Tours Showcase Iowa Heritage and Technology By Maureen Hanson

Iowa recently was rated the 2018 overall “#1 Best State” by U.S. News and World Report magazine, and we Iowa Brown Swiss breeders are eager to show off a number of unique, interesting and exciting locations our state has to offer. Buses will depart at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28 for these intriguing tours: #1 – Dan and Debbie’s Creamery, Ely, Iowa Owned and operated by Dan and Debbie Takes, this family enterprise embraces the farm-to-table concept by supplying retail dairy products from the Takes’ herd of 150 cows. In 2013, they purchased an old lumber yard building located less than five minutes from their farm. In between the morning and night milkings, the family spent all of their free time making the necessary changes to the building to have it ready to produce value-added dairy products. Nearly three years later, on July 20, 2016, the family made their first vat of cheese using the milk from their own dairy farm. Today, Dan and Debbie’s Creamery is a popular local source of squeaky cheese curds, handcrafted ice cream, and cream-top milk. The family has big plans for further product expansion in the future. The tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at their processing facility, along with their attractive retail space, and a chance to visit with Dan and Debbie personally. #2 – Kinze Manufacturing, Williamsburg Iowa The Kinze brand planters, grain carts and other implements operated on farms throughout the United States and around the world are the fruits a single man’s ingenuity and labor. Jon Kinzenbaw opened a small welding shop in Victor, Iowa in 1965. Since then, Kinze Manufacturing has grown into one of the largest privately held agricultural manufacturers in North America. One early Kinze innovation – the first-ever single-axle, lowprofile grain cart with giant, high-flotation tires – was introduced in 1971, and revolutionized grain-handling during harvest. Based on input from his farmer friends, Kinzenbaw invented a rear-folding planter toolbar in 1975, which changed the way virtually every brand of row-crop planters was designed from that point forward. Iowa National Convention Program | 8

The morning at Kinze will feature a factory tour of the massive Kinze manufacturing facility, along with a tour of the impressive Kinze Innovation Center, which showcases Kinze’s rich heritage and highlights technology shaping the future of farming. Amana Colonies Both of these non-farm tours then will converge for a joint lunch and tour of Iowa’s historic Amana Colonies. Lunch will be served at the Ox Yoke Inn, located in Main Amana. An Amana Colonies tradition since 1940, the Ox Yoke Inn features traditional, family style meals made from timeless Old World German and American recipes. Following lunch, guests will take a twohour motor coach tour of the Amana Colonies, a settlement of seven villages established in 1855 by a group of German immigrants escaping religious persecution. They brought with them the food and customs of their homeland, and embraced communal-style living. Farming and the production of wool and calico supported the community, but village enterprises – everything from clock-making to brewing – also were vital, and well-crafted products became a hallmark of the Amanas. The communal model of living was abandoned during the Great Depression. But the Amana people strove to preserve their heritage by establishing the Amana Society, Inc., which manages the farmland, fabric mills and other enterprises, and preserves the Amana Colonies as a tourist destination. Now a National Historic Landmark, the Amana Colonies attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Following the tour, guests will have an hour to shop in the Amanas before returning to the convention headquarters hotel in Iowa City at 5:00 p.m.


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Farm Tours Feature Two Progressive Iowa Herds

By Maureen Hanson If you’re looking forward to an enjoyable day of seeing great cattle, beautiful scenery and state-of-the-art dairy facilities, the farm tours will not disappoint. We have planned an exciting farm-tour day that will begin bright and early on Thursday, June 28, with the buses loading at 6:30 a.m. The tour will include a picnic lunch at the second stop, with the buses returning to the convention hotel by 5:00 p.m. Along the way, you will enjoy visiting two outstanding Iowa dairy operations where Brown Swiss roots run deep.

Jo-Lane Dairy, Monona, Iowa

systems save labor, promote management consistency, and provide a wealth of useful data. An automated feed pusher, light sensors, temperature-controlled fans, automated alley scraper, and sand bedding all contribute to the Schuttes’ goals for optimal cow comfort, cleanliness, and milk production. The Schuttes also farm 250 acres of corn and alfalfa, all of which is used to feed their cows and young stock. They incorporate sustainable practices into their management systems that include strip cropping, terracing, re-using barn water and recycling feedstorage plastics. Just as the dairy has grown since their union started 12 years ago, so too, has the Schutte Family. Lance and Jonna are proud to be raising Blake, Briella, Breklyn and Brayton on the farm, teaching them the same values, family bonds and work ethic that they

experienced in their own young lives.

Hilltop Acres, Calmar, Iowa

barn for maternity and special-needs cows. The expansion allowed the Masheks to grow their herd to its current size of 400 lactating cows, all of which are Brown Swiss. Cows are milked in a double-12 parallel parlor, and all three barns that house adult cows have headlocks for easy, stress-free animal handling. Young stock at Hilltop Acres are reared in two facilities. The calf barn holds 200 calves up to six months of age, and includes two automated feeding pens for raising preweaned calves. Newborn calves are started in one of 15 individual calf pens, and weaned heifers are moved to one of six group pens. The calf barn features thermostatcontrolled sidewall curtains on the north side. Older heifers are moved to an open-front, 36 X 108foot heifer barn built in 2003, with individual runs dividing the barn into six group pens. The Masheks started shipping their own milk after the expansion. They

haul a tanker-load of milk every other day to Rochester, Minn. Milk production is of utmost priority, with Hilltop Acres achieving a current, 305-day herd average of 27,791 pounds of milk, 1,228 pounds of fat, and 1,008 pounds of protein. The operation also includes 470 acres of owned and 300 acres of rented crop ground, all of which is used to generate feedstuffs for the Hilltop Acres herd. This scenic farm, featured in Our Iowa magazine as one of the “Prettiest Farms in Iowa,” also will be the site of our catered lunch with two meats.

When a pair of “dairy kids” gets together, wonderful things can happen, as evidenced by the outstanding dairy operation and family you will meet at this stop. Jo-Lane Dairy is owned by Lance and Jonna (Worden) Schutte, and operates on the farm site where Lance grew up in the breathtaking, rolling hills of Clayton County. Lance was raised with Holsteins, while Jonna grew up with Brown Swiss and Ayrshires. Today Jo-Lane Dairy houses 130 lactating cows – about 100 Holsteins and 30 Brown Swiss. The Schuttes focus on developing elite genetics, and have sold several bulls from both breeds to A.I. companies. A farm transformation took place in 2013-14, when the dairy was equipped with two Lely A4 Robotic Milkers, and a GEA autofeeder for raising preweaned calves. Both

History runs deep at Hilltop Acres, an 8th-generation family farm in beautiful Winneshiek County. The farm was Homesteaded in 1854 and is owned and managed by the Mashek family – Dennis and Barb Mashek, along with their sons, Josh & Tanner. The Masheks also have a daughter, Kylie, who has autism and lives in a group home about 45 miles from the farm. Josh and Gina’s son, Parker, represents the newest generation of Masheks. Guests will have the opportunity to view both the excellent cows and facilities at Hilltop Acres. The Masheks pride themselves on the outstanding Brown Swiss genetics they have developed, with many bulls placed in A.I. over the years. Their current headliner is Hilltop Acres B Daredevil, whose semen is available from New Generation Genetics. “Daredevil” is the Brown Swiss breed’s #1 Udder Composite and Type bull, and is free of all haplotypes and recessives. Hilltop Acres underwent an expansion in 2014, which included the addition of a 120 X 278-foot free stall barn that includes 244 stalls; and a 40 X 60-foot bedded-pack Iowa National Convention Program | 10

Looking forward to seeing you! Proud to be a Farm Tour Host!

The Schutte Family Lance & Jonna

Blake, Briella, Breklyn & Brayton 13254 Hickory Avenue, Monona, IA 52159 563.537.0084 (Lance) | 563.537.0092 (Jonna) jolanedairy@gmail.coM

Hilltop Acres Farm

The Mashek Family 1701 253AV, Calmar, IA 52132 Dennis: 563.419.2137 | Tanner: 563.419.0402 | email:

Welcome to Iowa


Charles, Linda, Steven, Michelle Medlang 4189 Lilac Ave, Kensett, IA 50448 Visitors Welcome cell: Steven 641-390-1092 house:641-845-2452

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Iowa Brown Swiss Amina, Johny – 502 Hall Avenue, Lowden, IA, 52255, 563-349-6884,

England, Terry & Dawn, Colton – 1619 Sanford Drive, Iowa Falls, IA, 50126, 641-425-5750, dlengland77@gmail. com Fairbanks, Doug & Jody, Wapsi-Ana Swiss -- 20755 - 90th Street, Anamosa, IA, 52205, 319-480-2484, Fick, Galen & Sandy, Fick's Swiss -- 2817 Jackson Avenue, Boyden, IA, 51234, 712-439-1359, fickswiss@,

Anderson, Eric, Scenic Ridge Swiss -25271 Garden Road, Elgin, IA, 52141, 608-412-3568, Appler, Kathryn & Matthew, Uluru Swiss Acres -- 4367 Eagle Road, Clermont, IA, 52135, 563-423-2823, 563-380-5101,, Arthur, Nathan -- 20373 -130th Street, Sumner, IA, 50674, 563-578-5342, Franck, Brandon & Demi, Lee-Ann’s Swiss, LLC – 2167 280th Avenue, De Witt, IA, 52742, Banowetz, Levi & Shawn, Banowetz Dairy Farm -- 1276 - 320th Avenue, Franck, Randy & Elaine, Lee-Ann’s Charlotte, IA, 52731, lbanowetz@ Swiss, LLC – 3370 235th Street, De Witt, IA, 52742, 563-357-2733, Barber, Lee & Luanne, Lee-Ann's Swiss, LLC -- 3348 - 235th Street, Franck, Ryan & Allison, Lee-Ann’s DeWitt, IA, 52742, 563-659-5356, Swiss, LLC – 3617 230th Street, De Witt, IA, 52742, ryan.franck@gmail. com Barber, Robert, Irish Hill Swiss -- 2579 – 285th Street, DeWitt, IA, 52742, 563Geadelmann, Kim, Oak Forest Farm 659-9648 -- 1730 - 170th Street, Clarence, IA, 52216, 563-886-4547 Baumler, Ashley, Braeden & Harley, Baumler Farms --15272 Orange Gilbert, Dan, New Generation Genetics Road, Ft. Atkinson, IA, 52144, 563– 1000 Whitetail Drive, P.O. Box 470, 534-7076, Ft. Atkinson, WI, 53538, 920-568-0554, Behrens, Mariah & Drew, 841 Hoover Highway, Lowden, IA, 52255, 563-553Gilbert, John & Bev, Gibralter Farms 4022, LTD -- 20586 “J” Avenue, Iowa Falls, IA, 50126, 515-855-4260, gibralterBigler, Bohden, Bigler Dairy -- 3068 River Road, Decorah, IA, 52101, 563 546-7909, Gilbert, John & Sarah, Gibralter Farms LTD -- 19583 “J” Avenue, Iowa Falls, Blume, Emma, Blume Family Farms IA, 50126, 515-450-3518, isucountry@ -- 35773 Jolly Ridge Road, Guttenberg,, IA, 52052, 563-329-0330 Gilbert, Kate, Gibralter Farms LTD, 120 Brandt, Robert E. -- 1557 - 306th Street, E 14th Street, Ames, IA, 50010, 641Postville, IA, 52162, 563-864-3565 640-0204, foodsciencekate@gmail. com Copenhaver, Nate & Drew -- 1622 Lee Avenue, Independence, IA, 50644 Guy, Mike & Rhonda -- 1899 N 35 Av enue W, Newton, IA, 50208, 641-521DeVore, Richard & Vanessa, DeVore's 0741, Dairy -- 2955 - 120th Street, Wilton, IA, 52778, 563-732-2314 Guy, Alan, Grace -- 2920 Hunter Avenue, Newton, IA, 50208, 641-521-7171 Eberling, Kevin, Keona & Kiele, Eb erling Dairy -- 258 Pole Line Rd., Guy, Matt, Taylor, Tanner & Tyler -- 9384 Postville, IA, 52162, 563-864-3372, E 86th Street N, Newton, IA, 50208, 641-521-9217 Iowa National Convention Program | 12

Hamlett, Louis & Natalie, Starmont Holsteins, 4113 H Avenue, Aurora, IA, 50607, 563-920-0432, starmonthol@ Hanson, Robert & Maureen, Natalie, Mitchell, Wesley, Gabriel, Olivia & Jillian, Octagon Acres, 5071- 15th Avenue, La Porte City, IA, 50651, 319342-2918, Haverkamp, Peter, Big Hill Dairy – 2493 Michel Avenue, Independence, IA, 50644, Hefel, Mark & Rhonda, Rachel Hefel & Scotty Young, Breezy Ridge Dairy --8065 Dutch Lane Road, Epworth, IA, 52045, 563-876-3310, 563-543-4760, Heinrich, Allyson – 1201 7th Avenue, Durant, IA, 52747, 563-260-6020, Henderson, Gracie -- 19689 Military Road, Monticello, IA, 52310 Hodges, Erich, Sundae Morning Farm – 849 D Avenue, Ogden, IA, 50212, Holtz, Mary – 24821 13th Street, Maquoketa, IA, 52060, Hunt, Jordan & Amanda -- 2614 - 230th Avenue, Delhi, IA, 52223, 563-6083620,, Johnston, Faith -- 7109 Eagle Rd, Clermont, IA, 52135, 563-605-0386, Kalenske, Tom & Tracy, Jordan & Kimberly -- 11418 Fairbank Road, Fairbank, IA, 50629, Kime, Dann & Annette, Justin & Raegan, K-Valley Farm -- 1152 - 330th Avenue, Waucoma, IA, 52171, 563776-4019 Klein, Grace & Lora -- 304 Smith Street, West Union, IA, 52175, 319-939-7982, Kruse, Carter -- 1507 - 300th Avenue, Dyersville, IA, 52040,

Membership Directory Kruse, Gary & Karen, Kruse's GK Swiss -- 28811 Prier Rd., Dyersville, IA, 52040, 319-875-7342, gkswiss@ Kruse, Larry & Julie, Kruse’s Swiss Farm --2938 - 140th Street, Earlville, IA, 52041, 563-875-7382

Medlang-Shoars, Jennifer – 3886 Mallard Avenue, Kensett, IA, 50448, 641390-0591, Miller, Gene & Pat, Four-M Swiss --P.O. Box 98, Crawfordsville, IA, 52621, 319750-7113, gandpmiller@iowatelecom. net Paaske, Joni, Brierwood Farm -- 1109 Hall Street, Bettendorf, IA, 52722, 319355-2472,

Telleen, Bruce & Jani, Fanfare Farm, Inc. -- 23254 Hwy 151, Monticello, IA, 52310, 319-465-4728, 319-480-0050, Telleen, Evan & Jon, Telleen Brown Swiss -- 3310 Johnson Avenue, Gowrie, IA, 50543, 515-352-3718,

Kruse, Loras & Julie, Kruse’s LJ Swiss -- 22995 Flannagan Road, Telleen, Klark & Brittney, Fanfare Farm, Holy Cross, IA, 52053, 563-552-1530, Inc. -- 23307 Hwy 151, Monticello, IA, 52310, 319-480-1446, 319-480-9446, Paaske, Ron, Brierwood Farm -- 26901 Kruse, Rick, Kruse's Swiss Farm Hwy 2 North, Hillsdale, IL, 61257 -- 2938 - 140th Street, Earlville, IA, Vanderham, Bill & Lynn, Blue Skies 52041, 563-590-0101, kruseswiss@ Pfeiler, Jim & Mary, Garret, Pfeiler Dairy -- 1235 Henry Lee Street, Bros./Spring Acres -- 23343 Flanagan sboro, IA, 52630, 909-635-8520, bill. Road, Holy Cross, IA, 52053, Logsdon, Matt, Diversified Farms 4885, -- 23559 - 160th Avenue, Centerville, Volker, Brylie -- 12686 U Avenue, SumIA, 52544, 402-770-3173, steven@ Porter, Jo -- Box 469, Denver, IA, ner, IA, 50674 50622, 319-984-9268, udell47@yahoo. com Wagener, Dan & Dede, MacKenzie, Love, Harvey, Lexington Estates Long Dandee Swiss -- 2347 - 290th Avenue, Term Care --1600 - 1st Street SE #403, Rodecap, John, Trout Run Farm -- 2244 DeWitt, IA, 52742, 563-659-9876, 563Independence, IA, 50644 Middle Calmar Road, Decorah, IA, 357-3845, ddwagener@iowatelecom. 52101, 563-382-5447 net Luitjens, Larry, Shorty's Swiss --2351 McKinley Avenue, Ashton, IA, 51232, Saunders, Brian & Emily, Saunders Wagener, Hunter & Kristen, DanDee 712-724-6360 Dairy -- 2379 - 250th Street, IndepenSwiss – 1120 9th Court, De Witt, IA dence, IA, 50644, 319-334-0154 52742 Luitjens, Leslie, Shorty's Swiss -- 2253 McKinley Avenue, Ashton, IA, 51232, Schantz, Karen & Alan, Applerose Whipple, Kayla, DeVore’s Dairy -- P. 712-724-6272 Brown Swiss -- 17226 - 318th Street, O. Box 827, Wilton, IA, 52778, 563 Strawberry Point, IA, 52076, 563506-8479 Luitjens, Loren & Heather, Shorty's 933-2232 Swiss -- 2452 McKinley Avenue, Ash Woelber, Bruce, Bru-Lov Swiss -- 3636 ton, IA, 51232, 712-461-0902 Schrandt, Beverly, Wynadham -- P.O. - 250th Street, George, IA, 51237, 712 Box 61, Ossian, IA, 52161, 563-532348-2471 Manweiler, Wil, Megan & Emily -- 3233 9521, bjschrandt@mediacombb. - 110th Street, Sumner, IA, 50674, net Worden, Dennis & Joan, Noah, Jacob, 319-240-4791,, Onword Swiss -- 17195 - 45th Street, Schutte, Lance & Jonna, Blake, JoOelwein, IA, 50662, 319-283-4544, Lane Dairy -- 13254 Hickory Avenue, Mashek, Dennis & Barb, Josh & Tanner, Monona, IA, 52159, 563-537-0092, Hilltop Acres Farm -- 1701 - 253rd Worden, Logan -- 662 N. 4th Street, Avenue, Calmar, IA, 52132, 563-562 Hebron, NE, 68370, 319-238-2026, 3763, 563-419-2137, dbmashek@ Siegert, Dan, Mallory, Siegerts Swiss Farm --17417 N. Cascade Road, Peo sta, IA, 52068, 563-599-5091 Zumbach, Nathen – 3390 Springville Medlang, Charles & Linda, Steven & Road, Springville, IA, 52336, 319-350Michelle, Medlang Swiss Inc. -- 4189 Sparks, Ashlynn, Sandy Hill Guern4425, Lilac Avenue, Kensett, IA, 50448, seys, 113 E. 10th Street, Monti641-845-2452,, cello, IA, 52310, 319-480-7526, Medlang, Morris & Jenelle, High Hope Sparrgrove, Blake, Granite-Road Dairy, Farm --1264 - 410th Street, Kensett, 8437 Great River Road, West Union, IA, 50448, 641-845-2888 IA, 52175, 563-423-5220,

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Everyone In Between Young, Old and

By Maureen Hanson

Fair, and the Iowa State Fair. Many Iowa Brown Swiss breeders have served as county fair directors, 4-H leaders, FFA advisors and on the Iowa Purebred Dairy Cattle Council. Iowa’s reputation for offering quality Brown Swiss at their State Sale began October 1, 1945, when the first State Sale was held in Des Moines. The sale moved to a few other locations before settling on the National Cattle Congress grounds in Waterloo for 31 years. The next move took the sale to the Fayette County Husbandry Fairgrounds, West Union for 33 years. Iowa State Dairy . 11 o N 41 l Vo ed at far right Bulletin; at 63 Se 19 In 2017 the sale moved to the Howard y. da ay M on of ati r assific Pix on cove r Joe Eves on cl on Eves’ right. fie is si er as County Fairgrounds, Cresco. rt cl Po t ed rv Ar se d students ob behind Kildee an Sims and In May 1964, a statewide Iowa JuEves is standing Rodecap are John of ht rig e th is Dean Kildee. To Rodecap. hn nior Brown Swiss Association was orgaJo is w co e Holding th nized, and an annual outing was held . an m Fred Fore for several years. Mothers came and Brown Swiss cattle have a rich histhe judging contest, with divisions for cooked the meals and nearby farms were tory in Iowa, cultivated by many genwomen, men and youth. toured. Junior members were the fitting erations of visionary leaders who have The first State Picnic was held in June crew for the State Sale for several years developed and advanced the breed and 1928 at the Mooney and Larrabee Farm, and continue to present the cattle in the its people. Iowa’s Brown Swiss breeders Ft. Dodge. Ninety years later, the tradisale ring. Since the National Convention look forward to the next chapter in their tion of the annual State Picnic continues. schedule was changed to be held in the history by hosting the National Brown Over the years, the Iowa Brown summer, many junior members have atSwiss Convention on June 27-30, 2018. Swiss Association developed classes and tended the conventions and competed Early breeders in Iowa laid the founguidelines for show-ring competition at in the National Junior Heifer Show. The dation for the Iowa Brown Swiss county fairs, the All Iowa junior members operate the lunch stand Association in December 1926, at the annual State Sale, when an organizational meeting raising funds for travel was held in Hampton. Iowa was expenses to the National the seventh state to organize Convention. an association. At its second During the National meeting, 100 breeders indicatJunior Heifer Show this ed they were ready to pay the year, tributes will be paid $1.00 dues to join the associato various breeders who tion. have pioneered the breed Later, Canton Districts in Iowa, and inspired Iowa were outlined, followed by youngsters with Brown shows, twilight meetings and Swiss projects. The Iowa winter meetings for the CanBrown Swiss Association tons. Local Chambers of Comis proud of its heritage, merce or business associagrateful for the leaders tions of the towns hosting the Pix on pg 22 of October 1959 Bul and families who built it, letin; Vol 38 No 4. Twenty hea d Canton Shows often provided were shown in the heifer cal and excited to see what f class at the Canton 8 Show in awards for the shows. One of DeWitt. Canton 8’s Show wa the future holds for the Big s the largest in the Western Are a the main attractions at a Canwith 90 head shown by 26 exh Brown Cow and her people ibitors. Alan Rathjen won the ton Show was the noon potclass with a heifer bought in in Iowa. the State Sale that spring. Art luck. Another highlight was Porter of Iowa State Universit y was the judge.

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