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Volume 42 • Issue 1 Spring 2014 The Michigan-Indiana Holstein News is the official publication of the Michigan Holstein-Friesian Association, Inc. and the Indiana Holstein Association, Inc.



racing the cover of the spring issue of the MichiganIndiana Holstein News is the winner of the 2013 photo contest. Lynn Vitek of St. Johns, Michigan submitted the winning photograph. A very appropriate photo as spring is hopefully right around the corner!

table of contents 9...............Indiana Holstein Assocation Annual Meeting 10.............Indiana Junior Holstein Assocation Report 12-13........Michigan Spring Foundation Sale 14.............Michigan Dairy Ambassadors Selected 17.............Michigan Holstein Association Annual Meeting 18.............In Memoriam 19-20........Great Lakes Spring Show Entry 22.............Dairy Field Day 22.............Calendar 2

Renee McCauley, Editor Phone: 616-691-8424 • Fax: 616-691-1084 4825 Lincoln Lake Ave NE, Lowell, MI 49331 Michigan-Indiana Holstein News 3250 Dietz Road, Williamston, MI 48895 Ph: 517-490-7736 Published 4 times per year MIHN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE INDIANA Todd Jones, Marshall 765-562-2955 Nathan Kuehnert, Fort Wayne 260-489-3766 Dru Mercer, Bryant Roger Hibschman, Syracuse 574-457-2876 Kim Myers & Steve Christman, New Paris 574-831-5764 MICHIGAN Sherry Meyer, Byron Center Ike Hunt, Elsie Tim Baker, Byron Center Nick Clark, Prescott Shaun Hyde, Morley Suzanne Tuttila, Williamston

616-490-2873 989-307-0987 616-813-6745 989-305-0143 989-287-2660 517-490-7736

Michigan Holstein Association Sherry Meyer, President 7692 Kalamazoo SE, Byron Center, MI 49315 616-490-2873 Ike Hunt, Vice President 6386 N. Meridian Rd., Elsie, MI 48831 989-307-0987 Suzanne Tuttila, Executive Secretary 3250 Dietz Rd., Williamston, MI 48895 Ph: 517-490-7736 Indiana Holstein Association Nathan Kuehnert, President 6816 Cook Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 260-489-3766 Dru Mercer, Vice President Bryant, IN Kim Myers & Steve Christman, Secretary / Treasurer 20051 CR 50, New Paris, IN 46553 574-831-5764 Holstein Association USA Phone: 1-800-952-5200 1 Holstein Place, Brattleboro, VT 05302 Michigan and Indiana Representative Max Dunseth 278 South Sprague, Coldwater, MI 49036 517-278-3030 Cell: 269-251-0232 Michigan Upper Peninsula Representative Sarah Trapp Taylor, WI 608.525.2901 The Michigan-Indiana Holstein News, the Michigan Holstein Association or their staff assume no liability for errors, omissions, content or for the effectiveness of advertising and cannot be held responsible for the timeliness of sale advertising that is scheduled less than thirty days ahead of the press date. Indexes are provided as an additional service. Publisher assumes no liabiltiy for errors or omissions. Subscription rate is $15.00 / year.

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The Michigan State University Dairy Club and Dairy Judging Teams Present:

Friday, March 21, 2014 • MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

Immediately following the Michigan Spring Foundation Sale. Outstanding Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire & Brown Swiss heifers sell

More Exciting Consignments • Red June Barbwire X GP-83 Advent with 23,980M 3.8F 3.0P X VG-86 Poriot....Roder-Dic • Fancy Oct. Tradition out of a VG Indefinite, followed by 4 VG/EX dams.... Bachelor • Shottle spring yrlng X an Alexander then 2E92 Integrity with 165,450M LIFE....Star Summit • Stylish Dec. Chelios out of an EX-90 Rubens Pro X VG-86 Kite....Paul Farms & Tom Cook • Balanced, potential *RC Sterling X 3E91 Red Marker X VG-88 Windsor X VG-86 Luke....Kraft • Showy Sept. Renegade X 2 YO Headline, followed by 14/15 next gen. VG/EX.... Koebel • Stylish Sept. Atwood EX-90 Roy, with Pinehurst Royal Rosa herself as the 4th dam....Long-Haven • +2281 GTPI June Supersire X VG-86 MOM out of the Norz-Hill Form Wok family....VanHaitsma • A powerful *RC Dusk summer yearling X EX-91 Advent, followed by 6 gen. VG/EX… Reed Dairy • Stylish Brookings summer yrlng from the heart of the Whizzbang family...Meadow Brook Farm • Silky Braxton spring yrlng X VG-89 Durham X MS Kingstead Chief Adeen 2E94....Full-Tilt Syndicate • Flashy potential 9th gen EX Goldsun spring yrlng from the Hiawatha 4E94 family...Fischer Trio • Fancy Sept. Jaguar from the first 8th gen. EX family in the Ayrshire breed.... Sayles Additional consignments from Nugentdale Farm, Elder Creek, Green Meadow Farms, Country Dairy and MSU Dairy!


100% polled and red, this Jan. Colt 45 X Bookem 2 YO X VG-88 Shottle brings you the best of both worlds of Chassity & Apple, with Apple herself as the 3rd dam! Genomic results to come in March..…Ri-Val-Re


July Gold Chip X VG-88 Durham, followed by six gen. VG/EX, then the 2X Queen of the Breed with over 300 EX descendents, Roxy! ...T&H Dairy


A RC July Shan X GP-81 Russell 2 YO with 37,641M X Madison then VG-89 Rubens X Redwing-Red VG-88 GMD & 3/4 next gen VG/EX…Protzman


An Oct. Custom X VG-87 Iatola X EX-91 Duaiseoir straight from Maybelle, ‘04 Res. Grand Premier Performance Cow at the AllAmerican Jr. Show & 2nd 4 YO at the ‘04 WDE! ....Brenhaven


A fancy red June Contender out of a 2 YO Hogan X VG-86 Sept Storm X Missy who has over 20 sons in AI! Then four of the next 5 gen. VG/EX! ...Miller


Stylish Dec. Whiskey X Bonanza 2YO, next 2 dams EX-90 & EX-91 then Ashton, all over 200,000M LIFE! Ashton has six sons in AI & next three gen are VG/EX! ....Blessing Farms


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Highlights from the 2014 Indiana Holstein Association Annual Meeting


he Indiana State Holstein Association met in Indianapolis on February 1st. Election results are; President, Nathan Kuehnert of Ft. Wayne, Vice President, Dru Mercer from Bryant, Secretary/Treasurer, Kim Myers and Steve Christman of New Paris, Directors, Roger Hibschman of Syracuse and Corey Craig of Fair Oaks. Member at Large, Geri Newman of Culver.

The 2014 State Holstein Show will be in Goshen this year from June 15th to 19th. Junior Show is Tuesday, Judge will be Julie Butler Hemp, and Wednesday evening there will be a Hog Roast and a Holstein Memorabilia Auction.  Thursday, Marty Unholzer from Ontario will be judging the Open Show.  This year entries are open to out of state exhibitors for a $50 membership fee for Exhibition only.

Special recognition awards were Honoary Lifetime Member, C.M. Bottema lll, of Indianapolis was on hand to accept his award from Dru Mercer who researched the legacy of Bottema Farms. Richard Thomas of Middlebury presented the Master Breeder Award to Dean Beer of Berne, Dru Mercer accepted on his behalf. Skylar Clingan of Orland is the President of the Indiana Junior Holsteins, he also won the Derek Blough Heart and Soul Award and the Hoosier Holstein Homemakers Scholarship.  Anna Will of Poseyville is the 2014 Holstein Princess.

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2014 Indiana Junior Holstein Annual Meeting


he 2014 Indiana Jr. Holstein annual meeting was held Saturday, February 1st. New officers were elected. Our President is Skylar Clingan, Vice President: Sabra Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer: AnnaMarie Settles, Reporter :Hayley Jackson. Our district officers are District 1: Julia Lipply, District II: Bryce Gingerich, District III: Rachel Jackson, District IV: Jackie Mudd, District V: Jodi Jones, and District VI: Briley Loggan. District at Large officers are Anne Achen, Kannani Price, Sydney Day, Bailey Craig, Laura Frye, Caitlyn Cox, Kaylee Godwin, Jessica McMahan, Carter Settles, Blaine Loggan, Madison Clingan, and Morgan Stone. The Derek Blough Heart and Soul Award is given to a Jr. Holstein member who has shown great herdsmanship and sportsmanship. This year the award was given to Skylar Clingan. Skylar was also awarded the the Hoosier Holstein Homemaker Scholarship of $500.

Several members of the Indiana Junior Holstein Association were present to participate in their annual meeting that was held on February 1st.

a Communication specialist for the IN University office of Sustainability. Anna volunteers for numerous youth and senior citizen organizations as well as, 4-H, FFA, Shelters and Food Banks. Anna enjoys showing at local, state and national shows, attending athletic events at IUB,being involved with Alpha Phi Omega and working with children and teenagers in an educational capacity. After graduation, Anna plans to become a Geneticist. She hopes to continue living in Southern Indiana, showing dairy cattle and raising a family of her own. Anna is looking forward to representing the Indiana Holstein Association as she competes for the 2014 Indiana Dairy Princess title.

The Indiana Holstein Princess Geri Newman presented the Contest Derek Blough Heart and Soul was Award to Skylar Clingan. held prior to the Junior meeting. After interviews and giving a 5 minute speech, Anna Will of Poseyville, Dist V., was crowned the 2014 Indiana Holstein Princess. Anna is the daughter of Terry & Nancy Will of Will Dairy Farm. Anna is a graduate of N. Posey H.S. and is attending Indiana UniversityBloomington where she plans to get her degree in Biology and Genetics. After receiving her Undergraduate degree she will obtain her Master’s Degree and possibly a PH.D. Anna Anna Will earned the 2014 works on the family farm as well as Indiana Holstein Princess title.


The 2014 Indiana State Show will be held at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen Indiana. Tack and cattle can go in on Sunday, June 15. The Jr. Show

will be on Tuesday June 17th at 9:00a.m. The judge will be Julie Hemp. The open show will be on Thursday June 19th, and the judge is Marty Unholzer.

Indiana Junior Holstein President Skylar Clingan addressing the junior members present for their annual meeting.

The 2014 Indiana State Fair theme is the “Year of the Coliseum”. Cattle can go in on Friday August 8th at 8:00 a.m. Tack only from 4-8 a.m. The 4-H show will be on Sunday August 10th at 8:00 a.m. The judge is Jeff Brown. The open show is on Wednesday August 13th at 8:00 a.m. Judging the show will be Pat Conroy. Cattle will be released after the shows are complete on Wednesday and must be out of the barn by Thursday the 14th.

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Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Call or text Mark Bontekoe at 231-510-0764 or Nick Clark at 989-305-0143 with your consignment. A glance at a couple early consignments...

Dam: End-Road Shottle Maria VG-87 EX-MS 3-10 2x 365 39510 4.7 1844 3.3 1299 Gr’dam: End-Road Finley Mika-ET VG-85 1-11 2x 365 31170 2.9 907 2.7 854 • Super 3-Yr-Old Sells, GP83 @ 2-05 2-0 3x 365 35810 3.6 1293 3.2 1130 -Molhoek Next Dams: End-Road Rubytom Mimi 2E-90 GMD DOM • 3-03 2x 365 36740 3.2 1158 3.0 1087 • Life 1524 118,360 3.5 4190 3.2 3761 End-Road Ramona Maria-ET VG-85 • End-Road Choice Mandy EX-91 GMD DOM • End-Road Rex Margy VG-85 • Brownson Minnie Mandingo EX-94 GMD DOM • Brownson Mars Margy VG85 GMD DOM

Dam: Kulp-Dale Adv Romoma-Red-ET *PO VG-88 EX-MS 2-02 2x 365 24270 4.8 1154 3.6 865 Gr’dam: Golden-Oaks Rmn Rae2-Red-ET *PO VG-89 EX-MS 4-08 2x 365 28390 4.4 1255 3.4 966 • March 2013 EffectP *PO calf sells -Van Haitsma

Gr’dam: Barends Storm Amber-ET EX-92 2E GMD DOM 6-07 2x 365 36530 3.8 1401 2.8 1030 Life 233,820 3.7 8572 3.0 6970 Next 5 dams: EX-92 GMD DOM • VG-85 DOM • VG-86 GMD DOM • GP81 DOM • VG-86 • Dusk 3-Yr-Old from Jenesis-B Durham Alaska 2E-91 w/ 3-01 2x 305 27260 3.3 899 3.1 853 - Barends

More Early Highlights: Dam: Jenesis-B Inferno Elsa-Red Gr’dam: Jenesis-B Jordan Emma-Red GP83 2-06 2x 351 29970 3.6 1070 2.8 842 4th dam: Skagvale Grand Elie Gay EX-90 • VG Kyle (Toystory x Durham Kaylee EX-93 EXMS DOM) -Barends Dam: Jenesis-B Talent Enjoy VG-87 3-01 2x 322 24520 3.6 894 3.1 757 Gr’dam: Jenesis-B Inferno Evie 4-10 3x 314 24600 4.3 1067 3.2 795 3rd dam: Barends Mario Emerald-ET VG-87 then Skagvale Grand Elie Gay EX-90 • Colt P *PO 2-Yr-Old -Barends

• 2 Springers out of 30,000 lb. plus dams that are sired by Million & Beacon. -Rod Daniels • 5 Fresh Cows and 3 bred heifers. Sires include Vernon, Minister, Coldspring, Vesper, PhilG. -Lemajru Dairy • A March 2013 calf by Phoenix from Stormy-Rae. Also 5 fresh 2 & 3 Year-Olds sired by Bronco, Muffin and Graybill. -Rho-Nic

Skagvale Grand Elie Gay EX-90 Next dams: Skagvale Elie Gay-ET EX-93 • Skagvale Maple Gay EX-95 GMD • Skagvale Gay Rockette 4E93 • Skagvale Delightful Gay EX-90 Life: 4678 236850 4.1 9670 • Skagvale Netherland Gay 3E-90

To request a full catalog... Call or text (231-510-0764) or email


Mark Bontekoe • 231-510-0764 • Sale Co-Chairman Nick Clark • 989-305-0143 • Sale Co-Chairman Paul Warner Max Dunseth Chad Kreeger Brian Neyer 614-296-5038 269-251-0232 517-294-3484 989-330-0572 Auctioneer Pedigrees Ringman Ringman Michigan-Indiana Holstein News

Sale Sponsored, Managed and Clerked by Michigan District VII Holstein Association BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gail Fry Jessica Fry Joe Kulhawick Alan Clark Mark Bontekoe Tom Barends Doug Stevens Rod Daniels Kenda Rivera 11

Michigan Spring FOUNDATIONSale Pine-Tree 2149Robst 4846-ET VG-85 VG-MS 2Y • One of the hottest outcross cows! Her 2/13 McCutchen GTPI +2392 sells ready to flush with many markets awaiting! Straight from the Rudy Missy family, 4846 will be pictured in milking form before sale. -Country Dairy

Gloryland Lolita Rae-ET EX-93 8th gen EX Roxy! A very special Dempsy sells fresh with a beautiful udder, from Lolita’s VG Pronto. -Eric Sneller A VG Atlantic sells due before sale. Her VG Jet-Red dam is from 9 EX Roxys. -Tait and Bennett

Budjon Redmarker Desire 4E-96 GMD Desire has done it all, from the show ring to brood-cow extraodinaire. Selling are her RED 12/13 Picolo and *RC 9/13 AbsoluteRed dtrs. -Budjon

Shoremar S Alicia 3E-97 2X All-American • 6X Nominee Alicia’s 6/13 gr’dtr by Goldsun sells! Her dam is an EX-90 Aftershock. -Lucas Moser

Round-Hill Aspen Frisco EX-90 Nom All-Canadian Milking Yrlg 2010 Selling is Frisco’s very fancy 12/13 Declan. Next dam 2E-93, then 5 more gen of VG/ EX dams to Plushanski Faith. -Tumbleweed

Greenlea Advent Leta-Red 2E-94 Leta’s special RED 9/13 Artie-Red dtr sells. Next dam EX-94, 3rd dam VG-87. -Duckett

Windy-Knoll-View Chantel-ET VG-88 Chantel has produced many show winning dtrs in the last 2 years, including a Nom All-American Fall Yrlg and last year’s 4th place Winter Calf at Madison! Chantel’s 6/13 Sid and 9/13 Dempsey dtrs both sell. -Oakfield Corners

Sandy-Valley Gold Tangia 2E-94 Selling Tangia’s fancy 9/13 Sid. Next dam EX-91 GMD, 3rd dam EX-93 GMD, 4th EX-92 GMD. -Duckett

Budjon-JK Durham Embrace-ET 2E-95 Her 12/12 Goldsun sells with 7 EX dams! Next dam 2E-95 GMD, 3rd dam Elegance 3E-96 GMD. -Budjon


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Friday March 21, 2014 • 11:00 A.M. MSU Pavilion • East Lansing, Michigan

Mor-Yet Goldwyn 682-ET 2E-94 Completes 8 gens EX. Her 3/12 Shamrock sells due to Jabir. -Van Haitsma

Calbrett Shottle Lea-ET EX-90 Lea’s beautiful dtr by Armitage sells just fresh and ready to build from; next dam the one-and-only Lila Z! -Westendorp

Krull Encore Elsie-ET 2E-94 Selling is a RED Colt P due after sale to Durable. 2E-91 dam is an 8th gen EX Elegance, then Elsie. -J.D. Wicker

Long-Haven Gold Rochelle EX-92 All-American & All Canadian Jr 2 ‘09 Completes 12 gens EX. Selling is a 9/13 Redman-Red from Rochelle’s VG-87 Talent sister! -Long-Haven

Cherry Crest Lyster Golden 3E-95 No stranger to the show ring, Golden is now showing her brood transmitting ability. Her 3/13 Alexander sells and could be your Golden opportunity! -MilkSource

BVK Atwood Abrianna-ET EX-92 Perhaps Atwood’s greatest dtr to date. Next dam Adeen 2E-94. Abrianna’s 9/13 Goldwyn can be your foundation block on March 21. -Butlerview

Green-Meadow Kasie-ET 2E-90 4-08 365D 34190M 4.5%F 3.0%P • Gr’daughter by Emerald sells due April 4. -Green Meadow

Astrahoe LJ Rosa Royalty-ET EX-93 Fresh Hill 2 yr old, dam EX Goldwyn x Royal Rosas. -Nick Clark

Special Mentions: • Jr 2 Gold Chip fresh before sale, from 2 EX dams ...Tri-Koebel • Sr 2Y Attic fresh before sale from VG-87 Affirmed ...Paul Farms • 3/13 Advent from Goldwyn Escence 2E95 ...Budjon • Fresh Planet from VG w/ 151,000 and a Phoenix yrlg w/ 135,000 ...Green Meadow • Final Cut due to Atwood; 3rd Fall Yrlg IN State Fair 2013 ...Wicker

... and many more foundation style females for you to choose from! Sale Managed and Sponsored By:

Sales Force: Matt Lawrence AU-005453 .. 724-971-3010 Roger Turner, pedigrees........ 608-770-0012 David J. Lentz.......................... 717-329-9202 Max Dunseth........................... 269-251-0232 Sale Chairs: Randy Lettinga........................ 616-437-2005 Ike Hunt........................ 989-307-0987 Eric Westendorp..................... 269-838-9975 Moss McCauley........... 616-446-2670 Michigan-Indiana Holstein News

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2014 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors pose after their training during the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference. Pictured above: front (left to right) Evelyn Okkema, Kailey Sweers, Heather Van Lieu, Allison Pung and Libby Venema and back (left to right) Jennie Lubbers, Laura Lubeski, Natalie Horning, Mason Horning, Kayle Jakus, Quinn Kolar and Megan Bush.

Twelve Youth Named Michigan Dairy Ambassadors


welve dairy youth kicked off their year of dairy promotion and outreach as Michigan dairy ambassadors during the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. on February 7. Three high school junior dairy ambassadors – Mason Horning of Manchester, Evelyn Okkema of Blanchard and Libby Venema of Deford – and nine college senior dairy ambassadors – Megan Bush of Swartz Creek, Natalie Horning of Manchester, Kayle Jakus of St. Johns, Quinn Kolar of Troy, Jennie Lubbers of Lake Odessa, Laura Lubeski of Bad Axe, Allison Pung of Portland, Kailey Sweers of Dansville and Heather Van Lieu of Reading – spent the day training for their upcoming role as dairy advocates. Ambassadors participated in educational sessions covering topics ranging from media relations to social media while showcasing their passion for the dairy industry to a panel of judges. Throughout the year, the 12 reigning dairy ambassadors will be afforded further training as well as opportunities to represent the dairy industry during promotion and outreach events. In addition to training sessions, ambassadors competed for 14

scholarships and the titles of junior and senior Michigan dairy ambassador representative. Mason Horning, a sophomore at Manchester High School, was named the junior ambassador representative and was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Megan Bush, a junior at Michigan State University, and Kailey Sweers, a sophomore at Hope College, were announced as the senior ambassador representatives, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship. “The 12 candidates who participated in the 2014 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program were remarkable young people, each of whom has a passion for agriculture and valuable knowledge of the state’s dairy industry. By combining these characteristics with the lessons learned throughout the training, the new ambassadors will be outstanding advocates for the Michigan dairy industry,” Jamie Wilson, training presenter and judge, commented.

and representatives were announced Feb. 7 during the GLRDC’s Michigan Dairy Industry Recognition Night. The ambassador representatives were selected based on each ambassador’s application, professional introduction, interview and participation throughout the training. The GLRDC established the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program in 2006. The program provides future young dairy leaders with an opportunity to develop communication, promotion and leadership skills while representing the dairy industry in person and online. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program, visit www.glrdc.

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Michigan Holstein Association Holds Annual Meeting Michigan Holstein Association 2014 Annual Meeting Minutes Friday, February 7, 2014 • Soaring Eagle, Mt. Pleasant, MI


resident, Doug Westendorp, called meeting to order at 3:15; directing attention to the proof of due notice in the 2013 Winter Michigan-Indiana Holstein News. Doug welcomed approximately 30 guests, thanking all for attending the meeting.

site it they Google or have it bookmarked which is not desirable.

Max Dunseth, HAUSA Field Representative, shared that the winter forum meeting was not held regionally but the information is on the Holstein site and he encourages everyone to go check Sherry Meyer moved to accept it out. Max shared some highlights the minutes of the 2013 annual from John Meyer’s report. Max meeting. Tom Atherton supported shared that there has been a 25% motion. Membership approved; increase in registrations from 10 motion carried. years ago. Max shared how much the Holstein Complete program has evolved and made things easier for breeders. 2013 saw a 111% increase in transfers vs. 2003. Tom Atherton shared that James Burdette is not eligible for re-election to the national Holstein board of directors Max Dunseth (center) recognized Duane but there are several Molhoek (left) and Doug Long for receiving individuals running for that region. Mike Jones is up for genetic awards from Holstein USA. re-election and is eligible so he will run again. Max shared Vice President, Sherry Meyer, the recipients of the PBR registry presented the MHA financials. award winners and the progressive Sherry explained the major genetics herd awards. Those in difference in the spring sale attendance were recognized. proposed and actual numbers. This was due to the fact that the association managed the sale and dealt with the monies going in and out. Sherry also explained that the MHA land line has been discontinued for a cost savings. The MHA website needs to be removed by Brock Palen as folks are able to find an old outdated

Tom Atherton, investment committee representative, shared the state of the association’s investments. He explained that the monies allocated for the 2018 national convention will be managed accordingly so that no losses are incurred as we move closer to hosting convention and needing funds.

Jess Jakubik, MJHA advisor, shared that the MJHA members are very active all year long and they will start the year with the semen sale in March and will be looking for support for that activity. Dairy Fun Day was reinstated, held at MooVille, it was a huge hit. A All-Michigan honors were announced, members present included Ike Hunt, Malissa few MJHA representatives Reed, Sherry Meyer and Gene VanRhee. attended the national Michigan-Indiana Holstein News

convention in Indiana. The Party Barn at the Doug Westendorp congratulates the newly elected summer show president, Sherry Meyer of Rod-er-Dic Farms. continues to be a big draw the spring show judge and Lynn for the young members. Harbaugh will judge the summer Sherry Meyer, membership chair, shared that there were 220 adult memberships and 101 paid junior members in 2013. Sherry encouraged all to keep up their memberships and to encourage others to get involved. Sherry plugged the photo contest and reported that Lynn Vitek was the 2013 winner and her photo will be featured on a future MIHN cover. Darwin Sneller shared the newest developments for the 2018 national convention. The main participants thus far on this committee are: Tom & Lynn Atherton, Moss & Renee McCauley, Darwin & Kathy Sneller and Richard & Pat Hyde. Kelli Dunklee was out to look at the two sites (Traverse City & Grand Rapids) and Holstein will make their decision at their March board meeting. Darwin encouraged members to get involved with the convention planning and he shared the different committees. Ike Hunt, sale committee chair, shared his sale report. Ike shared that the 2013 made some money but not as much as we would have liked; $2,160.50 was the average. Ike thanked the MSU Dairy Club for the hard work they put in. This year the committee got a jump start planning and committee hopes this will help with the bottom line. Currently there are 60 head consigned and the sale committee hopes to have near 75. Jess Jakubik, show committee chair, shared her report. Jess shared the highlights of the spring and summer shows and awarded the All-MI and Reserve All-MI certificates. Donald Dubois will be


District Reports: District 1: Darwin Sneller shared that district members enjoyed their annual summer picnic and it went well. District meeting was cdo you ancelled due to weather. Brent Moyer will be the District 1 representative to the board of directors. District 2: Hope Reister will serve on the board of directors. District 4: Gene VanRhee reported that Tammy VanHaitsma will be their representative to the board. District 6: Tom Atherton shared that they will have their annual sale on April 5 at Green Meadow Farms. District 7: Nick Clark reported that there were approximately 20 attendees at their district meeting. Tom Barends was chair for their 2013 show and it was a success. District 7 will have a sale on April 12, 2014. Tom Atherton, nominating committee representative, reported that Sherry Meyer is the nominee for president and Ike Hunt for vice president. Jess Jakubik is sole nominee for director at-large. Cheryl Strautz moved and Gene VanRhee supported motion to cast unanimous ballot for all positions. Membership approved; motion carried Cheryl Strautz moved and Steve Reed supported motion to adjourn meeting at 4:25. Membership approved; motion carried. Respectfully Submitted,

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InMemoriam Randall “Randy” J. Hershberger May 5, 1959-Nov. 8, 2013 Wakarusa, Indiana Randall “Randy” J. Hershberger, 54, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday.

He was born May 5, 1959 in Iowa City, Iowa to Kenneth and Virginia (Fisher) Hershberger. Even though he didn’t “live” there for long, he always said the he was FROM Iowa, followed by his silly “Randy” laugh, when people prompted more. He married the love of his life, Marcia Schrock, on July 30, 1988 at Holdeman Mennonite Church. She survives along with two daughters, Ellie and Abby, both at home. Also at home is his beloved beagle mix, Sadie. His mother, Virginia Hershberger, lives in Goshen; a sister, Barbara (Carl) Westerbeek, Goshen; and three brothers, Kevin (Susie) Hershberger, Mount Gilead, N.C., and Galen (Karen) Hershberger and John (Diana) Hershberger, both of Goshen. He joined his true hero, his father Kenneth, in heaven. His family was extremely important to him; he loved being a father, uncle, brother, son and husband. Randy was very involved as a member of Holdeman Mennonite Church. He served several terms as an Elder, and was a MYF sponsor for six years. He loved leading worship, and getting the chance to get a few laughs from the congregation. He loved to make people laugh. He enjoyed putting on skits and writing secret notes during church to his daughters and friends. He was very involved in 4-H, serving as a dairy director, and on the Elkhart County Holstein Association. He shared his passion for dairy cows with his daughters, and loved helping in the barn and participating in the latest dairy news with the young and old. A 1977 graduate of Northridge High School and a graduate of Lake Shore Technical Institute, Sheboygan, Wis., he worked in sales for Coach House Garages, which he really enjoyed because it gave him the opportunity to meet even more people. A devoted father and husband, Randy enjoyed the Iowa Hawkeyes and golf. Those were the things he told people he loved, but he really love ALL sports. He loved eating at the Farmer’s table at Raymond’s every morning. Randy embraced life, and lived each day to the fullest.

Elroy G. Miller

December 14, 1935 - December 15, 2013 Millersburg, Indiana Elroy G. Miller, 78, died Wednesday, December 15, 2013 at IU Health Goshen Hospital from complications from a fall last Friday. He was born Dec. 14, 1935 in Goshen, to Elmer E. and Ida (Nisley) Miller Yoder. He married Marie Gingerich Sept. 30, 1956, at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen. She survives along with four children, Cheryl (Andy) Gall and Lavonne (Joe) Warstler, both of New Paris, Keith Miller, Millersburg, and Diane (Dustin) Lockwood, Goshen; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Harley Mast; three stepsisters, Cora Schrock, Susan Eash and Martha (Wilbur) Kauffman; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant children, Carla Dawn and Dana Lee Miller; sister, Laura Ellen Mast; brother, Eldon Miller; and granddaughter, Jessica Warstler. A lifelong area resident, Mr. Miller was a dairy farmer and milked his own cows up until his death at age 78. His prefix was “Elmyra”. In 2010 “Elmyra Greg Brunhilda” (Red) was Reserve Grand at the Minnesota State Fair. In 2007 “Elmyra Hero Crystal” was 1st place Junior 2-Year-Old at both the Mid-East and Mid-West National Spring Show. He was a lifelong, active member of Clinton Frame Mennonite Church and Dairy Farmers of America, where he had been a delegate for many years. He also served on the boards of Interra Credit Union and Clinton Union Cemetery.

Craig Eugene Sherban

July 19, 1952 - Jan. 28, 2014 South Whitley, Indiana Craig Eugene Sherbahn, 61, of South Whitley, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, January 28, 2014 at his home. He was born July 19, 1952. He graduated from South Whitley High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education in 1974 and Masters of Animal Science degree in 1977 from Purdue University. In 1985 he began his employment with Farmers Elevator Company, now Ag Plus. He also assisted his parents with Sherbahn Auctioneer Services. On April 20, 1986 he was united in marriage to Pamela S. Eberly Nixon. They have always made their home in South Whitley. He was a member of South Whitley United Methodist Church; a member of Eel River Lodge #510 Free & Accepted Masons; active with 4-H activities including Whitley County 4-H Inc. where he served as President, Vice President and Secretary; organized & founded the Premier Stockman Lamb & Steer Classic in Columbia City for 20 years and originated & founded the Premier Stockman Judging Contest; served on Hoosier Beef Congress in Indianapolis from 1988 until 1999, former director of Indiana Sheep and Wool Council from 1995 until 1999, Indiana Dorset Association Breed Manager for Indiana State Fair from 1994 until 1999; a member of the 1974 Purdue Livestock Judging Team that won the National Barrow Show, North Central Regional Contest, American Royal and Chicago International, placing in top six individually; was Purdue Livestock Judging Team Advisory Board member from 1998 to 1999; Great Lakes Regional Dorset Show manager in 1997 and 1999; Whitley County Extension board member from 1985 to 1988; Whitley County Beef Club Advisory board member from 1984 to 1989; Cattle Barn Director of Indiana State Fair from 2000 until 2008 and on Executive Committee from 2001 to 2008. Surviving relatives include his wife, Pam; two children, Ted Nixon of South Whitley and Cari (Travis) Juillerat of Larwill; a grandson, Wyatt Nixon; and a brother, John (Jill) Sanders of Warsaw. His parents, Kenneth and Vera (Penrod) Sherbahn, preceded him in death. Preferred memorials are to Whitley County 4-H Inc. or Craig Sherbahn Scholarship Fund.


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Spring 2014

calendar March 21, 2014 - Michigan Spring Foundation Sale MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

August 10, 2014 (Sunday) - Indiana State Fair 4-H Show at 8:00 a.m. Judge: Jeff Brown. State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 22, 2014 - Great Lakes Spring Show, Judge: Donald DuBois. MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

August 12, 2014 Official Genetic Evaluation Release

April 1, 2014 Official Genetic Evaluation Release April 5, 2014 - J&S Holsteins Complete Dispersal at 10:00 a.m. Springbrook Farms, Marshall, Indiana April 5, 2014 - 29th Annual Michigan District 6 All Breeds Calf Sale at Noon Green Meadow Farms, Elsie, MI

August 13, 2014 (Wednesday) - Indiana State Fair 4-H Show at 8:00 a.m. Judge: Pat Conroy. State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, Indiana September 30 - October 4, 2014 - World Dairy Expo Madison, Wisconsin December 2, 2014 Official Genetic Evaluation Release

April 13, 2014 - Top Of Michigan Sale Isabella County Fairgrounds, Mt. Pleasant, MI June 17, 2014 (Tuesday) - Indiana State Holstein Junior Show at 9:00 a.m., Judge: Julie Butler-Hemp. Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN June 18, 2014 (Wednesday Evening) - Indiana State Holstein Hog Roast and Holstein Memorabilia Auction Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN June 19, 2014 (Thursday) - Indiana State Holstein Open Show, Judge Marty Unholzer, Ontario Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, IN June 25-28, 2014 – National Holstein Convention Dubuque, Iowa July 21 - 25, 2014 - Michigan Dairy Expo MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI July 24, 2014 (Thursday evening) - Great Lakes Holstein 3-Year-Old Futurity MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing

Dairy Field Day

MSU Dairy Education and Judging Field Day Learn about Educational Opportunities at MSU! Prepare for Dairy Judging Contests Thursday, March 20, 2014 • MSU Livestock Pavilion • 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Presented by MSU Department of Animal Science, MSU Dairy Club and Judging Team Lead Instructor: Dr. Joe Domecq, Coordinator, MSU Dairy Judging Program Assisted by members of the MSU Dairy Judging Team and Dairy Club Activities Include

Tentative Agenda

• Learn about educational opportunities at MSU and the Department of Animal Science

9:15-9:30 Registration and Welcome

• Meet members of the MSU Dairy Club and Judging Team

9:30-10:45 Classroom instruction and example of oral reasons 10:45-11:30 Practice class and reason example 11:30-12:00 Judge two classes

• Learn how to evaluate a class of cows

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided by MSU Dairy Club and Judging Teams)

• Learn the basics of giving oral reasons

1:00-1:45 Participants will give reasons

July 25, 2014 (Friday) - All-Michigan Holstein Show MSU Livestock Pavilion, East Lansing, MI

• Hear examples of oral reasons

July 26, 2014 (Saturday), Elkhart County Holstein Open Show at 9:30 am, Judge: Jeff Price. Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen, Indiana

• Practice oral reasons

• Place classes of cows and heifers and hear official reasons

Various speakers, including students, from MSU CANR and ANS Advanced group - Two sets

(Advanced is anyone who has participated in a National or State Contest)

Beginner - One set 1:45-2:00 Wrap-up with official placings & reasons

Preregistration REQUIRED • (To determine number for lunch and reasons) Direct questions to and Send Registration Information to:

Dr. Joe Domecq, MSU Department of Animal Science, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824 FAX 517-353-1699 Or Email form to


Bovine Beautician......................... 18

Michigan Jersey Sale.................... 16

Rod-er-Dic...................................... 15

District 7 Sale................................. 11

Michigan Spring Sale.................... 12-13

Spartan Sale................................... 8

Elkhart County............................... 18

Michigan Spring Show.................. 19-20

Starward......................................... 7

End-Road Farms............................ 6

MMPA.............................................. 24

Tumbleweed................................... 6

Green Meadow............................... 21

Moram Holsteins........................... 16

Wardin Brothers............................ 9

J&S Holsteins................................ 23

Northstar........................................ 9

Westvale-View................................ 4

Lemarju.......................................... 14

Reed Dairy Farm............................ 6

Wonderbred Holsteins.................. 6

Long-Haven.................................... 3

Rho-Nic........................................... 5

index to advertisers 22

Spring 2014

J&S Dacie Outside Dynamite EX-90 Dam: J&S Gib Dacie Scharlet EX-90

J&S DJ Dusk Dusty VG-85

Gr’Dam: J&S Gib Dacie Scharlet EX-90

More than 12 mature cows sell from the Scharlet family.

Kingsmill Gold Tonisha-ET VG-87

Gr’dam: Ernest-Anthony SD Tobi-ET EX-96 DOM 3rd: C Alanvale Inspiration Tina EX-95 GMD DOM

5 sell from the Tina family.

J&S Mandy Pro Murphy-ET EX-90 EX-92-MS Gr’dam: C Lauduc Broker Mandy EX-96

5 milking sisters sell , all scored VG.

Thanks for all the memories over the many years.

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Michigan indiana holstein news march2014  

2014 Spring issue of the Michigan-Indiana Holstein News.

Michigan indiana holstein news march2014  

2014 Spring issue of the Michigan-Indiana Holstein News.