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April 2015

Volume 87 No. 4

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Adult Convention Review Top Performer winners Production Top 10s District 7 Feature

Rose-Lyn S Storm


*RC EX-94 2E

2-05 2x 365 24,940 4.0 1004 3.1 778 4-06 2x 365 40,110 4.2 1666 3.0 1206 6-03 2x 365 51,100 4.2 2133 3.2 1617 1st 150,000 lb. Cow, International Junior Holstein Show 2014 HHM Junior All-American 2014 • owned by Tori Evert Dam: Wilcoxview Encore Cyndee-ET EX-92 3E GMD 215,510 7829F 6334P lft. 2nd Dam: Scientific Cinderaella-ET VG-88 EX-MS 3-01 2x 305 25,240 848F 718P 3rd Dam: C Hanoverhill Tony Rae EX-96 3E GMD DOM 166,396 6904F 5612P lft. 4th Dam: C Hanoverhill TT Roxette-ET EX-94 2E GMD DOM 164,789 6760F 3587P lft. 5th Dam: Mil-R-Mor Roxette EX-90 GMD DOM 121,417 5725F lft. 6th Dam: C Glenridge Citation Roxy EX-97 4E GMD 209,784 9471F lft.

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Features: 10 14 20 21 23 30 34 37 38

District 7 Breeder Profiles 124th Annual WHA Convention review Wall of Fame Inductees 2014 Top Performer winners 2017 WHA Futurity entry form Treasure Quest calves Production Top 10s Wisconsin All-Americans and Junior All-Americans 125th Anniversary Feature: Distinguished Breeder Award

Departments: 6 8 8 36 41 42 44 45 46

WHA Annual Supporters Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Paula Bovre District 7 report Cierra’s Insights on Holstein Highlights: WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo was our 2nd place winner in the annual cover contest, submitted by Marci Walker, Wisconsin Dells. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

P.O. Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813 Phone (608) 723-4933 Fax (608) 723-4973 e-mail:

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION STAFF: Larry Nelson, Executive Director Laura Wackershauser, Editor/Advertising Manager Sharon Maffei, Membership Coordinator Ashley Yager, Public Relations Associate


Paula Bovre, President (2016)* - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Dan Cnossen, Vice President (2017)* - 715-302-1327 N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Kent Wendorf, Secretary (2017)* - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 Todd Borgwardt, Exec. Committee (2016)* - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Chad Ryan, Exec. Committee (2017)* - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Craig Carncross (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Kevin Jorgensen (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Chris McCullough (2016)* - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Tracy Mitchell (2017)* - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Pam Selz-Pralle (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Marci Walker (2016)* - 608-432-3223 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION

NATIONAL DIRECTORS: Paul Buhr - 608-606-3480, Viroqua, WI Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294, Mukwanago, WI WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN NEWS: (ISSN 0194-4401) (USPS 688160) is published 11 times for $50 per year by the Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913. Periodical postage paid at Baraboo, WI and additional offices. Additional magazines may be purchased at $5.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy. Price includes shipping and handling. Due to the uncertainties of the mail, the NEWS cannot assume responsibility for prior delivery of issues carrying advertising of sales scheduled for less than 14 days after the issue date. Advertising is due the 10th day of the month preceding publication. Advertising cannot be accepted over the phone, except by fax. Ad information must include name, address, phone of advertiser, amount of space needed, color if desired, photos if any and where they are. The Wisconsin Holstein News and its employees do not verify the records, classification scores or any other information that is used in advertising that appears in the Wisconsin Holstein News. The advertiser is solely responsible for the accuracy of all information used in their advertising. The News shall not be held responsible for any loss due to inaccurate information appearing in the News. The employees of the News shall be available to help any member acquire verification for any information appearing in the News. Under federal law, photographer’s pictures are copyrighted and owned by the photographic company. Prints sold are with a “single use” license and, in the case of the News, for use only in current or future issues of the News. Original photos must remain on site and may not be shared as prints or electronically without written permission of the photographic company through which the photo is copyrighted.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015 • Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. • Dairy Dash begins at 9:00 a.m. Lakeshore Path, Madison, WI Registration Cost: $15 individual, $10 team More information and registration at: The Dairy Dash is being run in memory of AGR brother John Klossner who passed away in August 2013 of a head injury he sustained at the Wisconsin State Fair. In honor of him we are raising money for the Brain Injury Association of America. Association of Women in Agriculture of UW-Madison annual Breakfast on the Farm Sunday, May 3 8 a.m.-12 noon at the Stock Pavilion on Linden Drive, UW-Madison Campus Tickets: Adults - $7, Seniors - $6, Students - $5, Children (5 and under) - $3

This is our 20th Annual Breakfast on the Farm and our theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating 20 Years of Family, Food & Farms”. Participation in the Dairy Dash gets the runner $1 off their breakfast. Look for both events on Facebook for more information. 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

Stone Ridge Dairy

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Gold SponSorS Alpha Genetics, Inc. Corey Geiger & Krista Knigge Clark Co. Junior Holstein Assoc. Frisle-Vu Holsteins Heatherstone Enterprises

LaFollette Holsteins Lirr Farm Rickert Brothers Scenic-Edge Holsteins Vandoske Dairy Farms Vets Plus, Inc.

Silver SponSorS Bears Grass Dairy Inc. Bella-View Holsteins Booth-Haven Holsteins Bur-Wall Holsteins City Slickers Farm LLC Clark Co. Holstein Breeders Crave Brothers LLC Eau Claire Co. Holstein Breeders East Central Select Sires & NorthStar Cooperative Frontier FS Coop Fustead Farms Hardwood Holsteins Hi-Lo Valley Holsteins Hoard’s Dairyman Honeycrest Farms

LeDonna Farms Manitowoc Co. Junior Holstein Breeders Moss Oak Farm Oeh-My Farm Outagamie Co. Holstein Breeders Overland Acres Priority One Ragnar Holsteins Ran-Rose Holsteins Rosedale Genetics Ltd. Second Look Holsteins Rural Insurance, John Rahman

The companies and farms noted here are “Annual Supporters” of Wisconsin Holstein events. To be an annual supporter, these companies make monetary and/or in-kind donations to various WHA events at certain dollar levels for the year. To join this group, contact WHA today at 1-800-223-4269.

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs D Congratulations to Chris & Stacy Sheahan, Mount Horeb, on the birth of their daughter Ellie Julia on February 21. She joins big sisters Natalie and Heidi. L Congratulations to Aaron & Nicole Breunig, Juda, on the birth of their son Ethan Aaron on March 9, weighing 10 lbs. 4 oz. and 22.5 inches long. He joins big brother Gavin. U Congrats to Rosalie Geiger, Ran-Rose Dairy Farm in Reedsville, for being selected as this year’s World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year. O Congrats to the following students who received scholarships from National DHIA: Sierra Solum, Rice Lake, Wis.; Deanna Zernicke, Bonduel, Wis.; and Kaila Wussow, Cecil, Wis. K Our condolences to the family of Warren Noble who passed away recently. A full obituary is printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Warren Noble

Warren Earl Noble, 92, of Platteville, Wisconsin, died on Monday, March 16, 2015 at Orchard Manor in Lancaster, WI. Warren was born on September 5, 1922 in Ellenboro Township, Grant County, Wisconsin, the son of Al and Celia (Henry) Noble. Warren grew up on his family’s farm east of Lancaster and he attended the Henry school. He was united in marriage to Maxine Bevan on October 20, 1945 at the Lima Union Church. Warren and Maxine farmed on the family farm near Union for many years. He was a member of the Lima Union Congregational Church, a 4-H leader of the Dairyland Diamonds, a Grant County Fair Superintendent, and was involved with numerous community and farming activities. Warren enjoyed the outdoors, spending time with his family, morning coffee with friends at the truck stop or Platte River Farmer’s Co-op, and using his sense of humor to brighten everyone’s day. Warren was a very devoted husband, father and grandfather. Warren is survived by two children, Dennis (Rita) Noble of Lancaster, WI; Norma (Ben) Thornson of Colorado Springs, CO; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; Robin (Mike) Betthauser of Caledonia, WI and their children Jack and Paige; Dena (Troy) Deibert of Waukesha, WI, and their family Elsa and Sam; Troy (Jaime) Noble of Lancaster, WI and family, Drew, Ainsley, and Macie; Eric (Camille) Thornson of Austin, TX, and daughter, Ellie; Lindsey Carlson of Spring Lake, NC, and her daughter, Cadence; sisters-in-laws Dorothy Noble of Appleton, WI, Eleanor Noble of Platteville, WI, brother-in-law, Donald (Jeanette) Bevan of Platteville, WI, sister-in-law, Blanche Rueter of Onalaska, WI, and many nieces, nephews, and longtime friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 62 years, Maxine (Bevan) Noble, his parents, brothers Elton and Dale Noble, sister Melva (Leonard) Fuerstenburg; brothers-in-laws, Jack Bevan, Dale (Francis) Bevan, and sister-in-law, Betty (Leroy) Reuter.

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From your President Paula Bovre Greetings Fellow Holstein Enthusiasts! The excitement of 2015 has just begun! We have a busy schedule of Wisconsin Holstein Association events planned that we hope you will find informative and enjoyable as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary. The Adult Convention in Hudson was well attended and many compliments were heard on the facility, food, fellowship and program. Hats off to the Pierce-Pepin group and everyone involved in hosting a top notch convention! Congratulations to all the very deserving award recipients! Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to attend and to the young breeders, Danae Bauer, Trent Hendrickson and Matt Johnson as well as embryo export specialists Steve Berland and Hendrik Albada for sharing their stories and expertise. We hope everyone that attended the spring barn meetings found the information presented by Cy Letter to be helpful and beneficial in understanding the classification program. A big thank you to our hosts, Don & Liz Mayer and family, Tom & Vicki Sarbacker and family and Joe Paltzer and family, for opening your barn doors. We are excited to welcome everyone to the Midwest National Spring Show on April 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison. The New Holland Pavilions will provide a wonderful new arena to showcase this first class show! I hope to see many of you there, either as exhibitors or spectators! A highlight of the day at Spring Show is the Treasure Quest drawing. We have eight deep-pedigreed heifers in this year’s contest. If you have not purchased a ticket yet, be sure to do so! Contact any board member or call the WHA office. Thank you to each of the breeders that has taken time to enter their calves and to all of you that purchase tickets. The Treasure Quest is our main source of funding the WHA Picnic every year! If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get those March calves registered! You need to have those registration certificates if you plan to participate in district and/or state shows this summer. No paper, no show! Spring in Wisconsin always means a good array of sales from herd dispersals to county and state sales. Merchandising, whether it be as a buyer or a seller, is just one of the advantages of breeding and developing Registered Holsteins. I hope you capitalize on this opportunity! We invite everyone to the 125th Anniversary Edition of the Wisconsin Showcase Sale on May 16 at Great Northern, Fond du Lac. Selections are being finalized, so if you have a consignment for consideration, promptly contact one of the selectors. If you ever have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Paula Bovre “It’s choice, not chance, that determines your destiny.” - Jean Didetch

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members: Darlene Boeder, Luxemburg Genny Fischer, Sleepy Eye, MN Jemar LLC, Tempealeau Tessa Markart, Arena Kevin Koepsel, Kawaskum Joy & Edwin Kusilek, Baldwin Nick Johnson, Cushing Grad & Jessica Gavenlock, Pittsville Junior members: Madisyn Loonstra, Osseo Cheyenne, Dakota and Shynia Stahel, Edgar James Ward, Eden Abigail Swanke, Princeton Grant Vosters, Kaukauna Ellis Frank, New Richmond Austin & Seth Hunt, Barron Gracin Speich, Orfordville

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A visit with District 7 Holstein breeders by Ashley Yager Blaser Farms, Inc. - Roger Blaser Family hen it comes to running a dairy operation, the Blaser family of Gillett, Wis., uses teamwork and a family mentality to ensure day-to-day success. A third generation dairy farmer, Roger is the leader on the dairy, where he has the opportunity to work with three of his four children every day on the operation. The Blasers have had the opportunity to see it all in their years of farming – from Roger’s parents, Alten and Gloria milking 28 cows by hand, to the installation of the first parlor in 1955. In the early days, Alten had a professional wrestling career aside from his responsibilities to the cows. After the first three-stall, seesaw parlor was installed, the Blasers increased cow numbers to 60. The next update came in 1968 when the double-six was installed, and that same parlor structure still exists today. The farm welcomed its first freestalls in 1965, and they were built in a converted bedded pack barn. Alten and Gloria also had the foresight to start DHIA testing very early on, when records were still hand written. The Blaser family still has those hand written records in the farm office. Blaser Farms, Inc. is home to 590 milking cows, with a rolling herd average on three times a day milking of 29,559 milk, with 1096 pounds fat, and 875 pounds protein. A solid management system drives the Blaser’s production, in addition to good employees, and an operation backed by a more commercial approach to breeding cows. The ultimate goal at the dairy is to breed functional, quality dairy cattle that are pleasing to the eye. Animals scoring high are not necessarily a priority, but rather, those cows that can produce and are efficient earn the best reviews. Roger admits they are a commercial herd first, and the registered cows are more of a side project. At the dairy, there are six full-time employees and two part-time in addition to family. Roger and his wife Karen handle the bookwork, and Karen handles the scheduling and calves. Roger’s daughter Trisha, who came home to the farm after completing her degree at UW-River Falls, manages the calves and is a co-herd manager with her dad. She also breeds cows and oversees the mating of the herd. Her brother Josh is also co-owner of the herd and well versed in every aspect of the dairy. He is the ration and feed manager, and will work with their brother Andy soon. Andy is returning to the farm soon to focus on cropping, nutrient management, and mechanics and main-


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tenance. Lastly, their brother Erik manages a dairy in Colorado. The Blasers utilize Semex to help mate the cows, and right now they are using Empress, Brawler, Impression, Jett Air, Manifold, Pulsar, Bookeeper, Bowman, and Security. Some of the favorite calves on the ground from these sires are Brawler and Impression-sired, as the Brawlers especially are straight in their lines with a good amount of strength. The dairy has had good luck with young sires, but still tries to use mostly proven bulls. If females are not pregnant after the first and/or second service, they will get young sire semen. About 30% of the herd ends up carrying a calf by a young sire. There are a few Red and White Holsteins sprinkled into the herd, and many of them are daughters or descendants of Night-Glow Rubns Jazete-Red, EX-92 2E. Jazete was among a group of cows purchased in 2007 from Tennessee, and is now a 12-year-old cow with over 237,000 pounds of lifetime milk. She was the first cow the Blasers ever flushed, and even after a fractured foot a few years ago, remains in the herd looking as youthful as ever. Her last completed record at 11-03 3x and 320 days produced 31,030 milk, with 1282 fat and 914 protein. She is bred back to Olympian, and has a red Asteroid daughter, a black/red Ralstorm daughter, and two black daughters by Potter and Omega. Jazete will be scored again in April and is a qualified candidate for a third “E.” The Blasers run an impressive management system, from birth to first calving and beyond. The farm’s 900 rented and owned acres allow for the family to grow their own forages and corn for cows, and purchase the bulk of the hay for heifers. All heifers are currently raised on site. Baby calves are fed an accelerated replacer, although the Blasers will be switching to a pasteurization system very soon. Calves are weaned at seven weeks, and bred to calve at 24 months of age at the latest, with the most recent age at first calving trending more toward 23 months. With management in mind, the Blasers admitted they are content with their current size and do not want to get too big. Roger is hoping to slow down and travel with his wife to see their son Erik. He’s also looking forward to exploring the U.S. outside the state of Wisconsin. The family has a similar mindset throughout when it comes to size, as Josh and Trisha hope to focus on the quality of animals and doing what the family is best at while improving efficiencies of the farm. When they’re not focused on running a dairy farm, the entire Blaser family enjoys putting on their cheeseheads and watching the Packers. Roger and Karen were just granted season tickets after being on the waiting list for 35 years, so the highlights of their future fall seasons will be rooted in Lambeau Field. Roger and Karen also look forward to seeing their children succeed in the dairy operation and enjoy spending time with their young grandchildren.

Dewgood Holsteins – Dean & Wanda Good Family t Dewgood Holsteins of Oconto, WI, families truly make the difference. The Good family farm is built on the idea that “success is not what we achieve, but enjoying God’s blessings one at a time.” Looking at the incredible herd of cows the Goods have built, and their strong family culture, these founding words have truly held their value in everything done on the farm. Dean and Wanda have taken quite the road to get to their farm and the state it is in today. After growing up and marrying in Ohio, they moved to southern Indiana and started Dewgood Holsteins. By 1990, they knew they wanted to make a move. After looking in other states, connections through a friend of a friend led them to “cow country” and Oconto, WI. Everything fell into place for the Goods, and their farm in Indiana sold in December of 1993, and they were moved and milking in Wisconsin by October the next year. They went from growing up in a double-two parlor built in the 1950s to a double-eight parlor and 100-cow freestall built in the early 1970s to a tie-stall barn today. The Goods have done a tremendous amount of remodeling in their current facility to maximize the appearance and cow comfort of the barn. They tore out all the stanchions and put in wider stalls, and all the cows are bedded with sand. The farm also includes 310 acres and some rented ground, but the Goods only buy a minimal amount of feed. The family aspect of the Good’s operation can be seen through their ten children. Their son Abe farms with his wife Samantha and four children across the road from the home farm, where he milks 25 cows and is able to share feed and equipment. He also has a custom chopping and planting business. His brothers Cornelius & Aaron work for him and also enjoy fixing and re-selling machinery as well as some trucking. Corwin spent a few years in Ghana, Africa, and now has started a tiling business, does large square baling, as well as being a regular milker on the home farm. Finally, son Isaac works on the home dairy and wherever his brothers need him. The ladies of the family are busy in their own right. From the beginning of Dewgood, Wanda has helped with the feeding. Oldest daughter Valerie and husband Kurtis Oberholtzer, and their three children, farm near Hillsboro, WI, with a herd focusing on high production and high type. Daughter Shana (Simmons) and her husband Steve farmed for a few years, and now live in Richland Center, WI, with their two children. Shana started the chicken business 12 years ago with 15 hens, and now her sister Hannah manages the 200 hen flock, selling farm fresh brown eggs from the farm house. Hannah is also one of the main cow milkers. Their sister Heidi is currently in Ghana, Africa, working on a teaching mission. Daughter Katie is the youngest and cares for the calves while finishing up her schooling, being the last of the 10 children Wanda has home schooled. When looking at the Good’s herd, it’s a little hard to believe that Dean thinks it is important to breed them as a commercial herd if you want to sell into the AI market. The cows all have tremendous frames, outstanding udders, and feet and legs.


When focusing on components and a long-range goal to market bulls, Dean is a full-time student of the genetics industry, which has taught him to slow down and listen and learn. The breeding is true in the rolling herd average, with no rBST or rumensin and 2x/day milking, at 27,129 pounds milk, 4.0% 1084 fat and 3.18% 863 protein. They let their best cows sort themselves to the top, and work with their most profitable individuals. Some of the bulls used right now include Josuper, Silver, and Balisto. Mogul is also a bull that is high on Dean’s list. The Goods genomic test about 80% of the calves born, and while they don’t sell as many bulls to AI as they used to, they continue to work with their high end cows and heifers, and flush a few times a month. They use 25% proven and 75% genomic sires. Dean believes one of the best bulls for improving their herd was Southwind, as he sired their best cow. She was EX-92 4E with 319,000 pounds lifetime milk, and a 4.5% fat and 3.5% protein test. Much of the herd descends from her with some carrying the Dewgood prefix for eight or nine generations. Family members include O-Bennett, a proven bull at Select Sires, a Boliver from an Oman, and a Mogul heifer at +2451 GTPI has 13 pregnancies due this summer. Goldwyn was another sire that hit big in the Good’s herd. They had three full sisters that scored EX-94, EX-93, and a VG-89 twoyear-old. The only one still in the herd is the EX-94 daughter that turned nine in October. However, the EX-93 daughter still has daughters and granddaughters in the herd, many come through her Excellent OMan daughter, whose offspring include a CM daughter, Carrie VG-89, who is one of the most impressive young cows in the barn. She produced 31,000 as a two-year-old. Carrie was flushed to Kingboy, has a heifer calf, and embryos sold to Japan and has pregnancies by sorted Aftershock and Mogul, as well as a flush to Doorman. Equally impressive is a 2nd lactation Windbrook who was VG-88 as a two-year-old with daughters by Bookem and McCutchen and is waiting for a new second lactation score. The OMan also has a VG-87 Micah two-year-old, and VG daughters by Doberman, Sudan, and Alchemy. Dean and Wanda’s herd has shown incredible progress and has a depth of quality that is undeniable, and they have no immediate plans for change. Dean commented that the children may build some day, but “dad is not building a freestall.” He admits there are some family decisions to be made, but for now, they’ll keep doing udder of what they do best, and enjoy God’s Dewgood Bee Wind blessings one day at a time.


Park View Holsteins – Garrett & Kelly Holewinski Family arrett and Kelly Holewinski are a passionate, determined young couple with the desire to raise their young family on the farm. A herd rooted in high type animals that are fed for production, the Holewinski’s have built a recipe for future success through a careful management system and commitment to developing high-type individuals.

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Fabian Holewinski, Garrett’s father, started the dairy in the Pulaski area in 1964. Garrett actually went to school for math, with a backup plan to be a teacher. Fabian paved the way for his son, breeding an outstanding group of cows, and one that Garrett and his wife were excited to work with and take over. He and Kelly own the cattle and operate under a land contract with the option to own with Fabian, and the land includes 215 total acres and the buildings. The Holewinksi’s rent an additional 100 acres, and handle all the fieldwork with the help of immediate family. Garrett and Kelly’s young family includes five children: Griffin (8), Jackson (7), Grant (5), Jionna (3) and Jade (3 weeks). They will be married ten years this year, and grew up together in school and the showring. Their kids love to show, especially Griffen, who is also a great helper for his dad on the farm. Kelly helps on the farm when she can, and the only additional employees on the farm are one fulltime person that has been there for 13 years and a few high school kids that help with chores when needed. Fabian still helps a lot on the farm as well. The herd is milked in a 70-stall barn with one group of cows switched in from a small sand-bedded freestall that’s attached to the side of the milking barn. The cows were milked three times a day for over 20 years, but a shortage of help last fall forced Garrett and his family to go down to twice a day milking. Right now the Holewinskis are milking 100 cows total, with a rolling herd average right at 26,000 pounds milk, with 938 pounds fat and 802 pounds protein. Their herd has a 107.6% BAA, with 10 Excellent, 44 Very Good, 27 Good Plus and none lower. With a high-type focus, the semen tank includes sires such as Aftershock, Gold Chip, Bradnick, Sid, and Atwood sons Archrival and Brady. Some of Garrett’s favorite young cows are by Sid, and there are a lot of Atwood daughters due to calve in the next year that are looking very fancy. Garrett focuses on using the best of the breed’s type sires, and incorporates some young sire semen where he can. He also tries to watch SCR when selecting mating sires. More than ten years ago, Fabian invested in Ebe-Tide Storm Bonita-ET, EX-92 EX-94 MS. She has had an incredible impact on the herd, with 23 descendants currently making up almost nine percent of the herd. She gave the Holewinski’s 20 daughters (four Excellent, eight Very Good, six Good Plus and two calves), 13 granddaughters (three Very Good and 10 calves), four great granddaughters (one Excellent, one Very Good and two calves), and two great-granddaughters that are both still calves. Park View H Afirm Bobbie-ET, EX-92, is an impressive daughter of Bonita’s by Affirmed. Park View H Damn Elderberry, EX-94, was the Holewinski’s first 94-point homebred cow, and her descendants include at least seven VG or EX offspring, including a VG-88 Lou and a VG-86 Laurin. Even though she is no longer in the herd, flushing allowed Garrett to produce daughters of Elderberry that are currently heifers in waiting, sired by Atwood and Chelios. A Bolivia daughter, Park View H Bolivia Tassie, EX-92, is another standout in the herd that comes from another great founding family

Park-View-H Damn Elderberry EX-94 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

Garrett and Kelly Holewinski with Griffen, Jackson, Grant, Jionna and Jade in the Holewinski’s herd. The Holewinski family has had success breeding high-scoring individuals. In the last five years, they’ve had their first EX-94 cow and two cows score EX-93, which are the highest scored individuals in the herd’s history. While Elderberry and Bonita laid a solid path for Garrett, a few other purchases have served him well, too. A few years ago, he purchased Ladinodale Arizona-Red, EX-90, a polled Lawn Boy from the Dennis Gunst herd. Arizona has brought some contract interest to the Holewinski’s herd through her VG-86 two-year-old Gold Chip daughter. She was one of three ET sisters that sold in a sale, and she is now a ninth generation EX making outstanding daughters. Garrett also has Redburst and Save*RC pregnancies and Ducati heifers from the family. Garrett and Kelly have a tremendous calf program to help feed their high type herd. Calves are fed whole milk and have a very low mortality rate. Their 165 heifers are all raised on site, and heifers typically calve after they turn two. Aside from the Holsteins in the barn, Kelly brought with her a love for color breeds, and they have several outstanding individuals in their own right. In 2014, Garrett and Kelly had the All-Wisconsin Senior Two-Year-Old Ayrshire. This same individual was Honorable Mention All-American as a fall calf in 2012. They also have a few Brown Swiss and Milking Shorthorns sprinkled in that all hold their own within the Holstein herd. Garrett is very content with the current size of the herd, which keeps him plenty busy when he’s not with the kids. He wants each cow in the barn to have a name, not just be a number, and hopes to continue a type focus in the herd. The pride is evident in the barn, which is home to a fantastic group of cows that will only get better with every generation, inside and outside of the barn.

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2015 WHA Convention February 20-21 • Hudson, WI est. 1890

The Pierce and Pepin County Holstein Breeders, in coordination with the Wisconsin Holstein Association, hosted the 124th annual Adult Holstein Convention at the Hudson House Grand Hotel in Hudson on February 20 and 21. Holstein breeders from across the state were in attendance for meetings, to celebrate Wisconsin Holstein’s 125th Anniversary and to receive recognition for outstanding accomplishments in 2014. Friday Afternoon Meetings The convention started with the Member Update Meeting hosted by Holstein Association USA. Holstein staff and Wisconsin Board members Corey Geiger and Paul Buhr were on hand to present an update on the national association and answer questions. Holstein CEO John Meyer gave a state of the association address, followed by Geiger’s financial report. Buhr gave an update on the board elections for this summer’s convention and announced who had declared their candicacy at this time. Lindsey Worden gave a presentation on Enlight and updated those in attendance on the adjustment that will be made in April to the TPI formula. Worden also introduced Holstein USA’s new mobile site. If you would like to watch videos from the Member Update Meeting, visit the Holstein USA website at meetings/member_update_mtg.html Following the Holstein USA meeting, convention attendees adjourned for WHA committee meetings. These committee meetings continue to be very productive and aid in the direction of the association’s yearly activities. A new feature at this year’s convention was a young breeder panel, featuring three outstanding young producers with diverse backgrounds farming in different areas of the state, either on their own or with family. Kevin Jorgensen moderated the panel. For more on this discussion panel, visit page 21. Production Winners Recognized At the dinner that evening, the 2014 Wisconsin Top Performer cows were announced. Recognized were cows owned by Tom Kestell, Waldo, Gary Housner, Elroy and Carl Lippert, Pittsville. Receiving the overall Top Performer was Jeta Bambi-ET, VG-85, with a record of 6-05 305d 51,238 6.1 3179 3.5 1753. Also recognized were owners of cows that have produced 300,000 and 400,000 pounds of lifetime milk (see complete list of cows recognized on page 20). Friday evening concluded with the announcement of the Young Adult Educational Scholarship award winner and the sixth annual Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, sponsored by Wisconsin Holstein’s Young Adult Committee (YAC). Winners of this year’s Educational Award was Neil McDonah of Trempealeau. The Young Adult Committee and Alpha Genetics also handed out ten $100 rewards to first-time convention attendees throughout the convention weekend. The Futures sale averaged $5000 on 29 lots that included heifers and choices from some of the area’s most prominent cow families. High seller at $14,000 was Lot #1, consigned by Matt and Brad Johnson of Baldwin, and purchased by the Globe Syndicate of Roberts, Wis. This choice of two Montross females born October and November 2014 was from Schillview M-O-M Genally-ET, VG-86 DOM, with the heifers having GTPI’s of +2505 and 2474. This choice hails from a prominent AI family; the same as Gabor, Gerard, Garrett and Alta1stClass. Second high seller was Lot #2 from Bomaz Farms of Hammond, Wis. at $11,500. This heifer, Bomaz Jacey 6245ET, a Jacey daughter with +2481 GTPI from a VG-85 Robust, was born January 2014 and has already been flushed with success. She was purchased by Shea Dairy, Inc. of Viola, Wis. Rounding out the top three was Lots #3 and #12 at $9,000. Lot 3 was a +2510 GTPI Troy daughter consigned by Jon Wynveen of Baldwin, Wis., and was purchased by Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, Ohio. Lot 12 was a Supersire with +2428 GTPI consigned by Select Sires, Inc., and was 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

purchased by Laverne Lepak of Custer, Wis. WHA Annual Meeting Saturday morning kicked off with a panel discussion by about marketing embryos. More information from that panel can be found on page 16. Following the panel, President Chris McCullough called the annual WHA business meeting to order and various committee reports were given from board members who head the committees along with a report on the financial status of the Association. President McCullough delivered the annual President’s address, noting that the association lost three past presidents last year. He also thanked the board and staff for their continued leadership. He spoke of the financial strength of the association and upcoming challenges for the new year. Nominations were opened up for four board of director positions. Kevin Jorgensen, Bill Calvert, Pam Selz-Pralle, Doug Wallerman and Craig Carncross were nominated from the floor and gave a brief introduction. Elected to the board were Jorgensen, Calvert, Selz-Pralle and Carncross. Resolutions presented at the annual meeting were as follows: 1. Whereas... the Wisconsin Holstein Association members are passionate about the care and husbandry of their animals and the entire dairy industry, Be it resolved that we support the proposed “Ag Gag” bill, forthcoming in the Wisconsin state legislature, which would make it illegal for people to secretly record or photograph abuse if they do not plan to report it immediately. After some discussion from the crowd, this resolution was tabled. 2. Whereas... the Holstein Association body of members attending the 124th Annual convention of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, would like to pay tribute to members or family members that have passed away during 2014, Be it resolved that we pay tribute to those members by standing and observing a moment of silence at this time. Resolution passed. 3. Whereas... the members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association attending the 124th Annual meeting in Hudson would like to express their gratitude to Pierce and Pepin County Holstein Breeders convention committee for the excellent job they have done in hosing this convention. Resolution passed. Executive Director Larry Nelson gave an update on WHA programs and the yearly objectives the staff is working on for 2015. Reports were given by representatives from WLIC, World Dairy Expo and PDCA. Finally, Kevin Jorgensen gave a brief presentation on the potential implications if the number bulls that are 99% RHA continue to dominate the top TPI lists. Jorgensen stated the majority of the 99% sires trace back to three German sires, Ramos, Laudan and Lukas. He also stated that Bookem, McCutchen, etc. are considered 100% in Canada, the European Union, Italy and Germany and wondered if we are putting our breeders at a disadvantage by not listing them as 100% in the U.S. Discussion was opened up to all in attendance. Bob Schauf commented that when the resolution was passed at national convention to open the herdbook, promises were made to maintain open disclosure of the animals that were less than 100% RHA-NA. He also said he has started using 99% bulls and doesn’t see a problem with it but he does want to know what percentage they are. Tom Kestell made the point that we can’t just “upgrade” certain sires like Ramos, we need to use science to determine what is 100% Holstein blood. Brian Behnke commented that geneticists in Canada have said that they can determine to less than 1% if there is anything other than Holstein blood. Steve Killian stated that we are wasting money with testing to say an animal is 99% Holstein blood if we already know that by Registered Holstein ancestry. A resolution was brought forth to recommend to Holstein USA board members to designate some reserve fund money toward research on this topic. However, the resolution was rescinded after more discussion and deciding that they could only test to 99%+

Holstein blood. Paul Buhr asked those in attendance what our goals were - to breed the best cattle or preserve an old idea? Lindsey Worden with Holstein USA also commented that we need to decide which is important, 100% Holstein blood or 100% Registered Holstein Ancestry. Tom Kestell made a motion to encourage our board to explore if we have the science to determine 100% Holstein blood in animals. Seconded by Kevin Jorgensen, passed by those in attendance. Luncheon Award Recognitions Saturday’s luncheon included a report on junior activites and recognition of this year’s outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl. 40-year and 50-year members were recognized and Wall of Fame inductees were honored. This year’s Wall of Fame inductees were Merle Howard, Stookey Elm Park BlackroseET and Townson Lindy-ET. For more information on these inductees, see page XX. Following the awards luncheon, the afternoon was highlighted by farm tours to Honeycrest Farms, Huppert Brothers and Hinz Holsteins. Thank you to these farms for opening their barn doors and allowing WHA members to visit your herds. Saturday Evening Banquet Following a social hour, the annual awards banquet was held. Following a presentation by Liz Doornink about telling our ag story, President McCullough introduced the WHA board and thanked them for all of their continued leadership. Marci Walker and Tracy Mitchell recognized retiring board members Matt Lippert and Todd Stanek. Advertising contest winners were announced and this year’s Younger Distinguished Dairy Person, Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Breeder award winners were honored. Ryan Weigel and Ryan Kamps recognized Troy and Jaime Noble of Nobland Farms, Lancaster, Wis., as Distinguished Young Breeder. Honored with the Distinguished Service award was the late Brian Krull. Finally Todd Stanek presented Bob and Kathy Traynor, Honeycrest Farms, with the Distinguished Breeder Award. The WHA Board of Directors met at the conclusion of the convention to elect officers for the upcoming year. Newly elected officers are Paula Bovre, Fond du Lac, as president; Dan Cnossen, Hatley, as vice president; Kent Wendorf, Viroqua, as secretary. Also elected to the executive committee were Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, and Todd Borgwardt, Valders. Thank you to the Pierce and Pepin County Holstein Breeders for all of the hard work to put on a great convention filled with fun and fellowship. Also thank you to the many sponsors that made the convention possible and support WHA activities throughout the year.

Top Performer winners: Tom Kestell and Paul Lippert

40- and 50-Year Members Present - Front, l to r: Bob Barden, Barb Kayser, Tom Anderson and Dave Rose. Back: Paul Buhr, Doug Veenendall, Rodney Ray, Dean Solie, Gerald Schiefelbein and Dean Johnston.

300,000 & 400,000 lb. Cow owners: Craig Carncross, Dan Cnossen, Sherry Siemers-Peterman, Nicole & Jessica Pralle

2015 WHA Board - sitting: Craig Carncross and Pam Selz-Pralle; standing - Tracy Mitchell, Chad Ryan, Marci Walker, Kevin Jorgensen, Kent Wendorf, Paula Bovre, Dan Cnossen, Todd Borgwardt, Bill Calvert and Chris McCullough For more photos from the convention, please visit our Facebook page. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-15

Young Adult Committee Educational Awards In 2009 it was a Wisconsin Holstein Board initiative to reach out to young adults to become more involved in the Wisconsin Holstein Association. The age group of 21-45 was targeted and the Young Adult Committee was formed. To generate funds for activities, the Wisconsin Futures Sale is held each year at the Adult Convention. This year the committee awarded one $500 Educational Award and $500 to the Younger Distinguished Breeder. Furthermore, five first-time convention attendees were presented with $100 each to help defray convention costs sponsored by YAC and five more were sponsored by Alpha-Genetics. Convention attendees receiving $100 rewards this year were Lindsey Hoffman, Katie Knegendorf, Amanda Szama, Jason Kjos, Aaron Thibauld, Kristin Klossner, Andy Wolf, Tom Knegendorf, Reuben Schloneger and Erik Warmka. Educational Awards are intended for those whose main source of income is from the farm. Applicants simply answer four questions in 200 words or less per question and submit their applications in the

fall. This year’s Educational Award recipient is Neil McDonah of Trempeauleau. Neil McDonah of Speek-NJ Holsteins has become an active participant in the association since becoming a member in 2007. In the fall of 2014, he hosted the Western WI Farm Tour, and he has also been an active seller in the association’s consignment sales. He has been handling the purchasing and breeding decisions of his herd since starting with registered cattle in 2007. Neil is also very active in the business, and on his own operation, handles the feeding, breeding, milking, and marketing. He also has an extended role in the upstart boarding business, GenStart, providing an ideal service and environment for Registered Holstein breeders. Neil looks forward to using the educational funds to visit World Dairy Expo and further develop his network of Holstein breeders, as well as increasing personal connections and exploring future business opportunities in the Registered Holstein industry.

2015 Early Bird Panel: Embryo Marketing The Early Bird Panel at the 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Adult Convention featured two of the best to discuss embryo marketing – Steve Berland, Executive Vice President of GenElite, and Hendrik Albada, Project Coordinator for Holstein Plaza. Steve has spent his entire career in the Registered Holstein industry, and has been a part of GenElite since 2000. Hendrik spent seven months as a Holstein Plaza marketing intern before rejoining the staff, as the company continues to build marketing opportunities for its membership. He has a strong international sales background, with a masters degree in management, economics and consumer studies. The panel was moderated by Corey Geiger, managing editor at Hoard’s Dairyman. The focus of GenElite is to work with AI companies in other countries to procure genetics they can bring back to their country and incorporate into their breeding programs. The company works with AI businesses in Japan, Germany, France, Argentina, and Holland. Their focus is working with AI companies almost exclusively. Holstein Plaza facilitates embryo sales for domestic and international customers, focusing on genomics and high type females. They work with their members to get them on the website, and host embryo auctions every other week. Holstein Plaza also holds heifer sales four times a year (once per quarter). They also have an online web shop that’s live 24/7. Plaza works with breeders all over the world, and serves as a marketing assistant when it comes to buying and selling embryos and genetics. When asked about the customer base, Hendrik commented that the market is always moving, and that it depends on the economics in certain countries as to who is buying or not. Holstein Plaza has helped sell embryos to 26 countries. Steve said that the clients (buyers) have not changed much over the years, and they’ve been fortunate to have good clients. They even have some that they’ve been going to their farms for 30 years and have been able to develop good relationships and friendships. The term ‘elite genetics’ in Steve’s business is defined by the buyers. It is Steve’s job to help them source the genetics they feel are elite, and each situation is different. His clients are looking for genetics they feel their mass market is looking for in their country. They’re in the business to market semen and supply the demand they have. Each country is a little different, but the one common thread in demand is high protein. The Germans, for example, focus on feet and legs and milking speed, whereas the Japanese have less emphasis on DPR and more on udder composite, type and protein. Hendrik followed Steve’s comments saying like every breeder, every customer is unique. Along the same lines, Corey asked what is considered a high-end genomic female, and what is the time frame to market them. Hendrik said its difficult to answer the question, because it depends on a lot of 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

different factors, from pedigree, bloodlines, the age of the animal, and the cow family. Holstein Plaza still has a lot of buyers that are interested in embryos in certain cow families, especially those that have proven themselves. There is not one clear-cut factor. Steve’s general rule as he’s putting together a tour for some Japanese is a minimum 45 pounds of protein. Other factors are positive DPR, feet and legs and udder composite at least 1.5. They also consider if the dam is classified and what else is in the pedigree. Sometimes they will sacrifice if the pedigree is a little different, but it can be tricky to get breeders to use a different mating sire. Finally, the question was raised about the different genetic testing systems around the world. The general consensus from Steve was that it is something that has really changed over time. Everything they work with in the U.S. was genomic tested, and then the other countries started to follow along. Testing in the U.S. vs. Germany started to show differences, based on climates, facilities, etc. in the cattle’s environment. It stands to reason the genes are going to respond different in different countries, and now other countries have followed suit with their own testing systems. Now, German clients won’t buy anything unless its tested on the German system. Hendrik followed with saying there are more ideas than just the domestic market, and every country has a different system. Animals that might migrate well or a sire lineup might be in demand. Plaza works with clients to get animals tested, and if they come back high, they can help get an embryo contract on them for another market opportunity. Both companies try to assist in the coordinating of hair or sending SNPs. For a complete video of the panel discussion, visit the Wisconsin Holstein channel on YouTube.

Steve Berland, Hendrik Albada and Corey Geiger

Distinguished Holstein Breeders - Bob & Kathy Traynor presented by Todd Stanek Honeycrest has received the Progressive GenetThe Distinguished Breeder Award is the ics Herd award for 19 years and the Progressive highest honor we can bestow on a breeder. Breeder Herd award for 15 yrs. When you look at the breeders that have won The most prominent cow family at Honeythis award, to have your name added to the list crest has been that of Honeycrest Blkstar is quite an achievement. Before I talk about this Kathryn, EX-90 GMD DOM. The “Everyyear’s winner achievements as a Holstein thing but Famous” Kathryn was a great brood breeder, I would like to talk about him as a cow for Traynors and was flushed several times person. Bob Traynor is a tireless promoter of during her lifetime. She had daughters in four our breed and always full of enthusiasm. He has different herds that were classified Excellent and always had a passion for the juniors and the Very Good and produced over 40,000 pounds young adults of our organization. He works with of milk. Along with her tremendous female our youth judging county fairs, teaches and offspring, this family has put several bulls into coaches judging teams in his area and always active A.I. lineups including Honeycrest Elegant has a soft spot for a young member needing a and Honeycrest Ruffian. calf to show. He has served six years on our state Along with developing the Kathryn and board and was the driving force behind develother homebred families, Bob often buys opment of the Young Adult Committee, which Bob & Kathy Traynor animals from good maternal lines that he can has without a doubt gotten our young members breed from. Over the years he has had much success with these more involved in our organization. The Futures Sale last night is a result purchases, including Lars-Acres Festival-ET, EX-90, bought at the 2011 of that work as this was his brainchild and is that committee’s biggest Wisconsin Futures Sale; Bosside Massey Mabel, VG-85, also purchased project. in a Wisconsin Futures Sale; and Wilstar-RS Titanic Alayna EX-90, At the young age of 15, Bob took over the mating decisions on his bought at the Wilstar Dispersal. family’s farm. Over the time, the development of the main cow family Bob has bred 45 EX cows, 23 Gold Medal Dams, 23 Dams of Merit of his put his farm on the map when it was labeled the “Everything but and bred or developed 22 cows that produced over 40,000 pounds of Famous” Kathryn cow family. milk. The Honeycrest herd has sent 106 bulls to A.I. with 12 making Honeycrest Farms, Spring Valley, is owned by Larry and Linda, active line-ups and many more waiting proofs. Dick and Dar, Bob and Kathy, Jeremiah and Rachel Traynor and Steve These are just some of the accomplishments of Bob Traynor and and Jen Hince. The Traynor family runs 1700 acres, has a beef cow Honeycrest Farms. The Traynor family will be dispersing their herd in herd and also raises steers. They milk 125 cows with a herd average of June 2015 but we will be seeing the legacy of their breeding program 26,320M with 3.83% 1008F and 2.92% 769P and a BAA of 107.5% for many years to come. which includes 10 Excellents, 42 Very Good and 44 Good Plus cows.

Distinguished Service Award - Brian Krull presented by Lynn Harbaugh cows and have a beautiful farm like Brian did. It is certainly a pleasure to present this Myself, and so many others involved in this year’s Distinguished Service Award to the late industry and the Wisconsin Holstein AssociaBrian Krull. This crowd needs no introducation got to see what made Brian such a special tion or long resume to know why Brian person. We all define a leader differently. For deserves this award. I believe it was Brian’s ag me, it is someone that leads by example and upbringing and love of farming that made him not by giving orders. Brian was a guy that such an upbeat and positive person. In Brian’s always made everyone feel welcome, made mind there was always going to be a bigger, them feel part of the team and that everyone’s better crop whether there was rain, sun or thoughts were very important. Brian was well wind. He was the man that was always respected by his peers and always accepted extremely positive and upbeat. Brian was the people for who they were. Brian would always guy that also had so much passion for the herd accept the tasks that no one wanted to handle. of cows he bred. Being around Brian made us all want to be a The Elegance cow family at the time of Bryce, Cindy & Carley Krull better person. Brian’s death had garnered 44 All-American Like I said before, when I first met Brian, I wanted to be just like nominations. I believe that total, five years later, is now nearing 80 – a tremendous accomplishment. Brian was a very gifted and steady him. But when I served with him on the state board many years later, leader. He always guided this organization with a sound mind and I wanted to be like him for different reasons. He was a role model steady hand. Brian was balanced and invited others to voice their father. Whenever you’d see him at different functions, he didn’t talk opinions. He made decisions with the greater good in mind. He was about his cows or talk about the farm. He always talked about his one of the few people to serve as a two-time president for our children, Cassy, Bryce and Carley, and about Cindy. They were his wonderful organization. In addition, he served this organization by love and the pride of his life. Brian was also a guy that very much chairing the Midwest National Spring Show committee, finance appreciated all of his friends and had so much passion for life. There are few people I’ve met in my life that truly understand committee, served on the scholarship committee and also as advisor the meaning of son, brother, husband and father better than he did, to the JAC. It was said by former Director of Operations, Chris Williams, and he always had his priorities in the right place. In closing, I want to share a story that Brian told me one time “A humble man, Krull was also a great leader in that he always included everyone and never took credit for his own ideas. It wasn’t about his father Marvin. Brian said he never knew how much of a Brian’s idea, it was everyone’s idea.” positive impact his father had been on others until his passing. He I remember the first time I met Brian. I stopped at their farm in said there were so many people who told him how his father was Lake Mills as part of a 4-H judging team. That day we had a always so helpful to them when they came to pay their respects to judging workout and I remember when we left the farm that I the family. Like father, like son – mission accomplished. thought to myself, I’d give anything to grow up and own a herd of wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-17

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Less than Full page, Full Color: 1. Mayer Homestead Farm (September) 2. Mystic Valley/Ke-Jo (February) 3. Rob-Cri Holsteins (February) 2 Color ads, any size: 1. Pierce-Vale Holsteins (January) 2. ICAND Holsteins (July/August) 3. Bricco’s Cow Town (July/August) Black & White ads, any size: 1. Krohlow’s Reg. Holsteins (September) 2. LaFollette Holsteins (May) 3. Smithcrest Holsteins (December) Cover of the Year: February

40 Year Members

Dennis Ames, Darien Thomas Anderson, Ogdensburg John Ausman, Elk Mound Robert Barden, Plover Gary Boyke, Fond du Lac Joseph Brantmeier, Sherwood William Brey, Sturgeon Bay R. Paul Buhr, Viroqua Scott & Paulette Ditter, Plymouth Harlan Emberson, Argyle James Goodman, Wonewoc Willard Griesbach, Black Creek Fabian Holewinski, Pulaski William Hollar, Junction City

Barbara Kayser, Milton Daniel Kelly, Deerfield Dale Kranz, Columbus Kathleen Krause, Germantown Ronald Leis, Kendall Bruce Marohl, Cecil McClellan Farms Inc., Delavan Greg Nelson, New Richmond Kurt Radke, Wilton Rodney Ray, Clear Lake Richard Schulz, Neosha Douglas Veenendall, Baldwin Joseph Wautier, Brussels Rodney Weigel, Platteville

50 Year Members

Thomas Bleck, New London Ronald Ellefson, Ferryville Dean Johnston, Augusta Harvey Ohm, Auburndale Donald Payne, Sullivan Allen Rippchen, Richland Center David Rose, Eden Gerald Schiefelbein, Fall Creek Dean Solie, Augusta Robert Voigts, Platteville Dennis Zimmerman, Fox Lake

Distinguished Young Breeder - Troy & Jaime Noble presented by Ryan Weigel & Ryan Kamps This year’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award Winners have their roots embedded deeply in Grant County. Their love of the Holstein Cow began at a very young age and after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, they began a 50/50 partnership on the family farm which has had a long list of success within the Wisconsin Holstein Industry. The farm consists of 1000 acres of land along with 155 milking Holsteins and 100 head of beef cattle. Some current herd statistics include: 10 Excellent, 47 Very Good, and 69 Good Plus classified animals. Additionally, their current rolling herd average is 24,419M 922F 733P. The herd is also home to 10 Gold Medal Dams, eight Dams of Merit and has had an impressive 26 animals with over 200,000 pounds of lifetime production. When thinking about the Nobland herd, two prominent cows come to mind. The first being Weigland Highlight Dutchess. Dutchess was an EX-95 point Highlight which traces back to a 94 point Mark. This individual also finished second nationally for milk with a record over 65,000 pounds. She was named Grand Champion at the District 3 Holstein Show in back to back years. The second is Nobland Mandel Abercrombie. She was an EX-94 point Mandel from three generations of Excellent cows. The highlight of Abercrombie’s career came in 2001 when she won the 4-year-old class at the Wisconsin Championship Show. Although, these two cows are no longer in the herd today, their offspring represent them with continued outstanding udders, feet & legs, production and longevity. 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

While Troy and Jamie will continue to have success with their herd, their biggest impact on the Registered Holstein Industry is with the area’s youth. They have been the Grant County Junior Holstein Association advisors for the last four years as well as leaders of their local 4-H club the Dairyland Diamonds for the past six years. From serving on many county boards and committees, to coaching youth dairy bowl and judging teams, yet further serving as the Grant County Fair Dairy Cattle Superintendents the Nobels are a very active part of the community. Troy states, “Anything we can do to encourage youth to stay active in agriculture and other projects is well worth our time.” Over the last 15 years the Nobles have lent out animals from their own herd to provide many youth an opportunity to exhibit cattle at local, county and state fairs and shows. We’ve seen first-hand how these two individuals are always encouraging youth by offering a helping hand or giving reassurance to young adults when it is most needed. There is a deep respect within the local dairy community for Troy and Jamie’s contributions to the next generation. Whatever their future holds, Registered Holsteins will be a part of it. Watching cow families develop as well as seeing their children Drew, Ainsley, and Macie grow as individuals and Junior Holstein members will do nothing but continue to develop their own love for the Holstein cow. The ability to raise their family in a farm setting is one of the things they value most. We are confident you will hear more success stories from this family for a long time to come.

Young Breeder Panel Each young producer has a favorite cow family they’re working A new feature at this year’s annual convention was a young breeder panel, featuring three outstanding young producers with with now. Danae mentioned a branch from the Dellia’s that includes diverse backgrounds farming in different areas of the state, either on Planet Sapphire. She has 10 VG daughters and the high genomic bull their own or with family. Kevin Jorgensen moderated the panel. Rubicon is a grandson. Sapphire made the Bauer’s highest two year Danae Bauer of Sandy Valley Farms is a calf specialist, works with old record ever, and her descendants have the same performance in the ET and IVF program, and helps her uncle with merchandising. the bulk tank and in classification. Matt has been fortunate to work Matt Johnson of Johnson Holsteins works with the reproduction on with Larcrest Constance, a cow that transmits both type and genomics his family’s farm, and takes care of all daily feeding responsibilities. and one that the Johnsons are still working with several generations from. He also credits Schillview Finally, Trent Hendrickson is the MOM Genally, as she’s been a owner and operator of Trent-Way super flush cow and a lot of good Genetics, and he farms in a partnerbulls have come from the family, ship with Dave Erickson, where with several testing over parent Trent owns all cattle and Dave average. For Trent, the “T” family provides the feed for the herd. that stemmed from a Christmas calf The opening question for the sired by Durham turned into an panel asked what inspired them to EX-94 cow that he has daughters farm and breed Registered Holcoming from by multiple sires. steins. Trent grew up with a RegisNext on the discussion was tered Holstein herd, so its always genomics, and how it’s impacted been a passion and he can’t see breeding programs. For Trent, the himself doing anything but working health traits and accuracy have with cows. His mission is to make been most important, especially on the perfect cow and improve each high type cows. There are cows in generation with every mating. Matt Danae Bauer, Matt Johnson and Trent Hendrickson the herd that are high genomics also grew up on the farm, so that aspect was always in his blood. Even though Registered Holsteins that get mated to high genomic sires. Matt commented it hasn’t didn’t come into the picture until he graduated high school, a trip to changed their philosophy a lot, but one thing he likes is you can pick Larcrest Holsteins sparked his interest and he’s been able to see a lot traits to emphasize in your own herd, and its nice knowing that info a of improvement in the herd since starting the registered business. little earlier to make a better educated decision on sires to use. Danae Danae also said she couldn’t see herself doing anything else, as she said its made things more challenging, more exciting, and the especially likes the genetics, calves and watching the next generation reliability has been nice, but there have also been some disappointments as well. They’ve used genomics to give more knowledge in the being born. The three brought an interesting perspective on breeding goals mating, as its usually pretty accurate for type and picking out high and philosophy. The Johnson family aims to breed a long-lived cow type animals. Kevin also asked Danae what the percentage was of adults versus with an emphasis on feet and udders, milk and protein for the embryo market. They like to have long lasting cows that are average females being flushed, and the ration is about 90% heifers. That in size with good strength, and those that can last four or five lactations number has changed slightly as some high Moguls are calving in, but with no trouble. Trent’s herd is focused more on show bloodlines, high with the pace of the industry being increased, it has made it challengtype with good feet and legs and udders. He likes the type of cows ing as a breeder to keep breeding good cows. Next, the panelists were asked what they would have done that he can see in the barn and not want to take his eyes off of – those that can go to the show ring but stay in the barn, milk and last a long differently if they had the chance to wind the clock back. All three time. Danae’s operation also leans toward a balanced cow, and focuses agreed that they would’ve taken the time to work, intern, or tour other on type traits and production, and getting high enough genomics to operations to learn and bring ideas and feedback with them to their be able to market the genetics. She admits it’s a fun challenge, and current roles on their operations. These three have some exciting plans they hope to accomplish they try to strive for a cow that fits in the barn – ideally the kind of cow that scores 87 points as a two-year-old, makes a 35K record and in the next ten years. Danae’s ultimate dream is to make a cow or bull that makes an impact on the breed, as well as build the quality of the breeds back for future lactations. The question always on everyone’s mind revolves around sires entire herd and make animals that others will admire. Matt hopes to that people are using. For Danae, to meet the index market, they use have bulls on the Top 100 TPI list – to breed bulls and females that all genomic young sires from the best families while maintaining dairymen feel are worthwhile using in their programs, or to succeed variety. Right now they are using Rubicon, Delta, Silver, and Doors with females purchased from our farm. Trent hopes to have a herd Open, among many others. Matt followed suit with saying they use with serious wow factor, and one that leaves people talking about his all genomics on IVF and flushing females, and try to use young sires herd. The panel concluded with advice the young breeders would give that at least have a proven father. They are using Silver, Spark, Doors Open, Damarus, and other high end young sires. Trent is a little to both individuals looking to start a farm and the senior generation different in his matings, and has gone back to using bulls he has seen when working with young people in the industry. Trent recommended good daughters from, including Sanchez and Damion, while bringing to seek out someone looking to get out or that might not have in Gold Chip, Atwood, Aftershock, Armani, Archrival and Camelot. someone looking to take over. Working with Dave has provided him Trent’s favorite impact sire has been Durham – he mentioned if learning opportunity and the ability to transition to the next generathere is not an ounce of Durham in the pedigree, that he’d like to put tion. Matt mentioned that patience is key, as many want to make it there. Matt’s herd has done well with Robust and Freddie, as they everything happen right away and sometimes things take time. He all seem to make multiple lactations with solid udders and feet and also said it is good to surround yourself with knowledgeable people. legs. Danae followed with Bolton, as his impact in the herd has been Danae said to have a passion for it, and learn from others around, as phenomenal, and being able to improve health traits with Dorcy and well as keep an open mind and learn from the best. All three said the Mogul while keeping type and production have helped. Some of the things they crave from the older generation are patience, support, best young animals in the Sandy Valley herd were Dorcys, and Bolton room to make their own mistakes, and to give young people the gave them very nice milk cows. He had some things that needed chance to make decisions. protecting, but has worked well. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-19

Wall of Fame Inductees Man - Merle Howard

Merle Howard grew up on a Registered Holstein farm in southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating from UW-Madison in 1942, he returned to the family farm. In 1945 he became herd superintendent at the well-known Mooseheart Farms in northern Illinois. It was here that he developed Pabst Sir Roburke Rag Apple, who was sold to the Curtiss Candy A.I. stud and went on to have a major impact on the breed. He also developed the famed Mooseheart Princess Star, who was the first Holstein to have seven consecutive records over 1000 pounds of fat. During his time there, Mooseheart had a long list of All-American nominations and several winners. He always fondly recalled taking the showstring to the shows by boxcar and playing cards through the night with friends like Allen Hetts from Crescent Beauty and Pabst Farms’ Elis Knutson. He was selected as the 1954 Klussendorf award winner. In 1958 Howard became a classifier for the Holsetin Association and did a considerable amount of work in Central and South American countries, where he judged many of their national shows. In 1969 he joined the Piper Brothers in their sale management division. When Al Piper started his own sales organization, he became his primary associate and helped build it into one of the top in the country. It was during that time that Tom Morris had the privilege of working and traveling widely with him and remembers that Merle showed him the best beer and burger joints from the Appalachians to the Rockies; as well as how to sleep overnight at O’Hare after missing a connecting flight. In 1982 he was a member of the Governor’s trade mission to China, sowing the seeds that led to their fast-growing dairy industry. He left the Piper organization in 1986 and became affiliated with the Harding & Harding Livestock Insurance business, which he enjoyed immensely. A former president of this organization and a long-time delegate to the national convention, he received the Distiguished Service Award from this organization in 1984. He remained active in the industry throughout his entire life while enjoying time with his wife, their four children, and, of course, the grandkids. Few people have ever given more to the Holstein industry, in Wisconsin, across America, and around the world, than “Uncle” Merle... Merle Howard.

Cow - Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET, EX-96 3E GMD DOM

Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET *RC, EX-96 3E GMD DOM, was born in Wisconsin as the result of a flush by Louis Prange at Elm Park Farms. Louis tracked down the dam, Nandette TT Speckle-Red, who was born in Wisconsin but went to Canada and then acquired by Jack Stookey of Indiana. who went into bankruptcy. Prange rented the cows out of receivership, brought them to Wisconsin and flushed a group of 12 cows, including Speckle. The resulting calf was purchased by Mark Rueth at a sale at the Great Northern in 1991. Mark asked his friend Mark Van Mersbergen (Lynden, Wash.) to be a partner and as she was housed at Indianhead Holsteins, they brought Bob and Karyn Schauf in as partners in Blackrose Futures. Blackrose was developed at Indianhead and blossomed over the years under the skill of these great cow men. She was showed as a Junior 2-year-old and was All-American and All-Canadian in 1992. She repeated this feat in 1993 as a Junior 3-yearold. Blackrose became one of the few American cows to become Grand Champion at the Royal Winter Fair in 1995 and was Reserve 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

All-American and Reserve All-Canadian 5-year-old that year. During this time she made two 40,000 pound records, with a top record at 5-03 3x 365 42,230 4.6 1939 3.2 1352. Although she was a Blackstar daughter and despite making big records, Blackrose was never considered an index cow. However she was the number one type cow in the breed at the time at +3.77T. Several bulls were marketed through A.I. and several years later, with 12 proven sons in A.I., she was still the number two type cow, only behind Snow-N Denises Dellia. Blackrose had a tremendous legacy through both her sons and daughters. She had over 24 Excellent offspring, including an EX-94 Stardust daughter and an EX-93 Kinglea Leader daughter. Her main sons of note include Markwell Kite, leased to St. Jacobs ABC, who left behind many show winners and is the sire of KHW Kite Advent-Red who has invented a new generation of red cows. A Skychief son, Indianhead Redmarker, was perhaps one of the first genomic bulls. Schauf stated that they named him Redmarker after using genomics to determine that he was a red carrier. Redmarker is a former number one type sire and became a premier sire at World Dairy Expo a couple of different years in the International Holstein Show and the International Red & White Show. Blackrose had six Excellent Kinglea Leader daughters. One of these, Markwell Leader Rose-ET, EX-91 2E, was the dam of Ladino Park Talent-Imp-ET who sired many great show winners and whose legacy still lives on. Her great-granddaughter was Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red was Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2006 and has proven to be a tremendous brood cow in her own right. Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET has had an enormous impact on the Holstein breed. Her influence will live on through the future. As one ad from St. Jacobs ABC stated “At a point when our breed most needed an infusion of substance and strength, Blackrose and her sons were there.”

Bull - Townson Lindy-ET, EX-Can

Townson Lindy was born on February 12, 1984, and moved to United Breeders in December 1984. He was a late Valiant son from an EX-93 4E Elevation daughter, Townson Elevation Lindy GMD DOM, and grandson of Townson Chief Lindy EX-90 4E GMD DOM. Lindy was progeny tested and passed the test and returned to the active line-up in 1989. He was not a popular bull right off the bat, having only 38 daughters in his initial proof but he was used as a sire of sons with solid components and high type. As breeders saw daughters like these at Raivue Farms in Ontario, he became a household name and was in demand world-wide. He sired flat boned, dairy framed cows with especially wide rumps. As a sire of sons, 269 sons around the world were sampled including 167 in Canada and 55 in the United States. Some of his more popular sons include Carlton (sire of Quality Carlton Pam EX-97), Double Play, Mason and Milan, Laurier and of course Sunnylodge Linjet. Lindy had two daughters scored at EX-95, Ridgedale Estelle and Dormor Lindy Beth, owned by the Sabo family of Green Bay. He sired some other recognizable cows including: Covista Lindy Georgia with over 61,000 pounds of milk; Ocean-View Lindy Sheen, EX-94 GMD and nominated All-American; Walkerbrae Lindy Pat, All-American and All-Canadian Junior 2-year-old 1993; Driesum Lindy Galaxy, All-American Senior 2-year-old in 1997 and All-Canadian Senior 3-year-old 1998; and Ms Hygerian Samantha, All-American Junior 2-year-old 1997. To date, there are 376 Lindy daughters scored Excellent in Canada. Semen was marketed in 48 countries and sales totaled more than $25 million (CDN). Lindy lived to be 16 ½ years of age and was on display at the Royal Winter Fair in November 2000. At the time he was 68 inches tall and weighed 2400 pounds. He was an impressive bull, classifying EX and being class Extra and Gold Medal Sire.

400,000 lb. Cows

Nor-Way-Pete Mathie Jazzmin 401,130M 15,061F 11,583P Andrew Peterson, Eland

300,000 lb. Cows

Selz-Pralle Marty 2243 358,380M 13,442F 10,035P Selz-Pralle Dairy, Humbird

Siemers Manat Sun 6446 312,950M 11,793F 9,668P Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton Ar-Line Labamba Janina 311,440M 11,521F 8,953P Randy Holthaus, Bangor Lon-Birch Equity Equal 311,280M 11,007F 8,269P David Gartman, Sheboygan

Wargo-Acres Milan 357,280M 14,296F 10,536P Wargo Acres, Lodi

Might-Grand 2387 307,960M 10,618F 8,836P Mighty Grand Dairy, LLC, Union Grove

Aero Mascot Geam 326,580M 12,021F 10,308P Gary Sielaff, Oconomowoc Siemers Die-Hard 5127 6984 321,310M 12,206F 9,501P Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton Hy-Pine Ice Pyrex 318,530M 11,492F 8,621P David Schaefer, Menomonie

Wargo-Acres Maui 307,760M 8,686F 9,345P Wargo Acres, Lodi

Opsal Wilstar Ruben Dori-ET 305,930M 11,868F 9,063P Joshua, Joseph & Felicia Opsal, Blue Mounds Siemers Iconic Honey 7348 304,000M 10,753F 8,354P Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton Ron&Yvonne Blitz 3416-TW 303,250M 8,649F 7,677P Ronald & Yvonne Ziegler, De Forest Lars-Acres 3675 300,780M 10,777F 8,580P Michael Larson, Evansville

Jenny-Lou Revenue 822 307,140M 12,037F 9,104P Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City Betzoldvale Adam Quiessa 307,140M 10,854F 9,285P Four-Hands Holsteins, Inc., Amery

2014 Top Performer Winners Junior Two Year Old Ever-Green-View Ante-Up-ET VG-86 2-01 305d 36,708 4.5 1605 3.2 1119 4,946 pts. Thomas Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Rowe Pottery

Senior Three Year Old

Five Year Old

Ever-Green-View Elaina-ET EX-91 3-08 305d 47,272 5.3 2498 3.0 1368 6,316 pts. Thomas Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Nasco

Ever-Green-View Lourdes VG-85 5-03 305d 49,838 4.6 2214 3.2 1548 6,412 pts. Thomas Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Accelerated Genetics

2014 HIGH Top Performer Six to Nine Year Old Jeta Bambi-ET VG-85 6-05 305d 51,238 6.1 3179 3.5 1753 7,609 pts. Thomas Kestell, Waldo award by St. Joseph Equipment & Alpha Genetics

Senior Two Year Old Larcrest Carlin-ET VG-87 2-07 305d 33,309 5.6 1938 3.5 1134 5,294 pts. Gary Housner, Elroy award by Alpha Genetics & Hoard’s Dairyman

Ever-Green-View Elaina-ET

Four Year Old Knonaudale Idol-ET EX-91 4-07 305d 50,090 4.4 2292 3.1 1487 6,646 pts. Gary Housner, Elroy award by Alpha Genetics & WI Holstein Association

10 Years & Older Grass-Ridge Steam Ships EX-92 10-9 305d 33,617 3.5 1177 3.2 1076 5,121 pts. Carl Lippert, Pittsville award by Alpha Genetics & East Central Select Sires/Northstar Coop.

Larcrest Carlin-ET

Junior Three Year Old Ms Arjeta-ET VG-88 3-02 305d 48,644 4.2 2050 2.9 1388 5,648 pts. Thomas Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Nasco

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Remember when? est. 1890

As part of our anniversary celebration, we’ll be featuring cover and advertisement from a past issue of the News. We are also looking for fun photos from the past to feature on our Facebook page. If you’d like to submit a photo for consideration, please email it to

June 1996 ad Selz Farm

John Selz and Selz Farm has a rich history with the Wisconsin Holstein Association. John, a past WHA and National President, was also named Distinguished Holstein Breeder in 1979. John’s daughter Pam and husband Scott continue the tradition at Selz-Pralle Dairy. They are past Younger Breeder winners, Scott served as WHA President in 2001 and Pam was just elected to serve on the WHA Board of Directors.

April 1974 cover

Wisconsin had the happy situation of five and one-half All-Americans, two Reserves, and four and five-sixths Honorable Mentions - so many that editors were hard pressed to make a decision when choosing pictures for the cover of the News. We settled on three Wisconsinbred animals - Aged Cow, Two Year Old Heifer and Bull Calf. An old campaigner with enviable records in the show ring, and in the milk pail as well, Gene Acres Felicia May Fury became the All-American Aged Cow in 1973, after four consecutive years as a “bridesmaid” in the Reserve spot. Showing through the summer in the late months of her lactation, and at the World Dairy Expo Central National Show in the dry cow class, she nevertheless was Grand at the Wisconsin Black and White Show and Reserve Grand at Madison. She was bred in the herd at Gene Acres Farm, Milton Junction, (now Mulder Farms under the same manager, Ray Potter), and developed in the herd of Crescent Beauty Farm by Allen Hetts and son Roy, Fort Atkinson. Although in the last months of his illness, Allen, with characteristic grit, sat in the stands in October 1973 to watch May exhibited by Roy, both cow and son a source of pride to him. The two year old heifer, Stone-Front Prestige Angie, is also a Junior All-American for owner Jeannie Kuiper, Waupun. Never standing in any spot but the head of the line-up in any show in 1973, she was first in class and Best Udder at Central National Show; at the Wisconsin State Fair; and first at the Wisconsin Championship Show. Her young owner is a veteran of several years in the show ring and even though her slight build often made her the victim of the “calf-growing-faster-than-the-girl” syndrom, she persisted against slipped halters, “ornery” heifers who seem to know when a gal’s muscles just can’t hang on any longer - until she could compete with the best. “Angie” was bred in the herd of Elam and Barbara (Bayley) Buttles, Waterford. Both Elam and Barbara were great competitors in the show ring in their 4-H years, and they now operate Stone Front Farm where they have two full sisters to Angie, with her dam bred back to Prestige. The dam is a brood cow classified VG-87 and with some fine credits. Angie herself was recently classified VG-89 and has completed her first record of 305d 2x 17,237M 4.0% 679F and 362d 2x 19,282M 4.0% 776F. The All-American Bull Calf, Dodgeland Astronaut Paul, was bred by a young Holstein enthusiast who makes up for his few years in the business with his intense interest - Jack Weier of Dodgeville was his exhibitor at the Central National Show where the bull was first in class and Reserve Junior Champion; at the Wisconsin State Fair, where he was second; and at the Wisconsin Championship Show where he was second in the senior bull calf class. With a young and growing family to help them, Jack and his wife Jackie have assembled their herd for the past few years and this is the first year they have been able to show Holsteins with their own prefix, Dodgeland. To share his thrill of having one of his animals reach the top, the Weiers invited friends to help them celebrate the happening with a gathering in a club near Dodgeville on March 15th, where a large crowd enjoyed a social evening in a room called “The Bull Pen” (where else for an All-American Bull Calf ?). 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

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Futurity, the right is reserved to cancel same and refunds made to persons owning females that have been nominated, their share of all monied accrued after the deduction of actual expenses in the promotion of the Futurity. SALE OF ELIGIBLE ANIMALS: When an animal that is entered in the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity is sold, the eligibility may be transferred to the new owner, and it shall be his responsibility to inform the Futurity Committee of the change of ownership. The seller shall inform the buyer that the animal purchased is already entered in the Futurity. To aid in this, exhibitors will receive an entry certificate for each animal after entry payment has been received. New owners will need to sign an entry form after notification of entry into Futurity. OPEN CLASS SHOWING: If the show is held at the Wisconsin State Fair, all animals shown in the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity are eligible upon proper entry to be shown in the open class competition of the Holstein Show. It is the responsibility of the animal’s owner to fill out the necessary forms for open class competition. MISCELLANEOUS: Neither the Wisconsin Holstein Association nor the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Committee is in any way responsible for the condition of the premises in which the Futurity is held and is not liable in the event of accident or loss of persons or property. All matter pertaining to the showing of the Futurity are subject to the rules, regulations and health requirements of any WI Holstein Association sponsored show along with those for the show at which the Futurity is held. DRESS CODE: Every exhibitor must have formal dress to show in the Futurity. (Minimum requirements for men include a shirt, tie and dress pants while women should wear a dress, business suit or the equivalent.) Exhibitors not meeting the minimum dress code requirement will be denied entry into the show ring. Interest on Futurity entry fee accounts and any sponsorship monies may be used to offset show expenses at the discretion of the WHA Board of Directors and the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Committee.

Mail Futurity Entry to: Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913

Address ____________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Exhibitor_________________________________________

Name of Owner ____________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________

Fee Schedule: Payment of $35 per animal due on or before December 31, 2014; Late entries will be accepted from January 1-April 30, 2015 for $50 per animal and from May 1-August 15, 2015 for $100 per animal. Full entry fees must accompany entry form or sent within the appropriate time noted above.



Full Name of Animal Date of Birth Reg. Number Sire Sire’s A.I. Organization _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

2017 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Official Entry Blank

PURPOSE: To stimulate interest in the breeding and exhibiting of outstanding Officially Identified Holsteins of 87% RHA or higher. To promote the Registered Holstein breed and dairy industry to the general public with an appealing and memorable presentation. PROCEDURES: An animal is nominated by an owner. All nominations are the responsibility of the owner. Dates, fees and rules will be followed to the letter. ELIGIBILITY: Any registered Holstein female that was born September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014 is eligible for the 2017 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity. FEES: Entries, along with $35 per animal, must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2014. Late entries will be accepted until April 30, 2015 for $50 per animal and late fee of $100 per animal will be accepted until August 15, 2015. Full entry fees must accompany entry form or sent within the appropriate time noted above. PURSE: The purse in this event shall consist of all monies received by the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity (plus interest earned) as nomination fees, less the actual expenses incurred in its promotion and management. All Futurity monies shall be kept in a separate Futurity Fund and used only for Futurity purposes. The purse in this event will be divided among the first forty Futurity placings as follows: 1st place winner - 15% plus sponsorship monies 2nd ................12% Next ten places .........2% each 3rd ...................9% Next ten places ......1.5% each 4th ...................8% Next fifteen places ....1% each 5th ...................6% (If 100% of purse money is not distributed by above breakdown, the balance will be split equally amongst all participants.) REFUNDS: When nomination fees and the payment in connection with the Futurity are received, they are committed for the purse of this event and no refunds will be made, whether or not the animal is shown or its eligibility discontinued by owner. In the event however, that any condition should arise which prevents the showing of the

2017 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity

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Wisconsin 2014 Top “4” Performer Junior 2-Year-Olds! +1926 GTPI

*All sired by Snowman & all homebred! **30+ years of Ever-GreenView breeding behind Snowman.

+2217 GTPI +2184 GTPI +2003 GTPI

photos „ Cybil Fisher

1. Ever-Green-View Ante-Up-ET VG-86 2-01 2x 365 42,496 4.5 1892 3.1 1354 2. Broeks Ann-ET VG-88 2-01 3x 365 44,337 4.1 1823 3.1 1354 3. Ever-Green-View A-Dream-ET VG-89 2-00 3x 365 39,850 4.4 1757 3.6 1452 4. Ever-Green-View Hyannis-ET VG-88 2-02 3x 365 50,499 3.3 1654 3.0 1535

ANN VG-88 2Y Dam: Broeks Annie EX-90 2nd Dam: Wabash-Way Arleigh-ET VG-88 GMD 3rd Dam: Wabash-Way Annileigh-ET EX-90 GMD DOM

A-Dream VG-89 2Y

Hyannis VG-88 2Y

Dam: Lar-Lan KK Gwyn Angelina-ET EX-90 DOM 2nd Dam: GBM Kentdor Atlantis VG-86 GMD DOM 3rd Dam: GBM Durham BC Annabell EX-90 DOM

Dam: Siemers Shottle Hianna EX-90 2nd Dam: Siemers Jet Stream Hian EX-91 GMD 3rd Dam: Siemers Durham Hia 6333-ET EX-91 GMD DOM

Ante-Up and A-Dream are the result of our embryo share program. If you have interest in high producing, high scoring offspring from cow families like this - please give us a call to find out more about our embryo share program (Tom - 920-946-8093). Thank you to all of the sponsors for the Top Performer program including the Wisconsin Holstein Association. BAA: 110.9% Current RHA: 93 cows 3x 41,380 4.07 1686 3.12 1291

Tom & Gin Kestell & Sons Joel, Clay & Chris

W4672 Co. Hwy. N, Waldo, WI 53093 Ph: 920-528-7063 Fax: 920-528-7428 e-mail: wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-25

2nd Dam:

Wilstar Talent Lilly-ET EX-90

Full sister to 2nd Dam:

Wilstar Talent Limited-Red EX-94

Wilstar Sympatico Lucky-Red

Res. All-American Aged Cow Res. Grand Champion, WDE 2011

born 3/15/14 Dam: Wilstar Destry Lilac-Red VG-86 1st calf Christopher’s calf from last season, from the heart of one of our finest families, is our representative to the Badger Invitational. A special heifer for a special sale! That’s not lucky... that is Lucky’s destiny! Take her with you April 17!

Willis & Carla Gunst, Cathryn & Christopher 3687 30th Drive, Pine River, WI 54965 920.858.9367 Willis cell

District 7

Go-Make Landmark-Red • Reserve Junior All-American Summer Yearling 2014 • 9th open & 2nd Junior Summer Yearling, Intl. R&W Show 2014 • Due 7/31/15 to Armani

As my junior years come to a close, my dream of having been picked Reserve Junior All-American came true. I would like to thank Go-Make Holsteins, Ken and Andrea Moeller, for making Landmark available to me. I would also like to thank my parents for all the support over my junior career!

Nor-Rich Acres Brandon Smith W1982 Church Dr., Pulaski, WI 54162 • 715-509-0025 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015


Cybil Fisher

Glo-Crest Seps Lucy Lou-Red EX-93 3E Lifetime: 320,857M 12,798F 9419P


ucy Lou was born in June of 2004 amid one of the most challenging summers of our lives. Glo-Crest Holsteins (Gary & Linda Olson) moved their Registered Holstein herd from Algoma, WI, to Synergy Dairy in Pulaski, WI, to begin a partnership with their daughter and son-in-law Jay & Heather Jauquet. n her 11 years with us, she became the undisputed “Queen� at Synergy. Her phenomenal ability to milk led to two records over 50,000M, the 2010 Wisconsin Holstein Top Performer award and ultimately 320,857M 12,798F and 9419P in lifetime production. She did this while also dazzling with her beautiful dairy frame which resulted in many trips to the Shawano County Fair and even in a 6th place finish at WDE. Lucy was always a favorite of visitors to the farm with many repeat visitors quick to ask how she was doing. Working hard with us to establish Synergy Dairy, Lucy Lou left a permanent imprint on all of our hearts.


District 7

Jay, Heather, Mason, Carter & Evan Jauquet | Gary & Linda Olson W2285 County Rd. S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Jay cell: 920-639-6408 RHA: 328 cows 32,312M 1228F 1016P wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-27

Da-Lynn-Jema J-R Atomic EX-90 EX-93MS 4-00 2x 353 36,362 3.7 1359 3.2 1168 inc. Our newest homebred EX, she is due in June to the high type McCutchen son Renegade. She is a Just Right from an unscored Carnival with 193,000 lbs. lifetime. is is an upcoming cow family with nice looking heifers by Carisma, Shottle, Emphasis and Atwood. Atomic’s VG Mailing sister left some very nice milking daughters by Juror Ford and Fair as well.

GOERS FAMILY DAIRY Home of Da-Lynn-Jema Registered Holsteins

The Goers Family

W10248 Winkle Rd., Shawano, WI 54166 Herdsman: Matthew Goers • (715) 584-0367 • 2/15 DHI-OS RHA: 200 cows 27,672M 1051F 893P 119,000 SCC

28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

District 7

Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET EX-96 3E GMD DOM 5-03 3x 42,230 4.6 1939 3.4 1432 Blackrose has been a long time favorite of Matt’s and the goal of adding her genetics to the herd was recently accomplished with an embryo package purchased by him. ank you to Rosedale Genetics Ltd for making them available and continuing to breed for cow families and solid type! Embryos will be implanted for spring 2016 calves. Our winter 2014 classification was a strong one, yielding many new VG cows including three first calf heifers. e highlight of that group was a homebred Acme scoring VG-87 with an amazing 90 pt. udder! She has an impressive RED Moses yearling heifer here and is due back this spring to Carson-Red. Best of luck to Four-of-a-Kind on their upcoming sale. anks to Dan Cnossen for always talking cows and encouraging me to breed good cattle!

Wisconsin Holstein Association looking for Cow of the Year Nominations

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is looking for nominations for the 2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year. Each September the State of Wisconsin proclaims a Dairy Cow of the Year to represent the $26.5 billion dairy industry. Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture Marketing Division implements the program with the WI PDCA serving as a consultant. To help celebrate Wisconsin Holstein Association’s 125th Anniversary, a Registered Holstein will be recognized at World Dairy Expo as this year’s Cow of the Year. Requirements set forth by the Wisconsin Department of Ag are: 1. The cow is born in Wisconsin 2. She exemplifies the type & conformation (with top classification scores) that is regarded as highly desirable for the breed 3. The cow and her owner must be able to be present at the delivery of the proclamation, typically held at World Dairy Expo

Tom Morris, Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee Chair; Steve Larson, At-Large Director; Mike Holschbach, At-Large Director; Jeff Lyon, Ex-Officio and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP); and Scott Bentley, General Manager. New members of the Board of Directors include Cliff Becker, representing Official Program publisher, Farm Journal/Dairy Today; Troy Esser, representing BouMatic and Courtney Booth, representing the Purebred Breeders of World Dairy Expo. World Dairy Expo also announced recently elected Commercial Exhibitor Committee members, Stefanie Bradley, ANIMART, Inc.;

Lori Bocher, US Dairy Forage Research Council; Taylor Weisensel, Ag-Bag; Joe Coburn, The Coburn Company; Amanda Hannes, Cooperative Resources International; and Jenny Eighmy, Y-Tex Corporation. Dean Hermsdorf, ABS Global, was re-elected Commercial Exhibitor Committee Chair while Jane Griswold, Hoard’s Dairyman, was re-elected Vice Chair. Expo welcomed Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman, as Youth Contest Representative to the Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee. Tom Morris, Tom Morris, Ltd., was re-elected Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee Chair. Bryan Voegeli was elected again to serve as Vice Chair.

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A fresh 2-year-old Sid sells from this 8th generation EX! Outagamie Spring Sale - Friday night, April 17 - Seymour, WI

The Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Board of Directors is asking members to make nominations for Cow of the Year. The top 8 nominees will be published in the May issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News, with a popular vote by our members to determine the winning entry*. If more than 8 nominations are submitted to WHA by the deadline, the Board of Directors will vote for the final 8 to be included in the popular vote. To submit a nomination, please fill out the information below and mail to Wisconsin Holstein Association by April 8. Nominations must be in the WHA office BY April 8 and can be submitted by email, fax or mail. Nomination forms are available on the WHA website at

World Dairy Expo Announces New Board Leadership

Madison, Wis.: World Dairy Expo held its annual Board of Director and Committee Meetings March 2-3 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Major stakeholder groups from across North America provided input and policy guidance for future Expos. World Dairy Expo is pleased to announce new leadership for its Executive Committee. Newly elected board members include Alan Deming, President; Bill Hageman Jr., 1st Vice President; Debbie Crave, 2nd Vice President; Mike Hellenbrand, Secretary/Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Dean Hermsdorf, Commercial Exhibitor Committee Chair;

Briccows Goldwyn Idaho-ET EX-90 EX-MS 4-05 2x 365 28,367 4.9 1387 3.3 933 One of five EX daughters of our great brood cow, Briccows Independence 3E-92. Next six dams EX back to Vigo Royal Jewel 2E-95.

Look for Idamae... - she’s tall, long & dairy with a super udder - fresh at 2-00, she had 90 lbs. on her first test - sells with her January 2015 Defiant daughter

District 7

Pete, Brenda, Brent & Riley Bricco N3103 Wegner Road, Marion, WI 54950 • (715) 754-2709 • (715) 460-4208 cell e-mail: - We are an rBST-free herd wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-29

WHA’s Great Holstein Treasure Quest

2015 Calf Entries Booth-Haven A Mocha-Red-ET


Born 3-3-2014

Reg. #142901531

Sire: Mr Apples Action-Red-ET Dam: Westphal-ELG Bwr Mojito-Red VG-85 VG-MS 2-03 2x 298 17,253 649F 537P inc. HHM Junior All-American R&W Winter Yearling 2013 Res. Junior Champion of Jr. Show, MW Spring R&W Show 2013

2nd Dam: Westphal-ELG Adv Madikal-ET *RC EX-91 2E 3rd Dam: Elm-Lawn-G Redmarker Madison *RC EX-92 4th Dam: Elm-Lawn-G Horace Michigan EX-92 3E Owner: Cole, Ava, Campbell & Royce Booth, Plymouth



Born 12-5-2014

Reg. #840003012456980

Sire: Mr Apples Armani-ET Dam: Budjon-Vail Deidra-Red-ET EX-91 EX-MS 2-09 202 16,926 549F 459P inc.

Born 12-18-2014

Reg. pending

Sire: Synergy Always-Red Dam: Ms Talent Applicious-Red-ET EX-92 2E 5-10 2x 365 29,070 5.4 1570 3.4 991 2nd Dam: KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E DOM 9-01 2x 365 36,750 4.3 1582 3.3 1211 2013 HI Red Impact Cow of the Year Reserve Grand Champion, Grand Intl. R&W Show 2013

3rd Dam: Kamps-Hollow Altitude-ET EX-95 2E DOM 7-00 2x 365 39,690 4.7 1849 3.3 1310 Owner: Casey & Billie Olson, New London

Booth-Haven Moolate-Red Maternal sister to Mocha by Synergy Always-Red Nominated Junior All-American R&W Spring Calf 2014

Lake-Breeze Armani Diva-ET

In-Red Always Aces-Red-ET

Ms Talent Applicious EX-92 2E


Lyn-Vale Brkw PicMePlz-ET Born 12-25-14

Reg. #840003126667571

2nd Dam: Budjon Redmarker Desire EX-96 4E GMD 5-03 2x 365 47,540 4.2 1998 2.7 1304

Sire: Mr Atwood Brokaw Dam: Baycroft Rubens Glorious-ET EX-91 3E GMD 4-11 2x 365 43,030 3.5 1489 3.0 1310 2nd Dam: C Nipponia Broker Gloria-ET EX-91 2E 7-00 2x 331 22,110 4.0 895 3.1 688 3rd Dam: Glen Isla Starbuck Gloria EX Can 5* 5-03 2x 365 26,607 4.1 1082 3.4 906 4th Dam: Glen Isla Warden Glenna EX-90 5th Dam: Glen Isla Sen Gracela-ET EX Can

Owner: Mike & Laura Rammer, Sheboygan

Owner: William Schultz III, Waldo

10th Senior 2 Year Old, International R&W Show 2014 Nom. All-American R&W Milking Yearling 2013 3rd Milking Yearling, International R&W Show 2013 All-American R&W Fall Calf 2012

Budjon-Vail Deidra-Red-ET EX-91 EX-MS 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

Baycroft Rubens Glorious-ET EX-91 3E GMD

WHA’s Great Holstein Treasure Quest

2015 Calf Entries


Ms Hy-Ry Atwood Ambrosio-ET Born 6-27-2014

Reg. #840003125202039

Sire: Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET Dam: Hylite SS Alasandra EX-95 2E 6-03 2x 365 37,460 3.8 1439 3.1 1145 All-Wisconsin 150,000 lb. Cow 2014 1st 150,000 lb. Cow & Res. Grand Champion, MW Fall Natl. 2014 2nd 5 Year Old, Res. Grand Champion, MW Fall Natl. 2011

2nd Dam: Robthom Alexis Counselour EX-92 2E 8-02 2x 305 24,400 4.2 1013 3.0 720 Owner: C & M Ryan & A, M & S White, Fond du Lac


Our-Favorite Advantage-Red Born 6-16-2014

Reg #143233945

Sire: Fradon Redliner-Red-ET Dam: KHW Alxndr Ayako-ET VG-85 VG-MS 2-07 3x 332 26,700 3.8 1026 3.5 924 2nd Dam: KHW Goldwyn Aiko-ET EX-91 DOM 5-07 2x 365 29,150 5.1 1500 3.8 1104 3rd Dam: Kamps-Hollow Altitude-ET EX-95 2E DOM 7-00 2x 365 39,690 4.7 1849 3.3 1310 4th Dam: Clover-Mist Alisha EX-93 3E DOM Next Dams: EX-94 4E DOM, EX-96 4E DOM August Owner: Todd Stanek, Fall Creek

Hylite SS Alasandra EX-95 2E


Tree-Hayven G Drms Jazzy-ET Born 6-18-2014

Reg. #72956887

Sire: Heavenly Golden Dreams-ET Dam: Dannys Durham Jillian-ET EX-94 2E 3-06 2x 365 29,640 3.3 971 3.3 985 2nd Dam: Dannys Milan Jill EX-94 3E 5-06 2x 365 33,060 3.0 1006 2.9 952 Grand Champion, WI Championship Show 2003 HM All-American 5 Year Old 2003

3rd Dam: GBM Valiant Starbuck Janice EX-94 4E GMD 11-08 2x 305 32,770 4.8 1564 3.3 1083 Owner: Adam Borchert, Auburndale

Dannys Durham Jillian-ET EX-94 2E

KHW Alxnder Ayako-ET VG-85 VG-MS


Zehr-Go-Sho Attic Remi Born 9-11-14

Reg. #840003013444725

Sire: Allyndale-I Attic-ET Dam: Go-Sho Robins Ralphy Boy-ET EX-91 EX-MS 3-07 2x 305 22,890 3.3 754 3.0 685 2nd Dam: Go-Sho Bonvoyage Royale EX-94 3E 4-07 2x 318 31,810 4.2 1341 2.9 910 3rd Senior 3 Year Old, MW Natl. Spring Show 2008

3rd Dam: Thal-View Milan Renee-ET EX-90 EX-MS Owner: Wyatt & Rosalee Zehr & Tess & Stella Schmocker, Whitewater

Go-Sho Alittle Rocknroll-ET EX-90 Maternal sister to dam of Remi HM All-Canadian Junior 3 Year Old 2014 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-31

Join Us! The 8th Annual WHA Young Adult Milwaukee Brewer Outing

Sunday, May 10, 2015 • 1:10 p.m. • Brewers vs. Cubs Join Wisconsin Holstein’s young adults ages 22-45 for a day at the ball game! For $35, guests get a ticket, a bus ride to the game, and great camaraderie with fellow young Holstein enthusiasts! Attendees are invited to bring a dish to pass and must provide their own beverages. One bus will leave from the Oshkosh & Fond du Lac areas and a second will travel the western side of the state with pick-ups in Tomah & Madison. Sign up for this fun annual trip soon tickets go fast and we only have a limited number available! Give our office a call at 1-800-223-4269 or email to reserve your spot today!

Budjon-Vail Deidra-Red-ET EX-91 EX-MS at 3-02 2-09 2x 202 16,926 549 459 inc. All-American R&W Fall Calf 2012 Nom. All-American Milking Yearling 2013 10th Sr. 2-Year-Old, Intl. R&W Show 2014 3rd Milking Yearling, Intl. R&W Show 2013 1st Fall Calf, Intl. R&W Show 2012 HER DAM:

Budjon Redmarker Desire EX-96 4E GMD Lft: 2637d 255,630 4.0 10,213 2.8 7204 photos by Cybil Fisher

Don’t miss these two opportunities for Deidra’s calves!

All-American 5-Year-Old 2005 Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo 2005 Res. All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2007 HM All-American 4-Year-Old 2004 HER GRANDDAM:

• Diva *RC, born 12/14, by Armani - she’s entered in WHA Treasure Quest. Get your ticket today! Triple-A Danee EX-92 • Dreams-Red, born 3/15, by Destry - she sells in the RedFest with a Touch of Black, April 11. Lft: 1957d 148,520 4.1 6058 3.3 4963 All-American Produce of Dam 2007

LAKE BREEZE FARM Mike, Mary, Dr. Laura & Paul Rammer | Sheboygan, WI | 920-980-3417 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

THE 48TH OUTAGAMIE CO. SPRING SALE Friday, April 17th, 7:30 p.m., Seymour Fairgrounds, Seymour, WI





EX-95 EX-MS 3-10 2x 323 34,771 4.0 1384 3.4 1173

EX-91 3-03 3x 365 38,560 3.9 1513 3.1 1180

VG-87 2-09 235 25,846 3.0 776 2.8 726 inc.

EX-94 3-02 310 32,250 3.3 1070 3.1 986

Licorice’s July *RC Chevrolet gr’daughter sells! Her Numero Uno dam is already VG-85 in Canada! Casey Olson

An October Airlift from Showme sells! Next dams EX-92 Goldwyn, EX-93 Skychief and EX-95 Lead Mae. A calf for the second cut at the WI Junior State Fair! Hi-Rev Genetics

Her RED Barbwire spring yearling sells! A Red Acme sister to Sunraygal also sells, born March 2014. Backed by a VG-85 dam then EX-91, EX-94 4E, EX94 3E & EX-93 5E. Jauquet/Moede

Destiny’s VG-85 Destry sells fresh in March with her second calf. 2nd dam EX-96 3E Redmarker Desire, then 3 more EX dams. Bob Sabo





EX-93 EX-MS 4-09 2x 365 33,800 3.2 1073 2.7 913

EX-95 2E DOM 7-00 2x 365 39,690 4.7 1849 3.5 1385

EX-92 2E GMD DOM 4-11 3x 365 44,710 4.5 2002 3.1 1403

EX-93 3E 4-11 365 30,798 3.6 1136 3.0 933

Selling a fresh Gold Chip from Evelyn’s VG-87 Sanchez. Evelyn is backed by EX-90, VG-87 and EX-90 dams. Synergy Family Dairy

Selling a RED Debonair Senior 2-yearold fresh in March! Her VG-85 Encounter dam is from the World Famous Altitude and backed by 5 more EX dams. High Altitude Syndicate

A fresh Atwood sells from Mae’s EX-93 Outside. Next dam is Lead Mae, EX-95 3E GMD DOM. The Atwood’s January Joe Paltzer Bradnick also sells.

A fall calf that has the cut! She’s by Airlift and born in September. Pizza is her 3rd dam, then Ultimate Pala EX-94 Ben Evenson 3E DOM.




EX-92 3E 5-08 2x 365 26,200 4.9 1278 3.3 872

EX-91 EX-MS 3-05 2x 365 28,780 4.2 1214 3.6 1025

A fresh Sid from an EX-90 Goldwyn then Independence and 6 more EX dams! The Sid sells along with her January Defiant calf. Bricco’s Cow Town

A December Windbrook from Excite sells! Next dam is EX-90 Elegance 5 with 33,360 3.7 1223 3.0 1015, then EX-90 GMD DOM. Matt Vervoort

All-Can & All-Amer. 4 Yr Old 2011 All-Can & Res. All-Amer. Sr. 3 Yr Old 2010

Nom. All-American Junior 3 Yr Old 2009

WILSTAR AD ROSES REBA-RED EX-92 2E 3-08 2x 365 34,760 4.4 1521 3.4 1180 A *RC December Goldwyn sells from Reba! Reba completes 3 generations of All-American nominations. 2nd dam is EX-90 Sept Storm, then EX-94 3E Integrity. Paltzer/Buman

5-05 2x 365 36,230 4.2 1532 3.2 1151 Lft: 110,512 4.0 4370 3.4 3812 A fresh Guthrie from 2 VG dams then Easter. Next dam is EX-96 3E GMD DOM Elegance. Hilrose

All-American 4 Yr Old 2011

60 lots sell from some of the best cow families in the breed! Watch for a Senior 2-year-old Braxton from Goldfawn/Wilstar and an Atwood Junior 3-year-old from Madson that would make great junior show cows!

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SALE STAFF: Kevin Jorgensen, 920-210-3992 Jay Jauquet, 920-639-6408 Lynn Harbaugh, 920-420-1524 Brandon Ferry, 608-335-8861 Darrel Worden, 715-571-0833 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-33

Wisconsin’s Production Top 10s 2x Milk 1. Bur-Wall Morty Partygirl EX-90 2. Axe-Bluff Ito Bacardi 3. Kamps-Hollow Amen-ET EX-90 4. Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET EX-95 5. Miss Marconi Phashion EX-91 6. Car-Bon Blitz Alice VG-88 7. Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress EX-94 8. Plain-Knoll MarionMissletoe EX-90 9. Doorco Socrates Kira VG-89 10. Oharrows Stir 7072 EX-90

7-06 365 54,900 3.7% 2,054 3.0% 1,645 8-01 365 54,180 3.5% 1,921 3.0% 1,601 7-11 365 52,540 4.1% 2,152 3.0% 1,597 7-05 365 52,530 3.5% 1,836 3.1% 1,610 4-05 365 51,450 4.2% 2,151 3.3% 1,674 7-08 365 51,230 3.4% 1,727 2.8% 1,416 6-03 365 51,100 4.2% 2,133 3.2% 1,617 6-06 365 50,820 4.2% 2,149 3.1% 1,554 4-06 365 50,180 4.5% 2,241 2.9% 1,476 5-11 365 49,140 2.7% 1,316 2.7% 1,326

Bur-Wall Holsteins Brooklyn Ronald M. Unseth Genoa Bur-Wall Holsteins Brooklyn Jordan C. Siemers Newton Glenn-Ann Holsteins Albany Shawn Nehls Hustisford Tori J. Evert Brooklyn Dennis & Cynthia Begert Neillsville Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Colin Oharrow Willer Oconto Falls

2-00 365 43,660 5.9% 2,576 3.3% 1,425 4-06 365 46,400 5.5% 2,554 3.1% 1,418 6-00 365 44,270 5.6% 2,477 2.9% 1,305 7-01 365 48,210 5.0% 2,423 3.3% 1,601 4-06 365 50,180 4.5% 2,241 2.9% 1,476 4-06 365 40,190 5.5% 2,197 3.2% 1,304 3-04 305 36,730 6.0% 2,197 3.1% 1,145 4-05 305 41,200 5.3% 2,194 3.0% 1,245 5-08 365 48,210 4.5% 2,193 2.8% 1,332 3-04 365 44,880 4.8% 2,162 2.9% 1,295

Lambrecht Farms Kewaunee Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Glenn-Ann Holsteins Albany Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Kepridge Farms, Inc. Viola Dennis R. & Cynthia Begert Neillsville Dennis R. & Cynthia Begert Neillsville Kepridge Farms, Inc. Viola Kevin C. Kirsch Elkhart Lake

4-05 365 51,450 4.2% 2,151 3.3% 1,674 7-06 365 54,900 3.7% 2,054 3.0% 1,645 6-03 365 51,100 4.2% 2,133 3.2% 1,617 7-05 365 52,530 3.5% 1,836 3.1% 1,610 7-01 365 48,210 5.0% 2,423 3.3% 1,601 8-01 365 54,180 3.5% 1,921 3.0% 1,601 7-11 365 52,540 4.1% 2,152 3.0% 1,597 6-06 365 50,820 4.2% 2,149 3.1% 1,554 4-10 365 43,830 4.2% 1,853 3.4% 1,501 4-06 365 44,960 3.8% 1,727 3.3% 1,477

Glenn-Ann Holsteins Albany Bur-Wall Holsteins Brooklyn Tori J. Evert Brooklyn Jordan C. Siemers Newton Glenn-Ann Holsteins Albany Ronald M. Unseth Genoa Bur-Wall Holsteins Brooklyn Dennis & Cynthia Begert Neillsville Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson Belleville Ronald M. Unseth Genoa

Fat 1. Lambrecht Bookem Annisa-ET VG-85 2. Heatherstone Selina-ET EX-92 3. Heatherstone Stardancer 4. Glenn-Ann Jasper Shiner EX-94 5. Doorco Socrates Kira VG-89 6. Kepridge Nanno Dipity Lou 7. Plain-Knoll EW Escalate Mar GP-80 8. Echowood Planet Alaska GP-82 9. Kepridge Airraid Hadley VG-86 10. Devin-Acres Maxlife Lil-KT

Protein 1. Miss Marconi Phashion EX-91 2. Bur-Wall Morty Partygirl EX-90 3. Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress EX-94 4. Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET EX-95 5. Glenn-Ann Jasper Shiner EX-94 6. Axe-Bluff Ito Bacardi 7. Kamps-Hollow Amen-ET EX-90 8. Plain-Knoll MarionMissletoe EX-90 9. Jeffrey-Way Saphire EX-90 10. Axe-Bluff Boldstar Pix

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Wisconsin’s Production Top 10s 3x Milk 1. Ms EverGreenView Babble-ET 2. Ever-Green-View Dalphi-ET 3. Knonaudale Idol-ET 4. Ever-Green-View Marlo-ET 5. Jeta Bambi-ET 6. Ever-Green-View Lourdes 7. Ms Arjeta-ET 8. Ms EverGreenView Babble-ET 9. Sure-View Baxter Always 10. Ever-Green-View Elaina-ET

EX-93 EX-92 EX-92 EX-91 VG-85 VG-85 VG-88 EX-93 EX-92 EX-92

4-11 365 64,210 3.2% 2,084 3.0% 1,919 4-06 365 59,300 2.7% 1,597 2.8% 1,679 4-07 365 58,590 4.6% 2,667 3.0% 1,784 4-11 365 58,000 4.2% 2,426 2.7% 1,552 6-05 365 57,790 6.0% 3,484 3.4% 1,986 5-03 365 56,200 4.5% 2,536 3.2% 1,773 3-02 365 55,550 4.2% 2,346 2.9% 1,603 4-11 305 55,470 3.3% 1,819 3.0% 1,643 5-07 365 55,040 4.4% 2,408 2.7% 1,507 3-08 365 54,550 5.4% 2,919 3.0% 1,615

Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Gary L. Housner Thomas J. Kestell Jeta Holsteins Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Gary L. Housner Thomas J. Kestell

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VG-85 EX-92 EX-92 EX-92 VG-85 EX-92 GP-83 GP-82 EX-90 EX-91

6-05 365 57,790 6.0% 3,484 3.4% 1,986 3-08 365 54,550 5.4% 2,919 3.0% 1,615 4-07 365 58,590 4.6% 2,667 3.0% 1,784 6-05 365 48,390 5.4% 2,590 3.0% 1,468 5-03 365 56,200 4.5% 2,536 3.2% 1,773 5-09 365 53,610 4.7% 2,523 3.1% 1,641 6-04 365 51,560 4.8% 2,480 2.6% 1,361 4-05 365 47,080 5.2% 2,448 3.1% 1,439 3-08 365 45,450 5.4% 2,432 3.5% 1,588 4-11 365 58,000 4.2% 2,426 2.7% 1,552

Jeta Holsteins Waldo Thomas J. Kestell Waldo Gary L. Housner Elroy Gary L. Housner Elroy Thomas J. Kestell Waldo Thomas J. Kestell Waldo Brian Michael Begert Neillsville Dennis & Cynthia Begert Neillsville Thomas J. Kestell Waldo Thomas J. Kestell Waldo

VG-85 EX-93 EX-92 VG-85 EX-92 EX-90 EX-92 EX-92 EX-92 EX-92

6-05 365 57,790 6.0% 3,484 3.4% 1,986 4-11 365 64,210 3.2% 2,084 3.0% 1,919 4-07 365 58,590 4.6% 2,667 3.0% 1,784 5-03 365 56,200 4.5% 2,536 3.2% 1,773 4-06 365 59,300 2.7% 1,597 2.8% 1,679 5-06 365 50,480 4.7% 2,363 3.3% 1,674 5-04 365 54,060 3.9% 2,111 3.1% 1,660 5-09 365 53,610 4.7% 2,523 3.1% 1,641 3-08 365 54,550 5.4% 2,919 3.0% 1,615 5-02 365 45,980 4.3% 1,973 3.5% 1,605

Jeta Holsteins Thomas J. Kestell Gary L. Housner Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell

Fat 1. Jeta Bambi-ET 2. Ever-Green-View Elaina-ET 3. Knonaudale Idol-ET 4. Kishholm Advent Chamaze-ET 5. Ever-Green-View Lourdes 6. Ever-Green-View Maya-ET 7. Echowood Blitz Shelly 8. Echowood Planet Alaska 9. Ever-Green-View Elaska 10. Ever-Green-View Marlo-ET

Protein 1. Jeta Bambi-ET 2. Ms EverGreenView Babble-ET 3. Knonaudale Idol-ET 4. Ever-Green-View Lourdes 5. Ever-Green-View Dalphi-ET 6. Broeks Annie 7. Broeks Roumare Elsa-ET 8. Ever-Green-View Maya-ET 9. Ever-Green-View Elaina-ET 10. Ever-Green-View Louise-ET

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Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins

Doug, Linda, Corey & Tammy Hodorff N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, WI 53019

Jim & Kelly, Greg & Laura, Andrew & Shannon, Don & Lila Rickert Eldorado, WI 54932

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RHA: 1010 cows 27,368 3.8 1033 3.0 829 19 Year Progressive Genetics Herd wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-35

District 7 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The May issue will feature District 2 Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau & Vernon counties.

Waupaca/Waushara Counties

District 7

Brown County

2014 Adult Membership: 28; Jr. Membership: 5

Door County

2014 Adult Membership: 22; Jr. Membership: 6 Adult Association officers - President: Tony Brey; Vice President: Adam Delfosse; Secretary: Tracy LaCrosse; Treasurer: Angela Brickner; Junior Advisor: Shelly Olson. The Door County juniors remain very active and had two dairy bowl teams that participated at the state convention. The adult group holds their annual banquet each February. The highlight of the year is the Door County Fair where the adults and juniors have worked together for generations.

Kewaunee County

2014 Adult Membership: 32; Jr. Membership: 17

Marinette County

2014 Adult Membership: 9; Jr. Membership: 0 Adult Association officers - President: Mark Carviou; Secretary/Treasurer: Phil Finger; Junior Advisor: Jamie Vandewall. The Marinette County Holstein Association is about 50 years old now at the time of the Wisconsin Associations’s 125 year mark. Minutes of meetings go back to the 1960s. Seeds and roots go back to the original County Farm at Peshtigo. It was one of several registered herds in the county. In the 1950s county agent Victor Quick had a missionary zeal to bring county farmers up to date with more scientific farming methods. The yearly dairy picnic and field day at the county farm, usually held in July, is remembered by old timers. Included in the activities were hoof trimming demonstrations, cow judging, and a tug-of-war. Looking back, this was the start of the County Holstein group and the now popular twilight meeting. From the beginning, the group included the few registered breeders in the county and also grade dairymen who had a black and white herd. The Darren Rusch family of the town of Beaver hosted the 2014 twilight meeting last August. The family line-up includes Darren and Lynn Rusch, son Arren and fiancé Brittany, son-in-law Aaron Nowak and wife Amber. Top AI sires are used on the 150 cow grade Holstein herd. A unique operating system utilizes two conventional stanchion barns a mile apart. Fresh heavy milkers are on 3X milking at the home location, late lactation cows move east a mile to finish up on 2X milking. The 500 acre cropping operation supports the herd with an approximate 24,000 lb. milk average on owner sampler test. The family hosted the Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm in 2009.

2014 Adult Membership: Waupaca - 29, Waushara - 12; Jr. Membership: Waupaca - 14, Waushara - 12 Adult Association officers - President: Willis Gunst; Vice President: Alan Cordes; Secretary: Danae Bauer; Treasurer: Justin Hintz; Junior Advisor: Brenda Long.

Holstein Association Announces New Mobile App

Brattleboro, VT: Holstein Association USA (HAUSA) has just launched a mobile app - a new way for you to use a mobile device to access Holstein information on the Web. Getting information from HAUSA with your cellphone or tablet is now much more userfriendly. To access the mobile site, point the Internet browser on your mobile device to You’ll get a menu with several options that include: • Animal Search: Animal Search displays the same information as the traditional HAUSA Animal Search, optimized for performance on mobile devices. Results display quickly and columns are easy to sort. • Popular Lists: The lists of High-Scoring Two-Year-Olds, First Time Excellents, Holsteins scored 95 or higher in the last twelve months, and Highest Registry Activity Bulls all available. • Family Tree: Access Family Tree search results by clicking on an animal’s registration number from the Animal Search results page or Family Tree in the menu, or search for an animal by registration number or NAAB code. • Pedigree: Order pedigrees for animals from a variety of places within the mobile app, including directly from the Animal Search and Family Tree results. • Inbreeding Calculator: View mating results for up to ten different sires and pedigree inbreeding values for each mating. You can also find genomic inbreeding values, if both the female and males are genomic tested. • Bull Lists: Frequently accessed bull lists as well as the High Ranking Sire Report, Top 100 TPI Bulls, and Top 50 Sire lists for several traits can be easily accessed through the mobile site. Visit from your smartphone or tablet today, and take advantage of some of HAUSA’s most frequently used services.

Upcoming Issues

Oconto County


125th Anniversary Issue, District 2 Feature Ads due April 8

Outagamie County


Midwest Holsteins issue, District 10 Feature “Top 10” genomic leaders (heifers/cows) 125th Feature: National Conventions hosted by WI, past National directors Ads due May 6

2014 Adult Membership: 15; Jr. Membership: 0 2014 Adult Membership: 55; Jr. Membership: 21 Adult Association officers - President: Ben Muenster; Vice President: Allyn Staley; Secretary: Eric Voight; Treasurer: Jim Kortz. Junior Association officers - President: Amber Owen; Vice President: Chloe Vosters; Secretary: Bethany Marcks; Treasurer: Amanda Stingle. The 48th Annual Outagamie County Spring Sale will be held April 17 at 7:30 p.m. The county Holstein Futurity will be held Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the Outagamie County Fair. All are invited to come watch this outstanding show. The Outagamie County Holstein Breeders’ annual meeting is scheduled for December 9, 2015.

Shawano County

2014 Adult Membership: 52; Jr. Membership: 25 36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

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Wisconsin’s 2014 All-Americans Spring Calf Nom

Ryan-Vu Brokaw Reaction-ET, Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac

Winter Calf RES

Siemers Defnt Great-Red-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton


Junior Best 3 Females RES Nom


Ryan-Vu GChip Claudette-ET, Chad & Mark Ryan & Jennifer Hill, Fond du Lac Ryan-Vu Reginald Emblem, Chad & Mark Ryan, Majestic View LLC, Hetts, Shore & Connery, Fond du Lac

Summer Yearling RES Nom

Comestar Hodree Goldwyn, Eaton Holsteins, Rhonda Shore, Pat Lundy, Majestic View & Connery, Marietta, NY & Sun Prairie, WI Petticlerc Windbrk Frimouss-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton

Spring Yearling RES

Budjon-JK Advn Awakening-ET, MB Ladyluck Farm, Budjon Farms & Peter Vail, Lomira

Winter Yearling Nom

Routina Zelgadis Paige, Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna

Fall Yearling in Milk AA RES

Siemers Gsun Haya-Dream-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton Savage-Leigh Golden Girl-ET, Heatherstone Enterprises Inc., Baraboo

Budjon-JK, Budjon Farms & Joel Kietzman, Lomira Ryan-Vu Holsteins, Chad & Mark Ryan, Fond du Lac

2014 Junior All-Americans

Fall Calf Nom

Joe Hoffman, Edgerton Produce of Go-Sho Bonvoyage Royale, David & Nina Schmocker, Whitewater

Spring Calf Nom

Siemers Brw Scarlet-Star-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton

Winter Calf Nom Nom

Duckett Atwood Nelly, Zachary Lemke, Chilton Hillpine B Anya-ET, Ryan Lauber, Union Grove

Fall Calf Nom Nom

Jeffery-Way McCutchn Tyleen, Brooks Hendrickson, Belleville Synergy Doorman Aries, M, C & E Jauquet and M, C & S Haack, Pulaski

Summer Yearling

Petticlerc Windbrk Frimouss-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton HHM Bella-View Braxton Allure, Kayla Krueger, Marion Nom Ms Deb Gold Chip Dala-ET, Alek Krueger, Wrightstown


Spring Yearling AA

Mapel Wood Windhammer Elegance, Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma

Junior 2 Year Old

Winter Yearling

AA Nom



Ryan-Vu Sid Molly, Siemers Holsteins, Newton Gaemenchet Sid Katia, Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna Walk-Era Dundee Annelise, Budjon Farms & St. Jacobs ABC Inc., Lomira

Senior 2 Year Old RES

Lottos Atwood Lizette-ET, Budjon Farms, Peter Vail & Clark Woodmansee III, Lomira

Junior 3 Year Old Nom

Honeyfield Sanchez Madison, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira

Ryan-Geiger Gwatwd Reaction, Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma

Fall Yearling RES Nom Nom

Craigcrest Rejoices Reconfir-ET, Eva Doornink, Baldwin Siemers Damion Scar-Let-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton Westphalia Dempsey Erie, Jacob Ulezelski, Plymouth

Fall Yearling in Milk

HHM Siemers Gsun Haya-Dream-ET, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton

Senior 3 Year Old

Junior 2 Year Old



Nom Nom

Brookvilla Goldwyn Brooks, Milksource Genetics LLC & Pierre Boulet, Kaukauna Brackleyfarm Chelios Cheerio, Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna Strans-Jen-D Tequila-Red-ET, Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna

5 Year Old Nom Nom Nom Nom

Duckett Ross Pamela, Michael & Julie Duckett, Rudolph Lovhill Goldwyn Katrysha, Jeffrey Butler & Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna Robrook Goldwyn Cameron, Budjon Farms, Peter & Lyn Vail, St. Jacobs ABC & Clark Woodmansee, Lomira Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET, Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma

Aged Cows Nom Nom Nom

Macpes Fortune Koquine-ET, Milksource Genetics LLC, Kaukauna Milksource Goldwyn Africa-ET, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira Rosedale Lexington-ET, Mark Rueth, Oxford

Lifetime Production Cows Nom Nom

Stone-Front Iron Pasta, Michael & Julie Duckett, Rudolph Vangoh Durham Treasure, Michael & Julie Duckett, Rudolph

Produce of Dam Nom

Walk-Era Dundee Annelise, Alli, Brett, Gracie & Libby Walker, Wisconsin Dells

Senior 2 Year Old

HHM Siemers Sid Whip 17669, Crystal, Jordan, Josh, Jake, Connor & Lauren Siemers, Newton Nom Bella-Ridge Gin Blossom-ET, Derrek & Darren Kamphuis, Brandon

Senior 3 Year Old AA RES Nom Nom

Milksource Durham Giggle-ET, Kara & Chloe Vosters, Kaukauna Laitxpert Extra Goldwyn-ET, Noah Bilz, Dorchester Butlerview Aftersh April-ET, Ryan Lauber, Union Grove Rock-N-Hill-II Atwoo Crisco, Rachel McCullough, Juda

4 Year Old

HHM Jeffrey-Way Advent Dynasty, Patrick Blair, Belleville Nom Crisdhome Durham Cougar-ET, Jade Jensen, New Richmond

5 Year Old AA Nom

Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET, Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma Quad-R Lyman Mustang, Tanya & Ryan Smith, Monticello

150,000 lb. Cow

AA Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET, Jordan Siemers, Newton HHM Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress, Tori Evert, Brooklyn

Produce of Lylehaven-M-D Rebecca-ET, Sheryl Deaver & wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-37

Distinguished Breeder Award Wisconsin Holstein’s Highest Honor est. 1890

The Distinguished Breeder Award is the highest honor given to a Wisconsin Holstein breeder for their contribution to the advancement of the Registered Holstein Breed. The first award was presented at the 1978 WHA Convention and is given annually to a Wisconsin Holstein member, family or partnership that has developed their herd

and bred outstanding animals over the years. Award applications may be submitted by the breeder themself or by another party. Applications will be considered for up to three years and can be re-submitted with updates during or after that three year period.

Distinguished Breeder Award Winners 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996

Bob & Kathy Traynor, Spring Valley Bob & Karyn Schauf, Barron Brian & Wendy Fust, Wausau R. Paul Buhr, Viroqua Joseph & Chris Brantmeier, Sherwood Allen & Pat Rippchen, Richland Center Bauer Families, Scandinavia Tom Lyon, Westfield Roger & Peggy and William & Judy Borgwardt, Valders John & Mary Cull, Lomira David Rose, Eden Marty & Trudy Kinyon, Lone Rock Tom & Gin Kestell, Waldo Robert Snow, Sparta Wallace Behnke, Brooklyn Hendrik & Bonnie Van Dyk, New Richmond Joseph & Marion Kuehn, Egg Harbor Steve & Kay Holte, Westby Niles & Elmo, Jr. Wendorf, Ixonia

1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977

Dan & Barbara Wyss, Monroe Maurice & Geri Cooper, DeForest David Bachman, Sr., Sheboygan Falls Eugene Nelson, Union Grove Roger Heeg, Marshfield Richard Kretzschmar, Mellen William Hageman, Fond du Lac Robert Behling, Cumberland Jim Battist, Waterloo Duane Hegna, Baraboo Richard Towns, Janesville Clarence Boyke, Fond du Lac Gus Wendorf, Ixonia Don & Keith Long, Weyauwega Wayne Baier, Elmwood Richard Kruschke, New Richmond John Selz, Humbird Gordon Berg, Brownsville Elroy Borgwardt, Valders

Paul Buhr, Rabur Holsteins, Viroqua

I’ve always had a goal to develop a cow family that has a positive influence on the breed, not only through genetics marketed to neighboring herds or through sales, but on the national level as well. Rabur Outside Pandora, EX-91 3E GMD DOM, was a lucky cow to have when health and fitness traits were gaining importance, as Pandora herself was always a good productive life cow. Pandora’s highest record at 2-11 2x and 362 days produced 37,330 pounds of milk, with 1344 of fat and 1152 of protein. Her lifetime credits in 2523 days include 190,080 pounds of milk, with a 3.7 6988F and 3.2 6096P lbs. Pandora’s five closest dams had 200,000 pounds of lifetime milk, and the cow family has been in the herd for 12 generations. We’ve kept breeding from the best cows in the family, and Pandora was a cow that flushed well and it all came together. We’ve been fortunate to sell members of the family that have done well for other breeders. Pandora’s legacy lives through her offspring. One of her Shottle daughters, Rabur Outside Pandora EX-91 3E GMD DOM Rabur S Padora-ET, EX-92, has a son that will graduate soon. Regancrest Paradise-ET is a Dorcy son that has been making great uddered daughters, and I’m thrilled that Frank has had success with his daughter from the family. Also from the family is Predestine at Select Sires, bred by the Rickert family, and his daughters are looking promising with many calving soon. Right now we’re working with Rabur Iota Pious, VG-87, a potential 8th generation Excellent from Pandora. She is around +2100 GTPI and we just flushed her to Mogul. There are some great great granddaughters of Pandora in the herd that are testing over +2400 GTPI. I’d really like to get to 10 generations of Excellent in the family, as it’s always been a goal of mine. Even though the rules of the breeding game have changed, we’re still trying to fit in as a small breeder and keep working with the best in our herd. Paul and his wife Darlene milk 74 cows with a Rolling Herd Average of 26,000 milk, with 1,000 fat and 790 protein. They have a 109.2% BAA.

Duane & Jean Hegna, Heatherstone Enterprises, Baraboo

We moved from northern WI in 1961 to manage and eventually become the owners of Heatherstone Enterprises, in Baraboo. In 1962, we purchased Rosafe Shamrock Godfrey, EX-GM, an inbred son of ABC Reflection Sovereign. He went on to sire the winning Junior Get of Sire and Senior Get of Sire at the WI Championship Show and several individual All-WI winners. His most noteworthy daughter was Heatherstone Sparkle G, an All-WI 2 & 3 Year Old, who topped the National Convention Sale in 1967 at $12,000. His most famous grandson, Heatherstone Lucky Typeblazer, was the All-WI Bull Calf and Senior Yearling Bull, before entering Sire Power and becoming a prominent member of their line-up. We sold the farming operation to our daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Valerie Holschbach, in 1994. Although we are no longer actively engaged in the business, we enjoy lending a helping hand on the farm, and still maintain close friendships with many fellow Holstein breeders. 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

Tom & Gin Kestell, Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo

The most influential cow family in our herd is what we call the “Elsie” cow family. However, it really goes back two more generations to first Ever-Green-View Le Grant (Drendel Grant) and then to Ever-Green-View Leisure (Winken). They each had several excellent daughters. Leisure peaked at over 180 pounds of milk and was the top 4-year old in 1996. Leisure was EX-91 DOM and her biggest milk record was at 7-07 3x 365 48,190 3.7 1788 3.0 1461. Le Grant was also EX-90 DOM GMD and her biggest milk record was 4-04 3x 365 50,280 3.7 1874 3.1 1576. Le Grant started the five generations of 50,000 pounds of milk, all Excellent, all GMD, all DOM and all Excellent in the mammary. Le Grant’s daughter, Elsie, then begins what we call the “Elsie Family”. Elsie (Elton) scored EX-92 and 93 in the mammary, GMD and DOM. Elsie’s biggest milk record was 4-09 3x 365 52,580 4.4 2313 3.5 1827. Elsie was the Wisconsin’s Overall Top Performer cow in 2001. She started three generations of Overall Top Ever-Green-View Elsie EX-92 GMD DOM Performers. Elsie’s daughter, Elegant (Metro), scored EX-92 and EX-MS, GMD and DOM and the Overall Top Performer in 2005. The third generation, My 1326 (Morty), was the Overall Top Performer for 2009. My 1326 is the world record Holstein. Elsie has five Excellent daughters and 12 VG daughters. Daughter Elsa (Aaron) topped the National Convention Sale in 2000, selling for $100,000. Elsa is the dam of MBM Elsa (BW Marshal) who was exported to Europe and is the dam of Snowman (Oman). Snowman is the #1 proven protein and milk bull in the world - so both the #1 production cow and the #1 production bull are offspring of Elsie. What surprises me is the two highest Red Holstein cows in Germany are descendents of Elsie’s family too. The highest Red Carrier genomic bull in the breed, Showbiz Symion, is a double Snowman and traces back to Elsie. Elsa’s full sister, Electra, sold in the National Convention Sale and Mountfield Exactor traces back to her. Electress sold to Tom Morris, had four sons enter AI and all four graduated into active service including Mr. Exaggerate (IPS), Mr. Boliver Enid (Select Sires) and one of the top selling bulls last year, and a Shottle son at CRI. The former #1 proven red factor bull in Germany also traces back to Elsie. Miss Celcius Lorena EX-92 3E GMD DOM I believe Elegance is the highest record daughter of Oman. She already has an Excellent BW Marshal daughter, Etal. Etal is milking 190 pounds a day and also with an Excellent mammary. Etal’s two oldest daughters are both scored Excellent at three years of age. They complete seven generations of homebred Excellent out of the Elsie family. In the past my favorite bulls were Goldwyn, Oman and Morty. However, at this time my favorite all-time bull is Snowman. I don’t believe any bull combines type and production as well as Snowman. The other cow family is the Lorena cow family that carries, type, production and also the red factor. This cow family traces back to the Lou Ella cow family. Lorena was runner up in the International Red Cow of the Year contest for Holstein International. Today the #1 proven bull and four of the top 10 proven red bulls in Germany are all direct descendants of the Lorena family. Her sons include: Landslide (US); Malvoy (Germany), a former #1 Red bull in Germany; and Zorro in Switzerland. Her youngest daughter here by Lawn Boy just scored EX-92. Tom and Gin are in the process of forming an LLC with their youngest son, Chris and his wife, Jennifer. The current herd BAA is 110.9% with a RHA of 3x 41,380 4.07 1686 3.12 1291 and a test day milk average of 123 pounds over the last 12 months.

Roger Borgwardt, Sunnyside Farms, Valders

Sunnyside Standout was the bull that impacted our herd the most. Many of his daughters became some of our top foundation cows and his influence continued for many years. His industry wide popularity made merchandising his offspring profitable for many as well as by our Sunnyside Farms. Sunnyside Farms is currently run by Roger and Peggy’s son Todd and his wife Susan. The current RHA on 357 cows is 29,497 3.8 1121 3.15 928.

John Cull, Budjon Farms, Lomira

Krull Broker Elegance EX-96 2E GMD DOM

I find it very hard to name just one. Krull Broker Elegance has made us known and respected around the world. The only cow to have her daughters win the Premier Breeder banner at World Dairy Expo six times. Years ago at the Championship Show we exhibited five 2-year-olds who placed in the top seven, four were Elegance daughters. As a winter yearling, Electra won at Madison and the Royal Winter Fair. Elegance’s multiple generations of descendents continue to achieve All-American nominations along with winning the Junior Best Three class last year at the Royal Winter Fair out of 12 entries. Budjon Redmaker Desire was our first Grand Champion at the Championship Show and World Dairy Expo in 2005. She and her offspring have made a significant impact on the success of our herd. Budjon Stardust Anisa should also be mentioned. My grandfather purchased a cow in 1927 and Anisa traces directly back to that family. This was all done without ET work. She had friends and admirers around the world and has left a mark in our breeding program and always touched our hearts.

Jim & Karen Battist, Battist Farms Inc., Waterloo

Breeding sound cow families has been good for us, our children and our grandchildren, helping us to continue to sell 100 bulls per year for breeding purposes. Some of our best cows during the 1980s and 1990s were by Elevation, Chief and Blackstar. We currently farm with our daughter Jodie and son Philip and are milking 200 cows with a RHA just under 25,000. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-39

UW-Madison Dairy Science to hold Visit Day April 15

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Wednesday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer. Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors. Current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences. The UW-Madison undergrad dairy science program emphasizes a combination of cutting-edge, science-based knowledge and handson experience. Award-winning research and extension faculty teach more than 20 undergraduate courses covering nutrition, reproduction, mammary physiology, genetics and other aspects of dairy management. On-campus, state-of-the art dairy facilities enhance the learning experience. “For high school students, spring of their junior year is really when I would recommend they start taking campus visits,” says Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department. “Making a college visit and touring the campus can be pivotal in a student’s decision to attend college and what schools they end up applying to.” “Students are often amazed by the small-school feel of our ag campus and the extra benefits they get studying at a Big Ten university,” states Weigel. “That, and our proximity to the heart of the dairy industry, is what makes UW-Madison such a special place for our students to attend college.” For UW-Madison admission eligibility, it is recommended that seniors rank in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Transfer students must have completed at least 24 semester hours of college– level work. Most transfer students have a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. To attend the Dairy Science Spring Visit Day, please register online by April 10 at For more information, contact Cathy Rook at (608) 263-3308 or

National Dairy Shrine Scholarship Applications Due April 15

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.dairy under scholarships. 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. The 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. Five winners are recognized annually. The 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. The winner receives a $1500 scholarship while the other winners receive $1000 scholarships. Five winners are recognized annually. The 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 Inter40–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

collegiate Dairy Challenge National contests. These students are eligible to apply for two $3000 scholarships. Undergraduate students may apply in their junior or senior year of college for one $2000 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. The National Dairy Shrine 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. The National Dairy Shrine 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. Two NDS/McCullough scholarships of $2500 and $1,000 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. There will be two NDS/Iager Dairy Scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,000 to second year college students in a two-year agricultural college. This scholarship is sponsored from a fund created by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Iager of Fulton, Maryland. There will be two NDS/Maurice Core Dairy Scholarships awarded in the amount of $1,000 to a freshman college student in 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. There are three NDS/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 NDS/McKown 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. If you would like to apply for any of these scholarships, please visit the NDS website at to download the applications. If you have any questions, please contact the NDS office at 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, Wis. on Thurs., October 1, 2015.

A New Office, A New Beginning

Madison, Wis.: As of February 9, 2015, we are pleased to announce the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association has moved to Madison, Wisconsin. With this move comes exciting changes and opportunities. The office is right down the block from the Dane County Regional Airport and only minutes away from hotels and restaurants. This will allow meetings to become better accommodated. Also, in Madison are the Alliant Energy Center grounds where World Dairy Expo, Midwest Spring Red and White Show, and Wisconsin Championship Show will be held. On Thursday, April 23, 2015, we will be holding an Open House at the office from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m which is the night before Midwest Spring Red and White Show. Again on Wed., September, 30, 2015 we will host another Open House at the office which is the night before the International Red and White Show. Time to be determined. We look forward to the new opportunities and changes this move will bring. For further details, please contact the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association at 2317 International Lane Suite 219 Madison, Wisconsin 53704; Phone: 608-289-8586 or 608-790-5595; Fax: (608) 299-0800; Email: or; Website:

Cierra’s Insights on Holstein Highlights Hello Holstein enthusiasts! The winter chill is gone at last and our calendar is filling up with many spring events! Before we know it, our fields will be planted and we’ll be breaking those heifers to lead. Sierra and I enjoyed our visit to the adult convention in February. A huge “congratulations” goes out to all of the award winners and an even bigger “thank you” to the Pierce/Pepin County breeders for hosting such a successful convention. Besides listening to the stories from our experienced members, I enjoyed all of the farm tours. We visited Huppert Brothers, Honeycrest Holsteins and Hinz Holsteins. The hospitality was spectacular, especially all of the Best Maid cookies! The middle of March, we attended barn meetings across the state. I visited MayerLane Holsteins in Bloomer. This year’s theme was classification and scoring, as presented by Cy Letter. It was a very educational experience and I encourage all of you to attend our spring barn meetings next year! Spring also means it’s time for the Midwest National Spring Show, to be held at the New Holland Pavilion in Madison. Friday, April 24 will be the Red and White show, followed by the Black and White show on Saturday. I am excited for the show in the new location. I wish the best of luck to all of the breeders and exhibitors. Coming up at the end of May will be Cow Camp! Sierra and I are looking forward to being first-time campers. The deadline for registration is April 30. And before we know it, summer will be here with the many district show and June Dairy Month events! Don’t forget to “like” the Wisconsin Holstein Princess page on Facebook, and fill out a request form if you’d like to see me or Sierra at one of your events this year! Happy Farming! Cierra Ehrke-Essock

Midwest National Spring Show Hotel Information Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center

2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713 608-284-1234 • Reference Room Block: Midwest National Spring Show. Room block and these rates may not be available after March 22. • Room block for the nights of Wednesday, 4/22/15 to Saturday, 4/25/15 - Studio Suite with 2 Queen Beds - $109 - One Bedroom Suite with 2 Queen Beds - $109 - Studio Suite with 2 queen beds - Handicapped access. - $119 Rooms in the area will fill up quickly so here are additional hotels near the grounds.

Holiday Inn Express

722 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-255-7400

Sheraton Madison Hotel

706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-251-2300

Pre-Order Supplies

Joel with Prairie View Feeds will have some feed and supplies available. Please preorder by April 15 to guarantee your order. He will deliver to the grounds and will deliver in the barn for large orders. Delivery of small orders will be $10 or you can pick up. Cash or check will be accepted for payment. Small square straw - $5/bale Beet Pulp - $12/bag Large straw bale - $60/bale Barn Lime - $6/bag Shavings - $6/bag Natural Fill - $21 Soy Hay - $6/bale 18% dairy feed - $14/bag Full pallets of shavings are also available at $5.50/bag. Contact Joel at (608) 513-1316 with questions or to place your order.

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Max Luchterhand Hometown: Loyal, WI School: Loyal High School Class Size: 39 Farm: Elusive Hill Dairy Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UWMadison? I decided to attend UWMadison because I wanted to go to the best college in the world. What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience was the summer I spent in Madison working on research in the reproduction lab of the Dairy Science Department under Dr. Milo Wiltbank, as I gained a ton of knowledge and it taught me valuable farm skills. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course here has been Dairy Science 375: Dairy Cattle Reproduction with Milo Wiltbank. I was able to take the course as a junior and learn all the skills and am currently a Teacher’s Assistant in the same class this year to help others gain valuable hands-on skills. What are your future career goals? After graduating this May I will be going home to my family’s dairy farm and eventually become part-owner with my two older brothers. I also have hopes of becoming a positive face in the dairy industry. Inquiry Lives Here UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Ted Halbach

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Enter for the 2017 WHA Futurity

Wisconsin Junior Holstein members ruled the show in 2014, held at the Wisconsin State Fair in August. Don’t miss out on a fantastic opportunity to showcase your three-year-old in West Allis. Late entries are due April 30, 2015. Remember, the Futurity winner takes home over $1500! Visit the web for an entry form today.

Spring Show

Show season is upon us! This year’s spring show will be held at the New Holland Pavilions in Madison, WI. Join us in this exciting new venue with all of the amenities under one roof. Also the deadlines for entries are coming up on April 1. Don’t forget to buy your Treasure Quest ticket and win the calf !!! A great way to start or improve your herd! Entries will be accepted online as well; visit the WHA website for the link to online entries.

Junior Membership and Junior Ownership Deadline

Memberships are due! Be sure to have your Wisconsin Junior Holstein membership paid in advance of any upcoming WHA events or activities this spring and summer. Memberships must be paid in full before June 1, 2015. This is also the date that all heifers and/or cows need to be transferred to a junior’s name in order to be eligible for junior recognition at this year’s shows. No transfer applications will be allowed for juniors at the shows, so make sure paperwork is sent in ahead of the summer show season. Remember, partnerships between two or more juniors are allowed if all juniors are Wisconsin Junior Holstein members. No other partnerships qualify for junior recognition.

National Convention Forms

For those competing at National Holstein Convention this summer, entry deadlines are approaching. Junior Progressive Breeder, Breeder of an Excellent cow, and Breeder of a Multiple “E” cow forms are all due to the National Holstein Office no later than May 1, 2015! Dairy bowl, jeopardy and speaking forms were sent out to those who qualified while all breeder forms can be found at www.holstein Good luck to everyone!

Scrapbook Materials Needed for National Contest

Here is your county’s opportunity to have a National Holstein Convention presence and show your county pride! Sheboygan County has agreed to assemble the state entry for the national scrapbook contest this June in Illinois. In doing so, they would like to ask for your support in order to showcase your county in our state entry! Sheboygan County Juniors would like each county group to assemble: 2 scrapbook pages, 1 page front-to-back, highlighting your junior members and the activities you participated in this past year. The front-to-back page should be size 12x12in. scrapbook paper and can be any color and in portrait layout but it must have a title of your county and some journaling to describe your events. DEADLINE: April 15th or deliver to the Midwest Spring Show: if mailed, please send your two page layout to Sheboygan County Junior Holsteins, Courtney Booth, N6839 County Road E, Plymouth, WI 53073. Any questions can be addressed to Courtney Booth, Advisor, (920)946-4517.

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Contact the JACs:

Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Northeast District | 920.242.7507 Andrew Greenfield, Northeast District | 920-296-5386 Jessica Pralle, Northwest District | 715-533-0902 Rachel Coyne, Northwest District | 715-307-7847 Andy Sell, Southeast District | 920-253-0052 Kristin Broege, Southeast District | 608-289-5373 Charlie Hamilton, Southwest District | 608-330-1223 Logan Voigts, Southwest District | 608-732-2636

2015 Calendar of Events April 24 Midwest Spring Red & White Show, Madison 25 Midwest National Spring Show, Madison 30 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity LATE entries due. Must be postmarked on this date to be entered. Late fee applies. May 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 30-31 Cow Camp June 12 District 10 Holstein Show, Manitowoc 15 District 1 Holstein Show, Glenwood City 15 District 2 Holstein Show, Galesville 16 District 7 Holstein Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Holstein Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Holstein Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Holstein Show, Lancaster 19 District 5 Holstein Show, Mauston 23-26 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois 30 District 6 Holstein Show, Monroe July 10 Junior Judging & Classification Contest 10-11 Wisconsin State Championship Show, Madison August 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond 6-16 Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis 15 FINAL deadline for Wisconsin Holstein Futurity LATE entries.


Join Us for Cow Camp 2015! Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca, Wis. • May 30-31 This year cow camp will be held at Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca, on May 30-31, 2015. Our tentative schedule is for registration to start at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and getting campers settled in. We will start the next morning with our morning walking trail adventures and breakfast. There are some exciting workshops in the works, including farm safety, a veterinarian demonstration, showmanship, crafts, advertising, hoof trimming, cheese tasting, photography and butter making. We are very excited to have another great cow camp and see many familiar faces and meet new ones at this year’s event. See you in Waupaca on May 30 and 31!

Any youth age 14 and under interested in any breed of the dairy cow are welcome to attend. Have fun while learning about cows and meeting other youth from across the state! Cow Camp is also a great way to get to know your Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee members! Cow Camp this year will provide some excellent opportunities with science workshops and more! Look for updates and additional details in the April WHA News. Details will also be posted on the web at

Tentative Cow Camp Schedule Saturday, May 30 12:30 p.m. Registration 1:00 p.m. Orientation & Introductions 1:30-5:00 p.m. Workshops 6:00 p.m. Evening meal with a hike before 11:30 p.m. Curfew Sunday, May 31 7:30 a.m. Hike with the JA guys!! 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 9:00-11:30 a.m. Workshops 11:30 a.m. Cow Camp write-ups & group photo 12:00 noon Lunch 1:00 p.m. Ag Olympics/Games/Shaving Cream Fight 1:30 p.m. Campers dismissed

Cow Camp Registration May 30 & 31, 2015 - Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca, WI Camp Fee - $45/person (Junior or Chaperone) Campers should be 14 & Under Name: ____________________________________________ Age: ______ Adult or Junior (Circle one)

Boy or Girl (Circle one)

Youth T-Shirt Size: ______ ❏ ❏ Adult

County: ___________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________ City: ____________________________________ State: ____________ Zip: _________________ Email: ___________________________________________ Cell Phone: ______________________ Return to: WHA, 902 8th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913. Registration deadline is April 30. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015-43


ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

I would like to say spring is here, but as I finish this issue we’re getting dumped on with snow so I guess I’ll hold off on celebrating spring for awhile. I hope you had a chance to attend our spring barn meetings - from what I heard, they were very informative and Cy Letter did a great job on his presentations about classification. If you did not make it to a meeting and would like to see his presentation, a video is posted on the Wisconsin Holstein Youtube channel. Our next big event is the Midwest National Spring Show on April 25 in Madison. We’re excited to be back in Madison at the Alliant Energy Center as we take advantage of the world-class facilities offered by the New Holland Pavilions. It should be a great show this year and I hope you’ll join us! We’ve got a few big months coming up here at the News and it’s a great time to advertise. Our May issue will be our 125th Anniversary issue. This is a perfect time to celebrate the history of your farm and the development of your herd over the years. If you’d like to discuss options for putting an ad together for this issue, please give me a call. The June issue is our next Midwest Holsteins issue and will also be the National Convention souvenir book. This issue will offer you expanded coverage for your ad and will be seen by all those at the convention. We will have an early print deadline for that issue so I’ll need your ads by May 6. Finally, the July/August issue is our special AI feature. This year we will be working with Select Sires as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Watch for special rates and incentives for that issue. Ads will be due June 10 don’t delay if you need to get some cows pictured. Congrats to all of the winners from the WHA Convention - full coverage of the convention is included in this issue. We’ve also posted more photos of the weekend’s festivities to our Facebook page, be sure to check them out! Until next time... 44–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015




April 2015 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington & Waukesha counties 3 Hauve Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Cashton, managed by Courtney Sales 4 Barron Spring Sale, Barron, WI; managed by Bob Lentz, 715-764-2446 11 RedFest with a Touch of Black, hosted by Crescentmead Holsteins, Ixonia 14 Great Northern April Dairy Production Sale, Fond du Lac 17 Matthiae Dairy Farm Complete Dispersal, Marathon, managed by Courtney Sales 18 17th Badger Invitational, Madison 24 Midwest Red & White Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison 25 Midwest National Spring Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, 8:30 a.m. 30 $50 LATE entries due for 2017 WHA Futurity May 2015 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 4 Wide-Open Holsteins Milking Herd Dispersal with guest consignments, Charlie & Katie Bue; managed by Great Northern; Fond du Lac 9 Vernon County Sale, Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua, 7:30 p.m. 15 Elm Park Farms Complete Dispersal, Sheboygan Falls; managed by The Cattle Exchange, 11:00 a.m. 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 29 Jo-Clar Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Bud & Bill Stilling, Cambridge 30-31 WHA Cow Camp, Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca June 2015 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 11 The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale, Spring Valley, managed by Courtney Sales 12 District 10 Show, Manitowoc 15 District 1 Show, Glenwood City 15 District 2 Show, Galesville 16 District 7 Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Show, Lancaster 19 District 5 Show, Mauston 22 Four-of-a-Kind Holsteins Complete Dispersal, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac 23-26 2015 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois 30 District 6 Show, Monroe July 2015 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 10-11 WI Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison August 2015 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, & Wood counties 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond September 2015 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 29-Oct. 3 World Dairy Expo, Madison October 2015 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 12 Mission Bell Farms Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal, Tom & Jerry Jens, owners, Sheboygan Falls

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Badger Dairy Camp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bricco’s Cow Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bur-Wall Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Ever-Green-View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Goers Family Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Lake Breeze Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Nor-Rich Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 12 Outagamie County Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . . 9 & 45 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Synergy Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Taurus-ST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 45 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Vernon County Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 WHA Showcase Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail: 46–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2015

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April 2015 WI Holstein News  

April 2015 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring Adult Convention review, Top Performers, Production Top 10s and District 7.

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