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April 2017

Volume 89 No. 4

Adult Convention Review Top Performer Winners Production Top 10s District 1 report

photos „ Sarah Damrow

Ever-Green-View Latisha-TW

Ms Sunview SE Suri-Red-ET

Ever-Green-View Esposa

EX-92 2E 6-03 3x 365 72,030 3.5 2513 2.9 2076

VG-86 VG-MS at 3-01 +2276G *PC 2-06 3x 365 52,570 4.2 2202 3.2 1684

VG-86 VG-MS at 3-01 2-04 3x 365 53,400 3.9 2065 3.3 1760

6-9-Year-Old Top Performer 1st National Milk, 4th National Protein

2nd Senior 2-Year-Old Top Performer 5th National Fat & 2nd WI Protein (305d)

Junior 2-Year-Old Top Performer 1st National Milk, 1st National Protein

Dam: Dan-Vue Lariat-ET EX-90 GMD 2nd Dam: Ever-Green-View Lego-ET VG-89 DOM 3rd Dam: Ever-Green-View Le Grant-ET EX-90 GMD DOM 4th Dam: Ever-Green-View Leisure EX-91 GMD DOM

Dam: Dymentholm Sunview Sunday-ET VG-87 VG-MS 2nd Dam: Des-Y-Gen Planet Silk-ET EX-90 EX-MS 3rd Dam: Gen-I-Beq Bolton Silence-ET VG-85 2Y Can 9 more VG or EX dams

Ever-Green-View Locket-ET EX-91

Not Pictured Ever-Green-View Angora-ET EX-92

Ever-Green-View Etax-ET EX-90 2E

3-06 3x 365 64,990 4.0 2615 3.0 1924

4-09 3x 365 68,320 4.0 2704 3.2 2210

5-02 3x 365 55,240 5.3 2907 3.6 1991

Senior 3-Year-Old Top Performer 3rd National Milk, 3rd WI Milk

4-Year-Old Top Performer 1st National Milk & 1st National Protein

5-Year-Old Top Performer 5th National Fat & 3rd WI Fat

We would like to thank the people who help our farm roll along smoothly every day! They are truly the spokes in the wheels of Ever-Green-View Farms LLC.

Hugo Celestino Cristina

Dr. Byron Williams, DVM Dr. Steve Woodford Dr. Kent Bindl, DVM herdsman 12+ years herdsman 11+years milker 2+ years

ET work nutritionist herd vet Marisol David Clara

30+ years 30+ years 10+ years calf manager youngstock milker

2+ years 1+ year 1+ year

Ever-Green-View LLC

Tom & Gin Kestell • Chris & Jen Kestell W4672 Co. Hwy. N, Waldo, WI 53093 Ph: 920-528-7063   Fax: 920-528-7428 e-mail: BAA: 111.4%  RHA: 94 cows 3x 44,493 3.78 1683 3.09 1370

Dam: Ever-Green-View Eiland-ET VG-86 VG-MS 2nd Dam: Ms Eileen-ET EX-91 2E EX-MS 3rd Dam: Ever-Green-View Elsa-ET VG-89 GMD DOM 4th Dam: Ever-Green-View Elsie-ET EX-92 GMD DOM

R-R-Letters Sid Indiana-ET born 9/1/15 ~ Due Sept. 4 to Doorman Dam: Willows-Edge Gold Image-ET EX-92 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Linjet Icon-ET EX-94 3E 3rd Dam: Willows-Edge Skybuck Irate EX-94 4E 4th Dam: Willows-Edge Btniere Irish EX-91 3E DOM 5th Dam: Willows-Edge Banner Ione EX-90 2E

4-01 2x 365 40,440 4.0 1619 3.1 1273 6-09 2x 365 29,200 5.3 1550 3.5 1017 8-09 2x 365 33,340 3.9 1314 2.9 970 9-01 2x 365 30,820 4.5 1386 3.2 972 8-11 2x 365 25,350 4.4 1119 3.4 854

103,380 lft. 168,290 lft. 228,210 lft. 212,800 lft. 197,780 lft.

Indiana sells on May 12 in our dispersal along with her 6 full sisters and a maternal sister by Stanley Cup. From the heart of one of the best cow families at Willows-Edge, these heifers are sure to make a great addition to anyone’s herd! If you’re looking to add some genetics from deep-pedigreed cow families to your herd, mark your calendar and join us on May 12 at 11:00 a.m. at the farm in Seymour! BAA: 109.1% 19 year PBR Herd RHA: 27,211 1031F 784P Heifers are raised in freestalls

R-R Letters

Russell & Robert Letter

W4682 Cicero Rd. Seymour, WI 54165 Ph: (920) 833-7004

Wisconsin Holstein Association 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 Phone (608) 356-2114 Fax (608) 356-6312

1-800-223-4269 Wisconsin Holstein News: Official Publication of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Published 11 months per year by Wisconsin Holstein Publications To Advertise: P.O. Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; Phone (608) 723-4933; Fax (608) 723-4973; e-mail: April 2017

VOLUME 89 No. 4

Features: 8 12 14 18 20 22 24

District 1 Breeder Profiles WHA Adult Convention review Succesful Transition Planning 2017 Wall of Fame Inductees Production Top 10 lists Wisconsin’s Production Leading Ladies Treasure Quest calf entries

Departments: 6 6 6 20 26 27 28 29 30

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Kevin Jorgensen WHA Princess Attendant Kelsey Cramer Breeder Business Cards District 1 report WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo by Sarah Damrow features the new national production record holder - Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET. You can read more about My Gold on page 22. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

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

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

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Kevin Jorgensen, President (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Craig Carncross, Vice President (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Erica Ullom, Secretary (2020) - 715-933-0477 5398 County Hwy. A, Bloomer, WI 54724 Heather Jauquet, Exec. Committee (2019) - 920-371-7511 W2285 County Rd. S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Pam Selz-Pralle, Exec. Committee (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Steve Endres (2019) - 608-279-5952 7191 Hyer Rd., Waunakee, WI 53597 Sara Feldmann (2020) - 920-980-9704 710 Goldfinch Lane, Howards Grove, WI 53083 Joseta Halbur (2019) - 715-821-9672 120 E. Main St., Eden, WI 53019 Craig Krohlow (2020) - 920-639-5388 W4203 Shady Rd., Black Creek, WI 54106 Sherry Siemers-Peterman (2020) - 920-946-0123 16021 Hwy. M, Cleveland, WI 53013 Bryan Stremcha (2019) - 608-790-1925 N4381 Prairie Rd., Bangor, WI 54614 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION


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BAA 109.2% 6 Year PBR Herd RHA: 26,153 3.4% 893 3.1% 822

Sale managed by: Rick & Paula Bovre, mgrs. W4226 SR 23 E, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 PH: 920.923.6991 •

~ Monday, May 22 ~ Bill & Kelle Calvert Family 6038 County J, Cuba City, WI 53807 608-732-2080 •

#1 Proven Type bull

Scientific B DEFIANT-ET *Rc Defiant with dam Goldwyn Dior, next dam Debutante

7HO11596 at Select Sires PTAT +3.75 12/16

Scientific Holsteins Matt & Mandy Nunes and family 11812 120th Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI  54729 715) 288-5838  •

2009 WI Holstein Distinguished Young Breeder 2013 National Dairy Shrine Progressive Dairy Producers 2013 & 2014 Dist. 3 Premier Exhibitor 2014 Dist. 3 Premier Breeder

Breed’s #1 Type cow

Scientific D cambria Rae-ET *Rc VG-86 Doorman x Colt-P x EX-94 Sanchez x Gold Dior

2-05 3x 365 26,016 4.6 1190 3.4 889 GTPI +2292 PTAT +3.99 12/16 • Daughters by Pen-col Merrick Cambria’s sons...

Scientific DRIVE-ET by Pen-Col Merrick GTPI +2305 PTAT +4.05 12/16 200HO10805 at Semex

Scientific DOPPLER-ET *Rc by Cookiecutter Hangtime GTPI +2533 PTAT +3.63 12/16 7HO13779 at Select Sires wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-5

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Lea McCullough married Steven Jordan from Minerva, OH, on December 3, 2016 in Juda, WI. The couple resides in Brodhead. Congratulations to the newlyweds!  I Congratulations to Becky Adams and Jody Larson on the birth of their son Justin William on February 20, weighing 7 lbs. 6 oz. and 19 inches long. He joins big brother Bryce. E Molly & Matthew Sloan welcomed son Dane Bennett on February 25, weighing 7.9 lbs. and 20.5 inches long. Congratulations! C Congratulations  to  Rob  &  Gail (Wubbenhorst)  Klinkner  who  welcomed son Rylan Arnold on February 27, weighing 10 lbs. 8 oz.  and  21.25  inches  long.  He joins siblings Reagan, Garrison, Rubi and Ginger.  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

From your President Kevin Jorgensen Hopefully spring will be here soon!  Hello fellow Holstein breeders! I am honored to  serve  a  second  term  as  your  President  and  appreciate the board of  directors’ support and confidence. I would like to be the first to welcome to  the  board  our  three  new  directors,  Craig Krohlow,  Sara  Feldman,  and  Sherry  SiemersPeterman. They will be excellent additions to our leadership team and will bring new enthusiasm to the group. I would also like to thank Chad Ryan, Tracy Mitchell and Kent Wendorf  for their six years of  service to WHA. These people were great mentors to me as an early member of  the board and they poured their heart and soul into the organization.         If  you weren’t able to join us in Appleton for the state convention, you can watch some of  the presentations on Facebook! Calumet County did a marvelous job with every detail of  the convention and their hospitality was great! The Futures Sale went very well with two consignments bringing $33,000 and $33,500 respectively, setting a record for the highest sellers in the eight year history of  the Futures Sale. We presented many, many awards and please look through the News to learn more on the great accomplishments.           The Wisconsin Dairy Showcase will be here before we know it and we are incrementally adding pieces to the event with the Milking Shorthorn and Ayrshires attending this spring as well. Our spirit of cooperation and collaboration continues to make WHA a leader in the industry. I look forward to seeing many of  you there.         Again, it is a great pleasure to serve the membership one more year and if  I can be of  assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me.          See you at the many Holstein events this spring and don’t forget to get your Treasure Quest ticket!         Best Regards,        KJ

Kelsey Lynn

Fills You In

Greetings Holstein enthusiasts!  It’s time to fill you all in on what I’ve been up to as your WHA Princess Attendant. My first official event, the WHA Convention, has come and gone, and I couldn’t help but be  reminded of  why I love the people involved with this association, which I’d like to share with you. First of  all, it was an honor to present Wisconsin Holstein breeders  with  well-deserved  awards,  especially  the  Wall  of   Fame  Cow,  Scientific Debutante Rae, which was awarded to Matt and Mandy Nunes family. Congratulations to all award winners: Carl and Bonnie Werner, Rick and Paula Bovre, Adam Borchert, Borgwardt family and the Bauer family. Also congratulations to the 40 and 50 year members, production winners, and the Top Performers. Another highlight for me was getting out in the barn and visiting a  couple  of   the  finest  herds  of   Holsteins  in  Calumet  County.  We toured  Hillrose  Holsteins,  owned  by  the  Brantmeier  family,  and  Fer-Crest Holsteins, owned by Brandon and Shianne Ferry.  No  farm  tour  would  be  complete  without  wearing  a  pair  of   plastic booties, but despite the warnings to be careful on the slippery snow, I took a few steps and down I fell onto the ground. Embarrassing, right? Thankfully, my dad came to my rescue, and he helped me get back up onto my feet. He then proceeded to walk with me all the way to the barn. Not only was it my dad who came to my rescue, but nearly every one of  the Holstein Association members on the tour made sure that I was okay, and that I wasn’t hurt. The thing that was “great” about falling was that it reminded me that it’s okay to fall, and what matters most is getting back up. Getting back up may not be the easiest task, but everyone here in this association is willing to help get you back up on your feet so you can dust yourself  off  and continue with whatever your goal may be. Who knew a simple fall to the ground would help remind you of  something? So, thank you to everyone who has helped me get back up on my feet! If  you ever have an event that you would like Courtney and/or I to attend, please feel free to fill out a request form, which can be found on the Wisconsin Holstein Association website, and turn it back into the office. I can’t promise that I won’t fall again, but I will always be there to help anyone back up.  Until the next time that I can fill you in, Kelsey Cramer


emories by aurice

In honor of Geraldine Cooper

March’s answer: 1968 No entries for March

is month’s question: What year did the Wisconsin Holstein News magazine begin? Send answers to or mail to 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53719 Correct answers will be put into a random drawing for (2) coupons for an extra value basket and a (2) coupons good for a 2-scoop sundae sponsored by Culver’s. Junior members with a correct answer will also earn an additional $100 in Holsti-Bucks per correct answer.

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Two great young cows sell at the Vernon County Sale on April 22!

Stone-Front Iron Pasta EX-96 2E DOM

Shoremar S Alicia-ET EX-97 3E

4-09 2x 365 42,200 4.2 1791 3.4 1431 All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2010 & 2011

8-11 2x 365 38,250 4.3 1650 3.3 1270 All-American & All-Canadian 5-Year-Old 2000


Stone-Front Kngboy Prism-ET fresh January 29, milking 92 lbs. with 39 SCC +2049G +2.51T +2.55UDC Dams: EX-90 Jasper w/32,120 4.5% 1431F x EX-96 2E DOM Pasta x EX-92 4E GMD Jed

Bid last on April 22 at the Vernon County Sale to take home these great young milk cows from world-class cow families!

Mike Parr 206 Park St., Ontario, WI 54651 608-487-1199 Cows housed at Ridgeville Holsteins, Norwalk


Crest-View-Acres Atw Corky 1-11 305 19,893 3.8 748 3.4 686 fresh end of March Dams: VG-85 3Y Emerald x EX-93 2E Shottle x EX-90 DOM BKB Alice-ET x EX-97 3E Alicia x EX-94 2E DOM Starbuck Ada

#11 Supersire daughter Legacy-SCH Supersire 9085 +2698G +2.07T +1.98UDC +1.65FLC +1808M +90F +66P +4.7PL +825NM • Her EX-91 Gillespy sister is the #1 Gillespy at +2430G +2333M +2.63T +2.72UDC • From the same family - Modesty 9496-ET at +2760G +6.8GFI +3.33UDC +2.92T +2.76FLC 2.68SCS +833NM +6.8PL (from a Massey x EX-91 Gillespy x EX-91 Gerard x VG-87 Nacho x Burt x Britt) Dam: Legacy-SCH Gerard 7501 EX-91 DOM 3-06 3x 305 43,940 3.9 1709 3.3 1445 2nd Dam: Legacy-SCH 6950 VG-87 VG-MS 3-11 3x 305 33,080 4.8 1582 3.4 1114

2-10 305 36,507 5.3 1934 3.79 1384

Legacy Farms llc

2016 Junior 3-Year-Old Top Performer: Legacy-Sch Gerard 7748 VG-88

Shell Lake, WI 715-520-2884

2016 Senior 2-Year-Old Top Performer: Legacy-Sch Burt 7819 GP-81

3-01 305 42,166 4.2 1824 3.6 1489

Reuben Schloneger

RHA: 1078 cows 32,413 1312F 1069P wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-7


District 1 Holstein Breeders by Kati Kindschuh

Holle-Oaks Dairy LLC Steve & Janet and Joe & Mary Holle, Baldwin On top of the state, Black and whites call it their home, Excellence is fate, Holle Oaks Dairy is where they roam. he Steve and Janet Holle family owns and operates Holle Oaks Dairy, LLC, a 120 cow Registered herd set on the rolling landscapes of  northwestern Wisconsin. After purchasing the land in 1979 and then the cattle in 1980, the Holles started on the 160 acres, milking 46 cows in their tie-stall barn. Over the years, the herd has grown, increasing to the 120 head milking on the farm today. Purchases were made from Nova Holsteins, the Kamm family, from New Richmond. Focusing on strong cows with excellent udders mixed with cows that stand the test of  time, Holle Oaks Dairy, LLC, had a vision of  the dairy industry early on that has given them great success.       Steve and Janet have three grown children: Jennifer who works as a veterinarian and is married to Scott, a seed salesman; Maria who farms with her husband Andy; and Joe who returned to the home farm with his wife, Mary. In 2017, the family formed an LLC on the farm to include Joe and Mary in the operation.       Currently, the farm milks 120 cows in a 94 stall tie-stall barn, an addition that was made to the farm in 2010. The farm is set on 160 acres, but over the years, there have been additional plots that have been purchased by the farm as well as acres being rented, comprising a total of  650 acres for cropland. The family grows all of  their own forages allowing them to build feed inventory.       In the stalls of  the barn stand a herd of  Registered Holstein cows that can pay the bills and hold their own in the show ring. Not only a great herd of  homebred cows, they’ve invested in cow families such as the most recent cow inducted to the WHA Wall of  Fame, Scientific Debutant Rae. The Holle family has also worked in partnership with Bob Traynor at Honeycrest Holsteins as well as Nova Holsteins. Other notable  females  in  the  barn  include  Holle-Oaks  Damion  Minnie  EX-90,  Honeycrest  Adelaide-ET  EX-91,  Wilstar  HCF  Sanchez Alyssa EX-93, and Matcrest Freddie Lacy VG-88. Popular sires on the  farm  are  Blitz,  Sanchez,  Mogul,  Numero  Uno,  Cinderdoor,  Classic, Slater and Diamondback.       Throughout the years, the Holle family has taken valuable ideas

and knowledge from others to improve their operation. They believe the farm is a business, and in any business operation, having a plan put  in  place  to  make  it  functional  and  profitable  is  crucial  to  its  survival. Just one testament to this effort is the family’s work with Land O’ Lakes to develop an aggressive calf  program. After an outbreak of  salmonella in their youngstock, they knew they needed to make a change. Since implementing the program, out of  the 116 calves born in 2016, only two were lost to inconclusive causes. Mary Holle says that calves are the “future of  the farm,” which is why they take such extensive measures to ensure that every calf  has the best possible start.       In addition to making changes with their calf  management, the Holle family has worked with agronomists, veterinarians, nutritionists and other professionals in their respective fields to make their farm as profitable as possible. From feed digestibility to milk quality and  efficiency, the dairymen at Holle Oaks Dairy, LLC, work constantly to  improve  their  operation.  Over  the  years,  having  a  mindset  of “proactive versus reactive” has allowed them to make decisions to benefit their operation in the long run.       In the headspace of  being proactive, the Holle family has taken the  opportunity  to  improve  the  technology  on  the  farm.  They’ve changed the inflations they use in the milking machines, switched to

Holle-Oaks Damion Minnie EX-90

Wilstar HCF Sanchez Alyssa EX-93


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The Holle family - back: Mary (holding Quinn, Maria’s daughter), Joe, Jennifer, Scott and Andy; front: Janet holding Savannah (Maria’s daughter) Steve and Maria.

a vented claw on the machine, implemented heat detection collars on heifers, sexed semen and so much more.       The Holle family is quite receptive to trying new ideas, and they love  to  let  others  come  to  their  farm  and  learn  with  them  while  implementing these ideas. Mary is a University of  Wisconsin-River Falls alumni, and they have made a deliberate decision to give back to the university’s clubs. Mary serves as a judging coach, and they’ve employed a variety of  college interns throughout the summer months. Not to mention the number of  kids that have utilized animals for a managerial project at the St. Croix County Fair from their farm.       But what about off  the farm? Sure, the Holle family loves their cows and they truly enjoy working in agriculture but they have found pleasure in endeavors other than cows. Steve serves on the Country Side Cooperative board, and he proclaims that, “you meet the best people!” Steve’s wife works off  the farm and they both enjoy spending time visiting their grandchildren all across the state. Joe and Mary also enjoy time off  the farm, as Joe spends time bowling, Mary works with Professional Dairy Producers of  Wisconsin (PDPW) as well as gardens and quilts in her leisure time. As a family, they take trips to county fairs to see the animals and music, drive to the Minnesota State Fair as well as District Shows. “Find new roads you’ve never driven on,” a phrase that lives true in the hearts of  the Holle family. On top of the state, Black and whites call it their home, Excellence is fate, Holle Oaks Dairy is where they roam. The family farm, Is all they hoped and dream of, The road less traveled, At Holle Oaks cows are loved.

The Christophs: front - Trevor, Gloria, Treyton, Trace & Dale; back - Travis, Trisha, Trystan & Trent.

e are told at a young age that there is a higher being at work, watching over us on earth from in heaven. For the Christoph family, there could not be a better explanation for the unpredictable and incredible series of  events that have shaped their family and their herd for the greatest blessing of  all.       From  1999  until  2007,  Dale  Christoph  and  his  wife,  Gloria, farmed in Luxemberg, not too far from Dale’s home farm and his brother who was also farming. Their herd was small, comprised of only a few dozen cows but they worked in partnership with others, boarding cattle for friends in the industry. All the while, Dale was working as a hoof  trimmer, and did so for 16 years while farming with his wife on the eastern edge of  the dairy state.

      With intentions of  finding their own farm with larger facilities, the couple searched classifieds, auctions and more to find the perfect farm. When they found a farm that could make their dreams come true, Dale would call after each holiday season every winter and ask the older gentleman if  he was ready to retire. One holiday, the man finally told Dale, “Yes, I’m ready to sell.” Dale broke the news to his wife on Valentine’s Day, a gift that no amount of  roses and chocolates will ever be able to match. In May of  2007, Dale, his wife and small children, packed up their lives in Luxemberg and hauled it three hours west to the 200 acre farm in Boyd.       The barn, after some remodeling, has 63 tie-stalls with a number of  box stalls to house youngstock. Additionally, the calf  and heifer barns were remodeled upon the Christoph family arriving on the farm. Today, 140 head call Midnite-Blu Holsteins home; 55 cows for milking, bull calves are raised, heifers are bred and nostalgic breeding philosophies are kept. Of  their herd, 21 are scored Excellent, 33 Very Good and 7 Good Plus cows for an overall BAA of  110.4. What is most astonishing, there are 11 cows standing in the barn that are  multiple E cows, a handful of  them scoring 2E or higher, and the highest scoring 5E.        One might say that Dale has an old fashioned breeding philosophy, but he “has faith in his own breeding program.” The herd is 100% registered, going back as far as 16 generations, and Dale will not use any bull that is less than 100% registered. In his semen tank, Dale utilizes Canadian sires and cow families that have an extremely deep pedigree. Additionally, at least one clean-up bull is on the farm at all times to service those females who aren’t inseminated artificially. Dale says he stresses type, frame, and longevity and lifetime production in all of  his matings in an attempt to bring width and large frames back into the Registered Holstein breed. continued on page 10

Ter-Lyn-Tam Blakjack Hawaii EX-93 5E DOM

Ms TT Shimmer-Red-TW EX-92 3E

Midnite-Blu Holsteins Dale & Gloria Christoph Family, Boyd And on the 8th day... God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer.


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Saturday, April 22 • 11 a.m. • Over 100 head selling

Rob-Cri Drhm Tailormade

Rob-Cri Wndbrook Shazaam-ET

Born 9/14/16, she’s the last Durham out of Linjet Try, might be as good as the first “Treasure”! Two other full sisters sell.

A spring yearling Windbrook from Shimmer EX-91 2E. Her 4 full sisters sell - 2 are fresh and 2 bred heifers.

Rob-Cri Gldwyn Static-ET

Rob-Cri Sid Tapanga-ET

A spring yearling by Goldwyn x EX Sid x Shimmer EX-91 2E. Her 4 full sisters sell: 3 bred heifers and 1 winter yearling.

A winter yearling by Sid x VG-86 Goldwyn x Durham Trendy EX-93 x Linjet Try EX-90.

Midnite-Blue Holsteins, continued from page 9       An influential cow in their herd was TerLyn-Tam BlakJack Hawaii, EX-93 5E DOM, whose fourth dam was a purchase from Fond du Lac native Bill Hageman. This Blackjack daughter had 200,000 pounds of  milk lifetime created a solid foundation for her descendants with seven daughters and two sons over 16 years.  Five  daughters  scored  Excellent  and were sired by Delaware, Mr Marshal, Terrason, Skyline and Prodee. The “H” family at Midnite -Blu  Holsteins  dominates  the  herd with over 30 descendants, two of  those bulls that made their way into the A.I. studs.        Another foundation cow, Ms TT Shimmer-Red-TW,  is  a  Triple  Treat  daughter owned  with  Dale’s  brother  Darrel.  Scored EX-92  3E,  she  has  a  lifetime  production record  of   133,920  with  4.1%  5502F  and 3.1% 4198 protein. Shimmer had three VG red daughters sired by Radius, Distrigene and Redliner and an EX-94 granddaughter sired by Redliner.       “Longevity builds legacies,” a phrase that holds  true  at  Midnite-Blu  Holsteins.  The  average age in the barn is at 55 months with several cows reaching the age of  12 and older. Dale says, “I love seeing the cows mature,” expressing  his  excitement  to  see  cows  fully mature  and  reach  their  full  potential  long after  most  other  dairyman  would  have  forgotten.       Farm,  faith  and  family  may  be  the  simplest way to describe the Christoph family. Dale, his wife and their seven children work hand in hand as a family to accomplish all  of  the work on the farm. And although they live  three  hours  from  blood  kin,  they  have  assimilated themselves into a strong church congregation that treats them as family. In the time  spent  off   the  farm,  you  can  find  the Christoph  family  volunteering  at  their church, attending social gatherings within the congregation  or  attending  one  of   their  children’s sporting events. Dale says he’d love to  take  the  kids  fishing  more,  but  they  do enjoy  going  down  to  the  local  beach  on  a summer day for a family day at the lake.       “Somebody who’d bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life ‘doing what dad does.’” So God made a farmer.

Rob-Cri Sid Tallahasee-ET

Rob-Cri Corvette Shanuk-ET

This senior 2-year-old by Sid is from a VG-86 Atwood then Linjet Try. Her 3 full sisters sell a milking 2-year-old & 2 bred heifers.

Don’t miss this Corvette winter yearling from Shimmer EX-91 2E!

Selling 5 December calves and 2 March calves - will be great junior projects!

ROB-CRI HOLSTEINS Robert & Christine Barden

6487 Eckels Road, Plover, WI • Bob cell: 715-340-5013 • Kim cell: 715-252-5124 RHA: 2x 24,24,837 3.8 952 3.2 794 BAA: 109.2% 11 Years PBR Herd

Sale Managers: 262-736-4141

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From “So God made a Farmer” by Paul Harvey

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members:     Craig Edler, Browntown     Mark Egan, New London     Nicole Steffenhagen, Kenosha     Matthew Brandl, Clinton     Joe Harder, Greenwood     Jeffrey Dole, Dade City, FL     Matt Breeggemann, Elmwood     Harvey Kuehn, Green Bay

2017 WHA Convention February 24 & 25 • Appleton, WI         The Calumet County Holstein Breeders, celebrating their 100th anniversary as a county organization, and in coordination with the  Wisconsin  Holstein  Association,  hosted  the  126th  annual  Adult  Holstein  Convention  at  the  Radison  Paper  Valley  in  Appleon  on  February 24 and 25.           The convention started with WHA committee meetings. These committee  meetings  continue  to  be  very  productive  and  aid  in  the  direction of  the association’s yearly activities.         Following meetings, Andy Junkin of  Agriculture Strategy led a  discussion on farm transition, and how Wisconsin Holstein producers can improve communication among family members to keep the family name on the mailbox through the shift in farm ownership. Andy shared valuable insight on how Holstein breeders can work together to resolve conflict and keep their businesses intact for generations to come. This presentation  was  followed  up  by  a  early-bird  panel  discussion  on  Saturday featuring four WHA members. Highlights from both sessions are on page 14.         At the Friday evening meal, the 2016 Wisconsin Top Performer cows were announced. Recognized were cows owned by Legacy Farms of  Shell Lake and Tom Kestell of  Waldo. Receiving the overall Top  Performer was Tom Kestell’s 5-year-old cow, Ever-Green-View EtaxET, EX-90, with a record of  48,224 pounds milk, 2526 pounds fat and 1628 pounds protein. Also recognized were owners of  cows that have produced 300,000 and 400,000 pounds of  lifetime milk. Mitch Kappelman was also awarded the Young Adult Educational Scholarship. You can read more about Mitch in next month’s issue.         The eighth annual Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, sponsored by Wisconsin Holstein’s Young Adult Committee, was the final event for Friday. The Futures Sale averaged just over $6,100 on 26 lots that included heifers and choices from some of  the state’s most prominent cow families. High seller at $33,500 was lot 2, consigned by Larson Acres of  Evansville, and purchased by Cal-Roy-AI Partners of  Tracy, California. Lars-Acres Jedi Forest-ET, a June 2016 Jedi heifer with a GTPI  of   +2765  is  an  exciting  young  female  from  the  Markwell Durham Felice family.          Second high seller at $33,000 was from Shiloh Dairy, Greenleaf. Shiloh-USA Flagship Calia-ET is the number three Flagship heifer in the breed from a Kingboy dam due in April. Calia has a +2802 GTPI and a ton of  promise for her new owners, Siemers Holsteins of  Newton.         Rounding out the top three was lot 8 at $12,500, Ms Spknj HTime Victoria-ET. Victoria is an April 2016 Hang-Time daughter from the Adeens, with +2716 GTPI. She was purchased by John Prososki of Wittenberg, and consigned by Neil McDonah of  Trempealeau.         The  Futures  Sale  also  featured  an  embryo  lot  to  benefit  the  Wisconsin Holstein Juniors. Mayerlane Holsteins, Fritzy Ullom and Buchner Embryo Transfer of  Bloomer generously donated a package of   four  embryos  from  Ladinodale  Burns  Athena-ET  *RC,  EX-91. Athena  hails  from  the  Dreamstreet  Enhancer  Alicia  family,  and  is backed by eight generations of  Excellent dams. This embryo package was purchased by Joseph and Megan Schuh of  Freedom. WHA Annual Meeting         The annual WHA business meeting was held Saturday morning, and included committee reports from board members who head the various WHA committees and a report on the financial status of  the Association. Four new board members were elected to serve a threeyear term: Erica Ullom of  Bloomer, Craig Krohlow of  Black Creek, Sherry Siemers-Peterman of  Newton and Sara Feldmann of  Howards Grove. Retiring board members included Chad Ryan, Kent Wendorf and Tracy Nelson.         President Kevin Jorgensen delivered the annual President’s address and reviewed the highlights from the past year. He said it was encouraging to see a former Outstanding Holstein Girl, Cara Biely, present at last spring’s barn meetings and encouraged the membership to continue to utilize these connections and their expertise. Jorgensen commented 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

on the success of  WHA’s new ventures including the addition of  the Jersey  shows  and  separate  Junior  Holstein  show  at  the  spring  and  championship shows. We are committed to shows at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison through 2020. Jorgensen also said that the industry is at a crossroads and we need expansion dairies interested in genomics to become involved in our association and our activities. This is a goal for the board of  directors. President Jorgensen finished with a thank you to the WHA staff  for all their work for the association and thanked the Calumet County breeders for putting on a tremendous convention.         Resolutions passed at the annual meeting were as follows: 1. Whereas Wisconsin’s Dairy Industry is a primary economic driver for the state of Wisconsin and protecting this industry from invasive species is crucial to WI Dairy Farmer viability, Whereas establishing a fast, comprehensive, and reliable method of animal location and movements is critical to controlling disease outbreaks and allow for traceback within hours if there is a disease concern; Whereas the WI Legislature has recognized the importance of Wisconsin’s livestock industry and allocates $250,000 in funds to the WI Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC), Be it resolved that the WI Holstein Association supports the efforts of WLIC and the critical role it plays in protecting the WI Dairy Industry; Be it resolved that WI Holstein Association strongly encourages the WI Legislature allocate additional revenue to support WLIC in both premise registration and individual animal ID; Be it resolved that WI Holstein strongly urges that the WI Legislature mandate an animal ID program inclusive of all species utilizing RFID technology with the program administered by WLIC and funded by a RFID tag checkoff. 2. Whereas milk and dairy products have built a strong reputation as a reliabe source of important nutrients; Whereas consumers associate dairy with wholesomeness supplying nutrients that are naturally occuring in milk from cows; Whereas plant-based products using the term “milk” misleads consumers ito believing it maintains the same quality and integrity in supplying naturally occuring calcium and other nutrients, Whereas FDA already has clearly defined milk as “a liquid originating from a lactating animal” Be it resolved that WI Holstein Association demands that FDA upholds it’s responsibility of enforcing existing labeling requirements as they pertain to defining milk and milk products; Be it resolved that WI Holstein Association supports the Dairy Pride Act which would require non-dairy products made from nuts, seeds, plants, and algae no longer be mislabeled with dairy terms such as milk, yogurt or cheese. 3. Whereas... the Holstein Association body of members attending the 126th Annual convention of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, would like to pay tribute to members or family members that have passed away during 2016, Be it resolved that we pay tribute to those members by standing and observing a moment of silence at this time. 4. Whereas... the members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association attending the 126th Annual meeting in Appleton would like to express their gratitude to the Calumet County Holstein Breeders convention committee for the excellent job they have done in hosing this convention.         Highlights from the committee reports included a motion to open the WHA Futurity to all breeds. After some discussion, the motion passed to make it an all-breeds futurity starting in 2019. The sales and merchandising committee decided to do a fall sale in 2017 with the date set for October 31 at the Great Northern. The Breed Improvement committee will be looking at new ways to recognize our breeders and cows. It was also mentioned that the board is looking for increased  submissions for our two top award, Distinguished Young Breeder and Distinguished Holstein Breeder.         Holstein USA National Director Paul Buhr gave a brief  update on the status of  the association and a report from last year’s National Convention on what the Genetic Advancement Committee has been working on. He also announced that Corey Geiger has declared his

Top Performer: WHA Princess Attendant Kelsey Cramer, Tom Kestell and WHA Princess Courtney Moser

candidacy for national Vice President.         Pam  Selz-Pralle  gave  an  update  on  WLIC,  Craig  Carncross  reported on the activities of  the PDCA and Marci Walker talked about what was happening with the National Dairy Shrine. Finally, Corey Geiger gave a brief  update on where the executive committee was at with planning for the 2019 National Convention. Luncheon Award Recognitions         Saturday’s  luncheon  included  a  report  on  junior  activites  and recognition of  this year’s outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl. Herds with GMD and DOM cows, Progressive Breeder Herds and Progressive Genetic herds, and 40-year and 50-year members were recognized. Calumet County also recoginzed Don Stegge, the “patriarch” of  their county association. Finally, Wall of  Fame inductees were honored. This year’s Wall of  Fame inductees were Elroy Borgwardt, Sandy-Valley Bolton and Scientific Debutante Rae. For more information on these inductees, see page 18.         Following the awards luncheon, the afternoon was highlighted by farm tours to Hilrose Holsteins and Fer-Crest Farm. Thank you to the Brantmeier family and Brandon and Shi Ferry for opening their barn doors and allowing WHA members to visit your herds.         Several  ladies  spent  the  afternoon  expressing  their  creativity  during a sign painting workshop given by kreative knotts of  Brillion. Saturday Evening Banquet         Following a social hour, the annual awards banquet was held. President Jorgensen introduced the WHA board and thanked the retiring directors for their years of  service. Chad Ryan gave a special thank you to President Jorgensen for his strong leadership during 2016. Advertising  contest  winners  were  announced  and  this  year’s  Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders, Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Breeder award winners were honored. Craig Carncross recognized Adam Borchert of  Tree-Hayven Holsteins, as Distinguished Young Breeder.  Honored  with  the  Marlowe  Nelson  Distinguished  Service award by Lynn Harbaugh was Rick and Paula Bovre. Finally, Kevin Jorgensen presented Carl and Bonnie Werner, Car-Bon Holsteins, with the Distinguished Breeder Award.         The  WHA  Board  of   Directors  met  at  the  conclusion  of   the  convention to elect officers for the upcoming year. Elected for a second term as president was Kevin Jorgensen, Waupun; Craig Carncross, Lodi,  was  elected  vice  president;  and  Erica  Ullom,  Bloomer,  as  secretary.  Also  elected  to  the  executive  committee  were  Heather  Jauquet, Pulaski, and Pam Selz-Pralle, Humbird.         Thank you to the Calumet 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.         For more photos from the farm tours and convention activities, please visit our Facebook page.

300,000 & 400,000 lb. Cow owners, front - l to r: Heather Jauquet, Kim Radloff, Tracy, Caiden & Carleigh Kohlman; back - Sherry Siemers-Peterman, Todd Stanek, Kevin Radloff, John Walker, Steve Endres, Jeff Kohlman & Jeff Brantmeier Wall of Fame: Front - Roger, Todd & Bill Borgwardt on behalf of Elroy Borgwardt’s family; back Matt & Mandy Nunes of Scientific Holsteins and Ruth & Frank Bauer of SandyValley Farms.

2017 Board - sitting: Sara Feldmann, Joseta Halbur, Heather Jauquet, Pam Selz-Pralle and Sherry Siemers-Peterman. Back: Erica Ullom, Bill Calvert, Bryan Stremcha, Steve Endres, Craig Krohlow, Kevin Jorgensen and Craig Carncross.

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Successful Transition Planning

There  were  two  sessions  during  this  year’s  convention  about  successful farm transitioning. Friday afternoon, Andy Junkin talked about a few key things that will help with a successful transition. To follow up on that, there was a panel discussion on Saturday morning featuring several WHA members who talked about their personal farm transition plans. The panel was led by Junkin and featured Tony Brey, Sandy Larson, Jim Rickert and Dawn Haag. Andy Junkin is in the business of  saving family farms. He’s spent the last ten years talking about succession. He says the problem we have as farmers is everyone always wants to talk about the transfer of assets, everyone wants to focus on the ten minutes where you sit down and transfer the family’s assets from one generation to the next without thinking about the 10 years before that moment when we have siblings working together with the older generation. One key to a successful transition is considering the transfer of “wisdom”  along  with  the  transfer  of   assets.  Very  few  farmers  are  successful transferring wisdom to the next generation. Junkin also says that when it comes to decision-making, there tends to be a real big problem with making joint decisions. If  you’re able to make good joint decisions, the farm will continue.  Having  a  method  to  brainstorm  and  come  together  to  solve  problems is important. Trying to solve all the family problems in one day is impossible, but if  you can make one improvement in how a family works together and one in production, in a year’s time the farm will be 10x better than having someone in for one day. The other thing that’s hard to understand – when young people come home from  college and they’ve got a thousand ideas of  how to improve the dairy farm, at some point the parents fall numb to the ideas/suggestions. They see it as a criticism of  what mom and dad have done in the past. Having each family member provide something thoughtful shifts the mindset from ‘my’ farm to ‘our’ farm. What happens if  it’s a dumb idea? You teach and learn wisdom and transfer wisdom. You’ve got to sit down and talk about where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Change how you deal with change. When young kids come home from college – don’t talk about building or buying, change how you as a family sit down and talk about how to make this week better. Talk about ways to improve how you work together, how to improve profitability. Once you learn that, you can talk about long-term changes.  Highlights from the panel discussion: How did you transfer assets to the next generation? Rickert: Our parents formed a corporation in 1981, and have had their estate plan done for many years. We’re in the fourth year of  transferring our LLC to the next generation, making use of  gifting – each year my son and my brother’s son-in-law get about 1% of  the farm so they don’t have to pay taxes. At the end of  10 years they can buy up to 25% of  the LLC. In my parents’ will my brother and I will get the remaining portion of  the farm and the non-farming siblings will get cash. Too many siblings think the farm should be divided between the siblings. It should be equitable but not necessarily equal.  Haag: We are a sole proprietorship. We went through transitioning from his family and it was not great – he was one of  nine and his  family thought fair and equal were the same. We learned that is not the way we want to do it going forward. On our farm, our kids were encouraged to do secondary education and work for someone else off the farm for 3-5 years to see what else is out there before they decide to come back. Our son has been back two years – the deal is you work for a few years and earn cash wages until you know this is what you want to do. We meet as a family, whether formal or not, we believe in everyone knowing what’s going on and make sure everyone has a voice at the table. Brey: My  brother  and  I  bought  the  main  40  acres  with  buildings,  machinery  and  cattle  and  are  equal  partners  at  50%  each.  Our  parents kept some land out that’s not connected to the farm that we’ll purchase after the main facilities. My wife Moriah and I purchased land 5-6 years ago outside the LLC that the LLC rents from us. My brother and I came into the LLC as equal partners, we thought that was very important. We make decisions together and we’re not each others’ bosses. 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

What have you done on your farms to make it successful? Larson: We are on the same page as far as transitioning the farm. We are a corporation with shares – my grandpa started gifting shares to the next generation, and now my dad is starting to give shares. You do have to earn shares through working on the farm. Another thing we’ve done is operations meetings weekly. They are scheduled the same day and time every week. In an hour or less, when you have them weekly they don’t last as long.  What are the biggest challenges you guys had in succession, when you were 21 to where you’re at now? What would you recommend to your neighbors as practical things to do to avoid succession problems? Haag: As a lender, one of  the things I’m seeing is people thing succession planning is a one-and-done thing. Things change for all of  us and how you want to handle may change. People need to understand a will only becomes effective after you’re gone – there’s a lot of  transitioning that should happen before you die. The other thing is that its great  we  live  where  we  are,  but  people  are  living  longer  and  not preparing or setting aside money for care facilities. They are very costly and how does that impact the farm unit? We need to go through the what-ifs – plan or at least talk about it – have the discussion. Rickert: We have job descriptions and everyone involved has a pretty good  work  ethic.  You  have  to  have  the  accountability;  you  have  co-workers and employees and if  they’re slacking off, employees/ owners will think differently of  you. We are cognizant of  that – with the descriptions we have accountability and goals we want to meet. If  goals are not met we are going to address it. Brey: One of  the best tips we got was the first step of  succession is to make sure the farm has a business plan that can support succession. When I came home the farm needed to support another owner – our wives both have off  the farm jobs, but that’s why we grew. We looked down the line and knew those were moves we had to make. Our first moves were growth – we worked with a financial consultant to see what we could do better. Its not an easy thing to do – to tell your  parents you’re going to hire a financial consultant.  How do you avoid power struggles in your business partnership? Brey: We talk on a daily basis. We make decisions separate from each other but all the big decisions we make together. We’re a 50/50 partnership so if  it’s not unanimous it doesn’t get done.  Larson: We  use  the  job  descriptions  we’ve  worked  on,  and  feel  its  important to review those yearly. We think it is important – our goals have changed over the years so its good to go over things and see who’s actually in charge of  things.  Rickert: When we started the LLC in 2000, Greg and I owned 50% of  the LLC. It’s a big step – we had a future in farming and thought the  next  generation  would  too  and  they  do.  The  next  generation started in equal partnership when they entered the LLC four years ago. I think it’s important that the younger generations have equal footing. As far as workload, we have areas of  expertise and accountability. My brother is the CEO of  the farm and responsible for employees, son Andrew is the feeder and we all work together on field work. My brother’s son-in-law is in charge of  maintenance. We don’t always have a monthly meeting, but we talk about capital purchases and major decisions. Haag: As we bring the next generation in, we hope to play to their

strengths and work on areas of  improvement. We want them to be fulfilled and satisfied in what they do. Having those conversations as my husband and I get older – there’s things we can’t physically do and as we work through those documents we’ll try to bring everyone on board.  When you own property separate from your corporation, how do you eliminate conflicts if you rent to family and then use equipment on land owned personally? Brey: The LLC rents at market price from us as individuals. We see it as a way for our farm to grow – our long-term strategy so that if  some day one of  us splits up or exits farming, its better to have those assets separate. Moriah and I came home first and were able to buy a parcel of  land. It was agreed that the next parcel of  land would go to my brother and his wife, and they purchased that yesterday. For long-term success we see the need to control more land, which aligns with the goals of  the farm. If  the farm was in a position where we didn’t need more land it might be more of  a conflict. For the foreseeable future our goal is to own/control more land. What attitudes do you think are critical to success for a son or daughter in their 20s joining the operation? Larson: I have three children, one in college and two in high school. It’s been fun to watch how they have grown in the farm and see what their interests are so they can migrate toward that. Brooke loves cows so we started her in the calf  barn, Dane has a great work ethic, sun up to sun down he is at the farm on non-school days and loves the machinery. Luke is like Brooke and into cows and cow families. The door is always open for any family members but they have to work there long enough to show they have that drive to be a part of  the  operation. Brey: Our parents let us make mistakes. In farming, there’s a lot of mistakes. We plant crops, use bulls and three years later are like why did we do that. My parents gave us some leeway and it really helped

us build confidence and give us ownership in what we were doing, even at a young age. Looking back, maybe they gave us too much, but it  gave  us  the  interest  in  the  operation  and  ability  to  make  tough  decisions on a day-to-day basis.  Rickert: I’ve been pretty fortunate to have a very good family background. My parents were pretty progressive and gave the sons the  opportunity to find out what they wanted to do. Both our sons had the opportunity to work on the farm and show at the fair. Our son Andrew is on the farm now with us, and its so rewarding to have the next generation with us. They’re having their fourth child in May and its so rewarding to have the next generation on the farm with us. Haag: This is a great example of  why this is a hard topic to talk about. As a parent you have so much pride in your kids. Early on I said I hope my kids don’t come home to farm; deep down inside I hope that both of  them want to. It’s so critical that you talk about these things – the books are open, the conversations are open. That there’s respect, not dictatorship. It’s kind of  like government – you might not always agree but you need to respect each other and the decisions. You have to keep that perspective – is this going to matter five or ten years from now? Does it really matter down the road?  What advice would you give to a neighbor to see them become more successful? Brey: The bottom line is you have to enjoy what you’re doing. There is going to be challenges on a daily basis. For the next generation to be involved, everyone needs to work together and enjoy what they’re doing.  Rickert: There’s always got to be give and take, there’s a lot of  things that cause problems. Keep a goal in mind of  give and take and that you’re family, try to get along. Haag: From my lender’s chair, there’s so many things to do that people sometimes choose to do nothing. Then they are reactive instead of proactive – when they choose to do nothing.

Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Adam Borchert, Tree-Hayven Holsteins This  year’s  Distinguished  Young  Holstein Breeder built his farm from the ground up, quite literally, working with some local Amish for help and building a lot  of   his  own  buildings.  Purchased  in 2001, Tree-Hayven Holsteins is currently run  by  Adam  Borchert,  his  daughter Aaliyah,  and  girlfriend  Chelsey  Karl. This family is passionate about raising, showing and marketing deep-pedigreed Registered animals. The Tree-Hayven herd now consists of   185  Holsteins  with  an  impressive 110.7 BAA and a rolling herd average on almost  70  cows  of   24,660  pounds  of milk.  Showing  cattle  is  where  a  lot  of Adam’s hard work pays off  and Tree-Hayven has had some great show  ring  success  stories,  including  multiple  All-Wisconsin  and  Junior All-Wisconsin award winners over the last few years. In 2016 alone, Tree-Hayven Moregold Design, a winter yearling heifer was named Reserve Junior Champion of  the Wisconsin Championship Show. In addition, Tree-Hayven Integral Declan had an outstanding run in the junior show ring in 2016 for Aaliyah, and was Nominated Junior All-American. One  of   the  herd’s  foundation  cows  is  a  homebred  EX-93 Charles daughter, Tree-Hayven Peppermint Pati. Pati has had a tremendous impact on the herd, and Adam has been able to market many members of  this family in sales statewide. Another brood cow in the herd is an EX-92 Champion that was purchased at the ElmPark sale in 2004. He also owns a granddaughter of  EO Siemers Ashlyns Angel and he the EX-95 Rhineland Durham Amy herself. A  true  student  of   the  industry,  Adam  learned  early  on  that  improvement is an essential part of  the business. He has never been satisfied with the status quo and works to educate himself  on new

trends  and  advancements  in  the  dairy business. Some of  the physical improvements  to  the  farm  include  new  calf   housing facilities in 2002 and 2010, an addition  to  the  milk  barn  in  2004  for  increased space per stall, added box stalls, rubber matting for the stalls and aisle, and new  fans  for  added  tunnel  ventilation. Adam’s commitment as a young Holstein breeder shows with the tremendous herd of   females  he  has  developed  in  his Auburndale, Wis., barn. Adam believes that owning Registered Holsteins  has  many  benefits,  first  and foremost  being  the  potential  for  additional profit. He says, “Holsteins produce the greatest amount of  milk, fat and protein, lifetime profit and lower  SCC  compared  to  other  breeds.  With  today’s  ever  rising  farming and associate costs, my milk check is my most important income. The genetic variability is also another factor in my choice of   breeding  Registered  Holsteins.”  He  also  sees  the  return  on  investment for Registered Holsteins when selling 10-15 animals per year on the local dairy market as well as some show type calves and yearlings in club sales. Adam enjoys helping youth and has received the Cinn-Apple Sportsmanship award multiple times, recognizing how he has gone above and beyond in helping others. He has hosted events for the Wood  Area  Holstein  Breeders  and  lends  his  cattle  for  various  workshops when asked and needed. Last year, Holstein breeders at the Wisconsin Holstein Convention were fortunate to be able to visit the outstanding Tree-Hayven herd for themselves. Congratulations to this year’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Adam Borchert. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-15

2016 Top Performer Winners Junior Two Year Old

Junior Three Year Old

Ever-Green-View Esposa VG-86 2-04 305 44,696 3.9 1742 3.2 1366 Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Nasco

Legacy-Sch Gerard 7748 VG-88 3-01 305 42,166 4.2 1824 3.6 1489 Reuben Schloneger, Shell Lake award by Alpha Genetics & Boviteq

Senior Three Year Old

Six to Nine Year Old

Ever-Green-View Locket-ET EX-91 3-06 305 56,505 4.0 2263 2.8 1545 Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & East Central Select Sires

Ever-Green-View Latisha-ET EX-92 6-03 305 60,192 3.5 2120 2.7 1615 Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & Wisconsin Holstein Association

Four Year Old

Ever-Green-View Esposa

Senior Two Year Old Legacy-Sch Burt 7819 GP-81 2-10 305 36,507 5.3 1934 3.79 1384 Reuben Schloneger, Shell Lake award by Alpha Genetics & Hoard’s Dairyman

Ever-Green-View Angora-ET EX-92 4-09 305 58,886 4.0 2235 3.1 1747 Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics & St. Joseph Equipment

2016 HIGH Top Performer Five Year Old Ever-Green-View Etax-ET EX-90 5-02 305 48,224 5.2 2526 3.4 1628 Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo award by Alpha Genetics, Boviteq & East Central Select Sires

Ever-Green-View Latisha-ET

10 Years & Older No entries

300,000 lb. Cows Our-Favorite Outburst-ET    356,920M  14,776F  11,934P    Todd & Mary Stanek, Fall Creek Glo-Crest Rolex Lena 4105    337,160M  11,566F  10,185P    Synergy Farm LLC, Pulaski Rog-Land Justice Gretche    332,380M  14,046F  10,916P    Roger M. Weiland, Columbus Branders Boone Laura Lyn    332,160M  12,370F  10,348P    Douglas Brander, Spring Green Tag-Lane O Man Hettie 6150    326,290M  11,882F  9,401P    Kevin J. Griswold, Ixonia Horsens Talisman Gabriella    325,900M  9,943F  9,053P    Jeff  & Connie Horsens, Cecil Nor-Way-Pete Blitz Emi 1601    323,620M  12,807F  9,227P    Andrew R. Peterson, Eland Can-Tim Jordan Y160    322,290M  10,956F  8,917P    Tim J & James C Bell, Camp Douglas Koepke Wizard Maryann    319,860M  10,456F  9,203P    Kohlman Dairy LLC, Chilton Berryridge Revenue G-916    316,150M  14,690F  9,936P    Endres Berryridge Farms LLC,     Waunakee 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

Bur-Wall Morty Partygirl    314,720M  11,231F  9,686P    Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn Kelland Nordic Sue    313,430M  11,513F  9,330P    Junction View Dairy LLC,     Richland Center Heeg-Bros Bouncer 5204    313,370M  10,103F  8,958P    Heeg Bros. Dairy, LLC, Colby Wilnore Foundation Lady    313,040M  11,812F  9,176P    McNally Farms, Inc., Milton Shady-Kr Leader Popsicl    312,380M  10,136F  9,030P    Kevin W. Radloff , Oshkosh Pebble-Knoll Ali 1814    308,410M  8,643F  9,235P    Pebble Knolls Dairy LLC, Brandon Horsens Canyon Samantha    308,400M  9,742F 8,495P    Jeff  & Connie Horsens, Cecil Hilrose Goldwyn Victoria    307,270M  12,078F  8,718P    Joseph A. Brantmeier, Sherwood Kleinsview Suzieroo-ET    306,980M  11,651F  9,217P    Troy Klein, Waldo Crystal-Oak Lee Mindy-TW    304,650M  13,361F  10,162P    Shari R. Christoph, Luxemburg

True-Blue Detroit 1227-ET    304,570M  11,761F  9,450P      Kevin Ihm, Barneveld Siemers Boliver Krown 9087    304,530M  14,566F  10,113P    Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET    304,180M  10,284F  9,541P    Jordan C. Siemers, Newton Hoesly Skychief  Roulette-ET    302,400M  11,919F  9,506P    Todd Adam Hoesly, Brodhead Siemers 9800    302,280M  10,771F  9,321P    Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton Kellercrest Revenue Toon    301,930M  12,343F  9,035P    Kellercrest Reg. Hol., Inc., Mount Horeb United-Pride Clover 2326    301,810M  11,314F  9,399P    United Pride Dairy, Phillips Siemers Oman Avon 8620    301,060M  12,768F  9,477P    Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton T-Bells Blue Ricci Rafa    300,930M  10,323F  8,096P    Tim J & James C Bell, Camp Douglas Walk-Era Outside Raine    300,360M  10,942F  8,205P    Walk-Era Farms, Inc., Wisconsin Dells    

Marlowe Nelson Distinguished Service Award Rick & Paula Bovre presented by Lynn Harbaugh Webster’s Dictionary defines service as “the  action  of   helping  or  doing  work  for someone.” Rick  and  Paula  Bovre  have  spent  their  entire lives working with Registered Holsteins. Both  grew  up  on  their  family  dairy  farms showing cattle at various levels and both went on  to  attend  the  University  of   WisconsinMadison. Rick  and  Paula  have  given  countless hours of  their time to our industry’s greatest asset,  our  youth.  They  have  chaperoned State Fair, sponsored youth competitions and helped with contests at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention. They has given many hours of  their time to their local Holstein club, assisting with their area district shows,  hosting the state Holstein show, as well as helping for more than 25 years with the county Holstein sale. Both have served the WHA membership as past state board members, with Paula serving a term as President. Rick has also served as President of  the Wisconsin PDCA. He was also a board member at the time Wisconsin began hosting a spring show and was part of  the original Spring Show committee that made the show a success. 

As  if   all  of   this  wasn’t  enough,  service outside of  Wisconsin Holstein activities is part of  their everyday life. They are volunteers at World Dairy Expo and have served as Breed Superintendents for the International Junior Holstein Show since it’s inception in 2004. Enough about how they spend all of  their free time…. When  I  think  about  this  couple  from  a business and professional standpoint, the word integrity comes to mind. They are managing partners  in  a  very  successful  sales  management business. Promotion of  the Holstein cow is always their focus. The list of  their business accomplishments is long and impressive. From opening their barn doors to host the first National Judges Conference to  hosting  showing  and  fitting  clinics,  to  conducting  their  840th  sale at the Great Northern this past month. They have managed  hundreds of  herd dispersals and consignment sales for all breeds at their  sales  arena  the  last  35  years.  All  these  events  are  always  conducted with the highest level of  professionalism and integrity. On behalf  of  all Wisconsin Holstein members, it is my honor to present the Marlowe Nelson Distinguished Service Award to two of  the most detailed, organized and professional people I know, Rick and Paula Bovre.

Distinguished Holstein Breeder Carl & Bonnie Werner, Car-Bon Holsteins presented by Kevin Jorgensen This year’s recipient of  the Distinguished Breeder award, Carl and Bonnie Werner, are active breeders with a tremendous passion for the Registered Holstein cow. Their career in the industry spans nearly six decades.  For the past 25 years, the Car-Bon herd has been managed by intensive grazing. However, the Werner’s cattle have thrived in any environment. They have always marketed many fresh cows per year and those cows have gone on to succeed for their new owners and records in excess of  45,000M have been achieved as well as high scores and show ring achievements. Sire selection has always been important in the development of  this herd. Only the best were used and sires like Straight-Pine Elevation Pete, Walkway Chief  Mark, To-Mar Blackstar, Regancrest Elton  Durham  are  prevalent  throughout  their  pedigrees.  The  Werners have hosted hundreds of  international visitors and been a delegate for East Central/ Select Sires too many times to count. Perhaps  more  impressive,  Carl  and  Bonnie  has  been  very  active in the Holstein community and have donated countless hours to many organizations but most notably served for over 20 years as the  dairy  superintendent  for  the  Dodge  County  Fair.  Carl  and  Bonnie are also very supportive of  the Dodge County Share Basis program helping countless youth by donating countless heifers for the cause. The  Car-Bon  herd  dispersal  in  2012  was  one  of   the  most  successful sales in the nation and the cattle went on to perform  fantastic for their new owners including a cow named Goldwyn  Angela-ET EX-92, who was the winning 4-year-old at the 2013 New York Spring Show. This would have been the end for most breeders but Carl and Bonnie kept a couple old brood cows back and began doing some ET and IVF work on them and built a new heifer  barn.    One  successful  IVF  on  Car-Bon  Encore  Abbysue  EX-92 produced 11 Durham daughters and Carl is currently milking cows again with a herd of  15 cows. 10 of  them are Durhams. It is a passion that is hard for them to get out of  their blood. Few dairy families have had more passion for breeding great cows  and  the  Registered  Holstein  breed  than  Carl  and  Bonnie

Werner.  For  more than 50 years, Carl and  Bonnie  have been  striving  to breed  profitable yet  eye  appealing cows  and  have taken  a  couple  of project heifers and turned  them  into outstanding  pedigrees.  Their desire to breed cows that will last has been paramount as evidenced in the high lifetime production Car-Bon bred cows achieve. There have been many times over the years that I have  visited the herd and there have been multiple cows over 12 years of age. Longevity has been the name of  the game. The matriarch of this was Car-Bon Pete Abby EX-93-4E. Over 75% of  their herd traces  back  to  Abby  and  most  notably  Car-Bon  Adan  Abigail  EX-93. She herself  had seven natural daughters and lived be over 15  years  old.  Throughout  their  career,  the  Werner’s  have  bred  64 EX cows including one at EX-94, five at EX-93, 11 at EX-92  and 17 at EX-91 as well as 208 VG cows in a herd of  40 cows.  Additionally, 17 Car-Bon bred cows have earned the Gold Medal Dam or Dam of  Merit status.  I  have  had  the  pleasure  of   working  with  Carl  and  Bonnie nearly 20 years and Carl may truly be the happiest dairy farmer I have ever met and loves what he is doing more than anyone else I have worked with. I first used the term that “one cow can change your life” at the Car-Bon dispersal and it fit so well because Pete Abby and Carl and Bonnie’s journey fits that description so well.  The only thing that has overshadowed Carl and Bonnie’s love for the Holstein cow has been their commitment to family. Carl and Bonnie have been married over 50 years and they now enjoy watching their grandchildren participate in their activities (that, and Polka music!). Please  join  me  in  congratulating  this  year’s  Distinguished  Holstein Breeders - Carl and Bonnie Werner. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-17

Wall of Fame Inductees Man - Elroy Borgwardt

This year’s Wall of  Fame honoree was a farm boy that came from modest beginnings and, along with his brother, took the farm over from their parents. At an early age, Elroy Borgwardt developed a passion for Registered Holsteins. From  a  small  nucleus  of   registered calves that their father had purchased, he  bred  and  developed  one  of   our  industry’s  most  recognized  homebred herds, Sunnyside Holsteins. After  his  brother’s  unexpected passing,  Elroy’s  two  sons,  Roger  and Bill, joined the operation after graduating from the University of   Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Dairy Science. Over the years, the Sunnyside herd continued to blossom. They began classifying and official testing in the early 1950s. They began showing at the county fair, district show, state show and occasionally at  national  shows  including  World  Dairy  Expo  to  increase  their  merchandising power. The tradition of  exhibiting cattle continues today. Early on, A.I. personnel, exporters, and fellow breeders, both foreign and domestic, quickly found and traveled to St. Nazianz to add the Sunnyside herd’s powerful genetics to their programs. They marketed  based  on  strong  cow  families  in  attempt  to  breed  more  profitable cows each and every generation, rather than expand every year. A large number of  young sires and heifers were sought after and exported around the world with Japan being their largest market. The herd continues to thrive under the ownership and management of  Elroy’s grandson Todd. They have bred nearly 200 Excellent cows to date with scores up to 95 points and Wisconsin’s first 6E cow. So far the herd has been awarded well over 30 Gold Medal Dams and nine Gold Medal Sires and has sent over 100 bulls to A.I. The present rolling herd average is over 30,000M 1050F and 925P with 22 EX, 90 VG and 129 GP cows in the herd.  Over  the  years,  Elroy  and  his  wife  Lucinda  hosted  several  Japanese trainees. They were extremely proud of  their two sons and daughter and their impressive young families. In  addition  to  developing  a  great  herd,  Elroy  was  extremely  active in community affairs. He was a long-time member of  the school board, a church elder, as well as a member of  numerous agriculture committees and organizations. He served as chairman of  the University of  Wisconsin-Madison Dairy Science Advisory Committee for several terms. He was a recipient of  the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences coveted Award of  Distinction for his service to rural life in Wisconsin. In 1977, Elroy was awarded the first Wisconsin Distinguished Breeder Award. He was very active in the Holstein industry, serving the county association in various capacities for many years. He was a member of  the Wisconsin Holstein board of  directors and was elected President of  this organization, as were both of  his sons, and his grandson served two terms as a board member. Elroy represented Wisconsin on the national board of  directors for Holstein USA where his no nonsense approach to the tasks at hand and positive input was appreciated by members everywhere. Rest assured, this hardly touched upon the story of  this special man, his wife and and their family, but time will not permit us to tell you the rest of  the story. But we can say few people have given more of  their resources, their time, and their talents to the industry and their community, our Holstein industry, and yes, America, is just a little bit better because of  the efforts of  this man.

Bull - Sandy-Valley Bolton

Sandy-Valley Bolton-ET was bred by brothers David, Patrick, Greg and Frank Bauer of  Sandy-Valley Farms, Scandinavia, Wis. Born in September 2001, he is a Lexvold Luke Hershel-ET son from Sandy-Valley Blessing-ET. Bolton’s dam, Sandy-Valley Blessing, was in a league of  her own from birth. During visits to Sandy-Valley, she 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

was always the best heifer in the pen. Working with Greg  Bauer,  as  a  virgin heifer Blessing was mated to  Hershel.  When  she calved,  she  exceeded  expectations and was by far  one  of   Convincer’s finest daughters. Blessing had  a  combination  of style, balanced with dairy strength,  an  excellent udder and a will to milk. Bolton entered ABS in  2002.  In  May  2006, Bolton  graduated  from ABS’s  Cornerstone® program  as  a  daughterproven sire. He started at the top of  the U.S. Holstein TPI list. In  August 2006, he became the first bull to ever go over the +2000 TPI mark. Bolton would go on to be the number one ranked bull on the TPI list three times (May and August 2006 and February 2007). He was in the top 20 TPI for 12 consecutive sire summaries. Bolton became the first bull to ever produce one million units of semen prior to reaching second-crop status, a milestone he attained in July 2009.  Bolton was very fortunate to have an amazing team that daily cared for, fed, managed and developed him into a remarkable semen producer. Mike Karls, ABS Livestock Supervisor, managed Bolton’s team. Mike notes Bolton was the favorite bull in the barn. He had the number  one  box  stall,  a  stall  that  had  been  designed  specially  to  accommodate this very tall, long bull. Bolton was an extraordinary semen producer; he had the ability to make semen and reproduce. ABS is grateful for the talents and dedication of  Bolton’s team. On May 4, 2010, Holstein breeders were saddened to learn that Bolton had died due to complications from surgery. Just a few months before his ninth birthday, his lifetime semen production total was close to 1.2 million units. Over 300,000 units of  his semen were sold in the last year alone. Bolton’s influence in the breed continues in many dairy segments around the world, through his sons such as De-Su Gillespy, Coyne-Farms Dorcy-ET, and his grandsons such as Mountfield SSI Dorcy Mogul. Mogul crossed with Bolton’s highest ranked daughter, Unique-Style Bolton Money EX-93, produced the current number one TPI sire. Therefore, Bacon-Hill Montross-ET, the #1 TPI sire (December 2016) has BOLTON on both the top and bottom side of the pedigree.   In addition to siring high TPI and Net Merit, Bolton sired the All-American  kind  such  as  the  Reserve  All-American  Summer  Yearling in 2011, Sheeknoll Bolton Ariana. Bolton’s  ability  to  sire  extreme  type,  udders  and  production, along with his amazing ability to produce large volumes of  semen, definitely makes him a ‘once in a lifetime kind of  bull’. Congratulations Sandy-Valley Farms! 

Cow - Scientific Debutante Rae

This year’s inductee is not only famous in Wisconsin, but became known world-wide and is one of  those cows recognized by name only. Scientific  Debutante  Rae,  owned  by  the  Matt  and  Mandy  Nunes  Family of  Scientific Holsteins, Chippewa Falls, is the 2017 Wall of Fame Cow. Debutante made a name for herself  in 2004 after winning the Junior 3-year-old class, being named Intermediate Champion and going on to win Reserve Grand Champion at the Midwest Spring  National Show. She became a worldwide phenomenon in 2005 when she was the first place 4-year-old, Champion Bred and Owned, and Reserve  Senior  and  Reserve  Grand  Champion  at  the  Wisconsin Championship Show. She then repeated the same honors that fall when  Judge  Perry  Phend  named  her  Reserve  Senior  and  Reserve Grand  Champion  at  the  International  Holstein  Show.  She  was  recognized as the All-American 4-Year-Old for 2005. The Nunes family understands that great cows like Debutante

don’t just happen, and they included Bob Miller in the family’s photo with Debutante under the willows after her win at World Dairy Expo. Matt and Mandy run a family operation and all of  their girls were  involved at the farm and in the show ring. Matt believes family is  important, both his family and the family behind his cows.  The Nunes’ Debutante story began in 1987 when Matt graduated from Cal Poly, bought a new car (a Camaro), flew to Canada, bought  Tony  Rae,  came  home  and  got  engaged  to  Mandy.  Matt would say 1987 was a pretty good year. Jubilant Rae, Debutante’s dam, had eight Excellent daughters.

Tony Rae, the next dam, also had eight Excellent daughters. And the pedigree  doesn’t  end  there  -  she’s  also  backed  by  Mil-R-Mor  TT  Roxette, Mil-R-Mor Roxette, and the Queen of  the Breed herself, Roxy EX-97. The  Roxy  family  has  been  one  of   the  greatest  transmitting  families of  all time and that heritage helped make Debutante what she was. She became a household name that was in demand worldwide.  Matt  recognized  the  potential,  did  not  sell  embryos  from  Debutante and marketed a few females once he had them on the ground. Wisconsin breeders like Neil McDonah, Todd Stanek, Don Mayer, Tom Cull, Joel Kietzman and MilkSource, just to name a few, have had great success with their daughters of  Debutante. Debutante had 56 offspring – 38 females and 18 males. The 37 females  that  were  scored  averaged  89  points.  The  highest  scored daughter, Dana Rae, was EX-95 and had her own success in the show ring,  being  named  Grand  Champion  at  the  2012  Midwest  Fall  National and recognized as the 2012 Reserve All-American 5-YearOld. 11 sons received milking daughter proofs. Most are names you’ll recognize  –  Destry  (Goldwyn),  Demo  (Talent),  Director  (Advent)  who  is  the  sire  of   two-time  World  Dairy  Expo  Grand  Champion Strans-Jen-D Tequila-Red, Drama (Allen), Dynasty (Stormatic), Dean (Final Cut), Dusk and Deuce (September Storm), Dagger (Mich) and Demello (Shottle). In  2010  Holstein  International  named  Debutante  the  Red  Impact  Cow  of   the  Year  and  today  we  will  add  her  name  to  the  Wisconsin  Holstein  Wall  of   Fame.  Congratulations  to  Matt  and Mandy Nunes and family for breeding and developing this incredible cow!

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wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-19

Wisconsin’s Production Top 10s 2x Milk 1. Teemar Iota Carly-ET 2. Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress 3. Glenn-Ann Palermo Skittles 4. Schularwood Fbi 603 5. Jeffrey-Way Saphire 6. Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET 7. Hilrose Goldwyn Victoria 8. U-W Bronco 6799 9. Gold-N-Oaks Snowgal2327-ET 10. Opsal Wilstar Baxter Doreen

EX-91 EX-94 VG-88 EX-90 EX-94 EX-95 VG-87 G-78 EX-90 VG-88

4-00 350 52,270 4.6 2399 3.4 1754 8-05 365 51,540 4.6 2349 3.3 1685 7-01 365 51,420 2.7 1398 2.8 1458 5-02 365 50,570 3.7 1868 2.9 1475 6-06 365 50,240 4.2 2107 3.4 1705 9-10 365 49,590 3.2 1566 2.9 1461 8-04 365 49,450 3.5 1711 2.8 1415 4-02 365 49,270 2.9 1430 2.9 1412 4-02 365 49,160 3.8 1850 3.0 1479 5-07 365 49,080 3.6 1789 3.0 1452

Steve & Amanda Killian Tori J. Evert Glenn-Ann Holsteins John Schuman Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson Jordan C. Siemers Joseph A. Brantmeier University of Wisconsin John & Judy Swenson Troy Opsal & Wilstar Holst.

Blair Brooklyn Albany Antigo Belleville Newton Sherwood Madison Barneveld Blue Mounds

EX-91 EX-94 VG-85 GP-80 EX-90 EX-93 EX-94 EX-92 VG-85 EX-90

4-00 350 52,270 4.6 2399 3.4 1754 8-05 365 51,540 4.6 2349 3.3 1685 3-03 365 42,850 5.5 2343 3.2 1372 4-07 365 44,210 4.9 2150 2.9 1293 4-01 345 39,320 5.4 2119 3.4 1326 5-10 365 42,460 5.0 2113 3.2 1358 6-06 365 50,240 4.2 2107 3.4 1705 6-04 365 48,470 4.3 2069 2.9 1411 4-01 338 37,730 5.4 2036 3.3 1237 2-08 365 39,270 5.1 2014 3.3 1296

Steve & Amanda Killian Blair Tori J. Evert Brooklyn Glenn-Ann Holsteins Albany Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Joseph A. Brantmeier Sherwood Shawn Nehls Hustisford Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson Belleville Joseph A. Brantmeier Sherwood Emerald Acres & Scott Armbrust De Pere Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo

EX-91 EX-94 EX-94 EX-95 EX-90 EX-94 EX-90 EX-94 EX-90 EX-95

4-00 350 52,270 4.6 2399 3.4 1754 6-06 365 50,240 4.2 2107 3.4 1705 8-05 365 51,540 4.6 2349 3.3 1685 6-01 365 47,730 3.7 1746 3.4 1605 4-11 365 47,210 4.2 1978 3.3 1542 7-03 365 45,180 3.8 1726 3.3 1511 4-02 365 49,160 3.8 1850 3.0 1479 6-04 365 43,840 3.7 1634 3.4 1475 5-02 365 50,570 3.7 1868 2.9 1475 9-10 365 49,590 3.2 1566 2.9 1461

Steve & Amanda Killian Blair Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson Belleville Tori J. Evert Brooklyn Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Baraboo Kurt Schwendimann Juneau Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson Belleville John & Judy Swenson Barneveld Whitney Ebert Algoma John Schuman Antigo Jordan C. Siemers Newton

Fat 1. Teemar Iota Carly-ET 2. Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress 3. Glenn-Ann Smokin Pepperoni 4. Heatherstone Kylie 5. Hilrose Advent Dancer-ET 6. Shea-Rock Adv Amber-Red-ET 7. Jeffrey-Way Saphire 8. Hilrose Shottle Alanna-ET 9. Emerald-Acr-Sa T-Izzy 10. Our-Favorite Noemi Rae-ET

Protein 1. Teemar Iota Carly-ET 2. Jeffrey-Way Saphire 3. Rose-Lyn S Storm Cypress 4. Brookhill Goldwyn Cecile 5. Lindale Fortune Chloe 6. Jeffrey-Way Taleea-ET 7. Gold-N-Oaks Snowgal2327-ET 8. Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET 9. Schularwood Fbi 603 10. Siemers Dunde Hilda 8669-ET

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Wisconsin’s Production Top 10s 3x Milk 1. Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET 2. Ever-Green-View Latisha-TW 3. Ever-Green-View Angora-ET 4. Ever-Green-View Le Plume-ET 5. Broeks Ann-ET 6. Ever-Green-View Locket-ET 7. Ever-Green-View Hiatus 8. Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918 9. Ever-Green-View Le Vegie-ET 10. Broeks Annie

EX-93 EX-92 EX-92 VG-87 EX-92 EX-91 VG-87 VG-86 EX-90 EX-91

4-03 365 77,480 2.6 1992 2.7 2055 6-03 365 72,030 3.5 2513 2.7 1940 4-09 365 68,320 4.0 2704 3.0 2081 6-00 365 66,560 3.1 2042 2.9 1940 3-10 365 65,390 3.7 2449 2.9 1887 3-06 365 64,990 4.0 2615 2.8 1801 3-06 365 58,930 3.8 2264 3.0 1778 4-07 365 58,790 3.8 2246 2.9 1724 8-02 365 58,580 3.3 1929 2.8 1656 7-05 365 55,930 4.2 2367 3.1 1750

Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Selz-Pralle Dairy Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell

Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Humbird Waldo Waldo

EX-90 EX-92 EX-91 EX-92 EX-92 GP-83 EX-91 VG-87 EX-90 EX-91

5-02 365 55,240 5.3 2907 3.4 1887 4-09 365 68,320 4.0 2704 3.0 2081 3-06 365 64,990 4.0 2615 2.8 1801 6-03 365 72,030 3.5 2513 2.7 1940 3-10 365 65,390 3.7 2449 2.9 1887 6-09 365 47,260 5.1 2433 3.1 1479 7-05 365 55,930 4.2 2367 3.1 1750 3-05 365 55,370 4.3 2359 3.0 1658 6-09 365 54,880 4.2 2303 3.0 1642 5-10 365 51,690 4.4 2291 3.0 1562

Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Dennis & Cynthia Begert Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Dennis & Cynthia Begert

Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Neillsville Waldo Waldo Waldo Neillsville

EX-92 EX-93 EX-92 VG-87 EX-92 EX-90 EX-91 VG-87 EX-91 VG-86

4-09 365 68,320 4.0 2704 3.0 2081 4-03 365 77,480 2.6 1992 2.7 2055 6-03 365 72,030 3.5 2513 2.7 1940 6-00 365 66,560 3.1 2042 2.9 1940 3-10 365 65,390 3.7 2449 2.9 1887 5-02 365 55,240 5.3 2907 3.4 1887 3-06 365 64,990 4.0 2615 2.8 1801 3-06 365 58,930 3.8 2264 3.0 1778 7-05 365 55,930 4.2 2367 3.1 1750 4-07 365 58,790 3.8 2246 2.9 1724

Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Thomas J. Kestell Selz-Pralle Dairy

Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Waldo Humbird

Fat 1. Ever-Green-View Etax-ET 2. Ever-Green-View Angora-ET 3. Ever-Green-View Locket-ET 4. Ever-Green-View Latisha-TW 5. Broeks Ann-ET 6. Echowood Laurin Amy 7. Broeks Annie 8. Ever-Green-View Locivar 9. Ever-Green-View Etily-ET 10. Pine-Tree Moscow Sharla-ET

Protein 1. Ever-Green-View Angora-ET 2. Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET 3. Ever-Green-View Latisha-TW 4. Ever-Green-View Le Plume-ET 5. Broeks Ann-ET 6. Ever-Green-View Etax-ET 7. Ever-Green-View Locket-ET 8. Ever-Green-View Hiatus 9. Broeks Annie 10. Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918

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Wisconsin’s Leading Production Ladies By Ashley Yager

Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo New National Production Leader 1st Wisconsin Milk – 3x

        What is better than having one record-breaking cow? Perhaps having her daughter accomplish the same feat just six years later! Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET, EX-93 in her third lactation, is a Goldwyn daughter of  Ever-Green-View My 1326-ET, EX-92 GMD, a previous national record holder for milk production. My Gold had a  365  day  completed  record  of   77,480  pounds  milk,  with  1992 pounds fat and 2055 pounds protein. My 1326’s previous record, completed in February 2010, was 72,170 pounds milk.         My Gold’s milk record is supported by several generations of outstanding performances. Her dam, sired by Stouder Morty-ET, held the national milk production record from 2010 to 2015. The next dam is a VG-85 GMD Ricecrest Lantz-ET daughter, and then Ever-Green-View Elsie-ET (by Emprise Bell Elton), scored EX-92 2E GMD DOM, who had a record at 4-09 of  52,580 4.4 2313 3.5 1827.         My Gold exceeds what one might expect in a high-production cow. A trouble-free lady, she has yet to be bred twice. She broke the record in her four-year-old lactation, calving at 4-03. My Gold previously calved at 2-03 and 3-03. Despite being the lowest index cow in the herd, she performs at a record-breaking level.          Owner  Tom  Kestell  is  hoping  to  try  and  flush  My  Gold  to  Montross and Snowman before breeding her back for a fourth lactation. While the Kestell family doesn’t have any daughters yet, her dam has been a solid flush cow and has many high-producing daughters in  the  herd.  My  Gold’s  maternal  sister  by  Numero  Uno  recently scored EX-90 with an EX mammary in her second lactation.

Ever-Green-View Etax-ET Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo 1st Wisconsin Fat – 3x

        Ever-Green-View Etax-ET, EX-90, is a 7th generation homebred excellent from the Kestell herd. This Boxer daughter is from an EX Toystory that was lost mid-lactation, but prior to her departure was milking 200 pounds a day in her own right. Etax has an EX-92 full sister that will also reach the 50,000 pound milk mark this lactation, and both are scored Excellent in the mammary.         Etax used an almost 3,000 pound fat test to top the list, with a record  at  5-02  and  365  days  of   55,240  pounds  milk,  with  2901 pounds  fat  and  1887  pounds  protein.  Not  only  has  she  been  an  outstanding production cow, but she’s passed her high components to her offspring. Her Epic daughter (Engage) is EX-90 at three years of age, and projected to make a 50,000 pound milk record with a 4.8% fat test this year.          An additional daughter in the Kestell’s herd from Etax is by Snowman, and she is VG at two years with a VG-89-MS. She is also projected to make over 47,000 pounds of  milk her first lactation after calving  in  at  1-10.  Etax  just  calved  in  again  with  twin  Supersire heifers, and has many embryos in the tank. The Kestells plan to flush her again this lactation. 

Ever-Green-View Angora-ET Ever-Green-View Farms, Waldo 1st Wisconsin Protein – 3x

        Ever-Green-View Angora-ET, EX-92 93-MS, completed this pace-setting protein record in her third lactation. Her complete record at 4-09 and 365 days included 68,320 pounds milk, with 2704 fat and 2081 protein pounds.          Angora is a Super daughter of  12-year-old Lar-Lan KK Gwyn 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

Ever-Green-View My Gold-ET EX-93 Angelina-ET, EX-90 DOM. She is currently pregnant off  a flush to sexed Supersire, and is one of  the better young cows from Angelina. Angora’s natural calf  by Mogul is VG-86 and just turned three. She will make over 40,000 pounds of  milk this year and is a nice uddered young cow.          The Kestells have several maternal sisters to Angora, including an EX-92 Boxer, an EX-91 Snowman that peaked at over 200 pounds per  day,  EX-90  Explode,  a  VG-89  2Y  Snowman,  and  a  VG-88  Explode. They have sold a lot from the family, with some brothers in A.I. with outstanding type numbers. The family is not the strongest when it comes to index numbers, but that doesn’t seem to affect their production in the slightest.

Teemar Iota Carly-ET Steve & Amanda Killian, Blair 1st Wisconsin Milk, Fat & Protein – 2x

        Teemar Iota Carly-ET, EX-91, is a prime example of  how trusting  your  intuition  pays  dividends.  Steve  and  Amanda  Killian  purchased Carly as a pick in the Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, and chose her over a Bookem calf  because she was by proven sire Iota. A granddaughter of  the one and only Cosmopolitan, Carly has performed true to her pedigree and developed into an outstanding type and production cow.         This leading lady was 15 days shy of  a complete 365 record at 4-00 and in those 350 days produced 52,270 milk with 4.6% 2399 fat and 3.4% 1754 protein pounds. Carly has bred back every year with ease and her five-year-old record shows she is on record pace again. Her first five tests were over 180 pounds of  milk, with the fifth closing in on the 190-pound mark. Carly is on pace already to make an even bigger record this lactation.         Carly is a huge cow that is scored EX-91 with the potential for more points, as she carries a great udder and solid feet and legs. Her genomics have not been high enough to market offspring from, but owner Steve Killian hopes to breed her to an extremely high sexed genomic bull to balance the equation. Carly has one Supersire daughter in the herd that is a lot like her mother. She will also be bred to a high GTPI bull with hopes to improve her +2500G number.         Owners Steve and Amanda commented, “We have bought into a  lot  of   cow  families,  but  this  family  is  ‘real;’  even  better  than  genomics. They are special cows that have done all the right things.”

wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-23

WHA’s Holstein Treasure Quest 2017 Calf Entries


Crestbrooke Seaver Tabitha Born 6-1-2016

Reg. #840003131304728


Dreamfix Arch Millie-ET Born 12-10-2016

Reg. #840003140284270

Sire: R-E-W Seaver-ET Dam: Crestbrooke Gap Torrie-ET EX-93 3-04 2x 305 32,880 4.9 1615 3.5 1136 HM All-American Spring Yearling 2012 5th Spring Yearling, MW Natl. Spring Show 2012 2nd Dam: Raggi Durham Tobi-ET EX-93 2E 4th Senior 2-Year-Old, Intl. Holstein Show 2009 Res. Senior & Grand Champ., MW Natl. Spring 2009

Sire: Eclipse Atwoods Archrival-ET Dam: Robrook Windbrook Myleigha VG-88 2Y 2-09 2x 191 16,689 744 479 inc. 3rd Milking Yearling, MW Fall National 2015 4th Fall Yearling, Midwest Spring National 2015 2nd Dam: Combhaven Sid Monica VG-87 2Y 3rd Fall Yearling, Midwest Spring National 2013 3rd Dam: Combhaven Terrason Malaysa EX-91 3E

Owner: Tim, Barb & Kyle Natzke, Fond du Lac

Owner: Dawson & Kylie Nickels, Fond du Lac

Crestbrooke Gap Torrie-ET EX-93


Hammertime Sid Rebel-ET Born 9-5-2016

Reg. #840003137538239

Robrook Windbrook Myleigha VG-88 2Y


Mayerlane Treasure-ET Born 12-21-2016

Reg. #840003130383658

Sire: Pine-Tree Sid-ET Dam: Milksource Goldwyn Rhea-ET EX-91 3-03 2x 305 27,140 3.9 1052 3.2 857 2nd Dam: Mell-Wood Durham Reese EX-91 5-05 2x 365 38,910 4.3 1666 3.2 1237 3rd Dam: Mell-Wood Rhero Ranee VG-88 4-00 2x 362 32,430 2.8 905 2.8 907 Lifetime: 1670d 135,840 4291F 3884P

Sire: Val-Bisson Doorman Dam: Astrahoe R Gldwn Trudy-ET EX-91 6-07 360 33,223 4.1 1353 3.0 1006 2nd Dam: Astrahoe SG Rosa Raleigh EX-93 2E 3-10 3x 365 36,330 3.9 1470 3.3 1192 3rd Dam: Pinehurst Royal Rosa EX-91 2E 7-05 2x 365 48,580 4.2 2021 2.8 1376 Backed by 11 more generations of EX dams

Owner: Hammertime Holsteins, Poynette

Owner: Mayerlane Holsteins, Bloomer

Milksource Goldwyn Rhea-ET EX-91 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

Astrahoe R Gldwn Trudy-ET EX-91


Ms RollnView Gold Dotty-ET Born 9-1-2016

Reg. #840003130800006

Sire: Braedale Goldwyn Dam: Richardo Dundee Dawnette EX-95 2E Can 4-00 2x 365 31,402 4.3 1341 3.2 1003 Nominated All-American Aged Cow 2011 HM All-Canadian & Reserve All-American 2010 HM All-Canadian 4-Year-Old 2009 Res. All-Amer. & HM All-Can. Jr. 3-Year-Old 2008 2nd Dam: Richardo Gibson Dawn EX-91 2E Can Owner: Chad & Amy Ryan, Lynn & Sara Harbaugh, and Eric & Brandy Westphal, Fond du Lac

Richardo Dundee Dawnette EX-95 2E


Powerhaus Absl Diane Rae-ET *RC Born 9-12-2016

Reg. #840003131148190

Sire: Apples Absolute-Red Dam: Scientific Darla Rae-ET EX-94 5-04 2x 365 36,160 4.3 1542 3.2 1162 2nd Dam: Scientific Debutante Rae-ET EX-92 GMD DOM 2-02 2x 365 32,930 4.4 1440 3.2 1070 All-American 4-Year-Old 2005 Res. Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo 2005 Next Dams: EX-90 DOM, EX-96 3E GMD DOM, EX-94 2E GMD DOM, EX-90 GMD DOM, EX-97 4E GMD Roxy Owner: Jeremy Holthaus, Fennimore

Scientific Darla Rae-ET EX-94

THE 50TH OUTAGAMIE CO. SPRING SALE Friday, April 21st, 7:30 p.m., Seymour Fairgrounds, Seymour, WI




Unan. All-American R&W Jr. 3-Year-Old 2015 Nom. All-Amer. & All-Can. B&W Jr. 3-Year-Old 2015 Selling a fresh Armani sister to Calli. Backed by two EX-91 dams. She is an exciting young cow! Graisson Schmidt

All-American R&W Fall Calf 2012 Her Destry daughter sells fresh in March along with her Diamondback heifer calf. The Destry’s second dam is the one and only Desire EX-96 4E! Mike Rammer

6-00 2x 365 50,470 3.4 1559 3.5 1775 HHM All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2007 Lizzy’s Goldwyn daughter sells fresh! Goldwyn x Durham Lizzy makes for great potential! Joe Paltzer

It’s looking like we’re going to have a very exciting line-up of great young cows and fancy show aged heifers for our 50th Anniversary sale! Sale Sponsored by:

For catalogs, please contact: Sale Chairman, Skyler Buman - 920-660-2013 or email Catalog will be available online at Find us on Facebook! New this year - Juniors will receive a 3% discount on their purchase.

Holstein Breeders

SALE STAFF: Auctioneer - Darrell Worden Pedigrees - Kevin Jorgensen Jay Jauquet, 920-639-6408 Lynn Harbaugh, 920-420-1524 Brandon Ferry, 608-335-8861 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-25

District 1 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The May issue will feature District 7 - Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menomonie, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca and Waushara counties.

Ashland County Barron County

2016 Adult Membership: 5; Jr. Membership: 0

2016 Adult Membership: 47; Jr. Membership: 30 Adult Association officers - President: Dean Frisle; Vice President: Scot Hammann; Secretary/ Treasurer: Jeff  Wille. Junior Association officers - President: Collin Wille; Vice President: Abigail Solumn; Secretary: Brooke Hammann; Treasurer: Allissa Frisle; Holsti-Buck officer: Gina Frisle; Advisors: Becky Hammann & Leslie Frisle.        Our big project in 2016 was hosting the District 1 Show. We had our annual meeting and lunch in January. Our main fundraisers, the spring and fall Holstein auctions, continue to be profitable for us. We sponsor awards at both the county fair and the WI State Fair,  sponsor a Futurity class at the Barron County Fair, and support our juniors with a heifer calf loan program and scholarship funds. Jeff  & Debbie Wille, Image Point Dairy, will be hosting a Twilight Meeting this August. We would like to congratulate Russ Rindsing on his 50 year membership!            The Barron County juniors had a great time at convention with two members receiving WHA scholarships, one going on the Farm Tour, two placing in photography and many  participating in Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy. Our 2016 Queen was Megan Marschall and we honored Bob and Leondra Lentz as the Friend of  the Holstein Cow. We use the profits from our fundraisers – serving sundaes at June Dairy Breakfast, lunch stands at the adult auctions and  the  ice  cream  stand  at  the  county  fair  –  to  sponsor  classes  at  WI  State  Fair,  serve milk/cookies and cheese at the Barron County Fair, member scholarships, and putting the finishing touches on the ice cream stand. After struggling to decorate a “picture place” when we hosted the 2016 District 1 Show, we voted to purchase a banner to donate for all District 1 counties to use in the future. We will be painting the milk house and restrooms at the sale pavilion as a way to show our appreciation to the adults for all they do for us. We have a few members looking forward to attending Cow Camp.    

Bayfield County 2016 Adult Membership: 3; Jr. Membership: 0 Burnett County 2016 Adult Membership: 2; Jr. Membership: 0 Chippewa County

2016 Adult Membership: 44; Jr. Membership: 18 Adult Association officers - President: Erica Ullom; Vice President: Nick Bohl; Secretary: Mike Wachtendonk; Treasurer: Vivian Thompson; at-large director: Steve Maier.  Junior  Association  officers  -  President:  Eric  Wachtendonk;  Vice  President: Alissa  Maier;  Secretary: Jazzi Bowe; Treasurer: Geneva Nunes.       The Chippewa County Holstein Breeders had a board meeting in April at the Bloomer Bowl and elected officers. At the Northern Wisconsin State Fair we hosted a member’s meal. We reviewed by-laws and got them updated in the fall. In February we pick a calf  loan winner. The Chippewa County Holstein Breeders sponsor two calf  loans a year; the life of  the loan is two years interest-free; we have been doing this since the 1970s.           The Chippewa County Junior Holstein Association started off  2016 by hosting the Junior Convention in the Wisconsin Dells at the Wilderness. We had our annual Dress A Calf  Contest at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in July. In January of  2017 the juniors were at Junior  Convention in the Wisconsin Dells again; we had two dairy bowl teams, a couple of  members won production awards, progressive breeder awards, junior trip award and the speaking contest.   

Dunn County 2016 Adult Membership: 32; Jr. Membership: 10 Eau Claire County 2016 Adult Membership: 16; Jr. Membership: 2 Pierce/Pepin Counties

2016 Adult Membership: Pierce - 28, Pepin - 6; Jr. Membership: Pierce - 18; Pepin - 0

Polk County 2016 Adult Membership: 36; Jr. Membership: 10 Price County 2016 Adult Membership: 4; Jr. Membership: 0 Rusk County 2016 Adult Membership: 10; Jr. Membership: 1 Sawyer County 2016 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0 St. Croix County 2016 Adult Membership: 40; Jr. Membership: 19 Vilas County 2016 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0 Washburn County 2016 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Sydney Endres Hometown: Lodi, WI School: Lodi High School Class Size: 130 Farm: Jazzy Jerseys Major: Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? Ultimately, I decided on Madison because of how many opportunities I knew I would get to learn out of the classroom and in the industry. With dairy being such a big industry in Wisconsin, I recognized that UW-Madison Dairy Science students get a lot of opportunities that other schools with dairy programs don’t necessarily get. Tag that along with the diversity of backgrounds and people on campus, I couldn’t really go wrong. What has been your most memorable college experience? While I have had many memorable experiences, I think the one that will stay with me for a very long time is co-chairing the Grilled Cheese Stand at World Dairy Expo for two years. Having the responsibility to make sure that one of the most popular spots at Expo is ready to go when October rolls around, and that everyone gets a good grilled cheese, has been a challenging, yet very rewarding experience. What has been your favorite course? Definitely Dairy Science 233 and 234. When I took it, we went to a dairy farm every other week for our lab. We took whatever we had been learning about the past unit, and got to go out in the field and hear from real dairy farms to apply that knowledge and see it implemented firsthand. No other course in the program was as applied as those two. What are your future career goals? My goal is to return home to our 700-cow Jersey farm and start an agritourism business. I would open a learning center and store right off the interstate near my farm and offer tours. I would like to process our farm’s milk into cheese and ice cream so people can stop by for a quick treat while on the road, or enjoy after a farm tour while they make the connection between the farm and the food they are eating. In the end, I want to answer any questions people have about dairy and help others learn more about agriculture.

UW-Madison Inquiry Lives Here Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Ted Halbach


Wisconsin Dairy Showcase April 27-29

Show season is upon us! This year’s spring show will be held at the New Holland Pavilion at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI. Join us in this exciting venue with all of  the amenities under one roof. Don’t forget to buy your Treasure Quest ticket and win the calf !!! A great way to start or improve your herd! 

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 May 1, 2017. June 1 is 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 Contests and Recognitions

In an effort to recognize more youth, Holstein Association USA Production/Breeder awards are now automatically calculated using the previous year’s animal information. Juniors are no longer required to submit entries for these awards, which include the National Star Performer  Award,  National  Cream  of   the  Crop  Award,  National  Junior Breeder of  an Excellent Cow Award, National Junior Breeder of   a  Multiple  “E”  Cow  Award,  and  National  Junior  150,000  and 200,000 Pound Lifetime Production Awards.  Also,  don’t  forget  about  the  National  Junior  Folding  Display  Contest! Entries are due to the Holstein USA office by May 1 and youth do not need to attend National Convention to participate. Cash awards are given to the top three in each age division. For complete  details, visit

Enter for the 2019 WHA Futurity

Have you heard? The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity will feature all breeds starting in 2019! We have opened up entries with the original entry fee of  $35/head. Entries are April 30, 2017. Remember, the Futurity winner takes home over $1500! Visit the web for an entry form today.

A note from your JACs

Hey Juniors! As the we get closer to summer, I know you are all gearing up for this years show season, planting, and the warm weather that’s sure to come! With that, I would like to throw a few  reminders and updates your way regarding the coming year.  We are very excited to see you all at Cow Camp on May 2021 in Ferryville!! A few workshops we are hoping you’ll enjoy are showmanship, cow related arts and crafts, as well as feeding your  animals to optimize their health. New this year is an age group of 9-13 who will be attending cow camp. We felt as a committee that this was the optimum age range that would get the most out of  our program!  We  also  decided  it  would  benefit  camp  to  have  all  chaperones approved by us beforehand. Remember to register by April 25th if  you are 9-13 years old! As chair of  the speaking contest, I’d like to congratulate all  participants from last year! I’d also like to encourage you all to  participate next year! Remember that you can use your past or  current speeches for school, FFA, or forensics. This way you can be extra prepared. New for the coming year is a start time of  11 am at convention;  hopefully  this  will  allow  us  to  ge  done  before  the Princess Luncheon and make things flow smoother! Also, we will be updating our rules so that they will match Nationals to eliminate any confusion.  Be sure to follow our Facebook page for date reminders As well as fun new posts! Add “wijrholstein” on Snapchat. We are very  excited about these two social media pages this year! See you soon!  Katie Bauer, NE Disrict JAC

Cow Camp Registration May 20 & 21, 2017 - Sugar Creek Camp, Ferryville 13141 Sugar Creek Bible Camp Rd, Ferryville, WI 54628   (

Camp Fee - $45/person (Junior or Chaperone) Campers should age 9-13 as of  January 1, 2017 Name: _______________________________________________   Age: _____    T-Shirt Size: _____ ❏ Youth  ❏ Adult

Adult or Junior (Circle one)

Boy or Girl (Circle one)

County: ______________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ __ City: ______________________________________  State: ____________   Zip: _________________ Email: _____________________________________________  Cell Phone: __________________________ Return to: WHA, 902 8th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913. Registration deadline is April 25. All campers & chaperones must be WHA members; chaperones must be pre-approved by WHA staff. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017-27


ACKY WPoint of  View Editor’s Comments

   Thank you to the Calumet County Holstein Breeders for putting on a tremendous convention in February. This issue contains a review of  the convention and highlights of  our award winners. We are always looking for nominees for these awards - if  you would like to nominate a breeder, please contact the WHA office at 1-800-223-4269 or talk to one of  the board members.    Also featured in this issue are the top production cows in Wisconsin - our Top Performer winners, cows that have gone over 300,000 pounds lifetime in the past year, and our Top 10 lists for milk, fat and protein. Congratulations to the  owners and breeders of  these outstanding cows!    There are six great calves entered in this year’s Treasure Quest (page 24). If you would like to purchase a ticket for the TQ , please contact our office or a board member. The drawing for the 11 finalists and the winner of  the calf  will take place during the Midwest Spring National Show on Saturday, April 29 in Madison.     Our Wisconsin Dairy Showcase  continues to grow with the addition of the Ayrshire and Milking Shorthorn show on Thursday, April 27. This, along with the Jersey, Red and White, and  Holstein shows should make for a great event! I hope you’ll be able to make it to Madison to see one or all of  the shows planned for that weekend.     Next month’s issue will be a “Focus on Reproduction” issue and we’ll be offering some tips and a roundtable on IVF. May will also feature District 7. If  you’d like to advertise in that issue, please give me a call by April 10. The June issue will be a Midwest Holsteins issue and will feature District 2. We’ll also be sending copies of this issue to the National Convention - so if  you’d like some extra exposure for your ad, please give me a call by May 10.     We talked about this at the convention, but I’d also like to mention it here the Wisconsin Holstein News is the main communication vehicle for your association. In order to continue publishing a monthly issue, we need your advertising support. Consider doing at least one ad each year to help support our magazine. If  you have any questions, please feel free to call anytime!    Until next time... 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017




April 2017 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago counties     6   Stetson Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Steve & Kathy Langteau, Stetsonville     7   Indianhead Holsteins Dispersal, Barron   15   RedFest with a Touch of  Black, hosted by Crescentmead, Ixonia   15   Barron County Spring Sale, Barron Sale Pavilion, 11 a.m.   21   Outagamie County Spring Sale, Seymour, 7:30 p.m.   22   Vernon County Sale, Vernon Co. Fairgrounds, Viroqua, 11 a.m.   22   Rob-Cri Complete Herd Dispersal, Robert & Christine Barden, Plover,  11 a.m. 27-29  Wisconsin Dairy Showcase, Madison (Midwest Spring National Show) May 2017 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Grant, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Wood counties   12   R&R Letter Complete Dispersal, Seymour, 11 a.m., managed by  Courtney Sales   20   Dodgeramma, Beaver Dam 20-21 Cow Camp, Sugar Creek Camp, Ferryville   22   Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Bill & Kelle Calvert family,  Cuba City, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co. June 2017 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempealeau counties     1   Shawnee Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Dan Dantoin & family, managed  by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co.   13   District 1 Show, Ellsworth   19   District 2 Show, Viroqua   20   District 6 Show, Janesville   20   District 7 Show, Sturgeon Bay   21   District 5 Show, Baraboo   21   District 10 Show, Chilton   22   District 4 Show, Marshfield   22   District 8 Show, Jefferson   26   District 3 Show, Lancaster Future Dates July 10-11 Wisconsin Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison Sept 17 WHA Picnic, Gildale Holsteins, Hollandale

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STgenetics Representatives Serving Wisconsin Dairymen

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North Central & Northwest: Jeremy Totzke, 715-316-8529 Eastern: Al White, 920-296-1482 Southwest: Rich Coulthard, 608-778-2347 Dane & Columbia Counties: Lindsey Kreier, 608-697-1153 David Kendall, Director of Genetic Development, 608-346-1605

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ever-Green-View LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Go-Sho Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Legacy Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal . . 5 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 29 Outagamie County Holstein Sale . . . . . . . 25 Parr, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 R-R Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Rob-Cri Holsteins Dispersal . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 23 & 29 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Scientific Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 STgenetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC & 29 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Useful Farm Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Vernon County Holstein Sale . . . . . . . . . . 11

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: Mandi Ramsburg 1510 Silverstone Trail #2, De Pere, WI 54115 cell: 920-530-5023 e-mail: 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/April 2017

April 2017 WI Holstein News  

April 2017 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring Adult Convention news, Top Performers and Production Top 10 lists.

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