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December 2014

Volume 86 No. 11

Youth Issue 12 & Under Recognition Winners Younger Distinguished Junior Members Breeder Profile: TomLu Holsteins District 8 Report


Willows Edge Laurin Minion EX-91 at 3-10 3-4 287 2x 26,239 4.7 1244 3.0 777 1st Senior 3 Year Old, Best Udder & 1st Junior B&O, District 1 Show Reserve Intermediate Champion of the Open Show, Best Bred & Owned of the Junior Show & Grand Champion of the Junior Show, District 1 Show Best Bred & Owned of the Junior Show, Wisconsin Championship Show 2nd Senior 3 Year Old, Midwest Fall National Junior Show

Dam: Willows-Edge Durham Mimi EX-92 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Star Maiden EX-93 4-10 2x 365 28,260 4.4 1231 3.2 892 Reserve Junior All-American 5-Year-Old 2004 3rd Dam: Willows-Edge BC Maryke EX-90 3E Lifetime: 3108 200,520 4.2 8516 3.4 6757 Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year! We are excited to be hosting the State Picnic to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Make plans to join us on August 2, 2015. Premier Breeder: BAA: 111.8% 49 EX, 54 VG, 7 GP

’05, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’11, ’13 Midwest Fall National ’03 World Dairy Expo ’92-’01, ’04-’06, ’09, ’11-’14 District 1 ’94, ’96, ’97, ’03, ’05, ’06 WI Champ. Show ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’02, ’03, ’10, ’11 MN State Fair

Henk & Bonnie Van Dyk Jordan & Claire New Richmond, WI 54017 PH: (715) 246-5454


Sable

Sage

Sugar-C Navs B Sable-ET VG-85 GTPI +1981

Sugar-C Navs F Sage GP-82 GTPI +2100

2-01 3x 365 40,976 4.0 1642 3.1 1281 Sired by Bookem, her dam Mac Shawna is VG-87 VG-MS DOM with +1824 GTPI. Sable is due in April to Jetset.

1-11 3x 216 22,381 4.0 885 3.0 681 inc. Sage is Sable’s maternal sister by Facebook. Their granddam is VG-87 VG-MS DOM and +1803 GTPI. Sage is due in June to Kingboy.

Mandy

Brenda

Regel Armitage Brenda-ET VG-86 VG-MS GTPI +2048

Sugar-C Super Mandy-ET VG-85 VG-MS GTPI +1897

2-01 3x 217 21,409 3.8 816 3.2 682 inc. Her dam is a VG-85 VG-MS Jeeves with +1901 GTPI, next dam is a VG-85 VG-MS Mac. Brenda is due mid-April to Kingboy.

2-11 3x 250 30,810 3.2 991 3.1 945 inc. Her dam Ramos Missy is VG-88 GMD with 201,720 lft., 2nd dam 2E-90 D Mary with 219,530 lft., then 3E-91 GMD Aaron Mary with 250,140 lft. Mandy is due in March to Doorman.

4349

4391

Sugar-C Connected 4391 VG-85 VG-MS GTPI +1875

Sugar-C Sherac 4349 GP-84 VG-MS GTPI +1923

1-11 3x 305 32,400 3.5 1126 3.1 985 Her VG-88 VG-MS dam by Prince had 36,750 1458F 1171P, 2nd dam w/26,700 at 2Y. 4391 is fresh again at 2-10 and has 2 daughters.

1-10 3x 365 32,556 4.5 1463 3.5 1125 Her dam is EX-90 VG-MS Baxter with 32,370 1797F 1128P & a National Elite Performer, 2nd dam a Durham with 104,350 lft. 4349 is due in December to Dorcy.

Rick & Marleen Adams N5663 Hwy. O, Elkhorn, WI 53121 • Phone: 262-728-0702 Cell: 262-374-0793 • email: marleenkayadams@gmail.com RHA: 32,000 4.14 1322 3.19 1018

4/14 classification: 11 EX, 105 VG

Give us a call to stop by & select your favorite anytime! Have a blessed Christmas and a great 2015!


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VOLUME 86 No. 11

Features: 10 26 27 34 36 42

Breeder Profile: TomLu Holsteins 12 & Under Recognition winners Younger Distinguished Junior Members Wisconsin’s National 4-H Contest results Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary and Collegiate Ag Programs 2017 WHA Futurity entry form

Departments: 8 10 11 14 15 28 43 44 45 46

WHA Annual Supporters Wisconsin Holstein Briefs Tea Time with Teapot: WHA Princess Kayla Krueger Breeder Business Cards District 8 report From the Office: Executive Director Larry Nelson WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover features the Dodge County Junior members who will be hosting the 2015 Junior Holstein Convention in Fond du Lac, January 2-4.

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

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

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Chris McCullough, President (2016)* - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Paula Bovre, Vice President (2016)* - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Marci Walker, Secretary (2016)* - 608-432-3223 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Kevin Jorgensen, Exec. Committee (2015) - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Matt Lippert, Exec. Committee (2015)* - 715-213-9441 5882 Cty. Rd. E, Pittsville, WI 54466 Todd Borgwardt (2016)* - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Bill Calvert (2015) - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Dan Cnossen (2017)* - 715-302-1327 N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Tracy Mitchell (2017)* - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Chad Ryan (2017)* - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Todd Stanek (2015)* - 715-456-8718 E15265 Hillview Dr., Fall Creek, WI 54742 Kent Wendorf (2017)* - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION

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Bella-View Braxton Allure

• Honorable Mention Junior Champion of the Junior Show, Midwest National Spring Show 2014 • Junior Champion of Junior Show, Wisconsin Championship Show 2014 • Reserve Junior Champion of the Junior Show, Midwest Fall National Holstein Show 2014 • Junior All-Wisconsin Summer Yearling 2014 • 5th Summer Yearling, International Junior Holstein Show 2014

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude & heartfelt appreciation for allowing me the honor & privilege to serve as your 2014 Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess – it has been truly the most memorable time of my life & one that I will hold dear to my heart forever! A very special thank you to Bella-View Holsteins, Lynn & Sara Harbaugh for housing Allure and for all that you have done for me… I am truly blessed to have you in my life.

Junior Ad 2014

Teapot Holsteins KAYLA KRUEGER

E6689 Miller Rd., Marion, WI 54950 715-754-2492 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014


At Walk-Era we have a passion for high type Holsteins. “Where dreams of excellence are bred,” has been our motto and we’re ecstatic about these dreams coming true! As a three generation team at Walk-Era, we’ve made a few milestones since Grandpa Dean’s foresight to get us started in Registered Holsteins. Together we’ve mated, fed and spread a lot of manure to breed 98 EX cows and now our sixth World Dairy Expo top ten! It was Alli’s dream as a junior to show a milking cow at World Dairy Expo. This year will forever stand out as 2014 marks our first Walk-Era win at Expo!

„Randy Blodgett

Walk-Era Dundee

Annelise

Dundee x VG-88 Talent x EX-91 Outside

1st Junior 2-Year-Old, International Junior Holstein Show 2014 3rd Junior 2-Year-Old, International Holstein Show 2014 3rd Junior 2-Year-Old, Royal Winter Fair 2014 4th Junior 2-Year-Old, Wisconsin Championship Show 2014 1st Summer Yearling & HM Champion Yearling, Wisconsin Junior State Fair 2013 Congratulations Libby, Gracie, Brett and Alli on all your efforts together during this winning season! Alli, we are proud of your fourth place showmanship finish at WDE and YDJM accomplishments. Congratulations Brett on your YMR! We dream of breeding superior cattle that have the opportunity to go on to further their potential. THANK YOU to Teams Budjon and St. Jacobs, ABC for your faith in our breeding program. We are tremendously excited for Annelise’s future with you and sincerely appreciate your helping make our dreams come true!

From our team to yours, we wish you the happiest of holidays! N9036 Lewiston Station Road | Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 John 608-432-3113 | Tim 608-697-2922 | walkerajm@gmail.com www.holsteinworld.com/walk-era Where dreams of excellence are bred!

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Annual Supporters of Wisconsin Holstein preferred HolStein entHuSiaStS

Rural Mutual Insurance Company

Brian Greenman, 920-322-1194

Gold SponSorS

platinum SponSorS

Stone Ridge Dairy

AlphaGenetics, Inc. The Udder Program

Silver SponSorS District 2 LaCrosse, Monroe & Vernon Counties East Central/Select Sires & NorthStar Cooperative

The companies and farms noted here are “Annual Supporters” of Wisconsin Holstein events. To be an annual supporter, these companies make monetary and/or in kind donations to various WHA events at certain dollar levels for the year. To join this group, contact WHA today at 1-800-223-4269. 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

Columbia County DHIA “Defining Beauty”

LeDonna Farms


Westphalia Dempsey Erie ~ 2014 Show Season ~ 4th Fall Yearling, International Junior Holstein Show 4th Fall Yearling & Junior All-Wisconsin, Wisconsin Championship Show 2nd Fall Yearling, Wisconsin Junior State Fair 1st Open & Junior Fall Yearling, Junior Champion of the Jr. Show, District 10 Show 1st Fall Yearling, Junior Champion Holstein Heifer & Supreme Champion Heifer of the Junior Show, Sheboygan County Fair Thank you Westphalia Farm for making Erie available. Special thanks to Eric and Brandy for the many trips and stops to help fine tune and prep Erie. I appreciate all of your tips and help!

Jake Ulezelski

Junior Ad 2014

W4142 County Road C, Plymouth, WI 53073 920-946-9338 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-9


Wisconsin Holstein Briefs D Congratulations to Kurt and Sarah Loehr, Eden, on the birth of their daughter, Ainsley Marlene on November 18, weighing 9 lbs. 7 oz. and 21 inches long. She joins big sister Adella. K Our condolences to the families of Steve Howard, Leslie Ann Lyons, Glenn Smith, Donald Schmidt and Todd Cavanaugh, who passed away recently. Full obituaries are printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to lauraw@wisholsteins.com.

Obituaries Steve Howard

Steve Howard, from Deerfield, Wis., age 59, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Steve was born on Nov. 2, 1954, in Aurora, Ill., to Merle and Verona Howard. He married Mary Hanson on July 31, 1982, at Ebenezer Moravian Church in Watertown. Steve graduated from Watertown High School and received his bachelors of science degree in dairy science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1977. He had a long standing career in the dairy industry being most recently employed with Madison based Bio-Vet. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family; beautifying his yard; and cheering for his beloved Wisconsin Badgers. Steve’s greatest joy was sharing his life with his cherished wife. Steve is survived by his wife; son, Bryan (Kristin) Howard of Chicago, and son. Eric Howard of Minneapolis; brother, Dick (Billie) Howard of Greensboro, N.C.; sister, Carol Howard of Fort Atkinson; brother, Tom (Deb) Howard of Ellsworth, Wis.; parents-in-law, Ray and Joan Hanson of Madison; sister-in-law, Beth Hanson of Madison; sisterin-law, Jean Hanson of Oconomowoc; granddaughter, Mae Howard; and by his nephew and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Robert Howard. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Leslie Ann Lyons

Leslie Ann Lyons, age 51, of Fort Atkinson, Wis., peacefully passed away on Monday, October 20 at the Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Facility in Johnson Creek, Wis., surrounded by loved ones. Leslie was born in Peru, Ill., on July 2, 1963, the daughter of John and the late Dolores “Babe” Simcich. She graduated from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1981 and went on to graduate from Western Illinois University in 1985 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Leslie married her loving husband, Chris Lyons, on October 11, 1986 who has been by her side through all of this. Leslie enjoyed her last 30 years in social work helping the mentally challenged and elderly while working at Kaiser Group, Opportunities, Inc., Jefferson County Workforce, and most recently Care Wisconsin. She will be remembered for her quick wit, unique humor, her love for Little Debbie’s and her devotion to large McDonald’s unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Never forget the lemons. She had an ability to make others laugh without effort and was truly one of the funniest people you could ever know. She is survived by her best friend and husband, Chris; two children, Cassidy and Brady; father, John; stepmother, Phyllis; in-laws Kevin and Palma Lyons; two brothers, Dave (Cindy) Simcich, Pewaukee, WI, and Ken (Ronda) Simcich, Utica, IL; sister, Lynn (Kent) Zellmer, Granville, IL; brothers-in-law, Brian (Lori) Lyons, Rockford, IL, Dan (Kelly) Lyons, Huntington, IN, and Sean (Jill) Lyons, Morton, IL; sisters-in-law, Vicki (Larry) Petersen, Bloomington, IL and Steph (Bill) Bodine, Sherman, IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Leslie was preceded in death by her mother, Dolores in 1985. All memorials will be donated in Leslie’s name to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson or to the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison, WI. Special thanks to Leslie’s team of doctors at UW, Dr Baskaya, Dr. Robbins, and Dr. Howard, along with Lori Hayes and Letty Geanon. Also thanks to the entire staff at Golden Living and the Rainbow Hospice Center. 10–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

Glenn Smith

Glenn Otis Smith, 87, of Chetek, Wis., passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, in his home surrounded by his family. Glenn was born April 8, 1927, in Sac County, Iowa. He graduated from Sac City High School, then enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18. On May 16, 1948, he married Marcella Marie Weitzel. Their first dairy operation was a small acreage in Sac City before moving to Alta, Iowa, to be a herdsman for a larger Holstein dairy operation. In 1969 he moved to Wisconsin, just east of Dallas, where he spent the next 27 years building a Registered Holstein herd. He was very proud when several Hemjord Holsteins were purchased by dairymen in France and Japan. In 2010 Glenn and Marcella moved from the farm to a home in Chetek. Glenn had many interests, but dairying was his greatest passion. As an AI Technician for ABS and 4-H leader in his hometown, he traveled around Sac County promoting the dairy program for the Sac County Fair. He enjoyed being a member of the Wisconsin Almena Holstein Club for most of his years in Wisconsin. He enthusiastically promoted a growing draft horse show for the Barron County Fair where he was a board member and/or president for 15 years. He also served on the Barron County Electric Board for 13 years. Glenn was a World War II history enthusiast and a prominent veteran supporter. His passion for his country dominated many conversations throughout his life. Glenn also loved to play 500 and was an avid cribbage player. Glenn is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marcella; three children, Steven (Debra) Smith, of Prescott, Bruce (Pam) Smith, of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Marilyn (Steven) McDonald, of Star, Idaho; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Florence Strong; and many other family and friends. He was preceded in death by two sons, Gary and John; and four brothers.

Donald Schmidt

Donald Dean Schmidt was born on November 2, 1932, in the Town of Hamilton in La Crosse County to Herbert and Elvira (Bahnub) Schmidt. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1950 and enlisted in the Navy in October of 1951. He served in aviation supply on the USS Coral Sea until October 1955 where he was stationed both in the Mediterranean and Guantanamo Bay. He married Elizabeth Brown on October 25, 1953 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Melrose. Together they celebrated 61 years of marriage, raised three children and nine grandchildren, and operated, along with their son, Indies-View Farm, where he farmed until the time of his death. Don valued service. That was evident in the time and effort he gave to many organizations during his lifetime. He was a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, where he served as president for two years; the Wisconsin DHIA Policy Committee; the WI Milk Marketing Board; and delegate to the National Holstein Association; as well as president of the Jackson County Holstein Association and Jackson County DHIA. In addition, he and his wife received the WI Master Agriculturalist Award. Don was also an active member in his community as the Town of Melrose Treasurer, a Melrose-Mindoro School Board member, and currently as a director on the Black River Country Bank Board. He also served as president on two church councils, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Melrose and his current church, Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Burr Oak. He dedicated 60 years of continuous service as a legion member of the Neil S. Lewison Post 439 in Melrose where his responsibilities included Commander, Oratorical Chairman, and Command Sergeant of the Color Guard. Don loved farming, serving as a legionnaire and bank director, any and all things related to or about his grandchildren, playing cards with his friends, and black licorice. He was a caretaker of the land, his community, and his family. He was happy with his work and his lot in life, and he taught those around him to do the same. Don passed away at Black River Memorial Hospital on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the age of 82 years and 12 days. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Elvira Schmidt; infant sister, Dolores; sister, Jean Ann (Don) Marg; and sister and brother-in-laws, Beth (Harlan) Schmidt; Ruth and Marlin Brown; Bob and Jeanette Brown; and Bert and Marion Brown.


Survivors who will miss him include his wife, Elizabeth; son, Jerry (Jan) Schmidt; daughter, Marla (Jim) Hanley all of Melrose and a daughter, Tammy (Steve) Schmidt-Lyga of Fountain City; his nine grandchildren, Garrett, Graisson, and Gabriel Schmidt; Zach and Morgan Hanley; and Jordan, Tanner, Parker, and Kerrigan Lyga; one brother, Harlan Schmidt of Ettrick; two sisters, Marlene (Richard) Dopp of Canby, OR and Constance Schmidt of Seattle, WA; one aunt, Dorothy Zaucke of Reedsburg; brother and sister-in-laws, Don Marg of Neilsville, Beverly and Leo Brown and Chet and Marion Brown of Melrose; Charlie and Dolly Brown of Rochester, MN; and Edna and Bill Schelble of Tucson, AZ, along with many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be given in Don’s name to the Neil S. Lewison Post 439 of Melrose, the Melrose Fire Department, the Melrose Pool, and the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church of Burr Oak. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com

Todd Cavanaugh

Todd R. Cavanaugh, age 43, of Reedsville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Todd was born on June 23, 1971 in New London, son of Mary Derenne Cavanaugh and Robert Cavanaugh. He was a graduate of Reedsville High School, class of 1990. He went on to further his education, attending UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course and graduating from UWRiver Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. On June 16, 2001, Todd married Theresa Hobbs in Jefferson, Wis. He was employed at Sire Power, East Central Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, Aspen Dairy Selective, Riesterer and Schnell, and most recently, Gruett’s Manufacturing in Potter. Todd was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church He also was currently serving on the Reedsville School Board, past president of the Manitowoc County Holstein Association, on the Agriculture Alumni Board Manitowoc County, in the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations, was a FFA Agriculture Alumni, on the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau, a member of the Friends of St. Patrick’s Preservation Society, a founding member of the Manitowoc County Futurity, member of the Alpha Gamma Rho of Rivers Falls, and was a past dairy judging coach. Todd served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association Junior Activities Committee from 1991 to 1993. Additionally, he was a member of the 1990 Wisconsin Championship 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Team representing Manitowoc County. That team later placed fifth at World Dairy Expo out of 38 teams. He is survived by his wife: Theresa of Reedsville; their children: Robert (Carolann) Workentine of New London, Brittney Workentine of Brillion, Bryanna Cavanaugh of Reedsville; two grandchildren: Lily and Jennifer Workentine of New London; his parents: Mary Cavanaugh of Green Bay and Robert (Betty) Cavanaugh of Reedsville; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Michael and Patricia Anderson of Brillion; maternal grandmother: Teresa Derenne of Green Bay; siblings: Paula (Jim) Zdziarski of Manitowoc, Brad Cavanaugh of Houston, TX, Brenda (Erik) Gilbertson of Hollendale; step-brothers and step-sisters-in-law: James (Connie) Stanzel of Green Bay, Craig (Brenda) Stanzel of Manitowoc, Scott Stanzel of Green Bay and Tim Stanzel of Fond du Lac; brothersin-law and sisters-in-law: Martin (Amber) Hobbs of Watertown, Charles Hobbs of Pine Valley, CA, Catherine (Jeff) Moyers of Fayetteville, TN, godfather: Dale Cenefeldt, godmother: Janice Mansfield, godson: Zachary Zdziarski, many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Victor and Mary Cavanaugh, maternal grandfather: Clem Derenne, uncle: Charles Derenne, and cousin Craig Derenne.

Attention Young Adult Members MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Young Adult Committee will be hosting a young producer’s discussion panel on Friday, February 20 at the WHA Convention. We invite members age 21-45 to come listen and learn from their peers. And plan to stick around for the Wisconsin Futures Sale later that evening!

Tea Time with Teapot

Hello Fellow Holstein Enthusiasts! This cold weather has certainly crept up on us, as it sure seems like just the other day we were cutting our first crop of hay for the summer. As the end of the year is quickly approaching, we can all reflect on the copious amount of things we have to be thankful for this year. As I look back on my own year as Wisconsin Holstein Princess, I cannot express my sincere blessing and “Thank You” to all who have truly made this year, my dream come true. It certainly is hard to realize that my year of princess has quickly come to an end. The past 11 months has been invaluable, a time that I will be sure to cherish for the rest of my life. I have made countless friendships, memories and life changing experiences. Not to mention, being able to travel the great state of Wisconsin in honor of the Holstein cow has not been nothing less than extraordinary. As Holidays are quickly around the corner, this means the 2015 Junior Holstein Convention will be soon underway! Our spectacular Dodge County Junior Holstein members will be hosting convention this year at the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac! We cannot thank them enough for all they have done thus far, as it sure to be a wonderful time and huge success, as we will be “Out of this League in 2015.” Best of luck to all juniors attending and participating in Junior Holstein Convention activities. Whether it is arts and crafts, dairy jeopardy, dairy bowl or the new talent contest offered this year, we hope that your time at Junior Convention is a wonderful opportunity to meet other fellow Holstein enthusiasts your age from around the state. I look forward to seeing you all at our convention January 2nd4th. Happy Holidays to you all. ’Til our next cup of tea! Kayla Krueger

Two to Compete for Wisconsin Holstein Princess title

Two young ladies will vie for the Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Princess Attendant positions at the upcoming Junior Holstein Convention. Along with their written application scores, both candidates will go through an interview with a panel of judges and will have to answer a series of impromptu questions in front of the entire convention before the titles are awarded at the awards banquet on January 3. This year’s candidates are: Cierra Ehrke-Essock Cierra Ehrke-Essock is the 19-year-old daughter of Cheryl Ehrke and Paul Essock of Fort Atkinson, Wis. in Jefferson County. She is a 2013 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School and currently a Sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Agriculture Education with a Dairy Science minor.

Sierra Lurvey Sierra Lurvey is the 20-year-old daughter of Tom & Mary Lurvey of Lone Rock, Wis. in Richland County. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Dairy Science and Agriculture and Applied Economics.

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BREEDER PROFILE

TomLu Holsteins Tom & LuAnn Bunkoske Family, Horicon by Ashley Yager

LuAnn & Tom Bunkoske (front) with sons Kyle & Kevin

omLu Holsteins and the Tom and LuAnn Bunkoske family of Horicon, Wis., propel their successful Registered Holstein herd with years of experience, passion, and the family power to get the job done each and every day. Tom and LuAnn purchased their farm and 129 acres one mile south of Horicon in February of 1975. Originally a 40-cow Holstein farm, the Bunkoskes started their herd with some grade and Registered cows from the Pearson-Bunkoske herd (Pear-Bun), where Tom’s father was in partnership with Pearson. In 2000, Tom and LuAnn expanded their herd by adding a 50cow freestall barn. In addition, they added rental land to bring the operating total to 650 acres, where they raise corn silage, corn, oats and hay. The Bunkoskes are currently milking 115 head with a RHA of 21,000 pounds milk with 3.82% 805 fat and 3.05% 642 protein. The TomLu herd is home to 19 EX, 60 VG and 21 GP cows with a BAA of 108.6%.

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and he milks 45 Registered Holsteins there in addition to working the 100 acres of land that is just ¼ mile from the home farm. The labor on the home farm is truly a family effort, as Tom feeds and helps milk the cows, does AI and IV work, fieldwork and repairs. LuAnn is the calf specialist, caring for the newborn calves in a barn added to the farm in 2011. She also helps with milking, takes care of the chickens and many other tasks on the farm. Kevin feeds breeding age heifers and steers, helps with fieldwork and repairs in addition to caring for his own herd. Kyle milks, mixes feed, feeds older youngstock, and helps with fieldwork and other miscellaneous chores. All major decisions for the farm are made as a family. With such a small workforce, the Bunkoskes have made a few other small tweaks to help with the farm’s efficiency. In addition to the calf barn built in 2011, they added headlocks and a lot for breeding-age heifers that rests right outside the milking barn. This allows the convenience to AI heifers and watch for heat. The calf barn has allowed LuAnn to wean her calves by three months of age, with some wiggle room for weather elements. All calves are on-site, and there are roughly 90 head of additional youngstock at Kyle’s. All bull calves are raised for steers, which are finished at Kevin’s farm.

Youth Showing Opportunities a Priority Something that Tom and LuAnn have been a very integral part of for the last 30-plus years is the Dodge County share basis program - a Family Supporting Family The Bunkoskes have three children, and two of them remain an program that allows youth to care for a calf and experience the show ring, even if they are not from active part of the workforce on a farm. Run through the the home farm. Their daughcounty extension office, youth ter, Carrie (Dean) Twardokus, can sign up and calves are resides on a farm near Mayville picked out of a hat with names where she and her husband of participating farms. The milk 70 Registered and grade youth can choose to sell the Holsteins. Carrie and Dean heifers before they become have two sons, Trent (19) and milking animals or keep them Nathan (17), and Nathan is once they enter the milking very interested in showing and herd. Any heifers sold go coming back to the farm after through the Dodgeramma sale his schooling. Tom and LuAnn’s and proceeds are split 60% sons Kevin and Kyle both help and 40% between the particion the farm – Kyle works with pating farm and the youth. his parents and lives on the The program teaches work second farm purchased in and responsibility, and the 1999, which has 146 acres and Bunkoskes have had a tremenhouses calves three months and dous amount of success with older. Kevin purchased his TomLu Oman Dots-ET EX-90 their involvement. farm from Tom’s dad in 1998 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014


One of the highlights for Tom and LuAnn in the calf share program was when their cow, TomLu Guthrie Glee, placed second open and first junior at the 2014 Dodge County Holstein Futurity for Paul Grulke. They have had numerous other blue ribbons, and each year several of their animals hit the show ring at the Dodge County Fair with juniors on the halter. The Bunkoske family has also enjoyed showing at the local level for over 50 years. Excellence in Genetics The TomLu herd has produced over 90 Excellent cows since its first classification in the late 1970s. The first cow ever scored Excellent was TomLu Very Andrea, EX-90, who lived to 17 years of age with four daughters with multiple ‘E’ designations. With a walk through the herd, it’s not hard to see what the TomLu herd has been bred for – big frames, great udders and solid feet and legs. The sire stacks in a lot of the Bunkoske’s pedigrees support this system as well, with Durham, Shottle and Advent having a heavy impact in the herd. One individual to make an impact at TomLu was TomLu Durham Dot, EX-92 3E. Dot produced two sons that made the active AI lineup - Oman sons Dotcom at Select Sires and Dotson at Accelerated Genetics. Dot carried additional contracts for bulls by Oman and Boliver, but her flushes never resulted in bull calves. Dot also had three daughters contracted, including TomLu Oman DotsET, EX-90, and TomLu Oman Dotsy-ET, VG-85 first lactation. Another family favorite was TomLu Outside Holly, EX-93 4E. Holly produced 40 Goldwyn and Durham embryos, and some of them are still coming. Her lifetime production credits total 4,081 days with 315,340 pounds milk, 3.7% 8,650 fat and 3.1% 6,943 protein. Her oldest daughter, TomLu Pontiac Hailey, is EX-90 and had a five-year-old record at 365 days of 29,378 milk with 3.7% 1123 fat and 2.9% 826 protein. One of Holly’s more recent Durhams to enter the milking herd, TomLu Durham Hazel, just classified VG-87 her first score. Two additional Durham daughters include TomLu Durham HeavenlyET, VG-89 at three years of age, and TomLu Durham Hailo-ET, a VG-88 four-year-old. Heavenly had a four-year-old production record at 365 days of 24,475 milk, with 4.4% 1075 fat and 3.4% 864 protein. Ky-Bun Blitz Frannie, EX-90 at four years of age, leads the milk wagon at TomLu, as she was the first cow in the herd to reach 180 pounds of milk a day. She has a VG-86 first lactation Sanchez daughter (Ky-Bun Sanchez Frosty), a Barbwire granddaughter, and a Damion calf that is a very promising spring yearling for the 2015 showring. Frannie’s dam is an EX Durham. Frannie’s complete record at two years of age and 365 days yielded 28,198 pounds milk, 3.8% 1076 fat and 3.0% 839 protein. A few of the other stand out cows in the herd include Ke-Bun Shottle Allie Sue, EX-92 at six years of age. Also a high producing cow, she had a 365-day record of 28,644 milk, with 4.3% 1158 fat and 3.3% 989 protein. She has a Planet daughter that is an up-andcomer in the herd, Ke-Bun Planet Atlas Sue, GP-83 at two years. Her completed two-year-old record produced 25,551 milk, with 4.1% 1042 fat and 3.4% 880 protein. Ky-Bun and Ke-Bun represent Kyle and Kevin’s prefixes of animals that are sprinkled in the TomLu herd. Sticking to Their Breeding Guns The Bunkoske family has been incorporating Goldwyn sons into their breeding program, in addition to other proven high-type bulls. They are currently using Damion, Sanchez, Alexander, Braxton, Guthrie, Atwood, Golden Dreams, Attic, Aftershock, Fever, Windbrook, Sid, GoldChip, Bradnick and Absolute. Tom prefers to stick to proven sires and his program of breeding for frame, udders, and feet and legs. Some of Tom’s favorite young cows are sired by Sanchez, Guthrie and Fever. There are no fresh Atwoods at TomLu yet, but they are looking good as heifers.

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Ky-Bun Blitz Frannie EX-90 Keeping the Family in Farming The Bunkoske family has no plans to expand their operation, and they remain committed to running their farm with little to no hired help. This hard-working family hopes to continue being active in showing at the county, district and state level. They are also involved in their church, as Tom is on the Board of Elders and LuAnn is on the Fellowship Board. One of their favorite things to do off the farm is fishing with their grandsons. Locally, Kyle is the junior dairy superintendant for the Dodge County Fair and is also president of the Dodge County Dairy Youth Advisory Committee. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-13


The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity - By the Numbers As our 2017 Futurity entry deadline nears, the Futurity Committee thought it might be interesting to show membership the average payout by placing over the past few years. Below you will see a chart with the average payout from 2010 thru 2014. On average there were 15 head shown over the past 5 years. The payout charted below includes the purse money with the sponsorship money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. This does not include prize money for production

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2014 Adult Membership: 120; Jr. Membership: 25 Adult Association officers - President: Travis Smith; Vice President: Gene Nehls; Secretary: Mary Feucht; Treasurer: Roger Hildebrandt; Directors: Judy Schuster, Dennis Gunst, Ty Hildebrandt, Steve Patterson, and Justin Patterson. Junior Association officers - President: Carrie Warmka; Vice President: Brad Warmka; Secretary: Danielle Warmka; Treasurer: Andy Sell; Membership: Dawson Nickels; Junior Advisor: Mandy Sell. The District 8 Holstein show will be hosted by Dodge County in Beaver Dam at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on June 17, 2015. The annual Holstein banquet will be in January of 2015. This past year we had 22 show in the Dodge County Holstein Futurity in conjunction with the Dodge County Fair. The winning entry was Smith-Crest Sid Vixy exhibited by Smithcrest Holsteins. We will have the futurity again in 2015 in conjunction with the Dodge County Fair. The event will be held the Saturday of the Dodge County Fair at 12:30 pm in the show arena. The Dodge County juniors have had another great year. They started 2014 at Junior Holstein Convention where Carrie Warmka and Brett Hildebrandt were awarded as DJMs. Brett was later named the Outstanding Holstein Boy and Carrie was recognized as a National DJM. Dawson Nickels was awarded a YMR and Kylie Nickels and Sam Pitterle were awarded 12 & Under awards. Both our junior and senior Dairy Bowl teams placed 2nd, Andy Sell won the Senior division of Dairy Jeopardy and was also elected to serve as the Southeast JAC. Later in the month, Andy was honored as the Dodge County Outstanding Holstein Boy at our Annual Meeting. Members successfully participated through out the year at various shows and judging contests. Andy Sell won the Senior Dairy Jeopardy Contest at the National Holstein Convention in Iowa. Members Janelle Remington and Andy Sell were awarded the George Barlass Herdsman award and Great Northern Cup, respectively, at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. Throughout the year the group has been very busy planning the 2015 Junior Holstein Convention. They’re looking forward to being ‘Out of This League in 2015’!

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Milwaukee County

2014 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0 No county club.

Ozaukee County

2014 Adult Membership: 9; Jr. Membership: 1 No county club.

Washington County

2014 Adult Membership: 34; Jr. Membership: 17 No report submitted.

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2014 Adult Membership: 16; Jr. Membership: 1 Adult Association officers - President: Elmo Wendorf Jr.; Vice President: Matt Hopkins; Secretary/Treasurer: Audrey Hopkins.

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2014 Adult Membership: 58; Jr. Membership: 27 Adult Association officers - President: Cheryl Ehrke; Vice President: Linda Wright; Secretary: Kayla Wright; Treasurer: Jodie Bobolz; Director: Peggy Brandenburg. Jr. Association Executive Committee: Cierra Ehrke-Essock, Bryce Krull, Carley Krull, Nicole Wright, Brad Griswold, Collin Uecker & Olivia Brandenburg. Jefferson County is in the midst of planning an All-Breeds Futurity hosted by the county. No dates have been set yet but the first show will be held in 2016. The youth participate in quiz bowl, dairy judging, showmanship and fitting clinics. A large group participate in the Jefferson County Ffair, where the showmanship winners are recognized in the Junior Dairy Youth Auction. Many area sponsors support the kids in this auction. The county presented two youth at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair for the James Crowley Award. This years recipients were Nicole Wright and Austin Telfer. We also present a county Outstanding Holstein Girl and Boy at our annual banquet in the winter. The Junior Association is proud of its members that have done well in 2014: Cassy Krull was honored as a National DJM Finalist at the National Holstein Convention in Iowa; Laura Finley was the high individual at the Intercollegiate Dairy Judging contest at World Dairy Expo; Nicole Wright won the Wisconsin Holstein Futurity; and Cassy, Bryce

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The Cow Palace at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds was the location for the 2014 Immel Insurance and Financial Services Holstein Futurity. Five 5-year-olds were shown. First place went to Westphalia Laurin Harmony owned by Eric, Brandy & Chuck Westphal. Harmony also took home first place Bred and Owned and Top Production recognition. Best Udder winner in the 5-year old-class went to Be-Joly Redliner Charm-Red exhibited by Robyn & Tracy Pollack. First place in the two-year-old class went to Bella-Ridge Gin

Blossom-ET owned by Derrek & Darren Kamphuis. Gin also won Best Udder and first place junior entry. Best Bred and Owned was taken home by 2nd-Look Bwire Dorito-Red owned by Second Look Holsteins. Twenty-four two-year-olds showed in all. Best Dressed Female was Rachel Bock of Bock Holsteins and Best Dressed Male was Ray Halbur of Burledge Holsteins. Ryan Krohlow of Poynette, Wisconsin was the judge. Major sponsor is Immel Insurance and Financial Services of Fond du Lac. Other sponsors include FDL Co. Holstein Assn, FDL Co. Ag Society, Wood’s Floral and Gifts, Frey Livestock Trucking, Badgerland Financial, Holiday, Chrysler, Dodge Jeep, IBA Distributor, Tari Costello and United Cooperative.

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12 & Under Award Winners JARED ABRAHAM

Jared Abraham is the 11-year-old son of Todd and Kara Abraham of Plymouth. Jared, along with his parents, sister Macie, and grandparents, own and operate A-B Lane Farm and Ja-Mac Holsteins. Jared is a sixth grader at St. John Lutheran School and enjoys sports - especially golf. He is a member of the Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association and the Spring Valley 4-H Club. He enjoys participating in dairy judging contests, dairy quiz bowl and showing his Holsteins at the fair.

COLTON BRANDEL

Colton Brandel is the 10-year-old son of Matthew and Tracy Brandel. Colton has two younger sisters, Ashley and Katie, and a little brother, Justin. His family partners in Straussdale Holsteins, LLC, where they milk 200 Registered Holsteins in Lake Mills. Colton is a fourth grader at Prospect Elementary School. He is active in quiz bowl and dairy judging, and enjoys showing at the Jefferson County Fair, Wisconsin State Fair and North American International Livestock Exposition. He loves dairy cattle and helps any way he can on the farm. He also enjoys playing football, wrestling, archery and volunteering at various dairy promotion activities in his community.

MADISON CALVERT

Madison Calvert lives in Cuba City with her family on a 425-acre dairy farm. They milk 80 Registered Holsteins in a tie-stall barn. Madison helps to care for the calves, break show animals to lead and wash them, clean the farm, bed the barns, put the cows in, help milk cows, get ready for classifying and much more. She is 12 years old and in seventh grade at St. Rose School in Cuba City. Off the farm, Madison is involved in basketball, volleyball, softball, Lafayette County Junior Holsteins and the Merry Mixers 4-H Club.

MCKENZIE CALVERT

McKenzie Calvert is the fifth generation at Moorclose Holsteins in Cuba City. Her 425-acre farm is home to 175 Registered Holsteins. McKenzie is the daughter of Bill and Kelle Calvert and has a twin sister, Madison, as well as a brother, Payton. McKenzie is 12 years old and is a seventh grader at St. Rose School. Her activities include volleyball, basketball and softball as well as being active in Lafayette County Junior Holsteins and Merry Mixers 4-H. She is especially interested in dairy bowl, showing and dairy judging.

HUNTER CROWLEY

Hunter Crowley is the 12-year-old son of Patrick and Jennifer Crowley of Omro and has a younger brother Bryce. Hunter is a seventh grader at Omro Middle School where he is on the high honor roll, plays football, basketball, soccer, piano and percussion in the school band. He is very active in Boy Scouts, secretary of Plain V-U 4-H Club and Winnebago County Junior Holsteins, dairy judging, dairy bowl, and 4-H ambassadors. Hunter owns two Registered Holsteins and has been showing for four years at county, district and state levels. He looks 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

forward to increasing his herd size in the future.

SARA DORSHORST

Sara Dorshorst is the 9-year-old daughter of Dr. Matthew and Molly Dorshorst. She lives on a 60-cow Registered Holstein farm in Junction City with her two sisters, Emma and Claire, as well as her brother, Wyatt. She is active in Bethany Lutheran Church, Badger 4-H club, plays softball and basketball and enjoys piano lessons. She has three Registered Holstein cattle of her own and has enjoyed showing them at county and district shows. Sara enjoys showing her cattle affection by scratching them under the chin. She does not like picking rock. When she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian.

HANNAH HENSEL

Hannah Hensel, 11, is in sixth grade and lives in Pittsville with her parents, Michael and Paul Hensel and her two sisters. Besides being active in her church and community, she is also a member of Wood County Junior Holsteins, 4-H, and excels in many project areas, her favorite being dairy animals. She works with Tree-Hayven Holsteins, owned by Adam Borchert and Chelsey Karl of Auburndale. She owns Tree-Hayven HH My Julia-Red and Ofski Adonis Alice. Hannah has shown her heifers in many Holstein shows and has won many championships.

JACOB HARBAUGH

Jacob Harbaugh is the 9-year-old son of Lynn and Sara Harbaugh of Marion. Jacob has a brother, Logan, and a sister, Madison. He is currently in fourth grade at St. Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville. At home, he is involved with Bella-View Holsteins, a Registered Holstein heifer operation. He owns six animals and enjoys showing them at several county, district, state and national shows. Jacob participates in dairy bowl and is a member of the Shawano County Junior Holstein Association. He is also a member of the County Line 4-H club where he currently serves as the reporter. Jacob enjoys playing basketball, football and baseball.

HANNAH HOCKERMAN

Hannah Hockerman is the 12-year-old daughter of Greg and Dawn Hockerman of Westfield. She lives on her family’s 1200acre dairy farm with her parents and two brothers, Hayden and Holden. They milk 375 cows three times a day. Her hobbies include playing softball, working on the farm and showing at the county fair. Hannah is a member of the Westfield Middle School volleyball and basketball teams, band, District 5 Junior Holstein Association, and Westfield FFA.

MEGAN MOEDE

Megan Moede is the 12-year-old daughter of Rob and Debbie Moede. Along with her parents and brother Michael, she resides on an 80-acre farm near Algoma in Kewaunee County. She is in seventh grade at St. Mary’s School in Algoma. Megan enjoys the St. Mary’s Destination Imagination program and has done very well at the regional, state


and global competitions. She is a member of the Algoma girls’ basketball and softball teams. Megan enjoys showing and judging Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle at county, district and state events.

DREW NOBLE

Drew Noble is the 12-year-old son of Troy and Jaime Noble. He lives on a dairy, beef and crop farm in Lancaster where his family farms 1000 acres and milks 160 Registered Holsteins. He has two sisters, Ainsley and Macie. Drew is in seventh grade at Platteville Middle School where he plays baseball, football and basketball. He is a member of Grant County Junior Holstein Association and Dairyland Diamonds 4-H Club. He has participated in various showing, judging and dairy bowl competitions.

CLARISSA ULNESS

Clarissa Ulness is the 10-year-old daughter of Mark and Angie Ulness. Clarissa calls Ragnar Holsteins home, a 76-cow Registered Holstein farm in Valders. She has two brothers, Garrett and Walker and a sister, Whitney. Clarissa enjoys dairy judging, dairy jeopardy, dairy bowl and most of all, showing. This year she was honored to win the t-shirt design contest and created the winning state banner at the Junior Holstein Convention. She is a fifth grader at Valders Middle School, member of the Liberty Go-Getters 4-H club and enjoys art, club volleyball and playing trombone.

BRETT WALKER

Brett Walker is the 12-year-old son of John and Marci Walker and brother of Alli Walker. He lives on a 100 milking cow family dairy farm, Walk-Era Farms, near Wisconsin Dells. Chores that you might see him doing are hauling out the morning waste feed and helping out with calf chores. Brett also enjoys dairy judging, competing in dairy bowl and showing. He is also involved in band, basketball, baseball and football. Brett is a member of the District 5 Junior Holstein Club, Leeds Prairie Pals 4-H and the Briggsville United Methodist Church.

GRADY WENDORF

Grady Wendorf is the 11-year-old son of Troy and Sarah Wendorf of Ixonia. With his brother Lane and his parents, they farm 940 acres and raise registered show heifers and cows. Grady is the fourth generation at Crescentmead Farms, a sixth grader at Nature Hill Intermediate School, a member of the Bandit’s Gold football team, and the Oconomowoc Junior Legion Band. He is involved in Dodge County Junior Holsteins and currently serves as secretary of the County Line 4-H club. Grady participates in dairy bowl and the dairy judging team. Grady enjoys showing at district, state and national levels and is learning to deer hunt with his dad.

Younger Distinguished Junior Members ELISE BLECK

Elise Bleck is the 13-year-old daughter of Dr. Jeff and Dr. Lea Ann Bleck of Glenbeulah. Elise along with her parents and brother, Brady, live on Bleckview Family Farm where she raises her Holstein and Brown Swiss show cattle. Elise exhibited the 2014 Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Fall Heifer Calf. She also won Junior Showmanship at the Midwest National Spring Show. Elise attended the 2014 National Holstein Convention and participated in the speaking contest and folding display competition. She is the secretary of the Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association and vice-president of the Spring Valley 4-H Club. She also plays basketball, volleyball and enjoys swimming and dance class.

KAIANNE HODORFF

Kaianne Hodorff is the 13-year-old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is in eighth grade at Campbellsport Junior High School. Kaianne is a member of the Armstrong 4-H Club, Fond du Lac County Junior Holsteins, Tabor UMC youth group and Campbellsport FFA. She enjoys playing volleyball, soccer and basketball. Kaianne helps teach Sunday school. She has three sisters: Kayli, Kalista and Kaydence, who are also involved on their family’s dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins, LLC.

KALISTA HODORFF

Kalista Hodorff is the 15-year-old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is a sophomore at Campbellsport High School. Kalista is a member of the Armstrong 4-H Club, Fond du Lac County

Junior Holsteins, Tabor UMC youth group and Campbellsport FFA. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball, is an assistant youth soccer coach and teaches Sunday school. Kalista has three sisters: Kayli, Kaianne, and Kaydence, who are also involved on their family’s dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins, LLC.

RACHEL MCCULLOUGH

Rachel McCullough is the 15-year-old daughter of Chris and Kathie McCullough from Juda. She also has a brother, Mac. Rachel is in ninth grade at Juda Public School, a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club, Juda FFA and Green County Junior Holsteins. She enjoys showing at county, district, state and national shows. In her spare time, Rachel likes to go to shows and sales with her dad.

MICHAEL MOEDE

Michael Moede is the 16-year-old son of Rob and Debbie Moede. He has a younger sister, Megan, and the family resides on an 80-acre farm near Algoma in Kewaunee County. Michael is a junior at Algoma High School, a member of the Algoma FFA and an honor roll student. He enjoys playing on the high school basketball and baseball teams, attending Packer games and hunting. During the summer months he likes to show cattle and participate in dairy judging contests. continued on page 28 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-27


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COURTNEY MOSER

Courtney Moser is the 15-year-old daughter of Cary and Joy Moser of Westby. Their farm consists of 550 acres of cropland where they raise alfalfa and grass hay, corn and soybeans. Following the Dream-Prairie dispersal, their herd now consists of 25 milking cows and 175 heifers. Courtney’s duties on the farm include caring for the calves, clean up in the milk house, cleaning and scraping the barn, and helping with night milking when able. She also drives truck and trailer in the field while picking up big bales.

DAWSON NICKELS

Dawson Nickels is the son of Thomas and Penni Nickels of Watertown. He is currently a sophomore at Watertown Public High School where he is involved in the Watertown FFA Chapter serving as the secretary. He is also a member in the National Technical Honors Society and is a high honor student. Dawson is involved in the Richwood Rangers 4-H Club and is very active in the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association. He participates in dairy judging, dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy. Dawson enjoys exhibiting his animals at shows, and he and sister Kylie are beginning their herd of show cattle under the Dreamfix Holsteins prefix.

KYLIE NICKELS

Kylie Nickels is the 13-year-old daughter of Tom and Penni Nickels. She is the sixth generation to live on the family farm, located in Dodge County. Kylie is an eighth grader at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Watertown. She is on the high honor roll, a member of the school choir, very active in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, a member of the Red and White Holstein Association and Richwood Ranger 4-H. She enjoys dairy bowl, dairy judging, showmanship contests and showing dairy cattle. Kylie and her older brother Dawson are currently building their own herd under the Dreamfix Holstein prefix.

LINDSEY SARBACKER

Lindsey Sarbacker is the 15-year-old daughter of David and Candi Sarbacker. They reside at Floydholm, an 80-acre farm near Edgerton, along with sister Ashlyn and brother Cole, where they house show heifers. Lindsey is a sophomore at Stoughton High School and is part of the Student Senate and FFA. She has been on the Dane County junior team for dairy quiz bowl and dairy judging, and currently serves as the reporter for the Dane County Junior Holstein Breeders. Lindsey is also a member of the Triangle Troopers 4-H Club and currently serves as secretary. She enjoys showing multiple breeds of cattle at local, district, state and national levels.

BROOKE TRUSTEM

Brooke Trustem is the 16-year-old daughter of Sandy Larson and Jim Trustem. She is a junior at Evansville High School and has two brothers, Dane and Luke. Brooke and her extended family farm together at Larson Acres, Inc. She has been showing cattle since she was five years old. Brooke’s daily responsibilities include caring for the show/sale cattle, calf care and entering data into the computer. Brooke is a member of 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

Magnolia 4-H Club, Evansville FFA Chapter and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Her other interests include basketball and hanging out with her friends.

ALLI WALKER

Alli Walker is the 15-year-old daughter of John and Marci Walker of Wisconsin Dells. She is enjoying growing up on a 100-cow Registered Holstein farm with her younger brother Brett and has loved going to the farm since she could walk. She really likes to share with her friends where their food comes from when they visit the farm. Alli helps on the farm with the calves, show cattle, milking and herd health care. Off of the farm, Alli is active with her church youth group, softball, basketball and FFA. She is also passionate about her laying hens, cats, border collie and yellow lab.

From the Office Hello WHA members, It is hard to believe that we are already wrapping up 2014 and are deep into planning for 2015! Thank you to all the members, volunteers, breeders, and businesses that contributed time towards events, insight and donations to make it another great year for Registered Holsteins in Wisconsin. The Board of Directors and WHA staff contributed countless hours along with many of you to ensure we recorded another successful year. Congratulations to all our adult and junior members that received state and national recognition in 2014. This had to be one of the most successful years we have had in a while for our Distinguished Junior Members at nationals and Marlowe Nelson being recognized for his dedication to the industry. We were also pleased to receive the Mission Membership Award from Holstein USA for recruiting the greatest number of new Junior Holstein members in the nation this past year. January brings our own junior convention and a time to recognize and celebrate our great juniors. We are deep in preparation with the Dodge County juniors and leaders planning a great event at the Holiday Inn in Fond du Lac January 2-4, 2015. Make sure your 2015 membership is paid in advance of attending the event in order to make the check-in process easier and quicker. In this month’s issue, you will notice our 12 & Under and Young Distinguished Junior Member recipients that will be recognized at the banquet Saturday night. Our 14 Distinguished Junior Members will be highlighted in the January issue of the News. As we recognize our graduating junior members at convention, I invite them to our adult membership. A great way to start out is by joining the Young Adult Committee to help understand how you can continue to integrate yourself into the Association. We are always looking for new ideas and active members at the adult level. A special thank you to Cassi Miller, Cassy Krull, Rachel Hartlaub and Sean Brown for their countless hours on the JAC’s these past two years and to Kayla Krueger and Kristen Broege for the unbelievable amount of miles they traveled this past year telling the story of Wisconsin Holstein. I couldn’t be prouder of our young, upcoming leaders! We are certainly looking forward to 2015 as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary! The committee and staff have been busy planning special activities and producing materials for the upcoming year. Festivities will kick off at Junior Convention in January with a Throwback Dairy Bowl competition and a panel display of our history. These panels will travel the state throughout the year for everyone to view. This was a major focus of our recent summer intern Morgan Behnke. In addition, attendees at Adult Convention can plan to receive a commemorative book and be sure to watch our Facebook page every Thursday for pictures from the past. We welcome members to send us photos with a brief caption from your past WHA experiences so we may share them with others. Next year is bound to be an exciting and fun year as we celebrate our 125th anniversary. Have a great holiday season and see you in Fond du Lac in January. Larry Nelson, WHA Executive Director


Donut Wilstar Lion-K 7409-Red-ET EX-92 3rd & 1st Junior 4-Year-Old, Midwest Red & White Spring Show 5th & 3rd Junior 4-Year-Old, WI Red & White State Show Grand Champion, Fond du Lac County Fair Junior All-American R&W Junior 2-Year-Old 2012 HHM Junior All-American R&W Spring Yearling 2011

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Lars-Acres Shamrock Tinker GP-83 at 2-11 +2169 GTPI +646M +61F +25P +687NM +6.8PL +2.07T +2.07UDC +1.35FLC 2-02 3x 219 19,950 3.2 623 3.0 587 inc.

Dam: Lars-Acres Man-O Talula-ET GP-80 2-10 3x 298 28,310 4.4 1234 3.3 945 2nd Dam: Lars-Acres Trish-ET VG-87 GMD 3-03 3x 365 36,530 3.3 1216 2.9 1073 3rd Dam: Lars-Acres Tricia EX-91 DOM 4-00 3x 365 37,110 3.2 1192 3.1 1134 4th Dam: Lars-Acres Trouble EX-90 2E DOM 3-10 2x 305 27,450 3.8 1040 2.8 781

Tinker’s Daughters: • Lars-Acres Tinker-Toy-ET, by AltaOak +2449 GTPI +1522M +92F +54P +845NM +5.9PL +2.85T • Lars-Acres Jabir Tinks-ET, by Jabir +2491 GTPI • Lars-Acres Jabir Tinkers-ET, by Jabir +2432 GTPI

Also from the Trouble family... Lars-Acres Mog Triangle-ET GP-81 at 2Y +2462 GTPI +1152M +76F +39P +879NM +6.9PL +2.83T +3.32UDC +2.75FLC - fresh 8/27/14 & milking 90 lbs./day Dam: Lars-Acres Jose Trifle-ET VG-86 EX-MS DOM 3-00 3x 305 29,100 4.2 1234 3.2 917 2nd Dam: Lars-Acres Truffle-ET VG-88 DOM 3-09 3x 305 27,040 3.7 987 3.0 815 3rd Dam: Lars-Acres Tricia EX-91 DOM 4-00 3x 365 37,110 3.2 1192 3.1 1134

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Cows come and cows go, but it is the people in our business that make it special! I have been blessed to have some of the greatest partners in the industry and whatever success is achieved by the cows is directly related to them! Mitch Breunig and his crew at Mystic Valley Dairy house the bulk of Ke-Jo Holsteins and Willis and Carla Gunst at Wilstar still house a select group. From the bottom of my heart thank you for what you do!

NEW SCORE - NEW LOOK! Ms Apples Anessa

VG-87 EX-MS +2127 GTPI, #2 Red or RC cow of the breed! 1-11 3x 361 29,250 4.5 1317 3.5 1030 Anessa is the Goldwyn from Apple and a full sister to Armani at Select Sires! She gets better every day and is milking well over 130 lbs. per day since calving in July. We have 13 daughters of Anessa and thanks to Nate Janssen and Brian Weseman as well as Joey Airosa and Matt Evangelo for investing in Anessa genetics in 2014. Look for more Anessa offerings next year!

THE JUBA LEGACY CONTINUES ON! Wilstar Outside 2189-ET EX-92 2E EX-MS 4-04 3x 365 39,450 4.1 1629 3.0 1173 Over 171,000 lifetime to date Although Juba headed north to Canada in 2009, the influence continues on with 2189 recently moving up in score to EX-92 in October. She is making her biggest record to date and has two exciting Dempsey’s due to calve in early 2015. Her GP-83 Guthrie also has the look of a future star. Juba has produced 7 EX daughters by seven different sires including 2 at EX-92.

Finally thanks to all who allow me to represent you in the sales and merchandising business. There are far too many to mention but I appreciate your confidence and trust. Special thanks to Rick and Paula Bovre for the opportunity to have a second home at the Great Northern!

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Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2015!

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Wisconsin Team Results at 2014 National 4-H Dairy Contests

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging, Management, and Quiz Bowl teams enjoyed great success this fall at events from Harrisburg to Madison to Louisville. Nineteen different youth from across the state competed on 5 different teams at these events. In Harrisburg, at the All American Dairy Show, Wisconsin 4-H was represented in the Invitational Youth Dairy Judging Contest by a dairy judging team and a dairy management team. The judging team from Dane County had a successful day in the Oral Reasons category placing 4th as a team. Team member Emma Olstad was also the 3rd high individual in Oral Reasons. Team members were Emma Olstad, Sara Griswold, Elizabeth Sarbacker and Lindsay Sarbacker. In the Junior Dairy Management Contest at Harrisburg, Wisconsin 4-H was represented by the team from Sheboygan County. The team had an excellent day, placing 4th overall in the 4-H contest. Team member Emily Meinnert was also recognized for placing 8th overall as an individual. Team members were Andy Helmer, Erica Helmer, Jimmy Jens, and Emily Meinnert. Wisconsin 4-H had an exceptional showing at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in Madison with the Manitowoc County Sheboygan County Dairy Management team, team placing 3rd overall and team left to right: coach Kent Bindl, Erica Helmer, member Jordan Siemers being the 1st Andy Helmer, Jimmy Jens and Emily Meinnert place individual in both the overall and reasons contests. Other highlights included the team placing 2nd in reasons, 4th in Brown Swiss, and 1st in Holstein. Individually, Jordan Siemers was 1st place overall, 1st place in oral reasons, 5th place in Holstein, 1st place in Jersery, and 1st place in Guernsey. Individual honors also went to Crystal Siemers-Peterman who was 2nd in Brown Swiss and Tiffany Roberts who was 1st in Holstein. Team members were Jordan Siemers, Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Tiffany Roberts, and Sanne deBruijn. Manitowoc County Judging Team: coach In Louisville at the North American Angie Ulness, Jordan Siemers, Sanne deBruijn, Livestock Expo, Wisconsin 4-H was Tiffany Roberts, Crystal Siemers-Peterman represented by both a judging and a quiz and coach Paul Siemers bowl team. In the Quiz Bowl Contest, Wisconsin was represented by the Grant County team with members Charlie Moore, Charlie Hamilton, Abriana Errthum and Adrianna Lau. Although the team was not one of the top finishing teams at the end of the day the group had a great time and learned a lot at the contest. In the judging contest at Louisville, the top individual judges at the State 4-H Dairy Judging who were not members of the Harrisburg or Madison teams joined together to represent Wisconsin. Grant County Quiz Bowl team: front - Adrianna Team members were Dawson Nickels of Lau, Charlie Moore and Abriana Errthum; back - Dodge County, Jessica Pralle of Clark County, Krisen Broege of Rock County coach Derek Orth and Charlie Hamilton. and Charlie Hamilton of Grant County. The team had an outstanding day placing 2nd overall and 4th in oral reasons. Other team highlights included placing 3rd in Ayrshire, 2nd in Brown Swiss, 5th in Guernsey, 5th in Holstein, and 4th in Jersey. Individually, Dawson Nickels had an exceptional day placing 1st in Ayrshire, 5th in Guernsey, 3rd in oral reasons, and 3rd overall. Additionally, Jessica Pralle placed 4th in Ayrshire, 3rd in Holstein and 9th overall, Kristen Broege was 6th in oral reasons and Charlie Hamilton was 11th overall. Congratulations to all of the youth and volunteers who worked hard to represent Wisconsin well at these National 4-H events. And special thanks to all of the donors who helped with each teams travel budgets. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

Wisconsin’s NAILE 4-H Judging Team: coach Carrie Warmka, Jessica Pralle, Kristen Broege, Charlie Hamilton, Dawson Nickels and coach Ralph Uhe

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WISCONSIN MADISON Dairy Science

STUDENT PROFILE Name: Ryan Pralle Hometown: Humbird, WI School: Osseo-Fairchild High School Class Size: 88 Farm: Selz-Pralle Dairy Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? The prestige and leadership of UW-Madison as a leader in agricultural research and extension made it the obvious choice for me. My entire life the words “how” and “why” have given me an eagerness to understand underlying mechanisms of physiological processes and how they are used to construct effective management strategies. What has been your most memorable college experience? This past summer I was awarded a grant, the Farrington Award, which allowed me to execute a research project under the supervision of Heather White, Ph.D. The subject of my research is the role of the protein PNPLA3 in whole cow energy balance during the transition period. It has been an exciting experience that has allowed me to grow not only as a professional, but as a dairy academic. What has been your favorite course? Lactation physiology (Dairy Science 305) has been one of my favorite classes. The course integrated my knowledge of physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, and management into creating the “white gold” we get from the dairy cow. What are your future career goals? My current ambition is to continue my education in graduate school and pursue a career in academia. It is my dream to discover and disseminate knowledge to students and producers. Inquiry Lives Here UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 www.wisc.edu/dysci/ Contact: Ted Halbach


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Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary & Collegiate Agriculture Programs Lakeshore Technical College The Dairy Herd Management program at Lakeshore Technical CollThe Dairy Herd Management program at Lakeshore Technical College is located in Cleveland, Wisconsin in Southern Manitowoc County in the heart of a very progressive dairy area. We offer a nine month hands-on award winning training program. If you love cows, then this is the program for you. Our Dairy Herd Management program is designed to provide intensive training in the management of a profitable and progressive dairy farm. Through classroom instruction, laboratory training, site farms, and on-farm internship experience, students gain the skills and knowledge to perform the duties of a herd manager. Each student is assigned to a farm for supervised on-the-job/internship training. This paid internship experience involves a minimum of 21 hours a week working on the farm learning various skills from how to I.V. a cow to sire selection to treating for mastitis. These farms range in size from 80 cows to 4800 cows. In addition to the internship experiences, the site farms provide a one-on-one learning environment where a student is matched up with a key person at pre-selected, large dairy farms. The student is “tutored” in that environment with training on the job. Such opportunities will include working with that farms record keeping system, treating sick cows, vaccinating, giving shots, drying off cows, checking fresh cows, trimming feet, working with “wet” calves, dehorning and tagging calves to name just a few of the skills. Students will rotate to twelve different site farms through the course of their second semester. This provides actual on-the-job training for the students. A recent graduate was hired by one of the site farms to be their herdsperson. The site farm called her for the job, because of the skills they saw her perform during her site farm rotation. This program focuses on all aspects of dairy cattle management. Courses include Dairy Feeding, Milk Production, Dairy Cattle Industry and Applications , Genetic Principles, Reproduction Techniques; including A.I. training, Business Management, Dairy Cattle Management, Dairy Housing, Dairy Lab and others. LTC also has an articulation agreement with UW-Platteville to accept 27 credits. Class sizes are set at 18 students for intensive hands-on training. About one third of the class is women. Tours are taken to 55-60 farms and agri-businesses during the nine months of the program. These tours range from viewing cheese plants, dairy goat operations, crossbred, seasonal grazing herds, a 3,500 cow rotary parlor dairy, a robotic milking set up, high scoring BAA registered herds, and family sized dairies. Students come from all across the state as well as other states and countries. This year students are from throughout Wisconsin as well as from Costa Rica. Graduates are employed as herdspersons, dairy herd managers,

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farm owners, A.I. technicians, DHI supervisors, and feed and nutrition consultants. The annual salary from last year was $32,200. Not a bad return on a nine month investment! We have many rewarding, high-paying job offers every year because employers are looking for highly-trained employees with a passion for production agriculture. We provide this training and could help you be successful in the dairy industry. Recent graduate Jesse Bolton of Port Washington, Wisconsin says: “In just 9 months in LTC’s Dairy Herd Management program I learned more than I ever thought I would. The hands-on program took me to more than 60 dairy farms and gave me the chance to judge at the World Dairy Expo and participate in the Dairy Challenge. Working on site farms for an entire semester, and completing a farm internship, were key to giving me the skills I need to work in this industry.” Students may join the Dairy Club which is an active club that promotes dairying and agriculture throughout the nation and provides leadership opportunities for its members. Activities include judging at World Dairy Expo, skills contests, club tours, club banquets, fund raising activities (including clipping cows), and state and national competitions in the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization. This year students will have the opportunity to travel to Idaho for the National PAS conference. In addition, this will be the ninth year we will participate in the Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge. Lakeshore Technical College had the honor of hosting this wonderful educational event two years ago where we had one student on the first place team and three students placing second. We also participated in the Inaugural Dairy Challenge Academy in April. In September, two judging teams participated in the PostSecondary Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. In the Practical Judging Contest, the team of Vanessa Bobzien (Brownsville, WI), Stephanie Baus (Mt. Calvary, WI), and Evan Schrauth (Lomira, WI), were the fifth place team in the Registered Class and fifth place team in the Linear portion of the Practical Contest. In addition, a team of Macallister Cashell (Hilbert, WI), David Steinhorst (Kewaunee, WI), and Devon Schneider (Hilbert, WI) placed seventh overall in the Practical Contest. In the Traditional Judging Contest the team of Vanessa Bobzien, Sterphanie Baus, Evan Schrauth, and Drew Buiter (Waupun, WI), competed. Evan Schrauth placed tenth high individual in the Milking Shorthorns and ninth high individual in the placings. Several students were pretty new to judging so this was a great learning opportunity. LTC also has a Dairy Herd Alumni Association which is unique in Wisconsin. It establishes the bond between past and present students. Activities include summer picnics, field trips, fund raisers, banquets, and newsletters with career opportunities. The Alumni Club celebrated its 28th anniversary last January. We are proud of the many successful Dairy Herd Management Program graduates operating farms and working in the Agriculture field and your community. Why not ask them about this awardwinning program? If you do not know someone who has graduated from our program, I will be happy to get you contact information, so that you can talk personally with them. In addition, we would be

LTC’s Traditional Judging team members, left to right: Evan Schrauth, Drew Buiter, Stephanie Baus, and Vanessa Bobzien


happy to have you come see our campus and sit in on some classes. Just give us a call and we would be happy to arrange that for you. For more information, contact: Lakeshore Technical College, Attn: Sheryl Nehls (sheryl.nehls@gotoltc.edu), Dairy Herd Management Instructor; 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015; 920-6931258; 920-693-1116 fax; 1-888-468-6582 (toll free); www.gotoltc.edu

Southwest Technical College “A commitment to excellence” is the mantra in which Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is dedicated to. This slogan was chosen some years ago and to this day it applies to all the program disciplines offered at SWTC in Fennimore Wisconsin. Program disciplines in agriculture offered by SWTC include Dairy Herd Management ( one year diploma or 2 year Associates Degree), Agribusiness Science Technology ( 2 year associates degree), Agriculture Power and Equipment (2 year diploma), Farm Business Production Management and Golf Course Management (2 year Associates Degree). Many of the two year associates degrees and one year diplomas in agriculture are transferable to four year colleges in the upper Midwest. The Dairy Herd Management program at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College has been a solid part of agriculture in in Southern Wisconsin since its inception in the early 1980’s. The program was initially designed to prepare the student to return to the family farm. It has evolved into a program in the which student can take their education to the next level at a four year university or to refine what has been learned in specific fields and apply them to areas such reproductive specialists in the A.I. industry, feed sales and consulting, dairy equipment sales or as herdspersons for large dairies just to mention a few. To enhance education within Dairy Herd Management we incorporate weekly field experiences, visiting local dairies and agribusinesses to explore first hand the technology currently available in the dairy industry. This activity allows the student to visit and experience first hand about these latest developments within the industry. Although, the curriculum is designed to introduce the student to the latest developments in the dairy industry, there are many other activities available to enhance your education at SWTC. The student has the opportunity to be involved with the Dairy Club, PAS (Post Secondary Agriculture Students), NTO (Non Traditional Students Organization), or the Midwest Dairy Challenge. Southwest Wisconsin Technical College is committed to excellence in education. We continue to offer this through each of the program majors while evolving to meet the demands and changes faced everyday within the dairy industry. Visit our website at www.swtc.edu or facebook.com/Southwest Tech Dairy Herd Management. Better yet plan a visit to our campus to learn what we can offer you. “The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to that person’s commitment to excellence, regardless of the chosen field of endeavor.” - Vince Lombardi

University of Wisconsin Farm & Industry Short Course The Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a hands-on educational program for individuals preparing for careers in farming and related agribusiness. FISC classes are offered during the non-growing season over a period of 15 weeks from November to March. Students have the option to earn either a general certificate in which they choose courses to their liking or a specialty certificate from among Crop and Soil Management, Dairy Farm Management, Farm Mechanics, Farm Service & Supply, Meat Animals, and Pasture-Based Dairy or Livestock. Many courses are taught by the same faculty and staff who teach in the four-year degree program at UWMadison. FISC prides itself on the “hands-on” agricultural focus of the courses. During their 15 weeks on campus, students are encouraged to take advantage of all UWMadison has to offer,

such as attending athletic events, participating in intramural clubs and sports, and joining student organizations. FISC students often join student organizations like Badger Dairy Club, Badger Crops Club, Saddle and Sirloin, Dairy Judging Team, Collegiate FFA and Meat Science Club, just to name a few. There are opportunities to make connections in and out of the classroom through informal peer interactions as well as more formalized events and activities. Last year students attended an etiquette dinner, tour of Crave Brothers Farm in Waterloo, WI, other farm tours throughout the Midwest, men’s hockey game, a student organization fair as well as other social events within the dorm community. This year a few returning students were given the opportunity to attend Leadershape, a six-day national leadership conference in Illinois. Because the program owns two dorms, FISC students are housed in the heart of the agricultural area of campus. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Farm and Industry Short Course program, consider attending one of our Preview Days coming up on January 23, 2015, February 27, 2015 and March 9, 2015. To sign up for a day, apply to the program, or learn more about our coursework, visit our website at http://fisc.cals.wisc.edu.

University of Wisconsin-Madison UW Dairy Science Undergrads get Real-World Experience with Badger Dairy Challenge Twenty-four UW-Madison dairy science students recently participated in the second annual Badger Dairy Challenge, a two-day event that took place October 17 and 18 at area farms and on-campus. Industry and university professionals developed Dairy Challenge as a practical, on-farm learning opportunity for students. Working in four-person teams, students observed and assessed all aspects of a working dairy farm and presented recommendations for improvement to a panel of judges made up of dairy professionals. Maier Dairy of Waunakee, Wis., and Helt Farms of Dane, Wis., were the host farms for this year’s competition. The four-person teams were divided into two divisions. Students who had already completed the department’s Dairy Herd Management course made up the “Legends” division. Students currently enrolled in the management class participated in the “Leaders” bracket. The team of Max Luchterhand, Carrie Warmka, Anuj Modi and Jordan Ebert won top honors in the Legends division. Placing second was the foursome of Joe Mulcahy, Ryan Horsens, Ryan Pralle and Cody Getschel. In the Leaders division, Andy Sell, Elizabeth Endres, Cassie Endres and Megan Opperman edged the group consisting of Lindsey Hellenbrand, Kayla Krueger, Rachel Hartlaub and Sara Harn for first place. The Badger Dairy Challenge is an initiative of dairy science management instructor Ted Halbach. In an attempt to introduce students earlier in their undergraduate careers to the benefits of the competition, Halbach organized the Badger Dairy Challenge. His goal is to foster more interest among dairy science students to compete in Dairy Challenge at the regional and national level. “We’re trying to build a culture of enthusiasm for the competition among our undergraduates,” he says. “I think a lack of familiarity with the contest has made some of our students timid when it comes to competing at the regional and national levels. We want them to gain confidence in their abilities and realize the benefits by first experiencing the event format with their peers.” Andy Sell, a dairy science sophomore from Watertown, Wis., and a member of the winning Leaders division team recognized the benefits of participating in the contest. “I was able to acquire more applied knowledge in the Challenge than some semester long classes I’ve taken. The hands-on format and opportunity to critically dissect individual areas of the operation really appealed to me. We had to balance what we saw in the records, our own visual observations and the farm’s management philosophies and goals to arrive at our final recommendations.” wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-37


Molly Sloan, global skills development specialist for Alta Genetics, served as one of the contest officials and said she was impressed by how students took what they had seen on their farm visits and used it to identify limitations for profitability and production. Eight years ago, Sloan Sara Harn, a dairy science sophomore was a UW-Madison student from Brooklyn Wis., reviews the competing in regional and milking protocol at Helt Farms national Dairy Challenges. during the Badger Dairy Challenge Today, she attends the events in search of potential employees. “When I look to hire interns or full-time employees, one of the first things I look for on a resume is Dairy Challenge experience and exposure. It’s the single-best event available to students to prepare them for realistic situations they will face in the dairy business,” she said. Other dairy professionals who generously donated their time to serve as officials included: Leaders Division - Linda Behling, Vita Plus Corporation; Chelsea Brander, BMO Harris Bank; Jordan Mathews, Rosy-Lane Holsteins LLC; Jeff Hoeger, Genex Cooperative, Inc.; Johnie Ambrosy DVM, Waunakee Veterinary Service. Legends Division - Darin Bremmer, Vita Plus Corporation; Molly Sloan, Alta Genetics; Craig Carncross, Wargo Acres; Alan Miller DVM, Waterloo Veterinary Clinic; Rene Johnson, Union Bank & Trust Company. Rock River Laboratory, Inc., AgSource Cooperative Services and the UW Foundation’s David P. Dickson Student Activity Fund were program sponsors.

Joe Mulcahy, a dairy science senior from Dane, contest official Dr. Alan Miller, DVM and Ryan Horsens, a dairy science senior from Cecil, observe the milking routine at Maier Dairy during the Badger Dairy Challenge UW-Madison Judges Have Dominant Performance at the Accelerated Genetics Dairy Judging Contest Dairy cattle judges from 21 universities across the country competed in the 21st annual Accelerated Genetics Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Sunday, September 14, 2014 in Viroqua, Wis. UW-Madison had a huge day, taking home the team championship and placing a second team in the top-ten. Team Cardinal, consisting of Andy Sell, Janelle Remington, Lizi Endres and Sara Harn, won the contest scoring 2,115 points, 51 points better than second place University of Minnesota. Each UW student placed in the top ten individuals. Leading the way for the Badgers was Sell, a dairy science sophomore from Watertown, Wis., who won high individual honors. He was followed closely by Remington, Endres and Harn, placing 3rd, 4th and 7th, respectively. Placing 8th was UW–Madison Team White, comprised of Jordan Ebert, Brad Griswold, Brad Warmka and Cody Getschel. Jordan Ebert paced this UW unit finishing 6th high individual overall and 10th in oral reasons. Harmony Dement competed for UW–Madison Team Black. “This year we sent nine students to the Accelerated Genetics contest, which is the most we have ever sent in recent years. We couldn’t have asked for more from this exceptional group of sophomores and juniors,” stated coach Chad Wethal. “This was UW-Madison’s fifth year coming out on top of the contest. We are looking forward to watching this group of judges develop as they begin their collegiate judging careers.” UW-Madison Team Cardinal: 1st Team Overall (2,115 points), 1st Oral Reasons, 1st Guernsey, 1st Milking Shorthorn, 2nd Holstein, 2nd Jersey. 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

Individual Awards & Members: Andy Sell, Watertown, Dairy Science, Sophomore - High Individual overall, High Individual Oral Reasons, 3rd Guernsey, 3rd Holstein, 3rd Jersey, 8th Milking Shorthorn; Janelle Remington, Juneau, Dairy Science, Sophomore 3rd High Individual overall, 5th High Individual Oral Reasons, 1st Milking Shorthorn, 4th Guernsey; Lizi Endres, Waunakee, Dairy Science, Sophomore - 4th High Individual overall, 7th High Individual Oral Reasons, 4th Milking Shorthorn, 5th Guernsey, 8th Holstein; Sara Harn, Brooklyn, Dairy Science, Sophomore - 7th High Individual overall, 2nd High Individual Oral Reasons, 1st Holstein. UW-Madison Team White Placed: 8th High Team Overall (2012 points), 4th High Team Guernsey. Individual Awards & Members: Jordan Ebert, Algoma, Dairy Science, Junior - 6th High Individual overall, 10th High Individual Oral Reasons, 6th Guernsey, 10th Holstein; Brad Griswold, Ixonia, Dairy Science, Sophomore; Brad Warmka, Fox Lake, Dairy Science, Sophomore; Cody Getschel,Osceola, Dairy Science, Junior.

UW-Madison Accelerated Genetics Contest Teams: front, left to right Janelle Remington, Sara Harn, Lizi Endres, Harmony Demit; back: Brad Griswold, Cody Getschel, Brad Warmka, Andy Sell, Jordan Ebert, coach Chad Wethal UW-Madison Judges Place Third at the Big-E Contest Dairy cattle judges from seven national and regional universities competed in the Big-E Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Saturday, September 13, 2014 in West Springfield, Mass. The University of Wisconsin-Madison was well represented with two teams. Team A, consisting of Mariah Fjarlie, Erica Ballmer, Bethany Dado, and Carrie Warmka placed third overall with 1,840 points. They also placed first in Holsteins and Guernseys, along with a second place finish in Brown Swiss. In addition, the team earned second place in Oral Reasons with two team members finishing in the top ten. Team B consisted of Rachel Hartlaub, Lindsey Hellenbrand, and Alex Travis. “This year we sent seven students to the Big-E contest. We were thrilled with how the group did,” stated coach Brian Kelroy. “This group of upper classmen have worked hard. We are excited to see the juniors compete again next year, possibly on the colored shavings at World Dairy Expo.” UW-Madison Team A: 3rd Team Overall (1840 points), 2nd Oral Reasons, 1st Holsteins, 1st Guernsey, 2nd Brown Swiss. Individual Awards & Members: Mariah Fjarlie, Tillamook, OR, Dairy Science, Junior - 3rd High Individual Overall (636 points), 3rd Oral Reasons, 2nd Jersey, 1st Holstein, 2nd Guernsey; Erica Ballmer, Janesville, Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication, Junior: 3rd Guernsey, 5th Brown Swiss, 5th Holstein; Carrie Warmka, Fox Lake, Dairy Science, Senior: 1st Milking Shorthorn; Bethany Dado, Amery, Dairy Science and Genetics, Junior. UW-Madison Team B Placed: 3rd Milking Shorthorn. Individual Awards & Members: Alex Travis, Sharon, Dairy Science, Senior: 3rd Milking Shorthorn; Rachel Hartlaub, Cleveland, Dairy Science, Junior; Lindsey Hellenbrand, Cross Plains, Dairy Science, Junior.


UW-Madison Cardinal and White Teams, left to right: Brain Kelroy, Alex Travis, Erica Ballmer, Carrie Warmka, Lindsey Hellenbrand, Rachel Hartlaub, Bethany Dado, and Mariah Fjarlie UW-Madison Judges Place Second at All-American Dairy Judging Contest Dairy cattle judges from 14 universities competed in the annual All-American Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 in Harrisburg, Pa. Leading the way for UW-Madison was Cassie Endres of Waunakee, Wis. Endres was third overall individual and second in Oral Reasons. Other team members included Anna Blake, Mackenzie Cash, and Laura Finley. The Badger judges placed second overall with 2,103 points, just two points behind the winning team. The team also placed first in Ayrshires and second in Jerseys. In addition, they earned first place in Oral Reasons on the performance of Endres and Cash who both finished in the top-ten individuals for that portion of the contest. “We are so proud of how far these seniors have come in their judging careers while here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,” stated Kelroy. “These four individuals have all shown a lot of dedication to the team, by attending countless practices so they were ready for contest day.” UW-Madison Team Placed: 2nd Team Overall (2103 points); 1st Oral Reasons; 1st Ayrshire; 2nd Jersey; 3rd Guernsey; and 4th Holstein. Individual Awards & Members: Cassie Endres,Waunakee, Dairy Science, Senior - 3rd Overall, 2nd Overall Oral Reasons, 2nd Ayrshire, 5th Jerseys; Laura Finley, Lake Mills, Life Sciences Communication with an emphasis in Dairy Science, Senior - 4th Overall, 3rd Ayrshire; Anna Blake, Pine River, Dairy Science and Spanish, Senior - 1st Ayrshire; Mackenzie Cash,Beloit, Animal Science, Senior - 6th Overall Oral Reasons.

UW-Madison wins Eleventh Team Title at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest Dairy cattle judges from 21 national and regional universities competed in the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest held Monday, September 29, 2014 in Madison, Wis. This was UWMadison Dairy Judging Team’s 11th National Championship. The team members were Laura Finley, Cassie Endres, Mackenzie Cash, and Mariah Fjarlie. UW-Madison tied Cornell University in points (2,492) but earned the title because of their higher team score in Oral Reasons. The Badgers won first in the coveted Oral Reasons competition with 827 points. The team earned second place honors in the Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, Guernsey and Red & White Holstein breeds along with fourth place finishes in Holsteins and Milking Shorthorns. The team was paced by Laura Finley who earned high individual honors with 843 points. Cassie Endres also had a big day, winning Oral Reasons and placing 10th overall. All four team members were named as All-Americans, an honor given to the top 25 individuals of the contest. “These four have all earned their spot to judge on the colored shavings at this year’s National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest,” exclaimed Wethal. “They have all worked extremely hard focusing in on their analytical skills, working on their presentation abilities and building enough mental toughness to perform to their potential during the most important contest of their intercollegiate dairy judging careers. Both Brain Kelroy and I are extremely proud of them and wish them all the best in their future.” UW-Madison Team Placed: 1st Team Overall (2492 points), 1st Oral Reasons (827 points), 2nd Ayrshire, 2nd Brown Swiss, 2nd Guernsey, 2nd Red and White Holstein, 4th Holstein, 4th Milking Shorthorn. Individual Awards & Members: Laura Finley, Lake Mills, Life Sciences Communication with an emphasis in Dairy Science, Senior High Individual Overall (843 points) and All-American, 6th Oral Reasons, 3rd Holstein, 1st Milking Shorthorn; Cassie Endres, Waunakee, Dairy Science, Senior - 10th High Individual Overall and All-American, High Individual Oral Reasons (282 points), 3rd Red and White Holstein; Mackenzie Cash, Beloit, Animal Science, Senior: All-American, 4th Ayrshire; Mariah Fjarlie, Tillamook, OR, Dairy Science, Junior - All-American.

Left to right: coach Brain Kelroy, Laura Finley, Cassie Endres, Mackenzie Cash, Mariah Fjarlie, coach Chad Wethal

Left to right: Mackenzie Cash, Anna Blake, Laura Finely, Cassie Endres, and Brain Kelroy

UW-Madison Judges Place Third at the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy cattle judges from 19 universities competed in the North American International Livestock Exposition Dairy Judging Contest, held Sunday, November 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. The team from UW-Madison earned a third place finish with 2,025 points. Team members were Bethany Dado, Cody Getschel, Jordan Ebert and Janelle Remington. UW won both the Brown Swiss and Holstein breed competitions and placed fifth in Jerseys. The team also finished sixth in Oral Reasons. Bethany Dado was the highest placing individual for the Badgers coming in seventh with 681 points. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-39


Coach Brian Kelroy, Cody Getschel, Bethany Dado, Jordan Ebert, Coach Chad Wethal, award sponsor Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Foundation. Not pictured Janelle Remington. “NAILE is always a fun contest to judge,” said Wethal. “This team worked hard all season preparing for the contest and both Brian and I are proud of their success and looking forward to working with this group and their teammates again next fall.” UW-Madison Team Placed: 3rd Team Overall (2025 points), 6th Oral Reasons (653 points), 1st Brown Swiss, 1st Holstein, 5th Jersey. Individual Awards & Members: Bethany Dado, Amery, Dairy Science and Genetics, Junior - 7th Individual Overall; Cody Getschel, Osceola, Dairy Science, Junior - 2nd Holstein; Jordan Ebert, Algoma, Dairy Science, Junior - 3rd Brown Swiss; Janelle Remington, Juneau, Dairy Science, Sophomore. Brian Kelroy, Dairy Programs Manager at East Central Select Sires, and Chad Wethal, Account Manager at Filament Marketing, coached the teams. The UW Foundation’s David P. Dickson Student Activity Fund sponsors the team. For more information about UW-Madison Dairy Judging and other UW-Madison Dairy Science news, visit www.dysci.wisc.edu/.

University of Wisconsin-Platteville The dairy science program at the University of WisconsinPlatteville is strong and growing! We have approximately 325 animal science majors, with approximately half working towards an emphasis in dairy. Within the next year there will be a new dairy science major offered. Our dairy herd has around 300 Registered Holsteins and the 430-acre farm is about five miles from campus. Students spend time at the farm for a variety of classes, research, judging practice, as well as work opportunities. Our Pioneer Dairy Club is a very active club with over 110 members currently, and we travel to the Midwest ADSA annually (we are hosting in 2015!) and we have an annual consignment sale in October. Our Dairy Challenge team is very competitive placing in the top two for their farm the last three years. Our Dairy Judging teams are also well-known, competing multiple times per year, including at World Dairy Expo and in Fort Worth. We offer classes in calf and heifer management, dairy cattle evaluation, dairy records analysis, dairy product processing, biology of lactation, animal nutrition, anatomy/physiology, genetics of livestock improvement, reproductive physiology, and dairy cattle management. In addition, students can take from a wide variety of courses in soil/crop science, agribusiness, communications, and other areas on campus. Every student is assigned a faculty advisor to help guide them through the process. Faculty in the School of Agriculture also have experience helping students decide what internship, undergraduate research, and study abroad experiences are best for them. Faculty have great relationships with local, regional and national producers to coordinate internship experiences. We have also taken students to many countries, including China, the Netherlands, Romania, and Ghana, with more trips on the horizon. Research focuses include reproduction, lactation physiology, nutrition, and calf management, as well as research into 40–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

UW-Platteville Dairy Club members prior to the 31st Pioneer Dairy Classic on October 18. other dairy species. Our graduate placement is currently 98% within 60 days of graduation in the career field they are looking for. Our students find themselves accepted to vet school and graduate school, as well as working for many AI companies (Accelerated Genetics and ABS Global for example), they work for nutrition companies locally and nationally as well as for companies like GEA, Boumatic, and Boehringer Ingelheim. Breed associations are also popular with our graduates, including the Brown Swiss Association and the Red and White Association. Our program is unique in that it is in a part of the country that boasts a high concentration of organic farms, grazing operations, small ruminant dairying (i.e. goats and sheep), and artisan cheese/ dairy plants. We pride ourselves in giving our students opportunities to learn about a variety of dairying operations. Our program requires our students to know the dairy industry from farm to fork and be able to communicate effectively about current issues in the industry, both at home and abroad. The faculty are dedicated to personal advising, project-based hands-on learning, and high-quality internship placement. Contact for the program is Dr. Tera Montgomery, montgomeryt@uwplatt.edu, 608.342.6027.

Dr. Tera Montgomery and students enjoyed touring Romania in the spring of 2014.

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Program attracting students from across the world! A tremendous group of 45 new students joined UW-River Falls (UWRF) in 2014 with a major of Dairy Science! Over 1,400 students are enrolled within the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES). Originally established to serve the need for trained teachers in the state of Wisconsin, CAFES has evolved to a program that offers diverse training across many fields of interest. A total of 15 different major fields of study are offered including Dairy Science, Animal Science, Crop and Soil Science, Ag Business, Ag Education, Horticulture, Marketing Communications, and Ag Engineering Technology. In recent years, the number of international students attending


our campus has increased substantially. The largest group (over 100 students!) has come from Brazil, participating in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Participants in this program are 3rd or 4th year students and attend classes for one year at UWRF before returning to complete their degrees in Brazil. Many of these students are studying agriculture and veterinary science and offer a great deal of enrichment to our classrooms. Additionally, we hosted a group of veterinary students and graduate students from China Agricultural University (CAU) for 10 days in September. Dr. Sylvia Kehoe traveled to CAU last May as a visiting faculty member and Dr. Perry Clark will travel there for a short stay in the summer of 2014. Competitions are a big part of undergraduate student life, offering opportunities to learn in a different setting and network with dairy industry professionals. A team of four seniors participated in the national Dairy Challenge in April. The event was held in Fort Wayne, Indiana and a total of 32 undergraduate teams participated in the event. Team members were Kristin Solum (Deer Park), Carolyn Kyllo (Byron, MN), Erik Warmka (Fox Lake), and Sam Olson (Chetek). The team was coached by Sylvia Kehoe, associate professor of dairy science. The Dairy Challenge puts student teams in the role of consultants to a dairy operation. Each team reviews production and financial records and identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement. Teams present their findings to the farm owners and a panel of industry experts. It is a great learning tool for the students and UWRF has been awarded a platinum award in two of the last four years. The dairy cattle judging teams finished another excellent season in 2014. A talented group of juniors and seniors (Tim Borgardt, Appleton; Josh Butler, Watertown; Matt Linehan, River Falls; and Maria Pieper, New Prague, MN) competed at World Dairy Expo and finished 6th overall. Pieper finished 9th individual overall and Linehan finished 22nd. The same team participated in the Harrisburg contest and finished 9th overall. Two teams competed in the Accelerated Genetics contest, both finishing in the top 10 teams overall. Team members included Valerie Kramer (St. Cloud), Jacob Pintens (Dallas), Eryn Orth (Winona, MN), Morgan Kittell (Burnett), Beth Pieper (New Prague, MN), Emily Hofacker (Spring Valley), Cole Mark

(Elmwood), and Alex Huibregtse (Plymouth). Later in the fall season, Huibregtse, Mark, and Orth were joined by Meghan Connelly (Rochester, MN) and traveled to Louisville, KY and finished seventh overall. The highlight of the Louisville contest was finishing 3rd overall in oral reasons. The UWRF Dairy Club sale was held on Saturday, March 1. The event was a grand success, with 64 Holstein lots averaging $2,363 and 8 Jersey lots bringing an average of $1,156. Lone-Oak-Acres P Rashida-ET was the high seller. Many alumni traveled to River Falls for the weekend and took advantage of the opportunity to renew old friendships. A huge thank you to those who were able to make it such a memorable weekend! The upcoming year will be a busy and exciting for faculty and students alike. The welcome mat is out and we welcome you to our campus at any time!!

UW-River Falls’ World Dairy Expo Dairy Judging team, left to right: Maria Pieper, Josh Butler, Matt Linehan, Tim Borgardt and coach Dr. Steve Kelm

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Address ___________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Exhibitor_________________________________________ Mail Futurity Entry to: Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913

Name of Owner __________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________

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

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

2017 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Official Entry Blank

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

2017 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity

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


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2015 Junior Holstein Convention Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, January 2

9:00 a.m. DJM Interviews begin 10-11:30 a.m. Convention Registration Contest Room Registration & Raffle Ticket in-take Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking and Dairy Bowl Registration Princess Interview, Graduate, DJM Interview Check-In Holsti-Buck Vouchers Awarded 11:50 a.m. Dairy Jeopardy Officials Orientation meeting 12 noon Dairy Jeopardy Roll Call and contest begins 3:00 p.m. WHA Junior Forum & District Caucuses Dodge County Welcome, Presentation of Progressive Breeder & Long Range Production; District Caucuses 5:30 p.m. Dairy Bowl Seating Exam/Coaches meeting 6:15 p.m. Tailgate Party with presentation of Junior Farm Trip, Essay and Jeopardy Awards 7:00 p.m. Throwback Dairy Bowl County Roll Call – Bell-R-Ring: Top honors will be awarded to the County that can bring down the roof with a unique introduction of their county group to the rest of membership. Award presented by the JACs.

Talent Contest

Saturday, January 3

7:45 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m.

Dairy Bowl Judge’s orientation Rookie & Junior Dairy Bowl County Roll Call Rookie and Junior Dairy Bowl Contests Speaking Contest – all ages (will begin with Senior, then Intermediate finishing with Junior) 9:00 a.m. Contest Room/Dairy Bar Opens 10:00 a.m. Princess Interviews 11:45 a.m. Princess Luncheon First time attendee recognition, Holsti-Buck Mystery Choice Auction, Graduate Recognition 12:45 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Roll Call 1:00 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Contest 7:00 p.m. Out of This League Banquet ’14 Junior Holstein Recap, Speaking, 12 & Under, YMR, DJM, Royalty and Holstein Boy & Girl Announced Scholarship Presentation & Live Auction Dance & Holsti-Buck silent auction to follow banquet

Sunday, January 4

7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. To follow

Adult Forum Breakfast, Contest Room Results and Spirit Award Business Meeting, JAC Elections and Raffle Drawing JR & SR Dairy Bowl Finals

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2015 WI State Banner Contest Entry Form

Postmark by December 19, 2014 and mail to:

WHA, 902 Eighth Ave, Baraboo, WI, 53913; fax to 608-356-6312 or email larryn@wisholsteins.com No entry fee if postmarked by December 19, 2014. $5 late fee applies for all entries received up to Junior Convention.

County: _______________________________________ Contact: _______________________________________ Address: _______________________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________________ E-mail:__________________ Phone: _______________

Scholarship Auction to be held Saturday, January 3

The annual scholarship auction will be held on Sat., January 3, at the Fond du Lac Holiday Inn. There are some fantastic items up for bid again this year, so be sure to join us and show your support for our outstanding state youth!

Calling all Volunteers

Each year our annual Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention is only a success with the help of our very generous volunteers that help execute our youth contests. If interested in volunteering for dairy bowl, jeopardy, and more, please contact the WHA office by December 15.

Check out these Opportunities in the Contest Room

There are numerous contests held at Junior Convention available to all juniors. For these contests, all items must be hand delivered by 4:00 p.m. on the first day of the convention (Friday, January 2). Age for divisions is as of January 1, 2015. Advertising Contest The ad contest encourages junior members to promote their cattle and gain experience in advertising and marketing skills. There are special rates offered by the News only to junior members to encourage the advertising of their project animals or dairy project teams (dairy bowl, judging, etc.). This cannot be a general farm ad or an ad relating to dispersal. More than one ad may be entered and if siblings put an ad in the News together, they must specify whose ad it is for the contest. *** Juniors may also enter an ad that is an original work that has not been published in the News. Ads do not need to be framed or mounted. An advertisement may only be entered one year. Two age divisions are Junior (15 & Under) and Senior (16-20). Cash prize in each division is: 1st-$25, 2nd-$10 and 3rd-$5. Arts and Crafts Contest All forms of media can be entered, however, the craft or artwork must relate to the Holstein industry. A person may submit more than one entry, but may only place twice in one category. There will be three prize ribbons given in each division and People’s Choice by members. An art or craft may only be entered one year. Age divisions are Junior 15 & under, and Senior 16-20. Cash prize in each division is: 1st-$25, 2nd-$10 and 3rd-$5. Photo Contest Youth are encouraged to enter their photography in three different categories: Places/Farm Scenes, People, and Animals. The photos are to be taken by the junior member entering the photo contest. Two age divisions in each photo category are Junior (15 & Under) and Senior (16-20). Photos must be 5x7 in either black and white or color. Any junior can enter up to two photos in each category. There will be three prize ribbons awarded to the top members in each division. Cash prize in each division is: 1st-$25, 2nd-$10 and 3rd-$5. Folding Display The theme must be dairy related. Display should be no larger than 3 ft. x 4 ft. and must be able to stand by itself. There will be three age divisions: Junior (9-13), Intermediate (14-17) and Senior (18-20). A folding display may be only entered one year. Scorecard for Folding Display is: Content 30 pts, Organization 30 pts, neatness 25 pts. and Originality 15 pts. Remember these contests too! Banner contest entries are due December 19. Digital scrapbooks should brought to the contest room at convention on Friday by 4:00 WHA will provide the computer/TV for display. Please bring in .mpeg, .m4v or .wmv format files on a portable storage device or CD/DVD. For additional contest information please visit the Junior Award page on the WHA website! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014-43


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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

Another year has passed for the Wisconsin Holstein Association and it’s been another successful, productive year for the association and our members. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors that help to make WHA programs, awards and shows possible. Also thank you to the members that continue to support these programs and make our association strong. Finally, I would like to thank all of the advertisers who trust in the Wisconsin Holstein News to help deliver their marketing message and to all who have contributed to this year’s issues whether it be with photos, editorial or allowing us to interview you for a story. This month’s issue is an enjoyable one to work on and focuses on our junior members. Congratulations to all of the juniors who will be recognized as 12 & Under and YDJM award winners at the upcoming junior convention. Our DJM winners will be profiled in the January issue. Also, be sure to take a look at all of the junior ads in this issue - another reminder of all the success our junior members have had this year. Hopefully you’ve heard by now that WHA will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2015. We will be highlighting some of our awards and programs in each of the News issues and our May issue will be the official “anniversary” issue. First up in the January issue we’ll be showcasing our Wall of Fame and all of the past winners. We will also be talking about the upcoming Adult Convention hosted by Pierce/Pepin Counties and featuring District 1 in the January issue. If you’d like to advertise, please give me a call or email by December 10. Visit our website or watch upcoming issues for more information on the 2015 feature schedule for the News and our 125th Anniversary features. I encourage you to consider signing up for an advertising contract - it’s a great way to save money on each ad you place during the year. Happy Holidays to all! Until next time...

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December 2014 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 1 Holiday Fashions at the Northern, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 5-6 WHA Board Meeting January 2015 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 2-4 WI Junior Holstein Convention, Holiday Inn, Fond du Lac, WI, hosted by Dodge County 9 Top Performer entries due February 2015 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 20-21 Adult Holstein Convention, Riverview Hotel and Suites, 100 Spring Street, River Falls, WI, hosted by Pierce County 20 WHA Futures Sale, River Falls, 7:30 p.m. March 2015 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 20 Apple Mania, hosted by Apple Partners, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. 21 Green|Rock Dual County Sale 21 Purple Ribbon Classic, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders, Marshfield 21 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 27-28 2015 Tag Event at Milksource Genetics, Kaukauna 27 Quest for Success II at Bella-View Holsteins, hosted by Bella-View & RyanVu, Marion 2015 April 3 April 25 May 4 May 16 June 11 June 12 June 15 June 16 June 17 June 18 June 19 June 22 June 23-26 June 30 July 10 & 11

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Hauve Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Cashton, managed by Courtney Sales Midwest National Spring Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison Wide-Open Holsteins Milking Herd Dispersal with guest consignments, Charlie & Katie Bue; managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale, Spring Valley, managed by Courtney Sales District 10 Show, Manitowoc District 1 Show, Glenwood City District 2 Show, Galesville District 5 Show, Mauston District 7 Show, Shawano District 8 Show, Beaver Dam District 4 Show, Marshfield District 3 Show, Lancaster Four-of-a-Kind Holsteins Complete Dispersal, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac 2015 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois District 6 Show, Monroe WI Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Happy Holidays

from all of us at the Wisconsin Holstein Association


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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 American AgCo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 CnC Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Crescentmead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Fischerdale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Grass Ridge Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC KeJo Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Krull Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Lakeshore Technical College . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lar-Lan Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Larson Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Mar-Linda-K . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Milksource Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Moorclose Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 33 & 45 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . 14 & 29 Selz-Pralle Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Sersland, Ron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Smithcrest Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Sugar Creek Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 45 Teapot Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: strapp@holstein.com Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: clyons@holstein.com Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail: ddevore@holstein.com 46–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2014

The Practice Veterinary Services . . . . . . . 14 Ulezelski, Jake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 UW-River Falls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Walk-Era . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Wisconsin Futures Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8


December 2014 Wisconsin Holstein News  

December 2014 issue of the WI Holstein News featuring YDJM & 12 & Under award winners and District 8.

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