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Volume 87 No. 11

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Youth Issue 12 & Under Recognition & YDJM winners 125th Feature: Royalty District 3 report

Willows-Edge Moscato-Red VG-88 2nd 4 Year Old, MN State Fair R&W Show 2015 1st Junior 3 Year Old, MN State Fair R&W Show 2014 6th Junior 3 Year Old, International R&W Show 2014 Dam: Willows-Edge Ad Mick EX-94 94-MS Reserve Grand at MN State Fair 2012 2nd Dam: EX-92 Rubens Reserve All WI Junior 2 Year Old 3rd Dam: EX-90 3E Astro Jet with over 208,000 LT It seems that “time flies” and “the older you get the faster it goes” are truisms. We are grateful for all of the friends and Holstein breeders that came and enjoyed the Summer Picnic with us. It was our chance to give back to an organization that has given so much to us. We did not have a lot of time to spend with the show string, but we felt we had some good ones this year: Mink who was 1st Winter calf at the Red & White show at Madison; Greanlea Care who was 3rd Milking Yearling and purchased by Pierre Boulet and Milksource; Breezer who was Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show at the Midwest Fall National; and Meryl-Red, a VG-88 Senior 3 Year Old who will be competing at the Mexican National Show. Plus the many inquiries on our cattle... our pens look better than ever. Lastly, Claire finished up her senior year at Manhattan College strong - with 1375 kills, 1289 digs and ranked 14th nationally in service aces, named All-Tournament in 2014, a 7-time All-Tournament in preseason play and All-Academic. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Premier Breeder: ’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 New Richmond, WI 54017 PH: (715) 246-5454

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VOLUME 87 No. 11

Features: 8 18 30 32 35 38

A Visit with District 3 Breeders 2015 YDJM and 12 & Under Recognition winners Wisconsin Ag Schools Roundtable YAC Corner: Using Social Media to tell Your Farm’s Story Cow Tales from the North 125th Anniversary Feature: WI Holstein Royalty

Departments: 6 6 12 41 43 44 45 46

From the President: Paula Bovre WHA Annual Supporters District 3 report Breeder Business Cards WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo features the Chippewa County Junior Holstein Association members that will be hosting the 2016 Junior Holstein Convention in Wisconsin Dells. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

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From your President Paula Bovre Greetings! Congratulations to all the Juniors mentioned in this issue of the News for their work and involvement with the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association as well as their local groups! We are very fortunate to have a great group of enthusiastic, passionate Juniors in our organization! Kudos to all of you! You are certain to find that the many friendships made, leadership skills gained and overall experience of being a Junior Holstein member will carry you far in your chosen career path. We urge all of you to continue your involvement as a Wisconsin Holstein adult member once you have graduated from the junior program. We look to our young adults for new ideas to keep our organization vibrant and effective for the membership. With the Holiday season upon us, I wish everyone the gifts of the season: Peace, Joy & Hope. May your holidays be filled with much happiness! Paula Bovre “The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.” - Harold Taylor “Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” - Paul Ryan

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Obituaries Orville Kemink

Orville “Bud” H. Kemink, 78, of Waupun, went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 30. Orville was born February 7, 1937, in Brandon, the son of the late Otto and Cornelia Buteyn Kemink. On June 19, 1958, he married Betty Westerveld. He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Waupun. Instilling the Christian faith into his children and family was a priority. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and extended family. Bud and Betty spent their first few years farming before Orville started buying and selling cattle which became his passion and enjoyment in life. He was a member of the Holstein Association for over 50 years. Bud and Betty enjoyed many trips together. Orville is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty; five children, Kathleen Hoekstra (fiancé, Scott Stobb) of Waupun; Bradley (Melinda) Kemink of Friesland; Bryan (Amy) Kemink of Waupun; Linda (Chris) Van Buren of Frankfort, IL; and Janell (Jim) Allen of Westmont, IL; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Carol (Harold) Greenfield and Ellen Kemink. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Harland and Lorraine Kemink. The family would like to express their deep appreciation for everyone’s prayers and support during this difficult time.

2016 WHA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE • All WHA members should have received a renewal postcard by mail. For those with a valid email address in our database, you will also be receiving a renewal reminder by email. Watch your inbox & check your spam folders. • You will be able to renew online through our website. You will need the email address that is connected to your WHA membership (the address your renewal notice was sent to) and the Customer ID number from your WI Holstein News mailing label. • To pay by credit card, please call 1-800-223-4269. • If you have not received a membership renewal by email OR in the mail, please call our office. • We would also like to make sure our database information is up to date; if you have any changes to your address, phone number, email, number of cows, etc. please contact our office. Wisconsin Holstein Association 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913 • 1-800-223-4269 •

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Stone Ridge Dairy

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

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

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

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

Zach & Julia Snyder and Madeline & Max Henrickson Four great reasons why I enjoy life and the Christmas season! I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A special thank you to the folks at Sugar Creek Dairy, Rick and Marleen Adams, and the Greenfields at Hilltop Dairy. Thank you for your business and looking forward to 2016.

Mike Snyder

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A visit with District 3 Holstein breeders by Ashley Yager

Weigland Registered Holsteins – Rodney & Chris Weigel Family, Platteville he Weigel family of Platteville, Wis., exemplifies the traditional, hard-working Wisconsin dairy farm family. Founded in 1949 with grade Holstein cows, the Weigel family has worked to develop a strong base of Registered Holsteins and garner success breeding high-quality, outstanding type and production cows. While Rodney’s parents, Dale and Ann still own the main farm, the herd’s ownership and daily care has been given by Rodney and Chris and their sons for many years. The first Registered Holstein came to the farm in 1965 when Rodney purchased his first 4-H calf, Moon-Farm Abbie. She was an Ivanhoe Vic daughter, and many of the Weigel’s herd still traces back to Abbie. The main partners in the Weigel’s operation include Rodney (Chris) and Troy (Molly) Weigel. Additionally, Ryan (Traci) Weigel and Cory (Katie) Weigel also contribute to the operation when time allows. Ryan is a sire analyst for Accelerated Genetics, and Cory is the dairy herd manager at UW-Platteville’s Pioneer Dairy Farm. Several grandchildren also enjoy lending a hand on the farm. The oldest three – Kaelyn and Kenadee (Ryan’s daughters) and Dylan (Troy’s son), spend many summer hours together preparing cattle for local, county, district and state shows, all while mentoring their five younger siblings and cousins. All machinery, cattle and other inputs are owned by Rodney, Chris and their family. There is a total of 400 acres on two adjoining farms where all the dairy’s feedstuffs are raised. Troy is the other major contributor to the dairy, working full-time alongside his father. The Weigel family employs two additional people outside of family labor that help in their daily success. Kevin Harris is a full-time employee, while UW-Platteville student Evan Schrader helps with milking and other tasks on a part-time basis. The Weigland herd includes 120 total head of milking age females, with an additional 150 head of female youngstock. The Weigels also raise all their bull calves as steers to finish. In total, there are 355 head of livestock on the 400 acre farm. The herd’s current rolling herd average is 24,000 pounds milk, with 900 pounds of fat and 725 pounds of protein. The Weigels classify at least once a year, and their May 2015 classification resulted in a total of 9 Excellent, 45 Very Good and 48 Good Plus cows.


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Back, left to right: Chris, Kenadee, Rodney, Kaelyn, Troy on the halter of Kamps-Hollow Weigland AJ-ET, Traci, Molly holding Brielle, and Ryan. Front: Keegan, Briggs and Dylan. The majority of the Weigel’s herd, still today, traces back to the original Registered Holstein purchase of Abbie in 1965. While many nice females came from the family in the 1960s and 1970s, the first major success was a Marshfield Elevation Tony daughter. RDW Mars Burgov Holly, EX-90 as a three year old, was sold at World Dairy Expo in 1985 and marked the Weigel’s first five-digit sale. RDW was the prefix used by Rodney (Dale) Weigel until Weigland Registered Holsteins was created in 1983. Since that time, 27 Excellent and 254 Very Good females have carried the Weigland prefix. The Weigels have had a great amount of success with consignments and purchases from the UW-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club Sale. Dorinda Mark Dori-ET was an off-age August calf that Cory purchased for pennies on the dollar in 1986. Dori, a Walkway Chief Mark daughter, ended up being EX-94 EX-MS GMD DOM. She was never flushed, but produced six daughters that all thrived in the herd. Today, nearly 20 percent of the Weigland herd traces back to Dori. The most notable member of the family was Dori’s great-granddaughter, Weigland Highlight Dutches, EX-95 DOM. The Weigels sold Dutches as a two-year-old in the 1999 Platteville sale, and she was purchased by Troy and Jaime Noble. Dutches went on to be named Grand Champion of the District 3 Holstein Show twice, and had a milk record over 50,000 pounds with 2000 pounds fat and 1500 pounds protein as a six-year-old. A cow that has become an industry icon that was also purchased at a Platteville sale is Kamps-Hollow Altitude, EX-95 EX-MS DOM. Altitude has had a tremendous impact on the Weigel’s herd, as approximately 25 females with the KHW prefix call Weigland home. KHW represents the partnership of Ryan Weigel and Ryan Kamps, who were also named Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders in 2014. The most popular of the KHW-bred females, KHW RegiRodney and Chris Weigel’s late son Wes is ment Apple-Red, got pictured here with Ryan’s daughter Kaelyn her start at Weigland. and Apple-Red as a young heifer.

Apple (#345) roamed the farm for a little over a year. Little did any of her breeders and handlers know how important of a role #345 would have on the Holstein breed. They are very proud to say she got her start at Weigland, and rightfully so. Another branch of the Altitude family has been a main focus in recent years for brothers Ryan and Troy. Kamps-Hollow Weigland AJ-ET, EX-95 EX-MS, is a Jasper from an EX-90 Champion and then Altitude. The Weigels acquired AJ as an embryo from the Kamps family. AJ has been a successful show cow for the Weigel family, claiming Reserve Senior Champion honors at the Midwest National Spring Show in 2013, and taking Grand Champion honors at the District 3 Holstein Show in both 2013 and 2014. Through IVF and a partnership with Redrock View Holsteins in Darlington, Wis., AJ has daughters in the herd by Damion, Brokaw and Aftershock. She also has daughters by Alexander, Braxton, Windhammer, Atwood and Doorman, with pregnancies coming in March by High Octane. AJ will be on an IVF program again this lactation. Ryan and Troy have also shown and worked with AJ’s Braxton daughter, Weigland Braxton Anissa, VG-87 as a junior three-yearold. Anissa has promise to be EX this lactation, and the Weigels have daughters from her by Golden Dreams and Doorman, with plans for IVF later in the year as well. With a smaller group of cows, the Weigels tend to utilize a little bit of semen from a lot of different bulls to spread their risk. They typically breed for type, but keep in mind all traits. Their recent trend has been to focus slightly more on elite genomic young sires, but not to go too overboard on any one bull. Having a sire analyst in the family that assists with mating decisions has helped with the incorporation of more genomic young sires in the breeding program. Type sires currently in the tank include Airlift, Golden Dreams, Byway, Archrival, Brash and Brady. Genomic sires being used are Business Plan, Delta, Denver, Silver, Monterey, Spring, and many others. The Weigels are not using a large amount of proven bulls, but have gone back and used small amounts of Mogul, Supersire and McCutchen, along with some of the other type sires previously listed. The Weigels feel their Talent and Advent daughters lead the group of older cow favorites, and a nice group of Sanchez and Braxton daughters fall in the younger cow age. The heifer pens include daughters of Doorman, Golden Dreams, Atwood, Beemer, 1st Class, Silver, Gambler, and many others. The Weigland herd has been a multiple-year recipient of the Progressive Breeder’s Registry award. Other credits include AllWisconsin Dam and Offspring in 2015, with the same two cows earning this honor in 2014. As Rodney moves closer to retirement, Troy and Ryan are looking forward to continuing the development of key cow families in the herd. They hope to provide an educational, rewarding experience for their children on the farm and through the Wisconsin Holstein and 4-H programs. A new heifer facility was built in 2015, and Ryan hopes that it is the first of many updates to come on their somewhat labor intensive

operation. With the oldest of the Weigel grandkids just starting their involvement with the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, the Weigel family is looking forward to spending quality time at the many outstanding events that membership offers throughout the year. With the passion in the next generation, it is sure to be an exciting future for the Weigel family and all grandchildren involved.

Weigland Braxton Anissa VG-87

Sunny-Valley A Frito-Red-ET EX-92

Voigtscrest Registered Holsteins – Larry & Kim Voigts Family, Platteville ne of the most unique things about the Wisconsin dairy industry is its ability to provide such a diverse landscape. From freestalls to the smallest of stanchion barns, the possibilities are endless. One thing that remains consistent and an undeniable characteristic of the people that live to farm each and every day is optimism. The Larry and Kim Voigts family of rural Platteville, Wis., are no exception, as they look to an exciting future at their family dairy. The Voigtscrest team has come a long way and has a lot to look forward to as they work together to transition the next generation and create success for years to come. Larry and Kim represent the fourth generation on the farm, founded by Larry’s great-grandparents. When he was just nine years old, Larry purchased his first Registered Holstein calf for $110 from the Tom Harvey herd in the Grant County Sale. Her name was Harvey Senator Doris, and she served as the spearhead of Registered Holsteins in the Voigts herd. Another founding dam from the Doris’ maternal line was Voigtscrest Mandingo Ellen, EX-92 DOM. Ellen had nine daughters, with only one scored lower than VG-88. The Voigtscrest herd is currently home to 78 milking animals, with a rolling herd average of 24,200 pounds milk, with 4.0% and 963 pounds fat, and 3.3% 786 pounds protein. With a few jerseys sprinkled in, the herd is in building mode as the Voigts family considers their options for building and expanding their operation. Larry and Kim have called their current location on 230 acres home since 2000, even though it was not their first time on the property. The Voigtscrest herd started in Platteville in the fall of 1983, the year the barn was built. They farmed in partnership until 1993 before relocating, and a few years off their original farm was all it took to bring them back home to where their story began. The Voigts have four children – twins Adam and Matt have businesses off the farm, but are very involved in the day-to-day activities of the farm. Carrie is a chiropractor in Illinois, and Logan is a sophomore at UW-Madison studying dairy science. When it comes to responsibilities on the farm, Kim helps care for the calves, but she also works off the farm as a commodity broker for Atten Babler of Galena, Ill. Through the years, the Voigts have made some key investments to help build their genetic profile. Sunny-Valley A Frito-Red-ET, EX-92, was purchased at the Sunny-Valley dispersal and is an Advent x EX-91 Fever x EX-90 Rubens. Frito was High Honorable Mention continued on page 10


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The Voigts family, left to right: Logan on the halter of Star, Adam, Karen, Aaron, Lydia, Larry, Matt, Kim holding Naomi, Rosie, Maverick and Carrie holding Star 2. All-American Red and White as a summer yearling in 2006. She has given the Voigts six heifers to date, and had a record at 4-06 2x 365d of 31,812M with 5.4 1723F and 2.8 900P. Another investment that has done very well for the Voigts is a choice from Holbric Rubens Sarah-ET. Rocher Titanic Stella-ET, VG-88, is still in the herd at ten years of age and pregnant after two flushes this lactation. She has seven scored daughters with four scored VG or better. At the 2013 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, Kim was elated to hear her name drawn as the winner of the junior raffle calf, donated by Milksource Genetics. When they went to Kaukauna to pick up their calf, Larry spotted an EX Durham that piqued his interest. Ernest-Anthony Andorra-ET, EX-90 EX-MS 2E, a Durham x Ambrosia x Ashlyn, would be the next purchase to call Voigtscrest home. She has been worked with since her arrival, with IVF pregnancies to Golden Dreams, Gold Chip, Byway, Diamondback and Kingboy. Andorra has two daughters by McCutchen, a daughter by Brokaw, and now lives in Illinois to continue on a flush program. Her record at 2-02 2x 365 days included 34,770M with 3.6 1244F and 3.3 1150P. The Voigts have dipped their toes into a high genomic family, too. They purchased Rickland Yoder 5412-ET, daughter of Rickland Supersire 4577, GP-82 at 2-02, then an EX-90 Russell granddam with four more generations of EX-91 cows. The Yoder’s August numbers were very exciting, with a +2625 GTPI, +1892 Milk, +96 Fat, +53 Protein, +809 NM$, +6.1 Productive Life, +1.3 DPR, and +1.96 PTA Type. She is almost a year old, and is already garnering a lot of interest for AI contracts. When considering goals for the operation, Larry includes setting a standard for fat and protein production at a 4.0 and 3.3 percent test. While that is part of his sire selection criteria, the herd is still bred primarily for type, with more young sires being incorporated contin-

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uously. The Voigts have been using Armani, Diamondback, and Mogul, and have some nice young calves by Malone. They are excited to freshen in their Guthrie heifers, and also have nice Redliner and Atwood two-year-olds from the Stella family. Larry’s favorite bull of the past is Airliner, as he used ten units, got five heifers, and three eventually went Excellent, with the other two scoring VG-87 and VG-85. They were also high component cows. Mark and Blackstar round out his top three go-to bulls of the past. The Voigts family has claimed six Progressive Breeder awards, and they have developed 10 Dams of Merit and four Gold Medal Dams to date. They are multiple year winners of the annual Foremost Quality Award. The Voigts youngest son, Logan, has recently reignited his family’s passion for showing, as he has exhibited at the local, district and state levels. He also recently made an investment of his own with partner Andrew Greenfield on Four-of-a-Kind Shot Star, EX-94 3E GMD. Star is backed by three Excellent dams and is one of six Excellent sisters. She has four sons in AI, including Four-of-a-Kind G Cain, EX-93. She also already has two Excellent daughters, and Logan is very excited about the future opportunities with Star. Kim has been very involved with the Lafayette County Junior Holstein group, as she helps with dairy bowl and attends the annual convention. Logan is also in his first year on the state Junior Activities Committee. The Voigt family utilizes other dairy activities for trips off the farm, and World Dairy Expo is Larry’s favorite time of the year. Larry is also on the Select Sires board, and Kim enjoys attending the PDPW business conference each year in March. Larry and Kim are looking forward to the future and potential for some more travel when they reach retirement, which is still quite a few years away, but draws some interesting discussion for the future and the fifth generation on the farm. The kids have expressed interest, and there has been serious discussion about parlors, robots and the ideas of expansion. The Voigts have been slowly building from within, and currently switch about ten cows in their 61-stall barn. No matter which direction they take, the Voigts are positioned for success in the future of this diverse, optimistic industry.

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District 3 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The January issue will feature District 4 Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor & Wood counties.

Crawford County

2015 Adult Membership: 29; Jr. Membership: 16

Grant County

2015 Adult Membership: 76; Jr. Membership: 19 Adult Association officers - President: Dan Steffensmeier; Vice President: Craig Pagenkopf; Secretary: Ashley Mergen; Treasurer: Kim Esser; Directors: Alan Errthum & John Hamilton. Junior Association officers - President: Charlie Hamilton; Vice President: Adrianna Lau; Secretary: Charlie Moore; Advisors: Troy & Jaime Noble.

Iowa County

2015 Adult Membership: 62; Jr. Membership: 27 Adult Association officers - President: Angela Davis Brown; Vice President: Mark Weier; Secretary/Treasurer: Jim Parish; Directors: Mike Brokish, Aaron James, Erik Gilbertson & Shayla Danz. Junior Association officers - President: Jake Brokish; Vice President: Kari Brokish; Secretary: Elizabeth Watrud; Treasurer: Zach Dressler; Reporter: Morgan Storkson. This past spring the Iowa County Holstein Breeders held a bowling party for the adult and junior members. It was a fun time for the members that bowled and the members that enjoyed watching the competitive bowlers. Prizes were given for high and low bowlers. This summer Ma-Brown Holsteins hosted the Iowa County Daylight Meeting. The 3rd Annual All-Breeds Futurity was held at the Iowa County Fair with 17 animals shown. First place honors went to Ms Hi-Lo Valley Harmony-ET exhibited by Hi-Lo Valley and Dennis Bowers.

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The junior members have been busy this year attending Junior Holstein convention, participating in Dairy Bowl, showing at District show, State Fair and the Iowa County Fair.

Lafayette County

2015 Adult Membership: 62; Jr. Membership: 22 Adult Association officers - President: Kim Voigts; Vice President: Mike VanSchyndle; Secretary: Stacey Balbach; Treasurer: Marcia DeBuhr. Junior Association officers - President: Logan Voigts; Vice President: Maria Balbach; Secretary/Treasurer: Emily Reuter; Reporters: Madison & McKenzie Calvert; Advisor: Kelle Calvert.

Richland County

2015 Adult Membership: 27; Jr. Membership: 11 Junior Association officers - President: Zach Nelson; Vice President: Logan Turgasen; Secretary: Brock Nelson; Treasurer: Calli Storms; Directors: Wyatt Storms, Darin Nelson, Delaney Turgasen & Landon Turgasen. Each year the highlight for the Richland County Junior Holstein members is the state Junior Convention. Our small group has great participation in the contests. Everyone enjoys the activities and friendships made at the convention. A huge congratulations to Sierra Lurvey for serving as the 2015 Holstein Princess. She’s a great role model for our youth and we are very proud of her accomplishments and involvement with the Junior Holstein Association. Also, very honored Dana Kepler received a WHY friend award at the 2015 Junior Convention. Her past dedication to the Richland County youth is very deserving of recognition.

District 3 Show Committee

The counties in District 3 have formed a committee for planning the District Show each summer. Each county is in charge of planning and finding workers for different parts of the show (fundraising, show ring, milk house, etc). We’ve found this helps take the pressure off of one county having to run an entire show. Money raised from the show has then been donated to each of the District’s junior groups for those attending the junior convention.

Rickland Yoder 5412-ET +2625 GTPI +1829M +96F +53P +809NM +6.1PL 2.92 SCS +1.96T +1.52FLC Her Dam (pictured):

Rickland Supersire 4577 GP-82 2Y +2512 GTPI +1768M +86F +54P +740NM +5.6PL +1.48T +1.21FLC 2nd Dam: Welcome Russell Lisbeth-ET EX-90 DOM GTPI +2259 +371M +41F +19P +452NM +4.6PL +1.92T +1.74UDC +2.22FLC 3rd Dam: Welcome Baxter Laila-ET EX-91 1-10 3x 365 30,870 3.5 1074 3.1 952 4th Dam: Welcome Oman Lady EX-91 DOM 4-07 3x 365 38,750 3.6 1393 3.4 1305 5th Dam: Welcome Magna Lone-ET EX-91 GMD DOM 4-06 3x 365 39,070 3.9 1532 3.2 1269

Ernest-Anthony Andorra-ET EX-90 EX-MS 2E 2-02 2x 365 34,770 3.6 1244 3.1 1084 1st 4-Year-Old, Wisconsin State Fair 2011 Reserve All-Wisconsin Junior 2-Year-Old 2009 3rd Spring Yearling, MW Spring Natl. Show 2008 • Daughters by Brokaw, McCutchen, Golden Dreams & Gold Chip • Pregnancies by Diamond Back, Kingboy • Embryos by Oh-River-Syc Byway Dam: EK-Oseeana Ambrosia-ET 2E-95 2E GMD 6-04 2x 365 44,140 4.2 1852 3.2 1399 Res. All-American Junior 2-Year-Old 2005 Res. All-American 4-Year-Old 2007 2nd Dam: Tri-Day Ashlyn-ET 2E-96 GMD DOM 4-09 2x 365 43,090 4.8 2079 3.5 1503 All-Time All-American 4-Year-Old Supreme Champion, WDE 2001

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hirty-one years ago, in 1984, our sister, daughter and aunt Dena won Junior Champion of the Junior and Open Show of District 3. That is what gave us the showing bug and led to many years of showing memories. This year, Dena lost her battle with brain cancer right before the District 3 Show. We will forever be in debt to all the people who helped to show and get ready a Nobland Farms showstring without a single Noble in attendance on show day, which allowed the kids to be able to exhibit at the Championship Show. Thanks to everyone that helped that day including Brian & Kylee Badtke, Suzie Jackson, Brian & Laura Wackershauser, Logan Voigts and anyone we may have missed. We can never thank enough our great friends and competitors, Ryan, Traci, Kaelyn, Kenadee & Keegan Weigel and Bill, Kelle, Madison, McKenzie & Payton Calvert for helping out way beyond the call of duty that week, for their friendship and for helping us cope with all that was going on. Showing is not all about the results - it’s about the people!


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~ Shar was fresh June 2, 2015 with a heifer calf, Milksource Taz Sadie-Red. Look for this pair to take the showring by storm in 2016!

~ We are excited for Ashlynn to freshen in December 2015 with a Doorman heifer

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Outagamie Holstein Futurity

The 2015 Outagamie Holstein Futurity opened at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds on July 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. with eleven outstanding 3-year-old Holstein cows. A crowd of 800 people were on hand as Judge Jay Jauquet placed the cows with ring assistance from Sheila VanDeHei. The MC for the evening was Outagamie Agricultural Agent Zen Miller. Total prize money that was dispersed was $6,000. First place received $1000 and the last place animal received $200. The Outagamie County Junior Holstein Club handed out spring chese to the crowd. The top three Best Dressed Exhibitors were announced. They were Mike Banker, Brittany Muenster and Savanah Micke. The Best Dressed sponsor was DL Agricutlture Electric providing $300 for the three exhibitors. Top placing animals for the futurity were: 1st - Craig, Marlene & Travis Krohlow 2nd - Joe, Alana, Brett & Blake Paltzer 3rd - Craig, Marlene & Travis Krohlow 4th - Voight Acres, Steve & Sue Voight 5th - Alex Court 6th - Wichman Farms Five cheese baskets were sold by the top five junior showpersons for showmanship in the junior show. The low basket brought $750 and the high basket brought $1600. Following the futurity, the Outagamie Holstein club provided beef and ham sandwiches for all, and of course beer, pop and water. This was a very happy and joyful event!

Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity

The inaugural Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity was declared a huge success by both the exhibitors and spectators. Over 600 people gathered at the 2015 Calumet County Fair Harder-Goeldi building to observe the Futurity on Sunday, September 6. The Calumet County Holstein Breeders who organized and implemented the Futurity are thrilled with the results. Nineteen three-year old Holstein cows paraded in front of Judge Eric Westphal of Byron, Wis. The winning entry of the highly competitive Futurity was Duckett Wndbrk Thunder-ET exhibited by Brandon and Shianne Ferry of Fer-Crest Farm in Hilbert. In second place was Hilrose Braxton Pandora-ET exhibited by Bonnie Brantmeier of Hilrose Dairy LLC in Sherwood. The Best Udder award went to Fer-Crest Farms; Best Bred and Owned to Hilrose Dairy LLC; Production Award to Maurer Farms, Chilton; Best Dressed Male to Larry Meyer of Chilton and Best Dressed Female to Bonnie Brantmeier. Please save the date and plan to attend the second Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity which will be held on Sunday, September 4.

Left to right: Sarah Neuser & Brenda Meyer representing CP Feeds, Elizabeth Meyer, Calumet County Junior Fairest of the Fair, Gloria Kesler, Calumet County Fairest of the Fair, Bonnie Brantmeier of Hilrose Dairy LLC, Brandon & Shianne Ferry of Fer-Crest Farm, Judge Eric Westphal, WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey and Brooke Calaway, Calumet County Farm Bureau Queen. Photo Credit: Krista Luedtke Left to right: Chelsey Thiel, Brittney Muenster, Chad Van Camp, Craig & Marlene Krohlow, Craig-Kro Absolute Peace EX-91, Travis Krohlow and Darren Van Camp. The Van Camps represent Family Insurance Center, the Holstein Futurity sponsor.

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2015 Young Distinguished Junior Members Elise Bleck

Elise Bleck is the 14-year-old daughter of Dr. Jeff and Lea Ann Bleck of Glenbeulah. Elise, along with her parents and brother, Brady, live on Blecksview family farm, where they raise Holstein and Brown Swiss show cattle. She was a member of the state champion Sheboygan County 4-H junior dairy quiz bowl team this year. Elise was also a member of the Sheboygan County Dairy Judging team that placed second at the state 4-H dairy judging contest. Elise is the president of the Spring Valley 4-H Club and a member of the Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association. She plays basketball, volleyball and enjoys swimming and dance class.

Kaianne advance to state with her FFA Quiz Bowl team and is also active in 4-H.

Kalista Hodorff

Kalista is the daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff. A junior on the high honor roll at Campbellsport High School, Kalista is involved in 4-H, FFA and church activities. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball and volunteers as a youth soccer coach. Kalista helps feed calves and assists with additional farm chores along with her sisters Kayli, Kaianne and Kaydence at their century family farm, Second Look Holsteins, LLC in Eden.

Hannah Hockerman

Cole Booth

Cole Booth is the 13-year-old son of Dr. Chris and Courtney Booth of Plymouth. Cole along with his parents and siblings Ava, Campbell and Royce, own and operate Booth-Haven Holsteins. Cole enjoys showing his dairy cattle and pigs competitively as well as competing in dairy judging and quiz bowl contests. He is a three time World Dairy Expo Junior Showmanship Champion and received the Reserve All-American and Junior All-American Red and White Winter Yearling awards with his homebred heifer in 2014. Cole was honored to exhibit the 2015 Grand Champion Hampshire barrow at the Wisconsin State Fair and participate in the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Auction and Camp of Champions.

Madison Calvert

Madison Calvert is the 13-year-old daughter of Bill and Kelle Calvert. She is the oldest of three kids, her sister McKenzie and brother Payton. They live on the 420-acre family farm, Moorclose Holsteins. When not working on the farm, Madison is usually playing sports or hanging with friends. She plays basketball, volleyball and softball and goes to many shows and fairs throughout the year. She is also a member of the Cuba City Merry Mixers 4-H Club and the Lafayette County Junior Holsteins.

Hannah Hockerman is the 13-year-old daughter of Greg and Dawn Hockerman. Along with her two brothers, Hayden and Holden, she lives on the family’s dairy farm in Westfield, where they milk 375 Registered Holsteins. Hannah is currently the president of the Springfield Funrunners 4-H club. She is an eighth grader at Pioneer Westfield Middle School where she participates in softball, volleyball, band and FFA. Hannah spends summers working on the farm, showing at county fair, district show, state fair, and playing travel softball for the Plover American’s team.

Ben Kronberg

Ben Kronberg is the 15-year-old son of Todd and Becky Kronberg of Milton. Ben is a sophomore at Milton High School where he is in band and jazz band, Key club, science club and on the golf team. He is a member of the Milton 4-H club and Milton FFA, holding officer positions in both organizations. Ben enjoys showing and fitting Registered Holsteins. In the show ring he has competed at county, district, state and national levels. He also competes on the Rock county quiz bowl and dairy cattle judging teams. Ben plans to attend college and have a career in agricultural business.

Hannah Nelson McKenzie Calvert

McKenzie Mae Calvert is the 13-year-old daughter of Bill and Kelle Calvert. She and her twin sister Madison and brother Payton live in Cuba City on a 420-acre, fifth generation Registered Holstein farm called Moorclose Holsteins. They own about 200 Registered Holsteins. McKenzie attends St. Rose of Lima as an eighth grader, and when not busy farming, is very active in basketball, volleyball and softball. She is also part of the Lafayette County Junior Holsteins and the Cuba City Merry Mixers 4-H Club.

Kaianne Hodorff

Kaianne Hodorff feeds calves and files registrations at her family’s dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins LLC, in Eden. She helps with additional farm responsibilities along with her parents Cory & Tammy and sisters Kayli, Kalista and Kaydence. Currently a freshman at Campbellsport High School, she enjoys playing basketball and soccer, refereeing youth soccer games and helping teach Sunday school. 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

Hannah Nelson is the 16-year-old daughter of Tracy Mitchell and Marc Nelson. She is currently a junior at Ellsworth High School where she resides with her mom, sister Paige and brothers Mitchell and Levi, along with her Shorkie Poo puppy Paisley and many pet barn cats and show heifers, too numerous to name! She is very active in St. Francis Catholic Church, president of the Helpful Workers 4-H club and reporter of the Ellsworth FFA chapter.

Dawson Nickels

Dawson Nickels is the 16-year-old son of Tom and Penni Nickels of Watertown. He is a junior at Watertown High School where he is active in the Watertown FFA Chapter serving as Vice President. Dawson is a member of the National Technical Honors Society and National Honors Society. He is involved in the Richwood Rangers 4-H club and is secretary of the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association. He participates in dairy judging, dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy. Dawson also enjoys exhibiting his animals at all levels of shows. He and his sister

Kylie are developing their herd of show cattle under the Dreamfix Holsteins prefix.

Kylie Nickels

Kylie Nickels is the 14-year-old daughter of Tom and Penni Nickels. She is the sixth generation to live on the Dodge County family farm. Kylie is a freshman at Watertown Public High School. She is on the high honor roll, active in the Wisconsin Holstein Junior Association, Red and White Holstein Association, Richwood Ranger 4-H, dairy judging, dairy bowl, showmanship contests and showing dairy cattle. Kylie and her older brother Dawson are currently building their own herd under the Dreamfix Holstein prefix.

Drew Noble

Drew Noble is the 13-year-old son of Troy & 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 younger sisters, Ainsley and Macie. Drew is in eighth grade at Platteville Middle School where he plays baseball, football, track and basketball. He is a member of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association and Dairyland Diamonds 4-H Club. He has participated in various showing, judging and dairy bowl competitions.

Lindsey Sarbacker

Lindsey Sarbacker is the 16-year-old daughter of David and Candi Sarbacker. Along with her sister Ashlyn and brother Cole, they reside at Floydholm, an 80-acre farm near Edgerton where they house show

heifers. Lindsey is a junior at Stoughton High School and is a part of the Student Senate and FFA. She participates on the Dane County dairy quiz bowl and dairy judging teams, and is currently the treasurer for the Dane County Jr. Holstein Breeders. Lindsey is an active member of the Triangle Troopers 4-H Club, serving as president. She enjoys showing multiple breeds of cattle at local, district, state and national levels.

Dylan Steiner

Dylan Steiner lives on a 100-cow dairy farm in Green County with his parents, Jeremy and Amy Steiner and two brothers, Colby & Wyatt. He is a sophomore at Monroe Senior High School. He is the fifth generation on his family’s farming operation and helps milk and complete heifer chores on the dairy farm. He enjoys showing, fitting and taking care of his cows and heifers. Dylan is active in 4-H, FFA, church, Junior Holsteins and showing at local shows.

Erin Strauss

Erin Strauss is the daughter of Bruce and Tammy Strauss and lives in Lake Mills, where she is in the eighth grade. She has many siblings also heavily involved with dairy. Erin works on the family dairy farm, Straussdale Holsteins, and helps with the care of the cows. She is very involved in 4-H, FFA, Jefferson County Dairy Youth and Junior Holsteins. She has been showing dairy cows since she was five years old and is also involved in many sports through her school and traveling leagues.

2015 12 & Under Recognition Winners Brady Bleck

Colton Brandel

Brady is the 10-year-old son of Dr. Jeff and Dr. Lea Ann Bleck of Glenbeulah. Brady along with his parents and sister, Elise, live on Bleckview family farm where he raises his Holstein and Brown Swiss show cattle. Brady enjoys showing and fitting dairy cattle and dairy judging. He placed second in the 10 and under showmanship class at the Wisconsin Championship show. Brady attended the 2015 National Holstein Convention and placed second in the folding display contest. Brady was a member of the Sheboygan County dairy judging team that placed second at the state 4-H dairy judging contest. He is also a member of the Spring Valley 4-H club and the Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association. Brady enjoys playing football, basketball, baseball and going fishing.

Colton Brandel is the 11-year-old son of Matthew and Tracy Brandel. Colton has two younger sisters, Ashley and Katie, along with a little brother, Justin. His family partners in Straussdale Holsteins LLC, where they milk 200 Registered Holsteins located in Lake Mills, Jefferson County. Colton is in the fifth grade at Lake Mills Middle School. Colton attended Cow Camp and is active in Quiz Bowl and Dairy Judging. He also enjoys exhibiting cattle at the Jefferson County Fair, District Show, WI State Fair and North American Livestock Expo. He loves farming, and helps in any way he can on the farm. Colton is active in the South Side Eagles 4-H club. Colton also enjoys wrestling, archery and volunteering at various dairy promotion activities in his community.

Ava Booth

Emma Dorshorst

Ava Booth is the 11-year-old daughter of Dr. Chris and Courtney Booth of Plymouth. Ava, along with her parents and siblings, Campbell, Royce and Cole, own and operate BoothHaven Holsteins. Ava loves showing dairy cattle, helping others learn about agriculture and competing in dairy judging contests. This past show season Ava worked hard to present two of her family’s four nominated Junior AllAmerican Red & White heifers. In addition, she won back-to-back Reserve Champion Junior Showman honors at the 2013 and 2014 World Dairy Expo showmanship competitions. Ava also excels in the swine project winning the 2015 Premier Junior Exhibitor and Reserve Champion Hog at the Sheboygan County Fair.

Emma Dorshorst is the 12-year-old daughter of Dr. Matthew and Molly Dorshorst. She lives on a 40 cow Registered Holstein farm with her two sisters Sara and Claire and her brother Wyatt. She is active in Bethany Lutheran Church, Badger 4-H Club, plays softball and basketball and enjoys singing and violin lessons. She has several Registered Holstein cattle of her own and has enjoyed showing them at county and district shows. Her favorite cow is named Deeda. She was the foundation of her herd and was a gift from her parents. Emma enjoys showing cattle, feeding calves and milking with her Dad. Emma does not like to scrape pens. She would like to be a doctor when she grows up. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015-19

Abby Giddings

Abby Giddings is the 10-year-old daughter of Paul and Heather Giddings of Hatley. Abby attends Wittenberg Elementary School and is in the fifth grade. She has one brother, Tyler, who got her started and helps with her dairy project. Abby loves to show calves and helps on her grandparents’ farm and Dream Team Holsteins. Her other interests include basketball, bowling, Classic Country 4-H serving as secretary and spending time with her friends and cousins.

Cathryn Gunst

Cathryn Gunst is the 8-year-old daughter of Willis and Carla Gunst, Pine River. The family farm consists of 60 milk cows and over 110 head of Registered Holsteins, of which Cathryn owns 11. On the farm, Cathryn helps with milking, feeding calves, cleaning calf pens, setting up the milk house and other farmrelated chores. Cathryn is involved in 4-H, where she serves as reporter and participates in a variety of community service events. As a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, she is on the dairy bowl team and participated in the essay contest and craft contest. In addition, she shows her cattle at the local county fair and district show.

Christopher Gunst

Christopher Gunst is the 8-year-old son of Willis and Carla Gunst, Pine River. The family farm consists of 60 milk cows and over 110 head of Registered Holsteins, of which Christopher owns 11. On the farm, Christopher helps with feeding calves, cleaning calf pens, mixing TMR for the cows and other farm-related chores. Christopher is involved in 4-H, where he serves as reporter and participates in a variety of community service events. As a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, he is on the dairy bowl team, and participated in the essay contest and craft contest. In addition, he shows his cattle at the local county fair and district show.

Jacob Harbaugh

Jacob Harbaugh is the 10-year-old son of Lynn and Sara Harbaugh, Marion. Jacob has one brother, Logan, who is 8 and a sister, Madison, who is 5. He is currently in fifth grade at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Clintonville. At home, he is actively involved with Bella-View Holsteins, a Registered Holstein heifer operation. He owns 12 animals and enjoys showing them at several county, district, state and national shows. Jacob also enjoys dairy bowl and is an active member of the Shawano County Junior Holstein Association. In addition, he is a member of the County Line 4-H club where he is currently serving as the reporter. Jacob also enjoys participating in sports and plays basketball, football and baseball.

Kaydence Hodorff

Kaydence Hodorff and her sisters, Kayli, Kalista and Kaianne, are the fifth generation on their family’s dairy farm, Second Look Holsteins LLC. Kaydence helps with various farm chores including working with show calves and placed first in the junior judging contest at state show. She is the daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff. Kaydence is in fourth grade and enjoys participating in 4-H and Junior Holstein events as well as playing basketball and soccer. 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

Brianna Meyer

Brianna Meyer is the 10-year-old daughter of Larry and Jennifer Meyer of Chilton. She has a nine year old brother Austin and a six year old sister Abby. Brianna attends fifth grade at Chilton Elementary School, is a member of Chilton Tip Top 4-H club and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Appleton. Brianna loves helping care for and showing her Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle. She also enjoys her swine project, ballet, ice skating and piano lessons. In addition she loves to read.

Ainsley Noble

Ainsley Noble is the 11-year-old daughter of Troy and Jaime Noble. She lives on a dairy and beef farm in Lancaster where her family farms 1000 acres and milks 160 Registered Holsteins. She has an older brother Drew and younger sister Macie. Ainsley is in sixth grade at Platteville Middle School. She likes to do arts and crafts, read and play basketball and softball. She is a member of Grant County Junior Holstein Association and Dairyland Diamonds 4-H club.

Emily Stumpf

Emily Stumpf is 11-years-old and in the sixth grade at Edna Ferber Elementary. She is the daughter of John and Karla Stumpf and has one brother, Austin. She has been showing Registered Holsteins for eight years for Valley Drive Holsteins. Her cattle are housed at her mom’s family farm in Fond du Lac County. Emily’s uncle and grandma own the farm and have an auto-flow parlor and are currently milking 175 Registered Holsteins with 160 young stock. Valley Drive Holsteins has been in the family for over 150 years. This year Emily was the regional MVP for the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Clarissa Ulness

Clarissa Ulness is the 11-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. She owns three Registered Holsteins, takes care of the calves and helps with chores and herd health work. She is a sixth grader at Valders Middle School, member of the Manitowoc Junior Holsteins, Liberty Go-Getters 4-H and enjoys art, club volleyball and playing trombone.

Garrett Ulness

Garrett Ulness is the 10-year-old son of Mark and Angie Ulness. Garrett has two sisters, Clarissa and Whitney, and a brother, Walker. His 230 acre farm, Ragnar Holsteins, is home to 170 Registered Holsteins. He is a fifth grader at Valders Middle School and enjoys wrestling, baseball and playing Baritone. He also likes attending sales and shows with his Dad. Garrett is involved in Dairy Judging, Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and enjoys competing in showmanship. He helps with daily chores and recently has taken a keen interest in sire proofs and talking over matings with his parents.

A Pair of Gold Chips

Hez Goldchip Hessa-ET

Mead-Manor GC Jubilee-ET VG-87 VG-MS

2-02 154 14,120 3.4 475 3.1 420 inc. Hessa has a June Windbrook daughter that will be shown next year. Her dam is EX-92 EX-MS Hezbollah with 4-03 365 42,050 4.4 1859 3.1 1299. Hezbollah was Res. AA 4-Year-Old 2011 and 1st Senior 2-Year-Old and Intermediate Champion at World Dairy Expo 2009. The 2nd dam is EX-90 Can with 121,087 5363F lft.

2-00 365 27,400 4.4 1230 3.1 840 3-03 103 8,940 3.6 322 3.1 278 inc. Jubilee was recently flushed to Doorman. Her dam 2E-93 EX-MS with 2-05 365 30,010 4.9 1342 3.0 901. 2nd Dam 2E-91 EX-MS GMD DOM with 39,225 3.2 1262 3.3 1277, was All-California Junior 3-Year-Old 2003. 3rd & 4th dams both GMD DOM & over 106,100 & 1763F lft.

Proven Performance

Hilltop-LLC FBI 4304

Hilltop-LLC Baltimore 5064



Hilltop-LLC Pagewire 3733 VG-88 VG-MS

5-03 309 33,320 3.6 1117 3.3 1084 inc. Her dam is VG-87 VG-MS with lifetime of 136,170 3.7 5101 3.2 4380. FBI 4304 has a GP-82 Explode and a Fever daughter.

3-01 291 30,300 3.0 908 3.3 1014 4-01 129 12,030 3.1 419 2.9 355 inc. GP-83 dam with 33,310M 1070F. Baltimore 5064 has a Chelios daughter.

3-04 305 42,690 2.9 1238 2.8 1206 6-08 270 34,820 3.3 1032 3.2 1005 inc. Her dam is VG-85 with 38,550M 1236F. Pagewire 3733 has a Meridan daughter.

We at Hilltop Dairy would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stop by in 2016 - we would love to show you the herd! Managers: Rich, Cal & Loren Greenfield, 920-296-9289 Herdsman: Kevin Greenfield, 920-296-9292 N309 County Trk. Q, Markesan, WI 53946

RHA: 1186 cows 29,910 3.62 1083 3.21 961 November 2014 classification: 105.2% BAA - 35 EX, 294 VG, 465 GP Find us on Facebook for more cow photos & herd updates wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015-21

pictured with Lars-Acres Merid Tatum-ET GP-84 +2331 GTPI +1096M +61F +36P + 3.4PL +536NM +2.21T +2.10UDC +1.00FLC 2-02 3x 245 21,700 4.3 935 3.0 641 inc. Dam: Lars-Acres Jose Trifle-ET VG-86 EX-MS 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 4th Dam: Lars-Acres Trouble EX-90 2E DOM 3-10 2x 305 27,450 3.8 1040 2.9 781

Tatum’s daughters: • Lars-Acres Damaris Taffy-ET GTPI +2632 • Lars-Acres Damaris Tee-ET GTPI +2618 • Lars-Acres Damar Tamaris-ET GTPI +2497 • Lars-Acres Tatum Treasure GTPI +2307

I am excited about Tatum’s four daughters along with my own future. Currently, I am a senior at Evansville High School and plan on attending college to major in Dairy Science, with plans to return to the family farm or find a career in the dairy industry.

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2-01 3x 123 13,350 4.1 546 3.0 401 inc. Her dam is by Bronco, GP-82, with 34,820 & 1157. Next dam GP-81 with 44,950 4.0 1816 & 155,000 lft., then an EX Outside with 237,500 lft. and VG-88 4th dam.

Sired by Iota from the Mary family, she is due in July to Montross. Dam is VG-89 Shottle Whisper with 41,960 4.0 1688 2.9 1221 & 100,000 lft. 2nd dam 2E-91 GMD.

2-01 3x 235 25,550 3.9 2.9 740 inc.

Her dam is a GP-82 Baxter with 43,690 4.1 1793 3.1 1373 and 137,180 5665 4332 lft. 4703 has a December Enforcer at +2344G.

RHA: 32,000 4.14 1322 3.19 1018 6/15 BAA: 105.5%; 10 EX, 160 VG, 245 GP

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VG-85 EX-MS GTPI +2365


Sired by Connected, her dam is VG-88 VG-MS with 36,750 4.0 1458 by Prince. 4391 has 2 daughters by Lexor & Jackman.

1-11 3x 305 34,800 3.5 1212 3.2 1111 2-10 3x 320 36,356 3.4 1221 3.2 1172 inc.

Sired by Iota, she is due in March to Commander. Dam is VG-85 Calypso. EX-90 GMD 2nd dam with 40,300 3.9 1558 & 237,500 8866 lft.

Sired by Armitage, her dam is a VG-85 Jeeves, next dam a VG Mac. She has a +2328G McCutchen.

VG-88 VG-MS GTPI +1886 1-11 3x 305 32,370 3.5 1121 3.0 983 3-10 3x 49 6,202 4.4 273 3.2 196 inc.

SUGAR-C IOTA 4423 VG-85 GTPI +2132

2-00 3x 365 43,730 3.6 1595 3.1 1370 3-05 3x 240 30,848 3.7 1135 3.0 966 inc.

2-01 3x 365 37,050 4.1 1531 3.3 1215 3-03 3x 190 21,849 4.4 960 3.3 714 inc.



VG-88 GTPI +2140

VG-87 GTPI +2084

Brenda & 4391 by Nick Sarbacker, others by Lea McCullough

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Joliam Raven-Red

2-08 317 21,380 4.1 876 3.0 648 4-07 251 26,427 4.6 1291 3.0 1186 inc.

3-02 365 28,430 4.9 1394 3.5 1000 5-05 305 26,430 5.3 1413 3.6 968 inc.

5-06 365 48,370 5.0 2428 3.2 1525 lifetime: 172,090 4.8 8333 3.1 5323

Junior All-Wisconsin 5-Year-Old 2015 2nd 5-Year-Old & Best Udder, Central Wisconsin State Fair 2015 • #1 Absolute daughter for Type in America

• Sired by Dupasquier Carisma • Her Goldwyn dam is EX-92 2E

Holstein USA National Elite Performer • SIred by KHW Kite Advent-Red-ET • Her Armani bull is service age & available

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These lovely ladies scored Excellent-93 this past year. They exemplify our breeding philosophy at Selz-Pralle Dairy – beautiful, hard-working, and easy to manage. We believe in dairy strength, well-attached, high producing udders, and excellent mobility. Come visit any time to see outstanding type and high production in action! 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

photos by Lea McCullough

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Joliam shot Pansy

4-04 365 37,610 5.5 2074 3.4 1292 in 3 lactations: 104,460 5.4 5621 3.5 3619

4-01 296 37,310 4.6 1724 3.2 1187 in 3 lactations: 101,080 4.5 4552 3.1 3118

Holstein USA National Elite Performer • Dam: Joliam Dundee Phoenix 2E-92 EEEEE 4-11 365 43,800 5.3 2319 3.0 1354

Holstein USA National Elite Performer • Dam: Joliam Dundee Phoenix 2E-92 EEEEE 4-11 365 43,800 5.3 2319 3.0 1354




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Jessica & Nicole Pralle N4621 Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 • (715) 334-3434 • E-mail: wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015-25

Dorito 2nd-Look Bwire Dorito 8353-Red VG-86 Nominated Junior All-American R&W Junior 2-Year-Old 2014 5th & 2nd Junior Junior 2-Year-Old, All-WI R&W Show 2014 2nd 2-Year-Old, Fond du Lac County Futurity 2014 11th open & 4th Junior Junior 2-Year-Old, International Red & White Show 2014 Nominated Junior All-American R&W Spring Yearling 2013

Tostito 2nd-Look Bwire 12437-Red 5th open & 3rd Junior Fall Calf, All-WI R&W Show 2015 3rd Fall Calf, Wisconsin Junior State Fair R&W Show 2015 2nd Fall Calf, International Red & White Show 2015 ~ now owned by Eaton Holsteins, Rohe Farms & Chris & Jen Hill

Funyon 2nd-Look Bwire 12567-Red 1st Winter Calf & Reserve Junior Champion, Wisconsin Junior State Fair R&W Show 2015 1st Winter Calf & Junior Champion, Wisconsin State Fair R&W Show 2015 4th Junior Winter Calf, International Red & White Show 2015

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These three full sisters are out of 2nd-Look RL Nacho 7288-Red who was Nominated Junior All-American R&W Winter Calf herself in 2010, making this family our first multi-generation homebred Junior All-American nominations. Kayli, Kalista, Kaianne & Kaydence Hodorff N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, WI 53019 Phone (920) 477-6800 • Farm fax (920) 477-2520 E-mail:

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I fell in Love with Holsteins and the friendship they offer at the age of two. That is what makes the alarm clock at 4 a.m. bearable or the nights of no sleep tolerable. I’ve learned the more we work together and care for one another, the better our chances at a class or showmanship award win. From being named a National YDJM Finalist, winning Junior Showmanship at our state showmanship contest or placing 2nd in Intermediate Showmanship at World Dairy Expo; every second has been worth it. The growth I have had would not have been possible if it weren’t for special people in this industry that coached, mentored and developed my passion. Sasha, seen here in these photos, comes from my very first project animal at the age of eight. 14 homebred Holsteins and now working with Ferme Jacobs from Cap Sante, Quebec, Canada at the 2016 Supreme Quebec and Royal Winter Fair... they are My Everything!

Thimble-Peak Monument Sasha VG-88 Thank you FarmGirl Photography for working with Sasha and I for my senior pictures.


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Wisconsin schools offer great options for Agriculture students

Wisconsin students have more options than most when it comes to choosing a school where they can pursue an agriculture-related degree after high school. This month, we’ve asked students at several of the major ag programs in the state to answer a few questions about their education and experiences while attending their chosen school. I’d encourage high school students to explore all of their options, whether it be in-state or out-of-state schools and 4-year or 2-year degrees, and to ask current students about their experiences. Thank you to the students that participated in this month’s roundtable. 1. Please give us a little background on yourself. Where did you grow up? What is your ag background? What is your major and what would you like to do after graduation? Karsen Haag, Southwest WI Technical College: I grew up on a 150 reg. Holstein dairy herd outside of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin with my parents and older brother, Kody. I have shown cattle since I was 7 years old and grown to love the dairy cow. I have been growing my own herd of mostly red and whites and grow my herd. I am finishing my Agribusiness/Science Technology Associates Degree. I am also a full-time student at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Animal Science. After graduation I want to work out in the agriculture industry and eventually take over the family farm. Olivia Hennes, Lakeshore Technical College: My name is Olivia Hennes and I am from Seymour, WI. I was an FFA officer for multiple years in high school and over the past decade I have developed my own registered Holstein herd and do flush work to try and get bulls into AI. I credit my passion for the dairy industry to 4-H. I am not from a farm family, but I began showing for a farm when I was in the third grade. In fifth grade my dad bought me three embryos and through him I was able to start my herd with my first two heifers. Since then I have purchased other animals and grown my herd up to about twenty head. In the future I would like to continue my education and become a dairy herd manager, AI technician, or a large animal veterinarian. Last year I attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in dairy science. I worked on campus as a student writer and was involved in Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Sigma Alpha. Kayla Krueger, UW-Madison: I grew up on a 60-cow Holstein farm in Northeast Wisconsin, in a small town called Marion. I have been heavily involved on my families dairy farm my whole life. I was involved in FFA, 4-H and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. I have been a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association since I was 10 years old. Just this year, I was recognized as a National Distinguished Junior Member Semi-Finalist. I have also participated in dairy bowl, was a Distinguished Junior Member 3 times, and was the 2014 Wisconsin Holstein Princess serving as an ambassador for the Holstein Association and dairy industry overall. I continue to show at the district, state and national levels. I am currently majoring in Dairy Science with a minor in Agricultural Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating this May, I plan to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sales or farm loan officer. Cassi Miller, UW-Platteville: I grew up in Mount Horeb (Dane County). My family farm, Ro-Lex Miller Holsteins, is located in Vesper (Wood County). Like others, my passion for agriculture started on my family’s farm. As a kid, I “helped” with chores but as I grew older I learned what exactly it takes to help run a farm. I was also fortunate enough to be able to show at my county fair (Central Wisconsin State Fair) every year where I met other individuals with the same interests and passions as myself. As for clubs and organizations, in high school I was extremely involved in FFA, Wood County Junior Holstein Association, and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. In college, I’m a member of the Pioneer National AgriMarketing Association (NAMA), Pioneer Dairy Club, Agribusiness Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau. I am majoring in Agribusiness with emphases areas in communications, marketing, and management. Because of my experiences in the Wisconsin Junior Holsteins Association, FFA, and a variety of organizations on campus, I found that I’m truly passionate for the dairy cow. Through my experience as a JAC Member specifically, I learned that I love to educate youth on the importance of the dairy industry. After graduation, I hope to obtain a career where I can not only inform youth on the dairy industry but the public as well. Eventually, I want to be a major part of the running of World Dairy 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

Expo and other events that promote agriculture and dairy. I’ve decided upon this career path to promote the industry because, in my opinion, it’s one of the largest and most important business in the world. I can’t think of a more family oriented industry and I wouldn’t dream of doing anything else with my life. Sarah Pate, UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course: I grew up in Baraboo, Wis. I did not grow up on a farm, but I did visit with friends who did. Growing up I had rabbits, dogs, cats, and a few horses. I moved in with my boyfriend in 2013 into his grandfather’s farm house. His family had a fair amount of dairy goats. These past few years, I have been helping milk and take care of the kids. This past summer, I purchased some meat and dairy goats for myself. I am currently working on finishing my Dairy Management, Meat Animal, Pasture-Based Livestock, and Farm Service and Supply certificates. After this school year, I will be continuing to work at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Sauk City and continue to expand my current herd. I would like to be milking about 800 in the near future. Jacob Pintens, UW-River Falls: My name is Jacob Pintens, and I am the son of Anthony and Aimee Pintens. I grew up near the small town of Dallas, Wis., on a hobby farm with several different animals including sheep, horses, steers, bunnies, dogs, and cats. I took a liking to dairy farming early on in life, and started showing dairy cattle in first grade with the help of a local farm. Through organizations such as 4-H, FFA, and Junior Holsteins I was able to continue showing dairy cattle and participate in many different shows. Additionally, through these organizations I was able to participate and compete in many different agriculture related activities. Some of these activities included dairy judging, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE’s), and youth networking, or leadership conferences. As I grew older I also picked up more responsibility at Indianhead Holsteins, (the farm that helped me get started with showing cattle). Primarily I helped out with field work, but often went where the most help was needed. This included helping with the shavings business run by Indianhead Holsteins, assisting at open class dairy shows and preparing cattle for those shows, lending a hand in the barn with milking, clipping, and cleaning, and performing basic maintenance on the machinery used at the farm. Most of my work on the farm was done during the summer months, but I still stay active on the farm while attending school. Currently I am attending UW-River Falls and pursuing a degree in dairy science with an emphasis on management. Until lately I have always wanted to own and operate my own farm after graduating college, but recently I have thought about other career paths as different opportunities have risen. There is no doubt however, that no matter what career path I choose, it will be in the field of agriculture. 2. Why did you choose to attend your school? Haag: I chose Southwest Tech because they provided the Dairy Herd Management program that I wanted. I love that we do a lot of handson experience and going out in the field and see what other producers are doing on they farms and what works for them. After I got the oneyear certificate, I decided to go back for the associate’s degree. Hennes: Although my experience at UW-Platteville was great, I was looking for somewhere closer to home that could offer a more handson approach to teaching about dairy. I applied for the Dairy Herd Management program at Lakeshore Technical College and have been paired with a farm for an internship, have seen farms all over the state, attended workshops and seminars, and had the opportunity to compete at several state and national competitions that are put on in the dairy industry. Krueger: It is well known that UW-Madison has one of the best Dairy Science programs in the country. It is without a doubt a worldclass university that has so much to offer their students both inside the classroom and out. I’ve had the opportunity to have two great intern-

ships – Zoetis Animal Health and Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin, both of which I feel were attributed to attending UWMadison. Once I was admitted, there was never second-guessing where I would be attending. Miller: I choose to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville because of its hometown feel. Platteville is also close to Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL; and both towns have tons of options of fun activities to do. Pate: I had heard from a few alumni that the Farm and Industry Short Course program was a great experience for networking. A lot of the information taught here is great for a rookie like me to learn. Madison is only an hour drive from Baraboo and is easy for me to commute back and forth and still be able to take care of things at home. Pintens: I chose to attend UW-River Falls because I enjoyed the atmosphere of the campus. I also liked the layout of the buildings which have plenty of space between them with grass and trees. Coming from a rural setting I find fields, forests, and open spaces comforting. Furthermore, I was very familiar with the campus having been there several times before while participating in different FFA events held there. 3. What has been your most memorable experience at school? Haag: The most memorable experience that I have had at Southwest Tech is the just people I have been connected with. These connections I have made will be life-long and I can always ask for anything from them. Hennes: My most memorable experience at LTC thus far has been World Dairy Expo. Lakeshore Technical College had two teams competing at Expo and we worked with Adjunct Instructor Craig Lallensack to prepare for the competition in the weeks leading up to it. We were able to judge cows and practice linear evaluation on a few different farms. The competition also applied directly to our genetics class and Craig was able to teach us about genomics, pedigrees and sire selection for class, but it also helped us at the competition. The two LTC teams placed first and third in the linear portion and first overall in the practical competition. Four of our students also made the top ten for linear evaluation. LTC was also first team in the sire selection and second in the Registered Heifers. Krueger: College has been a terrific experience for me. However, if I was to choose one specific experience that has certainly made it memorable it has been being a World Dairy Expo Chairperson for two years. The UW students have an opportunity to work with the best agricultural companies, top industry leaders, Expo staff and my fellow peers through the Badger Dairy Club. The networking opportunity and professionalism gained have been paramount in my colligate career. Miller: One of my most memorable experience at school would be being a part of the Pioneer Dairy Club and Pioneer NAMA. Through Dairy Club, I have been able to work in the ultrasound tent at World Dairy Expo, ensuring that exhibitors are using ethical practices. By assisting in the ultrasound tent, I have seen some of the best cows in the world and met some of the greatest producers who work with these animals. Through Pioneer NAMA, I have learned the in-depth business and marketing side to agriculture. I have had the opportunity to create and present marketing plans on agricultural related products while also traveling the country. Pate: My most memorable experience at school would be during the meat evaluation class. We were able to watch from start to finish how they harvest a steer and a pig. We were even able to make the cuts ourselves and make sausage and other products. It was very eye opening and has been able to help me answer some of the questions people have about their meat products. Pintens: So far my most memorable experience at school has been my involvement in the Falcon Dairy Club. Through this organization I have been able to travel to many different places in the U.S. and Canada. On these adventures I have had the pleasure of competing in collegiate dairy judging contests, touring farms, and attending national shows. 4. What is your favorite part of campus? Haag: My favorite part about campus is Charles, student activities center, I can go there and just relax, play some pool, shoot some darts.

I can also do homework there as well. Hennes: My favorite part about LTC’s Dairy Herd Program are the opportunities it provides students to be hands-on. I have experienced a four-year college and although there are pros and cons to each, I feel that there is real value to going out and physically getting the opportunity to do the things that you learn about. There is importance to completing assignments and reading textbooks and nothing should be taken away from the academic side of education, but work ethic, experience, and know-how are values that employers are expecting from the people that they hire. Another benefit of the Dairy Herd Management program at LTC is that the program has an articulation agreement with UW-Platteville for a full year’s worth of credits to transfer to the university, so students are able to begin college at sophomore status if they choose to continue their education. Krueger: UW-Madison as everyone understands is a BIG10 school, with over 40,000 students. However, the agricultural school is a college within the Madison College. It has a small, close-knit feel. Everyone knows everyone, and you are not a part of the huge chaos of the city. As I came from a small rural community, as do many of my fellow Dairy Science peers, you appreciate the small school feel, while still being apart of a prestigious world-class university with rich tradition and Badger pride. Miller: My favorite part about campus is the Pioneer Farm. To me, not many things are more relaxing than spending a day working with and caring for my cows. But because I can’t go home every day and be with my cows, the Pioneer Farm is a perfect place to relax after a tough day. Pate: My favorite place is Babcock Hall Dairy Store. It offers really good food and hot chocolate. I like to do a lot of studying there in between classes, and I enjoy watching them fill the ice cream buckets. I also really enjoy the farm tours that are set up. Being able to see how others are operating when you are in the building stage, really helps visualize how you want to have your parlor set up, the feeding bunks, or even the kidding area. Pintens: My favorite part of campus is lab farm 2. This is where the sheep, swine, beef, dairy, and poultry facilities are located. On the lab farm students are allowed to gain hands on experience with many different animals, and learn about different farming practices. 5. What have you learned about your school that you weren’t expecting or didn’t know before? Haag: Being a Student Ambassador has been amazing! I have learned so much about this school and what a technology college can offer to students. So many scholarship opportunities for the students for any program. What really surprised me was the transfer agreement that Southwest Tech has with UW-Platteville. I have been able to transfer to UW-Platteville with credits that have helped me to get closer to my Bachelor’s degree. Hennes: The schedule is very demanding in this program and what it really comes down to is time management. Students are matched with an internship which requires 22 hours per week. Besides that we have long days of class. It can be hard at times to find the right balance, but I think it really can prepare students for what life will be life prior to completing their education and entering the work force. Krueger: I was not expecting such a diverse group of students. At Madison, students come from all over the world, as I believe we are one of the most international school recruiters in the country. I am able to learn from them, and understand their culture, which is fascinating. Since Wisconsin is such a research based institution we have people with a strong desire to pursue science experiments and lab research. Miller: One of the best aspects of the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture is that the Animal Science labs are almost all taught out at the Pioneer Farm. This gives students hands-on experiences with animals and exposes them to real-life situations. Pate: I did not expect to have classes geared at business, accounting, financing, etc. In my case, I am the one that is making sure there is money in the account, where is it coming from and where is it going. I have yet to see a milk check, as we all have outside jobs and are not ready to ship milk, but I took a class on basically what the milk check consists of and what drives the milk prices. continued on page 32 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015-31

continued from page 31 Pintens: I have learned that River Falls is a much more diverse place than I expected. Before attending UW-River Falls I didn’t realize that there were actually three different colleges here. 6. Any advice for high school students considering their college options? Haag: My advice for high school students considering options is to go do a campus visit or even sit in on a class. Getting a feel for the campus and the environment is the best way to know how the college experience is going to be for you. Hennes: My advice to high school students is to never settle for good enough. Do what makes you happy, but make sure that you are helping yourself with the choices that you make. College is only 1-4 years of your life and a degree is something that will stay with you for a lifetime and can open many doors for you in the future. While attending school, I would also tell high school students to take money into consideration. Four-year colleges are great, but you will end up spending a lot more money if you live on campus and purchase a meal plan. Sometimes attending a technical college for one or two years first will save you thousands of dollars.

Krueger: It is very important to work hard in high school. What you do in high school - your grades, leadership positions and overall wellroundedness will get you into the college you want. It is important to set goals high, you can do anything you set your mind to. If you continue to work hard, it will all pay off in the end. Find something you are passionate about and pursue that degree option. Lastly, find a school that fits you. Go tour them, and see what they are about. Miller: My advice for high school student considering their college options would be to choose the school that is best for you. Don’t choose a school because others are going there, pick a college that is going to push you and make you a better person. Pate: If you know for a fact you want to work in the ag industry, whether it’s working at the family farm, becoming a vet, a farm machinery mechanic, field sprayer, or anything else, this is a great school to go to. Make it a first stop before going on to a four-year, just to try it out. Sometimes a four-year degree is important, but most of the time it is the experience you gain. Pintens: I would suggest high school students pick a college that fits their personality. For example UW-Madison offers a great dairy science program, but I felt much more secure and at home on the campus in small town River Falls.

Wisconsin Holstein Young Adult Members Using Social Media to tell Your Farm’s Story by Annaliese Wegner Ahhhh, the age of technology and social media. These days just about everybody has a smartphone glued to their hand and is online 24-7. Whether they share a selfie, tweet about their workout or instagram a photo of their dessert before they eat it, they are online. Does this drive me a little nuts? Oh, for sure. Sometimes I just want to scream, “Put down the phone and look out the freaking window!” But, if you can’t beat them... join them. Folks are moving further and further away from agriculture and have little to no idea where their food comes from. We have been given a platform to share our dairy story and it is time we get out there and use it. That’s right, it is time to open the barn doors... virtually. With the click of a button, we have the opportunity to reach thousands. There are so many apps and social media platforms that I have a hard time keeping up, but let's talk about a few of my favorite ways to talk farming online: 1. Hashtags Hashtags can be used on all forms of social media and help people find you. Simply put, a hashtag is an easy way for people to categorize, find and join conversations on a particular topic. The hashtag highlights keywords within a post. Maybe you just whipped up an awesome batch of loaded baked potato soup for the harvest crew and want to share a photo on social media. Your caption with hashtags might look something like this, “Made my #famous loaded baked potato soup for the #harvest crew. #recipes #farmlife.” However, beware. Followers might get annoyed if you use too many hashtags. Keep it to 3-4 per post. 2. Facebook I’m sure many of you are familiar with Facebook; it has been around for awhile. It is a great way to share and update with friends and family. Perhaps you already regularly share farm photos or dairy show updates! Great, but have you ever thought about taking it one step further? Did you know that you can set up your own “page” on Facebook that allows you to share with the public? By setting up a page for your farm or business you are able to connect with thousands, many who might be actual consumers of your product. It is a great way to promote the dairy industry and show consumers how we care 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

for our land, animals and family. You can find my Facebook page by searching for Modern-day Farm Chick. 3. Instagram Who likes taking photos? Instagram has quickly become one of my favorite social media platforms because it allows me to channel my artsy side. Simply snap a photo and upload it onto Instagram. Once the photo is there, you can use several filters and tools to make the photo your own. Quickly add a caption to the photo, hit post and BAM! You just shared a gorgeous farm sunset with your followers. If you really want to step up your photo game, download these fun apps: Snapseed and Rhonna Designs. Find me on Instagram: modfarmchick. 4. Twitter Twitter is a social networking set where you can post things, but you have to keep it short and sweet (140 characters of less). It is a great way to share little tidbits of things that are going on. You can share links to articles, photos or personal updates. For example, this fall I tweeted, “My husband’s famous last words, ‘I’ll be home shortly.’ #farmlife #harvest15.” It gives my followers a quick little insight on the farm life. Tweet as often as you would like; multiple tweets per day is not frowned upon! You can tweet me @modfarmchick. We all have a story to share and need to do our part to help educate the consumer. If you feel confident enough to start a blog and tackle the controversial topics, GO FOR IT! But if you are more comfortable sharing farm photos and little pieces of information with your friends on Facebook, that is fine too. Don’t feel like you have to do it all and don't feel like you have to do it every day. Just one simple photo opens up the conversation and lets consumers know who they can turn to if they have a question about dairy farming.

Annaliese Wegner farms with her husband Tom and his parents at Wegnerlann Dairy LLC near Ettrick. She attended UW-River Falls and majored in Dairy Science.

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Cow Tales from the North est. 1890 Celebrating where we are as a 125 year old organization happens best when we remember from where we have come. It’s a great time to pull out and re-tell once again those amazing stories of how it was back in Great-Grandpa’s era…we hope you enjoy some of these ‘Cow Tales from the North!’

by Karyn Schauf My dad is what I would call a ‘real life’ teacher. He can’t help himself... he’s always sharing – teaching – about life. Whether it was making sure I knew how to change the tire on my first car, Mabel, my VW bug, or a lesson on morals, I am in large part who I am because of all he taught me. My four sons also benefited from Grandpa’s teachings and I’m happy that recently he has been writing some of his life stories down for the next generation (oh yes, finally Bob and I are expecting two grandbabies!). One of the lessons he likes to share is don’t assume and it comes from an incident that happened in September 1950 at the Barron County Fair. The dictionary defines assume as “to take for granted with no proof.” The Holstein open show was coming to its climax and as always there was an air of excitement just to see if the animals that had traveled to all the big shows that summer as a part of the Barron County Show Herd might get beaten by one the selection committee had passed over in the spring. The Barron County show herd crew was helping George Schutz show his “Get of Sire” in the aged cow class. These four cows had been shown by the county show herd crew in four previous shows that year and had been selected the previous year as the National Holstein Association’s All-American “Get of Sire.” At each show, each of the four cows had been shown by the same leadsman – Harley Barfknecht, Arlie Wetzel, Chuck Nelson and Glen Krahenbuhl. All four cows were obviously outstanding in type, but one was especially good and Glen always showed her. Many Holstein breeders will remember Harvey Swartz. He was a well-known and wellliked cattle judge that frequently handled the judging honors in Barron County. He had judged these cows before at a state show. He knew Glen on a first name basis and was familiar with these cows. Just before the class Dad saw Harvey visiting with Glen and admiring the cow Glen was leading. As the fellows led their cows into the ring, Dad recalls Glen handing his lead strap to Harley saying, “Here, Harley, let’s swap cows. You show the champion this time!” Harvey’s style of judging this day was to place the bottom cow first and work his way up. He apparently never looked at the cow Glen was leading – just Glen. He assumed Glen was showing the cow he had always shown, indeed the one he had just seen Glen holding. He placed each cow, one by one, until they were all placed except Glen’s. Then he looked at Glen and pointed to the head of the string and signaled to the clerks he was finished. He walked over to the mic to make his comments. Dad says he never will forget what happened next. Harvey Swartz, with mic in hand, walked toward his first place cow. I too can remember the air of superiority Harvey Swartz always exuded... his attire of suitcoat, white shirt and tie, a business hat, crease in his pants, shiny shoes even in the show ring and a confident physical carriage... he always looked intently into your eyes when he spoke to you and had a confidence in his voice. About to begin his reasons, Judge Schwartz looked at his first place cow - for the first time! He had assumed Glen was still leading the top show cow he held outside the ring. He assumed Glen was leading the cow who had won all the first place ribbons at the previous shows! But regrettably, Harvey had only looked at Glen, not Glen’s cow! Dad says he can still see the expression on Harvey’s face and the muttering of words as he tried to speak his reasons for his first place cow. But like the man he was, Harvey walked over, re-evaluated the situation and placed Glen and his cow about two-thirds of the way down the line. Those who were there, still share a chuckle over a cup of coffee remembering that day. And needless to say, Dad is always ready to remind us with this life story, “never assume!”

Welcome to These New Members Adult members: Donald Hoffman, Brantwood Ryan Lohff, Clintonville Matthew Lauber, Union Grove Christine Oehmichen, Abbotsford Mark & Ellen Schaefer, West Bend Shawn & Steven Styer, Boyceville

Junior members: Colton, Klair, Griffin Grinstead, Fond du Lac Sawyer Smock, Galesville Blake Van de Hel, De Pere Kaitlin Neu, Oconomowoc Hanna Brock, New London Landon Turgasen, Richland Center

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Megan Opperman Hometown: Rockford, Illinois School: Rockford Lutheran High School Class Size: 90 Farm: Erbacres Holsteins Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? When selecting a college to attend I knew that UWMadison would be the best place not only for my education but also for opportunities to do things outside of the classroom. One of my main factors in my decision was that Madison offered a specific dairy science degree. I felt that UW-Madison had strong ties to the dairy industry as well as world-renowned research facilities that would allow me to have the best education possible. Along with all of this, when I visited the dairy science department people such as Kent Weigel made me feel welcome and wanted at this school. What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience has been participating in Dairy Challenge. Having the opportunity to go out on farms and put to use all of the knowledge and skills we have obtained in the classroom is priceless. Also, it is a great opportunity to network with industry professionals who I will be potentially working with in the future. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course was Dairy Science 233/234 (Dairy Herd Management). These classes helped give more of an overarching level of knowledge in all aspects of managing a dairy as well as provided a lot of hands on time. I particularly liked when we had the opportunity to go out on farms and see how the things we learned about were put into practice. What are your future career goals? In the future I would like to either work as a herdsman on a large dairy or work in the AI industry. I want to use the educational knowledge and experiences I have gained to help farmers improve their practices and to help the dairy industry continue to improve and develop.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Tops 22nd Annual Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest

Baraboo, Wis.: The 22nd Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest was held September 20, 2015 in Viroqua, Wis., with the University of Wisconsin-Madison taking top honors in both reasons and overall. The University of WisconsinMadison team was coached by Chad Wethal and Brian Kelroy. Team members Kristen Broege, Abigail Martin, Megan Lauber and Sara Griswold took home the coveted Brown Swiss Canton III Traveling Trophy for winning the contest. Placing second overall was the University of Wisconsin-River Falls coached by Steve Kelm and Mary Holle. Team members included: Charlie Moore, Tim Abrahamson, Trent Miller and Meghan Connelly. The top overall individual award went to Kristen Broege from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The other top individuals included (listed in order from 2nd-5th): Logan Voigts, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Meghan Connelly, University of WisconsinRiver Falls; Jessica Pralle, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Lars Sivesind, Iowa State University. In the oral reasons individual competition, the top three receive a special scholarship from the James W. Crowley Fund. This years top three individuals were: Kristen Broege, University of WisconsinMadison; Meghan Connelly, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and Abigail Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison. A total of 12 teams participated in this year’s contest representing the states of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. They judged the following dairy breeds Guernsey, Holstein, Jersey and Milking Shorthorn with each participant placing 10 classes and giving five sets of oral reasons.

University of Wisconsin-Madison White Team, from left: coach Brian Kelroy, Kristen Broege, Abigail Martin, Megan Lauber, Sara Griswold, coach Chad Wethal, and Jim Galstad representing Vernon County Agricultural Society & Accelerated Genetics.

Photo of all youth that participated in the leading cattle during the 22nd Annual Accelerated Genetics Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. 36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

A key part of the judging contest are the youth that serve as leadspeople. Each year, Vernon County youth assist with the contest by leading the cattle -this year 25 youth participated. Showmanship awards are then given to the youth based on their skills exhibiting the cattle and sportsmanship. In the Junior Showmanship Division Karly Anderson placed first, Grant Fremstad placed second and Gabe Engh placed third. Placing first in the Senior Showmanship Division was Krista Hall, second place Courtney Moser and third was David Petersheim. And the Overall Showmanship Winner was Leif Thompson, who received the David Larson Memorial Showmanship Award – a special award in memory of David Larson, who worked very closely with the Vernon County youth and the judging contest. This contest would not be possible without the tremendous support of the numerous contest and award sponsors. They include: American Guernsey Association, American Jersey Cattle Association, American Milking Shorthorn Society, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Chart Industries, Inc., Church of Christ, Connie Schmelzer, Hampel Corporation, Holstein Associaiton USA, James W. Crowley Fund, Merial, Ltd., Milk Products, Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Sci-Tech Premixes, Inc., Supreme Awards, Swiss Valley Farms, Co., The Baraboo National Bank, The Bank of Viroqua, Vernon County Agricultural Society, Vernon County Junior & Open Show Exhibitors, Wisconsin Brown Swiss Canton III – Jane of Vernon, and Zoetis.

National Dairy Shrine Elects New President and Directors

At the 66th annual meeting of the National Dairy Shrine, David Pierson of Lake City, Minnesota was elected President of the organization. Meanwhile, Alicia Lamb of Oakfield, New York was chosen as President-Elect. Elected to the Executive Committee along with Pierson and Lamb were: Jenny Mills, Canastota, NY, Jim Krahn, Vernonia, OR, Dan Bernick, Long Grove, IA, and immediate past president Fred Hendricks, Bucyrus, OH. The newly elected National Dairy Shrine board of directors includes Tim Abbott, Enosberg, VT., Fowler Branstetter, Edmonton, KY, Mike Brown, Kenosha, WI, Blaine Crosser, Marysville, OH, Jim Dickrell, Monticello, MN., Joe Domecq, East Lansing, MI, Nancy Feeney, Davenport, IA, Stan Henderson, Paso Robles, CA, Nate Janssen, Rosemont. IL, Karen Knutsen, Turlock, CA, Dan Schimek, Eagle Lake, MN, Larry Schirm, Laurelville, OH, Gail Yeiser, Arnold, MD, Marci Walker, Wisconsin Dells, WI, and Leah Ziemba, Madison, WI. At their annual board meeting the National Dairy Shrine directors approved the continuation of fulfilling the mission of the early founders. At the National Dairy Shrine’s annual banquet, over $60,000 in scholarships and awards were awarded to 47 outstanding young people. This year’s National Dairy Shrine Awards banquet was attended by 350 Dairy Shrine members, dairy leaders, friends and relatives. If you would like to find out more about the becoming a member of National Dairy Shrine or the scholarships or recognition programs being offered by National Dairy Shrine please go to for more details.

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Date of Birth

Reg. Number


Sire’s A.I. Organization

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

Name of Owner ________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________ Email: ________________________________________

Fee Schedule: Payment of $35 per animal due on or before December 31, 2015; Late entries will be accepted from January 1-April 30, 2016 for $50 per animal and from May 1-August 15, 2016 for $100 per animal. Full entry fees must accompany entry form or sent within the appropriate time noted above.



Full Name of Animal

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.

2018 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Official Entry Blank

PURPOSE: To stimulate interest in the breeding and exhibiting of outstanding Officially Identified Holsteins of 87% RHA or higher. To promote the Registered Holstein breed and dairy industry to the general public with an appealing and memorable presentation. PROCEDURES: An animal is nominated by an owner. All nominations are the responsibility of the owner. Dates, fees and rules will be followed to the letter. ELIGIBILITY: Any registered Holstein female that was born September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015 is eligible for the 2018 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity. FEES: Entries, along with $35 per animal, must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2015. Late entries will be accepted until April 30, 2016 for $50 per animal and late fee of $100 per animal will be accepted until August 15, 2016. 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

2018 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity

The Wisconsin Holstein Royalty Program More than 25 Years Strong est. 1890

In its 125 years at work, Wisconsin Holstein has been able to develop some key programs for youth to promote the industry and excel as professionals. The Wisconsin Holstein Royalty program is a perfect example of the Association’s ability to seek and develop outstanding young ladies that have served as ambassadors and spokespeople for our Holstein and dairy industries in the state of Wisconsin. The very first Wisconsin Holstein Princess was crowned in 1989, when Sonya Rae (Granger) Huebner took the title. As the pioneer in this position, Sonya helped to promote the Holstein breed through assisting with award presentation at shows, attending junior activities, and additional public relations duties. After her position with Wisconsin Holstein, Sonya finished her degrees in agriculture journalism and agriculture education at UW-Madison before traveling the globe with the FFA Work Experience Abroad Program. Having a passion for promoting the Registered Holstein is undoubtedly the most important qualification for filling the royalty position. As Katie (Boyke) Grinstead explains, “I was able to travel across beautiful Wisconsin for a year talking about the Holstein cow, which I am still very passionate about. I was able to meet lifelong friends and mentors who I still look up to today,” the 1997 princess said. “I truly feel that the people I met throughout my year as Wisconsin Holstein Princess was invaluable.” While the Wisconsin Holstein Royalty position was developed initially to aid in the promotion of Holsteins and our state’s dairy youth, it has truly evolved in the last few years to even further develop these leading ladies’ professional potential. In the Princess and Princess Attendant roles, ladies are asked to travel throughout the state to various events, making speaking and educational appearances at both dairy and non-dairy community events to promote the dairy industry. Royalty is often times also requested at several county futurity shows, as well as Cows on the Concourse, classroom appearances and more. Many ladies explain the professional benefits gained through their time as Wisconsin Holstein Royalty. “The royalty position pushed me outside my comfort zone and allowed me to become better in so many ways, from driving across the state to talking in front of hundreds of people,” explains 2015 WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey. “In the future, I want to use my knowledge and experience gained from this position to help educate the public about where their food comes from and help other people in the dairy industry do the same.” Cierra Ehrke-Essock has had a similar experience this year as the 2015 WHA Princess Attendant. “Not only has the royalty position helped my development as a professional, but it has helped me realize I am on the right path for my future career,” she comments. “I hope to become an agricultural educator, and the royalty experience has allowed me to showcase my knowledge and ‘agvocacy,’ while getting to network with other professionals in the dairy industry.” It’s not surprising that many ladies completing a reign as princess or princess attendant have gone on to serve in communications and public relations capacities. From Fairest of the Fairs, to Alice in Dairyland and Alice finalists, and dairy producers to stay-at-home moms, every past Holstein royalty has cemented themselves within the industry or within an arm’s reach. “The Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Attendant serve a vital role in our association, as no other individual interacts with more people during the year on behalf of Wisconsin Holstein,” adds Executive Director Larry Nelson. “In the last few years, we have molded this position into an internship-style role with further development of professional skills and industry connections made during the year.” No matter the year or the Wisconsin Junior Holstein member filling the role of Princess or Attendant, the standout events have 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

remained the same. Favorites include Cow Camp and the many, many WHA shows held through the year, especially the Midwest National Spring Show, State Championship Show and World Dairy Expo. Wisconsin Holstein hopes to continue providing the royalty opportunity for young ladies for years to come, as the association builds on the outstanding programs available to our state’s dairy youth.

Past Princesses and Princess Attendants 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Princess Sonya (Granger) Huebner Melissa (Jackson) Kietzman Melissa (Goldade) Sprecher Melinda (Bohlinger) Goplin Tiffany (Barnes) Olson Jayme (Hanke) Buttke Stacey (Volden) Hannah Heather (Schuette) Zimbal Katie (Boyke) Grinstead Hayley (Barker) Jordan Jill Makovec Jennifer (Weier) Staudinger Mandi (Puttkamer) Bue Brenda (Cavanaugh) Gilbertson Megan Lundy Alexandria Cooper Heather (Anderson) Moore Shannon Dwyer Shelly (Bohn) Grosenick Shianne (Lurvey) Ferry Laura Elliott Hillary Hartley Breinne Hendrickson Laura Finley Morgan Behnke Kayla Krueger Sierra Lurvey

Princess Attendant

Ashley (Barnes) Kishman Laura (Krause) Herschleb Doria (Halbur) Lichty Gail (Wubbenhorst) Klinkner Annie (Haughian) McCullough Eliza (Ulness) Ruzic Peggy (Dierickx) Coffeen Danyel Hosto Kristin Klossner Jessica Lundgren Kelly Lee Cara Biely Carrie Warmka Anna Blake Crystal Siemers-Peterman Kristen Broege Cierra Ehrke-Essock

Some comments from past Princesses and Princess Attendants... Sierra Lurvey – 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Princess “The most memorable event of the year was definitely World Dairy Expo. Being a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and being a member of the Badger Dairy Club means that I have worked at Expo for the last few years, and some of that time was spent in the ring, but it can’t compare to the exciting experience of being Holstein Royalty during the show. I was able to watch the best Holsteins in North America parade around the ring on the colored shavings and then had the privilege of presenting awards to their

owners. Being able to meet the owners and exhibitors of these high quality animals as well as take pictures with them was an experience I won’t forget!” Cierra Ehrke-Essock – 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant “My favorite experience as Royalty was Cow Camp. I enjoyed the opportunity to mentor the future leaders of our Wisconsin dairy industry. I had so much fun with my group of kids and was blown away by their excitement for the dairy cow. Sierra and I had a blast during our scavenger hunt where the campers competed for HolstiBucks. The best part was getting a bit closer with the juniors from my home county, Jefferson. A few of the younger ones always came and gave me a hug whenever they saw me. They came to me with questions and shared their exciting moments with other campers. It was a great experience, not only getting to know our Junior Holstein members, but our Junior Activity Committee members. We had a great weekend and I hope to someday be a part of it again.” Cara Biely – 2010 Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant “Having the opportunity to serve as WHA Royalty has opened numerous doors for me with being an advocate for not only the Holstein breed but for the dairy industry as well. I have had great networking opportunities that have both advanced me professionally and have continued to build great contacts both professionally and personally. To give back to this great association, that has given so much to me and my family and friends, I feel fortunate that I could do so and continue to.” Shelly Grosenick - 2007 Wisconsin Holstein Princess “I graduated from UW-Madison in May 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in dairy science and life sciences communication. My husband, Jim, and I own and operate Crimson Ridge Dairy, a 300-cow dairy in Watertown, and are in the process of expanding. If there was one thing I’d like youth to know, its to make the most of every opportunity - you’ll never know the impact that being a part of the Junior Holstein Association will have until you look back at all the people you have met, beautiful cows you had your photo taken with, and the places you traveled throughout Wisconsin.” Danyel Hosto – 2006 Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant “Serving as Wisconsin Holstein Royalty provided me with a great year of meeting people from across the state (and continent). I learned a mass of knowledge and skills in the course of this year; be it improving my public speaking, educating public on the dairy industry, or learning to deal with the unexpected. My favorite memories revolve around Expo and

having the best seats in the house for the show. I’ve went on a bit of an international adventure with my career. I worked in the A.I. industry with CRV Global in the USA, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. Six months ago, I accepted a new role as product manager of the pasture to plate portfolio at Wintec in New Zealand. Currently I work with key industries along the consumer value chain, one being the dairy industry, on the tertiary training needs of people that work in them. We then create programs of learning, like bachelor degrees or short courses, which fill those needs.” Hayley (Barker) Jordan - 1998 Wisconsin Holstein Princess “After serving as Wisconsin Holstein Princess I went on to serve as the 2000 WI Fairest of Fairs. In 2003, I graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy. After graduation I immediately accepted a position as an Orthotic technician at UW-Hospital and Clinics, and eventually began working full-time as a therapist. My husband, Matt, and I credit 4-H, FFA, and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association for having a profound impact on our lives. These organizations taught us networking, record keeping and general business skills that have allowed us to be successful in our endeavors.” Jayme (Hanke) Buttke - 1994 Wisconsin Holstein Princess “My most memorable moment as WHA Princess came at Junior Holstein Convention following my farewell speech, when I received a standing ovation. I enjoyed being in a role where juniors could look up to me and ask questions. One of my most embarrassing moments came at state fair, when I had to tell the judge (Wayne Sliker) that his belt buckle was undone.” Melinda (Bohlinger) Goplin - 1992 Wisconsin Holstein Princess “During my reign my favorite activity was the travel and getting the opportunity to meet so many people. I made lifelong friends and valuable contacts. ‘Moos from Melinda’ was my the name of my column, and the inaugural monthly princess column. One of my most memorable moments as princess was handing out the ribbons at World Dairy Expo, when all the Canadians thought a big smooch came with the ribbons. I didn’t think that was part of the deal! I also put on over 5,000 miles traveling to various events with my now-husband, Shane Goplin, as my princess chauffeur!”

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2015 Wisconsin Top Performer Application Form Name of animal: ______________________________________ Reg. # _____________________ Owner: _____________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________ Telephone _________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Final Score ______________ Age at Classification ______________ BAA of Animal ____________ Lactation Number When Classified ____________

Months in Milk when Classified ___________

305 Day (or less) Record ___________________________________________________________________________________ Age Days Milk # BF% BF# True P% True P#

__________ X 20 or 25* + __________ + __________= __________ BAA #Fat #Protein Ranking Points Contest Rules: 1.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Production records completed from January 1 to December 31, 2015. Limit of 5 applications per age division and postmarked by Friday, January 8, 2016. All production records should be 305 days or less. Cow must be classified at least GP if a 2 year old or VG if 3 year old or older. Classification should be from the lactation being submitted for award. You may also submit a pedigree for classification verification if needed. For permanently scored cows, the permanent score will be used. Cows must be housed in Wisconsin for the entire lactation to receive recognition. This contest is for Wisconsin Holstein Association members. All records will be entered on a TRUE PROTEIN BASIS. *2 & 3 year olds use 20 for the multiplier; all older animals use 25 as the multiplier to obtain ranking points.

Materials to be submitted with the application form for eligibility:

1. 2. 3.

A copy of the Official Test Sheet for the lactation being considered. A copy of the registration paper as proof of registration and ownership. A copy of the official BAA print out of traits provided after classification on farm or received in mail.

Send entries to: WI Holstein Assn., 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 or fax 608-356-6312 or email 40–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

Four to Compete for 2016 Wisconsin Holstein Princess

Four Wisconsin Holstein Junior members will vie for the Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Princess Attendant positions at the upcoming Junior Holstein Convention in the Wisconsin Dells. Along with their written application scores, they will go through an interview with a panel of judges, group interview, present a speech and answer impromptu questions in front of junior membership at the Princess luncheon Saturday, January 9 at 11:45 am. Anyone is welcomed to join the luncheon or the annual banquet where the new court will be crowned on Saturday evening beginning at 7 pm. Tickets may be purchased by submitting the registration form found online at or in the November 2015 Wisconsin Holstein News. Katherine Kindschuh is the 20-year old daughter of David and Dianne Kindschuh of Brownsville, Wis. and member of the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. She currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac where she will receive her Associates Degree in the spring and plans to attend UW-River Falls in the fall.

Paige Nelson is the 18-year-old daughter of Tracy Mitchell and Marc Nelson of Ellsworth, Wis. She is a member of the Pierce County Junior Holstein Association and will graduate high school in May of 2016. Paige plans to pursue a degree in Dairy Science and/or Ag Business at a four-year university.

Elizabeth Sarbacker is the 20-year-old daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker of Verona, Wis. and member of the Dane County Junior Holstein Association. She graduated from Verona High School in 2014 and is currently a sophomore at the University of WI-Madison majoring in Dairy Science. Danielle Warmka is the 18-year-old daughter of Russ and Laura Warmka of Fox Lake, Wis. and member of the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association. She graduated from Waupun High School and is a freshman at the University of WIMadison majoring in Dairy Science.

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WHA Present s...

The 2016 WI Holstein Treasure Quest What is the WI Holstein Treasure Quest? This event is a celebration and promotion of high caliber calves and their breeders and owners. Proceeds from this event benefit the state association members and fund the state picnic held each year.

What can state members do to get involved?

State members can enter Registered Holstein heifers born between March 1 and December 31, 2015. Any state member can nominate a heifer using the form below. All entries must be received with a fee of $50 by February 1, 2016. By entering your calf in the Treasure Quest, you are committed to potentially having the calf selected as the winner. Members can also participate by purchasing a lottery ticket for the chance to win one of the entered calves. There will be 125 lottery tickets printed, and 123 of them will be sold for $100 each. The remaining two tickets will be auctioned off; one will benefit the WHA Scholarship fund and the other the WHA Juniors. These auctions will be held at the state adult convention and spring show, and the tickets purchased will automatically be in the top 12 drawing.

When and where is the drawing held?

The raffle drawing will be held following the selection of Intermediate Champion at the 2016 Midwest National Spring Holstein Show on Saturday, April 23, 2016. Ticket holders must not be present to win, however, they do need a representative to choose a calf or bucket on their behalf. Ten tickets will be drawn on the day of the show, and they will be joined by the two tickets auctioned for a chance to win a new Holstein calf. Eleven winners will receive consolation buckets, valued at $100 each and one lucky ticket holder will go home with a calf. The breeder whose calf is chosen will receive a check for $7000, and those not chosen get to return home!

Where can I get my ticket?

Tickets can be purchased from any WHA board member or Breed Improvement committee member, or the state office by calling 1-800-223-4269.

Additional Information

All calves entered prior to spring show will be on display at the show and led into the ring at the time of the drawing. The Wisconsin Holstein News will feature a special section on the entered calves in the March and April issues.

WI Holstein Treasure Quest Calf Entry Form Heifer’s Registered Name ___________________________________________________________________________ Registration # _______________________________ Sire: __________________________________________

Birthdate ______________________________ Dam: __________________________________________

Dam’s Production Record: ______ Age ______ days ______________ M ________ F ________ P Owner’s Name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________ City, State, Zip: _______________________________ Telephone: _______________________________

E-mail: _______________________________________

Signature: ___________________________________________ o I have enclosed my $50 non-refundable application fee. Due by February 1, 2016 to WI Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913 42–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

By entering your calf in the Treasure Quest, you are committed to potentially having the calf selected as the winner.


2016 Junior Holstein Convention TENTATIVE Schedule of Events

Friday, January 8

8:00 a.m. DJM Interviews begin 10:00 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 11:45 a.m. Dairy Jeopardy Officials Orientation meeting 12:00 noon Dairy Jeopardy Speaking Contest Roll Calls and contests begin (all age divisions) Lunch on your own 3:00 p.m. WHA Junior Forum & District Caucuses Chippewa County welcome 5:30 p.m. Dairy Bowl Seating Exam/Coaches meeting 6:15 p.m. WI Tailgate with presentation of Junior Farm Trip, Essay, Progressive Breeder, Long Range Production and Dairy Jeopardy Awards 7:00 p.m. 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.

To follow

Free time for juniors in the waterpark or game room Adult Forum

Saturday, January 9

7:45 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m.

Dairy Bowl Judge’s orientation Junior Dairy Bowl County Roll Call Junior Dairy Bowl Contests Contest Room/Dairy Bar Opens Princess Interviews Rookie Dairy Bowl Contest Princess Luncheon - 2016 Candidate Introductions, First-time attendee recognition, Holsti-Buck Mystery Auction, Graduate Recognition 12:45 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Roll Call 1:00 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Contest Junior and Senior Dairy Bowl Finals to immediately follow completion of senior rounds 7:00 p.m. Cow-a-Bunga! Ride the Wave in 2016 Banquet 2014 Junior Holstein Recap, Speaking, 12 & Under, YDJM, DJM, Royalty and Holstein Boy & Girl Announced, Scholarship Presentation & Live Auction Dance & Holsti-Buck silent auction to follow banquet

Sunday, January 10

8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Breakfast, Contest Room Results and Spirit Award Business Meeting, JAC Elections and Raffle Drawing


2015 WI State Banner Contest Entry Form

Postmark by December 18, 2015 and mail to:

WHA, 902 Eighth Ave, Baraboo, WI, 53913; fax to 608-356-6312 or email No entry fee if postmarked by December 18, 2015. $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 9

The annual scholarship auction will be held on Sat., January 9, at Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells. 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 8). Age for divisions is as of January 1, 2016. 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 18. 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 2015-43


ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

It’s time to close out another year at Wisconsin Holstein. Seems like just yesterday we were making plans for our 125th Anniversary year and now we’re already talking about 2016! Thank you to all the advertisers that have supported the News this year and to all of our sponsors that help make our events possible. Thank you to all of you that contributed to our monthly features for the 125th and I hope everyone enjoyed reading these special articles. Finally, thank you to our members and volunteers that continue to make this one of the stand-out breed associations in the country. This issue features the junior members of our association. I hope you’ll enjoy reading about this year’s award winners and viewing the many junior ads we have this month. The juniors are gearing up for the junior convention in January - something many of us look forward to each year. Good luck to everyone participating in contests this year. Also in this month’s issue are entry forms for Top Performer, the 2018 Futurity and Treasure Quest. It’s a lot of forms, but I don’t want anyone to miss the upcoming deadlines! Futurity and Top Performer are due in January and Treasure Quest calf entries are due February 1. If you have any questions about these programs please give our office a call at 1-800-223-4269. Next month will feature District 4 and will have information about the 2016 Adult Convention. Ads for this issue are due December 11. As you start thinking about next year, please consider signing up for an ad contract. Contracts start at just four ads per year, any size. If you’re looking for ways to save money, we have some great advertising packages available give me a call to see what works for you and your marketing program. I’d like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope to see you at a Holstein event in 2016! Until next time...




December 2015 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 4-5 WHA Board Meeting 7-9 WI PEAKing at Christmas Tag Sale, managed by PEAK Genetics, Budjon Boarding, Lomira 31 2018 WHA Futurity entries due January 2016 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 8-10 Junior Holstein Convention, Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Chippewa County Junior Holstein Association 8 Top Performer applications due to WHA office February 2016 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 19-20 WHA Convention, Holiday Inn Marshfield, Marshfield, hosted by Wood Co., 715-486-1500 27 UW-River Falls Falcon Premier Sale, River Falls, managed by UW-River Falls Dairy Club & assisted by Tom Morris Ltd. March 2016 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 5 Purple Ribbon Classic Sale, Marshfield, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders 5 Butlerview Dispersal, Elkhorn, managed by Butler Auctions LLC April 2016 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 9 Barron County Spring Classic, Barron Pavilion 23 Midwest National Spring Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison May 2016 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 14 71st Dodgeramma, Beaver Dam Future Dates Junior Convention Jan. 6-8, 2017 Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Dane County Junior Holstein Association Adult Convention Feb. 24-25, 2017 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, hosted by Calumet Co. Midwest National Spring Show April 29, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison District Shows June 14, 2016 District 7 Show, Luxemburg June 22, 2016 District 5 Show, Portage June 22, 2016 District 8 Show, West Bend June 23, 2016 District 4 Show, Neillsville June 24, 2016 District 6 Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison June 24, 2016 District 10 Show, Fond du Lac June 27, 2016 District 3 Show, Lancaster WI Championship Show July 29-30, 2016 Alliant Energy Center, Madison July 10-11, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Dolla-Bilz Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Hi-Lo Valley Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Hilltop Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Krull Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Lakeshore Technical College . . . . . . . . . . 34 Larson Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Mar-Linda-K Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Nobland Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 41 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 16 & 45 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . 26 & 41 Selz-Pralle Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Snyder, Mike . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sugar Creek Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 STgenetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 45 Straussdale Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Thimble-Peak Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Mandi Ramsburg 1510 Silverstone Trail #2, De Pere, WI 54115 cell: 920-530-5023 e-mail: 46–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2015

Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 UW Farm & Industry Short Course . . . . . 33 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Voigtscrest Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Weigland Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 WHA Futures Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

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