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December 2012

Volume 84 No. 11

Youth Issue Younger Member Recognition Winners 12 & Under Recognition Winners Breeder Profile: RHC Holsteins District 6 Report

WILLOWS-EDGE AD MICK-RED EX-94 EX-94MS 3-11 2X 345 33,226 4.9 1628 3.0 1013 ~ Fresh since July, milking 152 lbs.! Res. Grand Champion of the Junior Show, MN State Fair R&W Show 2012 1st Junior & 2nd Open 5 Year Old, MN State Fair R&W Show 2012 4th Junior 5 Year Old, International R&W Show 2012 2nd 4 Year Old & Res. Grand Champion, MN State Fair R&W Show 2011 Sire: KHW Kite Advent-Red Dam: Willows-Edge Ru Mesa-Red-ET EX-92 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge BJ Mission-Red EX-90

Wishing everyone Seasons Greetings and all the best for 2013. unior Ad J


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VOLUME 84 No. 11

Features: 10 12 13 32 36 36

Breeder Profile: RHC Holsteins Younger Member Recognition winners 12 & Under Recognition winners Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary & Collegiate Agriculture Programs Wisconsin Youth Place Second at 4-H Judging Contest at NAILE Wisconsin Quiz Bowl team is National Runner-Up

Departments: 9 9 14 15 16 34 37 38 40 43 44 45 46

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs WHA Annual Supporters From the Office: Larry Nelson, Executive Director Laura’s Holstein Letters: WHA Princess Laura Finley District 6 report & Tank Talk From the Field: Sarah Trapp, Holstein USA Breeder Business Cards Sale Reports A.I. & Industry News WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo by Nick Sarbacker features the Rock County Junior Holstein members that will be hosting the 2013 Junior Convention in Janesville, December 28-30. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

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photos by Cybil Fisher

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• Junior All-Wisconsin 10 & Under Spring Calf ’12 • Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Spring Calf ’12 • All-Wisconsin Red & White Spring Calf ’12 • 6th Jr. Spring Calf, Intl. Red & White Show ’12 • 1st Jr. & Open Spring Calf, MW Summer R&W Show ’12

Dam: Wilstar-RS Tlt Limited-Red, Reserve All-American Aged Cow ’11

• 4th Jr. Spring Yearling, Intl. Red & White Show ’12 • All-Wisconsin Red & White Spring Yearling ’12 • 1st Jr. & Open Spring Yearling, MW Summer R&W Show ’12 • 2nd Jr. & 5th Open Spring Yearling, MW Spring R&W Show ’12 • HM Junior Chamionp & 1st Spring Yearling, Sheboygan Co. Fair ’12

• HHM Junior All-American Fall Calf ’11 • 2nd Jr. & 6th Open Fall Yearling, Intl. Red & White Show ’12 • All-Wisconsin Red & White Fall Yearling ’12 • Reserve Junior Champion, Wisconsin R&W Junior Show ’12 • 1st Jr. & Open Fall Yearling, MW Summer R&W Show ’12 • Reserve Junior Champion, MW Summer R&W Junior Show ’12 • 2nd Jr. & 3rd Open Fall Yearling, MW Spring R&W Show ’12

Thank you to Lyn-Vale Holsteins, Scenic-Edge Holsteins, Hanke Farms and our great show crew for all your help and encouragement this year. Cole, Ava, Campbell & Royce Booth

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs U Congratulations to Kurt & Sarah Loehr, Eden, on the birth of their daughter, Adella Jane on November 2, weighing 9 lbs. and 21 inches long. O Congratulations and best wishes to Mason and Laura (Rortvedt) Amundson who were married on November 3. The couple resides in Sun Prairie. D Congratulations to the Amery FFA chapter members who placed second in the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation and Management contest at the National FFA Convention. Team members included Trent Dado (top individual overall), Ethan Dado (3rd overall), Laura Jensen (4th overall) and Chelsey Jensen. O Continuing Wisconsin’s success at the National FFA Convention was Jessica Pralle, Humbird, who won the Dairy Handlers Event. Thomas Larson, Viroqua, placed 3rd in the Ag Mechanics contest. Congratulations! E Our condolences to the families of Thomas Kamm and Owen Koch who passed away recently. Full obituaries are printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Thomas Kamm

Thomas M. Kamm, age 63, of the Township of Erin Prairie, Wis., passed suddenly on the evening of Oct. 29 after collapsing in his favorite chair following his favorite meal. Tom was born Aug. 19, 1949, in Clear Lake, Wis., to Max and Mathilda (Holldorf) Kamm. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenwood City and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest. He grew up in the Glenwood City area and began his public schooling at the Camp 9 Country School. In 1967, he graduated from Glenwood City High School. On April 17, 1971, Tom married Carol Palewicz at St. John’s Catholic Church in Glenwood City. Each would serve as anchor to the other for the next 41 years of marriage. In 1975, Tom purchased his farm in Erin Prairie and that would be the framework for his life until the time of his death. He milked registered Holstein cows and grew corn and alfalfa, often sharing the work with his brother, Donovan. During the years on the farm, he employed well over 20 people, most of whom shared his family home and became members of a large extended family. The foundation Tom built with those things he could control left him a life of immeasurable success evidenced by the friendships he has left behind. After a barn fire in 2000, Tom helped his two sons re-establish the herd of Holstein cows, serving as a guide and mentor for the last 12 years of his life. Besides the farm, he set his own goals on opening a repair shop that has flourished, serving many a local farmer. It developed into one of his greatest joys and a true life passion. Additionally, he worked as

an artificial inseminator which combined two of his favorite things: talking with good people and seeing good cows. Tom’s free-spirited early years gave way to his commitment to family, friends, and farming. Tom’s kitchen table and his shop tool served as a backdrop for countless hours of discussion about farming, school, money and economics, football, tractors, and various other topics of the day. His greatest talent was his ability to engage people of all kinds. He had a gift for making all feel comfortable and valued. His quick wit, intelligence, thoughtfulness, and the playful banter of his conversations will be deeply missed. An avid fisherman, Tom most enjoyed the lakes and rivers of Canada, but also liked to wet a line on Lake Wapogasset. For the last 38 years, he molded his family, taking great pride in the successes and accomplishments of his sons, their wives, and most recently his grandchildren. His grandchildren will mostly miss playing dodge ball with grandpa, cleaning his vise in the shop, and being teased relentlessly. Tom was preceded in death by his parents. Tom is survived by wife, Carol Kamm; sons: Lance Thomas Kamm and wife, Shannon; Ryan Thomas Kamm and wife, Erin; grandchildren, Sophia and Stella Kamm; brother, Donovan Kamm and wife, Karen. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, co-workers and clients.

Owen Koch

Owen L. Koch, age 90, of Viroqua, Wis., died October 15. Owen was born on November 19, 1921 in Boaz, Wis., to Carl and Idelle Koch. He graduated from Soldiers Grove High School in 1938. Following a memorable time on a ranch in Montana and a trip to the New York City World Fair he joined the Army. Owen served proudly in World War II with the U.S. Army 232 Sig Oph Company. He fought bravely in the New Guinea, Southern Philippines, Luzon, and Japan campaigns. Always a proud member of this company, he sadly was their last survivor. Owen was a member of the Westby VFW Post 8021 and was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Owen along with lifelong partner, Bea Marie of nearly 65 years farmed successfully in Richland County for more than 40 years. During that time he was recognized many times for excellence in the dairy industry as evidenced by the numerous progressive breeder awards from the Holstein Association of America. After retiring from farming in 1987 Owen and Bea became residents of Viroqua where Owen then worked for Vernon Telephone Company for some 10 years. Owen took great pride in his lifelong work, his farm, his family and his strong beliefs. He was also an avid lifetime fan of the Green Bay Packers. He was a man of great character and strength and will be missed by all who knew him. Owen is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bea Marie of Viroqua; daughter, Patricia (Dennis) of Merritt Island, FL; sons: Randolph (Heidi) of DeSoto, WI and David (Julie) of Minneapolis, MN. He is also survived by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is further survived by sisters: Jean Anderson and JoAnne Humble; as well as many other relatives, neighbors, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Idelle; and brothers: Carl and Rupert. In lieu of flowers and plants memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or the Westby VFW Post 8021 in Owen’s name.

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RHC Holsteins Bob, Jr. & Nikki Cramer Family, Juda By Kelsi Mayer

The Cramer family: Bob Jr., Nikki, Kelsey, Bryan & Alyssa

t’s a tradition that lives on in Green County and the Bob, Jr. and Nikki Cramer family has every intention of keeping that tradition going - the small family-run dairy farm. Bob and Nikki both grew up in Walworth County. Following graduation from high school, Bob spent 13 years driving truck, including a truck for Redi-Mix, milk truck and semi. He spent weekends helping his dad on the farm and had some of his own cattle in the herd. His ultimate goal was to farm, a dream of his since he was knee high. When an opportunity to purchase a farm located across the road from Bob’s parents, Bob, Sr. and Dotty, in Juda became available, they jumped on it. Bob’s parents first bought the farm in June of 2000 and Bob and Nikki cash rented it for the first two years, building up their equity. They purchased the farm in 2002. Bob and Nikki have three children: Bryan, 19, is in his second year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course; Alyssa, 16, is a junior in high school; and Kelsey, 15, is a freshman in high school. All three children are very involved in the farm and play an integral role in the operation. They are also active members in their 4-H club, FFA and the Green County Junior Holstein Association, of which Nikki is the advisor. Nikki also works as a teacher’s aide for the Juda Elementary School. Bob serves as the President of the Green County Holstein Breeders, is also a member of the Board of Directors for Chalet Cheese Co-op, where they ship their milk, as well as the Green County DHIA. Additionally, he serves on the Green County Dairy Youth Recognition Auction Committee. To get their herd started, Bob and Nikki purchased the Ayrshire cows that were on the farm when they began farming. With 48 Ayrshire cows and 15 head of youngstock, Holsteins were in the minority at the time. The Holstein herd consisted of 10 head, including five registered and five grade animals. They steadily transitioned the herd to the complete Registered Holstein herd that it is today, which goes by the prefix RHC Holsteins. RHC Sapphire The complete transition took


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them 12 years to achieve and as of February 2012, the herd is a 100% Registered Holstein herd. It’s evident that the Cramer family’s hard work and dedication over the years has paid off. They were even honored as the Green County Outstanding Younger Breeder in 2007. The herd currently has a BAA of 107.9% that includes 10 Excellent, 14 Very Good and 21 Good Plus cows. Over the years they have bred 8 Excellent cows, developed another 8 Excellents and purchased 4 Excellent cows. The herd’s RHA is 22,600M with 3.65% 798F and 2.99% 675P. Today’s herd consists of 50 cows and 45 head of youngstock. Cows are milked twice a day in a 49-tiestall barn with rubber mats bedded with chopped straw. Tunnel ventilation was added in the barn during 2003 to increase airflow. Bob also feels it’s important to let the cows out to pasture. In the summer cows are kept in the barn during the day and put out to pasture at night. During the spring and fall months, they spend the day outside and are in the barn at night. In the winter months, the cows are outside for about two hours and in the barn for the rest of the day. The Cramers grow corn and hay on 76 owned acres and an additional 40 rented acres. With the close proximity to Bob’s parents, it has allowed them to share equipment and work together on field work. This has been helpful for Bob and Nikki as they have been steadily building their equipment line over the years. When it comes to field work, they do a majority of the labor themselves, with the exception of hiring custom work for making large square bales and chopping corn silage. With this year’s drought they are also experimenting with growing winter wheat. They haul manure daily and also have a nutrient management plan. Cows are fed a top-dressed ration consisting of dry corn, corn silage, hay and a protein mix. Heifers are fed baled hay and a custom grain mix. They are raised on a bedded pack in a heifer shed that they built in 2005. Breeding age heifers also have access to pasture during the summer months. Both size and age are key factors when breeding heifers. Cramer’s goal is to have heifers calve in between 23-26 months of age. Calves are fed whole milk and a 22 percent calf starter. They switched back to feeding whole milk a year ago after using milk replacer for quite some time and are very pleased with the results. Calves are weaned between two and three months of age, depending on the calf growth rate and space availability. The herd is all AI bred, utilizing visual detection. When it comes to sire selection, they try Katydid EX-90 to look for bulls who will improve

the traits that they are looking for gradually. Sires currently being used include Lauthority, Windbrook, Abram, Sterling and Manifold. The most influential sire in the RHC Holstein herd has been Comestar Outside. They currently have five Outside daughters milking and have had quite a few present in the herd over the years. He consistently produced cows that would milk 23,000-24,000 pounds on average with phenomenal longevity in their herd. The Cramer’s first 200,000 pound lifetime cow was an Outside daughter - RHC Outside Kricket EX-92 3E. At 11 years of age, she is due in January with her ninth calf. “For us they are the right kind of cows - they’re not flashy, they’re not overly fancy, they show up for work every day and do everything you ask them to and they don’t cause any trouble,” says Bob. “I’ve never had one that I would call a miss - he didn’t make a standout superstar, but he didn’t miss one either.” Bob’s first registered animal was a 4-H project that his parents gave to him from their herd - Remarc Elite Kathy who was scored VG-87 with a lifetime production of 145,000 pounds. All of the “K” names present in the RHC Holsteins herd today go back to Kathy. Kathy had four VG daughters. The biggest influence on today’s herd goes back to one of Kathy’s granddaughters, RHC Sapphire Katydid, who was scored EX-90 with a lifetime production record of 181,000 pounds of milk. Katydid had an EX-92 2E Integrity daughter as well as three other VG daughters. The Integrity has a Baxter daughter present in the herd today who is GP-81 as a two-year-old milking in her second lactation. She has a Million daughter who is a bred heifer and will calve this fall. The most prominent group of brood cows in the Cramer’s herd goes back to some cows that Bob and Nikki purchased from Bob’s dad after they had been farming for a few years. Remarc Jackpot Goldie GP-82 has treated them very well over the years and is having the most influence in the herd today. Goldie had a VG-85 Pyrex daughter, Gala, who made a lifetime record of 187,000 pounds and has two daughters who have been prominent in today’s herd. The first daughter is RHC Emory Gretchen EX-91 2E who has a 175,000 pound lifetime to date. Gretchen has a Morty daughter, RHC Morty Gabriel, who was GP-84 at two years of age, and now a five-year-old, she is ready to see the classifier. Gabriel also has two daughters that they are really excited to see grow and develop. The first daughter by Colby is GP-83 as a two-year-old milking in her second lactation. The second daughter by Sterling is due in December. Gretchen also has a Shottle due in December. Gala’s second daughter, Glenda, is a GP-82 Freelance that has been doing well and is also ready to see the classifier. In addition to the “K” family, the Cramer’s have two other families making their mark. Their “W” family goes back to Hagen Lee Wynn, who they purchased as a springing heifer and was scored VG-86 with 138,000 pounds lifetime. Wynn had two daughters, RHC Ocean Weeble VG-87 and RHC Pyrex Wobble VG-88. Wobble has two young heifers - one by FBI and one by Sid. Weeble produced three daughters - RHC Morty Wish VG-87, RHC Sims Whisper VG-87 and RHC Morty Whistle GP-84. Wish had two GP-82 daughters. Their other exciting family, the “T” family, goes back to Meadow Reese Broker Tansy who was scored VG-87 with a lifetime production of 107,000 pounds. Tansy had a daughter by Leduc, Vijon Leduc Thelma, who was scored EX-91 2E with 124,000 pounds lifetime. The Leduc had an EX-90 Morty daughter, RHC Morty Trinket, who they lost when she calved in for the third time. Trinket had a Talent daughter, RHC Talent Tilly, who was scored EX-90 at 3-08. Tilly has been the most exciting offspring in the “T” family for them. This year she placed fourth in the four-year-old class at the District 6 Black & White Show. This family has been a lot of fun for the Cramer’s and they are looking forward to seeing what the future holds for them. The Cramers have also acquired three cows over the years from influential cow families in the breed that are adding value to their herd. The first cow is an EX-90 Elegance granddaughter who they purchased at the Wilstar Sale, WilstarRS Outside Eternity. To date, they have heifers from her by Lauthority, Sid and Fever. Additionally, they bought two granddaughters out of Jeffrey-Way Formation Tate – a VG-88 Allegro who they bought at the Green-Rock Sale and an EX-90 2E Allen purchased at the Haag Dispersal. The Cramer family prides themselves on the fact that a majority of their herd has been built on Green County Holstein genetics. They also couldn’t be happier that they chose Green County as a place to live, raise a family and farm. Bob says that the people in the county have been “absolutely phenomenal” and they are more than willing to give advice along the way, all you have to do is ask. The overall goal for this outstanding Green County Holstein breeder is to continue developing the best possible herd of cows that he can in the most profitable fashion possible. It’s evident that what the future holds for RHC Holsteins and the Bob, Jr. and Nikki Cramer family will be bright and the involvement of future generations will only contribute to their success.

RHC Emory Gretchen EX-91 2E

RHC Ocean Weeble VG-87

RHC Talent Tilly EX-90

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Younger Member Recognition Winners Katie Bauer Katie Bauer, age 16, is the daughter of Patrick and Tammy Bauer of Scandinavia. She resides on a 400 cow dairy farm, Sandy Valley and is a junior at Iola-Scandinavia High School where she is on the honor roll and in band. She is secretary and dairy leader for the Peterson Mill 4-H club. She is a member of the county, state and National Holstein Association. Katie is an accomplished dairy judge and has exhibited at county, district and state levels, excelling at showmanship. The highlight of her 2012 show season was exhibiting her cow, Brady, to Junior All-Wisconsin honors.

Matthew Kramer Matthew Kramer is the 16 year old son of Leo and Chris Kramer. His family owns and operates Chrisleacres Registered Holsteins in St. Cloud. He is a sophomore at Campbellsport High School where he is in FFA and is the Vice President of the Armstrong 4-H Club. He enjoys showing and judging dairy cattle at county, district and state levels. His Summer Yearling, Lyn-Vale Destry Riddle placed 8th at the 2012 Wisconsin State Junior Fair. He placed 3rd in the senior division at the 2012 Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest qualifying him to judge at NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rachel Coyne Rachel Coyne is the 15 year old daughter of Peter and Lisa Coyne of Spring Valley. She has been active in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association for the past six years, participating in Dairy Quiz Bowl, Jeopardy, Photography and showing at district, state and national Holstein shows. Rachel and her brothers, Brian and William, own a small, quality herd of Registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss.

Carley Krull Carley is the 15 year old daughter of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull of Lake Mills. She lives on her family’s dairy farm with her mom, sister Cassy and brother Bryce. The farm consists of 45 Registerd Holstein cows, 90 head of youngstock and 750 acres owned and rented. She is a freshman at Lake Mills High School where she is active in many activities such as: basketball, track and field, the Lake Mills FFA, serves as class Vice President, L-Cat choir and 4-H. In the Junior Holstein Association, she is involved in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, the advertising and photo contests, tug of war and enjoys showing cattle on the county, district, state and national levels with her family and friends.

Adam Field Adam Field is the 14 year old son of Jim and Teresa Field. He is a freshman at Reedsburg Area High School where he is active in FFA, band and archery club. In addition, he is serving as President of the Endeavor 4-H Club and Vice President of the District 5 Junior Holstein Association. He plays an active role on the family farm and also is employed at Valley Springs Farm. Besides being in the showring with his animals, Adam enjoys dairy judging and dairy quiz bowl. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and WWII history. Kalista Hodorff Kalista Hodorff is the 13 year old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is an active member in the Armstrong 4-H Club, Fond du Lac County Junior Holsteins, and Campbellsport FFA. This Campbellsport Junior High 8th grader is playing the flute, enjoys playing soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and loves math. Kalista has three sisters: Kayli, Kaianne and Kaydence, who are also involved on their family dairy. Kayli Hodorff Kayli Hodorff is the 16 year old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is in 10th grade at the Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Kayli is an active member of the Armstrong 4-H club and the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. She participates in dairy bowl and speaking contests. Kayli plays the clarinet and enjoys music and singing. She has three younger sisters that are involved on the family’s dairy farm. 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

Rachel McCullough Rachel McCullough is the 13 year old daughter of Chris and Kathie McCullough from Juda. She also has a brother, Mac. Rachel is in the 7th grade at Juda Public School and a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club and the Green County Junior Holsteins. She enjoys showing at County Fair, Dairy Day, District and Championship shows. In her spare time, Rachel likes to go to shows and sales with her dad. She owns three head of Registered Holsteins. Austin Nauman Austin Nauman is the 15 year old son of Danielle Nauman and Scott Stanford. A freshman at Sparta High School, Austin is active in FFA and plays on the Varsity Hockey team. Austin is a member of the Springville Superstars 4-H Club, and enjoys taking part in Dairy Bowl and Jeopardy, as well as Dairy Judging. Austin currently owns 17 head of registered cattle, including 11 Jerseys, five Holsteins and one Ayrshire. Austin enjoys clipping, and hopes to be a professional fitter in the future, as well as have a herd of elite individuals from which he can market animals. Megan Nelson Megan Nelson is the 14 year old daughter of Richard Nelson and Ruthann Anderson, Ettrick, and has a younger brother AJ. A freshman at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School, she is active in softball, basketball and FFA. She currently helps her grandparents on their 500 acre Registered Holstein farm. Megan is President of the Trempealeau County Junior Holstein Club and also a

member of the Glasgow-Hardies Creek Busy Bees 4-H club. She owns 14 Registered Holsteins and has been showing for six years at county, district, state and national shows. In her free time, she likes to help others with their show strings around the country and spend time with her friends. Ryan Smith Ryan Smith is the 15 year old son of Randall and Jane Smith and is in the 10th grade at Monticello High School. He lives on a 240 acre dairy farm, Quad-RHolsteins, with his parents and sisters Kristen, Nicole and Tanya. He is an active member of Washington Center 4-H Club, Monticello FFA and Green County Junior Holsteins. His dairy activities include dairy bowl, dairy judging and showing cattle at county, district and state shows and World Dairy Expo. He is also involved with basketball, cross country, track, church youth group and enjoys hunting, shooting trap and working on the farm. Brooke Trustem Brooke Trustem is the 14 year old daughter of Sandy Larson and Jim Trustem. She is a freshman at Evansville High School and has two brothers, Dane (12) and Luke (10). Brooke and her extended family farm together at Larson Acres Inc. She has been showing cattle since she was five years old. Brooke’s daily responsibilities include caring for the show/sale cattle. Other duties include assisting herdsman and entering data on Dairy Comp 305. She is a member of the Magnolia 4-H Club and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Her other interests include basketball, swimming and reading. Alli Walker Alli Walker, of Wisconsin Dells, is the 13 year old daughter of John and Marci Walker. She is growing up on a 100 cow Registered Holstein farm with her younger brother Brett and has enjoyed going to the farm ever since she was old enough to walk. Alli loves animals and enjoys working with cattle, which she started showing when she was five. She enjoys helping out on the family farm with the show cattle, milking cows, feeding calves and herd health care. Off the farm she is involved in church youth group, softball, basketball, FFA, band and choir. Along with Holsteins she has passion for her goats, kitten and yellow lab.

12 & Under Recognition Winners Ava Booth Ava Booth is the 8 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 Booth-Haven Holsteins, a small show heifer and cow care operation. Ava loves showing dairy cattle, helping with the show string and dairy judging. This past show season Ava worked hard to present her Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Spring Calf. Her winter calf was the Reserve Junior Champion of the Sheboygan County Fair. Ava

enjoys being involved with cow camp, rookie dairy bowl and dairy promotions activities. Cole Booth Cole Booth is the 10 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, a small show heifer and cow care operation. Cole enjoys showing dairy cattle, fitting them and dairy judging. He was very honored to win World Dairy Expo’s 2011 Junior Division Showmanship Contest, the Midwest Spring Show’s Junior Showmanship and the Midwest Summer Red & White Show Junior Showmanship. Cole placed 6th individual at the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest and has just started dairy bowl contests. Nicole Broege Nicole Broege is 10 years old and lives on a Rock County 400 cow Holstein farm with her mom and two sisters, Jenna and Kristen. She attends St. John Vianney Catholic School in Janesville and is in the 5th grade. She enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. Nicole is a member of the Rock County Junior Holstein Association, and is also a member of LaPrairie 4-H. Some of her hobbies include basketball, showing, reading and drawing. Her farm responsibilities include feeding calves and show heifers, covering bunkers and cleaning waterers. Her favorite calf is a winter calf named Funny that she has shown at district show and county fair. She hopes to show her as a cow. Madison Calvert Madison Calvert is 10 years old and lives in Cuba City on a 75 cow Registered Holstein herd with 475 acres of cropland. She goes to St. Rose school with her brother Payton and sister McKenzie. Her parents are Bill and Kelle Calvert. She has a Bernese Mountain dog named Aspen and is involved in swimming, basketball, volleyball, softball and showing. She is also involved in Junior Holsteins and the Cuba City Merry Mixers 4-H club. She is grateful that her parents let her do all of these fun activities. McKenzie Calvert McKenzie Calvert is 10 years old and attends St. Rose School in Cuba City, where she is a 5th grader. She lives on a 475 acre dairy farm where 75 Registered Holsteins are milked two times a day. Her parents are Bill and Kelle Calvert and she is involved in softball, basketball, swimming, volleyball, 4-H and Junior Holsteins.

Hunter Crowley Hunter Crowley is the 10 year old son of Patrick and Jennifer Crowley of Omro. He is in the 5th grade at Omro Elementary School, where he participates in football and basketball. Outside of school he is an active member of the Winnebago County Junior Holstein Association, Plain V-U 4-H Club, Pack 3623 Cub Scouts, soccer and playing piano. Hunter cherishes all the memories and thanks all the people that have helped him this past year and also for the opportunities that he has been given. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-13

Abby Field Abby Field is the 11 year old daughter of Jim and Teresa Field. She is a 6th grader at Webb Middle School in Reedsburg. Abby enjoys spending time on the family farm, where she has been a conscientious calf feeder. She has participated in dairy quiz bowl and was a member of the county 4-H dairy judging team, placing in the top ten at Area Animal Science Days. In addition to her dairy activities, Abby is active in the Endeavor 4-H Club and the Middle School Band. In her free time she enjoys piano, running, sewing, quilting and canning.

Reece Lehman Reece Lehman is the son of Patrick and Heather Smock and Patrick Lehman. He is 12 years old and a 7th grader at GaleEttrick-Trempealeau School. Thanks to his friends Bob and Shelly Hart of Pine Knoll Farms, he has been involved in the dairy industry and exhibiting cattle for the past eight years. He is currently serving as Reporter in his 4-H Club, the GlasgowHardies Creek Busy Bees and Treasurer of the Trempealeau County Junior Holsteins. He owns one Registered Brown Swiss and has enjoyed exhibiting through the managerial programs on a county, district, state and national level.

Kaianne Hodorff Kaianne Hodorff is the 11 year old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is an active member in Armstrong 4-H and the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. She attends Eden Elementary School where she is in the 6th grade. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball and playing percussion in the school band. She has three sisters, Kayli, Kalista and Kaydence who are also involved on their family’s dairy farm.

Brian McCullough Brian McCullough is the 11 year old son of Chris and Kathie McCullough from Juda. He also has a sister, Rachel. Brian is in the 5th grade at Juda Public School and a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club and Green County Junior Holsteins. He enjoys showing at Green County Fair, Dairy Day, District and Championship shows. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, wrestling and playing flag football.

Levi Kindschi Levi Kindschi is a 12 year old seventh grader at Webb Middle School in Reedsburg. He has been in 4-H since third grade and a member of the District 5 Junior Holstein Association since it formed in 2011. He has participated on the dairy judging team for 4-H and junior quiz bowl for both 4-H and District 5. Besides dairy, he takes sheep, poultry, cultural arts, photography and computer art to the fair. He also enjoys playing football and basketball. He looks forward to owning his own Registered Holstein in the near future.

Kylie Nickels Kylie Nickels is the 11 year old daughter of Tom and Penni Nickels. She is the sixth generation to live on the family farm, located in Dodge County. Kylie is in the 6th grade at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Watertown. She is on the high honor roll, member of the school choir, very active in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, Junior member of the 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.

From the Office Hello WHA members, December brings one of our biggest events of the year, Junior Convention! Things are coming together well here at the office in preparation for the event. This year’s Junior Convention is being hosted by the Rock County Junior Holstein group in Janesville, December 28-30 at the Holiday Inn. We have received a number of entries for Dairy Bowl, Jeopardy, Speaking and others so we are sure to have some tough competition again this year. The registration form is available on our website or in the November issue of the News. Don’t forget to postmark your convention registration forms by December 8 for Rock County. County chaperones and/or advisors can expect a welcome packet the middle of the month with more details on the event. All juniors and coaches will need to have their 2013 memberships paid before attending so make sure you get those into the office this month. You may pay at registration as well if needed. In this month’s issue, you will notice a number of our outstanding 12 & Under and YMR recipients that will be recognized at the banquet Saturday night. Our 17 DJM winners will be highlighted in the January issue of the News. In addition to these individuals, we will be recognizing the members graduating from our junior membership, the 2012 Scholarship winners and many other outstanding members. Take note on page 43 for some of the items being auctioned off at this year’s live scholarship auction. Bring your checkbook and support our youth! 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

Remember there is only one month left to sell junior raffle tickets for a chance to win a heifer from MilkSource Genetics. This is the most important fundraiser the Junior Association has. Don’t forget that your county receives $1 back for every ticket sold in order to help fund your county programs and events. If you need more tickets, please let us know so we can get them out to you or if you have extra tickets available, feel free to send them back to the office so we can distribute them to others needing tickets. We hope this will be the biggest fundraiser we have had yet! Finally, we will be looking for strong candidates to run for our Junior Activities Committee again this year. This is a two-year term and you have the opportunity to attend and help run a number of our junior programs during the year. I would like to thank Cara Biely, Brett Hildebrandt, Nathan Huser and Katie Wendorf for your numerous hours of help and support over the past two years to the Junior Association. Good luck to everyone that runs this year for these positions. You will have big shoes to fill! Remember to be respectful of your fellow members no matter how you fair in your competition. Junior Convention is one of the greatest events of the year and we want to ensure everyone enjoys their time. See you in Janesville! Larry Nelson, WHA Execute Director

Three will Compete for Wisconsin Holstein Princess title


Holstein Letters

Happy Winter all! As the snow moves in and we start dressing in more and more layers it really hits me that my reign as WHA Princess is almost over. Although it went by fast I have to say it was a blast and a pleasure to be the ambassador for our association! I met a number of influential individuals, worked with extremely knowledgeable cow women and men and witnessed beautiful cows being exhibited all over our state! I hope that next year’s Royalty have just as much fun and make just as many great memories as I did this year! It was an amazing year both in the show circuit, at school and as princess. Holsteins have always been a part of my life, which I am so thankful for! I don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t raised in this industry. I wouldn’t be at the school I am, I wouldn’t have the great friends I do and I don’t think I would know the meaning of hard-work and dedication. I know many people have the same feelings I do but I do think I am one of the most thankful. Not having a farm and still being involved in such a phenomenal industry has really made me count my blessing and so thankful my grandfather bought me a calf at such a young age. Being a “city kid” I want to encourage our youth and their parents to get others involved, you never know what interest you may spark for young children. We are a small industry and have many obstacles involving public awareness to overcome, and bringing in others is one way to tackle this challenge. Please help me make others aware of the importance our industry has on our communities and our economy, encourage them to come to your farm or put an animal in their name for a 4-H project. It really is a very generous and kind action. And who knows, you may enjoy that experience as much as they do! In every one of my articles I try to encourage our youth to participate in activities offered by our association. About this time every year juniors start practicing for dairy bowl! I have been participating in dairy bowl for seven years, my team has never won but we always had a good time participating! I think dairy bowl is a great activity because it encourages you to expand your knowledge about the industry, history, nutrition and so much more. This knowledge not only helps you succeed in the competition but it is a base for knowing how to take care of a sick cow, proper management practices and gives you an idea of what our industry has gone through and where it is heading. This being said, I hope everyone takes the opportunity to participate in dairy bowl at Junior Convention! Remember if you don’t have a county team you can still be placed on a WI team with other kids from around the state. Thank you everyone who made this year such a success, I couldn’t have done it with out my mom though. Thanks mom for always fixing my hair, giving me directions when I was lost, helping me pick out my outfits and always being there for me! You’re the best! Good luck to next year’s royalty, please take as many opportunities as this position brings your way! Laura Finley


Three young ladies will vie for the Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Princess Attendant positions at the upcoming Junior Holstein Convention. Along with their written application scores, all three candidates will go through an interview with a panel of judges and will have to answer a series of impromptu questions in front of the entire convention before the titles are awarded at the awards banquet on December 29. This year’s candidates are: Morgan Behnke Morgan Behnke is the 19 year old daughter of Roger & Lisa Behnke of New Glarus, Wis., in Green County. She is a 2011 graduate of New Glarus High School and currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in graphic design with a minor in imaging media. Jessica Pralle Jessica Pralle is the 17 year old daughter of Scott Pralle & Pam Selz-Pralle of Humbird, Wis., in Clark County. She is a senior at Osseo-Fairchild High School and plans to attend UW-Madison next fall to major in Dairy Science and Veterinary Medicine. Crystal Siemers Peterman Crystal Siemers-Peterman is the 17 year old daughter of Jack & Sherry Siemers-Peterman of Cleveland, Wis., in Manitowoc County. She is a senior at Howards Grove High School & plans to attend a four year college to study agriculture.

The Excitement is Building!

Scientific Gold Dana Rae-ET EX-92 4-04 2x 345d 39,270 4.1 1606 3.1 1228 2nd 5 Year Old, World Dairy Expo All-WI 5 Year Old & Reserve Grand Champion, WI Championship Show Goldwyn x Debutante Rae EX-92 GMD DOM x EX-90 DOM x EX-96 GMD DOM x EX-94 GMD x EX x EX-97 GMD Roxy

H We are excited about our Laurin daughter from Dana Rae that is just fresh with a Braxton heifer. H Others we are working with:

• VG-87 Pro daughter from Lylehaven Lassie EX-94, bred to Palermo & has Goldwyn & Gold Chip daughters • Million heifer from the Palas bred to Palermo • VG 2 Year Old Elmo from the Adeens • Super flushed for China from Wabash-Way Inquiries on any of these outstanding individuals are always welcome. Co-owned with Ted Jacobs, 262-498-5516.

Gene Drought 21636 7 Mile Rd., Franksville, WI 53126 • 262-210-1344 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-15

District 6 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.

Dane County

2012 Adult Membership: 130; Jr. Membership: 53 Adult Association officers - President: Tim Keller; Vice President: Virgil Haag; Secretary: Jessica Sarbacker; Treasurer: Amber Elliott; Director: Vicki Janisch. Junior Association officers - President: Karsen Haag; Vice President: Ami Cooper; Secretary: Cassie Endres; Treasurer: Elizabeth Sarbacker; Advisors: Shelly Sarbacker & Amber Elliott. At the 2012 Dane County Holstein Breeders’ banquet Swaindale Holsteins was honored as the Distinguished Breeder and Laura Herschleb was the Bell Award winner. The junior association also handed out awards with Karsen Haag being named DJM and Lizzi Endres was YMR winner. The 2012 Dane County Holstein Queen is Elizabeth Sarbacker and Holstein Princess is Molly Sarbacker. The state picnic was held in Dane County at Mystic Valley Dairy, Sauk City. The District 6 show will be held in Stoughton on June 18, 2013 and the committee is busy planning for this event.

Green County

2012 Adult Membership: 90; Jr. Membership: 52 Adult Association officers - President: Bob Cramer Jr.; Vice President: Roger Arn; Secretary: Kathie McCullough; Treasurer: John Dieckhoff; Directors: Kurt McCullough, Bob Meier, Todd Hoesly, Stephanie Miranda & Trent Hendrickson. Junior Association officers - President: Alyssa Cramer; Vice President: John Klossner; Secretary: Haley Reeson; Treasurer: Taylor Behnke; Reporter: Amber Dammen; Dairy Bowl coaches: Stephanie Miranda, Nikki Cramer & Liz Matzke; Advisor: Nikki Cramer. The Green County Holstein Breeders host the annual Dual County Sale with co-host Rock County in March at the Wisconsin Farm Auction Sale Barn in Brooklyn. The 2013 sale will be held on March 16. Shortly following the sale is the annual business meeting and awards banquet. The Breeders honor a younger and senior breeder as well as production and classification/breeding merit awards. A deserving junior member is also awarded a scholarship courtesy of the Holstein Breeders as well. This year Green County hosted the District 6 Holstein Show in Monroe. With approximately 300 entries each year, they are proud to be a part of the largest District Show in the state. The organization also holds an annual Holstein Picnic in the late summer/early fall. This year’s picnic was hosted by Premium Farms, Mark and Stephanie Miranda of Juda. It featured a presentation by Willis Gunst, Holstein USA, on the changes made in the linear classification system, door prizes and great hospitality. The Green County Junior Holstein Association is one of the largest groups in the state having 52 members. We are a very active association, participating in many different activities. Our normal year includes organizing a county-wide showmanship and fitting clinic, sponsoring trophies at Green County Dairy Day, Green County Fair, Wisconsin State Show, WI Junior State Fair, and World Dairy Expo. Our members also promote June Dairy Month by doing classroom presentations in their schools, radio promotions, and the presentation of a basket of dairy goodies to the first baby born at Monroe Clinic Hospital each June. Every other year, we run the Dual-County food stand and run a lunch stand at the Monroe Cheese Days celebration. Our juniors make and serve around 1,000 grilled cheese sandwiches, over 300 homemade pies sold by the slice, and plenty of ice cold milk. Our association is active in Dairy Bowl and is very thankful for our devoted coaches, Liz Matzke, Nikki Cramer, and Stephanie Miranda.

Kenosha County

2012 Adult Membership: 10; Jr. Membership: 0 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

Rock County

2012 Adult Membership: 55; Jr. Membership: 36 Adult Association officers - President: Jason Cleland; Vice President: Jim Abey; Secretary/Treasurer: Nicole Miller-Speich; Directors: John Gerbitz, Todd Kronberg, Dan DeWitt, Sandy Larson & Melanie Nifong. Junior Association officers - President: Kristen Broege; Vice President: Abigail Martin; Secretary: Brooke Trustem; Treasurer: Riley Miller; Junior Advisor: Nicole Miller-Speich. The Rock County adults hosted the Green|Rock Dual County Sale in March. We had a good turnout of cattle and people. Next year’s sale will be on March 16 at WFA Cattle Sales in Brooklyn. The group was also a buyer in the Dairy Youth Auction at the Rock County 4-H Fair. The auction consisted of the top showman in grades 3-12, supreme champion cow, reserve supreme cow, supreme junior champion heifer, reserve supreme junior champion heifer, and Ivan Woodman award winner. The Rock County juniors had a successful year. Juniors competed at the Spring Show, District 6 Show, State Show, County Fair, State Fair, and World Dairy Expo. Members received Junior All-Wisconsin Winter Calf/Reserve All-Wisconsin Winter Calf honors and Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Winter Yearling. The juniors also participated in giving tours at the Rock County Dairy Breakfast hosted by Larson Acres, serving food at the Green Rock County Sale, and volunteering in the Rock County Ag Business Council tent at the Rock County 4-H Fair. Rock County is very excited to be hosting the 2013 Junior Holstein Convention. The convention will be held at the Janesville Holiday Inn Express on December 28-30. We will be touring Larson Acres and Kuhn North America. We are looking forward to the event!

Walworth County

2012 Adult Membership: 38; Jr. Membership: 5

Tank Talk To compliment our District report each month we present this column reporting what bulls some breeders from that District are using in their herds.

Blue Star Dairy Farms, Middleton, Dane County Art & Lori Meinholz

RHA: 532 cows 29,675 3.92 1164 3.04 901 Unofficial BAA: 104% Currently using: Proven - Co-op Bosside Massey-ET Ensenada Taboo Planet-ET Ralma Gold Crown-ET Bomaz Marion Emerald 648-ET E-Longview CM-ET Gilette Windbrook Red & Whites - April-Day Vodka-ET Rocher Ster Dancer-Red Dymentholm S Sympatico Erbcrest Satchel P Willsbro Larson-ET Genomic - De-Su Jerod 1223-ET S-S-I Domain Lithium-ET Ladys-Manor Man-O-Shan-ET S-S-I Twist Monarch-ET Blue-Horizon AltaSuplex Cookiecutter MOM Hunter-ET Sully Hart Meridian-ET Velthuis Let it Snow

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Junior Ad 2012

Pictured below is Dane, Brooke, Luke and Ellie holding their fair calves from this year. The two heifers on the ends are tied to the Felice family and the two in the middle have ties with Trifle.

Our Foundation Families...

Lars-Acres Jose Trifle-ET VG-86 EX-MS GTPI +2148 +836M +72F +27P +663NM PTA +2.18T +5.5PL 2.71SCS +.9DPR 8/12 3-00 3x 305 29,100 4.2 1234 3.2 917 Jose x Lars-Acres Truffle VG-88 DOM x Lars-Acres Tricia EX-91 DOM x Lars-Acres Trouble EX-90 2E DOM • Daughters by Ammo, Armitage, Argo, Mogul & Ecoyne

Markwell Durham Felice


EX-92 EEEEE GMD DOM 3-10 2x 365 33,960 3.9 1330 3.1 1051 Durham x EX-90 Outside x VG-88 Rudolph x VG-87 Thor x EX-95 3E GMD DOM Blackstar Raven x EX-92 4E GMD DOM Mark x EX-94 4E GMD DOM Mars • Daughters by Baxter, Advent, Boliver, Goldwyn, Shottle, Jasper, Sanchez, Super, Denison, Jeeves, Alexander, Esquire, Domain, Boxer, Ravish, Trigger, Gold Chip, Shamrock, Magnus, Mixer & Lauthority

Brooke Trustem 18218 W State Road 59 Evansville, WI 53536 608-882-6662

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Glenn-Ann Durham Sharla EX-93 2E EEEEE 6-05 2x 365 35,990 3.4 1208 3.2 1138 • Fresh in May and still milking over 130 lbs./day In the modern day Holstein business where genomic tested calves are all the rage, Sharla keeps plugging along, paying the bills and making beautiful babies. Already over 150,000 lifetime during her fifth lactation, Sharla is proving to be a great brood cow. Her first daughter by Jasper is EX-93 3rd lactation with over 36,000M and two more Jasper two-year-olds are impressive. She also has an EX Aspen in Indiana. Her Gold Chips and Guthrie are very special calves. She will be flushed to Goldwyn. Sharla is a second generation Excellent from our homebred Bootie family. Sharla and the Glenn-Ann family wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Glenn-Ann Holsteins Glenn & Joann Brewer & Family

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ow time does fly when you’re having fun, and the joy of achievement comes to those who wait. These have been the two quotes I have lived by for my duration as a Wisconsin Junior Holstein member. It seems like yesterday when I paraded across my county fair’s shavings in future showmanship, the day I judged my first cow class, represented Jefferson Co. at the WI Jr. State Fair, and exhibited my first family bred and owned Holstein on the colored shavings at Expo. It is hard to believe my junior involvement has come to an end, but the places I have been and the people I have met have aided in my future involvement within the dairy industry. want to thank my parents, Mark & Linda, for their unconditional love and support in the numerous dairy activities and FFA events I have been a part of for the last 15 years. You have taught me that hard work, being patient, and dedication certainly pays off in the end. My sister Nicole, for being my partner in and out of the barn and show ring, and always giving me “advice.” To my grandmas for being my number one fans and Grandma Klug for giving me my first calf to start my dairy herd.

ast, but certainly not least, I want to thank my county. Jefferson County has certainly opened the doors to my future involvement in the dairy industry. From judging contests, to the WI State Fair, and all the road trips in between, we have certainly done it all! Thank you to my coaches for getting me involved in quiz bowl and judging. You have given me the knowledge and encouragement to achieve greatness and to pursue my passion in marketing the dairy industry. You have taught me numerous skills and have set prime examples that I hope I can use for the future junior members of Jefferson County. To the members of my county and all other junior members I have become friends with during my junior career - you have made my Junior Holstein career an experience I will never forget. Thanks for the memories and a lifelong friendship.

Junior Ad 2012

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Brunland Sanchez Dakota ~ Due December 2012 Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Winter Yearling 1st Winter Yearling, WI Junior State Fair 8th Winter Yearling, International Junior Holstein Show 1st Winter Yearling, District 6 Show Supreme Junior Champion, Rock Co. Fair Congratulations to Nicole for placing 6th in Junior Showmanship at World Dairy Expo!

ank you to everyone that helped us throughout the show season - a special thanks to Brett Hildebrandt & Joe, David, Nick & Jessica Sarbacker.

Brunland Farms Inc. Kristen, Jenna and Nicole Broege

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Janesville, WI • 608-756-9766 •

Siemers Goldwyn Goldie-ET EX-92 Triple H Giller Cookie E-92 Grand Champion, WI Junior State Fair 5th 4-Year-Old, World Dairy Expo

Intermediate Champion, WI Championship Show Grand Champion, International Jr. Holstein Show Supreme Champion, WDE Junior Show

Mar-Linda-K Affirm Raelynn EX-91 Res. Grand Champion, WI Junior State Fair

Congratulations to the breeders of these outstanding animals and thank you to everyone on the show crews who helped us in 2012!

Randy, Renee, Jordan, Whitney & Britney Ebert Algoma, WI • 920-255-1893 • e-mail: wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-23

Gifts we cherish... Present...

Tyler & Shannon

12 married August 11, 20

Adam & Jennifer Kra use Aiden & Bailey

and Future!

Aiden & Bailey... sibling coming in February!

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The Past - we cherish the memories!


Bradley Nov. 12, 1982 - Nov. 26, 2008

March 4, 1937 - Sept. 10, 2011

In memory... we are donating a Guthrie out of Bradley’s cow Fustead Durham Evelyn, EX-93 & Nominated All-American 2009 in the WI Futures Sale in February at the Wisconsin Holstein Adult Convention held at Stoney Creek Inn, Rothschild, WI. All proceeds will go to the Brad Fust Memorial Scholarship fund through WHA.

Fustead Durham Evelyn EX-93 Nominated All-American Junior 3 Year Old 2009 6th Junior 3 Year Old & 1st Bred & Owned, International Holstein Show 2009

We want to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and a wonderful New Year! We hope to see many of you at the State Convention!

FUSTEAD HOLSTEINS Brian & Wendy Fust & Family R12653 Hwy. N, Wausau, WI • 715-842-5868/Phone • 715-848-0465/Fax wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-25

Junior Ad 2012

Dark-Horse Outside Diesel EX-94

Lookout Dundee Loggan-ET EX-92

5-03 305 25,044 3.5 882 2.9 723

3-04 305 33,296 3.2 1058 3.1 1047

1st Junior Aged Cow, MN State Fair Reserve Grand of Junior Show, MN State Fair 2nd Aged Cow, International Junior Holstein Show

1st 5 Year Old, District 2 Show 3rd Junior 5 Year Old, WI Championship Show 1st Junior 5 Year Old, MN State Fair 8th 5 Year Old, International Junior Holstein Show

Dam: Dark-Horse Emory Diva VG-88 3-08 305 22,860 3.8 859 3.0 690 2nd Dam: Dark-Horse M Daphne EX-93 Lifetime: 1712 121,270 4.2 5106 3.2 3881

~ owned with Matt Johnson Dam: Selbyvale Spirit Loggan-ET EX-95 Can Lifetime: 2278 170,114 3.9 6660 3.3 5594 2nd Dam: Selbyvale Jackpot Lynette EX 3E Can Lifetime: 1683 112,272 4.0 4462 3.2 3614

Duckett Spirite Expresso EX-91

Luck-E Dundee Blizzard-ET EX-90

2-01 305 20,368 4.4 890 3.5 706

2-02 305 22,126 4.1 781 3.1 647

1st Junior & Open Junior 3 Year Old, MN State Fair HHM Grand Champion of Junior Show, MN State Fair 4th Junior 3 Year Old, International Junior Holstein Show

Reserve Junior All-WI Senior 3 Year Old 1st Junior Senior 3 Year Old, MN State Fair 5th Senior 3 Year Old, International Junior Holstein Show

Dam: Curr-Vale Durham Eve-ET EX-93 5-05 365 26,810 4.0 1059 3.2 850 2nd Dam: Dutch-Treat Royalist Emily EX-90 Lifetime: 1989 158,950 4.5 7177 3.1 4991

Dam: Luck-E Bizar Talent-ET EX-90 3-10 305 34,320 3.6 1591 2.9 991 2nd Dam: Luck-E Blackice Blizzard EX-95 Lifetime: 2237 205,505 3.5 7156 3.1 6375

Wishing all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year! Todd, Tammy, Tyler, Trent & Travis Schafer 18531 Index Ave., Norwalk, WI 54648 (608) 269-1757 | e-mail: Tyler cell: (405) 519-1422 | Todd cell: (405) 820-9913 Visitors always welcome & embryos available.

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful “Wisconsin Welcome” during our first year!

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Wilstar Lion K 7409-ET 1st Junior, 2nd Open Junior 2 Year Old 1st Junior, 2nd Open Junior 2 Year Old Reserve Junior All-WI Junior 2 Year Old All-WI Red & White Junior 2 Year Old 1st Junior Junior 2 Year Old

MW Spring R&W Show District 10 Show WI Championship Show WI R&W State Show International R&W Show, WDE

Congrats Kaianne! 8th place in Junior Showmanship at World Dairy Expo!

Wrapping up another year; Thankful to friends far and near; Challenge, growth and change abound; Yet encouragement can often be found; More opportunities in which to delve, Wrapping up an eventful 2012. Happy Holidays!

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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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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS Next year join these Wisconsin Junior Holstein members who are attending UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course in 2012-2013! Sean Brown, Dodgeville Bryan Cramer, Juda Garrett Goeller, Hartford Kyle Gomm, Seymour Eric Heeg, Marshfield Danielle Jarvis, Wautoma

Patrick Johnson, Baldwin Brody Lash, Mindoro Ryan Lauber, Union Grove Bret Long, New London Douglas Moy, Juda Ashley Rickey, Cross Plains

Sawyer Roberts, Eastman Travis Schafer, Norwalk Austen Schmidt, Cascade Nicholas Schuster, Fond du Lac Staci Suda, Greenwood Gregory Zimdars, Ripon

Congratulations to the Short Course Judging Team on their 3rd place finish and Austen Schmidt for earning high individual honors at the World Dairy Expo Post-Secondary Contest. UW-Madison FISC Team members: Austen Schmidt, Nicholas Schuster, Luke Luchterhand & Bret Long.

UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course November 4, 2013 - March 15, 2014 Now accepting applications until October 1, 2013! Plan to attend one of our upcoming Preview Days on February 13 or 14, 2013 Pre-register at

Experience a small-school feel with all the opportunities of a world-class university • “Hands-on” agricultural classes • World-renowned professors & instructors • Six different curriculum options • One- and two-year certificates awarded • 16-week schedule during the non-growing season • Over $140,000 of scholarships available

• Same student privileges as four-year UW-Madison students • Transferable college credits (up to 15) • Short Course residence halls located on the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences campus • Fellowship through shared agricultural backgrounds

Scholarship Deadline: April 1, 2013

For more information, contact: UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course 1116 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706 (608) 263-3918

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Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary & Collegiate Agriculture Programs Fox Valley Technical College If you are interested in learning Dairy Science in a family-like setting then, look no further than the Agriculture programs at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC). Students interested in Dairy Science and/or Agronomy will enjoy their education in friendly surroundings. You may study Dairy Science or Agronomy in one of two outstanding programs, the two year Associate Degree and Farm Operations. Along with these award winning programs, students may also participate in the Postsecondary Agriculture Students club (PAS) activities, dairy judging at the World Dairy Expo and the Wisconsin Crop Management Conference. Highlights and Activities at Fox Valley Technical College in Agriculture: • PAS Club State and National Competitions • Dairy Judging at the World Dairy Expo • Wisconsin Crop Management Conference • Midwest Dairy Challenge • Participation in Farm Technology Days • Hands on learning environment including various field trips • Motivated instructors • Up-to-date computers with the latest in Dairy and Agronomy software including Dairy Comp 305, PCDART, Snap-plus, Ag Leader SMS, Farm Works and Finpack If you are interested in learning more about the Agriculture programs at Fox Valley Technical College feel free to contact: Kevin Rauchholz Dairy Science Instructor Phone: (920)996-2885 E-mail: Randy Tenpas Department Chair Phone: (920)735-5673 E-mail: Jason Fischer Agronomy Instructor Phone: (920)831-4384 E-mail:

Lakeshore Technical College The Dairy Herd Management program at Lakeshore Technical College is located in Cleveland, Wisconsin in Southern Manitowoc County in the heart of a very progressive dairy area. We offer a nine month hands-on award winning training program. If you love cows, then this is the program for you. Our Dairy Herd Management program is designed to provide intensive training in the management of a profitable and progressive

Claire Scholten, Lake Mills, WI receives the Hoard’s Dairyman award at the LTC club banquet in April as “the most outstanding student in the class who will be the most beneficial asset to the dairy industry.” This is a peer selected award based on criteria of character, academics, and community involvement. Making the presentation is Patti Hurtgen, online media department head at Hoard’s Dairyman magazine. 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

dairy farm. Through classroom instruction, laboratory training, site farms, and on-farm internship experience, students gain the skills and knowledge to perform the duties of a herd manager. Each student is assigned to a farm for supervised on-the-job/internship training. This paid internship experience involves a minimum of 21 hours a week working on the farm learning various skills from how to I.V. a cow to sire selection to treating for mastitis. These farms range in size from 80 cows to 3000 cows. In addition to the internship experiences, the site farms provide a one-on-one learning environment where a student is matched up with a contact person at pre-selected, large dairy farms. The student is “tutored” in that environment with training on the job. Such opportunities will include working with that farms’ record keeping system, treating sick cows, vaccinating, giving shots, drying off cows, checking fresh cows, trimming feet, working with “wet” calves, dehorning and tagging calves to name just a few of the skills. Students will rotate to fifteen or more different site farms through the course of their second semester. This provides actual on-the-job training for the students. A recent graduate was hired by one of the site farms to be their herdsperson. The site farm called her for the job, because of the skills they saw her perform during her site farm rotation. This program focuses on all aspects of dairy cattle management. Courses include Dairy Feeding, Milk Production, Dairy Cattle Industry, Genetic Principles, Reproduction Techniques; including A.I. training, Business Management, Dairy Cattle Management, Dairy Housing, Dairy Lab and others. LTC also has an articulation agreement with UW-Platteville to accept 27 credits. Class sizes are set at 18 students for intensive hands-on training. About one third of the class is women. Tours are taken to 50-60 farms and agri-businesses during the nine months of the program. These tours range from viewing cheese plants, dairy goat operations, crossbred, seasonal grazing herds, a 3,500 cow rotary parlor dairy, a robotic milking set up, high scoring BAA registered herds, and family sized dairies. Students come from all across the state as well as other states and countries. This year students are from throughout Wisconsin as well as from Alberta, Canada and Penza, Russia. Graduates are employed as herdspersons, dairy herd managers, farm owners, A.I. technicians, DHI supervisors, and feed and nutrition consultants. The annual salary from last year was $29,700. Not a bad return on a nine month investment! We have many rewarding, high-paying job offers every year because employers are looking for highly-trained employees with a passion for production agriculture. We provide this training and could help you be successful in the dairy industry. Graduate JeriLynn Zutz of Valders, Wis., says: “I chose LTC because of the hands-on learning experiences provided. In the Dairy Herd Management program, I love that we tour farms and see how farm expansions have changed over the years and how farms have gotten to where they are today. It really is an eye-opening experience if you are looking to get into the agriculture industry. The best career advice I’ve received is to choose a career you are going to enjoy and it won’t even feel like a job.” Students may join the Dairy Club which is an active club that promotes dairying and agriculture throughout the nation and provides leadership opportunities for its members. Activities include judging at World Dairy Expo, skills contests, club tours, club banquets, fund raising activities (including clipping cows), and state and national competitions in the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization. This year students will have the opportunity to travel to Kentucky for the National PAS conference. In addition, this will be the seventh year we will participate in the Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge. This year Lakeshore Technical College has the honor of hosting this wonderful educational event on February 6-8, 2013. In September, two judging teams participated in the Practical Judging Post-Secondary Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. A team of Samuel Nigon (Spencer, Wis.), Brittany Muelller (Adell, Wis.), and Nicholas Miles (Peshtigo, Wis.), were the fifth place team overall in the Practical Contest. They also placed second in the Registered Heifers. The team of Konstantin Kapiturov (Penza, Russia), Dianne Philipsen (Alberta, Canada), Tyler Hanna (Luxemburg, Wis.), and Calvin Abts (Luxemburg, Wis.), placed fifth in the linear portion of the Practical Contest.

Program: 10. You get to spend a day shadowing someone with a career in the dairy industry. 9. Design a herd health plan for the family farm. 8. To spend a week at World Dairy Expo 7. Rations, rations, rations. Did I say rations? 6. Listen to speakers who know the dairy industry. 5. Eat cheese, drink milk, and enjoy ice cream. 4. Where else can you tour a milking water buffalo farm? 3. AI training week 2. Farm tours galore... 1. The instructors are the best!

University of Wisconsin-Madison LTC’s Traditional Judging team members. Left to right - Calvin Abts, Tyler Hanna, Jennifer Nash, Nicholas Miles, Konstantin Kapiturov, Samuel Nigon, and Dianne Philipsen. A team consisting of Samuel Nigon, Jennifer Nash (Fond du Lac, Wis.), and Nicholas Miles, participated in the Traditional Judging Contest. Samuel Nigon placed eighth high individual in the Milking Shorthorns. The other team consisted of Konstantin Kapiturov, Dianne Philipsen, Tyler Hanna, and Calvin Abts. Several students were pretty new to judging so this was a great learning opportunity. LTC also has a Dairy Herd Alumni Club, which is unique in Wisconsin. It establishes the bond between past and present students. Activities include summer picnics, field trips, fund raisers, banquets, and newsletters with career opportunities. The Alumni Club celebrated its 26th anniversary last January. We are proud of the many successful Dairy Herd Management Program graduates operating farms and working in the Agriculture field and your community. Why not ask them about this awardwinning program? If you do not know someone who has graduated from our program, I will be happy to get you contact information, so that you can talk personally with them. For more information, contact: Lakeshore Technical College, Attn: Sheryl Nehls (, Dairy Herd Management Instructor; 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015; 920-6931258; 920-693-1116 fax; 1-888-468-6582 (toll free);

Southwest Technical College As we reflect over this past year’s achievements we like to focus on the good things that happen in our students’ college careers, such as our Dairy Club activities, PAS (Post-Secondary Agriculture Student Club), Midwest Dairy Challenge, student ambassadors and World Dairy Expo. You know, those fun things that make life memorable! Maybe it’s just dorm life and the friends that we make while we spend time on campus or the laughs we share in class! I know we create a number of memorable moments as we travel down the road visiting various dairy farms. Maybe we didn’t tell you about the field trips we take each week; we get to see lots of cool things, learning from producers about the ups and downs of the dairy industry. That’s right, the real world! Isn’t that what school should be about; pairing what you learn in class and then applying it to real life situations. No, we don’t have a research/educational farm to rely on but we do have our local farms to learn from and thankfully that are so willing to share with us their experience in the industry to ensure that next generation understands this great industry we work with daily! If you would like to do an Associate’s degree in Dairy Science, we have developed our Individualized Technical Studies degree to accomplish this. Should a degree in Agri-business Science Technology appeal to you, we can do that too. How about Ag-Power? We do that as well. Whatever your career path, we can likely accommodate you. Oh, did I forget to mention our programs are articulated with the University system in Wisconsin? Check out our website: or friends us on Facebook at Southwest Tech Dairy Herd Management. Top 10 Reasons to enroll in the Dairy Herd Management

The mission of the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science is to discover, develop and disseminate knowledge that improves the quality of milk and the efficiency and profitability of its production around the world. Our work helps the dairy industry provide wholesome products to consumers in economical, humane and environmentally sound ways. The UW-Madison Department of Dairy Science is internationally recognized for progressive dairy research and educational programs. Our 12 faculty members provide expertise in nutrition, genetics, lactation, reproduction, farm management and milk quality. Dairy Science students at UW-Madison enjoy small class sizes taught by research and extension leaders in the dairy industry. There are 2,594 students enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at UW-Madison with 86 of those students being in the Dairy Science major. At UW-Madison there are numerous clubs and organizations focused on agriculture. The Badger Dairy Club, National AgriMarketing Association, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Saddle and Sirloin, Association of Women in Agriculture, and Alpha Gamma Rho are just a few of the organizations that our Dairy Science students are involved in. Students at Madison are also fortunate enough to have World Dairy Expo right in their backyard, which provides additional opportunities for employment, networking, and education. The 2012 UW-Madison dairy cattle judging senior team had a successful fall, placing second in the overall team contest at both the All-American Dairy Show and at World Dairy Expo. Team members were Hayden Hauschildt of Ellsworth, Wis., Abbey Wethal of Brooklyn, Wis., Jacob Brey of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and Ryan O’Leary of Fond du Lac, Wis. Individually at World Dairy Expo Hayden was second overall and first in oral reasons, Abbey was fifth overall and tenth in oral reasons and Jacob was sixth overall. The team was coached by Chad Wethal and Brian Kelroy. On Saturday, March 9th, 2013, the UW-Madison Badger Dairy Club will be hosting the 16th Badger Invitational Sale. The sale will feature show age calves, bred heifers, and high genomics - a little

UW-Madison Judging Team at World Dairy Expo. Left to right - Coach Brian Kelroy, Ryan O’Leary, Jacob Brey, Hayden Hauschildt, Abbey Wethal and Coach Chad Wethal. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-33

something for everyone! FFA, 4-H, and junior breed association members will receive a 5% discount. Please join us at the Stock Pavilion for a complimentary luncheon and a great opportunity to meet up with other dairy enthusiasts and share your appreciation for UW-Madison! At UW-Madison we never lose sight of the real-world business of dairy production. Through our intensified business curriculum and our strong ties to the dairy industry, we provide dairy professionals with research-based knowledge they can use to improve their businesses. If you would like to learn more about attending UW-Madison for Dairy Science, we will be hosting visit days on December 7, 2012, January 28 and April 5, 2013. Contact the Dairy Science Department at 608-263-3308 or visit

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Your pathway to a successful future!

Student success, dedicated faculty and staff, and another great UWRF Dairy Club sale... these three items summarize the past year for the Dairy Science program at UWRF. Total enrollment within our programs in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) continues to grow with over 1,500 students! Originally established to serve the need for trained teachers in the state of Wisconsin, CAFES has evolved to a program that offers diverse training across all fields of interest. A total of 15 different major fields of study are offered including Dairy Science, Animal Science, Crop and Soil Science, Ag Business, Ag Education, Horticulture, and Marketing Communications. The UWRF Dairy Club sale was held on Saturday, March 6. The event was a grand success, possibly the best attended sale that we have ever hosted. A total of 58 lots were cataloged with an average selling price of $3,017. Matcrest Iota Corall (consigned by Matt Johnson, Baldwin, Wis.) was the high seller at $11,000. Brynn Kasten (Reedsville, Wis.) and Sara Larson (New Richland, Minn.) were co-chairs of the event. Many alumni traveled to River Falls for the weekend and took advantage of the opportunity to renew old friendships. A huge thank you to those who were able to make it such a memorable weekend! The dairy cattle judging teams finished an excellent season in 2012. A talented group of seniors (Liz Byers, West Lafayette, Ind.; Labecca Johnson, LaCrescent, Minn.; Kirstie Langrehr, West Salem, Wis.; Zach VonRuden, Claremont, Minn.) competed in contests in Harrisburg and Madison. The teams finished third and fifth overall at Harrisburg and Madison, respectively. Johnson finished as 2nd individual overall at Harrisburg and ALL team members finished in the top 25 individuals at Expo. Later in the fall season, the junior team (Ami Cooper, DeForest, Wis.; Katie Peper, Centuria, Wis.; Erik Warmka, Fox Lake, Wis.; Kayla Wright, Watertown, Wis.) traveled to Louisville, KY, and finished eighth overall. This group was joined by Sam Olson (Barron, Wis.) and competed in the Accelerated Genetics

UW-River Falls Judging Team at World Dairy Expo. Left to right - Zach VonRuden, Liz Byers, Kirstie Langrehr, Labecca Johnson and coach Dr. Steve Kelm. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

contest in Viroqua and finished as fifth team overall. The judging season was very successful. A team of four seniors participated in the national Dairy Challenge in April. A total of 30 undergraduate teams participated in the event, co-hosted by Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. The UWRF team members included Nick Jens (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.), Joey Ploeckelman (Athens, Wis.), Shawn Styer (Menomonie, Wis.), and Ben Voelz (Leopolis, Wis.). Four other individuals (Carl Lippert, Pittsville, Wis.; Steffani Koch, Mayville, Wis.; Todd Speltz, Eyota, Minn.; Lauren Wendt, Marshall, Wis.) traveled to St. Joseph, MO, and competed in the regional Dairy Challenge event. The UWRF team was coached by Dr. Sylvia Kehoe and did a fantastic job within these educational events. Drs. Dennis Cooper and Sylvia Kehoe, Dairy Science faculty members, spent part of the summer in China, as part of a DATCP visit to promote Wisconsin’s dairy industry. One result of this trip was the signing of a collaborative agreement between UWRF and China Agricultural University (Beijing) on October 8, 2012 at the State Capital. This agreement will allow student and faculty exchanges between these two institutions and give our students first-hand experience with the global face of the dairy industry. Sadly, we lost a member of our UWRF family in September when Tiffany Langteau, a senior majoring in Marketing Communications, was killed in a car accident. Tiffany (Stetsonville, Wis.) was an active member of the Dairy Club and was a constant figure at dairy events on our campus and across the state. Her love of the redand-white cow and passion for the industry is missed by all. Tiffany will always be fondly remembered on our campus. Our webpage has been updated! Visit ANFS/DairyScience/ and, in particular, check out our video and our careers page featuring three alumni spotlights. Also, be sure to check out other happenings around the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences on our Facebook page. We love to hear from alumni and friends and welcome a visit to campus from you at any time!

FROM THE FIELD By Sarah Trapp, Holstein USA Regional Field Rep Season Greetings! I sure hope this finds all our Holstein members winding down from a busy year and getting in some quality family time during the holidays. There are a few member meetings set for this winter that you should try to attend. The series of meetings will have two formats. The January meeting will be an educational meeting with expert speakers discussing topics significant to Holstein breeders. Watch for more details regarding topics and featured speakers. The February meeting, as well as the March Minnesota meeting will be the one-hour Holstein Association USA updates along with time for questions. You do not have to be a Holstein Association USA member to attend any of these Regional Meetings, so consider bringing a neighbor to join you in the discussions. There are three Regional meetings in our area, so hopefully one or two of them is in driving distance. • January 10 – La Crosse, WI 10 am-3 pm Radisson Hotel *Please RSVP by contacting Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext 4124 for an accurate meal count • February 22 – Rothschild, WI 1 pm -2 pm Stoney Creek Inn-Wausau *This meeting is in conjunction with the Wisconsin Holstein Association Adult Convention • March 2 – Welch, MN 8 am-9 am Treasure Island Resort So whether you attend every year, or have never made it to a member meeting, you are more than welcome. Hope to see you there!

Sarah Trapp

Northern Wisconsin & UP Michigan

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Wisconsin Youth Place Second in a Close Contest at the 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at NAILE

A team of four Wisconsin 4-H members placed second in overall team at the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY on Sunday November 4, trailing the Minnesota 4-H team by just one point. Seventy-five youth on 19 teams from across the USA competed at this event. The 4-H team from Wisconsin placed second overall and was the fourth place team for oral reasons. The team was also first place in the Guernsey breed and second place in the Ayrshire breeed, fourth in Brown Swiss and fifth in the Jersey breed. Team members were Ethan Dado and Laura Jensen, both from Polk County, David Pintens from Barron County and Matthew Kramer from Fond du Lac County. They qualified to be members of this team at the State 4-H Dairy Judging contest in July being the top four individuals from the contest who were not on a team that had already qualified for a national contest. The team members were also successful individually with Ethan Dado placing second overall and Laura Jensen placing fifth overall. Laura placed sixth in oral reasons while Ethan placed as the tenth high individual in oral reasons. Laura was also 2nd in Brown Swiss, 4th in Jerseys, and 5th in the Ayrshire breed. Ethan was 4th in Holsteins and 10th in the Brown Swiss breed. Matthew Kramer was 2nd in Ayrshires and David Pintens finished 23rd overall. The teams’ second place finish at Louisville comes after a long year of dairy judging for the four members who started practicing early this spring with their county programs and continued to practice with their county coaches and with Beth and Mark Heinze through the fall. Congratulations to the team members and to all of the volunteers and farms who helped make this team successful.

Wisconsin’s 4-H Judging Team at NAILE, left to right: Coaches Mark & Beth Heinze, David Pintens, Matthew Kramer, Laura Jensen & Ethan Dado.

Wisconsin Quiz Bowl team is National Runner-Up Polk County 4-H Members earn top honors on written exam The National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl contest has been held since 1980, when just seven state teams competed. The 39th Annual North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) hosted the contest in Louisville, Ky., November 2-3. Nineteen teams participated with team members being 4-H members, ages 15 to 19. The Wisconsin team consisted of Cody Getschel of Osceola, Laura Jensen of Comstock, Colin Scholz of Deer Park, and Trent Dado of Amery. They were the Polk county team that won the state 4-H dairy bowl contest earlier this year and earned the honor of representing their state in Louisville. The competition began on Friday evening, November 2 with the written test and the head-to-head competition took place on Saturday, November 3. The 50-point short answer test allows individual youth 36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

to test their understanding of the dairy industry. The test scores of team members are added together for a state score, which determines the pairing of the head-to-head contest the following morning. Five questions from each team members’ exams are assigned to each match. Therefore, a maximum of 100 points can be earned and added to a match. Each match has a different set of 5 questions that contribute to the overall score. So, the written exam gives credit to the individual, is used to seat the teams, and is added to each match’s final score. The top two individuals with the highest score on the written test were from Polk County, Wisconsin. A predetermined question broke the tie and gave the top honor to Cody Getschel of Osceola and second to Trent Dado of Amery. Cody Getschel is a freshman at the University of WisconsinMadison majoring in Dairy Science. Cody was a member of the state winning Wisconsin Holstein Dairy Bowl team and placed third in the National Dairy Jeopardy contest. He also was on Earning top scores on the the second place Wisconsin State written test were Trent Dado FFA Dairy Judging team in 2011 (2nd) and Cody Getschel (1st). and was the Supreme Dairy Showman at the Polk County Fair in 2010. Trent Dado, a high school sophomore, feeds calves and enjoys fieldwork on his family’s 450-cow Registered Holstein herd. He placed fourth in the National Dairy Jeopardy contest in 2010 and was on the fourth place team at the National Holstein Dairy Bowl Contest in 2012. Trent was also the High Individual in the National FFA Dairy Judging Contest this year and led his team to a second place finish. After the conclusion of Saturday’s competition, the team from New York won the final match by 20 points after Wisconsin mounted a victory in the sudden death match, forcing a finals rematch. Wisconsin was the only team to defeat New York, and Wisconsin’s only losses were to New York. It was New York’s tenth national title in 33 years. In addition to Getschel and Dado, Scholz and Jensen were valuable team members. Wisconsin earned bonus questions based on correct answers from all team members, which was a contributing factor in their path to the finals. Laura Jensen is a junior at Amery High School and lives on Idle Gold Farm in Comstock where they have Guernseys and Holsteins. She exhibited the Junior Champion Guernsey Heifer at the 2011 Wisconsin Junior State Fair. Laura also placed 2nd in the 2011 Wisconsin State FFA Creed Speaking Contest and is the Amery FFA Secretary. This past month, she placed fourth high individual in the National FFA Dairy Judging Contest and was on the second place team, earning the opportunity to judge in Scotland next summer. Colin Scholz of Deer Park is a junior at Amery High School. Colin raises beef cattle and won grade Reserve Champion Crossbred at the 2010 Polk County Fair and Grand Champion Beef Carcass in 2011. He is an officer in Amery FFA and plays basketball. Colin applies the knowledge he has learned through dairy bowl as an employee at a nearby 800-cow dairy. Wisconsin’s second place team finish followed its national championship in 2011. The state has won the national contest twice and placed second five times in the 27 years the state has sent a team. Only Maryland and New York have participated in all 33 national contests.

Wisconsin’s 4-H Quiz Bowl Team at NAILE, front - left to right: Coaches Patti Hurtgen & Gwen Dado and Trent Dado; back Cody Getschel, Laura Jensen & Colin Scholz.

2013 Wisconsin Holstein Convention February 22 & 23, Wausau The Marathon County Holstein Breeders want to welcome you to the Wausau area for the 2013 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, February 22-23 at the Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center. We have a great convention planned for you - watch for more details in next month’s issue. There is also much to offer in the area for the whole family to enjoy: just across the street is the Cedar Creek Mall and Movie Theatre (featuring 10 state of the art auditoriums); the Patriot Center, hosting the Wisconsin Deer Classic & Hunting Expo; and Grand Lodge Indoor Waterpark a few blocks away. There is also skiing on Granite Peak in the Rib Mountain area, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Wausau Mall and more great shopping downtown.

Due to so many activities going on in the area that weekend, reservations need to be made early. After January 1 our blocked rooms will be released by the hotels. Rooms are all blocked for “Wisconsin Holstein Convention” and a limited number of rooms are available at each hotel.

Stoney Creek Inn-Wausau (Convention site)

1100 Imperial Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474 1-800-659-2220 Standard King or Deluxe King - $94.00/night Standard Double - $114.00/night


1510 Hwy. XX, Rothschild, WI 54474 (located about 2 blocks south of Stoney Creek Inn) 1-800-4-Choice or 715-355-4449 Standard room - $79.99/night

Holiday Inn & Suites

1000 Imperial Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474 (across the street from Stoney Creek Inn) 715-355-1111 King Whirlpool room - $109.00/night Corner Whirlpool suite - $139.00/night

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SALE REPORTS Frozene Farms Dispersal - September 10

Good type was certainly appreciated on September 10, 2012 at the Frozene Farms Dispersal held at the Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac. Tom, Penny, Rick and Linda Frozene and their families had made the decision to disperse their Westfield herd with a classification BAA of 110% and rolling herd average of 23,957 3.7% 893 3.1% 748. The Frozenes have been very successful in the showring claiming the Premier Breeder banner at the Midwest National Spring Show 2010 and at the 2007 Midwest Spring R&W Show. In addition, they were Premier Breeder at their District 5 Holstein Show five years and Premier Exhibitor at District 5 for four years. A majority of the sale offerings descended from show string anchors: Frozenes Broker Vidalia EX-94 GMD DOM and All-American nominee; Frozenes B&R Claudette EX-94 2E DOM and two time All-American nominee; and Walk-Era Roy Renita EX-94 3E HM All-American Junior 3 Year Old 2005. The Vidalia family provided the sale’s high sellers with DeBoer Shottle Riley-ET EX-90 EX-MS GTPI +2053 claiming top honors at $11,600. The bidding was very active, but Amanda Koerner, Cleveland, outlasted all others to claim this exciting young cow! Riley’s show winning October, 2011 Atwood daughter with a GTPI +2116 was certainly a sale highlight and generated considerable interest. She sold for $7,200 to Fischer Heights Dairy and Emerald Acres, Manitowoc and DePere. Frozenes Sanchez Claudia, VG-85 first score, had everyone excited about her potential in the show ring as a junior 2 year old. Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, WI placed the final bid of $6,600 for this lovely uddered young cow. Hass-Acres Adv Rissa-Red-ET EX-90 EX-MS sold for $6,400 to Jake Kruschke and Trent Styczynski, New Richmond and Kaukauna. This big, dairy, beautiful uddered red four year old was fourth at the 2012 Midwest Spring R&W Show. The 111 Registered Holsteins sold in the Frozene Farms Dispersal averaged $2303. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. Chris Hill and Norman Nabholz teamed up in the sale box with Perry Phend, Kevin Jorgensen, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre fielding bids. The cattle were expertly prepared by Joel Kietzman, Ryan Krohlow, Cody Schultz, Garrett Schmidt, Travis Krohlow, Neal Laneville, Ryan Lauber, Joe Koller and Nicholas Schuster. John Walker, Brandon Ferry and Bob Sabo presented the animals in the ring.

Car-Bon Farm Complete Dispersal September 17

The bidding was spirited at the Car-Bon Farm Complete Dispersal held Monday, September 17 at the farm in Beaver Dam. Carl and Bonnie Werner, owners, had decided to become full-time grandparents after 58 years of breeding Registered Holsteins. The large crowd greatly appreciated this well-bred herd as 74 head averaged $3,766 proving once again that the industry appreciates good cattle AND good people! The Werners have bred 56 Excellent cows over the years and their current BAA stood at 110.5%. For nearly 20 years, the herd was on a management intensive grazing program with the rolling herd average at 18,249 3.6 657 3.0 549. Nearly 75% of the herd traced to Car-Bon Pete Abby EX-93 4E, a Reserve All-Wisconsin winner and HM Junior All-American winner in 1986. The high price of the day came on Lot 1, Car-Bon Goldwyn Angela-ET, a beautiful VG-87 Goldwyn in her first lactation. Claiming the blue ribbon in the Junior 3 Year Old class at the District 8 Holstein Show earlier this year, this promising young cow is backed by four Excellent dams all at 92 or 93 points from the Abby family. Fellow District 8 breeders, Budjon Farms and their partner, Peter Vail, placed the final bid of $13,300 to take Angela to Lomira. A big, black Sanchez heifer springing to Guthrie with a heifer calf created a great deal of interest and when all was said & done, she sold for $11,200 to Andy Houk, Unity. Car-Bon Sanchez Ashley is backed by an EX-94 Durham who had just calved in August for the tenth time! Ashley’s Pronto sister, just fresh in August with her second calf was a favorite among the exceptional group of young cows at Car-Bon. CarBon Pronto Amelia VG-85 sold for $10,000 to Robert Schwandt, Juneau. Another exciting young cow with a welded on udder was Car-Bon Sanchez Laya VG-85. This Sanchez had placed fourth in the recent 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

Dodge County Holstein Futurity and is backed by an EX-93 27,160 James that many say was the finest cow ever to grace the Car-Bon pastures! Jenna Langer paid $8,900 to add this promising senior two year old to their DeForest herd. The Werner’s involvement and interest in grazing lead them to a hobby of breeding an elite group of Normandes. Five exceptional Normandes sold in the sale averaging $3,950. The sale generated a great deal of interest from breeders throughout Wisconsin and surrounding states but a review of the buyer’s list shows that all of the Car-Bon Holsteins stayed in Wisconsin, primarily within a 100 mile radius! The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. Tom Morris sold the sale with Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree commentary. Accepting bids from the overflow crowd as well as several phone bids were Rick Bovre, Lynn Harbaugh, Perry Phend, Bob Sabo, Chad Ryan and Brandon Ferry. Paula Bovre clerked the sale with Mary Feucht and Robin Gunnink passing slips. The fitting crew of Cody Schultz, Travis Krohlow, Neal Laneville, Ryan Lauber, Nicholas Schuster and Katie Phend had the herd looking superb.

Fond du Lac Holstein Classic - September 25

The Fond du Lac Holstein Classic sponsored by the Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders Assoc. was held on September 25 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. A nice crowd was on hand to bid on the line-up of good uddered young cows and promising heifers offered. Claiming honors as high seller for the evening was Welsh-Valley Gold Lydia-ET GTPI +2022. This Goldwyn three year old certainly needed to see the classifier as she looked to score in the high VG category! She was consigned by Esperanza Cattle Co. and Max Angle, Peterson, MN. Rollyn Aberle, Tremont, IL placed the final bid of $6,500 to add her to his herd at Tremont, IL. Another impressive Goldwyn sold for $4,800. Elk-Creek-Acres GW Satin-ET was already scored VG-86, had made 33,740 at 2-01 and sold bred to Windbrook. Esperanza Cattle Co. bought out partner Max Angle to own this granddaughter of International Holstein Show Grand Champion, Acme Star Lily EX-94. A silky, dairy Stormatic daughter offered by Jeff & Dan Liner, Van Dyne sold for $4,000 to Ron Kelm, Markesan. Linerway Stormatic Ellis-ET EX-91 sold milking 123 lbs. and serviced to Aftershock. This 35,960 producer hails from the Elegance family. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with 55 lots averaging $2077. Darrell Worden sold the sale with Rick Bovre giving pedigree updates. Kevin Jorgensen, Lynn Harbaugh, Chad Ryan and Brandon Ferry performed ringman duties.

Harmony-Ho Holsteins Fall Harvest Sale October 18

On October 18, 2012, the Bredl family of Harmony-Ho Holsteins welcomed fellow dairymen to their well-managed dairy in Stratford for the Harmony-Ho Holsteins Fall Harvest Sale. Ralph and Sharon Bredl and their daughter, Martine Bredl-Lueck offered a group of 73 young, lovely uddered cows from their 400 cow dairy. These cows were primarily all first and second lactation cows and on the September test this group averaged 101.9 pounds with an SCC of 150. The prices were consistent throughout the sale with a top price of $3,000 achieved on two different cows. A GP-82 Advent with 24,423 at 1-11 sold fresh in August, milking 119 pounds and just serviced to Shan. She was purchased by Shane Zawislan, Spencer. A Rickland Desmond two year old milking 92 pounds and due in March to Petrone sold to Gary Housner, Elroy for $3,000. Her VG-87 34,880 dam is a maternal sister to the popular sire, O Style! In 2007, Ralph and Sharon established the Harmony Dairy Speciality Foods producing a variety of cheeses from the Harmony-Ho Holsteins milk supply. Each buyer was treated to a Harmony-Ho cheese gift box. The 73 cows averaged $1963. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with Rick Bovre and Darrell Worden teaming up in the sale box. Kevin Jorgensen, Lynn Harbaugh, Perry Phend, Chad Ryan and Brandon Ferry fielded the bids while Paula Bovre and Cindy Worden handled the clerking duties.

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AI & INDUSTRY NEWS ABS Global Welcomes Josh Jens as District Sales Manager

DeForest, Wis.: Josh Jens has joined ABS Global, Inc. as a district sales manager for southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and Iowa. “Josh has a tremendous background in agriculture, dairy management and sales that will make him an exceptional addition to the central division team,” stated Matt Anderson, central division manager. “We look forward to utilizing his leadership and motivation to lead a strong sales team and grow and develop dairy and beef sales within his district.” Josh brings diverse knowledge of the dairy industry to his new role, as his most recent position was as an equipment consultant where he was responsible for assessing customer equipment needs and assisting them with purchases. Prior to his incorporation into the equipment business, he was an area sales manager for ABS, where he delivered value-added genetic solutions and programs while ensuring profitable sales growth in his territory. As a district sales manager, Jens will develop effective sales plans for his assigned district and manage the implementation of plans within the sales force. He will also be responsible for acquiring new employees and developing business objectives that will be overseen by the divisional manager and director of U.S. sales. Josh will be based out of his home in the Madison area.

Membership Vote Would Establish Largest Grassroots Milk Cooperative in the Midwest

Madison, Wis.: The board of directors for Family Dairies USA, Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative and Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers have unanimously voted to recommend a unified merger for their membership. Combined, these three cooperatives could soon become the largest Midwest dairy marketing cooperative. Informational meetings will be held by each cooperative’s membership over the next six weeks. The proposal to merge will be voted on by each membership in mid-December. If the merger passes, the new, combined cooperative will begin business function January 1, 2013. Under the new cooperative, the combined member representation will be divided into a total of nine districts, based on membership within each district. The current directors from each of the three cooperatives will transition into the new organization, helping ensure consistency in leadership and membership voice. Family Dairies USA Milk Program and the Fox Valley Quality Control Laboratory will continue to operate as subsidiaries of the new cooperative. Family Dairies USA, based in Madison, Wis., is a grassroots, non-partisan, regional dairy co-op organization dedicated to bring fairness and equity to its family farm members in dairy policy matters and to provide excellence in dairy marketing services at reasonable prices. Family Dairies represents approximately 2,300 farms. Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, based in Manitowoc, Wis., was established in 1933 and represents more than 2,650 farms. The cooperative provides required Federal Milk Marketing Order services to members and is co-owner of a milk quality testing laboratory for components, cultures and somatic cell counts. Milwaukee Cooperative Milk Producers, based in Brookfield, Wis., represents approximately 500 farms, providing insurance alternatives to dairy producers. Together with Manitowoc Milk Producers Cooperative, they co-own Fox Valley Quality Control Laboratory in Neenah, Wis. The cooperative was established in 1916.

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Ryan O’Leary Hometown: Brandon, WI High School: Laconia High School Class Size: 80 Farm: Irish Meadow Holsteins Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? Wisconsin is the dairy state and UW-Madison is the dairy school. The best education I could possibly receive was obviously going to come from the UW. The faculty cares about cows and farming as well. What has been your most memorable college experience? Going to the Rosebowl and seeing the Badgers play against TCU in 2010. I went with a group of 13 fellow Babcock members which led to an amazing experience with lifelong friends! What has been your favorite course? The best course that I have taken would have to be AAE 320, Farm Systems Management. Paul Mitchell is an excellent professor and makes the class very applicable to real life agriculture. What are your future career goals? I am going to be working for East Central Select Sires when I graduate in May. They decided to offer me a full-time position after I completed a summer internship with the co-op. I will be a relief technician in the Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Dodge County areas. Further down the road, I would like to own and operate a large dairy with my parents Neil and Fran, and my three brothers Josh, Matthew, and Nathan.

UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Beth Heinze

Inquiry Lives Here

Biely wins Great Northern Cup

Cara Biely was awarded the Great Northern Cup at the 2012 Wisconsin Junior State Fair. The Great Northern Cup is sponsored by the Great Northern Land & Cattle Company, Rick and Paula Bovre, and acknowledges a Holstein exhibitor at the State Fair that excels in sportsmanship, showmanship, fellowship, leadership and herdsmanship. Biely is the 20 year old daughter of Mark & Lois Biely from Menchalville in Manitowoc County. She has two brothers, Cory and Curt and a sister-in-law Clare. Her home farm is Car-Cor Holsteins in Poy Sippi, in Waushara County, where they milk 64 cows. She is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is majoring in Dairy Science. At school she is involved in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture and UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team.

from the Wisconsin Holstein Association staff & Board of Directors.

Thank you for your continued business and participation. Cara Biely (center) is pictured with Great Northern Cup sponsors Rick & Paula Bovre

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WHA Present s...

The 2013 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, 2012. Any state member can nominate a heifer using the form below. All entries must be received with a fee of $50 by February 1, 2013. 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 2013 Midwest National Spring Holstein Show on Saturday, April 20, 2013. 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 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. This is a great opportunity to promote the heifers entered!

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. By entering your calf in the Treasure Quest, you are committed to Due by February 1, 2013 to potentially having the calf selected as the winner. WI Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913 42–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012


2013 Junior Holstein Convention Tentative Schedule of Events

Friday, December 28

9:00 a.m. 9:00 a.m.

9:50 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Noon-4:30 4:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m. 6:45 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

DJM interviews begin 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 Dairy Jeopardy Officials Orientation meeting Dairy Jeopardy Roll Call and contest begins Farm tour to Larson Acres Dairy and Kuhn Knight manufacturing. A box lunch will be provided. One late bus will be available should Dairy Jeopardy still be going. WHA Junior Forum & District Caucuses Rock County Welcome County Roll Call – Bell-R-Ring Rock’n the Scene – Rock the scene and let us know just who you are at Junior Convention. Top honors will be awarded to the county that can bring down the roof. Award presented by the JACs. Presentation of Progressive Breeder awards Presentation of Long Range Production awards District Caucuses Dairy Bowl Seating Exam Magical Fiesta buffet Magic Show

Saturday, December 29

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

Dairy Bowl Judge’s orientation Rookie & Junior Dairy Bowl county roll call Rookie and Junior Dairy Bowl contests Speaking Contest – all ages (will begin with Senior, then Intermediate and finish with Juniors) 9:00 a.m. Contest Room opens 10:00 a.m. Princess interviews 11:30 a.m. Princess Pasta Party Buffet First time attendee recognition, Holsti-Buck Mystery Choice Auction, Junior Farm Tour, Essay, Graduate Recognition, Dairy Jeopardy Awards announced 12:45 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl roll call 1:00 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl contest 4:30-5:30 p.m. Adult Forum 7:30 p.m. Red Carpet Affair Dinner 2012 Junior Holstein Recap Speaking Contest, 12 & Under, YMR, DJM, Royalty and Holstein Boy & Girl announced Scholarship Presentation & Live Auction Dance & Holsti-Buck silent auction to follow banquet

Sunday, December 30 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. To follow

Finale Breakfast Buffet Contest Room results and Spirit Award Business Meeting, JAC Elections and Raffle Drawing Junior & Senior Dairy Bowl Finals

Please visit our website at to see the complete list of rules for our contests and dairy bowl resources.

2012 Scholarship Auction Items

Bring your checkbooks and get ready to bid at our live scholarship auction taking place during the banquet Saturday night, December 29, 2012 in Janesville at Junior Convention! Proceeds benefit the WHA Scholarship fund with one item going towards the Rock County Juniors. A special thank you to our industry supporters for these items! 1. (2 tickets) University of Wisconsin Men’s basketball game vs. the preseason ranked #3 Ohio State Buckeyes on Sun., February 17, 2013. Donated by Rob and Karla Rippchen. 2. (2 tickets) University of Wisconsin Men’s basketball game vs. the preseason ranked #5 Michigan Wolverines on Sat., February 9, 2013. Donated by Corey Geiger and Krista Knigge 3) Paul Molitor signed baseball donated by Mary Knigge 4) 2-night stay in a Desert Room, up to 4 guests, at Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells. Expires March 2014 and donated by Kalahari Resorts 5) A Bonnie Mohr certificate towards a signed and numbered print donated by Bonnie Mohr 6) A stay at Doc Daluge’s House (4 nights midweek lodging for winter or up to a 1 week summer lodging for up to 12 people). A $400 value good until March, 2014. Donated by Rick and Peggy Daluge, Daluge Travel 7) (2 tickets) University of Wisconsin Men’s basketball game vs. Illinois on Sat., January 12, 2013. Donated by Danielle Brown 8) Andis Progress Clipper Set donated by Andis 9) (2 tickets) University of Wisconsin Men’s Hockey tickets vs. Miami University RedHawks on Sat., January 19, 2013. Donated by Ted Halbach 10) “Unique to Platteville” gift basket donated by the UW-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club 11) The vertical cattleman’s deluxe show box. A 36 wide x 56 tall x 26 deep dairy cattle show box made of wood with lights, wheels, 2 doors with shelving units. It’s a very impressive show box, especially for the female dairy exhibitors! Donated by and proceeds go towards the Rock County Junior Holstein Association.

Can’t make the live event? Place your bid over the phone: Larry Nelson (608) 347-6781 or Chad Ryan (920) 960-1449


2013 WI State Banner Contest Entry Form

Postmark by December 14, 2012 and mail to: WHA, 902 Eighth Ave, Baraboo, WI, 53913; fax to 608-356-6312 or email

No entry fee if postmarked by December 14, 2012. $5 late fee applies for all entries received up to Junior Convention.

County: _______________________________ Contact: _______________________________ Address: _______________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________ E-mail:________________________________ Phone: ________________________________ wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012-43


ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

I can’t believe another year is almost gone. It feels like just last week we were getting ready for Spring Show! Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors that help to make the WHA programs, awards and shows possible. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the advertisers that supported the magazine this past year and to those that contributed to the News by submitting articles, county info or agreed to be a breeder profile. We’ve had a great year at WHA and the News and we’re looking forward to an even better 2013! This month’s issue is our annual youth issue. We’ve got profiles on our YMR and 12 & Under Recogntion winners, articles from several of our collegiate and post-secondary ag programs and articles on a couple of the 4-H teams that competed this fall. We’ve also got several ads from junior members and from families showcasing what their junior members have done this year. I hope you’ll enjoy this issue! As we look forward to 2013, I encourage you to start thinking about your marketing plan for the coming year. Contract information is now available and this is a great way to save money on all of the ads you run during the year... and our contracts start at just four times per year, any ad size. Watch next month’s issue for more info on all the feature issues for 2013. Next month’s issue will feature District 4 and Marathon County, who is hosting the state convention in February. I encourage you to take time to attend the convention this year - it looks to be a great time. Please note that this is a busy weekend in the Wausau area so we’re encouraging everyone to make hotel reservations early - the room blocks will be released after January1. More information is printed on page 37 of this issue. During this holiday season, I hope you all have plenty of time to spend with family and friends. Wishing you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Until next time...




December 2012 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington & Waukesha counties 1 WHA Board Meeting 1 Dairy Jeopardy & Speaking Contest entries due to WHA office 8 WHA Junior Convention registrations due to Rock County 8 Barron County Holstein Breeders Fall Sale, Barron Pavillion, 11:00 a.m. 28-30 2013 Junior Holstein Convention, Janesville, hosted by Rock County January 2013 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 1 2015 Futurity entries due 12 2013 Top Performer entries due (postmarked) February 2013 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 22-24 WHA Adult Convention, Stoney Creek Inn - Wausau, 1100 Imperial Ave., Rothschild, WI 54474, hosted by Marathon County 22 WI Holstein Futures Sale, Stoney Creek Inn - Wausau, Rothschild March 2013 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 9 16th Badger Invitational, University of WI-Madison Stock Pavilion, Madison, assisted by Tom Morris Ltd. 16 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 20 WHA Barn Meeting, site TBD 21 WHA Barn Meeting, site TBD 22 The Quest for Success Sale, hosted by Bella-View Holsteins, Marion 23 Milksource Tag Event, Kaukauna 28 WHA Barn Meeting, site TBD 29 WHA Barn Meeting, site TBD April 2013 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 8 WI Showcase Sale, Fond du Lac 13 Redfest at Crescentmead Holsteins, Ixonia, managed by Todd Wendorf 20 Midwest National Spring Show, Jefferson 30 2015 Futurity late entry deadline Other Upcoming Events May 4, 2013 Celebration III Sale hosted by Duckett Holsteins, Marshfield, managed by Mike & Julie Duckett June 14, 2013 District 10 Holstein Show, Chilton June 18, 2013 District 6 Holstein Show, Stoughton June 19, 2013 District 7 Holstein Show, Seymour June 21, 2013 District 3 Holstein Show, Lancaster June 24, 2013 District 2 Holstein Show, West Salem July 7-11, 2013 National Holstein Convention, Indianapolis, IN July 9-11, 2013 Farm Technology Days, Barron County July 15-16, 2013 WI Championship Show, Lancaster

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Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail: 46–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2012

Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . 28 & 37 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 45 The Practice Veterinary Services . . . . . . . 37 Triple-Hil Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 & 40 UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Voight Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 WI Holstein Futures Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

ROCKWELL daughters (top to bottom): Enge Meadowood Rockwell 1637, Enge’s Meadowood Farm, Wisconsin Cycle Norma Rockwell, Cycle Farm, Wisconsin Sunset Oaks Rock Starz, Tony Welti, Wisconsin B-Enterprise Rockwell 7176, Brigeen Farms, Maine



USA 137941663 100% RHA-NA aAa: 234156 DMS: 126, 561

August 2012 Sire Summary:

TPI +2111 Milk +1666 +.07% +80F +.01% +54P 86%R Type +2.75 UDC +1.70 FLC +2.94 Calving Ease = 7% 85 daughters 55 herds

ONLY PROGENY TESTED BULL +2.75 TYPE & +134 LBS. OF FAT AND PROTEIN Sire: Jenny-Lou Mrshl Toystory-ET Dam: Brigeen Morty Rhonda EX-92 DOM 2-00 2x 365 34,270 4.4 1494 3.2 1092 Gr’Dam: Brigeen Convincer Rhonda EX-95 2E GMD DOM 4-10 2x 365 66,420 4.3 2839 2.9 1943 3rd Dam: Brigeen Emory Raisa-ET EX-92 2-00 2x 365 22,820 3.6 813 3.1 701 4th Dam: Brigeen-C Integrit Robin-ET EX-95 2E DOM 5th Dam: C Haselmere Prelude Rhoda EX-91 GMD Descends from “Queen of the Breed” Roxy

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December 2012 Wisconsin Holstein News  

December 2012 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring YMR and 12 & Under winners, RHC Holsteins breeder profile and District 6 featur...

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