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Volume 87 No. 1

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Adult Convention Information Distinguished Junior Members District 1 Feature

Flicker photo „ Cybil Fisher; Frosting „ Lea McCullough

Willows-Edge Bolton Flicker EX-94 EX-94MS

Willows-Edge Mac Frosting EX-92 EX-94MS

5-01 2x 318 39,638 4.9 1962 2.9 1145 ~ Backed by 8 GMDs, first 3 dams EX-92 1st 6 Year & Older, Best Udder & B&O, District 1 Senior & Grand Champion, Best Udder of Show & Champion Bred & Owned, District 1 1st Dam & Offspring, District 1 Member of 1st Best 3 Females, District 1 All-Wisconsin Dam & Offspring Reserve All-Wisconsin Best 3 Females

4-02 2x 227 23,871 5.0 1193 2.9 701 inc. ~ Flicker’s daughter by Mac 1st 4 Year, Best Udder & B&O, District 1 1st Dam & Offspring, District 1 Member of 1st Best 3 Females, District 1 All-Wisconsin Dam & Offspring Reserve All-Wisconsin Best 3 Females

Selling February 20 at the Wisconsin Futures Sale Choice of Flicker’s two Atwoods born 5/14 & 6/14 Feel free to stop by the farm to see these two heifers and their herdmates while you’re in the area for the WHA Convention

Premier Breeder: BAA: 111.8% 49 EX, 54 VG, 7 GP

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

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

Oldies but Goodies...

Wargo-Acres Hummer EX-92 3E

Wargo-Acres Doria-ET EX-92 3E

7-02 3x 365 41,707 3.2 1305 2.9 1226 Lifetime to date: 248,864 7520 7757

4-05 3x 365 40,709 4.0 1611 3.0 1252 Lifetime to date: 228,725 10,140 7274

Familiar Faces...

Wargo-N-JD Super Delux-ET EX-90

Wargo-N-JD Iota Direction EX-90 3Y

3-01 3x 365 40,174 4.1 1655 3.4 1369 ~ Continues to be a favorite of our foreign clientele

1-10 3x 365 29,196 4.3 1270 3.1 906 ~ 3 daughters in the heifer pens over +2400

Rising Stars...

Wargo-Acres Guth Metalic-ET EX-90 3Y

Wargo-Acres Guth Mankato-ET VG-89 3Y

1-10 3x 315 25,843 4.3 1073 3.3 862 ~ Embryos for sale by Mogul

1-11 3x 312 24,582 4.2 1040 3.4 843 ~ Ready to enter our flush program

As we move into the New Year we are excited to share a few of the latest classification highlights above which pushed the herd to 44 EX, 167 VG and 88 GP cows for a BAA of 108.3 on 300 cows. Thanks to everyone who purchased Wargo Acres genetics last year. We wish you nothing but the best. Also, thanks to our clients who put their animals under our care. We look forward to continuing to work hard for you. Stop in for a visit, we’d love to show you the herd. Gordon & Emily Carncross | Craig & Jen Carncross W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 | 608-592-2560 Craig cell Check us out at BAA: 108.3% on 300 cows RHA: 384 cows 30,495 3.8 1157 3.1 930

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

1-800-223-4269 Wisconsin Holstein News: Official Publication of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Published 11 months per year by Wisconsin Holstein Publications To Advertise: P.O. Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; Phone (608) 723-4933; Fax (608) 723-4973; e-mail: January 2015

VOLUME 87 No. 1

Features: 10 12 14 15 20 24

Breeder Profiles: District 1 Holstein Breeders Board of Director elections WHA Convention registration form WHA Convention information Wisconsin Holstein’s Wall of Fame Distinguished Junior Members

Departments: 8 8 9 26 27 28 29 30

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Chris McCullough WHA Princess & Princess Attendant columns District 1 report WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

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

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

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

NATIONAL DIRECTORS: Paul Buhr - 608-606-3480, Viroqua, WI Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294, Mukwanago, WI

On The Cover

This month’s cover features the group from Pierce and Pepin Counties that is hosting the 2015 WHA Convention in River Falls. For more convention information, please turn to page 14. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

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

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs D Congratulations to Kylene and Mark Anderson, Fort Atkinson, on the birth of their son, Kirk Martin on December 6. Kirk weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. and joins big sister Isabelle and big brother Kiefer. L Congratulations to Ben and Jenny Binversie, Luck, on the birth of their daughter Kristyn Lynn on December 11. She weighed 9 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Kristyn joins big brothers Jake and Nick. D Congratulations to Kevin and Peggy Coffeen, DePere, on the birth of their son Carter Craig on November 28. Carter weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20.75 inches long. He joins big sister Makenna and big brother Coltin. K Our condolences to the family of Otis Gilbertson, who passed away recently. A full obituary is printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Otis Gilbertson

Otis LeRoy Gilbertson, age 88 of Hollandale died on Monday evening, October 27, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He was born on January 8, 1926 on the family farm in rural Hollandale to Martin and Nellie (Vamstad) Gilbertson. He grew up in rural Hollandale where he worked with his family on the family farm and attended Hollandale grade and high school where he graduated from in 1943. He served in World War II after he enlisted in the United States Navy, and served in the South Pacific in the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima on the USS Sarpedon. After being discharged from service, Otis married Dorothy Isabelle Anderson on July 8, 1947. He worked for Severson Hardware in Hollandale where they lived in the apartment above the store and in 1949 he and Dorothy began farming together on their farm on the edge of Hollandale. In 1988, Otis and Dorothy built their retirement home overlooking the farm. Upon semi-retirement from farming, he became an insurance agent for almost 20 years for Mount Pleasant-Perry Mutual Insurance from Monticello and served in the company as secretary and vice-president. Otis played home talent baseball in Hollandale along with his brothers. He was a charter member of the Olaf Martinson American Legion Post 510 and served as commander up until early 2014. On April 17, 2010 he was honored to participate in the inaugural Badger Honor Flight traveling to Washington, DC. He served the Hollandale community as a village board member for many years. Otis was baptized, confirmed and married in Hollandale Lutheran Church where he was a member his entire life and also sat on the churchcouncil. He was a member of the Hollandale Fire Department for 34 years where he served as secretary for many years. Otis instilled his love and dedication for farming Gildale Holsteins and serving in the fire department, in his son and grandson. His love of family and his wife of over 66 years, his heritage, his country, the community, the land, nature, and animals taught lessons to all. His courage, perseverance and optimism provided inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Otis is survived by three children, Mark (Vickie Mowbray) Gilbertson of Hollandale, Julie Hoege of McFarland, and Tamra Exterovich of Madison; five grandchildren: Kari, Jennifer, Erik, Nikita and Alexandra; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law Marie Gilbertson and a brother-in-law William Whitford, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy who died on December 22, 2013; his daughter Sheri Noble who died on July 30, 2005; and three brothers, Orin, Burnell and Martin, Jr.

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From your President Chris McCullough Dear Wisconsin Holstein members, I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays with your friends and family. As winter seems to certainly be in full swing again it brings us closer to our adult convention witch will be in River Falls this year at the Best Western Plus. Bob Trayner, this year’s chairman, has assured me that they have a fun filled weekend planned for us and knowing Bob I am sure we will all have plenty of laughs. Ice Fishing, Holstein USA Meeting, committee meetings, young producers roundtable and YAC Futures Sale will all take place on Friday. Saturday will include the Early Bird session, Wisconsin Holstein annual meeting, farm tours, Wine and Paint (spouses outing), and the banquet will all be on Saturday. If you have never been to an adult convention I highly encourage you to do so, it is sure to be a great time. At our annual meeting we will have two current board members ineligible for re-election. Todd Stanek and Matt Lippert are going off the board and we would like to thank them for all their service. This also brings the opportunity to bring in two new board members as well. Kevin Jorgensen and Bill Calvert have completed their first term and are both seeking re-election. In this issue you will see the candidates that have already stepped forward. If you would like to run as well, there is still time. Please contact either myself or the office if you are interested. I know it has been a great experience for me as well as our other fellow board members. Hope to see you all in River Falls! Chris McCullough

Tribute to Marlowe E. Nelson by Bill Eustice, Regancrest/Exodus Holsteins Marlowe E. Nelson was my 1957 Wisconsin State 4-H Judging team coach. He invited me to stay in his and late first wife Phyllis’s home while training for the National 4-H Contest in Waterloo, IA. They treated me like a family member - taking me to elite Wisconsin herds and non-stop talking on type evaluation, cow families and sire selection. Our family had grades and Marlowe found us 10 registered cows at $1000 each. Our parents, Sherman and Rose Eustice, didn’t have money to buy them; Marlowe said he would pay half and become our partner. Later our parents had money to buy Marlowe’s half - he sold at no profit! Marlowe found a special cow for us (cost $1300) and she was 1963 Grand Champion at Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show (world’s largest dairy cattle show). I then became “hooked” on elite type. Marlowe nominated our dad, Sherman, for Wisconsin Holstein director - later becoming state President. In 1959 Marlower arranged for me to work with his cousin’s show herd (Gene & Pete Nelson, Grayview). It was a thrill to work with Skyanne, Crissy, Crisscross, Pet Crystal and Ramona Smokey (owned with Elmwood). In the 1960s Marlowe made me summer intern at Tri-State Breeders when he was sire procurement director. I remember his selection of Lifeof-Riley Marquis King *RC, saying “my competitors will call me crazy selecting a Marquis x Grayview Skyliner x Citation R (ABC Refelection Soverign-2X)”. History reveals August (EX-96) by “Riley” and Blackrose (EX-96) from a “Riley” daughter resulted from Marlowe’s wisdom. August, with Penstate Marksman Reflection in her maternal line has ABC - 3X! Maternal line sires of Dellia (EX-95) of my housing partner, Regancrest, were Marlowe selected sires. In 1977 Marlowe introduced me to Francios Dekker of the Netherlands, buying bulls for Europe. For the next seven years I was an agent west of the Mississippi resulting in 400+ sires exported to Europe. In 1979 Marlowe invited me on a eight day Japan trip to both main islands. We stayed with Shuzeh Fukuya’s family who he met in service in Hokkaido during the Korean Conflict. We were treated like royalty Marlowe was decorated with the Grand Order of the Sun on May 4, 2000 by the Japanese Government for his contribution to improved dairy genetics and management. Following our trip, Marlowe arranged for a Japanese trainee to work with Exodus Holsteins. Marlowe Nelson was recognized at World Dairy Expo was attended by many from numerous countries. Shuzoh Fukuya was one of the featured speakers. Marlowe’s contributions to our family and many other dairy people was enormous!

Tea Time with Teapot

Hello Fellow Holstein Enthusiasts! Dreams truly do come true. My year as the Wisconsin Holstein Princess has been one of the most rewarding and memorable times of my life. As I reflect on this past year, I cannot put into words the amount of appreciation and gratitude I have for those who have helped me along the way to get to this opportunity. I know I would not be where I am today, if it was not for the people who have influenced and encouraged me throughout my young life. I have been involved in numerous organizations; however the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association has positively impacted my life more than any other. The understanding of hard work, dedication, and the members themselves is what has made me who I am today. The Wisconsin Holstein Association has, and continues to bless me with lifelong friendships, memories and mentors. Since being crowned as Princess, one of my goals from the beginning was to be a positive role model to the youth of this organization and I truly hope that I have upheld that standard throughout my reign. As this year comes to a close, I have many people I would like to say “thank you” to. I would like to first thank Kristen, for being by my side throughout this past year. I’m glad to call you a friend, and happy we were able to share this journey together. Next, I would like to say “thank you” to Larry Nelson and the rest of the WHA staff for all of your hard work and efforts to make this tremendous organization run smoothly. Especially to the boss man, Larry for always being a text or phone call away, even if it was about fashion. Also, thank you to the princess mentors for your guidance throughout the year; including Barb Natske, Courtney Booth, Laura Herschleb, Peggy Sue Coffeen, Lisa Coyne and Chrissy Meyer. On a personal note, I would like to thank my two mentors and biggest supporters, my parents. These two have made me into the woman I am today, and am truly blessed to have them by my side. Also, I would like to thank God for he has and continues to bless me every day of my life. Lastly, to the members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association it has been a true honor and privilege to serve as the 2014 Wisconsin Holstein Princess. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the organization that I truly do love. Kayla Krueger


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Hello Friends, Firstly, I would like to congratulate all juniors on having an outstanding Convention. Also, a huge thank you to the Dodge County Juniors for hosting a great event. For me, Convention has been and always will be an event I look forward to in my junior career. It’s an amazing time to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and share our love of the Holstein cow. I commend you all for attending, participating, and excelling in what you do. If you did not have the chance to attend this year, make sure you add it to your “to do” list for the future! As mine and Kayla’s year has come to an end, we could not be more excited to hand our crowns down to two very deserving young ladies. This year has been full of awesome experiences that I will surely never forget. From experiencing my first Cow Camp, to throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game, to handing out awards on the colored shavings, this year has been nothing short of amazing! Of course this year would not have been possible without the endless support I received from this industry, my friends, and my family. To the Wisconsin Holstein Association adults and juniors, thank you for supporting Kayla and I at every event and for being such a tremendous membership who we are so honored to have been able to represent. Kayla, thank you for being the best partner I could have ever asked for in this crazy adventure. I will never forget our long car rides together or conversations ring side. To my friends, thank you for understanding my crazy schedule at shows and being there for me whenever I needed anything. To my sisters, Jenna and Nicole, thank you for being the best partners of Rock-Edge Holsteins I could ever ask for. You truly picked up every bit of my slack this summer and I could not be more grateful. To my mom, thank you for going out of your way to be my biggest supporter and for going “dress shopping” with me more than either of us would have ever imagined. My last thank you goes to the person who without him, I would not have the passion for the dairy industry that I do. Thank you Dad for instilling in me your passion for the Holstein cow and for being my guardian angel riding shotgun this summer as I drove from event to event in your old white truck. It has been an honor to serve as your 2014 WI Holstein Princess Attendant. It seems like just yesterday Kayla and I were crowned. To the 2015 Royalty, take every moment in; the year truly flies by! ’Til I see you again, Kristen Broege

Attention Wisconsin Holstein Members who plan to show this year -

There are several new rules for 2015 WHA affiliated shows • In order to exhibit an animal in a WHA affiliated show, it must have an official registration paper in the form of an actual paper, fax from Holstein USA or electronic PDF form from Holstein USA. NO confirmation letters will be accepted. • All membership dues are due or need to be postmarked by May 31 or there will be a $50 late fee added. • Members are STRONGLY encouraged to make sure their animals that are tag ID’d have two tags according to Holstein USA guidelines - “The Holstein Tag ID program involves using a combination of two approved identifiers, one of which must be a Large or Maxi tag. The other identifier may be a: mini-round, RFID, Junior, Large or Maxi tag. As an alternative to the two identifier rule, Large or Maxi tags may also be used in combination with: an ear tattoo, freeze-brand, photo or sketch for registration.” wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015-9


Catching up with District 1 Holstein Breeders by Ashley Yager As we ring in 2015 and celebrate 125 years of Wisconsin Holstein, the WHA office editorial staff thought it was time to shake things up. Rather than feature one farm each month, we’re going to feature several - profiling new herds as well as catching up with some that we’ve profiled before. On a brisk December day, I had the opportunity to make the trek north and check out a few herds in the Pierce/Pepin area. Seeing good cows and talking breeding philosophies never gets old, and neither does walking into a great herd of cows for the first time. The three farms I was able to tour in December were a prime example of a few ‘hidden gems’ - producers that are doing an awesome job but also show their passion for good cows through the meticulous care they take of their facilities and breeding programs.

Patnode-Lane Holsteins Weston & Jenni Patnode Family eston Patnode and his family, like most Registered Holstein breeders, truly enjoy milking good cows. He and his wife, Jenni, purchased the farm from Weston’s parents (Wayne and Anita) eight years ago following his completion of UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course. Weston is the fourth generation on the farm, founded by his great-grandpa in 1948 just outside of Arkansaw, Wis. The farm consists of 400 acres, with 200 tillable. The Patnodes have 50 milking cows, with an additional 70 head of youngstock. Weston and Jenni have two sons, Warner (6) and Brayden (2). They milk twice a day and run a rolling herd average at 22,500 pounds of milk. There are currently 12 EX or VG cows in the barn. Weston grew up an active participant in 4-H and FFA, including judging at the National FFA contest. Jenni works off the farm at Schaefer Oil, but helps at home when she can. While the farm has been home to registered animals since 1990, the last few years have provided an opportunity for Weston to invest in some key cow families and take his marketing program to the next level. In 2014, Weston made a few high-profile purchases that have helped increase the visibility of his herd while allowing him to pursue high indexing cows and heifers. This has increased contract interest from bull studs, while allowing Weston the chance to start marketing his genetics. At the 2014 WI Convention Futures Sale, Weston purchased Matcrest Oak Cancun, an October 2013 AltaOak heifer with +2341


GTPI from a GP-83 OStyle then EX-90 Larcrest Constance. There are seven pregnancies from Cancun, by sires AltaSpring, Supershot and Delta. Weston made two purchases at the Minnesota Spring Sale, including Larcrest Cleveland, GP-83, and Gil-Gar Uno Wendi, born October 2013. Cleveland is a Freddie x VG-86 Larcrest ChenileET x EX-90 Larcrest Outside Champagne that stems from the same maternal line as Cancun from Larcrest Holsteins. The Patnodes have pregnancies to First Class and Yoder from Cleveland. Wendi is an Uno x VG-85 Butz-Butler Snowman WhitneyET x GP-83 Gil-Gar Jeeves Winnie that is just getting set up for her first flushes. In addition to these purchases, Weston is excited to work with his homebred family and foundation dam Patnode-Lane MOM Mindy, GP-83. With 11 total daughters (seven milking), her impact in the herd is already outstanding, with consistent, stylish daughters with high numbers. Milking daughters are sired by Epic (4) and Hill (3), and there are additional heifers on the ground by Ladd-P, AltaOak, and Archive-Red. Mindy has been confirmed pregnant to Josuper for 2015. There is a fancy Large daughter, just fresh, from Mindy’s GP-83 sister, in addition to calves by Supersire and Shakespeare from Mindy’s VG-88 sister. As the Patnodes continue to build their genetic profile, they will continue incorporating some genomic sires while sticking with some proven bulls as well. Calves on the ground include sires Racer, Commander, Kingboy, Bombero, Monterey, and Jackman, with favorites coming from Supersire, Altaoak, Liquid Gold and Shakespeare. With the interest in contracting his up-and-comers and four bulls already sent to stud, Weston works closely with his AI reps and keeps atop the lists each sire summary to stay ahead of the genetic trends. The Patnode-Lane herd also has a lot of Durham influence, as well as BW Marshall, Juror sons and O-Man sons, particularly ManO-Man and Iota. With a solid foundation and a knowledgeable captain at the helm, the Patnodes are primed for success. Weston would like to eventually get to 70 or 80 cows and maybe have a small freestall barn, but still keep numbers low enough for the family to manage. For Weston, it’s about the cows and continuing to try and find the ‘right’ ones to buy and develop.

Afdahl Holsteins – The Brad Afdahl Family n this day and age, many Holstein breeders have the opportunity to inherit a family farm and herd of cows to pursue their dream of dairying. Some, however, have to start from scratch, and Brad Afdahl is a prime example of how the will to work and attention to detail can pave a successful path in the Registered Holstein business. He knew he wanted to farm at a young age - dreaming about milking

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cows and driving tractors – so that’s precisely what he’s doing now that he’s ‘grown up.’ When the Wisconsin Holstein News last featured Brad and his wife Kristin in 2000, they were living in New Richmond on a 35-acre farm. Since then, they relocated to a spot with more acreage outside of Arkansaw, Wis., and have completely renovated the scene to a truly picturesque version of a western Wisconsin dairy farm. In 2003 the Afdahls made the move to their current location, which consists of 170 total acres and a 55-cow tie-stall barn that was built new in 2010 after the original barn was falling apart. In fact, other than a pair of machine sheds, the farm is 100% different than what it was in 2003. Brad and Kristin have two boys, Bo (10) and Ian (7). Brad’s theory for breeding cows revolves around ‘trouble-free perfection,’ and it shows most on his DHIA sheet with an average somatic cell count of 45,000 and a no-tolerance policy for mastitis. He culls aggressively, and does not use sexed semen or rBST. The Afdahl herd has also been closed for ten years, with no embryo transfer work. Even with a 35% heifer rate, Brad’s strict and successful management protocol has produced a 100% homebred and commercial herd of cows that work as good as they look. In addition, he focuses on breeding cattle for conformation and type, for profitable cows. Brad uses 95% proven sires, with a few genomic bulls sprinkled in the mix for the outcross factor. Right now, he is using Gold Chip, Dempsey, Pirate, and Mogul on his cows. The herd’s BAA is 107.5%. Since the last time Afdahl Holsteins was featured, Brad bred and developed a world record contender for milk. Afdahl Rudolph Taegan, EX-90, produced in 3x and 365 days 67,882 pounds milk with 1988 pounds fat and 1804 pounds protein. She accomplished this after being dry for a full year and calving at five years and two months of age. She was only 350 pounds shy of the record at the time. Another cow that is still a headliner in the bloodlines at Afdahls is Dalse Highlight Kathy, EX-94. Kathy was purchased from Brad’s cousin’s dispersal, and her daughter, Dalse Bomaz 1551, went to Bomaz farms as a young cow to become a founding mother for many bulls in AI today. Brad also has a VG-87 Trump daughter that is on the locator list and is making a 40,000 pound record this year on 2x milking. In addition, an early 2000s purchase of a member of the Leadman Karen family from Indianhead has provided some big-bodied, framey bovines that Brad really likes. The Afdahls were milking 3x/day until the spring of 2013, and are still maintaining a rolling herd average over 29,000 pounds milk with a 3.95% fat and 3.3% protein test. Brad commented that they’ve been able to maintain somatic cell at a low level, and have lost some milk in two-year-old lactations, but the labor needs fit their goals of the operation more appropriately. Brad looks forward to continuing the development of his herd so that he can increase the opportunity to market in the future.

R-Green Acres – The Raethke Family he crew at R-Green-Acres has been very busy since their last appearance in the Wisconsin Holstein News, just a few years ago. Family cooperation remains a large part of this dairy, owned and operated by Myrna Raethke with her three sons, Jeff, Jon and Chuck. The farm is home to just over 200 milk cows with an additional 200


head of youngstock and 50 bulls, which are sold both as breeding bulls and marketed to AI companies. The Raethkes run a rolling herd average at 25,600 pounds milk, with 970 pounds fat and 770 pounds protein. In the last few years, the family has also built two new heifer sheds – one houses young calves through age five and six months, and the other for heifers six months up to calving age. The genetic focus at R-Green Acres in recent years has shifted toward the use of genomics and polled sires, as they currently have nearly 50 polled females. The Raethkes have ten heifers by Ladd-P, with most of them polled. They have also used Laddman-P, AtlantaP, Ocean-PP, Zumba-P, and OHare-P. The Raethke’s homebred “T” family produced Pride Freddie Tata 905-ET, VG-85 and +2387 GTPI, number 70 on the top 100 female list for December 2014. Tata is a Freddie from VG-86 Shottle Tootles x EX-90 Ramos Toward x VG-87 Addison. She has three sons in AI – Tallyho, Tampa and Twister. Another female the Raethkes are working with from this line is Pride Lboy Today 829-P-ET, VG-87. She produced two polled and *RC Uno daughters, of which one was kept and the other sold to Seagull-Bay, along with a Kingboy bull and polled calves by Jaycee, Sudan and OHare-P.

Pride Lboy Today 829-P-ET VG-87 Many of the Raethke’s other high-profile cows and heifers, both genomic and polled, stem from the Honeycrest Patron Tanya maternal line. Pride Bookem Tussle 997-ET, GP-83 and +2418 GTPI, was 50th on the top 100 list in December. Tussle has two AltaOak sons in AI – one at Select Sires (Tux) and one at Accelerated (Tut). A maternal sister to Tussle, Pride Sham Toddler 1023-ET, GP-82, has Dorcy yearlings that are being flushed. Toddler is a Shamrock x Shottle x Laudan x Patron Tanya. Tussle and Toddler’s dam is MsPride Shotle Ticker594-ET, VG-86. Finally, MS Pride Plnt Tasket 788-ET, VG-85, is also a maternal sister from Shotle Ticker by Planet. Tasket was sold as a heifer to Genex, but the Raethkes continue to use her sons in their breeding program. The consistency in the Raethke’s herd is outstanding when walking through the pens. They are most fond of their two-year-old cows by Mogul and Hero, as well as Robust and Bookem. Chuck also used a lot of Iota, Gabor and Freddie, as they fit the high type, high TPI sire qualifications the Raethkes select for. Sires currently being used, in addition to the polled sires listed previously, include Jet Air, Jaycee, Troy, Sudan, Gabor, Remark and Tecumseh, a polled Eliminator son from Tata. R Green Acres has been recognized as a Progressive Genetics herd for over 20 years, and their latest classification yielded two new EX and 15 new VG cows. The Raethke family hopes to continue building on an already solid foundation of genetics by offering diversification through the use of polled sires. With a solid, innovative breeding philosophy, R Green Acres is set to take on the future with success.

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WHA Board of Directors Elections

At the 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, elections will be held for four board of director positions. Bill Calvert and Kevin Jorgensen are eligible for one more three-year term. If you are interested in running and would like to run a bio in the February issue, please contact the Wisconsin Holstein News by January 15.

Bill Calvert, Cuba City My name is Bill Calvert and I’m a fifth generation dairy farmer at Moorclose Holsteins near Cuba City with my wife, Kelle. We milk 90 Registered Holsteins and crop 420 acres. We have three children, twin daughters Madison and McKenzie and son Payton, who are all active in the Junior Association. Kelle and I were named Distinguished Young Breeders by the Wisconsin Holstein Association in 2008 and received the National Dairy Shrine’s Progressive Producer Award in 2013. We’ve had the top rolling herd average in the county from 2005 to 2011 and were honored to win the Premier Exhibitor banner at District 3 in 2013 & 2014 and the Premier Breeder banner in 2014. While on the board I’ve served on the Communications and Scholarship Committees. I’ve enjoyed serving on the board of directors for the past three years and would like your support for a second term representing southwest Wisconsin.

Craig Carncross, Lodi My name is Craig Carncross and I would like to announce my candidacy for the Board of Directors. I farm in Lodi with my wife Jen and sons, Gavin (5) and Nolan (3), alongside my parents Gordon and Emily. Our farm name is Wargo Acres, from my grandpa Warren (War) and my dad Gordon (Go). I graduated from UW-Madison and then came home to join the family corporation in 1999. Some leadership roles I have held include serving on my local DHIA board, serving as the Chairman for the District 5 Show and serving on the state show committee. I have also had a variety of roles helping youth, from coaching dairy judging teams to judging county fairs. I have also served as a delegate to the National Convention and was honored to be awarded the Younger Distinguished Breeder award in 2011. Wargo Acres is mostly homebred with over 95% of the cows carrying our prefix or one of our partnerships. We are proud to have been a Progressive Breeder Herd for 21 years, have bred over 110 Excellent cows (43 currently in the herd) and just had our eighth cow surpass the 300,000 pound mark. I feel that I am well suited to represent the breeders of Wisconsin because of the variety of avenues I have been involved in with the Holstein business. I also understand that it is important the breeders of this state have a strong and vibrant support network that has their best interests in mind and works for them. The dairy industry is rapidly changing and so is our niche that we call Registered Holsteins. I want to continue to make being a member of Wisconsin Holstein a good investment that represents the wide array of dairies and the numerous ways one can be involved with the Registered Holstein. I would appreciate your support and would be honored represent you as a Board Member.

Kevin Jorgensen, Waupun My name is Kevin Jorgensen and I am running for my second term on the Wisconsin Holstein Board of Directors. It has been a privilege and honor representing you the past three years and would be honored to serve a second term. I reside in Waupun and am currently a Holstein Sire Analyst for Select Sires as well as own a group of 80 Registered Holsteins primarily in partnership with Mystic Valley Dairy LLC in Sauk City. Additionally, the sales business is a secondary business for me and I work as a ringman and pedigree announcer throughout the US. I hold a deep passion for the Holstein cow and the breeders who work with them and work hard to promote and create value in them whenever possible. During the past three years on the board, I have served on the Executive Committee the past two years as well as on Finance, Young Adult and Co-chair the Sales and Merchandising Committee. We were pleased with the results of re-introducing the Wisconsin Showcase Sale 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

in 2013 after a seven year absence and are planning for the 125th Anniversary Edition on May 16th of this year. It is a strong belief of mine to promote the value of Registered Holsteins and the sale is an opportunity to benefit the members of the association. Once again thank you for the opportunity to serve you as a representative on the board and I would appreciate your support for another three years.

Pam Selz-Pralle, Humbird Registered Holsteins have played a tremendous role in my life and I would be honored to give back to this wonderful industry by serving on the Wisconsin Holstein Board. My husband Scott and I milk 400 cows in Humbird. Holsteins are our life and we are familiar faces at county, state and national events. I’ve been the Clark County Junior Holstein Advisor for 25 years, coach 4-H dairy judging and work with the county’s dairy program. Our children are active, enthusiastic juniors, thus I’m innately familiar with the junior program. On the state level, I’ve been a Wisconsin delegate to National Convention every year eligible and served on several state committees including two National Convention committees! My resume is rich in Ag. board experience, being past President of PDPW, AgSource, Central WI DHI and past Vice President of CRI. I credit those opportunities to growing up in Wisconsin Holstein and engaging in this wonderful registered industry. This former JAC chairman wants to give back to her first love - Wisconsin Holstein. I hope to bring my energy, creativity, business savvy, and board experience to the Wisconsin Holstein board and serve you the members of this great organization. I would appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in River Falls!

Doug Wallerman, Norwalk Hello, I’m Doug Wallerman. I am 37 years old and farm with my wife Amanda and two kids Charlie, 5, and Maddie, 4, in partnership with my parents Carrol and Mary Wallerman in the heart of God’s country in Monroe County. We milk 150 head of mostly Registered Holsteins and work 600 acres of owned and rented land. In the past I was very active in the Junior Association having attended 10 Junior Conventions and winning many awards. I have served on our county Holstein board, spent six years on our county DHIA board, and I was very involved last year with the planning and hosting of the Adult Holstein Convention in Tomah. Currently, I serve as a delegete for our East Central Select Sires District and the sit on the  Board of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church in Tomah. As always, we show every year at the District 2 Show and have taken several to the state show over the years. I am running for the board because I would like to be involved in helping to keep our Wisconsin Association the best in the nation and the one other states strive to be like. One of the ways I believe we could achieve this is to keep finding new and interesting things to make the younger generation wanting to be involved. I also think we need to try and get more people involved in showing and make it as much about having fun as it is about the competition. I hope that you will consider voting for me to become a member of your State Holstein Board of Directors

Craig Krohlow aAa“ Approved Animal Analysis Associate W4203 Shady Rd. Black Creek, WI 54106

Phone: 920-833-7507 Mobile: 920-639-5388

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2015 WHA Convention Registration Price/Person Postmarked by 1/30/2015

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Friday Evening Dinner (Fish & Ham) Past President’s Breakfast

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Saturday Lunch (Taco Bar) For annual meeting & Ladies’ outing attendees

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Total enclosed for meals & events: _______ Because of the generosity of our donors, we have been able to reduce meal costs for all. Registration forms must be postmarked by January 30 to receive the lower rates; late registrations will be taken at the higher rate after January 30 and prior to February 7. Ticket availability after the January 30 deadline will depend on the hotel caterer; there will be a trade board at the convention for extra ticket sales. Make checks payable to Pierce/Pepin Holstein Club and send to: Marsha Shafer, W2614 Cty. Rd. G, Elmwood, WI 54740 Name of Attendee: _____________________________________ Name of Spouse: _______________________________ Address ___________________________________________________________ County _________________________ Phone ______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________________________

The Young Adult Committee will once again be giving away five $100 rewards to first-time convention attendees. We hope that you will consider joining us for the 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Convention. q I’m a first-time adult convention attendee q I’m 40 years of age or under When booking your hotel, mention “Pierce/Pepin Holstein Convention” - there is a block of rooms at the Bestwestern Plus Campus Inn, 100 Spring St., River Falls, Ph: 715-425-1025 If occupancy is full you can check for rooms at Country Inn & Suites, 715-425-9500 or Econo Lodge, 715-425-8388

Thank you to our Convention Sponsors PLATINUM LEVEL AgStar Financial Services, ACA GOLD LEVEL Baldwin Veterinary Center Midwest Embryo Transfer Service LLC Merial Ltd Honeycrest Farms Western Wisconsin Nutrition Udder Tech, Inc. Bagman LLC Hastings Cooperative Creamery ABS Global

SILVER LEVEL Security Financial Bank Genex Cooperative, Inc Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services Pierce County Farm Bureau Pierce County Dairy Promotion Semex USA, Inc Ellsworth Creamery Cattle Connection Countryside Farm Services NorthStar Cooperative/ East Central Select Sires Stockman Farm Supply

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BRONZE LEVEL Anibas Silo & Equipment Bill’s IBA Inc. Midwest Livestock Systems, Inc. Hoof & Paw Clinic Domain, Inc Countryside Cooperative Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Assoc. Pierce County Veterinary Clinic Best Maid Cookies Triple Crown Genetics

WHA Adult Convention Schedule February 20 & 21, 2015 Bestwestern Plus Campus Inn, River Falls Friday, February 20 10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 12:00-3:00 p.m. 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 3:00-4:30 p.m. 4:30-5:30 p.m. 5:00-6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Ice Fishhing Outing Wine & Painting Session #1 National Holstein Association Update Registration & Dairy Bar open WHA Committee Meetings YAC Young Breeder Roundtable Pre-Sale Social Hour Dinner; Production awards presented WHA Futures Sale hosted by Young Adult Committee

Saturday, February 21 7:00-8:00 a.m. Past President’s breakfast 8:00 a.m. Registration & Dairy Bar open during the day 8:00 a.m. Early Bird Session - Marketing Embryos in a Global Setting with Jennifer Dingbaum-Varo and Steve Berland. Monderated by Corey Geiger. 9:00 a.m. WHA Annual Business Meeting 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Wine & Painting Session #2 9:00 a.m. Ladies’ Pampering Outing (on your own, information will be provided at registration) Luncheon; recognition of juniors to compete 11:30 a.m. at National Convention; recognition of GMD and DOM, 40 & 50 Year Members, Wall of Fame inductees 1:00-4:00 p.m. Wine & Painting Session #3 1:00-5:00 p.m. Farm tours 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet Dessert Auction to benefit Scholarship Fund 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. Dancing, live music by “Midnight Special” Sunday, February 22 WHA Board Re-organizational Meeting

Convention Farm Tours Honeycrest Farms Inc.

Honeycrest Farms Inc. is a diversified operation that includes a well-known Registered Holstein herd, 1400 acres of cropland, and a 30-head cow/calf beef herd. They also finish out all dairy steers that haven’t gone to A.I. The farm is a family owned corporation that includes Larry and Linda Traynor, Dick and Dar Traynor, Bob and Kathy Traynor, Jeremiah and Rachel Traynor, and Steve and Jen Hince. Bob is the herd manager along with full-time herd assistant Eric Bechel. Cows are housed in New York style tie-stalls and milked in a double-six herringbone parlor with automatic take-offs. Traynors built a new 39-stall calf barn in 2013 for baby calves and have been really happy with how their heifers have done in the building, especially during last year’s harsh winter. The Honeycrest herd consists of 114 cows with a rolling herd average of 26,320M with 3.83% 1008F and 2.92% 768P. The current BAA is 107.5% with 10 EX, 42 VG and 40 GP cows. They’ve bred 45 EX cows and 23 Gold Medal Dams as well as developing two more GMDs. They have also had 21 homebred Dams of Merit and 22 cows that were bred or developed at Honeycrest that produced 40,000 pounds of milk. The herd has been recognized for 18 years with the Progressive Genetics award and 16 years as a Progressive Breeders’ Registry herd. To date, Honeycrest has sent 106 bulls to AI. Of the bulls that have received proofs, one out of six graduate to active AI. Two have been on the top 15 International TPI list and three more have made the Top 100 TPI list. Many of the herd highlights trace back to the Blackstar Kathryn family, but they’ve also purchased animals from good maternal lines over the years. Current favorites include several fresh Moguls from Lars-Acres Fel Festival-ET EX-90 (by Shadow Boxer). Festival was pur-

99%-RHA Discussion on the agenda at the WHA Annual Meeting

The Wisconsin Holstein Association’s board of directors would like to invite all interested members to attend the 2015 Annual Meeting for an industry update and open discussion led by Kevin Jorgensen. There is some concern about the the increasing rate and usage of 99%-RHA sires in the industry and the effect it will have on the number of 99%-RHA females in the herdbook in the future.

About the Ice Fishing Outing

Please join us for a fun western Wisconsin pastime! The ice fishing will take place in Spring Valley at the Eau Galle Rec Park. You can bring your own equipment but if you are a first timer, no worries someone will show you the ropes. The only thing you will need is a valid fishing license (a one day license can be purchased). There will also be a cookout for lunch.

About Wine & Painting

To participate in the wine and painting you do not need to have any experience in painting. This is a fun and easy going class where the instructor, Audrey Martin, will help you with every step along the way. Just sit back, relax and enjoy yourself ! We will be painting on an 18x18 canvas of a Holstein cow and you can make it black and white or red and white. If you would like you can also bring a picture of your favorite cow on the farm for inspiration on the markings. If you want to participate make sure you sign up for one of the three sessions offered.

Please join us for the Convention, because Where in the world would you rather be than Northern Wisconsin in February! chased in the 2011 Wisconsin Futures Sale and they have had great success flushing her. Two of her Mogul twoyear-olds are over +2440 GTPI. Traynors made another great purchase from a Wisconsin Futures Sale with Bosside Massey Mabel, VG-85. She’s currently milking 140 pounds Lars-Acres Fel Festival-ET EX-90 per day and has daughters by Sudan, Boxer, Man-O-Shan, Sterling and McCutchen. Another success story, Wilstar HCF Sanchez Alyssa EX-90, is a 10th generationa Excellent milking 130 pounds per day and has Halogen calves on the ground. Her dam, Wilstar-RS Titanic Alayna EX-90, was purchased in the Wilstar Dispersal. Another purchase is a GP-83 Shamrock from Scientific Gold Dish Rae. They have daughters from her by Relief, Satchel P and Pride and a red polled Long-P daughter. Bob is currently using top genomic sires as service sires with emphasis on DRP, PL, components and calving ease. He really likes the Gold Chip two-year-olds, with four scoring 86, 85, 85 and 83 points. He also likes the McCutchen and Limo Car calves. Bob was on the Wisconsin Board of Directors for six years and has been the Pierce County 4-H Dairy Judging coach for 28 years. Honeycrest Farms will be having a dispersal of 110 cows, heifers and calves off the top end of their herd on June 11, 2015.

Hinz Registered Holsteins

After working for several other farms while growing up, Kip Hinz has been slowly building his herd at Hinz Registered Holsteins for the wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015-15

last four years. He currently milks 60 cows on a rented farm near Spring Valley and is looking for a place to buy. Kip attended UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course and is a fourth generation dairyman. Kip started working for others at age 12 and continued to work for different herds all through high school. He feels that working for different herds was a blessing as it introduced him to different management styles. Along with milking cows, he worked as a heifer manager for five years and for a custom harvester and now utilizes many of the lessons he has learned in the day-to-day management of his operation. He cites Gretchen Johnson at Horse-Creek Holsteins as one of his mentors as she taught him everything he knows about cows and his time working there was when he really started to see what he wanted for his herd of cows. Kip originally started farming on his own near Osceola with 28 cows he purchased from the farm’s owner. He moved to his current location in October of 2012 and has expanded the herd to 60 cows. Through good management and good decisions, Kip has increased the rolling herd average from 19,180 pounds in the spring of 2011 to a current high of 33,860 milk with 1151F and 1002P on 3x milking. While the current BAA is about 105%, it has been as high as 107.8% when he was milking 28 cows. Kip has made several improvements to the barn including raising the floor 6 inches and installing grating over the gutter, enlarging the stalls in half of the barn and installing mats, adding tunnel fans for ventilation and changing from stanchions to comfort stalls. Kip uses the aAa mating system on all of his cows and is currently using sexed Zelgadis, Dundee, Attic and JayZ. He says he plans on using more Shottle and is going to go back to using more proven type sires and manage for milk. He loves his heifers by Dorcy, Baltimore, Aftershock and Dundee. Kip feels his best group of cows came from a group of 20 that he purchased from Jason Raymond of New Richmond. Current favorites include a VG-87 JayZ that made 41,160 at 3-01 and is currently milking 200 pounds per day; a VG-85 Radar-Red that had 22,770 at 2-01; and a VG-87 Shark that made 38,000 and had almost 200 pounds on her last two tests. Along with the milking herd and youngstock, he raises 100 acres of alfalfa and 50 acres of corn silage. He purchases all of the commodities to complete his one-group TMR. Kip’s goal is to be milking 100 cows in tie-stalls that average over 100 pounds of milk on over 70 percent forages.

Huppert Bros. Inc.

Generations of the Huppert family have been farming just outside of River Falls since 1928. Current owners of Huppert Bros., Inc. include Lawrence and Kay Huppert along with their daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Jason Kjos. Jason and Lori have two daughters: Ambrea, a 6th grader at River Falls, and Amelia, a freshman at Minnesota State University Mankato majoring in nursing. Along with full-time employee Eric Rodencil, the partners also get help from Lawrence’s brother Donald and several part-time employees that attend UW-River Falls. The farm consists of 700 owned and rented acres of cropland where they produce corn, soybeans and alfalfa. The milking herd is made up of 140 cows with a rolling herd average of 25,500 pounds of milk. The herd is about 30% registered and they have a BAA of 107%. They built the freestall barn in 1998 and completed a herringbone parlor in the L-Maples Kite Sugar-Red EX-91 old tie-stall barn in 1999. 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

They also built a hoop barn for calves just over a decade ago and really like how well it works for their heifer raising needs. The family has purchased calves over the years from good maternal lines to help build the registered herd. It all started with the purchase of one calf, L-Maples Kite Sugar-Red EX-91, at the 2004 WHA Convention sale in River Falls. Sugar has had a huge influence on the registered herd and there are 20-plus offspring in the herd today, including cows by Shottle, Goldwyn, Durham and Reality-Red. There are also some Redliners coming that Jason is excited about. They also purchased animals over the years from the Blackrose, Roxy, Elegance and Klattview Atreyu Tiara families. Another favorite, Hup-Bro Goldwyn Fancy EX-90, is a granddaughter of Willows-Edge Gib Fancy EX-94. Her dam by Durham was purchased at a UW-River Falls Dairy Club sale. Fancy is owned by Amelia and was Champion Bred and Owned of the Junior Show at the 2014 Minnesota Fall National Show. They have an Aftershock daughter from Fancy and two more coming. Jason feels reproduction is the number one priority at the dairy as it affects the entire operation. He also believes their focus on DPR over the last 10 years has made a difference. While he uses type bulls on some of their cow families, milk, feet and legs and health traits are a higher priority for the commercial herd. When choosing sires, DPR and PL are first priority followed by milk and type. Jason stated that their proximity to River Falls is a blessing when it comes to finding hired help as they can draw from the students at the university. In fact, their full-time employee Eric worked for them while he was in college and returned to work for them after graduating and farming on his own for a few years. Jason also acknowledges that with the city creeping closer to the farm, it is important for them to maintain a good relationship with the neighbors in the nearby subdivisions and make it a priority to keep the farmstead cleaned up and well-maintained to give a good impression to those driving by.

Young Breeder Panel to be featured at the WHA Adult Convention Friday, February 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. Danae Bauer manages the calves, oversees the ET and IVF programs and assists in marketing at SandyValley Farms, Scandinavia – a 400cow operation that focuses on breeding cows that can be admired for their type while excelling in production and fertility in a commercial environment. Matt Johnson and his family milk 260 cows just outside of Baldwin. Matt farms with his father, Bob, brothers Brad and Pat, and his mother, Nancy. Their breeding program focuses on long-lasting cows that are productive for many lactations. Trent Hendrickson is the owner and operator of Trent-Way Genetics, New Glarus. He is milking 70 cows, and his breeding program emphasizes development of strong cow families with high type and production.

We hope you’ll join us in River Falls! This panel sponsored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Young Adult Committee.


oin us February 20-21 as we kick off the 125th anniversary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association. We have a fun and interesting convention planned at the Best Western Plus in downtown River Falls. We are kicking the whole thing off with an ice fishing outing, (it’s what we do up here) at the Eau Galle Rec Area near Spring Valley. Holes will be drilled, tackle and bait will be provided, shacks and HEATERS will be available if it’s chilly. If you want to fish all you need is a fishing license. You can get a one day license at Fleet Farm, Stockman's Farm Supply, the DNR website, or anyplace that sells licenses. Or if you just want to watch, have a brat (grilled on the ice), drink a beverage and hang out, you can do that also. It will start at 10:00 am on Friday and run till 1:00-1:30 pm depending on how the fish are biting, and you can still get to the hotel in time for the presentation from the National Holstein folks. If your spouse isn’t interested in fishing and would like to do the wine and paint outing, you can drop by the lake and they can go on to River Falls for that. Fishermen are great at car-pooling. We also welcome you to tour Honeycrest Farms on Saturday afternoon during the convention farm tours. Hopefully you’ll find a reason to join us again in June for...

We will be selling 110-120 head of the absolute top end of the herd. The sale will be managed by Courtney Sales.

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Tallyho photo „ Lea McCullough; Twister & Tampa „ Kathy DeBruin

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These three full brothers are all active and available today from Accelerated Genetics and Genex/CRI. They combine the power of the new #1 sire Mogul and Pride Freddie Tata 905, VG-85. Tata is the #1 GTPI (+2387) daughter of Freddie and is ranked #70 in the breed today. From our best homebred family and backed by VG-86 Shottle Tootles, EX-90 Ramos Toward and VG-87 Addison Twang. Great mobility, dairy strength, low SCC and shapely udders are this family’s forte. Use these bulls with confidence in your herd! Visitors are always welcome - we’re just 10 minutes from Hwy. 35 in Pepin and 50 miles from River Falls. Stop while you’re in northwest Wisconsin for the WHA Convention.

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Announcing the 125th Anniversary Edition of

Saturday, May 16 at the Great Northern, Fond du Lac, WI

Join us in Fond du Lac on May 16th for what promises to be one the highlights of the year for Wisconsin Holsteins. Building on the success of our 2013 sale we are excited to announce the 125th Anniversary Edition of the Wisconsin Showcase Sale! Our last event was a tremendous offering of some of the best young cows in the state and we are actively looking for the same and even deeper quality for this edition. Additionally, our goal is to offer the best in every avenue of breeding: fancy show calves, elite genomic females and time tested breeder pedigrees that the state is famous for. If you are interested in consigning, we invite you to contact one of our selectors and would enjoy the opportunity to add you to the Fabulous 125th!

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Selectors: Kevin Jorgensen, 920-210-3992 Chad Ryan, 920-960-1449 Chris McCullough, 608-214-9742 Lynn Harbaugh, 920-420-1524 Dan Cnossen, 715-302-1327 Paul Trapp, 608-332-0079 Jay Jauquet, 920-639-6408 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015-19

Wisconsin Holstein’s Wall of Fame Recognizing the most influential breeders, cows and sires of Wisconsin Holstein history

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The Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Wall of Fame was founded in 1990, the year of WHA’s centennial celebration, by the board of directors. A committee has selected one person, cow and bull to be added to this prestigious list each of the last 25 years, with all recipients being recognized at the annual Adult Holstein Convention. One of the major requirements for this award is the recipient be deceased for more than ten years, with the explanation that if WHA members and breeders can still remember those that have passed for individual accomplishments or the influence on the breed as a cow or bull, they are worthy of induction into the Wall of Fame. Only one person has ever been made an exception for the above rule, and that was Marlowe Nelson, inducted at the 2014 convention.

Marlowe’s undeniable impact on the entire Registered Holstein industry made him a logical choice for the Wall of Fame. As the first living legend added to the wall, his name is recognized globally and his contributions will forever be remembered in WHA history. In order to be inducted into the Wall of Fame, cows must be bred or developed in Wisconsin. Bulls must be bred by a Wisconsin Holstein breeder, housed and extensively used in Wisconsin, or have been a major contributor to key Wisconsin female bloodlines. Finally, the person must have been a resident of Wisconsin for most of their lives. The Wall of Fame committee has their work cut out for them each and every year, with several deserving individuals. As the list continues to grow, Wisconsin Holstein breeders should take pride in the quality of bulls, cows and people that the dairy state has the privilege to call their own.

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Bull - Johanna Rag Apple Pabst Cow - Colantha 4th Johanna W. J. Gillett, Rosendale Bull - Sir Pietertje Ormsby Mercedes 37th Cow - Wisconsin Fobes John Erickson Bull - Wisconsin Admiral Burke Lad VG GM Cow - Pabst Burke Rag Apple De Kol EX GMD Fred Pabst, Oconomowoc Bull - North Star Joe Homestead Cow - Allie Watson Prima Donna Baltz Hoesly, New Glarus Bull - Admiral Ormbsby Fobes Cow - Pietertje Maid Ormsby John S. Wuethrich, Granton Bull - Sir Fobes Ormsby Hengerveld Cow - Gray View BD Crissy EX-93 GMD Professor A. C. Oosterhuis, Madison Bull - Wis Ideal-EX-GM Cow - Wis Prima Donna EX-91 GMD Glen Householder & Archie Sandburg, Green Bay Bull-Elmoka Joe Homestead Cow-St. Croixco Ld Nina EX-94 EEEE Carl J. Nelson, Poskin Bull - Wis Leader Cow - Plain View Inga Art Imig, Clark County Bull - SWD Valiant Cow - Gene-Acres Felicia May Fury EX-97 5E Allen Hetts, Fort Atkinson Bull - Jule King Fobes Cow - Future Hope Reflector Blacky William Baird, Waukesha & Francis Darcey, Watertown Bull - Gray-View Crisscross Cow - Gray-View BD Skyanne Gray View Farms, the Nelsons - Harvey, Eugene & Pete, Union Grove Bull - Mayers Majesty Duke Cow - Mayers Mistress Dark Anna Christ Mayer, Washington County Bull - Elmer Brook Aristocrat EX GM Cow - Elmer Brook Elaine Inka Piebe EX GMD H. Otto Elmer, Monticello

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1991 Inductees to the Wall of Fame 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Bull - St. Croixco Pioneer Cow - St. Croixco Pidon Colette EX-92 4E GMD Bernard Kuhn & Aulden Davis, St. Croixco Farm Bull - Pabst Roamer EX GM Cow - Vickery Vale Mechthilde Ormsby Arthur James Glover Bull - Hagemans Tempo Cow - Vigo Burke Hengevale EX-93 GMD Elsmer & Gordon Berg, Brownsville Bull - Provin Mtn Ivanhoe Jewel EX GM Cow - Sky-Hi Mars Helen –ET Norman Rasmussen Bull - Pabst Comet VG GM Cow - Linden Dictator Wimble Wimpy (Wimpy) Harvey Swartz Bull - Life-O-Riley Marquis King, EX GM Cow - D-R-A August EX-96 DOM Elis Knutson Bull - Harborcrest Happy Crusader EX-92 GM Cow - Crescentmead Rotate Amanda EX-94 2E GMD DOM Elmer A. Woelffer, D.V.M. Bull - Lockway Sovereign Lucifer Lad Cow - Jan-Com Fond Matt Matilda EX-97 W. D. Hoard Bull - Fustead Emory Blitz-ET EX-95 GM Cow - Nectarlin Billie Bob Mark EX-90 GMD DOM Alvin R. Piper, Lake Mills Bull - Regancrest Elton Durham-ET EX-90 GM Cow - Snow-N Denises Dellia EX-95 GMD DOM Marlowe Nelson, Westby

Selling February 20 at the Wisconsin Futures Sale Your choice of Alabi or her full sister also born in March 2014.

Indianhead Brokaw Alabi-ET

born 3/31/14

Sire: Mr Atwood Brokaw-ET Dam: Carrousel Durham Amy-ET EX-90 EEVEE 2E 3-04 3x 355 27,400 4.0 1106 3.0 831 Granddam: Ms Leduc Add E EX-93 3-08 2x 365 23,050 4.7 1097 3.4 795 3rd Dam: Ms Kingstead Chief Adeen-ET EX-94 2E DOM 4th Dam: Starbuck Ada EX-94 *one of the most influential cow families of the breed!

Carrousel Durham Amy-ET EX-90 2E

Robert & Karyn Schauf 1659 10 1/2 Street, Barron, WI 54812 Ph: 715-537-9376 Bob’s Cell: 715-790-7202 E-mail:

BAA: 111.9% RHA: 84 cows 30,107 3.89 1171 3.1 933 Herdsmen: Mike Mertins & Craig Ross

Craig Ross has been an integral part of the Indianhead Holsteins family for the past 20 years. As he moves into retirement, we want to thank him for his dedication and great care for our cattle and wish him our very best. We will miss him! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015-21

WI Holstein Treasure Quest Calf Entry Form

State members can enter Registered Holstein heifers born between March 1 and December 31, 2014. Any state member can nominate a heifer using the form below. All entries must be received with a fee of $50 by February 1, 2015. By entering your calf in the Treasure Quest, you are committed to potentially having the calf selected as the winner. For more information on the Treasure Quest, please visit our website at or call the office at 1-800-223-4269. 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, 2015 to potentially having the calf selected as the winner. WI Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913

Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins

Jim & Kelly, Greg & Laura, Andrew & Shannon, Don & Lila Rickert

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

Eldorado, WI 54932

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RHA: 1010 cows 27,368 3.8 1033 3.0 829 19 Year Progressive Genetics Herd

Remember when? est. 1890

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

January 1987 cover

Mary Lippert took the photo of the Rippchen Family at their farm near Richland Center. From left to right Ripvally Mars Neva-ET, Allen, Pat, Robby, Renee, RaeDawn, Ronda and Ryan. The Rippchen’s were featured in the cover story that month - “Ripvalley Farms ‘Where Brood Cows are Important’ ”.

March 1991 ad Vigo Farms

Gordon Berg, a 2007 Wall of Fame Inductee, was a frequent advertiser in the Wisconsin Holstein News for Vigo Farms. 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

RedFest Success Our-Favorite Rlnr Truth-Red 1st Summer Yearling, International Red & White Show 2014 1st Summer Yearling, Royal Winter Fair Red & White Show 2014 Congratulations to Frank & Carol Borba and Frank & Diane Borba for buying Truth in the 2014 RedFest with a Touch of Black. If you would like to consign for this year’s sale, contact Todd Wendorf at 920-988-3323 or Joe Kietzman at 608-289-0096. Hosted by

Mark your Calendar for noon on April 11, 2015 at Crescentmead Holsteins. Selling 60 exciting R&W and B&W consignments.

Todd, Christa, Landon & Mylie Wendorf W2444 Evergreen Rd., Ixonia, WI 53036

Emerald-Acr-Vr Durhm Claret EX-91 2E

photos „ Cybil Fisher

2nd Junior 2-Year-Old, District 1 Show 2009 3rd Junior 3-Year-Old, District 1 Show 2010 • From a VG-86 Outside then EX-90 GMD Indianhead Whisper Claire Her daughter:

Triple-HH Gold Cassidy-ET 3rd Fall Calf, District 1 Show 2014 4th & 1st Jr. Fall Calf, MW Fall National 2014 9th Fall Calf, Intl. Junior Holstein Show 2014 Brooke had a lot of fun with Cassidy this summer & we look forward to watching her develop. H | B ,S ,B &S Triple H Holsteins & Jerseys SBarron,&WIB • 715-637-0586 • H COT







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Distinguished Junior Members CASSIE ENDRES

Cassie Endres is the 21-year-old daughter of Steve and Kathy Endres. Cassie grew upon her family’s 350-cow Registered Holstein farm, Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC, Waunakee. Currently, she is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science and life sciences communication. On campus, she is a member of the Badger Dairy Club and the Association of Women in Agriculture. This year at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo, Cassie was high individual in oral reasons and a member of the winning team from UW- Madison.


Lizi Endres is the 19-year-old daughter of Steve and Kathy Endres. She grew up on her family’s 350-cow Registered Holstein farm, Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC, in Waunakee. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science. This past summer, she was accepted into the Food Animal Veterinary Medical Scholars (FAVeMedS) Program, which is an early admission program into the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. On campus, she is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, the collegiate dairy judging team, and is a research assistant in the Hernandez Laboratory, which studies metabolic factors affecting hypocalcemia.


Karsen Haag, 21, of Mount Horeb attends Southwest Technical College where she is studying agribusiness, is a Student Ambassador, on Student Senate, and a member of PAS and dairy judging team. Karsen is active with PDPW and an assistant superintendent at the Dane County Fair. She previously served as Dane County Junior Holstein President and Holstein Queen. She exhibits and fits at various fairs, shows and World Dairy Expo. A 4-H member for 11 years, she excels in archery, dairy and foods and is also a Red and White junior member. Karsen is very active on her family’s 190-cow Registered Holstein dairy and plans to return to the dairy farm.


Charlie Hamilton, 19, of Cuba City is a freshman at the University of WisconsinMadison, majoring in dairy science. On campus he is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. A member of the Grant County, Wisconsin and National Junior Holstein Associations, he currently serves as president of his county association and is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee. Charlie is a 2014 recipient of Wisconsin State FFA Degree, and placed second in the WI State Fair Premier Exhibitor contest. He owns 30 head of Registered Holsteins on his family’s dairy farm, Hill-Ton Holsteins, which he operates with his parents, John and Evie Hamilton.


Rachel Hartlaub is the 21-year-old daughter of David and Rosemary Hartlaub from Cleveland. She has four older sisters: Colleen, Alissa, Elizabeth and Laurie. Rachel is a junior at the University of Wisconsin24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

Madison, majoring in dairy science. She is a member of the Badger Dairy Club, collegiate Farm Bureau and the Association of Women in Agriculture. Additionally, she is the storage chair for World Dairy Expo and is on the dairy judging team. She is also on the Junior Activities Committee and has held previous internships at the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and Arethusa Farm. Rachel enjoys being active and working on her family’s farm of 50 Registered Holsteins.


Matthew Kramer, 18, is the son of Leo and Chris Kramer. His family owns and operates Chrisleacres Registered Holsteins in St. Cloud. He is a senior at Campbellsport High School where he is FFA President and a National Honor Society member. Additionally, he is a member of the Fond du Lac County Dairy Committee and Junior Holstein Association Board of Directors. Matthew enjoys showing and judging dairy cattle at county, district, state and national levels. The highlight of his 2014 show season was being named the Supreme Dairy Showman at the Fond du Lac County Fair for the second year.


Kayla Krueger is the 20-year-old daughter of Tyler and April Krueger and resides on a 350-acre dairy farm in Marion where they milk 60 Holsteins. Kayla currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is a junior majoring in dairy science and life sciences communication. On campus, Kayla is very active in the Badger Dairy Club, serving as a World Dairy Expo Chair and Badger Invitational Sale Chair. Kayla is also serving as this year’s intern for PDPW. She shows at the district, state and national levels. Within WHA, Kayla has received DJM honors, participated in dairy bowl and received a scholarship, in addition to serving as this year’s Wisconsin Holstein Princess.


Cassandra Krull is the 21-year-old daughter of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull, and sister to Bryce and Carley. Cassy has been raised on her family’s 50 cow Registered Holstein farm, Krull Farms, in Lake Mills. Cassy is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Animal Science with a dairy emphasis. In the future Cassy hopes to continue her involvement with the Wisconsin Holstein Association and one day own and operate her own dairy farm.


Austin Nauman, 17, is the son of Danielle Nauman and Scott Stanford. A junior at Sparta High School, Austin is active in FFA, serving as the chapter president and plays on the varsity hockey team. Austin is involved in 4-H, dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, and dairy judging. He was chosen as a 2013 National YDJM Finalist. Austin owns 15 head of registered cattle, including 11 Jerseys, three Holsteins and one Ayrshire. He enjoys clipping and working at shows and sales and has begun

working as a fitter. He also is working to develop a herd of elite individuals from which he can market animals.


Jessica Pralle, 19, is a sophomore at the University of WisconsinMadison majoring in dairy science. On campus, she is active in the Badger Dairy Club, Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, Collegiate Farm Bureau and NAMA. Jessica earned many accomplishments this year including the John Klossner Award for placing first in the Wisconsin State Fair Premier Exhibitor contest. She also competed on Team Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, placing second team and earning 9th high individual overall honors. Jessica grew up on Selz-Pralle Dairy, a 400-cow Registered Holstein farm in Humbird. Jessica is the daughter of Scott and Pam Selz-Pralle.


Ryan Pralle is the 21-year-old son of Scott Pralle and Pam SelzPralle. He grew up on a 400-cow dairy farm in Humbird. A UWMadison senior majoring in dairy science, Ryan plans to obtain a PhD in nutrition genomics. This past summer he received the Farrington Award, which supplied grant money for Ryan to execute his own research project under the supervision of Heather White, P.D. He also works as a research assistant performing a wide range of duties on the USDA Feed Efficiency project. Ryan was honored as a National Distinguished Junior Member Finalist at the 2014 National Holstein Convention.


Elizabeth Sarbacker, 19, is a freshman at the University of WisconsinMadison majoring in dairy science. She is the daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker. Elizabeth grew up on Fischerdale Holsteins, a 65-cow Registered Holstein farm north of Paoli in Dane County. Elizabeth earned many accomplishments this year including the James W. Crowley Award, 9th in the Wisconsin State Fair Premier Exhibitor contest and Wisconsin State Fair Reserve Supreme Champion Showperson. She was also a member of the 4-H dairy judging team that traveled to Harrisburg, PA, to compete in the 2014 All-American Dairy Judging contest.


Andy Sell is the 20-year-old son of Rod and Sue Sell of Watertown. He grew up on his family’s 100-cow Registered Holstein farm, Sellcrest Farm. He is currently a sophomore studying dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, he is involved in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Badger Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. He is also very involved in his local and state Holstein associations and currently serves as a member of the Junior Activities Committee for the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.


Carrie Warmka, 21, is the daughter of Russ and Laura Warmka, Fox Lake. She lives on her family’s 400-cow grade and Registered Holstein dairy farm with her siblings Erik, Brad and Danielle. Carrie is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is majoring in dairy science. On campus, Carrie is involved in Badger Dairy Club, the Association of Women in Agriculture, National Agri-Marketing Association and Sigma Alpha-Alpha Tau agricultural sorority. Carrie enjoys being active through the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association, where she serves as president and is on the dairy bowl and judging teams.

The University of


STUDENT PROFILE Name: Carrie Warmka Hometown: Fox Lake, WI School: Waupun Area High School Class Size: 142 Farm: Warmka Holsteins Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UWMadison? I decided to attend UWMadison because of its outstanding dairy science program. It also offers a lot of ways to get involved in different clubs/organizations and the judging team. What has been your most memorable college experience? My college experience has been full of memories, but one that really stands out is my trip to Mexico as part of the Dairy Science 375: Dairying in Emerging Economies course. I was able to see a lot of different types of farms and realize how lucky I am to be farming in Wisconsin. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course would have to be the one mentioned above. The class really opened my eyes to what is going on all around the world with agriculture What are your future career goals? My career goals are to find a career in agricultural sales and someday return to the farm. Inquiry Lives Here UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Ted Halbach

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Dunn County

2014 Adult Membership: 35; Jr. Membership: 5

Eau Claire County

District 1 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The February issue will feature District 4 - Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor and Wood counties.

Ashland County

2014 Adult Membership: 4; Jr. Membership: 0

Barron County

2014 Adult Membership: 48; Jr. Membership: 26 Adult Association officers - President: Dean Frisle; Vice President: Scot Hammann; Secretary/Treasurer: Jeff Wille; Junior Advisors: Leslie Frisle & Becky Hammann. The adults hosted a Spring Sale & a Fall Sale - both auctions were well attended and profitable. For our Holstein Heifer Calf Project we were able to help two junior members, giving each a $1000 interest free loan to purchase a calf. We are excited to be in the process of starting a Holstein Futurity to be part of the Barron County Fair, with the first show class to be during the 2015 fair. We also continue to sponsor class ribbons and awards at the state show, the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, as well as the Supreme Champion dairy cow of the Barron County Fair. The junors had eight members attend the junior convention in January – they competed in Dairy Bowl, speaking contest, and the contest room, and enjoyed the waterpark. In May, five members and a couple of friends went to Cow Camp – always a great time! June brings serving sundaes at the Dairy Breakfast, people really enjoy them. Our county fair is in July and we help run an ice cream stand, which is our main fundraiser. We pass out cheese and milk & cookies during the dairy show. Our outgoing queen, Allissa Frisle, crowned our new queen Kylie Hoff. Our “Friend of the Holstein Cow” award was presented to Fran from Ag Risk Managers. Three of our members were on the 4H dairy quiz bowl team that was WI State champs! Congrats to all of our juniors on their success in the show ring and other dairy projects this past year!

2014 Adult Membership: 21; Jr. Membership: 5 Adult Association officers - President: Donald Honadel; Vice President: Cade Stanek; Secretary: Tamara Smith Schroeder; Treasurer: Joseph Matz. This past year, members of the Eau Claire County Holstein Breeders supplied judging classes for the District Animal Science days in Eau Claire. They set up and ran the milk house at the county fair. In an attempt to draw more interest in showing milking cows at the county fair, a new program was started, whereby those juniors who exhibited a cow would receive the proceeds of gift baskets auctioned off. The first year showed some interest and there is hope to continue this annually. Due to the lack of a host farm, there was no “Visit the Farm” day this past year. This event has been held annually combining the efforts of the Holstein breeders, along with other local organizations, to promote agriculture within the urban and suburban communities. There is a desire to bring this event back next year. The Holstein Breeders also provided support for the dairy youth in the county to show at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Pierce/Pepin Counties

2014 Adult Membership: Pierce - 33, Pepin -7; Jr. Membership: Pierce - 14; Pepin - 0 Adult Association officers - President: Tom Knegendorf; Vice President: Peter Coyne; Secretary: Lanette Hodorff; Treasurer: Joshua Sazama; Junior Advisor: Tracy Mitchell.

Polk County

2014 Adult Membership: 2; Jr. Membership: 0

2014 Adult Membership: 42; Jr. Membership: 19 Adult Association officers - President: Ted Johnson; Vice President: Rick Dado; Secretary/Treasurer: Karrie Melin-Swenson. Junior Association officers - President: Ethan Dado; Secretary: Mykayla Getschel; Treasurer: Chris Rassier; Advisor: Gwen Dado. The Polk County Holstein Breeders have an annual Dairy Banquet where they recognize the judging and dairy bowl teams and outstanding youth. There is also a silent auction as a fundraiser for the juniors. The group also recognizes the businesses that are part of the dairy fundraising group. Another annual activity for the group is running a food stand at the county fair.

Burnett County

Price County

2014 Adult Membership: 2; Jr. Membership: 0

2014 Adult Membership: 5; Jr. Membership: 0

Chippewa County

Rusk County

Bayfield County

2014 Adult Membership: 46; Jr. Membership: 23 Adult Association officers - President: Steve Maier; Vice President: Mike Wachtendonk; Secretary: Erica Ullom; Treasurer: Matt Buescher. Junior Association officers - President: Justin Wachtendonk; Vice President: Taylor Hinke; Secretary: Alissa Maier; Treasurer: Zachary Schindler. The Chippewa County Junior Holsteins have a busy year ahead of them. They are hosting the 2016 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention at the Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells. For a fundraiser this year they are offering “Spring Farm Help” to anybody in District 1. They will be available for spring clipping, cleaning calf pens, etc. To get “Spring Farm Help” contact Erica Ullom. The juniors have been enjoying their meetings this year. Every spring the juniors, with some brave adults, go on a much anticipated spring tour to different farms around the state; planning is under way for 2015. The adult county group hosted our District Show this past summer and the juniors held a silent auction and helped in the ring. At county fair we held a dress a calf contest with 14 calves being dressed.  The Chippewa County Holstein Breeders are planning their annual membership banquet that will be held this upcoming spring. Also this spring they will be selecting the recipients of the interest free calf loan that they offer. The youth in Chippewa County that are interested in Registered Holsteins fill out a form and submit an essay for an interest free calf loan to be paid back in two years. They have been able to help out the juniors in the county this year by covering some costs of State Fair.  26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

2014 Adult Membership: 11; Jr. Membership: 0

Sawyer County

2014 Adult Membership: 2; Jr. Membership: 4

St. Croix County

2014 Adult Membership: 42; Jr. Membership: 10

Vilas County

2014 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0

Washburn County

2014 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0

Dwight & Shelly Mayer 4965 County Rd. E, Slinger, WI

REGISTERED HOLSTEINS & BROWN SWISS Breeding age bulls, heifers, calves and young cows available - we sell only from our best lines. Call Dwight’s cell: 262-224-6838


2015 Junior Membership Renewals

All membership renewal notices for 2015 were sent from the office in October 2014. All members received green renewal cards this year with notification of 2015 membership amounts. Please submit the card with payment to the office by January 15, 2015. In order to exhibit at WHA shows and attend junior events, membership for the year needs to be paid. If members have not seen a notice, they should contact Sharon at the office. Please help your staff keep an updated database and let us know if you have not received your renewal postcard.

Scholarship Opportunities

The 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2015. The association has awarded an average of over $10,000 to members in order to assist them in their rising education expenses. In 2014, the association awarded $16,000 in scholarships to our junior members. Each year, loyal donors contribute items to the scholarship auctions at Junior and Adult Conventions in order to sustain our memorial scholarships and general scholarship fund. Thank you to the members who purchase these items in our auctions, and to the donors that offer these items for auction. An additional scholarship available to Junior Holstein members is the John and Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship, established in memory of John and Isabelle Ames of Ames-Way Holsteins in Darien, Wisconsin, is a $500 award to be given upon proof of registration for classes during the second semester of the current school year. Mr. and Mrs. Ames were avid supporters of education – all nine of their children received a college degree, which was a source of pride for them. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment toward completion of a degree. A link to both scholarship applications will be posted on our website under the calendar of events and on the junior awards page. Watch social media for deadline reminders as well.

$$ Holsti-Buck Corner $$ Earn Holsti-Bucks for your county to use at the WHA Junior Convention! Due February 1 to WHA, 902 8th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913 or email Larry at Remember to include your name and county. 1. What anniversary is Wisconsin Holstein celebrating in 2015? ($5) 2. How many people have been inducted into the WHA Wall of Fame since its foundation? ($15) 3. When and where will the 2015 WHA Adult Holstein Convention be held? ($5) 4. Which farms will host tours for the 2015 WHA Adult Convention? ($15) 5. Name the three Holstein breeders featured in this magazine other than the tour convention hosts for the 2015 WHA Adult Convention. ($15)

2015 Calendar of Events February 1 2015 Treasure Quest Heifer entry deadline 1 National Holstein Women’s Scholarship application deadline 21 Wisconsin Holstein Futures Sale, Best Western, River Falls March 1 Deadline for Wisconsin Holstein Scholarship spplications Deadline for John and Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship 1 21 Purple Ribbon Sale, Marshfield 21 Green|Rock Dual County Sale, Brooklyn 21 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 27 Quest for Success II Sale at Bella-View Holsteins, Marion 27-28 2015 Tag Event at Milksource Genetics, Kaukauna April 3 Hauve Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Cashton 24 Midwest Spring Red & White Show, Madison 25 Midwest National Spring Show, Madison 30 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity LATE entries due. Must be postmarked on this date to be entered. Late fee applies. May TBD Cow Camp 4 Wide-Open Holsteins Milking Herd Dispersal with guest consignments, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac June 11 The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale, Spring Valley 12 District 10 Holstein Show, Manitowoc 15 District 1 Holstein Show, Glenwood City 15 District 2 Holstein Show, Galesville 16 District 7 Holstein Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Holstein Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Holstein Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Holstein Show, Lancaster 19 District 5 Holstein Show, Mauston Four-of-a-Kind Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Great Northern 22 Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 23-26 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois 30 District 6 Holstein Show, Monroe July 10 Junior Judging & Classification Contest 10-11 Wisconsin State Championship Show, Madison August 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond 6-16 Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis 15 FINAL deadline for Wisconsin Holstein Futurity LATE entries

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday with family and friends. As we look to an exciting new year, I want to tell you about some of the things we have planned for the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association. First, as you’ll notice in this issue, we’re going to be doing a special feature on one of WHA’s awards or programs in each issue as well as showcasing a cover and advertisement from a past issue. Another way we are looking back at old memories is to feature a photo each week on our Facebook page for “Throwback Thursdays”. If you have a photo you would like to submit, please email We are also offering some special contract advertising prices for those that would like to celebrate the 125th with us. We will be giving a $125 discount on four full page ads done in any issues throughout the year (discount taken on fourth ad). We also have our regular advertising packages and 6-time advertising contract rates. If you are interested in signing up for any of these contracts, please give me a call or email. Next month is our double-buy opportunity with the Holstein World. If you are interested in advertising in both publications for a discounted rate, please give me a call by Wednesday, January 7. We’ll also be talking about the Service Award and Young Breeder winners as well as featuring District 4. The March issue will be another Midwest Holsteins issue. If you have a spring sale consignment or herd update you’d like to advertise, please give me a call to reserve your ad space by Friday, February 6. A couple of reminders - Top Performer entries are due Friday, January 9. Also, membership renewals have been sent. If you have not paid your membership for 2015, please do so you don’t miss any issues of the News. If you did not receive a renewal postcard, please give Sharon a call at our office at 1-800-223-4269. Until next time... 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015




January 2015 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 2-4 WI Junior Holstein Convention, Holiday Inn, Fond du Lac, WI, hosted by Dodge County 9 Top Performer entries due February 2015 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 20-21 Adult Holstein Convention, Bestwestern Plus Campus Inn, 100 Spring Street, River Falls 20 WHA Futures Sale, River Falls, 7:30 p.m. March 2015 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 20 Apple Mania, hosted by Apple Partners, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. 21 Green|Rock Dual County Sale 21 Purple Ribbon Classic, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders, Marshfield 21 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 27-28 2015 Tag Event at Milksource Genetics, Kaukauna 27 Quest for Success II at Bella-View Holsteins, hosted by Bella-View & Ryan-Vu, Marion April 2015 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington & Waukesha counties 3 Hauve Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Cashton, managed by Courtney Sales 18 17th Badger Invitational, Madison 24 Midwest Red & White Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison 25 Midwest National Spring Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, 8:30 a.m. 30 $50 LATE entries due for 2017 WHA Futurity May 2015 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 4 Wide-Open Holsteins Milking Herd Dispersal with guest consignments, Charlie & Katie Bue; managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac June 2015 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 11 The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale, Spring Valley, managed by Courtney Sales 12 District 10 Show, Manitowoc 15 District 1 Show, Glenwood City District 2 Show, Galesville 16 District 7 Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Show, Lancaster District 5 Show, Mauston 22 Four-of-a-Kind Holsteins Complete Dispersal, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac 23-26 2015 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois 30 District 6 Show, Monroe Future Dates July 10 & 11 WI Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison August 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Honeycrest Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Indianhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Krohlow, Craig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 29 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 R-Green Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 RedFest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 13 & 29 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 29 Triple-H Holsteins & Jerseys . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wargo Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail: 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2015

WHA Futures Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 WHA Showcase Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

January 2015 WI Holstein News  

January 2015 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring convention information, Distinguished Junior Members and District 1 feature.

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