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January 2016

Volume 88 No. 1

Adult Convention information & registration form Distinguished Junior Members Past DJM Roundtable District 4 report

Grass-Ridge Steam Ships


1-11 305 26,150 3.6 948 3.2 838 3-02 305 34,290 4.2 1425 3.1 1079 4-08 305 35,770 3.4 1226 3.2 1130 5-09 305 37,600 4.4 1659 3.2 1191 7-07 305 30,360 3.6 1097 2.9 882 8-11 305 40,560 3.6 1462 3.0 1228 10-9 305 33,620 3.3 1097 3.3 1101 Lifetime to date: 3479d 342,280 3.8 13,108 3.3 11,270 Mr Ships x VG-88 GMD Stoneham with 178,000 lifetime Due before the convention to sexed Mogul, eartag number 1000 has been our inspiration for many years now. A dozen silky black 2-year-old daughters (Doormans, Jorks, Rileys) are starting out just like she did - averaging mid-Good Plus for classification and over 100 pounds per day at peak. Her EX Toystory sister is also maturing nicely. We will be glad to share our enthusiasm for the Holstein cow with you at the WHA Convention in Marshfield!

G R A S S 5882 County Rd. E Pittsville, WI 54466



F A R M Paul: 715-459-4735

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 2016

VOLUME 88 No. 1

Features: 8

WHA Board of Directors Candidates


2015 WHA Convention Information & registration form


Breeder Profiles: Convention Farm Tour hosts


Distinguished Junior Members


Past DJM Roundtable

Departments: 6

From the President: Paula Bovre


District 4 report


WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey & Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock


WHY Page


Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments


Classified Advertising


Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo features the Wood Area Holstein Breeders group that will be hosting the 2016 Wisconsin Holstein Convention in Marshfield. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

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


Paula Bovre, President (2016)* - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Kevin Jorgensen, Vice President (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Kent Wendorf, Secretary (2017)* - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 Todd Borgwardt, Exec. Committee (2016)* - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Chad Ryan, Exec. Committee (2017)* - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Craig Carncross (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Chris McCullough (2016)* - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Tracy Mitchell (2017)* - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Pam Selz-Pralle (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Marci Walker (2016)* - 608-432-3223 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION


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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Congratulations to Ryan & Haley Krohlow, Hammertime Holsteins, on the birth of their son, Conway Craig on December 10. He weighed 6 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20 inches long. He joins big sister Callie. Proud grandparents are Craig and Marlene Krohlow and Greg Mell. K Jonah Hains Boschma was born on December 8, weighing 7 lbs. and 20 inches long. Happy and proud parents are Hank and Shannon Boschma and big brother Gabriel of Sky-Reach Holsteins, Milan, Wis. Grandparents are John & Tineke Boschma of Bosside Holsteins, Colby, and Gary & Diane van Doorn of Flambeau Manor Holsteins, Tony. Congratulations! U Our condolences to the families of Mark Bychinski and Bill Hageman Sr. on their recent passing. Full obituaries are printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Mark Bychinski

Mark F. Bychinski, 50, of Spencer died Sunday, November 29, 2015 as a result of a hunting accident near his residence. Mark Francis Bychinski was born on March 8, 1965 in Marshfield, the son of Valerian and Donna (Bloom) Bychinski. As a young boy, he worked on his parent's farm willing to get up early to tend to the chores before school started. After graduating from Spencer High School and attending classes at North Central Technical College, Mark continued with his love of farming and eventually purchased the family farm. His hobbies included bowling and hunting. Mark was involved with the Spencer FFA and Spencer 4H groups offering his time and talents to both. He was a member of the Marathon County Holstein Breeders Association. Survivors include his parents Valerian and Donna Bychinski of Spencer; one brother Matt Bychinski of Spencer; three sisters: Rebekah Pockat of Wausau, Sarah Bychinski of Spencer and Annah (Steve) Nigon of Spencer; his nieces & nephews: Jacob, Sam and Marissa Nigon, Keith, Thomas and Dawn Bychinski, Harleigh and Shelbi Hoefs, Courtney Wrycha and Andrew Pockat; a great niece and nephew: Preston and Neveah Imig; his true and trusted canine companion farm dog “Ruby” along with many of relatives and friends. Mark was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Edna and Lloyd Bloom and his paternal grandparents Frank and Charlotte Bychinski; two uncles: Kelly Bloom and Marcel Bychinski; three aunts: Rita Bychinski, Patricia Eckardt and Theresa Sprouse. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting memorials in Mark’s name for a charity to be determined later.

William Hageman Sr.

William H. “Bill” Hageman, 76, of Fond du Lac, passed away on Thursday, December 17 at St. Agnes Hospital. He was born August 4, 1939, in Fond du Lac, the son of Harold and Martha (Pinnow) Hageman. Bill was a 1957 graduate of L. P. Goodrich High School and then graduated in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course. On January 23, 1960, he married Saloah “Sodie” Schoepke at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oakfield. For over 30 years, Bill was fully engaged in one of his passions of breeding registered Holsteins which resulted in Hageman’s Holsteins being 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

recognized worldwide. He served as director, vice-president, and president of the Fond du Lac County Holstein Association, and served on the Wisconsin Holstein Association board of directors for six years including one year as president. He received the Distinguished Dairyman Award in 1988 from the Wisconsin Holstein Association. He and his wife were selected Outstanding Young Couple in 1968 by Associated Milk Producers Incorporated. In 1970, Bill was chosen as Outstanding Young Farmer by the Fond du Lac Jaycees. After a successful complete dispersal of his herd he wanted to maintain his connection to agriculture, so he served as an independent animal nutrition consultant for Eden Farm Supply, Land O’ Lakes Dairy, and C.P. Feeds. For over 20 years he also proudly volunteered at World Dairy Expo. The foundation of his life was his faith. Bill could always be counted on to provide a wise word of guidance. His desire to share that faith and help others was the driving force behind the 23 years he served in the jail ministry of Fond du Lac County, Gideons International and an active member of Grace Reformed Church where he also served as an Elder. Surviving is his beloved wife of 55 years, Sodie, a daughter, Susan (Daniel) Herlache of DeForest, WI, a son, William (Kelly) Hageman II of Rio, WI, and five grandchildren, Bryan Herlache (special friend Emma Sabel), Kristin (Jordan) Dimmer, Katelyn Herlache, and Justin and Lauren Hageman. He treasured and prayed for all of them daily. They were his pride and joy. His parents preceded him in death, along with his mother and father-in-law. The family requests that memorials be directed to Grace Reformed Church, The Gideon’s International, PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800, or the Wisconsin Holstein Association Scholarship Fund, 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913. The family would like to give a special thank you to the Fond du Lac Emergency Service staff and the Agnesian Emergency Room staff for their care, compassion and professionalism.

From your President Paula Bovre Welcome 2016! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holidays and the beginning of a new year! Best of luck to all the juniors participating in the many contests and competitions at the Junior Convention on January 8th-10th at the Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend it! It is an event filled with enthusiasm and energy! One cannot help but walk away with a very positive feeling about the future of the dairy industry. The Wisconsin Holstein Adult Convention will be held February 19th & 20th at the Holiday Inn in Marshfield. We hope many of you will be able to join us as the Wood County Holstein Breeders have a very exciting & interesting event planned. Friday afternoon the committee meetings will kick off the convention. Volunteers and membership input is a very valued aspect of our organization, so if you are on any WHA committees, we hope you can find time to attend. Friday night will feature the Futures Sale as well as a presentation by local Green Bay Packer, Mark Tauscher. All of you Packer fans should find this very appealing! You will find the registration form elsewhere in this News. The election of new directors will take place at the convention. Please take time to review the bios of several of the candidates in this issue. Several director’s positions are open so if any other members are interested in running for the board, please feel free to contact any current board member or the WHA office with any questions you may have. As we embark upon a new year filled with new challenges and opportunities, I wish you all the best and hope that you will find the many Wisconsin Holstein Association events and activities beneficial to you, your family and your dairy operation. Paula Bovre “Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” - Helen Keller

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WHA Board of Directors Elections

At the 2016 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, elections will be held for five board of director positions. One position will fulfill the one-year term vacated with Dan Cnossen’s resignation. Todd Borgwardt, Paula Bovre, Chris McCullough and Marci Walker have completed their second terms. 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.

Steve Endres, Waunakee My name is Steve Endres and I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to serve on the WI Holstein Board of Directors. I own and operate Endres Berryridge Farms LLC in partnership with my brothers Jeff and Randy Endres in Waunakee. After expanding last fall, we are currently milking 500 cows. Our rolling herd average is 31,235 1339 fat and 963 protein. With interests in both breeding for type as well as genomics, I believe I would bring a unique perspective to the board as well as represent the diverse members of our association. I have served on our county’s Holstein board for the past four years. I have also been involved with the Dane County Dairy Committee for many years and have served as Chair for the past three years. Outside of the Holstein industry, I have served on the Badgerland Financial Director Nominating Committee since 2012 as well as being a member of my local church’s parish council for multiple terms. I have enjoyed serving Dane County in both of these roles, and it would be a privilege to serve the state association if elected. I have been married to my wife Kathy for 23 years. Our children are Cassie, 22, Lizi, 20, and Zach, 19.

Joseta Halbur, Eden My name is Joseta Halbur, and I hail from a Registered Holstein dairy farm where I remain active on a daily basis with the calf-raising program. I am also employed full-time in commodity-risk management and have more than 10 years of agricultural sales experience. My family is notorious for our endless hours of volunteer service to the agricultural community, and I am no exception. To date, I have served for five years as secretary of the Fond du Lac County Holstein Association board. I have also served as advisor for the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. Commitment to the county and state scholarship committees, as well as the Young Adult Committee (YAC), helps me promote continuing education and participation in the organization. All these experiences, along with volunteer projects outside the organization, would assist me while serving on the board of directors for the Wisconsin Holstein Association. I would sincerely appreciate your nomination and vote in February.

Heather Jauquet, Pulaski My name is Heather Jauquet and my husband Jay and I own and operate a 320 cow dairy along with my parents, Gary & Linda Olson, in Pulaski, Wisconsin. Our three sons, Mason, Carter and Evan enjoy their involvement in Junior Holstein tremendously. Genetics is our focus at Synergy Dairy LLC and merchandising Registered Holsteins is a vital piece of our business. Staying ahead of developing trends within the Holstein business is essential to our profitability. Witnessing first-hand the role Wisconsin Junior Holstein has played in developing tremendous young leaders within the dairy industry has spurred my involvement in this tremendous organization. I have had the privilege of serving as the Shawano County Junior Holstein advisor for the past five years. What began as an attempt to recruit enough kids for a county Dairy Bowl team has developed into a mission to expose the youth of Shawano County to all the opportunities that Wisconsin Junior Holstein has to offer resulting in 25 members currently participating. I have served on the Shawano County Holstein Board for the past several years where acting as Futurity Chairperson, I have been part of developing our futurity into a yearly highlight. Prior to forming Synergy Dairy LLC, I spent nine years at ABS Global first in the GMS Department and then serving as product manager of the Animal Products department. 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

I hope to use all of these experiences to help bring continued success to the Wisconsin Holstein Association if I am elected to the Board of Directors.

Sherry Siemers-Peterman, Newton I have been a big fan and dedicated member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association for many years, both as a junior and as an adult member. The great friendships I’ve made by attending WHA events and shows are relationships I really enjoy and highly value. As a WHA board member, my constant goal would be to add value to a WHA membership for all of the very diverse members that we have. We need to do a better job of retaining those active young people that are graduating out of our outstanding junior program. We also need to attract and become a resource for younger dairy producers with larger herds in order to remain a viable organization in the future. To do that, we need to look at developing new programs or awards that are relevant to those producers so that they view us as valuable partners as they forge into the future of this changing dairy industry. While innovating for the future will be necessary, we don’t need to abandon the things that have made WHA a success for 125 years! Our state picnic, barn workshops, state convention, district and championship shows are all events in which we should continue to take great pride. We do need to keep looking for ways to boost membership attendance at one or all of these annual events. I’m so proud of the Wisconsin-bred Registered Holstein cow! I might be biased, but I think we have some of the best cattle in the world right here in the Badger state - whether you’re looking for show cattle, genomic list-toppers or simply great producing cows with superior type. We need to be more creative and assertive in promoting our world-class Holsteins as well as our passionate breeders, expert farm management and accomplished judges throughout the US and the world. As an enthusiastic and experienced member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, I feel I would bring a unique perspective to the WHA Board of Directors and I humbly ask for your support!

Bryan Stremcha, Bangor My name is Bryan Stremcha and I’m honored to be asked to run for the Wisconsin Holstein Association board of directors. If elected, I will give this my position my all as I feel it is my turn to serve WHA and it’s a great opportunity to give back. I currently milk 80 cows near Bangor with Tim Johnson. I also merchandise cattle with Kranzdale Sales and work as a ringman at sales in the area. I’ve been an active association member since I was a junior member competing on dairy judging and dairy bowl teams. I’ve served as our county’s President and helped with two state shows and a state convention. I would enjoy the opportunity to serve on the board and would appreciate your vote.

Erica Ullom, Bloomer My name is Erica Ullom and I’d like to announce my candidacy for the Wisconsin Holstein Board of Directors. I have been involved with Registered Holsteins my entire life. My husband Travis and I live in Bloomer with our children Hannah (16) and Fritzy (14). I have been fortunate to farm with my parents Don & Liz Mayer on our 65 cow farm, Mayerlane Holsteins. Cows are our life; if we are not at the farm we are on one of our family “vacations” at a show, junior convention, or touring other Registered Holstein farms. I have been the advisor for the Chippewa County Junior Holsteins for the last four years. In January we are hosting the Wisconsin Holstein Junior Convention in Wisconsin Dells. On the county level I have served on the Holstein board, helped with district show when we hosted, coached the 4-H judging team and chaperone the group of youth that go to Wisconsin State Fair from our county. I feel that the best way for this association to stay strong is to encourage youth and younger adults to stay with Registered Holsteins. Whether a kid has a calf as a project animal to build off of or you milk hundreds there is a benefit to having Registered Holsteins. Our world and state dynamic is changing everyday so our youth and younger adults need to be

able to inform the public about our life which is Registered Holsteins and all that they do. I would appreciate your support and would be honored to represent you as a board member.

Doug Wallerman, Norwalk My name is Doug Wallerman, and I am running for the Wisconsin Holstein Board of Directors. I farm in central Monroe County with my wife Amanda and our two kids, Charlie (6) and Maddie (5). We are currently milking 145 head of mostly Registered Holsteins and have a herd average of 26,000 pounds milk and a 106.5% BAA. We also work 700 acres of owned and rented ground on which we grow corn, alfalfa, and winter rye. My wife and I are currently in the process of purchasing the farm from my parents, Carrol and Mary Wallerman. If elected to the board I would like to help continue to keep the young people involved in the association once they are no longer juniors by finding ways to get them and others more involved in Registered Holsteins, even in a tough economy. Thank you for your consideration.

Our Kind of Productive Life Harmony-H Ito Jaiza EX-90 2E EX-92MS 2-04 319 23,284 3.6 2.8 3-04 294 23,190 3.2 2.6 4-04 365 27,182 3.6 2.7 5-07 295 26,171 3.5 2.7 6-06 313 29,785 3.4 2.6 7-06 365 33,531 3.5 2.8 8-08 287 31,228 3.1 2.5 inc. - pictured 7th lactation

Harmony-H Airraid Ifeoma 445 EX-90 EX-92MS 2-01 364 23,929 3.4 2.7 3-02 323 25,972 3.0 2.6 4-01 309 16,671 3.5 3.0 5-03 345 33,960 3.0 2.6 6-04 331 34,029 3.1 2.7 - pictured 5th lactation

Deadline Reminders

Don’t miss these upcoming deadlines! Forms are available for download on the WHA website at Call our office with any questions, 1-800-223-4269. January 8 February 1 February 1

March 1 March 1 April 30

Top Performer entries Treasure Quest heifer entries National Holstein Women’s Scholarship applications due (visit for more info) WHA Scholarship applications John & Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship applications 2018 Futurity late entries

Harmony-H Nifty Lada 452-ET EX-90 EX-92MS 2-00 338 18,674 4.4 3.3 3-01 341 20,326 4.2 3.4 4-02 283 19,833 4.3 3.3 5-01 316 23,097 4.3 3.3 6-01 365 25,975 3.8 3.4 - pictured 5th lactation - Dams: EX-90 Boss Iron Lila, VG-86 Manfred Lilli and EX-90 Brock Leona

Harmony-H Doc Rebecca 515 VG-88 EX-90MS

Upcoming Issues February WI Futures Sale, District 1 ads due January 11 March Midwest Holsteins Junior Convention Results ads due February 5 April Production Issue, District 2 Adult Convention Results ads due March 11

2-00 338 19,935 3.4 2.9 3-01 338 22,927 3.5 2.7 4-03 287 24,314 3.5 2.8 5-02 300 28,797 3.5 2.7 inc. - pictured 4th lactation

H ARMONY H OLSTEINS Todd & Jessica Ertl • Trevor, Jenelle, Jasmine & Juliet W1455 Cty. K, Unity, WI • 715-223-8859 • RHA: 110 cows 23,034M 3.8%F 3.0%P • 89 SCC BAA: 105.6% 10 EX, 31 VG & 45 GP wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-9

2016 Wisconsin Holstein Convention February 19 & 20 • Marshfield, Wis. Holiday Inn

750 South Central Avenue, Marshfield 54449 • (715) 486-1500 A block of rooms has been reserved until February 1. Ask for the Wisconsin Holstein rate, $89 for a standard room or $109 for a suite. If registering online at the Holiday Inn website, use the group code WHA. Alternate hotel suggestion is Hotel Marshfield 715-387-2700; on Marshfield’s south side.

Convention Registration Friday Evening Dinner

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Wisconsin Fish Fry

Past President’s Breakfast For Past WHA Presidents & spouses only

Saturday Luncheon Pasta Buffet

Alternate Program Actor’s workshop Upham Mansion Tour

Farm Tours Saturday Evening Banquet Beef Roast & Stuffed Chicken Breast

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Registration forms must be postmarked by February 1 to receive the lower rates. Ticket availability after the February 1 deadline will depend on the hotel caterer; there will be a trade board at the convention for extra ticket sales.

Names - as to appear on your name badge Address



E-mail Mail your forms with checks payable to “Wood Area Holstein Breeders” to Lee Slattery, 4514 County Line Road, Rudolph, WI 54475. Questions? Please contact Lee Slattery at 715-323-4067 or Matt Lippert at 715-213-9441.

Saturday’s Alternate Program Actors Workshop 1:30 $5 (2 hours)

The theater arts department at UW-Marshfield Wood County will provide their stage, props and guidance to develop a short Cinderella dairy theme skit. You will share the fruits of your efforts during the banquet hour; hotel shuttle provided.

Upham Mansion Tour 2:15 $5

Are you familiar with the Upham Woods, the Wisconsin Dells 4-H camp? Governor Upham was one of Marshfield’s leading citizens and a lumber baron. Tour his Victorian Mansion and learn about Marshfield’s early history; hotel shuttle provided. 10–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

On your own

The Holiday Inn Marshfield is downtown and easy walking distance or short drive from many great shops. Central Avenue has maintained an old-time downtown ambiance. Check out mainstreetmarshfield. com to plan your excursion ahead of time. Some that we might suggest: 2 ½ cups Bakery, Market on 6th, High Street Salon, Merle Norman Boutique, Daily Grind coffee shop, and several antique stores. The health club across the street from the Holiday Inn is free with your room registration.

WHA Adult Convention Schedule February 19 & 20 Holiday Inn, Marshfield hosted by Wood Area Holstein Breeders Friday, February 19 Dairy Bar open throughout the day 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration open WHA Committee Meetings 1:00-3:00 p.m. 3:30-4:30 p.m. It’s Time to Speak Up, Kim Bremmer of Ag Inspirations 4:30-6:00 p.m. Pre-Sale Social Hour 5:00-6:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00-7:15 p.m. WHA Futures Sale hosted by Young Adult Committee 7:30 p.m. Guest Speaker: Mark Tauscher, former Green Bay Packer Saturday, February 20 7:00-8:00 a.m. Past President’s gathering (Past Presidents & spouses only) Registration & Dairy Bar open 8:00 a.m. throughout the day 8:00 a.m. local shopping on your own 8:00 a.m. Roundtable Discussion - “Selection Strategies of Elite Production Herds” with Tom Kestell, Amanda Killian & Dan Siemers; moderated by Kevin Jorgensen 8:45 a.m. Top Performer and Lifetime Production Awards presented 9:00 a.m. WHA Annual Business Meeting Luncheon; recognition of juniors to 11:30 a.m. compete at National Convention; recognition of GMD and DOM, 40 & 50 Year Members, Wall of Fame inductees 1:00-5:00 p.m. Farm tours 1:30 p.m. Alternate Program: Actors workshop, tour Upham Mansion 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social Hour 6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet - JAC & Princess worker auction & scholarship auction; WHA Board recognition; Advertising Contest winners; awards presented for Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Distinguished Service and Distinguished Breeder Dessert Auction to benefit Scholarship Fund 9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. DJ Sunday, February 21 WHA Board Re-organizational Meeting

Kim Bremmer – Ag Inspirations

Kim grew up as a farm girl and is a wife, mother of two, graduate of UW-Madison and was a dairy nutritionist for almost 15 years. She is a vocal champion of agriculture everywhere she goes, from the grocery store to the airport. Her true passion is sharing the REAL story of agriculture with everyday consumers. Kim is the Wisconsin State Coordinator for Common Ground, a national movement of farm women who share information about farming and the food we grow; a regular contributor on Rural Route Radio; and President of Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, an affiliate of American AgriWomen, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women dedicated to protecting and advancing agriculture by increasing awareness, building alliances, communication and education. She is also an Academy Member of the National Speaker’s Association and a proud member of the American Dairy Coalition. Kim was named the UW-Madison Association of Women in Agriculture’s 2014 Outstanding Woman in Agriculture. She enjoys fishing, golfing, reading and playing her guitar. Kim is a dynamic, knowledgeable, enthusiastic speaker who compels audiences to reconsider what they think they already know. Because she is a farm girl, a mother, a dairy enthusiast and a “science junkie”, she brings a refreshing and realistic perspective to the realities of farming and food production. Kim is a highly relatable speaker who is as entertaining and sharp-witted as she is well-informed.

Mark Tauscher

Mark Tauscher is a former offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL). While attending Auburndale High School (Auburndale, Wisconsin), Tauscher won three varsity letters in football and baseball along with two varsity letters in basketball, and went to state for basketball in 1992-93. In football, he was a two-time All-Conference honoree, while earning Honorable Mention All-State and team MVP honors as a senior. In basketball, he won All-Conference honors. He was also a member of the National FFA Organization. Tauscher made the University of Wisconsin–Madison team as a walk-on in 1995. After seeing little action his first two years, Tauscher earned a letter in 1998 and became a starter at right tackle the following year. He contributed significantly as a blocker to Ron Dayne's Heisman Trophy-winning season in 1999. He considered not returning for his 5th year. Tauscher provides commentary and analysis on both the Wisconsin Badgers football radio network as well as the Green Bay Packers radio network. He appears twice weekly on WKTI radio in Milwaukee during the Packers season. Tauscher founded the Trifecta Foundation, which stands for Tauscher's Reading Initiative for Every Child to Achieve. Tauscher married Sarah Helgeson, a biologist at Covance, in early 2009. The couple resides in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Holstein Convention Farm Tour Hosts Honey Pine Holsteins The Pat Ledden Family, Auburndale by Ashley Yager ersistence. Resilience. Ambition. There is no better way to describe the Ledden family of rural Auburndale, Wis. A family that has been through the unimaginable and fought to rebuild and continue their farming tradition, Pat and Mary Ledden are finding the light at the end of the tunnel by rebuilding a tremendous herd of cows in a beautifully updated tie-stall barn. The Ledden family has seen their share of struggles in the dairy business. In fact, troubles with stray voltage forced a 2002 farm dispersal. In 2004 they were able to start farming at their current location, and 10 years later in March of 2014, the unthinkable happened when their barn caught fire. At the time of the fire, the Leddens were milking 83 cows, of which 42 were lost in the fire and another 11 made it out of the barn but did not survive. With tremendous support from neighbors and a convenient farm owned by Pat’s daughter just down the road to milk cows in, the Ledden family pulled through a very difficult time. The decision to rebuild was an easy one for Pat, and one that was made overnight. With a good size of the original barn foundation salvaged, the Ledden family decided to stick with their tie-stall roots and rebuilt on top of the old structure. The Honey Pine barn now holds 89 tie-stalls and a few pens for young heifers, and Pat and his son Neil are working to rebuild the herd with their foundation genetics and additional cattle carefully selected from other herds. The barn is home to six Excellent and 42 Very Good cows, and runs a rolling herd average on 2x milking of 24,000 pounds milk with no TMR. At least 90 percent of the herd was in their first or second lactation when the Leddens started milking again, and with the caliber of young cows in the barn, there is no doubt the count of Excellent cows will only continue to rise. Pat and Neil have been doing a tremendous job managing the herd since the fire, and the proof was in their ability to sell 10 milking head for dairy at the end of 2015. The health of the herd can be attributed to the excellent quality of feed grown on the farm’s 320 acres. The Leddens are able to share equipment with Pat and Mary’s daughter Shelly and her husband Steve, who milk 80 cows a quarter of a mile down the road. All young stock are raised on site at Honey Pine. Calves stay in the milking barn for one week before moving to individual stalls in the shed, where they stay until four months of age. Calves are on


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Left - Pat and Mary Ledden Right - Neil Ledden and fiancée Katie Peper Cows Match replacer, and weaned at 75 days. Neil’s wife-to-be, Katie Peper, manages the calves. She works as a dairy nutritionist at Provision Partners and does all nutrition work for Honey Pine. Katie also helps with the milking and chores. Heifers at Honey Pine are bred according to size, and every heifer gets an embryo first breeding. The Leddens utilize a herd check every four weeks, and every animal is checked twice – once for pregnancy and then a second time for gender. Pat and Neil have as many as 12 cows on a flush program at a time, and they have just started to dabble in IVF. With Dr. Matt Dorshorst and Genetic Futures close by, the Leddens have two great options for producing calves from their most prominent cow families. One of the individuals they are working with now is Car-Bon Zenith Aloha, EX-90, purchased at the Car-Bon dispersal. Aloha has four heifers by Windbrook that will be offered as a choice in the 2016 WI Convention Futures Sale. The Ledden family also has a Sid heifer and a Sanchez heifer from Aloha, in addition to Goldsun calves on the way. Another individual the Leddens are working with is Libertyraes Cntdr Shania-ET, a VG-86 first lactation Contender x September Storm x Gloryland Liberty Rae that was purchased at the Purple Ribbon sale. Atwood daughters in the herd are also impressive, and Pat and Neil have had as many as 23 in the herd at one time. There is an Atwood from Harvestacre BC Crystal that was implanted as a #3 embryo, and Dream-Prairie GW Austria-ET, VG-87, a full sister to EX-92 Alberta, the 2014 All-Wisconsin Junior Three-Year-Old. The Ledden family is also offering a choice of Gold Chip females from Austria in the WI Convention Futures Sale. Visitors to Honey Pine will also notice an Alexander granddaughter of Ashlyn; a set of twin Braxtons from EX-91 Honey-Pine Linjet Shadow-ET that will be fresh by convention; EX-90 Honey-Pine Atwood Ashley and her Doorman September calf; and an EX-91 second calf Sanchez from one of the EX cows that survived the fire, appropriately named Cheetah. The Leddens also have a Gold Chip sister to Durham Treasure, and are looking forward to freshening an early Sterling daughter. The herd shows a tremendous amount of dairy strength, with plenty of Sanchez, Linjet and Durham blood in pedigrees. Pat is a strong believer of seeing daughters from proven sires before jumping on the bandwagon, and breeds according to results. He and Neil manage the mating and breeding, and are currently using Armani, Gold Chip, Sid, Absolute, Dempsey, Windbrook, Windhammer and Brady. They are excited to see how the Atwoods mature, and look forward to freshening their Braxton and Redburst senior two-yearolds for 2016. There is a level of excitement that can be felt at Honey Pine with

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no signs of slowing down. As the Ledden family continues to develop their herd, they try to enjoy some off-farm and diverse activities, too. Neil utilizes World Dairy Expo for vacation time once a year, and keeps busy with raising and showing chickens. Pat enjoys hunting and has taken a trip to hunt Elk in Montana. He also tries to make it to the state wrestling tournament each year. Mary is looking forward to a ladies trip to Italy in February with her sisters. The Ledden family has great things in store for Honey Pine Holsteins and they look forward to hosting the farm tours during the 2016 Adult Convention.

honors. Ruby went on to classify VG-87 and has the distinction of being Adam’s first foundation mother. About 15% of his current herd has the Ruby family linage. Ruby’s daughter, Stachert Sadie EX-90, with 121,540 pounds of milk lifetime, was the dam of Adam’s first high scoring cow, Stachert Sky Electron EX-92 3E EEEEE with a lifetime at 4,113 days of 202,180 pounds milk with 4.2% 8402F and 3.0% 6134P . Sky was a Janesland Electron daughter that lived to 17 years of age. An individual with a tremendous amount of drive and passion for the Holstein cow, Adam is now entering his 16th year running his own operation, which continues to improve in every aspect from one year to the next. He started renting his current facilities right out of high school and purchased the farm, cows, and 160 acres in 2001. When he purchased the farm, Adam incorporated the three cows he owned, and assumed ownership of the 40 cows previously owned by Elmwood-K Holsteins, Dave Kieffer. Adam rents an additional 200 acres from local landowners. Tree-Hayven Holsteins is currently home to 185 Holsteins, with a rolling herd average on almost 70 cows of 24,659 pounds milk. The herd BAA is 109.7, and includes 12 EX, 36 VG and 12 GP cows. Adam classifies his cattle every six months. Adam, Chelsey, and Adam’s 11-year-old daughter Aaliyah, run the farm on a day-to-day basis. Chelsey is charged with keeping a happy and healthy heifer barn. She also drives the twice a day milkings and keeps tabs on the show animals. Aaliyah helps with calf chores, names heifers and works with show heifers. Adam handles the mechanic work, field work, milking, feeding, registering animals, vet health work, and he works with Chesley to battle any unexpected emergencies. Tree-Hayven has one full and two part-time farm hands that help with cropping, feeding and daily chores. Adam and Chelsey’s families help out a lot with marketing, advertising, relief milking and chores. Since the purchase, Adam has transformed the farm with help from family. In 2001, Adam and his dad built a heifer barn. They later built two other buildings, including a lean-to for dry cows and a machine shop. Adam continues to build something each year to improve his facilities. He learned construction at a young age through helping a construction contractor. He’s also a self-taught mechanic, and his do-it-yourself mentality and capabilities have helped him save money every year by fixing and building on his own. Upon taking ownership from Dave in 2001, Adam learned improvement is an essential part of business. He has never been 3satisfied with the status quo and works to educate himself on new trends and advancements in the dairy business. He likes to build and improve things to make his farm and animals happier and healthier. Housing - Clean, ventilated, safe and user friendly young heifer housing is essential at Tree-Hayven. In 2002 and 2010 new calf housing facilities were built. This allowed space for six month and older calves to be out of the elements, regulate temperatures, and have better access to cleaning, ventilation, vaccinating and overall health of calves. A dry cow loafing building was also built in early 2000. Cow comfort and milking efficiently - The original barn only

Tree-Hayven Holsteins Adam Borchert, Auburndale by Ashley Yager

Aaliyah and Adam Borchert and Chelsey Karl dam, Chelsey and Aaliyah of Tree-Hayven Holsteins are a family that is passionate about raising, showing and selling happy, registered animals. They reside in Auburndale, Wis., where they milk around 75 dairy cows and farm 300 acres. The herd consists of 210 Holsteins and 10 Jerseys that are milked and fed twice per day. Adam and his family are always looking for ways to improve and grow in order to raise the happiest, healthiest cattle possible. Adam’s parents owned and operated a small registered herd in north central Iowa for 13 years. He learned from a very early age the importance of reading pedigrees, finding that perfect mating and anticipating that every calf born “could” be the next Expo winner. From this and many other life experiences, he gathered very quickly, the concept that there was only one kind of Holstein - a Registered Holstein. After Adam’s family relocated to Wisconsin in the late 1980s they no longer farmed. His dad built a shed at their home that was used to keep Adam’s 4-H show heifers. The neighbor, Dave, would calve in Adam’s animals, and return the heifer calves for him to show in 4-H. Adam purchased his first calf at age nine. Her name was Whitttail-Valley Kirk Boy Ruby. At his very first show at the Central WI State Junior Fair, he and Ruby brought home Junior Champion


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fit about 40 milking cows. In 2004 an addition was built on the milk barn that allowed Adam to milk about 30 more head. With this addition came increased space per tie-stall with loop dividers, three new box stalls, rubber mats for the stalls as well as the aisle to reduce falls for cows and back comfort for Adam, installation of 10 fans to increase tunnel ventilation, tiling of the front walkways for ease of sweeping, cleanliness and visualization increased with lighting throughout. They also added an office with a space for medications and paperwork. A plate cooler and variable speed vacuum was introduced to cool milk faster and allow for more accurate vacuum pressure. A 2 ½ inch pipeline and five additional milkers with automatic take-offs were added to increase milk flow to tank and decrease time in the barn. In October of 2015 Adam went to sand bedding in the tie-stall barn. This has dramatically improved the feet and hock health of the cows and has also dropped the SCC. So far this has been a great change to the comfort and body health of the cows. Feed and Nutrition - All acres that Adam crops on are tiled. This correlates to better efficacy and nutrition of the feed. Adam has switched from haylage to balelage. TMR was introduced to allow more consistent feeding and nutrition. In 2012, an 18x80 silo for corn silage was built, and this has reduced spoilage and allowed for fresher feed. One of the most notable improvements Adam has made is the addition of a calf feed room and pasteurizer. The farm has had a pasteurizer for two years and Adam admits his babies are uniformly healthier and stronger. Marketing and showing - The Registered Holstein business brings many benefits for Tree-Hayven; first and foremost the profit potential. Holsteins produce the greatest amount of milk, fat and protein, lifetime profit and lower SCC compared to other breeds. With today’s farming and associate costs, Adam’s milk check is his most important income. The genetic variability is also another factor in Adam’s choice of breeding Registered Holsteins. Finally, the selling of Registered Holsteins far exceeds that of other breed types and grade Holsteins. Typically, Adam sells 15-20 animals on the local dairy market each year as well as show type calves and yearlings at county club sales, consignment sales and WI Holstein sponsored sales. His small investment up front when registering calves more than pays for the increased return received from the sale barn. Marketing for Tree-Hayven has also been in the show ring. Every time a Tree-Hayven animal hits the ring it showcases the herd and the “brand”. Win or lose, first place or last, Adam’s desire is for anyone that sees his animals to remember them. He wants people to know that when they are purchasing a Tree-Hayven animal they are homegrown with extreme care and attention. This is the reason Adam has spent so much time and effort into modernizing and improving the farm - so each calf that is born has the best start and every cow feels comfortable 24/7. Showing cattle is where a lot of the hard work pays off. No one can ever say that showing cattle is easy or a vacation. Time is put in every day with heifers that Adam hopes to fill out the show string with. Feed and housing changes happen months ahead of time in order to optimize their nutritional and growing needs. Tree-Hayven has had

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some great showring success stories over the years; perhaps the most prestigious is winning Premier Breeder at District 4 the last three years. It may sound a little cliché, but a lot of it is the relationships that the family has made over the years. Without these friendships and new learning opportunities the family would not have been able to move forward on some important farming and life decisions. The one goal at Tree-Hayven Holsteins is to always improve. Adam hopes to continue to set realistic goals with an outcome he can be happy with. He would like to build a dedicated calf housing barn and add more box stalls for show cows. Adam hopes to be able to gain some more efficiency with daily chores so that he can spend more time with Chelsey and Aaliyah off of the farm.

Duckett Holsteins & Genetic Futures Mike & Julie Duckett, Rudolph Article reprinted with permission from Holstein World - September 2015

Mike & Julie Duckett with Harvue Roy Frosty EX-97 2E ike and Julie Duckett were looking for a way to personally improve their IVF experience for their own cattle and in the process, created one of the most elite start-to-finish reproductive programs in the world. With five years under its belt, Genetic Futures is leading the way in the live calf business. Household names like Frosty, Pasta and Treasure helped put Rudolph, Wis., on the map. Duckett Holsteins became synonymous with excellent cow care and outstanding results during the 2000s. While Harvue Roy Frosty’s back-to-back wins at World Dairy Expo in 2009 and 2010 helped propel them to elite status, Mike and Julie’s small 55-cow herd had already been making a name for themselves for years prior. With one of the top BAAs in the country, Ducketts were continually working to make the next great one, which included an intense flush and IVF program for many of their top animals and boarded cattle. At this time, Mike and Julie started to look for a solution to their recipient problem, including the 800-mile roundtrip to Trans Ova Genetics every two weeks for two years. The Ducketts wanted to start something of their own, and found a dairy farm in Junction City just nine miles from their current location. The farm had a 100-cow freestall, double-8 parallel parlor with two houses and sat on 300 acres. They purchased the farm in November 2009 and the first load of recipients arrived at the farm the week after the Royal Winter Fair. With that, Genetics Futures was officially in the recipient business. Genetic Futures started as a business partnership with Ducketts and two other investors. “Having investing partners made us think with a business focus,” commented Mike, “which helped us expand the entire operation, and not just think of it as a farm.” Today, Mike and Julie are the sole business owners. Mike and Julie’s personal success at their home farm is a main contributor to the foundation of Genetic Futures. The reputation of their care and success with their own cattle reassures their clients that their cattle is in the best of hands at Genetic Futures. Over the past five years a few of the notable cows to utilize the


Vangoh Durham Treasure EX-96 2E 99MS facilities at Genetic Futures include: Eastside Lewisdale Gold Missy (EX-95), KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET (EX-96), Blondin Redman Seisme-Red (EX-97), Craigcrest Rubies Gold Rejoice-ET (EX-94), Des-Y-Gen Planet Silk-ET *RC (EX-90), Stantons Freddie Cameo (VG-85-2Y-CAN 2*), Ms Atlees Goldwyn Ariel (EX-92), Regancrest S Chassity-ET (EX-92) and Regancrest Brasilia-ET (EX-92). The Total Reproductive Package Genetic Futures is a state-of-the-art cattle reproduction facility. An AETA-certified lab built in 2010 accommodates both IVF and ET work and was only the second satellite location for Trans Ova Genetics at the time. Genetic Futures offers the complete package for its clients, from donor housing to its live calf program. The facilities have been renovated and expanded in order to accommodate the growing business of “making babies,” as both Mike and Julie refer to it. Throughout the entire operation, the utmost care and dedication is given to each individual stage creating seamless transitions. Each section of the farm has its own crew – donor animals, fresh cows, maternity pen and baby calves. Holstein recipients are sourced from two places, all heifers are tested negative for BVD, Leukosis, Neospora and Anaplasmosis before they arrive at Genetic Futures. The heifers arrive at the farm ready to receive an embryo and are CIDR-synched to prepare for implantation. Once a heifer is checked pregnant and the fetus is sexed, they are sent to one of three heifer raisers which operate exclusively for Genetic Futures. The pregnant heifers return 60 days prior to calving, and all calves are delivered in a straw bedding area that is thoroughly cleaned three times per week. The recipient is sold after calving as all embryos implanted at Genetic Futures occur in virgin heifers. The maternity pen is under 24-hour supervision. Baby calves are identified instantly with each customer’s own identification system, and receive newborn calf protocols at birth which include: Ecolizer + C, Calf Guard, Selenium, Iron, four quarts of pasteurized whole colostrum and first defense. All fresh heifers are milked and colostrum is tested before pasteurization occurs. “We make sure all calves receive 250+ IgG at birth, which is important to continued success with our live calf program and calf health,” commented Mike. After their first feeding, calves are moved to hutches, with bulls and heifers kept separately. They receive pasteurized milk from the milking herd twice daily. Genetic Futures cares for the calf for the first three weeks of its life before the client picks them up. A calf donor barn has recently been constructed for calves that are considered to be “donor cattle” which allows some of the animals to be housed at Genetic Futures before they start as a working donor. “We call it our insurance barn,” commented Mike, “because we know as long as that barn is full, our future business is thriving.” Once calves are genomic tested, many clients immediately know their future. If a heifer doesn’t meet the desired requirements of the client, Genetic Futures will purchase them to raise as recipients. “When buying these heifers, we know their entire history and don’t have to worry about sourcing as many future recipients from outside

sources,” Mike noted. Bulls that do not meet the requirements of the client are sent to market. Because of outstanding management and the growth they are able to achieve, Genetic Futures is able to start collecting from heifers as early as eight months of age. The donors on the farm are either heifers or dry cows and are housed in a large pack barn. “We’ve looked at building a barn for milking donors in the future,” commented Mike. A team from Trans Ova Genetics performs IVF twice a week, every other week in the IVF lab located at Genetic Futures totaling roughly 50 donors each week. Nearly 90% of these donors are currently housed at Genetic Futures, but haul-in donors are also collected at Genetic Futures as well. Wes Vomastic is the general manager and oversees the daily activities of the business. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a double major in Business and Accounting and grew up on a Holstein farm in Pulaski, Wis. Wes started working for Mike and Julie at their home farm while in college and transitioned into a management role at Genetic Futures after graduation. Wes is responsible for keeping financial records, records on all donor animals, coordinating animal movement to and from Genetic Futures, genomic testing and managing the other employees on the farm. Mike and Julie both commend their employees for the success of Genetic Futures to date. “We’ve got a great staff,” said Julie. “They are dedicated to the job and that shows in our calves.” One example is after a genomic run or proof is released all the employees take great pride in seeing which of the calves on that list went through the program at Genetic Futures. One such example is when Ms Delicious Nightout-ET, who continues to stay at the top of the 200 Genomic heifer list, topped the Top 200 Genomic heifer list in April 2015. “The guys couldn’t wait to see who had delivered her,” Julie said. And this past proof run was exciting as well, with Ms Apple Aryane *RC topping the PTAT Heifer list. The +4.12T Beemer is a daughter of Apple herself. It is this excitement for the job from every employee that is evident in all aspects of the operation. What Does the Future Hold? “We don’t want to be the biggest,” commented Mike, “just the best.” As for the future at Duckett Holsteins, “our barns are full at home, so we will probably have another Celebration Sale in the next year or two,” Mike said. They have also considered buying another farm to replicate the current set-up at Genetic Futures. But for now, they will continue to provide an outstanding service from start to finish for their clients and work at perfecting the business of “making babies.”

Doug, Linda, Corey & Tammy Hodorff N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, WI 53019 Tel: (920) 477-6800 • Fax: (920) 477-2520 E-mail:

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Tree-Hayven Drm Robins Song EX-94

Tree-Hayven Sid Path-ET EX-90 at 3-08

(Durham x Storm) 1st 6 Year Old & Older, Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion, District 4 Show 2015 1st Aged Cow, Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion, Central WI State Fair 2015 ~ due in March with a Golden Dreams heifer

(Sid x EX-93 Charles) 2nd Senior 2 Year Old & Reserve Intermediate Champion, District 4 Show 2014 8th Senior 3 Year Old, WI Championship Show 2015

Tree-Hayven GC Amaretto-ET VG-87

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(Goldchip x Damion x Durham x Ashlyns Angel) 3rd Senior 2 Year Old, District 4 Show 2015 7th Senior 2 Year Old, WI Championship Show 2015

(MoreGold x Durchan) 2nd Winter Calf, District 4 Show 2015 4th (2nd B&O) Winter Calf, WI Championship Show 2015 Reserve Junior Champion of Open show & Supreme Junior Champion of the Junior show, Central WI State Fair 2015

Don’t veer toward the “dark side” - join us on February 20 at Tree-Hayven Holsteins during the Wisconsin Holstein Convention farm tours. Also check out our consignment to the Wisconsin Futures Sale - buyer’s choice of Golden Dreams females from Rhineland Durham Amy, EX-95 3E GMD DOM and All-American Senior 3 Year Old. Congratulations to Hailey Zernicke, Bonduel, on her success with Tree-Hayven Justice (Golden Dreams x EX-94 Durham Jillian), the Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Winter Calf, among other top finishes in 2015. Adam & Aaliyah Borchert & Chelsey Karl 6276 Klondike Dr., Auburndale, WI 54412 | 715-650-0326 Like us on Facebook! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-17




4-08 365 45,720 3.9 1779 2.7 1241 ~ 11 generations average 90 points & 145,000 lifetime milk ~ Her Dam: Joliam Abe 2510 EX-90 Lifetime: 103,930

Her VG-85 Windbrook daughter 2-11 305 35,290 4.2 1486 3.0 1074

EXCELLENT maternal sisters to Mystic, all EX in the mammary: Joliam Shottle Mynt 3770-ET EX-90 4-02 343 42,337 4.0 1673 2.8 1176

Joliam Aftershock Me 3846-ET EX-91 3-03 365 44,875 3.6 1621 2.6 1176

Joliam Aftershock Wave 3845-ET EX-91 3-04 365 35,159 3.8 1344 2.7 961

Joliam Talent Mia 3611-ET EX-90 5-05 365 40,371 4.0 1621 3.0 1194

Exceptional production from Excellent type never goes out of style!

SELZ-PRALLE DAIRY Jessica & Nicole Pralle N4621 Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 • (715) 334-3434 • E-mail: 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

Hartford O-Style 4853 VG-87 at 2-08 GTPI +2255 PTA +1007M +47F +27P +491NM 2-05 2x 365 32,250 4.2 1358 3.0 966 Sire: Co-op O-Style Oman Just-ET Dam: Hartford Lotto-Hill 940 VG-87 DOM 2-01 2x 365 32,490 4.8 1545 3.2 1049 G’Dam: Sully Hart Toystory 726-ET GP-83 VG-MS 2-07 3x 312 25,250 3.9 996 3.1 777 Next Dams: EX-90, VG-88, VG-86 GMD DOM Her Daughters: • Lepak Jacey Cri Outrageous, +2477G, sold for $29,000 in the Central WI Summer Event sale • Lepak Silver Odell-ET, +2553G • Lepak Silver Sparkle-ET, +2481G • Lepak Missouri Barbie-ET, +2344G We are very excited to be working with these heifers soon!

Edgewood Dairy Farms LaVerne, Cindy & Joe Lepak Herdsman: Tracy (Lepak) Omernik

Another great cow family recently added to Edgewood Dairy Synergy Supersire Sakura-ET (Supersire x Oman x Shottle)

7741 Dairy Lane, Custer, WI 54423 • 715-592-4691 • Fax: 715-592-4625

Her daughters: Lepak Muscadet Sugar-ET, +2638G, has a lot of interest & contracts to Germany & Japan; and Lepak Lottomax Lotion-ET, +2583G

Purple Ribbon Classic Saturday, March 5 • 11:30 a.m. • Marshfield, WI

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4-01 2x 365 35,750 3.7 1682 3.7 1314

6-02 2x 365 31,840 3.2 1022 3.0 956

Selling is a Sept. 1 Roxbury-Red from Ms Apples Alanna, VG-88 by Goldwyn, from Apple herself.

A March 2015 RED Applejack from an EX-90 Talent sells. 2nd dam is Pati then EX-90 2E 3rd dam. The Talent has 3 EX and 3 VG maternal sisters.

9-11 2x 365 40,250 3.7 1499 3.0 1208 Lft: 2813d 235,830 3.7 8802 3.1 7408

EX-96 3E DoM

- Bosside Holsteins, 715-223-0534

EX-93 3E

EX-92 94MS gMD DoM

Selling a 12/14 President from a VG-86 Die Hard, VG-87 Durham, then Pilgrim. - L-L-M Dairy, 715-297-8485

- Adam Borchert, 715-650-0326

Sale to be held at the Marshfield Fairgrounds park, Marshfield, Wi

Sale sponsored and hosted by Wood area holstein Breeders For more information or to order a catalog, contact: Jordan Freund - 715-305-0135 Gary Gehrke - 715-305-0530 Paul Lippert - 715-459-4735 and wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-19

2015 Distinguished Junior Members Kristen Broege

Kristen Broege is the 19-year-old daughter of Phyllis and the late Steve Broege. She is from Janesville in Rock County. Kristen owns and shows Rock-Edge Holsteins with her two younger sisters, Jenna and Nicole. Currently, she is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science. On campus, she is involved in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture, National Agri-Marketing Association and the Collegiate Dairy Judging Team. Kristen is currently serving as a Southeast JAC and shows at local, state and national shows. She hopes to have a career in dairy business and communications.

Kelsey Cramer

Kelsey Cramer is the 18-year-old daughter of Bob and Nikki Cramer. She has two older siblings, Bryan and Alyssa. She lives on her family’s dairy farm, RHC Holsteins, just outside of Juda. Kelsey will be graduating from the Juda Public High School this spring and is planning to further her education in communications and disorders. Kelsey is responsible for many different tasks on her family’s farm and loves working with her cattle. Throughout her whole life she has been involved with agriculture and loves every moment to advocate for the industry.

Elizabeth Endres

Lizi Endres is the 20-year-old daughter of Steve and Kathy Endres. She grew up on her family’s 500-cow Registered Holstein farm, Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC, in Waunakee. She is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science, and will begin veterinary school at the UWMadison School of Veterinary Medicine next fall. On campus, she is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, and the collegiate dairy judging team. She also is a research assistant in the Hernandez Laboratory, which studies serotonin’s role in calcium and energy status in transition cows.

Charles Hamilton

Charles Hamilton, Cuba City, is the 20-yearold son of John and Evie Hamilton and resides on a 70-cow Registered Holstein dairy farm, Hill-Ton Holsteins. Charlie is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science. On campus he’s a member of the Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. A Grant County, Wisconsin and National Junior Holstein Association member, Charlie is serving on the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee and National JAC. The owner of 36 head of Registered Holsteins, he plans on returning home to assume management upon graduation.

Matthew Kramer

Matthew Kramer, 19, is the son of Leo and Chris Kramer. His family owns and operates Chris Le Acres Registered Holsteins in St. Cloud. Matthew is a freshman at UW-River Falls majoring in Dairy Science. He is a member of the Fond du Lac County Dairy Committee and Junior Holstein Association board of directors and served as 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

President of his FFA chapter. Matthew enjoys showing and judging dairy cattle at the county, district, state and national levels. He was a member of the team that represented Wisconsin at the 2012 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, where they placed second.

Valerie Kramer

Valerie Kramer is the 21-year-old daughter of Leo and Chris Kramer. She was raised on an 80-cow Registered Holstein Farm, Chris Le Acres, in eastern Fond du Lac County. As an active member of the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association, Valerie participates in dairy judging, dairy bowl and essay contests. Valerie is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in dairy science with a minor in agricultural business. On campus she is a dedicated member of Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and Alpha Zeta Honorary Agricultural Fraternity.

Kayla Krueger

Kayla Krueger is the 21-year-old daughter of Tyler and April Krueger and resides on a 350acre dairy farm in Marion where they milk 60 Holsteins. Kayla currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is a senior double majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication with a minor in Agricultural Business. On campus, Kayla is very active in the UW-Badger Dairy Club and currently serves as President. She has also been a World Dairy Expo Chair and Badger Invitational Sale Chair. She is an active member of the Association of Women in Agriculture where she served as last year’s President and has served as an AWA Breakfast on the Farm chair. She has been a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association since she was 9-years-old and shows at the district, state and national levels. Kayla was selected as a National Distinguished Junior Member Semi-Finalist in 2015. She also served as the 2014 WHA Princess as well as participated in Dairy Bowl and was a scholarship recipient.

Carley Krull

Carley is the 18-year-old daughter of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull of Lake Mills, WI. She lives on her family’s dairy and crop farm with her mom Cindy, sister Cassy and brother Bryce. The farm currently consists of 35 Registered Holstein cows, 80 head of young stock and 750 acres owned and rented. She is a senior at Lake Mills High School where she is serves as the Lake Mills FFA President, Senior Class President, Spanish Club President and is on the Lake Mills Varsity Girls Basketball team. Carley is involved in 4-H where she is a member of the Jefferson County Senior Dairy Judging Team. In Junior Holsteins, she has been involved in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, showmanship, and represented Wisconsin as a National Young Distinguished Junior Member candidate in 2012/2013. Next fall, Carley plans to attend either Iowa State University or the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Animal Science and/or Agriculture Education. Carley hopes to one day return to the home farm and continue breeding and showing Registered Holstein cattle.

Katherine Larson

Katherine Larson is the 19-year-old daughter of Kevin and Julie Larson of Viroqua. She has an older brother, Thomas. Katherine lives on a 200-acre crop and heifer farm where she helps with all aspects of their calf and heifer care, fieldwork and farm upkeep. Katherine has been involved in Junior Holsteins, 4-H, FFA, her school and

church. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Ag Business. At college, she is a member of the Pioneer Dairy Club, Collegiate FFA and Ag Business Club. In Junior Holsteins, she has been a county officer for five years and participated in Cow Camp, Dairy Bowl, Speaking, Folding Display, Ad and Dairy Jeopardy contests. She has received the Farm Trip award, several state and national cow awards and is a past National YDJM award winner. She loves working with cattle and has shown cattle on the county, district, state and national levels.

Bethany Marcks

Bethany Marcks is the 20-year-old daughter of David and Julie Marcks. She grew up in Black Creek on her family’s 35-cow Registered Holstein farm, Harmony Mist Holsteins. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Bethany was recently accepted into the Food Animal Veterinary Medical Scholars (FAVeMedS) Program. This is an early acceptance into the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. At River Falls, Bethany is an active member in the UW-RF Dairy Club, UW-RF Pre-Vet Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Bethany plans to pursue a career as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Austin Nauman

Austin Nauman, 18, is the son of Danielle Nauman and Scott Sanford. A senior at Sparta High School, Austin is active in FFA, serving as the chapter treasurer and captain of the 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, fitting and preparing animals. He also is working to develop a herd of elite individuals from which he can market animals.

Jessica Pralle

Jessica Pralle, 20, is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science. On campus, she is active in Badger Dairy Club, Wisconsin Women for Agriculture Vice President, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the collegiate dairy judging team where she placed 4th high individual at the Accelerated Genetics Contest. This past summer, Jessica received National Holstein’s highest honor being named a Distinguished Junior Member. Other accomplishments include the John Klossner Award for placing first in the WI State Fair Premier Exhibitor Contest and she placing second team and earning 9th high individual at the National 4-H Contest in KY. Currently, Jessica is Vice-Chair of JAC. After graduation, she plans to work in the dairy industry a few years before returning as the fourth generation on her family farm. Jessica is the daughter of Scott & Pam Selz-Pralle.

Nicole Pralle

Nicole Pralle is the 18-year old daughter of Scott Pralle & Pam Selz-Pralle. She grew up on a 400 cow dairy farm in Humbird. A freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science, Nicole plans to pursue a career in agribusiness marketing. On campus, she’s active in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the National Agri-Marketing

Association. She serves as Clark County Junior Holstein President, has competed in state 4-H dairy judging contests and received the National YDJM award in 2014.

Elizabeth Sarbacker

Elizabeth Sarbacker, 20, is the daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker, Verona. She is a sophomore at the University of WisconsinMadison majoring in dairy science where she is involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, National Agri-Marketing Association and Saddle and Sirloin. Elizabeth grew up on Fischerdale Holsteins, a 65-cow Registered Holstein farm north of Paoli in Dane County. Elizabeth was the recipient of the Great Northern Cup award at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair and she enjoys showing her homebred cattle at local, state and national shows.

Andy Sell

Andy Sell is the 20-year-old son of Rod and Sue Sell, Watertown. He grew up on the family’s 100 cow Registered Holstein farm, Sellcrest Farm. Andy is currently a junior studying Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, he is involved in the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, Badger Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Andy 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.

Jordan Siemers

Jordan Siemers is the 19-year-old son of Dan and Janina Siemers. He has a younger brother, Connor. Jordan is currently a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Dairy Science and Ag Business. He is very involved in Junior Holsteins and was the past National Holstein Chair for the Junior Advisory Committee. Jordan is also involved in FFA, 4-H, Cornell University Dairy Science Club, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity and The Cornell Traditions Fellowship. Jordan plans to be actively involved in the dairy industry and eventually plans to return to his family dairy, Siemers Holsteins, as a sixth generation farmer.

Brooke Trustem

Brooke Trustem is the 17-year-old daughter of Sandy Larson and Jim Trustem. She is a senior at Evansville High School. Her two brothers are Dane (15) and Luke (13). Brooke and her extended family farm together at Larson Acres Inc. She has been showing cattle since she was five years old. Brooke’s daily responsibilities include caring for the show/sale cattle. Other duties include assisting herdsman and being the office receptionist. Brooke is a member of the Magnolia 4-H Club and Evansville FFA. Her other interests include basketball and track.

Logan Voigts

Logan Voigts is the 19-year-old son of Larry and Kim Voigts. He graduated from Belmont High School in 2014 and currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is a sophomore majoring in Dairy Science. He has three older siblings: Adam, Matt and Carrie. He and his family live on a 230-acre dairy farm where they milk 75 cows. Logan serves as President of the Lafayette County continued on page 22 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-21

Distinguished Junior Members - continued from page 21 Junior Holstein Association and is a member of the Junior Activities Committee. He is involved in organizations such as Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

Danielle Warmka

Danielle Warmka is the daughter of Russ and Laura Warmka of Fox Lake. She lives on a 420 cow dairy farm with her parents and three older siblings. In high school she was involved in 4-H, FFA, Junior Holsteins and National Honors Society. Now, Danielle is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is pursuing a degree in Dairy Science. In the future, Danielle plans to graduate from UW-Madison and have a career within the dairy industry. After graduation, Danielle also hopes to become a coach or advisor for the dairy bowl and dairy judging teams that she participated in growing up.

District 4 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The February issue will feature District 1.

Clark County

2015 Adult Membership: 92; Jr. Membership: 43 Adult Association officers - President: Joe Meyer; Vice President: Todd Cerven; Secretary: Brian Denk; Treasurer: Dana Mayer; Directors: Todd Ertl, Maria Meyer, Steph Huges and Kristen Opelt. We had another busy year in 2015. There was a late July twilight meeting at Craig and Christy Oehmichen’s Oeh-My Farm. It was a complete twilight meeting with judging classes, junior activities and a guest speaker. Tony Brey served as the official and he did an excellent job  explaining the reasons to the group. The guest speaker was Kim Bremmer and she spoke on the dairy producer’s role in promoting dairy products to the public. It was a good night.    In August the county association ran a cheese curd stand again at the Clark Count Fair in Neillsville. A lot of the senior members helped out. The stand serves as our main fundraiser. The money made from the stand helps fund scholarships and community projects. This year the county association, with the help of the Meissner Family, were able to donate two Big Ass Fans to the Clark County Fair Grounds. The two fans are in the show ring.   This next year should be a little bit less busy. Along with the annual cheese stand fundraiser, the county will also be hosting the District 4 Show.

Langlade County

2015 Adult Membership: 4; Jr. Membership: 4

Lincoln County

2015 Adult Membership: 7; Jr. Membership: 2 Adult Association officers - President: Mark Leder; Vice President: Philip Natzke; Secretary: Mary Sosnovske; Treasurer: Ann Krueger.

Marathon County

2015 Adult Membership: 128; Jr. Membership: 39 Adult Assoc. officers - President: Kevin King; Vice President: Lyle Matthiae; Secretary: Douglas Dittmar; Treasurer: Marlene Schreiber; Directors: Mike Borchardt, Floyd Baumann, Larry Bliven, Sam Zimmerman. Junior Association officers - President: Devin Lemanski; Vice President: Noah Bilz; Secretary: Tyler Giddings; Treasurer: Danielle Lemanski; Reporters: Madison Borchardt & Katlyn Schilling. Our juniors had another busy and successful year! Two members attended the state junior convention last January in Fond du Lac. Tyler and Abby Giddings participated in essay, speaking, folding display, and photography contests and volunteered to help in the dairy bowl competition. Our annual meeting was held in Febuary at Edgar Lanes. Approximately 20 members and parents enjoyed bowling, pizza and planning activities for the upcoming year! The County Fitting and Showing Workshop was held on May 16 with 16 junior members attending. This was held at Dream Team Holsteins, Don and Jenna Fahey’s farm. Our district JACs, Crystal SiemersPeterman and Andrew Greenfield, presented on topics such as washing 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

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and clipping techniques. Members learned how to properly tie a rope halter and learned showmanship techniques. Lunch was served. Ten members attended Cow Camp at Pine Lake in Waupaca at the end of May and had a great time! Junior members showed at various shows throughout the year including District 4 Show in June in Marshfield, WI Valley Fair and Athens Fair in August, Central WI State Fair in September, and World Dairy Expo in October. Some of the juniors had a blast helping in the Marathon County Holstein Breeder’s cheese curd stand at Athens Fair and the Edgar Steam Show too. Our fall family picnic was held in October at Fust Family Farms, Brian and Wendy Fust and Family. Thanks to all of our parents and other supporters of the juniors. We are fortunate to be part of such a great organization.

Portage County

2015 Adult Membership: 16; Jr. Membership: 5

Taylor County

2015 Adult Membership: 13; Jr. Membership: 2

Wood County

2015 Adult Membership: 68; Jr. Membership: 36 Adult Association officers - President: Jordan Freund; Vice President: Gary Gehrke; Secretary: Paul Lippert; Treasurer: Lee Slattery; Breed Improvement: Doug Urban; Membership: Roxanne Case; Dairy Promotion: Katie Peper. Junior Association officers - President: John Hartman; Vice President: Sam Minch; Secretary: Emma Dorshorst; Treasurer: Sierra Huser; Advisors: Matt & Molly Dorshorst.

Tiffany Langteau Memorial Calf Grant and Scholarship Available

The District 4 Holstein Associations are offering a $1500 calf grant and a $1000 scholarship awarded to individuals in the district (counties including Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor or Wood counties). The grant is awarded through the Tiffany Langteau Memorial. Funds have been raised by selling embryos at the Central Wisconsin Summer Event and the Marathon County Holstein Association Sale. Tiffany was a very engaged member of the District 4 Holstein Association. She had a deep love for dairy cattle and a great enthusiasm for showing. She could recognize the beauty of any good Holstein. She was entering her senior year at UW-River Falls where she was majoring in Dairy Science and planned on pursuing a career within the dairy industry where she could work closely with good dairy cattle. She had internships at the Red and White Holstein Association and at ABS global. She was very involved in the UW-River Falls Dairy Club, 4-H and FFA. We lost Tiffany way too early. In her name a memorial has been established. The memorial will be used to help youth in the district pursue their dreams for owning and showing quality cattle as well as college scholarships. The calf grant is available to those 16 and younger and is due February 26. The Scholarship is available to those who have completed at least one semester of college and is due February 15. For more information or to get an application, email Patty Edelburg at pgedelburg@ or call 715-570-1526

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Distinguished Junior Member Roundtable Do you ever wonder what happened to the outstanding junior members from years past? As a bonus to the write-ups featuring this year’s Distinguished Junior Members, we decided to catch up with some DJMs from the last 30 years and ask them about their experiences with the Junior Holstein Association. Thank you to all who participated in the roundtable. 1. Tell us about yourself. Laura Elliott, DJM 2011: I grew up on my family’s farm in Marshall where my parents, Ken & Kathy Elliott, sister, Amber Elliott, and I milked both Holsteins and Jerseys. Our farm was small operation focusing on genetics and type. I attended the University of WisconsinMadison, majoring in Dairy Science, Life Sciences communication and a business certificate. In college I was actively involved in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture, National Agri-Marketing Association, Laura Elliott NAMA Marketing Team and Dairy Judging. Upon graduation I accepted a position in agriculture sales in the Mid Atlantic region. For the past few years I have been working for Zoetis as a Territory Business Manager in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Recently, I have accepted a position with Elanco as a Marketing Consultant for Dairy Vaccines and Health products. With this comes a move back to the Midwest where I will be living in the Indianapolis area. Paul Lippert, DJM 2006: I, along with my father Matt and brother Carl, operate Grass Ridge Farm, LLC. I act as the herdsman and human resources manager. We milk 550 Registered Holsteins and Jerseys. We currently have a RHA of 32,000 with no BST and have maintained a SCC under 100,000 for a couple of years. All of our replacements are raised on the farm and we have been genomic testing all of them for several years. Cow comfort and calm handling are the main focus day to day on the Paul Lippert farm. In 2011 I graduated from UW River Falls with my Bachelors in Dairy Science. While there I was president of the dairy club and participated in the national ADSA dairy bowl contest, Collegiate Dairy Challenge, and Falcon Premier Heifer sale. Tony Brey, DJM 2001: I returned home to our family farm after I graduated from UW-Madison in 2007. Cycle Farm has grown from 100 to 460 milking Registered Holsteins over the last eight years. My wife, Moriah and I work in partnership with my brother Jacob and his wife Lauren and our parents Bill and Clarice. Our herd has Moriah & Tony Brey with son Evan RHA of over 30,000 pounds and includes 40 Excellent cows. We enjoy showing and also developing our best cow families. Moriah is a Senior Credit Analyst at Greenstone Farm Credit Services. Our son Evan is 4 and already shows a budding interest in the farm... he thinks he’s in charge! Angela (Geiger) Zwald, DJM 1996: My name is Angela (Angie) Zwald, and I live near Beaver Dam with my husband Nate, and children Mary, Allison, and Zachary. I grew up near Reedsville on Ran-Rose Registered Holsteins that is still owned by my parents, Randy and Rosie Geiger. I studied at the University of WisconsinMadison earning a BS in Dairy Science/Agricultural Economics, MS Nate & Angela Zwald with Zachary, Mary & Allison 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

in Dairy Science, and a MBA. I have worked for Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) as a Territory Business Manager for over 10 years. I enjoy my position where I work hand in hand with veterinarians and dairy producers trouble shooting animal health protocols, providing product/service knowledge, and supporting the dairy industry as a whole. A few examples of the variety of my work would be updating vaccination protocols on an annual basis with the dairy management team, working through disease outbreak situations, in addition to organizing the Zoetis support for Madison’s Cows on the Concourse and various promotion activities on an annual basis. Kim (Olson) Jones, DJM 1986: I grew up in Albany, Wis., on a small Registered Holstein dairy farm. I have a double degree in Dairy Science and Ag Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have spent the last 24 years working with various ag companies. I Left to right: Lauren (12), Brett (18), Brady (7), currently own Tanbark Kim, Nick (5), Bailey (18), BJ & Riley (14) Consulting, an Ag Communications Consulting company and run a Hereford cow/calf operation with my family. My husband, BJ, and I have six children ranging in age from 18 to 5, two in college and four at home. Lauren is in 7th grade, Brett is a freshman at the University of North Dakota, majoring in Commercial Aviation, Brady is in 1st grade, Nick 4K, Bailey is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science and Biochemistry and Riley is a freshman at Darlington High School. 2. What were your involvements in the Junior Holstein Association and what is your current involvement in the Holstein Association/Holstein industry? Elliott: From the beginning, my family and I were very involved in the Junior Holstein Association. My sister and I started with dairy bowl and then my involvement grew from there. I participated in most all events at junior convention including dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy. I showed at our district show and was involved with our local Dane County Holstein club. I served as the Dane County Holstein queen in 2005. After that I became very involved at the state level, where I served as the 2009 Wisconsin Holstein Princess. As princess I worked to help develop the Ag in the classroom portion of the princess program. One of the highlights of my junior Holstein career was serving as a JAC, where my last year I served as the JAC chair. In my time as a JAC I helped to start the district and state show showmanship contests. In my last year as a junior member I was honored to be named the Outstanding Holstein Girl. Currently, my involvement has been very limited due to the demands of my job, but I plan to get back helping where I got my start in the association coaching dairy bowl. Lippert: I was very involved in the Junior Holstein Association through Dairy Bowl, the JAC committee, and the state and national DJM contest. Currently I am the secretary of the Wood Area Holstein Breeders and co-chair of the Purple Ribbon Classic, our local project heifer sale. I have also attended some events with the YAC, such as the annual Brewers trip. We are looking forward to seeing you for the State Convention this February in Marshfield! Brey: I enjoyed a wide variety of activities. Dairy Bowl, Junior Conventions, and serving as a JAC member were some of the highlights. During my first year as a JAC, Nick Sarbacker started the Dairy Jeopardy contest. I took over writing the questions the following year and remember it being quite a challenge! I now am a member of the adult association. I have served as a

delegate to national convention and serve on our county board. Also, our family greatly enjoyed hosting the WHA state picnic in 2010. Zwald: Being involved in dairy activities was a large part of my youth. I participated in Dairy Bowl, dairy judging, and served as President of the Manitowoc County Junior Holstein Association. I also showed dairy cattle at the county, district, state show, and state fair, in addition to participating in state and national Holstein convention. I recently graduated from the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) program and really enjoyed the networking, media training and structure that encouraged you to come home and make an impact in your community. As a part of my personal YDLI project, I teamed up with WMMB to promote dairy though games and education at the UW Halloween event at the Kohl Center as well as held an educational discussion with my children’s daycare on dairy farm technology and dairy nutrition. I am active in dairy promotion activities including dairy breakfasts and school tours, and enjoy the opportunity to share the positive message of dairy with children and adults! Jones: During my years as a junior, I was very active in both the state and national associations, serving on the national junior board. Though I am not involved in the Holstein Association any longer, I have taken that experience and used it to strengthen the Wisconsin Junior Hereford Association. My husband and I are currently serving as advisors and helping to bring the Junior National show to Wisconsin in 2016. 3. What were the greatest benefits from your participation as a junior member? Elliott: The greatest benefit from my participation as a junior member has definitely been the life-long friendships I have made. I met some of my best friends through the association and continue to stay in contact with many of the people I met through my years of involvement. The Holstein association was and still is a second family to me; everyone has the same love and passion for the Holstein cow all while trying to promote Holsteins the best we can. Lippert: My time spent as a junior member was very beneficial. Year after year, studying for the dairy bowl contest left me with a wealth of knowledge that I used in college and continue to use today on the farm. Being on the JAC committee really helped me develop as a team member. Compromise and practicality were lessons that I learned as a JAC member. The size and enthusiasm of the Wisconsin Junior Association definitely reinforced my love for dairy farming. There are so many people that helped me along my path as a junior. It definitely was a great experience! Brey: The greatest benefit for me certainly is the people I met during my time as a junior member. Still today, many of my best friends are people I met at state and national conventions. Also there were many leaders and advisors that I looked up to. They served as great mentors and many still support the association today. I also benefited from the farm tours across Wisconsin. I learned a lot from the breeders on the trip award and also through the JAC work auction. Zwald: My greatest benefits from participation as a junior member were to broaden my horizons and learn more about the dairy industry in other areas of the state and nation. It was a great opportunity and an honor to be exposed to dairy producers and allied industry at such a young age with the opportunity to learn and develop your skills, goals and dreams. Jones: I believe the greatest benefits I took from my years as a junior member were the speaking and organizational skills I gained. Youth organizations are so important for training our young people to work together, present ideas concisely and generate consensus within the group. 4. What was your favorite activity or memory during your years as a Junior Holstein member? Elliott: My favorite activity as a junior member was my time served on the Junior Activities Committee. Getting the opportunity to give back to the association that had provided myself with so many opportunities while growing as a leader at the same time was a great experience. There were many late nights and early mornings as a JAC that were all worth it though for the many laughs we had along the way. From cow camp to district shows and JAC weekend work trips to junior convention there are too many memories to count that I will truly cherish.

Lippert: DAIRY BOWL, DAIRY BOWL, DAIRY BOWL... and planning for and helping run the National Holstein Convention when it was held here in Wisconsin is my favorite memory. Lots of time and effort went into all aspects of the convention and pulling it off was a very satisfying experience, we had a great convention! Brey: Attending state and national conventions was something that I always looked forward to. Door County competed three times in dairy bowl at National Conventions and my mom served as the coach. Our first convention was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The convention tours visited the “Field of Dreams” baseball field. That convention was also the only time my brother Jacob and I were on the same dairy bowl team. Ironically, last year Moriah and I brought Evan to his first convention sale in Dubuque, Iowa. We look forward to attending many of these activities in the future. Zwald: My favorite memories as a Junior Holstein member were dairy judging and showmanship. Coaches Bill Borgwardt and Gregg Miller did a great job keeping dairy judging fun while leading our team to many high-ranking placements in competition. They helped each of us build a solid foundation of skill and encouraged us to grow and develop our own style. I credit Bill and Gregg for building a foundation in myself and many others under their leadership who went on to continuously perform at a high level in juniors, seniors, college and beyond. Showmanship was always something I looked forward to during my show years. It was fun to focus on the skill of showmanship, and I enjoyed working hard to earn the top showman award in each age class and then winning out at a relatively young age in the competitive Manitowoc County Fair environment. Showing cattle is a team effort - my team consisted of myself having the dedication to lead the fair animals diligently all summer long, my parents and brother for all of their support with feed, transport and fitting, the club for the teamwork to share line duty throughout the fair, as well as all of those who work to put on the show and fair itself. I appreciate the opportunity to share my gratitude and thanks for these opportunities. Jones: My favorite activity was the annual convention every winter. We developed friendships that are still strong so many years later. The most vivid memory was in the mid-1980s when Rick Thompson wore a Mexican poncho throughout the convention. To this day, I can still see him dancing with the poncho flowing around him. 5. Any other information you would like to share with us? Lippert: I still remember going with my dad at the age of 10 to my first convention in Stevens Point during a particularly bad Wisconsin white-out. I remember being in total awe of the Outstanding Boy and Girl and of the Wood County teams that placed in the top twi in both the senior and juinior divisions of dairy bowl. I looked up to those “older” kids so much! When I participated in junior events I was always with people who “got” me and what I was into. I realized that I could be a dairy kid and that was not just ok but pretty cool. That was invaluable, especially for a beginner. Being named Outstanding Holstein Boy to this day is one of the greatest experiences of my life. I hope that I inspired others to work hard on their dairy project and DJM form just like those before inspired me. I hope that we can continue this great tradition that we have with the DJM program here in Wisconsin! Brey: Get as many experiences as you can as a junior member. In college I also spent one semester in Canada at the University of Guelph and would highly recommend a similar experience. The more experiences you have the more prepared you will be for whatever direction you chose after graduation. Zwald: Your voice is important to share the positive story of dairy! Take the time and opportunity to be involved in your community to share your knowledge and experiences with those who may be far removed from dairy farming and agriculture in general. Most people are very open to hearing where their milk and meat comes from, and want to hear our story. Yes, we are doing a good job in many areas of promotion and education, yet we still have a lot of ground to cover and it starts with you! YDLI is an excellent program to consider to put your promotion activities into overdrive!! Jones: I would encourage all juniors to get involved with the contests and activities available through the Holstein Association. The skills you can learn and the experience it provides can’t be matched. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-25

Sierra’s Holstein Scoop

Hello fellow Holstein enthusiasts! It is difficult to believe that we are already starting the new year of 2016. It doesn’t seem like that long ago when I was just beginning the exciting journey of being Holstein Royalty. Looking back over the last thirteen years as a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association has made me realize all of the wonderful opportunities this organization has given me. I have spent countless hours studying dairy bowl questions and learning about the different aspects of the dairy industry while making lifelong friends. We have gone from seeing each other at Holstein events to being classmates in college, and I look forward to working together after our graduation. The Royalty program has helped expand my professional skills as well as assist me in becoming a better advocate for agriculture. There are so many people who have helped me throughout this entire process and I would like to express my gratitude to you all. I couldn’t have done this without the support and encouragement of my family and my county. A big “thank you” goes out to my partner, Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant Cierra EhrkeEssock. You helped calm me down before every speech and I wouldn’t have made it through this year without you. Larry Nelson and the rest of the WHA staff were always available to answer any questions that Cierra or I had and it’s all of their hard work and effort that makes this great organization run so smoothly. I would also like to thank our mentor panel and all of the members who helped guide us through our year as royalty. Finally, I would like to wish our candidates the best of luck. You will have an amazing year representing our association! I have always said that dairy is my passion and this past year as the Wisconsin Holstein Princess has only made me love our industry that much more. From being able to watch the next generation of farmers leading their calves in the 10 and under class at District shows, to shaking hands with the champion at World Dairy Expo, I have come to realize just how special our industry is. We are a tight-knit community and I am happy to call you my friends and colleagues. It has truly been an honor to serve as the 27th Wisconsin Holstein Princess as our association celebrated 125 years of Holstein tradition. That’s the Scoop! Sierra Lurvey

Cierra’s Insights on Holstein Highlights Hello Holstein enthusiasts! I absolutely cannot believe that the year has come to an end. Sierra and I have had so many adventures along the way, it’s most certainly a year to remember. We started out the year with a training and photoshoot in Madison. There were a few moments where Sierra and I looked at each other like deer in headlights, but we learned so much from that day and carried it with us during our reign. I’d like to thank Courtney Booth, Barb Natzke, Kristen Olson, Morgan Behnke, and Mara Budde for introducing us to our WHA Royalty experience. Then, we dove head-first into our year at the Midwest National Holstein Spring Show. Our year only got busier from there: handing out ribbons at numerous shows, educating students in the classroom and at other workshops, guiding WHA juniors at Cow Camp, and promoting the dairy industry across the state. There are many people I’d like to thank for their support over the past year. First off, I’d like to thank the WHA office staff. Without Larry, Laura, and Ashley, Sierra and I would have been lost in the dark. We truly have a great association, and without their leadership and support, we wouldn’t be where we are today. I’d also like to thank my Jefferson County juniors and parents. They have been so supportive of me during the year and I loved getting hugs and seeing smiles from the juniors of my home county. Next, I’d like to say “thank you” to Kristi Jarek. Not only is she a Holstein enthusiast, but a hair stylist as well. She truly made me feel like a princess and I thank you so much for donating a “new look.” A huge thank you goes out to my grandpa, Bill Ehrke. Without his passion for the Holstein cow, I wouldn’t have had the desire to run for princess. Finally, I’d like to thank my mom, Cheryl Ehrke, for being my greatest supporter - for letting me put thousands of miles on her car this summer, for tagging along to shows where she’d have to sit by herself, for making gowns and dresses so I didn’t have so spend my own money, for making food runs for me and Sierra when we were busy with kids, and for letting me vent about my drives around the state. To the newly chosen Royalty, enjoy it. It’s a year you will never forget. It has been an honor to serve as your 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant. Happy Farming, Cierra Ehrke-Essock 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Jessi Dercks Hometown: Kimberly, WI School: Kimberly High School Class Size: 374 Major: Dairy Science & Microbiology Why did you decide to attend UWMadison? I chose Madison because it is a well-established research institution. I knew that I would get a top notch education while being on the forefront of scientific discovery. What has been your most memorable college experience? With the amount of great experiences this school provides, I don’t think I can isolate one as the most memorable, but I know that I will forever have in my heart the memories of all the incredible Badger games, the amazing friends I’ve experienced them with and all the trips and learning opportunities I’ve had since coming here! What has been your favorite course? Reproductive physiology has been my favorite course to date. I have always enjoyed anatomy and physiology and this class did a great job of incorporating handson learning into the curriculum to really emphasize the learning goals. What are your future career goals? In the future I’d like to work with herd management, specifically herd health. I really enjoy working with calves and am interested in the management practices that prepare strong and healthy heifers for lactation. I’d like to be a part of a program that embraces these practices.

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


2016 Junior Membership Renewals

All membership renewal notices for 2016 were sent from the office in October 2015. All members received green renewal cards this year with notification of 2016 membership amounts. Please submit the card with payment to the office by January 15, 2016. 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 2016 Wisconsin Holstein Scholarship applications are due March 1, 2016. The association has awarded an average of nearly $16,000 to members in order to assist them in their rising education expenses. 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. The Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship will be added in 2016, and will be given to a student enrolled in a two-year agricultural program. Nelson was a past president of WHA and known largely for developing the trainee program that brought over 100 young Japanese dairymen to work with Wisconsin breeders. He had an undeniable passion and knowledge for the Registered Holstein breed. 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, Wis., 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.

From your 2015 JAC Chair Crystal Siemers-Peterman

Throughout my career of being a Wisconsin Junior Holstein member, I have expanded my knowledge on both cows and life. I’ve grown up a lot since my very first Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, where I bedazzled my Manitowoc County dairy bowl t-shirt, and proceeded to try to wear every piece of cow jewelry that I owned. I have yet to be involved in an organization that has impacted my life so significantly. Being a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association isn’t like other associations where you pay your dues and can slap it on your resume. It’s an organization centered around friendship, professionalism, responsibility, and having a good time. Throughout my Holstein journey I have gained multiple skills that will contribute into my future occupations. Through serving as the 2013 WHA Princess Attendant and a becoming a member of the Junior Activities Committee, I’ve significantly improved my public speaking, writing, and analytical thinking skills. Taking on various responsibilities throughout the last three years has given me great joy and pride. I have met some of the most remarkable, talented, and funny individuals throughout my involvement in the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Registered Holstein breeders are the most passionate people that I know. These people have inspired me to be a better

leader, do things with the utmost passion, all while having fun. I’ve met many remarkable juniors and inspiring mentors throughout the years, and can’t wait to watch where their Junior Holstein careers take them. The fact that I might have had even a small impact on these juniors’ lives makes my heart smile. Since I was little I looked up to the JACs and have fond memories of trying to hang out with these “cool kids.” I’m so grateful that I’ve had two incredible groups of JACs to work with. There is a lot of time spent behind the scenes to make sure that events run smoothly and we try to make every kid (and especially parents) happy. I know that many of these members will be lifelong friends of mine in the years to come. I’ve had some of the hardest laughs and hardest cries all centered around the Holstein cow. I will forever be thankful to this organization, as it has impacted my life forever. Peace and Blessings, Crystal Siemers-Peterman

2016 Calendar of Events January 8-10 Junior Holstein Convention, Glacier Canyon Lodge, WI Dells, hosted by Chippewa County Junior Holstein February 1 2016 Treasure Quest Heifer entry deadline 1 National Holstein Women’s Scholarship application deadline 19 Wisconsin Holstein Futures Sale, Holiday Inn, Marshfield 27 UW-River Falls Falcon Premier Sale, River Falls, managed by UW-River Falls Dairy Club, assisted by Tom Morris, LTD March 1 Deadline for Wisconsin Holstein Scholarship applications 1 Deadline for John and Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship 5 Purple Ribbon Sale, Marshfield, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders 19 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 25 Spring Fashions at the Northern, Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Fond du Lac, 11 a.m. April 2 Hammertime at Heritage, hosted by Hammertime Holsteins & Heritage Holsteins, Whitewater 9 RedFest at Crescentmead, Ixonia, 12:00 noon 9 Barron County Spring Classic, Barron Pavilion 22 Midwest Spring Red & White Show, Madison 23 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 June 13 District 1 Holstein Show, Rice Lake District 2 Holstein Show, Tomah 14 District 7 Holstein Show, Luxemburg 22 District 5 Holstein Show, Portage District 8 Holstein Show, West Bend 23 District 4 Holstein Show, Neillsville 24 District 6 Holstein Show, Madison District 10 Holstein Show, Fond du Lac 27 District 3 Holstein Show, Lancaster 28-July 1 National Holstein Convention, Saratoga Springs, NY July TBD Junior Judging & Classification Contest 29-30 Wisconsin State Championship Show, Madison August 4-14 Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis 15 FINAL deadline for Wisconsin Holstein Futurity LATE entries. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016-27


ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. As we look to a new year, we hope to continue the excitement our 125th anniversary created in 2015. We’ll be offering some great advetising packages for this year - with some great savings for our members. Along with a package for 6 times or more and one for 4 and 5 time advertising, we have two special packages available. The first is our “Show Package”. This package offers an 8% savings on page rates and is for those interested in advertising in the June issue (Spring Show results), September issue (District & Championship Show results) and two other issues of your choice. The “Midwest Package” takes advantage of the great advertising opportunity with our Midwest Holsteins issues. If you run full page ads in all three Midwest issues, you’ll save $75 on your third ad. If you have any questions about these packages or how you can save on your advertising, please give me a call or email. Next month we will be featuring the WI Futures Sale as well as any early March sales. If you have any sale consignments that you’d like to advertise, please give me a call by January 11. The March isssue will be a Midwest Holsteins issue and will feature Junior Convention results and Barn Meeting information. Ads are due a little earlier for that issue - February 5 - so don’t delay in making your space reservations. A few reminders about upcoming deadlines... Top Performer entries are due January 8 to the WHA office. The entry form is available on the WHA website. If you missed the 2018 Futurity early entry deadline (Dec. 31), the first late entry deadline is April 30. And don’t forget to make your membership renewals so you don’t miss receiving any of the upcoming issues of the News. Until next time...

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January 2016 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 8-10 Junior Holstein Convention, Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Chippewa County Junior Holstein Association 8 Top Performer applications due to WHA office February 2016 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 19-20 WHA Convention, Holiday Inn Marshfield, Marshfield, hosted by Wood Co., 715-486-1500 27 UW-River Falls Falcon Premier Sale, River Falls, managed by UW-River Falls Dairy Club & assisted by Tom Morris Ltd. March 2016 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 5 Purple Ribbon Classic Sale, Marshfield, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders 5 Butlerview Dispersal, Elkhorn, managed by Butler Auctions LLC 19 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 25 Spring Fashions at the Northern, Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Fond du Lac, 11 a.m. April 2016 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 2 Hammertime at Heritage, hosted by Hammertime Holsteins & Heritage Holsteins, Whitewater 9 RedFest at Crescentmead, Ixonia, 12:00 noon 9 Barron County Spring Classic, Barron Pavilion 23 Midwest National Spring Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison May 2016 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 14 71st Dodgeramma, Beaver Dam Future Dates Junior Convention Jan. 6-8, 2017 Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Dane County Junior Holstein Association Adult Convention Feb. 24-25, 2017 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, hosted by Calumet Co. Midwest National Spring Show April 29, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison District Shows June 13, 2016 District 1 Show, Rice Lake June 13, 2016 District 2 Show, Tomah June 14, 2016 District 7 Show, Luxemburg June 22, 2016 District 5 Show, Portage June 22, 2016 District 8 Show, West Bend June 23, 2016 District 4 Show, Neillsville June 24, 2016 District 6 Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison June 24, 2016 District 10 Show, Fond du Lac June 27, 2016 District 3 Show, Lancaster WI Championship Show July 29-30, 2016 Alliant Energy Center, Madison July 10-11, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison

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Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Mandi Ramsburg 1510 Silverstone Trail #2, De Pere, WI 54115 cell: 920-530-5023 e-mail: 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2016

January 2016 WI Holstein News  

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