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Volume 84 No. 1

Adult Convention Information Distinguished Junior Members Past DJM Roundtable Breeder Profile: Emerald Acres District 7 Report

photo by Lea McCullough

WILLOWS-EDGE ADVENT LIBBY VG-86 VG-MS 2Y 1st Milking Fall Yearling, Best Udder and Best Bred & Owned, Mideast Fall National 2011 Dam: Willows-Edge Lee Logan EX-93 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge RI London EX-91 3rd Dam: Willows-Edge BC Lalita EX-90 4th Dam: Willows-Edge Leadoff Lacey EX-90 5th Dam: Willows-Edge Stardust Lynn EX-94 Libby was fresh on October 5, thus missing out on Madison. A special thank you to Grayson Schmidt for fitting and the Hill family from Four Hills for allowing us to tie-in at Louisville. Our December classification resulted in great scores for the three cows we took to Louisville. Along with Libby, Willows-Edge Jasper Mars, VG-87 VG-MS, was 1st Junior 2 Year Old and Willows-Edge Advent Malika, EX-92 EX-MS, was 1st 4 Year Old, Reserve Senior and H.M. Grand Champion of the Junior Show.

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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 2012

VOLUME 84 No. 1

Features: 10 12 15 22 26 30

Breeder Profile: Emerald Acres Adult Convention Information WHA Board of Directors election candidates 2011 Distinguished Junior Members Past DJM Roundtable Genomic Agreements will be Made Available for Public Review

Departments: 8 8 9 16 16 27 34 35 36 38

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs WHA Annual Supporters From the President: Corey Geiger District 7 report Tank Talk - District 7 Breeder Business Cards WHY Page Classified Advertising Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover features the group from Waupaca & Waushara Counties that is hosting the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention in Waupaca, February 24 & 25. For more information on the convention, turn to page 12. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January, 2012

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

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION STAFF: Christianne Williams, Director of Operations Laura Wackershauser, Editor/Advertising Manager Larry Nelson, Member Services Manager Sharon Maffei, Membership/Event Coordinator

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Corey Geiger, President (2012)* - 920-650-0294 W1938 County Rd. J, Mukwanago, WI 53149 Todd Stanek, Vice President (2012) - 715-456-8718 E15265 Hillview Dr., Fall Creek, WI 54742 Angela Davis-Brown, Secretary (2012) - 608-935-3814 3008 Elliott Brown Rd., Dodgeville, WI 53533 Matt Lippert, Exec. Committee (2012) - 715-884-6578 5882 Cty. Rd. E, Pittsville, WI 54466 Marci Walker, Exec. Committee (2013) - 608-253-3003 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Todd Borgwardt (2013) - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Paula Bovre (2013) - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Dan Cnossen (2014) - 715-302-1327 N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Chris McCullough (2013) - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Tracy Nelson (2014) - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Chad Ryan (2014) - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Kent Wendorf (2014) - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION

NATIONAL DIRECTOR: Robert Nigh - 608-675-3442, Viroqua, WI Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294, Mukwanago, WI WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN NEWS: (ISSN 0194-4401) (USPS 688160) is published 11 times for $40 per year by the Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913. Periodical postage paid at Baraboo, WI and additional offices. Additional magazines may be purchased at $5.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy. Price includes shipping and handling. Due to the uncertainties of the mail, the NEWS cannot assume responsibility for prior delivery of issues carrying advertising of sales scheduled for less than 14 days after the issue date. Advertising is due the 10th day of the month preceding publication. Advertising cannot be accepted over the phone, except by fax. Ad information must include name, address, phone of advertiser, amount of space needed, color if desired, photos if any and where they are. The Wisconsin Holstein News and its employees do not verify the records, classification scores or any other information that is used in advertising that appears in the Wisconsin Holstein News. The advertiser is solely responsible for the accuracy of all information used in their advertising. The News shall not be held responsible for any loss due to inaccurate information appearing in the News. The employees of the News shall be available to help any member acquire verification for any information appearing in the News. Under federal law, photographer’s pictures are copyrighted and owned by the photographic company. Prints sold are with a “single use” license and, in the case of the News, for use only in current or future issues of the News. Original photos must remain on site and may not be shared as prints or electronically without written permission of the photographic company through which the photo is copyrighted.

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs % Congratulations to Lynn (Coulthard) and Matt Kiedrowski on the birth of their son, Ethan Rodney on July 21, 2011. Ethan was 9 lbs. 2 oz. and 21 inches long. Ethan joins big sister Isabella. $ Congratulations to Tom & Keely Agnew on the birth of their daughter, Bryn Amelia, born November 29 and weighed 6 lbs. 15 oz. ' Dan & Stacey Ambort welcomed son Vann Harmon on Nov. 27. Vann weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. Congratulations! / Our condolences to the family of Maxcine Schauf who passed away recently. A full obituary is printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email

Obituaries Maxcine Schauf Maxcine Schauf (née Nachreiner), age 85, died peacefully at home in Ithaca, Wis., on Thursday, November 24, 2011. Maxcine was born to Leo and Gladys Nachreiner on May 7, 1926. Maxcine was a graduate of Spring Green High School. She was employed by the State of Wisconsin Treasury Department until her marriage to Michael J. Schauf in 1947. She was a dedicated mother and full-time homemaker who, along with her husband Michael, was very active in their church and community. She is survived by seven children: Michaeleen Hill (Robert) of Salt Lake City, UT; Robert (Karyn) of Barron, WI; William of Richland Center, WI; Jerome of Blue River,WI; Kathi Klaas (Gregory) of Sun Prairie, WI; Vince of Oak Forest, IL; Kelly (Karen) of Janesville, WI; twenty grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by four brothers: Ferdinand (Imelda), Duane (Lois), Donovan (Sally) and Richard (Mary) Nachreiner; two sisters: Violet (Gerald) Nelson and Marcelline Weigley; sisters-in-law: Bonnie Nachreiner, Carole Nachreiner and brother-in-law: Gerald Kraemer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Michael, as well as three brothers (Reginald, Russell and Robert Nachreiner) and one sister (Phyllis Kraemer) and her brother in law Alton Weighley.

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From your President Corey Geiger Dear Wisconsin Holstein Association members: Since genomics burst onto the scene in 2008, the dairy genetics sector has been under constant flux. This seismic change brought on by genomics caused some leaders to investigate a new long-term approach to ensure that critical herd information flows into the data collection system so U.S. genetic evaluations can be accurately calculated in the future. While nearly everyone in the genetics sector can agrees that a new system needs to be developed, not all agree on what that new long-term approach will look like moving forward. This is a hotly debated topic that has been discussed at a number of recent meetings since World Dairy Expo. That begs the question, “Where are we at on this subject? Secondly, should I even care?” In short, if you sell genetics, you should care. In my eight years of service to this Association, I have never suggested that we reprint a Hoard’s Dairyman article in our Wisconsin Holstein News. That changed this December when I shared an advance copy about this subject with our State Board. The board thought so much of it that we all agreed it should be reprinted in the January News issue. You can find it on pages 30 and 31. After two years of meetings on this critical subject, Steven Kappes, deputy administrator for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, came to the October Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding meeting and cleared the air on the future of genetic evaluations. The article was reviewed by Kappes, so it is definitive. As my term comes to close on the WHA state board, I plan to continue writing quarterly columns on National Holstein matters. You can be certain this subject will garner a great deal of my focus as I represent you, the grass roots breeder. New WHA initiatives A number of years ago, we initiated a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) of the Wisconsin Holstein Association at our December board meeting. Both staff and board members participate each year. A number of great ideas are generated at the review each year. This year was no exception. Before discussing two new efforts, let me say we are going to transform the SWOT analysis next year by having WHA staff present objectives for the coming year. After that presentation at future September board meetings, the staff will further hone those objectives for the December meeting. Our Association’s two new areas of focus for the upcoming year will be a state sale and communications. Communications. With our expanded staff, we want to be more active in attending county meetings. If you would like Larry Nelson, our member relations manager, to attend your meeting, please call the office at 1 800 223-4269. Since our December board meeting, Larry has prepared an impressive County Road Show. It would be well worth your time to hear it. Plus, you can share concerns about our Association directly with Larry. Additionally, we want to step up our interactions with members at our many events, both as a board and as a staff. We have plans to have enhanced interaction with our three national field representatives. We have plans to develop a new members packet, a monthly e-newsletter, and communicate more via our website (www., Facebook page and blog. Of course, the WHA News will continue to a communications cornerstone. State Sale. Many passionate board members have concluded we must have a state sale. It will be held on October 27, 2012, at a location to be determined. It will be an annual event and feature some of Wisconsin’s finest Holsteins. As board member Dan Cnossen said, “It should hurt when consigning to this sale because members are consigning their best young cows and heifers.” Let me explain. Dan grew up in Michigan, and to this day he remembers some of the great sales held in the Badger State. It is our goal to return to those great sales and deliver seed stock that can serve as foundations for other Holstein breeders. And, in the end, we need to promote the Wisconsin Holstein brand. Personally, I agree with

Dan, as do other board members. Updates to National’s junior awards programs In late October, I attended the Holstein USA Junior Advisory Committee meeting. One of the major projects we tackled was a full-fledged evaluation of the Distinguished Junior Member program. With the changes that were made in October and approved in November by the Holstein USA board of directors, Wisconsin will have to reevaluate its DJM form in the coming year. Of the changes that will be enacted for the 2013 awards, some highlights include: • The resume and summary of activity section was merged into a three-page section. • The “Story of Junior Holstein Work” will not be more than six pages. • Merge “Obtaining and Developing Animals” and “Breeding Program” into one three-page section, “Breeding, Obtaining, and Developing.” • Eliminate “Summary of Producing Cows” and add production and awards under “Inventory of Holsteins Owned.” • And, perhaps the biggest change is found under the “Personal View” section. That section will still contain four questions. However, two will be written and two will be a video. The YDJM form will undergo similar changes bases on updates to the DJM form in 2013. WHA elections The nominating committee, consisting of the three immediate past WHA presidents, has identified a tremendous slate of candidates that represent the state’s diverse geography. The candidate bios can be found on page 15. As an association member, it is great to know that qualified members want to run for the board of directors. We have five candidates that have declared for four open positions. The nominees include: Bill Calvert, Kevin Jorgensen, Matt Lippert, Todd Stanek and Mark Ulness. I wish each of them the best of luck. As you may know, nominations remain open until they are closed at the annual meeting. On a closing note, some members have inquired what our staffing will look like in the future. Let me tell you that we are blessed to have four excellent employees: Chris Williams, Laura Wackershauser, Sharon Maffei, and the newly hired Larry Nelson. Each makes a critical contribution to our Association. As we move forward, Larry will begin learning the ropes of our Association, and Chris will serve as his key mentor. The WHA board of directors has spent a great deal of time evaluating our future employment needs, and we have developed an excellent plan moving forward. Lastly, by now, many of you have heard that Doug Maddox, owner of RuAnn and Maddox dairies and past president of Holstein USA passed away on December 19. Doug was a giant of man who represented the best interests of our industry. To say the least, Doug’s leadership will be missed. Please keep the Maddox family in your thoughts and prayers. In dairy we trust, Your President, Corey Geiger

WI Holstein Membership Pay before January 15, 2012 and to avoid receiving a “pink” second-notice card! It also saves WHA printing costs and postage if you pay before we send this reminder out. If for some reason you did not receive your renewal card in October please contact our office at 1-800-223-4269 or email Sharon at Remember February 2012 will be your last Wisconsin Holstein News if you are not renewed by February 15, 2012. Thank you for your membership! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-9


Emerald Acres Don, Paul & Ted Ossmann Families, De Pere By Danielle Brown

Paul & Ted Ossmann


ocated in Brown County, Emerald Acres has been farming in the De Pere area for nearly 70 years. What started as an 80-acre farm with 15 cows has grown to a high-producing, well-known 500 cow herd and 1150 acres. In 1945, Emerald and Luella Ossmann began milking cows at the farm’s current location. Today, the farm is operated by Emerald and Luella’s three sons, Don, Paul, and Ted, with their extended families. Don and his wife Joyce work mostly with the older heifers and dairy steers as well as handling many of the cropping decisions. Don’s son Shannon, and his wife Cindy, are very active in day-to-day operations working with the milking cows and farm maintenance. Another of Don’s sons, Jason, works for North Star Cooperative-Select Sires and breeds all the heifers. Paul and his wife Debbie do most of the work with heifers up to ten months old and Paul chooses most of the sires used on the herd. They also milk 75 cows in a tie-stall barn. Paul’s daughter Sarah Cappelle and her husband Darrel are also very involved with the milking herd with Darrel handling most of the breeding in the milking herd. Ted and his wife Lana, handle many of the financial responsibilities and calving in fresh cows. They have only one other full-time employee, Bob Zeamer, along with eight

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part-time employees that help milk and with the general farm work and occasional seasonal help. In general all work at Emerald Acres is a family affair with everyone sharing the work load. The first Registered Holsteins arrived at Emerald Acres in the mid-1960s. After Ted graduated from UW-Platteville and Paul graduated high school in 1973, the Ossmanns began growing the number of cows in the original 40-cow tie-stall barn. At its numerical peak they were rotating 250 cows through the tie-stall barn. When it became apparent that the three brothers along with their children wanted to continue farming at Emerald Acres something needed to be done. “We either had to quit or expand,” said Paul. “We needed to get better at what we were doing and become more efficient. We weren’t able to add onto the barn so we needed something new.” Their solution was a 400-cow sand-bedded freestall barn and a double-12 parlor built in February of 2006. Building with the future in mind there is a room for another freestall barn adjacent to the standing one and the parlor is expandable to a double-16. Paul decided to continue milking 75 cows in a tie-stall barn. The cows there are generally older cows or some of their favorite genetic cows. They only bought 40 cows when they transitioned to the new facility, mostly growing from within the herd without the use of sexed semen. Emerald Acres’ current rolling herd average stands at 28,318 pounds milk with a 4.0 fat test (1144 pounds of fat) and a 3.1 protein test (865 pounds of protein) with the herd being milked twice a day. The somatic cell count is consistently below 200,000. The herd is classified every seven months on the limited program and about 90 percent of the herd is registered.

The Ossmanns are currently using The Ossmanns breed for productive, Sanchez, Alexander, Baxter, Crown, long-living cows with high components Dempsey, Shot, Windbrook, and using the best bulls from deep cow Admiral. Planet is being used again after families. In general, they are willing to seeing the impressive young cows he has sacrifice pounds of milk production for a produced at Emerald Acres. Genomic higher component percentage from a young sires are being used sparingly in deeper cow family. They enjoy breeding the heifer lots. They do use genomics as big, deep cows that transmit through a selection tool but prefer to use bulls many offspring and to date have bred 53 from deep cow families with proven Dam of Merits, 47 Gold Medal Dams, transmitting ability on the female side. and 56 Excellent cows. They have bred All heifers are bred to calving ease sires. numerous cows with high production Previously many heifers were implanted and components and have had several with embryos, but after a few years of cows reach the lifetime milestone of tough calving they stopped this practice. 300,000 pounds of milk. While they enjoy breeding the good ones, they Ripvalley NA Bell Tammy EX-94 GMD DOM Although Paul chooses all mating sires the cows are mated by North Star admit they love to invest in deep cow Cooperative-Select Sires. families with strategic purchases through “It’s great to have another eye lookthe years. ing at the cows,” explains Paul. “It also One of those purchases was makes it easier when a cow is in heat and Ripvalley NA Bell Tammy-ET at the we have three solid choices of what to use 1986 National Holstein Convention on her.” Sale held in Wisconsin. Purchased with The freestall herd is fed a one-group Dr. Scott Armbrust, Tammy went on to TMR with about 65 percent haylage and make a huge impact at Emerald Acres. 35 percent corn silage. The TMR also Tammy was scored EX-94 and was includes cottonseed, protein mix, and dry named a Gold Medal Dam and Dam of corn. Paul feeds a “poor man’s TMR” to Merit. Approximately one-third of the the cows in the tie-stall barn catering Emerald Acres herd traces back to her. rations to each individual cow and doing Several bulls from this family have been his mixing with a pitchfork. To prevent active A.I. sires with one of the most drastic changes in milk production or recognized being Emerald-Acr-SA Mayerlane-SA BWM Misty-ET components, Ossmanns feed from a T-Baxter at Alta Genetics. Another bull EX-94 3E GMD DOM variety of haylage sources so the cows do from this family, Emerald-Acr-SA not notice when one bag ends and T-Brigade-ET, is one of the current top another begins. For example, they are fat and feet and leg bulls in the world. now feeding from five sources, both The Ossmanns credit her ability to upright silos and bags, and mix the transmit high components and good feet haylages together in the ration. and to the current longevity and All field work is done by the family productivity of the herd. themselves. They believe this allows them Fischer-Heights Elton Crown was to harvest the highest quality forage for another important cow in the developtheir dairy because they can harvest ment of Emerald Acres. Even though exactly when the crop is ready. she suffered a terrible injury as a young All calves up to 10 months old are cow, breaking her spine in three places, housed in a calf barn that was re-built the Ossmanns were able to nurse her ten years ago after a barn fire. One wing back to health and flushed her several of the shed houses wet calves that are on times. While she was being flushed she milk replacer until three months. After produced 100,000 pounds of milk in weaning they are moved to group 1,000 days. Several of the highest milk Emerald-Acr-VR Missie-ET EX-90 (by Freelance) housing in the other wing where they production cows in the herd trace back also get used to laying in freestalls. After to Crown and a few have even appeared graduating from that barn they are on national milk lists. One of her sons, moved to another facility where they are Emerald-Acr-VR Cadence-ET has on a bedded pack with outside access. several high-scoring and high-producing Once confirmed pregnant they are daughters in the herd today. moved to an old freestall barn where they Currently, Mayerlane-SA BWM will calve and eventually move into the Misty EX-94 GMD DOM, is one of the milking herd. herd favorites at Emerald Acres. This year Emerald Acres was Purchased as a yearling heifer, Misty has honored as the Brown County Farm made five records of over 40,000 Bureau’s Conservation Farm of the pounds of milk and 2,000 pounds of fat. Year. The family is also very involved in She has several milking daughters the Immanuel Lutheran Church and including Emerald-Acr-VR Mortymae Don served for many years on the EX-91, sired by Stouder Morty, Cooperative Services-Denmark Board of Emerald-Acr-VR Missie-ET EX-90, sired by Braedale Freelance, and Emer- Emerald-Acr-VR Marsia-ET VG-88 3Y (by Shottle) Directors. No further expansion plans are ald-Acr-VR Marsia-ET VG-88 at 3 years, sired by Picston Shottle. According to the Ossmanns Misty has underway, but the Ossmanns are always looking towards the future, transmitted her good feet and legs and udder quality to all of her hoping the next generation will continue to breed long-living cows offspring. She just calved again in December with her seventh calf at with the Emerald Acres prefix. ten years old. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-11

February 24 & 25, 2012 Comfort Suites & Ale House Waupaca, WI Convention Hotel: Comfort Suites Fox Fire - Reservations 715-942-0500 $85 per night, block cut-off is February 4, 2012 Hotel is 0.1 mile from Ale House (where all meetings and meals will take place), a 2 minute walk. Best Western Grand Seasons - Reservations 877-880-1054 $79/night, includes up to 4 waterpark passes per room and complimentary cocktail hour. Block cut-off is January 25, 2012. Hotel is 0.7 mile from Ale House (where all meetings and meals will take place), a 15 minute walk weather permitting. Meetings and meals will be held at the Ale House, a separate building from the Comfort Suite Fox Fire and Best Western Grand Seasons.

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Total Enclosed _______ Registration forms must be postmarked by January 24 to receive the lower rates; late registrations will be taken at the higher rate until February 8 by mail. Any registrations received after February 8 will be on a “room available” basis and for $10 above the original price. A trade board will be available at the convention for purchasing available tickets, but tickets may not be available for all events.

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E-mail Send your Reservations early! Registration forms postmarked by January 24 will benefit from lower meal prices. Questions, call Lynn and Sara Harbaugh, 920-723-2465 Mail your forms with checks payable to “Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders” to Lynn & Sara Harbaugh, N11912 Graetz Rd., Marion, WI 54950

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WHA Adult Convention Schedule February 24 & 25, 2012 Comfort Suites Fox Fire & Ale House, Waupaca, WI Hosted by Waupaca/Waushara Holstein Breeders Friday, February 24 11:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration Dairy Bar open throughout the day. 12:00-3:00 p.m. National Holstein Regional Meeting 3:00-5:15 p.m. WHA Committee Meetings 5:00-6:00 p.m. Grassland Butter Happy Hour 6:00-7:30 p.m. Dinner Production awards presented 7:30 p.m. Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, hosted by the Young Adult Committee Saturday, February 25 7:00-8:00 a.m. Past President’s gathering 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Registration Dairy Bar open throughout the day! 8:30 a.m. Spouse’s outing departs 9:00 a.m. WHA Annual Business Meeting 11:30 a.m. Luncheon Recognition of Juniors to compete at National Convention Recognition of GMD and DOM Recognition of 40 & 50 Year Members Recognition of Wall of Fame inductees 1:00-4:30 p.m. Speigelburg Implement Dairy Tours 5:00-6:00 p.m. Social Hour 6:00 p.m. Awards Banquet Recognition of Retiring WHA Board Members Introduction of new WHA Board Members Advertising Contest Winners Distinguished Young Dairy Person Distinguished Service Award Distinguished Breeder Dessert Auction to benefit WHA Scholarship Fund 8:30 -11:30 p.m. LIVE BAND Sunday, February 26 WHA Board Re-organizational Meeting

Spouse’s Outing French Cooking Class Participants in the Spouse’s Outing will travel to Green Fountain Inn in downtown Waupaca where they will enjoy a French Cooking Class. Here, they will learn to prepare Crab Puffs as an appetizer, French Onion Soup, Chicken Cordon Bleu and Cream Puffs, and then enjoy their creations for lunch. Recipes will be shared with participants and everything is made from scratch. After lunch, the group will be free to shop at the many nice shops in the downtown area.

Wisconsin Futures Sale Sponsor Thank you to Brian Greenman, Rural Mutual Insurance Agent, for sponsoring the 2012 Wisconsin Futures Sale.

Brian Greenman, Agent 343 N. Peters Ave., Fond du Lac, WI 54935 Office: 920-322-1194 Cell: 920-410-4533

Convention Farm Tours B-Long Holsteins Bruce & Brenda Long started B-Long Holsteins in 1990, after working on Brenda’s parents’ farm following their graduation from UW-River Falls. Along with sons Bryant, Brandon and Bret, they milk 55 Registered Holsteins in a tiestall barn twice a day with a RHA of 31,921M 1137F 966P. The herd is made up of 10 EX, 28 VG and 12 GP cows. Longs have received Holstein Association USA’s Herd of Excellence award four years in a row and were Wisconsin Holstein and Holstein Association USA’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders in 2007. They are also a 15-year Progressive Genetics Herd. Over 80 percent of their current herd can be traced back to two calves Bruce purchased when he was 14 years old. Another 10 percent descend from animals from Brenda’s home farm. Bruce and Brenda’s breeding goals are to breed for large, powerful cows with big frames, plenty of strength and width, and good components. They are currently using Shot, Guthrie, Butze, Shottle, Shout & Atwood in the herd. The Longs place an emphasis on cows that will live a long time, produce high volumes of milk, and transmit those qualities to their offspring. Over the years, they have developed 20 Gold Medal Dams and 10 Dams of Merit. Four cows they bred have produced over 300,000 pounds of milk, with the highest being B-Long Elton Gypsy VG-86 GMD, who produced 341,980 in seven lactations. Over 20 more cows have produced over 200,000 pounds of lifetime milk. Cow comfort is a high priority, and cows are given access to pasture year-round, which they feel helps the soundness and longevity of their herd.

Royola Holsteins Royola Holsteins is operated by Tom and Sharie Anderson and Justin Hintz. The farm was established in 1949 by Andrew and Jeanette Anderson. The original farm of 220 acres was purchased in 1976 with another 86 acres added later on. Along with some rented ground, there is a total of 450 crop acres where corn, wheat, soybeans, oats and alfalfa are raised. Justin joined the Royola operation 13 years ago and 20 milk cows were added and a 16-cow dry cow facility was built at that time. At present, they are happy with the herd size and are looking at expanding the crop production side of the operation. They have also made a point of adding animals with higher genetic merit to improve their merchandising opportunities. The current herd is made up of 140 head. The milking herd consists of 75 cows with a RHA of 25,653 3.83% and 983 pounds fat, 3.18% and 815 pounds protein on two times per day milking. The current BAA is 107.8%. Sires being used include some high genomic sires along with Guthrie, Palermo, Dempsey, Windbrook, Lauthority and Shottle. They have been awarded with 25 consecutive Milk Quality awards, the Waupaca Bankers Outstanding Farm award and are a Progressive Genetics Herd. After twenty years of working with only homebred families, they were down to one or two families with Royola Cinnamon Gewen, VG-88 GMD, heading up the start of a 5 generation EX line. The decision was made to invest in outside genetics to improve wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-13

the herd and do more merchandising. There are now more families in the herd with the predominant animal being Rabur Goldwyn Panzer, VG-87, a daughter of Rabur Outside Pandora. Panzer has produced numerous embryo contracts, a son (Prance) at Select Sires and the number one Man-O-Man daughter in Europe. Tom has chaired the Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale for over 20 years and enjoys hunting North American big game, Rabur Goldwyn Panzer VG-87 golf, fishing, shooting and collecting firearms in his spare time. Sharie is the Dietary Supervisor at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. They are active members of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Big Falls and have three children, Shane (deceased), Kotti and Adam. Justin Hintz enjoys hunting, attending Holstein sales, spending time with his family, golf, snowmobiling and the Green Bay Packers.

Sandy-Valley Farms

Sandy-Valley, owned and operated by the David, Patrick and Frank Jr. Bauer families, was established in 1963 by Frank Bauer Sr. Ownership was taken over by David, Patrick and Frank Jr. in the 1980s and they became involved with elite Holstein genetics in 1988. Today, the farm consists of 1250 acres of corn, alfalfa and soybeans.

They milk 400 cows and have an additional 500 head of youngstock. The current RHA is 28,444M with 3.81% and 1085 pounds fat and 3.01% and 857 pounds protein. The herd moved into their current freestall facility in 2001. Bunker silos and a recipient heifer barn were added in 2009. The most recent addition was a 117 stall calf barn. The Bauer brothers were named Wisconsin’s 2008 Distinguished Dairy Breeders and the herd is a 20 year Progressive Genetics Herd award winner. Sandy-Valley is home to several high profile cow families, including the family behind Sandy-Valley Bolton-ET, a millionaire sire and former number one TPI and LPI sire. Numerous descendants from Regancrest-PR Barbie-ET, EX-92, reside at SandyValley. Other cow families represented include: Ricecrest Terry Tory-ET, EX-93 2E GMD DOM; Juror Faith; Dellia; Rudolph Missy; Durham Mitzi; Shottle Cosmopolitan; Durham Daisy; Blackstar Raven; the Schillview “G” family; and De-Su Oman 6121. Animals of special interest in the herd are Sandy Valley Bolton Sheila-ET and her Planet daughter SandyValley Plane Sapphire. Sheila, VG-88, is from a VG-87 Forbidden dam from the Dellia cow family. She is milking 170 pounds in her second lactation with a Sandy-Valley Bolton Sheila-ET VG-88 two-year-old record of 2x 365 44,786 3.6 1607 2.7 1209. Sapphire, VG-87 2Y, is milking 120 pounds in her first lactation. She has several high genomic daughters including Robust Ruby (+2757G, #6 GTPI female) and Iota Amethyst (+2434G, #1 GTPI Iota). They are currently using numerous eilte genomic young sires in the herd. Attention is giving to strength of cow families behind the bulls and making correct matings. A variety of sires are used to maintain diversity and spread risk.

2011 Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity a Shining Success The 12th annual Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity was held on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at the Sheboygan County Fair in Plymouth, Wis. A shining success for the Holstein industry, there was a total of 27 three-year olds presented by 13 farms. Winning entries included: 1st place, Scenic-Edge JellybeanRed presented by Yvonne Preder of Scenic-Edge Holsteins; 2nd place, Lyn-Vale Redlou Skip-It presented by Bill Schultz of Lyn-Vale Holsteins; 3rd Place and Production award winner, Castleholm Regina-Red-ET presented by Amanda Roehrborn of Lyn-Vale Holsteins; 4th place, Mission-Bell Spirte Finance presented by Kelly Jens of Mission-Bell Farm; and 5th place, Glennlawn Mac Shimmer presented by Eric Stodyk for SpruceLawn Holsteins. Kelli Cull of Budjon Farms in Lomira, Wis., served as the 2011 Futurity official judge. Masters of Ceremonies for the event were Tom Anderson of Pfizer Animal Health and Brittany Faber, the 2011 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair. The event’s guest speaker was the 64th Alice in Dairyland, Katie Wirkus. A special thank you goes out to all of the 2011 Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity sponsors and featured platinum sponsors National Exchange Bank & Trust and Schulz & Dippel Trucking, Inc. In addition, thank you to the Sheboygan County Holstein Association Futurity committee and valued volunteers: Heidi Hanke, Stephanie and Josh Jens, Courtney and Chris Booth, Matt Gartman, Scott Ditter, Eileen Perronne, Courtney Perronne, Dorene Hanke, Jake Ulezelski and Cole Booth. 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

Top 5 Futurity winners, left to right: Kelli Cull, Judge; Katie Wirkus, 64th Alice in Dairyland; Glennlawn Mac Shimmer presented by Eric Stodyk for Spruce-Lawn Holsteins (5th); Mission-Bell Spirte Finance presented by Kelly Jens of Mission-Bell Farm (4th); Castleholm Regina-Red-ET presented by Amanda Roehrborn of Lyn-Vale Holsteins (3rd and production award); Lyn-Vale Redlou Skip-It presented by Bill Schultz of Lyn-Vale Holsteins (2nd); Scenic-Edge Jellybean-Red presented by Yvonne Preder of Scenic-Edge Holsteins(1st); Dave Preder; Logan Brass; Brittany Faber 2011 Fairest of the Fair; Rodney Bohnoff; and Sharleen Meinnert for National Exchange Bank & Trust. (photo by Les Tension Photography)

WHA Board of Directors Elections At the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, elections will be held for four board of director positions. Corey Geiger has fulfilled his term on the board and Angela Davis-Brown has decided not to run for a second term at this time. Matt Lippert and Todd Stanek are eligible for one more three-year term. Below are the candidates that have declared their candidacy for the WHA Board. 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 16.

Bill Calvert, Cuba City My name is Bill Calvert. I live in Lafayette County with my wife, Kelle, and our three children, Madison (9), McKenzie (9), & Payton (6). We own and operate Moorclose Holsteins which consists of 420 acres of cropland and 90 Registered Holsteins with a RHA on 3x/day milking of 29,700 with a 3.7% F and 3.1% P. The herd currently holds the top BAA in the county at 109.0. We were the 2008 WHA Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders. I have been on the Lafayette County Holstein Board for one sixyear term in the past, serving as the President. After a break for a couple of years, I have been elected back to the board and will begin another three-year term in January. I have helped organize two District 3 Holstein Shows in my time on the board and am also involved with the Junior Association in our county. Along with my wife, we have started and developed an extremely active group of juniors over the last twelve years since we graduated from junior membership into adult. Knowing that they are the future of our industry has pushed us to organize activities to keep them involved so that we do have a county association for years to come. We hold all monthly meetings at our home and have provided several youth from the county, both farm and city kids, with managerial projects which have provided them with education and opportunities which they otherwise would not have had the chance to partake in. We are extremely proud of this and plan to continue this well into the future. This is the first year that our children were old enough to participate in the county fairs and activities through 4-H so I am also involved in being a 4-H dairy leader and have assisted in mentoring the dairy judging teams. In the community, I am a member of the St. Rose Parish and coach girls youth softball in Cuba City as well as T-ball. I have also been involved with our county Farm Bureau and just finished a three-year term with the Cooperative Young Leaders Program through Foremost Farms. I have been looking for a way to become more involved in the state association as I feel it has done a lot for me. This is a great way for me to give back to everyone. It would be a privilege to serve as a director for the state and I would appreciate your support

Kevin Jorgensen, Waupun Hi my name is Kevin Jorgensen and I would be honored to represent the WI membership on the WI Holstein Board of Directors. For the past thirty years the Holstein industry has been a major passion for me. I grew up on a 50 cow dairy in Poy Sippi and bought my first registered calf in 1983. That calf purchase has sent me in many directions since that time. With my parents we continued to build our herd until my parents retirement in 1996. Through friendships in the industry, it compelled me to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and complete a degree in Dairy Science. Since graduation in 1991, I have spent the past twenty years in the AI industry with the past 13 at East Central/Select Sires currently as the Director of Dairy Programs. Through all this, cows have always been in the picture. I currently own about 45 head that reside at several partners but the bulk of them are at Mystic Valley Dairy in Sauk City and Wilstar Holsteins in Poy Sippi. Additionally, I work about 40 sales a year throughout the country representing buyers and sellers in the sales business. These outstanding opportunities in the dairy industry have allowed me to see our business through a variety of prisms; A.I., the sales business, a breeder and working with several international groups, a world view of Registered Holsteins. At the core, however, I try to always look at what will make our industry viable and profitable in the future. I would love to give back to

the business that has given so much to me by serving the membership of the state as a board member. I appreciate this opportunity and would value your support.

Matt Lippert, Pittsville I operate Grass Ridge Farm, LLC in Pittsville, Wisconsin, with my two college age sons, Paul and Carl. We milk 500 cows and identify and register all of the herd. We enrolled in Holstein Complete this last year, classifying the entire herd for the first time since our expansion in 2000. It is a commercial herd, but as a family we have enjoyed judging, showing and dairy bowl at the junior level. Custom field work is hired out on the 800 acres we farm. I also work for UW-Extension serving as the Wood County Agriculture Agent. Over the years I have been very involved with junior programs, coaching dairy bowl teams and assisting with Wisconsin Junior State Fair Dairy. I was elected to the state board three years ago and have enjoyed the opportunities to renew acquaintances and meet members and to be involved with the workings of the association. I have served as the chair of the Breed Improvement and Membership Programs committee, and have served on the financial, legislative and executive committees. I have a very positive view about the future of our association and how it can help its members accomplish their goals with the Holstein cow. After having served for a term, even as the slow learner I sometimes am, I feel I will be able to serve as a productive member on the board as we continue to fashion our association to best serve our members now and in the future. I would appreciate your county’s support in the upcoming election.

Todd Stanek, Fall Creek I am running for my second term and in my first term have served as the chair for the Spring Show, State and District Show, and Finance committees. This last year I also served on the Executive committee which had a very busy year. I farm with my son Cade and we milk 200 Registered Holsteins in Fall Creek in the great northwest Wisconsin. I have enjoyed my first term and have learned a lot about our association. I have been a very active board member and would like your support for another three year term.

Mark Ulness, Valders My name is Mark Ulness and I am announcing my candidacy for the WHA Board of Directors. Together with my wife Angie and our three children, Clarissa (8), Garrett (6), and Whitney(4), we own and operate Ragnar Holsteins in Valders, with a herd size of 80 cows. As a breeder, my goal is to breed a well balanced herd of cows with outstanding conformation and high lifetime production totals. I am very passionate about Registered Holsteins and am determined to uphold the integrity of Purebred Registered Holsteins and their importance in providing future genetics for the Holstein breed. I have served on the Manitowoc County Holstein Board for six years, with three of those as President, as well as being on the 2010 State Holstein Show Committee when hosted by Manitowoc County. I am also a member of the Manitowoc County Sale Committee. On the state level, I am currently on the Young Adult Committee, I regularly attend the WI State Convention, have served on and chaired the State Nominating Committee, and have been a WI Barn Meeting Host Farm. I have also served as a National Convention delegate, and currently am serving on the National Nominating Committee. Being a part of the Holstein industry has introduced me to many great people that I feel very fortunate to now be able to call friends. Reconnecting with those friends as well as making new friends, in a relaxed setting, is one of the main reasons I look forward to attending the WI Holstein Convention each year. As a member of the board, I would like to help assure that the State Convention, as well as other WHA sponsored events, continues to be a place that Holstein enthusiasts enjoy attending and find rewarding when doing so. I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the WHA Board of Directors and would greatly appreciate your support. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-15

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District 7 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The February issue will feature District 8 - Dodge, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington & Waukesha counties.

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Brown County 2011 Adult Membership: 33; Jr. Membership: 3 Adult Association officers - President: Robert Sabo; Vice President: Tom Ronk; Secretary: Anthony Cappelle; Treasurer: Mark Allen.

2011 Adult Membership: Waupaca - 37, Waushara - 14; Jr. Membership: Waupaca - 18, Waushara - 10 Adult Association officers - President: Justin Hintz; Vice President: Cory Biely; Secretary: Brenda Long; Treasurer: Willis Gunst. Junior Association officers - President: Bret Long; Secretary: Danae Bauer; Treasurer: Kayla Krueger; Jr Advisor: Brenda Long. We had a great Holstein twilight meeting at Go-Make Holsteins in June 2011. We also had our first “formal event” futurity at the 2011 Shawano County Fair on Labor Day weekend. In February 2012 we will host our annual recognition banquet.

Door County 2011 Adult Membership: 21; Jr. Membership: 11 Adult Association officers - President: Tony Brey; Vice President: Pete Brickner; Secretary: Scott Jeanquart; Treasurer: Tracy LaCrosse; Jr Advisor: Shelly Olson. Junior Association officers - President: Matt Olson; Secretary: Claire Olson; Treasurer: Alex Kruswick.

Kewaunee County 2011 Adult Membership: 34; Jr. Membership: 16 No report submitted.

Marinette County 2011 Adult Membership: 11; Jr. Membership: 0 Adult Association officers - President: Rob Rhode; Vice President: Phil Finger; Secretary/Treasurer: Francis Lewandowski; Jr. Advisor: Kris Charapata. Larry Rohde was remembered at the Marinette County Holstein Association twilight meeting Friday evening, July 29, 2011. Rohde, who passed away in March 2009 was the fourth generation to work the Century Farm going back to 1879 in the Town of Grover. Larry was recalled as a “farmer’s farmer”, attuned to his family, church, crops and livestock. The twilight meeting partner hosts, now Rohde Farms LLC were son Joel and wife Laura and son Rob and wife Joy and their families. Mother Claryce and other family members sported bright red shirts at the gathering in the newly built farm shop. The 190 cow herd has been Genex bred since 1954. The current rolling herd average on official test on 2x is 26,500 pounds milk, 3.6% fat and 3.1% protein. Official cow judge was Rodney Hodgson from Ag Source. Speaker was George W. Twohig, Agricultural Attorney from Chilton. He spoke on Farm Succession Planning. About 175 folks enjoyed lunch and farmer sociability. The wind up door prize awards were presided over by Becky Charapata.

Oconto County 2011 Adult Membership: 16; Jr. Membership: 0 No report submitted.

Outagamie County 2011 Adult Membership: 63; Jr. Membership: 21 Adult Association officers - President: Bruce Long; Vice President: Jeff Zwiers; Secretary: Mitch Voight; Treasurer: Jim Kortz; Jr. Advisor: John Vosters. Junior Association officers - President: Alex Court; Vice President: Cody Owen; Secretary: Bethany Marcks; Treasurer: Amanda Stingle. The Outagamie County Spring Sale will be held Friday night, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Seymour.

Shawano County 2011 Adult Membership: 56; Jr. Membership: 13 Adult Association officers - President: Jay Jauquet; Vice President: Ken Moeller; Secretary: Donna Robaidek; Treasurer: Jaime Owen; Jr. Advisor: Pete Bricco. We had a great Holstein twilight meeting at Go-Make Holsteins in June 2011. We also had our first “formal event” futurity at the 2011 Shawano County Fair on Labor Day weekend. In February 2012 we will host our annual recognition banquet. 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

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

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Golden Corners Dairy, LLC, Oconto Falls, Oconto County John, Bev & Andy Wolf RHA: 250 cows 2x 27,608 3.76 1038 3.06 845 BAA: 102.9% Currently using: Fustead Goldwyn Guthrie-ET Lirr Drew Dempsey Ensenada Taboo Planet-ET Lincoln-Hill Shot Laser-ET Ladys-Manor Pl Shamrock-ET Picston Shottle-ET Schillview Oman Gerard-ET Charlesdale Superstition-ET Gillette Windbrook Crackholm Fever Kerndt-Premier Butze Oakleigh Chris Holid-Red-ET

R-R Letters, Seymour, Outagamie County Russell & Robert Letter RHA: 65 cows 26,646 3.8 1011 3.0 793 BAA: 110.7% Currently using: Gillette Windbrook Pine-Tree Sid Crackholm Fever Ensenada Taboo Planet Regancrest S Braxton Siemers Toys Hero Toc-Farm Goldsun

2012 District Feature Issue schedule February - District 8 April - District 3 May - District 10 June - District 4 July/August - District 2 September - District 1 November - District 5 December - District 6

Join Us... 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention The Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders invite you to join us for the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention. We look forward to showcasing the many outstanding herds in our counties while you visit us in Waupaca, February 24-25. The Saturday farm tours at convention will feature these three prominent herds: • B-Long Holsteins, Bruce & Brenda Long and family Bret, Bruce, Brenda & Bryant Long (missing: Brandon)

Longs were honored as the Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders by Holstein USA in 2007 and are a four-time Herd of Excellence.

• Royola Holsteins, Tom & Sharie Anderson and Justin Hintz Royola Holsteins has been marketing genetics worldwide from the families of Gateway-Acres Daphne and Rabur Gold Panzer. • Sandy-Valley Holsteins,


the Bauer Brothers


Sandy-Valley is known as a source of cutting edge genetics to the AI industry and embryo exporters.

The Waupaca area is also a tourist destination known for its famed Chain O’Lakes and numerous specialty shops. There is something here for everyone. Mark the date! March 17, 2012 is the 26th Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale in Weyauwega. If interested in consigning, please contact sale chairman Tom Anderson at 715-754-5869.

Tom & Sharie Anderson & Justin Hintz

We will be selling a catalog from the 1924 Erickson Farms Dispersal at the Wisconsin Futures Sale on Friday night at convention. Proceeds will benefit the Waupaca-Waushara Youth Foundation.

KML The Bauer Families (pictured at ABS Global, home of Sandy-Valley Bolton)

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Heifer’s Registered Name ___________________________________________________________________________ Registration # _______________________________

Birthdate ________________________________

Sire: ___________________________________________

Dam: __________________________________________

Dam’s Production Record: _____ Age ____ days ______________ M ________ F ________ P Owner’s Name: ________________________________________________________________ Address: __________________________________ City, State, Zip: _________________________________ Telephone: _________________________________ 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

Remember to enclose $50 non-refundable application fee. Due by Feb. 1, 2012 to WI Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913

Cybil Fisher

BUDJON-JK GOLDWYN EIRENE-ET EX-90 2-00 365 26,960 3.6 973 3.4 916 3-02 365 28,178 3.6 994 3.4 943 Dam: Budjon-JK Dur Esquisite-ET EX-92 2nd Dam: Budjon-JK Encore Electra-ET EX-95 3rd Dam: Krull Broker Elegance EX-96 3E 4th Dam: Krull Starbuck Excellency EX-90 5th Dam: Krull TT Excellency EX-90 6th Dam: Krull Bootmark Excellency EX-92 7th Dam: Krull Kingstead Excellency EX-92


e purchased Eirene from the Fieldstone-Pinehurst Sale on February 28, 2011. Eirene went EX-90 in October as a 4-year-old. She had a Sid heifer calf for us and was flushed in December to Bradnick, resulting in 5 sexed transfers. Eirene is such a blessing to work with and is an eighth generation EX. Thanks to Budjon Farms and Joel Kietzman for consigning her to the sale.

Wishing everyone a Blessed New Year!


Greg & Janet Letter 1680 Dead End Rd., Brussels, WI 54204 Home: (920) 825-1136 • Cell: (920) 495-1136

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Mayerlane-SA BWM Misty-ET EX-94 3E GMD DOM GTPI +1811 2-02 2x 365 32,176 4.4 1413 3.4 1094 3-11 2x 305 38,480 5.4 2081 3.0 1159 5-08 2x 365 40,370 5.0 2030 3.1 1238 6-11 2x 365 43,550 5.2 2266 3.1 1341 8-02 2x 365 43,890 5.0 2210 3.0 1332 9-04 2x 365 40,638 5.5 2236 3.1 1271 Lft: 2642 269,930 5.0 13,591 3.2 8546

Sire: Mara-Thon BW Marshall Dam: Whittier-Farms Lead Mae EX-95 3E GMD DOM 8-07 3x 357 41,270 4.8 1962 3.3 1362

. . . . ACRES EMERALD . T . O HE

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DePere, WI 920-864-7629 • Fax: 920-864-7628

Misty’s offspring: • EX-91 Morty • EX-90 Freelance • VG-88 3Y Shottle • VG-86 Lancelot

• VG-85 Oman • VG-85 Marion • GP-83 2Y Baxter

Expansion: Completed!

On October 18, 2011, the first milking took place in our new parlor. How exciting! Now, a couple months later, everyone is used to the new routine and it’s business as usual. All of the cows adjusted well and milking time has been cut by a couple of hours. What a relief! 2012 looks to be an exciting year, with new facilities and an exceptional herd of cows to work with. We will be classifying in January and expect a number of cows to move up in points and have some beautiful two-year-olds to be scored as well. We may be done building facilities, but we will continue to build our genetics! Another exciting addition in 2011 was a 2/11 Canyon that Matt purchased at the Seefeldt-Acres Dispersal. From a VG-86, VG-MS 2 year old Dundee, the maternal line continues on with many VG and EX cows including the Hilton Laney cow Seefeldt’s built upon. This exciting heifer will be flushed to Goldsun in the spring of 2012 and then bred back. She is built right and we can’t wait to build our own branch of the Laney’s and we are also awaiting Genomic results on her.

GOERS FAMILY DAIRY Home of Da-Lynn-Jema Registered Holsteins

The Goers Family ~ W10248 Winkle Rd., Shawano, WI 54166 Herdsman: Matthew Goers, cell (715) 584-0367 e-mail: 12/11 RHA: 166 cows 25,171M 986P 801P 88 SCC 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

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The cows are back home after the August 8th barn fire... Thanks to everyone for the support and patience. Special thanks to Beverly Harmann for letting us rent her barn and her great hospitality and friendship.

Uecker Baxter JoEllen

VG-87 EX-MS GTPI +2051 2-02 365 37,422 4.0 1490 3.1 1167

~ Baxter x Oman JoDee

~ Calves coming soon by Sudan & Emerald

Uecker Dorcy JoEllie GTPI +2432 ~ Born November 4, 2010; Dorcy x JoEllen x JoDee ~ Tested TY & ready to be flushed

Uecker Jango Joyful GTPI +2204 ~ A Jango x JoDee, she’s due to freshen December 17 to Shamrock with bull calf contracted to Select Sires

Uecker Beacon Joyfully GTPI +2356 ~ Born April 21, 2011; Beacon x Joyful x JoDee

Dam and Granddam of these outstanding individuals:

Uecker Oman JoDee VG-86 GTPI +2004 4-09 365 50,752 4.3 2171 3.1 1572 ~ Bulls in A.I. ~ Other daughters by Alexander, Lou, Ramos, Armstead, Jelder, Moscow, Domain, Beacon & Jordan ~ Pregnancies coming by Lauthority, Gold Chip & Emerald

There are more high genomic animals from the JoDee family here and more to come! We are excited for 2012!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

UECKER-LACROSSE FARMS LLC 1114 County Road O, Forestville, WI 54213 Dale & Norma Uecker 920-856-6237 •

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2011 Distinguished Junior Members Cara Biely Cara Biely is the 19-year-old daughter of Mark and Lois Biely from Menchalville in Manitowoc County. She has two brothers: Cory, 27, and Curt, 24, and a sister-in-law Clare. Her home farm is Car-Cor Holsteins in Wautoma, a 60 cow dairy in Waushara County, and shares this farm with Cory and Clare. They just started milking in April 2011 in a rented facility. She is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is majoring in Dairy Science with a Natural Science Emphasis. At school she is involved in UW-NAMA, Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture, and the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team. Amelia Cooper Amelia Cooper is the daughter of Bill and Pam Cooper of DeForest. She grew up on her 65 cow Registered Holstein farm with her three sisters, Andi, Vicki and Juli. On the farm she can handle any chore or piece of equipment but is primarily in charge of calf raising. Off the farm, she is involved with FFA, 4-H and Junior Holsteins, serving many leadership roles and having served as president for all three organizations. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Agricultural Business. On campus she is involved in dairy club, dairy judging and AWA. Laura Elliott Laura Elliott, 21-years-old of Marshall, has been a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association for 16 years. She is the daughter of Ken and Kathy Elliot, and her family lives on a 120-acre farm that milked both Holsteins and Jerseys. Laura is a senior at the University of WisconsinMadison where she is majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. She is very involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, and the National Agri-Marketing Association on campus. In 2009 Laura served as the Wisconsin Holstein Princess, where she promoted the Holstein breed across the state. Laura was elected to the Junior Holstein Activities Committee, where she currently serves as the Chairperson of the committee. Laura was also named one of the 12 National DJM Semifinalists at the 2010 National Holstein Convention. Laura Finley Laura Finley of Lake Mills is the 18-year-old daughter of Mary and Tom Finley. She is a freshman at UW-Madison where she is majoring in Dairy Science and Life Science Communications. Laura is involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, and the National Agri-Marketing Association on campus. One of Laura’s favorite activities is showmanship and this was highlighted this past summer when she was awarded first place in the Senior Division Showmanship at the Wisconsin Championship Show for the second year in a row. Karsen Haag Karsen Haag is a senior at Mount Horeb High School where she is FFA Vice President, plays softball and is a varsity wrestling manager. She has served as the Dane County Holstein Queen and belongs to the Twin Valley 4-H and Dane County Holstein Juniors. Karsen began showing Registered Holsteins at the age of five and is an accomplished showman and fitter. She exhibits 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

at numerous fairs, shows, and World Dairy Expo. Karsen is very active on their 180 cow dairy along with her parents, Virgil and Dawn, and her brother, Kody. Her plans are to attend UW-Platteville in agribusiness and dairy science. Rachel Hartlaub Rachel Hartlaub is the 18-year-old daughter of David and Rosemary Hartlaub of Cleveland. She is a senior at Howards Grove High School, where she participates in cross country, track, National Honors Society and FFA. Outside of school, she is active in 4-H, Junior Holsteins, showing at State Fair and County Fair, and working on her family’s farm of 50 Registered Holsteins. Rachel really enjoys all of the good memories and friends through Junior Holstein, and all of the opportunities it has given her. Brett Hildebrandt Brett Hildebrandt is the 18-year-old son of Roger and Fay Hildebrandt along with an older brother Ty of Hustisford, where they raise 70 Registered Holstein cows. Brett is a second year student at UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course. He is involved in Badger Dairy Club and Junior Holsteins. He represents the Southeast District on the Junior Activities Committee also. He is currently working on his family farm, Milgene Holsteins, and plans on returning to the family farm upon graduation. Jake Hoesly Jake Hoesly is 17-years-old and lives in Brodhead. He is a senior at Brodhead High School. Jake is the son of Todd and Trish Hoesly and he has a younger sister, Paige (15). He is a member of the Clarence Bridge Pioneers 4-H, is currently their Secretary and has served as Treasurer and President. He is the Vice President of the Brodhead FFA and has served as Treasurer in the past. He is a member of the Green County Junior Holstein Association, the State and National Holstein Associations as well as the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association. He has participated in Dairy Bowl and Dairy Judging, exhibited cattle at the Midwest Spring Show, Green County Fair, Green County Dairy Day, Wisconsin State Fair, District 6 Holstein Show, and World Dairy Expo. He plays the French horn in the High School marching band, jazz band and the Monroe City Band. He also has been a member of the State FFA Honors band for three years. In October he represented Wisconsin in the National FFA Honors band at the National FFA convention. He plans to attend UW-Platteville or UWMadison in the fall. Nathan Huser Nathan Huser, Vesper, is the 19-year-old son of Dave and Adele Huser and is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where is majoring in Agricultural Engineering. He has served as Past President of the Rapids FFA and Snyder 4-H as well as the treasurer of the Wood County Junior Holstein Association. He is involved in showing cattle at local and state shows and continually strives to improve his cattle through genetics and breeding. He is involved in Dairy Bowl and assists in coaching the junior team as well. He enjoys hunting, trap shooting and writing. On campus he is involved in Dairy Club, ¼ Scale Club and Ag Industries Club.

Mitch Kappelman Mitch Kappelman is the 19-year-old son of Pete and Shellie Kappelman. He grew up on Meadow Brook Farms, a 450 Registered Holstein dairy farm just north of Manitowoc. He is currently a junior, majoring in Dairy Science with a Business Emphasis, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, he is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the dairy judging team. This past October, Mitch served as the CoGeneral Chairman for BDC at World Dairy Expo and is excited to serve as the General Chairman next fall. After graduation, he plans on working in the dairy industry for several years before returning to his family farm to continue the tradition of dairy farming that his great great-grandfather started so many years ago. John Klossner John Klossner is the 18-year-old son of Richard and Roxanne Klossner. He lives on a 256-acre farm outside of New Glarus with his parents and sister, Kristin. At home he raises his show heifers. They also own beef cattle and rent out the milking barn to another Holstein producer. He is an officer and active member of the Green County Junior Holstein Breeders. After high school John plans on going to a 4-year college to major in Dairy Science. Once completed, he has hopes of classifying cattle or becoming a Registered Holstein producer. Bryce Krull Bryce Krull is the 16-year-old son of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull of Lake Mills. He lives on his family’s dairy farm with his mom Cindy and two sisters Cassy and Carley. The farm consists of 35 Registered Holstein cows, 70 head of young stock and 785 acres owned and rented. He is a junior at Lake Mills High School where is active in many clubs and committees: Student Council President, FFA Chapter Co-Vice-President, Band, Show Choir, 4-H Club and Junior Holstein Association. Bryce enjoys showing cattle on the county, district and national levels. Cassandra Krull Cassandra Krull, is the 18-year-old daughter of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull of Lake Mills. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm with her mom Cindy, sister Carley and brother Bryce. The farm consists of 35 Registered Holstein cows, 70 head of young stock, a small herd of Jerseys and 785-acres of land, owned and rented. She is currently a freshman at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas. Cassy has been involved in every aspect of her home farm and active in many activities such as: tennis, basketball, choir, FFA, 4-H and the Junior Holstein Association. Cassy enjoys showing her cattle on the county, district, state and national levels while being a tireless promoter of the dairy industry. Thomas Larson Thomas Larson is the 17-year-old son of Kevin and Julie Larson of Viroqua and brother to Katherine (15). He lives on a 200-acre crop and heifer farm where he helps with all facets of the farm operation. He is also employed part-time at Rabur Holsteins, owned by Paul and Darlene Buhr. Thomas is a senior at Viroqua High School where he serves as FFA president, is on National Honor Society, Distinguished Honors List and the Golf team. He is also a ten-year 4-H member and has participated in Junior Holstein dairy bowl, speaking, dairy judging, showing cattle and served as an officer for his county Junior Holstein Association.

Thomas plans to attend UW-Madison in Biological Systems Engineering in the agricultural field. Bret Long Bret Long is the 20-year-old son of Bruce and Brenda Long of New London. He lives and works on B-Long Holsteins farm, his family’s 55 cow Registered Holstein herd. Bret is attending the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course this fall with plans of Dairy Science. His responsibilities include: feeding, milking, maintenance, animal care, clipping, and helping wherever needed. Bret is currently President of the WaupacaWaushara Junior Holstein Association. Bret enjoys showing and breeding his Holsteins, and finding a day to fish. Morgan Lundy Morgan Lundy is the 18-year-old daughter of Scott and Deb Lundy of Jefferson. Morgan along with her parents, brother Mark and sister Megan, own and operate the 190-acre Lundy farm, where they milk 55 cows and raise 80 head of young stock. The herd is currently 80% red and white and 20% red factored. Morgan’s main responsibility on the farm is as calf manager. She is very active in the Cream of the Crop 4-H club, where she is currently serving as Vice-President. She is also active in the Fort Atkinson FFA and was a national proficiency finalist in 2011. Morgan also enjoys dairy judging, and exhibiting her red and whites at the Jefferson County Fair, Midwest Spring Show, and World Dairy Expo. To date, Morgan has bred or developed five Junior All-American nominees. Stephanie Nagel Stephanie Nagel, 20, from Valders, is the daughter of Paul and Tammie Nagel. She resides on a 55 cow Registered Holstein dairy farm, Nagels Home of Holsteins. A junior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, she is actively involved in dairy judging, Ag Quadrathalon, National AgriMarketing Association, and the President of the Dairy Club. This fall she also received the FFA American degree. Furthermore, she also does dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, is a member of the Manitowoc County Dairy Promotion Committee, and enjoys showing her own cattle. After school, Stephanie would like to go into the field of dairy evaluation or genetics. Kyle Natzke Kyle Natzke is the 20-year-old son of Tim and Barb Natzke, of Fond du Lac. He has an older sister, Kristin Olson. Kyle is a graduate of the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course with a dairy herd management emphasis. While on campus Kyle was active in Badger Dairy Club, assisted with the Badger Dairy Club Sale, and a member of the Dairy Judging team. He is actively involved in both the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association where he serves as treasurer and the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association where he serves as membership coordinator. He is currently working shows and sales and he hopes to become a herdsman for a Registered show herd before someday owning his own herd. Andrea Pagenkopf Andrea Pagenkopf is the 19-year-old daughter of Dan and Nancy Pagenkopf. She has two brothers: Craig, 24 and Scott, 22. She lives on a 320-acre family dairy farm two miles east of Lancaster. Andrea has 100% Registered Holsteins on her farm and they are currently milking 125 cows in a tie-stall barn. Andrea is currently a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine and is wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-23

active in the Pioneer Dairy Club and Pre-Veterinary Club. She plans on pursuing her Veterinarian degree at the University of WisconsinMadison to become a large animal Veterinarian. Katie Wendorf Katie Wendorf is the 19-year-old daughter of Kent and Anna Wendorf of Viroqua. They own and operate Kentdor Holsteins. She has an older sister Chrissy and a brother Brian. Katie is currently a sophomore at Harvard University, where she plans to study Pre-Med & Molecular and Cellular Biology, and she is involved with the University Marching Band. Katie’s most enjoyable Holstein activity that she is involved with is dairy quiz bowl. Kayla Wright Kayla Wright is the 20-year-old daughter of Mark and Linda Wright and lives on a 300-acre, 120 head Registered Holstein farm in Watertown. She is currently a sophomore at UW-River Falls majoring in Marketing Communications with a minor in Dairy Science. While in school she is active in the campus Dairy Club, Ag Ed Society Club and AWA. At home she owns several Registered Holsteins that she enjoys showing at district, state and national shows. She was a member of the Johnson Creek FFA chapter and has earned State Farmer honors. Kayla’s future goals are advertising and marketing in the dairy industry and to continue to manage her Registered Holsteins.

2011 12 & Under Recognition Winner Alli Walker Alli Walker is the 12-year-old daughter of John & Marci Walker and lives on a 100 cow Registered Holstein farm near Wisconsin Dells. She has enjoyed going to the farm with her parents ever since she was old enough to walk. Alli loves animals and especially enjoys working with the cattle. She started showing when she was 5 and the first heifer she showed was Walk-Era Dundee Brinly-ET. Alli helps on the family farm with the show cattle, milking and feeding calves. She also enjoys helping her dad with herd health care and enjoys helping on herd health day with the vet. She is also involved in youth group, softball, and basketball. She has one brother, Brett, and also has two goats, a chicken, and a yellow lab. Alli was ommitted from the initial list of winners published in our December issue. We apologize for the oversight.

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Dairyland Initiative Workshop Duo: Designing Supplemental Positive Pressure Ventilation Systems for Calf Barns and Transition Cow Facility Planning Madison, WI: Two day-long seminars focused on two of the most important barns on dairy farms will be presented on January 25 and 26, 2012 in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Ken Nordlund will present on designing supplemental positive pressure ventilation systems in calf barns on the first day, and then join Dr. Nigel Cook for the second day’s workshop to cover transition cow facility planning. Presented by The Dairyland Initiative, a program of the Food Animal Production Medicine Section of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, these workshops aim to equip veterinarians, consultants and producers with the planning skills necessary to help ensure healthy and productive environments for nursing calves and transition cows.

Calf Barn Ventilation – January 25 While natural ventilation and negative pressure mechanical ventilation are the most widely used systems for nursery and growing calf barns, both have problems that can be minimized with supplemental positive pressure tube systems. In this workshop, Dr. Nordlund will teach how to design systems to deliver appropriate volumes of fresh air to calves without creating drafts. Problems with fluttering tubes, uneven distribution of air along the tube, and failure to inflate will be reviewed, along with practical ideas for tube location and construction materials. This training aims to equip consultants with the ability to improve air quality in calf barns through improved ventilation and other common management and building design problems that contribute to poor air hygiene and increased risk for calf pneumonia. Calf barn ventilation program participants will receive and learn to use The Dairyland Initiative's Supplemental Positive Pressure Ventilation Tube Calculator to create specifications for example barns and troubleshoot existing systems. Participants should bring a computer to the workshop that can run an Excel spreadsheet.

Transition Cow Facilities – January 26 How do you ask your lender for money to build a barn and not add any additional milking cows? Using the new Dairyland Initiative program, which stores in one easy to access location all the information needed to build or remodel a new cow barn to fit the cows’ needs, Drs. Nigel Cook and Ken Nordlund will walk participants through the steps needed to plan facilities that make transition cows happy, healthy and productive. The Wisconsin Blueprint will serve as a guide to lay out the floor plan of a new facility, while Virtual Tours of existing barns will be used to share new ideas on how to accomplish welfare-friendly concepts. Cook and Nordlund will demonstrate how the Transition Cow Index can be used to help create a partial budget to show that the decision makes economic sense. Participants of this workshop should also bring a computer that can run an Excel spreadsheet and has wireless internet capability. Internet access will be provided at the conference center. The seminars will be held at the Sheraton Madison Hotel, 706 John Nolen Drive in Madison, Wisconsin. The schedule will begin each day with registration at 9:30 am, with the workshop starting at 10 am and concluding at 4 pm. Participants may register for one or both days of workshops. Registration fees include proceedings, veterinary CE credits from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, lunch and refreshments. A brochure with additional details and a registration form can be accessed at Only 40 seats are available for each workshop, so register soon online at www.vetmed., by FAX of the registration form to (608) 890-1774, or by phone at (608) 265-5206. Registration questions may be directed to Karl Olson, C.E. Program Assistant, at (608) 265-5206 or by e-mail at

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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. Heather Petersheim-Metzler, DJM 2007: My wonderful husband Mike and I live in Vernon County (1/2 a mile from my home farm) with our daughter Alexis (born November 1) Mike is the Agronomy Manager at Chaseburg CO-OP. He also has a custom round baling business and we crop farm some rented land. I am currently working at my home farm, Welsh-Edge Holsteins, where we milk 80-90 head Mike, Alexis & Heather 2x a day in a 70 cow tie-stall barn Petersheim-Metzler with a BAA of 107.9%. My responsibilities include milking, herd health, registrations, prep for classification and the show string. In the past I have worked at Indianhead Holsteins, Norse-Star Jerseys and was the Heifer Manager at Milksource Genetics. I also love working at shows! Andrew Rickert, DJM 2002: I grew up in Eldorado on my family’s 200 cow dairy, Rickland Holsteins. Over the past 12 years we have gradually expanded our herd size and currently milk 900 head. I graduated from the Farm & Industry Short Course in 2004. For the last 7 years I have been managing the feeding on our dairy. I am married to Shannon and we Andrew & Shannon Rickert with have two children, Miles (2) Emma & Miles and Emma (7 months). Troy Noble, DJM 1997: I grew up on a dairy, beef and hog farm in Lancaster. During this time I was an active member of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association, Dairyland Diamonds 4-H club and Platteville FFA. I had the opportunity to participate in many local, state and national events. After high school I stayed close to home and attended UW-Platteville so I could continue to be involved with the farm while at school. I graduated with a BS in Animal Science in May 2000. At this time I returned home to farm full-time. My wife Jaime & I have three children, Drew (9), Ainsley (7) and Macie (4). Troy & Jaime Noble with Today, along with my Drew, Ainsley & Macie parents Dennis & Rita, we run Nobland Farms which consists of 1000 acres, 130 milking Registered Holsteins and a herd of 90 crossbred beef cows. We also fatten out our steers from the Holstein and beef herds. Nobland Farms is still very active in the show ring, whether it be myself, our children, nieces and nephews or other youth from the area who want to show dairy cattle. We have also hosted many county, high school and college tours and judging practices throughout the years. John Sarbacker, DJM 1982: I grew up in Belleville, Wis., on Fischerdale Farms and am currently farming with two of my brothers on Fischerdale Farms. I am married to Shelly and we have five children: Macy is 19 and a freshman at Iowa State University; Mackenzie is 17 and a junior at Verona Area High School; Molly is 14 and in 8th grade at Savanna Oaks Middle School; Montana is 11 and in 5th grade; and Jake is 4. 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

2. What were your involvements in the Junior Holstein Association and what is your current involvement in the Holstein Association/Holstein industry? Petersheim-Metzler: I was involved in the Junior Holstein Association from a young age and loved the competition and the friendships gained during my membership! Convention was the highlight of my year and I competed at State and National Conventions in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Speaking. I also got to go on the Junior Trip and serve as the SW District JAC. Additionally, I was the WI Holstein Girl and a National DJM. This past year I helped coach the Vernon County Dairy Judging Team, and I love helping kids with their show calves. Rickert: Fond du Lac County has historically been very involved in a wide range of activities that the Association offers. I had the honor to serve as an alternate for our dairy bowl team that went to the National contest. Additionally, I was active with our county’s dairy judging team. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect related to showing and showed at various events. I also enjoyed all the state junior conventions. Noble: Growing up I was an active member of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association, holding various offices throughout my years. Once I got older I was fortunate enough to become a JAC member and DJM finalist. This allowed me to attend two National Holstein Conventions and meet many new people from throughout the state and nation. Since graduating out of the Junior Holstein Association, I have been President of our county Adult Holstein Association and youth advisor for our Junior Holstein Association. I have also been honored to be able to judge different award forms at the state Junior Holstein level. Jaime and I are also main leaders of our 4-H club, Dairyland Diamonds, and I have been a dairy superintendent for the Grant County Fair since I ended my junior showing career. My children are just beginning their Junior Holstein membership and will soon be attending their first Junior Holstein Convention. This will allow me to become more involved in the Junior Holstein Association for many years to come. Sarbacker: I attended the Junior Holstein Convention each year and also showed cattle at the County and State Fairs and State and District Shows. I also had the opportunity through Junior Holsteins to attend a few National Conventions. Macy, John, Jake, Shelly, Montana, Molly & Mackenzie Sarbacker 3. What were the greatest benefits from your participation as a junior member? Petersheim-Metzler: Definitely the friends that I made! The dairy industry is full of wonderful people, young and old, and the networking opportunities that my junior membership provided has been invaluable. I also benefited from the practical head knowledge that I gained through competing in dairy bowl and jeopardy. Rickert: It was very humbling to be selected by my peers to serve on the JAC. Being on the JAC has been very impactful. It taught me a new world of leadership and allowed me to take on a greater role in the activities the Association offers. Furthermore, I value all the friendships I’ve made throughout my years as a junior member. Noble: The greatest benefit I received through my years in Junior Holsteins was the people I met and the friendships I made. I had the opportunity to meet many youth and adult leaders in the Holstein industry from the county, state and throughout the nation. Through conventions, JAC, DJM interviews and even cow camp, I was able to meet many people who had positive influences on

me. Some of my closest friends to this day are the people I met by showing cattle or through other Junior Holstein activities. Sarbacker: Life long friendships! 4. What was your favorite activity or memory during your years as a Junior Holstein member? Petersheim-Metzler: One of my favorite memories is road tripping to the National Holstein Convention in Tennessee with the WI Holstein Association staff and my fellow JACs. Chocolate, caffeine and Chris - not a good combination but it made for many great memories, beautiful scenery and some heart pounding moments on windy roads in the hills of Tennessee Rickert: The day at the National Junior Holstein Convention in Omaha, Nebraska, when I heard my name selected as one of the six DJM finalists stands out very vividly. Growing up, I was fortunate to be able to look up to the two Outstanding Holstein Boy recipients from our county. Their tremendous passion led me to set the bar higher and taught me to give my best in everything. Noble: The two events I always looked forward to the most were Junior Holstein Convention and the Wisconsin State Fair. However, the most memorable event would be National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. I was fortunate enough to be a DJM finalist that year and this just happened to be the only year that Grant County has won the state Dairy Bowl competition and was also able to represent Wisconsin at the National Convention. This made for a

memorable time since a group of around 40 Grant County kids and adults were there to make it an unforgettable event. Sarbacker: My favorite activities were State Fair and National Convention. A favorite memory is a bus ride to the National Convention in Norfolk, Virginia, with fellow Wisconsin Junior Holstein members. On this bus trip Shelly (Keller) Mayer asked me who that guy was on the bus. I told her it was Dwight Mayer. She must have liked him... 5. Any other information you would like to share with us? Petersheim-Metzler: I would encourage junior members to get involved! The Junior Holstein Association is a great program and if cows and the dairy industry are your passion take advantage of the opportunities that are there for you! And if you have ever considered running for JAC - DO IT! Rickert: I encourage all junior members to participate in as many activities as you can. Look for opportunities to expand your knowledge, whether that may be helping with a show string or being on a sale crew. The experiences you gain will be very invaluable in the future. Sarbacker: We attended the National Convention in Denver. We were on our way home (right after the cattle sale) in the Denver airport and we saw Muhammad Ali. He was in Denver to fight one of the Broncos on the Orange Crush defense. I got his autograph on the back of the sale catalog. It now hangs in my man cave.

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2011 Wisconsin Top Performer Application Form

Name of animal: ______________________________________ Reg. # _____________________ Owner: _____________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________ Telephone Number ____________________________________________ Final Score ______________ Age at Classification ______________ BAA of Animal ____________ Lactation Number When Classified ____________

Months in Milk when Classified ___________

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

__________ X 20 or 30* + __________ + __________= __________ BAA #Fat #Protein Ranking Points

Copy Of Official Test Sheet To Be Submitted With Application Form Contest Rules: 1. Copy of Official Test Sheet to be submitted with application form. Also, a copy of the Registration paper to verify classification score. 2. Cow must be classified at least GP if a 2 year old or VG if 3 or older. 3. Cow must be classified during the 305 day lactation for which recognition is requested. For permanently scored cows, the permanent score will be used. 4. All production records will be for 305 day or less in lactation. 5. For records completed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2011 and received in office by Jan. 15, 2012. 6. Cows must be housed in Wisconsin for the entire lactation to receive recognition. 7. This contest is for Wisconsin Holstein Association members. 8. All records will be entered on a TRUE PROTEIN BASIS. 9. *2 & 3 year olds use 20 for the multiplier; all older animals use 30 as the multiplier to obtain ranking points.

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WHA Committees Thank you to all that have served on the Wisconsin Holstein Committees this past year. Your “helping hands” have contributed to our continued successful events for our membership to participate in. The committee members were listed in the July/August issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News. The following WHA committees are always looking for volunteers to help with the events and to help make decisions for the future of Wisconsin Holstein and the membership. If you would like to continue serving on a committee or if you would like to join one of our committees, please call the WHA office (1-800-223-4269) or email one of our staff members.

Breed Improvement, Membership & Promotional Chair Matt Lippert Breed Improvement, Membership & Promotional Committee (BIMP) oversees the various WHA membership events: the Barn Meetings, State Picnic and the Treasure Quest. This committee also oversees various speakers timely subjects, such as this year’s Genomics forum.

Communications Chair Corey Geiger; Editor Laura Wackershauser The Communications Committee oversees the Wisconsin Holstein News publication along with other communications vehicles like our Facebook page and the WHA blog. The committee recommends various articles or contests and looks at new ways to keep the magazine valuable to the membership and out of state subscribers.

District & State Show Chair Chris McCullough This committee reviews the rules and regulations of the WHA District and State Championship shows. The committee also looks to the future to have sites for the next three (3) years in place.

Futurity Chair Angela Brown The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity is held each year at the Wisconsin State Fair on the second weekend of the fair. The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity was started as a way to show the general public the care and pride that the Registered breeders have in their outstanding animals. It is a public relations event for our membership to the public that has no relationship with the dairy industry.

Legislative & Resolutions Chair Matt Lippert The WHA Legislative and Resolutions Committee bring forward concerns of the membership. This committee oversees bringing these concerns forward at the WHA annual business meeting for the membership to vote on. They also then act on the resolutions that have passed at the meeting by forwarding these resolutions to the business, political parties or persons that need to look into that resolution proposal.

Midwest National Spring Show Co-Chairs Todd Stanek & Chad Ryan The Midwest National Spring Show is responsible for the success of a National Show in the spring sponsored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association. This committee oversees the rules and regulations and entry fees and sponsorships for this show. The committee also reviews the site location for size and buildings and affordability.

Sales & Merchandising Co-Chairs Chad Ryan & Dan Cnossen The WHA Sales & Merchandising committee oversees the WHA Sale event(s). They look into the contracts with a sales management team and the site contracts. They may or may not take on the task of selection of animals.

Scholarship Chair Corey Geiger The WHA Scholarship committee oversees the fundraising for the WHA Scholarship and the Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship fund. In the past, this committee has raised funds through silent

auctions from donated items, a live auction at the Junior Convention banquet and a dessert auction at the Adult Convention.

Young Adult Chair Marci Walker The Young Adult Committee (YAC) was organized to revitalize and encourage young adults to stay and become active in the Wisconsin Holstein events. This committee has various events with the main fundraising event the Wisconsin Futures Sale held in conjunction with the WHA Adult Convention. The other events at this time are a Milwaukee Brewer game outing and a golf outing and they are planning a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in the future.

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# Ever-Green-View Arndt-ET *TL TV TY sired by LongLangs Oman Oman-ET; dam is Lar-Lan KK Gwyn AngelinaET classified VG-87 DOM. Bred by Thomas Kestell, Waldo. # True-Blue Trixter-ET *TL TV TY sired by Lars-Acres Shot Trigger-ET; dam is True-Blue Jetstream 1781-ET classified VG-85. Bred by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, Barneveld. # Gold-N-Oaks Daley-ET *TL TV TY sired by Charlesdale Superstition-ET; dam is Gold-N-Oaks Sweet Deal-ET classified VG-87. Bred by John Swenson, Barneveld. # Ever-Green-View Electra-ET *TL TV TY sired by LongLangs Oman Oman-ET; dam is Ms Ellyn-ET classified VG-87 DOM. Bred by Thomas Kestell, Waldo. # Siemers Sebastian Hype-ET *TL TV TY sired by Wa-Del Sebastian-ET; dam is Siemers Shottle Hope-ET classified VG-88. Bred by Siemers Holsteins, Newton. # Rosylane-LLC Sunbeam-ET *TL TV TY sired by Charlesdale Superstition-ET; dam is Rosylane-LLC Ramos 3435. Bred by Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown. # Berryridge Super Idea-ET *TL TV TY sired by Charlesdale Superstition-ET; dam is Berryridge Shottle 1270-ET classified VG-87. Bred by Randy & Steve Endres, Waunakee. # Berryridge Gabor Jakell-ET *TL TV TY sired by WillowMarsh-CC Gabor-ET; dam is Berryridge Shottle 1268-ET classified VG-85. Bred by Randy & Steve Endres, Waunakee. # Rosylane-LLC Temple *TL TV TY sired by Clear-Echo Nifty Twist-ET; dam is Rosylane-LLC Ramos 3176. Bred by Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown. # Meado-Brook Butter Pecan-ET *TL TV TY sired by LarsAcres Shot Trigger-ET; dam is Meado-Brok O-Man 3487 classified VG-87. Bred by Meadow Brook Farms, Manitowoc. # Sandy-Valley Garthay *TL TV TY sired by End-Road OMan Bronco-ET; dam is Sandy-Valley Mac Gem-ET classified VG-85. Bred by Sandy-Valley Farms, Stevens Point. # Syryczuk Paxton Pepin-ET *TL TV TY sired by All-Riehl Paxton-ET; dam is Dandali Dora-ET classified EX-90 DOM. Bred by Andrew Syryczuk, Lublin.

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# Bryersquart Shot of Jimbeam *PO sired by Picston Shottle-ET; dam is Bryersquart L Jade P-Red-ET classified GP-82. Bred by Scott & Edward Jeanquart, Forestville. # HMV Lancelot-Red-ET sired by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez; dam is Vande Shottle Lottery-Red classified VG-86. Bred by Bruce Vande Zande, Waupun & Bruce Hoeft, Fremont. # Bremer Planet Made Right sired by Ensenada Taboo PlanetET; dam is Fustead Goldwyn Madessa classified VG-86. Bred by Ferdi Seeuws, Sheldon. # Jimtown Gold Nucleus-ET sired by Braedale Goldwyn; dam is Jimtown Shottles Nominate classified EX-90. Bred by Ron Hackmann, Manitowoc. # Dewgood Rhine sired by Schillview Garrett; dam is Dewgood Rhone classified VG-85. Bred by Dean Good, Oconto. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012-29

Genetic Agreements will be Made Available for Public Review by Hoard’s Dairyman staff Since genomics burst onto the scene in 2008, the dairy genetics sector has been under constant flux. This seismic change brought on by genomics caused some leaders to investigate a new long-term approach to ensure that critical herd information flows into the data collection system so U.S. genetic evaluations can be accurately calculated far into the future. Adding to the concern about data quality and quantity is the fact some industry segments could reduce or even discontinue funding data collection and simply rely on genomic evaluations. While this may be attractive short-term, genetic evaluation quality would erode without updated phenotypic data. As these concerns unfolded, USDA officials who conduct genetic evaluations recognized a need to update the agreements with the industry. These potential updates would accommodate new participants and enable the industry to assume operational control over the database. With the explosion of effort involved in running data, there is a need to enable the industry to assume responsibility for more of the “service component” and allow AIPL to focus on research and development. Genetic evaluations fit into the service work category, and a new model is needed for genetic calculations. Part of that new model could include transferring the responsibility for calculating the genetic merit values from the industry’s genetic database to a private industry consortium. Developing a new agreement With that as a backdrop, a healthy and interactive discussion over the progress of these investigations took place during the biannual gathering of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding on October 25 in Milwaukee, Wis. Much of the meeting centered on further developing a new nonfunded Cooperative Agreement (CA) between the shareholders in the U.S. dairy genetics community and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and its Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL). It is AIPL which currently conducts a wide array of genetic research which results in U.S. genetic evaluations. At this October’s gathering were the usual Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding representatives who serve as advisors to USDA. They included voting members from the three major players: the National Association of Animal Breeders (A.I. companies), Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (breed associations), and dairy record providers (milk testing organizations). Also at the meeting were representatives from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service and some other industry partners. Topic dominated meeting As the meeting unfolded, the majority of the discussion focused on a new CA which has been in various stages of development. Two years ago, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding agreed to form a subcommittee to discuss and potentially develop a new long-term business structure to deliver genetic evaluations. That committee, known formally as the Dairy Data Working Group, came up with a series of industry-based recommendations that led to a formal draft of a new CA between USDA and the dairy genetics community. As the draft of this new agreement took form, many breeders at the grass-roots level (who have supported information flow and depend on genetics sales for part of their income) have been unable to review original documents developed by the Council’s committee and USDA. Instead, breeders have had to rely on various reports from different industry segments. As readers may recall, the brevity of the last Council meetings and lack of transparency on the group’s activity was discussed in a July 2011 Hoard’s Dairyman editorial on page 454. This lack of public discussion has some in the industry concerned about current developments. Those with concerns point to the fact that when USDA developed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement in 2008 with some members of the genetic industry, a moratorium was placed on the release of male 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

genetic evaluations until April 2013. The moratorium only allowed members of NAAB that contributed to the Cooperative DNA Repository to access male genomic evaluations. Under the confidential five-year technology transfer agreement, it was decided those group members contributed vital genetic data to significantly enhance genetic evaluations. The type of agreement that took place in 2008 between USDA and NAAB is not new. For decades, USDA has conducted research on a variety of agricultural issues. When solutions are developed, USDA routinely enters into technology transfer agreements that enable the research to move into the marketplace. The process does not allow an open and broad-based public discussion. It has to be confidential. What makes the current discussions different from those in 2008 is these talks involve transferring the responsibility of calculating genetic merit from the USDA to an industry consortium. It will be up to this group to establish access policies to the genetic merit values. The need for transparency Joining this October’s Council meeting was Steven Kappes, deputy administrator for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He oversees activity at AIPL which has calculated U.S. genetic evaluations for decades. Kappes shed light on future negotiations to reach a long-term agreement. “Our goal is to have a new Cooperative Agreement (CA) in place by next July,” said Kappes. “If it takes more time, we are willing to do it. However, there has to be enough time so the process can be open and transparent,” he said. “There is no reason this process should not be public. People want to see the details,” he explained. At the same time the CA between the Council and USDA is being developed, another Council committee is working on the Business Plan. Known as the Business Plan Working Group, Council leaders on this committee are hashing out details on how to fund future genetic evaluations. Factors such as past and future contributions, both data and financial, are being considered by the committee. Making this issue more difficult to resolve is the fact the group must ensure that new information flows into the system to recalibrate genomic evaluations. The Business Plan Working Group is comprised of six members with equal representation from breed associations, A.I. companies, and dairy records centers. After two years of investigation, progress on both agreements has stalled somewhat. In part, this is because key details have not been fully developed and presented for public review. That led some U.S. senators and representatives to write letters to the Secretary of Agriculture questioning the process. “When we get letters from senators, the Secretary of Agriculture takes them very seriously,” said USDA’s Kappes. “Before we turn over the responsibility of calculating genetic merit, we must have the majority of the industry in agreement.” Separate but simultaneous How to move forward became a theme as the Council meeting continued on October 25. Many questioned whether the CA or Business Plan needed to be completed first. “Legally, the Cooperative Agreement (CA) between the USDA and the industry and the Business Agreement within the industry are separate activities,” noted Kappes. “USDA cannot get involved in private business matters. But, in reality, they must be worked on together,” he suggested. Some in the industry have asked why the USDA can’t continue to run genetic evaluations. The short answer is USDA has funding to conduct research, not service projects. “Because we have been productive with research, it has allowed us to provide more service work than we probably should have done,” said AIPL’s Duane Norman. “That cannot continue in the future.” continued on page 31

Together, but separate As Council discussion wrapped up, industry leaders gathered some consensus. It is the group’s goal to have a Business Plan complete by April 2012 while the CA would be completed by July 2012. At that point, each stakeholder would have to decide to accept or reject it. During the dialogue, all in attendance agreed that these formal documents, along with some explanation, should be on the Council of Dairy Cattle Breeding website along with other industry outlets for complete visibility, transparency, and industry review. Every dairy producer who chooses to review the documents will have an opportunity to review original versions, including the financial details of the Business Plan. It was also agreed that the Business Plan needs to be agreed upon by the industry before the Cooperative Agreement will be signed by USDA. Towards the end of the meeting, American Jersey Cattle Association executive secretary Neal Smith summed up the meeting, “Change is hard. Genomics has certainly changed the game. Our vision is to have a better system for producers.” In closing comments, USDA’s Kappes reminded those attending the meeting, “From some questions I have heard, we haven’t communicated well enough. We need to do better before we can finalize the Cooperative and Business Agreement.” “When there is push back, ARS and USDA pays attention,” says Kappes. “In the end, this agreement needs to represent the entire industry.” Used by permission from the December 2011 issue of Hoard’s Dairyman. Copyright 2011 by W.D. Hoard & Sons Company, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

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From the Retiring JAC members Holstein Enthusiasts, With the end of junior convention it was time for my fellow second year JAC’s and I to say goodbye. As much fun as I have had over my years of being a junior member and especially serving on the Junior Activities Committee, it is time for it to come to an end. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone in the Wisconsin Holstein Association from the members to the Adult Board, and my fellow JAC’s to the office staff. I had an absolutely amazing time serving as the Southeast JAC representative for the past two year. I learned so much about our organization and about the industry in this time period that it was truly an experience of a lifetime. Being a part of an organization that is filled with so much enthusiasm and passion for the dairy industry helped encourage me to keep going when so many times us as JAC’s were running a very little sleep by the end of an event. I am excited for what the future hold for the dairy industry and cannot wait to be apart of it. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity, and thank you for the support over the years. Laura Elliott As my two year term as your Southwest JAC comes to an end, I just wanted to send out a huge thank-you to everyone who has helped me out throughout it’s duration. I have always lived by the saying “I would rather regret something I have done, than something I haven’t done.” Deciding to run for JAC was definitely something I do not regret. Some of the highlights of my time have been the initial meetings after convention, where we do more playing than meeting, the amazing conventions, attending cow camps-especially cow camp 2011, getting the opportunity to see the juniors throughout the summer, and one great night at Championship Show with my fellow JAC’s. I have met some unlikely best friends during the past two years, and many people who I know will be lifelong friends. I would like to thank Chris, who I have realized will literally do anything for anyone, and one of the most amazing and hardworking people I have ever met, and Kelle Calvert who has helped me with everything Junior Holstein since I started so many years ago. To the youth who aren’t sure if they want to run for the Junior Activities Committee, take it from me - I broke out in hives I was so nervous to give a speech in front of the convention, and I am pretty sure I hardly spoke a word the first three meetings, and I have had two of the best years of my life. So trust me, it is one decision you will never regret. Katie Wallenhorst Hey all you Junior Holstein members, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has made these past couple years enjoyable. I encourage you all to stay involved and wish you all luck in the future. Willie Coyne

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Name: Carissa Levash Hometown: Brillion, WI High School: Brillion High School Class Size: 89 Farm: Levash Dairy Major: Dairy Science with a business certificate Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? I decided to attend UW-Madison because of its great dairy science program, the professors, and all the opportunities that the college offers. I also wanted to take business courses and UW-Madison has one of the top Business Schools in the country. I am very happy with the decision that I made and I encourage younger students to take advantage of what UW-Madison offers. What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience is being on the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team and winning high individual overall at the National Intercollegiate Judging Contest. I really enjoyed spending time with my teammates and all the fun road trips that we went on, especially the one to Harrisburg, PA. What has been your favorite course? Although I really enjoy all of my practical Dairy Science courses, I most enjoyed my Management and Human Resource 300 class that I took through the business school. This class offered brief segments on managing and providing direction for the people who work in an organization. It really allowed me to analyze a company or organization to see what changes need to be made and how to deal with different situations of a business. In addition, no matter what type of job I go into, it is important for me to be able to work with different attitudes and behaviors within an organization. What are your future career goals? Following graduation in May, I will be working full-time for Pioneer Hi-Bred through the Emerging Leaders Program in Michigan. I will be stationed at a corn production plant and will be working in several areas: research, production, supply chain and sales. It is my ultimate career goal to become an area or account manager for Pioneer Hi-Bred.

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World Dairy Expo Celebrates Stellar Volunteer Force Madison, Wis.: The annual “Friends of Expo” reception held December 1 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin, gathered a record number of volunteers that assist in implementing the world-class dairy industry show. Two hundred and nine guests attended the Asian-themed volunteer appreciation dinner and celebrated another successful 2011 World Dairy Expo. Four “Friends of Expo” were honored that evening as outstanding volunteers. The individuals that were honored for their years of support and outstanding service to World Dairy Expo were selected from over 400 volunteers who help run the cattle shows, commercial exhibits, youth contests, school tours, Purple Cow Gift Shop and educational venues during the five-day show. The 2011 Friends of Expo honorees include: Brenda Lee Turner, Betty Haag, Julie Ehrke and Maureen DeBruin. Brenda Lee Turner was presented a Friend of Expo Award for her many years of service to the cattle show. A northern Wisconsin native, Brenda was active showing cattle through 4-H at the county and state level. As a graduate of the University of WisconsinMadison, with a degree in agriculture journalism agriculture, she was active in the Badger Dairy Club. Her career path following graduation included working for a prominent breed publication and assisting with dairy cattle preparation and programming for some of the biggest Holstein sales in the world. After marrying her husband, Roger, Brenda now works for Semex in Canada. She is one of the organizers that sets up, manages and disassembles the Semex Walk of Fame live cattle display at World Dairy Expo. She continues to coordinate the grand opening of the World Classic sale with Tom Morris. She volunteers as the official announcer of the International Holstein and International Ayrshire Shows. She collaborates with other volunteers and World Dairy Expo staff on potential story ideas for the Daily Edition, Virtual Farm Tours and general promotion of the event to potential attendees from around the world. Betty Haag was also honored for her passion as a volunteer for Expo. She grew up on a farm in Milton, Wisconsin and was an active 4-H member who loved farm animals and rural living. As a graduate of Whitewater State College she received her degree in education and taught elementary school in West Allis. Her desire to return to rural life lured her to earn a home economics degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison and then on to become a county agent in Green Lake. Later she moved to become the Home Economist in Jefferson County, working with community members, 4-H leaders and youth for over 32 years. During that time, Betty and her husband, Adolf, raised three children. World Dairy Expo has benefited from her volunteer services for many years. First, she assisted with the school tours to help educate future consumers. Later she added the role of volunteer in the Purple Cow Gift Shop. Now retired, this Friend of Expo remains busy as an active volunteer in her community while still helping for one week each year at World Dairy Expo. Julie Ehrke of Badger Press was bestowed the Friends of Expo title as well. Julie also grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and was an eager dairy enthusiast at a young age. Having been a dairy cattle exhibitor through 4-H and Junior Holstein Association, she developed a devotion to the industry and those people of the dairy sector. As a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Julie was active in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture and AGR Little Sisters. During those busy college years, she dedicated many hours behind the scenes at World Dairy Expo. After graduation she pursued a career in the print industry and now works for Badger Press of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Julie serves World Dairy Expo as the contact with that print vendor and provides regular project support on most print materials including the annual theme artwork. Julie has helped World Dairy Expo to meet quick turnaround project deadlines on numerous occasions. Julie and her husband, Steve and two children reside in Deerfield, Wisconsin. Maureen DeBruin of Jefferson, Wisconsin, the fourth recipient of the 2011 Friends of Expo award has served as a volunteer in a variety of roles at World Dairy Expo for many years. Perhaps the biggest commitment is that of the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest manager. Maureen recruits and leads contest volunteers as well as promoting the contest to post-secondary 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

institutions, students and industry sponsors. Maureen supervises in coordinating dairy cattle class selection to the scoring and tabulating of results for both the practical and traditional components of the Post-Secondary Contest. She also assists with logistical requirements for the event as well as the awards banquet. In addition, she is a key member of the Agri-Graphics cattle photography team that captures the ringside photos of each class winner. She also assists with the show string barn decorations as needed. Maureen has been a Classifier for Holstein USA for 26 years. She volunteers regularly in mentoring local youth with dairy cattle projects. World Dairy Expo General Manager, Mark Clarke, expressed gratitude to the entire group of volunteers present at the event for the successful resulting event in 2011. Special thanks and recognition were given to the Badger Dairy Club members in attendance for their dedicated behind-the-scenes role in implementing the entire event. World Dairy Expo is an international dairy cattle and trade show held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. If you are interested in becoming one of Expo’s volunteers, call 608-224-6455. Volunteer opportunities range from tram drivers to cattle check-in crew and school tour group leaders to gift shop sellers. The 2012 World Dairy Expo will be held Tuesday through Saturday, October 2-6. Next year’s theme is “Market Fresh”. Visit for additional information. Volunteers recognized at World Dairy Expo’s 2011 Friends of Expo Party included from left to right: Maureen DeBruin, Brenda Lee Turner, Julie Ehrke and Betty Haag.

Farm and Industry Short Course Reunion set for January 28 The University of Wisconsin-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, Wisconsin’s longest-running agricultural education program, invites alumni and friends to help celebrate its 127th anniversary at its annual reunion on Saturday, January 28 at the Coliseum Bar and Banquet. The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. social hour followed by luncheon at 12:15 p.m. and a post-reunion social hour with complimentary refreshments. Polka music will be provided by Bob Kauffman and the Ambassadors. There will also be an appearance by members of the UW Marching Band and Bucky Badger. The program will include presentation of the Service to Agriculture Award and the Friend of Short Course Award along with a live auction of former CALS resident artist Byron Jorns’ reprinted artwork to benefit student scholarships. Larry Meiller, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Life Science Communication will serve as emcee. Special recognition will be given to the classes of 2002, 1992 and 1982, and to all alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. A variety of door prizes will be given out. Alumni and friends can sign up for the reunion online at Tickets cost $18 ($16 for current students) for those who register by January 20 or $25 at the door (check or credit card only). The Coliseum Bar and Banquet is located near the Alliant Energy Center at 232 Olin Avenue in Madison. “This is a great opportunity to renew old friendships and network with peers and other alumni. It helps people stay connected and informed about the changes taking place with the short course program,” says Ted Halbach, Farm and Industry Short Course Director. The short course was established on the Madison campus in 1885, predating the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences by four years. The first session ran for 12 weeks and was taught by four professors. Today’s program runs 17 weeks with dozens of instructors teaching more than 55 courses. For more information contact FISC at 608-263-3918 or email:

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Happy New Year!


2012 Places to be & Things to do!

Junior Memberships


Most of you have paid your membership while participating at the Junior Convention. If you haven’t sent in your junior membership, please try to pay this before January 15, 2012 - it will save the WHA from sending out a reminder postcard and the postage! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the WHA Junior events this year!

1 WHA Scholarship applications due (postmarked) TBD Junior Farm Tour Trip

April 21

Midwest National Spring Show, Jefferson

May TBD Cow Camp

June District Shows & District Showmanship Contests

July 16 Judging & Classification, Showmanship Contests 16-17 State Championship Show

August 11

Wisconsin Holstein Futurity

October 1 15

DJM, YMR, 12 & Under, Junior Progressive Breeder, Long Range Production award applications due (postmarked) Junior Essay entries due (postmarked)

November 1 15

WHA Royalty & Junior Farm Tour applications (postmarked) Dairy Bowl team entries due

December 1

WHY Friend award, Speaking & Dairy Jeopardy entries due (postmarked) 28-30 2013 Junior Convention, hosted by Rock County **If entry date is marked as postmarked, this means application or entry needs to be postmarked on or before the due date

Junior Activities Committee (JAC) meetings JAC meetings are held are held throughout the year - in January, at the Midwest National Spring Show, Cow Camp, State Show and then in the fall, usually November or December. The JACs discuss various upcoming events and also look at new ideas for the junior membership. We, the JACs, enjoy hearing from our membership for new ideas or constructive thoughts that could improve some of our events and awards that WHA Juniors now have. The JACs are also happy to come to your county events such as a meeting to talk to your group in regards to the Junior Holstein events and awards or to your fitting and showmanship clinics to be a helping hand in how to be better at fitting and showmanship. When you request a JAC to come to your event, please ask at least two weeks ahead of time as they also have school events and summer jobs or internships that keep them busy. Give the JACs or the WHA office a call with your input to make the WHA junior membership flourish!

WHA Scholarships Did you know that WI Holstein has given out an average of over $10,000 in Youth scholarships for the past 5 years? The WHA Scholarship Committee reviews applications in March and awards individual scholarships to the deserving youth applicants. The WHA Scholarship Committee gives out scholarships to students in technical colleges, two-year and four year programs. Yes, you must be a WHA Junior member! You may be eligible for up to $1,000 in WHA scholarship money. Contact the WHA office to mail you a WHA Scholarship form or find one on our website at and follow the Junior link to WHA Scholarship application. Applications need to be postmarked on or before March 1, 2012 for this year’s awards.

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Due on or before February 1, 2012 Please include your name and county. Answers can by submitted by mail to WHA, 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 or email them to 1. WI Holstein Youth had an ad in the December issue of Holstein World – name 5 people and/or animals that appeared in that advertisement. 2. Clark County hosted the 2012 WI Junior Convention, what was their theme? 3. Clark County had their cover photo taken by the World’s Largest Talking Cow. Where is this cow located and what is her name? 4. According to Hoard’s Dairyman’s December 2011 issue, “Milk’s irreplaceable package of nutrients”. Name some of the research results of multiple new studies at major universities that show milk helps in reducing risks of some diseases for humans.

5. Name this person, their animal and 2011 accomplishments.

Cow Camp Cow Camp will be held in May, the specific dates and place are being worked on as we write this. We are hoping to be on the east side of the state this year. Please watch the website,, the WHA Facebook page and the WHA News for updates. Cow Camp is for youth 14 and under as of January 1, 2012, that are interested in the world of dairy. We open this camp up to 4-H and others – so if you have a friend that is not a WHA Junior member ask them to come along and have some fun! We always have some educational specialists to help our youth grow in their dairy knowledge and the ag-olympics are always a key component to the fun. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

A new year is upon us and exciting things are happening with Wisconsin Holsteins. The Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders are working on final details for a great convention in Waupaca on February 24 & 25. And the sale committee for the Wisconsin Futures Sale is rounding up a few final consignments for what looks to be another great addition to this annual sale. We hope you’ll be able to join us for all or a portion of the weekend’s events. A schedule and registration form for the convention is included on page 12 & 13. Another exciting project we’re working on is a joint feature with Holstein World for our February issues. Please see the ad on page 7 for more information. If you’re thinking about advertising in this special feature, please give Kathleen O’Keefe or I a call and we’ll help put together a great ad for you. Advertising contracts are available for 2012 - with discounts starting at just four-times per year advertising (any size ad). If you are interested in signing up for a contract and saving money on all your ads in 2012, please give me a call or drop me an email. We have also put together some marketing packages that would include all your advertising, trophy sponsorships and the farm tour map - call for details. I’ve included deadlines for the next few upcoming issues at the right. Along with these feature issues, we’ll be having a “Genomic Stars” issue for May, a “Hot Dams” issue for June (also goes to the National Convention) and Select Sires will be working with us for a feature issue for July/August. Watch for details on these issues to come. Our calendar of events for the spring is starting to fill up. If you have a sale, meeting or other event you would like listed in the News and on our website, please give us a call or email.




January 2012 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 15 Top Performer entries due to WHA office February 2012 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 24-25 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, Waupaca 24 Holstein USA Region 5 meeting, Waupaca 24 Wisconsin Holstein Covention Futures Sale, Waupaca March 2012 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 3 UW-River Falls Falcon Premier, managed by UW-River Falls Dairy Club, assisted by Tom Morris, Ltd. 17 Green|Rock Dual County Sale, WI Farm Auction, Brooklyn 17 Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale, Weyauwega 24 The Smithcrest & Kranzdale First Opportunity Sale 30 Siemers Holsteins Spring Showcase, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Fond du Lac 31 MilkSource Main Event Tag Sale, Kaukauna 31 Purple Ribbon Sale, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders, Marshfield April 2012 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 13 Redfest at Crescentmead Holsteins, managed by Todd Wendorf, Ixonia 14 Dodgeramma at Crescentmead Holsteins, managed by Todd Wendorf, Ixonia 20 Midwest Spring Red & White Show, Jefferson 21 Midwest National Holstein Show, Jefferson 27 Outagamie County Spring Sale, 7:30 p.m., Seymour 30 2014 WHA Futurity LATE entries due to WHA office Other 2012 Events June 12 District 1 Show June 15 District 10 Show, Fond du Lac June 19 District 6 Show, Monroe June 22 District 3 Show, Lancaster June 26 District 7 Show, Sturgeon Bay June 27-30 National Convention, Springfield, MO July 16-17, 2012 WI Championship Show - Marshfield Dec. 28-30, 2012 2013 Junior Holstein Convention, hosted by Rock County

Upcoming Issues February Holstein World co-op (more info on page 7) Ads due January 9 YAC Sale & early March sales District 8 Ads due January 11

March Midwest Holsteins issue, Junior Convention results Barn Meeting info Ads due February 8

April Until next time...

36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

Production issue Adult Convention Review District 3

Ads due March 9

He’s #1

INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Emerald Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Genex/CRI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Goers Family Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Kranzdale Sales Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Krohlow, Craig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Merle Howard Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Misty Meadows Wood Products . . . . . . . 35 Morris Ltd., Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 25 & 35


Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

NOVEMBER 20, 2011

Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Yes, Evan is our 1st grandchild and we couldn’t be more excited! Congrats to Moriah and Tony. Keep the light on for us, we will be frequent visitors to Cycle Farm.

Deronda Tom & Sandy Morris Farm

1393 60th Ave • Amery, WI 54001 • 715.268.2629 • fax -6239 •

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail: 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/January 2012

Stone-Front . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The Practice Veterinary Services . . . . . . . 35 Thunder-Struck Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Tricor Insurance/Kim Esser . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Uecker-LaCrosse Farms LLC . . . . . . . . . . 21 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Assoc. . . . . 17 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Wisconsin Futures Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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aAa: 261435 DMS: 123, 126 PEDIGREE: Roy x EX-90 Outside x EX-90 Rudolph x EX-91 Celsius x EX-92 Blackstar x VG-87 x EX-90 x EX-90 x VG-88

December 2011 Sire Summary:

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January 2012 Wisconsin Holstein News  

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