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July/August 2014

Volume 86 No. 7

Red & White Issue Cow Camp report Breeder Profile: Selz-Pralle Dairy District 4 Report

Sarah Damrow photo

Her Dam

Willows Edge R-Lou Myra-Red EX-90 at 3Y 2-01 2x 351 25,844 4.5 1153 2.9 762 9th Junior 3 Year Old, WDE 2013 2nd Dam: Willows Edge RU Mesa-Red-ET EX-92 EX-MS 5-07 2x 39,555 4.2 1680 2.9 1154 Res. Junior All-WI Jr. 2 Yr Old 3rd Dam: Willows Edge BJ Mission-Red EX-90 3E 208,260 4.0 8425 lft. 4th Dam: BLS Triple Threat Maddie VG-88 5th Dam: Dix Southland Millie EX-90 2E 6th Dam: Dix King Mickey VG-85 7th Dam: Fond Penn-Gate Molly VG-87

Myra completes 8 generations of VG or EX dams that carry a high butterfat test. We love her strength and her ability to produce lactation after lactation, just as the dams in her pedigree did.

Willows Edge Ad Mick-Red-ET EX-94 EX-94MS 5-00 2x 365 42,685 4.9 2070 2.9 1241 Reserve Grand Champion, MN State Fair Red & White Show 2012

Premier Breeder: BAA: 112.1%

’05, ’06, ’07, ’10, ’11, ’13 Midwest Fall National ’03 World Dairy Expo ’92-’01, ’04-’06, ’09, ’11, ’12 & ’13 District 1 ’94, ’96, ’97, ’03, ’05, ’06 WI Champ. Show ’96, ’98, ’99, ’00, ’02, ’03, ’10, ’11 MN State Fair

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

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thurSday, July 24th noon - Start of the St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Open House Tag Sale haPPy hour - View the Ladies full of milk

friday, July 25th 9 am - St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Open House Tag Sale Resumes 11 am - 4 Pm - Frank & Frank’s Famous Oyster & Tri-Tip BBQ - The California Connection! 5 Pm - 8 Pm - Enjoy the Pizza Social & Sale Preview at Milksource

Saturday, July 26th Enjoy the International Intrigue Sale at Milksource

Sunday, July 27th 8 am - St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Open House Tag Sale Resumes 9 am - “Breakfast with Tim” Learn the story and focus of St. Jacobs ABC 11:30 am - 5 Pm - Wisconsin holstein Picnic Serving food and Judging Contest open from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM WHA Program at 1:30 PM Panel Discussion to follow Door Prizes, Princess Scavenger Hunt, Kids’ Play Area Breakfast with Tim Coffee and donuts with Tim Abbott, Owner of St. Jacobs. Tim will give a presentation about St. Jacobs ABC, the history behind the company and plans for the future. St. Jacobs ABC has a small sire program with a focus on high type genetics that come from strong cow families and have outstanding sire stacks. They also have invested in some of the top females in north America for their female program. Learn about their unique approach to the breeding business in this discussion group.

Afternoon Panel Discussion St. Jacobs ABC and Budjon Farms will present a panel discussion on “How Breeding High Type Cattle Can Impact Your Operation”. We will have a panel of industry experts to talk about how breeding for outstanding type can influence your herd. We will have a group of panelists that have experience in breeding for type in the commercial operation, along with judges and successful merchandisers to give you tips on what they see the future of the business looking like and how you can derive more income from your operation.



TOM & KELLI CULL | JOHN CULL N9995 SOO ROAD LOMIRA, WI 53048-9712 TOM (920) 960-0350 KELLI (920) 960-1484 INFO@BUDJON.COM




1-800-527-9683 WWW.STJACOBSABC.COM

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

1-800-223-4269 Wisconsin Holstein News: Official Publication of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Published 11 months per year by Wisconsin Holstein Publications To Advertise: P.O. Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; Phone (608) 723-4933; Fax (608) 723-4973; e-mail: July/August 2014

VOLUME 86 No. 7

Features: 10 14 26 36 41

Breeder Profile: Selz-Pralle Dairy Two Wisconsin Cows honored as Star of the Breed Wisconsin Breeders find Success with Dominant Red Gene 2014 Wisconsin Herds of Excellence 2014 Cow Camp report

Departments: 8 9 9 9 13 16 33 40 42 44 45 46

WHA Annual Supporters Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Chris McCullough Tea Time with Teapot: WHA Princess Kayla Krueger From the Office: Larry Nelson Sale reports District 4 report Breeder Business Cards WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover features Rosedale Eye Candy-Red VG-87, owned by Jenna Langer, DeForest. Eye Candy was Grand Champion of the 2014 Midwest Spring Red & White Junior Show. Photo by Laura Finley

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

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

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

NATIONAL DIRECTORS: Paul Buhr - 608-606-3480, Viroqua, WI Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294, Mukwanago, WI WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN NEWS: (ISSN 0194-4401) (USPS 688160) is published 11 times for $50 per year by the Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913. Periodical postage paid at Baraboo, WI and additional offices. Additional magazines may be purchased at $5.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy. Price includes shipping and handling. Due to the uncertainties of the mail, the NEWS cannot assume responsibility for prior delivery of issues carrying advertising of sales scheduled for less than 14 days after the issue date. Advertising is due the 10th day of the month preceding publication. Advertising cannot be accepted over the phone, except by fax. Ad information must include name, address, phone of advertiser, amount of space needed, color if desired, photos if any and where they are. The Wisconsin Holstein News and its employees do not verify the records, classification scores or any other information that is used in advertising that appears in the Wisconsin Holstein News. The advertiser is solely responsible for the accuracy of all information used in their advertising. The News shall not be held responsible for any loss due to inaccurate information appearing in the News. The employees of the News shall be available to help any member acquire verification for any information appearing in the News. Under federal law, photographer’s pictures are copyrighted and owned by the photographic company. Prints sold are with a “single use” license and, in the case of the News, for use only in current or future issues of the News. Original photos must remain on site and may not be shared as prints or electronically without written permission of the photographic company through which the photo is copyrighted.

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e kind of cows our program is built around...



Atwood x Roy Frosty EX-97

FREEZE is making fancy calves that people are buzzing about... they are long, stylish and fancy!

ursday, July 24 Noon - Start of the St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Tag Sale Happy Hour - View the ladies full of milk Friday, July 25 9 am - St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Tag Sale resumes 11 am-4 pm - Frank & Frank’s Famous Oyster & Tri-Tip BBQ Saturday, July 26 International Intrigue Sale at Milksource Genetics

Aftershock x Goldwyn Dana Rae EX-95

Sunday, July 27 8 am - St. Jacobs Daughter Display & Budjon Tag Sale resumes 9 am - “Breakfast with Tim”; learn the Story and Focus of St. Jacobs ABC 11 am - 5 pm - Wisconsin Holstein Picnic

DECLAN is one of the first AFTERSHOCK sons available and he is making great calves.

We plan to have daughters of these bulls & more on display!






Windbrook x Goldwyn Barbara EX-92

Barbara was Res. Grand at the NY Show and looked better than ever! We’ve never had a hotter young bull.

We will offer a semen special and program sign-up with the potential to win a calf this summer.



Gold Chip x Shottle Aubry EX-92

We look forward to co-hosting this event with Budjon and seeing you all in Wisconsin!

ATTORNEY gives you production, type, proven fertility and CE from the hottest cow family ever! St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp. • Franklin, VT • • 1-802-527-9683 ABS Global, Inc. • DeForest, WI • • 1-800-ABS-STUD 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

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Join us September 5!

6:30 p.m. - Open House, new Automated Calf Feeder barn tours 6:30-8:00 p.m. - Dairy Judging Contest 7:00-8:30 p.m. - Serving Food 8:30 p.m. - Live music by Spitfire Rodeo

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The companies and farms noted here are “Annual Supporters” of Wisconsin Holstein events. To be an annual supporter, these companies make monetary and/or in kind donations to various WHA events at certain dollar levels for the year. To join this group, contact WHA today at 1-800-223-4269. 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Columbia County DHIA “Defining Beauty”

LeDonna Farms

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs D Congratulations to two Wisconsin Junior Holstein members who were recently selected as state FFA officers. Ethan Dado, Amery, will serve as Parliamentarian and Kati Kindschuh, Lomira, will serve as Report. J Congratulations and best wishes to Krysty (Kepler) and Reggie Kamps who were married on June 14 in Platteville. The couple is currently residing in La Crosse while Reggie completes his Pharmacy school rotation. Krysty works for DeLaval. K Kayla (Buske) and Casey Jentz, Paoli, welcomed daughter Sydney Rosalynn on May 26. Sydney weighed 7 lbs. 3 oz. and was 21 inches long. Congrats on the new addition! O Among the recipients of this year’s National Dairy Shrine Pioneers are Alton Block, Middleton, Charles Knigge, Omro, and Marlowe Nelson, Viroqua. These dairy industry Pioneers will be recognized at the NDS banquet at World Dairy Expo. Congratulations! L Congratulations to Tim & Leah (Hurtgen) Ziemba, Elkhorn, who welcomed daughter Claire Violet on May 31, weighing 6 lbs. 15 oz. and 19.5 inches long. I Ashley Yager and Mike Tassoul, Prairie du Sac, welcomed Owen Alexander on May 28, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 21 inches long. Owen joins big brother Aiden. Congratulations! T Heather (Petersheim) and Mike Metzler, Viroqua, welcomed son Conner on June 6, weighing 8 lbs. 1.6 oz. and 21 inches long. He joins big sister Lexi. Congrats! U Our condolences to the family of Keri Evert who passed away recently. A full obituary is printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Keri L (Behnke) Evert

Keri L. (Behnke) Evert, age 51, of Brooklyn, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born on Feb. 9, 1963, in Madison, the daughter of Wallace and Donna (Bjerk) Behnke. Keri grew up on the family farm and attended school in Oregon and UW-River Falls. She was a dedicated employee for the Oregon School District for many years and a member of Brooklyn Lutheran Church. Keri enjoyed quilting, animals, attending her children’s activities, sports, especially playing volleyball, the Brewers and cooking. She was nurturing and caring and whether on the farm, at work, with her children or the community she was always busy. Keri’s greatest joy was to be with her children and her family. She is survived by her children, Sterling and Tori; parents, Wallace and Donna; siblings, Roger (Lisa), Brian (Tami), Robert (Denise) and Brenda (Alan) Murphy; nieces and nephews, Morgan, Taylor, Rebecca and Carter; and numerous relatives and friends. Keri was preceded in death by her grandparents. Memorials may be made to Brooklyn Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Elementary School or Southern Care Hospice. Keri’s family would like to thank everyone at the school district for all the love, care and support that you showed our mom, daughter and sister. We will always remember your kindness. We would also like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital and Southern Care Hospice for your care and compassion. Online condolences may be made at

Membership Directory Updates Needed

The Wisconsin Holstein Association will be printing a new membership directory this fall. Please contact the WHA office at 1-800-223-4269 to update your address, phone, cell or email address so we have the correct information for the directory. If you DO NOT want your information printed, please call the office to let us know that as well.

From your President Chris McCullough Dear Wisconsin Holstein members, First, I’d like to thank and congratulate all of our District Show exhibitors for putting on nine great shows. As always, these shows wouldn’t be possible without all of the people that volunteer to put them on. We thank you for your time and efforts. I’d also like to extend an invitation for everyone to join us in Mineral Point on July 14 and 15 for the Wisconsin Championship Show. I’m sure the Iowa County Holstein club will roll out the red carpet, so please attend and enjoy a great show and their hospitality. Budjon Farms along with St. Jacobs will be hosting our state picnic on Sunday, July 27 in Lomira, WI. Take the day and enjoy the camaraderie or your fellow Holstein breeders along with seeing the great facilities and cattle at Budjon. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer, and I hope to see you at these two great Wisconsin Holstein events. Chris McCullough

Tea Time with Teapot

Hello Holstein Enthusiasts! The moment we have all been waiting for is well underway and we are in full swing of show season and Wisconsin Holstein Association events. June Dairy Month was filled with a variety of Holstein celebrations. Kristen and I attended various public events to speak on behalf of the Association and the importance of the dairy industry - such as Cows on the Concourse and multiple Breakfasts on the Farm held throughout the state. At the Dane County Breakfast on the Farm, I had the opportunity to represent the association to thousands, even our own Governor Scott Walker! Kristen and I each had the opportunity to attend a minor league baseball game to educate the general public about the dairy industry, and even throw out the first pitch! A special “Thank You” to Milk Source Genetics LLC and the Petersheim family for sponsoring these events. June was also filled with district shows, as we traveled Wisconsin to see elite Holsteins all over the state. Wisconsin Holstein breeders truly have so much to be proud of. I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the best of Wisconsin as we move onto the State Championship Show taking place in Mineral Point, July 14th and 15th. Best of luck to our exhibitors! As mid-summer time is here, so is our Wisconsin State Picnic, taking place July 27th at Budjon Farms in Lomira, WI. Please join us as there will also be a Budjon Open House Tag Sale and St. Jacobs daughter display. We are so fortunate to have these elite breeders home to the state of Wisconsin. We hope to see many of you at State Fair, whether it be at the futurity, open or junior show. This is a tremendous opportunity to meet new friends and create the best of memories along the way! Isn’t that what Junior Holsteins is all about? Making new friends and creating memories together with people who share the same love and passion for the Holstein cow as you do. It is never to late to start working on Junior Award forms for upcoming convention. Award forms are now available online and can locate them on the Wisconsin Holstein Association website or Facebook page. ’Til our next cup of tea! Kayla Krueger

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Selz-Pralle Dairy Scott & Pam Selz-Pralle Family, Humbird

egistered Holstein breeders are passionate about their cows and their breeding program. Whether in a show ring or strolling through their herd, breeders like Scott Pralle and Pam Selz-Pralle, Humbird, take great pride in cultivating high type cows and strong cow families. If you need proof that cows living in free stalls can make big, big records, visit Selz-Pralle Dairy. Add the criteria that they need to be tall, well uddered, and mobile, and you’ll want to cruise up the Selz-Pralle driveway and view an impressive lineup of cows. They are proof positive that large, framey, high type cows producing large volumes of milk from udders that work and wear succeed very well in a commercial setting. The 400 cows at Selz-Pralle Dairy average an impressive 106 pounds of milk per cow per day. That’s been a regular occurrence for the past several years. Any day they’ve got cows milking over 150 pounds of milk and boast several milking over 200 pounds with ease. In fact, a VG-88 Alexander daughter is currently averaging over 200 pounds for the past two months. The secret to their success is really quite simple. Thoughtful attention to details. Listen to the cows. Balanced breeding - never waivering from what makes you money. Quality home-grown feed. Love Holsteins!


Closer Inspection of the Milking Herd The average two-year old freshens at 1-11 and the two-year-old group averages 91 pounds of milk. On any given day, 45% of the two-year-old pen is milking over 100 pounds/day. As Pam states, “We don’t aim for extremes, we manage groups. We aren’t looking for a few high record cows, we are moving 100 cows in a group toward that direction. Within that group, we have several individuals that will excel. Though the management is the same, their genetic potential will soar when they aren’t under health or environment stress. We simply need to listen to the cows and adapt quickly when rumination or cow comfort is compromised so they can reach their genetic potential.” Selz-Pralle Dairy has a strong reputation for offering quality dairy replacements. In the past year, they have sold 100 cows as well as 75 breeder bulls. “Our dairy sales customers want good sized cows with really good feet and legs and tight udders that produce a lot of milk,” says Scott. “They seem to like our style of cows - high producing, balanced type, excellent udders, and strong feet and legs. Dairy strength is important in freestall herds to aid them in competing at the feed bunk.” 10–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Aside from the Holstein herd, Selz-Pralle Dairy farms 800 acres of corn and alfalfa. High quality, home grown feed is a top priority for the dairy. During this past year they incorporated shredlage into their feeding program and have noted a much more consistent TMR mix and a better rumen mat. This attention to quality feed and the incorporation of shredlage has yielded a 4-5 pound bump in daily milk yield plus enhanced their fat and protein. Milk production is crucial for Selz-Pralle Dairy, and though management is key, Pam and Scott believe that genetics is the driver. Back-to-back big records takes consistent quality feeding, attention to cow health, and a little luck. They believe their main job is to minimize stress during a cow’s lactation so she can do the work she was bred to do. Their other job is quick diagnosis and treatment. Still Dairying One Cow at a Time While the farm has evolved into a larger dairy, what hasn’t changed is their focus on one cow at a time. They have invested in technology to refine the dairy’s management and to help them monitor each cow individually every day. Daily milk weights are recorded along with deviations with the help of the Boumatic and DairyComp305 software systems. In December 2012, they installed a new activity tracking software that also monitors rumination. Ai24 allows the Pralle’s to focus their management on each cow individually. By tracking rumination, they know when a cow goes off feed or just doesn’t feel good before she shows outward signs. This has also vastly reduced their reliance on ovsynch and the corresponding reproductive drugs used. It has once again fine-tuned the management at Selz-Pralle Dairy to focus on what the cow is telling them and manage a big herd one cow at a time. Breeding Cows for their Customer When breeding cows, the Pralle's focus on the two primary markets that generate the most income for Selz-Pralle Dairy - milk

and dairy sales. Scott mates each cow individually aiming for a coming by Windbrook, Reginald and Aftershock. Each is stamped balance of production, type and index traits. Each cow has different with Phoenix’s lengthy frame, tight udders with lots of veining, potential value, and Scott mates to accentuate that potential. He also excellent feet and legs and extreme dairy strength. Every fresh daughter breeds cows for their environment. Critical type traits for the has scored VG as a two-year-old and her four second calf daughters environment are locomotion, front end strength, and udders. Agility are classified Excellent. In addition, the Pralle's have sold over will keep a cow competitive in the freestall environment and dairy 30 breeder bulls from the Phoenix family throughout Wisconsin, extending her influence and consistent strength will keep the cow healthy at high breeding pattern. production levels. For years, the herd has Phoenix has two Shottle daughters been marketed as one with “udders that that are scored Excellent and produced work and wear”. This is a key belief for over 37,000 pounds of milk. Joliam Shot Scott and Pam and they continue to Pansy 3720-ET, EX-93 EEEEE, had a breed for it. Scott uses breed leading sires and 2-10 record in 365 days of 37,840 4.6 1729 3.1 1174. Her full sister, Joliam Shot capitalizes on strong cow families. Pepper 3729-ET scored EX-92 EEEEE Current proven sires being used include: and produced a 365 day record of Aftershock, Alexander, Atwood, Gabor, 37,210 5.5 1990 3.5 1291 at 3-00. Impression, Shottle and Windbrook. Other favorites from the Phoenix Young sires currently in the program are: family include Joliam Gold Phab 3767Anahiem, Durbin, Numero Uno, and ET, EX-90 EX-MS, with a record at Liquid Gold. 3-02 in 365 days of 41,240 4.5 1876 3.4 Once Scott determines which sires he Joliam Dundee Phoenix 3035 EX-92 1403; Joliam Bookman 3959-ET, EX-90, wants to incorporate into his breeding with a record at 2-03 in 361 days of program, he makes enough matings to get 32,410 4.0 1301 3.2 1034; Joliam GW 10+ milking daughters of that bull. If he Atwood Frisco-ET, VG-86; and Joliam likes that group, he will go back and use Lauthority Picante-ET, VG-86. more of that sire. Currently walking the The Pralle’s have recently introduced cow pens at Selz-Pralle Dairy are these a few new cow families into the herd. five sire groups of trouble-free cows: They are developing individuals from: • 34 “Talent” daughters averaging Gold Dana Rae, Advent Dreamy, Chief 36,247 pounds of milk, 1341F, Adeen and Selbyvale Outside Lindsay. 1124P and classify an average 84.3 points. A Family with Holstein Passion • 9 “Aftershock” cows average Scott and Pam share their passion 31,547M 1239F 900P and average for Holsteins with their three children. VG-86. Ten more Aftershock Ryan, 21, attends UW-Madison majoring daughters will calve this year. in Dairy Science/Genetics; Jessica, 19, • 15 “Alexanders” average 33,114M also studies Dairy Science at UW-Madi1420F 1068P. Most are two-yearJoliam Shot Pansy 3720-ET EX-93 son, and Nicole, 17, will be a Senior at olds and average GP-84. They have Osseo-Fairchild High School. Actively really sweet udders with lots of engaged in the farm, they also love chrome. Eleven yearlings are due showing cattle, dairy judging, 4-H, FFA, this year. and participating in Wisconsin Holstein • 9 “Shottle” daughters average events. This summer, Ryan is being recVG-87 and produce 39,284M 1705F ognized as a National Distinguished 1181P. They are still using Shottle as Junior Member and Nicole is being a flush bull because they love how honored as a National Young Distinthey mature and easy to work with. guished Junior Member (YDJM). Jessica • 12 “Goldwyns” average VG-88 received national YDJM recognition in producing an average 39,394M 2012 and has competing in the National 1689F 1279P. They’re feisty but Speaking contest after a fourth place they like their aggressiveness at the finish last year. feed bunk and ability to milk with Looking ahead, the Pralle family low maintenance. would like to consistently ship 120 Joliam Shot Pepper 3729-ET EX-92 pounds of milk per cow per day with a They also have groups by Damion 4.0% fat test and want to be in the top and Braxton that are milking well and a small group of Atwood daughters that are silky, super uddered and 2% nationally for milk production. They strive to have first lactation really milk. In the heifer pens, there are 60 heifers to freshen by heifers freshen at 1-11 and produce 30,000 pounds of milk. They want all 100 of the two-year-old group to average GP-83 and expect Baltimor, Fever, Alexander, Damion, and Windbrook. second lactation cows to score VG or higher. Finally, they work each Major Cow Family Influences day to continue to be a low cost producer. Scott’s breeding philosophy has proven itself time and time again. Like any good business, Selz-Pralle Dairy is striving to be the best A favorite from the herd includes Joliam Valiant Mystique, EX-91, a at what they do. They are not satisfied with “average” and believe if former state production leader. Her descendent Joliam Abe 2510, EX you want to stay in business and be successful you have to be good with an EX-MS, has four VG-88 daughters by Talent, Sept. Storm, managers, not just good farmers or good breeders. Their heart is in and Shottle plus three EX daughters by Shottle and Aftershock. breeding high quality, registered cattle and intend to focus their energy Currently, the cow having the largest effect on the breeding on what they do best - cows. Scott and Pam feel that as the industry program is Joliam Dundee Phoenix 3035, EX-92 EEEEE. After keeps changing, the definition of a “pure Holstein breeder” may winning Reserve Grand Champion at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair, change some more, but they don’t think the passion for those who she finished a National Fat Record of 4-11 365 43,800 5.3 2319 3.0 love to breed good cattle will ever change. 1334. Phoenix is nine years old and still calls Selz-Pralle Dairy home. She has 18 offspring milking by 12 different sires with more daughters wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014-11

AI & INDUSTRY NEWS Accelerated Genetics Hires Summer Interns

Baraboo, Wis.: Accelerated Genetics is excited to announce that eight individuals will serve as interns this summer. Interns include, Joseph Adams, Waucoma, Iowa; Victoria Barman, Black Earth, Wis.; Nathan Donnay, Glencoe, Minn.; Ethan Giebel, Lyndon Station, Wis.; Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills, Wis.; Jacob Leum, Viroqua, Wis.; Brittany Nelson, Decorah, Iowa; and Katyra Von Ruden, Bangor, Wis. Victoria Barman As a Sales and Service intern, Barman will spend the summer serving customers in southern Wisconsin. Barman is a 2014 graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she obtained a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis. Throughout her schooling, Barman was involved in the Wisconsin Heights FFA Chapter and earned her American FFA Degree. At UW-Platteville, she was an active member of the Pioneer Dairy Club, Barman was raised on her family’s dairy farm near Black Earth, Wis., where she is still actively involved in the management of cows and calves. Ethan Giebel This summer, Giebel will work as a Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis. Throughout the summer, Giebel will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of his projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working on the Accel-Link electronic newsletter, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer. Giebel will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville this fall where he is pursuing a degree in agricultural education. During his sophomore year of college, he served as Wisconsin State FFA President. On campus, he has been active in Collegiate FFA, Alpha Zeta and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Giebel won the American Farm Bureau National Collegiate Discussion Meet early in 2014. Last summer, Giebel interned for the Wisconsin Agriculturist magazine and continues to write for the publication. He also works as a freelance writer for Filament Marketing. Growing up on his family farm, EDEM Acres, near Lyndon Station, Wis., has given Giebel an enterprising nature. He enjoys being involved with the farm and other agricultural pursuits. Cassandra Krull Over the summer months, Krull will serve in the capacity of Marketing Communications intern based at the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis. Throughout the summer, Krull will work in a variety of communications roles. Some of her projects will include creating feature articles for the Genetic Trends publication, writing news releases, designing promotional materials, updating the website, working with trade show planning, helping with advertising campaigns and representing Accelerated Genetics at various events during the summer. Krull will be a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she is pursuing a degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy and agribusiness. Prior to attending UW-Platteville, she earned an associate degree in applied sciences from Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan. She is active in the Pioneer Dairy Club, co-chaired the Pioneer Dairy Classic Sale and is a member of the UW-Platteville Dairy Judging Team. Krull is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association and is a Semi-Finalist for the 2014 National Distinguished Junior Member award. During her membership in the American Jersey Cattle Association, Krull served as National Jersey Queen in 2011-12 and won the National Youth Achievement Contest in 2013. Furthermore, Krull was recognized at World Dairy Expo with the prestigious Merle Howard Award in 2013. Krull was raised on her family’s farm, Krull Farms and is an 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

owner of Shining Star Dairy Cattle in Lake Mills, Wis., where she co-manages 50 Holsteins and 10 Jerseys. Previously, Krull has interned for Holstein World and the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association. Jacob Leum During the summer, Leum will work as a Genetic Services intern based out of the Accelerated Genetics Administrative Headquarters in Baraboo, Wis. His internship experience will include locating elite young sire daughters and scouting herds to find daughters for picturing. In addition, he will provide farm tours to groups and prepare daughters for photography. Leum will be a junior this fall at the University of WisconsinPlatteville where he will obtain a degree in animal science with a dairy emphasis. He enjoys being a brother in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and member of the Pioneer Dairy Club. Some of Leum’s past experiences include working at Kamps Hollow Genetics, JTL Jerseys and Vernon Vineyards. Being engaged on the family farm, Leum Jerseys, Leum developed a passion for Jersey cattle. He took first in the Wisconsin FFA dairy entrepreneurship proficiency award area in 2013 and was recognized by the National FFA Organization as a national finalist in the same area. Leum is a member of the American Jersey Cattle Association and has served as president of the Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeders Association and was selected as 2013 Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeder of the Year.

DairyBusiness | HolsteinWorld Appoints New Market Development Manager

East Syracuse, NY: DairyBusiness | HolsteinWorld announced today that Elizabeth (Liz) Doornink will join the company, starting June 23, to further develop their growing portfolio of regional and national accounts. Liz comes with a wealth of experience within the dairy industry, as a partner in a Wisconsin dairy operation and working with companies such as Monsanto, Stewart-Peterson, Dairy Farmers of America, and most recently, Valley Ag Software. A recognized leader, she was president of AFACT and cited by World Dairy Expo. Liz joins DairyBusiness as Market Development Manager for HolsteinWorld. “I am excited to start a new challenge with Dairy Business and look forward to further developing their extensive product and service suite,” said Liz. “I am delighted to join a company that prides itself on top quality service.” HolsteinWorld Publisher Randy Blodgett said, “Elizabeth’s wealth of experience and industry knowledge makes her a key addition to the DairyBusiness family. We view her appointment as a sign of our commitment to being a leading company in the Dairy industry.” Blodgett continued, “Our new innovations and the increasing demand from our customers led us to look for an addition to our team who will fit in with our ethos of innovation and exceptional service, and it is very fortunate that we were able to find someone of Elizabeth’s caliber to fulfill this role. I’m confident that she will play a key role in providing and implementing high quality solutions for our clients.” Liz Doornink can be reached at or 715.760.1221.

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From the Office Hello WHA members, June was a busy month for Wisconsin Holstein between our nine district shows and numerous June Dairy Month events around the state. Kayla and Kristen put on a lot of miles attending breakfasts, shows and other promotional events explaining the importance of the dairy industry and especially Wisconsin Holstein to general consumers. Our summer interns Morgan and Ashley also racked up the miles attending many of the District Shows recording results and posting highlights from all them online for others. Watch for blogs and articles coming up from the two and their experience on the road this summer. District Shows had a great turnout this year. Some were certainly bigger than others, but overall we had a great turnout. We certainly saw an increase in the number of verification letters from nationals on animals with papers still being processed. I highly recommend not waiting until the show season to get your paperwork complete. It certainly causes additional challenges and stress to both exhibitors and staff checking in animals. We had 1,485 animals entered for District Shows this year and a total of 1,298 head passed through the ring at our nine shows. A number of members utilized the online entry show system this year helping those entering the paper copies into the system and completing the show books. A big thank you to all the local and District Show staff and congratulations to all the winning exhibitors around the state! July brings two big events for us. The first is the Championship Show in Mineral Point July 14 & 15. Even if you aren’t competing, stop down to watch the show or see our juniors compete in the judging contest or showmanship contest on Monday. The Iowa County group has done a great job prepping and getting ready for the event so thank you for all your hours spent on the show. At the end of the month, Budjon and St. Jacobs ABC will be hosting our state picnic in Lomira. The two have a great event lined up with a tag sale and daughter viewing display leading up to it. Make sure to attend the picnic on Sunday to see Budjon’s elite group of cows and operation, learn more about St. Jacobs, participate in dairy judging contests and hear a panel discussion of industry experts as they talk about how breeding for outstanding type can influence your own herd. A HUGE thank you to Tom, Kelli and Tim for all the time and energy put into this event. Earlier this year we opened our first seasonal WHA retail store online where promotional apparel and merchandise was available for our members before the show season. The store received numerous orders and will be open again in August in order to purchase fall merchandise before World Dairy Expo. Many utilized it this spring to order awards for their upcoming District Shows. Make sure to visit our website in August to place your order for the fall season. The store will be seasonal throughout the year. New junior Holstein t-shirts are available for our junior members to pick up at one of many events. The shirts are free thanks to AlphaGenetics. We held a contest this spring among juniors to submit design ideas for a t-shirt that will represent the Wisconsin Holstein Junior Association. Our winning idea came from Clarissa Ulness of Valders. Congratulations Clarissa! Our intern Morgan Behnke designed the new shirts off of Clarissa’s idea, so make sure to pick one up and represent WHA wherever you go! None of this could have been possible without the great support and sponsorship by AlphaGenetics. Thank you so much to Mike for believing in and supporting our junior members! Members receiving the Wisconsin Holstein News will notice a new Customer ID number on the mailing label of their Wisconsin Holstein News. This number will be important as it comes to renewing your membership this fall. All members will receive the traditional postcard in the mail this fall that will list this number on your card with payment due. For 2015 membership, you will be able to login to our website in order to pay your membership dues online. Each membership number aligned to your email will be able to be processed online or you may still send a check in the mail. Those using the online

Example mailing label with Customer ID # CUSTOMER ID: 0001 JOHN HOLSTEIN JOHNDOE DAIRY FARM W0001 COUNTY LINE RD SOMEWHERE WI 53000 process, will be able to update your contact information in the system as well. Finally, take a minute to let us know if you have contact information to be updated. This fall we will be working on a new membership directory for the Association which will be mailed at the end of the year. Please help us out by filling in missing contact information or updating the old via the online system or calling us by October 1. We only know when and what to change if you let us know at the office. If you wish to not have your contact information listed in the membership directory, please let us know and we will gladly exclude you from the directory. You need to make us aware however. We hope to see everyone at the 2014 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity this summer at Wisconsin State in Milwaukee on August 9. We will have many dignitaries in attendance again with the inclusion of one very recognizable person from our state capital, so stop by and see this great event! See you this summer, Larry Nelson, WHA Execute Director

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members: Shawn & Amy Krass, Juda John Herrick, Boyd Jordan Freund, Arpin Cyrus Jones, Arena Jeffrey & Ellen Vollrath, Milltown Lisa Wiedenfeld, Lake Mills Annette & Bert DeBruijn, Manitowoc Sara Amble, Black Earth Cally Strobel, Henderson, MN Kyle Lerch, Menasha Scott Dahlk, Verona Anthony Fischer, Greenleaf Bryce Fischer, Cato Amanda Kroener, Newton Melissa Garcia, Newton Junior members: Colten Sandelier, Greenwood Sydney & Austin Rider, Prairie du Sac Kaylie Krueger, Hartford Clayton Schwendimann, Hartford Chase Krass, Juda Lucas & Sean Hopkins, Oconomowoc Whitney Ullness, Valders Andrew Manke, Valders Brianna Schug, Hillsdale Zachary Moret, Barron Myranda Manke, Valders Owen Kress, Newton Bennett Borgwardt, Valders Brianne Vandoske, Cleveland Esther Dijkstra, Random Lake Amelilia Weger, Edgerton Brett Mullikin, Waldo Jazzalin Bowe, Chippewa Falls Blayde Bow, Chippewa Falls Samantha Stefanczyk, Janesville

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2013 Holstein USA Star of the Breed Two Wisconsin cows honored as the Star of the Breed! The Star of the Breed award is given annually to a Holstein that exemplifies outstanding production combined with exceptional type. For the first time since the award started seven years ago, there is a tie for the Star of the Breed. Both cows have a Mature Equivalent Combined Fat and Protein (ME CFP) of 2991, each classified 2E-94, with an age adjusted score of 94, and both placed fifth in their respective classes at a National Holstein show. Holstein Association USA is pleased to recognize Idee Shottle Lalia as one of two Star of the Breed award recipients for 2013! The Star of the Breed Award recognizes outstanding, well-rounded cows in our breed, with exceptional milk production and type traits. Lalia was bred by Idee Holsteins of Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and is currently owned by MilkSource LLC, Kaukauna, Wis. MilkSource was formed by partners Jim Ostrom, John Vosters and Todd Willer, when they bought a 180-cow tiestall facility in Kaukauna, Wis., from John’s parents in the early 1990’s. Tidy-View Dairy and the main office are located on this original piece of land bought by the partnership. Today, there are seven facilities operating under MilkSource management including Tidy-View Dairy, Omro Dairy, Rosendale Dairy, New Chester Dairy, Calf Source, Heifer Source, and MilkSource Genetics. Lalia is housed at the show cow facility, MilkSource Genetics, managed by Jamie Endvick. Here, she is milked twice a day and allowed on pasture when the weather permits. Since moving to the MilkSource facility, Lalia has been thriving. She is classified 2E-94 and in her most recent lactation, after her third calf, she produced 48,240 pounds of milk, with 4.5 percent fat (2,191 pounds) and 3.1 percent protein (1,484 pounds) in 365 days. “The best part of working with her is her personality,” Jamie says, citing her calm nature. Before she came to the United States, Lalia made her mark on the show scene in 2009 as a milking yearling. That year, she was awarded Honorable Mention All-Canadian Milking Yearling, Reserve All-Quebec Milking Yearling, and 3rd Milking Yearling at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Milk Source group bought Lalia in 2011 as a three-year-old cow. “She is a beautifully framed cow,” says Milk Source partner, Jim Ostrom. It was her tremendous frame that caught their eye and the MilkSource team bought her in a private sale.

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Lalia currently has 16 registered daughters, from four sires. Her daughters are sired by Braedale Goldwyn, Crackholm Fever-ET, Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez, and MS-Atlees Sht Aftershock-ET. Due in June are calves from a flush to Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET. The Goldwyn daughters are a favorite of Jamie’s, with two of Lalia’s Goldwyn daughters still on the MilkSource farm. Lalia has had heifers and embryos sold to breeders from across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lookout Goldwyn Lalia scored VG-87 as a twoyear-old and was nominated All-Canadian Milking Yearling in 2013. Three of her daughters have classified Very Good in Canada, and Milksource Fever Lemon stood third Intermediate Calf at Expo Richmond, Canada in 2013. Lalia recently calved in her fourth lactation on March 28, adding an Aftershock heifer to her line-up of impressive progeny. In the future, we can look forward to seeing more from Lalia, as the MilkSource group is planning to flush her again.

Idee Shottle Lalia 2E-94

5-03 2x 365d 48,240 4.5 2191 3.1 1484 5th 5-Year-Old, 2013 Midwest Spring National Holstein Show Bred by Idee Holsteins, Hunter River, Prince Edward Island, Can. Owned by Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, Wis.

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi has earned her position in the spotlight as one of two 2013 Star of the Breed award recipients. This award recognizes a cow to be admired, placing in the top five in her class at a national show and excelling in milk production. Gigi is classified 2E-94, and in her third lactation, she produced 52,190 pounds of milk, with 3.9 percent fat (2,040 pounds) and 2.9 percent protein (1,532 pounds) on a 365 day record. Gigi is bred and owned by the Behnke Family of Bur-Wall Farm in Brooklyn, Wisconsin. Bur-Wall Farm is a family-run operation, with a passion for the Holstein cow passed on through generations. The farm is currently managed by Bob Behnke and his wife Denise, along with Bob’s parents Wallace and Donna. The entire Behnke family, including Bob’s siblings, nieces and nephews are involved on the farm, and help out in the showring. As a boy, Wallace would visit his uncle’s herd of Registered Holsteins, these pristine cows made an impact on him. When Wallace took over his father’s herd of grade Holsteins, he decided to buy Registered Holsteins to add to his own herd. Wallace bought Gigi’s dam as a calf in 2004 from the Stephenson County Spring Sizzler Sale held annually in Freeport, Ill. He remembers it was cold and snowing on the day of the sale; Gigi’s dam, Ventur-Ohmi Goodluck Gypsy, was shivering and Wallace almost passed up bidding on her. This little calf had a strong pedigree behind her, a daughter of Braedale Goodluck-ET and carrying eight generations of Very Good and Excellent dams on her maternal side. Gypsy wound up going home with Wallace, and he later bred her to a popular young sire at the time, R-E-W Buckeye-ET, which resulted in Gigi. She was one of the first Buckeye daughters to calve, and classified VG-88 as a two-year-old. Gigi was proving herself to be a remarkable young cow, and she was used in promotions for her sire. As a calf, Gigi was shown by Bob’s nephew, Sterling, as a 4-H project animal. She did well in the showring as a calf, placing first in her class at the county fair, but she really shined after she calved in. At the Midwest Spring National Show in 2011 she placed third in the Four-Year-Old class and was awarded Best Udder. More recently, she placed fifth in the Six-Year-Old and Older Cow class at the 2013 Midwest Spring National Show. Gigi has calved in three times, with three exceptional daughters. As a heifer, Gigi was bred to Ladino Park Talent-IMP-ET, which resulted in Bur-Wall Talent Gina. Gina calved April of 2011 with a Crackholm Fever-ET heifer, and classified VG-87. The second calf from Gigi was Bur-Wall Lheros Giggles, a Comestar Lheros-ET

daughter. Giggles freshened with a Golden-Oaks St Alexander-ET heifer in February of 2013, and classified VG-86, with an Excellent mammary system. Gigi most recently calved in June of 2012 with a Regancrest S Braxton-ET heifer, and she has been bred again to MR Atwood Brokaw-ET. In a box stall at the end of a 60-cow tie-stall barn, Gigi is the queen of the herd. Bob describes her as “sassy”, with her boss cow demeanor. She is also an escape artist, as it is not uncommon for a member of the Behnke family to find her out of her box stall helping herself to a little extra grain, or wandering out into a hay field. Aside from these challenges the Behnke family says the best part of working with her are her milk production abilities. “It takes support of family and support of others to accomplish anything like this,” said Wallace, talking about breeding the Star of the Breed. Through the breeding decisions of Wallace and Bob, and the support of their family, Bur-Wall Holsteins has been built to where it is today.

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi 2E-94

5-09 2x 365d 52,190 3.9 2040 2.9 1532 3rd 4-Year-Old,2011 Midwest Spring National Holstein Show 5th Aged Cow, 2013 Midwest Spring National Holstein Show Bred & Owned by Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn, Wis.

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SALE REPORTS Spring Fashions at the Northern - March 22

A fantastic line up of young cows combined with several show prospects, a few genomic highlights and deep pedigrees throughout the catalog attracted a large crowd to the Great Northern Sales Arena on March 22 for the Spring Fashions at the Northern sale. Buyers from throughout Wisconsin plus Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, New Mexico, Georgia and Ontario bid actively on the 113 whole lots that averaged $4,011. In addition to the many prospective buyers in the crowd, the sale staff was kept busy with phone bids throughout the sale. A phone bid from Gary Housner and Graisson Schmidt, Elroy, claimed the high animal of the day at $26,000. Lot 1, Morningview Mogul Mani-ET GTPI +2459, sold with a Select Sires contract and hails from the Lead Mae family which has produced many breed leaders! Consigned by Tom Schmitt, Durango, IA, this Mogul daughter is #13 GTPI Mogul daughter (12/13) and is backed by an Iota daughter recently fresh from the EX-90 Morningview Shot Mason-ET with 33,350 4.3 1390 3.5 1118. A stylish heifer with genomics and pedigree to match, Mani is certain to be a money maker for the partnership of Housner and Schmidt! Heading the line-up of outstanding young cows was BKB Sanchez Allison-ET VG-88. This Sanchez daughter of the All-World Shoremar S Alicia-ET EX-97 3E, sold milking 115 pounds in her second lactation and certainly needs to see the classifier. Consigned by Greg Lambert, Fond du Lac, Allison was the choice of Dan & Mary Ziegler who paid $15,800 to add her to their Belleville herd. A standout among the show prospects was the summer yearling consigned by Budjon Farms and Joel Kietzman, Lomira. Budjon-JK Gldchip Eshley-ET is one of several outstanding Gold Chip daughters from the EX-95 2E, Budjon-JK Emilys Edair-ET who was named Reserve All-American and Reserve All-Canadian Junior Three Year Old in 2010 and completes four generations of All-American nominees. Addison Goldenberg paid $10,200 to add her to the Goldfawn herd in McGregor, Texas. Topping the list of genomic heifers was T-Spruce Shan 7587-ET GTPI +2374 PTA +1446M +51F +63P +710NM. Consigned by T-Spruce Farm, Richmond, MN, this Man-O-Shan daughter is backed by a GP-82 Bookem 2 year old who is +2251G followed by a VG-86 Mega-Man with 26,720 and EX-92 35,970 Shottle. Rickert Bros., Eldorado, purchased this outcross heifer for $7,500. The sale featured 21 Red and White/Red Factor consignments with Wilstar Ad Roses Reba-Red EX-92 claiming top honors at $7,500. Recently raised to EX-92, this Advent daughter was named Grand Champion at the Minnesota State Fair Red & White Show in 2012. At 3-08 she produced 34,760 4.4 1521 3.6 1246 and sold working on another impressive record and ready to flush. Her Excellent dam was named AllAmerican R&W Milking Yearling in 2008 and her EX-94 3E granddam has records to 38,220 4.1 1564 3.2 1230. Consigned by Skyler Buman, J.R. Boyke and Lynn Harbaugh, Seymour, Reba was purchased by Nova Registered Holsteins, New Richmond. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale with selections handled by Rick Bovre, Scott Culbertson, Lynn Harbaugh, Chris Hill, Kevin Jorgensen and Chad Ryan. Chris Hill was on hand to sell the sale with Kevin Jorgensen providing pedigree highlights. Fielding bids from the crowd and phones were Rick Bovre, Scott Culbertson, Tom Cull, Brandon Ferry, Chad Ryan and Bob Sabo. Yvonne Preder assisted with presenting the cattle in the ring. The fitting crew of Cody Schultz, Ryan & Travis Krohlow, Nicholas Schuster, Neal Laneville, Ryan Lauber, Kyle Natzke, Andy Sell and Megan Opperman had the cattle looking show ring ready!

Ridge-Heights Holsteins Complete Dispersal & MilkSource Select Sale - May 3

The Ridge-Heights Holsteins Complete Dispersal was held Sat., May 3 at the Great Northern Sales Arena. A nice crowd was hand to show their appreciation for this homebred herd bred at the Garvey Homestead, DePere. To their credit, the Garveys have bred 89 Excellent cows, 40 Gold Medal Dams, 38 Dams of Merit and placed 33 bulls in 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

A.I. The current herd statistics showed a DHIR RHA of 28,518 3.7% 1064 3.1% 881, a classification BAA of 109.2%. The herd had received the Progressive Breeder Award for 33 years as well as the Progressive Genetics Award for 23 years. The cows were in high demand and held strong throughout the sale with 69 cows averaging $3,249. The high selling cow at $4,650 was a VG-88 EX-MS Lou with 36,550 3.4 1242 3.2 1171 at 3-01. Backed by an EX-90 2E Pontiac with three records over 30,000, this potential Excellent was all quality and sold due in the fall to Barry while currently milking 110 pounds. Ridge-Heights Lou Entry was the purchase of Rickert Bros., Eldorado. Selling for $4,600 was Ridge-Heights Goldsun Entry who hails from the same cow family. This recently fresh Goldsun junior 2-year-old is backed by a VG-89 Talent followed by four EX dams then four more VG dams. She was the choice of Andy Houk, Unity, as was Ridge-Heights Minister Jan VG-85 VG-MS who sold for $4,600. This Mr Minister 3-year-old sold milking 119 pounds and bred back to Mayfield. The EX-91 EX-MS Pontiac daughter, Ridge-Heights Pntiac Travel commanded a final bid of $4,600 from Matthew VerVoort, DePere. Headed for her third record over 32,000M, this 5-year-old sold bred to Mogul. At day’s end the 133 head in the Ridge-Heights Dispersal averaged $2,538. Included in the sale were a select group from MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, WI. Rising to the top among this group was the All-American Red & White Winter Heifer Calf from 2011, Duckett P Lucky-Red-ET VG-85. This big, massive framed Picolo made 25,220 4.0 1017 3.3 844 at 2-03 and sold springing to Barbwire. Her dam is the EX-94 2E Reserve All-American Red & White, Greenlea Advent Leta-Red. Blake Dietz, Plainfield, IA, placed the final bid of $5,500 to add Lucky to his herd. El-Na Farms, Algoma, paid $3,900 to add Milksource Sid Patch-ET to their show string. This silky, black Sid is backed by three Excellent dams and is certain to be competitive in the winter yearling class this year. The sale was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. with Darrell Worden selling the sale and Kevin Jorgensen providing the pedigree updates. Ringmen included Rick Bovre, Ron Roskopf, Lynn Harbaugh and Don Mayer.

Janestead Complete Dispersal - May 19

The May 19 dispersal of Janestead Holsteins offered a special opportunity for those that appreciate great cows and deep pedigrees. Owner Jim Janes, Berlin, always had a passion for great pedigrees and sought out to purchase members of the greatest cow families in the industry. By combining these families with careful sire selection he bred and developed an exceptional herd with a DHIR rolling herd average of 26,431 3.9% 1037 3.1% 830. The twelve month SCC average was an impressive 86. May 19 proved to be a beautiful spring day and a nice crowd of fellow dairymen gathered at the Great Northern Sales Arena to add some Janestead breeding to their herds. The complete dispersal of 140 whole lots resulted in an average of $2,900. In this group were 79 cows which averaged $3,308. The top price of the day came on Janestead Mac Roxanne EX-90 EX-MS, a favorite of everyone that saw her! Commanding a final bid of $9,000 from Glenn Ubbelohde, Plymouth, this silky, high quality Mac 4-year-old made 32,870 4.1 1333 3.5 1142 at 3-07 and completes seven generations Excellent in the remarkable Roxy family. Roxanne’s massive EX-94 2E Talent dam with 38,990 and bred to Atwood sold for $6,100 to Allan Lundberg, Osseo. Second on the buyer’s list was a big, beautiful uddered Goldwyn daughter, Milksource Goldwyn Apen-ET VG-87. With 30,482 4.4 1326 3.1 953 at 2-01 and milking 126 pounds in her second lactation, Aspen sold for $7,300 to Tomkins Farm LLC, Edgar. Aspen’s dam is the wellknown All-American, Amlaird Lee Alice-ET, who completes three generations Excellent, all at 94 points! The potential Excellent, Janestead Shottle Jane, VG-88, sold for $5,900. A two-time 30,000 pound producer, this Shottle had 156 pounds on the last test and is backed by an EX-91 47,570M Goldwyn that completes three generations Excellent. Jane was the choice of Gary Housner, Elroy. A big, impressive Advent selling dry was the choice of Sarah, Austin & Katelyn Henschel, Elkhart Lake. Milksource Exquisite-

ET *RC VG-88 EX-MS with 22,634 4.7 1067 3.4 765 at 3-01 sold due to Acme and backed by the EX-92 2E Mil-Lon SS Erica-ET who completes eight generations Excellent in the Elegance family. The Henschels paid $5,000 to add her to their Deer-Vue Acres herd. The high selling bred heifer at $4,000 was Janestead Windbrook Ida. This potential 9th generation Excellent by Windbrook sold bred to Braxton. John Ketter, Malone, placed the final bid to add her to his herd. The top price for an open heifer came on a Destry winter yearling from an EX-93 2E 29,277 4.4 1361 two-time All-American Red & White. Gary Breitlow, Algoma, paid $4,050 for Frozenes-LP Desty Lulu-ET *RC. The Janestead Complete Dispersal was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. Chris Hill wielded the gavel while Kevin Jorgensen gave pedigree updates. Working the ring and phones were Rick Bovre, Brandon Ferry, Lynn Harbaugh, Chad Ryan and Bob Sabo. The cattle were expertly prepared for the sale by Travis Krohlow, Neal Laneville, Kyle Natzke, Garrett Schmidt, Cody Schultz, Nicholas Schuster, Andy Sell and Megan Opperman.

Sivan Holsteins Registered & Grade Milking Herd & Springing Heifer Dispersal - June 5

A nice, active crowd was on hand June 5 at Great Northern for the Sivan Milking Herd & Springing Heifer Dispersal. Gary & Marlene Navis, Brandon, dispersed their homebred herd of Registered & Grade Holsteins which had a rolling herd average of 23,397 3.8% 892 3.2% 744. The SCC was averaging an impressive 83. The bidding was spirited and resulted in an average of $2,803 on 71 lots. The herd included several outstanding Red & Whites and from this group came the high seller at $5,700. This well balanced, beautiful uddered Alando-Red 2-year-old was already classified VG-85 and sold bred to Action-Red. Her GP Rubens dam has records to 24,344. An impressive dry cow was the second high seller at $4,800. This GP-84 VG-MS AltaIota daughter made 25,575 4.4 1118 3.5 883 at 2-03 and is due to Moses-Red. A silky, open ribbed, red Advent 5-year-old sold for $4,500. Already scored VG-88 with an EX-MS, this quality dairy cow had Excellent written all over her! She sold milking 106 pounds and bred to Absolute-Red. Her VG-87 Sovereign dam has records to 29,490M. The VG-85 VG-MS red Alando-Red 2-year-old daughter of the Advent commanded an additional $4,350. Among the springing heifers, the top price of $3,300 came on a red & white Durable due to Destry from a VG-87 21,743M Vincent while a red & white Duece due to Advent sold for $3,200. The Sivan Milking Herd & Springing Heifer dispersal was managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. with Darrell Worden selling the sale and Rick Bovre providing the pedigree and production updates. Chad Ryan & Brandon Ferry served as ringmen.

DREAM TEAM HOLSTEINS DISPERSAL Wednesday, July 23 12:00 noon Located from Merrill, WI: 4 miles south on CTH K to CTH FF, follow FF 4 miles west to CTH O, then 1 mile south on O to Rainbow Dr., then 1/2 mile west on Rainbow Dr. to farm. OR from Marathon City, WI: 12 miles north on Hwy 107 to Rainbow Dr., then 3 miles east on Rainbow Dr. to farm.

40 head of registered holsteins 23 Registered Holstein cows, 17 Registered Holstein heifers & calves (many are show age), 1 Embryo package (X3)

Greycrest advent lil Suki eX-92 Advent x Durham EX-92 She sells along with her 3 milking daughters by Sanchez EX-90, Fever VG-85 & Pure Gold VG-88. Also selling are her daughters and granddaughters by Sid, Gold Chip, Goldwyn & Absolute.

dream team Jm Sanchez Suki eX-90 3y The first EX Suki daughter is due July 22! Her fancy Guthrie fall calf also sells.

Sabofarm dundee desiree-et eX-93 Dundee x Durham EX-92 She sells as a 10th generation EX dam along with her EX-90 3Y Goldwyn daughter, an 11th generation EX. Her Windbrook summer yearling also sells.

dream team Jm fever dixie-et vG-88 2y Desiree’s daughter sells fresh in March! Her full sisters also sell, 2 milking and a nice December calf. Dixie’s Alexander March calf also sells.

herd facts Current BAA - 110.5% 5 EX, 10 VG & 7 GP

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DREAM TEAM HOLSTEINS Don, Jenna, Malayna & Kendra Fahey

11360 Rainbow Dr., Merrill, WI 54452 Don: 715-573-0820 Jenna: 715-581-0908 Terms: All purchases must be settled for on sale day, cash or check. If credit is desired, contact Christensen Sales Corp. prior to sale day.

Christensen Sales Corp., Abbotsford, WI - Clerk & Sales Managers 715-223-6345 Registered Wisconsin Auction Co. #33 Tim Schindler, Auctioneer - 715-223-4014 Reg. WI Auctioneer #191 Bob Sabo, Pedigrees - 920-366-7145 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014-17

Audrey Posch

Apple Ariel

Fond Ariel


Royal Rosa


Cybil Fisher

Dam: Astrahoe RM Rosa Rae-Lyn EX-90 4-11 3x 365 59,210 4.1 2446 3.0 1771 2nd Dam: Pinehurst Royal Rosa EX-91 2E 3-10 3x 365 41,400 3.3 1358 3.0 1223 3rd Dam: Pinehurst Roulade EX-92 2E 4th Dam: Pinehurst Sweet Cleo EX-90 5th Dam: Pinehurst Sweet Freedom EX-90 6th Dam: Pinehurst Sweet Delight EX-91 3E GMD 7th Dam: Pinehurst Rapture EX-96 4E GMD 8th Dam: Pinehurst Fragrance EX-90 2E 9th Dam: Hayseen Fond Ariel EX-90 2E 10th Dam: Hayseen D V Audrey EX-90 2E 11th Dam: Whirlhill Q Rag Apple Ariel EX-92 12th Dam: Arlite Posch EX-92 EX-92 GMD 13th Dam: Audrey Posch EX-93 GMD

castleholm Regina-Red-et eX-92 eX-mS 2-06 2x 365 33,497 4.8 1588 2.8 955 3-11 2x 365 36,005 4.1 1489 3.0 1104 nominated all-american Junior 3 year old 2011 Regina has milking daughters by Ardross Sterling RC and West Port Bookman-Red, and daughters by Apples Absolute-Red-ET and Air-Osa-Mle Malone-Red-ET coming soon. Embryos available by Hylite BarbwireRed and Apples Absolute-Red-ET. Regina will be bred back for the 2015 show season. creating our own history with family members of these high profile cows in the red & White breed: Scientific Debutante Rae *RC ~ Howard-Home RMK Jena-Red-ET ~ L-Maples RM Pepper-Red ~ and Red-Vision Dory-Red-ET Inquiries on these cows and other herdmates always welcomed. February 2014 Classification: 26 EX • 48 VG • 11 GP

Lyn-Vale Holsteins William Schultz Family

W5677 Cty. Rd. N, Waldo, WI 53093 • Cell: 920-980-0455 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Herd Average: 2x 26,639 4.0 1064 3.2 852

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Dam: Scientific Debutante Rae-ET EX-92 GMD DOM All-American 4 Year Old 2005 Res. Grand Champion, WDE 2005

2-05 3x 365 35,210 4.1 1427 3.4 1187 6-10 3x 211 28,640 3.7 1052 2.9 821 inc.


Scientific Gold Dish Rae-ET

E15265 Hillview Dr., Fall Creek, WI 54742 (715) 456-8718 Todd • (715) 577-5379 Cade e-mail:


Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on this hot cow family!

a RED March 2014 Acme calf from Dish Rae

Selling July 25 in the National Red & White Convention Sale, Elkhorn, WI -

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Vande Shot Tiffany-Red-ET VG-88 VG-MS GTPI +1705 2-06 2x 305 21,790 4.0 870 3.1 674 2nd 4 Year Old & Grand Champion of Jr Show, 2014 Dist. 3 Show Dams: VG-88 Mutant x VG-87 Laurier x VG-88 Rudolph • Her first 4 daughters are fresh - 3 are VG, sired by Guthrie & Gold Chip • Being flushed to Supersire & Capital Game - all embryos are for sale • Excited to work with Jas-K Atwood Topgun-Red (+4.10T) & Jas-K Atwood Tessa-Red (2nd winter calf & HM Jr Champion at 2014 Dist. 3 Show), from Jas-K Guth Treasure-Red-ET VG-86 88-MS (below); I will be selling semen from Topgun soon - inquiries welcome!

Mate Tiffany to any black & white sire and she will have 50% red & white calves!

Jas-K Holsteins Jason Kearns

21542 Thistle Lane, Gays Mills, WI 54631 | 608-306-2201 |

RWDCA & the Scarlet Family...

Standing the Test of Time

Briccows Mr B Starfire-Red VG-87 VG-MS

Briccows Adv Stardom-Red-ET EX-90 EX-MS

3-04 2x 365 31,147 4.2 1295 3.3 1013

3-02 2x 296 24,851 3.7 913

A Mr Burns daughter of Stardom, Starfire is a 7th generation VG/EX.

By Advent, Stardom has an EX-91 full sister at Ro-Lex Holsteins in Vesper, Wis. In addition to Starfire, she has VG daughters by Redliner & Gold Chris.

A little more family... Stardom’s dam, Starstruck is still in the herd. She’s a VG-85 Distrigene with 39,377 3.7 1458 2.8 1086 at 9 years & over 216,000 lifetime to date. Next 4 dams are EX & over 30,000M from the Continental Scarlet-Red 3E-95 GMD family.

Starfire’s daughter sells in the National Red & White Convention Sale, July 25 in Elkhorn, WI Pete, Brenda, Brent & Riley Bricco N3103 Wegner Road, Marion, WI 54950 • (715) 754-2709 e-mail: - We are an rBST-free herd -

Briccows GC Sunfire-Red-ET born 9-4-12 By MD-Valleyvue Gold Chris, she is due in October to sexed Acme wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014-21

2014 Marks Another Exciting Year for the Wisconsin RWDCA!

We started the year out with our first WI RWDCA royalty competition! Carley Krull of Lake Mills will do us the honor of representing our association as the WI RWDCA Princess! The deadline for our 2015 Royalty is January 15, 2015. April brought our Midwest Spring Red & White Show in Jefferson. The show was judged by Molly Sloan and the quality was high as usual. July 13 marks our annual All-Wisconsin State Championship show to be judged by Paul Trapp. Held for the second year in conjunction with the Wisconsin Holstein State Championship Show, this year’s show will be in Mineral Point. Last years show, the first held with the Holstein show, garnered an amazing 100 head!  The 50th National Red & White Convention will be held in Elkhorn, WI from July 22-26. The National Convention Show, held on July 26 will be judged by Molly Sloan. The WI RWDCA is serving as the host of the tour day dinner on July 23. Tours that day include: Rosedale Genetics, Frozene Farms, Maple-Lawn Farm and Sellcrest Farm!  WI RWDCA officers include: President Mandy Sell, Vice President Sarah Wendorf, Secretary Ashley Vande Zande and Director  Nancy Sell. If you are interested in joining the WI RWDCA, please email or visit our Facebook page. In-state memberships are $20/year and $25/year for out-of-state members. All memberships expire July 1. We’re looking forward to 2015, as the excitement for Red & Whites in Wisconsin grows! 

2014 National Red & White Convention Schedule Tuesday, July 22 11:00am Depart Fairgrounds* for Tours 12:30pm Sexing Technologies (lunch will be served) 3:00pm April Day and Fertile Ridge Dairy 5:15pm Briar Holsteins 7:00pm Return to Fairgrounds (dinner will be served) Wednesday, July 23 8:00am Depart Fairgrounds for Tours 10:15am Frozene Farms 11:15am Maple Lawn Farm 12:30pm Rosedale Genetics (lunch will be served) 4:00pm Sellcrest Farm (dinner will be served) Thursday, July 24 8:30am Depart Fairgrounds for Tours 9:00am Holbric Holsteins 10:30am Luck-E Holsteins 12:30pm Golden Oaks Farm (lunch will be served) 4:00pm Sunshine Genetics 6:00pm Return to Fairgrounds 7:00pm National R&W Queen Contest & Dinner at Fairgrounds Friday, July 25 10:30am Convention Sale at Fairgrounds 5:00pm Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet (Sperino’s Monte Carlo Room) Saturday, July 26 9:00am National Convention Show at Fairgrounds *The Walworth County Fairgrounds is located two miles north of the AmericInn at 411 East Court Street, Elkhorn, WI 53121. 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Red & White Calf Raffle to Support the RWDCA Scholarship Fund

CLINTON, WI: Someone will be the winner of a RED calf ! Will it be you? Tickets are now available for the 2014 RWDCA Scholarship Raffle Calf ! This year’s calf was generously donated by Briar Holsteins, Stephanie Stout and Nicole Schirm. Briar Outdone Madness-Red is an extremely nice March 2014 OUTDONE daughter out of Briar Mitey Mattie P-RC. The 2nd Dam is Briar Rocco Maggie P-Red VG-86 and the 3rd Dam is Briar Kite MacyRC VG-87. The 4th Dam West Port Storm Moira-RC EX-90 was purchased at the National R&W Convention Sale in Bedford, PA during the 35th Anniversary Celebration. This is a deep pedigreed family with POLLED potential! Madness-Red will be raffled off at the 2014 50th National Red & White Convention, prior to sale on Friday, July 25th. The 50th Convention will be held July 22-26 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Tickets will be sold for a donation of $5 each or 3 for $10. They will be available to you when you contact the RWDCA office at (608) 676-4900 or 4909, or any RWDCA National Director. Proceeds go towards the RWDCA Albrecht Memorial Scholarship Fund 501-c 3. $1,000 cash can be substituted for the calf. Additional prizes include a Beneli Shotgun or $500 and a True Type Red & White Model Cow. A total of 10 prizes will be drawn prior to the National Convention Sale. For more information, please contact Dana Erway, RWDCA Scholarship Committee Chair at 814-883-8185 or the RWDCA office at (608) 676-4900 or 4909 or by following us on our Facebook page at

Backus YDLI Scholarship Fund Support Requested

Brattleboro, VT: A new scholarship fund for young dairy producers to attend the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) has been created in the name of one of the industry’s biggest icons – Horace Backus. With a $50,000 fundraising goal, over $17,000 has been raised from early contributors. By August 1, the $50,000 goal will need to be met to offer a full scholarship for one recipient in the upcoming YDLI class. This fund came about from the vision of industry leaders themselves, Tim Abbott, Frank Conyngham, Joel Hastings and Dave Rama. They wanted a way to honor Horace’s legacy so that he can be a part of it, and developed the idea of supporting dairy producers to attend YDLI. Often dubbed “the dean of pedigrees,” Backus is widely known and respected around the country for his remarkable knowledge of Holstein genetics, and lifetime of experience in the dairy sales arena. In a joint letter sent to prospective donors Abbott, Conyngham, Hastings and Rama write, “As a longtime friend and business associate of Horace Backus, you know better than most what a tremendously positive impact he has had on our Holstein industry, on Holstein breeders themselves… and on us! As a friend, he’s always willing to lend a hand and lend an ear. He has set an example for all of us, young and old, with his integrity, work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor. And in business, he’s without parallel as a sale manager, pedigree expert, breeder, Association leader and adviser.” “We invite you to join us in creating a fitting and permanent tribute to one of the greatest men it has been our privilege to know and work with,” the group continued. The fund has been established within the Holstein Foundation, to provide appropriate investment and oversight of the dollars raised, without administrative costs. The annual dividends from the fund will be used to give full support to one young dairyman or woman at the Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a unique and exciting program for young dairy producers and industry professionals. Gifts may be made by mail to the Holstein Foundation, noting they are for the ‘Horace Backus YDLI Scholarship’ fund. Contributions may also be made securely online by selecting the ‘Horace Backus Fund’ for gift type. More information about the Holstein Foundation and YDLI can be found at www.holstein, or contact Jodi Hoynoski 800.952.5200 ext. 4261.

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2-02 355 31,920 4.7 1491 3.0 971 3-03 356 42,650 4.8 2068 3.1 1329 4-05 355 42,270 4.7 2173 3.0 1386

Fresh again - averaging 180 lbs./day! • 1st place 4 Year Old, WI Junior State Fair 2013 • Supreme Champion, Clark County Fair 2012 & 2013 • By Advent, she traces back to Stelbro Renita Ranger-Red • America’s highest producing red cow according to the June issue of Red Bloodlines

Make our “Red” your “Purple”! Call today if interested in heifers or bulls.


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Ryan, Jessica & Nicole Pralle N4621 Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 • (715) 334-3434 • E-mail: 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014


Redrose photos „ Beth Herges; farm photo „ Nick Sarbacker

lavender ruby

Redrose-red eX-96 4e

march 19, 2000 - June 2, 2014 lifetime: 245,845 lbs. milk, 4.5% 10,505 lbs. fat, 3.3% 8,170 lbs. protein 4th place Spring Calf, World Dairy Expo 2000 3rd place Spring Yearling, World Dairy Expo 2001 1st Junior 2-Year-Old, World Dairy Expo 2002 All-Wisconsin Junior 2-Year-Old 2002 Reserve Senior Champion, World Dairy Expo 2004 Reserve All-American 4-Year-Old 2004 Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo 2005 Supreme Champion, World Dairy Expo 2005 All-American 5-Year-Old 2005 All-World Champion 2006 Global Red & White Cow of the Year 2006 Grand Champion, World Dairy Expo 2007 All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2007 All-World Champion 2008 All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2010 Red & White Cow of the Year 2010 Wisconsin Cow of the Year 2011

MARK & NICKY RUETH 3066 Cty. G, Oxford, WI 53952 (608) 584-5853 Ph/Fax Mark: 920-988-3070 | Nicky: 920-988-9570 |

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Wisconsin Breeders find Success with Dominant Red Gene By Ashley Dreier, WHA Summer Intern

Nestled in Waupun, WI are Bruce and Val Vande Zande and their family at Vande Holsteins. With the help of their two kids, Shawon and Ashley, they are currently milking 70 Registered Holsteins three times a day. They raise corn and soybeans as cash crops and purchase TMR which gets delivered once a week. When Bruce’s dad passed away in 1997, Bruce and Val took over the farm and decided to pursue Bruce’s dream of owning Red and White Holsteins. His first purchase was Wilstar-RS Cranberry-Red-ET, VG-88, and since that time, Bruce has worked hard to build up his

herd of Red and White Holsteins. Their rolling herd average is 23,400M with 3.5%F and 3.2%P. Currently, sixty percent of their herd are Red and White Holsteins, but all the other animals are bred to have a red calf as they work to build up to a 95% Red and White herd. Bruce said that he decided to get involved with Red and Whites when they first starting becoming popular, and once he got his feet wet it became natural to work with Red and Whites. Bruce first came across the dominant red gene in the late 1990’s when he bought a non-red carrier Holstein, a VG-88 Comestar Laurier daughter and bred her to the Dominant Red sire known as Islehaven Champion Mutant-Red which produced Vande Mutant Logan-Red. From that point on, Bruce was bound and determined to get the first red and white Durham out of Logan. However, he decided to breed Logan to Picston Shottle-ET which produced Vande Shottle Lottery-Red. Today, about fifteen percent of their Red and Whites are descendants of the Dominant Red gene, all of which are from the same family. When mating their herd, Bruce and his family have a high focus on genomics, typically looking for bulls that are higher than 3.5 points on type. Some of the bulls that they are currently using are MaloneRed, Moses-Red, and Axford-Red-ET. The Vande Zandes flush herd members that carry the Dominant Red gene with Vande Shottle Lottery-Red being one of their main flush cows. She has a total of 30-40 offspring living around the country today. When they flush, they like to keep some of the embryos and implant them in their own cattle, but the majority of the embryos are marketed. They usually market embryos and bulls that carry the Dominant Red gene. Some of their bulls that are with genetic distributors include Vande LookoutRed-ET and Vande Goldlist-Red at Taurus, Vande Dominant-RedET at ABS, Vande Landslide-Red at Accelerated Genetics, and Vande KMV Lancelot-Red at International Protein Sires. They have one bull at home, Vande Atwood Lockwood-Red, that is mainly used for clean-up. The Vande Zande Family are regulars in the showring and have had some success with these Dominant Red gene animals as well as non-Dominant Red gene animals. They have had nine Junior AllAmerican Red and White nominations and six open All-American Red and White nominations. Vande Mutant Logan-Red was nominated Junior All-American Winter Yearling. When talking about which Red and White Holstein female has had the greatest impact

Vande Mutant Logan-Red VG-88

Vande Shottle Lottery-Red VG-88 EX-MS

ominant Red is a relatively new gene that produces a red coat color that is dominant over black. This gene is a completely different gene from the recessive red gene that many Red and White breeders are most familiar with. The Dominant Red gene first evolved in Canada in 1980 when a well-known black and white bull known as Puget-Sound Sheik produced a red and white daughter, Surinam Sheik Roseabel-Red. The Dominant Red gene allows breeders to introduce red into their herds much easier than recessive red because of the dominance. Only one parent must have the Dominant Red trait in order to transmit it to the next generation and produce a red calf. If a red animal is heterozygous for Dominant Red, it will transmit the gene to 50 percent of its progeny. If a red animal is homozygous for Dominant Red, it will transmit the gene to 100 percent of its progeny, meaning it will produce all red calves. Breeders all around Wisconsin are slowly beginning to discover this evolving gene and introducing it into their herd. Those who have the Dominant Red gene in their herd are fascinated with the results they are getting and putting more interest into it. Let’s take a closer look at some breeders in Wisconsin that are having success with the Dominant Red gene.


Vande Holsteins Bruce & Val Vande Zande Family, Waupun

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on the herd, Bruce explained that he firmly believes that Logan and Lottery have had the greatest impact because they brought in the Dominant Red gene that has helped them become successful. Vande Shottle Lottery-Red and Vande Mutant Logan-Red are both still in the milking herd. Lottery calved in February and her record at 4-00 in 365 days was 28,882 4.0%F 1217F 3.1%P 909P and she is scored VG-88 with and EX mammary system. Logan’s record at 6-3 in 365 days was 28,889 3.4%F 1017F 2.8%P 853P and she is scored VG-88.

JAS-K Holsteins Jason Kearns, Seneca

Another breeder that is using the Dominant Red gene is Jason Kearns and his family from Seneca, WI. Jason Kearns is a recent graduate and currently milks on his parents’, Tom and Beth Kearns, dairy farm. They milk 115 Holsteins twice a day. They have 300 acres for crops and raise alfalfa, oats, corn, soybeans, and rye. Their current rolling herd average is 20,000M 4.1%F 3.22%P. Jason stated that they had always had a couple of Red and Whites cows in their herd but he first became interested in the Dominant Red gene when he saw that Bruce Vande Zande had an animal in the 2009 World Classic sale at World Dairy Expo. He became very interested in working with the Dominant Red gene and owning some, so he called Bruce and asked about purchasing one. Bruce sold Jason three shuttle embryos from Vande Mutant Logan-Red, from which he had one pregnancy that produced Vande Shot Tiffany-Red-ET. Today, Jason and his parents’ herd consists of about five percent Red and Whites and all of them are products of the Dominant Red gene. Jason likes to focus on using really good black and white Holstein sires on his Red and White cattle to try and expand the Dominant Red gene population in his herd. In fact, he doesn’t even use Red and White sires on his Dominant Red gene animals. He looks for black and white sires that have a very high type and he mainly looks for genomics when it comes to selecting a sire to use on Tiffany. Currently, Tiffany has offspring all over the country and Jason has daughters in their herd by Fustead Goldwyn Guthrie-ET, Toc-Farm Goldsun, and Mr Chassity Gold Chip-ET. Tiffany’s first four milking daughters are all scored VG. She is the main flush cow that carries the Dominant Red gene at his farm and Jason has marketed her embryos to Germany and sold heifers all across the country. Along with marketing some of the embryos, he also keeps some to put them back into his herd. So far, Jason believes that Tiffany has had the greatest impact on his family’s herd and looks forward to expanding the Red and White population in the herd with the help of the Dominant Red gene. Tiffany, VG-88, freshened this winter and produced a 2-06 record in 305 days of 21,990 4.0%F 870F 3.1%P 674P. She was recently named Grand Champion of the Junior Show at the District 3 Show and her granddaughter, JAS-K Atwood Tessa-Red-ET was the 2nd place winter calf and HM Junior Champion of the Junior Show.

Dorsland Farms Matt & Molly Dorshorst & Ben Dorshorst, Junction City

Dorsland Farms is located in Junction City, WI and is currently owned through a partnership between Charles and Donna Dorshorst with their son Matt and his wife Molly. Charles recently retired after 35 years as a large animal veterinarian. Matt now owns and operates the veterinary practice doing primarily embryo transfer and fetal ultrasound. They currently milk 40 Registered Holstein cows twice a day with a rolling herd average of 21,912M 3.65%F 799F 3.27%P 717P. In addition to the cows their herd consists of 100 Registered heifers, six Registered bulls and 20 recipients. Of the entire herd a total of three cows, 13 heifers and six bulls are Red and White. All but one of these red animals is due to the Dominant Red gene. Ben, another one of Charles and Donna’s sons, explained that in the past they were not active breeders of Red and White Holsteins with only an occasional red animal in their herd. He stated that the Dominant Red gene has allowed them to get into Red and White with ease and provided them something new and exciting to work with. Dorsland Farms first got started with the Dominant Red gene by chance. Charles bought some Islehaven Champions Mutant-ET semen in 2007 without knowing that this bull was different from a typical red sire. They ended up with a red calf from one of their best homebred cow families and it belonged to Ben who was going to graduate school for genetics at the time. While he was doing his post doctorate work in Sweden he was able to initiate a research project to map the Dominant Red gene. To get the project up and running Matt, Molly and Ben purchased three Fustead Goldwyn Guthrie-ET embryos from Vande Shot Tiffany-Red-ET owned by Jason Kearns and ended up with two red heifers: JAS-K Guthrie Tart-Red-ET and JAS-K Guthrie Thea-Red-ET. Today 10% of the Dorsland Farms continued on page 30

JAS-K Guthrie Tart-Red-ET VG-88 EX-MS 2Y

Vande Shottle Tiffany-Red VG-88 VG-MS

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Four-of-a-Kind Alex


EX-92 2nd Calf

2-03 3x 365 44,320 3.7 1627 2.8 1259 3-07 3x 365 49,017 3.6 1749 2.9 1426 Sired by Alexander, her 4 direct dams are EX-91 by Shottle, EX-93 by Roy, EX-92 by Emory, and EX-91 by Southwind. Amber has a Gold Chip daughter due this summer, a fancy yearling by Hero and is due back September 1 to Atwood. She is the result of a sire stack that has alternated strength with dairy, always with udder and feet and legs as the primary selection tool. She is our attempt at breeding by the numbers we understand. Amber is owned by Nor-Way-Pete Farms & Dan Cnossen.

NOR-WAY-PETE FARMS, INC. RHA: 3x 257 cows 29,579 3.9 1150 3.0 879

1751 Cherry Drive, Eland, WI 54427 Home of NOR-WAY-PETE & Four-of-a-Kind Reg. Holsteins Visitors Always Welcome! 5 miles west of Wittenberg on Hwy. 29 then 1.5 miles south on Cherry Drive.

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Chad & Andy Peterson, owners - 715-302-0482 Dan Cnossen, herd manager 715-302-1327

Rob-Cri Durham Trendy EX-93 2E EX-MS 4-00 365 38,990 3.4 1338 3.1 1198 • 1st classified dtr. - Rob-Cri Guthrie Treat VG-85 Classification highlights from the Trendy/Treasure Family:

photos by Cybil Fisher

• maternal sisters, from EX-90 Talk-About Linjet Try Rob-Cri Atwood Triumph VG-86 at 2-11 Rob-Cri Goldwyn Thumbelina VG-85 at 3-05 • from a VG-88 full sister to Trendy & Treasure Rob-Cri Alan Tidalwave VG-87 at 3-06

Rob-Cri Tribute Shimmer EX-91 2E 4-11 2x 344 36,930 3.9 1435 3.0 1124 • 1st classified dtr. - Rob-Cri Sid Shasta VG-85 Other Classification Highlights: Rob-Cri Dempsey Beaumont VG-85 at 2-03 Rob-Cri DRHM R Magical-Red VG-85 at 2-07 Rob-Cri Lauthority Megera VG-86 at 3-00 Rob-Cri Lauthority Mossimo VG-86 at 2-11 Rob-Cri Atwood Trixie VG-85 at 3-00 Rob-Cri Picolo Sunburst-Red VG-86 at 2-11 Rob-Cri Alexander Tiptop EX-90 EX-MS at 4-06

2014 District 4 Show Success Rob-Cri Braxton Topshape (Braxton x Rob-Cri Alexander Tiptop EX-90) - 1st Spring Yearling Budjon-JK Mac Emala-ET VG-88 (Mac x Budjon-JK Dur Esquisite EX-92) - 1st Senior 3 Year Old & HM Intermediate Champion

Welcome Farm Technology Day Visitors, August 12-14, 2014 - Visitors welcome, we’re only 7 miles from Technology Days. Call Bob at 715-340-5013 or Kim at 715-252-5124.

ROB-CRI HOLSTEINS Robert & Christine Barden 6487 Eckels Road, Plover, WI Bob cell: 715-340-5013 RHA: 2x 25,169 975F 804P BAA: 108.3% wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014-29

continued from page 27 herd is Red and White due to the Dominant Red gene. Tart recently went up in score to VG-88 as a two-year-old with an Excellent mammary system. Her current milking record at 2-00 in 217 days is 14,773M 4.7%F 693F 3.5%P 516P. Thea was recently raised to VG-85 as a two-year-old. Her current milking record at 2-00 in 217 days is 16,005M 3.3%F 529F 3.4%P 545P. In addition to Tart and Thea, the Dorshorsts have also used Dominant Red AI bulls on their homebred cow families and Polled purchases from the Rudy Missy and Wind-D Acres cow families. The two Dominant Red cows, Tart and Thea, have had the biggest impact on their herd so far and continue to be flushed. Tart has a total of 10 offspring in the herd, seven of which are Dominant Red, four females and three males. Thea has a total of 14 offspring in the herd, seven of which are Dominant Red, five females and two males. Their daughters will soon become the focus of the Dorshorst’s Dominant Red breeding program. Most notable of their progeny is Tart’s August born Dominant Red and Polled Earnhardt P daughter at +2076 GTPI that has already made Alta1stclass pregnancies by IVF. Equally as exciting is Thea’s March born homozygous Dominant Red heifer at +2035 GTPI. The Dorshorsts have done a limited amount of showing with their Dominant Red animals. Tart placed sixth at the 2014 Midwest Spring Red & White Show and third in the recent WI District 4 show Senior 2 Year Old classes. Her August born Dominant Red and Polled Earnhardt P daughter was fifth in the Summer Yearling class at the District 4 show. When mating their Dominant Red animals Matt and Ben focus on using sires that are high index, high type or Polled. Almost all of the bulls that they use on their Dominant Red animals are genomic young sires with the exception being proven show ring bulls. They mate every animal individually, focusing on building strengths and protecting weaknesses in production, health, fertility and type traits as much as possible. They also strive to create unique crosses in order to increase the genetic diversity in the Dominant Red gene pool. The Dorshorsts extensively flush their Dominant Red cattle and are also beginning to use IVF on young heifers and pregnant cows. The embryos that are produced are generally implanted in their own herd or contract recipient herds. They are still in the expansion phase of their Dominant Red breeding program but have begun to put Dominant Red animals in sales such as the Holstein USA and RWDCA National Convention sales this summer. The Dorshorsts plan on continuing to expand the Dominant Red gene in their herd and they look forward to seeing how these animals will develop.

Aged to Perfection! Harmony-H Tornado Fayet-Red EX-92 2E at 8-05 2-08 290 20,780 3.51F 2.81P 3-07 330 23,055 3.65F 2.94P 4-08 363 23,767 3.69F 2.80P 5-10 365 24,409 3.50F 2.80P 7-05 365 27,740 4.00F 2.70P 1st Aged Cow, Clark County Fair R&W Show 2013

Harmony-H Boss Iron Afton EX-90 EX-92MS 2E at 9-11 1-11 306 19,556 3.24F 2.82P 2-11 365 27,730 3.17F 2.88P 4-02 344 24,413 3.16F 2.89P 5-03 275 21,193 3.12F 2.88P 6-02 289 19,894 3.13F 2.81P 7-01 329 26,014 3.38F 2.78P 8-02 321 23,332 3.30F 2.80P 9-02 285 20,783 3.30F 2.70P Due in July to Shaquille

Harmony-H Boss Iron Hagar EX-91 2E at 9-07 1-11 250 15,850 3.76F 3.09P 2-10 365 23,220 3.97F 3.14P 4-01 348 27,490 3.76F 2.92P 5-03 296 23,829 3.21F 2.74P 6-03 365 28,226 3.77F 2.86P 7-07 365 31,320 3.50F 2.90P 8-09 319 19,074 4.20F 3.40P inc. Due in September to Golden Dreams

Harmony-H Rdrck Kala 447-Red EX-90 EX-92MS at 5-08 2-00 365 22,929 3.90F 3.00P 3-03 365 25,959 3.90F 3.00P 4-11 299 28,467 4.00F 2.90P inc.

Harmony-H Decker Levi VG-88 EX-MS at 6-00 2-05 301 14,877 4.21F 3.26P 3-05 312 19,641 3.46F 2.98P 4-05 298 21,046 3.93F 3.01P 5-05 227 17,560 4.10F 3.00P inc. Her Twin Micah daughters: Lark 633-TW VG-85 at 2-07 Lean 634-TW GP-83 at 2-07

Other Classification Highlights: Harmony-H Ito Jaiza EX-90 EX-92MS & many new Very Goods

H ARMONY H OLSTEINS Todd & Jessica Ertl • Trevor, Jenelle, Jasmine & Juliet W1455 Cty. K, Unity, WI • 715-223-8859 • RHA: 112 cows 22,248M 3.79%F 2.94%P • 83 SCC • BAA: 106%

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Everyone likes playing with Barbies..

A New Kid on the Block

Langs-Twin-Elm Rob Roxie-ET VG-85 EX-MS 2-03 215 14,311 5.5 794 3.6 520

by Robust

proj. 19,208 1030F 706P

+2189 GTPI +835M +80F +45P +2.9PL +582NM +2.76T +2.15UDC +3.55FLC

Her Granddam

Her Dam

Premier-G Sanchez Braley-ET VG-85

Regancrest Mac Bikasa-ET VG-87 GMD

2-01 2x 365 30,350 3.4 1030 3.2 957 4-03 2x 218 17,724 3.8 681 3.2 567 proj. 23,241 870F 750P

2-02 2x 365 29,240 4.9 1144 3.1 912

Her 3rd Dam

Bikasa’s son

Regancrest-PR Barbie

Mr Atwood Brokaw-ET


+4.53T +3.85UDC +3.00FLC

2-06 2x 365 31,900 3.9 1237 3.1 990 Runner-up for HI’s “Global Cow of the Year” 2010

Top Genomic Type bull - 4/14

Owned with

Lang’s Twin Elm Farms, Inc. Fred Lang

2703 Four Mile Rd, Marathon, WI Phone: 715-443-2037 Fax: 715-443-3742

Mickelson Dairy LLC Sara Amble

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The kids of Swaindale invite you to the

Dane County Holstein Breeders Twilight Meeting Saturday, August 23 • Open barn, food & judging contest start at 7:00 p.m. • Judging contest concludes at 8:30 p.m., results at 9:00 p.m. • Music by the Have Nots with special guest Dana Kelly from 8:30 p.m. - ? BAA: 108.5% Milking 22 cows - red & white, black & white and polled. Excellent cows by Rampage, Redliner and Talent. Young cows by Atwood, Braxton, Destry and other high type sires.


hosted by

Registered Holsteins

Scott, Sue & Katie Gary, Dana, Danny, Bella & Lena Bob & Lois 2810 County Road W, Deerfield, WI | 608-444-0567 |

Directions to the farm: 20 miles east of Madison off of Hwy. 12/18. Turn right on Hwy. W, farm is 5 miles down on the left.

Any-Day Advent Princess-ET *RC VG-87 VG-MS

Ms Lvndr Rdrose-Red-ET VG-88 VG-MS 2-04 2x 305 22,670 4.3 982 3.2 723

2-01 2x 242 19,660 3.6 712 3.0 582

We have a December 2011 Colt-P daughter from Ms Rdrose, MRS ICAND Christmas-Red-ET. 2nd dam is Lavender Talent RobinRed-ET VG-88, maternal sister to Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red EX-96, then EX-90 Rudolph, EX-93 2E Kinglea Leader and EX-96 3E Blackrose.

We are working with Princess’ daughter Bosside Idol-ET *RC, GP-81 by Reality, she needs to see the classifier! Her daughter, ICAND Debonair Irony-Red is one fancy girl! Behind Princess is Any-Day Durham Pansey-ET EX-93 GMD DOM and Jo-Clar Jess Patsy EX-93 2E DOM.

We are also working with... • Elm-Park Luckystar-Red-ET. Sired by Kite, she’s a potential 7th generation EX! 6th dam is Locust-Peak R Maple Lulu C • Bosside Rvn Virginia-Red-ET *PO. Sired by Lawnboy & from the Ravens! We would like to thank Bosside Holsteins for being wonderful mentors and helping expand our knowledge of Holstein genetics! THANK YOU! 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

ICAND Holsteins Jon White & Holly Venzke F4828 Walnut Rd., Edgar, WI • Holly: 715-613-3785 Visitors Welcome!

District 4 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The September issue will feature District 2 - Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau & Vernon counties.

Clark County

2014 Adult Membership: 92; Jr. Membership: 39 Adult Association officers - President: Joe Meyer; Vice President: Todd Cerven; Secretary: Brian Denk; Treasurer: Dana Mayer. Junior Association officers - President: Nicole Pralle; Secretary: Jade Pinter; Treasurer: Jessica Pralle; Adult Advisor: Pam Selz-Pralle.

Langlade County

2014 Adult Membership: 3; Jr. Membership: 3 No county association.

Lincoln County

2014 Adult Membership: 7; Jr. Membership: 2 Adult Association officers - President: Mark Leder; Vice President: Philip Natzke; Secretary: Mary Sosnovske; Treasurer: Ann Krueger.

Marathon County

2014 Adult Membership: 122; Jr. Membership: 34 Adult Association officers - President: Kevin King; Vice President: Lyle Matthiae; Secretary: Doug Dittmar; Treasurer: Marlene Schreiber; Directors: Rick Seefeldt, Dan Cnossen, Larry Bliven, Floyd Baumann & Mike Borchardt. Junior Association officers - Co-President: Joey Kurth & Tyler Giddings; Co-Vice President: Devin Lemanski & Noah Bilz; Secretary: Danielle Lemanski; Treasurer: Abby Giddings; CoReporter: Madison Borchardt & Kennedy Bilz; Junior Advisor: Heather Giddings. The Marathon County Holstein Breeders began the year with their annual meeting held in January. In March they went on their annual overnight spring tour to northern Illinois. This year’s tour had 53 participants who saw some great cows and farms and talked to some great farmers. The main fundraiser for the year is serving cheese curds at the Athens Fair and Edgar Steam Show, both held in August. It is a great way for the association to promote the dairy industry and have fun working together as Holstein breeders. In October they have their annual Holstein banquet where they recognize all the accomplishments over the year for the junior and adult Holstein breeders. Our juniors have had a busy year thus far. It started with three members, Abby and Tyler Giddings and Danielle Lemanski attending the state junior convention in January. They competed in dairy jeopardy, speaking contests and Bell-R-Ring. Tyler Giddings was our first junior member to receive a 12 and Under award. The juniors annual meeting was held in February at Edgar Lanes. Fourteen members were present for a bowling and pizza party. Officers were elected. In April we submitted for recognition as a youth organization at our county fair, the Wisconsin Valley Fair. Six members are now busy getting ready to show dairy under our county organization. Cow camp is always a favorite of our younger members and nine members attended this year – Korbyn Bauman, Abigail and Madison Borchardt, Kennedy and Brooklyn Bilz, Tyler and Abby Giddings, Justin Giese and Wade and Brooklyn Schwoerer. Thanks to Barb Borchardt and Samantha Giese for making the long drive and chaperoning! The campers learned a lot from the workshops they attended – from farm safety to feeding a fair calf. On May 31 we held a fitting and showing workshop. We had a great turnout with 16 juniors in attendance. Crystal SiemersPeterman shared tips regarding washing techniques, getting animals show ring ready and showmanship. Don Fahey explained fitting and clipping. Kids were able to practice clipping animals and for many of

the younger members, it was the first time with a clippers in their hand! Thanks to Don and Jenna Fahey from Dream Team Holsteins for hosting this event. This summer many members will be busy getting their show animals ready for various shows. We wish them all the best of luck and fun!

Portage County

2014 Adult Membership: 18; Jr. Membership: 1

Taylor County

2014 Adult Membership: 11; Jr. Membership: 4 Adult Association officers - President: Ralph Zuleger; Secretary/ Treasurer: Kahty Langteau.

Wood County

2014 Adult Membership: 54; Jr. Membership: 36 Adult Association officers - President: Dennis Bangart; Vice President: Gary Gehrke; Secretary: Paul Lippert; Treasurer: Lee Slattery; Dairy Promotion: Jordan Freund; Breed Improvement: Pat Slattery; Membership: Doug Urban. The Wood Area Holstein Breeders hosted the 26th annual Purple Ribbon Classic heifer sale this year on March 22. We had an awesome sale this year with an average of $2,336 on 45 live lots. The sale topper was Bella-View Braxton Allure consigned by Lynn and Sara Harbaugh, who went on to place second in the summer yearling class at the Midwest National Spring Show for her new owner Kayla Krueger. A special thanks to Dorshorst trucking, Marathon Feeds, Randy Seidl, Randy Schiferl, and Jack and Karen Vanderwerff for donating supplies for the sale. We would also like to thank the Wood Area juniors who do a great job washing and keeping all of the animals clean and fed. The Wood Area Holstein Picnic will be held Saturday, August 16 at Foggy Valley Farm - the Offer Family, 1768 Range Line Road Auburndale. Judging starts at 11 a.m. and potluck at noon. The picnic is being held jointly with the state Ayrshire picnic.

Tiffany Langteau Memorial Calf Grant

The Wisconsin District 4 Holstein Association is offering a $1000 Scholarship to an individual that has completed at least one semester of secondary education and living in the district, including Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor or Wood counties. The Scholarship is awarded through the Tiffany Langteau Memorial. Funds have been raised by selling embryos at the Central Wisconsin Summer Event and the Marathon County Holstein Association Sale. Tiffany was a very engaged member of the District 4 Holstein Association. She had a deep love for dairy cattle and a great enthusiasm for showing. She could recognize the beauty of any good Holstein. She was entering her senior year at UW-River Falls where she was majoring in Dairy Science and planned on pursuing a career within the dairy industry where she could work closely with good dairy cattle. She had internships at the Red and White Holstein Association and at ABS Global. She was very involved in the UWRiver Falls Dairy Club, 4-H and FFA. Her goal was to be a classifier. Tiffany was lost way too early. In her name, a Scholarship has been established to help young people in the district help pay their way through college. For information regarding the scholarship contact Patty Edelburg, 715-570-1526 or Scholarship applications are due September 15.

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Hoops and Holsteins: UW-Madison Student Savors Some Big Wins By Adam Hinterthuer Like many University of Wisconsin students, Jordan Ebert found himself in Dallas this March, cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers for their Final Four matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats, adding to a list of memorable moments in his young undergraduate career. A sophomore pursuing a degree in dairy sciences, Ebert had already had two experiences his first year on campus that, he says, will stay with him for the rest of his life. The first is one that will linger for any Badger fan. With only 2.4 seconds left in the game, Badgers’ guard, Ben Brust sprinted across the basketball court, snagged a pass out of the air, took one dribble and launched a half-court shot that fell through the net, sending their game with the third-ranked Michigan Wolverines to overtime. The Kohl Center erupted, the Badgers went on to win and hundreds of ecstatic students stormed the court. Ebert watched from some of the best seats in the house, since student managers for UW athletics get to sit right behind the player’s bench. “I called my Dad later that day,” he remembers, “and said ‘They’re going to be talking about this one for a long time and I’ll be able to say that I was right there.’” Ebert’s second memorable moment also involved a competition steeped in Wisconsin tradition. The glow of three spotlights circled the arena floor of the Alliant Energy Center as an announcer intoned over the loudspeaker, “the 2012 World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion of the Junior Show… is Siemers Goldwyn Goldie, the Holstein exhibited by Jordan and Whitney Ebert of Algoma, Wisconsin!” The lights converged on Jordan holding the halter of a huge heifer amid the wave of audience applause. It’s not been a bad start for someone who had almost no expectations for college. “Neither of my parents went to college and nobody in my family really got secondary schooling like this. So I came in with very little knowledge about college and because of that, very few expectations. I was just kind of thrown into it and thought, ‘Well, here we go,’” he says. If college leads to eventually taking over the family business, Ebert will become a seventh generation dairy farmer. It’s a legacy he’s proud of, and he believes his dairy science degree will help him become a farmer who can keep it going. Randy Ebert, Jordan’s dad, currently oversees Ebert Enterprises, a dairy operation of nearly 3,000 cows in Algoma. But, as Randy once commented in an article in Agri-View magazine, “It’s hard to involve kids in the farm when it gets to this size.” Jordan headed to Madison in part to get more hands-on dairy apprenticeship. With classes focused on things like dairy management, nutrition and reproduction, Ebert says he’s slowly learning how a big dairy is run – and why it takes a team of not just farmers, but nutritionists, veterinarians and extension agents. “There’s so many aspects to cover and things to know,” he says. “I didn’t realize [that] this isn’t just all everyday farmers trying something out and then saying ‘Oh, hey, that worked,’” Ebert says. “There’s also a lot of science behind it that they try to get out to the farmers of Wisconsin and [both groups] give and take with each other.” While the table certainly looks set for Ebert to one day take the reins from his father, there is a second calling that he can’t shake.

Ebert’s been playing basketball, as he puts it, “since I was little, on.” At five foot, six inches, though, the game didn’t come easy to him. He prided himself of being knowledgeable about the game and having impeccable fundamentals, a style of play that drew him to the Badgers. “It’s true basketball,” he says, and it’s something he knows will continue to be part of his life. “Jordan has one of the best work ethics I have seen in my time here,” Algoma high school’s varsity basketball coach, Bob Graf, said via e-mail, adding that Ebert has stayed involved, helping coach summer league basketball and some skills camps. “Jordan’s ability to teach and communicate makes him a very effective coach. He could absolutely be successful in coaching.” Graf writes. “I’ve always dreamed of college coaching,” Ebert says. But he’s not sure if it will ever be his “real” job. “That’s another level beyond, but it’s always in the back of my mind. What if there was an opportunity that presented itself ?” Right now, Ebert’s having his cake and eating it, too. Coming to the University of Wisconsin has allowed him to work with one of the best college basketball teams in the country while also studying in one of the nation’s best dairy science programs. His only mandate from home is to pursue every opportunity. “By no means is my dad pressuring me to come back to the farm,” Ebert says. “The pressure is more for me to explore and try different things. The farm is always going to be there.” Surprisingly, that’s a sentiment that Ebert has heard in his major department. “Jordan is someone who took the advice we give to new students to get out and get involved,” says Ted Halbach, a dairy management instructor in the department of dairy sciences. “So much of a student’s education happens outside of the classroom, and I'm sure he would agree that besides the fun he had as a team manager, his experience in the role garnered life skills he can use as a dairy farm manager or any career path he may choose to pursue.” Ebert has taken these messages from both how and school to heart – most recently making the trip to Dallas for the Final Four. And, when Traevon Jackson’s desperation shot failed to fall, leaving the Wisconsin Badgers stuck on the doorstep of the national title game, Ebert was disappointed, but able to truly enjoy the remaining games, a mindset he credits to his work with both basketball and bovines. “The two things teach life skills,” he says. “You never get too high and you never get too low. I think that’s a big thing in sports, and it’s a big thing in life, and I think it can be a big thing in my future with farming.”

Did you miss your opportunity to order from the WHA online store this spring? Don’t worry... it will be open again in mid-August for orders prior to World Dairy Expo. Watch the WHA website & Facebook page for news when the store is open after the Wisconsin State Fair. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

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Wisconsin’s 2014 Herds of Excellence Brattleboro, VT: Holstein Association USA is pleased to honor five U.S. Registered Holstein breeders as 2014 Herd of Excellence award recipients. The Herd of Excellence designation was introduced in 2008 to honor dairymen who have bred and managed Holstein cattle that consistently perform at the highest levels. To be named a Herd of Excellence, herds must be 25 percent above breed average Mature Equivalent (ME) for milk, fat and protein; have classified within the last year and have an actual average classification score of 83 points or higher; have at least 70 percent of the herd homebred; and be enrolled in the Association's TriStar production records program. This year’s honorees include: Jeffrey & Kate Hendrickson, Jeffrey-Way Holsteins, Belleville, Wis.; Thomas J. Kestell, Ever-GreenView Farms, Waldo, Wis.; Steve & Amanda Killian, Dirt-Road Holsteins, Blair, Wis.; Larry Lexvold, Lexvold Holsteins, Goodhue, Minn.; and Scott & Doug Long, Long-Haven Farms, Clayton, Mich.

they not known her GTPI. The farm takes advantage of Holstein COMPLETE, they classify at least every seven months, and register their animals using EASY ID. They have also recently started ordering RFID tags for use on all of the animals in their herd.

Ever-Green View Farm Thomas J. Kestell, Waldo **4-Year Honoree**

73.7% Homebred Average Classification Score: 83.8 ME Averages: 36,256M 1,442F 1,099P

Jeffrey-Way Holsteins Jeffrey and Kate Hendrickson, Belleville **4-Year Honoree** 96.9% Homebred Average Classification Score: 86.5 ME Averages: 33,854M 1,243F 1,054P

Jen, Chris, Gin & Tom Kestell

Jeff & Kate Hendrickson Jeffrey and Kate milk 90 Registered Holsteins just outside of Belleville, Wis. They house 60 cows in a tiestall barn, while the others are housed in a freestall and rotated into the tiestalls for milking twice a day. They started farming on their own in 1986, then moved to their current location in 1991. They have raised five children on the two farms in Wisconsin. Inwood Farm in Argyle, Wis., gave Jeffrey his start in the Registered Holstein business, working as their herd-manager. In 1983, Inwood Farm held a dispersal sale, and here, Jeffrey bought Inwood Taffy Apollo. Today, over 90 percent of the Jeffrey-Way herd can be traced back to this cow. Apollo’s great-great-granddaughter, JeffreyWay Mascot Tina-ET 3E-91 GMD DOM, was the cow to kick-start the marketing program at Jeffrey-Way, with 22 sons sold to AI companies and over 100 embryos sold. Hendrickson’s sire choices have always focused on type. Jeffrey says, “if you have good feed, they will milk for you,” therefore production traits are not the focus of his breeding program. He looks for high TPI bulls, and breeds with the goal of having the offspring score Excellent as a mature cow. He currently has a total of 116 cows carrying the Jeffrey-Way prefix with an Excellent classification score. Right now, a few of Jeffrey’s choice bulls include Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET, MS Atlees Sht Aftershock-ET, Lirr Drew Dempsey, and Domicole Chelios-ET along with a few of the top genomic young sires. The Hendricksons genomic test select animals in their herd, including flush cows, and a few other hand-picked animals. Jeffrey describes his use of genomic information as “another tool in the tool belt.” High genomic results on a heifer may convince the Hendrickson family to breed her to a higher quality bull, than they would have, had 36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Tom Kestell has been working with Registered Holsteins his entire life. He began farming on his own after he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He chose to milk Registered Holsteins for their marketability and accuracy in parentage verification. The Kestell family is now milking 100 Registered Holsteins, in a tiestall barn, three times a day. Tom and his wife, Gin, have two sons, Joel and Chris. Chris and his wife, Jen, work with Tom and Gin day-to-day on the farm. The Kestell herd has been recognized as a Progressive Genetics Herd for the past 22 years. In their breeding program, Ever-Green View Farm places an emphasis on a strong pedigree, solid components, and good production for multiple generations. Ever-Green-View Elsie-ET 2E-92 GMD DOM has had a large impact on the herd. Tom has been working with this cow family for almost 30 years, with several notable animals tracing back to Elsie. Including a granddaughter, Ever-GreenView My 1326-ET, who is the current national milk production record holder at 60,950 pounds of milk in 305 days, and a great-grandson, Flevo Genetics Snowman-ET, who was the number one TPI international bull in 2011. Every animal born on the Ever-Green View farm is genomic tested. Tom was an early adopter of genomic testing, and he has been increasing the number of animals tested in his herd over the years. While genomic results are not the final deciding factor, they are used as a tool for marketing, or choosing a bull to breed a heifer to, by selecting a bull to improve traits that heifer has the lowest numbers in. Citing “good feed, good help, and taking good care of the cows,” Tom is excited to share that production has recently reached an all-time high for the herd. At this point, his goal is to maintain the level of production they have been able to achieve. Tom advises, “Set goals, make them realistic, and have a laser focus on them. Have a reason to accomplish the goals and stay on that trail. Don’t jump around, have a path and stick to it.”

Dirt-Road Holsteins Steve and Amanda Killian, Blair **4-year Honoree**

93.1% Homebred Average Classification Score: 84.0 ME Averages: 33,179M 1,354F 1,106P “I always loved having the ability to be with the kids on the farm, it is fun to see the kids’ interest. The fun of registered cows is knowing family lines and seeing kids know the cow families and ask ‘Who will we breed this one to?’” explains Amanda Killian. Her and her husband, Steve, operate Dirt-Road Holsteins, along with their five

2014 WI Championship Show Iowa County Fairgrounds, Mineral Point July 12-16 Show Chairs: Mark Gilbertson (608) 574-8107 and Angela Davis-Brown (608) 574-7756 or (608) 935-3814

Schedule of Events Friday, July 11 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Grounds open for bed down only

Saturday, July 12 8:00 a.m.

Grounds open for bed down and cattle arrival

Sunday, July 13 Back row: Christian & Sam Front row: Bo, Steve, Amanda, Jack & Olivia children, and a hired milker, Sloan. The Killians are currently milking 80 cows, half of which are Registered Holsteins. The herd is milked twice a day in a tiestall barn, and put out on pasture at least eight hours a day, when the weather permits. Steve and Amanda started farming together in 2000; they started with “a vision of breeding quality, registered cows, and had a goal of marketing their genetics,” says Amanda. In 2004, they took a chance on purchasing a late lactation, open cow, Castleholm T Carlo-ET. She was sired by Olmo Prelude Tugolo and backed by several generations of Very Good and Excellent cows. When they got her home, they flushed her to Braedale Goldwyn, a decision that would shape their herd’s future. Carlo went on to classify 4E-91, receiving her fourth Excellent score at 12-years of age, and Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit recognition at nine years-old. Today, a large part of the herd can be traced back to Carlo. A prominent daughter from Carlo’s first flush to Goldwyn is Dirt-Road Goldwyn Cami-ET. Cami classified VG-86 and had a lactation record over 32,000 pounds of milk as a two-year-old, with a GTPI of +1977. The Killian family has exported more than 100 embryos from Cami, and sold sons from her into AI. Cami currently has 34 registered offspring, many of which have classified Good or Very Good as twoyear-olds. A granddaughter of Cami’s, Dirt-Road GRD CleopatraET, recently became the sixth highest GTPI cow of the breed. The breeding program at Dirt-Road Holsteins focuses on type and components. They are using many of the top genomic sires, including De-Su 521 Bookem-ET, Clear-Echo Lexor Racer, and Morningview Mcc Kingboy-ET. The top cows in the herd are flushed, while the others are recipients, and every animal born on the Killian’s farm is genomic tested. They also participate in Holstein COMPLETE, classify every seven months and register using EASY ID and the Holstein Tag ID program. The farm has been recognized in the Holstein Association USA Progressive Breeders’ Registry and as a Progressive Genetics Herd every year since 2011.

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Monday, July 14 8:30 a.m.

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Hotel Information Mineral Point Lodging: Redwood Motel - 608-987-6500 Quality Inn - 608-987-4747 Dairyland Hotel - 608-987-3141 There are also Bed and Breakfasts in the Mineral Point area. More information on B&Bs in the area can be found at

Dodgeville Hotels - 10-15 minute drive from the fairgrounds Best Western Quiet House and Suites - 608-935-7739 House on the Rock Inn - 608-935-3711 Super 8 - 608-935-3888 Pine Ridge Motel - 608-935-3386 Belmont Hotel - 10-15 minute drive from the fairgrounds Belmont Inn and Suites - 608-762-6900 Camping available at fairgrounds to the west of the beef barn and on the infield of the track for $25.00/night, payable to the Iowa County Holstein Breeders.

Welcome to Mineral Point!

Directions to the Iowa County Fairgrounds - 900 Fair St., Mineral Point, WI 53565 From Hwy. 151: Take exit 37 toward County Hwy. O/Business US 151/Mineral Point. Turn right onto Ridge St., take the 3rd left onto Fair St. (by Kwik Trip), fairgrounds entrance just past cemetery. From Hwy. 39: Hwy. 39 turns into Fountain St. in Mineral Point. Turn right on Ridge St. then right onto Fair St. (by Kwik Trip), fairgrounds entrance just past cemetery.

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2014 Wisconsin Top Performer Application Form Name of animal: ______________________________________ Reg. # _____________________ Owner: _____________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________ Telephone _________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Final Score ______________ Age at Classification ______________ BAA of Animal ____________ Lactation Number When Classified ____________

Months in Milk when Classified ___________

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

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

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

Production records completed from January 1 to December 31, 2014. Limit of 5 applications per age division and postmarked by Friday, January 9, 2015. All production records should be 305 days or less. Cow must be classified at least GP if a 2 year old or VG if 3 year old or older. Classification should be from the lactation being submitted for award. You may also submit a pedigree for classification verification if needed. For permanently scored cows, the permanent score will be used. Cows must be housed in Wisconsin for the entire lactation to receive recognition. This contest is for Wisconsin Holstein Association members. All records will be entered on a TRUE PROTEIN BASIS. *2 & 3 year olds use 20 for the multiplier; all older animals use 25 as the multiplier to obtain ranking points.

Materials to be submitted with the application form for eligibility:

1. 2. 3.

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

Send entries to: WI Holstein Assn., 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 or fax 608-356-6312 or email 38â&#x20AC;&#x201C;wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

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Youth Win District 6 Holstein Futurity

At left, Kayla Krueger, Wisconsin Holstein Princess and Duane Ekern are presenting Rock-N-Hill-II Atwoo Crisco and her owner, Rachel McCullough, Juda, with awards for their first place win in the recent District 6 Holstein Futurity. Ekern represented Badgerland Financial as the sponsor of the first place prize of $500. Second place was Golden-Oaks Ashock Rebel-ET owned by Kelsey Cramer, also of Juda. Chris Gransee of Chris Gransee Hoof Trimming, Evansville, sponsored and presented the $250 second place prize. The following also participated in the event: 3rd: Heritage-E Debbie’s Dixie-ET exhibited by Troy, Josh, Joey, & Felicia Opsal 4th: Ms Duckett Jeeves Great-ET exhibited by Megan & Zane Breuch 5th: Opsal Aspen Charity-ET exhibited by Troy, Josh, Joey, & Felicia Opsal 6th: Bell-Air Baltimor Gadget exhibited by Dan Ziegler

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REgISTERED HOlSTEINS & BROWN SWISS Breeding age bulls, heifers, calves and young cows available - we sell only from our best lines. Call Dwight’s cell: 262-224-6838 40–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2014

Cow Camp 2014 The 2014 Cow Camp was held on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4, at the Sugar Creek Bible Camp in Ferryville, Wis. Almost 100 youth attended the two-day event, which featured a variety of workshops focusing on Wisconsin Holstein programs, general cow health, and dairy knowledge and trivia. Camp kicked off on Saturday, May 3, with games and getting to know members of the WHA Junior Activities Committee. The afternoon activities following introductions included several sessions put on by the JAC members and industry experts. Pink Team At Dr. Matt Dorshorst’s station, we learned all about cow parts and actually got to touch them. We learned about cleft palets and how cows have them just like humans. It can only be changed in humans, not cows. When the lungs change color, the cow typically has pneumonia. The tongue is only attached to one place and all other muscles are attached on two different places. We learned that when cows are born with twins they are typically born in separate uterine horns. You can check pregnancy and if the calf is either male or female in about 60 days to be accurate. Yellow Team A few things we learned about in the photo station were how to make different noises, position the cow and how to prep them as well. The best noisemaking prop we thought was her clucking chicken. It really got the cows attention and brought her ears forward. As for positioning the cows a lot of us learned how to move the front feet and also hold the tail. The hardest part was holding the head. We also learned that to prep the cow is similar or the same as showing. Thank you, Kathy, for doing the demonstration. Green Team We had a guest speaker, Kevin, a local farmer. We learned about what to feed and how to feed a calf. He told us about different types of milk replacer. He also talked about how to wean a calf off of milk. Then he talked about heifers-when to breed, feed and what to feed them. Thank you, Kevin Teal Team At the tie dye station everybody customized their own t-shirts. The colors that we chose from were red, yellow and blue. We had many different techniques such as the spiral, accordian, stripes, spots and bulls-eye. Kristin Klossner and Morgan Behnke were the experts and we are so happy they could make cow camp even more fun! Lime Green Team We learned from Jessica Pralle about what’s in a show box and how to care for your show calf. In a show box you need clipping supplies, show halters, feeding and watering buckets, extension cords, fly spray, clear and black magic. There also are washing supplies and brushes. Jessica told us about breaking your calf to lead; it should be done a couple of weeks before the show. Thank you Jessica Pralle for teaching us about what's in a show box and calf care. Orange Team We were the orange group. We went to the farm safety stations where JAC’s Rachel and Charlie gave us tips on how to be safe around the farm. We learned to stay away from chemicals, not to wear jewelry when we're in the barn and to be careful around a PTO shaft. We sang a farm safety song too! It was one of our favorite stations! Purple Team On Saturday afternoon at Cow Camp we got the chance to visit with Andy and Crystal and learn about showmanship. They taught us the new rules, how to position our heifer’s feet, how to answer questions, and what to wear. We also got the chance to be the judge! We really liked seeing showmanship from a different point of view, given by people we really look up to. It was also really cool to pet and hang out with the calves afterwards! Thanks, Andy and Crystal! Navy Team In the first aid station we learned CPR and how to make a first aid kit. We also learned what to do when someone gets hurt. They also had candy and helped us build a first aid kit. The camp concluded with the famous ag olympics and group photos. The Association would like to thank our industry experts Matt & Molly Dorshorst, Kathy DeBruin, and Kevin Larson, as well as our event sponsors Badgerland Financial, Animart, and AlphaGenetics for their support. Another successful Cow Camp is in the books with one of the largest turnouts ever. Next year’s camp will be located on the northeast side of the state. For more photos from this year’s camp, visit our Facebook page at

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Championship Show Junior Events WI State Championship Show Iowa County Fairgrounds, Mineral Point • Monday, July 14 Monday, July 14 8:30 a.m. Registration for the Junior Judging contest 9:00 a.m. Junior Judging contest begins. Reasons will be optional again this year for Seniors. *Big Bale Roll to follow the contest 2:00 p.m. Heifer Show begins 7:00 p.m. Showmanship contest for eligible Junior and Senior contestants. Juniors that placed in the top 3 at their District Show are eligible to compete.

Taste of WI State Fair – Junior Events in Coliseum

Join us for the first ever Taste of WI State Fair in the coliseum on Wednesday, July 30 from 1-3 pm. Junior Dairy exhibitors will receive coupon books from WI State Fair vendors, receive their State Fair T-Shirts and Raffle Tickets while playing fun and interactive games. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet fellow dairy exhibitors and build lasting friendships for years to come. The Wisconsin Holstein Association teamed up with the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board in order to make this fun event happen. Bring all your counties exhibitors for the fun! We hope to see you there!

2014 WHY Friend Award

Tuesday, July 15 9:00 a.m. Cow Show begins

Junior Judging and Classification Contest

The Junior Activities Committee will be holding their annual Judging and Classification contest for youth under the age of 21 at the Wisconsin State Championship Show, Monday July 14 in Mineral Point. Show us your judging skills and take home top honors this summer! We will accept late entries if you missed the initial entry deadline the end of June but please let us know as soon as possible!

Registration: 8:30 a.m. Start time: 9:00 a.m.

Juniors, have you been thinking about a special adult that has helped you throughout your junior years? The WHY Friend award is given each year at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention to two individuals, the categories including; 5 years and under and 6 years and over. Juniors, to get your leaders or other individuals that have impacted your junior Holstein group to be recognized as an outstanding leader, all you have to do is submit an application by November 15, 2014. This is an award that can be thought about through the summer as you continue with showing and summer activities.

Junior Award Forms

Age divisions, as of January 1, 2014: - Junior (14 and under) and - Senior (15 and over) Cost: $4 per individual/$12 per team of four. If you missed the registration deadline, we will still take late entries.

Wisconsin Holstein Junior T-Shirts – Now Available!

Congratulations to Clarissa Ulness who had the winning idea in our junior t-shirt contest this year! Summer Intern, Morgan Behnke, designed these shirts off of Clarissa’s idea submitted to WHA. All active juniors may pick up their free t-shirt at our upcoming events. We will have shirts with us at State Show and Junior State fair or you may stop by the office to pick up a shirt. One shirt per junior member of WHA will be given out. A huge thank you to our sponsor AlphaGenetics who made this project possible! Make sure to thank them when you see a representative of Alpha Genetics.

front of t-shirt

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All 2014 Junior Award Forms are available online for download under the Awards/Juniors area of our website. A hard copy can be obtained by calling the office at 800.223.4269. Some of the awards forms are in editable PDF format and you will also notice a new look and parameters to the DJM, YDJM and 12 & Under award forms. Deadlines for the 12 & Under, YDJM and DJM award forms is September 15 this year. Please take note that the Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Junior Long Range Production, Junior Progressive Breeder, Junior Trip, WHY Friend, and Royalty application deadlines are all due on November 15. There are two main deadlines this year to help everyone remember registration dates for the upcoming Junior Convention.

Calendar of Events July 14 Junior Judging Contest, Mineral Point, 8:30 a.m. Registration 14 Tug of War contest at State Show, following the judging contest 14 State Showmanship Contest, Mineral Point, 7 p.m. 14-15 WI Championship Show, Mineral Point 27 Wisconsin State Holstein Picnic, Budjon Farms, Lomira 30 Taste of State Fair, Wisconsin State Fair Grounds August July 31-August 2 WI Junior State Fair Breed Shows and Showmanship contest 9 WHA Futurity 10 Wisconsin State Fair Open Holstein Show, WI State Fair Grounds, West Allis September 15 12 & Under, YDJM and DJM award deadlines October Sept. 30-Oct. 4 World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison November 15 Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Junior Long Range Production, Junior Progressive Breeder, Junior Trip, WHY Friend, and Royalty application deadlines January 2-4 2015 Junior Holstein Convention


2014 Junior Raffle A Registered Holstein calf has been donated by Siemers Holsteins, Newton. A special thank you to the Siemers family for their generous donation to the juniors! Tickets were mailed the middle of June to all Junior advisors to disperse to their county members. Thank you to our additional donors: UW Men’s Hockey Tickets (set of two) – WHA Kuhn Knight – Gift Certificate Mary Kay - Gift Basket UW-Platteville Dairy Club - Gift Basket WI State Farmer – Gift Accelerated Genetics - Semen Certificate Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin – $25 Culvers Gift Card ABS Global – Gift CRV – Gift Holstein World – Apparel Country Today – Subscription Animart - Holstein washing kit Nasco – Show supplies

EC/Select Sires - Semen Certificate Cattle Connection – Vest Badger Dairy Club – Badger Gift Basket International Protein Sires – Semen Certificate Semex – Gift World Dairy Expo – Gift Basket Agri-View – 1 Year Subscription and 25 word classified ad Wisconsin Holstein Publications – WHP Advertising Certificate Taurus - 5 units of All About It Hoard’s Dairyman - Hoard’s Dairyman Educational Package Boumatic – Duffle Bag Berres Brothers – Coffee Gift Basket Additional Cheese & Chocolate Baskets

Visit the WHA website for more information -

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

It’s been a busy summer already with nine great District Shows having been completed. And things aren’t going to slow down anytime soon. Plans are being finalized for the Championship Show coming up on July 14 & 15. I hope you’ll take a day or two and join us in Mineral Point. After seeing the quality brought out to the District Shows, it looks to be another great state show again this year. Budjon Farms and St. Jacobs are making final plans for the WHA State Picnic on July 27. There is a full schedule of events on page 3 of this issue. They’ve made plans for a full weekend trip if you’re headed to the International Intrigue sale at Milksource starting on Thursday with the start of the Budjon Tag Sale and St. Jacobs daughter display. Mark your calendars to visit Budjon on July 27 to see some great cattle and enjoy some Holstein fellowship. Thanks to all the Red & White breeders that advertised in this issue. We are sending extra copies to the National Red & White Convention being hosted by Wisconsin in Elkorn. If you’re a RWDCA member who’s picked up our magazine - thank you. If you’d like to become a monthly subscriber, visit our website at or call the office at 1-800-223-4269. We will begin work soon on a new membership directory that will be published this fall. Please give us a call or email by October 1 to update your contact information including cell phone and email so that our directory is as accurate as possible. Also, if you do not want your information printed in the directory, please contact us as well. Just a reminder that since this is the only summer issue, we’ll have a break before the September issue hits your mailbox. In the meantime, start thinking about how you’d like to promote your Registered Holsteins this fall and what I can do to help. Give me a call and I can help set up an ad for any of our upcoming issues. Until next time...




July 2014 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 2 Monroe County Twilight Meeting, 7:30 p.m.; hosted by Coulee Crest Farm, Kurt & Scot Peterson, 28752 Navajo Rd., Cashton 10 Central Wisconsin Summer Event, hosted by Twin-B Dairy, managed by District 4 Holstein Breeders 12 Richland County Fitting Clinic, Richland County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 14-15 Wisconsin Championship Show, Mineral Point, hosted by Iowa County, heifer show on Monday at 2 p.m.; cow show starts Tuesday at 9 a.m. 22-26 50th Anniversary National Red & White Convention, Elkhorn 25 50th Anniversary National Red & White Convention Sale, Elkhorn 26 2014 International Intrigue Sale, hosted by Milksource Genetics, Kaukauna; managed by Butler-Fellers Auctions 27 WHA Picnic, hosted by Budjon Farms with St. Jacobs ABC, Lomira 30 Pierce/Pepin County Twilight Meeting, Al & Tom Knegendorf Farm, 7:00 p.m. August 2014 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties July 31-Aug. 10 Wisconsin State Fair, West Allis 9 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity, West Allis, 5:30 p.m. 16 Wood Area Holstein Picnic, Foggy Valley Farm, The Offer Family, 1768 Range Line Road, Auburndale, 11:00 a.m. September 2014 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington & Waukesha counties 5 Manitowoc County Twilight Meeting, hosted by Meadow Brook Dairy Farm, Pete & Shellie Kappelman Family, Manitowoc 15 DEADLINE for 12 & Under, YDJM & DJM applications 23 Fond du Lac County Classic, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac October 2014 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties Sept. 30 - Oct. 4 World Dairy Expo, Madison November 2014 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 15 DEADLINE for Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Junior Long Range Production, Junior Progressive Breeder, Junior Trip, WHY Friend, and Royalty applications 2015 January 2-4

WI Junior Holstein Convention, Holiday Inn, Fond du Lac, WI, hosted by Dodge County February 20-21 Adult Holstein Convention, Riverview Hotel and Suites, 100 Spring Street, River Falls, WI, hosted by Pierce County March 27 Quest for Success II at Bella-View Holsteins, hosted by BellaView & Ryan-Vu, Marion May 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac June 11 The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale June 27 - 30 2015 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 April-Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bricco’s Cow Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Budjon Farms/WHA Picnic . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Dream Team Dispersal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Harmony Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 ICAND Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC JAS-K Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Lang’s Twin Elm Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Langer Dairy Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Lyn-Vale Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Meadowbrook/Manitowoc Co. . . . . . . . . . 8 Merle Howard Agency/Paula Bovre . . . . 46 Merle Howard Agency/Steve Howard . . . 45 MilkSource Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Nor-Way-Pete Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Our Favorite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Rob-Cri Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Rosedale Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 35 & 45 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

Holstein Association Representatives

Selz-Pralle Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 St. Jacobs ABC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail:

Swaindale/Dane County . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

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:

Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

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Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 45 The Practice Veterinary Services . . . . . . . 40 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC

July/August 2014 Wisconsin Holstein News  

July/August 2014 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring Red & Whites, District 4 and Selz-Pralle Dairy breeder profile.

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