Volume 87 No. 7
Select Sires issue 125th Features: Cow Camp & Junior Trip Breeder Profile: Koepke Farms District 8 report
Willows-Edge At Caramel VG-86 1-10 2x 365 20,534 4.7 1012 3.4 710 Sire: Atwood Dam: Willows-Edge Aﬃrm Crayon EX-90 2E 5-08 2x 365 32,280 3.8 1232 3.5 1126 lifetime: 115,310 4.4 5029 3.5 4014 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Storm Creda-ET EX-91 2E 3-07 2x 364 29,930 5.4 1614 3.3 989
Caramel calved in March and had 116 lbs. on her last test.
Willows-Edge Awood Frasia
Sire: Atwood Dam: Willows-Edge AltaIota Famous VG-87 embryos sold to Japan 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Bolton Flicker EX-94 94-MS 5-01 2x 318 39,638 4.9 1962 2.9 1145 backed by 8 GMDs, first 3 dams EX-92
Frasia was fresh at 1-10 and had 78 lbs. on her first test. She was the 1st place Junior 2-Year-Old at the recent District 1 Show.
Willows-Edge Dur Marbles VG-87 88-MS at 2-07 Sire: Durham Dam: Willows-Edge Outside Miksey EX-91 8-04 2x 365 31,847 4.7 1491 2.7 878 lifetime: 2577d 224,890 3.8 8477 2.9 6490 ~ 3 maternal sisters by Durham, 2 at 94 & 1 at 92 2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Star Maiden EX-93 Reserve Junior All-American 5 Year Old
We will be classifying before the sale watch for updates! Wisconsin Holstein Anniversary Celebration Picnic & Willows Edge Tag Sale Sunday, August 2 • 11:00 a.m. ~ Join us for brunch, dairy judging, fun children events, music & special libations ~ Offering 60 lots of our best in the Willows Edge Tag Sale
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GTPI +2184 +3.76T +2.95UDC +2.63FLC 2-08 3x 155 14,326 4.3 614 3.0 435 inc. • #1 Type cow in the breed Sire: 7HO10506 ATWOOD Dam: Our-Favorite Obvious-ET EX-91 EX-MS 3-06 3x 365 39,340 4.0 1577 3.2 1270 2nd Dam: Our-Favorite Outburst-ET EX-93 3E GMD 4-03 3x 365 45,880 3.9 1807 3.1 1412 327,430 lft. 3rd Dam: Our-Favorite Conceited EX-92 2E GMD DOM 4-08 3x 365 44,330 3.7 1625 3.2 1430 237,770 lft. 4th Dam: Our-Favorite Morgan-ET EX-92 2E GMD DOM 5-03 3x 365 42,130 3.5 1468 3.1 1286 202,890 lft. 5th Dam: Our-Favorite Megan-ET VG-89 GMD DOM 5-10 3x 365 47,530 3.3 1557 2.9 1387 215,550 lft. 6th Dam: EDR V I Angie Melvina EX-93 3E GMD DOM 4-10 2x 365 35,203 2.9 1035 3.0 1047 154,462 lft. 7th Dam: EDR Astro Cap Angie EX-91 2E GMD DOM 9-00 3x 365 37,090 3.3 1223 2.8 1036 212,780 lft.
Looking for a great Type bull? 7HO12593 Our-Favorite UNION 142-ET GTPI +2351 +3.34T +2.93UDC +2.50FLC +464NM +4.6PL Doorman x Unlimited
Ask your Select Sires rep about Union today! e Melvina cow family has been the most dominant family in our herd. is family has produced a high percentage of cows scoring Excellent with high, wide rear udders and long-lasting cows with high lifetime totals.
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VOLUME 87 No. 7
Features: 9 16 28 34 44 48 56 60 61 64
Breeder Profile: Koepke Farms 50 Years of Select Sires Helping the Cattle Industry Reach New Heights Crisdhome Farm, Inc. Cow Families a key component to Select Sires success with Wisconsin Holstein breeders Summit Farms Voight Acres Registered Holsteins ART program succeeds at Mystic Valley Dairy 125th Anniversary Feature: Cow Camp 125th Anniversary Feature: Junior Trip Cows, Crowns & Kids
Departments: 6 8 9 11 63 66 67 68 69 70
WHA Annual Supporters Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Paula Bovre Sierra’s Holstein Scoop: WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey District 8 report WHY Page Breeder Business Cards Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers
On The Cover This month’s cover salutes Select Sires on their 50th Anniversary and features a few of Select’s legendary sires.
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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:
Paula Bovre, President (2016)* - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Dan Cnossen, Vice President (2017)* - 715-302-1327 N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Kent Wendorf, Secretary (2017)* - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 Todd Borgwardt, Exec. Committee (2016)* - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Chad Ryan, Exec. Committee (2017)* - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Craig Carncross (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Kevin Jorgensen (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Chris McCullough (2016)* - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Tracy Mitchell (2017)* - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Pam Selz-Pralle (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Marci Walker (2016)* - 608-432-3223 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION
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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Congratulations to Jonathan and Holly White, Edgar, who welcomed a daughter, Desirae Camilla on February 25. She weighed 6 lbs. 8 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Grandparents are: Ann and Jerry Nikolai, Athens; Steve and Dawn White, Athens. Great-grandparents: Sylvia and the late Richard Rindt, Palmyra; Andy and Stella Cardinal, Hugo, MN; Helen Nikolai, Unity; and the late Clarence and Nila Venzke. J Thank you to the Midwest Spring Show exhibitors that contributed to the fundraising effort for the Reese Burdette Fund. Contributions totaled $5755 and a Treasure Quest ticket was put in Reese’s name for the final drawing. 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 email@example.com.
Obituaries Carol Sachse
Carol Sachse (nee Melius), age 63, of West Bend, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday May 20, 2015. She was born on February 22, 1952 in Hartford, WI to Harry and Doris (nee Plan) Melius. She was raised in the Town of Polk and graduated from Slinger High School in 1970. Carol met Jim in West Bend, and they married on December 10, 1977 at Faith UCC. She was a retired Physical Education teacher. Carol coached various sports, volunteered at church and was a 4-H leader. She enjoyed participating at the Washington County Fair. Above all, Carol enjoyed spending time with her loving children and cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. Carol is survived by her loving husband Jim of 37 years; children, Christa (Todd) Wendorf and Michael (Melanie) Sachse; grandchildren, Landon and Mylie Wendorf; siblings, Marilyn Nadelhoffer, Rita Melius, Paul (Kathy) Melius, Laurie Stretz, James (Bev) Melius, and Mark (Barb) Melius; siblings-in-law, Peggy (Randy) Ruchti and Steve Sachse; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her parents; her parents-in-law, Carl and Rogine Sachse and brother-in-law Laird (Butch) Nadelhoffer. A special thanks to the E.R. and ICU staff at Community Memorial in Menomonee Falls and to friends and family for all their support during this difficult time.
Isla M. Dorshorst, 90 of Junction City died peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Isla was born on September 9, 1924 in Milladore, Wis., to Charles and Huldah (Darr) Jadack. She was united in marriage to Elwin H. Dorshorst on August 5, 1947 at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Elwin preceded her in death on December 5, 2003. Isla taught elementary school for 37 years. She received a 2-year teaching degree from the Wood County Normal School and then went on to receive her Bachelor and Masters of Education degrees from UWStevens Point. She began teaching at age 19 at Lone Elm school, a oneroom rural school house. She taught at various one-room schools, St. Philip’s Catholic School and completed her teaching career at Rudolph Elementary school. She was loved by her students. She also loved to cook. She had many recipe books and boxes of recipes - always trying new recipes. Isla also enjoyed gardening and was a devoted farm wife. But most of all, her family was her joy and love. 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Isla is survived by her two children Charles (Donna) Dorshorst of Junction City and Diane (Elmer) Neises of Mosinee. She is further survived by nine grandchildren Matt (Molly) Dorshorst of Junction City, Nathan (Melissa) Dorshorst of Lodi, John Dorshorst of Chicago, Ben Dorshorst of Christiansburg, VA, Anne (Chris) Stanton of Evansville, Bryant Neises of Holmen, Rebecca (Paul) Duquesnoy of Sheboygan, Reyna (Dave) Fritz of Mosinee, Erin Neises of Stevens Point and 13 greatgrandchildren - Emma, Sara, Wyatt, Claire, Braedon, Owen, Everett and Landon Dorshorst, Elsie and Jackson Stanton, Eden Duquesnoy, Nicole and Jack Fritz. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elwin and her sister Leta Hilgers.
Dena Denae Deibert (nee Noble) of Pewaukee, Wis., entered Heaven on Saturday, June 13, 2015 after a two year battle with cancer at the age of 40. Dena was born on July 18, 1974 in Lancaster, Wis., the daughter of Dennis and Rita (Kies) Noble. She was united in marriage on October 30, 1999 to Troy Deibert. Dena grew up on her family farm north of Platteville, Wis. She enjoyed showing Registered Holstein cattle at the local and state levels through 4-H and the Grant County Junior Holstein Association. Dena was a talented pianist and participated in many school activities. She attended the Platteville schools graduating in 1992. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1996 she received a degree in civil engineering and in 1997 received her master’s degree in construction management, both from UW-Madison. A highlight of her time in college was participating in ASCE on the concrete canoe team and co-organizing the national competition held at Madison. After college, Troy and Dena moved to the Milwaukee area, landing in Pewaukee, WI. Dena enjoyed working with her “second family” at The Boldt Company for 15 years before being diagnosed with brain cancer. She loved her job as a project manager and estimator and took great pride in the hospitals that she helped build. She taught Sunday School, was an adult leader for confirmation class and participated in bible study groups. She was most recently a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Pewaukee. She and Troy have two children, Elsa (14) and Sam (11). She enjoyed nothing more than being a mom and watching her children participate in sports, school music activities, and supporting them in their endeavors. Dena enjoyed working in her flower gardens, watching the birds and other wildlife in her backyard, watching Badger basketball, baking, and time spent traveling with Troy and their children. Dena is survived by her husband of 15 years, Troy Deibert; two children, Sam and Elsa, all of Pewaukee, Wis.; parents, Dennis and Rita (Kies) Noble of Lancaster, WI; sister, Robin (Mike) Betthauser of Caledonia, Wis.; brother, Troy (Jaime) Noble of Lancaster, Wis.; grandmother, Lucille Kies of Platteville, Wis.; mother-in-law, Grace Deibert of Elgin, Ill.; father-in-law, Larry (Kathy) Deibert of Portage, Wis.; brothersin-law, Todd (Meg) Deibert of Spring Green, Wis., and Jason (Kelley) Deibert of Franklin, Wis.; nieces, Paige Betthauser, Ainsley Noble, Macie Noble, Anna Deibert, Leah Deibert, Jillian Deibert, Adeline Deibert, and Emma Deibert; nephews, Jack Betthauser, Drew Noble, Isaac Deibert, and James Deibert. Dena was preceded in death by her grandmother, Maxine (Bevan) Noble and grandfathers, Warren Noble and Elton Kies. Dena was a kind, brilliant and faithful Child of God who will be dearly missed.
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Wisconsin Showcase Sale a Success
The Wisconsin Spring Showcase sale was held Sat., May 16, at the Great Northern Sales Arena in Fond du Lac, Wis. At the end of the day, 92 lots sold for an average of $3,667. The high seller of the day was Lot 13. Fustead Kboy LycorisET, a December 2014 Kingboy daughter with +2521 GTPI, sold for $12,800 and was purchased by L-L-M Dairy of Ringle, Wis. She was consigned by Brian and Wendy Fust of Wausau, Wis. Second high seller was Lot 1, Wargo-Acres A Majorette-Red-ET, a November 2013 Aikman*RC daughter and #13 Red female of the breed in April 2015, consigned by Wargo Acres of Lodi, Wis. Majorette sold for $10,200 to Regancrest Farms and John Hager of Waukon, Iowa. Rounding out the top three was Lot 3, selling for $8,200 to Sunnyside Dairy Farms of Valders, Wis. Webb-Vue McCutchen 6791ET, a VG-87 first-calf McCutchen, was consigned by Robert Webb of Plymouth, Wis. Other sale highlights included two consignments from Siemers Holsteins, Newton, WI. Siemers Dundee Goldchild-ET EX-93 sold for $8,000 to Jordyn Kamps of Belmont, Wis., and Siemers McCutch Hallaluh VG-85 GTPI +2231 sold for $7,000 to Jessica & Nicole Pralle of Humbird, Wis. The sale was sponsored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Tom Morris and David Rama shared auctioneer duties while Kevin Jorgensen provided the pedigree updates. Ringmen included Rick Bovre, Lynn Harbaugh, Jay Jauquet, Chris McCullough, Chad Ryan, Bob Sabo and Paul Trapp.
Welcome to These New Members Adult members: Paul Siemers, Kiel Amanda Smith, Fort Atkinson Brandon Klein, Lancaster Tyler Moore, Osceola Dennis Haakenson, Evansville Daniel Jarek, Orfordville
From your President Paula Bovre Greetings! We have just completed a very successful run of nine District Shows. Congratulations to all the winners! These shows would not be possible without all the time and effort put forth by the many show chairmen and their crew of volunteers. To all of you, we extend a huge THANK YOU! And, to all the sponsors who make these shows financially feasible, we express our sincere gratitude! We hope to see many of you at the Wisconsin Championship Show on July 10th and 11th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Our Championship Show is one of the best in the country and we are excited to be hosting this top-notch show in the new facilities at Madison. In the past, state show has moved around the state and been hosted by several different counties. We appreciate all the counties that have been wonderful hosts in the past and are extremely grateful for the many sponsors who have stepped forward to make the 2015 show in Madison possible. Be sure to mark August 2nd on your calendars and plan to attend the Wisconsin Holstein Association picnic at Willows Edge Holsteins in New Richmond. Henk & Bonnie are planning a fun filled day that will certainly be worth your time! Hope to see you there! The Wisconsin Holstein Futurity is scheduled for August 15th at the Wisconsin State Fair. If you are planning a trip to the fair, this would be a great time to see a beautiful display of Wisconsin Holsteins and the pageantry associated with the Futurity! With county fairs in full swing, good luck to all members who are exhibiting at these as well! Have a safe summer! Paula Bovre â€?Whatever you can do, or dream you can... begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.â€? - Goethe
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Koepke Farms Oconomowoc, WI by Sara Griswold, WHA Summer Intern
Jim, Dave, Colton (11), Kim, and Auggie (14) Koepke
perated by a family with a passion for raising cows with longevity and productivity, Koepke Farms, Inc. is located in Oconomowoc, Wis. Harvey and Ruth Koepke were the founders of Koepke Farms, established in 1936. Their three sons, Alan, Jim, and Dave became involved in the daily management of the farm. Today, Jim and Dave work together with Jim’s son John and John’s wife Kim. Jim is still active working with the crops, and Dave manages the dairy cattle. John and his wife, Kim, are the fifth generation of Koepkes to operate the farm. John helps Jim with the crops, makes decisions about feed inventory, and is in charge of employee hiring. Kim works with John to manage the farm finances and she assists with managing the family’s specialty cheese division of their business. Along with the family labor, the Koepke’s have 14 employees that help make their operation a success. Koepke Farms milks 290 Registered Holsteins three times a day, and a post-fresh group four times a day, with a herd average of about 30,000 pounds. The family does almost all of the cropping. They have a total of 1,080 acres of cropland with 305 acres of hay, 470 acres of corn, 225 acres of soybeans, and 80 acres of wheat. The family is proud to say that they still have animals that trace back to their first Registered Holstein, Mary Ormsby Admiral K B
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O P, born on December 27, 1950, and bred by Henry E. Krueger, from Hartland, Wis. Probably the most famous cow from Koepke Farms is Koepke K0017229-1660 or “Granny,” nicknamed by the Koepkes for living to the age of 20 years. She was a quiet, but legendary cow in their herd and holds the current record for producing the most milk in the United States. During her lifetime, Granny produced 458,609 pounds of milk. Granny’s legacy lives on at the farm where they have a number of her descendants, all of which are high producing cows. The farm last had a full classification in September 2014. The Koepkes were encouraged with their results of a 102% BAA. They have six Excellent cows, 20 Very Good, 114 Good Plus, and classified 251 total. Dave remarked, “My opinion of a good cow in our herd is a respectable score with the best potential to produce a lot of milk.” Dave continues to use a mix of proven and genomic bulls. Some of the popular proven bulls that he is using in the breeding program include Paradise, Day and Bookem. For genomic bulls he uses Jump, Gambler, Hotshot, and Insider. One of Dave’s favorite past sires was Carlin-M Ivanhoe Bell, which was “Granny’s” sire. He also liked Oman and used him to increase herd strength. The Koepke family has been publicly recognized with two prestigious awards for their long-term approach to proactively caring for their dairy cattle and their land resources. In 2011, the family received the World Dairy Expo Dairymen of the Year award. The same year they also received the Leopold Conservation Award that was presented by Sand County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. All 335 Holsteins are able to lay on sand bedding, which keeps them both comfortable and healthy throughout even the hottest months. While the majority of the animals are housed in various freestall barns, the cows have the opportunity to get outside. The dry cows have access to a pasture, weather permitting. All the cow and heifer groups are fed a TMR diet. They have three different milking cow rations and a dry cow ration. The heifer calves are kept in hutches until they are weaned and then moved into various transition pens around the farm. A unique aspect of what the Koepkes have done recently to add value to the farm is what lies beyond their farm. Five years ago, John and Kim Koepke developed an idea to expand their market and connect consumers with their dairy product. They decided to start making a specialty cheese product made only with Koepke Holstein milk. The family works with Clock Shadow Creamery, located in Milwaukee, to make their cheese named LaBelle. LaBelle cheese is a one-of-a-kind, custom recipe created by Clock Shadow Cheese owner and
cheesemaker Bob Wills. The creamy Gouda-style cheese is aged six to 12 months and made in 12 pound wheels. The cheese comes in six different flavors ranging from LaBelle Cracked Black Pepper to LaBelle Hickory Smoked that the family has helped to create. LaBelle is available for purchase in four to six ounce wedges in 40 retail stores throughout the southeast part of the state. Kim and the rest of the family hope that when consumers see the local farm name on the label they are able to build a connection and an identity with customers. Once a month 7,000 pounds of milk is taken to Clock Shadow Creamery to be made into 50 to 60 wheels of LaBelle cheese. Only about 1-2% of the total milk that Koepke Farms produces is used in cheese production. Even though this is a small percentage, LaBelle has room to grow and the cheese making story from farm-to-table is a great tool to educate the urban public. The Koepke family knows the future holds bright possibilities. John and Kim’s three sons are all very interested in the farm and the possibility of expanding the cheese business. Currently, the farm family owners are building their land base and looking at cattle housing facility improvements with the potential for expanding the herd through internal growth. The entire family agrees that the foundation for their success now and in the years to come starts with paying attention to the opportunities to further build a progressive Holstein herd, and to give every animal the highest possibility to reach its genetic potential for a long, healthy productive life.
LaBelle Cheese Flavors LaBelle Original Plain
Aged for 12 months, Koepke Family Farm’s signature Gouda-style semisoft cheese imparts a smooth, creamy texture with buttery and tangy flavors, and a hint of fruit at the finish. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color.
The brown seeds from the fenugreek plant creates unique, natural sweet and maple flavors that compliments the flavor profile of LaBelle cheese. Aged 6 to 12 months. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color, fenugreek seed.
LaBelle Green Olives
Chopped green olives and pimentos mixed throughout LaBelle wheels results in a savory and earthy-tasting cheese. Aged 6 to 12 months. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color, green olives, pimentos.
LaBelle Cracked Black Pepper
LaBelle flavored with the subtle, woody spice of cracked black pepper. Aged 6 to 12 months. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color, black pepper.
LaBelle Hickory Smoked
A local smokehouse transforms LaBelle into rich and creamy wheels when carefully smoked over natural hickory wood. Aged 6 to 12 months. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color, hickory wood-smoke.
LaBelle Hickory Smoked Bacon
The best worlds of local, small-batch natural hickory wood smoking and Milwaukee-sourced bacon come together to create this crowd-pleasing artisan cheese. Aged 6 to 12 months. Ingredients: pasteurized whole cow’s milk, salt, cheese cultures, (non-animal) rennet, annatto color, hickory wood-smoke, cooked bacon pieces (pork bellies cured with water, salt, sugar, smoke flavoring, sodium phosphate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite).
Sierra’s Holstein Scoop Hello Holstein enthusiasts! Time is flying by this summer as we make our way through the show season. This summer has seen our association very active as Cierra and I attended public events like Cows on the Concourse and multiple Breakfasts on the Farm in celebration of the Dairy Days of Summer. We have even had the opportunity to attend two minor league baseball games! A special “Thank You” to Milk Source Genetics LLC for sponsoring the Salute to Cows event at the Timber Rattlers game, where I had the privilege to represent the Wisconsin Holstein Association and throw out the first pitch. June was also a great month for viewing elite Holsteins from all across the state as Cierra and I attended the nine District Shows. I was honored to be sitting ringside as beautiful Holsteins paraded past me and I even had a few adventures during my travels as well! I am grateful to all of the good people who helped me out when my car broke down on my way to a show. Congratulations to all of the exhibitors and breeders for your success at the District Shows and we look forward to seeing you all at the Wisconsin Championship Show that will be held at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on July 10th and 11th.
Numerous upcoming events are taking place in August. The Wisconsin Holstein State Picnic will be hosted by Willows-Edge Holsteins in New Richmond, Wis., on August 2. There are also more opportunities for Wisconsin Holstein members to have a good time while exhibiting their cattle at the Wisconsin State Fair. Whether it is at the futurity, junior or open show, our membership has the opportunity to share their passion for Holsteins with friends and the public. I am excited for the chance to tell our story and express my love for the dairy industry while serving as a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Holstein Association. It is not too early to complete Junior Award forms for the upcoming convention. Forms can be found at the WI Holstein Association website and the first round is due September 15, 2015. Cierra and I look forward to being invited to your events! Remember to fill out a request form under the “Contact Us” page of the WI Holstein Association website to request our appearance. That’s the Scoop! Sierra Lurvey
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Oeh-My, it was a Premier Day at District 4! Highlights: Oeh-My Absolute Virtue-ET 2nd Jr., 1st Jr. B&O Winter Calf Ms Oeh-My Atwood Vieda-ET 1st, 1st B&O, 1st Jr. & 1st Jr. B&O Spring Yearling Oeh-My Absolute Vail-ET 1st & 1st B&O Winter Yearling HM Junior Champion Oeh-My Dempsey Angel-ET 2nd Fall Yearling Oeh-My Hero Ebony VG-87 4th Senior 2 Year Old Miss Guthrie Lacey EX-90 1st & BU Junior 3 Year Old Oeh-My Atwood Enso VG-87 1st, BU, B&O Senior 3 Year Old Intermediate Champion Oeh-My Braxton Elouise VG-86 2nd Senior 3 Year Old Kietz Sanchez Blondie EX-90 1st & BU 5 Year Old 1st Best Three Females Premier Exhibitor
Please Join Us! CLARK COUNTY TWILIGHT MEETING
Tuesday, July 21 at Oeh-My Farm 5:30 p.m. Have fun socializing, Judging Contest, meal, fun games, activities and awards for the Juniors A huge thank you to the members of “Team Oeh-My” for a fun and successful District 4 Holstein Show! Congratulations to all exhibitors and I am grateful to have such an incredible team of friends to share in the experience. “Many hands make light work” and I look forward to laughter, hard work and more fun times ahead with all of you!
7:00 p.m. - Program “Celebrating our Dairy Industry & Your Part in it” by Kim Bremmer Semen Auction to benefit the Clark County Juniors Judging Awards
Oeh-My Farm Craig, Christine, Chase & Willow Oehmichen
N14350 Badger Ave., Abbotsford, WI 54405 • Christy cell 715-316-1216 • firstname.lastname@example.org Prem. Exhibitor, District 4 ’13, ’14 & ’15 BAA: 111.2%
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Mission-Bell Bax Dictate-ET EX-91 5-00 365 35,000 4.2 1484 3.1 1119 3-09 365 32,062 4.2 1349 3.1 1089 ~ EX full sister at Sky Reach ~ Maternal brother, 7HO9961 DIENER at Select Sires ~ Sanchez daughter due in December ~ 7th generation EX
Dam: Mission-Bell B Iron Direct EX-93 3E GMD DOM (dam of Dictate) 255,141 lifetime to date 5 EX daughters to date Dam of Diener at Select Sires 2nd Dam: Mission-Bell Outside Dasher EX-93 2E GMD DOM 154,787 4.4%F lft. 6 EX daughters to date, including Dannon at right 3rd Dam: Mission-Bell Broker Dapple EX-92 4E GMD DOM 235,669 4.2%F 3.0%P lft. 4th Dam: Mission-Bell AstroJet Deborah EX-91 2E 218,727 3.9%F 3.0%P lft. 5th Dam: Mission-Bell Jetstar Dynasty EX-92 3E GMD DOM 239,662 3.6%F lft. 6th Dam: Mission-Bell Milu Dixie EX-94 6E GMD DOM 306,489 3.9%F 3.2%P lft. 7th Dam: Kleinhans Donna Star VG-86 GMD 169,000 lft.
Mission-Bell Gold Dannon-ET EX ~ 2 records over 32,000M ~ Very promising fresh Windhammer daughter ~ VG-87 full sister, 5 EX maternal sisters ~ 6th generation EX
n the spring of 1976 we purchased our foundation cow. Born in 1972, Donna was a strong front ended, wide muzzled cow with a local pedigree. Scored 82 points as a 3-year-old, she developed into a VG-86 GMD cow. She had six natural daughters from various sires, three becoming Gold Medal Dams. With aAa and other available tools and the inherent longevity of this family, the Dixie branch of the family has been a joy to work with. Every “Donna family calf ” born helps keep the excitement alive. Many members of the family including the two pictured will be available October 12 at the Great Northern Sales Arena.
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50 Years of Select Sires Helping the Cattle Industry Reach New Heights The following is a brief excerpt from the soon to be released Select Sires 50th Anniversary history book, authored by Kirk Sattazahn, Director of Marketing for Select Sire Power. Check out www.selectsires.com to find out how to get a copy.
connection to the individual member-owner. Ownership of sires was transferred to Select Sires but the bulls remained at their original cooperative with Select Sires organizing and contracting appropriate care for each of the animals. The Northern and Southern Illinois Breeding Associations eventually became the Illinois Breeding Co-op and Select Sires’ bulls were initially housed in Columbus, Ohio; Hampshire, Ill.; and Breese, Ill. By 1968, no sires were housed at KABA headquarters. Over the first two years, the Select Sires sire program owned 125 bulls of all breeds, dairy and beef. There were 67 registered Holstein sires and the cooperative was selling about 850,000 units of semen per year. Holstein sires made up 63 percent of unit sales. 1969 proved to be a key year for the federation as six new members (including Michigan Artificial Breeders Cooperative) joined and the sire program was greatly expanded. With a solid base of member cooperatives and people to guide the organization, it was time for Select Sires to plant roots of its own. On June 2, 1972 the company purchased property near Plain City, Ohio, providing ample land for administration offices and the housing of bulls as well as the production, processing, packaging, storage and shipping of semen. The new facility was ready for use on January 26, 1973 and was dedicated at a public open house on August 1, 1973. It is the sires and the people that have 7HO58 Road Oak Rag Apple ELEVATION made Select Sires the preferred provider of dairy and beef genetics across the world. The 1980s and 1990s ushered in some of the all-time greats to share the stalls at Select Sires, including 7HO1236 MANDINGO the first sire ever to produce one million units of semen; 7HO1897 BLACKSTARET; 7HO980 MARK; and 7HO543 BELL.
ust east of the Shenadoah River in northern Virginia, where the hills fold together in a never-ending cascade of trees and rolling fields lies a farm in a sleepy hamlet where the most influential sire in the history of bovine breeding was born. It was August 30, 1965 and 7HO58 Round Oak Rag Apple ELEVATION (EX-96-GM) entered the world without a hint of what his impact would be on the Holstein breed, on dairy families around the world and on a group of Artificial Insemination (A.I.) cooperatives that understood that working together would form a bond much stronger than working alone. Less than 400 miles to the west of where ELEVATION was born, stood a much larger city that would have been a stark contrast to the now rustic birthplace of the up-andcoming bull. Columbus, Ohio was an established American state capital where titans of industry would swing deals every day. A group of three gentlemen representing four mid-American A.I. cooperatives that wanted to incorporate in the state to form a new cooperative would have been considered so uneventful that it didn’t even make the A Business Model that Works The success and growth that Select business pages for that day. Sires has experienced through the years is Yet October 12, 1965, did see the birth often credited to the arrangement of member of Select Sires Inc. when Richard Kellogg, cooperatives that form the larger entity. The Robert McCormick and P.L. “Lee” Thorn7HO1236 Fisher-Place Mandingo-Twin member cooperatives maintain the grassroots bury put pen to paper on the Charter of was the first sire ever to produce and personal connection to the customer Incorporation. This started Select Sires on a one million units of semen with an intimate understanding in the road hopeful for success with no knowledge of the positive impact on the profitability of customers that the specific needs of the market being served. Member cooperatives have joined the federation throughout the 50-year history and member company would eventually come to realize. In October 1965, the founding documents represented a strong cooperatives have left and combined with other member desire to gain efficiencies and strength while still keeping a strong cooperatives during that same history. Currently, there are nine member cooperatives and following is a brief history of the two that serve Wisconsin producers.
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East Central/Select Sires The beginnings of East Central/Select Sires occurred in 1941 with the establishment of the East Central Breeders Association Cooperative (ECBAC). Based in Waupun, Wis., the cooperative began service with coverage of six counties in southern Wisconsin and partial coverage in four additional counties. Operations began in a rented farm in the city of Waupun. The first breeds were Holstein, Guernsey, and Angus, and Dr. E. H. Doudna was the first manager-inseminator, as at that time inseminators had to be veterinarians. The number of cows bred with ECBAC semen in the
fitted the rest of the Select Sires federation, including tail chalking and cow-monitoring systems. Today, East Central/Select Sires covers the southern 23 counties in Wisconsin with headquarters on the same property they built facilities on in 1951.
2014/2015 East Central/Select Sires Board of Directors, back row, left to right, Larry Voigts, Platteville; Rick Adams, Elkhorn; Steve Abel, president, Eden; and Jeff Hendrickson, Belleville. Front row, left to right, Dorothy Harms, Reedsburg; Jeff Buchholz, Westfield; and Randy Nigh, Viroqua. Harms and Voigts both represent East Central/Select Sires on the Select Sires Board of Directors. first year totaled 5,918. Five years later, this amount grew to 13,008 and Dr. Edwin R. Carlson was promoted from cattle breeding and laboratory work to general manager of ECBAC. Ten years after their establishment, ECBAC bred 47,311 cows and built a new bull barn and office building on the same property they’re located at today. In their 20th year, ECBAC bred more than 85,000 cows, and in 1965, Alton Dale Block was hired as general manager after Carlson’s unexpected death. Beginning in 1959 and continuing through the early 70s, ECBAC started a pilot project in the artificial insemination of swine, making them one of the early leaders in the swine A.I. industry. Through the research efforts of General Manager Dr. Wallace E. Erickson, frozen boar semen became a reality. His results allowed East Central to sell their swine technology and the cooperative’s lineup of genetically-superior boars to United Suppliers of Eldora, Iowa, in 1975. In 1976, Erickson announced his resignation to become manager of COBA/Select Sires, causing leaders within the cooperative to explore their best options for the cooperative’s future. In addition to finding new leadership, this charge also included finding avenues for adding additional bull power to the lineup available to East Central members. President of the board of ECBAC at the time, Clarence Boyke, made it clear that ELEVATION was the biggest driver in the desire of ECBAC to join the Select Sires family. The membership was anxious to expand the lineup of sires available beyond 35 sires and bull power was a real desire of the cooperative membership. After a couple of previous courtship attempts that were not fruitful, Dick Chichester invited East Central’s leadership to come to Ohio in early 1977. This led to East Central becoming a member cooperative of Select Sires. On May 1, 1977, East Central joined the Select Sires family, a truly historic day when 110 delegates voted and only three opposed to joining Select Sires. At this time, all the ECBAC bulls left for Ohio and the Waupun facilities were home to only young sires in waiting. Following the historic merger, William Thompson took over as general manager and, under his leadership, ECBAC continued business as a member cooperative of Select Sires. In 1984, ECBAC members voted to change the cooperative name to East Central/ Select Sires (EC/SS) and in 1991, during their 50th year, the EC/SS board of directors named Alan R. Deming as the new general manager. During the mid-90s, all remaining bulls at EC/SS were moved to Ohio and a warehouse was created at the Waupun facilities to hold an inventory of various cow-management products. In 2000, when Select Sires and Sire Power joined forces to form the largest A.I. organization in the United States, EC/SS was able to hire five new Sire Power employees and grow total annual unit sales. As the smallest geographic member of Select Sires, East Central runs their business in a way unique to other member cooperatives of the federation. The high density of cow population allows EC/SS to roll out new innovations fairly quickly and the cooperative has been a proving ground for new technologies and techniques that have bene-
NorthStar Cooperative Beginning in 1944 as a product of the Michigan Extension Service, the Michigan Artificial Breeders Cooperative (MABC) capitalized on interest in A.I. to begin local breeding associations that could benefit from centralized bull management. MABC joined the United Semen Exchange in 1965, allowing additional sires to be marketed to the membership. During his travels studying federations, Clint Meadows, Ph.D., had experienced many different A.I. cooperative structures and realized that Select Sires had a structure and goals that meshed with MABC. On June 23, 1968, MABC joined Select Sires, providing. MABC cost savings and efficiencies, helping to strengthen membership interest. Originally providing Select Sire genetics in Michigan, MABC’s service area expanded to include Indiana (1973), northeastern Wisconsin (1975) and northwestern Wisconsin (1977). In 1994 member-owners overwhelming supported a name change from MABC-Select Sires to NorthStar Cooperative which better reflected the cooperative’s range of services and geographic area. In 1996 NorthStar changed its ownership-structure to a stockbased cooperative and implemented strategic plans to explore additional opportunities. In 1997, Director of Ag Products and Technologies Gary Smith (named general manager in 2003) led a movement towards providing additional products. That same year MABC and Michigan DHI entered into a management agreement, in which MABC provided oversight of DHI testing services to Michigan dairy producers. Shortly after, UniStar was formed allowing NorthStar to own for-profit companies while protecting the cooperative status. BioStar Research, now Antel BioSystems (AntelBio), was the first business created under this structure. Established in 1999, AntelBio’s business objective is to use modern science to develop testing services to detect and control economic losses. AntelBio began commercial sales of its testing services in 2000, and today provides testing services across the United States and Canada for Johne’s, pregnancy, leukosis, progesterone, BVD, neospora, NEFA and contagious mastitis. In 2000, NorthStar expanded its commitment to providing DHI Services, completing a merger with Michigan DHI and Fox Valley DHI in Appleton, Wisconsin. Since then, NorthStar DHI Services has grown at a rate far surpassing industry standards. Today more continued on page 38
NorthStar Board of Directors: Back row L to R: Andy Wolf, Octonto Falls, WI; Lyle Ott, Brillion, WI; Lee Jensen, Elk Mound, WI; Jeff Horning, Manchester, MI; Brad Crandall, Battle Creek, MI; Jason Benthem, McBain, MI. Front row L to R: Dick Piechowski, Waupaca, WI; Mike Heckaman, Argos, IN; Paul Trierweiler, Portland, MI; Don Hoffelt, Bruce, WI; Dan Mielke, Colby, WI; Mark Ziel, Port Austin, MI; and Dana Sue Kirk, St. Johns, Michigan. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-17
Ms Pride Plnt Tasket 788-ET VG-85 VG-MS +2400G 2-01 2x 365 33,940 3.9 1326 3.2 1083 Dam: MsPride Shotle Ticker954-ET VG-86 DOM 3-02 2x 365 29,940 4.1 1222 3.1 935 2nd Dam: KCR Laudan Ticket 496-ET VG-85 VG-MS 4-04 2x 305 28,930 3.5 1017 3.1 904 Sold as a calf, she’s making a huge impact around the world! Tasket has 8 sons in A.I., including Tuffenuff, Tuscobia, and Twinkie. Her Troy daughter at United Pride is the #1 NM calf of the breed currently at +973NM - unheard of for an almost 6-year-old cow competing against virgin heifers!!
Miss Planet Izzy-ET EX-90 EX-92MS +2019G 2-10 2x 365 30,380 3.9 1186 3.0 898 Dam: Regancrest Shottle Ili-ET VG-88 EVEVV DOM 2-01 2x 365 33,250 3.5 1158 3.0 1006 2nd Dam: Regancrest Ito Isa VG-86 VG-MS GMD 2-00 2x 365 31,510 3.6 1143 3.3 1051 Fresh at 6-01 with her fifth calf, Izzy has over 122,000 milk lifetime and is pregnant to Ocean-PP for her sixth. She has daughters by Magna (VG-87 at 3Y), Hero (GP-83 at 2Y), a Dorcy pregnant to Tarragon and JettAir.
Pride Planet Tinker 750 EX-90 EX-91MS +2091G 4-02 2x 365 31,490 4.1 1289 3.1 973 5-05 2x 266 26,980 1128F 777P inc. Dam: Pride Shottle Tootles 570 VG-86 VG-MS GMD 3-06 2x 281 28,680 4.0 1148 2.9 836 2nd Dam: Pride Ramos Toward 412-ET EX-90 GMD 3-11 2x 365 41,820 3.4 1418 2.8 1191 Tinker is over 120,000 milk lifetime already. She is due in late September to Gambler with twins, has a VG-85 2Y Sudan and a Massey pregnant to Atwood.
We also love our milking Moguls, Bookems, Robusts and Heros!!
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Opsal Gold Chip Sage-ET VG-87 2-02 271 20,602 4.6 956 3.2 665 inc. Sage is due in September and has female pregnancies due in December by Doorman (4) and Aftershock (6). She was the 2nd place Junior 3 Year Old at the 2015 Midwest National Spring Junior Show.
Opsal Pronto Special-ET EX-92 2E 5-09 365 36,404 3.8 1379 2.8 1032 Special has a VG-87 Super and a VG-85 Hero due in July with a Gold Chip heifer. There are also daughters by Aftershock and Special herself is due in January with a heifer by Blake.
Opsal Million Scamper-ET EX-90 3-00 365 29,583 4.4 1306 3.2 938 She has embryos by Silver, sexed McCutchen and sexed Gold Chip. Their Matriarch:
OPSAL FINLEy SAGE 2E-94 5-10 365 40,810 3.9 1605 3.2 1322
LYLE & DEANNA OPSAL TROY OPSAL
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“EX”cellence ... through the years
Marjonbrad Petes Pixie 3E-91 GMD 8-00 2x 365 27,520 4.2 1159 3.2 870 169,640 lft. Dam of the EX-2E GMD Valiant Picadilli who was Junior AllAmerican Senior Calf 1985. The family continues in the herd today with Parade EX-91 92-MS at 4Y. She has over 30,000M at 3Y and is a 7th gen. VG/EX by 7HO8368 LIGHTNING.
Buggs Blackstar Betsy 2E-90
Briccows Adventure EX-91 92-MS 4Y
5-05 2x 365 31,840 4.2 1322 3.1 997 157,240 lft. Betsy’s full sister was Buffy EX-94 and Grand Champion WDE in 1996. They are 5th gen. EX. This great maternal line keeps going today with Becareful-Red EX-90 91-MS 2nd calf. She has over 27,000 at 2Y and is sired by 7HO7872 ADVENT and is an 8th generation EX!
A 3rd gen. EX recently fresh with a 7HO10506 ATWOOD heifer calf. She also has a 7HO9264 DEMPSEY 2 year old that scored VG-86 just fresh. Adventure’s dam is Lyn-Land Lee Adore 3E-92 with 214,526 lifetime. Next dam an EX Encore.
3-04 2x 316 26,539 3.3 875 3.0 798
Briccows Integ Kracker 3E-92 93-MS 5-02 2x 365 34,920 4.2 1424 3.3 1130 218,209 lft. An all-time favorite, she was an 8th gen. VG/EX. Her 4th dam was JPG Standout Kandy 2E-96 GMD 3x All-American Aged Cow. Nothing left from Kracker, but we just couldn’t leave her out of the “Select” issue.
Sky-M Sanchez Ioyoo EX-90 91-MS 3-02 2x 365 29,265 3.5 1038 3.0 868 A 9th gen. EX! Ioyoo is from Goldwyn Iowa with 28,061 4.5 1261, one of 5 EX daughters of Briccows Independence 3E-92. Ioyoo has a VG-86 2Y Shottle daughter and 2 younger full sisters. The latest excitement? Independence’s last 2 daughters just calved - lovely uddered 7HO10920 GOLD CHIPs.
Briccows Mry Best Friend 2E-94 5-02 2x 365 38,730 3.3 1294 2.9 1135 Nom. Junior All-American Aged Cow 2006 The Best Friend story continues today with granddaughter Talent Fantasia EX-91 and her Glauco daughter. They are from EX-92 Roy Fiesta. Another Best Friend daughter, Dundee Frisbee 2E-92 and twice over 30,000M has daughters here by Sid (VG-87 EX-MS 3Y) and 7HO10506 ATWOOD.
Pete, Brenda, Brent & Riley Bricco
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Sugar-C Navs B Sable-ET VG-85 VG-MS GTPI +2039 by 7HO10721 BOOKEM 2-01 3x 365 40,980 4.0 1642 3.1 1281 3-09 3x 41d 5,790 3.8 221 3.1 178 inc. ~ milking 163 lbs./day Dam: Mac Shawna, VG-87 VG-MS DOM, 39,010 4.1 1592 3.3 1270 & 124,060 5015 4049 lft. Next Dams: Shottle Shari, VG-87 VG-MS DOM, 31,440 4.5 1424 3.3 1030 and EROY, VG-87 GMD DOM
Sable has 4 daughters in the herd: • 2 Supersires - SS Shari, +596NM & due in July to Pety and 2 pregnancies due by Main Event (+2460 PA); and SS Shelia, +529NM & due to Wickham in October with a heifer calf • A Number One, Shiana, due in July with a Muscadet heifer calf • An April Jetset, +2205 GTPI
The Shawna daughters are developing like their dam and we are excited about adding more to our branch of the Eroys in the herd! We currently have the following Select Sires daughters in the heifer pens: 37 by Supersire, 24 Manoshans, 20 McCutchens, 20 Headliners, 18 Moguls, 12 Platinums, 12 Macks, 12 Miles, 12 Magnus and 7 Montross daughters. We also have pregnancies due by Pety (50), Yoder (35), Kingboy (31) and 72 more due by Miles, Mack, Montross & Mogul. We classified on June 3 & 4 with 6 new Excellents, 88 new Very Goods & 130 new Good Plus cows.
Rick & Marleen Adams N5663 Hwy. O, Elkhorn, WI 53121 • Phone: 262-728-0702 Cell: 262-374-07931 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s been a privilege to serve on the East Central Select Sires board of directors. RHA: 32,000 4.14 1322 3.19 1018 6/15 BAA: 105.5%; 10 EX, 160 VG, 245 GP
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CREST-VIEW-ACRES SHANDA-ET NC +2416G 2-02 122d 10,373 4.3 443 3.0 307 inc. ~ Fresh 1/19/15 and milking 82 lbs. ~ by 7HO11314 MOGUL Dam: GP Mainstream Manifold +2196 GTPI 2-07 358 27,470 4.4 1207 3.2 871 3-09 274 27,000 3.8 1015 3.0 810 inc. 2nd Dam: Crest-View-Acres Plt Silka VG-86 1-10 365 25,850 4.0 1024 2.9 750
3rd Dam: Crest-View-Acrs Key Swirl EX-90 7-01 365 40,370 3.7 1508 2.7 1085 4th Dam: Stripes Finley Senora EX-92 2E 5-00 365 38,100 3.5 1332 2.8 1057 Several more VG & EX dams back to the Saturdays
Shanda has been flushed to Melarry Mack Alco-ET with 24 #1 embryos and to sexed S-S-I Partyrock Profit with 5 of 22 fertile embryos. If interested in embryos or working with Shanda, give us a call.
Steve & Kay Holte
E7166 Tri-State Rd., Westby, WI 54667
Ph: (608) 634-4545 Cell: 608-632-1598 Fax: (608) 634-2549 e-mail: email@example.com Herdsman: Mike Hall (608) 632-1509 www.holsteinworld.com/crest-view/ Visitors Welcome wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-27
Crisdhome Farm, Inc. by: Jennica Vander Boon, NorthStar Cooperative
he fifth-generation New Richmond dairy has been recognized time and time again for their outstanding Holstein genetics, as evidenced by earning the Progressive Breeder’s Registry (PBR) for 34 years. Crisdhome Farm, Inc. also routinely ranks among the country’s top BAA herds, and in 2014 they topped the 101-150 cow category with a BAA of 112%. “Crisdhome Farm has to be one of the top home-bred herds in the country,” commented longtime family friend Tom Morris. Tom has been involved with the Kruschke family since 1972, and has coowned cattle with three generations of Kruschkes. “Outside of the family, Tom Morris has been one of the most influential people on this dairy,” said Charles (Chuck) Kruschke. The Crisdhome name was created when the dairy incorporated in 1970. The first five letters are an acronym for Chuck and his siblings Dave and Susan, and their parents Richard and Ida. Chuck and Dave, the fourth generation, run the dairy today along with Chuck’s sons Jake, Pete and Joe. Jake and Chuck primarily focus their time on the cows and calves, while Dave, Pete and Joe do the majority of the cropping on 2,000 acres. Chuck’s wife Mary does all the bookwork for the dairy. The dairy also employs Tyler Moore who has worked alongside Jake and Chuck as the Assistant Herdsman for the last two years. “Everyone helps each other out,” said Chuck. “Our jobs are all intermingled.” Jade Jensen, Jake’s longtime girlfriend, is helping get the dairy back into showing. “It will be good to get the girls out again and see how they compare among the others,” Jade commented. “We are excited about showing again and hopefully district show won’t be our last stop!” The last time Jake counted, Crisdhome Farm had bred 237 Excellent cows over the years. The cows scored over the 2014 year included 55 Excellent, 43 Very Good, and three Good Plus. Currently the 110-cow herd has Excellent daughters from ADVENT-RED, PRONTO, HI METRO, PONTIAC, DEBONAIR, SENSATION, ZENITH, ELAND, DAMION, ATWOOD and DURHAM. “The bull that really got us going in the last 15 years was
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Crisdhome Durham Cougar-ET EX-91 Nominated Jr. All-American 4-Year-Old 2014 4th 4-Year-Old 2014 International Holstein Jr. Show DURHAM,” Chuck commented, adding that local dairyman and former Select Sires Analyst Jared Haase was the one to turn them onto the bull. “At one time about one-third of the herd was DURHAMs.” The Kruschkes purchased 100 units of DURHAM just before he died and have a few of his calves on the ground now. “My favorite bulls have been ELEVATION from generations ago, DURHAM for a long while, and now ATWOOD,” said Chuck. “Those bulls were a huge part of three different sectors.” “Growing up my favorite bull was DURHAM,” remembered Jake, who began milking at the age of 10. “Now my favorite has got to be ATWOOD.” There are 35 Registered ATWOOD daughters currently in the Crisdhome herd. The first eight Crisdhome-bred ATWOODs averaged 85.75 as two-year-olds, with two scoring VG-88 and two VG-87. “Jake has been trained to like what I like,” laughed Chuck. “My main goal is to breed cow families,” said Jake who studies the pedigrees. “We watch the cattle shows to see which daughters are winning.” The dairy has utilized Select Sires genetics since NorthStar Cooperative moved into the area in the early 70s. “(Select Sires) has had the most bulls over the last few decades that we’ve liked,” Chuck noted. “They’ve got a wide variety of bulls that serve different desires including the type, pedigrees and genetics we’re looking for.” For Chuck, working with NorthStar goes beyond the genetics. “All three of our sales reps over the years have been extremely knowledgeable and get us what we need,” he added. “They don’t just come here to sell semen – we learn a lot from them, too.” The dairy primarily utilizes proven bulls in their breeding program, and is currently using ATWOOD, SANCHEZ, GOLD CHIP, DEMPSEY, DAMION, ADVENT-RED, DURHAM and ARMANI. With a Rolling Herd Average of 25,478 milk, 990 fat and 792 protein, Jake is not afraid to lose a little milk in order to get the pedigree he is looking for. The Kruschkes have had 45 cows produce over 200,000 lifetime milk, and one cow over 300,000 lifetime. Crisdhome Farm purchases a few new cows each year to expand the bloodlines within the herd, and typically sells about 30 cows each year, most of which go onto other dairies. “We like to let our cows mature out,” added Jake. The current average age in the herd is fourand-a-half years. The Kruschkes have been longtime supporters of their local 4-H program. Chuck serves on the fair board and has been coaching continued on page 38
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e daughters of 7HO11596 Scientific B DEFIANT *RC (Braxton x Goldwyn Dior x Debutante) are starting to freshen. We are excited about some of the first ones we’ve seen! Here’s an update on some of his sisters and family members.
Donatella Rae-ET *TR TV EX-92
Belle Rae-ET *RC TV EX-92
3-06 2x 314 30,967 4.3 1321 3.4 1050 inc.
3-05 2x 351 32,684 2.8 919 3.3 1075 inc.
• 1st Senior 2-Year-Old, MW Fall National 2013 • Member of two All-American Nom. Groups 2013 • All-Wisconsin Winter Yearling 2012 • Daughter by Brokaw
• Owned by Katrina Nunes • Grand Champion, Northern WI State Fair Junior Show 2013, 2014 • Daughter by Moses
Decadent Rae-ET *RC TV EX-92
3-09 2x 365 42,100 3.7 1548 3.0 1268
• Res. Intermediate Champion, MW Fall Natl. 2013 • Daughters by Sid & Colt-P
Dazzling Rae-ET *TR CV EX-90
4-03 2x 365 34,631 3.7 1260 3.4 1174 • Daughter by Hero
Decadent’s Colt-P daughter: Scientific -Red-ET VG-86 *PO
2-04 2x 365 34,315 3.3 1120 3.1 1074 • 1st Senior 2-Year-old & Intermediate Champion, WI District 1 Show 2014 • 2nd Senior 2-Year-old, MN State Fair R&W Show 2014 • Daughters by McCutchen, Doorman, Absolute
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Scientific Holsteins Matt & Mandy Nunes and family
11812 120th Avenue, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 (715) 288-5838 • email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.holsteinworld.com/Scientific
Lirr Eraser Outfit 411-ET
+2241 GTPI +470NM +3.7PL +985M +43F +35P +1.57T +1.61UDC • Homozygous polled Eraser son being tested for Select Eraser P x ManOMan Outfit P x VG-86 Goldwyn x VG-88 EX-MS Paradox
Hickorymea Man Outfit P
2-07 365 35,878 4.6 1662 3.0 1062 • due to montross • heifers by yoder, O’Hare p, Eraser p, Earnhardt p & mogul • Three sons in A.I. - Outline p, Outcome p & Option pp
Our Tribute to Lirr Drew DEmpSEy... • continues to live like a king at Select Sires in the air conditioned, climate controlled Kellgren Center • nearing 10 years of age, he has earned that big box stall • rocked the industry by debuting as the #1 conformation bull in Canada • still #1 for conformation in Canada (in a tie)
Dempsey’s influence at Lirr Farm Dempsey has several very exciting milking daughters at Lirr Farm, some are red carriers. The Windbrook daughters of Dempsey’s Shottle sister are the kind we like at our farm. We continue to use Dempsey and have several fancy calves and heifers in the lots.
Randy, Robert & Betty, Brandon & Megan, Ryan, Brady & Rachel Nigh S6274 Cty. Rd. N, Viroqua, WI 54665 608-675-3442 or 608-698-2633 • email@example.com
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Cow families a key component to Select Sires success with Wisconsin Holstein breeders by: Kevin Jorgensen, Wisconsin native and Holstein sire analyst with Select Sires Inc.
s the breeding industry continues to experience rapid change with the advent of genomics and more advanced reproductive techniques, some things in sire acquisition are constant. Working with quality people will always be most important and great maternal lines and cow families are a close second. We are blessed to have many Wisconsin breeders who qualify for both criteria. Wisconsin and its breeders are crucial to the long-term success of Select Sires. In the 50 years of Select Sires existence, Wisconsin has played a critical part in helping Select Sires remain on top in the artificial insemination (A.I.) industry. We’ve been fortunate to have leaders like Clarence Boyke (past president of Select Sires), who helped bring East Central Breeders Association Cooperative into the Select Sires family, and Keith Long from Belleview Farms (past Select Sires board member), who was a fixture in the leadership of Michigan Area Breeders Cooperative, now NorthStar Cooperative. On the sire side of the equation, during just the past two decades, there has been nearly 75 proven Wisconsin-bred graduates in the proven Select Sires lineup, including all-time greats 7HO4164 Second-Look JOLT, 7HO4152 Kenjo PRESCOTT, 7HO5708 Fustead Emory BLITZ, 7HO9420 Fustead Goldwyn GUTHRIE, 7HO9264 Lirr Drew DEMPSEY, and 7HO7872 KHW Kite ADVENT-Red. In the current proven lineup, there are 15 Wisconsin-bred sires and 13 active genomic young sires. Here are a few of the most influential breeders and the cow families they're developing. Bob and Peggy Webb, Webb-Vue Holsteins, Summit Farms, Plymouth, Wis. Webb-Vue Goldwyn Elvira-ET, EX-90, was actually an earlygenomic discovery back in 2007 by utilizing the Igenity test that Select Sires was marketing at the time. She was an outlier for nearly every trait; when the SNP50 genotyping test became available in 2009 and she was a fresh two-year-old, both the SNPs and her own performance validated she was a special cow. Additionally, she has a deep maternal line backed by seven generations of Very Good and Excellent dams. Elvira was flushed extensively, yet still produced more than 53,000 pounds of milk in her second lactation. Her first son by Baxter 7HO10632, Webb-Vue Baxter LUCIANO, is a part of the current proven lineup at Select Sires. LUCIANO currently ranks in the top 20 for total unit sales the past 12 months. He also has two full sisters, and one of them is the dam of Webb-Vue Gabor Mycala VG-87. Mycala has been a breeding goldmine for both the Webbs and Select Sires. She has three sons at Select, including 7HO12418 WebbVue SPARK, +2579 GTPI (Supersire x Mycala), who has been a very popular sire father and 7HO12722 Webb-Vue MONTROSS 2183ET, +2604 GTPI (Montross x Mycala). Mycala also had a 7HO12165 MONTROSS daughter sell for $190,000 last December and has sold embryos around the globe. Goldwyn Elvira also has sons by OBSERVER awaiting progeny data and a HERO son, 7HO12225 Webb-Vue Hero NINJA, that is a current Super Sampler. 7HO12464 Webb-Vue McCutchen CHROME also hails from the Elvira family by means of a VG-88 SANCHEZ from Elvira. Select is proud of the accomplishments Bob and Peggy Webb have achieved and look forward to many more years of success with them. Siemers Holsteins, Newton, Wis. Siemers Holsteins is the breeder of numerous bulls in both the Select Sires proven and genomic lineups. The vast array of cow families represented have yielded proven bulls like 7HO9545 HERO and 7HO9841 HULK, as well as genomic sires 7HO12139 PETY, 7HO12222 KIAN, and 7HO12224 REAL-SEAL. In fact, there are 18 different Siemers-bred sires awaiting progeny data at Select Sires. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
The signature cow family at Seimers Holsteins is that of Cherry-Crest Man-O-Man Roz-ET EX-91. Roz is a sixth-generation Excellent and a unique cow with no PLANET or Shottle in her pedigree. However, the signature cow family from a bull creating respect is Cherry-Crest Man-O-Man Roz-ET EX-91. Roz is a sixth-generation excellent and a unique cow with no PLANET or Shottle in her pedigree. She has sons at Select Sires by SHAMROCK (7HO11893 ROZMAN), EPIC (7HO12140 ROZETTI), and KINGBOY (7HO12719 Roz-PRINCE). Additionally, Roz has an EX-91 WINDBROOK daughter with two KINGBOY sons recently delivered to Select and a KINGBOY grandson from her Very Good SUPERSIRE daughter; he just arrived at Select, too, and is +2565 GTPI. Roz’s influence will be felt for many years to come and is one of the most consistently-transmitting cow families at Siemers Holsteins. Brian and Wendy Fust, Wausau, Wis. Fustead Holsteins is home for two of the greatest customersatisfaction sires in history: 7HO5708 BLITZ and 7HO9420 GUTHRIE. BLITZ’s grandam, Blossum, was one of the earliest Excellent Blackstar daughters in the breed, and GUTHRIE is the continued on page 50
Fustead Mogul Lilac VG-86 has become the belle of the ball at Fustead, being the dam of the #2 GTPI heifer in the breed at +2787; she also has two sons at Select Sires.
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Indianhead Red Carpet Tia-ET EX-92 by ATWOOD 3rd generation from Inspiration Tina Grand Champion, District 1 Show
3-06 3x 343 30,689 4.8 1464 3.5 1068
2nd dam: C Alanvale Inspiration Tina EX-95 GMD
Sire: Maple-Downs-I G W ATWOOD EX-92 Dam: Indianhead Milan Tina EX-92 8-11 3x 365 36,340 4.2 1538 3.2 1150
7-06 2x 365 35,350 4.3 1441 3.4 1187 Reserve All-American Aged Cow 1993 Reserve All-American Aged Cow 1996 1st Aged Cow, International Holstein Show 1996
Indianhead Destry Calina VG-88 2Y Reserve Intermediate Champion, District 1 Show Dam: Indianhead Cindy EX-93 3-07 305 29,407 3.5 1033 3.2 940 2nd dam: Greenlea Talent Cat-Red EX-94 (pictured)
5-05 3x 322 36,180 3.8 1316 3.2 1158 All-American 5 Year Old 2012
3rd dam: Yursden Kite Caramac Reserve All-American 2 Year Old 2004 Like still begets like...
A Great Day for Indianhead! Premier Breeder & Exhibitor Reserve Intermediate Champion Senior & Grand Champion, Best Udder of Show & Champion Bred & Owned 1st Best 3 Females 1st Senior 3 Year Old, 1st 5 Year Old, 1st Aged Cow & 1st 150,000 lb. Cow 36â€“wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Indianhead Ddee Penelope EX-94
Indianhead Ado Britta EX-92
5-03 3x 312 34,764 3.7 1272 3.2 1101 1st Aged Cow, District 1 Show
6-01 3x 365 34,085 3.4 1162 3.0 1035 1st 150,000 lb. Cow, District 1 Show
Dam: Paradise RV Prudence VG-87 7-00 305 33,900 3.5 1178 3.1 1064
5th gen. “Bic Betty” EX-94 2E GMD DOM 7-11 3x 365 28,100 4.0 1128 3.4 944
2nd dam: Vandy-K Integrity Paradise EX-96
Dam: Indianhead Kite Brienne EX-94
5-10 2x 365 39,580 4.3 1670 3.3 1294
5-05 3x 365 40,330 4.9 1563 3.2 1272
Supreme Champion, World Dairy Expo 2000 Grand Champion, International Holstein Show 2002
Champion Bred & Owned, Midwest Fall National 2005 On your way to the Wisconsin Holstein Picnic at Willows Edge in August, feel free to stop in to see our herd. Our doors are always open!
And 1st Place crew (in our book): anks to Levi Banowetz and Kyle Moon, our fitters for the day! And we’re happy to introduce a great addition to our staﬀ, Joe Witscher and his family, joining Mike Mertins and Rodrigo Villalobos as herdsmen.
Robert & Karyn Schauf 1659 10 1/2 Street, Barron, WI 54812 Ph: 715-537-9376 Bob’s Cell: 715-790-7202 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAA: 111.9% RHA: 84 cows 30,107 3.89 1171 3.1 933 Herdsmen: Mike Mertins, Rodrigo Villalobos & Joe Witscher wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-37
50 Years of Select Sires, continued from page 17 than 438,000 cows in Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio are enrolled in NorthStar DHI Services, and NorthStar’s two milk processing labs analyze more than 3.5 million milk samples annually. On March 31, 2015 General Manager Smith’s announced retirement led the cooperative to name Mark Adam, Director of Integrated Services, as his successor. Today NorthStar Cooperative delivers on its mission of “enhancing producer profitability through integrated services,” through a team of 250+ employees that provide Select Sires genetics, reproduction services, DHI testing and milk analysis, herd management products, as well as herd health and disease diagnostics. Connections The American A.I. industry once had close to 100 A.I. companies dotting the landscape and offering products to customers across the countryside. As former Select Sires General Manager Dick Chichester has often stated, “the customer votes with their semen purchases for the suppliers that they would like to see continue to offer products and services to them.” Select Sires has thrived for the first 50 years because of a connection to the customer through its memberowners; and we are committed to continuing that connection.
Beyond their county show, Chuck has judged the Minnesota Junior State Show twice, as well as numerous Wisconsin county fairs from Wausau west. Dave has served as the President of the St. Croix County chapter Farm Bureau for many years, and is also actively involved in the local church. The brothers’ community involvement is no surprise as their father Richard was involved with several organizations, including serving as President of the Wisconsin Holstein Association for two years, serving on the Twin Cities Milk Executive Board, as well as serving on many local boards including the school and church. Tom Morris reflected, “The bottom line is that the Kruschkes are a great farm family who have been working well together for generations.” Learn more about Crisdhome Farm on Facebook.
Crisdhome Farm, continued from page 28 the St. Croix County Judging Team for 45 years; Mary retired last spring from her 27-year run as General Leader. Chuck estimated that their calves have been shown at the county fair by 30 local kids. “It’s a really good experience for the kids,” Chuck added. “The majority of them continue to show right through high school.”
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VG-88 DAMION, VG-87 ATWOOD, EX-92 ADVENT-RED
Rickland Kingboy 5498 +2664G +794NM +2.3T +56P +86F • A fancy December calf by 7HO12198 KINGBOY • One of the highest Net Merit and CFP Kingboys in the country • Has a Sheriff sister at +2544G +746NM • Sold a Yoder sister to Larry Voigts that is +2548G +746NM Dam:
Rickland Supersire 4577 GP-82 at 2-02 ~ milking 125 lbs. Granddam (pictured):
Welcome Russell Lisbeth EX at 4Y ~ milking 140 lbs. Next 4 dams all EX-91 Our Kingboy calves are tall, stylish and fit the McCutchen mold!
TOP PROTEIN MOGUL Matcrest Mogul Globe-ET GP-84 at 2-05 +687NM +56P +2.4 all type traits • Globe will be a top 10 GTPI cow in the country in August • She had 100 lbs. with 4.6% test in June and will be flushed to Doors Open, another exciting McCutchen son • Dam is a VG Massey, next dam VG Roumare We are milking 25 Moguls with more calving everyday. They are correct with dairy strength and have tremendous udders. Stop in anytime to see any of these fine contract animals and their herdmates.
Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins
Jim & Greg Rickert Families RHA: 1020 cows 27,368 3.8 1033 3.0 829 20 Year Progressive Genetics Herd Award
Greg: 920-948-5150 Jim: 920-960-9640 W9135 Lincoln Rd., Eldorado, WI 54932 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-39
Wa-Del DH Bookem Camara VG-87 at 2-08 2-02 305 31,082 3.8 1189 3.1 959 +2378G Camara is the country’s highest protein cow at +68 lbs. She is contracted for several embryos and has pregnancies by Spark and Heinz. She is producing the highest protein offspring in the world. She has several daughters over +2500G: ~ the country’s highest protein heifer at +78 lbs., Rickland Salvatore 5026, is due in February to Jedi ~ full sister, 5030, at +64P has 16 pregnancies by Profit, 4 by Silver and is due in February to Jedi ~ Rickland Halogen 5159 is +2550G +50P and has 6 pregnancies by Profit, she will be flushed to Jedi in June ~ both of Camara’s fancy Montross daughters, over +2500G, will be flushed this summer
Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins
Jim & Greg Rickert Families RHA: 1020 cows 27,368 3.8 1033 3.0 829 20 Year Progressive Genetics Herd Award 40–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Greg: 920-948-5150 Jim: 920-960-9640 W9135 Lincoln Rd., Eldorado, WI 54932
Rickland Mc 4429 VG-85 +47P • milking 140 lbs. • She has 2 polled Eraser-P heifers at +2400G, and a 154 RZG, +2408G Caspian with embryo interest
Rickland Mc 4415 VG-86 +2340G • milking 120 lbs. • She has a September Montross at +2503G and +2000M, they will be flushed to Modesty
Their dam is an EX-91 Super milking 160 lbs. and projected at 45,000M 1850F and their sister by Yoder is +60P. We’re also excited about Rickland Mc 4597, due in June to Aicon and has 6 Profit pregnancies and 4 Silver pregnancies. Best of all she is one of the highest McCutchens in the country at +2500G. Her dam is a VG Robust, granddam a VG Ramos. We are milking 13 McCutchen daughters that are tall and fancy with great dairy strength.
Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins
Jim & Greg Rickert Families RHA: 1020 cows 27,368 3.8 1033 3.0 829 20 Year Progressive Genetics Herd Award
Greg: 920-948-5150 Jim: 920-960-9640 W9135 Lincoln Rd., Eldorado, WI 54932 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-41
Jamsar Atwood Petunia-ET VG-89 1st calf 2-02 305 20,870 3.8 797 3.2 675 • Fresh June 20 with an Armani heifer, also has a Sanchez yearling • 2 full sisters - VG-86 2Y and VG-85 2Y Dam: Scientific Paradise Pixi-ET VG-85 VG-MS at 3-01 2-01 3x 365 34,646 3.5 1196 2.9 1000 2nd Dam: Paradise-RV Durham Pride-ET VG-86 VG-MS 2-08 2x 365 33,660 4.1 1385 3.4 1148 3rd Dam: Vandyk-K Integrity Paradise EX-96 2E DOM 5-10 2x 365 39,580 4.2 1670 3.3 1294, Supreme Champion, WDE 2000 & 2002 Next Dams: EX-90 DOM Broker, EX-94 2E Mark, VG-88 Melvin
We are excited to watch these Atwood full sisters develop. Petunia is entered in this year’s WI Holstein Futurity.
JAMSAR Registered Holsteins Jim, Sarah, Laney & Alyssa Neuser
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Pedigrees and people the story of Summit Farms, Bob and Peggy Webb by: Dori Lichty, East Central Select Sires
roven-sire new graduate, 7HO11195 KENNARD, along with genomic young sires 7HO12418 SPARK and 7HO12464 CHROME are among the multitudes of promising sires with impressive pedigrees at Select Sires today, and they all stem from one farm and one cow family: Webb-Vue Goldwyn Elvira, Summit Farms (Webb-Vue Holsteins), Plymouth, Wis., owned by Bob and Peggy Webb.
In the beginning
“I have a pretty good pedigree, myself,” noted Bob Webb. “My grandfather, John Zoberlin, was a German immigrant who was a strong believer in Registered Holsteins. When he dispersed his herd in 1938, he was considered one of the most constructive breeders of his generation.” “After the dispersal, my mother (John’s daughter) and her husband, Francis Webb, continued Summit Farms.” They gained land base in the 60s and 70s and worked on growing their milking herd. “We hosted Wisconsin Farm Progress Days in 1975, too,” added Webb. During this growing period, many state and national production records were achieved on cows with outstanding type. In turn, this led to the creation of their herd-sire business. Unfortunately, the success Webbs were experiencing was momentarily halted when lightning started their main dairy barn on fire in May, 1989. “The entire facility; 10 cows, including two contracted bull dams; and some machinery were lost,” noted Webb. As a result, though, a 120-stall, four-row, free-stall barn and a double-six herringbone parlor was built. A 30-stall, tie-stall wing was also added to house hospital and special cows. Expansion continued through the 90s, as well. In 2000, the older, converted shed that housed the breeding bulls for their successful herd-sire business collapsed. A new facility was constructed to house 75 bulls, 7 months and older. After more expansion projects, today Summit Farms milks about 650 cows and farms 1,100 acres. Bob and Peggy also own Summit Seeds, LLC, with their son, Jim. Their other son, Joe, works for UW-Madison and assists with public communication and human resources on the farm.
These three McCutchen daughters are making waves at Summit Farms right now (left to right): Webb-Vue McCutchen 6803-ET, VG-86; Webb-Vue McCutchen 6791-ET, VG-87 EX-MS; and Webb-Vue McCutchen 6792-ET, VG-86. The middle cow, 6791, is now owned by Sunnyside Dairy, Valders, Wis.; they purchased her at the Wisconsin Spring Showcase Sale in May. 44–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Developing bulls for stud
“About 20 years ago, we were part of a start-up program designed to develop the next generation of bulls in stud,” commented Webb. “Cows were farmed out to operations like ours, and we shared the offspring, resulting in some new cow families on our farm.” A Celsius from the Burket-Falls Sophia family created a Bench Eddie daughter at Summit Farms; she became one of the herd’s top lifetime producers. She was then mated with BW Marshall to make WebbVue Marshall Bryana. “At that point, Dave Rose (Holstein genetics aficionado from Eden, Wis.), suggested we flush Bryana to Goldwyn, resulting in Elvira (Webb-Vue Goldwyn Elvira).” “At that point, Kevin Jorgensen (former Select Mating Service (SMS) evaluator with East Central/Select Sires) got us involved in an Igenity test for early genomics - they took ear notches from young calves to create early-genomic data. The program rated cows on a scale from one to 10, and the best cows floated to the top - the bottom was there and the top was there, and that data allowed us to sort the herd. It gave us nice cows to work with, and that’s how Elvira was really discovered.” “Now, we’re watching grandsons and great-grandsons of Elvira attract attention at Select Sires,” added Webb.
Select Sires makes it happen
Prior to early 2014, Kevin Jorgensen mated the cows at Summit Farms. Since Jorgensen now works for Select Sires Inc. in Ohio, Eric Westphal (SMS evaluator with East Central/Select Sires) has taken over the mating program. “Select Sires mates my cows, and we have a common understanding that I like good type,” noted Webb. “I sell 180-200 heifers every year - about 15-20 per month - and my buyers want quality cattle; type is important to them.” For many years, the Webbs have been sampling Select Sires young sires as part of the Program for Genetic Advancement (PGA). They also have a herd agreement with Select Sires allowing the stud first right of refusal of all artificial-insemination-potential bulls on the farm. Although developing and selling offspring is a priority at Summit Farms, so is overall herd management. Summit Farms used the Select Detect cow-monitoring system up until two years ago when they modernized to SCR Heatime. “My herdsperson, Connie Loehr, is outstanding - she’s been here for more than 20 years. Connie thinks Heatime is great; we just put the heifers on it last year, too,” noted Webb. “Heatime is also very well supported; the system has an outstanding staff that is very responsive.” “My favorite feature is the rumination,” noted Loehr. “I find sick cows so much quicker. Our death rate since adding SCR is now only 2 1/2 percent.” Like any farm, though, pregnancy rate is still important. “We have a 23-24-percent pregnancy rate; about 52-55 percent of the herd is pregnant, which for us is perfect,” added Loehr. “Heatime allows us to pick up return heats better, too.” “We also have to give credit to Howie Minnema (A.I. technician with East Central/Select Sires),” noted Webb. “He came here to breed some 15 years ago and has been doing the walking and chalking ever since. He’s instrumental in why we do so much business with Select Sires and why our farm is so successful.” “East Central/Select Sires has tapped into some quality people that have a passion for the industry; if you don't have a passion for the things you do, success is harder to achieve. Pedigrees and bulls are great, but the people at Select Sires are your best asset; a dairy farm’s success is largely due to the people.”
â€œWe installed the SCR heat detection and health monitoring system last year. Our Preg Rate has improved and we pick up return heats better. We especially like the health monitoring, as early alerts and reporting allowed us to cut our already low death rate in half.â€? Connie Loehr, Herd Manager Summit Farms, Plymouth, WI Bob & Peggy Webb, Owners
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Webb-Vue Gabor Mycala-ET VG-87 EX-MS DOM +2296 GTPI 2-02 3x 351 33,670 4.8 1602 3.0 1026 Gabor x Baxter Brieanna-ET x Goldwyn Elvira EX-90 EX-MS DOM x Marshall Bryanna EX-90 GMD DOM
• Her son - 7HO12418 Webb-Vue SPARK 2060-ET, +2553 GTPI • Her full brother, recent graduate - 7HO11195 Webb-Vue Gabor KENNARD-ET • Her Baxter dam’s full brother - proven sire 7HO10632 Webb-Vue Baxter LUCIANO-ET
Webb-Vue McCutchen 6792-ET VG-86 +2038 GTPI 1-11 189 19,011 3.7 704 543 inc. last test - 125 lbs. Dam: Webb-Vue Sanchez Merna-ET VG-88 EX-MS 2nd Dam: Webb-Vue Goldwyn Elvira-ET EX-90 EX-MS GMD DOM 3rd Dam: BW Marshall Bryanna EX-90 EX-MS GMD DOM
• Her full brother - 7HO12464 Webb-Vue McCutchen CHROME-ET +2192 GTPI
Webb-Vue Shamrock Kayla-ET VG-85 VG-MS
2-03 365 40,170 4.2 1686 1159 Sire: Shamrock Dam: Webb-Vue Justice Montan EX-91 EX-MS 6-10 365 58,720 3.4 1995 1484
• Her son - 7HO12465 Webb-Vue SENNETT 2019-ET, +2370 GTPI, by Butz-Butler Shotglass-ET
Robert & Peggy Webb
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SW Russ Beauty, a 4-year-old Southwind daughter, was a promising young cow! She developed into one of the greatest cows we have been privilged to work with. By the end of her life in the summer of 2006, she was EX-92 4E GMD DOM with 319,730 milk 4.5% 14,385 fat and 3.5% 11,317 crude protein. er impact on our herd has been unbelievable! Her dam by Russ was EX-90 3E. Then Beauty H left us an EX-90 GMD DOM SWD Mark daughter that had a VG-87 Aerostar then a VG-89 Eddie who had a VG-87 2Y Oman named O-Bea. And O-Bea had a son named Dewgood O-Bennet.
7HO10640 Dewgood 0-BENNET EX-91
+1134M +.03% +49F +.01% +37P +2.2PL 0.3 DPR +0.57T O-Bennet gives you the opportunity to let Beauty impact your herd with the high production and high components of many generations of this long-lived family! By the way... Want to get cows pregnant? O-Bennet is the highest SCR bull at Select Sires at 5.0 SCR!! The Beauty family is one of the reasons we keep saying “God has blessed us beyond our wildest dreams!” And the blessings keep coming - watch for Dewgood Full Speed, a Josuper son from this family that got his genomics in June! As always... Success is not what we achieve, but enjoying God’s blessings one at a time!
Dean & Wanda Good and Family 7937 Elm Lane Rd., Oconto, WI 54153 Phone and fax: (920) 834-4884 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-47
Beauty photo by Cybil Fisher, Agri-Graphics
n October 1994 we moved our I herd 500 miles north from Elnora, Indiana to Oconto, Wisconsin. Dewgood
Voight Acres Registered Holsteins
hen you have to take your phone off the hook, you know you’ve got something,” recalled Steve Voight of interest in one of his registered Holsteins in 1988. “That’s the value of registering.” Beginning with only 13 Registered Holsteins in 1978, Voight Acres steadily grew to a 100 percent Registered Holstein herd over the next 12 years. With an emphasis on selecting high type and high component sires for the breeding program, the Voights created Voight Acres Enhancer Rose-Red, the cow that caused all the commotion. “After a classifier was here and scored Rose VG-85 as a two-yearold word got around,” remembers Steve. “It didn’t take long and people were stopping in and calling, I had to take the phone off the hook. Lylehaven bought Rose for $25,000 and that was a lot of money for a cow in 1988,” says Steve. Established in 1922 by Steve’s great grandfather, the Outagamie county dairy is now a fifth generation farm, consisting of Steve and Sue; along with their sons Tim and Mitch, and Mitch’s wife Amanda. In preparation of Tim, Mitch and Amanda becoming owners, an expansion was planned, growing the dairy from a 56-cow tie-stall barn to a 285-cow freestall barn with a double eight parlor that’s expandable to a double 12. During the expansion, maintaining a Registered Holstein herd continued to be a high priority. With plans to be at capacity this fall, the Voights have and continue to breed for and purchase deep pedigreed Registered Holsteins. “Years ago we bought good cows, and didn’t look at pedigrees as much,” recalls Steve. “But we’ve learned that the chances of getting good calves are much harder without the pedigree to back it up, so we really look at pedigrees now.” The mating program at Voight Acres has served them well over the years. At the time of the herd’s last Classic Classification, they had a BAA of 108.8%. During the expansion process the Voights have
Tim, Steve, and Mitch Voight, with Mitch’s sons and the sixth generation of the farm, Jordy and Corbin 48–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Voight Acres DURHAM Daisy EX-91 Reserve Grand Champion, Wisconsin State Junior Fair chosen to use the Limited Classification Program, concentrating on scoring first lactation animals, and those not previously scored. The Voight’s breeding philosophy emphasizes using proven bulls with high type, high components and low Somatic Cell Score. Among some of their favorite cows in the herd today are daughters of ATWOOD, BRADNICK, MOGUL, EPIC and DEMPSEY. “Right now, the ATWOOD and EPIC daughters really stand out,” said Tim. “We purchased a group of five milking EPIC daughters during the expansion and they are all really good - nice udders, milk out fast, have strength, and good feet and legs.” The Voights currently have eight milking ATWOOD daughters in the herd, including Voight Acres Atwood Candy (EX-92) and Voight Acres Atwood Airdry who scored VG-87 as a two-year-old. “He (ATWOOD) works on everything, except cows with high pins,” said Tim. “The ATWOOD calves are really nice and with him being calving ease, he works really well on heifers.” “We’ve used a lot of DURHAM also,” recalled Steve. “We bought all the red-top semen Terry (Kraning, NorthStar representative) could supply.” Like he did for many breeders, DURHAM created show winners for the Voights, including Voight Acres Durham Daisy, EX-91, who was Reserve Grand Champion at the Wisconsin State Junior Fair. The following year Durham Daisy calved with twin Linjet heifers (Daisy Duke and Daisy Mae) that went on to score EX-94 and EX-93 respectively. In 2013 Daisy Duke was named Grand Champion at the Wisconsin District 7 Holstein Show. Creating the type of cattle you want to work with is only half the equation, providing the best possible care is equally important. Showing their commitment to cow care, the Voights follow the mantra, “Always speak to a cow as you would to a lady.” That message is displayed in the new parlor, and has been a part of the farm for nearly 70 years. “The saying came from the Green Bay Reformatory Dairy,” recalled Mitch and Tim. Steve adds, “My Grandpa went there to buy bulls years ago and that saying was in the barn. He thought it was great and it explained how we felt about our cows, so he asked if we could copy it.” The idea of treating cows like ladies extended into the design of the Voights new facility. With a breeding program that results in big, framey cows the freestalls were built larger than average, measuring 50 and 52 inches wide. Additionally, the stalls in the parlor were designed to the largest standard size available at 28 inches. Along with this, the Voights note several other improvements in continued on page 67
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Cow Families, continued from page 34 magic cross of Goldwyn on the Mark “Dellia” family. However, a big part of the future of Fustead Holsteins is being built with a female originally owned by Select Sires. Glen-Toctin Bolton Lucille-ET, EX-90, was a bred heifer in 2010 when Jeff Ziegler of Select Sires talked to Brian about the possibility of a trade for a female Select was interested in; Fustead became Lucille’s new home. She was backed by seven generations of Very Good and Excellent cows; in addition, she had no PLANET, Shottle, or Goldwyn blood, making her a bit unique. Lucille was a great two-year-old, but came into her own in her second lactation and is now EX-90 and made more than 41,000 milk and 1747 fat. She has flushed well throughout her career, but her Mogul flush was a bit magical. There were three sisters, all VERY GOOD as two-year-olds, but Fustead Mogul Lilac, VG-86, has become the belle of the ball being the dam of the #2 GTPI heifer in the breed at +2787 and has two sons at Select Sires by TANGO (7HO12597 LYLAS, +2650) and SUPERSIRE (7HO12664 LEVI, +2446). Rickert Brothers, Eldorado, Wis. Jim and Greg Rickert also have a proud history with Select Sires, producing great sires for generations. There are currently 18 Ricklandbred sires awaiting progeny proofs at Select Sires and several are part of the Super Sampler lineup. 7HO12302 PARK (+2379 GTPI) hails from not only one of Rickert’s most successful cow families, but one of the most successful in Wisconsin: the Rabur “P” family. PARK’s dam is a VG-85 PLANET daughter of Rabur Gold Pluck EX-91-2EGMD-DOM. Pluck is also the dam of the very popular 7HO11763 Rickland PREDESTINE 669-ET +2322. Other current Super Samplers include 7HO12419 PICKFORD (PREDESTINE x VG Snowman); 7HO11762 RILEY (ROBUST x VG-87 Shottle); and high-type specialist 7HO12351 CARNEY (SHAN x VG-88 Chairman). Sandy-Valley Farms, Scandinavia, Wis. As one of the most dominant breeding establishments in the past 20 years, the Bauer family has sought out the best cow families in the breed and worked to breed them better. They have been a major partner with Select Sires, tracing back to 7HO5687 Sandy-Valley FORBIDDEN-ET. Additionally, they have had many other proven graduates, including two in the most recent sire summary. 7HO11488 BRANSON is one of the first OBSERVER sons to return to proven status and hails from the “Barbie” cow family. 7HO11402 TAVIR is an outcross sire (BRONCO x Jet Stream x Manager) that traces to their famous “Terry Tory EX-93” cow family. In the Super Sampler lineup, one of Sandy-Valley’s key cow families has been Planet Sapphire VG-87, their highest-producing two-yearold ever on the farm and dam of potential August graduate, 7HO11585 Sandy-Valley STERLING. 7HO12219 DEYJA has been very popular, tracing back to the Dellia’s and there are several new arrivals hailing from Sandy-Valley that are well over +2600 GTPI and soon to enter the Super Sampler program. Many other breeders are part of the equation, as well Countless other breeders from the state continue to contribute to the success of Select Sires. The Loehr family of Mt. Calvary had three exciting bulls recently arrive at Select Sires. 7HO12721 Holyland Elite EXACTLY (+2701 GTPI) and 7HO12661 Holyland Elite EVERMORE (+2558) are Halogen full brothers from a GP-83 VG-MS two-year-old MIXER daughter, then a VG-87 Gerard daughter of the former number-one cow of the breed: Straussdale Planet Ella VG-87. Additionally, 7HO12660 Holyland Rossi RAZOR (+2495 GTPI) is an early Rodgers son that traces back to Clear-Echo Ramos 1200-ET EX-94.
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Junior members: Brooklyn & Reid Vandoske, Cleveland Ryan & Courney Magnuson, Neillsville Ashley Erickson, Edgar Ainsley Loehr, Eden Renee Hollfelder, Dane Alyson & Kenlee Philips, Lingleville, TX Wyatt Steiner, Juda Dakota Voegeli-Paulson, Arlington Keegan Weigel, Platteville Micheala Slind, New Richmond Stella & Sophia Kamm, New Richmond Zachary Evenson, Menomonie Breanna Feit, Bangor Amanda Scharping, Bangro Andrew Babcock, Mauston Kaylee, Austin & Dylan Raymond, New Richmond Douglas Petzel, Baraboo Brooke & Melanie Zillges, Larsen Trapper Nafzger, Mineral Point Mya Rueth, Neillsville Blake Weikel, Black River Falls Kaydence Zimbauer, Alma Center Emily & Rebecca Ross, Black River Falls Ryan Wetter, Fennimore Devin Gilson, Monticello Coraline Biely, Reedsville Derek Gabsch, Cleveland Ruth Wise, Black River Falls Natalie Abey, Orfordville Wyatt & Rosalee Zehr, Graymont, IL Stella Schmocker, Whitewater Rek Christoph, Luxemburg Kaendyll Kress, Newton Katie-Jo & Nicholas Walters, Wausau Donnie Jo & Cecelia Dittrich, Alma Beau & Kole Trapp, Taylor Brayden & Rachel Meyer, Unity Caleb Hart, De Pere Becka Iverson, Juda Avery Jacobson, Juda Brooke Justmann, Oakfield Evan Schrauth, Lomira Hannah Borchardt, Random Lake Ava Hendrickson, Belleville Joshua Hoffman, Manitowoc Bryce Tiffany, Elmwood Adult members: Kurt Ferfecki, Pulaski Mitchell Slind, New Richmond Matt Welsch, Milladore Roy Parsons, Eagleville, MO Mike Hackman, Marthasville, MO
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Fustead Mogul Lilac-ET VG-86 VG-MS GTPI +2521 #4 cow in April 2-02 260 22,568 4.8 1079 3.3 750 inc. Dam: Glen-Toctin Bolt Lucille-ET EX-90 5-05 365 43,114 4.2 1809 3.1 1325
Lilac has 12 daughters over +2500 GTPI, the highest one being Fustead Montery Lefty-ET. With a GTPI of +2787, she was the number two heifer in April. Watch for Lilac’s son - Fustead Tango Lylas-ET, GTPI +2652 - coming soon at Select Sires.
FUSTEAD HOLSTEINS Brian & Wendy Fust • Tyler & Shannon, Sarah & Tanner • Adam & Jennifer, Aiden, Bailey & Connor Wausau, WI 715-842-5868/Ph; 715-848-0465/Fax wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-51
From the frozen tundra of Wisconsin, to the white sand and hot beaches of the Caribbean...
The Global Atwood story continues...
Hilrose Atwood Peace (La Motosierra) VG-87 2-02 2x 301 24,386 3.05 1033 2.9 766 • 1st Senior 2-Year-Old, Dominican Republic National Holstein Show 2015 • Senior & Grand Champion, Dominican Republic National Holstein Show 2015 • Supreme Champion, Dominican Republic National Show 2015 Breeder: Hilrose Dairy, LLC The Brantmeier Family Sherwood, WI
Owner: Sociedad la Motosierra, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Abelito Madera, Arnaldo Gomez, Domingo Espinal, Eloy cercas, Joselin Rodriguez, Luis Carlos Fernandez, Nelsin landestoy, Oscar peña, Rene columna, Ruben Hernandez, Eliceo negrin, Tobias Artiles, Eric Rivero
W4410 Campbell Dr., Campbellsport, WI 53010
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Butz-Butler Snchz Breeze-ET VG-88 EEEVV 2-06 2x 322 30,210 3.9 1174 3.1 923 4-00 3x 365 35,180 3.6 1283 3.1 1107 • Daughters by Atwood and Goldsun • Pregnancies by Goldsun and Absolute-Red Dam: Regancrest Brasilia-ET EX-92 2E DOM 2-03 2x 365 33,180 3.6 1186 2.9 926 2nd Dam: Regancrest-PR Barbie EX-92 GMD DOM 3rd Dam: Regancrest Juror Brina EX-92 GMD 4th Dam: Regancrest Aerostar Bert EX-90 GMD DOM Next Dams: EX-91 2E GMD DOM, EX-90, VG-86, VG-85
Scientific Divinity Rae-ET *RC EX-90 EX-MS
Shottle x DURHAM
2-08 2x 365 29,390 4.1 1196 3.3 972 5-00 2x 365 32,760 4.2 1379 3.1 1027 • Pregnancies by Armani Dam: Scientific Debutante Rae-ET EX-92 GMD DOM 2-02 2x 365 32,930 4.4 1440 3.2 1070 All-American 4-Year-Old 2005 2nd Dam: Scientific Jubilant Rae-ET EX-90 DOM 3rd Dam: Hanoverhill Tony Rae EX-96 3E GMD DOM 4th Dam: Hanoverhill TT Roxette EX-94 2E GMD DOM Next Dams: EX GMD DOM, EX-97 4E GMD Roxy, EX-90, VG-85
Indianhead Advt Wine-Red-ET EX-90 EX-MS 2E 6-01 3x 365 37,430 3.9 1458 2.8 1039 Lifetime: 1623d 129,910 4.1 5305 2.8 3689 • Red daughters by Dusk and Durable Dam: Indianhead Raquel EX-92 2E 3-05 3x 365 40,870 3.7 1520 2.8 1150 2nd Dam: Sellcrest No Rachel-Red EX-94 3E GMD 3rd Dam: Clover-Mist Regina-Red EX-92 4th Dam: Augys Rose Regal-Red EX-90 Next Dams: EX-96 August, EX-92, EX-90
Other Herd Favorites: • Holtland Sanchez Taree VG-89 1st lact. • Holtland Pronto Dakota EX-90 • Holtland Lightning Franki EX-91 • Holtland Talent Randi EX-92 95-MS 54–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
Lonnie & Rochelle Holthaus • Jeremy Holthaus 1560 Wilson St., Fennimore, WI 53809 608-822-6341 • 608-778-6341 • email: email@example.com
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ART program succeeds at Mystic Valley Dairy by: Cassi Miller, communication intern at East Central/Select Sires
he blends right in when walking down the center isle of the free-stall barn, but the success of her offspring proves she’s superior to the already-outstanding herd of quality registered cattle at Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, Sauk City. “SSI Supersire Miri 8679ET (VG-85, +2687 GTPI) is one of the most valuable cows in the country right now,” noted Mitch Breunig, owner of Mystic Valley Dairy. “Her Montross son (7HO13250) JEDI, is one the breed’s highest young sires at +2749 and is scheduled to be released with the August proofs, sexed-semen only.” Additionally, she has nine other sons to date over +2600 GTPI and six daughters over +2600. Mystic Valley Dairy, is a partner herd of the ART (Aggressive Reproductive Technologies) program, provided by Select Sires, and Miri is a product of that program. The ART program creates highquality bull calves for young-sire sampling (Program for Genetic Advancement, PGA). All calves that are a part of this program are raised at the Select Sires headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. ART involves the ownership and control of a select group of females with high-genetic rank and exceptional pedigrees. In short, the ART program is designed to create matings for expanding the genetic variety available to Holstein breeders.
The story behind the cows Nearly 54 years after the original farm was established, Mystic Valley Dairy is approaching its 17th anniversary. Mitch and his farther, the late Louis Breunig, formed Mystic Valley Dairy after an expansion from the original farm, Jenny-Lou Dairy, which was founded by Louis and Jeannette Breunig in 1961. In the beginning, Jenny-Lou Dairy consisted of 120 acres and 50 cows in a 52-stall stanchion barn. Mitch said, “I can still remember being excited to finally be allowed to milk cows alongside my father. I would carry my ‘milking bucket’ around to stand on so I could reach the pipeline. The farm went through some major expansions and by the 1990s, grew to 500 acres and 110 cows. A few years later, Mitch returned home after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 1998, the herd expanded to 1,000 acres and 400 cows. Today, there are 430 cows, total, with about 380 in milk at any given time. They’re also talking about expanding the herd, again, and building a transition-cow housing facility. Even with the farm renovations throughout the years, the main goals have always been the same: to create a sustainable business by
breeding long-lasting cows that produce large volumes of milk and have exceptional type. To accomplish this, Breunig has put an extra emphasis on cow comfort and prides himself, and his employees, on where they are today. “We are building a balanced herd; we want solid genetics with strong milk production. For this to happen, we have to have comfortable cows,” Mitch said. When asked about his ideal cow, Breunig said, “My perfect cow is 87-92 points and makes 50,000 pounds of milk.” One of these perfect cows, which also put Mystic Valley Dairy on the industry’s map, was Jenny-Lou Patron Toyane (VG-89 GMD DOM). She is the dam to two of the top bulls in the industry’s history: Jenny-Lou Mrshl Toystory-ET and 7HO7349 Jenny-Lou Marshall P149-ET. “Due to these superior genetics,” noted Breunig, “between the maternal and paternal sides, more than 40 percent of the herd traces back to Toyane.” Select Sires provides options and service When genomics became popular, like most, Breunig was skeptical at first. “In the beginning stages of genomics, I used a few genomic-tested bulls but mainly stuck to proven bulls. Now we’re looking to use more genomic bulls.” He also commends Select Sires for providing options, “Select Sires provides genetics for all types of operations but the addition of these genomic bulls has made Select Sires truly one of the top and most versatile bull-stud companies out there today.” Mystic Valley Dairy has worked with several quality East Central/ Select Sires staff throughout the years, like Kevin Jorgensen, who is now a Holstein sire analyst with Select Sires, Inc. Today, Mystic Valley works with Brian Kelroy and Jerome Meyer for Select Reproductive Solutions; David Sarbacker for Select Mating Service; Brad Fossum as the area sales manager; and Ryan O’Leary and Doug Rake, member service representative A.I. technicians. According to Rake, “Mitch is the kind of guy who brings out the best in everyone he works with; his attitude and charisma are contagious.” However, Mitch is just as quick to complement East Central/Select Sires, too, “I could not have asked for better individuals and products to work with. I have the utmost respect for these people and appreciate that I get to work so closely with them.”
Jenny-Lou Patron Toyane VG-89 GMD DOM dam of Toystory and 7HO7349 LOU 56–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
of the Ke-Jo/Jenny-Lou partnership
Jenny-Lou-KJ Bookem Fancy VG-87 GTPI +2238 +41P +2.02T 1-11 288 30,390 1133F 990P • Embryos exported Fancy is one of 12 daughters of mellary Goldwyn Fate EX-91 DOm. Next 3 dams EX as well. She has sisters by Hero, planet, Epic, Braxton, Jives and Explode.
Ms Apples Anessa VG-88 EX-MS 1-11 361 29,250 1317F 1030P 3-03 337 28,630 1340F 949P inc. Anessa is the full sister to 7HO11703 Armani and is due back again in October to pat-Red. She has been an amazing flush cow and we have daughters by Atwood, Corvette, malone-Red, Dresser, Ducati-Red, Dogma-p and pregnancies by Kingboy, yoder, profit, milner, Doorman and Integral.
Da-So-Burn Mich Dezzie EX-94 EEEEE 4-06 365 48,940 1952F 1392P Dezzie was one of our favorites and traces back to the world-reknown Dellia’s. She has a Goldwyn daughter that is due in August and a January 2015 Gold Chip. Additionally, she has pregnancies by Kingboy, Beemer and Durham.
These are just a few of the dozens and dozens of daughters from Select Sires daughters that have been a solid foundation to our partnership. Congratulations Select Sires on 50 great years!
Mystic Valley Dairy LLC Mitch Breunig 8667 Cty. Hwy. V, Sauk City, WI 53583 608.643.6818 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 24 EX, 149 VG, 161 GP, 42 G RHA: 425 cows 33,045 3.9 1288 3.02 999
Kevin Jorgensen 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 920-210-3992 email@example.com
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Our Select Best 7HO12422
Lambrecht Shaw AICON-ET
GTPI +2505 +2060M +63P +52F +3.4PL +601NM +2.38T +1.27UDC +2.44FLC A2A2 157RZG 4/15 Seagull-Bay Shaw-ET x Bookem Amelia x VG-89 Shottle x VG-89 GMD DOM Adam x EX-90 GMD DOM Manfred x EX-91 GMD DOM Mandel x EX-93 2E GMD DOM B-M-Y Leadman Karen-ET x EX-92 2E GMD DOM Ms Berkshire-Valley Feather
Aicon’s dam: Lambrecht Bookem Amelia-ET VG-85 VG-MS at 2-05 +2235G 1-11 2x 365 35,440 5.3 1884 3.4 1197
Her full sister: Lambrecht Bookem Annisa-ET
VG-85 VG-MS at 3-02 +2203G 2-00 2x 365 43,660 5.9 2576 3.3 1425 1st Natl. & WI Fat • Calves on the ground by Supersire, Montross & Robust • Pregnancies by Josuper, Silver & Damaris
Our next star: Roorda SS Merritt 15889-ET
A fancy Mogul: Ms Dreary Desire-ET
Dams: EX-90 Observer x VG-88 EX-MS DOM Shottle
Dams: VG-86 DOM Boliver x EX-91 2E GMD DOM Outside Dabble
VG-86 VG-MS at 2-04 +2528G by 7HO11351 Supersire • Will be flushed
VG-87 EX-MS at 2-07 +2296G by 7HO11314 Mogul
• Pregnancies by Damaris, Monterey, Hotrod & Bayonet
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Jeff Lambrecht N627 St. Peters Road, Kewaunee, WI 54216 920-562-1783 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cow Camp est. 1890
Cow Camp Remains a Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association Mainstay
If there’s one thing that the youth in our association look forward to each year, Cow Camp has to make the short list. Founded in 1987, this annual event draws over 100 youth, chaperones, Junior Activities Committee members and staff to celebrate all things Holstein and educate members age 14 and under on all areas of the business. The first camp was held April 10-11, 1987 at Thousand Trails Preserve in Lyndon Station, where ‘accommodations’ were recreational vehicles that slept up to eight people per trailer. The cost to attend was just $15, and the schedule included hayrides, skillathons, and a pizza party, in addition to workshops on genetics, pedigrees, merchandising, advertising, and caring for a 4-H project. The inaugural camp brought over 50 youth to Lyndon Station. Over the years the number of campers has fluctuated, but 28 years later at the 2015 Cow Camp, WHA had a tremendous turnout with 91 youth attending in Waupaca at Pine Lake Camp. As with all junior functions in the association, the Junior Activities Committee leads the planning and execution of Cow Camp with assistance from outside adult experts to lead workshops and chaperones to help keep track of campers. The committee tries very hard to bring variety to each camp, especially with a wide age range that allows campers to be repeat attendees from year to year. In the almost 30 years of camps, the JACs have recruited some incredible volunteers to lead workshops, from Dr. David Dickson, to Dr. Matt Dorshorst and Dr. Sandy Curran. There is an incredible amount of people that have donated time, resources and fuel to travel to camps and help educate our state’s dairy youth at camp. One of the best parts of camp is interaction with animals, whether a fitting workshop or showmanship demonstration, and local dairy breeders have also played an important role in providing animals for camp use for any location in the state. Cow Camp has always been held in April or May, and is a onenight, two-day event. In the early years, the camp was held in Lyndon Station or Wisconsin Dells. More recently, the camp has been rotated around the state to allow greater participation from all areas of Wisconsin. Past locations also include Green Lake, Waupaca, Fall Creek, Chippewa Falls, Michicot, and Ferryville. With living and holding events in Wisconsin, the weather is always a factor no matter what the timing of an event. At the fifth cow camp held in 1991, there was snow on the ground and snowball fights. That camp also included a lip sync contest, where the Junior Activities Committee performed their rendition of “Ice Ice Baby.” Dean Strauss led the group in ‘dairyrobics’ and the camp concluded with the traditional egg toss. On April 16, 1993, there was so much snow on the ground that the campers were able to go tobogganing! One of the highlights that have developed over the years is the
end of camp festivities, which includes a form of Ag Olympics and the ‘unspoken’ shaving cream fight. This has evolved from eggs to full-on shaving cream coverage, as not many willing participants leave the battlefield uncovered once the fun begins. At the 2015 camp in Waupaca, the Junior Activities Committee came off the field mostly unscathed, and used the nearby lake to get rid of all the shaving cream they collected. This year Matt Dorshorst was on hand to run the hose to help rinse off kids. Matt is one of many who have now come full circle with camp, having been a participant, JAC in charge, and a parent of kids attending! He was happy to help rinse his kids with the garden hose before they jumped in the van to head for home. With the fun and educational opportunities Cow Camp provides, WHA will continue this event for years to come. Through the years the ideas and workshops for the youth at camp have evolved, but one thing remains constant – the idea and drive behind holding an annual event such as Cow Camp. This activity allows juniors the chance to meet their Junior Activities Committee and other youth from across the state while taking in educational workshops to aid in the development and interest in the Holstein cow.
Matt Dorshorst has gone through all roles at Cow Camp - from camper, to JAC to parent and workshop presenter.
The annual Ag Olympics has concluded with, early on, an egg fight, to more recently a shaving cream fight.
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Junior Trip est. 1890
Perhaps one of the best things Wisconsin Holstein has provided for our youth members is the opportunity to go on the annual Junior Farm Tour Trip. With an idea brought to the table in 1942, this program remains as strong as ever. The Junior Trip provides youth the opportunity to travel to various sizes and style of farms, giving them the chance to take in different management styles and meet Holstein breeders from across the state. During Farm and Home week in Madison in 1942, a meeting of agriculture teachers, county agents, State 4-H and FFA officials and the calf club committee was held. It was decided that the Holstein Association would sponsor a four-day trip for five club members; two FFA, two 4-H and one club member to be selected by the State Holstein Association. The 4-H and FFA members were to be selected on the basis of the herd improvement program, which they were using in their own herds, the club member selected by the State Holstein Association on his herd sire selection project. On that inaugural trip, taken October 7-10, 1942, the group left from Madison and made a tour of eastern Wisconsin. At that time the speed limit was 35 miles per hour, so the trip was arranged to save as much mileage as possible. Ben Dibble of Pewaukee served as reporter and chauffeur on the trip with Mrs. Reynolds, and State 4-H leader Mr. Varney. The youth attending included Marjorie Quilling (4-H, Elk Mound), Robert Gorst (Holstein Association, Neillsville), Dale Burdick (FFA, Hillsdale), and Carl Beth (FFA, Reedsburg). The group toured University Hill Farm, Jefferson County Asylum, Hetts Farm, George Howard and Sons Farm, Pabst Farms, Milwaukee County Institutions farms, Harvey Nelson and Son Farm, and East Central Breeders’ Association Cooperative. “The trip was a real inspiration to each of us. We were treated royally everywhere we went and we are deeply indebted to everyone who has helped make this trip possible. We will do our best to repay your kindness by putting into practice the many things which you have taught us in order that we may become better farmers and Holstein breeders and we will encourage other young people to join the great fraternity of Holstein breeders,” remarked a trip attendee following the first outing. The following year, field man Bob Geiger took over chaperoning duties, and the boys attending wrote reports on each farm visited on
Trip participants visited Todd Stanek’s “funny farm” and met “Millie” the goat in 2005
1980 Trip participants the trip. The tradition of those attending writing about each stop is another that continues on trips taken today. In 1945, the third annual trip included five boys that were awarded the opportunity to attend for their outstanding work on their Holstein projects by the State Holstein Association. Also unique to this trip was a stop at the Hoard’s Dairyman building in Fort Atkinson. Through the years there were slight modifications to the Junior Holstein Trip, including the addition of a Wisconsin football game at the end of the week. Trips lasted four days for many years, and switched to a two-day event in 1992. In the early years, it was common for field reps to go on the tours as drivers and chaperones. For Mike Snyder, the trip was one of his favorite parts of being involved in Holsteins on both the state and national level. “The trip was truly a chance to meet new people, and we tried to see herds that we knew would be glad to have us and roll out the red carpet. It was an experience for a lot of kids, as many had never been to a hotel or eaten out. We always made a point to have kids get to know each other, switching up vehicles and truly getting the most out of our days together. At night we’d sit by the hotel pool as a group and talk about the day. It was a really neat experience and it’s been phenomenal to see how the kids that went on the trip have become successful through the years,” Mike commented. Mike was a leader of the trip for many years in the `70s and `80s, and one of his most comical memories includes former chaperones Tom Piper and Dave Sullivan. On a trip to northwest Wisconsin, Tom called in a favor to his friend that happened to be the chief of police to give Dave a good scare. Needless to say, Dave got pulled over, and the two vehicles behind him enjoyed a good laugh seeing the panic in his face thinking he was getting a ticket. Kathie McCullough, a 1995 trip winner, recalls traveling to northwest Wisconsin to meet the one and only Stookey Elm Park Blackrose at Indianhead Holsteins. Before stopping, fellow trip attendee Chad Ryan had the group stop at a hardware store to buy black spray paint, and then a gas station to buy a rose. Apparently, it was customary to bring a black rose when you stopped by the farm to see the lady herself. So, in the parking lot of the hardware store, Skippy painted the rose that was delivered at the farm. Wisconsin Holstein has been extremely fortunate to have assistance chaperoning from one of our own the last several years – Joseta Halbur. Her best memories include positive feedback, tips, and ideas that the breeders and tour hosts have for the kids. She says the best memories are the ones that get the kids talking in the van and engage group conversations and idea sharing. “Probably the best advice came wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-61
from people like Todd Doornink who encouraged the kids to work hard AND play hard. No matter what you do, you have to enjoy it and have fun. This was also the farm Willie Coyne fell in the mud,” Joseta recalls. Perhaps he was having too much fun? Joseta also remembers the trip to Synergy Dairy as a memorable one. “Jay and Heather Jauquet have a very positive and progressive view on new things in the industry. The entire weekend, the kids had heard other herd owners thoughts about genomics. Jay gave a very unique opinion that said its here, and we need to embrace it. On the way to our final destination, the kids talked, very seriously, for about an hour about the things they had learned just at their farm. Had it not been for our time schedule, they probably would have stayed at Synergy for hours.” Finally, Joseta remembers a special trip to Siemers Holsteins. “Sherry gave us a great tour of the genetics herd as well as a sneak peek of the commercial herd up the road. Her parting words to the kids were to get out there and sell drugs... cow drugs that is. Of course her main point was to get out and experience something different than what they are used to doing. That way they learn something they are not already familiar with and broaden their horizons. Taking on the new opportunities will open up doors for them down the road.” The Junior Farm Tour program has remained a constant in the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association program’s list of events. It has become an annual tradition and something that youth look forward to each and every year. While the logistics of the trip have been modified through the years, one thing remains the same – the chance to see, learn and meet youth and Registered Holstein breeders that are making a difference in the Wisconsin dairy industry.
Trip participants have had the honor of visiting some Holstein legends over the years...
from August in 1992 (above), to Blackrose in 1995 to Debutante Rae in 2005 (right).
How many people and cows could you identify on our “Remember When” page in the May issue? Below are the answers. Congratulations to Kent Wendorf for identifying the most correct answers.
1. Orion Samuelson & Koepke’s “Granny” cow 2. Marty & Trudy Kinyon, Don & Lila Rickert 3. Bob Hecker, David Castleberg, Daniel Peterson with Astrahoe LJ Rosa Rebel, Marty Castleberg 4. Lisa (Hoesly) Behnke, Mary Piper, Rodney Hetts, Sonny Bartel with Dreamstreet CBA Pearlene, David Bachmann with Pinehurst Anita, Jamie Greenheck and Elmo Wendorf Jr. 5. John & Denise Hager, Mike & Barb Snyder 6. Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET 7. Alvin & Marian Piper and Laura Finley 8. 1992 National Dairy Bowl Champions from Fond du Lac County, Lisa Kottke, Mary Maedtke, Tracy Ryan, (back) Jeff Hayes, Mike Pierquet, Josh O’Leary, Dave Lammers, Linda Hodorff & Mary Ryan 9. Ben Sarbacker, Andi Cooper, Joe Sarbacker, (back) Laura Elliott, Abbey Wethal, Vicki Cooper, Kelly Sime, Amber Elliott and Emily Miller Opsal 10. Jerry Schmidt and Susan (Krull) Schultz 11. Barry Alvarez and Mike Holschbach 12. Golden Oaks Mark Prudence 13. Gail (Wubbenhorst) Klinkner, Mandi (Puttkamer) Bue and Kelly Lee with Pavich’s Jovo J&B of PDF 14. Dave Dickson 15. Merle Howard and Robert Holterman 16. Dianne Deaton Vielhuber and Willis Gunst 17. Michelle Hagen, Chris Booth and Linda Mullen 18. Tom and Sandy Morris, Adam Morris, Moriah (Morris) Brey 19. Sarah Wegner, Tom Rock with Quality Ridge Major Erica, Ashley Yager with McCoy Valley Legendary Lucy, Jeff Brantmeier with Farmdale Integrity Dixie, Ryan Steinhoff, Ashley (Sabo) Brantmeier with Joalfarms Storm Popcorn and Kevin Ryan 20. 1990 All-Wisconsin Get of Sire - Missy (Jackson) Kietzman, Dan Siemers, Jim Hoskens, Dale Kranz and Bryan Stremcha
Remember when? est. 1890
As part of our anniversary celebration, we’ll be featuring cover and advertisement from a past issue of the News. We are also looking for fun photos from the past to feature on our Facebook page. If you’d like to submit a photo for consideration, please email it to email@example.com.
May 1990 ad - Moss Oak Farm Moss Oak’s 1990 ad featuring four Starbuck daughters was part of a special tribute to Hanoverhill Starbuck in the May issue.
August 1982 cover
This cover featured Wisconsin’s first 300,000 lb. producer, Kuehn-Acres Pioneer Duchess, VG-88, owned by Joseph Kuehn & Sons, Egg Harbor
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District 8 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The September issue will feature District 6 - Dane, Green, Kenosha, Racine, Rock & Walworth counties.
2015 Adult Membership: 117; Jr. Membership: 23 Adult Association officers - President: Dennis Gunst; Vice President: Matt Smith; Secretary: Mary Feucht; Treasurer: Roger Hildebrandt; Directors: Judy Schuster, Ty Hildebrandt, Erik Warmka, Steve Patterson, Mandy Sell. Junior Association officers - President: Brad Warmka; Vice President: Danielle Warmka; Secretary: Dawson Nickels; Treasurer: Andy Sell; Membership Coordinator: Kylie Nickels. Both the adult and Junior Dodge county members have been busy this year. 2015 started in an ‘Out of This League’ way, with the juniors hosting the 2015 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention. Our members had great success as well with our very own Carrie Warmka and Andy Sell being named DJM recipients. Carrie Warmka went on to be named the Outstanding Holstein Girl and Andy Sell was named a National DJM. Dawson & Kylie Nickels received YDJM awards, with Dawson being named a National YDJM, Grady Wendorf received a 12 & Under award. Matthew Gunst won 3rd place in the Junior Speaking contest, Brad Warmka placed 3rd in Dairy Jeopardy and Dawson and Kylie Nickels both won their age division in Dairy Jeopardy. Both of our Dairy Bowl teams also did well. Our senior team consisting of Andy Sell, Brad Warmka, Danielle Warmka and Paul Grulke was 4th place and our junior team, consisting of Dawson and Kylie Nickels, Matthew Gunst, Grady Wendorf and Sam Pitterle topped the junior competition and earned the honor of representing Wisconsin at the National Holstein Convention in June! Our adult board hosted our annual meeting on January 31. Bruce Vande Zande of Vande Holsteins was awarded the Honoree award and the Friend of the Association was presented to Richard & Jon Schoenike. Three new board members were elected and Brad Warmka was recognized as the county’s Outstanding Holstein Boy. A labor auction was held, with proceeds going towards the Junior's trip to National Convention. The night concluded with a rousing match of Adult Dairy Bowl! Members had great success at the Midwest Spring Show, with both the Grand and Intermediate Champions hailing from Dodge County, the Grand Champion coming from Budjon in Lomira and the Intermediate Champion being Bred & Owned from Smith-Crest in Watertown. A group of Dodge County juniors will be attending the National Holstein Convention in June. Andy Sell has been recognized as a National DJM semi-finalist and Dawson Nickels as a National YDJM finalist! Along with our dairy bowl team, also competing at the national level are Matthew Gunst in the speaking contest and Brad Warmka in Dairy Jeopardy. August 22 will mark the 14th Annual Dodge County Holstein Futurity. This two-year-old futurity will be judged this year by Jerome Meyer. The show is held in conjunction with the Dodge County Fair. Plans are under way for, America’s Longest running sale, the 71st Dodgeramma, to be held on May 14th, 2016, at the Dodge County Fairgrounds.
2015 Adult Membership: 64; Jr. Membership: 33 Adult Association officers - President: Cheryl Ehrke; Vice President: Linda Wright; Secretary: Kayla Wright; Treasurer: Jodie Bobolz.
2015 Adult Membership: 1; Jr. Membership: 0
2015 Adult Membership: 9; Jr. Membership: 1
2015 Adult Membership: 34; Jr. Membership: 17 Junior Association officers - President: Dylan Mayer; Secretary: Mark Schaefer; Treasurer: Thomas Melius; Advisors: Melissa Schaefer & Sam Wesp.
2015 Adult Membership: 16; Jr. Membership: 3 Adult Association officers - President: James Grojan; Vice President: Matt Hopkins; Secretary/Treasurer: Audrey Hopkins; Junior Advisor: Katie Agnew.
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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Anna Blake Hometown: Pine River, WI School: Berlin High School Class Size: 125 Farm: Blake Farms Major: Dairy Science and Spanish Why did you decide to attend UWMadison? I chose to attend UW-Madison as it is one of the top universities in the world and my professors are leaders in their field of research, so I get to learn from the people who wrote the textbooks for other schools. What has been your most memorable college experience? The most memorable part of my college experience was my time last summer. I chose not to do an internship or do anything related to dairy for the first time ever, instead I chose to study abroad. For two months this summer I took classes to further my Spanish degree at the historic university in Alcalá de Henares in Spain and was able to travel throughout the country. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course has been Dairy Science 434: Reproductive Physiology. I enjoyed this class because the labs worked with the lectures to provide the best hands-on learning possible and everything we learned in the class was practical and very useful knowledge. What are your future career goals? Once I graduate, I want to work in either the reproductive and/or genetics side of the dairy industry. At the same time, I want to be able to help improve communication between farm owners/managers and Spanish speaking employees. Inquiry Lives Here UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 www.wisc.edu/dysci/ Contact: Ted Halbach
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Cows, Crowns, and Kids As the Wisconsin Holstein Association is busy celebrating the 125th Anniversary and the many traditions, it continues to look for new events to promote the Association, dairy industry, and the Holstein cow. This was the third year that Kids Express Learning Center (KELC) in Madison, Wis., hosted the Association for “Dairy Day.” KELC is a learning center for 250 children ranging from six weeks old to fifth grade, and is credited with 42 staff that all have a bachelor’s degree in education or a closely related field. “Dairy Day” not only kicks off June Dairy month for the Wisconsin Holstein Association, but also kicks off the KELC summer program, “Summer on the Farm.” This year they are celebrating 20 years of the program. Children get to improve reading, math, and science skills through activities such as gardening, sports, culinary school, art, engineering, zumba, yoga, interacting with animals, and other hands on activities. The goal at KELC is to provide quality education in a rural setting, to gently guide children in their exploration of the world while encouraging “kids” to “express” themselves in a myriad of ways. KELC is committed to providing the highest quality care and early childhood learning experiences, and does their best to foster children’s confidence in themselves and a desire for life-long learning. Wisconsin Holstein created four stations for the event. First, Princess Attendant Cierra Erhke-Essock taught the children about “A Day in the Life of a Farmer.” She began by asking the students what they thought farmers do, and after getting responses like “drive a tractor” and “milk cows” she was able to teach them even more about the variety of crops they harvest, feeding of animals, veterinary care, and the passion farmers have for making sure their cattle are safe and happy at all times. Cierra also was able to talk about the show side of the dairy industry along with explaining her role as the 2015 Wisconsin Holstein Princess Attendant. Wisconsin Holstein was fortunate to have Badgerland Financial, Vicky Hill and Badgerland’s summer intern, Jamie Sawle support the event again this year, serving “Barnyard Blast” ice cream for the students to enjoy. At this station the children learned the basics of how milk is made into ice cream from Green County Dairy Queen Kelsey Cramer. The most popular station of the day was, of course, the animals! Wisconsin Holstein Princess Sierra Lurvey talked with the students about what dairy cattle eat, the difference between hay and straw, and how the animals develop from a calf, to a heifer, to being a cow in just two years. The children were then able to pet “Holly” and “Molly” and the bull, Brown Swiss “Billy.” The children’s eyes lit up, as for many it was their first time petting a cow. WHA thanks Fischerdale Holsteins, Tom and Vicki Sarbacker and their five children, Nick, Andy, Joe, Ben, and Elizabeth for allowing us to use the three animals for this outstanding educational opportunity. The final station was Green County Dairy Princess Haley Reeson, reading a story about the colors on a farm. She was able to incorporate the different colors that come with each season and how colors on the farm continue to change. Sandy and Will Dahl are the owners of this incredible center. “Our success with Kids Express is because of the quality of teachers 64–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015
and the devotion of all our employees to Kids Express,” stated Sandy. “All of the teachers are bright, willing to lead a team, and work together as a staff to create a curriculum fitting for each age group.” Sandy talked more about the excitement that is building for their summer program. This year is extra special; not only is it the 20th Anniversary, but in just a couple weeks, two of the alpacas are due to give birth. The teachers have been able to incorporate this excitement into their curriculums by teaching about genetics. The children have all made predictions of what color the babies will be based on the color of their parents. KELC sits on ten acres and has a variety of classrooms, indoor and outdoor sports courts, gardens, and areas for crafts and fun. They also have alpaca, sheep, and goats on the property. The children love to work with the animals and learn about what it takes to be good animal owners and care takers. “What we do is a labor of love and devotion!” Sandy exclaimed. “Will and I work a lot of hours and raising leaders for our community is our goal. The teachers use nature as much as possible in the curriculums, as they strive to make science real for the students.” We look forward to building our relationship with KELC and again want to thank them for inviting us to teach the students about dairy. It’s a privilege to be able to bring dairy to an urban setting with “Dairy Day” and look to make this a long standing tradition.
Cow Camp 2015 Happy Birthday Wisconsin Holstein! Over 90 youth attended this year’s Cow Camp, held at Pine Lake Camp in Waupaca, Wis. It was an exciting weekend filled with learning opportunities for youth ages 14 and under. Thank you to our expert guest speakers and volunteers – Matt and Molly Dorshorst, Danae Bauer, Nicholas Schuster, Pam Selz-Pralle and Sherry Siemers-Peterman. Farmer Olympics – Pink Group We did a really fun event named the farmer Olympics, where we lived a day as a farmer. The event consisted of climbing out of our sleeping bags and getting dressed, egg cracking, milking, calf feeding, bale loading, vaccinations, poop loading, cow retrieving and then we had to race back to the start. It was so much fun! Photography - White Group In the photography session, Danae Bauer taught us to place the camera in different angles to see the objects behind you and beside you. We also learned how to make the background fade. We learned how to properly enter our photography for the fair. We really liked learning how to put the sun behind the people in the picture. Cheese – Orange Group At the cheese station we learned about many things. One thing we learned is that there are many, and by many we mean over 600 different kinds of cheeses. The very nice lady that taught us about cheese was Pam Selz-Pralle. Another thing we learned is how cheese ages. We also tried eight different kinds of cheese and most of them were good. Feeding Show Heifers – Yellow Group We learned all about the different feeds for show animals. Sherry Siemers-Peterman shared how they sort different heifers into groups based on how skinny or fat they are. They put them in groups that will help them maintain a healthy weight. We also learned how to water them properly and how to look at manure for consistency. We learned that we can make friends at many conventions that have to do with agriculture. Cow Anatomy – Green Group We learned about cow anatomy with Dr. Matt Dorshorst. We learned what abnormal organs looked like. We learned the four parts of the heart (left and right atria and ventricles). We also got to see a pregnant uterus. We got to touch each organ and learn all the different names of parts. One of the lymph nodes shown had cancer, and we saw lungs infected with pneumonia. We also got to see abscesses on the cervix and the heart. Butter Making – Red Group One of the workshops we went to on Saturday was the butter making station. While there, WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey led the station and we got to meet her. We put heavy whipping cream in little plastic containers and shook them for half an hour until all the liquid was gone. We put the butter on Ritz crackers; it was really good! It was really cool to make our own dairy product! We also learned about the nine essential nutrients in milk. These included: potassium, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin D, niacin, riboflavin, and protein. Also, we played a few games to meet each other! Showmanship – Blue Group On Sunday, the second day of camp, we did a workshop on showmanship. We learned how to set feet, what to wear, what kind of halters to use, how to pull throat, and how to back your animal up. All of the things we learned will be useful this summer when we show. We really enjoyed this workshop and had lots of fun learning how to do well in showmanship from Nicholas Schuster. Campfire – Navy Group At the campfire we had a lot of fun talking. A lot of people also played ghost in the graveyard for a long time. We were all able to roast marshmallows and make s’mores. One of the campers used his Boy Scout skills to help the JAC guys get the fire going. The campfire was nice and we got to meet new friends. Safety – Light Green Group We learned a lot and had fun at the safety station taught by Molly Dorshorst. She taught us how to be safe around gravity wagons and when we are riding on vehicles. We also liked learning about safety off the farm. We learned how to be safe when waiting for the school bus. Molly showed us cool examples that showed the consequences of being unsafe. We had fun and would go to this station again. Arts & Crafts – Purple Group We enjoyed the arts and crafts station where we were able to make ‘dream boards.’ We had lots of fun and we really think what we put on the papers will happen in the future. We cut out pictures of cows and things that we wanted to achieve in the future. It was fun making the posters and I can’t wait to see if the things we want to do come true when we are older. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2015-65
Championship Show Junior Events WI State Championship Show Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Friday, July 10 8:30 a.m. Registration for the Junior Judging contest 9:00 a.m. Junior Judging contest begins. Reasons required for Seniors. *Tug-of-War contest/games to follow the judging contest. Lunch provided 2:00 p.m. Heifer Show begins 7:00 p.m. Showmanship contest Juniors that placed in the top 3 at their District Show are eligible to compete. Saturday, July 11 9:00 a.m. Cow Show begins
Junior Judging 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, Friday, July 10 in Madison. There is still time to register – this contest is a great opportunity to see some of the state’s best Holsteins in a contest setting! Registration is at 8:30, with the contest to begin at 9:00 a.m. Hope to see you there! Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Friday, July 10, 2015 Registration: 8:30 a.m. Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Age divisions as of January 1, 2015: - Junior (14 & under) - Senior (15 & over) Cost is $4/individual, or $12/Team of four.
Taste of WI State Fair – Junior Events in the Coliseum
Join us for the second annual Taste of WI State Fair in the coliseum on Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 p.m. 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 with members of our Junior Activities Committee. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet fellow dairy exhibitors and build lasting friendships. The Wisconsin Holstein Association teamed up with the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board in order to make this event possible. Bring all county exhibitors and join in on the fun!
Junior Award Forms
All 2015 Junior Award Forms are available online for download under the awards/juniors area of our website. A hard copy can be sent by calling the office at 1-800-223-4269. All awards are in editable PDF format, and be sure to check the forms for any updates in entry requirements. Deadlines for the 12 & Under, YDJM and DJM award forms is September 15, 2015. Please take note that all other forms and entries are due November 15, including: Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Long Range Production, Junior Progressive Breeder, Junior Trip, WHY Friend, and Royalty.
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2015 Junior Raffle – Tickets Available Now
The Dorshorst family of Junction City, WI, has graciously donated this year’s raffle calf, Dorsland Tart of Tilly-ET, a 5-3-15 Overtime P daughter of Jas-K Guthrie Tart-Red-ET, VG-89. Thank you to the Dorshorst family for a great calf for this year’s fundraiser! Thank you to our additional donors for this year’s raffle: Wisconsin Holstein Association – UW Men’s Hockey Tickets (set of two) Mary Kay – Gift Basket UW-Platteville Dairy Club – Gift Basket WI State Farmer – Subscription Accelerated Genetics – Semen Certificate Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin – Culvers Gift Card ABS – Gift CRV – Gift Holstein World – Apparel Country Today – Subscription NASCO – Show Supplies East Central Select Sires – Semen Certificate Cattle Connection – Vest Badger Dairy Club – Badger Gift Basket International Protein Sires – 10 units of Barbwire-Red Semex – Gift World Dairy Expo – Gift Basket Agri-View – 1 Year Subscription and 25-word classified ad Wisconsin Holstein Publications – WHP Advertising Certificate Taurus – Semen Certificate Hoard’s Dairyman – Hoard’s Dairyman Educational Package Boumatic – Gift Berres Brothers – Coffee Gift Basket Additional cheese & chocolate baskets, as well as JAC & Royalty baskets
Calendar of Events July 10 Junior Judging Contest, Madison, 8:30 a.m. Registration 10 Tug-of-War Contest at State Show, following the Judging Contest 10 State Showmanship Contest, Madison, 7:00 p.m. 10-11 WI Championship Show, Madison August 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows-Edge Holsteins, Henk & Bonnie Van Dyk, New Richmond 6-8 WI Junior State Fair Breed Shows & Showmanship Contest 15 WHA Futurity September 15 12 & Under, YDJM and DJM award forms due October Sept. 29-Oct. 3 World Dairy Expo, Alliant Energy Center, Madison November 15 Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Long Range Production, Junior Progressive Breeder, Junior Trip, WHY Friend, and Royalty application deadlines January 8-10 2016 Junior Holstein Convention, Wisconsin Dells
Voight Acres, continued from page 48 the new facilities that have helped with cow comfort including fans, long-day lighting, cobblestone flooring and sand bedding. Twenty-six, six-foot fans are positioned on the north wall of the barn, providing a 10 mile an hour wind circulating clean air every seven to eight seconds. The fans turn on automatically at varying increments, with the first four fans kicking on at 64 degrees, and four more turn on for every four degree increase in temperature. The addition of sand bedding most likely has had the biggest measureable impact on the herd. “We have always had a respectable cell count,” recalls Steve. “But since moving to the new barn our SCC has dropped almost in half consistently averaging way below 100,000.” Along with sand bedding, Voights began using the DNA Mastitis Test available through NorthStar DHI Services during the expansion process. “On our vets recommendation we’ve used the test on purchased
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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments
What a great summer we’ve been having. We had super weather for the District Shows, with great people and great cattle at each of the shows. I hope you’ll join us on July 10 and 11 in Madison for the Championship Show it looks to be a great event again this year and we’re looking forward to hosting the show at the New Holland Pavillions at the Alliant Energy Center. I also hope you have August 2 marked on your calendar. Henk and Bonnie Van Dyk at Willows Edge are busy getting the farm and herd ready for the Wisconsin Holstein Picnic at their farm near New Richmond. I encourage you to make the trek north for the picnic and to help celebrate WHA’s 125th Anniversary, you won’t be disappointed! Thank you to all that participated in this special issue featuring Select Sires. As we’re celebrating our 125th, Select Sires is celebrating their 50th Anniversary, so it was a great time to partner with them. I hope you enjoy reading about all the great things happening with our breeders’ Select sired animals. I’d also like to give a shout out to Dori Lichty at East Central and Kelly Bristle Ekovich at NorthStar for helping with all the extra details that go into putting together an issue like this. This will be our only summer issue, so there will be a break before the September issue hits your mailbox. And we’ve still got several great advertising opportunities coming up this fall, so take some time this summer to think about how you can promote your herd in our upcoming issues. If you have an event you’d like to get added to our calendar of events, in the News and on our website, please give us a call anytime. And don’t forget to start thinking about your entries for the annual cover contest. Submissions will be due November 15. Give me a call or email with any questions. Until next time...
July 2015 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 9 WI R&W Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison, 10 a.m. 10-11 WI Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison; 2 p.m. on Friday, 7/10, 9 a.m. on Saturday, 7/11 10 Vernon County Twilight Meeting, Grant & Jenny Rudrud Family Farm, Viroqua, 7:00 p.m. 10 Bears Grass Dairy “Visit the Farm”, Augusta, 6-9 p.m. 21 Clark County Twilight Meeting, Oeh-My Farms, Abbottsford, 5:30 p.m. 26 Iowa County Daylight Meeting, Ma-Brown, hosted by Angela Davis-Brown and Danielle & Sean Brown, Dodgeville, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 31 Ricland Farm Complete Dispersal, Bernard VanderHeiden owner, managed by Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac August 2015 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, & Wood counties 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond 6-8 WI Junior State Fair breed shows and showmanship, West Allis 15 WI Holstein Futurity, West Allis, 5:30 p.m. 15 Voight Acres Registered Holsteins Open House, Shiocton, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 15 Wood County Holstein Picnic, Honey Pine Holsteins, Ledden Family, Auburndale, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 21 Barron County Twilight Meeting, Rainbow Valley Farm, Glen Wohlk Family, Almena, 7:30 p.m. September 2015 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 15 Junior Award forms due: 12 & Under, YDJM, DJM 15 Gateway-Acres Complete Dispersal, Bob & Sherry Gates owners, managed by Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac 22 Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic, Great Northern, Fond du Lac 29-Oct. 3 World Dairy Expo, Madison October 2015 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 12 Mission Bell Farms Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal, Tom & Jerry Jens, owners, Sheboygan Falls 24 Pioneer Dairy Classic, hosted by UW-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club, Lancaster December 2015 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 1 Holiday Fashions at the Northern in cooperation with MD-Hillbrook Sales & Service, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac Future Dates Junior Convention Jan. 8-10, 2016 Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Chippewa County Junior Holstein Jan. 6-8, 2017 Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Dane County Junior Holstein Adult Convention Feb. 19-20, 2016 Holiday Inn Marshfield, Marshfield, hosted by Wood Co. Feb. 24-25, 2017 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, hosted by Calumet Co. Midwest National Spring Show April 23, 2016 Alliant Energy Center, Madison April 29, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI Championship Show July 29-30, 2016 Alliant Energy Center, Madison July 10-11, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison
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Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Artiles Breeding Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Bio-Vet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Bricco’s Cow Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Crest-View-Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Crisdhome Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Dewgood Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 East Maplewood Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Fustead Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Hi-Lo Valley Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Honey Pine Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Indianhead Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36-37 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Jamsar Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Kranzdale Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Krull Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Lambrecht Dairy LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Lirr Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Ma-Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Mapleton Valley Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mar-Linda-K Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Mission Bell Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Mystic Valley Dairy/KeJo Holsteins . . . . . 57 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Oeh-My Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Opsal’s Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 67 Our Favorite Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Powerhaus Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 R-Green Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39-41, 67 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 12 & 69 Sandy Valley Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Scientific Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 SCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 32, 53 & 59 Siemers Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sugar Creek Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Summit Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 69 Trent-Way Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Vernon County/Grant & Jenny Rudrud . . 13 Voight Acres . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Warmka Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Wildweed Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC