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July/August 2016

Volume 88 No. 7

Accelerated Genetics feature issue Cow Camp report Breeder Profile: Heinze Family Dairy Farm District 5 report

Searching for Fame? His 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 Senior & Grand Champion, Best Udder of Show & Champion Bred & Owned, 2014 District 1

Maternal Sister:

014HO06979 Willows-Edge Iota FAME-ET AltaIota x Bolton Flicker

Willows-Edge Mac Frosting

GTPI +2184 +2.09T +1.99UDC +1.31FLC +349NM$ +978M +32F +32P

3-10 2x 365 33,939 4.8 1633 3.0 1041

EX-93 EX-94MS 3rd Aged Cow, 2016 District 1

Daughter of a Full Sister

2nd Dam: Willows-Edge Out Freckle-ET EX-92 2E 5-02 2x 365d 40,420 3.4 1389 2.8 1118 3rd Dam: Elgindale-CL Frosty 3E-92 GMD-DOM 4th Dam: Elgindale-CL B Honey-ET EX-92 GMD-DOM 5th Dam: Elgindale Heidi VG-87 GMD-DOM 6th Dam: Elgindale Chairman Happy-ET VG-87 GMD-DOM 7th Dam: Rorae Future-Perfect Hoppie EX-90 GMD-DOM 8th Dam: Schruppdale Astro Hoppie EX-90 GMD-DOM 9th Dam: Dingley-Dell Roburke Amy VG-87 GMD

Willows-Edge Atwood Frasia FAME offers great type from a deep cow family. Flicker’s Atwood son, Franco, is at IPS and is +3.84T, +3.03UDC, and +3.04FLC.

EX-90 EX-91MS at 2-10 1-10 2x 320 20,236 4.3 870 3.2 652

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

2nd Junior 3-Year-Old, 2016 District 1

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

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

1-800-223-4269 Wisconsin Holstein News: Official Publication of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Published 11 months per year by Wisconsin Holstein Publications To Advertise: P.O. Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; Phone (608) 723-4933; Fax (608) 723-4973; e-mail: July/August 2016

VOLUME 88 No. 7

Features: 8 9 10 12 18 19 26

Breeder Profile: Heinze Family Dairy Farm Nutrition Notes YAC Corner: We want YOU! Acclerated Genetics: Celebrating 75 Years Sires at Accelerated Genetics Dominate The Wellness Traits Acclerated Genetics Adds Top GTPI Sires: King Abel & Helix Cow Camp review

Departments: 6 23 24 24 25 27 28 29 30

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs District 5 report Kati’s Calf-eine: WHA Princess Kati Kindschuh Breeder Business Cards From the President: Kevin Jorgensen WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover This month’s cover features 014HO05434 Jenny-Lou Shottle TRUMP-ET at Accelerated Genetics being approved by a Holstein Classifier Committee for EX-95 at the young age of 6-07. Trump was bred by Mystic Valley Dairy, LLC, located in Sauk City, Wis. He is a Shottle son from a VG-88 BW Marshall. His grandam is the world renowned Jenny-Lou Patron Toyane, VG-89 GMD DOM. Photo by Genetics Services Coordinator Andrew Hetke.

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

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

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Kevin Jorgensen, President (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Chad Ryan, Vice President (2017)* - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Kent Wendorf, Secretary (2017)* - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 Pam Selz-Pralle, Exec. Committee (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Craig Carncross, Exec. Committee (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Steve Endres (2019) - 608-279-5952 7191 Hyer Rd., Waunakee, WI 53597 Joseta Halbur (2019) - 715-821-9672 120 E. Main St., Eden, WI 53019 Heather Jauquet (2019) - 920-371-7511 W2285 County Rd. S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Tracy Mitchell (2017)* - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Bryan Stremcha (2019) - 608-790-1925 N4381 Prairie Rd., Bangor, WI 54614 Erica Ullom (2019) - 715-933-0477 5398 County Hwy. A, Bloomer, WI 54724 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION


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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Congratulations to Mark & Nicky Rueth, Oxford, on the birth of their daughter Paradise Rose on May 23, weighing 5 lbs. 4.3 oz. and 17 inches long! J The WI Holstein office is in search of a copy of the June 1968 Wisconsin Holstein News to complete our archived collection. If you have a copy you’d like to donate, please mail to WHA at 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913 or bring to any WHA event. K Our condolences to the families of Palmer Nehls and Carl Norrbom, who passed away recently. Full obituaries are printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Palmer Nehls

Palmer F. Nehls, 87, town of Hustisford, Wis., was delivered into the arms of his Savior on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Watertown Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. Palmer was born July 15, 1928 in the town of Hustisford to Frank & Selma Nehls. He attended grade school at Bethany Lutheran in Hustisford, and graduated from Hustisford High School in 1946. He has been a lifetime member of Bethany Lutheran Church. He was drafted into the Army and was a M.P. during the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post 420 in Hustisford, serving as commander, treasurer and adjutant. He married Evona M. Schultz on September 11, 1954. They farmed in the town of Hustisford and started their herd of NehlsValley Registered Holsteins. He was a member of the Holstein Association and the Red & White Holstein Association, being honored by the Dodge County Holstein Association Breeders in 1995. He was an AMPI delegate, and a Foremost delegate. He served as dairy leader for the Sinissippi 4-H Club, and as a charter member of the Hustisford FFA Alumni, and was awarded the FFA Honorary Degree, and the Outstanding Farmer Award at the Wisconsin State Fair in 1976. Palmer was a town of Hustisford supervisor for 23 years, serving as town chairman for eight years. He was also the recipient of the Hustisford Lions Club’s 2011 Community Service Award. He was a former member of the Hustisford Volunteer Fire Department and Hustisford Rod and Gun Club. When Evona died on their 35th anniversary on Sept. 11, 1989, Palmer was again blessed, and found love and companionship when he married Colleen Uecker (Peterman) on October 9th, 1999. He bowled on the Friday Night Fun Mixed Couples League in Hustisford. He loved gardening, fishing, pheasant hunting with his German shorthair pointer dogs, and deer hunting. He thoroughly loved to play sheepshead, nine, farkle or just about any game where he could share a story or tell a joke or two. When the Brewer’s game came on tv, he was watching. You could find him at the County Fair and local dairy shows watching his children and later grandsons with proud eyes, as they acquired his love of farming and showing dairy cattle. Survivors include his wife Colleen, one son, Gene (Janet) Nehls of Hustisford; two daughters, Sheryl Nehls and Christine Gabsch, both of Cleveland WI; six grandsons, Bradley (Melissa) Nehls of New Ulm, MN; Brandon “B.J.”, Shawn & Seth Nehls all of Hustisford; Kyle Gabsch of Random Lake, WI, and Derek Gabsch (special friend Steph Winkel)of Cleveland, WI; one great-grandson, Micah Nehls of New Ulm, MN; one brother, Kenneth (Merrilyn) Nehls of Watertown, WI; brothers and sisters-in laws, Jane Schultz & Jermaine (Lloyd) Breslow all of Mayville, WI, Janette Nehls of Watertown, WI; 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

also Betty Schmidt, Florence Weisgerber, Arlene (Robert) Kuehl, Dean (Marylee) Peterman, Richard (Barbara) Peterman, and Linda (Robert) Fehrman. He is further survived by his step-sons and their families: Gerald (Sandy) Uecker and their children Angela Uecker (special friend Don Schaefer) and daughter Bryanna, Tammy Uecker, Melissa (Tony) Pieper and children Brianne & Allissa, Shawn (Amy) Uecker; Steven (Diane) Uecker and their children Ryan Uecker & his children Trenton, Faith & Trey, Kyle (Jenny) Uecker & their children Ethan & Abigail, Kristi (Brian) Fiedler & their daughter Allyson. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Palmer was preceded in death by his first wife Evona; his parents, Frank & Selma Nehls; his parents-in-laws, Reinhard & Hilda Schultz, & Louis & Mary Peterman; one sister Bernice (Elmer) Fredrick, one brother Merrill “Butch” Nehls, and twin siblings in infancy, along with other in-laws. Memorials for the upkeep of American Legion Post 420, Hustisford would be appreciated, or to the charity of your choice. A special thank you to his wonderful daughters-in-law’s, Janet & Diane who with their loving care allowed him to continue living in his house.

Carl Norrbom

Carl A. Norrbom, 82, formerly of Elderon, Wis, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center, Weston, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services from complications due to Parkinson’s Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Carl spent most of his life on the farm where he was born on March 29, 1934, deciding to become a farmer while in high school under the mentorship of Floyd Doering. After attending the farm shortcourse program at UW Madison, Carl partnered in the farming operation for a time with his brother, David. In 1960, he married the love of his life, June Benz. That same year, Carl & David received a national award from Agricultural Soil Conservation Services. In time, Carl and June built a herd of Registered Holstein cattle and saw the farm expand its operations several times. He was very active in the Marathon County Holstein Breeders Association for many years, serving as President and Board Member. He also served as chairman for the State Holstein Convention. Carl enjoyed singing in the church choir and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Carl and June travelled throughout the United States and to Europe, including a trip to Norway where they visited with Carl’s cousins. He is survived by his wife, June Norrbom, Weston; five children: Mary (John) Schwartz, Mount Horeb; Paul (Kim) Norrbom, Wittenberg; Barbara (John Clarke) Norrbom, Louisville, CO; Peter (Michele) Norrbom, Wausau and Neil (Rhonda) Norrbom, Wittenberg; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by one son, Loren. The funeral was held on May 23, 2016, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg, including interment in the church cemetery. The full obituary can be found at

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members: Joe Thiel, Darlington Brent & Kari Kinnard, Kewaunee Rhonda Shore, Sun Prairie Randy Connery, Cottage Grove Scott Grossman, Pittsville Matt Henkes, Clayton, IA Mara Budde, Beaver Dam Angela Boesche, Waukesha Levi Martin, Platteville Fred Gruboski, Jr, Pittsville Bob Huibregtse, Plymouth Jason Swanson, Capron, IL

Celebrating 45 years of dairy farming, featuring the progeny of

Rob-Cri Tribute Shimmer EX-91 2E photo by Cybil Fisher

4-11 2x 344 36,930 3.9 1435 3.0 1124 Lifetime: 2x 2020 176,950 4.0 7116 301 5492 Nom. All-Canadian & All-American Junior 2 Year Old 2009 Nom. All-Canadian & All-American Spring Yearling 2008 Showing at the Futurity: • Rob-Cri Dempsey Secret-ET • Rob-Cri Goldsun Sasha-ET • Rob-Cri Goldsun Sugar-ET, now owned by Mike & Julie Duckett

ROB-CRI HOLSTEINS Robert & Christine Barden 6487 Eckels Road, Plover, WI Bob cell: 715-340-5013 • Kim cell: 715-252-5124 RHA: 2x 25,263 3.63 916 3.18 804 BAA: 108.2%

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Heinze Family Dairy Farm Thomas & Mary, Mark & Beth Heinze, Portage by Ashley Yager

Mark & Beth Heinze with Henry & Leo

estled just a hop, skip and a jump away from the interstate in the rolling hills outside of Portage, Wis., is the Heinze Farm and the Thomas (Tom) and Mary, Mark and Beth Heinze families. The farm has an incredible history – it was founded in 1872 and as Mark and Beth complete the transition of ownership, they will be the sixth generation to milk cows at the dairy. The Heinze family originally had a Guernsey herd, but Tom made the transition to Holsteins in the early 1980s. The round roof barn where Tom’s dad milked still remains and houses the parlor and holding area, built in 1992. In the mid 1990s, a greenhouse freestall was built that holds 60 stalls. In 2001, the six-row freestall barn was built, and Tom purchased grades to help fill the barn. Currently, the greenhouse barn is home to sand bedding with fresh cows and a special needs pen. The freestall barn was remodeled when Mark returned home from college, with larger stalls added in 2008-09. Bedding in the big barn includes matts with a paper/lime alternative animal bedding mixture out of DePere, Wis. Mark has been happy with the reduction in perching rates since these changes, and hocks on the cows look better, too. The bedding is also nice for the slatted floor barn, with an 8-month storage for manure under the barn. Every barn that houses cows is equipped with a sprinkler system. Milk cows at the Heinze farm are grouped primarily by age. Four groups consist of an older/larger cow group with bigger stalls, a twoyear-old group, a pregnant two-year-old group, and older cows. The Heinze herd consists of 310 millk cows, with a 3x/day herd average of 30,882 pounds milk, with 3.82% 1180 pounds fat and 3.14% 969 pounds protein. The success of the Heinzes’ herd is backed by a solid group of long-time employees and commitment to breeding for type and management traits, while having cows that breed back and make a lot of milk. The Heinze family has had four full-time employees each over 10 years at the farm. While none of Mark’s siblings are involved on the farm, he and his wife Beth have their hands full with two little ones, Leo (3) and Henry (2), with a third little guy due this September. Beth works parttime as the University of Wisconsin Extension Dairy Youth Specialist, as well. Both Mark and Beth are graduates of four-year universities, as Mark got his degree in Dairy Science from UW-Madison, and Beth her bachelors and masters degrees from Michigan State in Animal Science. Both Tom and Mary are graduates of UW-Madison as well,


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and Tom spent years away from the farm in the seed business before returning to take the helm at the dairy. The Heinze family has had five generations successfully transfer the farm, and Mark and Beth are already well on their way down that path as the sixth generation. In 2012 they purchased the cattle and took over management of the farm, while Mark’s parents still own most of the land and facilities. Machinery is owned on halves, and the farm remains a business LLC. Every generation of Heinze that has come home to farm has bought out the previous generation. The Heinze family runs 1200 acres, with about 75 percent of the land rented. The calf program at the dairy is solid, as calves have been on pasteurized milk since 2012. Mary spearheads the calf program, with help from employees to fill in and feed when needed. Calves are raised in pens of four, with a bucket-style feeder. They are housed in greenhouse-style barn on a straw-bedded pack, and weaned at approximately 60 days old. From the calf barn, heifers head to the grower for their first year of life. They come back to the farm and are on pasture until breeding. Dry cows are also on pasture for one month before heading into the steam-up area – a sand-bedded stall area with drive-by feeding and straw-bedded pens. The calving area is amongst the highest traffic flow area on the farm; ideal for catching cows in calving. All of the breeding is done by Mark and trusted employee, Derek. Cows are on an ovsynch program with SCR collars. In fact, one of Mark’s favorite duties on the farm is mating cows. Most sires used are high genomic, and risk is typically spread across a large number of bulls. Mark has liked daughters of Baltimore a lot, in addition to young cows sired by McCutchen, Doorman, and Meridian. Everything on the farm is identified and registered, as Mark is adamant about having papers on all the cows. One of his goals, in fact, is to be in the top 10 BAA for his herd size. Right now, they are just outside the top 10, with a BAA of 105.1, and 5 EX, 73 VG and 133 GP cows. The Heinze family took a few years to get to capacity in their freestall barn, but now that they are nearly full, Mark has been able to selectively cull the bottom females from the herd. With those 10-15 head sold, he reinvested in genetics from other well-known Wisconsin herds, including the Brantmeier, Carncross, Rueth, and Sarbacker families. He has been aggressively selling hard breeders, and wants to eventually sell more females for dairy. Mark is especially excited to calve a two-year-old Windbrook granddaughter of KY-Blue Goldwyn Debbie, the All-American Summer Yearling from 2009. She is the first of three full sisters on the farm to calve, and looks fantastic. Another exciting individual from purchased cows is a granddaughter of Wargo-Acres Durham Dazzle, EX-94 3E GMD DOM, a cow that Mark has several VG daughters from.

Two great young Excellent homebred cows on the farm right now are Heinze Atwood Fudge, EX-90, and Heinze Baltimore Tally, EX-90. These two ladies combine their type and production to stand out in the herd. Atwood Fudge had a two-year-old record at 2-02 3x 305 days of 34,273 milk with 1214 fat and 996 protein. Baltimore Tally produced almost 39,000 pounds of milk in her 3-05 lactation, with 4.01% 1560 fat and 3.19% 1182 protein. As a four-year-old, her record in progress at 295 days is already over 37,000 pounds milk with 1493 pounds fat. As the seventh generation of the Heinze family grows, Mark and Beth look forward to the day they can potentially take their boys to the local shows. They are excited to continue developing a solid type herd while keeping management traits in mind. Mark and Beth are fortunate to have help from Mary to watch the boys, and Mary is also a very talented artist that specializes in watercolor painting. The Heinze family will be one to watch for in the future for generations to come.

Heinze Atwood Fudge EX-90

Heinze Baltimore Tally EX-90

Nutrition Notes... Heat Stress Q&A By Donna Amaral-Phillips, Extension Dairy Specialist University of Kentucky Q: What considerations should be made for feeding dairy cattle during heat stress? A: Maintaining effective fiber intake is an important consideration in times of heat stress. Adequate effective fiber is necessary for maintaining rumination, buffering the rumen contents, and efficiently digesting forages and grain components of the diet. Heat stress increases the rate of respiration and panting, decreases rumination time, and results in a decrease in the amount of saliva and bicarbonate in the blood. These changes result in a decreased buffering of the rumen and blood. Thus, decreasing the fiber content and increasing the amount of starch in a diet is the last change you want to make in an attempt to increase the energy of the diet because ruminal acidosis could result. However, feeding excessive amounts of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) to dairy cows under heat stress is detrimental. High NDF forages are generally lower in forage quality and result in more heat of fermentation when digested in the rumen, and thus the dairy cow needs to dissipate more heat compared to consuming diets with adequate amounts of fiber. Feeding highly digestible forages: Feeding higher-quality forages increases the energy content of the diet, helps maintain adequate rumination, and decreases the heat of fermentation associated with feeding lower-quality forages. Brown midrib forages (i.e., corn silage or forage sorghum) may be more beneficial in diets of heat-stressed dairy cows to improve digestibility of the fiber and, therefore, the amount of energy derived from the consumed diet. Q: Is there an increased maintenance requirement for energy? A: Adding fat to the diet: Adding fat to the diet is expected to decrease heat produced during the digestion of feeds while increasing the amount of energy available. Studies where fats have been fed to heatstressed cows have shown inconsistent responses in improving milk production; some have improved milk production, and others have shown no response. With the increase in respiration rates and panting due to heat stress, energy needed for maintenance increases by 7% to 25%, or 0.7 to 2.4 Mcal NEL/day. This increase in energy requirement equals the amount of energy needed to produce 2.2 to 7.5 pounds of milk (3.7% butterfat). Q: What about minerals - any changes there? A: Rations for dairy cows should be formulated for dairy cows before heat stress occurs and should contain: 1.4% to 1.6% potassium, 0.35% to 0.45% sodium, 0.22% to 0.35% magnesium (readily available source) +25 to 30 or greater DCAD balance. Modifying mineral content of the diet: Heat-stressed dairy cows

sweat, and their sweat contains high amounts of potassium and sodium, thus increasing their need for these minerals in summer rations. To achieve these increased concentrations of potassium and sodium and maintain adequate dietary cation-anion difference (DCAD), additional amounts of sodium bicarbonate, potassium carbonate, or both may need to be added to the diet. In addition, higher amounts of potassium reduce the absorption of magnesium, thus increasing the requirements for magnesium. Q: How will heat stress effect dry cows? A: Dry cows also are negatively affected by heat stress. Heat-stressed dry cows produce 1,000 to 2,000 pounds less milk during the next lactation. In addition, fetal growth is reduced because of reduced blood flow to the uterus, resulting in a decreased supply of nutrients for the rapidly developing fetus. These effects result in smaller calves being born to dams subjected to heat stress during late pregnancy. Thus, proper management practices, facilities, and, to a lesser extent, nutrition are needed to mitigate the effects of heat stress not only in milking dairy cows but just as importantly in dry cows. Q. What are the most significant effects of heat stress in general? A: Heat stress results in decreased milk production, reproductive performance, and immune function in both milking and dry dairy cows. Research has shown that milking dairy cows start to decrease milk production when the temperature-humidity index (THI) exceeds 68 (i.e., temperature of 72°F with 45% relative humidity, or 80°F with no humidity.) The detrimental effects on the estrus expression, conception rates, and early embryo survivability occur before declines in milk production are observed and may occur at a temperaturehumidity index as low as 55 to 60. Generally, the maximum declines in milk production as a result of heat stress are not seen until 36 to 48 hours after the initial heat stress event. Older dairy cows seem to be more severely affected compared to younger cows, and not all cows respond to heat stress in a similar manner. Environmental and dietary modifications can help mitigate the effects of heat stress on dairy cows and should be implemented before the effects of heat stress are noticed. These modifications are needed not only for the milking herd but just as importantly for the far-off and close-up dry cows. When making these modifications, one must realize that changes in the environmental temperature are the most important, with dietary modifications serving a supportive role. By helping dairy cows dissipate the extra heat load, milk production, reproduction, and health can be maintained or at least the negative effects minimized and potential profitability realized during the spring, summer, and early fall months. Used with permission from Dairy Herd Management wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016-9

Wisconsin Holstein Young Adult Members We want YOU! Expanding on Your Years as a Junior Member The Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Young Adult Committee was formed in 2006 as a way to bridge the gap and keep our outstanding Junior Holstein graduates involved in the Association as adults. While the first ten years of the committee have been strong, your staff, board of directors and fellow committee members are looking to the young adults and recent graduates of the Junior Association for assistance and guidance as we move into the next ten years. The Young Adult Committee has served as a ‘social’ committee more than anything, but the focus of the committee is shifting and hoping to provide more educational opportunities as we move forward. Wisconsin Holstein has the best junior membership of any state organization in the country, and we’re hoping to provide continued leadership opportunities, as well as the chance to get involved in state activities. Whether its attending your first Adult Convention, helping with the Dairy Bowl contest at Junior Holstein Convention, or competing at your local District Holstein Show, the opportunities to get involved are many. Adult Convention can provide an excellent opportunity to tour farms within the host county, attend informational sessions and breeder panels with years of expertise, or sit next to some of the best Registered Holstein breeders in the business to talk about the best bulls to use for your breeding program. The Association is always looking for past participants of the Junior Holstein contests to help with the always competitive Dairy Jeopardy, Dairy Bowl, and Speaking contests. If you’re interested in helping with any of these programs as we continue to develop today’s youth, feel free to contact the Association at any time! Beyond volunteering, the Young Adult Committee is continuously looking for ideas to enhance the programs we have in place. Kim

Bremmer of Ag Inspriations provided an outstanding presentation at the annual Adult Convention in February, speaking about how we as dairy producers can help inform customers and spread the positive message of how food is produced. Would you like to see more sessions like this at convention? Have you had the chance to attend the YAC Brewer Outing? This is another area we are evaluating as we move forward – would you be more likely to attend if it were a family event, in which kids could attend? Let us know! We welcome any and all feedback on programming, as we want to know what will get YOU to join us! Would you like to see a reunion at Junior Convention? Let myself or a member of the WHA board know. Our committee chairs are Erica Ullom and Joseta Halbur, and either of them would love to hear from membership this summer as well. One of the greatest benefits of Wisconsin Holstein is the tremendous diversity we have as an association. While shows take a lot of our time and energy, there are still a lot of other ways to get involved on the local, county and state level. We strongly encourage each and every one of our young adults to speak up and let us know how we can better advance your development as a Registered Holstein breeder, volunteer, and member of the Young Adult Committee. TM

Want to become more involved? Have an idea for the YAC committee? Contact the WHA office at 1-800-223-269. Visit our blog to read more about some of our Young Adult members -

Saturday, August 13th Show Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Wisconsin State Fair Park Judge: Brian Behnke

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Accelerated Genetics: Celebrating 75 Years n 1941, the Accelerated Genetics story began with breeders thinking outside of the box. They gathered and asked questions such as “How can we work together?,” and “What can we do today, that will move our farms forward?” Little did those breeders from Vernon County Wisconsin know, the cooperative they established would grow into the organization that would later become known as Accelerated Genetics, one of the world’s largest A.I. cooperatives. Today, Accelerated Genetics has 280 employees plus approximately 200 independent sales representatives. It markets its genetics throughout North, Central and South America directly and for the rest of the world, Accelerated Genetics is marketed through World Wide Sires, Ltd., a company they purchased fifty percent of in 2001.


Holstein Evolution Accelerated Genetics has a rich history of outstanding Holstein sires during its 75-years. Perhaps the most influential bull to come from Accelerated Genetics over the years was Man-O-Man. “He really did give us world wide recognition,’ says Ryan Weigel, Accelerated Genetics Vice President Dairy Sire Procurement. “He’s had an impact on a global scale.’ Virtually all countries have Man-O-Man sons ranking high on their lists, while some of his sons have gone on to be significant genetic providers in the genomic era. Today, Accelerated Genetics is focused on its Holstein genetic line to keep up with customer demand, which has been transitioned over the past five years with genomics. Every bull has to earn his keep right from the start. When looking for Holstein sires, Accelerated Genetics has a vast lineup. Most of the young bulls continue to come from breeders worked with over the years. However, Accelerated Genetics is now also able to access some very elite young females as a source of producing bulls though our involvement with the PEAK program. Market demands in this genomic era have changed what genetics are needed. “Key for us is striving to always have a high-indexing, high-profile young bull coming through the system that excites the imagination,” adds Weigel. “Whatever your breeding goals are, we have the depth and variety of sires you need to succeed, plus the programs and service to back it up!”

L to R: Accelerated Genetics Dairy Genetics Team members: Michael Schmitt, Genetic Information Analyst; Jess Peter, Sire Analyst; Andrew Hetke, Genetic Services Coordinator; Ryan Weigel, Vice President Dairy Sire Procurement; and Joe Stanek, Sire Analyst. Historic Firsts, Innovative Services Beyond excellent Holstein genetics, breeders can trust in Accelerated Genetics for a variety of services and a phenomenal line of animal health products. “Accelerated Genetics has many industry firsts through the years related to products and services,” says Joel Groskreutz, Accelerated Genetics President and CEO. “In 1955, we created the very first formal young sire sampling program, an early innovation, which led to Accelerated Genetics’ long-time strength in sire reliabilities and diversity of our sire lineups.” 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

Selectively mating sires to improve the overall herd is not a new concept. In fact, Accelerated Genetics developed the original “Select-A-Mate” mating program in 1967. Then in 1996 the GEM mating program was radically improved and became the first on-farm computerized mating program, revolutionizing the speed, accuracy and efficiency of mating cows. The GEM Program is a mating program that is designed to improve the individual cow based on each producer’s particular breeding program. In addition it manages inbreeding, haplotypes, health traits and genomic considerations with mating decisions. All 17 of the major type traits, plus production, health, and miscellaneous traits are considered with each mating. Today, GEM is one of the many components of Accelerated Genetics’ Genetic Connections program focusing on mating, inbreeding, and genetic analysis. The IMAGE program, a population-mating tool, combines the dairyman’s three favorite words: efficient, profitable and simple. IMAGE is a population-mating tool to identify bulls, which are safe to use across a group of cattle at random while eliminating inbreeding worries. Another area of the Genetic Connections program is genetic analysis, where Accelerated Genetics consultants can provide a genetic overview of the herd based on the pedigree or genomic data provided and use data to recommend bulls that will improve areas that the meet the individual herd needs. Another component to Accelerated Genetics is the Repro Connections® program. This all-encompassing service is customized for each farm. Accelerated Genetics understands that a successful reproduction program is not only learning how to breed cows, but its also heat detection, synchronization, and techniques, ultimately getting cows pregnant. The Accelerated Genetics’ team can provide information and training needed to manage a successful breeding program efficiently. An additional innovative service Accelerated Genetics offers began in 1979, when it became the first A.I. Company to offer Animal Health Products to farmers with on-farm delivery. This initial concept of providing Animal Health Products has grown into a great addition to the product offering that supports the successful development of genetic investment. Accelerated Genetics has a complete offering of Accelerated Genetics offers a wide variety of products designed to de- animal health products for their customers velop a calf from its first including these Accel Coats, which assist moment of life through its in raising healthy, productive calves lifecycle. throughout the colder months of the year. Accelerated Genetics’ History In the early 1940’s farmers in different areas in the U.S. joined together to form local cattle breeding organizations. In 1941, in the western part of Wisconsin, 120 farmers organized Vernon County Breeders Cooperative. In neighboring county, Trempeauleau County Breeders Cooperative was also formed serving 161 members and inseminating 1800 cows. The two organizations grew and in 1947 they consolidated to form Tri-State Breeders Cooperative, an organization that had 26 sires, employed 16 AI technicians and inseminated 30,000 cows. At much the same time, the University of Wisconsin based in Madison, Wis. established an experimental A.I. breeding group, which in 1950 evolved into a cooperative known as Southern Wisconsin Breeders. By 1959, this group merged with Tri-State Breeders Cooperative, doubling the membership area.

site, further expanding collection efforts with today’s demand of high genomic sires. Groskreutz continues, “It’s a great time to be at Accelerated Genetics. As we look to the future, I am confident in our genetics, animal health products and services we provide. Our focus is on the future and continued prosperity and success of our customers!” Rely on Accelerated Genetics to be a trusted source for Holstein genetics! Contact one of the dedicated sales representatives today, as Accelerated Genetics is prepared to serve customers around the globe. Groskreutz adds, “As we celebrate 75 years of business we would like to thank you for allowing us to be your trusted supplier of Holstein genetics.” Photo of Tri-State Breeders Cooperative main office in the early years. While the core services of Tri-State Breeders Cooperative were dedicated to serving the interests of its members in the three states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa, the marketing of semen nationally and internationally became an attractive proposition. The first international sale was in 1957 to Formosa, known today as Taiwan. Profits generated from these sales helped to subsidize the services provided to their own cooperative members. With a global perspective in mind, Tri-State Breeders Cooperative adopted a new name in January 1995 and became Accelerated Genetics and now markets to 96 countries. Cooperative Vision As the cooperative has grown and changed the vision “To Be The Producer’s Trusted First Choice,” has remained constant. The Accelerated Genetics vision started in the minds of producers 75 years ago. Generation after generation this organization has remained under the same member ownership structure. Therefore, the core value as a cooperative remains constant, to always place a key emphasis on its customers, listening to their needs and considering their input in the company decision-making process. “In this quickly progressing industry, we are honored and proud to be recognized as one of the top artificial insemination companies in the world,” says Joel Groskreutz, “If it weren’t for our dedicated and supportive producers and employees, we would not be where we are today. Our people are this cooperative’s greatest asset.” Beginning with fresh semen, to when frozen semen was introduced in 1954, through today and into the future, Accelerated Genetics has set and maintained standards for producing quality products. The cooperative’s standards are always monitored to ensure producers are receiving the best product available making Accelerated Genetics the producer’s trusted first choice. Accelerated Genetics has continued it’s organic growth. In 2013 Nebraska Bull Service in McCook, Neb., was purchased. This custom collection facility, which focused on beef genetics, allowed Accelerated Genetics to realign its beef sire program to this facility and then use its Production Facility in Westby, Wis. to focus on dairy genetics. In 2015, a new laboratory and collection facility was added to the Westby

Leading Sires Developed by Accelerated Genetics:

Through the years, Accelerated Genetics has developed and worked with many exciting sires. Here are a few highlights: Sunnyside Standout (1962) Burkgov x Imperial Standout x Wayne Var

Standout was one of the first bulls to top the TPI list and sired Sunnyside Standout Cavalier who produced such bulls as Whittier-Farms Ned Boy, Kinglea Leader and Howard-Home Caveman-Red.

Harborcrest Happy Crusader (1965) Crusader x Raven Burke Ideal x Sir Rose

Happy Crusader was out of a maternal sister to Astronaut, with the granddam being the legendary Harborcrest Rose Milly.

Life-O-Riley Marquis King (1967) Marquis x Skyliner x Citation R

Life-O-Riley is the sire of DRA August, the foundation cow of the alldominant Apple family.

Stardell Valiant Winken (1981) Valiant x Apollo Rocket x Chief

Winken produced many highly-regarded brood cows, including Kellercrest Winken Lusty EX-90, foundation cow of the Loni family.

Ernlo Chairman Valiant (1984) Chairman x Valiant x Glen Valley Star

Chairman Valiant was originally privately proven and went on to sire such cows as Ernlo Paige EX-93, Grand Champion Iowa State Black & White Show.

Paradise-R Roebuck (1986) Chief Mark x Bell x Sexation

Roebuck is the sire of the health trait specialist Regancrest Die-Hard.

Ha-Ho Cubby Manfred (1991) Cubby x Tesk x Bell

Manfred was a source of health traits and the sire of major impact bull O-Man.

Paradise-R Sailor 95 (1994) Mathie x Rotate x Bell

Sailor was from the Rotate sister to Roebuck.

Barbee-M Juror Ito (1995) Juror x Elton x Secret

Ito sired many exciting daughters, one is dam of Regancrest Altalota.

Keystone Potter (1999) Manfred x Juror x Southwind

Potter was the first bull at Accelerated Genetics to produce over a million units of semen.

Veazland Marion (2000) Addison x Formation x Celsius

Marion was an extreme milk bull and former number one TPI® sire.

Long-Langs Oman Oman (2004) O-Man x Aaron x Belwood

Man-O-Man is sire of many high-ranking sires worldwide including Uno, Facebook, Maserati, G-Force, Famous Man and Magnifico.

Jenny-Lou Shottle Trump (2006) Shottle x BW Marshall x Patron Ariel view of Accelerated Genetics Production Facility in Westby, WI.

Trump is out of a full sister to world-record semen producer Toystory, and was the number one seller at Accelerated Genetics in 2015.

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Which one will Take the Front Stall? 3 daughters of 14HO7263 K-Manor Epic SAVE *RC ~ Red with a shot of milk & lots of Type! Ms D Apple Danika-Red EX-91 2-04 324 21,812 4.4 961 3.4 747 ~ maternal sister to Diamondback Dam: Ms Delicious Apple-Red-ET EX-94 2nd Dam: Apple EX-96 3E DOM Save x Danika-Red:

Bosside Apple Bee-Red Due 10/25 with a heifer by GateDancer

Ms Apples Alanna VG-88 1st lact. 2-06 2x 365 26,430 4.6 1206 3.5 937 Goldwyn x Apple EX-96 3E DOM Save x Alanna:

Bosside Apple Alaina-Red Due 12/2 with a heifer by 14HO07605 Aprday-F 779 Captain-Red-ET

Bosside Rvn Vanessa-Red VG-87 4-06 365 29,358 5.3 1565 3.9 1136 Dam: T-C-G Advnt Rhapsody-Red-ET VG-88 2nd Dam: Pappys Sept Storm Rhonda-ET VG-88 3rd Dam: Markwell Durham Raven-ET EX-92 2E 4th Dam: Markwell Rudolph Rhoda EX-92 3E DOM 5th Dam: Markwell BStar E Raven EX-95 3E GMD DOM Save x Vanessa-Red:

Bosside Vancouver-Red Due 9/5 with an Attico-Red bull This is one of the reasons we keep going strong, even with low milk prices. The other reason is the Lord’s promise in his scripture; see Leviticus 26, “Blessings for Obedience.” Congratulations to Accelerated Genetics for accelerating the breed for 75 years! 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

John & Tineke Boschma H4370 Townline Rd., Colby, WI 54421 PH: 715-223-0534 Fax: 715-223-1114 E-Mail: RHA: 30 cows 22,670M 871F 746P BAA: 107.8%

Harmony-H Boss Iron Xaviera

Harmony-H Boss Iron Afton

EX-91 2E

EX-90 EX-92MS 2E

EX-91 2E

7-09 365 31,071 3.50F 2.80P 230,838 lifetime

2-11 365 27,730 3.17F 2.88P 204,639 lifetime

7-07 365 31,320 3.50F 2.90P 218,433 lifetime to date

Harmony-H Ito Jaiza

Harmony-H Airraid Ifeoma 445

Harmony-H Doc Rebecca 515

EX-90 2E EX-92MS

EX-90 EX-92MS

VG-88 EX-90MS

8-08 348 35,257 3.2F 2.6P 208,515 lifetime to date

6-04 331 34,029 3.1F 2.7P 151,926 lifetime to date

5-02 365 31,891 3.5F 2.7P 101,496 lifetime to date

Harmony-H Nifty Lada 452-ET

Harmony-H Decker Levi 428

Harmony-H Micah Lark 633-TW

EX-90 EX-92MS

EX-91 dam of Lark 633

VG-85 daughter of Levi 428

6-01 365 25,975 3.8F 3.4P 114,117 lifetime to date

6-05 273 22,371 3.5F 3.0P 119,202 lifetime to date • Due January 2017 to 14HO6344 Pirate

1-11 365 21,205 4.3F 3.0P • Due January 2017 to 14HO7303 Gambler

Harmony-H Boss Iron Hagar

Recent cows over 200,000 lbs. lifetime: • Harmony-H Ito Paisley VG-86 233,897 lifetime • Harmony-H Britt Odelia VG-85 233,352 lifetime • Harmony-H Galleon Kalisa VG-86 254,375 lifetime Thank you to Accelerated Genetics for offering sires that fit our breeding program and continue to produce daughters that score well and make big lactations year after year. RHA: 107 cows 23,334M 3.71F 2.97P 78 SCC

H ARMONY H OLSTEINS Todd & Jessica Ertl • Trevor, Jenelle, Jasmine & Juliet W1455 Cty. K, Unity, WI • 715-223-8859 •

BAA: 105.8% 9 EX, 27 VG & 51 GP

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Cybil Fisher photo

Damibel Airlift Marisa 14HO06809 Canyon-Breeze At AIRLIFT-ET x GP-82 2Y Bolton x VG-88 Stormatic x EX-90 James x 6 more VG or EX dams 1st Summer Yearling & Junior Champion, 2016 Midwest Spring National Show 1st Summer Yearling & Junior Champion, 2016 New York Spring Show

We are excited to watch Marisa’s continued development and look forward to the rest of the show season!

Dolla Bilz Holsteins Noah Bilz Dorchester, WI • 715-223-9681 Like us on Facebook - Dolla-Bilz Holsteins

DeJong Family Dairy LLC Marcus, Nikki, Morgan, Noah, Brooklyn, Kennedy & Brynley 3398 Draper Rd., Dorchester, WI 54425 • Marcus 715-613-2385 • Nikki 715-379-6861 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

Homebred Favorites Samway Little D Lillie VG-85

Samway Palermo Osbourne

2-10 2x 303 26,200 3.5 929 2.8 746

This tall, large-framed 4-year-old comes from a family known for its longevity - her next 3 dams lived to be at least 12 years of age. She has a milking daughter by Epic and a March calf by Airlift and is due again next March to Beemer.

Samway Airlift Drifter VG-85 1-11 2x 305 19,800 4.0 978 3.1 746

2-01 2x 169 12,414 4.3 534 3.2 397 inc.

This senior 2-year-old just keeps getting better every day of her lactation. She has a ton of strength and a welded-on udder that impresses every visitor that comes in our barn. Osbourne has been flushed to Doorman and Brash and is due in March to Airlift.

Samway Durango Dream

Drifter freshened in early June and looks better than ever. Her gentle temperament and ability to produce quality offspring has made her a barn favorite. Drifter will be flushed to both Durham and 14HO7822 Loveman in the upcoming months.

Drifter x 014HO07325 OCD McCutchen Durango *RC

A more refined version of her dam, we are excited to see what the future holds for this spring yearling. Dream has been serviced to freshen in March to sexed Solomon.

We are excited to have had the opportunity to purchase two winter calves this spring, Tree-Hayven Golden Aspen and Marsh-Vue Wickham Abby. Aspen is a Golden Dreams out of Rhineland Durham Amy EX-95; and Abby is a Wickham daughter whose dam is an EX-90 Baltimore, next dam is EX-94 Lee Alice, then EX-94 Chief Adeen. We would like to thank both the Borchert and Lemke families for making these two animals available.

Sam-Way Dairy Wayne, Samantha & Justin Giese

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Sires At Accelerated Genetics Dominate The Wellness Traits ccelerated Genetics is truly focused on assisting customers in selecting genetics for a healthier and more profitable herd. With the release of the April 2016 Dairy Sire Summary, Accelerated Genetics’ lineup of sires lead the industry with the Dairy Wellness Profit Index (DWP$™) and is home to 9 of the top sires in the industry over 1,000 for DWP$. DWP$ combines production, fertility, type and longevity traits, as well as the new wellness traits, to provide opportunity to make more profitable animal rankings and decisions. The Top DWP$ sires at Accelerated Genetics that are over 1,000 include: 014HO07770 HELIX +1112 DWP$ 014HO07746 SANDOVAL +1058 DWP$ 014HO07387 ZYKE +1056 DWP$ 014HO07653 DIMENSION +1047 DWP$ 014HO07736 DEIFY +1038 DWP$ 014HO07700 GLAUS +1030 DWP$ 014HO07426 EQUINOX +1026 DWP$ 014HO07507 SHETRON +1020 DWP$ 014HO07780 ACCELFORCE +1010 DWP$


important to producers worldwide that are interested in breeding profitable, healthy cows,” says Michael Schmitt, Genetic Information Analyst at Accelerated Genetics. Holstein sires that rank well for DWP$ will be designated with a Wellness icon on all Accelerated Genetics’ sales materials and website ( With customer’s needs in mind, Accelerated Genetics strives to be the producer’s trusted first choice.

Source: Zoetis - April 2016

“The new Dairy Wellness Profit index adds an additional ranking in the industry that covers the complete package of traits

Finding Confidence in Wellness Traits Heritability and Reliability By: Michael Schmitt, Genetic Information Analyst for Accelerated Genetics

The Wellness traits that were introduced by Zoetis in April have added a new element to the way that progressive dairy farmers select genetics in their herd. Mastitis, lameness, metritis, displaced abomasum, ketosis and retained placenta are the six new Wellness traits that have burst onto the scene with approximately 50% reliability on genomic tested animals. Now the questions arise: are these traits heritable enough and is the reliability high enough to commit to selecting sires by using these traits? Understanding Reliability First, we need to start with some background information in genetics. Reliability is a function of accuracy, which is the degree of confidence around a Predicted Transmitting Ability (PTA). It is not the probability of the sire to transmit the specific genetics to his offspring. Reliability can be affected by the heritability and the amount of information available. Because the heritability remains relatively constant, reliability of genetic information can be segmented into stages throughout a sire’s life in relation to the amount of information available. Initially, the parent average can provide about 35% reliability for production traits. Once genomic tested, the reliability increases to about 75%. The next increase in reliability comes with progeny performance, which propels the reliability up to about 85%. The highest reliability of 99% only can come when there are thousands of progeny in hundreds of herds. Obviously, the progeny performance is the ultimate proof of how well a sire will transmit, thus raising the genetic reliability to the maximum level from the added information. Where Does Heritability Fit In? The two components that make up reliability are heritability of the trait and the level of information available on the trait, as mentioned previously. It would be common to think that there are too many environmental effects which would muddy the waters of these six Wellness traits’ PTAs to get an accurate prediction. However, it has been shown that all of the traits are about 7% heritable, thus 7% of the variation in the phenotype is a result of the genetic effects, while the other 93% is environmental. This may seem like an insignificant heritability, but it is actually much higher than Daughter Pregnancy Rate, Heifer Conception Rate (HCR) and Cow Conception Rate (CCR) all of which are used in 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

the Lifetime Net Merit $(NM$) and Total Performance Index (TPI®) indices. For example, DPR is heritable at 4%, and despite this, the Holstein breed has made significant progress to improve fertility in recent years. Consider that cows born in 2008 had an average breeding value for DPR of -.40, which increased to 1.45 for cows born in 2014 because of an industry wide commitment to improving the fertility of Holsteins. This drastic change was accomplished despite the low heritability of the trait and the antagonistic effects of increasing milk production, which also happened during that time period. On the other end of the spectrum, production traits (average of 20% heritable) are able to make progress at a much faster rate. Thus, the reliability starts out higher and climbs much faster than fertility traits with the same amount of data being added because of the higher heritability. While the Wellness traits have lower heritability than the production traits, their reliability will continue to increase as more information is added over time. Wellness Traits Provide Direct Selection Now we need to apply this to the individual Wellness traits. The predicted parent average reliability is 18% and genomic tested animals will have reliabilities of approximately 50%. The first crop of progeny records will increase the reliability to around 70% and fully proven will max out at 99%. So these traits may not have the extreme gains in reliability from a genomic test that is seen in production information reliability. However, since they are less heritable, it is expected that their reliability will climb more slowly. How critical should we be of moderate reliability information? Consider this is the first time the industry has an ability to predict Wellness traits. Previously, we lacked even a parent average for these six wellness traits, now we have the power of genomics on our side to vastly increase our genetic progress in these Wellness trait areas by selecting directly for them instead of indirectly, for example through Productive Life (PL). Despite the six Wellness traits showing reliabilities around 50%, we now have an effective tool to specifically select for cows that will remain profitable longer through a direct selection for these traits, which is a vast improvement from the indirect selection previously. It is possible to make progress with low heritable traits and moderate reliability through a pointed effort and commitment to improving the Holstein cow.

Accelerated Genetics Adds Top GTPI“ Sires: King Abel & Helix ccelerated Genetics is excited to announce the release of 014HO07816 Leaninghouse KING ABEL-ET and 014HO07770 AOT Silver HELIX-ET. KING ABEL is a high type Kingboy son hits the ground running with over +1800 pounds of Milk and over +130 combined Fat and Protein. Coming in at +2706 for GTPI he ranks amongst the best in the industry. In addition he is +5.0 Productive Life and +2.92 on Type. “KING ABEL is a great all-around sire. Being high GTPI, high type, great production and great health; he is a bull that checks all the boxes,” says Ryan Weigel, Accelerated Genetics’ Vice President of Dairy Sire Procurement. He continues, “KING ABEL daughters will stand out in your herd and leave a lasting impression on your breeding program.” KING ABEL is out of a Supersire that goes back to Freurehaven Labeller-ET EX-90. Labelle made 34,740 pounds of milk with 1496 pounds of fat and 1076 pounds of protein in 305 days in her first lactation. The next dam is Freurehaven Shottle Lautella that made 45,200 pounds of milk at 3 years old with a 3.9 percent fat and a 3.0 percent protein test. HELIX is the #1 Silver son at +2737 GTPI and the #8 active bull in the breed. He comes in with extreme production traits, having +1936 pounds of milk with +112 pounds 014HO07816 Leaninghouse KING ABEL-ET of fat, and +70 pounds of protein. To compliment this, HELIX is +4.9 for Productive Life and over +2.25 for PTAT. Furthermore, he is in the front of the pack for the Dairy Wellness Profit index at +1112. “HELIX is the bull of the future. With +112 lbs of fat and +70 lbs of protein it’s hard to beat!” Says Accelerated Genetics Sire Analyst Jess Peter. She goes on to say “He’s really one of a kind. To have such great production traits and health traits is rare. Producers are breeding for healthier cows that are more profitable and we have the bull to do just that with HELIX.” HELIX comes from a deep maternal line that transmits like none other. His dam, Cookiecutter Ssire Has-ET, is the #14 cow in the breed at +2593 GTPI and is scored VG-87 with an excellent mammary score. Has is proving to be a great brood cow being the mother to seven daughters over +2600 GTPI by four different sires, and eleven sons over +2600. After that, is Cookie Cutter Mom Halo-ET, a VG-88 Man-O-Man who made over 35,000 pounds of milk as a two year old with a 5.2% fat and 3.5% protein test. Then its Cookiecutter Gld Holler-ET, a VG-88 Goldwyn daughter that also has proved herself in the bulk tank making well over 014HO07770 AOT Silver HELIX-ET 40,000 pounds of milk as a two year old. Look to these highly anticipated, breed leaders to deliver high GTPI, and more in one package! Allow KING ABEL and HELIX to impact your herd by contacting your local Accelerated Genetics sales representative, calling 1-800-4519275, emailing or going to


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NAAB Number 014HO06823 014HO07728 014HO05560 014HO07700 014HO06441 014HO07475 014HO07569 014HO07707 014HO06429 014HO06790 014HO06047 014HO07743 014HO07340 014HO07451 014HO07489 014HO07461 014HO05434 014HO07780 014HO07742 014HO07811 014HO07763 014HO07777 014HO07762 014HO07761 014HO07741 014HO07426 014HO06905 014HO07605 014HO07486 014HO07769 014HO07358 014HO07525 014HO06979


Registered Name Sandy-Valley To Torpedo-ET Bomaz Cristiano Ronaldo Bomaz Marion Emerald 648-ET Hy-Jo-De Troy Glaus-ET Hardscrabble Hadrain Gus Jenniton Aikman Rory-Red-ET K-Manor Megafortune 331-ET Kellercrest Kingbo Lundy-ET Long-Langs Oman Oman 2-ETN Lars-Acres Frankinstein-ET Lars-Acres Felices Favre-ET Lars-Acres Yoder Nathan-ET Matt-Dari Mogul Payton-ET J-Mor Ss Hunk-ET J-Mor Ss Homer-ET Jenny-Lou Mcutchen Crank It Jenny-Lou Shottle Trump-ET EX-95 Peak Accelforce-ET Peak Accelrapper-ET Peak Accelrenown-ET Peak Accelclass-ET Peak Accelbalance-ET Peak Accelroyalty-ET Peak Accelmarquis-ET Peak Accelvino-ET Aprilday Equinox 654-ET April-Day Valentine-Red-ET Aprday-F 779 Captain-Red-ET Aprday-F Revival 706 PP-ET Wet Monterey Patrick-ET Pride Mogul Tallyho 165- ET Dangie S-Sire Jax P-TW Willows-Edge Iota Fame-ET

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014HO07818 Ursa-Grass CLASSY ENTRANCE Alta1stclass x Headliner x Gerard x Burt

+2625 GTPI +779NM$ +860M +92F +46P +5.6PL +3.11T +3.19UDC +2.29FLC 2.81 SCS 4/16 His Dam:

Ursa-Grass Headliner Entry GP-83 at 2Y GTPI +2393 1-11 2x 281 17,690 4.4 774 3.5 620 ~ due the end of June to 14HO7671 Business Plan

His 3rd Dam (pictured):

Honadel Burt Escanaba-ET VG-87 VG-MS DOM

4-01 2x 365 29,960 4.3 1292 3.5 1037 4th Dam: Honadel Ellipse Ellymae-ET VG-86 GMD 3-07 2x 305 29,250 3.6 1043 2.8 819 5th Dam: Honadel Rudolph Elsie VG-87 VG-MS GMD DOM 3-04 2x 305 27,180 4.1 1112 3.3 910 6th Dam: MIG Erinn-ET VG-85 GMD DOM 6-03 2x 365 33,360 3.4 1137 2.9 984 Next Dams: VG-87 GMD DOM, VG-86, VG-87, EX-94 3E

Another highlight from this family:

Ursa-Grass Montry Effort-ET Monterey x Gillespy x Gerard x Burt Escanaba

+2593GTPI +634NM$ +1287M +48F +50P +4.4PL 2.93SCS +.8DPR +3.25T +3.24UDC +1.87FLC ~ she will be flushed this fall

Bears Grass Dairy Inc. RHA: 365 cows 2x 25,018 3.77 943 3.13 783

Donald & Tamara Schroeder • Gary Schroeder • Donald Honadel S8495 Cty. Hwy. V, Augusta, WI 54722 Barn phone: 715-286-2110 Donald Honadel cell: 715-450-3566

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BAA: 104.2% Inquiries welcome

Hickorymea Man Outfit P EX-90 EX-MS 2-07 365 35,880 4.6 1662 3.0 1082 5-02 183 21,040 4.9 1047 3.2 681 inc. • by 14HO04929 Long-Langs Oman Oman-ET from a VG-86 Goldwyn x VG-88 EX-MS Paradox • daughters by Montross, Yoder, OHare P, Eraser P, Earnhardt P, Ladd P-Red & Mogul • Four sons in A.I. - Outline P, Outcome P, Option PP & Outfit PP As many may not know, Lirr Farms suffered a barn fire in June which destroyed the barn and took several cows. Thanks go out to friends and neighbors whom have helped out after the fire. Randy and Robert have been in the Holsten industry for over 50 years and we have always bred for top genetics.This catastrophe will not hinder our determination to move forward and we will continue to invest in the future as Robert’s children will be continuing to be involved in the Lirr-Farms operation.

Another Polled Favorite, from the same family:

Lirr Earnht Oak Outcast-ET PO VG-86 VG-MS at 2-06 +2167G +1772M +29F +47P +348NM 3.07 SCS +1.66T +2.01FLC 2-03 143 16,183 4.2 684 2.8 449 inc. ~ 3 tests over 130 lbs. • Earnhardt P x Beacon x VG-86 Goldwyn • daughters by Homerun-P, Silver (+2424G), Jedi, Millington (+2429G), Hotshot (+2419G), Mansfield-P, Modesty (+2511 PA) & Duke

Randy, Robert & Betty, Brandon & Megan, Ryan, Brady & Rachel Nigh

S6274 Cty. Rd. N, Viroqua, WI 54665 608-675-3442 or 608-689-2633 •

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WHA State Picnic

Saturday, August 27 • 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. We invite you to join us on August 27 for the Wisconsin Holstein Picnic. There will be tours of our new parlor and freestall set-up, herd tour, a judging contest, meal and auction to support the Brad Fust Memorial and general WHA Scholarship Funds. A Herd Favorite

Fustead Mogul Lilac-ET VG-87 VG-MS DOM 2-02 2x 365 30,365 4.9 1483 3.3 1004 +2467 GTPI +84F +42P +1112M • her son, Fustead Tango Lylas, +2654G at Select Sires • Her dam: Glen-Toctin Bolt Lucille-ET EX-90 DOM, then 7 more VG or EX dams

Auction Items • 2 Packer tickets - Kevin Jorgensen • 4 Badger tickets - Seehafer Refrigeration • Semi-load of oat hulls - American Wood Fibers • New Holland Refrigerator & electric grease gun Swiderski Equipment • Barn Quilt - Shawano County Jr. Holstein Assoc. • Lilac x Bayonet calf - Fustead Holsteins • Genomic Holstein calf from SSI ART program Select Sires Inc. • Full size wood pellet grill - Marathon Feed & Grain • Bonnie Mohr print We hope you’ll join us on August 27 & support the WHA Scholarship funds!

FUSTEAD HOLSTEINS Brian & Wendy Fust Tyler, Shannon, Sarah & Tanner • Adam & Jennifer, Aiden, Bailey & Connor R12653 Cty. Rd. N, Wausau, WI 715-842-5868/Ph; 715-848-0465/Fax 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

District 5 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The September issue will feature District 7 - Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menomonie, Oconto, Outagamie, Waupaca & Waushara counties.



Green Marquette Lake

Columbia Sauk

Adams/Marquette Counties

2016 Adult Membership: Adams - 3, Marquette - 13; Jr. Membership: Adams - 3, Marquette - 6

edge to the test! It was many of the juniors first time competing at Dairy Bowl and they discovered they have a lot more to learn! Everyone is ready for next year now that they all know what it is like. Hannah Hockerman received a Youth Distinguished Junior Member award. Several D5 members attended and enjoyed Cow Camp in May and look forward to attending again next year. The D5 juniors will hold their annual fundraiser during the District 5 Show and will auction off baskets prior to the selection of Junior Champion. The D5 junior members are looking forward to participating in their county fair dairy shows in July and August as well as at the Junior State Fair.

Columbia County

2016 Adult Membership: 35; Jr. Membership: 22

Green Lake County

2016 Adult Membership: 3; Jr. Membership: 1

Juneau County

Upcoming Issues

2016 Adult Membership: 15; Jr. Membership: 4

Sauk County

2016 Adult Membership: 42; Jr. Membership: 24


Summer Show results District 7 ads due August 10


Midwest Holsteins Futurity & State Fair results ads due September 9

District 5 Juniors

Junior Association officers - President: Alli Walker; Vice President: Brett Walker; Secretary: Melissa Sprecher; Treasurer: Abby Field; Historian: Mikayla Endres; at-large representatives: Hannah Hockerman, Levi Kindschi, Tarek Horkan. Junior Advisors: Marci Walker, Teresa Field and Sandy Madland. The District 5 Junior Holstein group had another active year. Several members attended the Junior Holstein Convention in January in the Wisconsin Dells. After several practices for Dairy Bowl, D5 sent a senior team, a junior team and a rookie team that put their knowl-

Breeder Calendar ads due September 14 November Red & White issue WDE results ads due October 10

Paradise Rose Rueth arrived Mon., May 23 Adams


Green Marquette Lake

Columbia Sauk

weighing 5 lbs. 4.3 ounces and 17 inches long. Our greatest accomplishment to date!

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

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Kati's Calf-eine Hello dairy friends! Holy cow! June dairy month has come and gone, but no fear the best is yet to come! June is one of my favorite months and the past few weeks have only increased my love for the dairy industry and all of those who are in it. As the 28th WHA Princess, I had the opportunity to attend Cows on the Concourse, County Dairy Breakfasts, District Shows and so much more this entire past month. All of these experiences were amazing but some moments rose to the top of most memorable moments. At dairy breakfasts, it was young children who were able to pet a calf for the first time in their life. At district shows, it was seeing eyes sparkle and faces of young showmen beam with delight as I handed them a ribbon, no matter what the class placing. The youth that I have had the privilege to interact with have

revitalized my love for the Holstein cow and the dairy industry. These kids look at these black and white beauties, which on some occasions I take for granted seeing every day; but they look at them with awe and pure joy as the calf licks their fingers or lets out a subtle moo. They cherish the ribbon I’ve handed them, parading around with it all throughout the day of the show, beaming with pride as they tell everyone about their time in the ring. These kids exude the passion and enthusiasm for the dairy industry that we’ve all felt. June dairy month is now in our rearview but that doesn’t mean our love and enthusiasm about the Holstein cow is gone away as well. Find the inner child in you, and get excited about Holsteins again this summer! Until next coffee hour, Kati Kindschuh

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Rickert Bros. LLC Home of Rickland Holsteins

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Embryo Transfer and Fetal Sexing We offer a full range of reproductive services... • Fetal sexing by ultrasound • EU Certified Collection Facility • Embryos available Matthew Dorshorst, MS, DVM Phone: 715-340-7271 Junction City, WI 54443

Welcome to These New Members

Junior members: Hadley Voegeli, Arlington Olivia Stevens, New Holstein Dan Strouf, New Holstein Breille Bjork, Colfax Lane Boulter, Kewaunee Matthew & Emily Ossmann, De Pere Matthew Grossmann, Pittsville Jared Behn, Reedsburg Carson Buttke, Omro John & Katie Wackershauser, Lancaster Katie & Danny Swain, Deerfield Henry Holdoif, Verona Mena Schmitt, Sun Prairie James Stille, Black Creek Makenna Olson, West Salem Kailey Beck, Cashton Jayda Leis, Bangor Cooper Rahr, Westby Jacob Stuessel, Alma Center Tyler Luch, Waunakee Kayla Dufek, New Franken Chesney Speich, Orfordville Zachary Paulson, Columbus Caleb Schulz, Slinger Joseph Dosemagen, Rio Mitchell Schleicher, Rio Mason Fisher, Fall River Brenna Thiel, Auburndale Jacob & Jared Greindanus, Delavan Alisa Gaedtke, Luxemburg Blake & Jadelynn Kroll, Luxemburg

From your President Kevin Jorgensen Greetings fellow Holstein breeders! Summer is in full swing and I hope it has been successful for you. Many parts of the state I have travelled have had some fantastic crops so far and I hope it is that way in your neighborhood as well. I want to take the opportunity to invite you to the State Holstein Picnic at Fustead Holsteins on August 27 in Wausau. Brian and Wendy are opening their doors to their new facilities for a great day of cows and fellowship. They have expanded to 500 cows and I think you will enjoy seeing both their cows as well as the new facilities. Additionally, at the Picnic the Fust’s are organizing a benefit auction with several major items with proceeds going to the Brad Fust Memorial scholarship, the WHA general scholarship fund and several local county junior organizations. Look for a full list of items in this issue of the News. I am offering a choice of two Packer games this season that have noon starts (farmer friendly). They include the November 13 game against the Tennessee Titans or the December 4 game against the Houston Texans (JJ Watt’s homecoming). I guarantee you will like the seats and the proceeds go to a great cause. One of the things I am most proud of during my time on the board has been the tremendous generosity of our membership to help the WHA Scholarship Fund grow. We now have over $200,000 in our various scholarship funds and that is almost double what it was five years ago. This will ensure that we help our next generation prosper in the dairy industry. It is because of people like Brian and Wendy that have so generously offered their time and talents to this cause. I want to personally thank them for all they have done on behalf of Brad. May the rest of your summer show and crop season prosper and I hope you can join us on August 27! KJ

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduates! Erica Ballmer, Janesville Katie Bock, Malone Carlista Bosshard, LaCrosse Bethany Dado, Amery Jessica Dercks, Kaukauna Cody Getschel, Osceola Rachel Hartlaub, Cleveland Lindsey Hellenbrand, Cross Plains Kayla Krueger, Marion Sierra Lurvey, Lone Rock Matthew O’Leary, Fond du Lac Megan Opperman, Rockford, IL Olivia Peter, Lake Mills Silpa Reddy, Hyderabad, India Collin Wimmler, Waldo

FAVeMedS (early admission to UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine) Elizabeth Endres, Waunakee Emil Walleser, De Soto Katie Bock, Jessica Dercks, Cody Getschel, May 2016 graduates pictured with Bucky post-graduation: ch, Faculty Associate in Dairy Management Bucky Badger, Bethany Dado, Erica Ballmer and Ted Halba

UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science

1675 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Dr. Kent Weigel


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Cow Camp 2016 Almost 100 youth attended this year’s Cow Camp, held at Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek. It was an exciting weekend filled with learning opportunities for youth ages 14 and under. Thank you to our expert guest speakers and volunteers for sharing their time and talents with our youth. Teal Group – Brynn Kasten, Art Station During Cow Camp we participated in the art station given by Brynn Kasten. Through her station we had to use our imagination to paint or draw; whatever we wanted that pertained to dairy. We made paintings and drawings of cows, tractors, and barns, all while learning what different brushes were used for and how to make different colors by mixing paint together. Not only did we learn about painting but we also learned how to imagine one subject in many different ways. We also learned how to express ourselves with different color choices, and to always try your best and lastly that if you make a mistake you can always try and fix it. What we liked most about this station is that we got to try different things with paint and using our imagination. Navy Group – Maria Meyer, Nutrition Station In the nutrition workshop, we learned about how to feed calves. First, we learned about the importance of feeding colostrum and how to properly bottle feed a calf. Then, we learned how to properly mix milk replacer. Next, we learned about how much water a calf needs to drink each day as it grows. We also learned how the rumen grows in size from about the size of a softball at birth do about a basketball at two months. In addition, we learned about how much grain to feed calves, depending on how old they are. We learned a lot at this station and we can use some of the things we learned when we take care of our own calves at home! Purple Group – Katie Coyne DeBruin, Showmanship Station On Saturday we learned about the new showmanship rules with Katie Coyne DeBruin. We learned that you can move the front feet with your feet and when asked to set up your heifer, the foot closest to the judge should be back. All showmen should wear a white collared shirt, white pants, black or brown belt and boots. The judge might ask birth date, sire, dam, and what we would change about our calf. If the showmen are really good, the judge might make us switch calves. We learned a lot and are ready and excited to compete this summer! White Group – Annaliese Wegner, Social Media Station Social media is getting more and more popular. With that the campers learned farmers need to help promote the dairy and agriculture industry. With social media, farmers are able to debunk common misconceptions about farming. We were able to write a tag line, draw pictures and write about our interests. We really liked this station and learning more about teaching people through social media. Orange Group – Tracy Mitchell, Ad Station Tracy Mitchell talked to us about how an ad is created and how it is made. She taught us about the headline, caption, and pictures on an ad and how they are used to catch people’s attention. We cut out pictures and headlines from old dairy magazines in order to create our own ad. It was fun to look through pictures and read the articles to get ideas for the ads we created. Thank you very much to Tracy for teaching us about ads and how they are made. We had lots of fun! Yellow Group – Danae Bauer, Photography Station On Saturday, we were taught lessons in photography from Danae Bauer. She is an excellent photographer who loves taking pictures and we all learned a lot from her. Some of the things she taught us were proper photo locations and time, and how to frame a subject. She also talked about ideal lighting, the rule of thirds, and how to get animals to take good pictures. Thank you very much for teaching us how to take better pictures! Red Group – Pam Selz-Pralle, Cow Recycling Station Pam taught us about how different parts of cows can be recycled and made into other products. For example, hooves make gelatin which is in numerous different things. Also, their hide is used to make leather which is used for basketballs, footballs, baseballs, and more. Other sports equipment, like tennis rackets, are made from cows’ intestines. We want to thank Pam for teaching us so much! Green Group – Larry Nelson, Show Calf Selection & Halter Tying Station Larry showed us how to correctly tie a halter, and also how to tie her at the right length. This will really help when we take our heifers to the show! Kristen helped as our calf demonstrator. Larry also gave us helpful tips for selecting our show heifers, from when we should start working with them during the year to what they should be fed. He gave us very helpful guidelines that will help us pick our calves and be successful at the shows this summer! 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/July/August 2016

Ad Winners: Painting Winners: 1 – Anna Thomley 1 – Nylah Lisowski 2 – Emma Dorshorst 2 – Bryce Thiel 3 – Levi Nelson 3 – Kendra Goplin Best Camper – Jacob Harbaugh


Championship Show Junior Events Junior Day at the 2016 WI Championship Show Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Thursday, July 28 8:00 a.m. All-Wisconsin Junior Holstein Show 1:00 p.m. State Junior Showmanship Contest (must qualify at your District Show) 3:30 p.m. Registration/check-in for Junior All-Wisconsin Judging Contest 4:00 p.m. Junior All-Wisconsin Judging Contest Awards to follow Join us in Madison for these special junior activities! We hope to see you there!

All-Wisconsin Junior Judging Contest

The Junior Activities Committee will be holding their annual Judging Contest for youth under the age of 21 on Thursday, July 28 in Madison. This contest is a great opportunity to see some of the state’s best Holsteins in a contest setting. Registration is at 3:30, with the contest to begin at 4:00 p.m. Juniors are ages 14 and under as of January 1, 2016, while seniors are ages 15 to 20 as of January 1. Cost is $4.00 for an individual or $12 for a team of four. Contact a JAC or WHA with any questions prior to the contest!

Taste of WI State Fair – Junior Events in the Coliseum

Join us for the third annual Taste of WI State Fair in the coliseum on Wednesday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. Junior Dairy exhibitors will receive coupon books from WI State Fair vendors, receive their State Fair tshirts and raffle tickets, while playing fun and interactive games with members of the Junior Activities Committee. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet fellow dairy exhibitors and compete with other counties! The Wisconsin Holstein Association teamed up again 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!

A note from your JACs

Hey Juniors! I hope everyone is enjoying my favorite time of the year, as show season is in full swing! With all the District Shows completed, next up is State Show. Once again the State Show will be held in Madison, at the Alliant Energy Center. Something new for this year’s show is a whole day dedicated to the juniors! This will take place Thursday, July 28. We will start off the day at 8:00 a.m. with the All-Wisconsin Junior Holstein Show. Following the junior show, we will have the State Junior Showmanship Contest beginning at 1:00 p.m.. For those of you who qualified at your District Shows, please notify the office if you will not be participating in the showmanship contest. Lastly, we will end the day with the Junior All-Wisconsin Judging contest at 4:00 p.m. Quickly following State Show, will be the Wisconsin Junior State Fair held in West Allis. On August 3 at 7:00 p.m. the Taste of State Fair will be held in the show arena. All state fair exhibitors are encouraged to come! We will have lots of games, food, and more! New this year will be a leaderboard for all the counties to compete against others for a chance to win a prize! I wish everyone the best of luck at the rest of the shows this summer, and hope everyone has fun! Joey Opsal, SE District JAC

Junior Award Forms

All 2016 Junior Award Forms are available online for download under the awards/juniors area of the website. A hard copy can be send 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. PLEASE DO NOT SEND AWARD APPLICATIONS WITH ANY FILLER MATERIALS. Added paper and/or page protectors makes forms very difficult to copy for judges! Deadlines for the 12 & Under, YDJM, DJM and Royalty forms are due September 15, 2016. Please note that all other forms and entries are due November 15, 2016, including: Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Essay, Long Range Production, WHY Friend, Junior Progressive Breeder, and Junior Trip.

2016 Junior Raffle – Tickets Available Now

Synergy Dairy, Jay & Heather Jauquet and Gary & Linda Olson of Pulaski, Wis., have graciously donated a Registered Holstein heifer calf for this year’s raffle. Thank you to the Jauquet and Olson families for a great calf for this fundraiser! Thank you to our additional donors for this year’s raffle: UW-Platteville Dairy Club WI State Farmer Accelerated Genetics Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin ABS Global, Inc. Country Today Animart NASCO East Central/Select Sires Cattle Connection Badger Dairy Club International Protein Sires Semex WDE gift passes Agri-View WHP Advertising Certificate Hoard’s educational package Lely Sexing Technologies Select Sires Alta Genetics Sunshine Genetics JetStream Genetics UW-River Falls Zoetis Additional baskets include JAC and Royalty baskets

Wisconsin Holstein Junior T-Shirts – Now Available!

The new WJHA t-shirts are now available. All active juniors may pick up their free t-shirt at our upcoming events. We will have shirts with us at State Show and Junior State Fair or you may stop by the office to pick up a shirt. One shirt per junior member of WHA will be given out. A huge thank you to our sponsor AlphaGenetics who made this project possible! Make sure to thank them when you see a representative of Alpha Genetics.

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Point of View Editor’s Comments

I hope everyone is having a great summer. With the completion of our District Shows, we’re now gearing up for the WI Championship Show. This is the first year for our Championship week with a special Junior day, Red & White and Jersey shows and WHA Championship Show. I hope you’ll be able to join us in Madison for a day or all 3 days of the event. And don’t forget about the WHA Futurity on Saturday, August 13 at the WI State Fair Park. If you’ve never seen the Futurity in person, it really is a special show to see with all of the exhibitors dressed in their finest and a special group of 3-year-olds in the ring. It’s also a great chance for our members and the association to do some industry promotion to the urban public. Finally, mark August 27 on your calendar for the annual WHA picnic at Fustead Holsteins near Wausau. The picnic is a fun wrap-up to our summer and the Fust family is putting together a great day. I hope you’ll join us for some good food and socializing with other Holstein breeders. Thank you to the breeders that participated in this special issue to celebrate Accelerated Genetics’ 75th Anniversary. I’d also like to thank the crew at Accelerated for the help in pulling this issue together. Next up is our show issue coming up in September. This issue will include all of our summer show results. If you’re interested in advertising, please give me a call by August 10. The October issue will be our next Midwest Holsteins issue and both of these issues will be featured at our booth at World Dairy Expo. I’m also taking reservations for the 2017 Breeder Calendar. If you’re interested in advertising for a month of the calendar, please give me a call. As you’re out and about this summer, don’t forget about our annual cover contest. We’re always looking for scenic photos featuring Holsteins and our members. If you have a photo to submit, you can email me anytime. Until next time...




July 2016 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 22 Fond du Lac County Futurity, Fond du Lac Fairgrounds, 6:45 p.m. 22 Vernon County Twilight Meeting, hosted by Kent & Anna Wendorf, Viroqua, 7:00 p.m. 28 WI Champions Show - Junior Day State Junior Holstein Show, 8:00 a.m., Madison State Junior Showmanship Contest 1:00 p.m., Madison Junior Judging Contest, 4:00 p.m., Madison 29 WI State Red & White Holstein Show, 8:30 a.m., Madison 29-30 WI Championship Show, Madison, heifers show at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, cows show at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday 30 International Intrigue, Madison August 2016 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 5-6 Junior State Fair Holstein shows, WI State Fair Park 13 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity, WI State Fair Park, 6:00 p.m. 20 Dodge County Holstein Futurity, Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam 25 Fond du Lac County Twilight Meeting, Kamphuis Farms LLC, Brandon, 7:00 p.m. 27 WHA State Picnic, hosted by Fustead Holsteins, Wausau, 11 a.m. September 2016 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 4 Calumet County CP Feeds Futurity, 7:30 p.m., Calumet County Fairgrounds, Chilton 27 Fond du Lac County Holstein Classic, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac October 2016 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 4-8 World Dairy Expo, Madison 29 34th Annual Pioneer Dairy Classic, Lancaster, 11 a.m. November 2016 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties Future Dates Junior Convention Jan. 6-8, 2017 Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wis. Dells, hosted by Dane County Junior Holstein Association Adult Convention Feb. 24-25, 2017 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, hosted by Calumet Co. Midwest National Spring Show April 29, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison WI Championship Show July 10-11, 2017 Alliant Energy Center, Madison

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STgenetics Representatives Serving Wisconsin Dairymen

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Agri-Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 AttenBabler/Kim Voigts . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bears Grass Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Bosside Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Dolla-Bilz Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Harmony Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Kampy Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lirr Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 24 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Rob-Cri Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Rosedale Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 11 & 29 Sam-Way Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 STgenetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 29 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Vernon County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 WHA/Fustead Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

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

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July/August 2016 WI Holstein News  

July/August 2016 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring Accelerated Genetics, Cow Camp report and District 5.

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