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June 2015

Volume 87 No. 6

Midwest National Spring Show results 125th Anniversary Features Spring Show, Past National Directors & National Conventions District 10 Report Junior Trip Report

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: June 2015

VOLUME 87 No. 6

Features: 8 12 14 19 20 21 22 25 26 30

2015 Midwest National Spring Show results 2015 Midwest Spring R&W Show results A visit with District 10 Holstein breeders The Story of Dairyland in a single herd of Holsteins 125th feature - Spring Show 125th feature - Past National Directors from Wisconsin 125th feature - National Conventions hosted by Wisconsin Treasure Quest winners Junior Trip Report Cow Tales from the North

Departments: 6 6 7 16 18 18 23 28 31 32 33 34

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the Office: Executive Director Larry Nelson From the President: Paula Bovre District 10 report WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock National Director’s column From the Field: Sarah Trapp, Holstein USA WHY Page Breeder Business Cards Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo by Cybil Fisher features Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET, the Grand Champion of the 2015 Midwest National Spring Show. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

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

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


Paula Bovre, President (2016)* - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 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

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

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Friday, July 10 • 6-9 p.m. • Bears Grass Dairy, Augusta, Wis. Judging Contests, Bake-Off Contest, Door Prizes, Meal & More!

Schedule of Events: 6-9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:45 p.m.

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Congratulations to Matt and Kate Smith, Watertown, on the birth of their son Moxon Matthew, born May 6, weighing 6 lbs. 12.5 oz and 21 inches long. He joins big sister Mia. U Congrats to Tyler and Shannon Fust and big sister Sarah, Wausau, on the birth of Tanner Tyler on May 5. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 oz. and was 19 inches long. 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

Welcome to These New Members

Junior members: Avery Iverson, Ellsworth Whitney Weisensel, Waunakee Quentin Bergdoll, Watertown Garrett Dahlk, Veona Candace Lein, Almond Chase James, Luck Angela Edelburg, Scandinavia Lucas Edelburg, Scandinavia

From the Office Hello WHA members, It has been a busy spring with Spring Show, the Brewer Trip, WI Showcase Sale and Cow Camp all taking place. This was our first year at the Alliant Energy grounds for the Midwest National Spring Show. All things considered, the event went smoothly and hope everyone enjoyed the new venue. A total of 174 animals traveled through the ring for Justin Burdette. Congratulations to all the exhibitors from around the Midwest that were honored at the show. Wisconsin came home with the state banner in impressive fashion yet again. Thank you to everyone that purchased a Treasure Quest ticket and entered a heifer into the contest. This program has been going for 11 years now and continues to be a positive event at the show. The winning ticket was sold to Brian Steidinger of Marathon who chose Ms Hy-Ry Atwood Ambrosio-ET, a summer yearling from the White and Ryan families. They received $7,000 for their heifer while the rest of the proceeds go towards our State Picnic taking place at Willows Edge Holsteins in New Richmond, Wis., on Sunday, August 2. A special thank you to the Great Northern for hosting our State Showcase Sale and all the volunteers for their hard work in order to make it a success yet again. Wisconsin’s finest were on display and we appreciated everyone’s support of this great sale for our Association. The summer show season is just around the corner. Before you travel to your District Show PLEASE make sure your registration papers are in order. Each animal MUST have a valid registration paper with them, not a copy of the paper, with a photo image on the back. If papers are delayed we will accept an electronic version of your paper that you must bring up on your phone at the time of check-in and show it was emailed from the National Holstein office. No verification letters are being accepted or processed this year. If you use eartags and not an image, each animal must have TWO registration tags in their ears in order to be considered registered. One of these can be an RFID tag but they are not required for our shows. Not being able to properly identify your animal at the show will result in them not showing this summer. Memberships not renewed yet will receive a $50 late fee at check-in as well. We welcome our summer intern, Sara Griswold, Black Earth, who started with the Association on Tuesday, May 26. Watch for her out and about during the summer months. Sara and our Royalty have a busy few months ahead of them with shows and other dairy activities taking place! And finally, good luck to all our members traveling to and competing at the National Holstein Convention in Illinois this June. We will have our 125th Anniversary timeline on display for everyone to see as well as our souvenir book and May News. Larry Nelson, WHA Execute Director 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

2015 Wisconsin Championship Show Hotel Information Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center 2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713


• Reference Room Block: State Championship Show. Room block and these rates may not be available after June 7. • Room block for the nights of Tuesday, July 7-Friday, July 11 - room types range from 1 bedroom suite, to 2 queen beds with sofa sleeper, as well as rooms with full living rooms and kitchens; rates range from $99-$129 per night Rooms in the area will fill up quickly so here are additional hotels near the grounds.

Comfort Inn

722 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-255-7400

Sheraton Madison Hotel

706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-251-2300

Pre-Order Supplies

Joel with Prairie View Feeds will have some feed and supplies available. Please pre-order by July 1 to guarantee your order. He will deliver to the grounds and will deliver in the barn for large orders. Delivery of small orders will be $10 or you can pick up. Cash or check will be accepted for payment. Small square straw - $5/bale Beet Pulp - $12/bag Large straw bale - $60/bale Barn Lime - $6/bag Shavings - $6/bag Natural Fill - $21 Soy Hay - $6/bale 18% dairy feed - $14/bag Full pallets of shavings are also available at $5.50/bag. Contact Joel at (608) 513-1316 with questions or to place your order.

Schedule of Events Tuesday, July 7 6:00 a.m.

Grounds open

Thursday, July 9 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. TBA

Friday, July 10 8:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Cattle check-in by WHA Staff Red & White State Championship Show Cattle must be in place on grounds Exhibitors meeting

Registration for Junior Judging & Contest in show arena Judging Contest begins Big Bale roll to follow WHA Championship Heifer Show Junior Showmanship Contest

Saturday, July 11 9:00 a.m.

WHA Championship Cow Show

Annual Supporters of Wisconsin Holstein preferred holStein enthuSiaStS

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From your President Paula Bovre Greetings! On behalf of the WHA Board of Directors I welcome our summer intern, Sara Griswold. When you see Sara at an event, please introduce yourself ! We are excited to have Sara sharing her talents with Wisconsin Holstein this summer! The District shows are quickly approaching. Good luck to everyone! The shows are a great place to catch up with old friends, make new acquaintances and see what is working in the breeding programs of fellow dairymen. And, it is pretty hard NOT to notice the passion of our junior members and their love of the industry when you see them diligently preparing their cattle for the show! Good luck to the many Wisconsin junior members who will be competing in the various National Holstein Convention activities later in June. We are very proud of the accomplishments of our junior membership! It is quite a feat to have four semifinalists for Distinguished Junior Member honors! Best of luck to Lizi Endres, Kayla Krueger, Jessica Pralle and Andy Sell. Congratulations to Rachel McCullough and Dawson Nickels on being named finalists in the Young Distinguished Junior Member contest. The Wisconsin Holstein Association certainly has a lot to be proud of ! To any National Convention attendees who may have picked up the News, welcome! We hope you enjoy our magazine and we invite you to take out a subscription. Enjoy June Dairy Month and do your best to promote our tremendous dairy industry! Have a great summer! Paula Bovre “Ability is what you’re capable of doing, motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” - Lou Holtz

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LaFollette Holsteins Lirr Farm Rickert Brothers Scenic-Edge Holsteins Vandoske Dairy Farms Vets Plus, Inc.

Silver SponSorS Bears Grass Dairy Inc. Bella-View Holsteins Booth-Haven Holsteins Bur-Wall Holsteins City Slickers Farm LLC Clark Co. Holstein Breeders Crave Brothers LLC Eau Claire Co. Holstein Breeders East Central Select Sires & NorthStar Cooperative Frontier FS Coop Fustead Farms Hardwood Holsteins Hi-Lo Valley Holsteins Hoard’s Dairyman Honeycrest Farms

LeDonna Farms Manitowoc Co. Junior Holstein Breeders Moss Oak Farm Oeh-My Farm Outagamie Co. Holstein Breeders Overland Acres Priority One Ragnar Holsteins Ran-Rose Holsteins Rosedale Genetics Ltd. Second Look Holsteins Rural Insurance, John Rahman

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

Join us... La Crosse County Holstein Breeders TWILIGHT MEETING Monday, June 22 • 7:00 p.m. La Crosse County Fairgrounds located at the corner of Hwy. 16 & County M in West Salem

~ Meal & Judging starts at 7:00 p.m. ~ Meeting & door prize drawing will start at 8:30 p.m. Questions, please contact Jody Hoyer at 608-786-0058 Sponsored by La Crosse County Holstein Breeders wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-7

2015 Midwest National Spring Show The 2015 Midwest National Spring Show was held at the New Holland Pavilions on the Alliant Energy grounds in Madison, Wis., on Saturday, April 25. Judge Justin Burdette placed 174 animals - 108 heifers and 66 cows. Selected as Grand Champion was Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET, exhibited by Budjon and Peter and Lyn Vail, Lomira. When selecting his champions, Judge Burdette commented that he likes good quality dairy frames, size and scale and beautiful mammary systems and the cows pulled out exemplified those qualities. He selected the winning aged cow because of “that tremendous frame, she has a beautiful uphill run and a tremendous mid section. She has a high wide rear udder with tremendous capacity.” For Reserve Senior and Reserve Grand Champion, Judge Burdette selected Milksource Genetics’ 4-year-old, Kingsmill Atwood AllisonET. He commented “I love her frame, she has that razor blade topline. She has a beautiful side view and great width when viewed from the rear.” Selected as Intermediate Champion was Matt and Travis Smith’s winning Senior 3-year-old, Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET. Reserve Intermediate Champion went to the winning Junior 3-year-old, E&M-Acres Goldchip 450 exhibited by Jason Volker, Dan Hovden and E&M Farms, Inc. Topping the heifer show was the fall calf, Sco-Lo-Coons Sid Aria, exhibited by K. Doeberiener, L Bowen and M. Heath of West Salem, OH. Reserve Junior Champion was Trefle Chassep Doorman-ET, exhibited by Doeberiener, Bowen, Heath and D. Dyment. Judge Burdette commented that “this fall calf is lights out Junior Champion for me. She is beautifully balanced, has size and scale and is a heifer that is so angular. She is so precise when you get her on the move.” The Spring Yearling “follows that pattern with her length from end to end, beautiful head carriage and stretch all the way through. You have to love her angularity and dairyness.” Claiming top honors in a competitive Junior Show were the top junior owned Aged Cow and Junior 3-year-old. The Grand Champion, exhibited by Joseph, Zach, Jerome and Darian Stransky, Owatonna, MN, was Dardel Dundee Tiara O-TW. Ben Kronberg, Janesville, had Reserve Grand Champion with Milksource Damion Electra. Selected Stransky’s Aged Cow as Champion, commenting that she’s “extremely youthful with tremendous capacity and dairy quality. She also moves well on her feet and legs.” The Junior 3-year-old followed because she’s a “silky hided dairy cow and I really love her side view. She also handles herself well on her rear feet and legs.” Junior Champions of the Junior Show were a pair of Spring Yearlings. Junior Champion was Jacobs Windbrook Delay-ET owned by Corey Schmidt of Cosmos, MN. Reserve Champion went to Anna Culbertson of Elgin, MN, with Macland Atwood Cinnabon. Winning the Premier Breeder and Exhibitor banners was MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, WI. The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to thank all the show sponsors and trophy sponsors that helped to make the Midwest National Spring Show a success.

Reserve Grand and Grand Champion

Grand Champions: Left to right - Jodi Hoynoski of Holstein USA, sponsor Tom Morris, John Cull, Kelli Cull, Tom Cull holding Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET, John Vosters holding Kingsmill Atwood Allison-ET, WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock, Judge Justin Burdette and WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey

Grand Champions of the Junior Show: Judge Justin Burdette, WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock, Zach Stransky holding Dardel Dundee Tiara O-TW, Ben Kronberg holding Milksource Damion Electra, Jodi Hoynoski of Holstein USA and WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey Following are the top 5 placings in each class. For more results, visit our website at Winter Calf - 9: 1. (B&O) Miss Duckett WBK Breeze-ET, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI 2. Toppglenn Glack Diamond, Black Diamond Syndicate, West Salem, OH 3. Sunnylodge Greenlane Leona, Joseph, Zach, Jerome & Darian Stransky, Owatonna, MN 4. Milksource Sid Desire-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 5. Bur-Wall Brokaw GG Gorgeous, Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn, WI (1JR) Ziems Brokaw Fancy, Renee Pierick, Prairie du Sac, WI (2JR, JrB&O) Lonely-Mile ATW ChloeET, Jade Pinter, Curtiss, WI Fall Calf - 30: 1. Sco-Lo-Coons Sid Aria, K. Doeberiener, L. Bowen & M. Heath, West Salem, OH 2. (B&O) Duckett Doorman Brook-ET, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI 3. Milksource Sid Ahead-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 4. MS Stunning Atwood Pearl-ET, Austin Yoder & Matthias Swartzentruber, Lomira, WI 5. Thal-View Brokaw Brittany, Heritage Holsteins & Hammertime, Whitewater, WI 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

(1JR) Hillpine DS Night Moves, Megan Lauber, Union Grove, WI (2JR) MS Heritage Karmas Kiss, Kristen, Jenna & Nicole Broege, Janesville Summer Yearling - 16: 1. Cherry-Crest Miss Vermont, K Doeberiener, L Bowen, M Heath & J Black, West Salem, OH 2. Intense Brokaw RoseET, Alyson & Kenlee Philips, Stephanville, TX 3. Ms Queens-Manor Snchz Beau, W Schirm, D Thompson, M.S. Linehan & M Haplin, Champaign, IL 4. (B&O) Heritage-E Divas Dorothy, N & J Sarbacker, M & L Evangelo, Whitewater, WI 5. Duckett-GK Dundee Skylar-ET, M & J Duckett & George Kasbergen, Rudolph,WI (1JR) Stempfle Doorman Tonic, Scott & Jessica Stempfle, Maynard, IA (2JR) Winright Atwood Amazon, Ben Buske, Brownsville, WI Spring Yearling - 19: 1. Trefle Chassep Doorman-ET, Doeberiener, Bowen, M Heath & D Dyment, West Salem, OH 2. (1JR) Jacobs Windbrook Delay-ET, Corey Schmidt, Cosmos, MN 3. Oeh-My Dickey

Eden, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL 4. (2JR, B&O) Macland Atwood Cinnabon, Anna Culbertson, Elgin, MN 5. (3JR) Jerland SH Atwood Adeen-ET, Kayla Krueger, Marion, WI Winter Yearling - 19: 1. Topglenn Goldwyn Want-ETS, Triple T, Conroy, Brown & Jones, North Lewisburg, OH 2. (B&O) Budjon-Vail AB Angelique-ET, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira, WI 3. Rosedale Silky Stilettos, Rosedale Genetics, Ltd., Oxford, WI 4. Hillpine B AnyaET, Ryan Lauber, Union Grove, WI 5. Lingle Gold Freaky Girl, K. Doeberiener, L Bowen, M Heath & D Cole, West Salem, OH (1JR) Siemers Wood Ashlynn-ET, Noah Bilz, Dorchester, WI (2JR) Merkline Doorman Pallas-ET, Kimberly Keller, Mt. Horeb, WI Fall Yearling - 13: 1. (B&O) Ryan-Vu Reginald Emblem, C & M Ryan, MajesticView LLC, Hetts, Shore & Connery, Fond du Lac, WI 2. Liatris Brokaw Toutoune, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 3. Sagamie Atwood Mikaela, W. Schilling, K. Doeberiener & L. Bowen, Decatur, MI 4. (1JR) Robrook Windbrook Myleigha, Dawson & Kylie Nickels, Watertown, WI 5. Lindale Sid Ellen, Jason Volker & Dan Hovden, Maynard, IA (2JR) Ryan-Vu GChip Claudette-ET, Joshua & Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds WI Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Jacobs Windbrook Delay-ET, Corey Schmidt, Cosmos, MN Reserve Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Macland Atwood Cinnabon, Anna Culbertson, Elgin, MN Junior Champion: Sco-Lo-Coons Sid Aria, K. Doeberiener, L. Bowen & M. Heath, West Salem, OH Reserve Junior Champion: Trefle Chassep Doorman-ET, Doeberiener, Bowen, M Heath & D Dyment, West Salem, OH Junior Best Three - 2: 1. Duckett Holsteins, Rudolph 2. Stempfle Holsteins, Maynard, IA Unfresh 2 Year Old - 2: 1. (1JR) Ms Deb Gold Chip Dala-ET, Alek Krueger, Kaukauna, WI 2. (2JR) Milksource Damion Lenno-ET, Shawn Banowetz, Charlotte, IA Junior 2 Year Old - 5: 1. (BU) Co-Vale Atwood Jane-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 2. Sicy Ballet Atwood, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL 3. Morsan Atwood Carmel, Jason Volker & Dan Hovden, Maynard, IA 4. Miss Judy Goldsun June, Gary McCarthy, Wauzeka, WI 5. (1JR) WR-Zehr EV Chaos Chili-ET, Rosalee Zehr, Graymont, IL Senior 2 Year Old - 20: 1. Eastside Brady Caramel, Anna Culbertson & Victoria Nodolf, Elgin, MN 2. (BU) Arolene Goldwyn Divine, Jason Volker & Dan Hovden, Maynard, IA 3. Parkacres Braxton Firy-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 4. Ryan-Geiger GWAtwd Reaction, Jordan & Whitney Ebert, Algoma, WI 5. Routina Zelgadis Paige, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI (1JR) Kawartha Atwood Jayda, Ben Powers, Menomonie, WI (B&O) Rosedale Worth Repeating-ET, Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI (2JR) Budjon-JK Damion Eklipse-ET, Lindsey Sarbacker, Lomira, WI Junior 3 Year Old - 7: 1. (BU, B&O) E&M Acres Goldchip 450, Jason Volker, Dan Hovden & E&M Farms Inc., Maynard, IA 2. (1JR) Milksource Damion Electra, Benjamin Kronberg, Janesville, WI 3. Peticlerc Goldchip Skydome-ET, Budjon & Vail, Lomira, WI 4. Long-Haven Brxtn Rocky, Grant & Taegon Long, Clayton, MI 5. Our-Favorite Sparkle Rae-ET, Shawn & Seth Nehls, Hustisford, WI (2JR) Opsal Gold Chip Sage-ET, Joshua & Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, WI Senior 3 Year Old - 12: 1. (BU, B&O) Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET, Matt & Travis Smith, Watertown, WI 2. Reyn-Crest Real Laredo-Red, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 3. Siemers Atwood Monalisa, Siemers Holstein Farms, Inc., Newton, WI 4. Extondale Sid Iams, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 5. (Prod) Duckett Fever Trendy-ET, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI (1JR) Milksource Watch Adeen-ET, Mariah Strauss, Waterloo, WI Intermediate Champion: Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET, Matt & Travis Smith, Watertown, WI Reserve Intermediate Champion: E&M Acres Goldchip 450, Jason Volker, Dan Hovden & E&M Farms Inc., Maynard, IA 4 Year Old - 7: 1. (Prod, BU) Kingsmill Atwood Allison-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 2. Brackleyfarm Chelios Cheerio, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 3. Kingsway Tenacious Rochelle, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 4. Ms Apples Aria-ET, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL 5. (1JR) Tumbleweed Goldwyn Leeza-ET, Larissa & Olivia Pfaff, Alma Center, WI (2JR, B&O) Willows-Edge Atwood Vagrant, Claire Van Dyk, New Richmond, WI 5 Year Old - 3: 1. (BU) Laidlawn Knowledge Gemini, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI 2. (B&O) Smith-Crest-TW SH Virgie-ET, Matt & Travis Smith, Watertown, WI 3. (1JR) MS Angel Dellucci, Connor

Erbsen, Lanark, IL 6 Year and Older - 8: 1. (BU) Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira, WI 2. (Prod) Duckett Ross Pamela, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI 3. Blondin Goldwyn Subliminal-ETS, Budjon & Vail, Lomira, WI 4. Macpes Fortune Koquine-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI 5. (1JR) Dardel Dundee Tiara O-TW, Joseph, Zach, Jerome & Darian Strasnky, Owatonna, MN (2JR) Luck-E Advantage Kookoo, Christopher Vomastic, Pulaski, WI 150,000 lb. Cow - 4: 1. (Prod) Stone-Front Iron Pasta, Michael II & Julie Duckett, Rudolph, WI 2. (BU) Team Durham Morgan-ET, Team Holsteins, Hampshire, IL 3. Lands-Brook Allen Dora, Lands-Brook Farms, St. Olaf, IA 4. (1JR) Krull Goldwyn Entrust-ET, Carley Krull, Lake Mills, WI Champion Bred & Owned of the Junior Show: Macland Atwood Cinnabon, Anna Culbertson, Elgin, MN Senior & Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Dardel Dundee Tiara O-TW, Joseph, Zach, Jerome & Darian Strasnky, Owatonna, MN Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Milksource Damion Electra, Benjamin Kronberg, Janesville, WI Best Udder of Show: Milksource Goldwn Africa, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira, WI Champion Bred & Owned of Show: Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET, Matt & Travis Smith, Watertown, WI Senior & Grand Champion of the Show: Milksource Goldwn Africa, Peter & Lyn Vail & Budjon Farms, Lomira, WI Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion of the Show: Kingsmill Atwood Allison-ET, Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, WI Best Three Females - 0 Produce of Dam - 0 Dam & Offspring - 0 Premier Breeder & Exhibitor: MilkSource Genetics, Kaukauna, WI Premier Sire: Maple-Downs-I G W Atwood-ET State Herd: Wisconsin

HM, Reserve and Intermediate Champions with Judge Burdette

Junior Champions: Judge Justin Burdette, WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey, Lindsay Bowen holding Sco-Lo-Coons Sid Aria, Dave Dyment holding Trefle Chassep Doorman-ET and WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-9

Winter Calf: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Miss Duckett Wbk Breeze-ET and Julie Duckett

Fall Calf: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Sco-Lo-Coons Sid Aria and Lindsay Bowen

Summer Yearling: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Cherry Crest Miss Vermont and Barclay Phoenix

Spring Yearling: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Trefle Chassep Doorman-ET and Mark Rueth

Winter Yearling: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Topglenn Goldwyn Want-ETS and Pat Conroy

Fall Yearling: Ron Abing, Randy Connery, Princess Sierra Lurvey, Ryan-Vu Reginald Emblem, Chad & Amy Ryan & Rhonda Shore

Unfresh 2 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Ms Deb Gold Chip Dala-ET & Alek Krueger

Junior 2 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Co-Vale Atwood Jane-ET & Annette Ostrom

Senior 2 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Eastside Brady Caramel, Tom Cull, Victoria Nodolf & Anna Culbertson

Junior 3 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Jason Volker, E&M-Acres Goldchip 450, Paul Trapp & Dan Hovden

Senior 3 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET and Matt Smith

4 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Kingsmill Atwood Allison-ET and John Vosters

Junior Best Three: Duckett Holsteins

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5 Year Old: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Laidlawn Knowledge Gemini and Elgin Craig

6 Year Old & Older: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET and Tom Cull

150,000 lb. Cow: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Stone-Front Iron Pasta and Evan Creek

Champion B&O of Junior Show: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Macland Atwood Cinnabon, Anna Culbertson & Jodi Hoynoski of Holstein USA

Best Udder of Show: Princess Sierra Lurvey, Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET and Tom Cull

Champion Bred & Owned of Show: Jodi Hoynoski of Holstein USA, Princess Sierra Lurvey, Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET, Matt Smith & Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock

Junior Champions of the Junior Show: Judge Justin Burdette, WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey, Corey Schmidt with Jacobs Windbrook Delay-ET, Anna Culbertson with Macland Atwood Cinnabon and WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock

Junior Show Reserve Grand and Grand Champion

Intermediate Champions: WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey, Travis Smith, Matt Smith with Smith-Crest-TW Sid Vixy-ET, Paul Trapp with E&M Acres Goldchip 450, Judge Justin Burdette and WHA Princess Attendant Cierra Ehrke-Essock

Best Udder of the Show - Milksource Goldwn Africa-ET

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Midwest Spring Red & White Show Jefferson, WI • Judge: Roger Turner • 85 Shown Winter Calf (2): 1. (1JR) L-Maples AR Catalina-Red-ET, James Jens & Owen Kress, Newton, WI 2. Forest-Ridge A Mopsy-Red-ET, J, L & M Harbaugh & A Loehr, Eden, WI Fall Calf (17): 1. Greenman Acres Anna-Red, Brian Greenman & Budjon Farm, Lomira, WI 2. (1JR) Ms Stranshome Target-Red-ET, J, J, H & K Gaedtke & M Kroll, Luxemburg, WI 3. Cloverhill FM Hayley-Red-ET, Caleb Norton, Tipton, IA 4. (2JR) Straussdale Bar Dreamy-Red, Mariah & Carly Strauss, Waterloo, WI 5. (3JR) Booth-Haven We Love-Red-ET, C, A, C & R Booth, Plymouth, WI Summer Yearling (10): 1. (1JR) Duckett Secure Lily-Red-ET, Melissa Sprecher, Sauk City, WI 2. Milk Source Barb Love-Red-ET, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI 3. Wildweed Ladd Margarita-Red, Frank Behling, Fox Lake, WI 4. (2JR) Milk Source Apple Wine-Red, C, A, C & R Booth, Plymouth, WI 5. Sco-Lo-Kruse No How-Red-ET, Graisson Schmidt & Highlife-LP, Melrose, WI Spring Yearling (8): 1. (1JR) Greenlea Sher Magenta-Red, A, A & A Gruenes, Richmond, MN 2. (2JR) Booth-Haven A Mocha-Red, C, A, C & R Booth, Plymouth, WI 3. Hunt-Haven Hvezda Juno-Red, Chad & Erin Hunt, Elkader, IA 4. Lyons-DL Ducati Glitter-Red, Carly Lyons, Castalia, IA 5. Beatyview Rainy Sky-Red-ET, Alyson Phillips, Lindleville, TX Winter Yearling (7): 1. Piersten Ladd P Tempete-Red, Alyson Philips, Lindleville, TX 2. (1JR) Zehrview Absolt Hi-Time-Red, Rosalee Zehr, Graymont, IL 3. Honeycrest AL Daphne-Red, Braeden Bechel, Elmwood, WI 4. (2JR) Macland ABS Juliet-Red-ET, A, A & A Gruenes, Richmond, MN 5. (3JR) Budjon-Vail P Dayton-Red-ET, Andrew Greenfield, Waupun, WI Fall Yearling (7): 1. Pamprd-Acres AB Ivy-Red-ET, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL 2. Miss Hot Mama-Red, Majestic-View, Smith, Kueffner & Vail, Watertown, WI 3. (1JR) Lyn-Vale Redburst Molly-Red, C, A, C & R Booth, Plymouth, WI 4. Four-Hills D Jesslyn-Red-ET, Highlife-LP & Graisson Schmidt, Alma Center, WI 5. (2JR) Inspired Doncha Miss MeRed, Hannah Nelson, Ellworth, WI Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Duckett Secure Lily-Red-ET, Melissa Sprecher, Sauk City, WI Reserve Junior Champion of the Junior Show: Ms Stranshome Target-Red-ET, J, J, H & K Gaedtke & M Kroll, Luxemburg, WI Junior Champion of the Show: Pamprd-Acres AB Ivy-Red-ET, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL Reserve Junior Champion of the Show: Duckett Secure Lily-Red-ET, Melissa Sprecher, Sauk City, WI Junior Best Three (2): 1. Lyons Holsteins, Castalia, IA 2. Honeyview Farm, Vesper, WI Unfresh 2 Year Old (2): 1. Driftline Advent Leann-Red, M,M & M Sarbacker, Belleville, WI 2. (1JR) Ja-Mi-Ri Debnr Get Some-Red, Jason Richardson, Belmont, WI Junior 2 Year Old (3): 1. Luck-E Ladd Jubilee-Red-ET, Matt Engel, Hampshire, IL 2. Rosedale The Rose-Red-ET, Rosedale Genetics, Ltd., Oxford, WI 3. V-View Cntdr Moscato-Red-ET, McKenzie & Ryleigh

Endvick, Kaukauna, WI Senior 2 Year Old (7): 1. Rosedale Rumor Has It-Red-ET, Rosedale Genetics, Ltd., Oxford, WI 2. Underwood Dusk Jazz-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI 3. Rosedale Rsng Legend-Red-ET, Rosedale Genetics, Ltd., Oxford, WI 4. (1JR) Warmka Chris Leah 1441-Red, Brad & Danielle Warmka, Fox Lake, WI 5. Milk Source Redburst Alma-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI (2JR) Leip-Ches Pic Go Pam-RedET, Opsal, M, M & M Sarbacker, Belleville, WI Junior 3 Year Old (1): 1. Ms Morsan Piclo Tsunami-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI Senior 3 Year Old (5): 1. Reyncrest Real Laredo-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI 2. Miss Alabama-Red-ET, Westcoast Holsteins, Chiliwack, BC, Canada 3. Milk Source Dty Tammy-Red-ET, Cathryn & Christopher Gunst, Pine River, WI 4. (1JR) Lake-Prairie Alison-Red-ET, L. Banowetz & C. Warren, Burlington, WI 5. (2JR) Lyons-DL Chger Twizzler-Red, Michael Lyons, Castalia, IA Intermediate Champion: Reyncrest Real Laredo-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI Reserve Intermediate Champion: Miss Alabama-Red-ET, Westcoast Holsteins, Chiliwack, BC, Canada 4 Year Old (8): 1. Probert C Bree Ella-Red,Kate Smith, Watertown, WI 2. Rosedale Lucky Rose-Red, Rosedale Genetics, Ltd., Oxford, WI 3. (1JR) Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red, Carley Krull, Lake Mills, WI 4. (2JR) Siemers Destry Sunny-Red-ET,Lisowe, Kress & Jens, Newton, WI 5. BurWall Lnr Awesome-Red-ET, Wallace Behnke, Brooklyn, WI 5 Year Old (3): 1. (1JR) Dajeda Advent Wonder-Red, Leanne Dammen, South Wayne, WI 2. (2JR) Ourway Destry Sparkle-Red, Hailey Raymond, Brooklyn, WI 3. (3JR) Milgene Arrow Janet-Red, Jason Richardson, Belmont, WI Aged Cow (3): 1. Cleland Advent Alexia-Red-ET, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL 2. Valley River Jup Rudy-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI 3. (1JR) Ri-Jul Advent Leann-Red, Chrisopher Vomastic, Pulaski, WI 125,000 lb. Cow (2): 1. Cleland SS Alexis-Red-ET, Jason Cleland, Clinton, WI 2. Ms Hack SS Ella Rae-Red-ET, Smith, Hackmann, Parsons, Pulaski, WI Senior & Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Lake-Prairie AlisonRed-ET, L. Banowetz & C. Warren, Burlington, WI Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show: Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red, Carley Krull, Lake Mills, WI Senior & Grand Champion: Cleland Advent Alexia-Red-ET, Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL Reserve Senior Champion: Valley River Jup Rudy-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI Reserve Grand Champion: Reyncrest Real Laredo-Red, Milk Source Genetics, Kaukauna, WI Best Bred & Owned of the Show: Cleland SS Alexis-Red-ET, Jason

Junior Champions of the Junior Show: Judge Roger Turner, WI R&W Princess Savannah Micke, Hailey Gaedtke holding Ms Stranshome Target-Red-ET, Melissa Sprecher holding Duckett Secure Lily-Red-ET and National R&W Princess Katrina Nunes

Junior Champions: Judge Roger Turner, WI R&W Princess Savannah Micke, Melissa Sprecher holding Duckett Secure Lily-Red-ET, Mandi Bue holding Pamprd-Acres AB Ivy-Red-ET, National R&W Princess Katrina Nunes, Josh Fairbanks and Ethan Heinzmann

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Cleland, Clinton, WI Best Bred & Owned of the Junior Show: Lyons-DL Chger TwizzlerRed, Michael Lyons, Castalia, IA Best Three Females: 1. Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI Produce of Dam: 1. Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI Dam & Offspring: 1. Cleland Holsteins, Clinton, WI 2. Kress-Hill Dairy, Chilton, WI Premier Breeder: Rosedale Genetics Ltd., Oxford, WI Premier Exhibitor: Milk Source, Kaukauna, WI

Around the Ring...

Intermediate Champions: Judge Roger Turner, Joe Engel with Luck-E Ladd Jubilee-Red-ET, National R&W Princess Katrina Nunes, Tom Cull holding Miss Alabama-Red-ET, Jim Ostrom holding Reyncrest Real Laredo-Red and WI R&W Princess Savannah Micke

Grand Champions of the Junior Show: WI R&W Princess Savannah Micke, Carley Krull holding Rosedale 2 Hot 2 Handle-Red, Levi Banowetz holding Lake-Prairie Alison-Red-ET, National R&W Princess Katrina Nunes and Judge Roger Turner.

Grand Champions: Judge Roger Turner, WI R&W Princess Savannah Micke, Jim Ostrom holding Reyncrest Real Laredo-Red, Ethan Heinzmann holding Cleland Advent Alexia-Red-ET, Gary Janssen, Josh Fairbanks and National R&W Princess Katrina Nunes wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-13


A visit with District 10 Holstein breeders by Ashley Yager the homestead, milking cows at a 200-cow dairy for the last ten years. Doug and Gina always knew their kids oug Lemke may not have a barn full of would likely want to show and participate in milk cows in his back yard, but that 4-H, but they never imagined their oldest son doesn’t change his passion and involvement Zach would come home and tell them he as a member of the dairy industry. wanted to show Holsteins. With that, Doug The Lemke homestead was founded in was excited to get back in the ‘game’ and the the Chilton area by Doug’s great-grandfaHolstein business. He purchased a cheap calf ther who emigrated from Germany. A family for Zach, lovingly dubbed “Annie,” at a sale rooted deep in agriculture, there were as in Fond du Lac. She was eventually sold, but many as 16 Lemkes farming on Lemke Road after that, Doug knew he and the kids were at one time while Doug was growing up. hooked. Doug got his hands on his first RegisWhen the Lemkes decided to get back tered Holstein calf for $150 when he was in the business, shipping milk was the bottom Doug & Gina Lemke with Zach, nine years old. This calf was eventually a line. Any other success along the way, includJordan and Brianna Good Plus cow that produced his first ing in the show ring, has been a bonus for the Excellent cow. By 1984, Doug’s family herd family. In the fall of 2008, Doug made an was 100% registered. In 1985, Doug graduated high school and headed investment in Jenesis-B Shottle Bessie-ET, EX-90, from the Jenesis herd to UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course. He traveled and worked dispersal. She is still in the barn at the home farm as a donor cow, and has as a fitter for eight years before returning to the Chilton area to milk cows. ET calves coming this fall by Atwood and Beemer. Her last completed Doug and his wife Gina (Pingel) milked 45 cows on a rented farm just record included 52,000 pounds milk with over 2000 pounds fat. a few miles down the road for 10 years. Lem-D-Acres was home to the Since purchasing Bessie, the head count under Lemke ownership has Grand Champion of the 1991 Wisconsin Championship Show – Grasshill increased to over 100, including mostly heifers, dry donors and milking Katarina-ET. Katarina was a daughter of Puget Sound Sheik and was the cows. Many of the donor cows and heifers are housed on-site, while all winning five-year-old cow that year. milk cows have had to find a home off the farm. The majority of cows live The Lemkes had success as a type herd, but sold out in 2004 through at Brandon and Shi Ferry’s farm with a few housed elsewhere. a private treaty sale after losing a pricing battle with the DNR for their Doug has always been a student of the industry, and admits he has farmland. Much of that land is now protected marsh. Doug and Gina learned a lot from other people. His passion for the breed is something that maintained ownership of 45 acres, including the house, some pasture, and never went away, and he truly enjoys the industry and people in it. Everyoutbuildings. thing he does is for the kids, as he wants them to have their day in the sun. When the cows left, Doug and Gina explored a few other animal Doug and Gina have three children – Zach (16), Jordan (11), and Brianna species, including beef and hogs. They ran a cow/calf beef operation for (8), and they all enjoy having the chance to work with the Holsteins their six years, until a close call with a beef cow nearly cost a life. The beef were dad has accrued in the last few years. sold, and the hogs arrived. Eventually hogs turned to grade dairy heifers, The year 2014 was certainly a banner year for the Lemkes, as Zach’s and even the heifers left when prices were high for breeding age and spring- winter calf Duckett Atwood Nelly was fourth in class at the junior show at ing heifers. World Dairy Expo and nominated Junior All-American. In 2013, During this transitional period, Doug was asked to help at Woldt Kulp-Dale Windbrook Ellie-ET was Honorable Mention Junior AllFarms LLC for a few months. A few months has turned into 13 years, and American. They have also had success in the Red and White show, as he now manages the dairy herd. During his time at the dairy, they’ve grown Rokey Benfer Cutie-Red was first place milking fall yearling at World Dairy from 140 to 800 cows, and he has played a role in managing employees, Expo in 2013, and All-American Fall Yearling in Milk. Cutie was owned sire selection, and all aspects of the herd. Gina also has a job away from with Crestbrooke Holsteins, and is now owned by Milksource Genetics. The Lemkes are always trying to incorporate new genetics, and purchase through both public and private sale. They also diversify through bringing new blood in from the east, and in turn, market some of the midwest genetics there. The Lemkes are working with members of the Elegance family, have Atwoods from Vangoh Durham Treasure, and a few daughters coming from Robrook Goldwyn Cameron. One female Doug is focusing on now is Scientific Diva Rae-Red-ET, EX-92, the Talent daughter of Debutante. Diva has been flushed to Armani, Absolute and Integral. Also on the donor program is Miss Advent Regan-Red-ET, a tenth generation Excellent that had an Armani calf sell in the state convention sale in 2014. Ladys-Manor Gold Denver-ET, EX-90, is currently being flushed, and has had eggs sent to Japan. MS Kingsmill Atwood Allayna, EX-91, was 13th senior two-year-old at World Dairy Expo and is also on the flush program. Budjon-JK Atwood Elex-ET is another exciting young cow that is due in December. The Lemke’s also have an Atwood daughter from Frosty that is VG-86 first lactation and will enter the flush program soon. Finally, a potential EX second lactation Alexander from Anastasia is another up-and-comer that Doug looks forward to breeding from. Sires being used in the flush and occasional IVF work include Jenesis-B Shottle Bessie-ET EX-90 Atwood, Armani, Beemer, Kingboy, and Doorman.

Marsh-Vue Holsteins Doug & Gina Lemke Family


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While Doug is always looking for the next purchase, he is always looking for ways to market, too. The Lemkes have had cattle in sales at the county, state and national levels, and have been exceptional supporters of the Wisconsin county sales. When not running a dairy or looking after the heifers and donors, the Lemke family is busy with the kids’ sporting activities, including football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. The kids are also active on the county judging team, 4-H and FFA, and Gina is a 4-H leader in the dairy program. Doug admits his father, Donald, has played a big part in his passion for good cows. He cared for the cows while Doug traveled early on, and was always a positive role model in the business. His primary goal is to breed a ‘great one,’ and his passion and drive for genetics should pave the way to accomplish just that. The Lemke’s are excited for the future, with the hope of many more appearances on the colored shavings to come.

Merkline Holsteins – Gerald & Ty Merkel

journalism. The drive to succeed in the dairy business brought Ty to the home farm immediately after graduation. The first ‘modernization’ change he made on the dairy was putting in a freestall and parlor in 1998. The tie-stall barn was converted to a double eight herringbone parlor, and the 150 milking head were moved to a freestall with pasture mats. A few years ago, Ty and Gerald added a heifer freestall on with drive-through feeding connecting the barns. All heifers are housed on site, with calves housed in the old stall barn through four to five months of age before they’re transitioned to the freestall. The cows are milked twice a day and run a rolling herd average of 25,515 pounds milk, with 3.7% 947 fat and 3.1% 795 protein. The Merkline herd has been recognized twice with 10-year awards for somatic cell counts, as they consistently run a count of 65,000 or less. Since his return to the home farm, Ty has invested in the cattle, with future plans to enter a land contract and purchase the rest of the farm and machinery from his dad. He truly enjoys the breeding aspect of the business, and has been a 5-time Progressive Breeders’ Registry recipient since taking over the mating of the herd. The challenge of staying ahead of the genetic game is most intriguing, as he selects for cattle that are medium in size, with good feet and legs and udders. Sires currently being used include Doors Open, Oktoberfest, High Octane, Millington, Dozer, and Jump, in addition to proven sires Numero Uno, Moonboy, and Marcelon. The ratio of genomic to proven semen used on the dairy is approximately 70/30. The Merkline herd is still home to a few cows that can be traced back to the Klein’s cows. Merkline Andrew Tavaras, GP-83 with over 155,000 pounds lifetime milk, and Merkline Raider Tsala, VG-86 with over 209,000 pounds lifetime milk, are both descendants that have offspring Ty is working with now. Another cow family that has done well for the Merkels is from an embryo purchased from Tom Kestell – Broeks AJF January-ET, VG-85 at 2-07. January had a record at 2-02 2x and 305 days of 30,130 pounds milk with 3.8% 1143 fat and 3.0% 915 protein. Her granddaughter, Merkline Paul Juno, is producing some high genomic daughters that Ty is excited to work with. The Merkel’s highest scored cow right now is Merkline Buckeye Montana, VG-88. She has over 150,000 pounds lifetime milk to date, and had a 5-02 record at 2x and 305 days of 36,720 milk with 3.7% 1344 fat and 2.9 1052% protein. Montana has all the right parts to be an Excellent cow in the future. A few years ago, Ty made a purchase at the Roma Acres Dispersal, and he is now working with Merkline M Portugal-ET, a first lactation Mayfield daughter that’s on the locator list and has not seen the classifier yet. Her dam was a Dorcy lost in her second lactation but she is backed by four generations of high VG and EX dams, including one DOM and two GMDs. Three of Portugal’s daughters are over +2400 GTPI. Some of the standout daughters in the latest genomic run include a +2445 GTPI Gambler, and two Kingboy daughters at +2443 +2420 GTPI. Ty likes the look of his Kingboy calves, and has nice young cows milking by Bookem, Brewmaster, and Shampoo. It is truly an exciting time for the Merkel family as they continue to grow the genetics and cow power of their herd. Ty has many young cows that need to be scored again, and after walking the herd it’s easy to see the quality and consistency of the breeding program through the outstanding legs and youthful udders. When asked about the future direction of the farm, Ty and Gerald admit that robots are not out of the question. They have done a lot of research, and believe they could be a potential game changer in the operation. Ty also hopes to keep improving the genetics, including purchasing embryos and breeding cows to be able to market in the future. He’d like to fill contracts and possibly send bulls to AI as well.

he Merkel family and Merkline Holsteins is a traditional Wisconsin farm rooted in over 100 years in the dairy business. Now in its fourth generation of ownership with Ty Merkel at the helm, the farm is primed to continue to thrive for years to come. The Merkels have called Random Lake home since 1901, when Otto emigrated from Germany. With no banks to loan money in those years, Otto borrowed funds from the neighbors to purchase the home farm. The Merkels still have the year-to-year logs that are a part of the farm’s early years, and at that time the herd size was 17 cows. Otto’s son Erwin was the next to take ownership of the farm, but fell ill while his son Gerald (Ty’s dad) was in college. Gerald was born in 1944 and said he’d never be a farmer, but after his dad got sick he spent more time at the farm before eventually buying his dad out in 1971. He started with herd that had grown to 42 cows and the machinery, and in 1974 he purchased the land on a land contract. The first Registered Holsteins were brought into the herd in 1974, when Gerald purchased his wife’s (Janice Klein) family herd from Peter Klein. By 1978, the Merkline herd was 100% Registered Holsteins, a process that was expedited through additional purchases of springing heifers and select sale animals. The first facility updates at Merkline came in 1978, when a new 60-cow tie-stall barn was built. The next year the old stanchion barn was converted to a calf facility, and in 1980 a loose housing barn was converted to freestalls for heifers. The farm currently consists of 300 owned and rented acres, with 255 tillable. Gerald and Janice’s children, Ty and Tara, grew up showing cattle in 4-H at the local and state levels. Tara now teaches fourth grade in Stoughton, and Ty has become a part owner in the farm. Ty is a 1997 graduate of UW-Madison, with a degree in international business and double Gerald & Ty Merkel major in agricultural economics and agricultural


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Calumet County

2015 Adult Membership: 30; Jr. Membership: 10 Adult Association officers - President: Jeff Brantmeier; Vice President: Larry Meyer; Secretary: Sue Schultz; Treasurer: Adam Schnell. The Calumet County Holstein Breeders have taken on a new activity in 2015 with the implementation of our inaugural CP Feeds 3-Year-Old Futurity. The CP Feeds Futurity will be held on Sunday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Calumet County Fair held Labor Day weekend in Chilton, Wis. The interest has been high with 48 animals entered in the 3-Year-Old Futurity. The official judge for the event is Eric Westphal from Bryon, Wis. Calumet County invites Holstein enthusiasts to attend the event and join us for a social to follow the close of the 2015 CP Feeds Futurity. Other activities in 2015 thus far included our annual meeting held in January. Larry Nelson, Wisconsin Holstein Association Executive Director, and Chris Lyons, Holstein USA representative, were our guest speakers. Calumet County Junior Holstein Association members attended the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association Convention. The Calumet County Rural-Urban Mardi-Gras Banquet and Recognition Night was held on February 17. Junior Holstein member Kiana Gasch, daughter of Gordie and Tami Gasch of Brillion, Wis., was awarded the Holstein Youth of the Year. The Calumet County Holstein Breeders host a live auction at the Mardi-Gras with a portion of the proceeds given to our Calumet County Fair for improvements and other awards. The annual June Dairy Month “Sundae on the Farm” promotion will be held at Gold Star Dairy Farms LLC on June 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chilton, Wis. Gold Star Dairy Farms LLC is owned by members David Geiser and Deb Reinhart, Simon Regan and Manuel Valenzuela. The Holstein Breeders are one of the main sponsors. We are looking forward to our members exhibiting at District Show, the Wisconsin State Holstein Show and World Dairy Expo. In August, we will provide the transportation for the dairy animals representing Calumet County at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. The Calumet County Fair is held Labor Day weekend. The Holstein Breeders coordinate the trophy sponsors for dairy classes and provide financial assistance. In 2015, the Calumet County Holstein Breeders will donate over $4000 in donations to dairy related activities on the county and state level. The Calumet County Holstein Breeders would like to announce they will be hosting the 2017 Wisconsin Holstein Association Convention in Appleton, February 24-25, 2017. 2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Calumet County Holstein Breeders.

Fond du Lac County

2015 Adult Membership: 88; Jr. Membership: 31 Adult Association officers - President: Kurt Loehr; Vice President: Eric Westphal; Secretary: Joseta Halbur; Treasurer: Lorna Bock; Directors: Steve Kamphuis, Chris Kramer and Scott Felten. Junior Association officers - President: Valerie Kramer; Secretary: Kati Kindschuh; Treasurer: Derrek Kamphuis; Advisor; Joseta Halbur. The Fond du Lac County Holstein Association hosted their annual meeting on Saturday, January 24 at Northwinds Supper Club in Eden, Wis. Kati Kindschuh and Darren Kamphuis were awarded scholarships and Jim Bliefnick was awarded the Service Award for his years of service to the organization. Bob Galdi and Gary Cooper were recognized also for their years of service to the board of directors. On Saturday April 4, the group co-hosted a farm tour with Sheboygan County. We traveled to the farms of Bill Schultz, Tom and Gin Kestell, and Brian and Brittany Mauk, all located in Sheboygan County. In July, the Fond du Lac Holstein breeders will be hosting the 15th annual Fond du Lac County Holstein Futurity. Feel free to join us at the Fond du Lac County Fair on Friday, July 17, while two- and five-year-olds from all over our county parade the shavings in honor of our 100 year history. 16–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

Plan to join us on Tuesday, September 22 at the Great Northern in Fond du Lac for our annual county Holstein sale. If you are interested in consigning to this year’s sale, please feel free to contact Rick and Paula Bovre about an opportunity to be a part of the event. The Fond du Lac juniors hosted the 2014 Junior Holstein Convention at Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells. The event ran smoothly and went according to plan. Members competed in Dairy Jeopardy, Dairy Bowl, the contest room as well as received multiple awards including DJM, production awards, and much more. In May 2014, the juniors held a fitting and showing clinic at the Fond du Lac County fairgrounds in conjunction with the Junior State Fair roundup event. The new requirements for the dairy project in Fond du Lac County require members to attend a fitting and showing clinic or other educational event. This year we had a fantastic turnout for presenter Molly Sloan with members of all ages participating. Ms. Sloan presented on proper showmanship techniques and how the newly adopted scorecard would affect the upcoming show season. A tradition held for many years in Fond du Lac County is giving a basket to the first baby born during June Dairy Month. The basket includes dairy themed clothing, books and dairy health promotional materials. Fond du Lac County has held a high standard of dairy judging teams over the last few decades and this year was no exception. We had a successful senior judging team, placing second at the state contest. The team consisted of Andrew Greenfield, Matthew Kramer and Darren Kamphuis. Coaches are Chad Ryan, Chris Pollack, Kyle Zimdars and past judging team alumnus. The Fond du Lac County Fair is held the third Thursday through Sunday in July, making for a warm and unpredictable county fair just after the Wisconsin State Championship Show. Junior members are busy in a variety of activities from the dairy management contest, Quality Milk Auction, Junior Holstein social, Immel Insurance Futurity, dairy class winner dinner and little britches on top of coordinating their 4-H and FFA groups’ display of dairy cattle. These members are the leaders in the dairy project in Fond du Lac County, mentoring others as youth dairy leaders, allowing others to show managerial animals and much more. For the 2014 Junior State Fair, Fond du Lac County had 14 showmen exhibiting 27 animals. Juniors at State Fair are busy participating in a variety of classes from spring heifers to competitive cow classes, the Premier Showman contest, JAC sponsored activities as well as placing very well in overall herdsmanship. Congrats to Valerie Kramer who was named Supreme Dairy Showman at the 2014 Junior State Fair. Valerie has been showing at State Fair for many years and did an outstanding job representing our county during her final fair. Kurt and Sarah Loehr are State Fair leaders and help coordinate meetings, organizing supplies and decorations as well as paperwork. This past year has been an outstanding year for the Fond du Lac juniors. We are a growing group with new and upcoming youth in the near future, but as you can see, those currently active are close to becoming adult members. Along with that, our current advisors are stepping down from their long standing position which they have served with great pride and generosity, we are hoping for new ideas and new leadership to reinspire more youth to become active. The Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders Association was organized in 1915. Purebred Holsteins were imported as early as 1879 by T.K. Gillett of Rosendale. Colantha 4th Johanna, is a descendant of these early importations. This famous cow broke five world records and produced 27,432 pounds of milk and 998 pounds of fat in 1907. The Gillett family is to be commended for breeding purebred Holsteins for over 135 years. The association has sponsored sales to promote the breeding of better Holsteins from 1917 through the present day. A new state-of-the-art pavilion was constructed in 1919. One of the outstanding sales at the pavilion featured Johanna Rag Apple Pabst. In 1928, this bull was sold to a Canadian breeder for $15,000. Even today, many pedigrees can be traced back to his ancestry. Beginning in 1917, the county association sponsored a cattle sale. This sale started as a sale featuring bulls and calves, and has progressed into a sale known as the Fond du Lac Holstein Classic, which now features open and bred heifers and young cows. Over the years, the Classic has posted tremendous sale averages. In earlier years, sales were not held every year. Since 1944, there have been 70 years of consecutive sales. The county is still home to a well known sale barn, the Great Northern Sales Arena. The Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association originated in

1974. Numerous honors have been awarded to our junior members throughout the years. The Dairy Bowl teams have attained state champion status 10 times since the onset of Dairy Bowl competition. At the National level, Junior Dairy Bowl teams have won sportsmanship awards twice. Junior Dairy Bowl teams have also placed third, second and first. The National Champion team included: Mike Pierquet, Lisa Kottke, David Lammers, Mary Maedke and alternates Tracy Ryan and Josh O’Leary. The coaches were Linda Hodorff, Mary Ryan and Jeff Hayes. Throughout the years several individuals have been honored with Wisconsin Holstein Association Outstanding Boy and Girl Awards. The first award in our county was first earned in 1940 by Ruth Stanchfield Smith. Other recipients of the award were: Bill Hageman, Peggy Schneider Daluge, Mary Bebow Schuster, Rick Julka, Shelly Lammers O’Leary, Chad Ryan, Katie Boyke Grinstead, Brian Kelroy, Andrew Rickert, Kristen Natzke Olson and Kyle Natzke. Three Fond du Lac Holstein Breeders, Clarence and Virginia Boyke of Vir-Clar Farms, William and Saloah Hageman of Hageman Holsteins and David Rose, Rose-E-Vue Farm, have been recognized as Wisconsin Distinguished Holstein Breeders. Doug and Linda Hodorff of Second Look Holsteins, Gary and Rose Boyke of Vir-Clar Farms and Chad and Amy Ryan of Ryan-Vu have also received the state’s Younger Breeder Award. Members who have served as state presidents include: W.J. Gillett, S.H. Bird, Sam Stanchfield, Donald Gillett, Joe Julka, Bill Hageman, Don Rickert, Charles Westphal and Jim Rickert. Currently, Paula Bovre is serving as state board president. Also, on the national level, Fond du Lac has been represented well with the Distinguished Junior Member contest. Many members have received awards at State and National Holstein Shows and All-American recognition has been achieved. W.J. Gillett and Linda Hodorff have served on the National Holstein Board. Fond du Lac County Holsteins and their owners have made considerable contributions to the breed. We have a proud heritage and a bright future.

Manitowoc County

2015 Adult Membership: 75; Jr. Membership: 28 Adult Association officers - President: Bethany Gierke; Vice President: Matt Cracraft; Secretary: Michelle Bratt; Treasurer: James Lepich. Junior Association officers - President: Sanne deBruijn; Vice President: Jared Zutz; Secretary: Maddie Zutz; Treasurer: Joost deBruijn; Reporter: Lauren Siemers; Advisor: Brenda Meyer. Manitowoc County Juniors continue to have some strong leadership within our group, with Jordan Siemers as chair of the National JACs and Crystal Siemers-Peterman is chair of the Wisconsin JACs. Clarissa Ulness showed her creative talent by submitting the winning state t-shirt design last year. The Manitowoc County Juniors also participated in some exciting events over the past year. Early last summer they hosted a Fitting and Showing workshop at Select Genetics where they had over 50 kids from within the county and neighboring counties. They had demonstrations from how to properly tie an animal to making a pack at the show along with fitting and showing an animal. Then last summer, the highlight for many junior members was participating at State and County Fair. After the fair season they celebrated with the deBruijn family hosting a bonfire for all members along with a pumpkin carving contest. Then the juniors spent many hours preparing for Junior Convention where they had another exciting year with a couple of very competitive Junior Dairy Bowl teams and one Rookie Dairy Bowl team. A few of our seniors combined with other counties to also be very competitive in the Dairy Bowl competition. Lauren Siemers placed 3rd in the Junior Dairy Jeopardy contest. Rachel Hartlaub was recognized as a DJM, while Clarissa Ulness received the 12 and Under Recognition Award. We were excited to sell tickets for the calf that Siemers Holsteins graciously donated for the state calf raffle and we were even more excited to have sold the winning ticket to one of our adult members, Peggy Glaeser, so the calf could stay in the county. Now we look forward to another great year of Junior Holstein activities.

Sheboygan County

2015 Adult Membership: 67; Jr. Membership: 46 Adult Association officers - President: Jim Hanke; Vice President: Luke Gartman; Secretary: Heidi Taylor; Treasurer: Sara Feldmann. Junior Association officers - President: Jared Abraham; Vice President:

Erica Helmer; Secretary: Cole Booth; Treasurer: Jess Mullikin; Historian: Ava Booth; Directors: Elise Bleck & Savanna Ridge; Advisors: Dr. Kent & Kelly Bindl, Dr. Jeff & LeaAnn Bleck and Dr. Chris & Courtney Booth. The Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association had another very fun and success year learning more about the beautiful Registered Holstein cow and building friendships across the state! We had over 40 Sheboygan County juniors, parents and/or relatives attend this year’s Junior Holstein Convention! We had a total of five individuals compete in this year’s Dairy Jeopardy contest. Three out of the top six finalists were Sheboygan County Juniors with Cole Booth (2nd Junior and going to National Convention), Jared Abraham (Finalist), Elise Bleck (Finalist), Ava Booth (Junior participant)and Brady Bleck (Junior participant). We also had two rookie dairy bowl teams, two junior teams and one senior team. Award winners included: Jared Abraham, 12 & Under Recognition; Elise Bleck, YDJM; Ava Booth, National Convention alternate for junior Speaking Contest; Cole Booth tied for 3rd place in the junior Essay Contest; Erica Helmer received the Farm Trip Award; Elise Bleck received a Long Range Production Award; Junior Progressive Breeder awards went to Sarah Henschel, and Cole, Ava and Campbell Booth; our Sheboygan county members led by Ava Booth, Morgan Phipps and Elise Bleck received 1st place for their scrapbook and are making the state book for National Convention; our banner received 2nd place; Elise Bleck won 3rd place for her Junior advertisement and Ava Booth was the People’s Choice Award; winning awards for their photo entries were Campbell Booth, Elise Bleck, and Jared Abraham; and Junior Display Contest winners were Brady Bleck ,1st junior, and Jared Abraham, 2nd junior. We want to thank each of you who purchased tickets from Sheboygan County Juniors as well as Siemers Holsteins for the donation of the calf for the state Junior Holstein Calf Raffle. Sheboygan County Juniors sold a total of 513 tickets vs. last year’s 460 tickets, winning 2nd place sellers overall. We were also fortunate to be offered the opportunity to work with the Sheboygan County Holstein Association as we helped them staff 20 of the 40 volunteers for the Races Foodstand fundraiser at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds and earned $500. This past July a couple of our youth and their families attended the National Holstein Convention in Dubuque, Iowa. Elise Bleck placed first in the National Junior Artistic Folding Display Board division and both Elise Bleck and Cole Booth qualified to compete in the National Junior Speech Competition. Last show season, the Sheboygan County Juniors exhibited animals in the District 10 Holstein Show which was held in Plymouth. Special highlights included showmanship honors: 10 and Under - 3rd place Brady Bleck; our Junior Showmanship Division Winners and State qualifiers - 1st Elise Bleck, 2nd Jared Abraham and 3rd Savanna Ridge; in the Senior Division - 1st Cole Booth, 2nd James Jens and 3rd Kelly Jens. At the Wisconsin State Championship Show, the Sheboygan County Junior Dairy Judging team placed first and included Elise Bleck, Ava Booth, Ella Bindl and Savanna Ridge. In addition, four of the juniors placed in the top ten: Elise Booth, Cole Booth, Ava Booth, and Campbell Booth. Lastly, several Sheboygan County Juniors advanced to the final rounds of the Showmanship Divisions at World Dairy Expo with James Jens placing 7th Senior, Ava Booth 2nd Junior and Jared Abraham 6th Junior overall. This spring, we participated in District 5’s Junior Holstein Dairy Day on Saturday, March 21 all day in Arlington, Wis. The day included: building new friendships, clipping/fitting workshop, udder and calf dissection, genomics presentation, feeding, showmanship, judging, and good times with JAC’s Charlie and Logan. Sheboygan County is grateful for District 5’s invitation and are excited to welcome them to Sheboygan County next fall.

Winnebago County

2015 Adult Membership: 29; Jr. Membership: 4 Adult Association officers - President: Joe Hughes; Vice President: Josh Silverthorn; Secretary: Michael Bradley; Treasurer: Cathy Silverthorn.

Upcoming Feature Districts:

July/August - District 8 November - District 5

September - District 6 December - District 3

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NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT Dear Holstein Breeders, The Holstein Association USA board of directors held its spring meeting in late March in Brattleboro, Vt. A number of important conversations and decisions took place and we’ll take a few moments to share some of the highlights. Financially speaking, the Holstein Association is on solid footing. The Audit Committee met the entire day prior to the Association’s two-day board meeting in Hartford, Conn. Just like the board of directors did last fall, the Audit Committee reviewed the five-year plan and outlook as presented by CEO John Meyer and CFO Barbara Casna. As we moved through the numbers, Steve Austin and Garth Allen from the auditing firm of Gallagher, Flynn and Company offered this insight into the Holstein Association USA. “This is a really innovative organization. The goal is to do more with less and to provide more cost-effective services to membership,” said Austin. “I’ve been around long enough, 15 years to be exact, to know this hasn’t always been the case,” said Austin. As directors, we feel this is an important message to share with our fellow members. When an organization is on firm financial footing, only then are other business ventures and member initiatives able to find success. Austin ended with a discussion on working capital, debt to equity and other related ratios by saying, “These are very strong ratios. You have a strong balance sheet.” In addition to having a solid performance for the fiscal year, the Holstein Association’s Reserve Fund grew in value. Overall it yielded a return of 1.9 percent last year and has grown 7.5 percent annually since the Association began working with GMO investments in November 2011. The fund’s value stood at $27.3 million at year’s end. This does not include assets of Holstein Foundation of $6 million. As part of the discussion, the audit committee and its consultants urged the staff to take an in-depth look at our information technology (IT) needs moving forward. As Garth Allen summed up very succinctly, “It is mission control. Holstein is an IT, data and information organization. That being the case, IT costs and need will go up in the future.” On the cow side of the equation, Holstein Complete enrollment through February 28 totaled 305,727 cows and 1,860 herds. This is an increase of 7 percent and 2 percent respectively, since the end of last year. Likewise, AgriTech Analytics (ATA) showed some good growth as 15,500 cows were added to the evaluation center. That represented six transfer herds and seven new herds that went on test. The board also heard a report of the Type Advisory Committee meeting held in January. The Committee recommended the Association initiate a research project to find out specifically what role genetics/genomics could play in reducing the occurrence of digital dermatitis (hairy heel warts) in Holstein cattle. We also learned more about the ongoing feed efficiency research project being conducted between USDA and several universities. Since 2013, the Holstein Association has provided type evaluation services on approximately 2,000 cows in the study. The main project plan is to deliver genomic breeding value estimates for dry matter intake and residual feed intake and to learn more about the relationship of feed efficiency to body, mobility, udder, and other type traits. The project continues through 2016. In discussion on genomic evaluations, the board approved several recommendations by the Genetic Advancement Committee. These included: 1) to emphasize the need for continued validation/verification of actual phenotypic performance of type and production; 2) to make the haplotype information available on the weekly genomic updates; 3) to support a research project on the genetic resistance and susceptibility to digital dermatitis; 4) to encourage USDA-AGIL to continue to study heat stress across the U.S., with the goal of identifying the genetics that works best in different climates; and 5) to support the industry moving to an annual Genetic Base Change. On April 7 to 9, the Holstein Association held its annual classification conference. During the event, the new classification hand held computers were distributed and the entire team had the opportunity to use the systems cowside. One of the highlights of the meeting was the tour of the Holstein Association USA, Inc.’s new history room. Still in development, the “Ideal Holstein Room” is designed to create a space to preserve and display 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

important historical Holstein Association artifacts and documents that tell the story of the Association. President Glen E. Brown led the initiative for this permanent home of important Holstein history. The board approved proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws which would remove the requirement of holding the annual meeting in June or July, to increase the number of delegates allowed to serve, and to establish a process for appointing alternates from neighboring states to unfilled delegate seats. Delegates to the Holstein Association USA 2015 Annual Meeting will vote on the proposals in June. In early May it was announced that Zoetis was going to reduce 20 percent of its workforce. As you know, the Holstein Association has partnered on the Enlight program to help make genomic data more user friendly for dairy farmers. The relationship has been working well. Our sources tell us that U.S. animal health teams, which includes dairy, will not be affected by these reductions. We also like to take this time to congratulate the juniors from our area that will represent us at National Convention. The Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) semi-finalists include: Anna Culbertson, Pine Island, Minnesota; Elizabeth Endres, Waunakee, Wisconsin; Kayla Krueger, Marion, Wisconsin; Jessica Pralle, Humbird, Wisconsin; Megan Rauen, Farley, Iowa; and Andy Sell, Watertown, Wisconsin. The group of aspiring young juniors receiving the Younger Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) awards include: Nicholas Achen, Aberdeen, South Dakota; Nathan Arthur, Sumner, Iowa; Connor Erbsen, Lanark, Illinois; Brock Irwin, Belvidere, Illinois; Rachel McCullough, Juda, Wisconsin; and Dawson Nickels, Watertown, Wisconsin. It shows just how strong our area is as every state in our region has a junior representing them at St. Charles, Ill. It is our pleasure to represent you on the national Holstein board. If you have questions or concerns, we’d appreciate hearing from you. We look forward to seeing you in Illinois this June. Your National Directors, Paul Buhr Dale Drendel Corey Geiger Mark Kerndt

Cierra’s Insights on Holstein Highlights Hello Holstein enthusiasts! The summer months are finally here. I hope everyone had a successful planting season and is enjoying working with their summer show animals! At the end of April, Sierra and I had our first show as Royalty. We had a fantastic time handing out ribbons and awards at the Midwest National Holstein Spring Show in Madison. It was a great experience sitting ringside and seeing the best of our industry parade the ring. Congratulations to all of the breeders and exhibitors at the 2015 show. We rounded out a busy spring with two big events in May. The Wisconsin Showcase Sale offered cattle from some of the most well-known cow families that have shaped the Holstein breed. Thank you to both the buyers and consignors for helping to make a new page in Wisconsin Holstein history! Later that month, Sierra and I headed to Cow Camp, where we made some great memories bonding with junior members! And as we know, June is Dairy Month, the time of year when we celebrate Wisconsin’s great dairy industry. Sierra and I will travel the state to hand out awards at the upcoming district shows. You can also look for us at the many dairy breakfasts hosted by numerous counties state-wide. I am most definitely looking forward to the milk and cheese curds! You may also see us a bit more formal as we are invited to a few local county futurities. We look forward to celebrating 125 years of Wisconsin Holstein tradition this summer at the 2015 National Holstein Convention hosted in St. Charles, Illinois, June 23-26. Our traveling 125th Anniversary timeline will be on display as well and we will have the commemorative booklets and the May Anniversary issue of the News will be available for convention attendees to pick up. Good luck to all of the junior members competing in the national contest. I know you will represent Wisconsin well. I wish you all the best of luck for your upcoming show season. Happy farming! Cierra Ehrke-Essock

2015 National Holstein Convention

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uncement from M o n n lA il-R a i c e -M p S or A Mil-R-Mor Generations Sale - October 17, 2015 It’s time for the next generation!

Kaye and I are both in our 80s and our son Craig has established his own farm and herd. Our granddaughter Lorilee has managed the Mil-R-Mor herd for several years and wishes to continue our family business. Lorilee and other family members own a nice group of animals that will remain in the herd; in addition, Lorilee will buy a group from Kaye and I that will enable her to take over the operation. She plans to purchase primarily older cows and a few heifers to start her herd with about 50 milk cows. This exciting transition also means a great opportunity for our friends in the cow business, as we plan to sell the majority of our heifers and promising young cows on Saturday, October 17th. These animals will be a true representation of the many deep-pedigreed Mil-R-Mor cow families we have developed over the past five decades. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us October 17th, and watch for more details to come soon! ~ Bob

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2015 National Convention Chairmen

Convention Co-Chairmen Ron Schaufelberger & Dale Drendel

Junior Convention Co-Chairwomen Melissa Irwin & Becky Meier

Finance Chair Joann Hartman

Senior Banquet Sandy & Boyd Schaufelberger

Golf Tournament Bernie Heisner

Publicity Julie Ashton

Registration Carrie & Brent Pollard Wendy Erbsen (not pictured)

Host Day Nate Janssen & Brian Wesemann

Trade Show Sarah Lenkaitis

Non-Delegate Dave Fischer

Illinois Holstein Association Employees Carol Jones - Treasurer Stephanie Stout - Herald Editor & Website Tina Yagow - Secretary


Sale Gary Janssen & Brian Olbrich

Transportation Jerry Smith

Transportation Ed Smith

Illinois Holstein Association Officers President: Brian Olbrich Vice-President: Jason Oertel

Index to Advertisers #PolledPlace..........................................44 B-J-Grove...............................................45 Bovikalc..................................................14 Butlerview Farms....................................2 Car-Mer Farm........................................72 Erbacres Holsteins................................15 Farnear Holsteins..................................17 Four-of-a-Kind Partners......................32 Fustead Holstein...................................70 Golden Oaks Farm ........................38-39 Heinz-Hope Farm.................................75 Henkeseen Holsteins............................73 Hilltop Dairy..........................................58 Hilrose Holsteins...................................35 Holbric Holsteins..................................20 HolsteinWorld.......................................10 Hunt Haven Holsteins.........................65 Illinois Holstein Association...............14 Irwindale Holsteins...............................40 J-Maker Dairy Farm..............................56 Jenlar Holsteins......................................55 Jetstream Genetics................................27

Ju-Len Holsteins....................................44 K-J Holsteins.........................................60 Koester Holsteins..................................15 Laeschway Dairy...................................71 Lenkaitis Holsteins................................62 Lindale Holsteins..................................13 Luck-E Holsteins..................................21 Lyons Holsteins.....................................65 Mahoney Holsteins...............................28 Marathon County..................................66 Marathon County..................................67 Marathon County..................................68 Marathon County..................................69 Marsh-Vue Farms.................................35 MarWood-Ridge Holsteins..................19 Meier Meadows.....................................62 Mil-R-Mor................................................3 Mission Bell Farms...............................22 Mitchell’s Holsteins...............................33 MN Business Directory.......................61 Oertel Farms..........................................57 Olmar Farms..........................................16

Editorial Index Wisconsin Holstein Association News.......................... 36-37 Dairy Bar Memorial.................................................................. 5 Illinois YDJM Winners............................................. 30, 31, 34 Influential Bulls of Illinois............................................... 26-27 Iowa Holstein Association News................................... 42-43 Minnesota Holstein Association News.......................... 50-51 National Convention Chairs.................................................... 4 National Convention Sponsors....................................... 18-19 Past Illinois Award Winners.................................................. 34 Recent History Makers of Illinois.................................. 24-25 Schedule of Events................................................................... 8 State Officer Index.................................................................. 74 Welcome Letters........................................................................ 6

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Ms Dundee Belinda (EX-96) is the highest classified living Holstein in Illinois today. She is bred and owned by Jeff Butler, Chebanse, IL. Belinda is no stranger to the show circuit in Illinois, having won Grand Champion at both the Illinois Championship Show and Illinois State Fair in 2014. She appears in front of the main castle at Medieval Times, the exciting venue for Family Night during the 2015 National Holstein Convention!

Pleasantland Farm.................................52 Prairie Farms............................................9 Ragnar Holsteins...................................63 Ran-Rose Holsteins..............................59 Red Carpet Holsteins............................53 Red-E-J Holsteins.................................43 Rolling Lawns Farms............................49 Schaufine Farms....................................23 Second-Look Holsteins..................46-47 Select Sires....................................... 11, 76 Selz-Pralle Dairy....................................48 Sherdale Farms......................................28 Steffes Registered Holsteins................33 Team Holsteins......................................13 University of Minnesota......................29 UW-Madison..........................................12 Wildvale Registered Holsteins.............64 Willows Edge.........................................41 Zoetis........................................................7

Dairy Bar

In Memory of Mike & Kyle Mitchell In July 2008, the Illinois Holstein Association lost two of their great members, father and son, Mike and Kyle Mitchell of Winnebago, IL. Mike and Kyle died from Methane poisoning in the manure pit. It was indeed a tragedy. Something so horrible should not happen to such wonderful people. So let Kyle and Mike’s death just simply remind us to be careful on the farm and also to not take life for granted. With much determination Jan, John, and Aaron, Jan & John Mitchell Aaron are continuing to dairy. Kyle was a vibrant young man with a bright future ahead of him. He participated in Dairy Bowl on the state and national level multiple times and the National Holstein Convention was always a highlight of the Mitchell family’s summer. Mike and his wife Jan were the biggest cheerleaders for all three of their boys - John, Kyle and Aaron, and could always be found in the Dairy Bowl rooms at National Convention. After Mike and Kyle passed, the Mitchell Family came forward and offered to chair the Dairy Bar for the 2015 National Holstein Convention and utilize the memorial fund set up for Mike and Kyle. The Mitchell Family also started the Kyle Mitchell Memorial Award for an outstanding Illinois Junior Holstein member. This honor recognizes Juniors not only for their Junior Holstein work, but for their outstanding character and school life. Kyle certainly excelled in each of these categories and had such a wonderful and inviting personality. You can enjoy the Dairy Bar daily while at Convention. Please see the schedule on page 8 for a complete list of times. 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 5

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April 1, 2015 Welcome! As Governor of thi s great State of Illi nois, I welcome you Association Convent ion. to the 2015 Natio nal Holstein My grandfather, a Wisconsin dairy far mer, is one of my very young age that biggest role model with hard work, you s. He taught me at can accomplish any a thing. Here in Illinois, ou r farms are passed on from of all the farms in the United States are fam generation to generation. Statistics sho w 97 percent farms, and the mo ily owned. We are re than 720 sesqu proud of the nearly icentennial farms. 9,000 centennial million in milk sales Illi no is annually, and our sta farms generate mo te is the 22 nd larges re than $378 t milk-producing sta te in the nation. While you are here, I encourage you to learn about the new get involved. In you trends in agriculture, r free time, I hope ask questions, and you’ll also take the great nearby destinati opportunity to visit ons, such as our winer some of the other ies, theaters, and mu seums.

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Bruce Rauner Governor, State of Illinois

THE DRIVE TO DO BETTER IS IN OUR DNA. American dairy producers have an inherent desire to do better. This “do better” drive is why they are moving away from only using parent average to gauge an animal’s transmitting ability to a more trusted measure— Genomic Predicted Transmitting Ability (GPTA) values1 from CLARIFIDE.®

Why are GPTAs better? Parent average is a simple average of each parent—and is built on the assumption that an offspring inherits a balanced complement of their respective parents’ genetic merit for all traits. The reality is that sometimes they receive a more favorable or less favorable set. It also assumes that you have the right parents—but in commercial dairies, the wrong sire is recorded about 14.4 percent of the time.2 Parent average reliability ranges between 20 and 30 percent3 depending on how much is known about the sire and dam.

How does that benefit your herd? You have the power to proactively make more effective animal management decisions, even when the animal is very young. You won’t need to wish you had more heifers out of that great fiveyear-old cow, or freshen a two-year-old that doesn’t pull her weight. With CLARIFIDE, you can more confidently build the herd you want to milk in the future.

BETTER RELIABILITY WITH CLARIFIDE Using CLARIFIDE we really have sound science behind our decisions. That significantly impacts our management decisions. We have seen a significant increase in milk production.

On the other hand, GPTA values from CLARIFIDE are based on an animal’s actual genetic makeup—like using a GPS instead of a compass to get from one point to another. That’s why GPTA values from CLARIFIDE average some 40 points higher—in the 60 to 70 percent reliability range.2

Brian Fiscalini, Fiscalini Farms in Modesto, Calif.



GPTA values are derived from the USDA-CDCB dairy genetic evaluation system using CLARIFIDE data. Zoetis data on file. Results from analysis of cumulative 3K and 6K results reported from USDA-CDCB dairy genetic evaluation as of September 2012 and associated submission data. 3 Source: USDA-CDCB evaluation for CLARIFIDE-tested Holstein females ≤ 12 months of age as of April 2014. Median value for NM$ in this data set = 22%. 1


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Schedule of Events Monday, June 22 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ..............................Convention Registration 6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. .........................Dairy Jeopardy Orientation 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m....................................................... Dairy Bar 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.......................................... Junior Welcome

Tuesday, June 23 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. .............................Convention Registration 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m...................................................... Dairy Bar 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m........................................ NHWSO Interviews 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.............................................. DJM Interviews 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m................................. Dairy Jeopardy Contest 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m...................................... Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.............................................DJM Luncheon 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ...................Luncheon for Juniors & Adults 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.............. Prepared Public Speaking Contest 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m................................ Dairy Knowledge Exam 6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.......................Dairy Bowl Coaches’ Meeting 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m............................. Junior Mardi Gras Mixer

Wednesday, June 24 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. .............................Convention Registration 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m...................................................... Dairy Bar 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.................Tour #1: GEA Farm Technologies, Lindale Holsteins, Team Holsteins & Luck-E Holsteins 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m......................... Tour #2: Golden Oaks Farm, Midwest Organics & Volo Auto Museum 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tour #3: Chicago Lakefront Museum Campus - Shedd Aquarium & Field Museum 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ............... Tour #4: Magic Waters Waterpark 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m...................................... Trade Show Set-up 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m................................................Pre-Sale Meal 7:00 p.m.................................................National Convention Sale 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m..................... Junior Ag Olympics & Dance

Boyd Schaufelberger

Candidate for Vice President Holstein Assn. USA The Illinois Holstein Association fully endorses Boyd Schaufelberger and his candidacy for Vice President of Holstein Association USA. Boyd is a 37-year member of the National Holstein Association and Illinois Holstein Association, having served on the National Board for 6 years and multiple terms on the Illinois Board of Directors. He and his wife own Schaufine Holsteins, Greenville, IL. The RHA on 135 cows is 25,510M 914F 774P. The herd has also 8 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Thursday, June 25 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. .................................................... Dairy Bar 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m........................ Chicago Architectural Tour & Lunch/Shopping on Navy Pier 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m....................................................Trade Show 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.................................Convention Registration 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m........................................ Dairy Bowl Contest 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m...................................NHWSO Silent Auction 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m......................... Annual Meeting & Caucuses 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m....................Luncheon for Juniors & Adults 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.............................State Leaders Luncheon 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. .................. Family Night @ Medieval Times

Friday, June 26 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. ...................................................... Dairy Bar 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m................................ Delegate Info. Breakfast 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m...............................Convention Registration 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m..................................................Trade Show 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m...................................... Dairy Bowl Finals & National Junior Forum 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m...................................NHWSO Silent Auction 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m............................................Annual Meeting 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m........................................NHWSO Meeting 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m............................Past Directors’ Luncheon 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m............................ Junior Awards Luncheon 1:00 p.m..................................................................... Futures Sale 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m...................................President’s Reception 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m............................................... Adult Banquet with special guest Orion Samuelson

received the PBR award six times. Outside of his Holstein work, Boyd has used his outstanding leadership abilities on the Prairie Farms Dairy Co-Op Board for nine years, Illinois DHIA Board and Board President, Prairie State / Select Sires Board and Board President, Select Sires Holstein Sire Committee and Elder of Greenville First Christian Church and Board Chairman. The Illinois Holstein Association believes Boyd’s character and leadership abilities would be an outstanding addition to the Holstein Association USA Board. His passion for the Holstein cow is unmatched. Below is an excerpt from his application. You can read the full text in the recent Holstein Pulse. “I believe the greatest strength of the Holstein Association is its membership. The collective knowledge, business experience and passion for the breed is a great resource for the Association. In working with our members, I have found that they have a sincere desire to see the Holstein Association thrive and prosper.” “Our members are on the frontline every day. They know their neighbors and the issues facing them. I believe HAUSA has something to offer every dairyman. We need the help of all of our membership to keep our organization strong.” The Illinois Holstein Association once again supports Boyd Schaufelberger for Vice President of Holstein Association USA.










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We are excited to welcome everyone to Illinois for the 2015 National Holstein Convention! We look forward to hosting a great group on Host Day. If you are unable to attend that day, contact us to set up a tour! We are also sending our best to the National Convention Sale!

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Illinois Holstein Association Proudly Supports Boyd Schaufelberger, Greenville, Illinois

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"As President of the Illinois Holstein Association, I would like give my full support to Boyd for Vice President of Holstein Association USA. Boyd is a deep thinker and has been a great mentor over the years. He is first and foremost a dairyman that always has the best interests of fellow breeders in mind when making decisions. We hope that you cast your vote for Boyd so that our Association and its members can benefit from his leadership." - Brian Olbrich, IHA President Bovikalc is a registered trademark of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. Š2013 Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. BIVI 4345-Ad1-H

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14 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION 123 N. Third Street

Suite 400

Minneapolis, MN 55401

P: 612-623-8000

Lottery & Coconut photos by John Erbsen; Divinity photo by Cybil Fisher

Homebred Pride left to right:

Erbacres Chicago Lottery VG-87

1-11 365 25,159 4.2 1051 3.5 886

•Illinois 2 Year Old Futurity Winner 2013 Lottery is fresh & looking forward to the classifier’s visit! Her EX-92, 36,708 All-Illinois dam is due back in June. Lottery’s full sister & Goldwyn sister are special individuals as well!

Erbacres Atwood Divinity-ET EX-92 3-03 365 25,661 4.5 1162 3.3 838

•Grand Champion, IL Champ. Jr Show 2013 •All-Illinois Sr. 3 Year Old 2014 Dam an EX-93 Lyster from Damion’s EX-91 Skychief sister. Divinity has a EX-92 Aspen sister, a VG 2y full sister plus younger Armani & Brokaw sisters that we are excited about!

Erbacres Jasper Coconut EX-93 2E

Erbacres Holsteins

4-07 330 31,500 4.5 1406 3.2 994 6th generation EX or VG from a pedigree filled with brood cows. Coconut has 3 Atwood daughters, the oldest already VG at 2y.

The Kenneth Erbsen Family • 13258 Center Dr., Lanark, Illinois 61046 Kevin 815-493-2331 | • John 815-275-4990 | • 20+ Yrs. Premier Breeder IL Champ. Show • Classification BAA: 112.4%

We welcome your visit during the 2015 National Convention and hope you enjoy your time in the Land of Lincoln!

Koester Dairy Welcomes You to Illinois! K-Star Freddie Anito VG88 +2170GTPI K-Star Freddie Hunkie VG85 +2267GTPI 2-01 365D 38,162 3.9 1506 3.0 1144 1-11 365D 35,175 4.0 1396 3.1 1079 3-06 365D 45,656 4.1 1885 3.2 1445 3-01 326D 39,367 3.9 1551 3.1 1201RIP +2400, +2392 & +2317GTPI Halogen Dtrs +2389 & +2315GTPI Milking Mogul Dtrs High GTPI Dtrs by Oak, Mack & Josuper Anito is due this summer to Spring

LaClar Shottle LaKia VG88 LaClar Boliver LaKola EX90 EXMS 6-05 365D 50,799 3.8 1940 2.9 1490 3-09 365D 50,313 3.9 1952 2.9 1474 7-10 365D 47,604 3.9 1860 3.0 1436 5-00 365D 55,610 4.1 2268 3.0 1656 First 5 records all over 40,000M! Record Production & Beautiful Type! Milking Dtrs by ManOMan & Emerald 12 Milking Dtrs in the herd & recently fresh Making a HUGE impact on our herd! Yearling Dtr by Latimer Dam of LaKola

Dan & Amber, Lance & Cynthia, Kyle, Brent & Bria Koester 1099 East Angle Road Dakota, IL 61018 815.821.3789 Dan 815.821.3344 Kyle

RHA - 336 cows 34,898 4.0 1382 3.2 1109 | Progressive Genetics Herd Award - 23 years 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 15

Olmar Classification Spotlights

Olmar Mr Minister Belinda 2E EX 94 4-00 2X 365 42,630 2.9% 1240 2.9% 1253

Olmar Goldwyn Belinda ET EX 93

3-09 2X 365d 36,130 3.4% 1213 3.0% 1092

The Belinda sisters are just 2 of the 4 Excellent daughters of Olmar Morty Bonnie EX 93 from Olmar Marty Bunny 4E 92 GMD. Minister Belinda has a fancy Lauthority bred heifer and Goldwyn Belinda has a VG 87 Shout daughter with an EX mammary. She also has a young Roy daughter and Sanchez granddaughter.

14 New VG 2 yr olds - 8 of them are backed by 8 to 16 generations of EX or VG dams!

Olmar Beacon Baby Bop ET EX 90 Olmar Mitey P Brigette EX 90 Olmar Goldwyn Sandra ET EX 90 @3-04 Olmar Shottle Bell ET EX 90

Olmar Baxter Dina TW EX 93

Olmar Shottle Bell ET EX 90

Dina comes from a stacked pedigree. Her Dam was a EX 93 Roy from a 3E 92 Rudolph from Olmar Elevation Dazzling Star 5E 94. Dina has a young VG daughter.

Bell is a new 10th generation EX from the Bella family. Her dam is a 2E 90 Goldwyn from Olmar Roy Bella Cera 2E 90 from Bella.

3-04 2x 342d 28,660 3.9% 1131 2.8% 811

4 New Excellents

Phase 4 Johnes Free Herd 109.3 BAA 25EX 82VG 19GP 45 years PBR 24 years PGH DHI avg: 2x 30,920 3.5% 1081 2.9% 903

3-01 2x 337d 26050 4.3% 1117 3.2% 826

BRIAN AND JILL NELSON US Hwy 14, Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 Ph. (507) 794-2697

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Affintity Milli Snd Shot-ET 2E-94 EX-MS

Shottle x Gillette Blitz 2nd Hand x Braedale Second Cut x Gypsy Grand 4-10 2X 365 34778 4.9 1732 3.2 1140 Milli has been the true type model for us. Deep pedigreed cow family with moderate size and lots of dairy strength. She has a silky udder with great feet & legs. Milli is due to calve again in June and will be available to contract embryos. She can transmit show winners along with high genomics!!! Below are her 3 daughters that rank in Top 17 for PTAT!!

Farnear Milli Micro

Mogul x Milli 2436 GTPI, 3.05 PTAT #17 PTAT cow Her Megasire son is 2657 GTPI and will be available shortly from ST. This great young cow is just fresh and combines Type with genomics.

Farnear Atwood Milli EX-91 EX-MS

Atwood x Milli 3-00 2x 305 29035 4.8 1383 3.6 1053 3.34 PTAT #5 Type cow, 2112 GTPI 2nd Jr 2 Yr Old, Iowa State Fair 2013 Milli is due with her 2nd calf in the fall and has Sexed Doorman embryos available. Embryos exported to Europe and Japan. Her Uno daughter is also due in the fall and has that show cow appeal.

Farnear Milli Maybe VG-86@2-9

Brady x Milli 2-2 2x 215 19998 3.8 761 3.0 599 3.06 PTAT #16 PTAT cow Maybe is sired by the hot new type bull Brady. Her hard topped frame and great udder make her a barn favorite. She is pregnant and has sexed eggs available by Doorman or MAS. It is not a question of Maybe she will go Excellent, but a question of WHEN!!!

10476 Cemetery Rd • Farley, IA 52046 Tom Simon 563.599.9183 • Rick Simon 563.744.3541 • Mark Simon 563.542.1297 • Bill Rauen 563.599.9384 • 2015 National Holstein Convention - 17

Thank You to Our Sponsors (As of May 17, 2015)

Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors * ABS Global

McHenry-Lake Holstein Club

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* Northwest Holstein Club

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Bronze Sponsors * Boone Winnebago Holstein Club Cargill Inc. Clinton County Holstein Club * Complete Feed COUNTRY Financial CRI Dairy Agenda Today David Klussendorf DeLaval Dairy Farmers of America Dairy Management, Inc. * Dominos DuPont Pioneer Farm Credit Services of Illinois 18 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Foremost Farms GEA Farm Technologies Growmark Hartmann Farms Holstein International Illinois Corn Marketing Board * Illinois Junior Holstein Association Illinois Farm Bureau Illinois Soybean Association Interglobe Genetics International Protein Sires Lely North America Lindale Holsteins Luck-E Holsteins

Merck Animal Health * Mississippi-Valley Holstein Club Mitchell Family in Memory of Mike & Kyle Mitchell Nasco * Northwest Junior Holstein Club Osborn & Barr Roll-O-Matic Semex Sexing Technologies Schullsburg Cheese Sunshine Genetics Trans Ova Genetics * Junior Convention sponsor

Pewter Sponsors

Aaron Heinzmann David Karg * Agri-Blenders - Rodger Lamont David Klussendorf Ainger Farms David Phillip Macomber Al Lenkaitis Davidson Brothers Alonzo Shoaf Doll’s Dairy, Inc. Alpine Bank Don Ellingson * Angel Water Dylan Reed Animal Health International Ed & Pat Smith Animart Ed McMillan Anna Bontz Effingham Equity Anna Folgate Elanco Animal Health * Aqua Lift Eric & Cindy Netemeyer Bernie & Sue Heisner Eugene Kunkel Bill Berghorn FarmTek Boyd & Sandy Schaufelberger Gateway Holsteins Brent & Carrie Pollard George Kasbergen Brewster Cheese * German American State Bank Brian C. Wesemann Hunter Haven Farms * Bull Valley Ford Illinois Milk Producers Calf-Tel Janssen Cattle Company` Cattle Connection Jeff Vickery Channel Seed Jim Meyer * Chapin Sutter Chapin Ltd. Jim Schluter Chris Lyons Jim Schumacher Christine L. O’Connor Jim Unverfehrt Christopher L. McMillen Joann Hartman * Country Financial John K. Tyrrell Jeff Cutler & Mike Freier * Johnson Tractor Cowsmo Kane Co. Farm Bureau * Cub Foods Ken Bauman Daniel Myers Kevin Kunkel Dave Ludwig Kiley Greenwald David & Lucille Burkholder Kilgus Farmstead

Kim Martin Koch Holsteins, Inc. Lanark Feed Larry A. DeVries Larry Davidson * Lena Veterinary Clinic Lester & Helen Huels * Livingston Co. DHIA Lucas Clanton * Lyonden Holsteins Marilyn Butler * Mark & Melissa Irwin Megan Opperman * Meier Meadows Midwest Dairy Association Mike Netemeyer * Mil-K Valley Farm *Monroe Sign Design Monsanto Nelson Heinzmann Oertel Farms, Inc. Oleta Schaufelberger * Orangeville Animal Health Patricia E. Yeagle Pauline Erbsen * Professional Dairy Services *Pudwill Hoofcare * Ray Jones Agency Raymond Russell Rebecca Sprague Richard Muller Rick Thacker Riley Zettle

Robert Butler Rod Stoll Rolling Lawns Farm Ron & Karen Schaufelberger Ronald A. Aves Ronald Wessel *Schrader’s Livestock Marketing Shannon Smithson Sid Huls Southern Holstein Club Stanley Keeney * Stateline Veterinary Service * Stephenson Co. Farm Bureau * Stephenson Co. FS Steve & Emily Laesch Steve Irwin Steve Kollmann Tabbert Dairy Farms * Ted & Cherly DeMent Todd Reeverts Tony & Karen Siddens Tri-County Holstein Club * Udder Tech * Vita Plus - Mark Sturtewagen * Wagner Consulting Wesemann Feeds Westridge Dairy LLC William Olbrich Windcrest Dairy * Wisconsin Bank & Trust World Wide Sires * Woodstock Progressive * ZJJ, Inc.

MarWood-Ridge Welcomes You to Illinois!

Mil-R-Mor Atwood Footsie Sells Fresh on the National Convention Sale!

Mil-R-Mor Fancy Footloose-ET GP-83 Dam of Footsie - backed by 9 generations VG-EX

MarWood - Ridge Registered Holsteins Ken, Beth, Renee & Randall Bauman  8016 South Union Rd, Union, IL 60180  Phone: 815.955.0874 (Ken) Justin Crull, Herdsman  7908 South Union Rd, Union, IL 60180  Phone: 815.299.3673 Visit to watch our virtual tour video!


National Convention Sale Offerings Holbric Destry ANALIESE-RC EX-93

3-01 363d 33,659 4.0% 1361 3.4% 1158 Analiese was nominated Junior All-American as a Jr. 2-yr-old and as a Jr. 3-yr-old! Her dam is Antionette EX-94 and she traces back to Angella, the cow that started our streak of 23 years of either breeding or developing Junior All-American or All-American nominations in the Red or Black! SELLING is a choice of her 3 Dickey daughters born June ‘14, September ‘14 and March ’15. First offering from Analiese!

She Sells!

Holbric Barbwire SPLISH-Red VG-86

1-10 321d 17,097 4.9% 837 3.3% 564 Morgan & Adam’s first bred and owned animal to be nominated Junior All-American! She was nominated as a Summer Yearling and again as a Jr. 2-yr-old in the Reds. Her grand-dam was purchased from Golden Oaks as a calf and she was a Rudolph daughter of Selsy EX-91-2E GMD DOM.

KHW Regiment APPLE-Red EX-96 DOM 4-01 365d 35,750 4.7% 1682 3.7% 1314 Grand Champion Grand Int’l R&W Show 2011 All-American Red & White Aged Cow 2011 All-American Jr. 2-yr-old 2006 SELLING from Apple’s VG-88 Dundee is a Red December 2014 Destry! Owned with Mike Deaver


1213 Rte. 23  Harvard, IL 60033 815-482-7426 Brian  815-482-3821 Mark  20 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Luck-E Holsteins “Real cows competing in real conditions” Dennis L., Beth, Matt and Joe Engel

15N638 Walker Rd., Hampshire, IL 60140-8225  Matt's Cell: 847-917-1382  Joe's Cell: 847-347-5561  2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 21

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Mission-Bell Baltimor Dally EX-91

8th generation homebred EX

4-06 2x 365 41,497 4.0 1651 3.1 1270 Dam: Mission-Bell James Damali EX-91 2E - 3 records over 30,000M and 1400F 2nd Dam: Mission-Bell B Iron Direct EX-93 3E GMD DOM - 255,131 lft. to date 5 EX daughters to date, dam of Diener at Select Sires

3rd Dam: Mission-Bell Outside Dasher EX-93 2E GMD DOM - 154,787 4.4%F lft., 6 EX daughters to date 4th Dam: Mission-Bell Broker Dapple EX-92 4E GMD DOM - 235,669 4.2%F 3.0%P lft. 5th Dam: Mission-Bell AstroJet Deborah EX-91 2E - 218,727 3.9%F 3.0%P lft. 6th Dam: Mission-Bell Jetstar Dynasty EX-92 3E GMD DOM - 239,662 3.6%F lft. 7th Dam: Mission-Bell Milu Dixie EX-94 6E GMD DOM - 306,489 3.9%F 3.2%P lft.


lthough this family flushes well, Dally and her 7 dams are all natural born. Dally’s 7 dams average over 221,000 pounds milk lifetime, 92.2 points, and have a total of 22 E’s to date. Each one of Dally’s dams was the “special” cow in our herd in their respective generation. Now is Dally’s time. Regardless of the fad, long-lived, correct typed, high producing cows have always been our goal. Dally and many members of her family will be available in our milking herd dispersal on October 12 at the Great Northern Sales Arena.

Tom & Jerry Jens W4089 Hwy. V, Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085 920-564-3342 920-838-2156 22 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Recent Illinois Holstein History Makers Bob Miller

Owner, Mil-R-Mor If ever there has been a renaissance man in the dairy cattle breeding industry, Bob Miller certainly qualifies. Originally from Canada, Bob and his wife, Kaye, have called Illinois their home since 1955. Here they raised their five children and happily celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in the fall of 2014. After coming to Illinois Bob worked as a herdsman for several Illinois herds. Later he became an AI technician for NIBCO, a cooperative in northern Illinois (and one of the four founding organizations of Bob & Kaye Miller Select Sires in 1965). When Illinois Breeding Cooperative was formed, he became its Promotion Manager. By 1970 Bob and Kaye had purchased a 100 acre dairy farm near Huntley, IL. Also, in the early 1970s, Bob purchased the business of Canadian dairy photographer, Jim Rose. It was on a photography trip in western Canada in 1973 at the Glenridge herd of Lorne Loveridge that Bob first encountered Glenridge Citation Roxy and the family behind her. The story of the purchase of Roxy and the partnership with Loveridge on the extended cow family is so fascinating and interesting that 2015 Holstein convention attendees should ask Bob Miller to relate it to you first hand . . . or you can purchase a copy of the “Illinois Purebred Holstein History” book and read the five page account of the Roxy purchase, Bob and Kaye Miller’s early history and the formation of the Mil-R-Mor Holstein prefix. Roxy came to Mil-R-Mor in 1974 with many of the female family members to follow shortly thereafter. Roxy arrived in Illinois before the days when embryo transfer was a common practice. Bob and two partners became early pioneers in the embryo transfer business (M-O-M) and demonstrated some new techniques that proved successful and thus the genetic influence of Roxy was multiplied. It is, however, Bob Miller’s recognition of Roxy’s potential and then promoting and merchandising those genetics that have made Roxy and the Mil-R-Mor prefix well known throughout the Holstein world. Roxy was twice hon24 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Mil-R-Mor Roxette (EX-90 3*)

ored as “Queen of the Breed” as a result of HolsteinWorld contests and selected as “Cow of the Century” by Holstein International. Roxy’s Elevation daughter, Mil-R-Mor Roxette sold in the 1976 National Holstein Convention Sale to Hanover Hill. Roxette’s influence on the Holstein breed as researched in April 2014 indicates she was Canada’s first 30-Star Brood Cow. It is amazing that Roxette appears in the pedigree of over 160 females nominated for All-American of All-Canadian Black & White and Red & White. Roxette has 570 Excellent descendants in unbroken Excellent female lines that carry well over 200 different prefixes. With such accomplishments it is little wonder that in 2007 Bob Miller was honored by National Dairy Shrine with its Dairy Cattle Breeder Award and in 2013 was chosen to receive the Holstein Association USA’s Elite Breeder Award. At the time of the Holstein Award, fellow Illinois Holstein breeder, Boyd Schaufelberger, observed, “Bob’s character is beyond reproach. I have never heard his honesty or integrity questioned. He is generous with his time and known for his encouragement of others. Bob is very humble, friendly to everyone, and easy to talk to. His walk is energetic and his enthusiasm, contagious.”  

Joann Hartman

Holstein Association USA Vice-President, then President 1999-2003 Joann Hartman, Waterloo, IL, has rightly been called a “woman pioneer” in the man’s world of dairy farming. First, however, Joann and her late husband, Kenneth, and their son Kenny, Jr., put together a first-class farming and dairy operation known as Glendell Farms. While Joann can handle a tractor with the best of them, her first love has always been the Registered Holstein cow. In the past Joann was always in charge of the

cows while her husband and son concentrated on the farming. Milking, doctoring and herd care were her expertise and at one time she did all of the AI breeding as well. Featured elsewhere in this article is the story of Glendell Arlinda Chief, a Holstein bull born in 1968 who continues to have a profound influence on the genetic improvement of the Holstein breed. Many farm, community and dairy organizations at the local, state, national and international level have benefited from Joann’s involvement over the years. In 1990, Joann decided to run for the board of directors of the National Holstein Association. “A time of Challenge, Change and Technology” were the words used by Joann to describe her vision for the coming decade. During the eight years she served on the board Joann demonstrated her ability to attend to detail and to deal with the issues that were necessary to ensure the financial well being of the Association. In 1997, World Dairy Expo honored Joann as “Dairy Woman of the Year.” They cited how this successful dairy producer had become an industry leader and the top honors achieved by the Glendell herd. Joann Hartman In 1999 Joann was elected to serve as the Association’s Vice-President and two years later Joann became the first woman elected President of the Holstein Association USA. Most of this information about Joann was taken from two citations she received at the conclusion of her service as a National Holstein Director in 1998 and following her leadership as President in 2003. In the later it was noted, “You will be remembered, Joann, for being all business and for your very up-front manner. No one ever has to guess what you are thinking because you tell us straight out. There is never any doubt about your honesty and integrity. We admire you for the time you have committed and your service to the Holstein Association. National Directors since 1975: J. George Smith, Oswego................ 1979-1987 Joann Hartman, Waterloo.............. 1990-1998 Ron Schaufelberger, Greenville....... 1998-2005 Boyd Schaufelberger, Greenville..... 2006-2014 Dale Drendel, Hampshire............ 2014-present

Charlie Will

Select Sires – 1974 to present Charlie Will grew up on a registered and grade dairy farm in Teutopolis, IL. Following his graduation from the University of Illinois, he has spent 41 years, his entire working career, with the Select Sires AI organization, the last 37 years as a Holstein Sire Analyst. Having brought in such notable bulls as: Chief Mark . . . Rotate . . . Blackstar . . . Elton . . . Emory . . . Durham . . . BW Marshall . . . Blitz . . . Oman . . . GW Atwood . . . it would be difficult to find anyone who has had a greater influence on the genetic improvement of the Holstein breed throughout the world in the last four decades. Will recalls starting his duties as a Sire Analyst in the late 1970s and the selection process involved just Milk and Type. As time went on and DHI testing for protein became more widespread, the components - fat and protein - were added to the list, then came Udder Composite and Foot & Leg Composite. In 2000, Health and Fitness traits were added to the considerations. Will explains the current selection criteria used by Select Sires is: 46% Production + 26% Conformation + 28% Health & Fitness traits. Since 2009, genomics have played a more significant role in which bulls are brought into the stud. While information is provided on a myriad of traits, Will explains 35 traits are considered significant and their sire selection team focuses on 15 primary traits. While genomics have been helpful, Will still goes to the farm to look at females because, “seeing is believing.” Will Charlie Will further relates, “We are looking for females that are proportionately wide and have dairy strength for their stature. We want top udder traits with good udder quality and low somatic cell counts. Healthy feet and legs, good production, cow fertility and calving ease are further priorities.” “What I see in the field is just as important as what I get from the computer,” Will emphasizes. Will finds that the ability to actually see the udder cleft in second and later lactations of daughters of bulls used in their program is more useful than just looking at the first lactation classification results. Will observes, “Our sire team has always had a passion for cows, and I believe that makes a difference.” Charlie Will is believed to be the longest serving, still active sire analyst in the world. He still

Fair and is the only EX-97 animal he has owned thus far. Today, Jeff relates, “Cookview Goldwyn Monique is fresh again and is my favorite show cow of all time.” Jeff Butler was the driving force behind a highly promoted and successful sale held in Elkhorn, WI, in March 2008. In 2009, the Holstein world was amazed when Jeff Select Sires’ “Impact Sires of the Breed” artwork features five put together a group to purchase Reagancrest Illinois-bred bulls: Glendell, Mark, Emory, OMan & Damion S Chassity and a large has a warm spot for the Holsteins bred in his group of embryos for home state of Illinois noting that 5 of the 14 sires $1.5 million at the International Intrigue Sale selected to be on the current Select Sires “High held at Milk Source in WI. Jeff observes that by Impact Holstein Sires” were bred in Illinois. the end of this year, all involved in that purchase will have been returned fourfold on their original investment. Jeff Butler Butlerview, Butler Auctions, Jetstream Genetics It was August 2009 when Dallas Burton When you think of excitement, apprecia- formed Dairy Agenda Today and Butler became tion and promotion of the top animals in the a part of the Butler-Fellers Sales Management Holstein breed in the last decade, the name of team. Jeff became sole owner of what is now Jeff Butler and Butlerview Farm, Chebanse, IL, Butler Auctions LLC in November 2013 when needs to be recognized. Jeff acknowledges that Ed Fellers reached retirement age. “show animals” are what he grew up with, what In 2009 when genomics was first released to he knows and what he loves. For the last 25 the industry, Butler decided to be a part of this years (1989-2014) Jeff has owned at least a por- new technology. His goal is to be a part of maxition of a Holstein nominated for All-American mizing the genetic capabilities of the Holstein each and every year! Over that time period But- breed to feed the world population, noting that ler has been a part of 105 All-American nomina- dairy is the number one or two preferred protein tions. While it is not easy to pick out a favorite, source in the emerging nations of the world. To Jeff recalls Shoremar S Alicia and the cow family do this Butlerview has a very aggressive in vitro around her with special fondness. Jeff was in- program for harvesting the greatest number of volved with buying the full sister to Alicia, Ms eggs from the high genomic heifers which Butler Kingstead Chief Adeen, in partnership with a controls. Butler Sales Management reaches out college friend, Lance Ruppert in November to breeders/owners of the very top genomic and 1999. Jeff then brought Alicia in to the Butler- type animals in the Holstein breed for promoview fold in March 2000. Alicia went on to be tional sales Butler hosts several times a year. named Grand Champion at the Royal Winter One further step Butler took was the formation of Jetstream Genetics in the fall of 2011. Butler explains this was done so that he could better control the promotion, pricing and shelf life of a portion of the high genomic bulls that are created in his in vitro efforts. With an eye for top cattle and the willingness to think big, Jeff Butler has been a major player in the high selling animals in the Holstein breed in recent years. In 2015 Butler’s “Spring-Fling Scottsdale Seminar & Holstein Sale” was preceded by a major Holstein genetics educational and sharing event featuring many of the current day dairy genetics leaders from throughout the world. Jeff Butler with 2014 All-American Ms Dundee Belinda (EX-96)

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Influential Bulls from Illinois What state has supplied the most high impact bulls of recent Holstein history? Using the Holstein Association’s December 2014 Red Book list of bulls that have the highest percent of genes in common with today’s “Available Proven Bulls” as a reference, Illinois leads that list with three of the top 25 high impact bulls. Four other states have each put two bulls on the list. Walkway Chief Mark, O-Bee Manfred Justice, and Glendell Arlinda Chief are all Illinois bred bulls on this highly influential list. They were all marketed by Select Sires, a company with strong Illinois roots. Two of these bulls were brought to Select by Illinois native, Charlie Will. It is likely that few people would guess that Illinois Holstein breeders would lead a list like this. Certainly several other states have more Registered Holsteins and more breeders than Illinois. That being said, Illinois Holstein breeders lead the list. Let’s take a look at these great bulls, their breeders, their stories, and their impact. Glendell Arlinda Chief The oldest bull on this list of Illinois bred bulls is Glendell Arlinda Chief. Glendell, born on Nov 19, 1968, was bred by Kenneth and Joann Hartman of Waterloo, in southern Illinois. Most will remember that years later Joann became the first female president of

Holstein Association USA. Glendell’s dam was a herd favorite sired by a top bull from the local Southern Illinois Breeders Association or SIBA, Skokie Ned Boy. Ned Boy was bred at the great Illinois breeding establishment, Elmwood Farms, as was his paternal grandsire, Skokie Glamour Boy, a star of the former Northern Illinois

Breeding Coop or NIBCO. In 1965 just a few years before Glendell’s birth, SIBA, NIBCO and two other small AI co-ops started a semen sharing relationship under the name Select Sires Inc. Glendell’s dam, Glendell Ned Boy Adorn, was photographed around noon one day and around 4 PM was found dead with no apparent cause. She had dropped a Pawnee Arlinda Chief son a few months before her untimely death; the Hartmans thought so much of Adorn that they decided to keep the bull calf and use him. In the fall of 1973, Ray Hess, Manager of

Prairie State Select Sires, and Phil Jayne, sales coordinator from Select Sires, were traveling through southern Illinois. The local Select technician told them that they should stop at Glendell Farms and look at the milking daughters of their herd bull. They were so impressed with the young cows that Ron Long from Select Sires soon showed up, followed shortly by John Hecker, also from Select. At that time Select had no proven sons of Arlinda Chief in their lineup. So in spite of the fact that his dam had no complete record or classification and that there were but a few milking daughters in only a couple herds, Glendell Arlinda Chief went to Select Sires. Today he is a major breed contributor. Glendell’s influence was spread through his son Ronnybrook Prelude who would sire Mtoto and Outside. Mtoto sired the great Picston Shottle. Emprise Bell Elton was from a Gendell dam. Elton sired Durham as well as the dam of O Man. Planet and BW Marshall also have Glendell in their lineage. Walkway Chief Mark Walkway Chief Mark was born June 13, 1978, at Foster Walk’s Walkway Farm, Neoga, also in southern Illinois. Mark was the last son of Pawnee Farm Arlinda Chief to be sampled in AI. Arlinda Chief was 16-years-old when Mark was born and his maternal grand sire, Fond Matt, was 18-years-old.

The Impact of Silver Glen Farm, St. Charles, IL The influence of Silver Glen Farm of St. Charles, IL, on the Holstein breed is impressive. According to an article by Wm. A Prescott in the March 21, 1931, issue of HolsteinWorld, Silver Glen Farm was called “the beauty spot of the Fox River Valley.” Prescott stated that this farm slogan “applied not only to the artificial beauty of the attractively landscaped grounds and the architectural beauty of the efficiently planned model barns but also to the long rows of producing show Holsteins.” Silver Glen was owned by Edward J. Baker; he was an influential business man in the St. Charles area and owned several farms that housed herds of Holsteins, Jerseys, and Guernseys, as well as a famous Thoroughbred stable. According to Harry Weir who grew up in the area, the Pheasant Run Resort that is the site of the 2015 National Holstein Convention was once Mr. Baker’s Airport Farm and home to his Guernsey herd. Mr. Baker’s Silver Glen Farm, home to the Holstein herd, was located just a few miles from present day Pheasant Run. Prescott’s 1931 article covered the foundation females in the Silver Glen Holstein herd at the time. One cow mentioned was Bell Farm Rosalind. In the Silver Glen dispersal of 1932, Bell Farm Rosalind was purchased by Glen Householder, Farm Supervisor for the Wisconsin Board of Control. Rosalind was the dam of Wisconsin Admiral Burke Lad, one of the most influential bulls in breed history. Rosalind and her son appear 72 times in the pedigree of Picston Shottle and would now appear in almost every Registered Holstein linage in North America. It will be interesting to see which 2015 National Sale Consignment carries the most crosses to this great breed matron that once called Silver Glen home. 26 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Mark’s older brother, Walkway Chief Monroe, had gone to Select Sires to be sampled, but he died shortly after his semen was sent out for sampling. Just a couple months before Monroe’s death, his dam Walkway Matt Mamie had dropped another Arlinda Chief son named Walkway Chief Mark. A young sire analyst, by the name of Charlie Will who had grown up in the same neighborhood, decided to gamble on the

younger full brother and brought him to Select. If Monroe had not died, the Holstein breed would have missed out, not just on Mark, but on the incomparable Goldwyn who has three crosses to Mark, Regacrest Elton Durham, from a Mark dam, Atwood

who crosses five times to Mark, and many, many other great cattle. O-Bee Manfred Justice O-Bee Manfred Justice, born March 8, 1998, and bred by Obert Brothers, of Dakota in northern Illinois, is the third in this trio of highly influential Illinois bred bulls. Fittingly O Man crossed two times to the above mentioned Glendell and once to Mark. Two cows on the bottom side of O Man’s pedigree have changed ownership through the long-running state sale series, the Illini Golden Opportunity Sale. His third dam was bred by a father-son team who both served as presidents of the Illinois Holstein Association, Wilmer and Jerry Smith of Clearfield Farm, of Davis in northern Illinois. They sold Clearfield Mark Jokoba in the Golden Opportunity Sale to nearby Meier Meadows Farm. Jokaba had a Melwood daughter; the Meier family sold her choice from an Elton flush in the Golden Opportunity Sale. Elton carried the BLAD gene, so when the calves were born they were tested. There were two clean calves and two carriers. After examining the calves, the Obert Brothers were so impressed with Meier-Meadows Elton

Jezabell, later EX-92, that they took her, BLAD gene and all. Neighbor Bob Miller researched Jezabel’s pedigree when she was honored by Holstein International in 2009. Bob found that there were only 18 dams in the 109 years between Jezabel and her imported ancestor that came to the U.S. in 1885. The average age that each ancestor calved with the next generation was over six years and most would have lived considerable longer yet. O Man’s health trait foot print most certainly helped change the course of Holstein breed progress. Thank you to Larry Kleiner for compiling this information!


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have been on the farm as long as I can remember, so many of my earliest memories have come from the barn or being on a tractor. I have loved animals, especially cows, and tractors ever since I was a little baby. I have been showing since I was old enough to walk! My passion for agriculture was sparked in these early days! Erbacres Holsteins is a family farm consisting of 50 milk cows and 720 acres of cropland. Erbacres is managed by my grandmother Pauline, my uncle Kevin, and my dad John. Our operation requires a lot of hand labor by all members of the family. Kevin has full responsibility for the milking cow herd. At Erbacres II, my dad’s farm, we raise animals owned outside of Erbacres including many of the offspring of KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET. My younger cousins and I are involved on a daily basis helping with chores and any tasks at hand. My parents are John Erbsen of Lanark, IL, and Anjie Erbsen of Sterling, IL. In addition to assisting with daily operations at Erbacres, my dad works as an evaluator for Prairie State Select Sires and owns Erbsen Cattle Photography. At 1st Farm Credit Services, my mother works with farm equipment, building, and manufacturing vendors to provide financing to farmers. I am able to travel with mom to equipment dealers and manufacturers in the Midwest and keep up on new technology at the Farm Progress Show and National Farm Machinery Show. While at dad’s, I am involved in every aspect of the operation including daily feeding, chores, milking, and all jobs involving the crops. My daily chores have included bedding, cleaning, and feeding since I was big enough to walk! I started helping with milking when I was tall enough to reach the pipeline in the tie-stall barn and began driving the tractor as soon as I could reach the clutch. As I have grown older, my cattle and crop responsibilities have grown. I am responsible for feeding corn silage and haylage to the milking herd and heifers. I also milk when my dad is traveling for work. In the cropping operation, I run the grain cart, tillage tools, and help with hay or silage wagons. In 2013, I began planting soybeans, and planted a portion of both corn and soybeans for the 2014 growing year. In 30 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

2015, I look forward to learning to operate the combine. I help milk at the main farm and Erbacres II. I mix and feed silage before school and handle the heifer chores at Erbacres II in both the morning and evening. My dad is a principal owner of the “Million Dollar Cow”, KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E DOM. This has opened the door for more opportunities than I could have imagined while also giving me more responsibilities. Apple Partners are aggressive merchandisers with offspring selling in a variety of private and public sales across the U.S. every year. It is my responsibility to help break the calves to lead and to work with the vet as needed to make sure all health and genomic testing is in order. There are always heifers to clip and wash in preparation for sales and visitors, or to be photographed for promotions in magazines, the internet, social media, and shows. As payment for my involvement in raising animals for Apple Partners, I have earned the opportunity to show many of the Apple offspring. One of the more notable animals I have had the privilege of showing is KHW Regiment Apple-3-Red-ETN, the 2013 Reserve Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo. I also showed her as a heifer for my first year of showmanship at World Dairy Expo in 2009 and placed 8th. I am very proud to say that I had a major part in raising a World Dairy Expo Champion and helping to instill Apple-3’s love of bananas! I have also shown MS Angel Dellucci, who was Grand Champion of the 2014 Midwest National Spring Junior Show. Working with Apple Partners has been a very rewarding opportunity and has exposed me to technologies such as cloning. I have raised clones of Apple herself as well as clones of my cow, Erbacres Goldwyn Peace-ET. I currently own three clones of Peace named Hope-of-Peace, Love-ofPeace, and Faith-of-Peace. These animals have done well on the district, state, and national levels. Hope won the 2011 Winter Heifer Calf and 2012 Winter Yearling classes in the International Junior Show at World Dairy Expo as well as being Reserve Junior All-American those years. I have also bred and owned Jerseys in the past. In 2010, my Jersey heifer, Erbacres Annabelle, was

Junior Champion of the International Junior Jersey Show at World Dairy Expo. Having your name announced on the PA system at World Dairy Expo is one of the greatest feelings ever, because all of your hard work has paid off! Participation in showmanship contests helps to hone my showing skills. At the IL Championship Show, I am the only showman to achieve Junior, Intermediate, Senior Showmanship, and Showman-Of-Showman titles all while I was still a Junior. In the World Dairy Expo Showmanship contest, I placed 8th in 2009, 2nd in 2010, 4th in 2011, and 3rd in 2013. I have been working on my clipping skills since I was old enough to hold the clippers steady. I started with the basics and keep working to perfect my clipping skills whether it be for maintenance, show preparation, or classification. Recently, I have learned to prepare toplines including blowing up the hair, clipping it, and setting the toplines. Last year, I was responsible for clipping and setting the toplines on the entire Erbacres string of 12 head at the county fair. As I gain experience and practice, I am looking forward to doing more clipping at shows. Success in the show ring is not made at the show, but at home, year round. All of the hard work and dedication that goes in at home is what makes all of this possible. The early mornings feeding and milking, the late nights clipping and leading, as well as the late nights in the tractor planting and harvesting ALL build for success. Everything from crop production to proper breeding and management practices make for good, healthy animals. They also need proper nutrition to grow right and to achieve maximum milk production. I have had the opportunity to help Erbsen Cattle Photography on dairies in Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Minnesota. This has given me the opportunity to see many different management styles, breeding programs, and management practices. I have seen both small 40-cow dairies, and large 1,000-cow operations in Wisconsin, scenic dairies in the hills of Pennsylvania and New York, as well as the large dry lot, rotary, and parlor dairies in Texas and New Mexico. The huge dirt lots, double-40 milking parlors, and the rotary parlors of these large-scale dairies interest me. These management styles vary greatly from those of small Midwestern dairies like ours. Junior Holstein activities are always something to look forward to, allowing me to make new friends around the country, tour other continued on page 34

Brock Irwin - YDJM Finalist I

have lived on a dairy farm all my life, and it has opened up countless opportunities for me to learn, grow, and become part of the dairy industry. Last year, when I joined FFA, I learned the FFA Creed and went to the Creed-Speaking contest. My favorite line in the FFA Creed states, “For I know the joys and discomforts of agricultural life”. From my experience of living on a dairy farm and being a member of the Illinois Junior Holstein Association and Holstein Association USA, I have come to learn about the joys and discomforts of agriculture life. I live on a family-operated dairy farm with my parents and two siblings. We milk 60 cows, raise about 70 heifers, and have 300 acres that we grow crops on that are harvested to feed our herd. Any excess crops are sold. We have our crops custom farmed, which allows us as a family to focus on the management of our dairy herd. We milk our cows in a 51-stall stanchion barn twice a day, but our cows spend the majority of their time in a sanded free stall barn. Our calves are housed in hutches, and heifers in open housing facilities. We are entirely family-run, so everybody must help out with chores to make things run smoothly. Ever since I was a little kid, my main job on the farm has been to take care of the baby calves. I feed, water, and bed the calves from the time they’re born until they get weaned at approximately 2 months. I feed new calves colostrum for the first two feedings and then switch them to an accelerated milk replacer. After about a week of being fed with a bottle, I switch them to the bucket; and they also get free choice water and calf starter grain. As they grow, I watch them for signs of illness and treat them as needed. Taking care of the baby calves is by far my favorite job on the farm, one of the many joys I get to experience in my agricultural life. Another one of my major responsibilities includes caring for the show animals. Breaking the animals to lead is the most important part of taking care of the show animals because the animal’s behavior reflects your behavior. So, I am always calm and smooth with my movements and behavior. I always wait a few days after tying up a wild heifer before I try to lead her, but I brush her to get her used to being around people. I wash and clip all of my animals many times before the show and I spend lots of time working with them on the halter. At the shows, I clean out the manure and feed my show animals a grain and beet pulp mixture, as well as plenty of hay and water. I love working with my show animals because all of the hard work I put into them pays off in the show ring. I’ve been showing dairy cows all my life, and through showing I’ve

learned that one of my favorite joys of agriculture life is that hard work leads to success. I have more responsibilities on the farm than just taking care of the baby calves and the show animals. I also do chores that include washing the pipelines and bedding the stalls. One thing my Dad taught me this year was about the silos and how they work. I climbed up into the silo with him to level it off after we put fresh feed in. We also had some silo problems this year, and I ran it from the bottom while he was up inside the silo. My Dad has had two major accidents. In the fall of 2011, he got kicked by a fresh heifer and she broke his leg. Also, in the summer of 2014 he got the tips of his left index and middle fingers caught in the chain of the manure spreader. While he was recovering from these two accidents, my responsibilities greatly increased. I had to help milk cows twice a day, make feed for the cows, feed the heifers, and clean the manure out of the heifer pens and cow lot. Being more responsible and taking on more tasks has led me to be more active on the farm, another joy of agricultural life. One special opportunity I’ve had over the years is to help my Aunt and Uncle of Dement’s Jerseys and their business partners at Kilgus Jerseys. I’ve helped them at the Illinois State Fair for three years; washing, bedding, feeding, and assisting in showing their 30 Jerseys. It’s been a great opportunity for me because it has been my only experience in working with dairy cows for another producer. I’ve helped them for three years, and we’ve had a bunch of laughs and great times each year. This is yet another example of one of the joys of living an agricultural life: good times with cows, friends, and family at the fairs and other dairy functions. When I turned eight years old, I joined 4-H and the Illinois Junior Holstein Association. With that, I began going to Dairy Bowl practices in preparation for Spring Thing, which is the qualification level for Illinois before the National Contest. While at my first Spring Thing, I also participated in the junior jeopardy contest, as well as the folding display contest, with my folding display on the four compartments of a dairy cow’s stomach. I have been to every Spring

Thing since that first year, participating in Dairy Quiz Bowl, jeopardy, and the folding display contest. I have been on the winning Jr. dairy bowl team and had my poster go on to the National contest twice, where I received third place in my division both times. I enjoy making folding displays because I get to choose a topic I don’t know much about, and then teach others what I learned about it. Spring Thing is absolutely one of the joys of being in the agricultural industry because I learn all about the dairy industry as I study, and it’s also fun! I am involved in many other dairy activities as well. My county puts on a dairy breakfast every year. I help with set up, clean up, and my 4-H club also has a dairy promotion display. This is a great opportunity to talk to the public about the dairy industry and answer their questions. As they walk by, we hand out stickers, temporary tattoos, and talk with the consumers about where their milk comes from. Another activity I participated in at the state fair was the Superior Young Dairy Producer Contest. Contestants are tested on their knowledge about the dairy industry using a dairy management test, dairy judging, and a skillathon; with scholarships awarded to the overall top five participants. I did not win a scholarship; however, I did place in the top 3 of the written management test phase. I also participated in the Section 6 FFA Dairy Judging and Dairy Products CDE’s. I got 1st place at the section dairy judging contest, so I advanced to the state level. All of these events have taught me more about the dairy industry and I have had so much fun at them! Another joy of agricultural life is learning as much as I can and sharing that knowledge with others; promoting the dairy industry as much as possible. Living an agricultural life doesn’t only consist of the joys. There are also discomforts. Living on a dairy farm, you always have to make chores a priority. This means I have to balance my chores with my activities, which can be really challenging. Sometimes the chores get higher priority, and I have to miss out on doing something else I would like to do. Another discomfort is when you have to ship a favorite 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 31

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Past Illinois Award Winners Service Award

1971 ......................................................... None 1972 ......................................................... None 1973 ......................................................... None 1974.............................................. Pat Williams 1975......................................................... None 1976 ................................................. Kent Ryan 1977 ...........................................A.C. Thomson 1978 ..................................................Bud Boyd 1979 .............................................. John Buford 1980 ................................................. Cal Meyer 1981 ............................................ M. B. Nichols 1982 ...........................................Jack Bingham 1983 ............................................. Bob Howard 1984 ............................................... Dean Dunn 1985 ......................................................... None 1986 ...............................................Earl Moeller 1987 ............................................ Lester Helms 1988 ............................................ Robert Butler 1989 ............................................ Gene McCoy 1990 ..............................................Allen Tucker 1991 ........................................J. George Smith 1992 ........................................ Del Klussendorf 1993 .................................. Dr. Clarence Moore 1994 .............................................. Kevin Lyons 1995 ......................................... Joann Hartman 1996 .............................................Mike Hutjens 1997................................... Don & Shirley Zehr 1998........................................... David Fischer 1999 ......................................... Ralph & Shirley 2000 ................................... Glen & Doris Meier 2001 ........................... Norm and Karen Harms 2002 ............................................ Gene McCoy 2003 .......................................... Richard Muller 2004 ........................................... Lee Oltmanns 2005 ................................ Don & Gen Ellingson 2006 .................................................. Ray Hess 2007 .............................................Bill Berghorn 2008 ................... Ron & Karen Schaufelberger 2009 .......................................... Robert Fruend 2010 ......................................... Pauline Erbsen 2011 ................................................. Lori Lyons 2012 ................................................Jerry Smith 2013 ...................................... Steve Schwoerer 2014 ........................................... Gary Janssen

Connor Erbsen - YDJM Finalist continued from page 30 farms, become a better leader, and so much more. After three months of dairy bowl preparation, it starts with the Illinois “Spring Thing” Junior Convention and the opportunity to compete in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, Speech, and Poster contests. For the past 3 years, I have won my age division for Dairy Jeopardy. I have also placed in the top 10 individuals for Dairy Bowl and was a member of the IL champion team. In 2014, I earned the honor of the Kyle Mitchell Outstanding Dairy Bowl Award. I have competed in National Junior Holstein Conventions in Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, and soon to be, Illi-

Senior Breeder

1971 ........................................William Schrage 1972............................................. Ralph Muller 1973 .......................................... James Cornue 1974 .........................................Clyde Lebegue 1975 ...................................Adolph Kupersmith 1976 ...............................................Foster Walk 1977 ........................................ Del Klussendorf 1978.................................... Lester Heinzmann 1979 ............................................ Robert Butler 1980 ........................................J. George Smith 1981 ..................................Truman Pocklington 1982 .............................................Orlo Ruppert 1983 ...................................................Don Zehr 1984 ........................................ Waldo Keilbach 1985 ............................................ Wayne Meng 1986 ..............................................Allen Tucker 1987.......................................... Richard Muller 1988 ...............................................Ken Erbsen 1989 ...................................................Bill Tracy 1990 ............................................. Robert Miller 1991 .............................................Wilmer Smith 1992 ...................................... Norman Heinrich 1993 ............................ Gene and Chris Kunkel 1994 .......................... Verlo and Ardath DeWall 1995 ....................... LaVerne & Clarice Koester 1996 ........................Ralph & Shirley Twenhafel 1997 ....................................Bob & Shirley Wild 1998................................ Bob & Elaine Fruend 1999 ............................... Doug & Ester Shanks 2000 ................................ Don & Gen Ellingson 2001 ........................... Don & Marcella Lueking 2002 ................................ Gary & Marlene Rote 2003 ................................. Joe & Darlene Vitale 2004 ................................Neal & Connie Turley 2005 .....................................Don & Emily Ehrat 2006............................ Jerry and Sharon Smith 2007 ................... Merlin and Carol Timmerman 2008........................... David & Lenore Ruppert 2009 .......................... William & Janice Olbrich 2010 ................................ Dennis & Beth Engel 2011 .................................Tom & Kathy Neisen 2012 ............................... Dale & Linda Drendel 2013 ................................................... Joe Platz 2014 .................Boyd & Sandy Schaufelberger

nois. In 2013, I placed 1st in the national Junior Dairy Jeopardy contest in Indiana. In 2014, I was the captain of the IL Junior Dairy Bowl Team that placed 2nd in the national competition in Iowa. National Holstein Convention is one of the highlights of my summer! In the future, I look forward to continuing to grow my Holstein herd and my involvement in the Junior Holstein Association. I also look forward to beginning to rent some land from my great-grandfather to begin my own grain farming operation. I plan to continue in agriculture for the rest of my life, because it’s what I know and love!

Junior Breeder

1971............................................... Neal Turley 1972................................................... Joe Platz 1973...............................................Ron Debatin 1974 .......................................Wayne Berghorn 1975 .......................................... Bill McFadden 1976 ..........................................Roger Grasher 1977 ................................................ Ron Meyer 1978 .......................................... David Ruppert 1979 .......................................Ralph Twenhafel 1980 ................................. Ron Schaufelberger 1981 ............................................ Dale Drendel 1982 ............................................. Larry Kleiner 1983 ................................... Nelson Heinzmann 1984 ................................................. Jim Meyer 1985 .............................................Howard Dust 1986................................................. Lynn Zehr 1987 ........................................... G. Kent Smith 1988 ................................................. Ken Meng 1989 ...............................................Dave Butler 1990 .............................................. Ron Fluegel 1991 ............................................ Dave Shanks 1992 ...................................Ron & Sylvia Muller 1993 ............................................Marvin Meyer 1994 .................Boyd & Sandy Schaufelberger 1995......................... Rob & Jane Hendrickson 1996.............................. Don & Deb Gueldener 1997................................... Glen & Julie Lyford 1998 .............................Kevin & Wendy Erbsen 1999 ........................... Steve & Ann Marie Irwin 2000 .............................Doug & Sheila Lueking 2001 ......................................................... None 2002 ......................................................... None 2003 ................................ Mark & Melissa Irwin 2004 ........................................ Kevin Wendling 2005 ............................. Jason & Tammy Oertel 2006 .........................Lucas & Michelle Clanton 2007 ................................ Brian & Mary Olbrich 2008 ....................... Jason & Dema Brammeier 2009 ................................................ Matt Engel 2010 ............................................. Eric K. Smith 2011 ...............................Steve & Emily Laesch 2012 ............................................Nate Janssen 2013 ...........................Christie Butler O’Connor 2014 ..................................................Joe Engel

Brock Irwin - YDJM Finalist continued from page 31 cow in the barn simply because she’s gotten to that point. From my Dad’s accidents, I learned firsthand about farm safety and that accidents are one of the worst discomforts of agricultural life. As dairymen, we all experience a variety of lows, yet we get through them by focusing on all the joys that greatly outweigh the discomforts. I am so grateful for all the opportunities and experiences I’ve been given, whether they turn out to be joys or discomforts. I love living on a dairy farm, I love being a part of the dairy industry, and I can’t wait to see where it leads me in the future! 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 34

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Ms Kingsmill Atwood Allayna

Scientific Diva Rae-Red-ET

Miss Advent Reagan-Red-ET




3-08 345 30,893 4.0 1248 3.2 996

6-07 365 36,714 4.2 1549 3.4 1265

3-06 365 26,033 4.3 1125 3.1 800

• Her daughter due 10/15 • Currently has 8 pregnancies to Doorman • Doorman embryos available

Dam: Scientific Debutante Rae-ET, Reserve Champion WDE • Embryos available by Armani & Absolute

10th generation Excellent • Has a red Barbwire calf and an Armani calf • Thanks to Indianhead Holsteins for purchasing her red Armani. Best of luck with her!

Special thanks to Brandon & Shi Ferry for housing and the development of these three special cows. We also have a nice selection of springing and fresh 2-year-olds due this fall.

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago

Inquiries always welcome.


Fond du Lac


Marsh-Vue Registered Holsteins Doug, Gina, Zach, Jordan & Brianna Lemke Chilton, WI • 920-371-7738 •

Hilrose Baltimor Penny EX-92 Penny photo by Beth Herges; Portrait by Cybil Fisher

2-02 351 32,667 3.7 1219 2.8 919 3-03 365 37,478 3.9 1460 3.0 1137 4-05 57 6853 4.0 274 2.8 193 inc.

Hilrose Atwood Portrait Penny’s dam is Hilrose Rubens Patsy, EX-93 3E with 45,960, Res. All-American Fall Yearling 2005. 2nd dam is Hilrose Lee Princess EX-93 3E with 3 records over 50,000 and over 300,000 lifetime, Nominated Junior All-American 2005. Penny’s two Dempsey daughters scored VG-86 and her Shamrock scored VG-85, all first calf. She also has daughters by Hero, Reginald, Goldwyn, and Atwood. Portrait is a spring yearling daughter out of Penny. Portrait is +3.53 on type and is in the top 20 of the breed for type. She has been flushed to McCutchen and has had embryos exported. Portrait’s full sister, Hilrose Atwood Phyllis, is also over +3.00 on type.

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


RHA: 30,182 3.9F 3.0P 111.7% BAA 25 Year PBR Award Herd 2008-2013 Herd of Excellence


Joe & Chris, Andy & Ashley, Jeff & Bonnie Brantmeier

N7592 Hwy. 114/55, Sherwood, WI 54169 (920) 989-1167 VISITORS AND INQUIRIES ALWAYS WELCOME


Willows-Edge Set to host 2015 Wisconsin Holstein State Picnic Willows-Edge and the Henk and Bonnie Van Dyk family of New Richmond are excited to open their barn doors as they host the 2015 Wisconsin Holstein State Picnic. The Van Dyk herd has been a mainstay on the show circuit in Wisconsin since its entry into the Registered Holstein industry in 1978. Henk and his brother John purchased the farm in 1976, which at that time was home to Milking Shorthorns. The barn held around 40 cows, but was doubled in size with the 40 stalls added in 1978. The farm consisted of 500 acres with 300 tillable. Henk and John made the switch to Registered Holsteins in 1978, the year they also held their first classification. Henk remembers Les Terpstra as the classifier. Through the years, the Van Dyks have added land and grown cattle numbers. The farm now includes 960 acres with 600 tillable, complete with the Willow river, the inspiration behind the Willows-Edge name. The Van Dyks own harvesting equipment, custom plant corn and beans, and hire combining of corn and beans, with everything else done on their own. While Henk says the Willows-Edge herd’s first BAA was not good, that seems hard to believe now, as the Van Dyks have the second highest BAA in the country for their herd size (and the highest in 2013 for herds over 100 cows) – an impressive feat for any Registered Holstein breeder. Henk attributes sire selection in the 1980s to the improvement in the herd through the early years. The incorporation of Valiant and Sexation helped to improve type. Henk and Bonnie met in 1985 through the agriculture lending system, and Bonnie brought the show bug with her. Henk was also working off the farm at the time, but Willows-Edge made its show ring debut at the district show in 1986. Bonnie is a UW-River Falls graduate, and has worked in agriculture lending for 31 years. Through the years the Willows-Edge herd has grown from within, with only occasional purchases. Careful herd management has played a key role. Henk and Bonnie’s cull/death rate is very low, and all of these factors have allowed them to sell at least 40 head per year, with as many as 60 leaving in a 12-month span. Willows-Edge filled two milking barns until 2009, and held a sale every other year until then, with their first on-farm sale hosted in

1996. Henk and Bonnie bought out John’s interest in the farm in 1995. They started their sale series selling only Willows-Edge-bred animals that consisted of mostly milk cows, with some bred heifers and show heifers. Both barns held about 80 cows and when both barns were full, a sale was held. Henk and Bonnie have four employees, with a fifth hired to help with seasonal cropping. Their daughters Jordan and Claire have been a part of the show circuit since age four, but are now phasing out as they pursue college and careers. Jordan is a graduate of Augsburg College with a degree in international business and finance, and is working in a provider analyst position for Owens and Minor. Claire will be a senior at Manhattan College in New York, and is studying finance and math. She will intern this summer at Morgan Stanley in NY, and still plays volleyball on a D1 scholarship. Claire made the all-conference tournament team last year as an outside hitter. Henk’s two other children live in Minneapolis with their families – Dan is a lawyer and Allison is a teacher. The Willows-Edge herd is headlined by eight EX-94 cows, including signature ladies Willows-Edge Bolton Flicker and WillowsEdge Advent Malika. Flicker was the Grand Champion of the 2014

Willows Edge Bolton Flicker EX-94

Willows Edge Advent Malika EX-94


Left to right: Jordan, Claire, Bonnie & Henk Van Dyk

Willows Edge Lee Velcro EX-94 3E District 1 Holstein Show and produced just shy of 40,000 pounds of milk with almost 2,000 pounds fat as a five-year-old. Backed by eight Gold Medal Dams, she has sons at Accelerated, International Protein Sires and Global Genetic Resources. Advent Malika is a four-time Nominated Junior All-American cow, with two Reserve Junior AllAmerican honors. Willows-Edge Lee Velcro, EX-94 3E, is another matriarch in the herd, as she won the Junior 3-Year-Old class, was Best Udder and first Bred and Owned at the 2007 International Holstein Show. She will be dry during the picnic, but attendees will be able to view her offspring, including an EX-92 daughter that made over 42,000 pounds of milk last year. Velcro has many descendants in the herd. Henk and Bonnie have done exceptionally well in the Red and White Holstein breed as well, and have bred all red individuals from within their black and white herd. Willows-Edge Ad Melt-Red, EX-93, was Nominated All-American Junior 3-Year-Old in 2012 and part of the Nominated Produce of Dam in 2013. In 2014, she was first 5-year-old and Honorable Mention Senior Champion at the Midwest Fall National Red and White Show. Her daughter by Talent is VG-88 as a two-year-old. The Van Dyks have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the show ring in the last 30 years, including 40 Premier Breeder banners garnered from the Midwest Fall National, World Dairy Expo, District 1 Holstein Show, Wisconsin Championship Show, and the Minnesota State Fair. They also have over 35 All-American, Junior All-American and Red & White All-American nominations to date.

2015 District Show schedule

June 12 District 10 Show, Manitowoc 15 District 2 Show, Galesville 15 District 1 Show, Glenwood City 16 District 7 Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Show, Lancaster 19 District 5 Show, Mauston 30 District 6 Show, Monroe

Visit the WHA website for more details on each show.

Henk and Bonnie have bred 329 Excellent cows; the last herd classification produced a BAA of 111.8% with 55 Excellent and 55 Very Good cows. The rolling herd average with 126 cows on 2x and no rBST is 24,359 pounds milk, with 4.2% 1034 fat and 3.08% 750 protein. The Willows-Edge herd has always been a type-first herd, and Henk and Bonnie also keeps an eye on butterfat. They also now watch for inbreeding with the amount of Goldwyn blood in the herd. Henk and Bonnie have a lot of nice young cows right now, many sired by Sanchez, Talent and Sid. They are using Golden Dreams, Sid, Atwood, Absolute, Armani and some Brady, Brokaw and Goldsun in their breeding right now. Henk and Bonnie’s favorite bulls from the past (in addition to Valiant and Sexation), include Stardust, Lee, Durham, and Advent. They believe strongly in Holstein’s true type model and try to follow it within their program – Holsteins should look like a Holstein, with the width, strength and rump of a Holstein. They have been able to have tremendous success in private sales selling cattle with these qualities, and are firm believers that there is still a demand in the market through the success of supply and demand based on these principles. Henk and Bonnie continue to take it day by day, and hope to keep doing what they like for years to come. With the ideal location of the farm, there are many possibilities for the future and marketing potential to incorporate a specialty item. While this would take the involvement of another person, it’s comforting to know the option is definitely there. The Van Dyks are very excited to welcome Holstein breeders to northwest Wisconsin on Sunday, August 2. They are only 13 miles from historic Stillwater, MN, and only 40 miles from MinneapolisSt. Paul, home of the Mall of America, Como Zoo, Science Museum and summer sporting events. The Van Dyks will be having a Tag Sale to go along with the picnic and will be offering 60 lots featuring MDF Goldwyn Breezer 40-ET, EX-91, and Bolton Flicker. Flicker has three daughters selling and almost all cows selling have VG or EX pedigrees. Picnic guest can look forward to samples and spirits from these sponsors including Grassland Butter, the award winning 45th Parallel Distillery, Best of the St. Croix Valley Redneck Juice from Sportsman’s Bar, and an Artesian Cheese Table from Bass Lake Cheese Factory. Bring the entire family and make it a weekend away in northwest Wisconsin! We hope to see you on August 2!

Upcoming WHA Events 2015 WHA Championship Show

July 10 & 11 Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Thurs., July 9 - Red & White Show, 10:00 a.m. Fri., July 10 - Junior Judging Contest, 9:00 a.m. (open to all youth) Heifer Show - 2:00 p.m. Showmanship Contest 7:00 p.m. Sat., July 11 - Cow Show - 9:00 a.m.

2015 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity Saturday, August 15 • 5:30 p.m. WI State Fair Park, West Allis Come see this year’s crop of 3-Year-Old futurity entries along with the exhibitors dressed in their finest!


©K-K Rose Design ©Images Cybil Fisher & Kathy DeBruin


©K-K Rose Design ©Images Cybil Fisher & Kathy DeBruin

Carrying the Torch for the Next Generation

Irwindale Braxton Medusa VG-88-2Y Sr. 2-Yr-Old for 2015!

Irwindale Leduc Macy

© Cybil Fisher

Her 3rd Dam: 2x All-Canadian

Sire: Braxton Dam: Rockymountain Atwood Mistery EX-90-3Y 2nd Dam: VG-88 Jasper 2-11 365D 23,805M 5.0% 1197F 3rd Dam: Irwindale Leduc Macy EX-95-4E Lifetime: 223,363M 4.6% 10384F All-Canadian Sr. 2-Yr-Old & 4-Yr-Old 4th Dam: EX-90-2E Encore Lifetime: 107,803M 4.1% 4428F 5th Dam: EX-93-3E Counselor Lifetime: 205,028M 4.2% 8627F 6th Dam: VG-87 Mark Lifetime: 143,730M 3.7% 5343F 7th Dam: EX-90 JuniperLifetime: 102,140M 4.2% 4276F

Irwindale Holsteins 2274 1800th St.  Beason, IL 62512  John 217.447.3337  Steve 217.871.7738 RHA 27,225M 1010F BAA: 110.3% 11 Time PBR Herd


photos by Cybil Fisher

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Willows-Edge Bolton Flicker EX-94 EX-94MS

MDF Goldwyn Breezer 40-ET EX-91 EX-92MS

5-01 2x 318 39,638 4.9 1962 2.9 1145 ~ Backed by 8 GMDs, first 3 dams EX-92 1st 6 Year & Older, Best Udder & B&O, 2014 District 1 Senior & Grand Champion, Best Udder of Show & Champion Bred & Owned, 2014 District 1

2-03 2x 365 25,189 4.6 1148 3.36 836 ~ Maternal sister to Talent Barbara, dams EX-95 RF Outside Breeze x 2E-93 Milan & 5E-96 3* Tony Beauty 5th Senior 3-Year-Old, 2015 WI Championship Show 3rd Senior 3-Year-Old, 2014 Midwest Fall National

held during the Wisconsin Holstein Anniversary Celebration Picnic Sunday, August 2 • 11:00 a.m. ~ Join us for brunch, dairy judging, fun children events, music & special libations

We will be selling 60 lots featuring Breezer, who is due in July, and Flicker. Flicker has three daughters selling including one VG-87 AltaIota with embryos exported to Japan, two just fresh Supersires and a Junior 2-year-old Atwood granddaughter. Almost all cows have VG or EX pedigrees. 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

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


2015 Iowa Holstein Convention Highlights The 2015 Iowa Holstein Convention was held February 27-28 at the Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Independence. Officers elected for 2015 are Tom Simon, President; Trent Henkes, Vice-President; and Todd Bushman, Joe Gibbs, Jeff Hammerand, Jess Rediske, Katie Stoll, Jason Volker and Walt Wessel as Directors-at-Large. Following the annual meeting, members toured the agribition center. The Friday evening banquet was attended by approximately 80 people. The emcee for the evening was Jaclyne Heller. Rachel Demmer, the 2014 Iowa Holstein Princess, crowned Mary Scott as the 2015 Iowa Holstein Princess. The Iowa Holstein Auxiliary Scholarships were awarded to Megan Bushman, Rachel Demmer and Larissa Shaw. The Iowa Holstein Auxiliary Hall of Fame Award recipient was Janet Joachim. Nathan Arthur received the Young Distinguished Junior Member Award, and the recipients of the Distinguished Junior Member Award were Michael Lyons and Megan Rauen. Holstein Field Representative Dennis Devore recognized the recipients of the Progressive Breeders Registry Award and the Progressive Genetics Herd Award.

Tom Simon presented the Outstanding Young Holstein Breeder Award to Eric and Jess Rediske. Linda Pagel awarded Erbie Steffens with the Master Breeder Award, given in memory of Russel Pagel. The first Linda Pagel Scholarship was presented by Leslie Henkes to Josh Simon. Linda Pagel was honored with the Distinguished Service Award by Matt Hamlett. Entertainment afterwards was provided by Auctioneer Katie Stoll, who did an excellent job assisting the Auxiliary with their auction, which was then followed by a dance. On Saturday morning, the board reorganization meeting was held. Carl Mensen, Jess Rediske and Walt Wessel were elected to serve on the Executive Committee. Standing committee meetings concluded the convention. We would like to thank IHA Program Development and Management Committee for planning and hosting this year’s convention. The 2016 Iowa Holstein Convention will be hosted by District 8 at location and date to be determined.

2014 Iowa Holstein Princess Rachel Demmer, 2015 Iowa Holstein Princess Mary Scott and 2014 Alternate Iowa Holstein Princess Molly Schmitt

DJM Award Megan Rauen & Michael Lyons

YDJM Award Nathan Arthur

Linda Pagel & Master Breeder Award Winner, Erbie Steffens

Linda Pagel received the Eric & Jess Rediske, Outstanding Distinguished Service Award Young Holstein Breeder Award and Josh Simon was awarded the Linda Pagel Scholarship

Janet and David Joachim - Janet received the Hall of Fame Award

Auctioneer Katie Stoll

2015 Iowa Holstein Association Board front row l to r: Tom Simon, Shellie Volker, Katie Stoll, Jess Rediske, Matt Hamlett; back row: Jason Volker, Trent Henkes, Paul Stempfle, Paula Smith, Carl Mensen, Lance Schutte, Walt Wessel, Mark Kerndt 42 - 2015 National Holstein Convention

Newly elected President Tom Simon and Past President Matt Hamlett

Iowa Holstein Auxiliary Hall of Fame Award Janet Joachim, Waverly

In 1997, Midwest Dairy was in charge of the Dairy Princess Contest and because of a shortage of personnel to take charge of the contest, it had been turned over to an outside company. The costs became prohibitive and were rising every year. Looking at their budget, the Board of Directors of the Midwest Dairy Association for Iowa decided to drop the princess contest. Janet was passionate about the importance of this contest and the part that our dairy princesses play in the promotion of our dairy products. She lost sleep over this dilemma and in her mind she began to develop a plan. There had to be a way to continue the princess contest for fewer dollars without losing its effectiveness. Sometimes there is “safety in numbers� so she shared her thoughts, plans, concerns with another person who acted as secretary putting the plans on paper. Janet knew that it was still going to cost money but far from the dollar amount that had been paid previously. She knew that she needed to have the blessing and financing of the Board of Directors to be able to go ahead with her plans. The Board was meeting in Waverly, and she requested and received a place on their meeting agenda. The plan was presented along with a request for $5,000 to cover expenses. After considerable discussion and many positive comments by G. Joe Lyon, the plan was adopted. Janet had achieved what she set out to do. It is tricky to make plans from a distance and if any of you were involved as candidates or parents you will remember that the accommodations were less than luxurious but they were all we could afford at the time. Midwest assisted with the details and we had a successful princess contest. Following the selection of the girls, time was devoted to assisting them to get oriented to what was expected of them, how to handle expenses, scheduling and the like. Our Mid-

west office agreed to assist as needed. Janet was determined to get more producer input into the planning of future contests and masterminded the concept of a coordinating board to plan the contest each year. This board was to consist of 9 members, staggered 3 year terms, along with a Midwest representative and the current royalty. The princess contest as it has been, may be undergoing changes in the future, but if it had not been for Janet there may not have been the opportunities that have been granted our young people. Throughout her life, Janet has been a passionate advocate for the dairy industry. For years, she has served on the Bremer County Dairy Promotion Board, clerked and assisted with Holstein shows at the Bremer County Fair, the District and State Holstein Shows, the Cattle Congress and the Iowa State Fair. She served the Iowa Holstein Auxiliary as their president. Janet and her husband, David, have hosted local school children for on-farm tours and our state picnic. They hosted one of the farm tours and served as banquet co-chairs for the 2001 National Convention. They have farmed side by side all during their 40 years of marriage. Even though they did sell their dairy herd in June 2008, they still remain active in the Iowa Holstein Association and continue to crop farm 800 acres. One of the joys of not milking cows every morning and evening is being able to spend time with their three children and their families. Amy is an optometrist. She and her husband Brent Nyquist farm and are the parents of 2 children, Regan and Tyler. Emily, an elementary teacher, is married to Matt Foss and have 2 girls, Bree and Taylor. Their son, John, lives in Waverly and teaches and coaches at Peet Junior High, Cedar Falls. Both Amy and Emily were Iowa Holstein Princesses.

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#PolledPlace Tag Sale June 18-21, 2015 Hosted by Briar Holsteins-Brian & Sue Crull & family

All animals offered will be POLLED!


N2552 Balls Mill Road, Monroe, Wisconsin

Live Lots, Embryos & Choices!



POLLED 1/15 RED Ladd P gr-dtr! Minnigan-Hills PP Relief & Polled Observer back to Perk Rae! B&B Genetics

HOMOZYGOUS POLLED RC 2160GTPI Trans America P will be offered from Verdejo's Magna P daughter! April-Day

Offering her 2146GTPI RC POLLED Halogen dtr! Jon-Lu Ocean PP embryos x Kara's RED PP Golden gr-dtr! Ream

Thursday, June 18th - Tag Sale Begins Prices Released at 1pm Friday, June 19th - Evening Hospitality - 7pm Enjoy Rackow's Brats & Spotted Cow! Saturday, June 20th - Polled Workshop - 1pm Join us for an educational workshop & lunch! Sunday, June 21st - Tag Sale Ends at 3pm

Stephanie Stout 608.732.2757 Brian Crull 815.601.3673 Sue Crull 815.988.4007

SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF POLLED! A Polled Silent Auction will be held during the #PolledPlace Tag Sale that will include Polled semen, embryos and other items. Proceeds from this silent auction will be used to start a Polled Education Fund. This fund will be for the education of Polled at youth events, colleges/universities and other dairy events.

Schedule of Events

Sale Contacts

Polled Silent Auction

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Located in Sterling, Illinois, Leonard and Judy Long, son Douglas and grandson Kile are members of the Heart of Illinois Holstein Club. Ju-Len Registered Holsteins, using the prefix DML, consists of 36 cows. They have bred or owned 4 EX and 77 VG cows since the start of the Ju-Len herd in 1954. Producing high quality milk is the primary aim of Long Dairy. They market their milk through Foremost Farms USA and have been recognized several times with Excellent Quality Awards. They are proud of their 100% visits by either the state or the national field representatives. The Longs' dedication to taking good care of their cows leads directly to the excellent quality milk produced on their farm. Leonard has served as a district delegate for Foremost Farms meetings and the farm has hosted a farm tour sponsored by their county extension unit. All the hard work of Leonard, Judy and Douglas are so that Leonard's grandson Kile will be able to continue the Ju-Len legacy on the farm. LEONARD, JUDY, DOUGLAS & KILE LONG 31786 Capp Road, Sterling, IL 61081 Phone: 815-625-5756 44 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Save The Date! L-R © Sarah Damrow; © Lea McCullough

B-J-Grove Champion Hoover EX-94-2E

4-07 2x 365d 32,414 3.6 1166 3.0 977 Nom Jr. All-American 5-Yr-Old 2010 HM Jr. All-American 4-Yr-Old 2009 Her Windbrook Jr. 2-Yr-Old is due in June!

B-J-Grove Jungle Fever VG-88

2-03 2x 365d 25,937 3.5 949 3.1 847 3rd 4-Yr-Old Southern National 2015 Fever x B-J-Grove Lheros Monkey VG-88 She has a flashy Alexander December calf!

Illinois State Picnic September 13th, 2015 We look forward to seeing you at the National Holstein Convention in June!

Bruce Joyce Shorty

1169 N 100th Street Mulberry Grove, IL 62262 (618) 425-3523 Farm (618) 322-3523 Lucas

Lucas Michelle Kasey Kyle


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2nd-Look Shamrock 8243 VG-85 +2065G 2-03 319 19,660 4.4 859 3.0 595 She has an AltaOak and two Jabir daughters and is due this month to 200HO3949 Olympian. Dam: 2nd-Look Alexander 7272 EX EX-MS 2-02 365 25,010 4.9 1213 3.7 932 2nd Dam: 2nd-Look Justice 4862 VG 5-06 344 38,090 4.4 1669 3.5 1331 3rd Dam: VG by Lynch

2nd-Look Facebook 8411-ET GP-82 +2138G 1-11 352 27,270 4.1 1128 3.4 932 Due this month to 250HO1101 Satisfaction. Dam: Ra-Mar-Land Gold Lace EX-90 DOM 8-01 312 33,690 4.4 1496 3.3 1101 2nd Dam: Ra-Mar-Land Lorelei VG-86 GMD DOM Dam of 7HO8058 Lion King *RC Next dams by Ohio, Big Jim & Bell Rex

These families trace to females acquired from The Selner Family, The Rose Family, The Keene Family, and John Vrieze. We appreciate the opportunity to build on their careful breeding programs. Stop in for a Second Look, or contact us for more information on these interesting cow families with repeatable, profitable performance. 46 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

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2nd-Look Dorcy 7887-ET VG-86 EX-MS 2-11 365 34,690 3.8 1318 3.3 1156 Due in July to 250HO1101 Satisfaction. Dam: 2nd-Look Buckeye 6171 VG-85 1-11 365 31,280 4.0 1251 3.2 998 - dam of four VG Dorcy daughters 2nd Dam: Raymau Oman 5387 VG-87 5-03 361 48,980 3.1 1537 3.2 1562 Next dams by Finley & BW Marshall

2nd-Look Explode 7994 VG-87 1-09 365 30,570 3.0 902 3.1 957 She has a Gold Chip daughter and is due in August to 200HO1006 Durbin. Dam: Rose-E-Vue Morty Eve EX-91 2E 5-01 365 41,640 3.2 1322 3.1 1276 2nd Dam: Rose-E-Vue Progress Evelyn VG-88 2-05 365 29,460 4.0 1180 3.4 990 Next dams by Peartome Jackpot, Walkway Chief Mark & Harmony Corners Simon

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, WI 53019 Office: (920) 477-6800 • • Fax: (920) 477-2520 Doug Hodorff

Linda Hodorff

Corey Hodorff

Tammy Hodorff

(920) 979-2479

(920) 979-2480

(920) 602-6449

(920) 602-2944


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Laverne’s Daughter:

Joliam GolDwyn Phab 3767-ET ex-91 ex-mS

3-02 365 41,240 4.5 1876 3.4 1403 4-06 333 40,886 5.1 2073 3.5 1448 ~ Sensational production & fat from a solid cow family! ~ Sixth generation Excellent ~ Four generations over 40,000 lbs. milk ~ Fancy Shottle daughters with Numero Uno, Kingboy & Damion calves coming

Extreme production & high type from udders that work and wear. That’s our trademark!

Joliam DunDee Phoenix 3035 ex-92 eeeee

4-11 365 43,800 5.3 2319 3.0 1334

SELZ-PRALLE DAIRY Ryan, Jessica & Nicole Pralle N4621 Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 • (715) 334-3434 • E-mail: 48 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Type & Production in Southern Illinois


Rolling-Lawns Atlan EX-91 EX-93-MS 3-03 307D 22,853M 3.9% 886F 3.1% 704P 7 Nearest Dams EX with 1 VG-87 (All Homebred) Her dam is a full sister to Bell (pictured below)


Rolling-Lawns Allen -ET EX-92-2E Lifetime to Date: 179,924M EX-92 Goldwyn Dtr & 5 Goldwyn Senior Yrlgs Soon to be flushed to Atwood!


Rolling-Lawns Atwood EX-90 3-05 237D 24,779M 4.2% 1044F 2.8% 704P inc. Due to Bradnick - Sept Dorcy Dtr & 4 Dorcy Pregs Pansy's Dam was a VG-87-2Y Pronto from an EX-92 Storm, EX Prelude then Prudence


Preble Dundee EX-90-2E Lifetime to Date: 127,988M EX Sanchez Dtr 2-01 305D 31,373M 1945F 901P 3 GoldSun Yrlgs, Rockwell Yrlg & Dec Atlantic Dtrs We're located 50 miles east of St. Louis, MO, just 3 miles off of I-70. We are happy to have visitors anytime and we're proud to show you Rolling Lawns!

Michael & Jennifer Turley 385 Falcon Road, Greenville, IL 62246 Nathan Miller, Herdsman RHA 128 cows 25,876M 1061F 789P Connie Turley

Phone: 314/308-1005 Phone: 618/335-1669 Phone: 618/664-3240


Minnesota Holstein congratulates Annie Culbertson 2015 DJM finalist Annie Culbertson, daughter of Scott and Tina Culbertson lives on a dairy near Pine Island, Minn. They milk 45 registered Hosltein cows. They also take care of an impressive show string every year. Annie is actively involved in the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association where she has served on the board as a reporter. She has attended seven National Holstein conventions and in 2011 she was selected as a Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist. Annie describes her passion for the dairy industry very well by saying “I have disovered that the thing that I like to do the most is to be in the barn raising calves, preparing heifers for shows and achieving goals that start with a breeding decision or a smart purchase and ending with the World Dairy Expo announcer announcing my name! To me, there’s nothing more gratifying then sharing my passions for the Holstein cow with others. The dairy industry is truly one of a kind.”

Congratulations Annie for all of your great accomplishmsents!

Annie currently attents the University of MN where she majors in Agricultural Education.

Calendar of Events June 17: MN State RW Show, Worthington, Minn. 18: MJHA State Show, Worthington, Minn. 19: MN State Show, Worthington, Minn. 22-26: 2015 National Holstein Convention St. Charles, Illinois July 8: July Newsletter Advertising Deadline 10: Carver Wright Hennepin Holstein Twilght Metting Norwood, Minn. 11: MN Field Day, Newalta Dairy Pipestone, Minn. 24: Sibley County Holstein Club Twilight Meeting Glencoe, Minn. September 1: Midwest Fall National Show, MN State Fair, St. Paul, Minn.


Discounted MHA Membership Opportunity The Minnesota Holstein Association board of directors passed a motion to offer a discounted rate of membership for individuals who are ages 21 - 40 and have never had a membership with the adult association or have had a membership in the past but have had a lapse in membership for more than one year. The cost of this discounted membership is $30 plus your per cow fee. To become a member you can visit the Minnesota Holstein website at and find a membership card under the membership tab to fill out and send in. Also if you would like to stay up to date on the activities of the Young Adult Committee and the Minnesota Holstein Association please send us your email and we will add you to our enewsletter mailing list.

Carver-Wright-Hennepin Holstein Association Board of Directors Andy Stuewe Jan Albrecht Dale Schmidt Jared Tessmer Andrew Tessmer

Brad Pierson Chris Hedtke Jim Herrmann Cory Feltmann

State Board of Directors Andy Steinhagen

Carver County salutes our own Princess Kay of the Milky Way Jeni Haler we also salute Christine Leonard one of the 12 finalists

Tim Stender

Events CARVER WRIGHT HENNEPIN HOLSTEIN TWILIGHT MEETING The 2015 CWH Holstein Twilight meeting will be held FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 beginning at 7:30 pm at the Larry and Debbie Dreier Farm, Norwood. Judging contests, prizes, tours, guests will be featured throughout the evening. Everyone Welcome. CARVER COUNTY FARMER TO FARMER TOUR Tuesday, July 7 10 am – 2 pm Hosted by Larry and Debbie Dreier, Norwood, MN. They will address the stray voltage issues they worked through.

Minnesota Holstein Feature Stories The full stories can be found in the Minnesota Holstein News

Newalta Dairy If you have ever talked to John and Berlinda VanderWal you will notice that something sounds just a little bit... foreign. John and Berlinda and their 5 kids moved to Pipestone, Minnesota from Canada in 2005. But before they moved to Canada the newly married couple moved from the Netherlands in 1989. In Canada John and Berlinda milked 200 cows but after awhile John was ready for a new challenge. So after they moved to Pipestone they built up a new dairy and started by milking 300 cows. They now milk over 1800 cows and are always looking at ways to keep challenging themselves. Between multiple weddings and kids graduating from school and college in the summer of 2014 they built a new calf feeding operation with automatic calf feeders. There is always something new in the works and they would like to invite everybody to a field day at Newalta Dairy on July 11, 2015. (Full story can be found on pages 6-7 of Minnesota Holstein News)

Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame The Minnesota Livestock Hall of Fame inductees for 2015 included Russell Seath (deceased), Joe & Ev Stransky, Leslie Hansen, and Mark and Al Schmitt. Russell Seath was a great leader in the development of the artificial insemination industry of dairy cattle in southern Minnesota in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Seth served as one of the first managers of the first breeding cooperatives. He was also a Steele County Extension Agent from 1924-1930 and helped coach Steele County 4-H dairy judging teams. Les Hansen is a distinguished Teaching Professor of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. He has been an extremely successful coach of collegiate dairy cattle judging teams. Les teaches classes such as dairy cattle genetics and is very well respected in the research fields as well. Les was born and raised on a farm just north of Blooming Prairie, Minn. (Full story can be found on pages 16-17 of Minnesota Holstein News)


A Great 90 Year Run

Pleasantland Holsteins began in 1924 when a tornado destroyed the barn. A new dairy barn was built and a registered Holstein cow was purchased. It ended in 2014 when fire destroyed the barn and the cattle were sold. The "modern era" began in 1944 when my father and uncle divided the herd and we moved to this farm with 8 cows and 8 heifers. During the past 70 years, we have bred over 36 Excellent cows, 145 cows over 100,000m lifetime, 21 over 200,000m lifetime and 1 with over 300,000m lifetime. These 6 cows were some of our favorites. All of these pictures were taken after they produced over 200,000m lifetime!



1/1/1948 - 5/10/1967 8yr 18,640m 718f - 247,860m 9179f lifetime Daughters: T.V. Belle GP 221,660m lifetime Jezebel GP-84 184,640m lifetime

10/21/1960 - 4/29/1977 12yr 23,520m 809f - 276,380m 8545f lifetime Daughter: Michelle VG-87 GMD 241,520m lifetime



1/5/1971 - 8/18/1988 9yr 23,390m 926f - 249,980m 9924f lifetime Daughters: Corinne VG-87 245,870m life, Rita EX-91-2E 238,877m life, Crystal VG-86 GMD 233,820m life, Ellen VG-88 194,530m life

10/9/1983 - 3/25/1999 5yr 32,930m 1285f - Son: Pleasantland Remarkable GM Daughters: Bobbi EX-91-3E 186,440m life, Iola VG-86 3yr 27,060m 960f, Katrina VG-87 4yr 26,600m 999f


10/21/1966 - 10/18/1982 9yr 33,440m 1165f - 285,590m 9799f lifetime Daughters: Carol EX-91 4yr 25,880m 986f CarolineVG-89 158,080m life & CarolieVG-86 112,220m life


10/21/1991 - 12/23/2010 8yr 29,330m 992f - 328,060m 10898f lifetime Daughters: Uma VG-86 139,100m lifetime Vivian GP-83 121,610m lifetime

Cows like these enabled us to merchandise an average of 10 head per year and maintain a 25 cow herd without buying cattle. These 3 cows were in the herd when it was sold in 2014 to Luke McDermott of Delmar, Iowa. PLEASANTLAND YOLA EX-92

175,000m lifetime Yola is an 11th generation over 125,000m lifetime Her 10th dam was a double grand-dtr of Sir Inka Mae 6th He was puchased from Silver Glen Farm in 1926


175,000m lifetime - grand-dtr of Jenny, sired by Durham


125,000m lifetime - dtr of Wanda, sired by Roy

Aaron Vercler began helping me in 1994 while he was in high school. When I "retired" in 2005, he took over the herd. He improved the facilities and management and the herd was making great progress. I have been attending Holstein events for 75 years. I have met a lot of great people and made many good friends. I have often said that I was lucky to have made a career with my hobby!

Pleasantland Farm

2213 E. Cruger Road, Washington, IL 61571  Aaron Vercler (309) 303-1992  Richard Muller (309) 444-2486 52 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Reaching New Heights #5 Red Cow in the Breed! Hi-Point-Gen A Bif-Red-ET VG86 +2068GTPI Aaron x GP Mr Burns x VG86 DOM OMan Fresh & Flushing to Sexed Rubicon Daughters by Jabir, Halogen & Ducati

One of the Highest EX GTPI Cows in the Breed! Morningview Super Ellie-ET EX90 DOM +2270GTPI

Super x EX94 GMD Shottle x EX92 GMD Champion Sister to the Dam of Kingboy Daughters by Lithium, Ohare P & Halogen

Key Animals to Calve Soon!

No-Fla Petrone Kae 35517-ET +2323GTPI +6.7PL +4.3DPR S-S-I Earnh Flo 8677-P-ET +2174GTPI +711M +423NM$

To the National Covnention Sale!

RedCarpet Halogen Alkene-ET Born: 9/2/14 +2374GTPI +875M +5.5PL Johnathan Heinsohn Dam: Neu-Way Bolton Allie-ET VG-87 DOM 815.979.5314 35073 Kirland Road, Kirkland, IL Grand-Dam: VG-85 GMD DOM Sister to Alexander


Minnesota Holstein History mindless ramblings down an endless cow lane. by John Busacker

“History hangs by a thread”

“The best ad i ever saw”

In attendance were Herb and Bob Filk from Hutchinson, MN. The Filks had an outstanding herd and loved to show cattle. At the 1968 Minnesota State Fair they had the first place fall calf, two year old bull and aged bull.

In 1972 Joe & Ev Stransky had a heifer calf named Stranshome Sovereign Louise who placed second at World Dairy Expo. For some reason she was not nominated All-American. The following year after winning at several Minnesota shows and placing sixth at Madison as a Senior Yearling she was nominated.

The setting for the 1965 National Convention Sale in Seattle, Washington was in the arena of the new Civic Center in the 1962 World’s Fairgrounds. The arena was home to Seattle’s Professional Hockey Team.

At the Washington National Convention sale they bought a young cow for $3000 sired by Rosafe Westerner. I am not aware of how many shows she won. If Herb and Bob had been willing to spend just a bit more money history might have been different. At the same sale was a young cow named Canary Pri- MCD Heilo consigned by a local 4-Her. She completed three generations of unclassified cows with no records. She sold for $4,200 to Edward Marshall Boehm, a world renowned porcelain artist who was starting a registered Holstein herd in New Jersey. The first thing Mr. Boehm did was rename her Kings Arctic Rose. The second thing he did was go back to Washington and purchase her dam, daughter and two maternal sisters. The next year Rose was the All-American Aged cow and a member of the All-American Produce. She was one of the first six animals in the breed to score 97pts. Her son sold for $32,000 in the 1972 National Convention Sale. But in 1965 she was there for the taking for a pair of Minnesota Dairymen.

Page sponsored by Minnesota Holstein Assocaiton

Being an avid reader. I have seen a lot of ads over the years. Some were somber, some were funny, some were educational and some were all of the above. But, there is one ad that is my personal favorite.

Joe and Ev ran an ad stating a number of hardships from sick calves to frozen water pipes to endless trips up and down the silo. In the ad they stated that the nomination made it all worthwhile. I have always told them that they stopped way short. They could have gone on forever. All the stepped on kittens, puddles in the driveway, ruts in the yard. All the moldy silage, three quartered cows and pigeons in the hay barn, her one nomination made it all worthwhile. All the mixed sets of twins, the broken aprons on the spreader, all the rained on hay, all the years Texal Beau Babe won at Steele Co. where she was past her prime. Her nomination made it all worthwhile. Recently Joe & Ev were elected into the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame. At this time I would like to personally congratulate Joe & Ev. And may I add, I hope it was all worthwhile.

Want your name here? Call the Minnesota Holstein Assocaiton office to sponsor a feature or history article in the next Minnesota news!

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We’re excited to watch her develop!

Larry & Jennifer Meyer Brianna, Austin & Abby Chilton, WI • 920-841-0444

Goldfawn Real Renita-Red-ET

EX-90 EX-91MS at 3-07

Sire: Hurtgen-Vue Reality-Red Dam: Goldfawn Sir Renita-Red 2E-93 3rd Dam: Stelbro Renita Ranger-Red 3E-94

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


Herd info: 2x 28,036 4.4 1223 3.2 902 Yearly SCC average: 84 Brown Swiss: 2x 26,612 4.9 1299 3.5 931 Yearly SCC average: 99 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 55

To the National Convention Sale... RC Ashlyn! Kingsmill Debonair Arin-RC EX-90 4-11 365 36,560 3.9 1417 3.1 1129 Life: 106,530 4.0 4281 3.1 3291 Dam: Tri-Day Ashlyn EX-96-2E GMD 2x All-American

SELLING! Her *RC Attitude Fall Yearling Due in October to sorted Kingboy

Genomics! Wilra Planet 961 VG-85 VG-MS

2-00 365 32,000 3.3 1065 3.3 1062 Next 4 Dams: VG-EX

SELLING! March 2015 Kingboy grand-dtr Genomics available at sale time!


Great Transmitting Cow Family National Convention Sale

BRITE-SIDE C45 RAGU P-RED-ET *POLLED* Born: 9/1/14 Sire: Mr Chassity Colt 45 P-RC Dam: Brite-Side Redman Reva-Red 2E-90 EX-MS (left) 3-06 365d 32,240 4.4 1423 3.0 958 2nd Dam: Brite-Side Gibson Evita*RC EX-90-2E 3-09 365d 30,110 3.9 1180 3.2 972 3rd Dam: Hi-Way-Haven Star Emily*RC EX-90-2E Next 6 Dams:EX,EX-92 DOM,VG-86 DOM,VG-85,VG-85,EX

Maternal Sisters to Ragu P

GUELDENER ADVNT RADIANT-RED EX-92 EX-MS 4yr 320d 33,695 4.3 1462 3.2 1083

GUELDENER ADVNT RAVE-RED-ET VG-87-2Y VG-MS 2yr 365d 25,077 4.1 1027 3.0 744

GUELDENER DRBL REDA-RED-ET VG-86 VG-MS 2yr 365d 27,530 3.5 976 2.9 789

REVA HAS 6 CLASSIFIED DAUGHTERS - 1 EX - 5 VG - 1 GP-84-2Y THERE ARE 14 VG & EX MATERNAL SISTERS TO REVA TO DATE Visit Brite-Side Holsteins on Facebook to learn more about these and other cow families!


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Hilltop-LLC Impression 4728

Hilltop-LLC Sanchez 4337



Hilltop-LLC Offroad 4633 EX-91 EX-MS

2-02 3x 299 30,860 3.2 973 2.8 879 3-01 3x 296 32,930 2.9 970 2.9 941 4-01 3x 200 26,420 3.6 952 3.0 779 inc.

2-03 3x 305 30,040 3.8 1127 3.2 964 3-04 3x 306 38,780 3.7 1420 3.2 1240 4-10 3x 296 32,820 3.8 1329 3.1 1058 inc.

She has an Aftershock and a Shottle daughter and she is due with a Gold Chip heifer.

Daughters by Attic and Aftershock and due back to Gold Chip.

Hilltop-LLC Baxter 4232-TW

Hilltop-LLC Bolton 4705



2-00 3x 305 24,190 3.9 952 3.1 738 3-03 3x 305 31,630 4.2 1337 3.2 1003 4-08 3x 365 34,950 4.4 1537 3.0 946

Baxter 4232 was a Holstein USA 2014 National Elite Performer. She has a daughter by Pronto and is due to Harvard.

She has a daughter by Topside and is due to Durbin.

Hilltop-LLC Dolman 4027 EX-90 EX-MS

2-00 3x 305 25,160 3.7 943 3.1 782 3-01 3x 294 29,690 3.8 1130 3.1 933 inc.

Bred to Jettair.

3-01 3x 321 35,500 3.5 1227 3.1 1096 4-01 3x 257 28,290 3.6 1171 3.1 892 inc.

3-00 3x 305 32,170 3.2 1023 3.1 984 4-04 3x 305 35,430 3.2 1151 3.0 1072 5-04 3x 325 37,060 3.1 1173 3.1 1141 inc.

Dolman 4027 is a 2nd generation EX; her dam is Leader 3272, EX-90. She has daughters by Fulton, Seaver and Brendal and is due to Gold Chip.

Our first classification at Hilltop was in September of 2008. From that beginning up to our last classification, we have bred 56 Excellent cows. Stop by and pay us a visit - we would love to show you the herd.

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


Managers: Rich, Cal & Loren Greenfield, 920-296-9289 Herdsman: Kevin Greenfield, 920-296-9292 N309 County Trk. Q, Markesan, WI 53946


RHA: 1064 cows 31,410 3.5 1094 3.14 986 September 2013 classification: 105.4% BAA - 25 EX, 257 VG, 436 GP Find us on Facebook for more cow photos & herd updates

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We are so proud of Rose - wife, mother, grandmother and hands-on dairy woman - for being named the 2015 World Dairy Expo Dairy Woman of the Year.

Ran-Rose Holsteins

Randall and Rosalie Geiger Corey & Krista; Nate & Angela Josh Krahn, herdsman 4227 Hickory Hills Rd., Reedsville, WI 54230 Corey cell: (920) 650 0294; 19 consecutive years under 100,000 SCC on shipped milk 16 consecutive years Progressive Genetics Herd award 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 59





2-02 365 22,827 3.5% 800 3.3% 757 3-04 365 28,387 3.3% 931 3.2% 900 Reserve Junior All-Illinois Junior 3-Year-Old 2014 1st 3-Year-Old & HM Grand Illinois State Fair Junior Show 2013 Her dam is 5th gen EX in Fruendly Acres Linjet Murphy EX-96 family Her dams are EX-93, EX-94, EX-92 & EX-92 Dina has a December 2014 GoldSun daughter Her Windhammer Jr. 2 is due in June & she has 2 Absolute dtrs

3-10 365 33,508 3.9% 1296 3.1% 1025 Reserve Junior All-Illinois Aged Cow 2014 Her Sanchez dtr is EX-91 2-11 365 28,694 3.9% 1116 3.3% 958 She has a December 2013 dtr also by Sanchez

3-05 365 24,068 4.0% 962 3.2% 762 Reserve Intermediate Champion Grand Nat'l Junior Show 2012 HM Intermediate Champion Mid-East Fall National 2012 She has a Windbrook dtr & a Guthrie grand-dtr

MORNINGVIEW SHOTTLE MADILYNN EX-94 We have a daughter of Madilynn by Alta Chairman Martha is VG-85 as a 2-Year-Old with 2-01 365 25,723 3.9% 1011 3.2% 834 She has 2 March 2015 dtrs by Eraser P

Welcome to Illinois for the National Holstein Convention! Visitors welcome!

K-J Holsteins

The Wendling Family - Kevin, Jennifer, Morgan, Macy & Gage 13500 N 400th St., Altamont, IL 62411-- Kevin (217) 240-6196 - - 60 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION


SCHROEDER HOLSTEINS John and Bev, Tim Schroeder Jason and Michele Schroeder

Specializing Specializing in in TMR TMR Mixers Mixers and and Manure Manure Handling Handling Equipment Equipment

45408 551st Avenue Courtland, MN 56021 Ph. 507-359-2589

Level IV Johnes Free Herd | TB Accredited DHIR: 27,346M 1095F 778P BAA: 107.0 | PBR 31 Years Registered Holsteins since 1927

Robert Zoubek and Sons

764 Montgomery Ave SE Montgomery, MN 56069 Ph. 507-367-5285

Thompson Acres Holsteins

Regional Representative and Tri-Captain

PETE’S AUCTION Holstein Association USA & PHOTO, INC.

Normen Peterson 62039 County Road 50 & Photographer Wadena,Auctioneer MN 56482

25664 Co Rd 5 Ph. 507-352-4162 Fax 218-631-3013 Wykoff, MN 55990 Fax 507-352-5981 Cell 218-849-2238 Email

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STEVE PETERSON Regional Representative and Tri-Captain Holstein Association USA 62039 County Road 50 Wadena, MN 56482

Serviceable age bulls for sale. Bulls are all A.I. sired.


Ser viceable age bulls for sale

As of March 2014 Classification – BAA of 110.7 100% Homebred Recognized 8 years as a PBR Herd

David Thompson & Family

Fax 218-631-3013 Cell 218-849-2238


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DIRECTORY OF SERVICES Keep your farm name and contact information out there by placing a business card ad in all four Minnesota Holstein Publications! We will help you design a logo and a business card that works for you! All types of businesses welcome! CALL 320-259-0637 TODAY WITH QUESTIONS OR TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!


Welcome to Illinois! Enjoy Your Stay!

Good Luck to Magen with her speech and all the Juniors competing!

Meier Meadows

Glen & Doris Meier | Jason & Korin | Jenn & Tim | Glen Arthur & Makenzie | Becky 5 N Dakota Rd, Ridott, IL 61067 | Phone: (815) 233-2407 62 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

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Ragnar Goldwyn Sangria-ET VG-85

Wargo-Acres Guth Metalic-ET EX-90 3Y

Ragnar Linjet Satin EX-90

Just fresh again and out of Linjet Shawna EX-93 4E GMD DOM, she already has 7 EX maternal sisters and a 2-year-old Aftershock.

A recent addition from our friends at Wargo Acres, she’s due 12/15 to Aftershock and completes 6 generations VG/EX out of Mopsie EX-93.

Our most recent EX Linjet from a VG-87 Dundee, then an EX-91 2E, she has daughters by Sid, Fever and Golden Dreams.

Ragnar Alexander Suzy VG-85

Schrauf-Acres Jaspr Elma-ET VG-87

Ragnar Damion Flirt EX-91

3 EX dams and also out of Linjet Shawna, she has a special 9/13 Fever daughter due to Blondin Integral *RC.

An arrival here last spring, she has 8 EX Elegance dams, a 12/14 Atwood and is due 12/15 to Dempsey.

Backed by 4 VG/EX dams, she has milking daughters by Kilobyte and Goldsun and a 6/14 Golden Dreams.

(left to right): Mark (holding Dekker), Walker, Clarissa with Ragnar Goldstar Crush, Garrett with Ragnar Redburst Elsa, Whitney with Ragnar Glauco Spring and Angie

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


Mark & Angie Ulness Family

4718 Cty. J, Valders, WI 54245 | Phone: (920) 775-4794 | E-mail: | 21 PBR Awards 2008 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 63


12838 N Hubert Road, Winslow, IL 61089 Kris & Theresa Wild - 815.868.2481 Kris Cell - 608.214.3259 -- Robert & Shirley Wild - 815.868.2202 Cows, heifers and bulls available at most times!

Wildvale Holsteins

We don’t just work with one cow family, all cows are aAa mated - Herd Average - 28,879 milk 1085 fat

Welcome to Illinois!

Remembering the Past while Enjoying the Present Chad with RC-Hunt Magnum Kate, the Reserve Grand Champion, 1992 Delaware County Fair.

Junior Best 3 from 2015 Midwest Spring R&W Show Lyons-DL Moses Shortcake Lyons-DL Applejack Grapejuice Lyons-DL Ducati Glitter

Kayla & Blake after he won a 2014 Blue Ribbon Dairy Show Showmanship Class showing Juno.

Michael & Lyons-DL Charger Twizzler-Red VG-86, Best Bred & Owned, 2015 Midwest Spring R&W Junior Show and 5th place Sr. 3 Year Old Her dam is Lyons-DL Rustler Twinkie-Red VG-86, gr’dam is Geo-Joy Persia Teamor-Red GP-84 which was bred by grandfather George Kuehl

Blake & Erin with Hunt-Haven Hvezda Juno-Red, 3rd place Spring Yearling, 2015 Midwest Spring R&W Show Dam: Grafen Lawn Boy Joni-Red EX-90 Erin with Geo-Joy SWD Mark Mindy, Grand & Supreme Champion, 1997 Clayton County Fair; Reserve Grand Champion, District 1 Junior Show; and Grand Champion & Reserve Supreme Champion, Youth Classic.

Hunt Haven Holsteins

Chad, Erin, Blake & Kayla Hunt 23863 Cannon Road | Elkader, IA 52043 563.245.2340 ~ BAA 107.7 ~ 65 Cows 27,015M 1003F 816P

Carly & Michael in 2000

Doug with Mil-Les JoJo, 1978 Winneshiek County Fair Junior Champion Heifer

Lynnette with her Junior Champion, 1985 Clayton County Fair

Please join us on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 as we host one of the farm tours during the 2015 National Red & White Convention.

Dennis, Brian, Becky, Doug, Scott, David & Nancy ~ Mildred must have spent days getting all of these whites clean after shows!

Lyons Holsteins Doug, Lynnette, Carly and Michael 131 Military Road | Castalia, IA 52133 563.419.0275 ~ BAA 110.0 ~ 14 EX, 29 VG, 7 GP

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MARATHON COUNTY HOLSTEIN BREEDERS District 4 Show June 18, 2015 in Marshfield

Come support the cheese curd stand...

Edgar, WI • 715-352-3177

Athens Fair August 20-23, 2015 North Central Wisconsin Antique Steam & Gas Engine Show - August 28-30, 2015


Dream Team Holsteins


Don, Jenna, Malayna & Kendra Fahey

Russ & Rosie Bauman

R865 Mount View Lane Athens, WI 54411 Phone: 715-257-7255 e-mail:

Gary’s Dairy

Gary Stankowski Owner

Good-Time registered Holsteins

Home: 3860 Sugar Bush Rd. Mosinee, WI 54455 (715) 693-3197 Farm: 543 Hwy. S Mosinee, WI 54455 (715) 693-0799

11360 Rainbow Dr., Merrill, WI 54452 715-537-0820

REIBER ACRES LLC SCHCustom Calf & Heifer Raising

Galen & Marlene 2193 Wuerztburg Rd., Athens, WI 54411 715-223-4534 Cell: 715-680-0437

Bart, Brittany & Bailey 2213 Wuerztburg Rd., Athens, WI 54411 Cell: 715-613-9172

New home of Matt-Dari Brokaw Vinnie an exciting young cow with a ton of potential. 5117 CTH “N”, EDGAR, WI 54426 • 715-352-3656 Mike & Linda King Kevin & June King

Visitors welcome by appointment

Donation Calf Success Story Fustead Million Cuddles EX EX-MS (we call her Barbie) Dam: Janestead Blitz Barbie EX-92 2nd Dam: Distinction Horton Blue EX-93 Purchased at the Marathon Co. Daylight Meeting at Nor-Way-Pete Farms.


Loren & Anita Birkey Wausau, WI • 715-845-8601 66 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Congratulations to the Matthiae family on developing a great herd and a successful sale. Good luck on your future endeavors.

DAL-SKI HOLSTEINS David & Paulette Lemanski Devin, Alex & Danielle 715-352-3382 3475 Cardinal Lane, Marathon, WI 54448 Visitors Welcome

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Ded-Dit Holsteins


Newest Addition to the herd...

Good luck at District Show and the County Fairs.

Synergy Gold Chip Eeyore-ET, out of the Fustead Durham Evelyn family. Cows are housed at Fustead Holsteins.

Doug Dittmar 6006 - 3 Birch Street, Schofield, WI 54476


Har-Dale-Acres Rob Clair-ET VG-85

She has 5 daughters by Predestine, 4 have been genomic tested. Chance - +2332G Casey - +2239G Cane - +2196G Classy - +2385G Clair, Chance & Classy are all contracted to Accelerated Genetics.

Fred, Lynne & Matt Harder

8470 Hwy. H, Athens, WI 54411 Phone/Fax: 715-257-7480 • Matt cell: 715-571-3792

Mark Bychinski

B921 Century Rd., Spencer, WI 54479 715-659-3844

Moo-dy Acres Mike, Barb, Madison & Abigail Borchardt W4370 Wien Drive, Edgar, WI 54426 715-352-2448

Call Milkyhill Cattle Sales for rates.

Will be done professionally. Contact ED mielke 715-574-2931

Dan and Michelle Mielke

F2171 Huckleberry Rd, Colby, WI 54421 715-223-4371 Cell: 715-255-2356 email:

A Grass-Based dairy farm with Strong Cow Families

On-Q Jackman Sun-ET +2472 GTPI +632NM +5.2PL (12/14) The forecast is for a lot of “Sun” this Summer! She is flushing well and due to calve with a Delta heifer in September. ET heifers and bulls out of Yoder, Monterey, Main Event, Demaris, Silver and Pat-Red coming in summer and fall. Dam: Ms Brandys Bella-ET VG-85 VG-MS +2210 GTPI by Armitage 2-02 232 25,425 3.9 1003 3.1 777 inc. Granddam: Ms Apple Brandy-ET VG-88 EX-MS 3-01 2x 365 24,950 5.0 1240 3.8 951

3rd Dam: KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 2E DOM

Sam & Jenn Zimmermann Mason, Adelle, Neah & Garrison E2259 County Rd. Q, Ringle, WI 54471 Cell: 715-218-8619

We have a selection of high genomic tested bulls available for sale. Contact us for more information.

Keith & Cassi Bauman Korbyn, Karsyn & Chase W615 Cty. Hwy. N, Edgar, WI 54426 715-615-3552 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 67

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FARMS “Striving for that fine line of genetic excellence”

North-Log Stormin Joni VG-88 EX-92MS 5-00 365 39,525 1370 1286 7-02 183 21,311 3.6 766 3.0 630 inc. 305 proj. 31,275 1150 947

North-Log Destry Nora-Red VG-85 VG-86MS 2-04 365 35,667 3.5 1213 3.0 1054 - due in May to Carson-Red 9570 State Hwy. 153, Wittenberg, WI 54499 Telephone (715) 454-6217 Fax (715)-454-6775 Carl & June Norrbom

Paul & Kim Norrbom Katelyn, Paige & Emily

Hartford Lotta-Hill 940

VG-87 VG-MS DOM 2-01 2x 365 32,490 4.0 1545 3.2 1049 GTPI +2176 PTA +512M +58F +23P +454NM +2.5PL +1.26T +1.59UDC +1.03FLC 4/15

Her Kingboy son going to Select Sires +2584 GTPI, +3.04T Dam: Sully Hart Toystory 726-ET GP-83 2-07 3x 312 25.250 3.9 996 3.1 777 2nd Dam: Sully Titanic Orla-ET EX-90 3-11 2x 365 28,240 4.0 1127 3.0 856

Floyd & Lloyd Baumann

Marathon, WI Ph: 715-443-3595 Fax: 715-443-3833

Lang’s Twin Elm Farms, Inc. Fred Lang Marathon, WI

Ph: 715-443-2037 Fax: 715-443-3742

Best Young Cows at Nor-Way-Pete Owned by: Thomas & Florine Bunkelman Brooke, Brent & Brodie

We really like our Heros, Gold Chips, Bradnicks and Sids. Ultra fancy 2-year-olds with exceptional udders. Classification will be fun for a long time as we have many more daughters of all four bulls to still calve. They are following the footsteps of Atwood and Sanchez, two of the best bulls we have ever used. Question: Why do the high GPTAT young sires seem to maintain their high ranking for type when proven, while we see much more fluctuation in NM and health traits? The classifier only looks at the young sire daughters for about two minutes. I’m sure there is a good reason.

NOR-WAY-PETE FARMS, INC. Tomkins Hztry Sizln Sunshine We are looking forward to the new year and the upcoming show season! F4680 Walnut Rd., Edgar, WI 54426 Ph.: 715-581-6460 E-mail: 68 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

1751 Cherry Drive, Eland, WI 54427 Home of NOR-WAY-PETE & Four-of-a-Kind Reg. Holsteins RHA: 3x 257 cows 29,579 3.9 1150 3.0 879

Chad & Andy Peterson, owners 715-302-0482 Dan Cnossen, herd manager 715-302-1327 Visitors Always Welcome!

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New Arrivals at Bosside flushing soon! From the Apple Mania Sale:

Ms Mega Arm 9255-ET

an Apple granddaughter, Megasire x Uno

+375M +61F +39P +642NM GTPI +2527 +4.9PL 2.82SCS +3.1DPR 4.3DCE +2.20T +1.60UDC +1.76FLC

Wind-D Acres Frito P

Ohio Style from a polled Mogul who is just fresh & looking good.

Fustead Mogul Lilac-ET VG-86 VG-MS

GTPI +2334 +579NM +49P +1.0DPR +1808M +4.5PL +1.07T +4.8DCE

2-02 2x 229 18,607 4.8 948 3.3 649 inc. Last test - 94 lbs., 4.2%F 3.4%P +2529 GTPI +87F +47P +1190M

Matt-Dari Mogul Latoya

Fustead Tango Lylas

granddaughter of Morningview Shottle Lucy, EX-90 2E. Fresh with a very sharp Golden Dreams heifer calf. Next ad... an update on our Apples! John & Tineke Boschma H4370 Townline Rd., Colby, WI 54421 PH: 715-223-0534 Fax: 715-223-1114 E-Mail: RHA: 46 cows 25,956 1034F 806P BAA: 107.8%

Watch for Lilac’s son... by Tango at Select Sires +2652 GTPI +1788M +92F +49P +2.53T +2.11UDC +2.36FLC

FUSTEAD HOLSTEINS Tyler, Shannon, Sarah & Tanner Brian & Wendy Fust Adam & Jennifer, Aiden, Wausau, WI Bailey & Connor 715-842-5868/Ph; 715-848-0465/Fax

Matthiae Dairy Farms, Inc. A big thank you to all of the buyers at our complete dispersal!! Cattle went to NY, MI, MN, IL, IA, SD and WI. Good luck with all of your investments! L-L-M-Dairy Mogul Pier-ET

Thank you to Courtney Sales and the fitting crew for making our sale a first class event. Thank you, Matthiae Dairy Farms, Inc. Home of Matt-Dari Holsteins Maynard - Jason

David - Michael

4839 Martin Lane, Marathon, WI Ph: 715-443-2347 or Cell: 715-370-8556 E-mail:

VG-86 VG-85MS +2316 GTPI +40P +55F +1074M 2-00 2x 273 21,955 3.8 843 3.0 669 inc. ~ due August 24 to Kingboy ~ sired by Mogul from Procky VG-87 DOM She has daughters up to +2423G by Jacey. She also has a son at Select Sires, L-L-M-Dairy Pond Passat-ET, +2557G. Leon & Lyle Matthiae E916 Hwy. Q Ringle, WI 54471 715-297-8485 Leon 715-297-8483 Lyle Visitors always welcome 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 69

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Our new 450 cow freestall set-up built last summer. We started milking cows in the new parlor on October 8.

Introducing the 6th generation at Fustead Holsteins

Sarah (11/2) and the new addition baby brother Tanner Tyler, born 5-5-15 Aiden (6), Bailey (4) and Connor (2) Our version of the “Sandman Machine” hard at work!!

FUSTEAD HOLSTEINS Brian & Wendy Fust • Tyler & Shannon, Sarah & Tanner • Adam & Jennifer, Aiden, Bailey & Connor Wausau, WI 715-842-5868/Ph; 715-848-0465/Fax 70 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

Family & Fine Holsteins Straussdale Observ 1265 (VG-85) Holstein Locator List at +2140GTPI 2-03 365 28,554 3.6 1024 3.1 888 Observer x VG-86 DOM Shottle Supersire son sold to Germany

Her 2 daughters are due this summer! Laeschway Lexor Fuchsia +2348GTPI Yoder embryos sold to Germany Pregnancies by Yoder & Damaris

Laeschway Supersire Star +2322GTPI 2015 Gold Premium Award for SCC

*Prairie Farms highest quality award for under 200,000

2014 Progressive Genetics Herd Award 2013 Progressive Genetics Herd Award 2011 IHA Young Breeder Award Joshua, 19 is attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science & Software Engineering Rebecca, 17 will be a Senior this fall at Greenville High School Welcome to Illinois for the National Holstein Convention!

Laeschway Dairy

Steve and Emily Laesch Joshua and Rebecca 1357 IL Route 127, Greenville, IL Phone: 618-292-9020 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 71

Rock Solid Holsteins

Car-Mer Planet

Panda Bear EX-90 +2002GTPI

VG-85 Gold Chip Daughter & Daughters by Troy, Oak, Golden PP & Cash Coin

Watch our virtual tour at for more on our cow families!

6177 Rte. 84 North, Galena, IL 61036

Merlin Timmerman 815/777-0318 | Mike Hoppman 815/541-4618 | Neil Timmerman 815/777-0379 Email: 72 - 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION

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Henkeseen Secure Trudy VG-87

Henkeseen L Lipstick-Red EX-93 EX-MS

Henkeseen AD Riddle-Red EX-92 EX-MS

Henkeseen AD Rumor EX-93-2E EX-MS

Henkeseen L Ricotta-Red EX-92 EX-MS

Henkeseen Tequila Tonic VG-88 EX-MS

3-3 221 13,049 4.8 620 3.3 430 Inc Due in September to Kenmore Alchemy Trak-Red-ET Potential 8th generation EX back to the Hillary’s Secure x EX-90 Touchdown x EX-92 Litchblick

5-7 346 23,091 3.9 895 3.2 730 3rd WDE Futurity, 2010 & Res. All-Iowa Sr. 3, 2010 Advent x EX-92 Talent x EX-91 Rubens Daughters by Domain & Secure

3-4 365 25,351 4.5 1127 3.4 847 Res. Grand, Blue Ribbon Dairy Show Lighting x VG-88 Advent x EX-92 Talent Daughter by Barbwire, Due to California

5-4 365 25,552 3.7 951 3.2 805 All-Iowa Sr. 3 & Int. Champion 8th Generation EX back to the Roxy’s Daughters by Secure & Colt-P, Due to Defiant

6-2 365 28,880 3.8 1100 3.2 914 Advent x EX-92 Talent x EX-91 Rubens Daughters by ZDestiny & Contender

3-4 360 22,781 3.5 805 3.0 679 Contender x VG-88 Talent x EX-91 Rubens

We would like to invite everyone to attend the National R & W Convention Tour at our farm on Tuesday July 14th @ 10:30 am. Lunch will be served.

Cows & Bulls for sale at all times.

Trent Henkes Family Phone: 563-783-2479

1/15 BAA 111.1 27 EX 26 VG 4 GP 18467 165th St, Luana, IA 52156 2015 National Holstein Convention - 73

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902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 Phone (608) 356-2114 • Fax (608) 356-6312 1-800-223-4269 To Advertise: 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: Paula Bovre, President - Fond du Lac, 920-923-6991 Dan Cnossen, Vice President - Hatley, 715-302-1327 Kent Wendorf, Secretary - Viroqua, 608-689-2201 Todd Borgwardt, Executive Committee - Valders, 920-758-3133 Chad Ryan, Executive Committee - Fond du Lac, 920-960-1449 Bill Calvert - Cuba City, 608-759-2080 Craig Carncross - Lodi, 608-592-2560 Kevin Jorgensen - Waupun, 920-210-3992 Chris McCullough - Juda, 608-934-1425 Tracy Nelson - Ellsworth, 715-307-1804 Pam Selz-Pralle - Humbird, 715-334-3434 Marci Walker - WI Dells, 608-253-3003 NATIONAL DIRECTORS: Paul Buhr - 608-606-3480

Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294

Deep Pedigreed Cow Families Murphy

NATIONAL CONVENTION SALE CONSIGNMENT POTENTIAL 10TH GENERATION EX ROXY! 1st choice GoldChip sells from IVF sorted semen Pregnancies due September 1, 2015 Golden-Oaks Aftershock Charity EX-90 Charity is a 9th generation EX daughter of Golden-Oaks Champ Rae EX-93-3E Owned by Jackson Brammeier & Brady Heinzmann


Champ Rae



We would like to welcome you to the National Holstein Convention in Illinois!

Heinz-Hope Farm Heifers in the herd from these great cows!

Nelson & Bonnie Heinzmann - 618.226.2578 Aaron, Jenn, Lane, Brady & Samantha - 618.781.7994 2015 NATIONAL HOLSTEIN CONVENTION - 75

Elite GTPI Sires 7HO11351 SUPERSIRE New 7HO11314 MOGUL 7HO11279 MOONBOY New 7HO11477 MCCUTCHEN New 7HO10721 BOOKEM 7HO11123 WRIGHT New 7HO11207 PUNCH New 7HO10848 GRAFEETI 7HO11096 BENATAR New 7HO10849 SHAMROCK 7HO11103 MAGNUS 7HO11169 PETRONE

GTPI ® +2613 +2532 +2396 +2379 +2365 +2297 +2295 +2285 +2271 +2258 +2241 +2241

Large photo: Wcd-Zbw Supersir Lafemme-ET (GP-83), Oakfield Corners Dairy, Oakfield, N.Y., McCullough. Small photos (top to bottom): K-Star Moonboy Halleberi, Koester Dairy, Inc., Dakota, Ill. and Farnear-Tbr-Bh Georgia-ET, Innovative Holstein Genetics LLC, Chebanse, Ill.

Select Sires is the only place to turn for the most elite, proven TPI sires including the breed’s new No. 1, SUPERSIRE! These sires are proven leaders that transmit the total package and improve your herd’s performance. Call your Select Sires representative to place an order today!

All bulls except MOONBOY and PETRONE qualify for export to Canada. USDA-CDCB/HA Genomic Evaluation 04/15


The story of Dairyland in a single herd of Holsteins by John Gurda

“Lot 1 is Goldwyn Deidra. Every sale’s gotta have a Lot 1, and she's a beauty: seven generations excellent and fresh in January. Goldwyn’s got champions in her bloodline, folks. Who’ll give me $3,000?” Goldwyn Deidra was oblivious, of course. The 1,500-pound dairy cow, six years old and still a steady producer, was the first of more than 180 purebred Holsteins to parade through a makeshift sales ring in a machine shed south of Sparta. The shed was on Tyrone and Barb Johnson’s farm, 240 acres of cropland with a fringe of forest in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin. After a lifetime in dairying, Tyrone, at the age of 60, was leaving the business. For an entire week the cows had been treated with care usually reserved for beauty queens. They’d been clipped, washed, combed and then photographed, each with her front legs on a small riser to show off her lines. These bovine pinups filled a sales catalog that was widely circulated in the region. Cows who lacked full tail switches were even provided with bushy clip-ons for the camera. On the day of the sale, a raw Friday in early April, roughly 350 people converged on the Johnson farm. The north cornfield was filled with what must have been the largest gathering of pickup trucks in Monroe County, many of them pulling livestock trailers. These pilgrims, some traveling from 200 miles away, had obviously come to buy, and why not? Tyrone and Barb’s Holsteins were widely considered some of the best dairy animals in Wisconsin. And what was I doing there, a city kid whose closest contact with a cow is usually the milk in his morning cereal? Tyrone Johnson is my cousin. “Next up is Shottle Daphney. She’s got a straight back and a crackin’ good udder. She’s a factory, folks - 112 pounds of milk a day. Another one of them good Shottle daughters. She does more work in three hours than most of my buddies do in three days. Who wants to start?” My maternal grandfather, John Johnson (from Wisconsin, no less), emigrated as a boy from Norway to Coon Valley, a picturesque hamlet 15 miles southeast of La Crosse. His father, Torger, was a carpenter, but John Johnson became a farmer, writing the first chapter in a family story that mirrors the story of Wisconsin dairying over the last century. John owned a small general farm, covering just 80 acres on the ridge north of Coon Valley. He maintained a small dairy herd, chickens, pigs and the tobacco patch that was once obligatory in that region. My grandfather’s career ended in 1939, when he suffered a fatal skull fracture after slipping on a patch of barnyard ice. By the time John died, his third son, Laurence, was already established on his wife Julia’s home place a few miles south of Coon Valley. That gorgeous farm, straddling a spring-fed brook between two rocky bluffs, was a fixture of my childhood, and I continued to visit as an adult. Laurence owned a herd of about 25 Guernseys whose milk was collected in old-fashioned metal cans and cooled in a spring house. He shipped his Grade B output to the Coon Valley creamery, where it was turned into butter and cheese. Laurence’s son, Monroe, made the transition to the world of Holstein cattle, bulk coolers and Grade A (fluid) milk. In 1954, Monroe and his wife Beverly bought a 160-acre farm near Melvina, 25 winding miles northeast of Coon Valley, and developed a herd of about 50 cows - twice as many as his father. Most were “grade” cattle, without pedigrees or papers, but their son Tyrone took an early and active interest in genetics, an interest that

really blossomed during his college years, which he finished at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, of course. Year by year the herd’s bloodlines improved, and so did its output. By the time Tyrone took over the operation and moved to a farm of his own just up Highway 27, every cow was registered, and the herd grew to about 75 in the stalls. In three generations, the average Johnson herd increased from 25 to 50 to 75, the average farm size doubled and then tripled, machines took over many of the more arduous manual tasks, milk cans gave way to bulk coolers and management shifted from seat-of-the-pants to thoroughly scientific. That is precisely the evolution of the state’s dairy industry. As went the Johnsons, so went Wisconsin. “And here’s Advent Destiny. She’s all business and all pedigree. Ninety-six points and earned every one of ’em. Mark her pregnant to Atwood. Goldwyn’s her sire. She’s carrying a heifer calf, so here’s a twofor-one. What’ll you give, what’ll you give?” The Johnson family mirrors Wisconsin in one other particular. When they decided to sell their herd, Tyrone and Barb joined an exodus from the dairy business that has been underway for decades. In 1960, our state was the home of nearly 100,000 dairy farms and 2.2 million dairy cows. By 2015, the number of farms had nose-dived to fewer than 10,000, and the cattle census had dropped to 1.3 million. Even with those diminished numbers, the state’s milk output actually increased more than 50% during the same period - the result of better feed, better breeding and more scientific management. Dairy farmers are leaving despite the production gains, and who can blame them? When we city-dwellers drive out into the countryside, we gaze through rose-colored glasses at the neat fields, the orderly outbuildings and the cows grazing contentedly in their green pastures. What we fail to see is the work. The most skillful breeders have yet to develop a dairy cow that stops producing on weekends. Tyrone Johnson routinely put in 80 to 100 hours every week, and it’s been 15 years since he’s had a real vacation, even with a full-time hired hand. No one contributes to a farmer’s pension plan or pays his health insurance premiums, and the price of milk is as volatile as gasoline. “I’m at the place,” said Tyrone, “where I need to slow down a little bit.” With the herd in great shape and their son pursuing another career, he and Barb decided on what the industry calls a “complete dispersal.” By the time the auctioneer slammed down his gavel for the last time on that blustery April day - more than three hours after Goldwyn Deidra entered the ring as Lot 1 - the most tangible fruits of a lifetime of unremitting labor had passed into other hands, and in their place was a pot of nearly $600,000. With that conversion of cows to cash, the fourth generation of dairy farming in my family came to a bittersweet end. “Lot 121 is Atwood Paisley. Here’s a really nice heifer calf, folks. Sired by Atwood out of the great Shottle Desire. Who’ll start us off at $2,000? There’s a blue ribbon in this calf ’s future for sure.” When I asked Tyrone, a few weeks later, if he had any misgivings about the sale, he said, “Not really. It’s fun watching the good cows develop. You miss the good cows, but not the work.” I had noticed a few misty eyes continued on page 25

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Midwest National Spring Show

est. 1890

Wisconsin has a long history of strong shows throughout the state. One of the more recent additions to the Wisconsin show circuit is the annual Spring Show. In 1983, the Wisconsin Holstein board, prompted by a group of breeders led by Art Kuiper and Klaas Koopman, delegated a committee of members to look into hosting an additional show. The committee consisted of chairman Art Kuiper, Bob Schauf, Dick Easterson, Eugene Nelson, Dale Sabo, Rick Bovre, Roy Hetts, Bert Brown, Roger Martin and Larry Olson. The committee recommended hosting a spring show to give breeders a chance to show animals that may not be in prime condition for shows later in the year and thought an April show would be good timing, before farmers were in the fields. The first Wisconsin Spring Show was held in 1984 at the Dane County Expo Center in Madison, Wis. Judge David Houck placed 271 head before an estimated crowd of 700 spectators. The majority of exhibitors were from Wisconsin, but there also entries from Canada, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Oklahoma and Texas. Grand Champion at the 1984 show was Nandette TT Speckles-Red exhibited by Stookey Holsteins of Leesburg, Indiana. The Stookeys also exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion. The show has changed and evolved over the years, following trends in the industry. The initial show had three bull classes, three heifer classes and seven cow classes. In 1986 the Winter Yearling and Summer Yearling classes were added. In 1992, Holstein USA recognized the show as an official National Show and the name was changed to the Central National Show. The Unfresh 2-Year-Old and Dam and Offspring classes were also added. Junior exhibitors were recognized for the first time in 1993. To stay current with the national show rules, the Bred and Owned Champion, Intermediate Champion and Junior and Senior Champions of the Junior Show were added in 1995. Another name change occurred in 1997 when the show became the Midwest National Spring Show and the 125,000 lb. Cow class was added. With the growing trend of Red and White Holsteins, the Wisconsin R&W Association began hosting their own spring show in coordination with the WHA show in 2004, with show day being the day prior. This show has been a great addition to the week’s events and the overall quality has continued to grow over the last decade. One other addition to the weekend’s events was the Wisconsin Holstein Treasure Quest in 2006. The finalist tickets are drawn after each class, with the final selections being made immediately following the naming of Intermediate Champion. The Treasure Quest has been well supported over the year with proceeds going towards the annual summer picnic. The show has rotated between being held at the expo grounds in Madison and the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. While show numbers have

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been consistently between 175 and 225 head over the last twenty years, the late 1980s shows were often over 300 head with the 1990 show having the peak of 368 head. This year’s show moved back to the Alliant Energy Center grounds in Madison. With construction complete on the new show pavilions, the WHA board felt strongly about moving the show back to Madison and utilizing the state-of-the-art facilities there. Feelings from the exhibitors were very positive after this year’s show and there is plenty of room for the growth in the future.

Spring Show history 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

# head shown 271 249 320 344 320 313 368 248 279 318 264 299 272 222 227 193 225 183 244 258 181 214 201 176 184 194 226 196 185 211 207 174

Grand Champion Nandette TT Speckle-Red Budjon Roburke Crusader D-R-A August J-Lean Ramon Tanya C Harcliff Vibration Hannah C Towervue Legend Debbie C Towervue Legend Debbie Snow-N Denises Dellia C Sprucecho Astro Katherine C Carvale Roland Tracy C Tovmill Astro Carol C Tovmill Astro Carol Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET Maple-Flat Ares Rosie Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET Quality-Ridge Major Erica Vital-I Lincoln Bonnie Vandyk-K Integrity Paradise Carlow Leader 174 Hacken James Emily Budjon Redmarker Desire Budjon-JK Linjet Eileen Bulrush Jed Kallie Rhineland Durham Amy-ET La-Par 1593 Gin 1824 Quen-View Lee Candi Rolling-Spring G Escence-ET Dubeau Dundee Hezbollah Milksource Goldwyn Africa-ET Eastriver Gold Deb 850-ET Robrook Goldwyn Cameron Milksource Goldwyn Africa-ET

Past National Directors from Wisconsin est. 1890

1903-1907 1907-1911 1911-1915 1918-1930 1919-1935 1921-1922 1948 1930-1932 1932-1941

The Wisconsin Holstein Association has a rich tradition of strong leaders, both in our state and nationally. We caught up with some of our past National Directors about their experience on the Holstein USA board and their thoughts on the dairy industry.

W. J. Gillett S. B. Jones John G. Voss Fred Pabst R. J. Schaefer John Kelley G. Howard Clapp J. P. Riordan Fred J. Southcott

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W. L. Baird H. F. Schroeder John Wuethrich Harvey A. Nelson Elsmer Berg Gene Nelson Allen Hetts Elroy Borgwardt John Selz

1. During your time on the Holstein Association USA board of directors, what was the hot topic(s) of the association? Linda Hodorff: Domestic: 1.Updating Holstein requirements to accommodate herd management trends while maintaining the integrity of Holstein processes: a. Approved official ear tags as an option for Holstein ID b. Expanded classification options to fit all herd sizes 2. Working with breed associations & industry partners to benefit producers through the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. a. Providing leadership through CDCB to continue USDA funding b. Regular meetings with AI companies to coordinate SET program c. Developed Tri-Star in-part to address new DHI open disclosure rules 3. Association Governance a. implemented regional and at-large director concept to allow wider participation from across the country, b. empower Governance committee to review delegate distribution and recommend changes at least every 5 years International: 1. Developed the 100% RHA designation system to accommodate sharing worldwide pedigree data while maintaining integrity of US pedigree data 2. Holstein USA classification staff took leadership roles in worldwide type harmonization Elmo Wendorf Jr.: We had several hot topics, including selling of the building that Holstein had built several years before to a local college. The resignation of CEO Steve Kerr, who predicted that we would be bankrupt by 2010. Then going through the hiring process of a new CEO which resulted in the hiring of John Meyer, which has been very successful. 9/11 had a major effect on our 2002 National Convention for the state of New Jersey, because we could still not fly into Atlantic City and had to fly into Philadelphia and be bused to Atlantic City due to security at airports. Ethics policies at national shows were created, led by World Dairy Expo, and Holstein was the first breed association to support WDE with financial support to study ethics, and create what we have at all national shows. The first female President was elected during my time on the board. Robert Nigh Jr.: Genomics, Milk Price Stabilization, Judges lists and the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding’s Dairy Data Alliance were all hot topics. The later was especially time consuming and challenging on so many levels. Yet, I believe the Holstein Association was the first to sign agreements. I only wished I could have finished the project, but I had great confidence in the board to get it done. 2. Do you have a favorite memory from serving on the board or attending National Conventions? Linda Hodorff: Following election to the board at the 1994 Convention

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in Seattle, national president John Selz provided a professional and thought provoking orientation to the new board members. Better Cows Make More Money – I was proud the staff developed marketing materials to address this topic. I enjoyed an international trip to meet with German and Dutch Holstein Associations negotiating what evolved to the 100% RHA labeling system. I traveled with fellow board members: John Cope, Marlin Hoff and Sherm Polinder. Elmo Wendorf Jr.: My favorite memories include the friendships I developed with directors and staff and visiting different styles of dairies of the individual directors as we would go to meetings around the country. I enjoyed meeting hundreds of delegates and Association members around our state and country as we attended regional meetings, board meetings and shows. I also got to meet many individual international guests at National Conventions and international shows where I did presentations and judged shows. Robert Nigh Jr.: My favorite memory is really South Dakota when I was first elected. I enjoyed the process and my family was their to enjoy it with me. Afterwards, we went to Mount Rushmore and stayed in a cramped 1800s vintage hotel. Interesting! I also had the opportunity to ride home with my oldest son driving. He was seventeen at the time and driving 75 mph in deer crossing areas. White knuckles? 3. What value do you see in maintaining a membership or involvement with Holstein USA and the WI Holstein Association? Linda Hodorff: As dairy producers we need to challenge ourselves to constantly examine our management practices and breeding goals to improve overall production efficiency of the dairy cow that produces one of the world’s most important food products. Youth involvement in Holstein programs teaches individual cow care (necessary for herd management in every herd size) and exposes young people to dairy industry knowledge. Elmo Wendorf Jr.: Our Associations, both state and national, are very personal since we all have the same basic believes and causes. It’s like taking the kid out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the kid. We love cows and the people who work with them. There are those who love show cows or love managing a high BAA herd or managing 1000 cow dairies or 30,000 pound herd averages but it still comes down to the same basic beliefs. Our lives would not be the same without cows, and those who work with them. Robert Nigh Jr.: To me, there will always be value in being involved and being a member. Our industry has so many great people to meet and learn from. My involvement has provided me countless opportunities to get to know people all across the country and a few from other countries as well. This business is about cows, but it is the people who really do make it a special experience. Many have been so supportive and encouraging, I hope I can carry that tradition forward. We have lost so many great leaders (someone once called them the Godfathers); when my turn comes, I hope I can live up to their standards.

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National Holstein Conventions in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has hosted the National Holstein Convention eight times since 1918, with the most recent event held in “The Dairy State in 2008.” From the WHA History book…


Milwaukee was the site of the 33rd Annual Convention of the National Holstein Association, and this was the first time it was held in “America’s Dairyland.” In this year, the Association operated under the proxy system, and the issue at hand was a proposal to make the salaried officers appointive by the Board, rather than the elective, with the accompanying political connotations. The proposal was defeated, but approved at the next year’s convention without contest. The National Sale was conducted by H.A. Moyer and averaged $2,433. Carnation King Sylvia was the top selling animal, commanding a final bid of $106,000.

Baird and Darcey were coordinators for the National Convention Sale, with auctioneering done by Harvey Swartz. The sale averaged $1,321.57 on 73 head, with the top seller, Zeldenrust Proud Mistress, consigned by Ray Bottema, selling for $9,150.


Milwaukee and the Sheraton-Shroeder Hotel were host of the 83rd Annual Convention, held June 24-27. New registration and transfer fees were established, setting a distinct difference in fees for members and non-members. Almost 900 people attended the banquet and heard greetings from Wisconsin’s Governor Knowles. Again, the Wisconsin Championship Show was held as a part of the convention festivities – this time at the Dane County Arena, Madison. Judge Wally Knapp tapped Vernon Schultz’s milking three-year-old cow, Lake Aire Dora Crisscross, as Grand Champion. The “Sale of the Century” averaged $2,802 on 59 head.



The 43rd Annual Convention of the Holstein Association was held on June 5 and 6 at the brand new Hotel Schroeder, Milwaukee. President Frank O. Lowden, former Governor of Illinois, presided over the 171 delegates from 46 states at the meeting. This was the largest number of states represented until that time. At this convention, the Board of Directors authorized paying $30,000 for the office building at Brattleboro, VT, which had previously been leased for $6,300 per year. A proposal to set up more drastic regulations for males that would refuse registration to any carrying the color black below the fetlocks or detached black below the knee or hock joints was defeated. The 9th Cooperative National Sale was held at Wisconsin State Fair Park and averaged $555.69 on 74 head. Nineteen bulls were sold and averaged just over $1,000.


The 47th Holstein Association of America convention returned to Wisconsin in 1932, in order to allow convention attendees to inspect the new Advanced Registry Department facility in Madison. The convention headquarters was the Loraine Hotel, Madison. The “Great Depression” showed its effect at this convention, as the convention body voted to decrease registration and transfer fees with a moratorium on the penalty fees for registering females for the balance of the year. Showing the signs of the times, the National Sale averaged $127.67. The high selling animal was a bull at $600 – Carnation Inka Prince. The highest selling female was a nine-year-old cow that sold for $260.


The Wisconsin Holstein Association celebrated its 50th anniversary and again hosted the national convention at Hotel Schroeder in Milwaukee. As part of the special activities planned for the ladies at convention, a visit was made to the Milwaukee airport where the ladies were treated to the thrill of watching the arrival of a passenger plane from Detroit. A ticket to the convention banquet could be purchased for $1.75, and there were no speeches at the banquet. The “Royal Brentwood” National Convention Sale, managed by Paul B. Misner, boasted an average of 93 head at $349.35.


For the fifth time, Wisconsin was the site of the National Holstein Convention, and again utilized the Hotel Schroeder in Milwaukee as convention headquarters. A resolution instructing the Association to maintain a file of known carriers for undesirable recessive factors was tabled for one year for further study. The Michigan delegation called for a study of brood cow recognition, with a report to be made at the 1957 convention. This was adopted and eventually led to the Gold Medal Dam recognition program. The first Wisconsin Championship Show was held as a part of the convention activities. Merle Howard served as the judge for the show and Plain View Inga was named Grand Champion Female. 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

As the slogan for the 101st National Holstein Convention stated, it “Set the Pace” for the second century of the Holstein industry in the United States. The convention was held June 29-July 2 in Milwaukee, with the Hyatt Regency Hotel serving as headquarters. Chief Executive Officer of the Holstein Association, Zane Akins, reported the Association listed 44,278 adult and 9,242 members as of December 31, 1985. Membership and transfer fees were dealt with, and a resolution was passed asking the Genetic Advancement Committee to find ways to show the maternal influence and contributions in cow indexes, as was a resolution asking for Gold Medal Dam recognition to be based on actual accomplishments of the cow and her progeny rather than on progeny indexes. Sale managers Tom Morris and Jim Hoskens conducted the Century II Sale that averaged $9,879 on 130 lots. A crowd of an estimated 1,500 attended the sale at State Fair Park, with the Brewer Syndicate, New Richmond, paying the top price of the sale of $76,000 for the first choice

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The Dairy State was the place to be as Wisconsin held the longawaited 123rd National Holstein Convention at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells June 23-26. The convention would be long remembered for the great family atmosphere, great Holsteins, and good fun for the 1,500 registered attendees and the estimated 2,000 that attended the memorable National Sale held at Heatherstone Enterprises. As part of the National Convention, Larry Schultz completed a painting titled “Ladies of Wisconsin” that featured 14 of Wisconsin’s finest cows. Prints were sold throughout convention, with the original oil painting, #1 giclee and Artist’s Proof auctioned at the National Convention Sale. Proceeds from the sale of this original piece and its prints were shared between the Holstein Foundation and Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. At the annual meeting, two bylaw amendment proposals were presented – the first, presented by President Doug Maddox, would allow more members the opportunity to serve as delegates by counting years delegates are elected, whether or not they served, toward their three consecutive years of eligibility and increasing from one to two years the time period before they are again eligible to be elected. It also increased the time period to withdraw from nomination. The second bylaw proposal, not supported by the board, attempted to restrict AI organizations from changing the common names of their sires.

The first Futures sale was held at a National Convention – the Wisconsin Nationals Futures Sale was a power point sale held at the Kalahari and made the list of Holstein World’s high-averaging consignment sales in 2008, with 39 lots averaging $10,403. The live sale was held at Heatherstone Enterprises in Baraboo, WI, where 86 lots averaged $12,785. High seller was Duchess Advent Divine-Red-ET, VG-87 EX-MS, a three-year-old Advent from the Dellia cow family that was nominated All-American Red and White Senior Two-Year-Old in 2007 and had brothers in AI. She sold with eight #1 embryos by Deuce, Redliner, and Debonair. Consigned by Rick Frozene and John Steinhoff, Divine was purchased for $62,000 by Brooks Buchholz and Rick and Linda Frozene of Westfield, WI. Tom Morris, Ltd. Managed both the Futures and live sales. The summer of 2008 will long be remembered for things other than the convention, including the flood that came just days before visitors were scheduled to arrive in Wisconsin. With roads closed and some bridges out, Wisconsin Holstein and its volunteers and members were still able to hold an outstanding event.

FROM THE FIELD By Sarah Trapp, Holstein USA Regional Field Rep Well, I hope everyone is reaping the benefits of a beautiful Spring. It is great to see cows out on green pastures and busy tractors in the fields. Wisconsin now has three regional representatives for the state; here is the breakdown of who is where: Chris Lyons will cover the 27 southeast counties, including: Adams, Calumet, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Waushara, and Winnebago. Mandi Ramsburg, who just moved to Wisconsin, is covering the following northeast 18 counties: Brown, Door, Florence, Forest, Kewanee, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Portage, Shawano, Villas, Waupaca, and Wood. I will now be covering the 27 northwest counties, including: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Crawford, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Price, Richland, Rusk, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Trempeauleau, Vernon, and Washburn. As always, we are on the roads and stopping at your farms. But if you need one of us to stop by feel free to give us a call, Chris Lyons at 920.723. 2406, Mandi Ramsburg at 920.530.5023, or me, at 608.628.1978.

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SALE REPORTS Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity Sale March 21, 2015

The Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders had an outstanding day on March 21 with great weather and a sale average of $2435 on 40 lots of calves and two picks of flushes. 14 lots sold for $3000 or higher. Bidding was fast and competitve to the very end of the sale. Topping the sale at $7000 was lot 2, a September 2014 Doorman consigned by Mike and Julie Duckett. She was purchased by Kennedy and Noah Bilz, Dorchester, Wis. Second high seller at $3700 was lot 20, a spring yearling Acme consigned by Hailey Jauquet and Megan Moede. She was purchased by LaVerne Lepak, Custer, Wis. A semen auction was held at the start of sale and netted $1357 for the Waupaca-Waushara Junior Holstein members. Thanks to all that donated semen as well as consignors and buyers of all the calves.

Top Seller pictured from left: Tom Anderson, sale chairman, Jim Hoskens, pedigrees, Darrell Worden, auctioneer, Marcus DeYoung and Noah Bilz, Dorchester, buyer

Calf Scholarship winner Caleb Hamm used his calf scholarship to purchase lot 28, Ms Amandas Overtime Alas-ET.

Calf Scholarship winner Ethan Riley used his calf scholarship to purchase lot 1, Sandy-Valley Candy Cake-ET.

Apple Mania - March 20, 2015

A once in a lifetime cow, KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET EX-96 3E 6* DOM, was the focus of Apple Mania held on March 20, 2015 at the Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac, Wis. While much can be written about the accomplishments of the one of a kind Apple, it was her tremendous transmitting ability on both sides of the pedigree that was very evident in the awesome Apple Mania lineup! Hosted by the Apple Partners, the sale featured many Apple offspring as well as several daughters of her many high type sons. The 92 lots averaged $6,717 with buyers coming from 14 states, Quebec, British Columbia and Germany. Mike Deaver, one of the Apple partners, opened the sale with a 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

tribute to Apple and the many people involved in her development over the years. The group is looking forward to Apple calving in April 2015 and continuing to add to her long list of laurels and influence on the breed! Commanding the top price of the day at $50,500 was the Apple clone, KHW Regmnt Apple A2-Red-ETN EX-91. Apple A2 was the winner of the Red & White Futurity at the 2014 World Dairy Expo and sold due in June with a Blondin Integral-ET *RC heifer calf. Watch for her at the fall shows under the masthead of Frank & Carol Borba, Frank & Diane Borba and GenoSource, Modesto, CA. The silky black October 2014 Apples Absolute-Red-ET daughter of three-time All-American, Butz Butler Gold Barbara-ET EX-92, was a favorite of many. Consigned by Kueffner, Iager, River Valley and St. Jacobs, Boonsboro, MD, Gold Barbara Burgundy-ET *RC was purchased by Glaz-Way Enterprises, Oakdale, CA for $20,700. Another Absolute daughter, Budjon-JK Abslt Endorse-ET *RC was the selection of Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, IL for $18,700. This well-balanced, deep ribbed daughter of Rolling-Spring G Escence-ET was consigned by Budjon Farms and Joel Kietzman, Lomira, Wis. Craig Pyhtila, Ithaca, NY selected Ms Glamours Destini-Red-ET for $16,200. This EX-91 EX-MS Destry daughter from Ms Apples GlamourRed-ET VG-88 EX-MS was consigned by Mike Deaver and Blue Chip Genetics, Edgerton, Wis. Destini was sixth Senior 3-Year-Old at the 2014 International Red & White Show and sold due this summer to Blondin Integral-ET *RC. Also making her home in New York is the stunning winter calf, Apple C Raspberry-Red-ET. This December 2014 Redburst was consigned by Mike Deaver, Dymentholm and Unique Holsteins, Edgerton, Wis. Her dam is another of the Apple clones, KHW Regiment Apple C-Red-ETN VG-89-3Y-CAN, who was Reserve Grand at the Red & White Supreme Dairy Show in 2014 and HM Intermediate Champion at the Royal Winter Fair Red & White Show 2014. Jim Ward, Vestal, NY placed the final bid of $16,000 to own Raspberry-Red. The cross of Atwood and Apple provided a beautiful group of fall calves. Next high on the buyers list was Ms Apple Arriella-ET *RC who is the fifth highest PTAT heifer in the U.S. under 24 months (12/14) with a PTAT +3.76. This stylish Atwood consigned by the Apple Partners sold to Ben & Joy Zimmerman, Wooster, OH for $15,200. All buyers at Apple Mania were eligible to win Apple embryos at the conclusion of the sale. John & Tineke Boschma, Colby, Wis., were the lucky winners in this drawing. The Apple Mania sales team included Chris Hill and Tim Abbott in the sale box with Scott Culbertson, Tom DeGroot, Bob Griggs, Lynn Harbaugh, Perry Phend, Kevin Jorgensen, Michael Heath, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre working the large crowd. Brandon Ferry, Bob Sabo and Jeff Brown handled the presentation of the cattle in the ring. Preparing the cattle for the sale were Kyle Knaup, Travis Krohlow, Ryan Lauber, Kyle Natzke, Garrett Schmidt, Cody Schultz and Nicholas Schuster. Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc. managed the sale.

Quest for Success II - March 27, 2015

The second edition of the Quest for Success proved to be just as exciting as the first! Held on March 27, 2015 at Bella-View Holsteins, Marion, Wis., the sale was hosted by the Harbaughs of Bella-View Holsteins and the Ryan family of Ryan-Vu Holsteins, Fond du Lac, Wis. The impressive, hand selected lineup offered a diverse group of deep pedigreed individuals selected with the buyers success in mind. A large crowd was on hand and bid actively along with the many phone bids carried by the hard working sale staff. Two genomic offerings landed at the top of the price list when the day was complete. L-L-M Dairy, Ringle, Wis., consigned a +2589 GTPI Troy heifer from an exciting VG Supersire who is generating a great deal of contract interest. The next dam is the heavily contacted Jet Stream Procky VG-87 DOM. Select Sires, Inc., Plain City, OH, placed the final bid of $37,500 to own L-L-M-Dairy Troy Precision. Commanding a final bid of $32,000 from Brian & Wendy Fust, Wausau, Wis., was the consignment of Synergy Dairy LLC, Pulaski, Wis. Synergy Tango Petrisse is +2534 GTPI with PTA +1862M +69F +57P. This July 2014 Tango is a daughter of the number one Alan daughter in the world, Synergy Alan Poker VG-87 with 37,610 4.2 1588 3.4 1272 at 1-11.

The red & white consignments generated a good deal of interest with the third and fourth high sellers coming from this group. Lake-Prairie Alison-Red-ET VG-88 sold fresh and ready to take on the Senior 3-YearOld class. This three-time All-American nominee sold to Levi Banowetz and Chase Warren, Burlington, Wis., for $25,500. Consigned by Marvin & Joe Schluter, Gifford, Ill., this Advent had a daughter nominated All-American in 2014 as well. Her dam is the EX-94 2E, Budjon Rubens Annette *RC, who has claimed several blue ribbons over the years. The unanimous All-American Spring Yearling for 2014 sold to Milk Source LLC, Kaukauna, Wis., for $25,000. Morrill Heztry Clover-Red is sired by the popular Destry son, Heztry, and sold due early June with a heifer calf by Mr Apples Armani-ET *RC. Clover was consigned by Hammertime Holsteins, Kimballs, Conroy and Allyndale, Poynette, Wis. While there were several show prospects that generated a great deal of interest, it was the winter yearling offered by Siemers Holsteins, Newton, Wis., and the fall yearling consigned by Ryan-Vu, Hill & Finke, Fond du Lac, Wis., that sold for $23,000 each. Siemers Wood Ashlynn-ET was the selection of Noah Bilz, Dorchester, Wis. The Reserve Calf Champion at the 2014 Wisconsin Junior State Fair, this Pine-Shelter Clay Wood-ET heifer is an own daughter of the All-Time All-American, Tri-Day AshlynET EX-96 2E GMD DOM. Ryan-Vu Chip Claudette-ET was nominated All-American Fall Heifer Calf in 2014 and looks the part to be a contender in 2015. Backed by three Excellent dams, this big Gold Chip daughter sold to Joshua & Joseph Opsal, Blue Mounds, Wis. At day’s end, the 100 lots offered averaged $8,406 with cattle going to 13 states along with Quebec, Ontario and Mexico. The cattle were expertly prepared for the sale by the crew of Jason Danhof, Garrett Schmidt, Travis Krohlow, Pat Heeren and Dan DeWitt. Presenting the cattle in the ring were Mandi Bue, Jen Hill, Christy Oemichen, Katie Olson, Brandon Ferry and Bob Sabo. Chris Hill sold the sale with Norman Nabholz providing the pedigree commentary. The sale staff included Brian Behnke, Steve Berland, Jamie Black, Eddie Bue, Pat Conroy, Tom Cull, Michael Heath, Jay Jauquet, Kevin Jorgensen, George Morasci, Perry Phend, Lloyd Simon Reid Stransky, Paul Trapp, Robert Yeoman, Lynn Harbaugh, Chad Ryan and Rick Bovre. The sale was clerked by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.

The Story of Dairyland - continued from page 19 when the last cows entered the auction ring, but there was nothing tragic about the sale. I was especially impressed by the number of younger farmers in attendance. Tyrone’s cows are now improving many of their herds, and the prices his cattle commanded were heartening. “You hear a lot of doom and gloom in this business,” said a Grant County dairyman I met, “but with a sale like this, everyone feels good. You come away knowing there’s something in it.” Although a melancholy presence hovers in the air of every empty barn, Tyrone and Barb Johnson’s decision to leave the dairy business doesn’t mean they’ve left farming. In fact, there were 65 Angus steers in their cowyard a week after the sale, and they’ll continue to raise cash crops on their 240 acres. But beef cattle require infinitely less attention than dairy cows. “Twenty minutes a day,” said Tyrone, “and you’re done.” A summer trip to Colorado is in the works. And a fifth generation is in the wings. Tyrone and Barb’s daughter, Ashley, married another dairy farmer, Zach Hemmersbach, and they milk cows with his father on nearby St. Mary’s Ridge - organically, no less. A story started by John Johnson in the early 20th century continues in the 21st. Even though I make my living in the city, the story is also mine, both as a Johnson and as a citizen of this state. As I drove back to Milwaukee with hay on my jeans and manure on my shoes, I knew I had witnessed something purely and elementally Wisconsin. Bittersweet it may have been, but my cousin’s sale took me to a place where the Johnsons have always been - at home in the heart of Dairyland.

2015 WHA Treasure Quest Winners Grand Prize: Brian Steidinger, Marathon, who selected Ms Hy-Ry Atwood AmbrosioET, entered by Chad & Mark Ryan and Al, Mary & Stephanie White, Fond du Lac Other drawing winners and their TQ “Tub” Sponsors:

World Dairy Expo Bucket - Dan Cnossen Holstein World Bucket - Reese Burdette Supreme Awards Bucket - Chase Oehmichen Accelerated Genetics Bucket - Christopher Gunst Wisconsin Holstein Bucket - Chase & Willow Oehmichen Hoard’s Dairyman Bucket - Allison Gernicke Initial Design Bucket - Paige, Hannah, Mitchell & Levi Nelson Identity Works Bucket - Kent Wendorf Apple Vue Bucket - Stephanie White NASCO Bucket - The Hetts Family Hi-Lo-Valley Holsteins Bucket - Rachel & Mac McCullough

Wisconsin Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Plans Judging Conference

The Wisconsin Purebred Dairy Cattle Association will conduct its Dairy Cattle Judging Conference on Saturday July 18, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fond du Lac Fair grounds, Fond du Lac, Wis. The conference leader will be Roger Turner, Sun Prairie, Wis., who has experience judging shows across the U.S. and abroad. This year’s conference will emphasize the new showmanship scorecard and proper oral reasons. To be a certified PDCA judge, placing shows from local to National levels, individulas should attend a conference on a regular basis. Judges who DEMONSTRATE APPROPRIATE SKILL LEVELS AT THE CONFERENCE are listed as PDCA RECOMMENDED with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. WDATCP maintains a listing of registered county fair judges. For more information please visit: The registration fee is $25.00. Youth groups are encouraged to attend at a reduced rate of $10.00 per person. Reservations are appreciated by July 1, 2015. If you have a neighbor, friend, relative, or other interested individuals in becoming a certified dairy cattle judge, please invite them. For more information contact Rick Bovre 920-923-6991, Mandy Sell 920-253-8773, or Ray Kuehl 608-712-5081.

John Gurda, a Milwaukee historian, writes for the Crossroads section on the first Sunday of each month ( Reprinted with permision. Originally published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-25

r i T p m r F a r o i n u J 2015 Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc. Heatherstone Enterprises, Inc., is owned and operated by the Mike and Valerie Holschbach family. The farm is no stranger to Holstein enthusiasts, as they have a beautiful herd of cows and hosted the National Holstein Convention Sale in 2008. The herd of 125 cows has a RHA of 30,338 pounds of milk, with 4.15% 1260 fat and 3.19% 968 protein. The Holschbachs breed for high type and are also focusing on production. Among the many great cows is Pineylawn Jasper Bethany, EX-94, the recently named 2014 Star of the Breed from Holstein USA. Other highlights from the herd include Golden Girl, VG-88, who was the Reserve AllAmerican Fall Yearling in Milk in 2014, Contender Whitney-Red, EX-93 and a two-time Reserve All-American Red and White in milking form, and many others. Among the young cows, we saw daughters of Atwood, Shamrock, and early Brokaws. The Holschbach family is using bulls including Atwood, Sid, Gold Chip, Armani, Doorman, Corvette and Kingboy. The calves are weaned at eight weeks of age and the heifers are freestall adapted. While on the tour, we saw a sister of Heatherstone Red Hot-Red, who was the first spring calf at the International Red and White Show. Red Hot is owned by Westcoast Holsteins of British Columbia. On behalf of the youth on the junior trip, we would like to thank the Mike and Valerie Holschbach family for allowing us to visit Heatherstone!

Hardwood Holsteins Our second stop was Hardwood Holsteins owned by Chuck Jinkins. Our tour started with Chuck telling us about his farm. He has a 80 cow tie-stall barn and is milking a full barn and a few extra. He has about 225 head with youngstock on his farm. In the summer months his cows are pastured at night and in the winter cows are let out for around two hours

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of exercise with weather permitting. He sold over 100 embryos across the world from his Outside Butterfly cow, whom he had much success from. Some other cows that have helped develop his tremendous herd are Mark Breanna and Mandi just to name a few. A few sires Chuck has used over the years are: Durham, Fever, Shottle, Sid, Talent, and Windbrook. He has recently been using more of Atwood, Guthrie, Braxton, Dempsey, Acme, and Hero as well. Chuck said that he has not focused on genomics, but said he is aware that he may have to make adjustments to conform to today’s industry. Chuck has an “Excellent” herd of cows, which he is very proud of, as he should be. If we could have, we all would have left with holes in our pockets! Thank you Mr. Chuck Jinkins for letting us tour your farm and see your beautiful herd Nobland Farms The third tour of the day was at Nobland Holsteins, owned by Troy and Jaime Noble and their son and two daughters. They, along with his parents Dennis and Rita, milk approximately 165 Registered Holsteins and have additional beef animals on their operation. The cows are milked in a 60 cow tie-stall barn, but are housed in two separate freestall barns. The family raises all of the animals born on the farm, including steers, making the total head count on the farm around 850 animals at this time. The farm runs around 1,000 acres with 300-400 acres of rented land. The Noble family does all of the field work and has two employees who help with the work around the operation. The herd has approximately a 25,000 pound rolling herd average and milks their herd twice a day. The breeding focus is placed many on type traits for their cattle. The farm has been using a variety of different young sires lately, as well as Barbwire and Doorman. They house their 55 calves in a calf barn. All of the animals are bedded either with a cornstalk based bedding or with sand. Mr. Noble said that someday the farm may add a parlor, depending on the need and convenience at the time of the decision.

Stone Front Farm On our fourth stop we visited Stone-Front Farms, owned by Andy and Lyn Buttles and their daughters Christina and Kayla. They also have help from around 25 employees, some of which stay in apartments that are located on the farm. We had the pleasure of viewing their new milking facilities with state-of-the-art technology. They built a new herringbone parlor that accommodates their bigger cows. With this parlor they are able to milk 700 Holstein, Jersey, and Brown Swiss cows in five hours. The milk is cooled using a plate cooler before it goes into the tanker, and they ship about one semi a day. When complete, the barn will have offices, lunch areas, and even a viewing area that is reached by a winding staircase. After touring the milking facilities we were able to walk through the new post-fresh facility, which is joined to the holding pens. In this new area they put an emphasis on ventilation, having cross ventilation and the option of putting in a sprinkler system later if need be. We moved to the freestall barn to see all of the cows. Most recently they had 18 heifers born in two days, which Andy explained went very smoothly with all of their great helpers. Andy tells us that they focus on high type and udder composite

when he is selecting bulls. Some bulls that he currently likes to use include Doorman, Kingboy, and Goldust. He states that he likes raising cows that will last 8-10 years. We were also able to see some descendants of StoneFront Iron Pasta.

milk components. The Voigts are breeding and developing much of their genetics through three major cow families. They have developed an outstanding herd with over 20 Excellent cows. They use IVF to expand their superior genetics. Some of their most used bulls include Armani, Redman, Dusk, Deuce, Mark and Blackstar. In addition, their Ellen family has put three bulls into stud. The Voigts have a McCutchen heifer that will be selling in the WI Showcase Sale in May.

Moorclose Holsteins Bill and Kelle Calvert own and operate Moorclose, with the help of their three children Madison, McKenzie, and Payton. Moorclose was given it’s name after finding out the Calvert’s English ancestors were from Moorclose, England. Currently they milk around 85 cows two times a day. About 23 or 24 of the cows are classified Excellent. At Moorclose they have a rolling herd average of 26,000 pounds milk, with a BAA of 109.7%. The Calverts operate 425 acres. Only about one-third of the crops are used to feed to the herd and the rest are cash crops. Most of their planting and harvesting is custom done or machinery is rented to do field work, as Bill would rather invest in cattle than machinery. Currently Doorman, Kingboy, Armani, and a few other bulls are being used. They choose to use proven bulls out of well-known producing cow families and breed for longevity and production. The Calverts have a number of animals out of key cow families; they have a granddaughter out of Pasta, granddaughters out of Durham Altitude, a great-granddaughter out of Ashlyn, granddaughters out of Marleen, and their homebred Linjet Whitney family. Kelle cares for the calves. All the calves, including bulls, are raised to weaning. They feed each of their wet calves three quarts of pasteurized milk two times a day. They also get a 23 percent starter to promote growth. At eight weeks when calves are weaned they are given hay and 18 percent feed up to one year of age. We concluded our tour with eating delicious brownies one of the girls made and talking about Badger basketball.

Voigtscrest Holsteins Voigtscrest Holsteins is owned and operated by Larry and Kim Voigts, along with their three sons Logan, Matt and Adam, and daughter Carrie. Their barn was built in 1983 and currently holds 63 cows, while the farm is a total of 230 acres. The Voigts milk 67 cows twice a day, and their rolling herd average is 23,800 pounds of milk. Their main breeding focus is on wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-27


WI Holstein National DJM and YDJM Spotlight Below are the 2015 national candidates from Wisconsin that submitted materials for Holstein USA’s National youth contests, in addition to a response of one personal view question they were asked on the state application. Good luck to those advancing to the National contest!

Dawson Nickels - National YDJM

Dawson Nickels is the son of Thomas and Penni Nickels of Watertown. He is currently a sophomore at Watertown Public High School where he is involved in the Watertown FFA Chapter serving as the Secretary. He is also a member in the National Technical Honors Society and is a high honor student. Dawson is involved in the Richwood Rangers 4-H Club and is very active in the Dodge County Junior Holstein Association. He participates in dairy judging, dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy. Dawson enjoys exhibiting his animals at shows, and he and sister Kylie are beginning their herd of show cattle under the Dreamfix Holsteins prefix. Ensuring consumer confidence in humane animal treatment is very important. What have you done, or do you plan to do, to help educate the public? The public, especially the younger generation, relies on social media for entertainment and knowledge. With a great increase of usage on social media, we as dairy farmers must do our part to teach the public through positive posts, sharing relative information, and confidently commenting on social media statuses to arouse the public’s interest. The internet, let alone social media, will not dissipate in the future, and those passionate about the dairy industry must do all that is possible to share the practices the dairy farmer takes to ensure animal health and success. My plans in the future are not just to educate the public about the extreme care and health protocols used on the Holstein population, but I also plan to educate farmers arming them with the power of social media and communication skills by providing helpful and useful workshops.

Rachel McCullough - National YDJM

Rachel McCullough is the 15-year-old daughter of Chris and Kathie McCullough from Juda. She also has a brother, Mac. Rachel is in ninth grade at Juda Public School, a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club, Juda FFA and Green County Junior Holsteins. She enjoys showing at county, district, state and national shows. In her spare time, Rachel likes to go to shows and sales with her dad. Your community has been debating banning flavored milk at your school. What argument would you make for keeping those products in your lunchroom? According to labels from low fat white and low fat chocolate milk cartons from school, both have the same amount of fat, saturated fat, calcium, protein, and vitamins A and D. All of these things are what make milk the healthy product that we as dairy farmers promote. Kids like to drink flavored milk. My mom is a first grade teacher, and after looking at her milk chart, 90% of the kids choose chocolate milk each day. If, for availability reasons, chocolate milk cannot be offered, her students usually don’t take milk at break that day. Therefore, why would schools want to intentionally discourage kids from drinking milk? Kids in schools are major consumers of milk. If flavored milk is taken away, the consumption will go down in schools, and dairymen would lose a large market for milk. Keeping flavored milk in school will benefit kids nutritionally and dairy farmers financially. This is a win-win situation for everyone!

Andy Sell - National DJM Candidate

Andy Sell is the 20-year-old son of Rod and Sue Sell of Watertown. He grew up on his family’s 100-cow Registered Holstein farm, Sellcrest Farm. He is currently a sophomore studying dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On campus, he is involved in the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, the Badger Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. He is also very involved in his local and state Holstein associations and currently serves as a member of 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

the Junior Activities Committee for the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association. Technology is ever-changing in the dairy industry. If you could pick one new technology to implement on your dairy farm, what would it be and why? Many records that are done on a computer program on larger scale herds are more uncommon for herds the size of my family’s 100-cow farm. One type of new technology that I would like to implement in my future herd would be a program similar to Margin Smart. I feel the usefulness of this program is not limited by herd size, because making sound financial decisions is important to every farm. A program like Margin Smart forces producers to stay on top of their numbers and pay attention to fine details on things such as feed and labor costs. By being proactive I can make vast improvements in making decisions that will help me be more efficient in my spending. By using this program, all financial factors can be monitored, to do things such as contracting milk prices to keep a steady income for the farm. It could also make known possible areas of improvement as well as areas that are already financially sound. Margin Smart allows farmers to see their financial status with a few clicks of a mouse rather than relying on searching through countless files to get accurate financial updates. I feel that this will continue to become a more popular modern technology tool that farmers use as there’s always room for improvement when it comes to money management.

Kayla Krueger - National DJM Candidate

Kayla Krueger is the 20-year-old daughter of Tyler and April Krueger and resides on a 350-acre dairy farm in Marion where they milk 60 Holsteins. Kayla currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is a junior majoring in dairy science and life sciences communication. On campus, Kayla is very active in the Badger Dairy Club, serving as a World Dairy Expo Chair and Badger Invitational Sale Chair. Kayla is also serving as this year’s intern for PDPW. She shows at the district, state and national levels. Within WHA, Kayla has received DJM honors, participated in dairy bowl and received a scholarship, in addition to serving as this year’s Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess. What three skills have you developed from your Holstein project work that will benefit you later in life? The three skills I feel I have developed are hard-work, leadership and responsibility. While working with my Holstein project work, I’ve learned that it takes an incredible amount of patience and hard work to get them ready for showing. It’s a year-long commitment – not just when they parade around the ring, but hard work must be done each and every day, rain or shine. I have learned that these tasks are my responsibility – nobody else and I need to be accountable for my actions if I want my animals to be successful. I am a very responsible person and understand the dedication and time-commitment it takes. The opportunities that the Holstein Association has given me, such as serving as an ambassador for last year as the 2014 WHA Princess has helped me in developing the skills to be a leader. My biggest goal when being crowned was to always set a good example to fellow junior members and to be a role model for them to look up to. I’ve been a part of county and collegiate clubs that I also feel helped contribute to my leadership skills.

Lizi Endres - National DJM Candidate

Lizi Endres is the 19-year-old daughter of Steve and Kathy Endres. She


grew up on her family’s 350-cow Registered Holstein farm, Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC, in Waunakee. She is currently a sophomore at the University of WisconsinMadison majoring in dairy science. This past summer, she was accepted into the Food Animal Veterinary Medical Scholars (FAVeMedS) Program, which is an early admission program into the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. On campus, she is a member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club, the collegiate dairy judging team, and is a research assistant in the Hernandez Laboratory, which studies metabolic factors affecting hypocalcemia. What areas of research would you recommend Holstein Association USA pursue to ensure continual improvement of the Holstein breed? Genetic gain can be defined as using an equation: selection accuracy times intensity of selection and genetic variation, divided by generation interval. Since the debut of genomics in 2009, the generation interval of Holsteins has shortened significantly. In order to fulfill bull contracts, breeders are working with their high genomic females as virgin heifers, utilizing either conventional flushing or in vitro fertilization. I believe Holstein Association USA should pursue research to optimize the efficiency of the in vitro fertilization process, especially in heifers. Holstein USA should focus their research on the environment used during the stages of oocyte maturation, fertilization, and culture of embryos. For example, research is currently being done on how certain substances in the maturation media improve cleavage and blastocyst rates, which are indicators of IVF success. Also, research could be conducted in the area of epigenetics, or how the embryo culture environment influences gene expression and regulation.

Jessica Pralle - National DJM Candidate

Jessica Pralle, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science. On campus, she is active in the Badger Dairy Club, Wisconsin Women for Agriculture, Collegiate Farm Bureau and NAMA. Jessica earned many accomplishments this year including the John Klossner Award for placing first in the WI State Fairy Premier Exhibitor contest. She also competed on Team Wisconsin at the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Louisville, KY, placing second team and earning 9th high individual overall honors. Jessica grew up on Selz-Pralle Dairy, a 400-cow Registered Holstein farm in Humbird. Jessica is the daughter of Scott and Pam Selz-Pralle. If you were asked to give a presentation to a community organization (i.e. Rotary, Kiwanis) how would you communicate what dairy farming is like today? Driving down the rural roads of Wisconsin, there is a changing landscape. There are bigger farms, equipment, and more employees. Like you and your business, farmers have adapted to trends. My family has been milking cows on our dairy farm for over 100 years. Compared to when my great grandpa farmed, we’re producing 70% more using 78% less feed, 65% less water, on 90% less land. When my great grandparents were children, it took 5 acres to feed one person – now it takes less than half an acre. Each American farmer grows enough food to feed 155 people a lifetime. Modern technology has helped the dairy industry reduce its carbon footprint 41% since 1944. Today, less than 2% of our country’s population is farmers. America has more bus drivers than it has farmers! But what a mighty 2% - they provide the rest of our population with food, fiber, fuel, and pharmaceuticals. Some things haven’t changed since my great grandfather’s day – it still takes a farmer, his wife and his kids to get up seven days a week to get up before dawn and work until sundown. Just like my dad, my grandpa and now me, we know that a healthy, stress-free cow makes healthy milk. There isn’t a new and improved version of milk, because the cow has been making a perfect high-protein, low-fat drink long before it was trendy. My family is committed to using modern technology to efficiently and responsibly harvest milk to make sure your children get that same wholesome drink.

Junior Award Forms

The 2015 junior award forms and latest contest rule changes will be available on the WHA website the first of June. Watch our site at for the applications and deadlines. The first forms are due September 15, and include Distinguished Junior Member, Young Distinguished Junior Member, and 12 & Under Recognition. Be sure to check these forms out well in advance! All remaining award forms are due on November 15.

“Taste of State Fair” to be Held at WI Junior State Fair

At this year’s Wisconsin Junior State Fair, WHA will team up with the State Fair Dairy Promotion Board to hold the second annual “Taste of State Fair” in the coliseum on Wednesday, July 30. Starting at 7:00 p.m., junior dairy exhibitors can sample state fair food, participate in games and pick up a coupon book to use while at the fair. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to meet fellow exhibitors and learn more about what WHA has to offer! Look for more information on this event in the next issue of the News.

2015 Junior Holstein Raffle

Thank you to the Dorshorst family for donating this year’s raffle calf ! Dorsland Tart of Tilly-ET, a May 2015 heifer will be available to the raffle winner, to be chosen at the 2016 Junior Convention in Wisconsin Dells. The Junior Holstein raffle tickets will be sent to Junior Advisors the first week of June. If you need tickets, please feel free to contact us and we would be happy to send them directly. We are hoping to have tickets in everyone’s hands before the bulk of the June events. Contact the office at any time to have more tickets sent.

WI Junior Holstein Judging Contest Friday, July 10, 2015 Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI Registration: 8:30 a.m. Contest Begins: 9:00 a.m. Fee: $4/Individual or $12/Team Team Registration Team Name _________________________ Junior __________

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Team Member names and ages (up to 4 people total) __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ Coach’s Contact Information: Name: _________________________________________________ Address: ________________________________________________ City: ______________________ State: ______ Zip: ____________ Email: ______________________ County: ___________________ Individual Registration Name: _________________________________________________ Junior (14 & Under as of

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Address: ________________________________________________ City: ______________________ State: ______ Zip: ____________ Email: ______________________ County: ___________________ Return to: WHA, 902 Eighth Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913. Registration needs to be postmarked by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015-29

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

June 2008 ad - Maple Lawn Farm Maple Lawn Farm’s ad in the 2008 National Convention Souvenir book featured Spring Show Champion, La-Par 1593 Gin 1824. Maple Lawn Farm hosted one of the farm tours during the 2008 National Convention.

June 1990 cover

The June cover featured the Reserve Grand Champion female from the Spring Show, EDR V I Angie Melvina and her owner, Laura Marsh, Palmyra. As a Centennial salute to all the Holstein dairymen in Wisconsin, the State Capitol building in Madison was the setting for the cover photo.

Cow Tales from the North est. 1890

Celebrating where we are as a 125 year old organization happens best when we remember from where we have come. It’s a great time to pull out and re-tell once again those amazing stories of how it was back in Great-Grandpa’s era…we hope you enjoy some of these ‘Cow Tales from the North!’ by Karyn Schauf

Enthusiasm ran high for the Holstein cow in Barron County - so much so that from 1917 to 1927 Barron County boasted twelve Community Holstein Clubs, all with good numbers in membership! Each club held a summer picnic – the social event of the year - as families brought not only a dish to pass, but their best animals as well, thinking nothing of walking them two or three miles to show them off ! An old picture shows 200 plus in attendance at the Hillsdale Holstein picnic. Following a big potluck dinner and meeting there would be the judging of cattle with winners going on to the county fair – which also was no small task! Tales have been told of how Great Grandpa Meisegeier (grandfather to Chuck Nelson and Jean (Nelson) Hegna) tackled the challenge of showing at the county fair. The cattle were first walked from the farm (the same site as Clinton Stock Farm and currently Indianhead Holsteins) to the Soo Line siding in Poskin, about three miles from the farm. There they were loaded onto a cattle car and taken 12 miles east to Cameron. In Cameron the cars were switched to the north tracks and railed another six miles to the south end of Rice Lake. Unloaded at the Bergeron Feed Mill, the cattle would then be walked almost another mile up Main Street to the county fairgrounds. This worked pretty well until 1922 when the cattle and showmen were left sitting on the Cameron siding until the next day. When that happened a second year, Great Grandpa decided to lead and drive the cattle the seven miles from the Cameron siding to the fairgrounds instead of waiting until the next day. One of the Meisegeier boys would lead the herd sire and the rest of the cattle would be driven from behind. This worked so well that the following year, all the cattle were walked all the way from the farm to the fairgrounds – a distance of almost 20 miles! Unfortunately the Meisegeier herd sire became lame from a stone bruise so the next year Great-Grandpa decided to press the Model T truck into service! ‘Trucking’ back then, however, wasn’t quite what it is today. Maximum capacity for that Model T was a cow and two heifers and to load, the Model T had to be backed down into a hollow place, loaded, and then pulled out by a team of horses. Talk about tenacity! But Great Grandpa and his peers weren’t the only ones who liked to show their prize Holsteins. Calf Clubs – the predecessor of 4-H Clubs – were a chance for the younger Holstein enthusiasts to exhibit their pride 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

Great Grandpa Wm Meisegeier still showing Holsteins – with the the grandchildren getting ready for the fair. Carol Jean Hegna is the third grandchild from the left and brother Chuck Nelson, Karyn Schauf ’s dad, is far right. and joy. As there were yet only a few Model T’s, most participants would tie their animals behind a horse driven wagon to go to the fair. Over the years, the number of cattle showing at the county fair became so great there wasn’t room enough for both the youth, then 4-H, and open class cattle to be housed at the same time so the 4-H would show the first half of the week and go home with the open class coming in to show the last half of the fair. The last event of the open show was the ‘dairy herd competition.’ Each of the county’s Holstein Clubs would show a ‘dairy herd’ consisting of six animals led by an aged bull. It was a challenge just to find a spot to pose each of the groups all at the same time. The judge had his work cut out for him! It’s amazing to look back and recognize the work, the risk, and the sacrifice the early Holstein breeders were willing to put forth just to promote their animals. And yet, they weren’t content to compete just among themselves! They took their show on the road – literally! Read about it next month in Cow Tales From the North!

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

I hope you’ll enjoy reading another great Midwest Holsteins issue. This one is extra special since it’s the Souvenir Book for the National Holstein Convention coming up in June in Illinois. I hope many of you will take a day or two to head down to the convention - it’s not always within driving distance, so take advantage of it when you can! Thank you to the advertisers that helped support the convention book. If you picked up this issue at the convention and would like to become a monthly subscriber, visit our website or call our office at 1-800-223-4269. Next month is our annual AI issue featuring Select Sires. We are partnering with Select to offer some great discounts and incentives (see page 5). This is one of our most affordable advertising opportunities and I encourage you to take advantage. Please give me a call or email by Wednesday, June 10 to reserve your ad space. If your county is having a summer picnic or twilight meeting, please give us a call to get your date on our calendar of events. Remember there is only one summer issue, so if you would like to advertise for your meeting, I’ll need your ad for the July/August issue. The summer show season will be here shortly. If you’re not exhibiting, you should make an effort to attend one of our shows. It’s a great time to see some of Wisconsin’s finest cattle and socialize with other Holstein breeders. And I hope you’ll join us on July 10 and 11 in Madison for the Championship Show. The show will be held at the New Holland Pavilions at the Alliant Energy Center and it really is a great place for our exhibitors and the show. I hope you’re enjoying reading our 125th Anniversary features in each issue. Mark your calendars for Sun., August 2 for our state picnic at Willows Edge in New Richmond. The Van Dyks are hard at work planning a great event and it should be a fun day celebrating our 125th Anniversary! Until next time...

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June 2015 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 11 The Very Best of Honeycrest Sale, Spring Valley, managed by Courtney Sales 12 District 10 Show, Manitowoc 15 District 1 Show, Glenwood City 15 District 2 Show, Galesville 16 District 7 Show, Shawano 17 District 8 Show, Beaver Dam 18 District 4 Show, Marshfield 19 District 3 Show, Lancaster 19 District 5 Show, Mauston 22 La Crosse County Holstein Breeders Twilight Meeting, La Crosse Co. Fairgrounds, West Salem, 7:00 p.m. 22 Four-of-a-Kind Holsteins Complete Dispersal, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc; Fond du Lac 23-26 2015 National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, Illinois 30 District 6 Show, Monroe 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 Bears Grass Dairy “Visit the Farm”, Augusta, 6-9 p.m. 21 Clark County Twilight Meeting, Oeh-My Farms, Abbottsford August 2015 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, & Wood counties 2 WHA State Picnic, Willows Edge Holsteins, New Richmond September 2015 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 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 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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Midwest Holstein Advertisers Four-of-Kind Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Fustead Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Hilltop Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Hilrose Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Jenlar Holsteins & Brown Swiss . . . . . . . . . 55 Marathon County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66-69 Marsh-Vue Registered Holsteins . . . . . . . . 35 Mission Bell Dairy Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Ragnar Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

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: 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/June 2015

Ran-Rose Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . 46-47 Selz-Pralle Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Willows Edge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

June 2015 WI Holstein News  

June 2015 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring Midwest Holsteins, Spring Show results and District 10 feature.

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