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May 2015

Volume 87 No. 5

125th Anniversary Issue District & Championship Show Rules & Entry Form WI Cow of the Year Nominees

Willow’s Edge: Last classification: 111.8 BAA - 55 EX, 55 VG cows Homebred Excellents: 329 YTD Over 35 All-American, Junior All-American & Red & White All-American nominations

You’re Invited... We invite all to the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Summer Picnic on Sunday, August 2, to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the association. The events for the day will be:

est. 1890

• Brunch from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. • Dairy Judging • Timeline display of the WHA’s history • Fun children events • Music & special libations


e would encourage you to make a family weekend of the event; we are 13 miles from historic Stillwater, MN, the birthplace of Minnesota, located on the St. Croix River. We are also just 40 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, home of the Mall of America, Como Zoo, Science Museum and summer sporting events.


arly participants include Grassland Butter, award winning 45th Parallel Distillery, Best of the St. Croix Valley Redneck Juice from Sportsman’s Bar, Artesian Cheese Table from Bass Lake Cheese Factory, horse hitches from Reis’ and Stalheim’s.

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

Siemers Dundee Hilda 8669-ET EX-95 2E GMD

7-05 2x 365 52,530 3.5 1836 3.1 1610 4-10 2x 365 56,780 3.1 1746 3.1 1749 Life to date: 1998d 254,590 3.4 8718 3.2 8080

Dam: EX DOM Rudolph 2nd Dam: EX-95 5E GMD DOM Mark Prudence

5th Production Cow, WDE 2014 Nominated All-American Production Cow 2013 Junior All-American 2014, 2013 & 2011 Grand Champion, International Junior Holstein Show 2011 WDE Nasco Type & Production Award 2014 & 2013

Hilda and Jordan have literally grown up together during the past decade! Each earning county, state and national awards. They truly are what a Junior Holstein project is all about. Few cows have accomplished as many impressive accolades year after year! Please vote for Hilda for the 2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year.

Farm: 920-693-3600 Jordan: 920-946-8525 Dan: 920-374-0606 Paul: 920-374-0618 Sherry: 920-946-0123

~ 125 Years ~ 1890 - 2015

14421 Mineral Springs Road, Newton, WI 53063

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: May 2015

VOLUME 87 No. 5

Features: 12 18 30 36 37 42 50 53 57

125th Anniversary Feature: Long-time member profiles 125th Anniversary Feature: Long-time member profiles 125th Anniversary Feature: WHA’s historical timeline 2015 WI Cow of the Year Nominees 2015 WHA Barn Meetings a Success 125th Anniversary Feature: Past Presidents 2015 District Show information 2015 District Show rules & entry form 125th Anniversary Feature: Cow Tales from the North

Departments: 8 8 9 9 58 59 59 60 62

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs WHA Annual Supporters From the President: Paula Bovre Sierra’s Holstein Scoop: WHA Princess Sierra Lurvey WHY Page Classified Advertising Breeder Business Cards Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Index to Advertisers

On The Cover In honor of our anniversary celebration, this month’s cover features our Cover of the Year winners from the past 25 years.

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

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


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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Rock-N-Hill-II Atwoo Crisco EX-92 at 3-05 3-01 2x 305 28,912 4.32 1250 3.06 884 All-Wisconsin Senior 2 Year Old 2013 Reserve Intermediate Champion of WI Championship Show 2013 1st in District 6 Futurity 2014 All-Wisconsin Senior 3 Year Old 2014 Intermediate Champion of WI Championship Show 2014 Grand Champion of WI Championship Junior Show 2013 & 2014

photo by Lea McCullough

We’d appreciate your vote for Rachel and Crisco for the WI Cow of the Year. This pair has worked hard to leave their mark on the tanbark trail and have a tremendous future. Congrats to Rachel on being named a National Holstein YDJM award winner. Watch for our consignment to the WI Showcase Sale - a VG Windbrook 3-year-old from Rock-N-Hill-II Linjet Banana, EX-95 2E, and two more Excellent dams. She’s fresh with her second calf and looks great.

Chris, Kathie, Rachel & Mac McCullough Mike & Marcy McCullough N2277 County Rd. OK, Juda, WI 53550 (608) 214-9742 Chris cell e-mail: Congrats to the Wisconsin Holstein Association on its 125th Anniversary!

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs Obituaries Carroll Kepler

Carroll J. Kepler, age 90, of Richland Center, died on Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Harvest Guest Home. He was born on April 15, 1925, in Richland County, the son of Carroll and Olive (Standish) Kepler. He attended Richland Center High School and worked on the family farm growing up. On July 30, 1947, he was united in marriage with Evelyn Getter. They rented the home farm in Sabin until purchasing it in 1952. Carroll built a freestall barn and milking parlor at Sabin in 1957. By the late 1960s, he had developed an all Registered Holstein herd. In 1971, he purchased 320 acres at Ekleberry Corners. Over a two year period, the Keplers built a 120 cow stanchion barn, shed, four silos and three houses. Milking in the new dairy barn began in December of 1973. In 1978, Junlyn Farms, Inc. was created to combine the cattle of Carroll Jr. and his sons. Junlyn Farms currently owns 900+ acres and milks 220 cows. The freestall barn was built in 2008, and added a milking parlor in the spring of 2015. Carroll was active in Land-O-Lakes Dairy Coop, PCA Board, TriState Breeders, and Holstein Association. He was a Richland County 4-H leader, an extension farm management aide for nine years in the University of Wisconsin Extension Program. He received the Holstein Pewter Pitcher Award in 1978, and outstanding Young Farmer Award in 1960. Junlyn Farms hosted the Richland County Dairy Breakfast and Holstein Twilight meetings. Carroll had a great love of Holstein cows and agriculture. He and Evelyn retired in Weslaco, Texas, during the winter months for several years. Carroll enjoyed dancing and visiting with his Texas friends from all over the United States. Carroll is survived by his five children, Connie (John) Turgasen, Ron (Julie) Kepler, Kevin (Joan) Kepler, Julie (Jim) Burnham, and Jill (Kirk) Layer, all of Richland County; 13 grandchildren, Shelly (Kirk) Stibbe, Paul (Becky) Turgasen, Mark (Rachel) Turgasen, David (Erin) Kepler, Emily (Troy) Putz, Jenny (Henry) Vicenik, Elise (Steve) Haroldson, Lucas Kepler, Laura Burnham, Megan (John) Leuck, Janelle Burnham, Michelle (Ryan) Keller, and Joshua (Camie) Layer; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Barnes; and in-laws, Laverne (Phyllis) Getter, Donna Getter, and Charlotte Getter. Carroll was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his siblings, Verlin (Ellen) Kepler, Theron (Twylah) Kepler, Grace (Larry) Blackbourne, Elma (Floyd) Fry, Rollin (Rose) Kepler, and Thomas Kepler; and his in-laws, Wayne Barnes, Norman Getter and Wayne Getter.

Wayne Barnes

Wayne McKay Barnes, 87, of Richland Center formerly of Hillsboro, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Schmitt Woodland Hills. He was born July 31, 1927 in Dayton Township the son of Leroy Alfred and Mona Ellen (Wanless) Barnes. On February 10, 1949 Wayne married Jean Kepler in Boaz. The couple farmed in Sabin for 10 years before moving to Hillsboro to farm for 39 years. Wayne loved his Registered Holsteins and was named the Outstanding Young Farmer of Richland County in 1960. He played softball, baseball euchre, piano, and the Alto Sax. Wayne was a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He and Jean traveled to Weslaco, Texas for 13 winters. Wayne is survived by his wife of 66 years Jean of Richland Center; three children: Vickie (Michael) Schumann of Reedsburg, Kent (Salena) Barnes of Hillsboro, Kurt (Lisa) Barnes of Kiel; six grandchildren: Ashley, Tiffany, Jared, Kate, Tim, Whitney; eleven great-grandchildren; brother: Dean(Mary) Barnes of Henderson, NV; brother-in-law: Bob Johnson of Slinger; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and sister Beverly Johnson. The family wishes to thank Schmitt Woodland Hills for their care of loving Wayne. The family of Wayne will carry on his legacy by sponsoring on an annual award at the District 2 Junior Holstein Show. 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Annual Supporters of Wisconsin Holstein preferred holStein enthuSiaStS

Rural Mutual Insurance Company

Brian Greenman, 920-322-1194

Champion SponSorS

platinum SponSorS

Stone Ridge Dairy

Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders

Gold SponSorS Alpha Genetics, Inc. Corey Geiger & Krista Knigge Clark Co. Junior Holstein Assoc. Frisle-Vu Holsteins Heatherstone Enterprises

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.

Sierra’s Holstein Scoop

Hello fellow Holstein lovers! Spring is definitely here and hopefully you have had the chance to get out into the fields! This month was the first show of the year for Princess Attendant Cierra EhrkeEssock and myself. We had the opportunity to represent the Wisconsin Holstein Association at the Midwest National Spring Show on April 25. The competition was spectacular and Cierra and I saw many top quality animals. Thank you to everyone who came out and congratulations to all of the winners! Our Junior members have done a great job representing Wisconsin this year. Young Distinguished Junior Member finalists were announced and moving on will be Dawson Nickels and Rachel McCullough. The Distinguished Junior Member semifinalists have also been chosen, and members competing will be Lizi Endres, Andy Sell, Jessica Pralle, and Kayla Krueger. Congratulations go out to everyone for all of your hard work! These Junior members couldn’t have picked a better year than the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association to showcase their talent. Show your support for these Juniors by attending National Holstein Convention this June in St. Charles, Illinois. This spring is the start of many exciting educational opportunities! The requests for school visits are coming in, and I cannot wait to go into classrooms and share my passion for agriculture with the children. On May 3 I will have the opportunity to educate parents and children alike at the annual Breakfast on the Farm at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hosted by the Association of Women in Agriculture. As an AWA member, I helped organize the breakfast and I am delighted to represent my university as well as the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Later in May is another fun event that Cierra and I are anticipating. Cow Camp will be at Pine Lake Camp in Waupaca, Wis., on May 30-31. There will be many learning opportunities including a farm safety and veterinarian demonstration. As a first time camper, I cannot wait to get outside and experience the weekend with Junior Members. I am already preparing for the shaving cream fight of a lifetime! Be sure to follow us on the Wisconsin Holstein Association Facebook page for updates about events and get the chance to win some prizes. In honor of the 125th Anniversary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, Cierra and I are starting a trivia contest. Junior members will have the chance to win prizes like Holsti-bucks for their county and more! More details will be on the Facebook page, but the first set of questions will be released on May 15. Cierra and I look forward to being invited to your events! Remember to fill out a request form under the “Contact Us” page of the WHA website to request our appearance. That’s the Scoop! Sierra Lurvey

From your President Paula Bovre Greetings Fellow Holstein Members! Spring is always an exciting time of year as we witness all the “new” blossoms and work diligently to plant our crops. Please be sure to practice safety first amidst all the hustle and bustle to get those seeds in the ground! May also means graduation time. Best wishes to all the graduates out there and may you find happiness and success in all your future endeavors! We hope you can find time to join us May 16th for the Wisconsin Showcase Sale at Great Northern. The sales committee has put together an exceptional line-up of cattle that offers something for everyone! First and foremost though, were the criteria that the consignments offered be profitable and functional for any and all dairymen. The district shows will be here before you know it! The WHA online entry system is ready and waiting for you to submit your entries. NOW is the time to go through your registration papers and be sure you have all the papers you are going to need for the shows! REMEMBER... NO PAPER, NO SHOW, NO EXCEPTION. Also be certain everyone has paid their 2015 WHA membership. This is a must as well! As you page through this Wisconsin Holstein News we hope you enjoy the many reflections of the past 125 years in Wisconsin Holstein history. We are extremely grateful for all those leaders and volunteers that have given so freely of their time and talents in the first 125 years of our organization to make it the outstanding association it is today. When I look back on the past 125 years of Wisconsin Holstein, the one word that keeps coming to mind is OPPORTUNITY. Membership in the Wisconsin Holstein Association opens the doors for so many opportunities. Lifelong friendships, junior programs to inspire the next generation, access to industry experts, leadership growth, educational programs to aid in your herd management and breeding programs, exhibitions allowing for competition and evaluation of your herd and merchandising avenues to capitalize on breeding Registered Holsteins are just a few that come to mind. Make the most of your WHA membership and take advantage of the many opportunities it offers! Hope to see many of you on May 16th! Paula Bovre “The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.” - Ayn Rand

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members: Leslie Jagodzinski, Wisconsin Rapids David Mueller, Newton Randy Mikshowsky, Bangor Junior members: Samantha Wech, Kewaunee Luke Ziemer, Kewaunee Levi Banowetz, Charlotte, IA Madisyn Loonstra, Osseo Alexis Nadeau, Centuria

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2nd-Look Supersire 8775

+2402 GTPI +1620M +59F +50P • fresh March 5 at 2-00, 92 lbs. milk with 13 SCC on 1st test

Her Dam:

B&Z Planet 7815-ET VG-87 +2165 GTPI 3-02 3x 313 34,920 3.7 1285 3.5 1234 The Holstein Association is an important foundation for our family’s dairy heritage. We offer our VERY best to celebrate Wisconsin Holstein Association’s 125th Anniversary.

Her Granddam: B&Z Oman 5796 2E GMD DOM +2149 GTPI 5-00 3x 365 48,460 3.4 1664 3.2 1571 • Multiple sons in A.I. • In 2012 she ranked as the #3 EX GTPI cow in the U.S.

Doug, Linda, Corey & Tammy Hodorff N3832 Hwy. W, Eden, WI 53019 Farm phone (920) 477-6800 • Farm fax (920) 477-2520 • E-mail: 10–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

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WHA - Built on its Membership As part of our anniversary celebration we are featuring some of our long-time members and longest running prefixes. est. 1890

Finger Family Dairy, Oconto

Dairy farm families seem to have a way of establishing traditions that last for generations, and the Finger family farm is no exception. The Finger’s homestead was founded in 1872, with the first Registered Holsteins arriving with Lawrence Finger from New York in 1912. The farm will celebrate 150 years in 2022, with Phil and his wife Laura Finger as the fifth generation at the helm. The Finger family has had the opportunity to experience several ‘firsts’ in the industry, including the first standard milking test in 1919. Ervin introduced the first milking machine on the farm in the mid to late 1930s. In the late 1960s, Fingers were one of the first in the state to have an 18,000 pound herd average. Ervin was also fortunate to have one of the first barn cleaners and silo unloaders. Phil is the first to tease his dad, Jack, about how 1981 was the best year of his life. Not only was Phil born, but it was also the year they installed a pipeline in the barn. Prior to that, they had spent many years hauling milk to the local cheese factory in cans. That year the Finger family also added on to the barn, as changes continued to roll in for the dairy industry, the Fingers decided to change with the times rather than fall behind. Early on, the Finger’s herd had a heavy dose of Homestead and Burke influence. Jack’s dad Ervin incorporated AI in the late 1940s with fresh semen, and when Jack was old enough to pick out the bulls, sires like Lockway Lucifer Lad were incorporated. At one time, Jack had milking Burkgov Heilo Bell daughters filling eight of his 42 stanchions. The breeding philosophy started by Jack in the 1970s is one that holds true today – the Finger family rarely uses a sire that is minus for fat and protein, and each cow is treated as an individual. Phil looks for exceptional udders to hold milk, and bulls that are +60P and +80F pounds. The Finger’s herd runs a 100 pound/day herd average and ships 7 pounds of solids/day, with a 3.9% fat and 3.2% protein test. Their current rolling herd average is outstanding at 31,451 pounds milk, with 1171 pounds of fat and 1003 pounds of protein. The herd has been milked 3x/day for the last four years. The Finger family has had a tremendous amount of success to be in the business as long as they have, but it did not come without its challenges. Jack milked 42 cows in a stall barn from 1974 to 1981, then after the pipeline was installed went to 80 cows. When Phil left for college in 2000, he decided to expand to 300 cows with another Registered Holstein breeder in the area. The new facilities were not ideal for cow comfort, and Jack bought out the partnership. After the buyout, Phil and Laura became partners with Jack and Nancy within two years. The herd grew to 500 head to help compensate the buyout. The Fingers have Genex do all mapping, with Phil doing the mating, and are utilizing a 70-30 genomic to proven ratio. They have a few bulls contracted, including Planet Franz at International Protein Sires and a red polled bull (Olaf) also at International Protein Sires. About ten percent of the herd is red, with approximately 15%

additional Red Carrier. Every animal born is genomic tested. Phil typically focuses on top tier bulls for herd sire matings, but will look down the list for outcross pedigrees. Right now he’s using Octoberfest, Superman, Tesla, Josuper, Silver, Demarus, Mogul (and sons), Commander, Troy and Entail. He’s not afraid to go back and use sires that there are nice young cows from, either. Phil has nice young cows in the herd by Bookem, Supersire, Windbrook, and Massey, and likes the older cows by Garrett and Super. One of the herd favorites, a Supersire, +2467 GTPI, goes back to Phil’s favorite cow as a 10-year-old boy. She is from a Garrett x Toystory x Ranger x Blacktone x Fred x Blackstar x Cleitus x Aerostar x Mark x Chapel Bank Apache. O Man and Man O Man have also been great breeding bulls for the Fingers. Finger Oman 2456, VG-85, is from an excellent component family, and has a daughter by Boliver, two by Alexander and one sired by Mogul. There are also granddaughters by Bookem, Mogul, and Airnet granddaughters. Another Finger Man O Man is Excellent second lactation and her dam is a Boliver daughter developed during the Fingers’ partnership years. With an established breeding program, the Finger family has been able to build a solid marketing plan. In addition to the bulls sold to AI, they have sold a few select females in sales, including Finger Supersire 4428 (+2502 GTPI) at the 2014 International Intrigue Sale. Phil and Laura maintain a 50/50 partnership with Jack and Nancy. Phil is a graduate of UW-Madison, and Laura a graduate of Iowa State University. Phil is the only one of Jack and Nancy’s five children that is associated with the farm. He and his siblings, Nichcole, Ben, Tim, and Max, have given Jack and Nancy a combined 14 grandchildren, with the 15th arriving in 2015. The Finger’s farm remains a family affair with the sixth generation getting in on the fun. Phil and Laura’s daughter Alana (14) feeds calves, and their other children, PJ (5), Alisa (4), and Alivia (15 months) also enjoy the farm. The Fingers have had the chance to participate in some unique opportunities, too. In 1995, they were asked to bring a cow to Lambeau Field for a commercial that was filmed with Brett Favre. They were very excited to meet the Packer star, and the cow used ended up being their first to hit 40,000 pounds of milk in 305 days. Finger Family Farm was also a featured virtual tour for the 2013 World Dairy Expo. One unique way that the Finger family has touched consumers and neighbors is their use of calf hutches and a paintbrush. All calves are housed in hutches, some being wooden, and the Fingers painted names on the hutch above the openings so that people driving by can see and be humored with names such as Milkshake and Philadelphia. They have gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback with this personal touch, and travelers will stop in randomly to see the calves up close. This farming family remains active locally, as Jack has been on the Marinette County Holstein board for 40 years, and Phil has been involved since graduating college. Laura has been a 4-H leader for the last five years, following Nancy who also served in a 4-H leader role for many years. A lot of hard work with God’s blessings have helped this farm to stand the test of time.

Jim Sattler Family, Poy-Sippi Holsteins, Poy Sippi

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There’s no denying the passion and grit it takes to have a longlasting impression on the dairy industry and more specifically, the Registered Holstein business. John Sattler, Jr.’s September 1942 establishment of a 100% Registered Holstein herd and the Poy Sippi prefix was founded on a great love for Holstein cattle, Poy Sippi (the town), and Poy-Sippi-Holsteins. The Poy Sippi name and the Sattler family’s homebred herd have become synonymous in Waupaca-Waushara Counties as well as the entire Registered Holstein industry in Wisconsin.

Jim and his wife Lisa are the third generation to call the farm home, as it was founded by John Sattler, Sr., in the early 1900s. Jim’s grandparents married in 1914 and built their dairy barn in 1920. The 150-acre Sattler homestead will officially become a century farm in 2017. In the 1930s, the Sattlers used registered bulls to breed. One of the first they purchased was Oostie Paymaster 21st (twin), considered the Elevation or Valiant of his time. Jim’s dad, John Jr., incorporated AI in the late 1960s. John was an avid genetics student, closely inspecting the ‘bible’ Redbook every time it came out. He instilled his love for pedigrees and breeding cattle in Jim, who has always had passion for breeding Registered Holsteins. John loved to participate in the business by consigning animals to sales, teaching others about farming, and being very progressive in his approach to genetics. From 1956 through 1995 he registered 460 cows. Of those, there were eight Gold Medal Dams and 34 received Dam of Merit recognition. One of the breeders he assisted in starting their business was Bob Gates, fellow Poy Sippi resident that farms just down the road from the Sattler farm. While the face of the industry has changed since Poy-Sippi Holsteins was founded, some beliefs of the Sattlers have remained tried and true. Having a 100% Registered Holstein is still very important to Jim. While he thinks there is a place for genomics, his goal is still to breed cows that look good, with the ultimate goal to breed a female good enough for the colored shavings. After graduating from short course, Jim curved the breeding focus of the Poy Sippi herd from TPI and production to more of a type focus. Jim now utilizes high type sires that also excel in TPI. The Sattlers have used careful sire selection through the years, and even have some ampules of Bootmaker and Astronaut in their semen tank. Through the years, the Comestar bulls have had a very positive impact on the Sattler’s herd. Many older cows are sired by Lee, in addition to Lyster, Finley, Drake and Damion. Jim likes his young cows by Million and Fever, and has others by Sanchez, Roy, Lightning and Super. Calves and heifers on the ground are sired by Dorcy, Chelios, Fever, Aftershock, Liquid Gold, Atwood, Mogul, Supersire, Bradnick, and Windbrook. The Sattler’s barn holds 39 cows, and they’ve participated in classification since the early 1970s. Their most recent official BAA was 107.4%, with five Excellent, 23 Very Good and 13 Good Plus cows. Jim remembers his dad talking about the first classifier, Pete Blodgett, and his visits to the Poy Sippi herd to score. The Sattlers were also one of the first herds in the state to be recognized with Holstein USA’s Progressive Genetics Award recognition, started in the early 1980s. They have since won the award 15 times. Jim’s family has sold animals from their herd for many years, mostly to local or county sales, with the goal of every animal to excel for their new owners. Jim’s dad always said, “It’s worth the price of a cow to see if a man’s word is any good.” John, Jr. stood behind every animal he sold and instilled a good selling reputation in his son. One of the most memorable females on the farm was Poy-Sippi Black Jr 1-TW, EX-92 4E, who passed in 2010 at the ripe old age of 20 years and 10 months. With lifetime production credits of 5,387 days, 282,700 pounds of milk, 10,105 pounds of fat and 8,215 pounds

Lisa, Joe, Jacob & Jim Sattler

of protein, this matriarch also left an EX Drake granddaughter and a young Talent granddaughter that is GP-81 at two years of age. The Sattlers sold three of her daughters in sales when she was a young cow. Jim and his wife, Lisa, have two boys, Jacob (16) and Joe (14). Lisa is a unit coordinator at the hospital in Berlin and does all the record and bookkeeping on the farm. Jacob and Joe are active on the farm and in FFA, and they are also involved in basketball and soccer. The boys have shown at the county fair and district show, and Jacob has had the champion cow three times at the fair. Jim’s mom, Georgia, is still on the farm in an advisory role. The Sattlers only have one additional employee that helps with crops, and that is their cousin, Mark Muscavitch. Through the years, the Sattlers have had a rich history of involvement on the local level. Jim enjoys the Waupaca/Waushara County Holstein group, as he serves on the board and likes working with other Holstein breeders. The boys’ winter hobby is snowmobiling, and during the summer, the Sattler family enjoys taking in other county fairs and attending country or rock concerts. Jim also likes to bowl and help with or attend cattle sales.

Dave Rose, Rose-E-Vue Holsteins, Eden

The Rose-E-Vue prefix of the Dave and Jean Rose family describes their outlook toward the Holstein business. Born in 1927, Dave insists the success of his farm and business have come from not ‘he’ but ‘we,’ and the mentors, role models and peers that have shared their knowledge and guidance in the dairy industry. According to Dave, “we are aware this is a business of occasional setbacks and frustrations, however with a calculating, positive approach, we have a Rose-E-Vue of the future.” As a young man he enjoyed playing baseball, worked at a variety of jobs including working for a local fuel company and an area mink farm fleshing mink. His interest in Registered Holsteins came from his uncle Hans Grahl. Married in 1949, the Roses farmed on halves for three years on a farm west of Eden. In 1952 they purchased the first land that became Rose-E-Vue Farm, adding additional acres in 1976 and 1984. Dave and Jean’s family included five sons and one daughter, allowing Dave to enlist his boys for help at home while he took an additional job off the farm. After a close encounter with a bull in the barn, Dave decided it was time to switch to AI. He learned AI at the Oscar Meyer packing plant in Madison. In 1956 he took a job at East Central Breeders inseminating cows in the Eden-Campbellsport area. Dave would milk in the a.m. before heading out on his routes. From 1956-1967 Dave grew the southeastern Fond du Lac County breeding area from 2,000 to11,000 services per year. Then Alton Block promoted Dave to field man supervising 24 technicians. Dave eventually started an independent semen business, Garden of Eden Genetics, which he only recently sold to Robert Schuricht. Dave received the Canadian Animal Breeders Association International Award for pioneering importation of Canadian semen. Dave was and still is a student of the industry. He was fascinated by the business, and his connections have taken him all over the world. His first road trip to a Holstein show was Waterloo, Iowa, where he and Dr. Joe Conlin traveled to view bull daughters of Osborndale Ivanhoe and Burkgov Inka DeKol. After seeing the Ivanhoe daughters, Dave purchased three canes of semen for $5/unit. With liquid nitrogen not on the scene yet, the semen was packed in dry ice and alcohol and flown to Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. Dave had five hours to pick it up on arrival, and he stored it at East Central. Some of the first Ivanhoe sons at the stud were a result of this semen, including Rose-E-Vue Ivanhoe Glenn, EX. Not only was Glenn a result of semen Dave found, but his granddam was the first Registered Holstein calf on the farm, purchased from Clarence and Virginia Boyke. The next animal purchased was also from the Boyke family – Vir-Clar Della Ormsby Comet K, VG, wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-13

was the dam of Rose-E-Vue Rag Apple Countess, EX-3E GMD. Countess was the “leading lady” of the Rose-E-Vue herd, made over 192,000 pounds of milk lifetime, and lived to nearly 14 years of age. She was an outstanding transmitter, with three EX and four VG offspring. Countess was also the first Excellent and Gold Medal Dam developed at the farm. At one time over 50 % of the herd traced back to Countess. Another prominent sire that Dave bred was Rose-E-Vue Rockman Count, EX. Located at the Eastern AI Coop in New York, his semen was distributed through the U.S., Europe, and South America. One of the most exciting moments in the business was when Rose-E-Vue Conductor Rochelle, EX, a descendant of Countess, topped the 1982 Select East Central Sale, selling for $82,000 to Ralph Lettinga of Michigan. Rochelle was bred by Dave, and originally sold as a heifer in the Indianapolis Convention Sale for $8,000 to Glenn Freese and Ben Beiler of Pennsylvania and Gordon Berg of Wisconsin, with Dave retaining ¼ interest. Dave farmed with his son Dan in partnership for many years, and son Jim also worked with them in the early years. The farm and cows were sold in the 1990s to Dan and his wife Shirley. Then in 2009 Dan & Shirley sold the herd to Second-Look Holsteins, incorporating the cattle into their 900 cow registered herd, followed by selling the farm to them in 2012. Dave has purchased embryos and select females since selling the herd, thus allowing the Rose-E-Vue prefix to continue on some animals. He still retains part ownership in nearly 100 head of cattle through about 10 different partnerships. Even today, Dave talks of the business as ‘structuring deals.’ He learned from baseball great Yogi Berra who said “You can observe a lot by watching” and from Will Rogers “You learn in two ways – by reading and by associating with people that are smarter.” Another favorite quote is from baseball player Satchel Page. “You’re not hurt so much by what you don’t know, but what you do know that ain’t so.” Dave still feels very passionately about building value in his prefix. At 87 years on the planet, he still follows Yogi Berra’s advice: “It ain’t over until it’s over.” It is clear that Dave’s “Rose-E-Vue” will continue through his positive influence as both a mentor and cattle breeder.

Born Family, Badgerland Dairy Farm, Cleveland

Badgerland Holsteins is rooted in tradition, as 2015 marks the 148th year the farm has been in the family. The operation was purchased in 1867 by August Wallschlaeger, Sr., and in 1923 his granddaughter, Marie, married Walter Oches and brought the first Registered Holsteins to the farm. Walter was number 32960 when he joined the National Holstein Association in 1928. As an early member in the business, he exhibited cattle at the Sheboygan County Fair in Plymouth. Walter and Marie had many grand champions over the years, a tradition that would continue for decades. In the mid 1940s, Badgerland incorporated Pabst and Wisconsin

Left to right: Brandee Myers, Sue, John, Bradley with Badgerland Hi Metro Prudence, Melissa, Margaret (seated) and Wallace Born. 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Reformatory sires in their breeding program. Another highlight of this time period came when 12 dairymen from the Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Ozaukee County Holstein Breeders clubs formed the Carm Holstein Bull Club. This group of breeders would travel to the east coast to buy young sires and bring them home. These young sires provided a gateway for this group of breeders to get into the AI business. The first bull they purchased was Newmont Ideal Lad, followed by Newmont Aristocrat 27th. The 27th bull went on to be named Grand Champion Bull at the Sheboygan County Fair in 1948, 1949 and 1950. As with many breeders and families that have been in the business for multiple decades, Walter had the chance to experience some phenomenal ‘firsts.’ Walter’s breeding philosophies and implementations brought him the first and second Excellent cows scored in Sheboygan County in 1946 and 1947. These cows were Badger Ormsby Forbes Bess 2nd and Badger Admiral Della. The Badger prefix was changed to Badgerland in 1946. Walter was traveling out east and visited the Holstein USA office in Brattleboro to make the switch in person, as they discovered the Badger prefix was already in use by another herd in Wisconsin. In 1952, Walter sold a cow in the Sheboygan County Holstein sale that was purchased by Wallace Born, who lived near Plymouth. Just two years later, Walter’s daughter Margaret married Wallace and moved to the home farm. Wallace and Margaret Born were next to take the reigns at Badgerland, and purchased the farm in 1962. They raised four children, John, Elizabeth, Daniel and David, who all helped on the farm and exhibited dairy cattle at the county and state fairs. In 1967, a brand new 48-cow tiestall barn was built, which is the same facility and number of cows the Born family milks today. The most recent transition of ownership occurred in 1996, when John and Sue Born purchased the farm. Their children, Brad and Melissa, were also heavily involved in showing Badgerland animals all their lives at the county and state fairs. The Borns have had a fantastic career in the show ring, and they reached the pinnacle in 2006 when they won the Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity with Badgerland Hi Metro Prudence, EX-91. The first county futurity show was held in 2000, with a goal to strengthen the open show at the fair. John is excited to see that the show has grown, people have gotten very involved, and it has been a great way to exhibit the cattle raised locally, as entries have to be in years in advance. The show has been a huge highlight, and a prestigious event to win. Prudence is a tremendous example of the immaculate record keeping and pedigrees maintained in the Born’s herd. John’s mother, Margaret, was able to trace her lineage back 25 generations to the year 1883, with an ET daughter as the 25th generation in the barn – Badgerland Baltimor Page-ET, VG-85. Also in 2006, the Borns started classifying again after many years of going without. There are currently eight Excellent cows in the barn, with two at EX-92 (sired by Talent and Chinook). There are also 25 Very Good cows of the 48 milking animals. Some of the sires that have had a significant impact on the herd include Integrity, Outside, Hi Metro, Advent, Talent and Durham. Current sires in the semen tank include Barbwire, Atlantic, Sanchez, Guthrie, Armani, Gold Chip, Bradnick, Mayfield and Corvette. John and Sue’s children are in their 20s and have graduated from youth showing programs, but they are still excited to have friends from town and neighbors continue to participate in the showring with Badgerland animals. They have never purchased an animal to show, and from 2008 to 2014, they have exhibited two Grand Champions and five Reserve Grand Champions in the junior dairy show at the Sheboygan County Fair. In 2011, their daughter’s last year in 4-H, she had both grand and reserve champion cows. As John and Sue enjoy their Registered Holsteins, John’s mother Margaret is still very much a part of the operation as well. In fact, she still names and registers calves. Wallace is also still on the farm daily and lends a hand when he can. The Born’s operation is truly a family affair, and they are excited to continue the Badgerland tradition and see where the future takes them.

Nor-Way-Pete Sanchez Stacy EX-92 2-05 3x 365 37,030 3.7 1376 2.9 1081 4-01 3x 314 38,075 3.6 1377 2.7 1040 inc.

Four-of-a-Kind Alex Amber EX-92 3-07 3x 365 49,017 3.5 1745 2.9 1420

Completes 7 of 8 generations EX going back to Dellia. Dam is Stacia EX-94, Toystory’s highest classified daughter.

5th generation EX out of Siren EX-91 and one of 6 EX full sisters by Shottle.

Four-of-a-Kind Mariposa EX-93

Four-of-a-Kind Stl Suzie EX-92

4-05 3x 319 35,740 4.0 1441 2.7 967

3-08 3x 335 36,670 3.8 1383 2.9 1033

A 5th generation EX, dam is an EX-94 sister to the dam of Amber and Susie.

A 4th generation from Roy Reba EX-93.

It was an honor to have these four homebred cows selected for the Hoard’s Dairyman judging contest this year. We invite you to the Four-of-a-Kind Dispersal on June 22 at the Great Northern. We think we have several more coming with this potential.

Four-of-a-Kind Partners N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Visitors always welcome! Dan Cnossen - 715.302.1327 Dan Day Rick Seefeldt Andy Peterson wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-15

Mark your calendars...

Gateway Acres Complete Dispersal September 15 at the Great Northern, Fond du Lac

Gateway-Acres Cassandra EX-91 EX-MS 2E 4-10 2x 365 34,220 3.7 1262 3.0 1014 ~ completes 8 generations of EX ~ calving in some of her daughters now and they look good, 12+ daughters will sell Dam: Gateway-Acres Charlett EX-94 2E 3-07 2x 365 32,240 3.1 1001 3.1 999 2nd Dam: Gateway-Acres CC Charm EX-93 3E 6-03 2x 365 37,770 2.5 957 3.0 1125

We’re glad to be a part of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and celebrate the 125th Anniversary. Thanks to John Sattler of Poy Sippi Holsteins for getting us started in the Registered Holstein business. It’s been a joy and pleasure to be a part of the industry for the last 25 years and we’ve made some great friends along the way. We hope you’ll join us on September 15 for our dispersal.

Gateway Acres March 2013 Classification: 7 EX, 34 VG, 26 GP BAA: 107.6%

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RHA: 25,154 4.01 1008 3.15 792

N3931 State Rd. 49, Poy Sippi, WI 54967 Bob cell (920) 229-6385 •

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RHC Number One Guess Sired by Misty Springs Number One and fresh in March with her 1st calf at 2-02, we think this is our best heifer to calve this year

Her Dam:

RHC Emory Gretchen EX-92 3E 5-02 2x 365 37,950 3.0 1137 2.5 932 6-05 2x 365 35,370 2.8 984 2.6 922 7-08 2x 349 38,300 2.8 1059 2.5 952 8-09 2x 365 36,250 2.6 935 2.6 928 10-0 2x 305 35,970 2.8 1013 2.4 864 Over 270,000 lifteime • Due back in May with her 9th calf at 11-02 and never looked better!

Her Granddam:

RHC Pyyex Gala VG-85 VG-MS 7-11 2x 365 37,610 3.3 1252 2.7 1004 Over 187,000 lifetime, 7 calves by 9-03

These are the kind we like and breed for. Our Guess is you’ll like her too! Bob Jr. & Nikki Cramer Family W3224 Norton Rd., Juda, WI 53550 • 608-934-1040 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-17

WHA - Built on its Membership As part of our anniversary celebration we are featuring some of our long-time members and longest running prefixes. est. 1890

The following articles are reprinted with permission from the October 2014 issue of Holstein World.

William Hageman Sr., Hagemans Holsteins, Fond du Lac

For long time Registered Holstein breeder William Hageman, Sr. of Fond du Lac County, the most rewarding part of being involved in this industry for the past 60 years is the quality of animals and the genuine people in the business. Those aspects combined with the opportunity to become involved, serve in various capacities and help others have been Hageman’s motivation. “My interest for the Registered Holstein cow developed by being exposed to showing through 4-H and the Junior Holstein Association,” Hageman says. “We had a grade herd, but my father valued my interest for registered animals and he allowed me to start purchasing registered cattle to add to our herd.” After attending the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, Hageman purchased Diego Carburke Eve for $400, a cow that would have an extreme impact on his herd. She went on to be classified VG-88 and made over 800-lbs. fat. Under the suggestion of Merle Howard, who saw Eve while classifying, Bill mated her to Ravenbrook Ideal. She was also mated to Senator, Hagemans Tempo and Apache. All together, Eve’s legacy in the herd lived on through many generations and five of her progeny earned Gold Medal Dam honors. When purchasing cattle, Hageman paid close attention to pedigrees. “I wanted to find cattle that would last in our herd and transmit well, so I looked for depth of pedigree,” he says. “This spurred me to add the Roxy influence to our herd among other strong maternal and paternal lines.” Hageman developed his herd under the Marhabil prefix until he and his wife, Saloah, married in 1960. They then established the Hagemans prefix for their 45-cow herd. Their prefix produced standouts like Hagemans Senator Eva (VG-86 GMD), from the aforementioned Eve family, and Hagemans Tempo (EX-90 GM), a Harborcrest Sunshine son of Hagemans Captain Tidy (EX-92). The Hagemans dispersed their herd in 1992 and the power of those strong families still lives on through descendents in the industry. Their son, William Jr., is still actively involved in the industry, where he works at Semex as USA Genetics Manager. On the people side of the industry, Hageman is quick to credit Eugene Nelson of Gray-View Farms with supporting and encouraging him. Namely, Nelson approached him and asked him to help with their show string at various events including the State Fair, Waterloo shows and the International at Chicago. It was through this work that he developed his passion for strong cow families, one that he still exudes today. “The best part of this industry is the desire that other breeders have to help those who want to get started,” he states. “Working with Gene and outstanding brood cattle like B D Crissy and Skyanne was an experience that sparked my love for the Holstein cow and strong pedigrees.” Throughout the years, Hageman served on his local board of directors and the state board of directors, where he was president in 1988. He was also honored to represent Wisconsin as a Delegate to the National Holstein Convention. In 1960, he was the recipient of the Wisconsin Outstanding Holstein Boy Award and went on to be runner-up on the National level. He had many class winners at the 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

local District Show and bred multiple All-Wisconsin winners. Hageman was recognized in 1989 with the WHA Distinguished Dairy Breeder Award for his accomplishments and Hagemans Tempo was honored as the Wisconsin Holstein Association “Wall of Fame” bull in 2007. Today, he can still be found serving on the ethics committee, standing in the show ring make-up area at World Dairy Expo where he monitors top line hair length on all animals entering the ring. “This has truly been a great experience for me as it exposes me to some of the greatest people in the industry - people that I respect and enjoy working with,” he says. “Plus, I get to put my hands on all the champions of the dairy breeders, something not too many get to enjoy.” Individuals like Nelson served as mentors for Hageman and now he prides himself in serving in this role for others. He cites the encouragement from others as his greatest motivator and his reason for encouraging younger generations to stay involved in the industry. For him, the opportunity to serve and help others has become very gratifying and he strives to influence people in a positive way. Here is the advice he offers to those interested in the business. “Draw up your plans and goals and then find someone who has been successful in that area to mentor you on how best to achieve those goals. Always consider new developments, but don’t defer from your plan. While there will always be disappointments, focus on the good.”

Maurice Cooper, Moss Oak Farm, DeForest

As an 85-year-old dairyman who raised six children on their family farm in DeForest, Maurice Cooper, has many fond memories of being involved in this business. Cooper was raised on a Registered Holstein farm in Jefferson County. “When I was in high school, I couldn’t wait to get home and get out to the barn,” he says. “I knew I wanted to farm and so I attended the University of Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course, where I met my wife, Geri, and the rest is kind of history.” They were married in 1950 and after one year of working at the infamous Pabst Farms, the newlyweds moved to Geri’s home farm in DeForest. In 1960, they purchased that farm. Geri’s father, Louis Sommer, had 27 grade animals at the time and was not interested in Registered Holsteins. So, when they made the move with 10 cows of their own, the six registered animals remained in his name and carried his “Moss Oak” prefix. That prefix and his dream of developing a solid Registered Holstein herd now lives on through the next generation of Coopers, namely his eldest son, William, and his family. Cooper refers to the “Kitten” cow family as one of the favorites he developed through the years. “When I was out working the Showcase sale and traveling with Nelson Rehder, I had the opportunity to visit another farm and there I found Borkdale Dandy Kay. We brought her home and she ended up being an EX-93 cow and produced our first Junior All-American nominee, Moss Oak T T Kitten (EX-93),” Cooper says. Today the herd is home to 135 Registered Holsteins, with 60 of them being milk cows. William has taken over the day-to-day operation of the herd and he has four daughters who have also taken a keen

interest in the industry, with some of them still owning cattle and being actively involved with the farm. While Cooper has stepped back quite substantially from the daily activities at Moss Oak, he still does all the registration applications and makes the list for veterinary herd checks. Beyond the farm, Cooper was actively involved with many organizations, including the Wisconsin Holstein Association, where he served two separate six-year terms on the board of directors and as a delegate to the National Holstein Convention multiple times. “I was a local director and at the time Allen Hetts pushed me to run for the state Holstein board,” he states. “I really valued my time being involved in that organization as it offered me great opportunities to give back to the industry and to meet some wonderful people from the state and around the U.S.” To this day, Cooper is still giving back by attending local events and state conventions. He also purchases a basket or other items auctioned at the Dane and Columbia County Fairs each year to support dairy youth functions. As far as the fond memories mentioned above, Cooper cites receiving the Distinguished Dairy Breeder Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2004 from the Wisconsin Holstein Association as ranking towards the top of the list. So what is the key to staying involved? Cooper says it all comes down to starting at a young age and investing. “There is no better place to start then joining as a junior member and taking advantage of the activities offered to youth,” he concludes. “Also, seek advice and invest in a good animal to build from at a young age. Build from good cow families and strong pedigrees.”

Steve Holte, Crest-View-Acres, Westby

As a Vernon County native, Steve Holte had a strong group of Holstein members in his county to serve as his leaders and mentors. He has aspired to follow in their footsteps and transitioned well into that leadership role. “I was fortunate to have many Registered Holstein breeders in Vernon County whom I looked up to. They helped me discover developing my own herd was the way to go,” states Holte. “In particular, we were very lucky to have Marlowe Nelson as a friend and mentor through the years. He was a true asset to the industry and a wealth of knowledge.” It is those relationships that motivated Holte to become involved and remain involved in the industry on his quest to develop a Registered Holstein herd. He cites people as his biggest motivator and mentions that he still greatly enjoys his county Holstein trip each year as it allows him to spend time learning from his fellow Holstein breeders and see herds from around the state. He and his wife, Kay, started Crest-View-Acres as a mixed herd of Jerseys, Guernseys and Holsteins. Today, their Registered Holstein herd is home to 56 cows and boasts of herd average of just over 24,100-lbs. milk with 3.7% fat and 3.0% protein test. Their current BAA is 109.5 and there are 14 Excellent, 31 Very Good and 11 Good Plus cows that contribute to that number. When talking about cows that have had a major influence on their herd, Holte mentions Sher-Est Rudolph Stripes (EX-91 GMD DOM). “Stripes is a great granddaughter of world renowned Sher-Est S-Wind Saturday (EX-90), and 75% of our herd traces back to this outstanding Rudolph daughter,” Holte says. “Stripes herself is a sixth generation Excellent and we have several branches of this family that we are developing.” Holte has been very active on the local, state and national levels with Holstein groups. Locally, he has served on the county board of directors and as the co-chair for the Vernon County Holstein Sale for 35 plus years. He also was on the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board (WHA) of Directors, where he served as state president, and has represented the state as a national delegate on numerous occasions. Through the years, the Holtes have been recognized with various

awards for their involvement and accomplishments within the industry. WHA honored them with the Distinguished Dairy Breeder Award and the Distinguished Service Award. They also have received the Vernon County Friend of Holstein Award, the Master Agriculturist Award and the Vernon County Outstanding Young Farmer Award. While these recognitions have been an honor, Holtes take greater pride in their family and friends in the industry. Namely, he says that they are fortunate to have raised three happy, healthy daughters, two of which are married and all doing well in their respective fields. The Holtes welcomed their first grandchild two years ago and are looking forward to the possibility of more to come. Holte offers this bit of advice. “Before starting your own herd, I suggest working for a different dairy or doing something in another field to explore opportunities. This will help you find which direction is best for you,” he states. “Be practical in spending and use the advice of people you respect and trust when looking to invest in Registered Holsteins. Finally, enjoy what you do and get involved in community, local and state activities. The people in this industry are really the most rewarding part of what we do each day.” Reprinted with permission from the Dec. 2013 issue of Wisconsin Agriculturist.

Jim & Mary Gillett, Don-Ru Holsteins, Rosendale

Jim and Mary Gillett and their sons are proud of the long and strong Holstein history attached to their dairy farm near Rosendale. They’re likewise proud of their future in a limited liability company arrangement set to begin in January. “We’re very fortunate that [our sons] came home [after college],” Jim says. Ben and Nathan are dairy science graduates of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and are the sixth generation in a dairy family well-known among Holstein breeders. The Gilletts represent the longest continuous ownership of Registered Holsteins in the nation by one family. Jim’s great-grandfather, Willis Gillett, served as president of the Holstein-Friesian Association of America and bred the famous Colantha 4th’s Johanna. For five years in the early 1900s, Johanna held the world record for milk production. An equally famous Gillett herd sire, Sarcastic Lad, was grand champion at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Offspring of Johanna, Sarcastic Lad and other Gillettbred Holsteins can be found in top Holstein herds all over the country. Jim’s dad, Don, continued the family’s Holstein activities as president of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, and with his wife, Ruth, started the Don-Ru prefix still in use with the herd. Jim has served as president of the Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders. At last classification, the 100% homebred Gillett milking herd has 12 Excellent, 35 Very Good and 34 Good Plus, with a breed age

Pictured in 2013, from left: Mac, Carrie holding Reese, Ben, Mary, Jim and Nathan Gillett wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-19

average of 106.9. The 140 cows in milk average 22,141 pounds of milk with 3.6% 790F and 3.12% 690P on twice-a-day milking. Jim bought six embryos a few years ago “from a high-end cow family” bred by Carl Werner in Dodge County, and now has three springing heifers that are out of five generations of EX-92 dams to add to the herd. “I always milked 40 cows,” Jim says. “When Ben came in, we went to 120 head without buying a cow.” Then when Nathan graduated and joined the operation, the family began serious discussions about the future. “The last couple of years we talked about what would be good, and this [LLC] is what came up,” Jim notes. Ben says, “I pretty much decided what I wanted in high school. I got out of school and decided to come back.” Nathan agrees that neither he nor his brother had any thoughts of leaving the farm. As employer and employees, Jim notes, “We always talk things over... [though] sometimes I’ll overrule them.” “I think for the most part we do pretty well,” Ben adds. “If we disagree, we walk away, and 15 minutes later we come back and figure it out.” Jim, a graduate of the UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course, does most of the farm’s mechanic work. Ben and Nathan take care of the herd, although Jim does the AI breeding. All three discuss bull selection and choose sires for both type and production. Nathan handles feeding. They also feed out their steers, about 50 a year. The cattle are housed in a freestall barn and milked in a flat barn milking parlor installed in the old stanchion barn. Jim says “someday” he’d like to build a new milking parlor. There’s also a new heifer barn. The men share crop duties on the farm’s 600-plus acres, raising alfalfa, corn, soybeans, wheat and peas. Most of the alfalfa is chopped, with 200 hundred big square bales also harvested. Some grass hay is purchased for heifer feed. Corn goes into silage and shell corn. The farm’s acreage includes the original 160 that Jim’s great-greatgrandfather, T.K. Gillett, started farming in 1866. Jim and Mary moved into a new home in 2013, built mainly with

Jim’s and other family labor and the help of two carpenter friends. Mary is a first-grade teacher in nearby Brandon. She and Jim also have a daughter, Danielle, who is a physician’s assistant and lives in Green Bay with her husband, Joseph, and sons Madden and Charlie. Ben and his wife, Carrie, and their children, Mac, Reese and Beckett, live on the home farm. Carrie is a production planner at Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac. Nathan is single. The three men fill in for each other when one needs to be gone. Jim notes that his sons still enjoy playing ball, and his grandson is in Little League. “Now we can take some time off,” with the LLC arrangement starting, he says. There also are “three good part-time guys who help us in various roles.” And while the Gilletts aren’t looking at expansion, they have branched out into a sideline cow-floating business that has done very well for them. Cow floating is used to rehabilitate down cows back to health. The business was Ben’s idea, and he does most of the floating within about a 60-mile radius of Rosendale, in eastern Fond du Lac County. “Last March we had a better cow go down after it calved,” he explains. “We tried floating, and we saw how helpful it could be. We saw a business opportunity there.” He did some exploring, found a man who was scaling back his own floating business, took out a loan and bought his first tank. Water is heated on the farm in an 800-gallon tank. A 700-gallon float tank is trucked to the site. Since they started in the spring of 2013, demand has grown the business to four tanks, so Nathan and Jim help when needed, and the profits are shared equally. Ben says that’s because his dad and brother have to fill in for his missing farm labor when he’s gone. Business referrals come from area veterinarians and the operator who helped him get started. “The timing was right,” Ben says. “I feel good when we save a cow. The farmer calls and says the cow walked out, and I feel good.” He claims a save rate above 50%.

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Voigtscrest MC Athena-ET by McCutchen born 9/8/14 +2026 PTPI Her Dam:

Ernest-Anthony Andorra-ET EX-90 EX-MS 2E 2-02 2x 365 34,770 3.6 1244 3.1 1084 1st 4-Year-Old, Wisconsin State Fair 2011 Reserve All-Wisconsin Junior 2-Year-Old 2009 3rd Spring Yearling, MW Spring Natl. Show 2008

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2nd Dam: EK-Oseeana Ambrosia-ET EX-95 2E GMD 6-04 2x 365 44,140 4.2 1852 3.2 1399 Res. All-American Junior 2-Year-Old 2005 Res. All-American 4-Year-Old 2007 3rd Dam: Tri-Day Ashlyn-ET EX-96 2E GMD DOM 4-09 2x 365 43,090 4.8 2079 3.5 1503 All-Time All-American 4-Year-Old Supreme Champion, WDE 2001 4th Dam: Bendy-Brook Odyssey Favorite EX-92 2E DOM Nom. Junior All-American Aged Cow 1995

Bid last on May 16 on this sweet McCutchen fall calf from the Ashlyns - proven winners in the showring!

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Wargo-Acres Colt P Major *RC VG-85 VG-MS

Wargo-Acres Model-ET EX-90 EX-MS

Wargo-Acres Mardi-ET VG-86 VG-MS

Wargo-Acres Melrose EX-94 3E GMD DOM

1-11 3x 356 28,105 4.4 1117 3.2 916 ~ fresh and milking 120 lbs. with a 4.4% fat and 3.6% protein test

3-00 3x 365 43,500 3.8 1633 3.2 1404 Lft: 1039d 115,730 3.9 4459 3.3 3775

1-09 2x 340 29,160 4.1 1206 3.1 908

6-05 2x 365 49,500 4.3 2104 3.3 1644 Lft: 2679d 275,010 4.2 11,438 3.4 9230

Majorette is not just a fancy red heifer, she has 6 generations of VG and EX Melroses behind her spanning over 35 years of Wargo Acres breeding. She is ready to lead your breeding program to the next level in full color. Gordon & Emily Carncross | Craig & Jen Carncross W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 | 608-592-2560 Craig cell

Check us out at BAA: 108.3% on 300 cows

RHA: 384 cows 30,495 3.8 1157 3.1 930

wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-25

We are offering two of our best young cows in the Wisconsin Showcase Sale...

She Sells! Sunnyside Horizon Atlantic VG-88 VG-MS 3-02 365 33,585 4.1 1391 3.6 1198 2-01 363 28,530 3.6 1013 3.2 906 ~ fresh February 17, will be rescored before the sale ~ Sired by Maple-Downs-I G W Atlantic, she’s backed by two VG dams with records over 34,000M

Sunnyside Marla Atwood-ET ~ fresh March 4 ~ last test: 125 lbs. Her Dam (pictured): Danville-ML Finest Missy-ET EX-91 EEVEE 3-11 3x 316 31,230 4.0 1246 3.3 1043 Gr’Dam: Mayerlane-DK My Maria-ET EX-92 2E GMD 3rd Dam: Golden-Oaks Mark Marion-ET EX-92 2E GMD DOM Next Dams: EX-91 DOM, 2E-93 GMD, 4E-94 GMD, 4E-91 GMD DOM, 2E-90

Bid last on May 16 to add one of these great young cows to your herd!

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Wisconsin Holstein Association on 125 years and wish them continued success.

Todd, Susan, Bennett & Sierra Borgwardt 12629 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 920-758-3440 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

RHA: 358 cows 29,708 3.79 1127 3.15 935

2nd-Look Durhm Juba 3433-ET EX-95 2E GMD 7-04 365 47,400 3.7 1734 2.8 1318 Lifetime: 247,601 3.5 8607 3.1 7749 2008 All-Wisconsin 125,000 lb. Cow


n the 125 year history of this great organization, chapters could be written about the one cow that changed the fortunes of so many breeders in our business. Juba happened to be mine. Purchased as a three week old calf, she exceeded my expectations and started her own chapter in my career in the Holstein industry. he has 7 EX daughters by 7 dierent sires, had a successful show career, sold embryos internationally and her legacy continues at Mystic Valley Dairy with over 20 descendants.

Her highest scored daughter...


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Kevin Jorgensen 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 920-210-3992

Wilstar Outside 2189-ET EX-92 2E EX-MS 6-06 305 40,420 3.9 1559 2.8 1115 ~ Owned with Mystic Valley Dairy LLC

Selling in the WI Showcase Sale on May 16 is 2189’s fresh Dempsey 2-year-old! Take her home and see if she changes your life! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-27

Wisconsin ar Cow of the Ye Nominee

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi EX-94 2E 5-09 2x 365 52,190 3.9 2010 2.9 1532 2013 Holstein Association USA Star of the Breed 5th Aged Cow & Overall Production Award, 2013 Midwest National Spring Show 8th place 5-Year-Old, 2012 International Holstein Show 3rd place & Best Udder 4-Year-Old, 2011 Midwest National Spring Show Gigi is a great example of what we strive to breed for, performance and style, and she is passing both on to her daughters and granddaughters. We would appreciate your vote for Gigi as the 2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year.

The Behnke Family 1324 Mortensen Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521 | 608-279-4243 | E-mail: | 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Remember when? est. 1890

How many of these faces can you identify? Send us your answers and the person who can identify the most people (and cows) in the photos will win a Wisconsin Holstein prize package. Entries due June 1. 1









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On February 13, the Holstein Breeders Association of Wisconsin was organized during the Wisconsin Dairymen’s Association in Columbus, Wis., at Griswold’s Hall. e first president was C.J. Evans.

W.J. Gillett became the first Wisconsinite to be elected President of the National Association. He served in the role until 1903.

On February 11, the Holstein-Friesian Breeders Association of Wisconsin is formally incorporated under Wisconsin state statutes with W.J. Gillett serving as Secretary.


e first cow testing association was organized in Michigan and testing associations rapidly expanded across the country.








W.J. Gillett of Rosendale, Wis., was elected as fourth Vice-President of the Holstein Association of America, the first Wisconsin member to hold a national office.


e Holstein Register, predecessor to the Holstein World, stated the Wisconsin Holstein Association was the largest of all the state organizations.

e first Wisconsin Holstein Consignment Sale was held at Lake Mills, Wis., on April 4.

industry Stephen Babcock develops the Babcock Test for milkfat at the University of Wisconsin and revolutionized milk pricing.

Colantha 4th Johanna, owned by W.J. Gillett, established a new world record for all breeds by producing 998 pounds of fat. She went on to produce 1,200 pounds of butterfat in a later lactation.


At the Association’s annual meeting in Madison, Wis., 189 members voted to expand the board of directors from 8 to 12 with the officers elected by the directors. Seats were staggered to three-year terms.

e Wisconsin Holstein Association hired its first full-time Secretary, L.L. Oldham. He served in the role until 1928.

e state association listed 63 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties as active county clubs.

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Authorization was given at the the Denver, Colo., national convention to construct a new office building in Madison, Wis., to house the Advanced Registry and Extension Departments for the national association.

e All-American Contest was launched on a national basis and formally recognized the nation’s top show animals.

e bylaws of the Wisconsin Association were amended to expand the board of directors to eight members.

John Erickson received $500 by winning the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Hoard’s Dairyman Wisconsin Dairy Cow Competition. e herd was on the cover of Holstein World which described the multi-year contest as “one of the hardest... ever.” John Hetts’ herd from Fort Atkinson, Wis., placed second.







Wisconsin-bred (Wood County) Minerva Beets started her run of five consecutive National Grand Champion titles for her new owner, R.E. Haeger.

Wisconsin hosted the first of its eight national conventions in Milwaukee, Wis. Carnation King Sylvia topped the convention sale at $106,000 and set the breed’s all-time record sale price until the 1960s.

industry Cow testing associations begin to change their names to Dairy Herd Improvement Associations.

e Erickson Dispersal, Waupaca, Wis., sends cattle to 15 states, Canada, Japan and South America for prices unseen for many years before or after. e sale averaged $1,139 on 86 head.

e 43rd National Convention held in Milwaukee, Wis., was attended by 171 delegates from a then record 46 states.

e Wisconsin Holstein News was published for the first time with the Association secretary serving as editor of the publication.


Wisconsin overtakes New York to become the nation’s leading dairy state.

Held in Madison, Wis., the 47th National Convention showcased the new Advanced Registry Department located in the city. e effects of the Great Depression began taking a toll as the national convention sale averaged only $127.67.

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Johanna Rag Apple Pabst, four times AllAmerican Bull, bred in Hartford, Wis., sold to Montvic for $15,000 and established the Rag Apple dynasty.


e Holstein True-Type project was initiated on a national level with national director Fred Pabst presiding over the project. Much of the work takes place at Pabst Farms.

To make the Wisconsin Holstein News self-supporting, the secretary proposed selling advertising. is was thought to be illegal by some board members; but after an investigation, it was voted that the News could accept paid advertisements.

Pauline Beauty Johanna DeKol, bred by W.L. Holbrock of Waldo, Wis., became the nation’s first cow to be classified Excellent. at was the same year that classification originated.

After serving as the full-time secretary since 1928, Milton Button began part-time service due to the economic stresses of the Great Depression. A.J. Glover, a Fort Atkinson, Wis., Holstein breeder and editor of Hoard’s Dairyman, was elected President of the national association. e second Wisconsin native to do so, Glover held the position until 1937.

On its 50th Anniversary, Wisconsin hosted its fourth National Convention, once again returning to Milwaukee, Wis. As part of the festivities, the spouse’s activity included watching a passenger plane land at the city’s new airport.

Outstanding Holstein Boy and Girl awards were bestowed for the first time with Norman Meyer of Elkhorn and Mary Jane Uphoff earning the first honors.


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e Wisconsin Holstein News moved from a quarterly publication to one that was published six times a year.

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Blood typing is developed and implemented as a method to confirm parentage in cattle.




e Junior Trip program was launched and allowed juniors to tour some of the state’s top dairies. e program started as a joint effort between the State 4-H office, the State Vocational Agriculture Office and the Wisconsin Holstein Association. e group selected five boys for the first trip.


e Purebred Dairy Cattle Association was formed on July 5 at Petersborough, N.H. It has served as the trade association for all dairy breeds.


A cow owned by John and Kathryn Bartlett of Oshkosh, Wis., became the breed’s first national Gold Medal Dam. Phoebe was classified Excellent and produced 264,000 pounds of lifetime milk.

Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee and Walworth Counties came together to form the first-ever district show. In 1949, Dane, Rock and Green counties followed suit.

industry A.C. Oosterhuis of Oconomowoc, Wis., succeeded Glover as National President serving until 1942. Wisconsin would not have another national president until 1994.

e Distinguished Junior Member (DJM) program was originally established in 1922 by the National Association. In 1934, Mildred Coen of Pound, Wis., became Wisconsin’s first national DJM winner.

industry e first detailed report on artificial insemination gets published in the U.S.

e first successful embryo transfer occurs. e healthy calf was born in 1952... originally termed “incubator” calf.


Pabst Farms purchased Wisconsin Admiral Burke Lad. He was bred at the Wisconsin Reformatory, Green Bay, Wis., under the direction of Archie Sandberg and Glen Householder. Together with two sons, Wisconsin Admiral Burke Lad sired several All-American offspring. Due to mounting pressures of the Great Depression, the delegates at the annual convention in Chicago voted to consolidate operations in Brattleboro, Vt., and sell the facility in Madison, Wis. e sale took place the next year.

e Klussendorf Trophy, given to the nation’s top showman, was awarded for the first time at the National Dairy Show. e Klussendorf Trophy was created by Tiffany and Company of New York, N.Y. and it was named after Wisconsin native Arthur Klussendorf who unexpectedly passed away the previous year.

Frosty, the first calf born in the United States from frozen semen was born on May 29 in the herd of John and Melford Hill in Janesville, Wis. e calf was sired by Pabst Burke Tritomia Fryslan and came from a grade Holstein.

A Japanese trainee program was established thanks to the leadership of Marlowe Nelson who served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952 in Japan and Korea. e effort helped further develop the Japanese dairy industry and fostered genetic sales between both countries.

It was a banner year for Pinehurst Farms of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., as the Bachmann family won Premier Breeder and Exhibitor Awards at all three national shows, the Championship Show and at the Wisconsin State Fair.

e first-ever Wisconsin Showcase Sale was held in November with 49 head averaging $2,281.



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e first Junior Activities Committee was created that year with five adults and one junior member. John Selz served as the first adult chairman and Gary Lintvedt was the first junior representative.

Plain View Inga went on to become the first cow of the breed to be Grand Champion and Best Udder at the National Show at Waterloo, Iowa; Winter Royal Fair, Canada; and the International Holstein Show, Chicago, Ill.

Elroy Borgwardt and his Sunnyside herd in Valders, Wis., won the first-ever Distinguished Breeder Award from the Wisconsin Holstein Association.

Under the guidance of Allen Hetts of Crescent Beauty Farms, Fort Atkinson, Wis., the World Food and Agricultural Foundation was established in December of that year. T wo years later, the organization held its first event and it went on to become known as World Dairy Expo.

One year after All-Wisconsin Show winners are named at the Wisconsin Championship Show, the Association begins naming Junior All-Wisconsin cattle, too. National convention held in Milwaukee and the first Wisconsin State Show was held at Pabst Farms, Oconomowoc, Wis., with Merle Howard the judge and Plain View Inga named Grand Champion cow.

industry Milk protein tests were officially recognized by DHIA.

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e All-Wisconsin Holstein Show Series began in combination with an annual series of 11 district shows... the name later changed to the Wisconsin Championship Show.

Gene Acres Felicia May Fury, EX-97, became the four-time Grand Champion at the Wisconsin Championship Show for Allen Hetts of Fort Atkinson, Wis.


Norman Rasmussen became the new state secretary and editor of the Wisconsin Holstein News. He served in the role until 1980.

e Wisconsin Younger Breeder award was given for the first time with Niles Wendorf, Cresentmead Farms, Ixonia, Wis., earning the first honor.


At 12 years, 5 months of age, Linden Dictator Wimble Wimpy, became the breed’s first Excellent 97 cow in March of that year. She was owned by Nelson Rehder of Waukesha, Wis.

Beginning in April, the Junior Activities Committee became comprised of all junior members. e eight individuals were elected at large from juniors attending the adult convention.

Following his untimely death a year earlier, World Dairy Expo’s Grand Champion honor for each breed was renamed the Allen Hetts Grand Champion Award. e award continues to this day.

industry e first published ranking of all A.I. sires on predicted difference for milk occurs in the U.S.

e first World Food Expo took place at the Dane County Fairgrounds in Madison, Wis. e event was later renamed World Dairy Expo and the show has become the world’s greatest dairy exhibition. Countless Wisconsin Holstein Breeders lend support through volunteering and financial contributions.

industry e first Holstein calf born as a result of an embryo transplant becomes eligible for registration.

For the fourth time, Milwaukee, Wis., served as the host site as Wisconsin hosted it fifth national convention. Attendees also watched the state’s championship show in Madison, Wis.

e Wisconsin Holstein Association purchased an office complex in Baraboo, Wis., with Mike Snyder succeeding Norman Rasmussen as Secretary.

A three-year-old futurity show took place for the first time at the Wisconsin State Fair. Due to a $1,000 sponsorship from the Pabst Brewery, it took on the name of the Pabst Holstein Futurity.

Serving as the host for the 101st National Convention, Wisconsin again held the event in Milwaukee, Wis., with some 1,500 attending the national sale.

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industry Ultrasound technology can detect pregnancy as early as 25 days and can determine the sex of an embryo between 55 and 60 days.

Marge Lippert was named the Junior Association’s first Wisconsin Holstein Youth Leader award winner at the junior convention in Oconomowoc.

Long-time Wisconsin Holstein Association Secretary Norman Rasmussen was awarded the first-ever Distinguished Service Award.



Sonya Granger was crowned the first Wisconsin Holstein Princess at the adult convention in Oshkosh.

industry Sexed semen becomes commercially available. e sperm-sorting technology results in 90 percent heifer calves.

Wisconsin becomes the first state association to use ultrasound as a way of stepping up ethics at its major shows.

Genetic evaluations for somatic cell linear score will be added to USDA sire evaluations. Other health traits followed in the coming years.


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e first Junior State Convention that was held separately from the adult meeting took place in Wisconsin Rapids on Jan. 10 and 11. It served as a successful pattern for years to come.

Nominees for the Top Performer Award program were sought and first awards were bestowed at the state convention the following year. e program honors cows for the combination of top production and type.


e junior association held its first Cow Camp at ousand Trails in Lyndon Station, Wis., with more than 50 junior participants.

Barbara Kayser of Janesville, Wis., became the first woman elected to the Wisconsin Holstein Association board of directors.

e Wisconsin Holstein News was expanded to a monthly publication.

Wisconsin Holstein Publications was formed as a for-profit entity of the Association.


industry e Linear Classification system was adapted by the National Holstein Association using a 50-point sliding scale to evaluate 15 primary traits.

John Selz of Humbird, Wis., was the fourth Wisconsin Holstein breeder elected as President of Holstein Association USA.


e Association hosted the first Wisconsin Spring Show at the Dane County Fairgrounds in Madison, Wis. e show was later renamed the Midwest Spring National Holstein Show.

Bonnie Van Dyk was elected by her fellow directors to serve as the Association’s President and became the first female to lead the organization. In doing so, she and her husband, Henk, who served as President in 1996, become the first husband-wife team to serve in that capacity.


e Wall of Fame honor was bestowed for the first time at the 100th State Convention. e first inductees were W.J. Gillett, person; Colantha 4th Johanna, cow; Johanna Rag Apple Pabst, bull.

e Wisconsin Holstein News begins publishing 11 times a year by combining its July and August issue into one month. It ends a 20-year run of monthly publications.


University of Wisconsin researchers developed a procedure for synchronizing the time of ovulation using gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and prostaglandin. Program was later referred to as Ovsynch.

e Spring Barn meeting series, with a mix of farm tours and management insight from field experts, fosters on-farm learning for members.

e first-ever All Breeds Convention was held in Oconomowoc, Wis. Chaired by Elmo Wendorf, Jr., the event was hosted by Dodge, Jefferson, Washington and Waukesha Counties and included the unveiling of the Seven Wonders of Wisconsin painting.

Ashland, Wis., Mayor James Monroe proclaimed it Junior Holstein Association Day as Sky-Bark-Bay Holsteins of Washburn, Wis., and ABS partnered to donate a calf for the first-ever Junior Calf Raffle.

By being elected President, Chris McCullough and his father, Mike, become the fourth father-son team to lead the Wisconsin Holstein Association. Others include: Harvey Nelson (19381939) and sons Eugene (1957-1958) and Alvin (1973); Elroy Borgwardt and sons Roger (1986) and William (1998); and Donald Rickert (1994) and Jim (2011).

e first Young Adult Committee meeting took place at the state’s annual convention. e YAC committee held its first group activities later in the year to further engage young adults ages 21 to 45.

Midwest Holsteins, a joint publication between Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, was launched in March with a fall issue published in October. Illinois joined the effort the following year.

industry e Merle Howard Award was bestowed for the first time at World Dairy Expo to the show’s top Junior Exhibitor. Howard was the 1979 State President, a past Distinguished Service Award winner and Holstein classifier.

As Midwest Holsteins builds momentum among readers and advertisers, a third edition in the summer was added to the five-state publication consortium.



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For the first time since 1960, district shows were reshaped and were consolidated from 11 to 9. District 11 (Northern Wisconsin) was split between Districts 1 and 4 while District 9 (Racine, Kenosha and Walworth) merged into District 6.


Plans for the Treasure Quest program were finalized and it was launched at Spring Show in 2006. rough the sale of a limited number of raffle tickets, it raised funds for the state picnic and shared collected funds with the calf selected by the winning ticket holder.

Assets of the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Scholarship Funds top $160,000. ere were also five named memorial scholarships in the fund — Berg, Fust, Morris, Selz and Klossner.


Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red was named Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo for owners Mark and Nicky (Reape) Rueth of Oxford, Wis. is was the fourth time a cow owned by Rueth was named Supreme or Reserve Supreme Champion.

e first Power Point Sale dubbed the Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale was sponsored by Wisconsin Holstein’s Young Adult Committee (YAC). at same year, the WHA Scholarship Committee awarded a record $13,250 in scholarships to Wisconsin Juniors.

Wisconsin Dells became the host site as Wisconsin hosted the National Convention for an eighth time. Some 1,800 people attended the National Sale at Heathestone Enterprises that averaged over $10,000.

e Wisconsin Showcase Sale first held in 1964 was relaunched as a biannual event. e April sale at the Great Northern averaged $3,819 on 85 lots.

industry Genomic information, a new genetic prediction test, initially raises the reliability on young Holstein bulls and heifers by 18 percent which is the equivalent of nine daughters in a bull’s proof or four to five lactations worth of production data for females.

THE WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN VISION “The association was set up for the purpose of improving, promoting and securing the best interests possible for breeders and owners of Holsteins, thereby hoping to gain many points of advantage of an association, where we would fall as individuals.” C.J. EVANS

2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year Nominees est. 1890

Paid members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association are encouraged to submit their vote for the 2015 Wisconsin Cow of the Year in one of the following ways: 1. mail the ballot printed on page 37 of this issue; 2. vote online from the link on our website -; 3. drop your ballot in the voting box at the Wisconsin Showcase Sale. We will accept one vote per paid membership.

Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi EX-94 2E 5-09 2x 365 52,190 3.9 2040 2.9 1532 Sire: R-E-W Buckeye-ET Dam: Venture-OMNI Goodluck Gypsy 2013 Holstein Association USA Star of the Breed 5th Aged Cow & Overall Prod. Award, 2013 Midwest Spring National Show 8th 5-Year-Old, 2012 International Holstein Show 3rd & Best Udder 4-Year-Old, 2011 Midwest Spring National Show

Bur-Wall Holsteins, Brooklyn

Pineylawn Jasper Bethany EX-94 4-04 2x 365 46,923 4.5 2130 3.0 1336 Sire: Wilcoxview Jasper-ET Dam: Pineylawn Morty Betsy 5th 5-Year-Old, 2014 Midwest Spring National Show 3rd 5-Year-Old, 2014 Wisconsin Championship Show 5th 5-Year-Old, 2014 Midwest Fall National Show

Heatherstone Enterprises Inc., Baraboo

Rock-N-Hill-II Atwoo Crisco EX-92 3-01 2x 305 28,912 4.32 1250 3.06 884 Sire: Maple-Downs-I GW Atwood-ET Dam: Rock-N-Hill-II Laram Cookie 2013 All-Wisconsin Senior 2-Year-Old Reserve Intermediate Champion, 2013 Wisconsin Championship Show 2014 All-Wisconsin Senior 3-Year-Old Intermediate Champion, 2014 Wisconsin Championship Show

Rachel McCullough, Juda

Siemers Dundee Hilda 8669-ET EX-95 2E GMD 4-10 2x 365 56,780 3.1 1746 3.1 1749 Sire: Regancrest Dundee-ET Dam: Mayerlane-DK Hiawatha-ET 2014 Junior All-American Production Cow 5th Production Cow, 2014 International Holstein Show Nasco Type & Production Award Winner, 2013 & 2014 World Dairy Expo 2nd & 1st Junior 150,000 lb. Cow, 2014 Wisconsin Championship Show 2013 Junior All-American & Nom. All-American Production Cow 2011 Junior All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 3rd 125,000 lb. Cow, 2011 Midwest Spring National Show Grand Champion, 2011 International Junior Holstein Show

Jordan Siemers, Newton 36–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Wisconsin Cow of the Year Ballot est. 1890

Paid members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association are encouraged to submit their vote for Cow of the Year in one of the following ways: 1. mail this ballot to WHA, 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913; 2. vote online using the link on our website -; 3. drop your ballot in the voting box at the Wisconsin Showcase Sale. We will accept one vote per paid membership.

Name ______________________________________ Customer ID # (found on News mailing label): ______________ Address __________________________________________________ Email _________________________________

I vote for: o Bur-Wall Buckeye Gigi o Rock-N-Hill-II Atwoo Crisco

o Pineylawn Jasper Bethany o Siemers Dundee Hilda 8669-ET

Wisconsin Holstein Spring Barn Meetings a Success The Wisconsin Holstein Association held three spring barn meetings again in 2015, hosted by Mayerlane Holsteins (Don & Liz Mayber) of Bloomer, Joe Paltzer of Seymour, and Fischerdale Holsteins (Tom & Vicki Sarbacker) of Verona. The discussion at this year’s meetings featured classification, and a fantastic presentation from Holstein USA Classifier Cy Letter. At each meeting, Cy broke it down for attendees. He provided a thorough look at how classifiers score each part of the cow, and included discussion of all linear traits used. For those that were unable to get to a barn meeting, a complete video of Cy’s presentation has

been posted to the Wisconsin Holstein YouTube channel. The video provides a great overview and some questions and answers through the course of the presentation, and can even potentially be utilized for youth at dairy judging practices. Wisconsin Holstein would like to extend a huge thank you to Cy and the three host farms that opened their barn doors this spring. Over 200 people attended the meetings, which are held each year in March with topic and farm hosts based on recommendations from WHA’s Breed Improvement Committee.

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Ms Amanda Lmo Amala-Red-ET born 6/14/14 GTPI +2343 PTA +1268M +18F +37P +2.11T +2.37UDC +1.83FLC +4.9PL +2.73SCS +1.5DPR +0.5HCR +0.9CCR Amala is the #6 GTPI red Olympian in the U.S. and she sells in the 2015 R&W National Convention Sale. Her dam and granddam are pictured below and are followed by a VG-86 Paradox, 3E-91 Rudolph and EX-94 Enhancer, all with impressive records. If you want the complete package in RED, put Amala on your list.

Ms Amanda Amelia-ET *RC VG-85 VG-MS GTPI +2194 PTA +1410M +53F +33P +2.03T +1.97UDC +1.61FLC 1-11 245 20,510 3.8 777 2.9 605 inc. Amala’s dam by Mogul. Amelia is the in the top 15 red/RC cows for TPI, Fat, Pro, NM and is #3 for Milk. Her last test was 90 lbs. with 4.5%F and 3.0%P. An Overtime x Amelia is his #6 daughter for NM. We have pregnancies by Spark and Amelia is bred back to Monterey.

Ladinodale Amanda-Red-ET *PO VG-86 VG-MS 2-04 365 30,200 4.5 1356 3.2 981 A former #1 GTPI red cow, Amanda is the granddam of Amala. An Epic son is at Accelerated Genetics and an Epic daughter is VG with 1-11 281 26,065 4.0 1053 3.4 881 inc. A daughter by Destry is GP-83 in Canada and is the dam of a +2183 GTPI potential VG red-carrier Mayfield that calved in February and sells in the Wisconsin Showcase Sale.


Emily - Megan - Felicia - Josh - Joey 3017 North Rd., Blue Mounds, WI 53517 (608) 437-5415 or (608) 438-5416 38–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Cava-Lanes Merlin Dolly-ET EX-92 EEVEE DOM GTPI +2140 3-03 365 35,920 3.8 1372 3.2 1142 5-00 180 25,862 4.7 1225 3.0 766 inc. M Dolly is making a huge record with 148 lbs. 4.6%F and 3.3%P on her last test and was just raised to 92 with a 93-MS! Sired by Melarry Zenith Merlin, her dam is a VG-88 Goldwyn followed by a VG Outside, EX Rudolph and a VG-88 full sister to Durham. Her Uno son is +2361G at IPS and her daughters by McCutchen and Defender are impressive with GTPIs well above parent average. Owned by Opsal/Wilstar, M Dolly is being flushed.

Circle-K McCutchen 831 GTPI +2461 PTA +572M +35F +34P +2.22T +2.33UDC +2.24FLC +560NM$ +5.2PL +2.8SCC +2.2DPR Miss K, as we call her, was purchased at the 2014 National Convention Sale by our Opsal/Wilstar partnership. She was flushed twice with embryos exported, has pregnancies by Supershot and is due in June with a heifer by Pety. Her pedigree includes a VG-87 Freddie dam then an EX-91 Baxter, EX-92 Shottle, EX-91 Finley with a total of 17 generations VG or EX. A Mogul brother is +2592G and her first daughter has a preliminary GTPI over 2600.

MDF Goldwyn Breezier-ET EX-91 GTPI +2015 2-06 2x 365 26,405 4.4 1162 3.3 871 4-03 2x 68d 8,823 4.2 367 3.1 295 inc. An exciting 4-year-old for Cathryn, Christopher, Elizabeth, and Matthew Gunst. She’s a maternal sister to All-American Talent Barbara 2E-95. The Dam is Outside Breeze also 2E-95 with the 3rd dam being the 2-time WDE champion Tony Beauty. Breezier will be flushed soon to Doorman/ Doorsopen.

Amanda family bred by and owned with Dennis Gunst family.

Willis & Carla Gunst, Cathryn & Christopher 3687 30th Drive, Pine River, WI 54965 920.858.9367 Willis cell wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-39

A potential 8th generation VG or EX! Sid x VG Damion x EX-94 Wade x VG-86 Raider x EX-91 GMD DOM Tesk x VG-86 Blackstar x VG-88 Inspiration x EX-92 3E GMD DOM RA Wonder

Her granddam: Walk-Era Wade Denice

EX-94 3E

5-11 2x 365 33,240 3.7 1216 3.0 1009 Lft: 2305d 173,760 3.8 6626 3.1 5432

N9036 Lewiston Station Road Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 John 608-432-3113 • Tim 608-697-2922 Where dreams of excellence are bred!

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WHA Past Presidents est. 1890

As we began thinking about WHA’s 125th Anniversary, the staff reached out to our Past Presidents to ask what was the most memorable events or favorite moments that occurred during their presidency. Thank you to those that provided their thoughts and memories.

Marlowe Nelson, 1970 & 1971

I think 1971 was in Green Bay at a downtown hotel and we had the first separate program for Juniors in a nearby YMCA or other building.

Donald Schmidt, 1981 & 1982

Some highlights include: purchasing the existing office complex and employing Mike Snyder as general manager of our association; hiring assistant manager John Rogers; most county Holstein associations hosted a county sale; Mike and John made the cattle selections and worked with the counties, managing the sales. We made enough on commission to pay the salaries of our staff and build up a reserve. Our staff consisted of a Manager, Assistant Manager, full-time News Editor, and secretary. The state sale was held at Wisconsin Dells. The cattle sold at the pool side. Convention was at the Holiday Inn, sales were brisk, and our Holstein selections sold great - demand for Registered Holsteins was outstanding. Events attended were convention, district show, and barn meetings. Lots of activity today compared to then. The Registered Holsteins still commands respect and importance, although there are less breeders due to the change of times. It was a great time to serve as president of this great association. I look forward to the upcoming events.

Roger Borgwardt, 1986

Hosted National Convention in Milwaukee in June of 1986. Mike Snyder resigned as Executive Secretary of Wisconsin Holstein. John Rogers was hired to replace Mike Snyder.

Ray Kuehl, 1987 & 1988

I was elected president my second year on the board and really tried to bring the group together. We had probably the largest membership ever for WHA. I tried to attend as many county annual meetings as I could to talk about the association. Prior to my presidency, financials were sent to the President to review each month. After some difficulties, we started having the reports sent to the Vice President to keep them up-to-speed on the state of the association and prepare them for the presidency. Another big change was implementing the Past Presidents’ Breakfast at the annual convention. The group had been getting together off-site on the Friday night of the convention. Convention hosts were disappointed that the leaders of the association weren’t involved with the convention activities, so we looked for a new venue for them to get together. This group also began selecting the Distinguished Service Award winner. Other major projects were the start of the history book project and putting together 5-year and 10-year strategic plans for the association.

William Hageman, 1989

State membership was $17.00 and National was $10.00 for five years. Gail Schronce was manager, Betty Baker was Bookkeeper and membership, Barb Ohl was Secretary, David Cooper was the Field Representative. Kimberly Olson and Brian Coulthard were the DJMs; Robert Weinfurtner received the Don Gillett Distinguished Service Award; Church-Site Farm, Joseph & Beverly, James & Penny Wautier, were Distinguished Younger Dairymen. We tried to save money on paper for the News and the membership said “you can do better,” it is important with useful information for members. Newsworthy topics included monthly issues for 1989 were: Cow $ and Sense, Mating Cows-Sire Selection, Heifer Management, Quality Milk, Herd Turnover, Production Testing, Feeding for Maximum Profitability, Embryo Marketing, Culling - A Financial or Emotional Decision. We helped the juniors with the first Silent Auction at State Convention. Railbird Judging Contest was used to build the Scholarship Fund. The Gehl Co. offered moneys for Scholarships. Spring Show was held in Madison with Lowell Lindsay as Judge. 42–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Grand Champion Female was C Towervue Legend Debbie. Grand Champion Male was Pinehurst Starz. The State Championship was held in Tomah. Loren Elsass placed 358 head. Grand Champion Female was Feather Field Prophets Rejoice and Grand Champion Male was Pinehurst Starz. Starz was also Grand Champion as World Dairy Expo. Winning the 3rd Pabst Futurity was Indianhead Mattador Joyful exhibited by Bob and Karyn Schauf. Bert Stewart served as Judge. Wisconsin was 1st State Herd at the Southern National Show in Springfield Missouri and placed 2nd Sate Herd at the Western National in Puyallup Washington. The Wisconsin Fall Harvest Sale was held at the Holiday Inn in Wisconsin Dells on November 13 with a $2,110 sale average The National focus was on evaluating effects of BST on Genetic Merit, moving the National Office, and compensation for directors. True Protein became the way to measure protein content for records. Planning began for our Centennial Celebration and a logo was created depicting the Holstein cows and the State of Wisconsin.

Elmo Wendorf Jr., 1990

This was the 100th anniversary year. Our major mission was to try to have something happening every month of the year. Two of the big events were the state picnics held at Heatherstone and Roger Heeg’s HeegView Farms. Both were well attended with 300-400 people at each event. Another big event was having our Wisconsin Championship Show held at Wisconsin State Fair with a very large show held at the fair. I think the numbers were over 350 head and it might have been 400 head. The final big event was held at the 100th convention at Olympus Resort with over 650 people attending the convention. The convention sale averaged $11,000 with a top of $110,000 for a bull and $60,000 for a female. The bull was out of Crescentmead Rotate Amanda and the female was out of Rotate Elory. Both cows were #1 of the breed in two back-to-back years.

Steve Holte, 1992 & 1993

Tim Heeg joined our team in March 1992 as our Field Representative. In December 1992, Gail Schronce left her position as Manager/ Editor. Tim Heeg was appointed interim manager for a brief period. March of 1993, Bruce Towns was hired as Manager/Editor. Tim stayed with us until July 1993 when he took a job as a regional sales manager with Tri-State Breeders. Another change was to implement our in-house desktop publishing in order to produce a better Wisconsin Holstein News. At the end of my term, publishing of the Wisconsin Holstein News became the responsibility of Wisconsin Holstein Publications Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, Inc. We also implemented the 800 number for better communications with membership. Chris Williams came on board in April of 1993 and she became a real asset to Wisconsin Holstein. Being on the Wisconsin Holstein Board was one of the most rewarding and challenging times in my life. Thanks for the opportunity to serve.

Alan Koepke, 1997

My term occurred when Wisconsin’s dairy industry was on a very serious decline. Many dairy farmers were quitting and our state milk production was also declining. I tried to set up some programs that could slow down the trend. My goal was to stabilize membership numbers which would ultimately lead to a more profitable bottom line. One goal was to demonstrate to commercial dairy personnel that Holstein Association USA has many programs that would help them become more profitable. We mostly wanted to be more efficient without hurting the programs that benefit our membership and revenues. I really enjoyed serving on the Wisconsin Holstein Association board and enjoyed the diversity of breeders opinions about what makes the best cow.

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Past Presidents

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Eugene Nelson Floyd Jones Paul Christoph John Doornick James Martin Ray Brubacher Elroy Borgwardt Alvin Piper John Selz Sherman Eustice Marlowe Nelson Bert Brown Alvin Nelson Vernon Schultz Donald Gillett Richard Kruschke Merle Howard Gus Wendorf Donald Schmidt Richard Towns Donald Mullen Joe Julka Roger Borgwardt Ray Kuehl William Hageman

Roger Hildebrandt, 1999

We implemented using ultrasound at the spring show, state show, state fair, and futurity at state fair. WHA started this to enforce show ethics at our shows. We had a first-ever all-breeds convention held in Oconomowoc with my county (Dodge) being part of the host counties. The Seven Wonders of Wisconsin sale with all seven breeds represented in the sale was held along with the convention in Oconomowoc. High seller was Sher-Est Rudolph Secret-ET, selling for $31,000 for consigners Ester and Sherman Erlandson. Holsteins averaged $10,350. We closed out the convention with the Seven Wonders of Wisconsin All-Breeds Banquet with indoor fireworks and unveiled the Seven Wonders of Wisconsin painting done by artist Larry Schultz.

Bonnie Van Dyk, 2003

A new executive director was hired along with a new editor. At all times, remember this is a small gross dollar business and you cannot have too many employees. In regards to the magazine, the Editor needs to utilize telemarketing and social media; you cannot afford to do on-theroad cold calls. All costs need to be calculated before changes are made.

Mike McCullough, 2004

I’m pretty sure I was the only president in the history to run the annual meeting with a pretty good hangover. Not as president, but the convention in New Glarus we had a snow storm and an association managed sale after many years of no sale. It was small quarters but everyone enjoyed and it inspired other counties to be host.

Corey Geiger, 2008 & 2011

During my first term as president (2008 to 2009), it was our good fortune to host the 2008 National Holstein Convention in Wisconsin Dells. Despite record rainfall just weeks earlier that broke a dam and drained nearby Lake Delton, the convention chaired by Elmo Wendorf was the best attended in over a decade. Tom and Sandy Morris and their team (auction crew) and Mike and Valerie Holschbach and their family (host farm) headed up an outstanding National Convention Sale. That sale average of $12,831 on 86 lots ranked 12th worldwide among all Holstein sales while the Wisconsin Futures Edition averaging $10,426 on 39 lots ranked 17th worldwide. The 2008 National Holstein Convention was so successful that Wisconsin immediately tossed its hat back into the ring and was awarded the 2019 Convention by Holstein Association USA. As far as changes to the association that year, we consolidated the number of District Holstein Shows from 11 to 9. Also, we initiated an annual SWOT analysis to improve the business plan and that lead to the creation of the Young Adult Committee (YAC). Additionally a committee of the three immediate past WHA presidents to serve as a nominating

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committee for future directors. In 2011 and 2012, I was fortunate to serve another term as President with an entirely new group of directors from my first term in 2008 and 2009. The year began with a comprehensive review of our long-term labor needs. After a thorough investigation, we opened the Member Services Manager position in mid-May. After a complete vetting process, Larry Nelson was selected from nearly two-dozen applicants in midSeptember. Larry has a diverse business background which, thankfully for us, included a soft spot for the Holstein cow. Finances of the Association were in great shape. Due to a conservative fiscal approach by our board and staff, our portfolio experienced great gains. In January 2004, our Merrill Lynch investment account stood at $203,000. By the end of 2011, we had $532,000 in Merrill Lynch investments. For those doing the math, that is a 262 percent gain in eight years.

Mark Gilbertson, 2009

The biggest undertaking during my presidency was the start of the Treasure Quest. It was quite entertaining to have Annie (Hulle) try to explain to the board this program that she had seen at a show in Canada. And the Treasure Quest has really worked well for the association and raising funds to have the annual summer picnic. I really value the friendships I’ve made with the other board members I served with and enjoy seeing several each year at a holiday gathering.

Jim Rickert, 2010

Things I remember are the friendships and connections made with Holstein friends, featuring a trivia contest in my column each month and giving out Culver’s gift cards to the winners. Hosting a hospitality party at the adult convention in Beaver Dam, my last night as president. We also lost a dear friend and fellow board member, Brian Krull.

Marci Walker, 2013

An online show entry system was introduced and we committed to having our WHA championship show and Midwest National Spring Show at the new Alliant Energy Center barns for 2015, 2016, 2017. Our board really worked well together and used each member’s strengths, is was a fun and cohesive board. Larry Nelson very successfully completed his first full year as Executive Director. The State Showcase Sale came back in full force with an average of $3,816. The Holstein Princess and Junior Activity programs were thoroughly reviewed and enhanced. We lost and gave tribute to two men, John Klossner and John Selz, who had really positively impacted our Wisconsin Holstein Association. wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015-43

WHA - Celebrating 125 Years! Sharing great memories....

The Early Years - Mike & Val, Brienne, Chase and Chelsea 1986 National Convention Souvenir Book cover

Duane and Carol Jean, 1986 Distinguished Breeder Award

1982 Heatherstone Futurity Sale

1990 WHA Centennial Picnic host

1992 WHA Futurity Junior Champion, WI Junior State Fair 1996

Howard Clapp Award winners - Mike, Brienne & Carol

Mike & Val, 1997 Distinguished Young Breeder Award

Junior Best Three, 2012 District 5 Show

2008 National Holstein Convention Sale host

WDE President, 2008-2015

2013 & 2014 District 5 Premier Exhibitor

2012 WHA Futurity

Heatherstone Redhot-Red 1st R&W Spring Calf, 2014 WDE

Savage-Leigh Golden Girl-ET VG-88 2014 Res. All-American Fall Yrlg. in Milk

Brookhill Goldwyn Cecile EX-95 Heatherstone’s first 95 pt. cow

Pineylawn Jasper Bethany EX-94 We think she’s a star! Please vote for Bethany for the 2015 WI Cow of the Year.

...Looking forward to making more! Mike & Valerie Holschbach Family

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Red-y for the Showcase Gildale Destry Brooklyn *RC VG-86 VG-MS at 2Y 2-03 2x 328 18,660 3.9 724 3.3 618 ~ fresh March 26 ~ 1st Fall Calf, 2012 District 3 Show Dam: Gildale Rubens Beth-Red-ET VG-88 VG-MS 5-08 2x 365 26,560 4.1 1093 3.5 928 Gr’Dam (pictured): Bridgewood Stardust Barbie EX-93 3-10 2x 343 25,030 3.9 972 2.9 728 A breeder’s dream - Brooklyn is built for the showring and works hard putting milk in the tank. Fresh in March, she is off to a fabulous start as a senior 3-year-old prospect. She will be classified before the sale. Bid last on May 16 so you are red-y for the shows!

Gildale Holsteins Mark, Erik, Brenda, Makenna & Elise Gilbertson 605 First Ave., Hollandale, WI • • BAA: 109.7% Mark 608.574.8107 • Erik 608.574.1031 • Brenda 608.574.2855

35th Annual Monroe County Dairy Breakfast

Saturday, June 6 • 7-11 a.m.

Opening Ceremony at 8:30 a.m.

Menu: Ham & cheese omelettes, pancakes, buttered toast, cheese, Culver’s sundaes, coffee cake, cookies, coffee and milk hosted by

O’BRIDGE FARM Jeff & Kathy Schmitz Family Adam, Amy, Allyson, Aaron & Amelia 17708 Incline Rd., Norwalk, WI 54648 Directions from Sparta: Take Hwy. 16 east to County A, go right on County A & stay on A until Incline Rd., first farm on Incline Rd. 46–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Welsh-Edge Gingerheart-ET EX-92 4E at 12-02 DOM

by Durham

9-03 2x 365 30,630 3.4 1030 3.0 926 Lifetime: 3466d 235,850 3.5 8227 3.2 7518 2/1/01 ~ 11/20/14

While she may be gone, Gingerheart’s legacy lives on in her 30 offspring in the milking herd today. She has 25 daughters by 10 different sires. To date, scores are: 13 EX - 2 at 93, 92, 5 at 91, 5 at 90; 10 VG - 89, 88, 4 at 87, 86, 3 at 85; one at 83 and one 80 with nothing lower. We sold four of her daughters as calves, they were 90, 90 and Reserve All-WI Junior 3 Year Old 2006, 91 and 92. She has 15 granddaughters in our herd, and 4 great-granddaughters including our first 5th generation homebred EX. Most notable of her granddaughters are Welsh-Edge Fever Huggable VG-89 (max score), the 2012 All-American Winter calf and 2013 All-American Winter Yearling; and Welsh-Edge Atwd Reality VG-88, 2nd Fall Yearling in milk at the Grand National Junior Holstein Show, 5th at the International Junior Holstein Show, and Nominated 2014 Junior All-American Milking Yearling. Daughter

Welsh-Edge Roy Honey-ET EX-90 EX-MS 2E




Welsh-Edge Strmatic Hype-ET EX-91 93-MS

Welsh-Edge Trbt Grandeur-ET EX-93 93-MS 2E



Welsh-Edge Norman Harmony-ET EX-91 91-MS

Int. Champion, 1st Sr 3 at District 2 2010 Granddaughter

Welsh-Edge Fever Huggable VG-89 max score

Welsh-Edge Atwood Reality VG-88


Welsh-Edge Advent Hiccup EX-90

Welsh-Edge Atwood Hawaii EX-90

Hype has a Shamrock son with semen available, aAa is 564. We also have a Gold Chip maternal brother to Huggable available with an aAa of 156.

Welsh-Edge Holsteins Dist. 2 Premier Breeder ’10, ’11 & ’13 Dist. 2 Premier Exhibitor ’10 & ’13

“Breeding & Feeding for Longevity”

Ralph & Sheila Petersheim & Family

District 2

BAA: 109% 20 EX, 47 VG, 15 GP

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2015 WHA District Show Information District 1

Date: June 15 St. Croix County Fairgrounds, Glenwood City Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $20/head) Mail Entries to: Liz Doornink, 247 County Rd Y, Baldwin, WI 54002 Checks Payable to: St. Croix Holstein Association District Chair: Bonnie Van Dyk, 715-220-6612 Local Chairs: Mary Holle, 715-491-4020 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 15 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Roger Turner Veterinarian: Baldwin Vet, 715-684-3216 Grounds Open: Saturday, June 13, 8:00 a.m. Showmanship: Sunday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. No feed or bedding supplied. Fairgrounds available Saturday, June 13 for bed down at 10:00 a.m.

District 2

Date: Monday, June 15 Trempealeau County Fairgrounds, Galesville Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $20/head) Mail Entries to: Larry Nelson, 5821 Chester Circle, Fitchburg, WI 53713 Checks Payable to: Trempealeau County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Paul Trapp, 608-332-0079 Local Chair: Bob Hart, 608-797-4359 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Monday, June 15 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Brandon Ferry Veterinarian: John Bengfort, DVM, 507-452-8665 Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 14 Showmanship: Monday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. Straw & Shavings will NOT be provided.

District 3

Date: Friday, June 19 Grant County Fairgrounds, Lancaster Entries Due: postmarked by June 1 Entry Fee: $10 online, $15/head mail in (late fee $25/head after June 1) Mail Entries to: Laura Wackershauser, 321 E. Linden St., Lancaster, WI 53813 Checks Payable to: District 3 Holstein Breeders District Chair: Angela Davis Brown, 608-935-3814/608-574-7756 Local Chair: Bill & Kelle Calvert, 608-732-2080 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Kevin Jorgensen Veterinarian: Lancaster Vet clinic, 608-723-6366 Grounds Open: 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 16 for bed down; Barns open 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 17 for cattle arrival Showmanship: Thursday, June 18, 6:00 p.m. Due to another event that day, the grounds will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16 for bed down only. Barns open at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 for cattle arrival. Exhibitor Meeting, 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18. No feed or bedding supplied.

District 4

Date: June 18 Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds, Marshfield Entries Due: May 31 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $50/head) Mail Entries to: Rick Seefeldt, 9066 County Rd II, Eland, WI 54427 Checks Payable to: Marathon County Holstein Assoc. Cooperative District Chair: Scott Pralle, 715-533-0901 Local Chair: Rick Seefeldt, 715-571-0777 50–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 18 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Jerome Meyer Veterinarian: Marshfield Vet, 715-387-1119 Grounds Open: 7:00 a.m., June 17 Showmanship: Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. No feed or bedding will be offered. No dry cows or unfresh 2 year olds

District 5

Date: June 19 Veterans Memorial Park, Mauston Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Teresa Field, E3176 Woods Rd, Wonewoc, WI 53968 Checks Payable to: Juneau County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Chris Davis, 608-963-4377 Local Co Chairs: Teresa Field, 608-524-8863 Sandy Madland, 608-393-2515 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m., Friday, June 19 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Roger Turner Veterinarian: Sunrise Veterinary Services, 608-768-2697 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., June 17 for bed down only; 8:00 a.m., June 18 for cattle arrival Showmanship: Friday, June 19, 8:00 a.m. Junior meeting on Thursday, June 18 at 6:45 p.m. Exhibitor’s meeting at 7:30 p.m.

District 6

Date: June 30 Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe Entries Due: June 10 Entry Fees: $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Trish Hoesly, N1639 Mt. Hope Rd, Brodhead, WI 53520 Checks Payable to: Green County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Joe Martin, 608-436-4590 Local Co Chairs: Trish Hoesly, 608-558-3131 Val Wymer, 608-558-0570 or 608-897-8098 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 p.m., June 29 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Chad Ryan & Ryan Krohlow (associate) Veterinarian: Monroe Veterinary Service, 608-325-2106 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., June 28 Showmanship: Monday, June 29, 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor’s meeting on Monday, June 29 at 8:00 p.m. District 6 Futurity following Senior 2 year olds. No dry cow classes and no early bed down for show.

District 7

Date: June 16 Shawano County Fairgrounds, Shawano Entries Due: May 28 Entry Fee: $15/head-online, $18/head-paper (late fee $30/head, online or paper) Mail Entries to: Heather Jauquet, W2285 County Rd S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Checks Payable to: Shawano County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Craig Krohlow, 920-639-5388 Local Co Chairs: Jay Jauquet, 920-639-6408 Ken Moeller, 920-228-0699 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 Starting Time: 9:30 a.m. Judge: Brian Kelroy Veterinarian: Valley Vet, 920-833-6833 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Sunday, June 14 Showmanship: Monday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.

Discriminating dairyman call the veining and quality of the mammary system “chrome”. We think this describes 6791’s udder perfectly. Be at the Great Northern on May 16 for the Wisconsin Showcase Sale and you can put this “bling” in your barn.

District 8

Date: June 17 Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam Entries Due: June 3 Entry Fees: $10/head (late fee $30/head) Mail Entries to: Mandy Sell, 1413 Duffy St, Watertown, WI 53094 Checks Payable to: Dodge County Holstein Association District & Local Co Chairs: Mandy Sell, 920-253-8773 and Mary Feucht, 920-979-4147 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 17 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Ryan Krohlow Veterinarian: Mayville Vet Clinic, 920-387-4191 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Monday June 15 for bed down only; 6:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 16 for cattle arrival Showmanship: Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.

District 10

Date: June 12 Manitowoc County Fairgrounds, Manitowoc Entries Due: May 30 Entry Fees: $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Angie Ulness, 4718 County Rd J, Valders, WI 54245 Checks Payable to: Manitowoc County Holstein Association District Chair: Sara Feldmann, 920-980-9704 Local Co Chairs: Matt Cracraft, 920-323-0492 and Todd Borgwardt, 920-973-1497 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m., June 12th Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Matt Sloan Veterinarian: Dr. Jeff Bleck, 920-980-9661 and Dr. Chris Booth, 920-980-9659 Grounds Open: Wednesday, June 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for bed down only; Thursday, June 11, 6:00 a.m. for cattle arrival; milking parlor will be available Thursday, June 11-Friday, June 12 for milking Showmanship: Thursday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. No bedding or supplies available. Lunch will be provided only on show day from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. by the Junior Holstein Association.

WI Championship Show Hotel Information Clarion Suites at The Alliant Energy Center

2110 Rimrock Road, Madison, WI 53713 608-284-1234 • 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. Holiday Inn Express 722 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-255-7400 Sheraton Madison Hotel 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53713 608-251-2300

Webb-Vue McCutchen 6791-ET VG-87 EX-MS +2198G +3.02T +2.33UDC +3.04FLC 2-01 3x 17d 995 4.7 47F 3.4 34P ~ Last test: 87 lbs. 4.6%F ~ her full brother is at Select Sires, 7HO12464 Webb-Vue McCutchen Chrome-ET, +2192G +3.13T +2.51UDC +2.95FLC Sire: De-Su Bkm McCutchen 1174-ET Dam: Webb-Vue Sanchez Merna-ET VG-88 EX-MS 2-01 3x 365 32,970 3.7 1225 971 2nd Dam: Webb-Vue Goldwyn Elvira-ET EX-90 EX-MS GMD DOM 4-11 3x 365 53,410 3.3 1751 1499 3rd Dam: Webb-Vue Marshall Bryana-ET EX-90 EX-MS GMD DOM


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Wisconsin Delegates to the 2015 National Holstein Convention

The following is the list from Holstein USA of those currently signed up to serve as delegates for Wisconsin at the 2015 National Convention. The state office is now in charge of lining up delegates so if you can not serve, please contact Larry Nelson at 1-800-223-4269 as soon as possible so an alternate can be called to fill that delegate spot.

Delegates as of April 21:

Lynn Harbaugh Robert Schauf Paula Bovre Christopher McCullough Marci Walker Karyn Schauf Cindy Krull Paul Trapp Jr.

Chad Ryan Kevin Jorgensen Mark Ulness Andrew Buttles Pamela Selz-Pralle Scott Pralle Brian Behnke

Potential Alternates (in order that they would be asked to serve): Angie Ulness Todd Borgwardt James Rickert Amy Ryan Jay Jauquet Nicholas Sarbacker Kent Wendorf Bonnie Van Dyk Jeff Brantmeier Henk Van Dyk Mitch Breunig Ryan Weigel Matt Dorshorst Marty Kinyon

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ANIMAL HEALTH RULES AND REGULATIONS/DAIRY CATTLE ALL CATTLE - Health requirements for the Wisconsin District and Championship Shows are the same as the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture’s requirements for intrastate movement of cattle. Please visit the DATCP website for the most recent rules - FairRulesAnimalHealth2015.pdf It is highly recommended that all animals shown at the District and Championship Show be vaccinated for BVD according to your Veterinarian’s recommendations. It is also highly recommended that animals be tested for Persistently Infected (PI) BVD animals. This is a once in a lifetime test to insure that the animal is not a PI or shedder animal carrying the BVD Virus. Cattle infected with ringworm, warts, or mange may not be exhibited unless the veterinarian in charge determines the ringworm lesions or warts are inactive and incapable of transmitting the disease. Any cattle found with ringworm, warts, mange or scab shall be removed from the premises of the show. Show management is responsible for maintaining records of persons who have exhibited at the show and the identification of animals shown for 2 years. Acceptable forms of animal identification for breeding animals are (1) an official metal ear tag, (2) a breed registration number, or (3) a breed registration tattoo. Ribbons and Trophies: Ribbons for the District Shows are available from the Wisconsin Holstein office. Trophies are optional for District Shows and the responsibility of each District Show host. The Championship Show ribbons will be provided by the Wisconsin Holstein Association and the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee. Junior Ownership: Junior exhibitors shall be in competition with Open Class Cattle. To compete for junior awards the exhibitor shall not have passed his or her 21st birthday before January 1 of the year of the show. Junior leased animals must follow Holstein USA rules to be eligible for junior awards. TO COMPETE FOR JUNIOR RIBBONS AND TROPHIES, ALL JUNIOR EXHIBITORS MUST HAVE THE ANIMAL’S OWNERSHIP REGISTERED OR TRANSFERRED BY THE HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION INTO THE INDIVIDUAL NAME OF THE JUNIOR EXHIBITOR ON OR BEFORE JUNE 1st. NO JUNIOR TRANSFER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE SHOWS. a. Partnerships between two or more juniors are allowed if both members are current WI Holstein Association Junior members. No other partnership qualifies for Junior Recognition. b. Junior exhibitors must be sole leadsperson for their animals in order to receive recognition. If a junior has more than one junior owned animal in one individual class, the junior exhibitor must designate which of the animals will be led by the exhibitor. The animal led by the junior exhibitor will be the animal eligible for Junior Recognition. c. Managerial projects may be exhibited in Open Class competition. However, they are not eligible for Junior awards. d. To be considered for Junior Awards, exhibitors must identify themselves as a qualified junior member on the entry form and upon check-in to show management. e. It is the responsibility of the Junior owner to prove ownership of animal by hard copy (on the registration paper). Bred and Owned: This award is to be given at the Wisconsin Championship Show and is optional at the District Shows. An award will be given in all the female classes for the highest placing animal bred and owned by exhibitor; partnership animals are eligible for Bred & Owned award as long as original breeder(s) and owner(s) maintains part ownership. Breeder is to be determined as the owner of the dam at the time of the service; where a herd is registered in the names of different members of a family residing on one farm, and everyone is using the same prefix, all entries may be considered as Bred and Owned by Exhibitor. Junior Bred and Owned: To be eligible for Junior Bred & Owned, the name(s) listed as breeder and owner on the registration certificate must be the same. Adult-Junior partnerships are not acceptable. Junior partnership animals are eligible for Junior Bred & Owned award as long as original breeder(s) and owner(s) maintains part ownership and all partners are Wisconsin junior members. Production Awards: This award is optional at the District Show. In all cow classes, except the Jr. & Sr. 2 Year Olds, the cow with the highest 305 day milk production will be recognized. The recognition will be based solely on total pounds of milk production without regard to the milking frequency or the testing program. Records should be entered on the entry form and verified at the time of check-in with an official test sheet or an official pedigree. Best Udder: This award is optional at the District Show. At the State Championship Show a Best Udder ribbon will be awarded in all milking cow classes. The Best Udder cow in each of the milking classes will compete to select the Best Udder Cow of the Show. Premier Breeder Award: The breeder winning the most points on four (4) animals, all exhibited in the single classes, shall be designated Premier Breeder. Premier Breeder form is to be filled out at time of check-in to be eligible for this award. No entry fee is required. The winner of this award need not be an exhibitor at the Show, or need not be the current owner of any of the point winning animals. In case of a tie, additional animals will be counted, one at a time, until the tie is broken. Breeder Defined: The owner of the dam at the time of service shall be considered the breeder of the animals. Where a herd is registered in the names of different members of a family, and where the herd is one unit, and everyone is using the same prefix, all entries may be considered as exhibits of one breeder. Otherwise, when animals are bred in partnership, each unique partnership is considered a unique breeder. Premier Exhibitor Award: The exhibitor winning the most points on four (4) animals, all owned and exhibited by exhibitor in the open, single classes, shall be designated the Premier Exhibitor. Premier Exhibitor form is to be filled out at time of check-in to be eligible for this award. No entry fee is required. In case of a tie, additional animals will be counted, one at a time, until the tie is broken. Exhibitor Defined: Exhibitor shall be named as the owner shown on the registration paper. In case a herd is registered or bred in the names of different members of a family, residing on one farm or breeding establishment, and where the herd is one unit, all entries may be considered as a single exhibitor for all group classes and Premier Exhibitor. However, members of one family, where cattle are not housed as one unit, will not be considered as a single exhibitor. When animals are owned in partnership, each unique partnership is considered a unique exhibitor. Premier Breeder and Exhibitor points will be awarded to the top 10 animals in each class. In classes with 10 or less animals, no more than two head per breeder or exhibitor will be counted toward premier points. If the class has more than 10 animals, then a single breeder or exhibitor may obtain points on more than two animals if the animals stand in the top 10 placings of the class. The point system for determining Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor Awards: Milking Females: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2

Junior Females: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 GENERAL RULES 1. Owners of all animals exhibited at District and Championship Show must be state association members in good standing. Renewal memberships must be paid before June 1, 2015. If renewal of membership is not paid by June 1, 2015, a $50 late fee will be added. 2. Out of state partners must also be paid members of the Wisconsin Holstein Association in order to show a partnership animal(s) at any Wisconsin Holstein Association show. Along with the $50 membership fee, there is a $50 show fee that must be paid before any animal owned by the out of state member is shown at a District or State Show. 3. No Papers, No Show. All animals exhibited at the District and Championship Show must be accompanied by the registration certificate or emailed or faxed copy sent directly from Holstein Association USA to local and District chairs; no photocopies or verification letters will be accepted. All animals exhibited must be Holstein Registered or Qualified by the Holstein Association USA, Inc. or registered with the Holstein Association of Canada with 87% or greater purity. 4. Ownership shall be established by the name listed on the registration certificate; or the presentation of the certificate of registration along with a completed transfer & the appropriate fee, which will be retained by the Chairperson of the show & forwarded to the Holstein Association USA, Inc. 5. If an animal is Registered using the Tag ID system with Holstein Association USA, the animal must have a combination of two approved identifiers, one of which must be a Maxi or Large ID tag. The other identifier may be another ID tag (Maxi, Large, Junior or Mini-Round). A combination of one Maxi or Large with an ear tattoo or freeze brand may also be used. 6. Animals shown at the Wisconsin Holstein District Shows and the Wisconsin Championship Show are not to be shown at any other state’s District or State Show. Any animal may be shown in the District where it is owned or housed, but not in both. 7. The full entry fee must accompany any entry for District or Championship Show in order for that animal to be considered an entry; otherwise, late entry fee schedule applies. 8. Once cattle are checked into a class, there will be absolutely no switching of classes (such as 150,000 lb. to Aged Cow). Absolutely no additions or switching after the check-in deadline. 9. Substitutions with-in class by the same exhibitor may be made at check-in time; any other new entries will be considered a new or late entry and must pay the appropriate entry fees. 10. The WI Holstein Association Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit must be signed to be an eligible entry. Championship Show Eligibility: (Also see General Rule #1) Any exhibitor showing at their District Show is eligible to show at the Wisconsin Championship Show. The exhibitor is allowed to exhibit in the Championship Show up to the actual number shown and placed at District Show. These animals may or may not be the same as shown at the District Show. Partnerships that did not exhibit an animal in that partnership at a District Show but wish to exhibit partnership animals may show at the State Championship show as a substitution animal for one of the animals shown and placed by one of the partners at a District Show. The spirit of these rules is to encourage exhibitors to show the best animals they have at the time of their District Show and at the Championship Show. The Holstein Show Committee and the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors reserve the final and absolute right to interpret the rules and regulations of the Shows and will settle and determine all matter, questions, or differences in regard thereto or otherwise arising out of, or in connection with the Shows. In the event a question arises concerning an animal’s age, the Show Committee Chairperson may request that an individual registration certificate be checked at ringside. DISTRICT SHOWS 1. The Wisconsin Holstein Show Ring Policy is in effect at all Wisconsin District Shows. 2. Starting time for individual District Shows shall be determined by the Districts. 3. Check-in deadline for the District Show is at the option of the District. Check-in deadline will be listed in the section listing location and starting time for each District. Exhibitors should check and be aware of the checkin deadlines at their respective District Show. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to comply with the respective District Show check-in time. 4. The District Show committee will determine all fees pertaining to their show and submit these fees to the Wisconsin Holstein office for publication. 5. Optional classes for District Shows are Unfresh 2 Year Old and Dry Cow classes. 6. Production awards and Bred and Owned awards are optional at the District Show. CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Entry Fee Schedule - $30 per head if made at respective District Show - $50 per head if entry made by mail, fax or email and received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2015 - $100 per head if entry made at Championship Show or by mail, email or fax & received after 6/30/2015 1. A representative of the Wisconsin Holstein Association will be on hand for not less than one hour after the conclusion of the last class at each District Show. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to make sure the entries are made in this time frame. 2. All cattle for the Championship Show shall be in place by 2:00 p.m., Thursday, July 9 in order for the registration certificates, health papers and production records to be checked. The fairgrounds will not be open for cattle arrival before 6:00 am, Tuesday, July 7. Exhibitors in violation of this rule must pay a $1000 fine to the WI Holstein Assoc. prior to the first class entering the ring at the 2015 WI Championship Show. If the fine is unpaid, the violators will be disqualified from the 2015 WI Championship Show. 3. Starting time for the Championship Show shall be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, with the Heifers and Junior Champion selection. The show will resume at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11 with the Milking Cows. 4. An exhibitor meeting will be held Thursday, July 9 at a time to be announced. 5. Awards: The first and second place animal in each class will receive a plaque and will be designated All-Wisconsin and Reserve All-Wisconsin animals of their respective class. Open Show ribbons will be awarded to the 3rd-10th place exhibitors in the Heifer and Milking Cow Classes. Ribbons will be awarded to the 3rd-5th place exhibitors in the Group Classes. One rosette ribbon will be given for the Best Udder in each of the Milking Cow Classes. One rosette ribbon will be given to the Best Bred & Owned animal in each of the classes. JUNIOR SHOW ribbons will be awarded to the 3rd–5th exhibitors in the Heifer and Milking Cow Classes. The first and second place Junior exhibitors in each female class will be designated Junior All-Wisconsin and Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin

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(except Class 1). The top two Open Show and Junior Show animals in Class 1 may choose to compete in Class 2 for All-Wisconsin Awards. It is recommended that all animals in the barn have identification signs for the convenience of visitors and to enhance marketing opportunities. HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION USA, INC. SHOW RING POLICY Showing cattle is an important part of promoting, merchandising and breeding Registered Holsteins for breeders and Holstein Association USA, Inc. It is also in the best interest of Registered Holstein breeders to maintain integrity and present a positive and progressive image of themselves and their cattle in the showring. Holstein Association USA works cooperatively with the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA), show management, exhibitors and judges to give encouragement, direction and uniformity to the National Holstein Show program. I. ETHICS: At all times, Registered Holsteins shall be treated in a humane manner and in accordance with dairy quality assurance practices so as to protect the health, safety and welfare of the livestock and the consuming public. No person shall present for exhibition or exhibit an animal which he or she knows, or has reason to suspect, is affected with or has been exposed to a dangerously contagious or infectious disease, illness or illegal or non-approved use of drugs, medication and/or prohibited substance or residue. The position of Holstein Association USA is that all animals presented for exhibition shall be in their natural conformation and structure, free of any alteration or modification caused by unethical fitting. In keeping with the basic philosophy of Holstein Association USA, ethics are an individual responsibility of the owner of each animal shown. Violations of these policies are subject to the disciplinary provisions of the Association Bylaws. Please visit the Holstein Assoc. USA website at to read their complete Show Ring Policy. WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION SHOW RING POLICY The following practices or procedures are unacceptable in the showing of registered dairy cattle: 1. criticizing or interfering with the judge, show management or other exhibitors, or other conduct detrimental to the breed or show, any unsportsmanship like conduct during the event. 2. misrepresenting the age or ownership of an animal or the number of calvings and/or stage of lactation; 3. filling an animal’s rumen unnaturally with liquid (tubing); 4. balancing the udder by any means other than by leaving naturally produced milk in any or all quarters; 5. treating the udder internally with an irritant, counter-irritant, or any other substance to temporarily improve conformation; 6. overfilling or over-bagging of udders; 7. treating the udder externally with an irritant, counterirritant, or any other substance to temporarily improve conformation (allowable practices/substances include sealing and setting teats, but not shrinking/ shortening of teats); 8. treating the animal, particularly the udder, internally or externally, with a an irritant or counter-irritant, or other substance to artificially improve the conformation (this is to include any external pressure applied to the udder crease to artificially enhance it, i.e. roping) icing of the udder will be allowed ONLY when the ice is placed in a plastic bag (such as a zip-lock bag), ice MAY NOT be placed in any other foreign objects; 9. administering epidural anesthesia (blocking tails) and/or applying any irritant either externally or internally to the perineal (rectum and vagina) area; 10. inserting foreign material/articles under the skin, into the topline or on the feet (Administration of acceptable medications is permitted.); 11. performing surgery of any kind to change the natural contour of appearance of the animal’s body, hide or hair. Not included is the removal of warts, teats and horns, clipping and dressing of hair and trimming of hooves; 12. draining fluid from hocks unless authorized by a veterinarian at the show; 13. Excessive manipulation of hair and/or the use of any hair not naturally attached to the animal or the use of any substance or material which is intended to resemble or imitate hair; 14. mistreatment of animals; 15. any unsportsmanlike conduct during the event. MONITORING PROCEDURES 1. The Ethics Committee, as defined below, shall have the authority to inspect all animals to determine if violations of Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy have occurred. To help in this regard, the Ethics Committee has the authority to perform and review results of the following: a. An ultrasound examination of the udder of selected animals immediately upon completion of each respective milking class competition. It shall be the exhibitor’s responsibility to deliver selected cow to the designated testing area. Following said testing, the ultrasound official shall submit a report to the show chairman if any violations have occurred. If an animal fails to show up for ultrasounding with a full udder at the Midwest National Spring Show &/or the WI Championship Show, show placings will be revoked and reported to Holstein USA and Holstein World. b. a milk out of any individual cow and/or c. the collection and testing of any of the animal’s body fluids and/or d. the use of any other technology that may be useful in determining if a violation in any animal based on placement, random selection, or suspect characteristics. e. the Ethics Committee or Show Chairman may, at any time, require the delivery to them of any hair samples or hypodermic syringe, needle, or other device, swabs, cloths, or other material, or samples or any medicine, preparation, or substance, whether in liquid or other form, in the possession or control of exhibitor, fitters, agents or person acting on behalf of the exhibitor for laboratory analysis. ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES 1. The Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors shall appoint an Ethics Committee to monitor violations at all state sponsored shows. The Ethics Committee shall consist of two WHA Board members and one non-board member; this committee will be anonymous. 2. Complaints of alleged violations must be to the Show Chairman of respective show immediately. 3. If it is suspected that a violation will occur if an animal is shown the exhibitor will be informed by the Show Chairman that the showing of that animal may result in a violation of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy. If the exhibitor decides not to show that animal, no violation will have occurred. 4. All complaints of alleged violations (as is designated in Enforcement Procedure point #2) received by the Show Chairman must be to the Wisconsin Holstein Association for review by the Ethics Committee within five (5) days of receiving notice of alleged violations, with the Ethics Committee to make a decision on the violations within ten (10) days of receiving such notice. 5. The Wisconsin Holstein Association Director of Operations will notify the accused exhibitor immediately of the Ethics

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Committee decision that a violation has occurred and all the supportive evidence will be shared with the exhibitor. Within thirty (30) days Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Committee shall review the findings from the Ethics committee and make a recommendation to the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors of the disciplinary action. The exhibitor will be able to participate in the Show Committee meeting. The Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors shall meet on the same day to review the findings from the Ethics Committee, recommendations from the Show Committee and hear any presentation the exhibitor wishes to present. 6. The accused exhibitor must notify Wisconsin Holstein Association within seven (7) days of receiving the violation notice of their intent to participate in the Show Committee meeting and/or the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors meeting, which is set for reviewing the evidence of the alleged violation(s) and the disciplinary action to be taken. 7. If the alleged violator is found in violation of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy, the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors, at its discretion may pass onto the violator(s) its costs associated with the violations, enforcement and review of violation(s). Cost associated with the review and/or appeals process must be paid in full; if this assessment is not paid in full the violator(s) will not be in “good standing” with the Wisconsin Holstein Association and will therefore be denied any and all membership benefits of the association (voting, showing, etc.). 8. Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors and/or the Show Committee may consider previous violations by an exhibitor in their decision of disciplinary action. (see * under Violations Penalties) 9. An animal found in violation of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy will receive no premium monies or awards or placing(s). 10. Under the Rules of the Show, the exhibitor agrees to accept as final and abide by the decision of the WI Holstein Board of Directors. If the appeal of the exhibitor results in a modification of the position of the WI Holstein Board of Directors, the exhibitor will be notified of the change in writing at such time. 11. During this entire process the Directors of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board, the Ethics Committee, the Show Committee, its staff and members will not be obligated to maintain confidentiality. Violations Penalties (Penalties for violations at the Wisconsin Holstein Association sponsored shows.) 1. 1st Offense – a minimum of one year probation to a maximum of one year suspension for the animal(s), owner(s), and/or fitter(s) or their representatives either individually and/or a combination thereof from all Wisconsin Holstein Association state sponsored shows. 2. 2nd Offense – minimum one year suspension to a maximum of three years suspension for the animal(s), owner(s), and/or fitter(s) or their representatives either individually and/or combination there of from all Wisconsin Holstein Association state sponsored shows. 3. 3rd Offense – minimum of five years suspension to a maximum of barred for life for the animal(s), owner(s), and/or fitter(s) or their representatives either individually and/or combination there of from all Wisconsin Holstein Association state sponsored shows. *Violations prior to 1/1/2004 shall not apply; any violations after 1/1/2004 shall be cumulative.


1. Spring Heifer Calf, Exhibitor 10 & Under - born after February 28, 2015. This class is limited to juniors 10 years of age and younger as of January 1 of the year of the show. Calves in Class 1 must be under control of the 10 & Under Exhibitor (the exhibitor must be the sole person on the halter). 1st & 2nd open animals and 1st & 2nd Junior animals in this class may compete in Class 2 for All-WI & Junior All-WI honors and may return for Junior Champion honors. 2. Spring Heifer Calf - born after February 28, 2015 (Open to exhibitors of any age) 3. Winter Heifer Calf - born December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 4. Fall Heifer Calf - born September 1 - November 30, 2014 5. Summer Yearling Heifer - born June 1 - August 31, 2014 6. Spring Yearling Heifer - born March 1 - May 31, 2014 7. Winter Yearling Heifer - born December 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014 8. Fall Yearling Heifer - born September 1 - November 30, 2013 9. Junior & Reserve Junior Champion (Junior Show) 10. Junior & Reserve Junior Champion (Open Show) 11. Junior Best Three - fall yearlings & under. (Animals must be shown in their individual classes. All must be bred by the exhibitor & at least 1 owned, solely or in partnership, by exhibitor. Limited to 1 entry per exhibitor) 12. Junior Two Year Old Cow – born after March 1, 2013 13. Senior Two Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013 14. Junior Three Year Old Cow - born March 1 - August 31, 2012 15. Senior Three Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2011 - February 29, 2012 16. Intermediate & Reserve Intermediate Champion Female (Junior Show) (Optional at District) 17. Intermediate & Reserve Intermediate Champion Female (Open Show) (Optional at District) 18. Four Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2011 19. Five Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010 20. Six Year Old and Older Cow - born before September 1, 2009 21. 150,000 lb. Cow Class (Must bring proof of production to check-in; cows may only be switched from another milking cow class to the 150,000 lb. class with additional paid entry fee) 22. Champion Bred & Owned of the Junior Show 23. Senior & Reserve Senior Champion Female (Junior Show) 24. Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Female (Junior Show) 25. Senior & Reserve Senior Champion Female (Open Show) 26. Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Female (Open Show) 27. Best Udder of Show 28. Champion Bred & Owned of the Show 29. Best Three Females (Made up of 3 cows having at least 1 calf, all bred by the exhibitor with at least 1 owned by exhibitor. Each exhibitor is limited to 1 entry) 30. Produce of Dam (2 animals, any age, & the progeny of 1 cow; dam must be named) 31. Dam & Offspring (dam and one offspring, any age) 32. Premier Breeder 33. Premier Exhibitor

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District Exhibiting In:

This Agreement must be signed by all junior members in order to participate in Wisconsin Holstein Association sponsored shows & activities.

Date: _____________________ Date: _____________________

Junior Member Signature: _________________________________________________________ Parent or Guardian of Junior Member - Signature: _________________________________________

Junior Member Name: (please Print) ____________________________________________

I have read and discussed the above rules and agree to accept and faithfully abide by them as a member of the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.

6. For the purposes of the observance of the rules of membership herein, there is established a Board which shall consist of the WHA Staff, WHA Board of Directors and the WHA Junior Activities Committee. The purpose of this Board shall be to oversee the fair application of the rules of membership and afford the right of due process. A member of this Board must be contacted while the violation is occurring. If they cannot be reached, concrete proof must be provided against the accused. Pictures help but are not concrete proof of violation. If applicable, the accuser must be willing to provide information in support of a claim that a member has violated this policy. Due process shall be afforded by: Explaining the evidence against the member, giving the member an opportunity to explain his/her version of the facts, thereafter, it is a matter of discretion by the Board whether to have the accuser/observer summoned and whether to permit cross examination of said individuals. The following procedure is in place if it is determined that a member has violated the alcohol and controlled substance policy: 1. 1st warning, written and verbal, with privileges taken away. The severity of the privileges revoked will be decided by the Board mentioned above. 2. 2nd offense will be looked at by the WHA Board with membership revocation. (Junior membership reinstatement may be requested after revocation of membership by meeting with the WHA Board of Directors)

Entry Fee Schedule for Championship Show: $30 per head if entered at the respective District Show. $50 per head if entry made by mail, fax or email & received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2015 $100 per head if entry made at Championship show or by mail, fax or email & received after 6/30/2015

*Must be signed and dated for entry to be eligible


Premise ID #:

CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2015 - July 10 & 11, Madison

Full Address:



Name of Exhibitor/Owner



I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit at Wisconsin Holstein Association sponsored shows.

America; and 2. no owner of the entered animal, whether direct or indirect, is currently barred from showing any other animal at any future dairy show in North America; and 3. that he/she will not knowingly employ any fitters or agents to represent him/her or his/her animal(s) that may be barred from any dairy show in North America.

**A signed & dated Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit at Wisconsin Holstein Association Sponsored Show must accompany this entry blank.

The purpose of this organization is to encourage youth to promote the Registered Holstein industry. The Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association is open to membership for those persons under the age of 21 as of January 1st of the membership year. To be eligible for membership, all applicants must sign this agreement and agree to abide by the rules hereinafter set forth. Failure to honor any of these rules may subject the junior member to immediate revocation of membership status, including the opportunity of participation in WI Holstein Association sanctioned activities and events. For those members that turn 21 during their last year of junior membership, they may continue to receive junior recognition at Wisconsin Holstein Association shows through the duration of the WI Championship Show if their 21st birthday occurs before said show. The following rules shall apply to all junior members: 1. Use or possession of any alcoholic beverage, whether or not in connection with an Association event, is strictly prohibited for anyone under the age of 21. Controlled substances are strictly prohibited by anyone. 2. No member shall engage in any behavior prohibited by state statute, local ordinance or Board Policy (which shall include, but is not limited to vandalism, theft, truancy, assault, threats to personal safety or property and flagrant misconduct). 3. Members, at all times, shall demonstrate good citizenship and recognize the value of setting and adhering to the highest standards of conduct and performance. 4. At all Association sponsored functions, activities and trips, the rules of conduct specified by adult chaperones and advisors shall be at all times observed by members. 5. All members shall recognize the right of the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s Junior Activities Committee, the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and its staff, adult advisors and chaperones to have the authority to enforce the rules as established and authorized herein. Members and/or their parents/guardian shall accept any financial responsibility for the enforcement of the provisions herein.

Junior Member Agreement

Complete the entry blank (make sure the Show Agreement is signed) and mail, along with correct entry fees, to the designated person of your District Show. Please see the District Show information in the MAY News starting on page 50 for the correct fees and entry info.


Must be signed and accompany a WI Holstein Show Entry Form I agree I am personally responsible for the care, welfare, and condition of my animals during the period of the Show. I acknowledge that I am responsible for my own actions and failures to act and for the actions and failure to act of all of my employees and anyone else who assists me with the fitting, care, and show preparation of my animals. I promise that I will abide by the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Rules and the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy and Enforcement Procedures for dairy cattle, and any other show rules and regulations. I will also ensure that all of my employees, agents, contractors and others who assist me with the fitting, care, and show preparation of the animals comply with the same requirements. I understand that a failure to adhere to such requirements could result in disciplinary measures including possible suspension or ban of me, my employees and helpers, the animal(s), the owner and/or the exhibitor of the animal(s) from the Show and future Shows and the public reporting of disciplinary action, including to any association registering purebred livestock. I release and agree to hold the Show, the Show organizers and its officials, directors, officers, employees, representatives, agents, and volunteers (collectively the “Show organizers”) harmless from any action taken under this agreement, the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Rules and the Wisconsin Holstein Association Show Ring Policy and Enforcement Procedures and any other Show rules and regulations, and release the Show organizers from and against any injury, damage or loss suffered during or in connection with the Show, whether or not such injury, damage or loss resulted from or was contributed to, directly or indirectly, by the acts or omissions of the Show organizers. The undersigned further certifies that: 1. any animal entered is not currently barred from showing at any future dairy show in North

Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit at Wisconsin Holstein Association sponsored Shows

2015 Wisconsin Holstein Shows Entry Form

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Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

Dam: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Please check if applicable: Owner (as appears on Registration paper): ______________________________________________ o Bred & Owned o Junior Owned o Junior Bred & Owned o Junior Leased

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Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

Production Record of Animal 305 days or less: No. of Days: _____ Age ______ Milk ___________ Fat _______

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ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP _____________________________________________ COUNTY _________________________

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Cow Tales from the North 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!’ est. 1890

by Karyn Schauf It was a robust logging industry in the late 1800’s that cleared the way for farmers to discover the rich fertile soils that made Barron County a leader in agriculture. The recently held Barron County Holstein Breeder’s Spring Sale is a vivid reminder of how organized and progressive those early farmers were. The detailed annual census of 1895 recorded 11,169 cattle and calves including 5,795 ‘milch’ cows. Local farmers wanted to prove that butter could be made at a profit in this northern county of long cold winters. In 1902 a county creamery was formed, so successful that by 1921 its production reached 2,187,765 pounds of butter. Its success had also prompted the formation of 19 creameries and 44 cheese factories in the county by 1920. The successfulness of this cooperative idea led farmers next to the idea of cooperative breeding with a goal of producing dairy stock to export. They determined to make this a county of 100% purebred sires. The county agent too was ‘untiring in this effort’ and “the goal of the county was nothing but purebred sires used.” A large attendance was present on January 15, 1907 for the purpose of organizing an association of dairymen who would pledge themselves to raise one and one only of the standard breeds. With a considerable majority for the Holstein, the immediate result was the temporary organization of the county Holstein Breeders Association followed within a few weeks by the formation of similar organizations of breeders for Guernsey and Jersey. (A permanent Holstein organization was completed January 26, 1907 with a vice president elected from each township. This model continued until January 1921 when the plan changed, providing for 10 Holstein Clubs throughout the county each with a president and secretary and the club officers together constituting the county organization.) The organized dairymen then focused on improving the producing capacity of each cow and by 1910 four milk testing organizations were in place. In 1920 these forward thinking dairyman completed testing of between 67,000 and 68,000 animals making Barron County the first and largest tubercular tested free area in the world. The herds of purebred or high-grade cows increased in numbers and size to such an extent that the dairymen then organized an agency to advertise and hold public auction sales. This “Sales Association” built a modern sales pavilion with ‘ample stabling room and a commodious sales room’ which was completed in 1921. (It is this building that continues today to house both the Spring and Fall Barron County Holstein Sales.) Additionally, the county Holstein Association along with the county ag agent and State Department of Agriculture organized a train that traveled through the southern and eastern states. Renting space in one of the coaches, the breed clubs developed an exhibit featuring the dairy programs of the county. The ag agent toured with the exhibit and promoted county cattle at all stops. Their efforts were successful. In 1921, five railroad carloads of cattle were sold out of Barron County. Records show that by 1926, 161 carloads totaling 4,224 head were shipped out. The Sales Association peaked in 1946 with 800 railcars of cattle selling out of Barron County. During a time of primitive communication and travel, the desire of these dairymen to improve, to promote and work together to accomplish their amazing successes is to be greatly The Barron County admired. We take our hats off to Sales Pavilion them as we humbly follow in their then and now footsteps.

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STUDENT PROFILE Name: Cassie Endres Hometown: Waunakee, WI School: Waunakee High School Class Size: 300 Farm: Endres Berryridge Farms, LLC Major: Dairy Science & Life Sciences Communication Why did you decide to attend UWMadison? When I decided I was going to pursue a career in the dairy industry, UW-Madison was the obvious choice for me. The real world and hands-on learning opportunities in addition to the clubs and activities available to dairy science students are what set UWMadison apart. What has been your most memorable college experience? My most memorable college experience was definitely being a member of the winning team at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo and personally winning high individual reasons honors. What has been your favorite course? Dairy Science 305: Lactation Physiology was my favorite class because it was interesting to learn the science behind the most important part of what a dairy cow does, make milk. What are your future career goals? After graduation, I will be working at Filament Marketing, LLC. Inquiry Lives Here UW-Madison Dept. of Dairy Science 1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Ted Halbach

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Griswold hired as 2015 Summer Intern

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is pleased to announce Sara Griswold of Black Earth, Wis. Sara will be based out of the office in Baraboo, Wis. During the summer, Sara will serve in a public relations role. She will work with the Wisconsin Holstein News in order to gather articles, testimonials, roundtable leads and writing breeder profiles. She will also play a vital part in creating content for the Wisconsin Holstein website, monthly e-newsletters and blog. Sara will plan and coordinate the 2015 WHA Futurity in West Allis. In addition to these duties, Sara will attend district shows and daylight and twilight meetings to represent the association, and provide various supporting roles through the summer to benefit the association. Sara grew up on her family’s small hobby farm and has been involved in 4-H her entire life, exhibiting dairy, beef and swine at local, county, district, state and national shows through the Midwest. She has a tremendous passion for agriculture and communications. Sara is currently a freshman at UW-Madison studying dairy science and life sciences communication. On campus, she is involved in the Association of Women in Agriculture, where she is currently serving as the publicity chair for the club’s annual Breakfast on the Farm. Sara is also a member of Saddle and Sirloin, where she served as the Social Media Chair for the Badger Kickoff Classic Show. She is also a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association and Collegiate Farm Bureau. The Wisconsin Holstein staff is excited to welcome Sara and her talents to the team beginning May 26, 2015.

Youth Showmanship Contests

The WHA District Shows will be holding the Youth Showmanship contests again this year. The contests will have 10 and under, junior and senior age divisions. NEW THIS YEAR – The top three in each age division will be eligible to compete at the state contest, to be held the evening of July 10th at the WI Championship Show in Madison, Wis. Ages are as of January 1 of the year of competition, with juniors ages 11 to 15 and seniors ages 16 to 20. Youth may sign up for the contest at check-in time and up until a half hour before the showmanship contest at each district show. All youth participating must be a Wisconsin Holstein member. Youth can only participate in one district contest. For dates and times of each showmanship contest, visit the calendar of events on this page.

Contact the JACs:

Crystal Siemers-Peterman, Northeast District | 920.242.7507 Andrew Greenfield, Northeast District | 920-296-5386 Jessica Pralle, Northwest District | 715-533-0902 Rachel Coyne, Northwest District | 715-307-7847 Andy Sell, Southeast District | 920-253-0052 Kristin Broege, Southeast District | 608-289-5373 Charlie Hamilton, Southwest District | 608-330-1223 Logan Voigts, Southwest District | 608-732-2636 58–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2015

Junior Ownership Reminder

As we enter the summer show season, please remember that junior exhibitors must have the animal’s ownership registered or transferred by Holstein Association USA into the individual(s) name of the junior exhibitor(s) on or before June 1 for calves, yearlings, and milking age animals. No transfer applications will be accepted at the shows. Partnerships between two juniors are allowed if both members are current Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association members. No other partnership qualifies for junior recognition.

$$ Holsti-Buck Corner $$ May Holsti-Buck Questions

1. What farm was named Premier Breeder at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 2. What farm was named Premier Exhibitor at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 3. What cow was named Grand Champion of the Open Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 4. What cow was named Reserve Grand Champion of the Open Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 5. What cow was named Grand Champion of the Junior Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 6. What cow was named Reserve Grand Champion of the Junior Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($5) 7. What heifer was named Junior Champion of the Open Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($3) 8. What heifer was named Reserve Junior Champion of the Open Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($3) 9. What heifer was named Junior Champion of the Junior Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($3) 10. What heifer was named Reserve Junior Champion of the Junior Show at the Midwest National Spring Show? ($3)

Please include your name and county and send to the Wisconsin Holstein office, 902 Eighth Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913 or email by June 1.

Calendar of Events

May 30-31 June 11 14 15 15 16 17 18 19 23-26 29

District 10 Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Manitowoc District 1 Showmanship Contest, 7:00 p.m., Glenwood City District 2 Showmanship Contest, 9:00 a.m., Galesville District 7 Showmanship Contest, 7:00 p.m., Shawano District 8 Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Beaver Dam District 4 Showmanship Contest, 7:00 p.m., Marshfield District 3 Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Lancaster District 5 Showmanship Contest, 8:00 a.m., Mauston National Holstein Convention, St. Charles, IL District 6 Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Monroe

July 10 10 10-11

Junior Judging Contest, Madison State Showmanship Contest, Madison WI Championship Show, Madison

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August 2 WHA State Picnic – Willows-Edge Holsteins, New Richmond 6-8 WI Junior State Fair Breed Shows & Showmanship contest 15 $100 Entry deadline for 2017 WHA Futurity 15 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

I hope you all are enjoying reading our features each month for WHA’s 125th Anniversary. This month we’re running some special stories on several of our long-time members and herds with the longest running prefixes in the state. We also have some memories from some of our past WHA Presidents. Remember - we will be celebrating each month with different features, so if you would like to place an ad promoting the history of your herd, feel free to give me a call anytime. Next month’s issue is another Midwest Holsteins issue and this will also be the souvenir book for the National Convention being hosted by Illinois. If you would like to get some added coverage for a great price, please give me a call by May 8. The July/August issue will feature Select Sires. We’ve teamed up with East Central Select Sires and NorthStar Cooperative to offer you some great discounted rates and special incentives for this issue. It really is a spectacular deal. Don’t delay if you need to get some photos taken - I’ll need ad info by June 11 for that issue. By the time you’re reading this, we’ll have completed our Midwest National Spring Show at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Everyone is very excited to be able to utilize these great facilities for both the Spring Show and our WI Championship Show. Thank you to our many annual supporters and our new sponsors that help make these events possible. I’ve got two special projects for you in this issue. First, we’re looking for your vote for the Wisconsin Cow of the Year from our four nominees. The cow with the most votes will be recognized by the WI Dept. of Ag at World Dairy Expo this fall. Second, as part of the anniversary fun, I’ve put together a collage of photos on page 29. Take some time to identify as many people and cows as you can and send us your answers. The person who can ID the most will win a special WHA prize package. Until next time...




May 2015 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 4 Wide-Open Holsteins Milking Herd Dispersal with guest consignments, Charlie & Katie Bue; managed by Great Northern; Fond du Lac 9 Vernon County Sale, Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua, 7:30 p.m. 15 Elm Park Farms Complete Dispersal, Sheboygan Falls; managed by The Cattle Exchange, 11:00 a.m. 16 Wisconsin Showcase Sale – 125th Anniversary Edition, Great Northern Sales Arena, Fond du Lac, 11:00 a.m. 21 The Sexing Technologies Multi-Breed Production Sale III, Quincy, IL; co-managed by The Cattle Exchange & Courtney Sales 29 Jo-Clar Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Bud & Bill Stilling, Cambridge 30-31 WHA Cow Camp, Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca 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 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 10-11 WI Championship Show, Alliant Energy Center, Madison 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 15 Gateway-Acres Complete Dispersal, Bob & Sherry Gates, owners; managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Inc.; Fond du Lac 29-Oct. 3 World Dairy Expo, Madison October 2015 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 12 Mission Bell Farms Milking Herd & Select Heifer Dispersal, Tom & Jerry Jens, owners, Sheboygan Falls

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July/August AI Feature - Select Sires, District 8 Feature 125th Feature: Junior Trip, Cow Camp

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May 2015 WI Holstein News  

May 2015 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News, celebrating the 125th Anniversary of our Association. Issue also contains the District and St...

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