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May 2017

Volume 89 No. 5

District Show Information District & Championship Show rules & entry form IVF Roundtable District 7 report


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Features: 8 12 14 15 20 21 22

District 7 Breeder Profiles 2017 District Show information #OneBlackandWhite: Kevin Jorgensen WHA District & Championship Show rules & entry form IVF Roundtable Tips for IVF Success YAC Corner: Mitch Kappelman, Educational Award Winner

Departments: 6 6 10 24 26 27 29 28 29

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Kevin Jorgensen Breeder Business Cards District 7 report WHA Princess Courtney Moser WHY Page Classified Advertising Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo is by Brenda Bricco of Marion. It was the third place winner in the 2016 Cover Contest. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

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WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Kevin Jorgensen, President (2018)* - 920-210-3992 801 Winter Ave., Waupun, WI 53963 Craig Carncross, Vice President (2018) - 608-592-2560 W13157 Co. Hwy. J, Lodi, WI 53555 Erica Ullom, Secretary (2020) - 715-933-0477 5398 County Hwy. A, Bloomer, WI 54724 Heather Jauquet, Exec. Committee (2019) - 920-371-7511 W2285 County Rd. S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Pam Selz-Pralle, Exec. Committee (2018) - 715-334-3434 N4621 US Hwy. 12, Humbird, WI 54746 Bill Calvert (2018)* - 608-732-2080 6038 County Rd. J, Cuba City, WI 53807 Steve Endres (2019) - 608-279-5952 7191 Hyer Rd., Waunakee, WI 53597 Sara Feldmann (2020) - 920-980-9704 710 Goldfinch Lane, Howards Grove, WI 53083 Joseta Halbur (2019) - 715-821-9672 120 E. Main St., Eden, WI 53019 Craig Krohlow (2020) - 920-639-5388 W4203 Shady Rd., Black Creek, WI 54106 Sherry Siemers-Peterman (2020) - 920-946-0123 16021 Hwy. M, Cleveland, WI 53013 Bryan Stremcha (2019) - 608-790-1925 N4381 Prairie Rd., Bangor, WI 54614 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION

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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs L Congratulations to Tony & Moriah (Morris) Brey on the birth of their daughter, Alexa Amery, on March 31. She weighed 6 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 inches long. Alexa joins big brother Evan. I Ashley Yager & Mike Tassoul, Prairie du Sac, welcomed son Ethan Robert on April 5, weighing 8 lbs. 2 oz. and 22 inches long. He joins big brothers Aiden and Owen. Congratulations! K Our condolences to the family of Jeannette Mae McCullough, who passed away recently. A full obituary is printed below. The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to lauraw@wisholsteins.com.

Obituaries Jeannette Mae McCullough

Jeannette Mae (Pagles) McCullough, 88, of Harvard, IL, entered into Eternal Life on Friday, April 7. She was born May 21, 1928 to Claude and Myrtle (Pihl) Pagles. She attended the Dunham country schools. In 1945 Jeannette became the first runner-up for the Milk Day Queen. She graduated from Harvard High School in 1946; and attended the National 4-H Club Congress where she won a four-year scholarship to the University of Illinois. The love of her life came home from WWII; and she married Maynard A McCullough on June 8, 1947 at Trinity Lutheran Church. He preceded her in death on April 11, 2004. During her life, she showed a passion for her community. Jeannette was a member and gave her time unselfishly to many organizations. Her hospitality to others was shown in everything she did. She and Maynard welcomed many exchange students into their home. Besides being a homemaker, she was a leader of the Dunham Girls, Green and White Pom-Poms, and Dunham B-Sharps 4-H clubs. She won the National Grange Banking Contest in 1961 with her onion dinner rolls; she was featured in the Chicago Tribune for her Mince Meat Pie. She was the McHenry Co. Farm Women of the Year in 1981, she received many cooking and sewing awards. She was a member of Harvard Retired Ladies, Capron American Legion Auxiliary, and Capron, Harvard and Illinois State Granges. She was a member of the Heartland Sewing Club, Women of the Moose and Golden Agers, Coffee Kluch, Farmer's Fellowship, West Dunham Homemakers Extension, and the Harvard Historical Society. She was an Officer and Pink Lady for the Harvard Hospital Auxiliary, and served on the McHenry Co. Fair Board. Jeannette was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 86 years. She sang in the church choir and served in Lydia Circle of WELCA. She was very involved in all of the activities of her children and grandchildren. Survivors include her five children, John “Jack” (Pat) McCullough of Camp Douglas, WI; Patricia (Ray) Jones of Harvard, IL; James (Laurie) McCullough of Juda, WI; Mary Jo (Richard) Olson of Roscoe, IL; and Michael (Marcy) McCullough of Juda, WI; 20 grandchildren, Shaun (Cole) McCullough, Lori (Chris) Dunn, Joel McCullough, Tammy McCullough, Jonathan (Emily Holmes) McCullough, Gayle (Jason) Kruckenberg, Ray (Laura) Jones, Phillip (Amber) Jones, Jeannelle (Jim Hardyman) Jones, Jody (Eric) Makos, Shane (Abby) McCullough, Kurt McCullough, Erica (Bob) McFall, Trevor (Lindsey) Olson, Annica (Nathan) Hulstedt, Chris (Kathie) McCullough, Mark (Amy) McCullough, David (Connie) McCullough, Patrick (Annie) McCullough, Lea (Steven) Jordan; 36 great-grandchildren, Alanna, Jaxson, Graysen, Wyatt, Kassidy, Andrea, Jacob, Abigail, Ryan, Tessa, Maynard, Summer, Georgia, Violet, Pearl, Emily, Aaron, Ellie, Cade, Brady, Rylan, Aubrey, Holden, Josie, Hayden, Delaney, Uriah, Rorie, Rachel, Brian, Luke, Matthew, Josh, Siera, Molly and Grant; one sister, Hanna Brady; sisters-in-law, Delores Hobbs, Priscilla (Allan) Peters, Shirley (Jim) Pribble, Grace McCullough; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maynard; brother, Orville Pagles; two sisters, Ruth (Howard) Walker and 6–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

Gertrude (Henry) Sward; brother-in-law, Richard Brady; and grandson, Kevin James McCullough; father and mother-in-law, Samuel and Jamima (McClure) McCullough; sisters-in-law, Jean (Bob) Kieselberg, Marjorie (Ivan) Snuggs; brothers-in-law, Donald McCullough, Anton Stohl; nephews, Steven Sward and Gary Kieselberg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvard Historical Society, or McHenry County 4H Foundation. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.saundersmcfarlin.net.

From your President Kevin Jorgensen Happy Easter! It looks like spring might have finally sprung! Easter is one of my favorite holidays for many reasons but it symbolizes a new beginning. That is focus of my column this month. Being a leader is never easy. There are many decisions that need to be made that are sometimes uncomfortable and many times things that come up that require making the best of a bad situation. We have had that at WHA over the past several months. It was brought to my attention shortly before Adult Convention that there will be a large dairy goat exposition at Alliant Energy Center during the same time as our Championship Show this summer and that we would be in the smaller New Holland pavilion for our show. This became problematic as we had accepted a request from the Wisconsin Brown Swiss Association for them to join us as well this summer. Since state convention, we have been trying to find a solution. This took much longer than I would have liked for a variety of reasons. Our original contract with Alliant Energy Center was for the New Holland Pavilion and they moved us to the larger building as a courtesy and as a convenience for them but with the understanding that if they had another event that they needed the larger pavilion for, they could put us back where our contract is for. That is what happened with the goat show. If we were to add additional housing beyond what our contract calls for, it would cost far more that we could generate in revenue and the exhibitor experience would be less than ideal as well. Based on these circumstances, we have worked with Alliant Energy Center to make use of every square foot of the New Holland Pavilion to fit the Holstein, Junior Holstein, Jersey and Red and Whites for this summer’s state show. It will be tight but there will be space for all three breeds. However, there will be less bleacher seating so for those attending this summer. I would encourage members to pack a lawn chair as there will be plenty of viewing space but limited bleacher seating. However, based on the available space, we had to inform the Brown Swiss breeders that we will not be able to have them join us this summer based on lack of cattle housing. We as a BOD felt responsible and we will be working with the Brown Swiss to help them find a venue as well as help with the funding of an alternative site. Although much of this problem arose from a lack of communication between our show coordinator and the BOD, we felt that the best thing was to own our mistake and help Brown Swiss find a solution. Hopefully moving forward when the time is right, we can perhaps allow other breeds join us but this year as well as next year will not be an option. Part of a new beginning will be that we no longer will be utilizing a show coordinator for our shows as we need more involvement from WHA staff as to have a better line of communication with Alliant Energy as well as sponsors and the participating breeds. We never want WHA to make mistakes but I can assure you we learn from each experience and make sure that the future is better. That’s leadership in a nutshell. May you have a great spring with the planting season and may our national dairy leaders follow our lesson and fix the challenges of milk marketing many of our members are experiencing. KJ


BREEDER PROFILES

District 7 Holstein Breeders by Laura Wackershauser

Uecker-LaCrosse Farm Dale & Norma Uecker and Jeremy & Tracy LaCrosse, Forestville oor County is well known as a scenic tourist destination, but it’s also home to several families that are leaving a mark on the Holstein industry across the globe. The Uecker and LaCrosse families of UeckerLaCrosse Farm near Forestville have built an outstanding herd of cows with sixty percent of the milking herd stemming from one cow family. This century farm, now owned and operated by Dale and Norma Uecker along their daughter Tracy and son-in-law Jeremy LaCrosse, was founded by Dale’s grandparents, Albert and Ella, before being operated by his parents Ralph and Ethel Mae. High school sweethearts, Dale and Norma were married in 1972 and took over the farm that same year. Tracy returned to the operation following her graduation from UWMadison’s Farm and Industry Short Course in 1996. Tracy and Jeremy’s daughters, Meghan and Chloe, enjoy showing and helping milk cows and are now the fifth generation to be involved in the operation. Dale and Norma had a few Registered Holsteins when they started, but the family didn’t really get active in the registered industry until Tracy and her sister Krissy got into 4-H and showing. They purchased their first registered animal from Wayne and Dan Dantoin of Shawnee Holsteins, another well-known Door County herd. A wise investment in 1996 proved to be the foundation for a cow family that is now putting the Uecker-LaCrosse herd on the map. Co-op Celsius Jolynn, VG-86, was purchased as a calf from the Genex/CRI Co-op nucleus herd. One of Jolynn’s daughters, Lynch Joann VG-88, was bred to O-Man which resulted in Uecker Oman Jodee VG-86. Jodee, now “retired” on the farm at 12 years of age, has proven to be quite the brood cow and currently has six generations on the farm. The Ueckers credit Steve Berland of GenElite for discovering and helping them market embryos worldwide, putting the Jodee family on the map. Dr. Scott Armbrust does all of the herd’s flush work and has been very supportive and helped the family make important breeding decisions over the years. Visitors to the farm can’t help but be impressed with the fantastic udders in the herd, and with 50 of the 83 cows from the Jodee family, it is easy to see why. Her offspring are known for their shallow, well-attached udders while also making outstanding records. The current rolling herd average on 2x milking is 27,630 with 3.73% fat and 3.09% protein. One of the current highlights from this family is Uecker Supersire JoSolo, GP-83 and DOM, is +2533 GTPI and is making some high

genomic calves. She had a record at 2-02 2x 365 30,470 3.6 1105 3.1 938. JoSolo’s dam is Beacon Joyfully VG-86 DOM, followed by Jango Joyful EX-91 and Jodee. JoSolo’s daughter by Yoder has some calves on the ground by DG Charley that have not been tested but that they are pretty excited about. Uecker Supersire JoSleet, VG-86 EX-MS, is also a daughter of Joyfully and produced 31,400 3.9 1230 3.1 980 at 1-11. JoSleet has a Magnus calf at +2800 GTPI who they are currently taking contracts on. With 14 bulls sent to A.I., there are currently six bulls from this family in active line-ups; they include JoDandy (IPS), JoSuper and JoClay (ABS Global), JoFarve (Semex), JoClassic (Masterrind in Germany), and JoDanger (Genex). JoDandy, at +2689G, is a Montross from VG-87 Shan JoTulip, another daughter of Beacon Joyfully. JoSuper, +2623G, is a Supersire from Beacon Joyfully. The Ueckers currently have four fresh JoSuper daughters who are milking really well. The Uecker and LaCrosse families have limited the number of offspring and embryos they’ve sold in the U.S. so they can capitalize on marketing the family overseas. They did offer one Racer daughter in the 2014 Planet Holstein Sale, and were excited to watch her sell for $240,000 to Butlerview Farm. They also sold a Mogul daughter in the Destination Naples sale in 2013. The exclusivity of the family has been a great marketing tool, allowing them to sell embryos to China, Japan, Germany

Uecker Oman Jodee VG-86

Uecker Beacon Joyfully VG-86 DOM

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Left to right: Dale & Norma Uecker and Chloe, Tracy, Jeremy and Meghan LaCrosse


Uecker Supersire JoSleet VG-86 EX-MS

Bryersquart Rube Jordon-Red VG-88 GMD

and France. They were also recently told that of the four bulls allowed at a new bull stud in Japan, one is a Morgan great-great-grandson of Jodee. Tracy makes all of the mating decisions on the farm and says that with much of the herd coming from the same family, she is a big fan of the inbreeding calculator on the Holstein USA website. She looks for sires high in milk and components but also makes breeding decisions to fulfill contracts, and admits that she is chasing that next “high” one. Current service sires include S-S-I Montross Jedi, Butz-Hill Silver Wings, ButzHill M-Leche 54847, Mr Montross Can Do, Cycle McGucci Jordy-Red and JoSuper. With the family providing all of the work force on the farm, they don’t have a lot of time for other activities, though they do make time to go to the grandkids’ sports and events. Norma has also worked for the Door County Clerk of Courts for 17 years. Jeremy, Tracy and their daughters enjoy hunting and fishing and the girls are very active in sports and 4-H activities. Meghan, a junior at Southern Door High School, plays volleyball, basketball and softball and has been named an All-Conference player in basketball for the past three years. She is starting to tour colleges and is interested in attending UWMadison or Iowa State and studying Agriculture Bioinfomatics. Chloe is in the seventh grade and plays volleyball, basketball and runs track. She is the animal whisperer of the family and spends her extra time with her horse and breaking calves to lead. The Uecker-LaCrosse team says they are not looking to expand, instead focusing on marketing and in fact would rather cut down some to work with their best genetics. With the success they’ve had with the Jodee family, the excitement they have for their herd and the Holstein industry is not hard to see. There are sure to be more great things to come from this herd and the dedicated family developing it.

64 Very Good and 15 Good Plus cows. The 120 cows average 85.6 points and are milking an average of 96 pounds per day with 4.1% fat and 3.4% protein with a 70,000 SCC. Scott, a graduate of UW-Platteville, manages the herd and makes all breeding decisions and matings. He is currently focusing on the variant red gene in their herd and has some long-term goals for breeding the highest genomic variant red animal. He also uses quite a few herd sires from their best families, some up to +2500 GTPI and several ranking on the Top 25 list for milk for red and white bulls. He likes his heifers by Bayonet and Silver and has a couple of red Hotshots that are over +2400G and will be flushed soon. Scott tries to calve everything in at 1-08 or 1-09 and that, along with extensive ET work, has allowed them to re-build the herd following the 2013 sale as well as sell extra cows for dairy replacements, having sold 75 fresh cows just since last August. He also sells about 30 breeding age bulls each year. One of the most well-known families from the Bryersquart herd is that of Bryersquart Rube Jordon-Red, VG-88 GMD, one of the matriarchs of the herd. Jordon-Red goes back to genetics from Ed’s father’s Meadowstream herd from the 1950s and this family makes up about 80 percent of the herd. The family is known for their phenomenal udders that make 30,000-40,000 pound records. A branch of the Jordon-Red family is that of the dam of Cycle McGucci Jordy-Red, Cycle Doorman Jacoby-ET and Cycle Dback Jackson-Red-TW. Their dam, Bryersquart GChip Jail-ET, sold in the 2013 sale to the Brey family at Cycle Farms. She is now EX-90 and her sons have become quite popular with other Holstein breeders as Jordy and Jackson are the top two red and white bulls for Type at +3.68 and +3.31 respectively and Jacoby is the number one Type bull at +3.90. A polled Bolton daughter of Jordon-Red, Bryersquart Bo Jayden-ET *RC EX-90, backs another branch of the Jordon-Red family. Jayden made 35,000 as a two-year-old and almost 40,000 as a three-year-old and

Bryersquart Holsteins Ed & Kay Jeanquart and Scott & Stacie Jeanquart families, Forestville nother farm family making a mark in the Registered Holsteins industry is the Jeanquart family behind Bryersquart Holsteins. With a reputation for producing outstanding red and polled animals, the breeding philosophy has now shifted to using high genomic sires. After having a successful herd sale in 2013, they have re-built another high type herd that is also producing lots of milk and making high genomic offspring. Ed farmed with his father and brother until 1978 when Ed and Kay purchased the current farm near Forestville. Starting with 65 Registered Holsteins, the farm now consists of 550 owned and rented acres and is run as a partnership between Ed and Kay and sons Scott and Bryan. Along with Scott, there is one full-time employee, and Ed, Kay and Bryan work part-time where needed. Scott and his wife Stacie, who works at Green Bay Packaging, have two sons Flynn (4) and Payton (2) who are true farm boys and enjoy “helping” as much as allowed. The 120 milking cows have a current rolling herd average of 29,687 pounds of milk with 1104 pounds fat and 970 pounds protein. They are in the top 25 for BAA in herds over 100 cows; there are 18 Excellent,

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Bryersquart Gchip Jail-ET EX-90

Bryersquart Jolt Beauty EX-92 4E DOM

had 10 milking daughters. An Earnhardt P son, Bryersquart Jerricko-PET EX-90, is a recent herd sire and ranks as the number 16 Red Carrier bull for milk at +1772M. The Jerricko heifers have started calving in and are milking well. One of Jayden’s daughters, Bryersquart Mitey Japan-Red, EX-92 2E, is a current herd favorite. She produced 41,850 3.4 1423 2.6 1091 at 4-04 in 365 days and is currently milking 144 pounds with a 4.6% fat test. She has daughters by Harper P (four polled and one red), a VG-88 Ladd P, Supersire, Jokes on You-P, and a red Colt 45. Another matriarch is Bryersquart Jolt Beauty, EX-92 4E DOM, a daughter of one of Scott’s sister’s project animals. Beauty produced over 220,000 lifetime with a 5.1% fat test and 3.2% protein test. She had 15 milking daughters that averaged 88 points and there are still several offspring in the herd, including six Shottle daughters (EX-92, two at EX-91, EX-90, two at VG-88, and VG-87). One of the Shottles, Bryersquart My Birthday EX-90, is a frequent flush cow. The Jeanquarts purchased a pair of heifers from the Ri-Val-Re herd in Michigan that have been flushed extensively. Ri-Val-Re Snwman Cynema-ET, EX-90 in her second lactation, produced 30,020 3.5 1043 3.0 899 at 2-04 and has offspring by Silver and Damarin and is bred back to Yoder. She is backed by a VG-85 Super from a VG-88 DOM Shottle

and five more VG and EX dams. Ri-Val-Re Tgo Rustic-Red-ET, GP-83 at 2-04 and +2252G, is a Tango daughter of an EX-90 Epic from Morsan Manoman Fools GoldRed, VG-89. Rustic had a record at 2-02 of 27,830 3.3 927 2.8 773. She has over 30 offspring in the herd including daughters by Delta, Kingboy and Hotshot, and more on the way by Jedi and Modesty. Rustic is due in October to Jedi. One of the Delta daughters, Bryersquart For Real-RedET is +2496G and tested heterozygous for the Dominant Red gene. There are Jedi and Modesty calves coming from For Real and Scott is excited about the possibilities with this heifer. The Bryersquart herd also includes a few Jerseys. While most were sold in the 2013 sale, there are currently five milking (two at 92, one at 86, and a VG-88 two-year-old) and about 25 heifers from back-to-back EX-95 cows. Scott says they don’t have plans to expand but there have been some discussions of adding a second dairy with robots. He is also hoping to capitalize on the attention the Jacoby and Jordy-Red has brought on their genetics and looks to sell more embryos from the family. The future certainly looks promising with all of the heifers and young cows from these outstanding cow families.

Dwight & Shelly Mayer 4965 County Rd. E, Slinger, WI

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Tel: (920) 477-6800 • Fax: (920) 477-2520 E-mail: mail@secondlookholsteins.com

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Jail photo by Beth Herges; Japan by Lea McCullough; Rustic by Jenny Thomas

Bryersquart Gchip Jail-P-ET

Bryersquart Mitey Japan-Red

Ri-Val-Re Tgo Rustic-Red-ET

EX-90 EX-MS *RC *PO 1-11 3x 341 31,580 3.9 1233 2.9 925

EX-92 2E EX-MS *PO 4-04 2x 365 41,850 3.4 1423 2.6 1091

GP-83 at 2Y +2252G +1238M 2-02 2x 305 27,830 3.3 927 2.8 773

• Dam of Cycle Doorman Jacoby-ET (#1 Type bull), • Daughters by Harper P (4 polled, 1 red), Cycle McGucci Jordy-Red and Cycle Dback Ladd P (VG-88), Supersire, Jokes on You-P, Jackson-Red-TW (#1 & #2 red Type bulls) and a red Colt 45 • Owned by Cycle Farm • Milking 144 lbs./day with 4.6%F and 3.0%P Dam: Bryersquart King Jamie-Red  GP-83 2nd Dam: Bryersquart Amber P-Red-ET  GP-84 3-02 2x 365 30,320 3.8 1148 3.2 981 3rd Dam: Bryersquart Rube Jordon-Red VG-88 GMD 3-03 2x 365 36,740 3.5 1304 3.0 1090

• Daughters by Delta, Kingboy & Hotshot • Her daughter: Bryersquart For Real-Red-ET, +2496G & DR1; calves coming by Jedi & Modesty • A red Kingboy daughter has 8 Jedi heifers coming • Daughters coming by Jedi & Modesty & is due in October to Jedi

Dam: Bryersquart Bo Jayden-ET  EX-90 3-10 2x 365 39,750 4.0 1589 3.0 1181 2nd Dam: Bryersquart Rube Jordon-Red VG-88 GMD Dam: Mapel Wood Epic Giggle-Red-ETS  EX-90 2-11 2x 305 27,900 3.6 998 2.9 821 3-03 2x 365 36,740 3.5 1304 3.0 1090 2nd Dam: Morsan Manoman Fools Gold-Red  VG-89 4-03 2x 333 36,039 4.4 1598 3.1 1125 3rd Dam: Stonedan Fools Gold-Red  VG-88 2-04 3x 365 38,949 3.6 1470 3.0 1177

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hese cows and their offspring are perfect examples of what we breed for - outstanding type with the ability to make big records and produce offspring that compete in any environment. If you are interested in embryos or offspring from these families or their herdmates, please contact us any time. Visitors are always welcome - we invite you to stop in while you are in the area during the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, July 11-13 at Ebert Enterprises in Algoma.

Bryersquart Holsteins LLC

4/17 RHA: 140 cows 29,687M 1104F 970P

Ed & Kay Jeanquart • Scott, Stacie, Flynn & Payton Jeanquart

18 EX, 64 VG, 15 GP

249 County Road XC, Forestville, WI 54213 (920) 495-1885 • sjeanquart@hotmail.com

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2017 WHA District Show Information Note to exhibitors: Owners of all animals exhibited at the 2017 District and Championship Show must be WHA members in good standing. Renewal memberships must be paid before May 1. If renewal of membership is not paid by May 1, a $50 late fee will be added. 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.

District 1

Date: Tuesday, June 13 Pierce County Fairgrounds, Ellsworth Entries Due: Thursday, June 1 Entry Fee: online fee - $12/head, mailed entry - $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Matt Breeggemann, W6579 570th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Checks Payable to: Pierce-Pepin Holstein Breeders District Chair: Bonnie Van Dyk, 715-220-6612, bvandyk23@hotmail.com Local Co-Chairs: Matt Breeggemann, 715-307-3201, mattbreeggemann@yahoo.com Grounds Open: Sunday, June 11 at 8:00 a.m. Check-In Deadline: Tuesday, June 12 at 4:00 p.m. Starting Time: 9:30 a.m. Judge: Ryan Krohlow Veterinarian: Boveq Vet Service, 715-307-3202 Showmanship: Monday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. No hay or straw available for purchase. Hotels in Ellsworth and River Falls.

District 4

Date: Monday, June 19 Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua Entries Due: Tuesday, May 30 Entry Fee: online fee - $15/head, mailed entry - $20/head (late fee $50/head) Mail Entries to: Kent Wendorf, E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 Checks Payable to: Vernon County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Paul Trapp, 608-332-0079 Local Co-Chairs: Cary Moser, carydreamprairie@gmail.com, 608-632-1401; Ralph Petersheim, welshedge@mwt.net, 608-632-3893 Grounds Open: Sunday, June 18 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Ryan Krohlow Veterinarian: Karl Solverson, 608-606-0857 Showmanship: Monday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.

Date: Thursday, June 22 Wood County Fairgrounds, Marshfield Entries Due: Monday, June 5 Entry Fee: online fee - $15/head, mailed entry - $20/head (late fee $50/head) Mail Entries to: Susan Miller, 7189 Hwy. 186 N, Vesper, WI 54489; millerholsteins@tds.net Checks Payable to: Wood Area Holstein Breeders District Chair: Scott Pralle, 715-533-0901, spralle@centurylink.net Local Co-Chairs: Katie Ledden, 715-305-4278, cathrinepeper1992@gmail.com; Susan Miller, 715-451-1888, millerholsteins@tds.net Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 Check-In Deadline: 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 22 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Roger Turner Veterinarian: Showmanship: Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. Shavings, beet pulp and calf grain will be available for purchase. Food stand will be open day of show. For camping availability, call fair office at 715-3871261.

District 3

District 5

District 2

Date: Monday, June 26 Grant County Fairgrounds, Lancaster Entries Due: Wednesday, June 7 Entry Fee: online fee - $10/head, mailed entry - $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Laura Wackershauser, 321 E. Linden St., Lancaster, WI 53813 (lauraw@wisholsteins.com) Checks Payable to: District 3 Holstein Breeders District Chair: Angela Davis Brown, 608-935-3814/608-574-7756 Local Chair: Troy Noble, tjnoble2@hotmail.com, 608-235-2886 Grounds Open: 12:00 noon, Friday, June 23 for bed down, no early bed down or tie-off or a fine will be imposed; barns open 8:00 a.m., Saturday, June 24 for cattle arrival Check-In Deadline: 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Nick Sarbacker Veterinarian: Lancaster Vet Clinic, 608-723-6366 Showmanship: Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor Meeting, 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 25. No feed or bedding supplied. 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

Date: Wednesday, June 21 Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo Entries Due: Thursday, June 1 Entry Fee: online fee - $20/head, mailed entry - $25/head (late fee $50/head) Mail Entries to: Chris Davis, W13983 County Rd. O, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Checks Payable to: District 5 Holstein Breeders District Chair: Chris Davis, 608-963-4377, chrisda_11@hotmail.com Local Chair: Mike Holschbach, 608-963-2003; hbach5@centurytel.net Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19 for bed down only; open for cattle at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Eric Westphal Veterinarian: Dr. Eric Bremel, 608-643-6050 Showmanship: Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m.


District 6

Date: Tuesday, June 20 Rock County 4-H Fairgrounds, Janesville Entries Due: Thursday, June 1 Entry Fee: online fee - $20/head, mailed entry - $23/head (late fee $50/head paid via cash or cashier check) Mail Entries to: Nicole Miller-Speich, 3703 Nelson Rd., Orfordville, WI 53576 Checks Payable to: Rock County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Joe Martin, 608-436-4590 Local Chair: Nicole Miller-Speich, 608-289-0411 Grounds Open: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, June 18 for bed down; open for cattle arrival at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 19 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 Starting Time: 8:30 a.m. Judge: Norm Nabholz Veterinarian: Stateline Vets, 262-882-3466 Showmanship: Monday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. Food stand by Rock County Junior Holstein. Milk house will be open at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 19.

District 7

Date: Tuesday, June 20 John Miles County Fair Park, Sturgeon Bay Entries Due: Monday, June 5 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $50/head) Mail Entries to: Brandon Kruswick, 397 Half Mile Rd., Algoma, WI 54201; bfkruswick@gmail.com Checks Payable to: Door County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Willis Gunst, 920-858-9367; wgunst@holstein.com Local Chair: Jacob Brey, jakebrey21@gmail.com Grounds Open: 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 18 Check-In Deadline: 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Eric Westphal Veterinarian: Bayside Vet, Randy Dietzel, 920-743-8890 Showmanship: Monday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m.

District 7

District 8

Date: Thursday, June 22 Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson Entries Due: Friday, June 9 Entry Fee: $15/head (late fee $25/head) Mail Entries to: Cheryl Ehrke, N3169 Trieloff Rd., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538; cheriehrke@outlook.com Checks Payable to: Jefferson County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Mandy Sell, 920-253-8773, rwdcamandy@gmail.com Local Chair: Cheryl Ehrke, 920-563-7541 or 920-650-0212, cheriehrke@outlook.com Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 22 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Mike Deaver Veterinarian: Whitewater Vet, 262-473-2930 Showmanship: Thursday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m.

District 10

Date: Wednesday, June 21 Calumet County Fairgrounds, Chilton Entries Due: Thursday, June 1 Entry Fee: online fee - $15/head, mailed entry - $20/head (late fee $30/head) Mail Entries to: Ashley Brantmeier, N426 Military Rd., Sherwood, WI 54169; ashleybrantmeier@gmail.com Checks Payable to: Calumet County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Sara Feldmann, 920-980-9704, sfeldmann23@gmail.com Local Chair: Ashley Brantmeier, 920-366-7704 Grounds Open: 12 noon-4 p.m. on Monday, June 19 for bed down only; open for cattle at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Mandi Bue Veterinarian: St. Anna Vet Clinic, 920-898-4227 Showmanship: Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m.


Kevin Jorgensen President’s address from the banquet at the 2017 WHA Convention. It has truly been an honor to serve the Wisconsin Holstein Association as both a board member and this year as your president. If you had asked me 30 years ago if that would be possible, it would have seemed unattainable. Thank you for that opportunity. This convention is special to me being here in the Paper Valley. I grew up 40 minutes west of here and when I was young, going to Appleton was going to the city and was a big deal. College Avenue felt like Times Square and every guitar I own, was bought just down the street from here. I also spent five years right after college living a few miles from here and had quite a time in night time entertainment on this street. It brings back a lot of memories. But that’s not what I came here to say tonight. A few years ago I coined the phrase “one cow can change your life” and I would like to share a story about a young man few of you ever met and why I feel so strongly about that statement. This young man grew up on a farm that was the first farm on a dead end road. To the left went down to the dead end and on the right was a gateway to the rest of the world. The first third of this kid’s life was primarily spent heading down to the left. This young man as an early teenager really didn’t have much direction and was very unsure of what the future held. He was very insecure and quite shy. I don’t want to say he was lost, but certainly not found. His teachers said he lacked motivation and was often bored. Then in 1983, he applied for a calf scholarship as a sophomore in high school and was awarded $750 to purchase a calf. Through the support of the Bob Trampf family and his sons, Bobby and Ricky, he was introduced to the Registered Holstein business. Later in 1984, the young man bought a big teated $1300 cow late at the Janestead Dispersal and this is the cow that changed his life. The young man was a kid named Kevin Jorgensen. Few, if any, people know or would recognize that kid and only know the alter ego named Ke-Jo. When I talk about the one cow that changed my life, I think most think another cow (Durham Juba) was that cow. However, that isn’t the case. She was certainly my most successful cow but not the cow that changed me. If was another cow, Janestead Andy Hetty, GP-81, that put me on a different path. All of a sudden I had an insatiable passion to learn all I could about genetics and breeding - it was an all-encompassing obsession. A member of our church saw my enthusiasm and gave me countless bags of old Holstein Worlds and I read as many as I could to learn about the breed and the cows that made it famous. I soon couldn’t get enough. But it really isn’t the cow that changed my life but the people that it put me in contact with. These people inspired me, supported me and gave me opportunities that put me on the path of standing here in front of you tonight. Many of the reasons that fuel my support of youth and scholarship are the opportunity to give back to hopefully find some other young person searching for meaning and purpose and that single act of kindness may help them achieve their dreams as well. That love of the Holstein cow lead me to become a State FFA officer and a chance meeting with Dave Dickson and Rick Daluge, who would not leave me alone about attending the University of WisconsinMadison. That would not have happened without that one cow. That led me to meet people like Dave Selner and Tom Morris who I have considered lifelong mentors. They encouraged me to work hard, learn more and helped me more than they will ever know. By going to Madison, I met the greatest group of friends that have truly made my life special and nearly 30 years later, we are still as close as brothers. 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

That group of Homer, Pud, Iggy, Furl, Scibby and Roger you know as Eric Olstad, Todd Kronberg, Mitch Breunig, Dan Siemers, Randy Endres and David Sarbacker. I could not have been luckier to have found such great men to be my closest friends and share in their lives. It also allowed me to meet both Lynn Harbaugh and Willis Gunst who, along with their wives Sara and Carla, allowed me to share in a small piece of their success in their 7-year partnership at Wilstar. It was truly an honor. Also along the way, Mitch and I, who had worked on a fictional genetics project in college, embarked on a partnership in the late 2000s that now affords me the honor to own over 80 head in the Jenny-LouKJ partnership. He and Jacquie are truly the greatest partners I could ever have. I am truly blessed. I would also be remiss to not mention Rick and Paula Bovre who have also been tremendous mentors and friends and many days, I look from the box at the Great Northern and see that young kid sitting in the stands back in the 1980s and ask “how did I get here?” I want to thank them for the opportunities they have given me in the sales business. Thank you Rick and Paula. To all the other countless people in the business that I would have never encountered if it were not for the Holstein cow, you are the finest people on planet Earth and I thank God for the opportunities to work with you all. However, before all of you were part of my life, my parents were very willing to show me so much. My father was not an astute breeder but a great cow man and was known by his peers as that. He taught me common sense cow knowledge and led by example how to be honest and forthright in EVERYTHING and let his son follow his dreams. My mother taught me the passion that I have for everything I do and a tireless work ethic. She truly is an inspiration. I am blessed to have my parents. This group of people past and present that I have had the pleasure of serving with on the WHA board of directors is also a special, special group. The selfless giving that this group offers to better our association is inspirational to say the least. What a blessing to serve with them. So you see, one cow truly does change your life. It took a selfconscious, shy kid and put him on the path to be blessed by being part of the dairy industry. Today, I am blessed to travel the world all because of the Holstein cow and I thank God every day for this black and white beauty. I ask you the next time you see a young person with a little spark of interest to take that chance to encourage them or share your time and talent. You never know when you will be changing a life forever. I know it certainly changed mine.


RULES FOR 2017 WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN SHOWS 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 - http://datcp.wi.gov/uploads/Animals/pdf/ FairRulesAnimalHealth.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). f. An out-of-state junior may compete in the Junior State Championship Show as a Junior member if the animal is housed in Wisconsin and owned in partnership with a junior member that resides in Wisconsin. The leadsperson must be the junior member residing in Wisconsin. 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 checkin 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 May 1, 2017. If renewal of membership is not paid by May 1, 2017, 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 check-in 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; $40 per head for juniors wanting to exhibit in both the Junior and Open Championship Shows - $50 per head ($65 for juniors wanting to exhibit in both the junior and open shows) if entry made by mail,

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fax or email and received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2017 - $100 per head if entry made at Championship Show or by mail, email or fax & received after 6/30/2017 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 3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 8 in order for the registration certificates, health papers and production records to be checked. The Alliant Energy grounds will not be open for cattle arrival before 6:00 am, Friday, 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 2017 WI Championship Show. If the fine is unpaid, the violators will be disqualified from the 2017 WI Championship Show. 3. Starting time for the WI Junior Championship Show will be at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 9. The Open Championship Show will be a one-day show for 2017 with the show starting at 8:00 a.m., on Tuesday, July 11. 4. An exhibitor meeting will be held Saturday, July 8 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 3rd5th 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 class of the Junior Championship Show will be designated Junior All-Wisconsin and Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin. The top two animals in Class 1 of the Open Championship Show may choose to compete in Class 2 for All-Wisconsin Awards and return for Junior Champion honors. 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 www.holsteinusa.com 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; 2. misrepresenting the age or ownership of an animal or the number of calvings and/or stage of lactation; 3. Surgically or unethically inserting any matter under the skin or into any body cavity to change the natural contour or appearance of the animal’s body is prohibited and is a violation of the showring policy and code of ethics. After 12 a.m. on the day in which an animal is to show, no administration of fluids by stomach pump is allowed, unless show management is notified, deemed therapeutically necessary, and is done under supervision of a Veterinarian. 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 overbagging 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 an irritant or counterirritant, or other substance to artificially improve the confirmation (this is to include any external pressure applied to the udder crease to artificially enhance it, i.e. roping). 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.

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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. We will follow the rules and guidelines set forth by World Dairy Expo. 14. mistreatment of animals; 15. any un-sportsmanshiplike 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 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 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.


2017 Wisconsin Holstein District & Championship Show Entry Form DISTRICT SHOWS

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. OR Online entries can be made through the link on the WHA website homepage at www.wisholsteins.com. Please see the District Show information in the MAY News starting on page 12 for the correct fees and entry info.

WI CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW - July 9-11, Alliant Energy Center, Madison

Entry Fee Schedule for Championship Show: • $30 per head ($40 for a junior to enter in both junior & open shows) if entered at the respective District Show • $50 per head ($65 for a junior to enter in both junior & open shows) if entry made by mail, fax or email & received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2017 • $100 per head if entry made at Championship show or by mail, fax or email & received after 6/30/2017

Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit at WHA Sponsored Shows 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 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.

I HAVE READ, UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO THE Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit at the Wisconsin Dairy Showcase. Date ____________ District Exhibiting In _____ Premise ID # ___________ Name of Owner/Exhibitor ________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Email ___________________________ Full Address ____________________________________________________

____________________________________________________ SIGNATURE OF OWNER OR OWNER’S AGENT:

____________________________________________________ Stalling Request: ____________________________________________________________________________ *Must be signed and dated with full entry fee for entry to be eligible for show.

DISTRICT & CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW CLASSES 1. Spring Heifer Calf, Exhibitor 10 & Under - born after February 28, 2017. 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 in class 1 at the Open Championship Show may compete in Class 2 for All-WI honors and may return for Junior Champion honors. 2. Spring Heifer Calf - born after February 28, 2017 (open to exhibitors of any age) 3. Winter Heifer Calf - born December 1, 2016 February 28, 2017 4. Fall Heifer Calf - born September 1 - November 30, 2016 5. Summer Yearling Heifer - born June 1 - August 31, 2016 6. Spring Yearling Heifer - born March 1 - May 31, 2016 7. Winter Yearling Heifer - born December 1, 2015 February 28, 2016 8. Fall Yearling Heifer - born September 1 - November 30, 2015 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 March 1 August 31, 2015 13. Senior Two Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 14. Junior Three Year Old Cow - born March 1 August 31, 2014 15. Senior Three Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014 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, 2012 August 31, 2013 19. Five Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2011 August 31, 2012 20. Six Year Old and Older Cow - born before September 1, 2011 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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NAME ____________________________________________________ FARM NAME ___________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP _______________________________________

Class # ______________ Animal’s Name_______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth _________________________________

Reg. #: ____________________________________________

Sire: ____________________________________________________

Dam: __________________________________________________

Owner:____________________________________ Production Record (305 days or less): _________________________________________ Please check if applicable:    ❏ Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Owned ❏ Junior Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Leased Class # ______________ Animal’s Name_______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth _________________________________

Reg. #: ____________________________________________

Sire: ____________________________________________________

Dam: __________________________________________________

Owner:____________________________________ Production Record (305 days or less): _________________________________________ Please check if applicable:    ❏ Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Owned ❏ Junior Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Leased Class # ______________ Animal’s Name_______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth _________________________________

Reg. #: ____________________________________________

Sire: ____________________________________________________

Dam: __________________________________________________

Owner:____________________________________ Production Record (305 days or less): _________________________________________ Please check if applicable:    ❏ Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Owned ❏ Junior Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Leased Class # ______________ Animal’s Name_______________________________________________________________________________ Date of Birth _________________________________

Reg. #: ____________________________________________

Sire: ____________________________________________________

Dam: __________________________________________________

Owner:____________________________________ Production Record (305 days or less): _________________________________________ Please check if applicable:    ❏ Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Owned ❏ Junior Bred & Owned ❏ Junior Shown & Leased

WI Junior Holstein Member Agreement 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.

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) 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. Junior Name: (please Print): _________________________________________ Junior Signature: __________________________________________________ Parent or Guardian of Junior Member

Date: _____________________

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

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

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Reproduction IVF Roundtable

The Holstein industry is home to many different farm sizes and breeding philosophies. Along with this, different tools have different benefits and applications for every operation. This month, we asked four Registered Holstein breeders to give us some background on their use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and what they’ve experienced with the technology. Thank you to those that participated in our roundtable. 1. Tell us a little about your operation. Greg Rickert, Rickert Bros. LLC, Eldorado: We are a third and fourth generation family farm. We have 1000 cows, mostly all registered that average 95 pounds of milk with a 3.8% fat and 3.1% protein. We do all our own cropping which entails 2000 acres. We pride ourselves on deep cow families that have functional type along with high milk and protein. We have had several bulls that have entered A.I. and had a few make the active line-up. Currently there is a Jedi son, Rickland Jackpot 922, over +2800 GTPI and currently available from Select Sires from the former number one protein cow in the breed, Salvatore 5026. We have been blessed with having three different top 10 GTPI heifers in the country the last three years. Currently, we have the number 11 heifer, Rickland Bandarus 6507 at +2917 GTPI from a VG-86 Montross dam. We have used ET work for the last 35 years and will continue our genomic advancement in the future. The industry has changed a lot the last couple of years and the opportunities to stay near the top is getting tougher with other farms calving 10 to 20 times the amount of ETs per year than we are and the genomic advancement is going up over 100 GTPI points per year. Mitch Breunig, Mystic Valley Dairy, Sauk City: We milk 400 cows and farm 1050 acres. I am the sole owner of the farm having transitioned out of a family partnership with my parents as they retired. We are using higher genomics all the time trying to breed for a more marketable animal as we sell 130 plus per year for dairy. Kelli Cull, Budjon Farms, Lomira: My husband Tom and I are partners with Tom’s father, John, in Budjon Farms. While the farm has always been home to a small tiestall Holstein & Jersey milking herd (65 total), it’s the Budjon Boarding business that has truly flourished over the course of a decade. In July of 2014, we completed an overall farm face lift, with the addition of a new office building, maternity pens, milkhouse & hospitality/employee areas. Finally, in the summer of 2015, we completed a much needed update to the calf area, adding another 60 individual hutches and 25 more super hutches. Budjon Farms is also a satellite center for Trans Ova Genetics. Erica Lundberg, Bert-Mar Farms, Osseo: I farm with my dad and boyfriend at Bert-Mar Farms. Dad is the fourth generation at Bert-Mar, making me the fifth. We milk 100 cows in a tiestall barn and farm around 600 acres. We went through a brutal 20 year struggle with stray voltage and lost all our genetics. Since finding it and correcting the problem in 2010, we have bought into key cow families and through IVF have been able to rapidly improve our herd. 2. How long have you been using IVF? How many animals do you typically flush, both IVF and conventionally, each year? Rickert: We have been using IVF for about six years, starting with pregnancies in beef recips and calved them at the farm during nonwinter weather. Now we have transitioned into IVF on open heifers also and implant fresh embryos on the farm via a shipped incubator to Sunshine Genetics. We currently have been doing IVF on 5 to 6 animals per year and convention flushing on 10 to 15 heifers and cows through Malin Embryo which has been with us for over 40 years. We would like to thank him for helping us chase down recipients over the years now that he’s decided to semi-retire. 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

Breunig: We have been using IVF for nine years. We flush about 3540 animals annually. Cull: We began using IVF in January of 2009 and average about 10 donors per year. Lundberg: We have been using IVF for about four years. Typically each year we IVF two or sometimes three animals regularly with maybe one or two conventional flushes a year. 3. What factors do you consider when deciding to do IVF? Rickert: Higher genomic young heifers as early as nine months of age out of strong cow families out of the right sires. We also do pregnant animals we have not filled all of our contracts on or have not created enough pregnancies from. Also, if A.I. companies have a demand for our genetic lines, we usually have been using all prerelease semen trying to breed the next high one like everyone else. My fear is that most A.I. companies will have over 50 percent of their own bred genetics and will not need our producer programs, so there may be a switch to more sexed semen in the future for our own needs. Breunig: We consider pregnancy status of donor and conventional track record of the donor. We also consider being able to sell embryos. Our China embryo contract only allows conventional, so that plays a part as well. We also consider timing of embryos - making show calves in October and November doesn’t make sense. Cull: We feel the positives of IVF are being able to work with pregnant animals and that it can be done every two weeks. We also consider stage of lactaion and whether it is cost effective as the IVF investment is higher. The market for the embryos is also considered as some countries only take conventional. Lundberg: When deciding to do IVF on an animal we first consider her pedigree. Deep, proven cow families are important to us. We also look at marketability and genetic superiority. Typically, we focus on high type with a few high GTPI animals as well. 4. How many fertilized eggs do you typically see with your IVF flushes versus conventional flushes? And how do the pregnancy rates compare? Rickert: My experiences are somewhat limited, but we have had some very good donors that were IVFd when pregnant and would produce 20 oocytes and have 10 to 12 transfers. We’ve also have had some donors not respond well on conventional flushes and usually those animals don’t produce high numbers of oocytes either. Recently we had a pair of full sisters over +2800 GTPI with one heifer having three flushes over 40 oocytes and transferring 20 to 25 embryos, where the full sister averaged 10 to 15 with only a few transfers. Conventional flushes usually average 12 to 15 embryos with fertilized egg rate much higher at 80 percent compared to 35 percent; and pregnancy rates average higher on conventional with pregnancy rates at 70 percent compared to 40 to 50 percent with IVF. Breunig: Depends on the donor. Some poor conventional flush cows make IVF embryos efficiently so it is great for them. We usually get 6-7 conventional; IVF is lower but very donor dependent. Pregnancy rates vary. Implants of #1’s from either are very similar. With IVF we tend to implant lower quality embryos trying to make a pregnancy which will affect this. We do find the same when freezing #1’s for sale; lower quality means lower pregnancy rate. Cull: With Trans Ova, they can typically expect to collect about


18-22 oocytes per aspiration. On average, 30% of these oocytes will develop into a viable embryo, so they can expect about 5-6 transferable (Grade 1 & 2) embryos per IVF cycle on average. When using fresh IVF embryos, they can achieve about 45-50% pregnancy rates. We have had over 500 IVF calves from Trans Ova since 2009. Lundberg: With IVF we typically see 3-10 fertilized eggs versus conventional flushing where we typically see 5-15. Pregnancy rates of both IVF and conventional flushing are fairly similar with IVF being 5-10% lower. 5. Have you noticed a difference in live birth weights or mortality rates with IVF calves? Rickert: A few calves have been larger but less than 10 percent. More vigor has been similar, last month we did have an IVF calve that was six weeks early and the calf was a 95 pound heifer. Abortion rate on IVF calves have been a touch higher but that may be environmental factors as well. Breunig: We haven’t noticed a difference on birth weight so much as pregnancy loss is double and stillbirth is double of conventional ET and also conventional breeding. Cull: We utilize the live calf program at Trans Ova, therefore we do not have a comparison. Lundberg: With our IVF calves we have seen higher birth weights and longer gestation periods. We have also had higher instances of pregnancies lost at two months and seven months and abnormal fetal growth. Until we started using IVF neither us nor our vet had seen a hydrops calf - we have had four IVF hydrops calves so far. 6. Any other thoughts on IVF? Rickert: I think if you have a donor that produces a lot of oocytes, your number of pregnancy results will increase with the faster turnaround and I believe it is a little safer for the donor as well. I do believe it is more important to implant fresh IVF embryos than conventional. Breunig: IVF is a great technology to speed up genetic progress, but very easy to get lots of offspring that are the same. Genomics sorts them and it is easy to have some unmarketable animals that have a pretty high overhead built into them. It is important to be able to market some of the offspring to cash flow the investment. It has also been a good way to extend valuable short supply semen. Cull: IVF is a more advanced way to get calves as you can IVF individuals at 9 months of age given the animal is reproductively ready. Oocytes can be collected every two weeks, increasing the number of offspring in amount of time. Labor wise, less work goes into the IVF process as you don’t have to get accurate breeding times. There is also less risk to animals and other pen mates due to reduced risk of riding animals during heats. Lundberg: Through IVF we can get way more progeny/genetics from our top animals and advance the genetics in our herd. The convenience, quick turnaround (being able to IVF every two weeks), and easy set up (not having to see a heat with fewer shots than a conventional flush) is definitley appealing. We just need to determine if that animal is worth enough to justify the added expenses of IVF.

Tips for IVF Success by Nate Dorshorst 1. Have donors checked By having a veterinarian check your donor a week prior to starting the IVF schedule, we can modify schedules to improve results. If you have a reference heat this may be used to verify the stage of her estrous cycle. It has been well published that the stage of the estrous cycle at the time of OPU (Ovum Pick Up) can influence recovery rates, oocyte quality and in vitro embryo production. Most importantly, problems can be identified such as ovarian cysts or multiple CLs remaining from a flush. If numerous CLs are found the schedule should be terminated until luteal regression can be obtained and normal follicular dynamics can be restored. If a cyst is found it can be removed by dominant follicle ablation/removal (DFA/DFR) and the protocol may continue with the addition of a CIDR. The addition of a DFR set up in an IVF stimulation schedule is the most effective tool in our arsenal to combat the infertile donor and can dramatically improve the embryo production in many situations. 2. Follow the schedule! We will adjust the schedule according to the donors embryo production history and without knowing what shot schedule was used it is impossible to make modifications to the schedule to improve results. If a mistake occurred or an alteration to the shot schedule was made, let us know so we can also record this. We do incorporate CIDRs in our IVF stimulation schedules occasionally for specific types of donors, namely prepubertal heifers and the stubborn or infertile donor. If CIDRs are used for donors it is especially important that they are administered as cleanly as possible. We prefer soaking the loaded applicator in a bucket of Chlorhexidine solution prior to administering or using a small amount of Chlorhexidine based scrub at the end of the applicator. 3. Semen acquisition and handling Discuss with your ET practitioner the desired matings well in advance of the collection date to determine if the bull you would like to use has a history of working well in IVF. There are large variations in IVF performance from bull to bull and in semen quality between collections from any given bull. IVF labs will record semen collection codes and maintain historical records to track this. Provide two units of semen in case one explodes during thawing or is of poor quality. Ideally, they would be from two different collections if it is not certain that the collection provided is of known IVF quality semen. Frequently it may be necessary to recane semen destined for the IVF laboratory on collection day. If this needs to happen it should be done by a skilled technician to ensure that the transfer occurs without damaging the viability of the sperm in the straws. Recrystalization of water in a semen straw, which causes damage to the sperm cells, begins to occur at around -100 to -80 degrees C. Studies have shown that for a 1/2 cc straw this can occur in as little as 10 seconds when held 2.5 cm below the top of the tank. I extrapolate this data to consider the very abundant 1/4 cc straw and continued on page 22 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017-21


therefore recommend no more than 7 seconds at 2.5 cm from the top of the tank. If necessary, you many lower the canister back into the tank to cool for a few seconds and then raise it again. It is my strong preference to have semen sent directly from the bull stud to the laboratory in order to reduce the likelihood of mishandling and partial thaw/freeze cycles of the semen. 4. Be Prepared. Arrive on time for the scheduled appointment - critical to IVF is the timing of everything! The time from collection to fertilization is critical and in order to be efficient in the laboratory we attempt to group the donors in order based on their selected mating – further complicating the schedule for the day. Have the donor’s registration name and number submitted the week prior – the less we have to worry about tracking down this information the more we can focus on performing the OPU and embryology. Preferably send or have the semen delivered a week prior to collection allowing the laboratory to verify the semen is what it is supposed to be and that it is a suitable collection code for IVF use. 5. Recipients Although most ET practitioners will have a preference, many types of synchronizations schedules are all highly effective including many variations of CIDR synchs, double ovsynch, single prostaglandin injections and even fixed time embryo transfer where no heat detection is performed at all. Something that is often confusing for clients is the synchrony of IVF derived embryos as it relates to recipient management. Conventionally, our industry refers to the day of estrus of the recipient or donor as day 0 and the day of fertilization, if she were to be inseminated as day 1. Conversely, in IVF culture systems the day of fertilizations is designated as day 0. As a result, “zero synchrony” between

the IVF derived embryo and the recipient actually involves transferring day 7 IVF embryos into day 8 recipients. Therefore, if a day 6 recipient is used they are actually minus 48 hours of synchrony from the embryo. There is ample research indicating the use of day 6 recipients resulting in significantly lower IVF pregnancy rates compared to day 7 or 8 day recipients. Have recipients sorted, locked and restrained. The better the recipient is restrained in a way to minimize stress, the better the ET practitioner will be able to complete a deep, smooth, atraumatic transfer which will increase the pregnancy rate. Prostaglandin F2α is the ET practitioner’s enemy when transferring embryos and is present within the endometrial cells of the uterus. With traumatic passage of the embryo transfer gun down the uterine horn, PGF2α can leak from each damaged cell and will reduce the likelihood of pregnancy. 6. Results – What to expect According to the American Embryo Transfer Association’s (AETA) latest statistics there were 17,329 OPU’s performed on dairy cattle in 2015. These collections resulted in an average of 18.2 viable oocytes and 5.6 embryos per collection. The average “blast rate” or percentage viable embryos from viable oocytes was 30.6%. It’s also worth mentioning that you should not get too hung up on oocyte grades. Grade one oocytes can become grade 3 IVF embryos that end up in the garbage and grade 3 oocytes can become beautiful grade 1 embryos. The visual grading process can not determine the true biological viability of oocytes, and so although in general it can be viewed as a predictive indicator of embryo production, this is certainly not always the case. The author is the owner of GenOvations Inc. located in Lodi, WI, specializing in embryo transfer and IVF technology.

Wisconsin Holstein Young Adult Members Young Adult Feature - Mitch Kappelman Mitch Kappelman was recognized as this year’s Young Adult Education award winner; an annual $500 sponsorship to attend an agriculture-related event for the opportunity to learn. Mitch grew up on his family’s 450-cow Registered Holstein and Brown Swiss dairy farm, Meadow Brook Farms, located just north of Manitowoc on the western shore of Lake Michigan. They herd is currently 95% Holstein, with a rolling herd average of 32,742 milk 3.71% 1216F and 3.16% 1035P lbs. They farm 1100 acres and are able to grow all forages needed. The Kappelmans aim to achieve optimal milk quality and have averaged an SCC of 72 recently. Mitch is especially excited about the family’s Brown Swiss, as they bred and own the number one genomic heifer in the breed for the last four proof runs. Mitch is a 2013 graduate of UW-Madison with a degree in dairy science. After graduation, he started at Accelerated Genetics as a herd analyst and later picked up the role of Brown Swiss sire analyst. He was with Accelerated for almost two years before returning to the home farm. Mitch currently oversees the genetic program at Meadow Brook and handles the majority of the breeding. He is also involved in many other aspects and a wide variety of jobs around the farm. As a Wisconsin Junior Holstein member, Mitch’s favorite and most influential time was the two years spent on the Junior Activities Committee. “It helped develop me as a leader, gave me new connections that still continue today, and let me give back to the organization that helped me so much. I even ran for the national JAC committee one year.” As a youth, Mitch never missed a junior convention and participated in dairy bowl every year. The teams he was a part of never made it to the national level, but progressed every year. Mitch still makes every convention a priority, as he comes back each year to help 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

as a judge or moderator for the dairy bowl contest. Other events that Mitch participated in include the dairy jeopardy and photo contests, and he highly recommends that current junior members take advantage of all the opportunities available. Mitch is currently in Phase II of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), a program made available through Holstein Foundation and the one he is utilizing his education award for. His father attended YDLI as a class one member, and his mom went to class two. Both of them spoke highly of the program, and Mitch knew he should seize the chance and apply for class 10. Not only did Mitch make lifelong friends during Phase I, but he admits having so many young people that are passionate about the dairy industry in one place was incredible. “Some of my biggest takeaways from the first phase include how to more effectively communicate with the consumer, telling my dairy story, and working with different personality styles.” When it comes to leadership in the industry, Mitch credits his parents with their encouragement to become active as an adult. His father serves on leadership boards across the country, and grandpa, Karl, was also on the Lake-to-Lake board of directors. Although still a young adult, Mitch is currently president of the Manitowoc County Holstein Breeders Association and has some big ideas for the future of the organization. As a Junior Activities Committee member, Mitch remembers his time and having Jim and Kelly Rickert as advisors. He still loves talking to them and reminisces about the experiences shared, whether it was someone (not mentioning names) sinking a jet ski on the JAC retreat, or tours at National Holstein Convention in Virginia. “The dairy industry is indeed very small, so you never know which connections will last a lifetime,” Mitch admits. After his experiences through YDLI and real-world application, Mitch urges members to reach out to consumers every chance they get. The more producers can educate the consumer, the more our industry will benefit.


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District 7 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The June issue will feature District 2 - Buffalo, Jackson, LaCrosse, Monroe, Trempealeau & Vernon counties.

District 7

Brown County

2017 Adult Membership: 27; Jr. Membership: 17

Door County

2017 Adult Membership: 21; Jr. Membership: 10 Adult Association officers - President: Brandon Kruswick; Vice President: Jacob Brey; Secretary: Tracy LaCrosse; Treasurer: Angela Brickner; Junior Advisor: Julaine Olson. Active Junior Members: Jared Baudhuin, Austin Vandertie, Mari Viste, Chloe & Meghan LaCrosse, Zack Olson, Luke Olson, Anna Olson & Claire Olson. The Door County Holstein Association held its annual meeting on January 21 at Sonny’s Pizza in Sturgeon Bay. Currently, the board and members are getting ready to host the District Show on June 20 at the Door County Fairgrounds. The juniors are a small group but enjoy showing and participating in dairy bowl at the Junior Holstein Convention.

Kewaunee County

2017 Adult Membership: 34; Jr. Membership: 26

Marinette County

2017 Adult Membership: 9; Jr. Membership: 0 Adult Association officers - President: Mark Carviou; Vice President: Rob Rohde; Secretary/Treasurer: Phil Finger; Director: Mack Drees; Junior Advisor: Jamie Vandewall.

Oconto County

2017 Adult Membership: 15; Jr. Membership: 3

Outagamie County

2017 Adult Membership: 57; Jr. Membership: 25 Adult Association officers - President: Jon Dietzen; Vice President: Allyn Staley; Secretary: Jamie Van Handel; Treasurer: Tim Schultz; Junior Advisor: Eric Voight.

Shawano County

2017 Adult Membership: 56; Jr. Membership: 32 Adult Association officers - President: Steven Schneider; Vice President: Andrea Moeller; Secretary: Jen Christianson; Treasurer: Julie Vomastic. Junior Association officers - President: Emma Gwidt; Vice President: Mason Jauquet; Treasurer: Ben Schmidt; Junior Advisor: Heather Jauquet. Our junior membership continues to grow in involvement. In May of 2016, we organized and hosted a Fitting and Showing Clinic at Bella-View Holsteins. About 50 youth from Shawano and surrounding counties attended and learned from stations focused on showmanship, fitting, feeding, washing, preparing for a show and caring for your animals at the show. Throughout the summer months most of us had a great time exhibiting at shows from the local level on up through the national level in fall. Junior Holstein Convention in January was definitely a highlight with many members participating in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and the Speaking Contest. We were excited to have one member receive a DJM award, one a YDJM award and two 12 & Under Recognition winners as well. One of our senior Dairy Bowl teams placed first at convention and is practicing for the National Contest in Bellevue, WA in June. In addition, we have a junior member who qualified for nationals in both the Speaking Contest and Dairy Jeopardy. The adult association had a successful and busy year in Shawano County. A big event for our county is the annual Shawano County Futurity which is held during the Shawano County Fair. Last year’s theme was “So God Made a Farmer”. The event is open to all breeds and has been a wonderful way to reach out to a new audience to educate consumers about the dairy industry. The committee is already busy working on this year’s event, which will revolve around the theme 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

“The Heart of Dairy”. At our recent annual banquet Jeff and Tammy Styczynski were honored as the Cow Bell Award winners for their many years of dedicated service to Shawano County dairy youth and activities. We also held an auction to raise funds for Shawano County dairy youth competing at national contests later this year. We are looking forward to a Twilight Meeting this fall to be held at Norrich Acres, hosted by Tim, Barb and Brandon Smith.

Waupaca/Waushara Counties

2017 Adult Membership: Waupaca - 35, Waushara - 9; Jr. Membership: Waupaca - 17, Waushara - 8 Adult Association officers - President: Willis Gunst; Vice President: Alan Cordes; Secretary: Danae Bauer; Treasurer: Justin Hintz; Junior Advisor: Brenda Long. Last year at our annual meeting Brenda Long was honored as Friend of the Holstein cow and Caleb Hamm was honored as an outstanding Holstein youth. The Waupaca-Waushara Show Opportunity sale is put on every year through great teamwork and the commitment of our association members. The 2016 sale was the 30th annual edition. Two calf scholarships were awarded to deserving youth. The association helped sponsor the combined counties fitting clinic in July as well as sponsored dairy youth shows at both the Waushara and Waupaca County Fairs.

2016 Shawano County Futurity

The Coliseum at the Shawano County Fairgrounds was full of excitement as the 2016 Shawano County Futurity took place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 3. Fairgoers filled the bleachers to take in the show and learn more about dairy industry in Shawano County and beyond. The theme of “So God Loved a Farmer” was evident as the participants wore formal attire and paraded past a beautifully restored antique tractor that was the focal point of the rustic-themed show ring decorations. 12 cows from 149 original entries were paraded before judge Bob Hagenow. He selected Synergy Guthrie Toucan, a Holstein, as the first place winner. Toucan, who was also the first place junior, was exhibited Carmen Haack and is owned by Mason, Carter and Evan Jauquet and Carmen, Mikayla and Spencer Haack. The second place spot went to Briccows Dempsey Adventurous-ET, exhibited by Kaitlin Fuhrman and owned by the Bricco family of Bricco’s Cow Town. In third place, and also claiming the top production award, was Park-View-GK Atwood Divine exhibited by Garret Holewinski and owned by Garrett and Kelly Holewinski. Rounding out the top six cows were in fourth place, Park-View-GK Atwood Chanda-ET ownned by Fabian Holewinski; fifth place, Synergy Always N Love-Red owned by Mason, Carter & Evan Jauquet and Mikayla, Carmen & Spencer Haack; and in sixth place, Fustead McCutchen Margo, owned by Mason, Carmen & Evan Jauquet and Mikayla, Carmen & Spencer Haack. In addition to the traditional show placings, the crowd was able to participate in the evening’s festivities by voting on the best dressed entry in three different categories. The best dressed male was awarded to Fabian Holewinski, the best dressed female went to Payton Hornung, and the best dressed junior was Collin Wussow. The Futurity committee wishes to thank the many sponsors that help make the event possible, with special thanks to Russell & Kris Robaidek who have been the main award sponsors since the beginning of the event. The committee is already hard at work finalizing plans for the 2017 Shawano County Futurity which will take place on September 2, Kaitlin Fuhrman with 2nd place entry, where we will showcase “The Briccows Dempsey Adventurous-ET and Carmen Haack with 1st place entry, Heart of Dairy”. Synergy Guthrie Toucan.


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Courtney’s Cattle Crossing The month of May is filled with new beginnings. Whether those be weddings, graduation ceremonies for high school or college, the prospect of a new job, moving to a new area, or the start of a new show season, May is a time filled with excitement. For me, as a high school senior about to graduate at the end of this month, my “free” time has been spent solidifying my college choice and filling out countless scholarship applications. On one of those applications, a question came up that made me reflect on my personal Holstein history: “Please tell about your favorite memory of your Dairy Youth Project.” As I thought back to the beginning of my dairy project, one of my first and best memories was showing in the “Little Britches” Dairy Show at the Vernon County Fair. I can remember the anticipation of finally being able to show at the county fair! Other participants, their calves, parents, grandparents, and family members of all kinds gathered to be a part of the excitement. The thrill of pulling and tugging my heifer into the center of a packed arena was so exhilarating. Each Little Britches leadsperson was interviewed on the microphone and, upon completing, was given a goodie bag and ribbon. Although others said their favorite thing to do at the Vernon County Fair was go on the rides or eat cotton candy, my quick response was to show cattle. That first dairy ribbon that I received for exhibiting in the Little Britches Dairy Show set the stage for my love of showing Registered Holsteins. I really wanted to share this memory because it can sometimes be easy to forget how even the smallest action can impact youth and their future. Each of you have the opportunity to inspire youth in our dairy industry. This may be through your involvement as the county dairy youth leader, mentoring a non-farm dairy enthusiast in their first year of showing, or sponsoring ribbons and trophies that become life-long memories. In each situation we encounter, we have the chance to make a positive impact on those around us. Whether your actions are large or small, each one can be influential. Even if it is as simple as sponsoring that Little Britches Dairy Show ribbon at the county fair, your one gesture could inspire a young person to love dairy for the rest of their life. As the summer show and fair season rolls around, I encourage you to seize the opportunity to help the next generation create their own favorite dairy project memories! Thanks for all you do for our dairy youth and future agricultural leaders! May your cattle crossings inspire others! Courtney Moser 2017 Wisconsin Holstein Association Princess

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The Wisconsin Holstein Association is pleased to announce Krista Styer and Jill Seiler as the 2017 Summer Interns. Krista and Jill will be based out of the office in Baraboo, Wis. During the summer, Krista will serve in a public relations role. Krista main responsibility will be planning and coordination of the 2017 WHA Futurity in West Allis. In addition to this, Krista will work with the WHA staff to plan and attend district shows and the Wisconsin Championship Show. She will also play a vital part in creating content for the Wisconsin Holstein website, enewsletter and blog along with attending daylight and twilight meetings to represent the association, and provide various supporting roles through the summer to benefit the association. Krista grew up on my family’s dairy farm, Alfalawn Farm, in Menomonie, Wis. She was very active in 4-H and FFA growing up and showed dairy cattle and did dairy judging. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she is majoring in Agricultural Communications and Marketing with an Animal Science minor. At the U of M, Krista is in the Gopher Dairy Club, the Agricultural Education Club, Beta of Clovia sorority, and the University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Team. Jill will serve in a communications role. Her main responsibilities will be helping with the transition to a new website and coordination with the host farm of the WHA Picnic. She will work with the Wisconsin Holstein News in order to gather articles, testimonials, roundtable leads and writing breeder profiles. She will also help create content for the Wisconsin Holstein website, e-newsletter and blog along with attending district shows, the Wisconsin Championship Show and county meetings to represent the association. Jill grew up on her family's 150-cow Registered Holstein dairy farm in South Central Kansas and has been an active member of the Kansas Junior Holstein Association serving as President this year. She will be recognized as a National DJM semi-finalist at this year’s National Holstein Convention. Jill is in her third year at Kansas State University studying Agricultural Communications and Journalism and animal sciences and industry. She is involved in the Dairy Science Club, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, National Agri Marketing Association and is a College of Agriculture Ambassador. Jill has previously interned for Kansas Dairy and the Kansas Department of Agriculture and has experience in writing, photography, layout and design which will be a great asset to WHA this summer. The Wisconsin Holstein staff is excited to welcome Krista and Jill to the team beginning May 22.

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. An out-of-state Junior member may compete in the Junior State Championship Show as a Junior member if the animal is housed in Wisconsin and owned in partnership with another Junior member that resides in Wisconsin. The leadsperson must be the Junior member residing in Wisconsin.

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. The top three in each age division will be eligible to compete at the state contest, to be held Sunday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. 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. PDCA is updating their materials and those guidelines will be used for all of our contests this summer. 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. Dates and times of each showmanship contest are below. District 1 - Monday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. District 2 - Monday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m. District 3 - Sunday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m. District 4 - Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. District 5 - Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 a.m. District 6 - Monday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. District 7 - Monday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. District 8 - Thursday, June 22 at 8:30 a.m. District 10 - Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m.

A Note from your JACs

Hello Wisconsin Junior Holstein enthusiasts, I hope everyone has had a safe and successful spring so far! Congratulations to all of the Wisconsin youth who exhibited at the Midwest Spring Show recently! Hopefully some of you were able to make purchases at the many exciting sales this spring. Best of luck with those purchases. I would like to wish the best to our farm families for a quick, easy, and safe spring planting season! Getting down to business... Cow Camp will be held May 20 and 21 in Ferryville, Wis., at the Sugar Creek Camp! We are looking forward to seeing our youth at this event and being able to help our younger members grow in the Junior Holstein experience. Your Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee would like to remind all of you about the Advertising Contest at our Junior Convention in January. This is a great opportunity for you to promote your animals and farm. Marketing is a large part of our industry, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity. There are cash awards for all of our contests at Junior Convention, so be sure to participate! We also want to remind everyone as summer and district shows are quickly approaching, that your JACs and Wisconsin Holstein Royalty are willing and able to help at your fitting and showing clinics. The JAC Request Forms should be filled out well in advance if you would like one of us to attend your event. The forms are available on the website. We are excited to be able to come to these events, so make sure invite us! Be sure to watch out for the district show entry deadline, it will be here before we know it! I strongly encourage all of our junior members to get involved and attend events that the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association puts on throughout the year and especially the summer months! Also, be sure to like the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association page to stay up-to-date and get to know our members! New this year, be sure to add us on Snapchat (wisjrholstein) to see what is happening! We look forward to seeing all of you very soon! Carley Krull Southeast District JAC wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017-27


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Things are looking good for the WI Dairy Showcase and by the time you read this, the first shows of the year will be in the books. The rules and entry form for this summer’s District and Championship Show are included in this issue. Please make sure you read through the rules before you make your entries and juniors need to sign the Junior Agreement. Also, I encourage everyone to take advantage of our online entry system - most districts have a lower entry fee if you do online entries. If you have any questions about the online system, please give us a call. Also included in this issue is our IVF roundtable. More and more breeders are taking advantage of this technology to get offspring from their elite genetics and I wanted you to get a little feedback from those that have been using it for awhile. Next month is a Midwest Holsteins issue and extra copies will be sent to the National Convention in Washington. If you would like to advertise in this issue, please give me a call by May 10. If you have a Twilight or Daylight Meeting scheduled and would like us to include it in our calendar of events, please call or email me with the date, host and time it will start. We will post it in the News and on our website. Now that the grass is green and the flowers are starting to come up, don’t forget about our annual Cover Contest. I’ll be looking for scenic photos of Holsteins to use for covers of the News, the calendar and Midwest Holsteins. Submissions will be due November 15 and can be mailed or emailed. Let me know if any questions. Finally, if you are considering having a website for your farm or would like to talk about a marketing plan for the rest of the year, please give me a call or email. The more ads you do during the year (any size), the more money you’ll save. And if you’re interested in doing a website, I’ll work with you to come up with a full package to meet your needs. Until next time... 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017

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May 2017 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Grant, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Wood counties 12 R&R Letter Complete Dispersal, Seymour, 11 a.m., managed by Courtney Sales 20 Dodgeramma, Beaver Dam 20-21 Cow Camp, Sugar Creek Camp, Ferryville 22 Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Bill & Kelle Calvert family, Cuba City, 10:00 a.m.; managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co. 28 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Sale, Sherona Hill, Edgerton; co-managed by The Cattle Exchange, Sherona Hill & Kueffner Holsteins June 2017 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix, Trempealeau counties 1 Shawnee Holsteins Complete Dispersal, Dan Dantoin & family, Fond du Lac, 10:00 a.m.; managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co. 13 District 1 Show, Ellsworth 19 District 2 Show, Viroqua 20 District 6 Show, Janesville & District 7 Show, Sturgeon Bay 21 District 5 Show, Baraboo & District 10 Show, Chilton 22 District 4 Show, Marshfield & District 8 Show, Jefferson 26 District 3 Show, Lancaster 27-July 1 National Holstein Convention, Bellevue, Washington July 2017 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 9 Wisconsin Junior Championship Show, 8:00 a.m. 10 Wisconsin Championship Red & White and Jersey Shows, 9:00 a.m. 10 Wisconsin Championship Heifer Show, Madison, 4:00 p.m. 11 Wisconsin Championship Cow Show, Madison, 8:30 a.m. August 2017 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, Sheboygan & Washington counties 12 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity, West Allis, 5:30 p.m. 18 Barron County Twilight Meeting, hosted by Jeff & Debbie Wille, Rice Lake, 7:30 p.m. Future Dates Sept. 17 WHA Picnic, Gildale Holsteins, Hollandale

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In honor of Geraldine Cooper

March’s answer: 1928 No entries for April

is month’s question: Wisconsin had two National Association presidents during the period from 1933 - 1942. Who were they? Send answers to sdm@wisholsteins.com or mail to 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53719 Correct answers will be put into a random drawing for (2) coupons for an extra value basket and a (2) coupons good for a 2-scoop sundae sponsored by Culver’s. Junior members with a correct answer will also earn an additional $100 in Holsti-Bucks per correct answer.


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STgenetics Representatives Serving Wisconsin Dairymen

Office: 920.465.3880

Cybil:

920.737.3050

E-mail: cybilfisher@hotmail.com Associate Photographer: Lea Jordan

North Central & Northwest: Jeremy Totzke, 715-316-8529 Eastern: Al White, 920-296-1482 Southwest: Rich Coulthard, 608-778-2347 Dane & Columbia Counties: Lindsey Kreier, 608-697-1153 David Kendall, Director of Genetic Development, 608-346-1605

Phone: 608.214.1845 E-mail: leamccullough@gmail.com

Embryo Transfer and Fetal Sexing We offer a full range of reproductive services... • Fetal sexing by ultrasound • EU Certified Collection Facility • Embryos available Matthew Dorshorst, MS, DVM Phone: 715-340-7271 matt.dorshorst@gmail.com Marshfield, WI 54449

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Brian Greenman Agent Commercial, Farm & Personal Insurance

Expanding Hoof-Trimming Business! Reproductive Ultrasound and Fetal Sexing Sandy Curran, DVM 608/469-6100 ultrascn@charter.net

Please call Dave Schmocker, 920-723-1557 • 15+ years of experience, references available • 3 full-time hoof trimmers • Appleton steel Upright Comfort Chute • Large & small herds • Your satisfaction is our guarantee! • Serving a 200 mile radius of Madison, Wis.

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bryersquart Holsteins LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 GenOvations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Go-Sho Cattle Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Goers Family Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Great Northern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mayer Farms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Moorclose Holsteins Complete Dispersal . IFC NorthStar Cooperative . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Origin Reproduction Services . . . . . . . . . 29 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 25 & 29 Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Shawnee Holsteins Complete Dispersal . . . 7 STgenetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC & 29 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Useful Farm Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: strapp@holstein.com Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: clyons@holstein.com Mandi Ramsburg 1510 Silverstone Trail #2, De Pere, WI 54115 cell: 920-530-5023 e-mail: mramsburg@holstein.com 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2017


May 2017 WI Holstein News  

May 2017 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring District show information, rules and entry form, District 7 feature and IVF roundtab...