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May 2012

Volume 84 No. 5

Genomics Roundtable District & Championship Show Rules & Entry Form Breeder Profile: Lyn-Vale Holsteins District 10 Report

Synergy Planet Passion-ET VG-86 VG-88MS +2320 GTPI #10 CTPI cow in the country

Passion has Jives sons at Alta

2-01 237d 24,371 4.4 1084 3.3 791 inc.

and ABS and daughters by Jives and AltaJade, all over +2300 GTPI.

Passion is admired by everyone

who sees her. She has pregnancies by Numero Uno and Mogul, and transfers by McCutchen.

Synergy Planet Piper-ET VG-85

+2219 GTPI +69P

#8 in the country for protein

Piper is one of the “wettest� cows we

1-10 365d 45,655 4.8 2213 3.2 1462

have ever milked. She has a Shot Alan daughter and pregnancies by Numero Uno, Epic and Alchemy.

The dam of these awesome full sisters is

Glo-Crest O Man Pirate 4092 EX-90 DOM 4-08 365 49,690 4.3 2147 3.2 1587 3rd dam is Oscar Lucinda The third full sister, Synergy Planet Polka-ET GP-84 is +65P, #14 in the country and was sold in the 2011 Summer Event sale.

The Pirates are the kind we love to milk!

Jay, Heather, Mason, Carter & Evan Jauquet Gary & Linda Olson and Casey Olson W2285 County Rd. S, Pulaski, WI 54162 Jay cell: 608-279-3222 RHA: 301 cows 31,871M 1163F 972P

Rolling-Spring Elegant VG-86 EX-MS at 3-11 2-00 3x 305 32,480 4.0 1306 3.3 1068

+1878 GTPI

~ Fresh in March with triplets ~ VG-85 Planet sister with +2308 GTPI, #14 CTPI cow Elegant’s Dam: Rolling-Spring M Eclipse-ET VG-86 VG-MS 1-11 3x 365 44,410 3.8 1701 3.4 1527 5th National Protein & 1st MN Protein Maternal Sister to Eclipse (pictured):

Rolling-Spring G Escence-ET EX-94 EEEEE 2E 4-03 2x 365 38,160 4.1 1547 3.3 1249 Nominated All-American 4 Year Old 2010

Elegant’s 2nd Dam (pictured):

Budjon-JK Dur Esquisite-ET EX-92 GMD DOM 3-07 2x 365 40,300 3.9 1555 3.2 1275 Nominated All-American Senior 2-Year-Old 2006 3rd Dam: Budjon-JK Encore Electra-ET EX-95 2E GMD DOM 6-04 2x 365 46,830 4.0 1866 3.0 1382 HM All-American 125,000 lb. Cow 2005 4th Dam: Krull Broker Elegance EX-96 3E GMD DOM Next Dams: EX-90 GMD DOM, EX-90 DOM, EX-92 2E GMD, EX-92 4E GMD

Another special one... Bru-lee Redshot Barb-Red, a Stoneden Redsot daughter, GTPI +1684 #1 Redshot daughter in the U.S. and 6th in Canada according to Canadian Dairy Network. She traces back to the Johns Lucky Barb family. We’re excited to start working with her!


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VOLUME 84 No. 5

Features: 8 10 14 15 20 24

Breeder Profile: Lyn-Vale Holsteins Genomics roundtable WHA Barn Meeting Review 2012 District & State Show Rules & entry form 2012 District Show information 2012 Top Performer form

Departments: 6 6 19 22 22 23 26 27 28 30

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs WHA Annual Supporters From the Field: Sarah Trapp, Holstein USA District 10 report Tank Talk - District 10 Breeder Business Cards WHY Page Classified Advertising Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Index to Advertisers

On The Cover This month’s cover features three of Wisconsin’s Genomic Stars. Top: Straussdale Planet Ella VG-87, owned by Straussdale Holsteins LLC, is the #6 GTPI female scored 83 or higher. Middle: Siemers Domain Beautify-ET, now owned by Sexing Technologies, TX, is the #2 Top Genomic Type female. Bottom: Synergy Planet Passion-ET VG-86, owned by Synergy Dairy, is the #14 GTPI female scored 83 or higher. (photos by Cybil Fisher & Lea McCullough)

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WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION STAFF: Christianne Williams, Director of Operations Laura Wackershauser, Editor/Advertising Manager Larry Nelson, Member Services Manager Sharon Maffei, Membership/Event Coordinator


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Wisconsin Holstein Briefs

% Congratulations to Wisconsin’s National DJM semi-finalists, Amelia Cooper, Stephanie Nagel and Kyle Natzke. Best of luck at National Convention! 0 Katherine Larson and Jordan Siemers have been named National YDJM winners and will be recognized at the National Convention as well. Congratulations! . Our condolences to the family of Bernice Letter, 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

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Obituaries Bernice Letter

Bernice D. Letter, 91, of Seymour passed away Monday evening, April 16, 2012 at Meadow Wood, Seymour. She was born February 9, 1921 daughter of the late Andrew and Clara (Henn) Eisenreich. On June 26, 1941 she was united in marriage to Cyril Letter Sr. in Isaar. Cyril preceded her in death February 23, 1994. Bernice was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. She enjoyed her family and loved playing cards. Survivors include children: Bill (Elaine) Letter, Black Creek; Bob (Lucille) Letter, Seymour; Jim (Sheila) Letter, Pulaski; Kathy (Jerry) Mueller, Mountain; Karen (Mike) Forsberg, Hancock, WI; Cy (Patti) Letter, Seymour; Chuck (Kim) Letter, Seymour; Barb (Murray) Neppl, Crivitz; Carol (Matt) Opgenorth, Seymour; daughter-in-law, Ruth Letter, Green Bay; 34 grandchildren; 63 great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: John Wallace, Gladys Sigl, Jim (Bea) Letter, Neil Van Straten all of Green Bay She is preceded in death by her son, Joseph Letter; infant grandson, Michael; infant granddaughter, June; brother, Carl (Rosalie) Eisenreich; sisters: Grace Wallace, Evelyn (Henry) Letter.

Welcome to These New Members

Adult members: Jason Johnson, Galeville Roderic & Roxanne Bauer, Durand Timothy Dutter, Eleva Kelly Peth, Ripon Jeremy & Dulcie Anderson, Ellsworth Marlin Brubaker, Withee Robert Strack, Athens Junior members: Anna Smith, Juda Kyle Finke, Weston Austin Martin, Janesville Evan Martin, Janesville Regina Frisle, Prairie Farm Justyne Frisle, Prairie Farm Kali Schaar, Ellsworth Spencer Bratsven, Lublin Hunter Stenholt, Ripon Brett Peth, Ripon Brice Peth, Ripon Gage Kelly-Lisowe, Elkhart Lake

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This painting, created by artist Larry Schultz of Milton, WI, for the 2008 National Holstein Convention, features 14 of Wisconsin’s most influential cows. You can own this piece of Wisconsin Holstein history. Prints are available from WHA by calling 1-800-223-4269 or emailing Signed & numbered prints are available for $100 & Regular prints are $50 PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE HOLSTEIN FOUNDATION & THE WISCONSIN JUNIOR HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION

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Lyn-Vale Holsteins The Schultz Family, Waldo By Amy Ryan

first of the two calves purchased. Unfortunately, she had calving issues as a 2-year-old, but she did produce one heifer that has left a major impact on the herd, Lyn-Vale Valor Francha EX-91. This Sir C Valor Part of the Lyn-Vale team - left to right, Yvonne Preder, daughter was bred to Chesapeake, a mating which resulted in another Bill Schultz III & Amanda Roehrborn Excellent daughter, Lyn-Vale Chesapeake Sky EX-92. Sky was the dam of Lyn-Vale Leduc Stella EX-91, a Lystel Leduc daughter with a 2-03 record at 365 days of 32,382 3.7 1189 2.8 909, which was Amanda’s show heifer and turned into an exceptional show cow as well. She won the 2-year-old class at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair yn-Vale Holsteins is located in beautiful east central Wisconsin and Best Bred and Owned. The following year she was Junior along the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Waldo, Wisconsin. The All-Wisconsin and Reserve All-Wisconsin 3-year-old. That same year 88-cow Registered Holstein herd, owned by Bill Schultz Sr., Bill she was nominated Junior All-American 3-year-old. Today the herd Schultz III and Ronnie Schultz, boasts a rolling herd average of is still home to Fran’s family members and some have produced to 25,956 pounds of milk, with a 4.0 percent and 1,037 pounds of fat near 250,000 pounds of milk lifetime. The other calf purchase was Miss Kris VG-89. Her daughter and 3.2 and 818 pounds of protein. Bill III is the managing partner of the farm operation, where he Lyn-Vale Jed Kristi EX-92 3E is the cow that brought excitement to is responsible for the overall care of the animals and oversees the the registered business for her owners. Today, close to 35 percent of crops. Ronnie is the crop caretaker and also does some of the feeding the herd traces back to Kristi. Several family members have excelled along with their father Bill Sr. who also is the handyman around the in the show ring, garnering blue and purple ribbons. The family’s breeding philosophy is focused primarily on type. To farm and lends a helping hand where needed. The family owns over 400 acres of land and raises alfalfa, corn, date, this philosophy has produced 19 EX, 42 VG and 10 GP soybeans, and oats. All homegrown feeds are used for the 200 head of animals. Sire selection is based on cow families and overall type with cows and young stock. A TMR is fed to the milk cows and dry hay is emphasis on udders and feet and legs. The herd is home to daughters offered to all animals on the farm. The milking herd is housed in a of Advent, Durham, Redlou, Aspen, Jasper, Dundee and September comfort stall barn and let outside every day, weather permitting. Storm. Mating sires currently being used include red and red carrier Heifers are raised in group housing and the young calves are raised in bulls Attitude, Perseus, Destry, Heztry, Barbwire, Reality, Picolo and Advent. Black and white sires used are Dundee, Sid, Sanchez, calf hutches. One full-time employee, Yvonne Preder, works with Bill everyday Braxton, Goldsun, Damion and Windbrook. Bill is quick to credit many progressive registered breeders for the taking care of the animals and overseeing the show prospects for the upcoming show season. Part-time calf manager Sue Walber and her success he has received thus far. Through many long hours of daughter, Jeanna Sullivan, have been with the farm for seven years. reading ads in breed magazines and newspapers, Bill took it upon Another part-time employee, Erica Marten, helps with the general himself to call and tour what he considered true prominent Holstein farm chores and works with all sale consignment animals and show breeders. To build his herd, he purchased frozen embryos to quickly prospects. Bill has three daughters, Erika Bognar, who works in develop his genetic pool of both black and red Holsteins. These Quality Assurance at Sargento Foods; Heather, a full time employee at embryos were purchased from mentors like Tom Lyon, Rick Frozene, UPS; and Amanda Roehrborn a registered nurse at St. Nicholas Jim Hoskens, Scenic-Edge Holsteins, Eric Westphal, Ralph Lange, Hospital in Sheboygan, who also helps with calf raising on the farm Dale Schmidt, and Dan Peterson representing Castleholm. Success came rather quickly in the red and white business. Scenicas time allows. Edge SS Reba-Red-ET EX-90 2E After graduating from high EX-MS was purchased as an embryo school, Bill became a DHI milk tester from Scenic-Edge Holsteins, the partand although he grew up with an all nership of David and Yvonne Preder grade bull-bred herd that dated back and Rodney Bohnhoff. Reba was Allto 1926, he developed a keen interest American and Junior All-American in the Registered Holstein industry. Fall Calf in 2004 and Reserve AllThe self taught philosophy best American and Junior All-American describes how he became involved in Fall Yearling in 2005. She is still in the this business. Reading magazines, herd today and a permanent flush talking with other Registered Holstein cow. She has daughters in the herd breeders and attending sales triggered and Bill looks forward to them enterhim to buy two calves at the Great ing the milking string. Northern Sales Arena. While the Two years later, Bill went back to calves were purchased for his oldest Scenic-Edge Holsteins to purchase two girls to show in 4-H, these investScenic-Edge SS Justine-ET *RC. ments became the true foundation Justine, the dam of Junior Champion cows of the herd. and All-American Scenic-Edge JellyPoplar-Bend CR Fran was the Lyn-Vale Leduc Stella EX-91 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012


bean-Red, opened the international embryo market for Lyn-Vale in different magazines throughout the year. The show results from Lyn-Vale Holsteins really speak for Holsteins. Her embryos, along with embryos from other cow themselves. They are a two-time winner of the Premier Exhibitor families, have been sold internationally and domestically. Another embryo purchase, Baycroft Rubens Glorious EX-91 3E banner in 2007 and 2009 at the Ohio summer red and white show GMD is another foundation cow at Lyn-Vale. Up to five generations during the Ohio State Fair. Lyn-Vale Pfeffernaus-Red was nominated (including Glorious) are on the farm and through the years several of All-American Fall Calf in 2010 and Castleholm Regina-Red-ET and them earned honors in the showring. Glorious herself was also Junior her daughter Lyn-Vale BM Renata-Red-ET were nominated AllAll-American Junior 2-year-old in 2004 and had a 4-11 record at 365 American in 2011. Along with being nominated, Renata was Junior Champion at the NAILE show in Louisville, days of 43,032 3.5 1489 3.0 1310. Her Roy KY in 2011. daughter, Lyn-Vale Roy Gabrielle EX-93 was Milk quality is also a top priority for the Junior Champion of the 2005 District 10 farm. In 2011, Lyn-Vale was recognized by Holstein Show. Gabrielle has an Excellent Allen WDATCP Division of Food Safety for daughter who’s VG-86 Goldwyn 2-year-old has maintaining outstanding milk quality and a Jasper summer yearling who represents the commendable farm conditions for more than fifth generation of animals from this family three years. Furthermore, the DHIA herd to enter the showring. Another Gabrielle average is near the top of the list for 2x milking daughter, Lyn-Vale Redlou Giselle VG-87 in Sheboygan County. Bill has also received the brought the “red” gene into this family and has Progressive Breeder and Progressive Genetic produced two red daughters; one by Reality Herd awards from Holstein Association in the and the other by Durham. Today, one of the most influential cows past and the Sheboygan County Distinguished paving the way for the future in the red and white Breeder award. For Bill, measuring success does not business at Lyn-Vale is Castleholm Regina Redcome in dollars and cents, but rather the pure ET VG-88-2Y, 2-06 365 33,497 4.7 1588 2.9 pleasure of watching others succeed from what 955. She is a potential 14th generation Excellent Lyn-Vale bred animals. Bill especially enjoys from the Royal Rosa family. She has gained helping other breeders the way some of those interest around the globe, both live animals and Baycroft Rubens Glorious EX-91 3E elite herds helped him get his start in this embryos. business. This includes young junior Another is Miss Madison Avenue exhibitors and their parents or the EX-91 from the Elm-Lawn-G herd, person(s) that have purchased an which was also acquired as an embryo. animal to use as their foundation cow From the same family as Madison came of the future. three embryos sired by Goldwyn from the well known Elm-Lawn G Linjet Boothhaven Holsteins is a prime Milkshake EX-94. Two daughters example. Chris and Courtney Booth resulted from these embryo purchases, along with their four children have been one which was sold and the other which showing a few of the Lyn-Vale bred classified VG-85 as a fall yearling in milk and/or owned animals since 2007. and stands in the first stall in the barn. Today, Bill allows the kids to show animals through the RWDCA lease Bill acquired two full sisters, program and will consider other lease Bevendale Aspen Partygirl EX-93 and programs in the future. Blue ribbons and Bevendale Aspen Partydoll VG-87-2Y, trophies have graced the trophy case at who are both red carriers and have Boothhaven; that in itself can put a smile offspring at the farm that may join the Lyn-Vale Roy Gabrielle EX-93 on any breeders face. 2012 show string. Bill also purchased embryos from L-Maples Redmarker Other young juniors and adults Pepper EX-94 which resulted in three alike from the west to east coasts have red and white September Storm daughanimals that carry the Lyn-Vale prefix ters. All of them graced the colored and have shown and earned many shavings at WDE and stood in the top awards. Receiving letters and emails or a five in their respective classes. Offspring phone call and hearing from the exciteof these original three full-sisters still ment of their voice or the wording of play a major role in the Lyn-Vale herd. their email is truly rewarding for Bill. The Scenic-Edge Holstein milking Lyn-Vale genetics have made another herd is also housed at Lyn-Vale person happy, a lifetime customer and Holsteins. Bill is proud to house such most importantly, a friend. animals as Scenic-Edge Jellybean-Red Registered Holsteins will always be and Scenic-Edge MRB Jolynn-Red, two the reason Lyn-Vale Holsteins will past Unanimous All-Americans. Several continue into the future. Although others have been nominated Allthere is no one at the present time American along with several that Bill within the family to take over the herd has bred and/or bought as embryos and in the next several years, Bill is quick to Castleholm Regina-Red-ET VG-88 developed. mention that he hopes that a young Attending and participating in shows plays an important role in person or couple will come along and want to work into the operation. marketing and advertising Lyn-Vale genetics. Preparing for shows is Selling animals through consignment sales and private treaty will truly a 365-day a year job. The show season starts with the Midwest continue. To him, owning his own farm, working with a herd of cows Spring Show; both red and white and black and white shows. Then that can produce volumes of milk, and continuing to strengthen the it is the District 10 show held in June, Wisconsin Championship show herd pedigrees through sound solid type and good genetics is the best in July, Midwest Summer Red and White show in July, Sheboygan job in the world. The herd accomplishments speak for themselves and County Holstein Futurity in September, World Dairy Expo in Bill is proud that his decisions have produced great pedigreed cows that October and NAILE show in November. Bill believes that his graze the pastures and stand in his barn today. advertising dollars are well spent by attending shows and placing ads wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012-9

Genomics Roundtable There continues to be much debate about Genomics and its role in the Registered Holstein industry. We’ve asked several breeders to contribute to this roundtable about their use of Genomic testing and how it’s affected their breeding programs. Thank you to the participants in this roundtable. 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your operation. Paul Buhr, Rabur Holsteins: I have been involved with the breeding of Registered Holsteins for 40 years. Rabur Holsteins consists of 75 cows with a 108.5 BAA and RHA of 26,000 pounds of milk. We have received the PBR award for 33 years and Progressive Genetics Herd award since its inception. Jeff Hendrickson, Jeffrey-Way Holsteins: We are a family operation consisting of Kate and Jeff, with our kids helping out as their schedules allow. We currently have 80 cows and 130 head of youngstock with a RHA of 26,000 pounds with 3.8%F and 3.15%P. Our most recent BAA was 110.9% on 99 cows with 40 EX, 50 VG and 9 GP. Jay Jauquet, Synergy Dairy: I am fortunate to participate in this industry from two perspectives. I have been a sire analyst for Alta Genetics Inc., for 15 years. I am also an owner in Synergy Dairy LLC which was formed in May 2004 with my wife, Heather and her parents, Gary and Linda Olson. Our RHA is 31,800 3.6%F 3.0%P on 320 cows. Although we do classify, we utilize the limited option, so we do not get an official BAA. The facilities are sand-bedded freestalls and a parallel parlor. The cows have to compete as we have limited space for individual care. Matt Johnson, Johnson Holsteins: Our farm is family owned and operated by Matt and Nancy with their children Matt, Brad and his wife Krista, Jessica and Patrick. The farm has been in the Johnson family for over 100 years with my siblings as the fifth generation. We are currently milking 240 commercial cows with a 24,000 pound RHA. My brother Brad and I just started buying registered cows four years ago and are now just staring to calve our first ones in. Troy Opsal, Opsal’s Holsteins: I have lived on my family’s farm in Blue Mounds my entire life, graduated from Mt. Horeb High School in 1984 and attended UW-Madison. Opsal’s Ridge is 440 acres and 300 total head of Registered Holsteins with 105 cows milked in a tie-stall barn. Our farming operation includes my family (Felicia - 18, Josh - 16 and Joey - 14), my parents Lyle & Deanna, and one full-time employee. The herd has a BAA of 109.6% and has ranked in the top 10 for herd size nationally for the last 6 years. Our RHA currently stands at 26,307 3.9 1012 3.0 791. The cows are fed a one-group TMR that for the last 6 months we have been balancing to reduce cost. By paying more attention to amino acid levels, the protein percent has been reduced to between 13.5 and 14%. Our milk production has gone down some, however, the bulk tank MUN’s have dropped to the 8 range, components have gone up and herd health and profit margin is greatly improved. 2. What is your current breeding philosophy/breeding program? Buhr: My philosophy has always been to use all the tools available to make good breeding decisions that will result in a better, more profitable cow. Hendrickson: Our breeding philosophy is to breed high-scoring cows with high production over a number of lactations. We prefer to use high TPI bulls with an emphasis on type. We milk our own cows so we prefer they look good while we work. Occasionally we will stray from that path and use a higher numbers bull or a show type for a little variety. Jauquet: When making breeding decisions, we have three goals we consider depending which group an animal best fits into. High TPI/Production stressing pounds of protein makes up 70% of the breedings, Red/RC is 20%, and High Type with good fitness about 10%. In each category we put a strong emphasis on udder composite and fitness numbers, especially DPR and SCS. We like great uddered cows that are trouble free and breed back efficiently. Johnson: Currently we are breeding for high index cows that excel 10–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

in udder and feet and leg traits. We want cows that fit into our commercial setting with minimal problems. We like cows that are a little above average in stature. We are currently doing a lot of matings to fulfill bull and embryo contracts. Opsal: The goal of our breeding program is to produce a Registered Holstein cow that will efficiently produce milk with good components, maintain a low SCC, live a long and healthy life and most importantly is enjoyable to look at. We try to do this in conjunction with improving the marketability of each animal through pedigree, index or show appeal. Several cows are selected as donor dams and flushed on a regular basis. Most of these have A.I. and/or embryo contracts or are older cows with exceptional daughters. About 20% of our heifers have A.I. contracts and are bred to carry their own calf for the contract. Only one or two heifers are flushed annually. Almost all of our heifers that have not been contracted are used as recipients. Then, when they have proven as cows that they fit our breeding program we begin to add them in.

3. With the emergence and increased accuracy of Genomics, how have you incorporated Genomic young sires into your mating program? What percent Genomic young sires versus proven bulls are you using? Buhr: Outside of the analysis by Dr. Selner, I have not been privy to any validation studies to verify increasing accuracy in genomics. However, realizing the inaccuracies of our current proof system, I include Genomic young sires in my breeding program at about 25%. Hendrickson: We currently use about 25% Genomic young sires for first services. The percentage gets higher on second or third services. We use ones that are high on type and from cow families we prefer. It seems like most of our embryo clients require us to use high Genomic young sires. Jauquet: We have embraced genomics as a valuable tool in our breeding program. Our confidence in the data has grown with seeing our phenotypic results mirror the genomic rankings we have received. We currently use the highest GTPI bulls available, which means using them quickly and then moving on to the next group available. I do research the cow families and sire stacks behind the bulls to help us decide which bulls and how heavily to use them. We are using about 90% genomic young sires. Johnson: We have been using Genomic sires since the start in both the commercial and registered offspring. We are using 60% proven and 40% Genomic bulls at the moment, but are leaning to using more of the Genomic sires. Genomic bulls we use must come from solid cow families that have proven themselves in the past via proven sons in A.I. Opsal: When using Genomic young sires, we use several different ones on a limited basis to spread out the risk. I prefer to use the ones that have a different pedigree or something unique to offer. This usually means looking further down the list of available sires and sacrificing some on GTPI. Due to contract matings for both A.I. and embryo export, the percent of Genomic bulls I have used has been as high as 75%. This is much higher than I would like it to be and I have been trying to scale back that amount. Recently I have been able to secure more contracts with proven bulls. 4. How do you identify which females in your herd to Genomic test? Which tests are you using and on which animals? Buhr: I use the 6K test and test heifers from high GTPI pedigrees. Hendrickson: Right now we test randomly based on the pedigrees that we think are most marketable. We will be testing more in the future. In the past we have tested with the 6K and 9K then follow with the 50K to verify the higher ones.

Jauquet: We genomic test the highest 25-30% PTPI heifers with the LD test and then retest the highest 10% with the 50K test. We use that information along with pedigree to decide which heifers to flush. Johnson: We have been Genomic testing all registered females. We have learned from past experiences you never know where a high one will come from so we just test them all. We are using the 50K test on everything - it’s required for both bull and embryo contract females. If I was just starting and wanted to test a large number of females I would use the 6K test and if there are high ones go back and do the 50K for a more accurate reading. Opsal: When selecting females to test, the primary criteria has been a PTPI of over +1900. I also look at the sire stack and previous test results from the cow family. I have been using the 6K test for most females since it has been available. 5. What is your favorite high Genomic animal or family you are currently working with? Has Genomics helped identify any new (or previously overlooked) cow families in your herd? Hendrickson: Our favorite high Genomics cow is Jeffrey-Way Saphire, VG-87 2Y. Besides being +2005 GTPI she is also *RC and *PO. We believe she is the highest *RC and *PO cow in the breed. Jauquet: Families we are working with are the Pirates (ads in the News), Sequins, Amelias. We genomic tested Sequin as a pregnant heifer and her numbers were well above parent average so we started flushing her after she calved. Sequin’s family has always had tremendous production but we never flushed any of them until genomics identified Sequin. Johnson: My favorite high Genomic family would have to be the Larcrest Cosmopolitan cow family. We are currently working with Larcrest Carabella VG-86 and Larcrest Constance VG-85 and many of their daughters are under contract worldwide. I have also been very impressed with the Apple cow family combining the best of show and index in one. Genomics helped us find a diamond in the rough in Morningview Gldwn Lida-ET. We purchased her as a fresh two year old in the 2008 Summer Event. She had not been tested when we got her so we tested her and she was well above PA. Today she has over 12 sons in A.I. around the world. Opsal: My favorite cow I’m working with on Genomics is Opsal Stiles Myron Coral EX-92 with 4-04 365 54,367 3.8 2064 2.9 1584 and last year’s Junior Show Grand Champion at the Midwest National Spring Show. Still in her second lactation, she has achieved her maximum score, made our largest milk record and has over 130,000 lifetime. Because of her production, type, show success and outcross pedigree (Hartford Myron x Opsal Finley x Jolt) she is easily mated to a wide range of bulls that fit many markets. Coral’s GTPI after the April proofs is +1977. Even though her production and type numbers all went up, she lost 77 points on her GTPI since her PL dropped from +1.9 to +.07 and her DPR dropped from +.01 to -1.1. At almost six years of age, no siblings or new offspring tested and a sire stack of 99% Rel. bulls, this makes me concerned about how Genomic numbers radically change from one proof to the next. Genomics has not brought any new cow families to the forefront of our breeding program. It has, however, renewed interest in some older cows. For example, Opsal Oman Fantasy 2E-92 with 48,764 3.6 1755 3.0 1466, had filled all her contracts in her first lactation and was bred back. Then when several offspring were tested (her daughter Opsal Planet Fame is the number one Genomic animal of the breed for protein), Fantasy was imputed going up 200 points and has been under contract ever since. 6. How has your opinion of Genomics changed since its introduction in 2009? What do you see as the main benefits of Genomics to your business and to the dairy industry as a whole? Buhr: I now understand that Genomics is a numbers game. The higher the GTPI of the mated animals, the more calves you make, the more likely your efforts will result in an elite Genomics individual.

Then do it again, quickly, if you want to have one next year. This math exercise more closely resembles propogation than breeding. It is very difficult to come up with a viable business plan for doing this with a limited number of cattle. Genomics, as it is currently used, is an end game for purebred cattle. The science efficiently identifies what we currently esteem as the most profitable genes, quickly sorting out all others. This can only result in inbreeding, which at some point will slow genetic gains to a stop, leaving outcrossing by crossbreeding the only option for all dairymen. Hendrickson: I still have a lot of questions, hard to figure the results. My conclusion is that it is another tool and should be used accordingly. The biggest benefit is some females previously overlooked because of sire stack, etc. may now be in demand for their progeny. Jauquet: We have always used genomic data as a tool in our breeding program and will continue to do so. The main benefit of genomics is that it identifies the correct animals to work with, especially for sorting ET sisters. Johnson: It hasn’t changed much since the start, we knew it wasn’t bullet proof and that you have to spread your risk over many bulls. We have already seen bulls with strong Genomic information fall quite badly and the opposite has happened as well with lower bulls going way up when they are progeny proven. In our business, Genomics really helps us decide which females we should be concentrating on. I think Genomics’ biggest benefit to the dairy industry as a whole is getting the information to breeders and farmers earlier. It helps farmers decide what traits they would like to emphasize on their farm. Opsal: I would have to say that my opinion of Genomics is now much lower than it was at the start. In 2009 I had high hopes that Genomics would find cows and cow families that had been underated or overlooked and broaden our genetic base. At this point, I believe it has greatly concentrated our genetics in a very short period of time and is only getting worse. As more of the females that I have tested calve in or complete more lactations, I do not see a significant correlation between their genomic test results as calves and how they perform as cows. I am also concerned that the Genomic information on young bulls will bias their proofs and this will not be realized until a large number of second crop daughters have been added in. If a bull was highly overestimated and widely used (as well as likely having several sons used) this would have a negative impact on several generations. The most negative impact from Genomics is that high quality Registered Holsteins have been greatly devalued if they don’t have a “G” or if they are not at the extreme high end of the scale. So, I guess what I’m saying is that I have not been able to detect any significant benefit to Genomics. 7. Any other information you would like to include on this topic? Do you have any advice for Holstein breeders looking to get into the Genomic side of the business? Buhr: In the process of trying to comprehend Genomics, I have tried to understand what it does do. Genomics identifies homozygous SNPs and correlates those SNPs to the database of past information. It does this without bias of environment or human error. Sounds good. In my experience, however, the top genomic females must only represent the animals that will produce the best sons, because rarely are the heifers ranked in the order of what kind of cows they become. Some of the genetic factors and other variables that Genomics does not account for are: Heterozygosity (hybrid vigor effect); contributions of mitochondrial DNA; epigenetic adjustments of DNA; limits to the full additional contribution of additive genes; genetic recombination; possible regional or herd differences in genetic needs or goals; environmental changes and thus, a need for genetic variation in the future. These genetic interactions are responsible for much of the re-ranking of the females based on their actual records and scores. Because I am cautious, I surmise that perhaps after genomics is used as the selection tool for a few generations, the actual additive effect of breeding likes to likes will diminish, and these other factors will become more important in making the most profitable cows. continued on page 12 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012-11

Genomics Roundtable (continued from page 11): I do not want to be perceived as anti-progress or anti-Genomics; but after a lifetime of acute observation I have concluded that cattle breeding is more complex than basic arithmetic. Genomics should be used as a tool, not a rule. We should use it to identify new traits to bring into the breeding population - quickly. Traits such as polled, heat tollerance, feed efficiency, hairy wart resistance, low lactose milk... the list could be endless. This, in the end, will be Genomics’ greatest contribution to our breed. I feel the sooner we get to this stage, the better, as this will capitalize on the Holstein’s genetic diversity rather than eliminate it. Hendrickson: Don’t get carried away chasing numbers. Be ready for surprises both good and disappointing. Not every +2400 GTPI young bull is going to be +2400 as a proven sire. Use some guidelines as you use in your regular breeding program. Jauquet: Genomics is a great tool to utilize in any breeding program. Johnson: At the end of the day, breed the cow that is profitable on your own farm. There is many different ways to run a successful business and incorporating Genomic bulls may or may not be what works on your farm. There is a lot of different ways to bring Genomics into your farm, there are many sales that you can purchase females from. There are embryos that you could buy or even just start using high Genomic bulls your herd - you never know what can happen! Opsal: One piece of info that it seems few people realize is the parent average used to calculate a calf ’s Genomic number is the traditional TPI of the dam and sire. A number that is nearly impossible to find out. So when a sale catalog says you have a built in PA from the GTPI of the sire and dam, that is not true. This also means that the “hot house” effect still exists. I’ll admit there is a lot of money that can be made in genomics, if you can afford to pick several heifers, flush like crazy, make large, large numbers of pregnancies, and be willing to cull almost all the bull calves and use the majority of the resulting heifers as recips and average milk cows.

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Wisconsin Holstein Association holds four Successful Spring Barn Meetings

The Wisconsin Holstein Association held four barn meetings in March with four outstanding host farms opening their facilities for people to view their Registered Holsteins and freestall set-ups. With this year’s topic of “Caring for high value Registered Holsteins in a freestall environment”, WHA had extension personnel on hand to give tips along with each of the farm owners discussing what has and has not worked for them. The first of this year’s barn meetings was hosted by Bears Grass Dairy, the Schroeder and Honadel families of Augusta. Their current facilities were built seven years ago and the herd has a RHA of 25,934 3.63 942F 3.03 785P. Donald Honadel highlighted several of their favorite cows to work with, many from their “E” cow family. Donald commented that they haven’t used a lot of Oman, Goldwyn or Shottle on this family, which has helped draw some of the A.I. interest for bulls from a different sire stack. He also stated that many BW Marshall sons have worked very well in their herd. Sunnyside Dairy Farm, Valders, owned by Bill and Todd Borgwardt hosted our second meeting. The Sunnyside herd has been in their facilities since 1999 with a RHA of 27,305 3.9 1064F 3.13 854P on 250 cows. They also had several cows separated for visitors to see and the tour was highlighted by daughters of Sunnyside Dede Linjet-ET EX-92 and Elm-Lawn-G Horace Michigan EX-92. Nor-Way-Pete Holsteins and the Four-of-a-Kind Partners, Eland, houses their high type herd in a facility built in 2002 and have a RHA of 30,887 3.75 1157F 2.93 904P on 249 cows. They feel sand freestalls are the most important ingredient in cow comfort, and say breeders should build their facility for the kind of cows you want to milk. Keeping show cows comfortable and in shape while running with the rest of the herd is challenging but can be done. Herd manager Dan Cnossen highlighted several groups of cows, including some young Sanchez daughters, members of the Roy Reba cow family and several 92, 93 and 94 point cows. Our last barn meeting was hosted by Andy and Lyn Buttles at Stone-Front Farms near Lancaster. Stone-Front Farms consists of 500 milking cows and an additional 80 dry cows. Andy has added two new freestall barns since moving to the farm 15 years ago and has made the freestall sizes wider and longer with each barn. Following a presentation by Green County Dairy Agent Mark Mayer, the group moved to the freestall barns where they had an opportunity to ask questions about the cows and the freestall design. Our guest speakers from the University of Wisconsin-Extension spent time going over key items to remember when building a freestall facility for maximum cow comfort and efficiency. On average, the top 10 percent of cows spend three hours more per day laying down than the average cows which means more milk. Ideally, for 1400 to 1600 pound Registered Holsteins, 48-50 inch freestalls should be utilized. It is also recommended to have 17 feet curb to curb to allow for more head space when cows are laying head-to-head. Proper freestalls should provide room for cows to stretch out their front feet and lie on their sides. Feed bunk space is another key to any good freestall barn. In a four-row barn, 24 inches per cow is ideal, with up to 30 inches in the dry cow/pre-fresh pens. The feed platform should also be 3-6 inches higher than where the cow stands. Another tip is to have the feed rail set out 6-8 inches so it is not rubbing on the cows’ necks while they are eating. Maria Bendixen, Clark County’s Dairy/Livestock agent, also mentioned a new practice in Canada to build 36 inch “feed stalls” with the feed area built up a little, rubber matting and a loop to keep the cows in straight. This has also shown to help with hoof health as cows spend more time on a dry surface. While this may not be affordable for an entire barn, it may work for a transition area or to showcase your special cows. Ventilation is a key feature to a well-built freestall barn. An east/west orientation for natural ventilation in a barn is ideal, although topography does not always allow for that. It also helps to build on a hill, have open sidewalls and a four-row design is preferable for ventilation as it is easier to get air movement through a four-row than a six-row. Sand bedding is recommended for maximum cow comfort and 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

udder health, although all of the speakers agreed that it may not be the easiest on equipment. Other things to consider in a good freestall barn are adequate watering space per cow, lighting, enough cross alleys to allow subordinate cows to get around boss cows, and ways to help workers with cow handling. They also discussed some new layouts for maternity areas and having the herdsman’s office near where they will be doing the work. A new resource for Wisconsin Dairy producers who are looking at new facility design and recommendations is the Dairyland Initiative website - Dairy Producers can access the website for free with their dairy producer license number. This website has several of the tips for stall dimensions, etc. that were discussed at our barn meetings and has virtual tours of some Wisconsin facilities. Thank you to our four host farms for a great group of barn meetings again this year. If you would like more information about what was presented at each barn meeting, please contact our office at 1-800-223-4269.


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 - FairRulesAnimalHealth2012.pdf It is highly recommended that all animals shown at the District and Championship Show be vaccinated for BVD according to your Veterinarian’s recommendations. It is also highly recommended that animals be tested for Persistently Infected (PI) BVD animals. This is a once in a lifetime test to insure that the animal is not a PI or shedder animal carrying the BVD Virus. Cattle infected with ringworm, warts, or mange may not be exhibited unless the veterinarian in charge determines the ringworm lesions or warts are inactive and incapable of transmitting the disease. Any cattle found with ringworm, warts, mange or scab shall be removed from the premises of the show. Show management is responsible for maintaining records of persons who have exhibited at the show and the identification of animals shown for 2 years. Acceptable forms of animal identification for breeding animals are (1) an official metal ear tag, (2) a breed registration number, or (3) a breed registration tattoo. Ribbons and Trophies: Ribbons for the District Shows are available from the Wisconsin Holstein office. Trophies are optional for District Shows and the responsibility of each District Show host. The Championship Show ribbons will be provided by the Wisconsin Holstein Association and the Wisconsin Junior Activities Committee. Junior Ownership: Junior exhibitors shall be in competition with Open Class Cattle. To compete for junior awards the exhibitor shall not have passed his or her 21st birthday before January 1 of the year of the show. Junior leased animals must follow Holstein USA rules to be eligible for junior awards. TO COMPETE FOR JUNIOR RIBBONS AND TROPHIES, ALL JUNIOR EXHIBITORS MUST HAVE THE ANIMAL’S OWNERSHIP REGISTERED OR TRANSFERRED BY THE HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION INTO THE INDIVIDUAL NAME OF THE JUNIOR EXHIBITOR ON OR BEFORE JUNE 1st. NO JUNIOR TRANSFER APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE SHOWS. a. Partnerships between two or more juniors are allowed if both members are current WI Holstein Association Junior members. No other partnership qualifies for Junior Recognition. b. Junior exhibitors must be sole leadsperson for their animals in order to receive recognition. If a junior has more than one junior owned animal in one individual class, the junior exhibitor must designate which of the animals will be led by the exhibitor. The animal led by the junior exhibitor will be the animal eligible for Junior Recognition. c. Managerial projects may be exhibited in Open Class competition. However, they are not eligible for Junior awards. d. To be considered for Junior Awards, exhibitors must identify themselves as a qualified junior member on the entry form and upon check-in to show management. e. It is the responsibility of the Junior owner to prove ownership of animal by hard copy (on the registration paper). Bred and Owned: This award is to be given at the Wisconsin Championship Show and is optional at the District Shows. An award will be given in all the female classes for the highest placing animal bred and owned by exhibitor; partnership animals are eligible for Bred & Owned award as long as original breeder(s) and owner(s) maintains part ownership. Breeder is to be determined as the owner of the dam at the time of the service; where a herd is registered in the names of different members of a family residing on one farm, and everyone is using the same prefix, all entries may be considered as Bred and Owned by Exhibitor. Junior Bred and Owned: To be eligible for Junior Bred & Owned, the name(s) listed as breeder and owner on the registration certificate must be the same. Adult-Junior partnerships are not acceptable. Junior partnership animals are eligible for Junior Bred & Owned award as long as original breeder(s) and owner(s) maintains part ownership and all partners are Wisconsin junior members. Production Awards: This award is optional at the District Show. In all cow classes, except the Jr. & Sr. 2 Year Olds, the cow with the highest 305 day milk production will be recognized. The recognition will be based solely on total pounds of milk production without regard to the milking frequency or the testing program. Records should be entered on the entry form and verified at the time of check-in with an official test sheet or an official pedigree. Best Udder: This award is optional at the District Show. At the State Championship Show a Best Udder ribbon will be awarded in all milking cow classes. The Best Udder cow in each of the milking classes will compete to select the Best Udder Cow of the Show. Dry Cow Classes: THERE WILL BE NO DRY COW CLASSES AT THE WISCONSIN CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW - OPTIONAL AT DISTRICT SHOWS. Any cow that was last fresh 280 days or more, prior to the date of the show, may be shown at the option of the exhibitor in either the Dry or Milking Cow Class. A cow milked less than 280 days must show in the Milking Class, unless she is recorded as dry on the DHI sheet. The DHI sheet must accompany animals to be shown in the Dry Cow Classes. Premier Breeder Award: The breeder winning the most points on four (4) animals, all exhibited in the single classes, shall be designated Premier Breeder. Premier Breeder form is to be filled out at time of check-in to be eligible for this award. No entry fee is required. The winner of this award need not be an exhibitor at the Show, or need not be the current owner of any of the point winning animals. In case of a tie, additional animals will be counted, one at a time, until the tie is broken. Breeder Defined: The owner of the dam at the time of service shall be considered the breeder of the animals. Where a herd is registered in the names of different members of a family, and where the herd is one unit, and everyone is using the same prefix, all entries may be considered as exhibits of one breeder. Otherwise, when animals are bred in partnership, each unique partnership is considered a unique breeder. Premier Exhibitor Award: The exhibitor winning the most points on four (4) animals, all owned and exhibited by exhibitor in the open, single classes, shall be designated the Premier Exhibitor. Premier Exhibitor form is to be filled out at time of check-in to be eligible for this award. No entry fee is required. In case of a tie, additional animals will be counted, one at a time, until the tie is broken. Exhibitor Defined: Exhibitor shall be named as the owner shown on the registration paper. In case a herd is registered or bred in the names of different members of a family, residing on one farm or breeding establishment, and where the herd is one unit, all entries may be considered as a single exhibitor for all group classes and Premier Exhibitor. However, members of one family, where cattel are not housed as one unit, will not be considered as a single exhibitor. When animals are owned in partnership, each unique partnership is considered a unique exhibitor. Premier Breeder and Exhibitor points will be awarded to the top 10 animals in each class. In classes with 10 or less animals, no more than two head per breeder or exhibitor will be counted toward premier points. If the class has more than 10 animals, then a single breeder or exhibitor may obtain points on more than two animals if the animals stand in the top 10 placings of the class.

The point system for determining Premier Breeder and Premier Exhibitor Awards: Milking Females: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 Junior Females: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 GENERAL RULES 1. Owners of all animals exhibited at District and Championship Show must be state association members in good standing. Renewal memberships must be paid before June 1, 2012. If renewal of membership is not paid by June 1, 2012, a $15 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. All animals exhibited at the District and Championship Show must be accompanied by the registration certificate or emailed letter of registration verification sent directly from Holstein Association USA to local and District chairs; no photocopies 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 combinatio 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 125,000 lb. to Aged Cow). Absolutely no additions or switching after the check-in deadline. 9. Substitutions with-in class by the same exhibitor may be made at check-in time; any other new entries will be considered a new or late entry and must pay the appropriate entry fees. 10. The WI Holstein Association Standard Agreement for Owners to Exhibit must be signed to be an eligible entry. Championship Show Eligibility: (Also see General Rule #1) Any exhibitor showing at their District Show is eligible to show at the Wisconsin Championship Show. The exhibitor is allowed to exhibit in the Championship Show up to the actual number shown and placed at District Show. These animals may or may not be the same as shown at the District Show. Partnerships that did not exhibit an animal in that partnership at a District Show but wish to exhibit partnership animals may show at the State Championship show as a substitution animal for one of the animals shown and placed by one of the partners at a District Show. The spirit of these rules is to encourage exhibitors to show the best animals they have at the time of their District Show and at the Championship Show. The Holstein Show Committee and the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board of Directors reserve the final and absolute right to interpret the rules and regulations of the Shows and will settle and determine all matter, questions, or differences in regard thereto or otherwise arising out of, or in connection with the Shows. In the event a question arises concerning an animal’s age, the Show Committee Chairperson may request that an individual registration certificate be checked at ringside. DISTRICT SHOWS 1. The Wisconsin Holstein Show Ring Policy is in effect at all Wisconsin District Shows. 2. Starting time for individual District Shows shall be determined by the Districts. 3. Check-in deadline for the District Show is at the option of the District. Check-in deadline will be listed in the section listing location and starting time for each District. Exhibitors should check and be aware of the checkin deadlines at their respective District Show. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to comply with the respective District Show check-in time. 4. The District Show committee will determine all fees pertaining to their show and submit these fees to the Wisconsin Holstein office for publication. 5. Optional classes for District Shows are Unfresh 2 Year Old and Dry Cow classes. 6. Production awards and Bred and Owned awards are optional at the District Show. CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW Entry Fee Schedule - $20 for heifers if made at respective District Show - $25 for milking age females if made at respective District Show - $50 per head if entry made by mail, fax or email and received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2012 - $100 per head if entry made at Championship Show or by mail, email or fax & received after 6/30/2012 1. A representative of the Wisconsin Holstein Association will be on hand for not less than one hour after the conclusion of the last class at each District Show. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor to make sure the entries are made in this time frame. 2. All cattle for the Championship Show shall be in place by 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 15, 2012 in order for the registration certificates, health papers and production records to be checked. The fairgrounds will not be open for cattle arrival before 8:00 am, Saturday, July 14, 2012. 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 2012 WI Championship Show. If the fine is unpaid, the violators will be disqualified from the 2012 WI Championship Show. 3. Starting time for the Championship Show shall be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 16, 2012, with the Heifers and Junior Champion selection. The show will resume at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2012 with the Milking Cows. 4. An exhibitor meeting will be held Sunday, July 15, 2012, at noon in the show arena. 5. Awards: The first and second place animal in each class will receive a plaque and will be designated All-Wisconsin and Reserve All-Wisconsin animals of their respective class. Open Show ribbons will be awarded to the 3rd-10th place exhibitors in the Heifer and Milking Cow Classes. Ribbons will be awarded to the 3rd-5th place

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

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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.


1. Spring Heifer Calf, Exhibitor 10 & Under - born after February 29, 2012. This class is limited to juniors 10 years of age and younger as of January 1 of the year of the show. Calves in Class 1 must be under control of the 10 & Under Exhibitor (the exhibitor must be the sole person on the halter). 1st & 2nd open animals and 1st & 2nd Junior animals in this class may compete in Class 2 for All-WI & Junior All-WI honors and may return for Junior Champion honors. 2. Spring Heifer Calf - born after February 29, 2012 (Open to exhibitors of any age) 3. Winter Heifer Calf - born December 1, 2011 - February 29, 2012 4. Fall Heifer Calf - born September 1 - November 30, 2011 5. Summer Yearling Heifer - born June 1 - August 31, 2011 6. Spring Yearling Heifer - born March 1 - May 31, 2011 7. Winter Yearling Heifer - born December 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011 8. Fall Yearling Heifer - born September 1 - November 30, 2010 9. Junior & Reserve Junior Champion (Junior Show) 10. Junior & Reserve Junior Champion (Open Show) 11. Junior Best Three - fall yearlings & under. All to have same prefix and at least one owned by exhibitor. Each exhibitor limited to 1 entry 12. Junior Two Year Old Cow – born after March 1, 2010 13. Senior Two Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2009 - February 28, 2010 14. Junior Three Year Old Cow - born March 1 - August 31, 2009 15. Senior Three Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2008 - February 29, 2009 16. Intermediate Champion Female (Open Show) (Optional at District) 17. Four Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2007 - August 31, 2008 18. Five Year Old Cow - born September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2007 19. Six Year Old and Older Cow - born before September 1, 2006 20. 125,000 lb. Cow Class - Must bring proof of production to check-in; cows may only be switched from another milking cow class to the 125,000 lb. class with additional paid entry fee 21. Champion Bred & Owned of the Junior Show 22. Senior & Reserve Senior Champion Female (Junior Show) 23. Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Female (Junior Show) 24. Senior & Reserve Senior Champion Female (Open Show) 25. Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Female (Open Show) 26. Best Udder of Show 27. Champion Bred & Owned of the Show 28. 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 29. Produce of Dam - 2 animals, any age, & the progeny of 1 cow; dam must be named 30. Dam & Offspring - dam and one offspring, any age 31. Premier Breeder 32. Premier Exhibitor

See page 20 for additional classes at some District Shows

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The following rules shall apply to all members: 1. Use or possession of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substances strictly prohibited. 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.

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

Date: _____________________ Date: _____________________

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

Junior Member Name: (please Print) ____________________________________________

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

For the purposes of the observance of the rules of membership herein, there is established a Board which shall consist of the Director of Operations of the Wisconsin Holstein Association, the President of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and the Chairman of the Wisconsin Holstein Association 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 to all members. 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, due process must be initiated within 120 days of receipt of membership revocation.

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

Members and/or their parents/guardian shall accept any financial responsibility for the enforcement of the provisions herein.

District Exhibiting In:

*Must be signed and dated for entry to be eligible


Premise ID #:

Entry Fee Schedule for Championship Show: $20 for heifers and $25 for milking age females entered at the respective District Show. $50 per head if entry made by mail, fax or email & received in the WHA office on or before 6/30/2012 $100 per head if entry made at Championship show or by mail, fax or email & received after 6/30/2012

Full Address:



Name of Exhibitor/Owner



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

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

CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2012 - July 16 & 17, Marshfield

The Junior Holstein Association is open to membership for those persons under the age of 21 as of January 1st of the membership year. The purpose of this organization is to encourage youthful interest in the promotion of the Registered Holstein industry. To be eligible for membership, all juniors must sign this agreement and agree to abide by the rules hereinafter set forth. Failure to honor any of these rules will subject the junior member to immediate revocation of membership status, including the opportunity of participation in WI Holstein Association sponsored activities and events.

Junior Member Agreement

Complete the entry blank (make sure the Show Agreement is signed) and mail, along with correct entry fees, to the designated person of your District Show. Please see the District Show information in the MAY News starting on page 20 for the correct fees and entry info.


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

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

2012 Wisconsin Holstein Shows Entry Form

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

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

Sire: ________________________________________________________

Protein _______

Date of Birth ________________ Reg. # ___________________

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

Class # _______ Animal’s Name _____________________________________________________________________

ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ CITY, STATE, ZIP _____________________________________________ COUNTY _________________________

FARM NAME __________________________________________________ EXHIBITOR’S NAME _____________________________________________________________________________

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2012 WHA District Show Information For those Districts having Unfresh 2-Year-Old and Dry Cow classes, please use the following class numbers on your entry form: Class 33 - Unfresh 2 Year Olds Class 34 - Dry 3 & 4 Year Olds Class 35 - Dry 5 Year Old & Older District 1

Date: June 12 Eau Claire Co. Fairgrounds, Eau Claire Entries Due: May 25 (postmarked) Entry Fee: $15 (after May 25 - $25) Mail Entries to: WHA Office, 902 8th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913 Checks Payable to: WHA Dist. 1 District Chair: Bonnie Van Dyk, (715) 246-5454 Local Chair: Todd Stanek, (715) 456-8718 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 12 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Chad Ryan Veterinarian: Marv Smith, (715) 577-8603 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Sunday, June 10 Showmanship: Monday, June 11, 6:00 p.m. Milkhouse open. No feed or bedding available.

District 2

Date: June 25 Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $10 (after June 1 - $25) Mail Entries to: Jerome & Chrissy Meyer, S4617 Erickson Lane, Viroqua, WI 54665 Checks Payable to: Vernon County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Paul Trapp, (608) 525-2901 Local Chair: Joe Harbaugh, (608) 632-0171 & Ralph Petersheim, (608) 632-3893 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Monday, June 25 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Frank Regan Veterinarian: Karl Folverson, (608) 634-3993 Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m., Sunday, June 24, (Bed down Saturday, June 25, after 1:00 p.m.) Showmanship: Monday, June 25, 9:00 a.m. For straw, contact Cory Moser, (608) 632-1401. Classes offered at this show in addition to standard classes: Spring Calf, 10 & under. No unfresh 2-year-old class.

District 3

Date: June 22 Grant County Fairgrounds, Lancaster Entries Due: June 6 Entry Fee: $10 (after June 6 - $25) Mail Entries to: Mary Wackershauser, 10027 Oak Ridge Rd, Lancaster, WI 53813 Checks Payable to: Grant County Holstein Association District Chair: Angela Brown, (608) 935-3814 Local Chair: Laura Wackershauser, (608) 988-7326 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 21 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Molly Sloan Veterinarian: Lancaster Vet Clinic, (608)723-6366 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20; (Tuesday, June 19, after 5:00 p.m. for bed down only) Showmanship: Thursday, June 21, 6:00 p.m. Exhibitor’s meeting Thursday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. (or immediately following showmanship). No dry cow classes.

District 4

Date: June 20 Clark County Fairgrounds, Neillsville Entries Due: June 6 Entry Fee: $10 (after June 6 - $50) Mail Entries to: Teri Raatz, 501 E. Wausau St., Colby, WI 54421 Checks Payable to: Clark County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Scott Pralle, (715) 334-3434 Local Chair: Adam Luchterhand, (715) 238-7433 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Chris McCullough Veterinarian: Grassland Vet Service, (715) 238-7686 Grounds Open: 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19 20–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

Showmanship: Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. No early bed down. No supplies will be sold on grounds. Classes offered at this show in addition to standard classes: Unfresh 2-year-olds and dry cow classes; Spring Calf, 10 & under, Intermediate & Reserve Intermediate Champion (open & Junior) classes

District 5

Date: June 15 Columbia County Fairgrounds, Portage Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $10 (after June 1 - $25) Mail Entries to: Katie Davis, W13983 County Rd O, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Checks Payable to: Columbia County Holstein Association District Chair: Chris Davis, (608) 254-8102 Local Chair: Marci Walker, (608) 432-3223 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Friday, June 15 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Reid Stransky Veterinarian: Kilbourn Vet Clinic, (608) 432-1631 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14 (8:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, for bed down) Showmanship: Friday, June 15, 8:30 a.m. No Dry Cow classes

District 6

Date: June 19 Green County Fairgrounds, Monroe Entries Due: June 1 (postmarked) Entry Fee: $12.50 per head (after June 1 - $32.50 per head) Mail Entries to: Annie McCullough, W1460 Giese Rd, Juda, WI 53550 Checks Payable to: Green County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Chris McCullough, (608) 214-9742 Local Chair: Annie McCullough, (608) 628-6827 Check-In Deadline: 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 19 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Dan Cnossen & Associate Bob Sabo Veterinarian: Monroe Vet Service, (608) 325-2106 Grounds Open: 8:00 a.m., Monday, June 18 (8:00 a.m., Sunday, June 17, for bed down) Showmanship: Monday, June 18, 5:30 p.m. Exhibitor meeting, June 18 at 8:00 p.m. Classes offered at this show in addition to standard classes: Futurity (following Senior 2 Year Olds), Dry 3 & 4 and Dry 5 & older

District 7

Date: June 25 Door County Fairgrounds, Sturgeon Bay Entries Due: June 1 Entry Fee: $15 (after June 1 - $25.00) Mail Entries to: Tony Brey, 2190 County Road O, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 Checks Payable to: Door County Holstein Association

District Chair: Craig Krohlow, (920) 833-7507 Local Chair: Tony & Moriah Brey, (920) 495-2555 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Monday, June 25 Judge: Dan Cnossen Starting Time: 9:30 a.m. Veterinarian: Door County Veterinary Associates, (920) 743-8890 Grounds Open: 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23 Showmanship: 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 25 Hotels: Best Western Maritime Inn (920) 743-7231 Super 8 Motel (920) 743-9211 No Dry Cow classes.

District 8

Dodge County Fairgrounds, Beaver Dam Date: June 26 Entries Due: June 1 Entry fee: $10 (after June 1-$20.00) Mail Entries to: Dodge County UWEX Office, 27 E. Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039 Checks Payable to: Dodge County Holstein Association District Chair: Todd Wendorf, (920) 988-3323 Local Chair: Todd Wendorf, (920) 988-3323 Check-In Deadline: 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 26 Starting Time: 10:00 a.m. Judge: Dave Schmocker Veterinarian: Dr. Patrick Phillips, (920) 960-2200 Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m., Monday, June 25 Showmanship: Tuesday, June 26, 8:00 a.m.

District 10

Date: June 15 Fond du Lac Co. Fairgrounds, Fond du Lac Entries Due: May 25 (postmarked) Entry Fee: $15 per head (after May 25 - $25) Mail Entries to: Paula Bovre, W4226 St Rd 23, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Checks Payable to: FDL County Holstein Breeders District Chair: Sarah Loehr, (608) 792-7013 Local Chair: Sarah Loehr, (608-792-7013 Check-In Deadline: 6:00 a.m., Friday, June 15 Starting Time: 9:00 a.m. Judge: Mike Duckett, Rudolph Veterinarian: Dairy Doctors Vet Service, Chris Booth, (920) 980-9659 Grounds Open: 6:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14, (Wed., June 13, 12 pm-4 pm for bed down only) Showmanship: Thursday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. Please include email on entry form. No feed, hay or straw available. No Dry Cow classes.

Wisconsin Championship Show Hotel Information Marshfield, WI

July 14-17

All Hotels have room blocks under “Holstein Show” or Holstein Championship Show.

Comfort Inn and Suites - 715-387-8691, room block expires July 1 Baymont Inn - 715-384-5240, room block expires June 14 Woodfield Inn - 715-387-6265, room block expires June 14 Holiday Inn - 715-486-1500, room block expires June 14 Rooms available only on Sunday and Monday evening this is the hotel closest to the fairgrounds. Park Motel - 715-387-1741 Stardust Motel - 715-387-1191

Camping is also available at the Central Wisconsin State Fairgrounds (Place where the show is). A camping permit can be purchased for $19/night from the fair office at 715-387-1261 or make your reservation at http://www.centralwisconsin No campers will be allowed without having the proper permit from the fair office.

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Name: Ashley Nimtz Hometown: New Glarus, WI High School: New Glarus High School Class Size: 50 Farm: Longrow Registered Holsteins Major: Dairy Science & Agricultural Journalism

Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? I have always been involved in the dairy industry helping me to know that it was where I wanted to come back to. By attending UW-Madison I have been surrounded by students with similar interests, while acquiring the necessary skills to be successful in the industry at a world renowned university. What has been your most memorable college experience? The two experiences that rise to the top for me are: 1) The many trips I have taken with the Badger Dairy Club and the Association of Women in Agriculture; and 2) working in the milk house at the World Dairy Expo - especially the midnight milk-runs. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course at UW-Madison was Dairy Science 433 Dairy Herd Management. It is a very practical course teaching the latest research as well as the more general “how to do’s.” Headed by Kent Weigel, we discussed a new topic each week covering topics such as calf care/nutrition, transition cows, Dairy Comp 305, milk quality, facilities, nutrition, and many others. What are your future career goals? Upon graduation I am planning to work in dairy nutrition an extremely influential aspect of every dairy farm. Eventually I hope to find a career in UW-Extension, dairy and/or youth development, allowing me to help the youth of the industry strive for their goals and to stay excited about agriculture as they continue their way down the path to their future.

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1675 Observatory Drive Madison, WI 53706 Ph. 608-263-3308 Fax 608-263-9412 Contact: Beth Heinze

Inquiry Lives Here

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District 10 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The June issue will feature District 4 - Clark, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor & Wood counties.

District 10 breeders Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac


Calumet County

2011 Adult Membership: 37; Jr. Membership: 12 Adult Association officers - President: Cory Ott; Vice President: Larry Meyer; Secretary: Sue Schultz; Treasurer: Shay Ott; Junior Advisors: Richard & Sue Schultz. No report submitted.

Fond du Lac County

2011 Adult Membership: 110; Jr. Membership: 39 Adult Association officers - President: Kurt Loehr; Vice President: Eric Westphal; Secretary: Joseta Halbur; Treasurer: Bob Galdi; Directors: Steve Kamphuis, Gary Cooper, Tim Haack. Junior Association officers - President: Nicholas Schuster; Vice President: Austen Schmidt; Secretary: Kati Kindschuh; Treasurer: Derrek Kamphuis; Holsti-Bucks: Valerie Kramer; Director: Darren Kamphuis; Advisors: Kurt & Sarah Loehr and Corey & Tammy Hodorff. The past year has been a very busy one for the Fond du Lac County Holstein Breeders. We hosted the state Holstein Show in July, which was followed by our annual and very successful county sale held at the Great Northern. In late September we held our annual county picnic, which was hosted by the Bock Family at their new parlor/freestall setup. The annual meeting was held in December at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Fond du Lac, where we enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner and socializing. At the annual meeting, Jim and Kelly Rickert were honored with the Service Award and owners of Excellent cows, GMD, DOM, Iron Grandmas and All-American nominees were recognized. Several county members attended the adult state convention hosted by Waupaca-Waushara in February. In April, we went on our annual farm tour. This year we made stops at Walk-Era and Rosedale. Thank you to the Walkers and Mark and Nicky for their hospitality! In June we will once again be hosting the District 10 Holstein Show at the Fond du Lac fairgrounds. The juniors have also been very active, participating in many of the same events as the adults. Our Eden brat fry fundraiser went well look for us again in Eden, July 6-7! Many members made the long trek to Eau Claire for the Junior Convention in December and participated in the dairy bowl, jeopardy and speaking contests and received 12 and Under and YMR awards. The juniors are looking forward to hosting the state Junior Convention in Wisconsin Dells in 2014! We will also be hosting a fitting and showing workshop in May for the Fond du Lac County 4-H.

Manitowoc County

2011 Adult Membership: 75; Jr. Membership: 33 Adult Association officers - President: Jason Miller; Vice President: Dan Dvorachek; Secretary: Lori Propson; Treasurer: Sarah Neuser; Directors: Bryce Fischer, Jesse Neuser, Eugene Neuser, Levi Bratt & Matt Cracraft. Junior Association officers - President: Jordan Siemers; Vice President: Rachel Hartlaub; Secretary: Crystal Siemers-Peterman; Treasurer: Erin Kappelman; Reporter: Joanna Lensmire. Another busy year is slated for the Manitowoc County Holstein Association. Planning is underway for our county sale after a four year absence. Details will be forthcoming in the near future. The Manitowoc County juniors had another exceptional year. They are very active participating in the state convention with many members going on to national competition. In 2011 the Junior Dairy Bowl team represented Wisconsin at the National convention and they will do so again in 2012. Team membes in 2012 include Jordan, Josh and Jake Siemers and Bieke DeBruijn. Mitch Kappelman was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2011 Distinguished Junior Member Award on the National level along with Crystal SiemersPeterman being selected as one of the finalists for Younger Member 22–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

Recognition. Stephanie Nagel will be competing at the 2012 National Convention to become one of Wisconsin’s next DJM finalists, and Jordan Siemers will be competing to become a finalist for the YMR award. Rachel Hartlaub and Barloe Brisson will also be representing Wisconsin at the National Convention, competing in Dairy Jeopardy and the speaking contest. The county group is active, showing at many shows and competing in Dairy Judging and showmanship contests. At the county annual meeting they have a basket auction to raise funds along with other fundraisers throughout the year. You can usually find this group studying dairy bowl material any time of the year.

Sheboygan County

2011 Adult Membership: 73; Jr. Membership: 23 Adult Association officers - President: Glenn Ubbelohde; Vice President: Jim Hanke; Secretary/Treasurer: Sara Feldmann; Directors: Chris Booth, Gary Depies, Heidi Hanke, Steph Jens, Erin Jens, Bob Ridge; Junior Advisors: Chris & Courtney Booth The Sheboygan County Holstein Breeders held their annual banquet on December 7, 2011. Anne Jens, daughter of Tom and Beth Jens, was awarded the Outstanding Girl. The Association also recognized the winning entries of the 2011 Sheboygan County Holstein Futurity: 1st place, Scenic-Edge Jellybean-Red from ScenicEdge Holsteins; 2nd place, Lyn-Vale Redlou Skip It of Lyn-Vale Holsteins; and 3rd Place and Production Award Winner, Castleholm Regina-Red-ET of Lyn-Vale Holsteins. Next year’s Futurity will be held Sunday, September 2 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Fair in Plymouth. This April, members participated in a farm tour which featured three farms in Green County: Todd and Trish Hoesly of Hoesly Registered Holsteins, Jeff and Kate Hendrickson of Jeffrey-Way, and Chris and Kathie McCullough of Rock-N-Hill II Registered Holsteins. In addition, the junior program is starting up again and participated in the Junior Convention for the first time in many years. The Sheboygan and Langlade County Juniors teamed up to participate in the Bell-R-Ring County roll call and received 1st place with Red Solo “Cow” and also participated as a rookie dairy bowl team.

Winnebago County

2011 Adult Membership: 31; Jr. Membership: 7 Adult Association officers - President: Jim Memler; Vice President: Mike Bradley; Secretary: Kim Radloff; Treasurer: Al Silverthorn; Junior Advisor: Mary Bradley. Junior Association officers - President: Billy Grotjan; Secretary: Janna Crowley; Treasurer: Erin Condon. No report submitted.

Tank Talk District 10 breeders To compliment our District report each month we present this column reporting what bulls some breeders from that District are using in their herds.

Manitowoc Winnebago


Fond du Lac

Spruce Lawn Farm, Plymouth, Sheboygan County Glenn & Linda Ubbelohde

RHA: 75 cows 23,000 BAA: 109.5% Currently using: Toc-Farm Goldsun Fustead Goldwyn Guthrie Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez Gillette Windbrook Gillette Stanlycup Mr Chassity Gold Chip Sandy-Valley Bolton Braedale Goldwyn


AgSource Names Selz-Pralle 2012 Distinguished Leader

VERONA, Wis.: AgSource Cooperative Services recognized Pam Selz-Pralle with the Distinguished Leadership Award at its annual meeting on March 21, in Bloomington, Minn. The Distinguished Leadership Award is presented to a member of the cooperative who has demonstrated exceptional service and provided extraordinary leadership at all levels of the organization. Selz-Pralle served on the AgSource Board of Directors for twelve years. She was elected to an officer position nine of the twelve years, including three years as President. In addition, Selz-Pralle served on the Cooperative Resources International (CRI) Board of Directors from 2003 to 2009, including service as Board Secretary and Vice Chairman. “Pam is gifted. Her ability to break down and articulate issues enables her to gain support and understanding,” stated Nathan Kling, AgSource Board of Directors Secretary. “Her leadership helped drive strategic planning, which charted a course of success for AgSource during her years of service and beyond.” During Selz-Pralle’s tenure on the board, the cooperative experienced rapid growth and added over 30 million dollars in annual sales over the course of six years. Through all of these changes, Pam was a strong leader and outstanding spokesperson for both AgSource and CRI, contributing greatly to what we have developed into as an organization today. Selz-Pralle has also served as President of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin and participated in the Holstein Association at the local, state and national levels. Through it all, Pam has stayed involved in community and family activities, serving as a 4-H leader, dairy judging team coach, basketball coach, Sunday School teacher, and Parent Teacher Organization President. Pam and her husband Scott have a 425 cow dairy in Humbird, Wis. They are the proud parents of three children: Ryan, 18; Jessica, 17; and Nicole, 14.

Past Wisconsin Holstein President Ray Kuehl Recognized

Holstein breeders, family, friends and school officials were on hand April 1 to induct Ray Kuehl, Waunakee, into the Beaver Dam Unified School District Wall of Fame. Kuehl was recognized for his role as an agricultural leader and his service to the dairy industry. Kuehl, a 1952 graduate of Beaver Dam, served two terms as president of WHA in 1987 & 1988 when he was an owner/manager of American Genetics Ltd., Middleton. He was president of the Dodge County Holstein Breeders Association in the 1960’s while operating his family farm in Beaver Dam. Through the 1970’s Kuehl was a field representative for the US Holstein Association. He served as a classifier, sales representative and exporter. He judged 13 national dairy cattle shows in countries on four continents. In 1964-65 Kuehl along with five other purebred dairy cattlemen initiated the move of the U.S. National Dairy Show from Waterloo, Iowa to Madison, becoming the World Dairy Expo. He served on the Expo Board for many years and continues as an emeritus director. He was the superintendent of the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Show for 25 years. He also judged numerous county and state fairs across the country. Kuehl was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to the commission to site and build the World Dairy Trade Center and Department of Ag in Madison. His leadership in agriculture began as the Beaver Dam FFA chapter president, continued as State FFA treasurer and extended to his involvement in the Wisconsin Agribusiness Council, Pure Milk Association, Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association, Waunakee Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations. Past inductees into the Beaver Dam Wall of Fame include: Fred MacMurray, movie actor, Maddie Horn, world champion speed skater, and Robert Ehlenfeld, Wisconsin State Veterinarian. Kuehl continues to operate Ray Kuehl and Associates Real Estate and Auction Service in Waunakee and serves as treasurer of the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association

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2012 Wisconsin Top Performer Application Form Name of animal: ______________________________________ Reg. # _____________________ Owner: _____________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________ Telephone _________________________________ E-mail _________________________________ Final Score __________ Age (yr/mo) at Classification ___________ BAA of Animal ____________ Lactation Number When Classified ____________

305 Day (or less) Record

Months in Milk when Classified ___________

___________________________________________________________________________________ Age Days Milk # BF% BF# True P% True P# __________ X 20 or 25* + __________ + __________= __________ BAA #Fat #Protein Ranking Points Contest Rules: 1.

2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Production records completed from January 1 to December 31, 2012. Limit of 5 applications per age division and postmarked by Saturday, January 12, 2013. All production records should be 305 days or less. Cow must be classified at least GP if a 2 year old or VG if 3 year old or older. Cow must be classified during the lactation for which recognition is requested. For permanently scored cows, the permanent score will be used. Cows must be housed in Wisconsin for the entire lactation to receive recognition. This contest is for Wisconsin Holstein Association members. All records will be entered on a TRUE PROTEIN BASIS. *2 & 3 year olds use 20 for the multiplier; all older animals use 25 as the multiplier to obtain ranking.

Materials to be submitted with the application form for eligibility: 1. 2. 3.

A copy of the Official Test Sheet for the lactation being considered. A copy of the registration paper as proof of registration and ownership. A copy of the official BAA printout of traits provided after classification on farm or received in mail. You may also submit a pedigree sheet if needed.

Send entries to: WI Holstein Assn., 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 or fax 608-356-6312 or email 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

Royal Winter Fair Trip Wed., November 7 - Sun., November 11, 2012


Join your fellow Wisconsin Holstein Association members as we head north to the Royal Winter Fair this fall! The trip is open to all active WI Holstein members and sponsored by the Young Adult Committee (YAC). The bus will plan to leave the afternoon of Wednesday, November 7 and return back to Wisconsin on Sunday, November 11. Farm tours are being planned for Saturday, November 10 on our drive back. Reserve your spot on the bus for only $125. Spots will go fast, so don’t delay!

Name __________________________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________ Email____________________________________________ Registration forms are to be postmarked by Tuesday, September 4 and mailed to: Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 8th Avenue, Baraboo, WI 53913. Registration must be accompanied with a non-refundable check for $125. Members will be able to trade their spot should they not be able to attend. Call and reserve your room today! Hotel Registration Delta Chelsea Hotel P: 1-800-243-5732 33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

Reference room block WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN for the nights of Thurs., November 7 and Fri., November 8 for $99 a night plus tax. Cancelation policy: Attendees must cancel room reservations by Monday, October 8 in order to not incur any charges! wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012-25


Labecca Johnson hired as Summer Intern

The Wisconsin Holstein Association is pleased to announce Labecca Johnson of LaCresent, Minn., as our 2012 Summer Intern. Labecca will be based out of the office in Baraboo, Wis. During the summer, Labecca will serve in a public relations role attending numerous WI Holstein events around the state and assisting in the creation of marketing materials. Some of her responsibilities will include interviewing and writing feature Breeder Profiles for the Wisconsin Holstein News and represent the office at numerous shows such as District and State shows during the summer. She will also assist in the planning and coordination of the 2012 WI Holstein Futurity. Her experience in design, e-newsletter creation, website updates and writing will be utilized this summer along with her technical and analytical skills. She has been extremely involved on her family’s dairy, Pine Creek Farms, Inc., where she assisted with milking, feeding, calf care and numerous other chores on the farm. Labecca is an Independent Consultant for Magical Moments Productions where she designs brochures, ads, logos, videos and numerous presentations, is a Direct Support Worker for REM Wisconsin and a Direct Care Worker for PossAbilities. Labecca has served as the Marketing Communications Intern for Accelerated Genetics in 2011, was the Minnesota State FFA Reporter from 20092010, and a past Houston County Dairy Princess and Princess Kay of the Milky Way Finalist. Currently she is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Marketing Communications - Agricultural Emphasis with a minor in Speech Communications. On campus she is an active member of the UWRF Dairy Club, serves as the Yearbook Editor and assisted with the bi-annual heifer sale. Labecca plans to graduate from the university in December 2012. We are excited to welcome Labecca to the team beginning May 29, 2012.

Bus to National Convention

A few spots still remain for the bus to National Convention in Springfield, MO. The bus is open to both Junior and Adult members looking for an affordable means of transportation to the convention. A non-refundable check for $80 will need to be sent to the office by Friday, May18. We will leave Tuesday morning, June 26 and return late Saturday night, June 30. Contact Larry at 800.223.4269 or email if you have interest and before its full!

Cow Camp

Cow camp is approaching quickly and will be held at Pine Lake Camp May 19 & 20 in Waupaca, WI. Entries were due May 1, 2012, however if you missed the deadline and have interest in attending, please contact the office to see if available spots still remain. A copy of the entry from can be found in the April News or online at

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Junior Ownership Update

Please note 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, 2012 for calves, heifers and milking age animals. This is a change for Wisconsin Holstein shows only. No transfer applications will be accepted at the shows. Partnerships between two ore more juniors are allowed if all members are current WI Holstein Association Junior members. No other partnership qualifies for Junior recognition.

Youth Showmanship Contest

The WHA District Shows will be holding the Youth Showmanship contests again this year. The contests will have Junior and Senior age divisions with the 10 & Under age division being optional at each District Show. Ages are as of January 1 of the year of competition. Junior is 11-15 and Senior is 16-20. Youth may sign-up for the contest at check-in time and up until a half hour before the showmanship contest at your District Show. ALL youth must be a current WI Holstein member. Membership enrollment will be accepted at the show in order to compete. Each District may send their top three individuals from the Junior and Senior age divisions onto the State Championship Show contest. The 10 & Under division will not be held at State Show.

Calendar of Events

MAY 5 Green County Fitting and Showing Clinic 19-20 Cow Camp, Waupaca JUNE 11 Dist. 1 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Eau Claire 14 Dist. 10 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Fond du Lac 15 Dist. 5 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:30 a.m., Portage 18 Dist. 6 Youth Showmanship Contest, 5:30 p.m., Monroe 19 Dist. 4 Youth Showmanship Contest, 7:00 p.m., Neillsville 21 Dist. 3 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Lancaster 25 Dist. 2 Youth Showmanship Contest, 9:00 a.m., Viroqua 25 Dist. 7 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:30 a.m., Sturgeon Bay 25 Dist. 8 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:00 a.m., Beaver Dam 27-30 National Convention, Springfield, MO JULY 16 Junior Judging and Classification Contest, Marshfield 16 State Showmanship Contest, Marshfield 16-17 WI Championship Show, Marshfield AUGUST 2-4 WI Junior State Fair Breed Shows and Showmanship contest 11 WHA Futurity 25 WHA State Holstein Picnic, Mystic Valley Dairy, Sauk City

Holsti-Buck Corner

1) Name the Holstein cow has been recognized as the 2011 Holstein Star of the Breed and her owner. 2) Name the Wisconsin Holstein Board member that was profiled in the April 2012 Wisconsin Holstein News and his farm name. 3) Name the three individuals the Young Adult Committee recognized with an Educational Award at the 2012 Adult Convention. 4) What farm won the “Best ad of the Year” award for 2011? 5) Name the Man, Cow and Bull inducted into the 2012 Wall of Fame. Send your entries to Larry, 902 8th Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 or email by June 1, 2012.

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

Spring is in full swing and we’ve already had our first show of the year. The Midwest National Spring Show was a great success again this year watch for results in the June issue. If the Spring Show has got you excited for the coming summer shows, you’ll be happy to find the District and Championship Show rules and entry form in this issue. All of the specifics for each of the District Shows starts on page 20 - be sure to check the entry deadlines, fees, etc. for your District Show. Coming up in our June issue our “Hot Dam” issue. If you have a brood cow, GMD, DOM or special cow in your herd you’d like to advertise please give me a call. This issue is also a Midwest Holsteins edition and will go to the National Convention in Missouri, so you’ll get some extra bang for your buck this month. Ads for this issue will be due May 9. Our July/August issue is our annual A.I. feature issue and this year we are excited to be working with Select Sires. We are offering discounted rates, a free second color and semen credit incentives for any half page or larger ad. You can see all the details for this special on page 12. Ads for the Select Sires feature will be due June 8. As the summer draws near and you’re planning County Twilight or Daylight meetings, please give us a call at the office to get your event on our calendar. We’ll also try to get a WHA staff or Princess to attend, as schedules allow. Are you planning of going to the National Convention in June? WHA is planning a bus trip from Madison to Springfield for the convention and it’s open to juniors and adults. More information on this trip is on page 12. If you’re interested, give Larry a call at 1-800-223-4269. The Young Adult Committee is also organizing a trip to the Royal Winter Fair in November. Details for that trip can be found on page 25. Until next time...

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May 2012 Classifying in Brown, Calumet, Door, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington & Waukesha counties 5 Vernon County Sale, Vernon County Fairgrounds, Viroqua, 7:30 p.m. 12 WI PDCA Judging Conference, Rick Thompson Farm 19-20 Cow Camp, Pine Lake Camp, Waupaca 20 YAC Brewer game trip June 2012 Classifying in Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa & Lafayette counties 11 District 1 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Eau Claire 12 District 1 Show, 9:00 a.m., Eau Claire 14 District 10 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Fond du Lac 15 District 5 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:30 a.m., Portage 15 District 5 Show, 10:00 a.m., Portage 15 District 10 Show, 9:00 a.m., Fond du Lac 18 District 6 Youth Showmanship Contest, 5:30 p.m., Monroe 19 District 6 Show, 9:00 a.m., Monroe 19 District 4 Youth Showmanship Contest, 7:00 p.m., Neillsville 20 District 4 Show, 9:00 a.m., Neillsville 21 District 3 Youth Showmanship Contest, 6:00 p.m., Lancaster 22 District 3 Show, 9:00 a.m., Lancaster 25 District 2 Youth Showmanship Contest, 9:00 a.m., Viroqua 25 District 2 Show, 10:00 a.m., Viroqua 25 District 7 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:30 a.m., Sturgeon Bay 25 District 7 Show, 9:30 a.m., Sturgeon Bay 25 District 8 Youth Showmanship Contest, 8:00 a.m., Beaver Dam 26 District 8 Show, 10:00 a.m., Beaver Dam 27-30 National Convention, Springfield, MO July 2012 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 16-17 Wisconsin Championship Show, Marshfield, 2:00 p.m. Monday/9:00 a.m. Tuesday August 2012 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 2-4 WI Junior State Fair breed shows & showmanship contest 11 WHA Futurity, 5:00 p.m., WI State Fair Park 25 WHA State Holstein Picnic, Mystic Valley Dairy, Sauk City Other Upcoming Events Dec. 28-30, 2012 2013 Junior Holstein Convention, hosted by Rock County


Upcoming Issues “Hot Dams” Issue, District 4 MW Holsteins & National Conv. issue Ads due May 9


A.I. Feature - Select Sires, District 2 Ads due June 8

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INDEX TO ADVERTISERS Accelerated Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC Alpha Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Bru-Lee Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cybil Fisher Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Genex/CRI . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Initial Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 International Protein Sires/Our Help . . . . IBC Koepke Farms, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Kranzdale Sales Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Merle Howard Agency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Misty Meadows Wood Products . . . . . . . 27 Morris Ltd., Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Natzke, Ken . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Pete’s Auction & Photo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Rickert Bros. LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Rural Mutual Ins./Brian Greenman . 13 & 27

It’s always a pleasure to present the Cattle Connection award to the Grand Champion at the Midwest National Spring Show.

Second-Look Holsteins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Select Sires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Sunshine Genetics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Synergy Dairy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC Taurus Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 & 27

We know the amount of work, dedication, and resources it takes.

The Practice Veterinary Services . . . . . . . 27 Ultrascan, Inc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 UW-Madison . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Congratulations and thanks to all the exhibitors for the great display of beautiful Holsteins. Good Sales Don’t Just Happen - They’re Managed

Holstein Association Representatives Sarah Trapp W16080 Merlin Road, Taylor, WI 54659 608-525-2901 cell: 608-628-1978 e-mail: Chris Lyons W 5979 Lee Dr., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 920-563-1082 cell 920-723-2406 e-mail: Dennis Devore 1905 9th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 cell: 319-270-5038 e-mail:

30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/May 2012

6HO1126 BRIGEEN ROCKWELL-ET USA 137941663 100% RHA-NA aAa: 234156 DMS: 126, 561

April 2012 Sire Summary:

TPI +2068 Milk +1920 +.07% +90F +.01% +60P 82%R Type +2.18 UDC +1.21 FLC +1.97 Calving Ease = 7% 60 daughters 40 herds

Daughter of ROCKWELL: Cycle Norm a Rockwell, Cycle Farm, Wisconsin, USA

Design by Laura Wackershauser Wisconsin Holstein Publications

ONLY PROGENY TESTED BULL +2.00 TYPE & 150 LBS. FAT AND PROTEIN Sire: Jenny-Lou Mrshl Toystory-ET Dam: Brigeen Morty Rhonda EX-92 DOM 2-00 2x 365 34,270 4.4 1494 3.2 1092 Gr’Dam: Brigeen Convincer Rhonda EX-95 2E GMD DOM 4-10 2x 365 66,420 4.3 2839 2.9 1943

3rd Dam: Brigeen Emory Raisa-ET EX-92 2-00 2x 365 22,820 3.6 813 3.1 701 4th Dam: Brigeen-C Integrit Robin-ET EX-95 2E DOM 5th Dam: C Haselmere Prelude Rhoda EX-91 GMD Descends from “Queen of the Breed” Roxy

Visit the IPS website to view additional photos - We can deliver anywhere in the world! “Breeding Cows, Not Numbers”

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May 2012 Wisconsin Holstein News  

May 2012 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring a Genomics roundtable, District & State Show rules and entry form, District 10 repor...

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