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Volume 83 No. 11

Youth issue Younger Member Recognition Winners 12 & Under Recognition Winners Breeder Profile: Nordic-Ridge Holsteins District 3 Report

EX-94 EX-MS 5-06 2x 365 29,814 4.0 1217 3.1 941 1st Aged Cow (Open & Junior), Best Udder and Best Bred & Owned, District 1 2011 1st Junior & 3rd Open Aged Cow, Midwest Fall Natl. 2011 Best Bred & Owned, Midwest Fall Natl. Junior Show 2011 2nd Aged Cow, International Junior Holstein Show 2011 Michele is a Durham daughter of Willows-Edge Star Maiden EX-93 EEEEE, Reserve Junior All-American 5 Year Old 2004, Jordan’s first show calf.

BAA: 111.6% Top BAA for herds 101-150 cows

Premier Breeder:

Henk & Bonnie Van Dyk

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

New Richmond, WI 54017 PH: (715) 246-5454 Fax: (715) 246-6899

Jordan & Claire

born 9/3/10 Contender x Wilstar-RS TLT Limited-Red EX-94, Reserve Grand Champion at Grand International Red and White Show & HM Grand Champion at the Royal 2011

• 2nd Junior & 5th Open, Grand International Red & White Show at WDE 2011 • Hon. Mention Junior Champion Grand International Red & White Junior Show at WDE 2011 • 3rd Junior, Midwest Summer Red & White Show 2011 • 2nd Junior, Midwest Spring Red & White Show 2011

born 3/2/10 Due March 2012 with Barbwire heifer Advent x El-Lyn Rubens Mercedes VG-85 • 3rd Junior, Grand International Red & White Junior Show at WDE 2011 • 1st Junior & 1st Open, Midwest Summer Red & White Show 2011 • 1st Junior & 4th Open, Midwest Spring Red & White Show 2011 • Junior Champion, Sheboygan County Fair 2011

• My brother Royce was born 5/3/11 • My sisters Ava and Campbell exhibited our 1st homebred heifers • Thank you friends & mentors: Hanke Farms, Lyn-Vale Holsteins, Scenic-Edge Holsteins & Grandma Connie Ott • World Dairy Expo Champion Showman - Junior Division • Overall Showman Midwest Summer Red & White Show • Overall Supreme Champion Showman Sheboygan County Fair

Chris, Courtney, Cole, Ava, Campbell & Royce Booth

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VOLUME 83 No. 11

Features: 10 12 13 14 24 26 30

Breeder Profile: Nordic-Ridge Holsteins 2011 Younger Member Recognition Winners Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging results 2011 12 & Under Recognition Winners Wisconsin Youth win 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at NAILE Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary & Collegiate Agriculture Programs Wisconsin’s team effort leads to National Dairy Bowl win

Departments: 8 9 9 15 18 32 34 36 37 38

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs From the President: Corey Geiger WHA Princess Breinne Hendrickson Breeder Business Cards WHA Annual Supporters District 3 report WHY Page Calendar of Events & Editor’s Comments Classified Advertising Index to Advertisers

On The Cover

This month’s cover photo features some of the Clark County junior members “Rockin’ in the Northwoods” as they make plans for the upcoming Junior Holstein Convention in Eau Claire. The group is pictured in front of Chatty Belle, the World’s Largest Talking Cow outside Neillsville, Wis. 4–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

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

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

WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN ASSOCIATION BOARD MEMBERS: Corey Geiger, President (2012)* - 920-650-0294 W1938 County Rd. J, Mukwanago, WI 53149 Todd Stanek, Vice President (2012) - 715-456-8718 E15265 Hillview Dr., Fall Creek, WI 54742 Angela Davis-Brown, Secretary (2012) - 608-935-3814 3008 Elliott Brown Rd., Dodgeville, WI 53533 Matt Lippert, Exec. Committee (2012) - 715-884-6578 5882 Cty. Rd. E, Pittsville, WI 54466 Marci Walker, Exec. Committee (2013) - 608-253-3003 N9178 Lewiston Station Rd., Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 Todd Borgwardt (2013) - 920-758-3133 12608 Newton Rd., Valders, WI 54245 Paula Bovre (2013) - 920-923-6991 W4226 State Rd. 23 East, Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Dan Cnossen (2014) - 715-302-1327 N4213 Oak Lane, Hatley, WI 54440 Chris McCullough (2013) - 608-934-1425 N2277 Cty. OK, Juda, WI 53550 Tracy Nelson (2014) - 715-307-1804 W5364 410th Ave., Ellsworth, WI 54011 Chad Ryan (2014) - 920-960-1449 N4067 Twin Oaks Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54937 Kent Wendorf (2014) - 608-689-2201 E4210 Hwy. 56, Viroqua, WI 54665 *WILL HAVE SERVED TWO THREE-YEAR TERMS, INELIGIBLE FOR RE-ELECTION

NATIONAL DIRECTOR: Robert Nigh - 608-675-3442, Viroqua, WI Corey Geiger - 920-650-0294, Mukwanago, WI WISCONSIN HOLSTEIN NEWS: (ISSN 0194-4401) (USPS 688160) is published 11 times for $40 per year by the Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 Eighth Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913. Periodical postage paid at Baraboo, WI and additional offices. Additional magazines may be purchased at $5.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for each additional copy. Price includes shipping and handling. Due to the uncertainties of the mail, the NEWS cannot assume responsibility for prior delivery of issues carrying advertising of sales scheduled for less than 14 days after the issue date. Advertising is due the 10th day of the month preceding publication. Advertising cannot be accepted over the phone, except by fax. Ad information must include name, address, phone of advertiser, amount of space needed, color if desired, photos if any and where they are. The Wisconsin Holstein News and its employees do not verify the records, classification scores or any other information that is used in advertising that appears in the Wisconsin Holstein News. The advertiser is solely responsible for the accuracy of all information used in their advertising. The News shall not be held responsible for any loss due to inaccurate information appearing in the News. The employees of the News shall be available to help any member acquire verification for any information appearing in the News. Under federal law, photographer’s pictures are copyrighted and owned by the photographic company. Prints sold are with a “single use” license and, in the case of the News, for use only in current or future issues of the News. Original photos must remain on site and may not be shared as prints or electronically without written permission of the photographic company through which the photo is copyrighted.

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a . dor. a . ble (adjective) 1. worthy of adoration and admiration 2. see also - EX-92 final score, EX-93 MS; due again in February, flushing in 2012 A 3rd generation EX by Advent, her dam Lyn-Land Lee Adore 3E-91 (93-MS) is still in my parent’s herd and has two other daughters including an August 2010 full sister to Adorable.

Ri-Wes Advent Adorable EX-92 (EEEEE) at 5Y 3-05 2x 365 29,472 3.6 1059 2.9 869 1st Junior Owned 4 Year Old, HM Grand Champion, District 7 2010 1st Junior Owned 5 Year Old, District 7 2011 1st Aged Cow, Sr. & Grand Champion, Shawano County Junior Fair 2011

Riley Bricco N3103 Wegner Rd., Marion, WI 54950 715-460-4508

Junior Ad 2011

o the guy that’s my partner, my herdsman and who got me involved in this great dairy industry thank you to my brother Cory for a great year. Congrats on your dreams finally coming true!! Thank you for always believing in me and letting me go to shows... there are some girls you can’t pay in heifers and cows, but this girl you can! I can’t wait for many more great years to come and seeing the herd develop.

T Westphalia Lightning Rush • Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Fall Yearling • 2nd Open & 1st Junior, District 7 Show

Thank you to everyone who got Car-Cor Holsteins milking and going strong! Also, thanks to John & Cindy Jarvis for helping us and letting Cory & Clare get away.

Car-Cor Holsteins Cara Biely

14433 County Road K, Reedsville, WI 54230 Farm: W6898 Porters Lake Rd., Wautoma, WI 54982 Cara cell: 920-323-7442 Visitors Always Welcome!

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Junior Ad 2011

photo by Cybil Fisher

Siemers Dundee Hilda 8669-ET EX-94 EEEEE at 5-09 4-10 2x 365 56,784 3.1 1746 3.1 1749 Lifetime to date: 172,000 Dam: EX Rudolph 2nd Dam: Golden-Oaks Mark Prudence EX-95 GMD 3rd-7th Dams: All Excellent!

• Grand Champion, International Junior Holstein Show 2011 • 1st place 125,000 lb. Cow, International Junior Holstein Show 2011 • Junior All-Wisconsin 125,000 lb. Cow 2011 • 1st Junior & 3rd Open 125,000 lb. Cow, Midwest National Spring Show 2011 Hilda is an 8th generation EX cow. She has three Atwood and two Sanchez daughters along with daughters by Braxton, Spearmint and Guthrie. Hilda is due to calve in February 2012.

Thank you to everyone involved with Team Siemers for their help this year in getting Hilda ready for the shows. It’s been an incredible year, capped off with a dream day at World Dairy Expo! Jordan: 920-946-8525 Dan: 920-374-0606 Paul: 920-374-0618 Sherry: 920-946-0123 Farm: 920-693-3600

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14421 Mineral Springs Road Newton, WI 53063 Farm Fax: 920-693-8459 wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011-7

Wisconsin Holstein Briefs % Congratulations to Tony & Moriah Brey, Sturgeon Bay, on the birth of their son, Evan Anthony, on November 20. Evan weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz. and was 22 inches long. Proud grandparents are Bill & Clarice Brey, Sturgeon Bay, and Tom & Sandy Morris, Amery. $ Congratulations to Mike & Heather Petersheim-Metzler, Viroqua on the birth of their daughter, Alexis JoAnne on November 1. Lexi weighed in at 9 lbs. 14 oz. and was 21 inches long. ' Chris & Stacy Sheahan and big sister Natalie, Fox Lake, welcomed daughter Heidi Jane on November 12. Heidi weighed 6 lbs. 3 oz. and was 18.5 inches long. Congratulations! / Our condolences to the families of Everette Herness and James Barrett who passed away recently. Full obituaries are printed below. $ Thank you … to all of you that were so thoughtful of our family, that sent emails, phone calls, cards, memorials and those that drove to be a part of the celebration of my father’s life. Our family just wants you to know how much the over whelming kindness of all your prayers and kind words are greatly appreciated. The thought I shared with our daughter and she conveyed to those at the mass… My Dad, a grandfather, a great grandfather, an uncle, a brother, a mentor, a business man, a boss, a best friend (Chris’ best friend) whatever Jim was to you, his greatest legacy would be that you pass along what you have learned and the passion you have shared with Jim. Thank you from the family of James C. Barrett Loving Daughter, Christianne Barrett Williams The Wisconsin Holstein News encourages readers and members to submit information for the Wisconsin Holstein Briefs column. We are looking for news of a wedding, birth announcement, award winner or death that Wisconsin Holstein breeders should know about. High quality, submitted photos will be printed if space is available. Please submit your information to the Wisconsin Holstein News by mail at PO Box 49, Lancaster, WI 53813; or email to

Obituaries Everette Herness Everette Nels Herness, 73, of Whitehall, WI, died Monday, November 7, 2011, at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center, LaCrosse, WI, following a brief battle with cancer. Everette was born May 12, 1938, on the home farm near Whitehall, Lincoln Township, Trempealeau, County, to Henrik and Florence (Dissmore) Herness. He married Mary Jane (Hanson) Herness, June 6, 1959, at Pigeon Creek Lutheran Church, Pigeon Falls, WI. Everette graduated from Whitehall High School May,1956 and attended UWEC. In the fall of 1960 Everette and Mary purchased a farm in rural Whitehall, where they raised their sons and had dairy and crops. The herd of Registered Holsteins was Everette’s pride and joy. Everette’s leadership abilities led him to serve on numerous agricultural related boards. The Land ‘O Lakes Corporate Board of Directors was a passion of his for 15 years. For 8 of those years he held the position of the First-Vice-Chair. His involvement included national efforts such as National Milk Producers Board of Directors, American Institute of Cooperatives and visits to Wash. D.C. focusing on the farm bill. In 1991 he was selected to join an LOL research project that included a memorable trip to Russia. Fellow LOL board members have valued his mentorship. Everette’s leadership involved him in other boards. He served on the Wisconsin Federation of Coops as a director for 5 years. He was honored, in 2000, with the Coop Builder’s award. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, appointed him to the National Commission of Small Farms. Everette was a lifelong member of the national and state Holstein Associations. In the community, he was a trustee at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, a 4-H dairy leader, an FFA alumni and a recipient of the Trempealeau County Soil and Water Conservation award. His love of music started with barbershop harmony in high school. He sang lead with the Farmers’ Four barbershop quartet for 40 years, performing at local events. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, Eric (Kate) Byron, 8–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

MN, Todd (Cindy) Whitehall, Nels (Michelle) Wausaukee, a twin brother Ervin (Jane) Bellevue, WA; two sisters, Joyce Herness and Ruby (Royce) Mattson of Orange Park, FL; a brother–in-law, Roy Hanson Osseo and nine grandchildren; Hans, Heidi, Emily, Kelly, Autumn, Chloe, Isabelle, Ethan and Zachary.

James Barrett James C. Barrett, 84, of Camp Douglas, a civic, a community and a Wisconsin leader for many years passed away Sunday, Nov. 6 at Hospice House in Baraboo surrounded by family. Jim was born on the family farm on Jan. 8, 1927 to Thomas and Erma (Howland) Barrett. Jim married Eileen Wood on May 6, 1950 at St. James Catholic Church in Camp Douglas. They had 61 years of a wonderful and happy marriage. They enjoyed their lake home on Castle Rock Lake, adventures out west snowmobiling and wonderful travels. Jim also enjoyed hunting and fishing and passed on this passion to all his grandchildren and many other young family members and others. Jim graduated from New Lisbon High School the class of 1944. Following in graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army for two years, receiving the rank of MS/SGT with an honorable discharge in Ft. Bliss, TX. Jim returned home to start farming and he then attended WWTC courses in industrial and mechanical engineering. He also studied welding, blue printing and drafting. In 1946 he began his pilot training and received his private license in 1947 and his commercial in 1955. He was very dedicated to local, county and state organizations and served as an officer on the New Lisbon School Board, Camp Douglas Lions Club, St. James Church Council, Juneau County Board of Supervisors and Wisconsin County Mutual Board.. Jim worked at the Walker Stainless Steel company from 1955 to 1963. He worked his way up to become company pilot and shop superintendant. In 1963 Jim and co-founder Cy Belcher started Bar-Bel Fabricating Company as a stainless steel tank repair shop in Jim’s home garage. As the company grew to a manufacturing plant, they produced over-the-road transport trailers for dairy food and chemical tanks. Jim remained on as CEO and President of Bar-Bel until his retirement in 1995. Jim is survived by his wife Eileen of Camp Douglas. Their two daughters Christianne Williams (Gary) of Baraboo, WI and Charlene DeLawyer (David) of Deer River, MN. Four grandchildren, Heather (Williams) Smith (Jason) of Oconomowoc, WI; James W. Williams (Jennie) of Anchorage, AK; Adam DeLawyer (Mollie) of Cottage Grove, MN; and Tanner DeLawyer of Seattle, WA. Five great grandchildren Olivia, Isabella, and Jackson Smith, August Williams and Lyla DeLawyer. His brothers, John, Tom and Steve and sisters Margie Lowe and Mary Alice LaDuke. He was preceded in death by his older brother Jerry and parents Thomas and Erma Barrett.

Welcome to These New Members Adult members: Airling Gunderson, Pardeeville Kyle Parsons, Ripon Bruce Dannenberg, Mineral Point Charles & Virginia Weiner, Sparta Scott Miguel, Potosi Tim & Lynette Bates Joel Kestell, St. Cloud Alex Geiser, Hilbert Mark & Debra Schilling, Athens Junior members: Hailey Jauquet, Luxemburg Courtney McCourt, St. Cloud Coltan & Jayce Wikman, Friendship Linnea Willer, Kaukauna Andrew Greenfield,Waupun Morgan & Brooke Cooper, Mt. Calvary Samuel Heer, Rice Lake Karlee Ketelboeter, Dane

From your President Corey Geiger Dear Wisconsin Holstein Association members: In the September President’s column, we discussed: “Can’t we just pull one hair sample to verify parentage and get a genomic test result.” If you read the fall issue of the Holstein Pulse, you will see we are making progress in that matter. The Association has discontinued using the 3K test, and all new genomic tests will be run on the 6K, 50K, or high-density platform. The 6K genomic test is far superior to the 3K test. It has a more stable platform and does a more concise job of verifying parentage. With these changes, the Holstein Association will now verify parentage on females based on a genomic test. Before you jump up and down, please note this an intermediate step. To be eligible for genomic parentage verification, females (the Holstein Association cannot nominate males for a genomic test until April 2013) must be genomic tested through Holstein Association USA. In addition, the sire must have been genotyped with an SNP Genomic Test. Based on conversations with Holstein USA staff; SNP genotyped A.I. bulls include about 95 percent of the population. As for the intermediate step I mentioned earlier, the International Society of Animal Genetics (ISAG) has yet to establish the recommended international standard set of SNP markets for parentage. Until this takes place, some females, including donor dams with embryos headed for export or dams of A.I. bulls, will likely still need to be tested with the current microsatellite test for some time yet. To the best of my knowledge, the ISAG could approve the new parentage verification by July 2012. But the new reality is many producers can now save time and money by running one test for parentage and genomic values. If you have further questions, call Holstein USA at 800 952-5200 and ask for member service. By the time the next column appears, we will have held the 2012 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention. One of the highlights of this year’s convention is the fact our Association will award $12,000 in scholarships. We continue to be one of the largest dairy youth

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Hello Holstein Devotees! As fall has turned into winter I’m sure many of you are struggling to keep warm while tending to your beloved Holsteins. It’s at this time of the year where our true admiration for the Holstein cow is shown, as we still wake up every morning to step out into the bitterness of the cold to take care of our animals. Not only is this a time where we have extra chores, such as shoveling snow and keeping our calves warm, but it is also the time for us juniors to come together for the 2012 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, “Rockin’ in the Northwoods” held this year on December 28-30 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin! I hope to see as many juniors participating as possible, whether it is in the speaking contest, dairy jeopardy or dairy quiz bowl. Throughout the past few weeks I imagine many counties have been busily sticking their noses into their dairy bowl binders trying to study all of the possible questions and information they may be asked about. As most of us are “busybodies” and love to be out with our animals sometimes sitting down to study becomes difficult, but the knowledge that is taken in through the hours of studying is very beneficial towards the future of our herds and participation for the future of the dairy industry. My reign is winding down to an end and I can easily say that I will miss it tremendously. This year has been an experience I will never forget! My choice to run for the Wisconsin Holstein Princess was one

scholarship organizations. Also, as you may know, none of the money awarded to scholarship winners comes from the WHA budget. All the money comes from WHA Scholarship Committee led fundraisers. One of those fund-raisers is the live auction at the Junior Holstein Convention. A partial list of auction items are found on page 34. I want to point out the auction has a pair of men’s basketball tickets for the Wisconsin Badgers (Preseason #14) and Ohio State Buckeyes (Preseason #3) on Saturday February 4. If you would like to bid on them or any other items, call me on my cell at (920) 650-0294. After last year’s convention, we listened to member concerns and made some updates to our very popular Dairy Bowl competition. Some changes of note include: Bonus questions will be earned as they have been in the past. Teams must begin answering the question 15 seconds after the bonus is read. After the captain has started to answer, they will have another 30 seconds to finish their answer. We also made more clarification on verifications, challenges, and call to the coordinator. Verifications take place when a team member asks for verification of a question or a source of the question. This does not allow a contestant to challenge a question. Challenges: A team member may challenge their question in a round if they feel that the judges ruled incorrectly. Teams must challenge their question before the next question is read. Sources must be in the room for the challenge, and the judges have the final decision. Call to the coordinator can take place when a team or the judges feel there is a decision on the rules of the contest. The coordinator will then make the decision on the issue. All rulings are final. Teams are limited to two challenges for the entire contest. Just like the NFL, each team will get two challenge cards. To challenge, a card must be presented to the judges when a team makes a challenge. I look forward to seeing everyone at Junior Holstein Convention on December 28 to 30. Let’s remember our Junior programs are about getting young people excited about and engaged in our industry. If we remember that, we will have a great convention. In dairy we trust, Your President, Corey Geiger

of the best choices I have ever made. I have not only learned more about the dairy industry, but I have also learned much about myself and have grown into a more outgoing person. It opened up my eyes to how great of people we have within our circle in the industry. Everyone that I met proved to me his or her adoration for the Holstein and I have been able to make wonderful connections. I am so pleased to be able to say I have created many more relationships within the industry and even though I didn’t think it was possible, my own love for the Holstein cow has increased more. For those of you who are thinking about running for Royalty, please do. It is an AMAZING experience and you will gain so many attributes to your life and future. Not only will you walk away as a greater person, but you will also have a new outlook for agriculture. I have so many memories to take away from this, as well as more knowledge from becoming involved within the industry and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I would like to thank the Wisconsin Holstein Association for this unforgettable experience as serving as their ambassador and all the other people who have supported me along the way. The Wisconsin Holstein Association truly has something to be a proud of. I’m not the only one who has benefited from this Association, but I know everyone involved has gained something through the opportunities they provide. Good luck to everyone at convention and their future endeavors. I plan on seeing many of you at activities even after I have finished my reign! Hollering On,

Breinne Hendrickson 608-444-7340/

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Nordic-Ridge Holsteins Kurtis & Deon Amundson Family, Mount Hope By Ashley Yager

The Amundsons - clockwise from left: Mason, Kurt, Deon, Mitch, Rachel & Laura

shortage of hands, Kurtis and Deon decided they needed to get bigger and more efficient or get out of dairying. The decision was made to build a free stall barn in the fall of 2002, cows were moved to the facility by November, and the milking barn was retrofitted into a parlor by March of 2003. With an uncanny ability to do things on a budget, Deon was able to find a gently used parlor to help reduce construction costs. The original free stall barn was built with mats, but the Amundsons replaced the mats with sand bedding in 2010 and have seen a positive improvement in the health and longevity of their cows. Nearly every building on the farm has been upgraded in the last twenty years. A greenhouse facility was added for the young calves, a 1.2 million gallon lagoon was built, a Harvestore was added, and a new equipment shed built after a fire took the building and isconsin farm families are known for their hard work and machinery in the early 2000’s. The Amundson’s Nordic-Ridge dairy currently consists of 130 determination, and the Kurtis and Deon Amundson family of Mount Hope, Wis., is no exception. While many people that try milking animals, with a Rolling Herd Average of 25,179M, 3.64% to make a career in dairying have been fortunate to have a path 917F and 3.11% 783P and no use of rBST. There are five started through their family operations, the Amundsons had to fight Excellent, 40 Very Good and 56 Good Plus cows in the herd. The for a career that they believed in and build their operation from farm includes 305 acres, with 187 tillable, and an additional 40 acres are rented for hay. All heifer feed is purchased, and silage the ground up. The Amundsons caught the farming bug in high school, and bags are the primary use for forage storage. All of cattle in the Amundson’s herd live at Nordic-Ridge. after graduation Kurtis began renting his uncle’s beef farm to milk 25 cows. Both Clermont, Iowa natives, Kurtis and Deon met Calves are raised in a greenhouse for the first few months, and then through Deon’s brother, and married in 1983. In 1988, they were moved to a heifer shed just up the hill. At breeding age, heifers are forced to move their growing herd of 35 cows to Postville, Iowa on moved to a shed and pasture just over the hill where they are bred. Deon’s great-grandmother’s farm. The Amundson’s final move was Once confirmed pregnant, they are moved to pasture closer to the to Mount Hope, Wis., when they were fortunate to find and village of Mount Hope. A month before calving they are brought back to the home farm. purchase their current farm and Kurtis and Deon remain relocate in 1990. the sole owners of the dairy. Kurtis and Deon are thankTheir sons Mitch and Mason ful to this day for their neighbors are graduates of UW-Madison and support found in their and are paving their paths in small southwestern Wisconsin the dairy industry. Mitch is a community. When they made sire analyst for ABS Global, and their move to Mount Hope, a ‘trailer caravan’ helped to haul he and wife Rachel (account the cows, and plenty of helping manager at M3 Insurance) live and generous hands made for a in DeForest. Mason is currently smooth and successful transition. working on his masters degree When they arrived at their in reproductive physiology, with current facility, the milking barn a focus on a nutrition additive held 48 cows head to head, with and its effect on first service an additional seven stalls in the conception. In his studies, he back. A computerized feeder is also working on resynch helped for a while, but with two protocols, heat detection boys, dreams of college and a Nordic-Ridge Durham Kim EX-93 systems, and the effectiveness of


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timing with A.I. under supervisor Paul Fricke. His long term goal is to do large herd reproductive consulting, flush work, and IVF. Mason is engaged to Laura Rortvedt with a November 2012 wedding planned. Laura is working on her PhD in monogastric nutrition, and is also studying at UW-Madison. Both Mitch and Mason remain a key component to the home farm, as Mitch mates all of the cows and Mason is able to flush. Kurtis has taken care of all A.I. work on his cows since age 18, and Deon is the on-farm feed manager for Nordic-Ridge. The Amundsons also rely on Kyle Collins for weekend help, and they have an outstanding full-time employee in Chad Groom. Nordic-Ridge has come a long way since its Iowa days. The first cows in the herd were purchased from the Manchester Sale Barn in Clermont, and additional Registered Holsteins were acquired from Kevin Steffens. The push for a heavier type focus came when Mitch caught the show bug in his early 4-H days with the help of Maurice and Janet Nichols. An increased interest in registering cows followed, and as Mitch’s interest in Registered Holsteins grew, so did the number and quality at Nordic-Ridge. The Amundsons were driven to make the herd better through modest purchases and have used the best genetics available to them to develop a consistent and profitable herd. While their breeding philosophy has shifted from type and udders to focusing more on TPI and breeding a moderate sized cow, the consistency and genetic theory shines through a solid group of cows today. It’s no surprise that Durham has played a key role in developing consistent daughters for the Amundsons. In fact, Nordic-Ridge Durham Kim (Durham x VG-89 Encore x Juror), EX-93, was an outstanding show calf for Mitch and Mason. As a fall calf in 2005, she was named Reserve Junior Champion at the WI State Fair Junior Holstein Show, won her class and was Honorable Mention Junior Champion at the International Holstein Junior Show at World Dairy Expo, and won her class at the Midwest Fall National. Kim was High Honorable Mention Junior All-American Fall Calf that year. The Amundsons sold Kim as a VG-88 2 year old, but have three Stormatic daughters from her in the herd that are all GP or better in their first and second lactations. The Amundsons were able to tap into the Tony Beauty family through the purchase of MS R-Way Dundee Ezra-ET (Dundee x EX Leader x EX Prelude x Tony Beauty), VG-87. While Ezra is no longer in the herd, her daughter by Talent recently went VG-87 as a 2 year old and the Amundsons are hoping to continue to breed from this family. Ezra and Talent Exotic are from the same maternal line as Rainyridge Talent Barbara, EX-95 nominated All-American and All-Canadian in 2010. Nordic-Ridge has had success using Talent as a service sire, capitalizing on his style and the strength from their cows. NordicRidge Talent Moka (Talent x Freehand), EX-91, is another Talent daughter that has served the Amundsons well. She has a VG Mac daughter, Nordic-Ridge Mac Macey, VG-86, and the Mac has a Jordan calf on the ground. One of the herd highlights is home-bred Nordic-Ridge Rudy Sheena (Rudy x Brass), EX-92. Sheena has a fresh Bolton daughter, and has never been flushed. She is due with a Beacon calf and will calve for the fifth time by the end of 2011. The Amundsons also like their Bolton daughters, especially when they result in offspring such as Nordic-Ridge Bolton Lexi (Bolton x VG-87 Champion x VG-87 Durham x EX-92 Counselor), VG-86 at two years of age. Lexi is carrying an O-Style calf and is due in January 2012. The Amundson family has benefited from a sound purchasing theory that revolves around animals being priced right and coming from a solid cow family. They have strived to create an honest herd through genetic progress. When marketing animals from their herd, they want to sell from the top and be sure that customers know what they are getting. Kurtis and Deon have had success selling breeding bulls, and have used some genomic testing on

animals with the right breeding. Amundsons sent their first bull to stud this year - a Man-O-Man x VG Goldwyn x EX Durham son that calls ABS home. The Amundsons have maintained the mentality of a ‘tweaked’ larger herd while remaining a smaller family dairy. They started from scratch, and have bred and developed several Excellent cows that carry the Nordic-Ridge prefix. Their breeding focus continues to shift toward a more moderate sized cow - as Mitch has been a part of the A.I. industry and learned a great deal of the TPI formula and calculations, health traits and production have become a stronger part of the Nordic-Ridge breeding equation. Amundsons tend to spread their risk among sires used, and have several Beacon calves on the ground and O-Style calves on the way. Mitch is not afraid to incorporate proven sires and genomic young sires in his matings, as other heifers in the calf pens are sired by Alexander, Cancun, Custom, Jordan, Gerard, Super, Observer, and Planet. Sires in the tank now include Sudan, Shamrock, Large, Mutiny, Planet, Zelgadis, and CM. When this hard-working couple is able to kick back and relax, they enjoy Wisconsin sports and cheering on the Badgers and Packers. Hunting is also a favorite activity, and Deon enjoys antiquing. Kurtis and Deon hope to continue doing what they do best, with good hired help and visits from their sons to help on weekends or with flushing and classification. They’re reminded every day of how far they’ve come, and continue to provide an example of two people dedicated to making a career in the dairy industry after starting with nothing.

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2011 Younger Member Recognition Winners Rachel Coyne Rachel Coyne is the 14-year-old daughter of Peter and Lisa Coyne. Rachel and her family live in Spring Valley, located in Pierce County. Rachel and her brothers, Brian and Willie, own a small group of Registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss. Rachel enjoys judging and showing dairy cattle all year round. A highlight of 2011 was placing 5th high individual at the Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest and being on the winning team at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Judging and Classification Contest. Rachel’s other activities include dance, playing basketball and photography. Ethan Dado Ethan Dado, 16, lives on his family’s 450 Holstein cow dairy farm in Amery. He is the son of Rick and Gwen Dado and has two sisters, Bethany and Meikah, and one brother, Trent. He enjoys managing the calf and heifer sector of the farm and working with the farm’s show animals. His school activities include FFA, cross country, track and band. He has been in 4-H for 9 years. He says the best thing about being involved in a family farm is the opportunity to have special relationships with his parents, siblings and especially his grandparents. Charles Hamilton Charles Hamilton, 16, Cuba City, son of John and Evie Hamilton, resides on a Registered Holstein dairy farm, Hill-Ton Holsteins. A sophomore at Cuba City High School, Charlie is a distinguished honor student and secretary of his FFA chapter. He’s secretary of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association and a junior member of the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations. He’s also president of the Sinsinawa Orioles 4-H and a member of the United Methodist Church. Charlie enjoys showing, dairy and soils judging, dairy bowl, public speaking, and creating farm scene dioramas. He owns 21 Registered Holsteins and is responsible for mating his animals as well as general farm chores. Kayli Hodorff Kayli Hodorff is the 15-year-old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is in ninth grade at Campbellsport High School. Kayli is an active member of the Armstrong 4-H Association. She participates in Dairy Bowl, Speaking contests and the foods project. Kayli plays the clarinet and enjoys music and singing. She has three younger sisters that are all involved in their family’s dairy farm. Paige Hoesly Paige Hoesly is the 15-year-old daughter of Todd and Trish Hoesley and lives in Brodhead in Green County. She has one older brother Jake. Paige is a Freshman at Brodhead High School and a member of the Clarence Bridge Pioneers 4-H, Green County Junior Holstein Association, the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations as well as the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association. Paige enjoys being involved in many activities with the Green County Junior Holsteins but her favorite is showing. She has been showing since she was 5 years old at district, state and national shows. She was the winner of the 2009 Dairy Expo Youth Showmanship contest as well. In school, she plays volleyball and also enjoys cheering for the WI Badgers. 12–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

Sierra Huser Sierra Huser is the 14-year-old daughter of Dave and Adele Huser of Vesper. She resides at Honeyview Century Farm with her parents and two older brothers, Dustin and Nate. Sierra is currently a freshman at East Junior High School in Wisconsin Rapids. She plays the violin and bass in the orchestra and is an honor roll student. She is involved in Snyder 4-H serving as past Secretary and the Junior Holstein organization serving as the current Vice President, past Historian and Junior Rep to the Adult Board. She is involved in Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy and enjoys hunting, showing cattle, beef and numerous projects at the Central Wisconsin State Fair. Carley Krull Carley Krull is the 14-year-old daughter of Cindy Krull and the late Brian Krull of Lake Mills. She lives on her family’s dairy farm with her mom Cindy, sister Cassy and brother Bryce. The farm consists of 35 Registered Holstein cows, 70-head of young stock and 785 acres owned and rented. She is an 8th grader at Lake Mills Middle School where she is active in many activities such as: basketball, volleyball, track and field, Middle School FFA President, band, choir, 4-H and Junior Holstein Association. Carley enjoys showing her cattle on the county, district, state and national levels with her family and friends. Katherine Larson Katherine Larson is the 15-year-old daughter of Kevin and Julie Larson of Viroqua located in Vernon County. She has an older brother Thomas. Katherine lives on a 200-acre crop and heifer farm where she helps with heifer chores and overall care of the heifers, fieldwork and farm upkeep. Katherine is involved with Junior Holsteins, 4-H, FFA, her school and church. She is a sophomore at Viroqua High School where she is an Honor Roll student. In Junior Holsteins, she currently serves as Secretary & Reporter for her county association, has been involved in Dairy Bowl, Speaking, Folding Display and Dairy Jeopardy contests. She loves working with her cattle especially Lar-Lan Talent Jayne and has shown on the county, district and state levels. Austin Nauman Austin Nauman is the 14-year-old son of Danielle Nauman and Scott Stanford. He is a 8th grader at Sparta Meadowview Middle School. Austin is active in FFA, hockey, football and track. Austin is a member of the Valle-Ville 4-H Club. He is involved in showing cattle, dairy judging and dairy bowl. Austin likes clipping and is working to become a fitter. This past year, he has started working for people at shows and sales. When he grows up, Austin hopes to become a professional fitter and own a top herd of Registered Jerseys and Holsteins. Jessica Pralle Jessica Pralle is the 16 year old daughter of Scott Pralle and Pam Selz-Pralle, Humbird, where they milk 425 Registered Holsteins. A Junior at Osseo-Fairchild High School, she is captain of her basketball team and is active in FFA, FBLA and Honors Society. Jessica is President of the Clark County Junior Holstein Club, captain of the county’s dairy bowl team and chairman of the Wisconsin Junior

Holstein Convention in Eau Claire. In 2011, she was awarded the National Holstein Younger Member Recognition Award. In 4-H, Jessica has won her area Animal Science Days Dairy Judging competition and has competed at state for three years. This past summer, she earned the Clark County Supreme Showman award. Elizabeth Sarbacker Elizabeth Sarbacker, 16, is the daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker of Verona. She has four brothers: Nick, Andy, Joe and Ben. Elizabeth and her family live on Fischerdale Holsteins. The farm consists of 400-acres and a total of 140 milking cows. Elizabeth is in 10th grade at Verona High School where she is an honor student and is involved in FFA and Spanish Club. She is the Vice-President of the Paoli 4-H Fireballs and is a member of St. Williams Catholic Church in Paoli. She is active in the Dane County Junior Holstein Association and is currently serving as the treasurer and was a 2011 Dane County Holstein Princess. Elizabeth enjoys showing cattle and dairy judging. Jordan Siemers Jordan Siemers is the 15-year-old son of Dan and Janina Siemers. He has a younger brother, Connor. Jordan is a sophomore at Howards Grove High. He is a member of the Manitowoc Junior Holstein Association, Wisconsin and National Junior Holstein Associations, the Meeme Busy Badgers 4-H club, FFA and St. Paul Luther Church. Jordan participates in dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, dairy judging and speaking contests. He enjoys working on the farm, showing cattle, playing football and showing and raising club lambs. Ryan Smith Ryan Smith is the 14-year-old son of Randall and Jane Smith and is a 9th grader at Monticello High School. He lives on a 240acre dairy farm, Quad-R Holsteins, with his parents and sisters Kristen, Nicole, and Tanya. He is an active member of Washington Center 4-H Club, Monticello FFA and Green County Junior Holsteins. His dairy activities include dairy bowl, dairy judging and showing cattle at county, district and state shows. He is also involved

with church youth group, cross country, basketball, band and enjoys hunting, shooting trap and helping on the farm. Kennedy Stumpf Kennedy Stumpf, daughter of Greg and Chris Stumpf, lives in Dodgeville and attends St. Joseph School. The Wisconsin Holstein Association has brought her many friends, memories and life values. The most important life skill that she has gained from is the importance of teamwork. Whether working on herdsmanship at the Wisconsin State Fair, competing on a quiz bowl team, or hosting a convention, it never seems as hard as when you do it together. Brooke Trustem Brooke Trustem is the 13-year-old daughter of Sandy Larson and Jim Trustem. She is an 8th grader at J.C. McKenna Middle School in Evansville. Her two brothers are Dane (11) and Luke (9). Brooke and her extended family farm together at Larson Acres Inc. She has been showing cattle since she was five years old. Brooke’s daily responsibilities include caring for the show/sale cattle. Other duties include scaling forage trucks, mowing around the farm and helping with office work. Brooke is a member of Magnolia 4-H Club and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Her other interests include basketball, swimming and reading. Nicole Wright Nicole Wright is the 16-year-old daughter of Mark and Linda Wright and lives on a 300acre farm that milks 110 Registered Holsteins in Johnson Creek. She is a sophomore at Watertown High School where she is active in the FFA Chapter as Secretary. Nicole is also involved n the Farmington All-Stars 4-H Club as President, Junior Brown Swiss Association and a member of the Farmington Lutheran Church. She enjoys competing in dairy judging, showing, dairy quiz bowl, fitting contests and other Junior Holstein activities. Her highlight for the 2011 show season was earning Grand Champion Brown Swiss at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair and winning showmanship honors at the State Holstein Show.

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Team places 2nd at All-American Dairy Show

Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Judging Team places 3rd at World Dairy Expo

Teams from 15 states competed in the youth division at the AllAmerican Dairy Judging Contest in Harrisburg, PA. The Wisconsin 4-H team tied for first place with Maryland and the tie was broken on the team reasons score. As Maryland scored higher in team reasons they took home first place and Wisconsin was awarded second place overall. The team representing Wisconsin at the All-American was from Dodge county with members Janelle Remington, Erik Warmka, Carria Warmka, Brad Warmka. Individually, Janelle Remington was the high scoring individual in the contest.

Twenty nine teams from across the country competed at the 2011 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in Madison on Monday October 3. The 4-H team from Wisconsin placed third overall in a very tight contest, trailing the first place team by just four points. The team also placed second in total reasons, fourth in the Brown Swiss breed, second in the Guernsey breed, first in the Holstein breed and first in the Jersey breed. The team representing Wisconsin was from Fond du Lac County with members Nicholas Schuster, Austen Schmidt, Derrek Kamphuis and Mathew O’Leary. The team was coached by Chad Ryan, Brandon Ferry, Shi Lurvey and Chris Pollack. Individually Austen Schmidt placed second overall, sixth in total reasons and first in the Jersey and Guernsey breeds. Nicholas Schuster placed fourth overall, third in oral reasons, second in the Holstein breed and fifth in the Guernsey breed. Derrek Kamphuis placed twentieth overall and sixth in Brown Swiss. Matthew O’Leary placed tenth in the Guernsey breed. By placing third overall this team has qualified to travel to and compete at the Royal Highland Show in Scotland in June of 2012. The team will be working over the next several months to raise funds to help cover the cost of their trip. If you are interested in helping support this team please contact Chad Ryan at 920-960-1449.

Agriculture Secretary George Greig stands with Wisconsin 4-H team members Janelle Remington, Erik Warmka, Carria Warmka, Brad Warmka and coaches Kari Behling and Shelly Grosenick.

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2011 12 & Under Recognition Winners Cole Booth Cole Booth is the 9 year old son of Dr. Chris & Courtney Booth of Plymouth. Cole, along with his parents, sisters Ava and Campbell and brother Royce, own and operated Booth-Haven Holsteins, a small show heifer and cow care operation. Cole enjoys showing dairy cattle, fitting them and dairy judging. He was blessed with an outstanding 2011 show season earning him Junior Champion, Honorable Mention Junior Champion and 2011 Supreme Champion Overall Showman at the Sheboygan County Fair as well as Supreme Showman at the Midwest Summer Red & White Show. Cole was also a member of the 2011 First Place Team at the Northeast 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. Jenna Broege Jenna Broege is a 12 year old who lives on a 375 cow Holstein farm in Rock County with her mom Phyllis and her two sisters. Their farm is known as Brunland Farms and they milk three times a day. She is looking forward to the day she is old enough to help with that task, which she thinks will be fun & entertaining. Her responsibilities on the farm include feeding calves, covering bunkers, cleaning waterers, bedding pens and to help move heifers across the farm. Jenna is a 7th grader at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Janesville. She is involved in the Rock County Junior Holstein Association and a member of LaPrairie 4-H Club. Her favorite activities include judging, showing, volleyball, softball and basketball. Madison Calvert Madison Calvert is the 9 year old daughter of Bill & Kelle Calvert from Cuba City. She attends the 4th grade at St. Rose School. She has a twin sister McKenzie and a brother Payton, as well as a Bernese Mountain dog, Aspen and a bunny named Marco. Her family milks 75 registered Holsteins - both black and white and red and white - on their 450 acre dairy farm in Lafayette County. She is a member of the Lafayette County Junior Holstein Association and the Cuba City Merry Mixers 4-H. She enjoys playing basketball, baseball, swimming, painting, reading and drawing. McKenzie Calvert McKenzie Calvert is a 9 year old 5th grader at St. Rose School in Cuba City. She lives with her parents Bill & Kelle Calvert, her twin sister Madison, brother Payton, her Bernese Mountain dog, Aspen and two bunnies, K.C. and Huidini on a 450 acre dairy farm in Lafayette County where they milk 75 Registered Holstein cows - both black & white and red & white. She is a member of the Lafayette County Junior Holstein Association and Cuba City Merry Mixers 4-H. She likes to draw, play basketball and baseball, attend and watch Brewers games. McKenzie loves nature and animals, especially horses and bunnies. Abby Field Abby Field is 10 years old and attends the 5th grade at Sacred Heart School. She lives outside of Reedsburg with her parents, Jim & Teresa Field and her two brothers and two sisters. She likes to spend her free time on her grandparent’s farm, She-Hi Holsteins. Abby has a special interest in veterinary work and likes to observe the vet whenever possible. Abby is active in the District 5 Junior Holsteins 14–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

and the Endeavor 4-H Club. When not on the farm, she enjoys sewing, quilting, volleyball and running. Grant Fremstad Grant Fremstad is the 11 year old son of Ken & Ashley Kishman and Jason & Heidi Fremstad. Grant has four younger sisters Lauren, Grace, Hannah & Elli, along with a little brother Gavin. He resides at KishHolm Holsteins, a 65-cow Registered Holstein farm located at Lone Rock. Grant is in the fifth grade at Ithaca Elementary School where he is a member of the Richland County football league. Grant is involved in the Richland County Junior Holstein Association, where he takes part in Dairy Bowl, Junior Convention, Cow Camp and showing at the District, State and National levels. Grant loves living on a farm where he helps with calf care, feeding cows and working with and showing his Registered Holsteins. Kaianne Hodorff Kaianne Hodorff is the 10 year old daughter of Corey & Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is an active member in Armstrong 4-H and the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. This Eden Elementary 5th grader enjoys playing soccer and basketball and playing percussion in the school band. Kaianne has three sisters: Kayli, Kalista and Kaydence, who are also involved on their family’s dairy farm. Kalista Hodorff Kalista Hodorff is the 12 year old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff of Eden. She is an active member in Armstrong 4-H and is also a member of the Fond du Lac County Junior Holstein Association. This Campbellsport Junior High 7th grader is learning to play the flute, enjoys playing soccer and basketball and loves math. Kalista has three sisters: Kayli, Kaianne and Kaydence, who are also involved on their family’s fairy farm. Brian McCullough Brian (Mac) McCullough is the 10 year old son of Chris & Kathie McCullough from Juda. He also has a sister named Rachel. Brian is in fourth grade at Juda Public School and a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club and Green County Juniors Holsteins. He enjoys showing at Green County Fair, Dairy Day, District and Championship shows and the Boone County Fair. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, wrestling and playing flag football. Rachel McCullough Rachel McCullough is the 12 year old daughter of Chris & Kathie McCullough from Juda. She also has a brother Brian (Mac). Rachel is in sixth grade at Juda Public School and a member of the Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H Club and Green County Junior Holsteins. She enjoys showing at County Fair, Dairy Day, District and Championship shows and the Boone County Fair. In her spare time, Rachel likes to go to shows and sales with her dad. Rachel has two heifers, Barbara and Crisco.

Lindsey Sarbacker Lindsey Sarbacker is the 12 year old daughter of David and Candi Sarbacker. Her family includes Ashlyn, age 9 and Cole, age 6. They live at Floydholm, an 80 acre farm near Edgerton where they house show heifers. Lindsey is a 7th grade student at St. Ann’s Catholic School in Stoughton. She has been on the Dane County Junior Team for Dairy Quiz Bowl and Dairy Judging. Lindsey is an active member of the Triangle Troopers 4-H club where she currently serves as club photographer. She enjoys showing multiple breeds of cattle, playing softball and showing sheep. Connor Siemers Connor is the 11 year old son of Dan and Janina Siemers. He has an older brother, Jordan. Connor is in sixth grade at Howards Grove Middle School. He is a member of the Manitowoc County, state and national Junior Holstein Associations, the Meeme Busy Badgers 4-H Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church. Connor has enjoyed learning dairy

facts in dairy bowl and had the great experience of giving his speech at the National Convention. Connor enjoys doing all of his jobs on the farm, showing calves, working with his sheep project, playing piano and reading. Collin Wille Collin is the 12 year old son of Jeff & Debbie Wille and has one older sister, Katie. He lives on a 40 cow Registered Holstein farm in Rice Lake and is a sixth grader at the Rice Lake Middle School. His dairy highlight was being a member of Barron County’s 2010 state winning junior dairy judging team. He enjoys showing, dairy judging, playing baseball and basketball as well as cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers.

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Nordic-Ridge Rudy Sheena EX-92 EEEEE

2-00 2x 365 24,500 3.5 866 3.3 797 ~ VG-87 2Y Talent daughter

2-10 2x 337 25,320 3.3 843 3.0 769 3-11 2x 361 26,980 3.1 842 3.1 826 ~ Bolton daughter ~ due in December to Beacon

Dam: Rayverley Leader Ezra-ET EX 2* 5-07 2x 365 35,472 4.7 1657 3.2 1123 Nominated 2007 Canadian Cow of the Year All-Canadian Mature Cow 2003 2nd Dam: Rayverley Prelude Evelyn-ET EX-2E 6* 10-04 2x 29,812 3.8 1122 3.0 884 Nominated 2006 Holstein Intl. Global Cow of the Year 3rd Dam: Rainyridge Talent Beauty EX-5E 8* 2x World Dairy Expo Supreme Champion 18–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

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JOLIAM DUNDEE PHOENIX 3035 EX-92 EX-MS 4-11 3x 305 38,760 5.4 2103 3.0 1154 365 43,800 5.3 2319 3.0 1334 4th National Fat Leader, 305d ~ Reserve Grand Champion, Wisconsin Junior State Fair 2008 - Packed pedigree! She’s a 5th generation Excellent and 4 generations over 40,000M - Packed performance! We are milking her VG-86 Shottle daughter and another Shottle just fresh. Both have Phoenix’s trademark size, frame, and fabulous high, wide rear udder. Her show winning Goldwyn daughter was the District 4 Reserve Junior Champion as a winter calf and earned 6th blue at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. - Making a legend! That balance of stylish type and consistent high production has made her a popular flush cow with daughters by Shottle, Goldwyn, Sanchez, Bookman, Jordon and Atwood on the ground with 22 offspring coming in 2012. Phoenix is creating a cow family legend at Selz-Pralle Dairy! Her daughters consistently share the tremendous size and dairy frame of their mother. Cows like this are easy to breed on and we’re looking forward with excitement as the “Phoenix” influence grows in our herd.


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Krull Dundee Ellory EX-93 3-05 2x 365 28,690 3.2 915 3.1 883 1st 5 Year Old & Grand Champion, NAILE Junior Show 2011 1st 5 Year Old, Intl. Junior Holstein Show 2011 Junior All-American Senior 3 Year Old 2009 Wisconsin Holstein Futurity winner 2009 Res. Intermediate Champion, Intl. Junior Holstein Show 2009 Res. Intermediate Champion, NAILE Junior Show 2009 Supreme Champion, WI Junior State Fair 2009 Nominated Junior All-American Senior 2 Year Old 2008 Dundee x EX-90 EX-MS Skychief Easter x EX-96 3E Elegance

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Rocher Jordan Snow-Red EX-93 4-01 2x 361 31,001 4.1 1256 3.3 1038 6-03 2x 305 26,339 4.1 1102 3.9 814 1st Aged Cow & Reserve Senior Champion, NAILE Junior R&W Show 2011 1st 125,000 lb. Cow, NAILE Open Show 2011 Junior All-American R&W Aged Cow 2010 Jordan x VG-86 Holbric Rubens Sarah-ET x VG-87 DOM x VG-89 GMD DOM x EX-94 3E GMD DOM x EX-95 3E GMD Continental Scarlet-Red

Krull Advent Smiley-Red-ET VG-89 3-01 2x 332 24,723 4.2 1049 3.1 766 inc. 1st Senior 3 Year Old, Reserve Intermediate & Reserve Grand Champion, NAILE Junior R&W Show 2011 5th Open Senior 3 Year Old, NAILE Open R&W Show 2011 2nd Junior Senior 3 Year Old, Grand Intl. R&W Show 2011 1st Senior 3 Year Old, Reserve Senior & Reserve Grand Champion, Midwest Spring R&W Junior Show 2011 2nd & 1st B&O Senior 3 Year Old, Midwest Spring R&W Open Show 2011 Advent x Snow-Red EX-93

Krull Debo Dreamgirl-Red-ET ~ fresh the end of August 1st Milking Fall Yearling, NAILE Open R&W Show 2011 Mr Burns x EX-91 Hauve Advent Dreamy-Red, Reserve Junior All-American Junior 2 Year Old 2009

Cassy, Bryce & Carley Krull W7175 Mansfield Rd., Lake Mills, WI 53551 Ph/Fax: 920-648-3720 RHA: 52 cows 24,803 3.8 939 3.1 729 BAA: 111.5% 19 PBR Awards

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Kyle Natzke & Angel-Cakes at World Dairy Expo

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Wisconsin Youth win 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at NAILE A team of four Wisconsin 4-H members was the top overall team at the Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition (N.A.I.L.E) in Louisville, KY on Sunday November 6. Eighty youth on 21 teams from across the USA competed at this event. The 4-H team from Wisconsin placed first overall and was the second place team for total reasons. The team was also first place in the Jersey breed and second place in the Guernsey, Brown Swiss and Holstein breeds and third in the Ayrshire breed. Team members were Ben Powers from Dunn County, John Klossner from Green County, Sara Harn and Lizi Endres, both from Dane County. They qualified to be members of this team at the State 4-H Dairy Judging contest in July being the top four individuals from the contest who were not on a team that had already qualified for a national contest. The team members were also successful individually with all four team members placing in the top ten for reasons and the top 15 overall. Ben was the champion individual in the overall contest, dropping only 9 total points in placings for the day, and was ninth in reasons. Lizi was the champion individual for reasons, talking a contest high of 49 points on the Jersey cow class, and was fifteenth overall. Sara was the third high individual overall and seventh in reasons and John was the seventh high individual overall and eighth in reasons. The teams’ win at Louisville comes after a long year of dairy judging for the four members who started practicing early this spring with their county programs and continued to practice with their county coaches and with Beth and Mark Heinze through the fall. Congratulations to the team members and to all of the volunteers and farms who helped make this team successful.

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS Next year join these Wisconsin Junior Holstein members who are attending UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course in 2011-2012! Zachary Meyer, Brandon Lexa Miller, Mount Horeb Douglas Moy, Evansville Scott Reineking, Plymouth Austen Schmidt, Cascade Michael Schoessow, Mequon* Nicholas Schuster, Fond du Lac William Solberg, Oregon Deanna Sterman, Hartford Gregory Zimdars, Ripon

Brent Bredlau, Granton Dillon Breyer, Birnamwood Bryan Cramer, Juda Megan Daluge, Janesville Garrett Goeller, Hartford Cole Hanson, River Falls Brett Hildebrandt, Hustisford* Danielle Jarvis, Wautoma Ryan Lauber, Union Grove Garrett Lederman, Brodhead Bret Long, New London

* Judging team members

Congratulations to the Short Course judging team on their 2nd place finish at the Louisville contest and 5th place finish at the World Dairy Expo contest. UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course November 5, 2012 - March 22, 2013 Now accepting applications until October 1, 2012! Plan to attend one of our upcoming Preview Days on February 15 or 16, 2012 Pre-register at

Experience a small-school feel with all the opportunities of a world-class university • “Hands-on” agricultural classes • World-renowned professors & instructors • Seven different curriculum options • One- and two-year certificates awarded • 17-week schedule during the nongrowing season • Over $135,000 of scholarships available

• Same student privileges as four-year UW-Madison students • Transferable college credits (up to 15) • Short Course residence halls located on the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences campus • Fellowship through shared agricultural backgrounds

Scholarship Deadline: April 1, 2012 Wisconsin’s winning NAILE team: (left to right) coaches Mark & Beth Heinze, Ben Powers, Josh Klossner, Lizi Endres and Sara Harn.

For more information, contact: UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course Ted Halbach, Director 1116 Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive Madison, WI 53706 (608) 263-3918 24–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

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Wisconsin’s Post-Secondary & Collegiate Agriculture Programs Farm & Industry Short Course UW-Farm and Industry Short Course Competes in Accelerated Genetics Judging Contest Two individuals from the UW- Farm and Industry Short Course successfully competed at the most recent Accelerated Genetics Dairy Judging Contest. Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford, Wis., was the highest placing member of the team, placing 7th High Individual overall and was also the 1st place individual of the Milking Shorthorn breed. Trent Styczynksi of Pulaski, Wis., was the other member of the team. The team was coached by Chad Wethal of Madison, Wis., and Brian Kelroy of Marshall, Wis. UW-Farm and Industry Short Course Places Fifth at National Post-Secondary Judging Contest The team from the UW-Farm and Industry Short Course had a very successful day at the most recent National Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held at the World Dairy Expo. As a team, UW-FISC placed 5th overall, 5th in oral reasons, 1st in Milking Shorthorns, 2nd in Holsteins, 2nd in Red and White Holsteins, and 5th in Jerseys. Madison Fisher of Newville, Penn., was the highest finisher on the team, as he was 3rd High Individual overall. Other members of the team included, Brett Hildebrandt, of Hustisford, Wis., and Mike Shoessow of Mequon, Wis. The team was coached by Chad Wethal of Madison, Wis. and Brian Kelroy of Marshall, Wis. UW-Farm and Industry Short Course Place 2nd in Close NAILE Post-Secondary Contest The UW-Farm and Industry Short Course team had another successful day of dairy judging, this time in Louisville, KY, at the North American International Livestock Exposition. The team came home as 2nd High Team overall, and placing 3rd in oral reasons. Additionally, the UW-FISC team placed 2nd in Brown Swiss, 1st in Guernseys, 2nd in Holsteins, and 4th in Jerseys. Trent Styczynski, of Pulaski, Wis., had a great day. Styczynski was 2nd High Individual overall, and was 4th in oral reasons. Trent was also 1st in Ayrshires and Brown Swiss, 4th in Guernseys, and 10th in Holsteins. Brett Hildebrandt of Hustisford, Wis., was 6th High Individual overall and 9th in oral reasons. Hildebrandt was also 9th in Brown Swiss, 3rd in Guernseys, and 5th in Holsteins. Madison Fisher, of Newville, Penn., was 9th High Individual overall and 7th in Ayrshires, 9th in Guernseys as well as 6th in Jerseys. Mike Schoessow of Mequon, Wis., was 12th High Individual overall, 8th in Brown Swiss, 6th in Guernseys, and 7th in Jerseys. The team was coached by Chad Wethal of Madison, Wis., and Brian Kelroy of Marshall, Wis. The Farm & Industry Short Course 2nd place team at NAILE - Coach Chad Wethal, Madison Fisher, Mike Schoessow, Trent Styczynski and Brett Hildebrandt.

Fox Valley Technical College If you are interested in learning Dairy Science in a family-like setting, then look no further than the Agriculture programs at Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC). Students interested in Dairy Science and/or Agronomy will enjoy their education in friendly surroundings. You may study Dairy Science or Agronomy in one of two outstanding programs, the two-year Associate Degree and Farm Operations. Along with these award winning programs, students may also participate in the Postsecondary Agriculture Students (PAS) club activities, dairy judging at the World Dairy Expo and the Wisconsin Crop Management Conference. Highlights and activities at Fox Valley Technical College in 26–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

Agriculture: • PAS Club state and national competitions • Dairy judging at World Dairy Expo • Wisconsin Crop Management conference • Midwest Dairy Challenge • Participation in Farm Technology Days • Hands-on learning environment including various field trips • Motivated instructors • Up-to-date computers with the latest in Dairy and Agronomy software including Dairy Comp 305, Snap-plus, Ag Leader SMS, Farm Works and Finpack If you are interested in learning more about the Agriculture programs at Fox Valley Technical College, feel free to contact: Kevin Rauchholz, Dairy Science Instructor Phone: 920-996-2885 E-mail: Randy Tenpas, Department Chair Phone: 920-735-5673 E-mail: Jason Fischer, Agronomy Instructor Phone: 920-831-4384 E-mail:

Lakeshore Technical College The Dairy Herd Management program at Lakeshore Technical College is located in Cleveland, Wis., in Southern Manitowoc County in the heart of a very progressive dairy area. We offer a nine month hands-on award winning training program. If you love cows, then this is the program for you. Our Dairy Herd Management program is designed to provide intensive training in the management of a profitable and progressive dairy farm. Through classroom instruction, laboratory training, site farms, and on-farm internship experience, students gain the skills and knowledge to perform the duties of a herd manager. Each student is assigned to a farm for supervised on-the-job/internship training. This paid internship experience involves a minimum of 21 hours a week working on the farm learning various skills from how to I.V. a cow to sire selection to treating for mastitis. These farms range in size from 80 cows to 3000 cows. In addition to the internship experiences, the site farms provide a one-on-one learning environment where a student is matched up with a contact person at pre-selected, large dairy farms. The student is “tutored” in that environment with training on the job. Such opportunities will include working with that farms’ record keeping system, treating sick cows, vaccinating, giving shots, drying off cows, checking fresh cows, trimming feet, working with “wet” calves, dehorning and tagging calves to name just a few of the skills. Students will rotate to fifteen or more different site farms through the course of their second semester. This provides actual on-the-job training for the students. A recent graduate was hired by one of the site farms to be their herdsperson. The site farm called her for the job, because of the skills they saw her perform during her site farm rotation. This program focuses on all aspects of dairy cattle management. Courses include Dairy Feeding, Milk Production, Dairy Cattle Industry, Genetic Principles, Reproduction Techniques; including A.I. training, Business Management, Dairy Cattle Management, Dairy Housing, Dairy Lab and others. Class sizes are set at 18 students for intensive hands-on training. About half of the class is women. Tours are taken to 50-60 farms and agri-businesses during the nine months of the program. These tours range from viewing cheese plants, dairy goat operations, crossbred, seasonal grazing herds, a 3,500 cow rotary parlor dairy, a robotic milking set up, high scoring BAA registered herds, and family sized dairies. Students come from all across the state as well as other states and countries. This year students are from throughout Wisconsin as well as from California, Massachusetts, and Alberta, Canada Graduates are employed as herdspersons, dairy herd managers, farm owners, A.I. technicians, DHI supervisors, and feed and nutrition consultants. The annual salary from last year was $33,194. Not a bad return on a nine month investment! Graduate JeriLynn Zutz of Valders, Wisconsin says: “I chose LTC because of the hands-on learning experiences provided. In the Dairy Herd Management program, I love that we tour farms and see

how farm expansions have changed over the years and how farms have gotten to where they are today. It really is an eye-opening experience if you are looking to get into the agriculture industry. The best career advice I’ve received is to choose a career you are going to enjoy and it won’t even feel like a job.” Students may join the Dairy Club which is an active club that promotes dairying and agriculture throughout the nation and provides leadership opportunities for its members. Activities include judging at World Dairy Expo, skills contests, club tours, club banquets, fund raising activities (including clipping cows), and state and national competitions in the Post-Secondary Agriculture Student (PAS) organization. This year students will have the opportunity to travel to Iowa for the National PAS conference. In addition, this will be the sixth year we will participate in the Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge. In September, two judging teams participated in the Practical Judging Post-Secondary Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. A team of Alycia Preder (Belgium, WI), Donna Wilterdink (Sheboygan Falls, WI), Devon Simmelink (Alberta, Canada), and Nathan Wolf (Fond du Lac, WI), were the high team overall in the Practical Contest. They also placed first in the Commercial Heifers and third in the Registered Heifers. In addition Alycia Preder was the first place individual in the linear contest with the team being second. The team of Darlene Arens (Plymouth, WI), Martin Ford (Pembroke, MA), Jacob Eis (Manitowoc, WI), and Tania Grobman (Sheboygan, WI), placed fifth in the Linear and Registered portion, and were third in the Commercial Heifers leading to a fifth place overall in the Practical Contest. This ranks up there as being one of our best judging year’s ever. LTC’s High Team Overall in the Practical Contest at WDE - Taylor Weisensel representing Miller Ag-Bag, Alycia Preder, Donna Wilterdink, Devon Simmelink and Nathan Wolf. A team consisting of Kelly Donohue (Waldo, WI), Claire Scholten (Lake Mills, WI), and Jessica Bucheger (Kewaskum, WI) participated in the Traditional Judging Contest. Kelly Donohue was high individual in the Jersey breed with the team placing third. Claire Scholten was also fourth individual in the Milking Shorthorns. The other team consisted of Niki Holder (Camarilo, CA), Kate Fechter (Fredonia, WI), and Alyssa Elsila Dr. Ole Meland presents the (Saukville, WI). Several students were high individual in the Jersey pretty new to judging so this was a great breed to Kelly Donahue. learning opportunity. LTC also has a Dairy Herd Alumni Club, which is unique in Wisconsin. It establishes the bond between past and present students. Activities include summer picnics, field trips, fund raisers, banquets, and newsletters with career opportunities. The Alumni Club celebrated its 25th anniversary in January 2010. Feel free to contact us at any time, ( about setting up a visit to our campus. For more information, contact: Lakeshore Technical College, Everett Yoap, Peshtigo, Wis., receives the Hoard’s Dairyman award at the LTC club banquet in April as “the most outstanding student in the class who will be the most beneficial asset to the dairy industry.” This is a peer selected award based on criteria of character, academics, and community involvement. Making the presentation is Patti Hurtgen, online media department head at Hoard’s Dairyman magazine.

Attn: Sheryl Nehls, Dairy Herd Management Instructor (e-mail:, 1290 North Avenue, Cleveland, WI 53015; 920-693-1258, 1-888-468-6582 (toll free);

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College Located among the beautiful hills and valleys of southwestern Wisconsin, Southwest Tech is a comprehensive technical college standing ready to offer you excellent educational opportunities, a broad array of support services, and a student-friendly atmosphere. Southwest Tech supports over forty different programs; and the backbone of our campus is agriculture. These programs have been part of the fabric of our campus for over forty years. We have four cornerstone programs: the Farm Business Production Management Program and three full time on campus programs that include the Agribusiness Science Technology program (2 year Associate degree), the Agriculture Power and Technician Program (2 year Associate Degree) and the Dairy Herd Management Program (1 year diploma). Another option for students interested in pursuing a career in the industry but feel that a one year diploma may not be enough is to enroll in the Individualized Technical Studies Associate Degree (ITS). This option pairs the Dairy Herd curriculum with selected classes in the Ag-Bus program along with twenty credits of general education to graduate with an associate degree in agriculture emphasizing production agriculture. Farm Business Production Management (FBPM), the off campus adult education program, services our five county rural communities through program curriculum (held during the winter months). This program is designed to meet the ongoing challenges in agriculture in southwest Wisconsin. These instructors also provide on-farm assistance in financial management, nutrient management, livestock production and forward planning and marketing of agricultural commodities. Day seminars held on our campus for full time students and agriculture producers round out the FBPM program. Students choosing Southwest Tech to continue their education in agriculture will find that programs are designed to be hands-on and practical. Did you know that an instructor employed by SWTC has to have over 1800 hours of background experience in their discipline before beginning their employment? Did you know that we have to do continuing education in our program areas? Yes, that’s right! The lead dairy herd management instructor, Jeff Dornink, milks cows and our Ag business instructor, Paul Cutting, runs a grain farm in central Wisconsin. Even our adjunct instructor, Christina Winch, is required to meet the same requirements and she does the farm books and feeds calves daily. We know how to get our hands dirty and share the practical knowledge coupled with progressive program curriculum to give you what you need to succeed in the industry. Speaking of which, when you come to our campus you won’t find a farm used for instruction. So how do we accomplish the handson education that you can be so proud of ? If you choose Dairy Herd Management as a major we do weekly field trips that will put you right on those successful area dairy farms. Not only do you get to ask the input of these producers put you get to see the facilities, learn their management style and if there is a teachable moment you might even get to diagnose a D.A.. Last year’s students were asked to visit an Illinois producer to do a SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, and Threat) analysis. That producer and his family valued today’s students’ opinion enough to open his doors to them for the day! Ok, so you may be asking where is the fun? After all education is supposed to be fun, right! Our largest on campus agricultural group is PAS (Post-Secondary Agriculture Students) in which the students have the opportunity to attend the fall leadership Conference, the Spring Competitive Events Conference and the National PAS Conference. Each of the Wisconsin based events rotate among the various campuses throughout the technical college system. The national conference rotates through three different regions of the United States so if you’ve ever wondered what Hershey Pennsylvania has to offer or what Dairy farming is like in Idaho Falls, Idaho attending a National PAS Conference is for you! Every on-campus student has the opportunity to be a member and become involved with PAS. The Dairy Herd students also have the opportunity to compete in the Midwest Dairy Challenge. Students that take this challenge get wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011-27

the opportunity to work with other students enrolled in agriculture programs. Try your hand at a SWOT analysis and find out if what you see will make difference in a producer’s operation. Maybe you’d like an opportunity to walk across the colored shavings at World Dairy Expo working the ethics committee. Southwest Tech students take their turn at this task on Wednesday during the Jersey show. Think of this as an opportunity to rub elbows with the acclaimed dairy professionals of the industry at World Dairy Expo. Check out this exciting news! Southwest Tech has been designated as one of the top ten two-year schools for growth rate. We have one of the highest graduation rates in the Wisconsin Technical College System. To top off those accolades, we have given our campus a face lift, adding a thirty six million dollar building project that includes state of the art classrooms and buildings for the Health Sciences, Agriculture Power, Automotive Technician programs, and a new child care center. This spring we anticipate finishing our new Emergency Services Facility. Check out our website at and find out what your next step would be with a career in agriculture at Southwest Tech!

Midwest regional ADSA to our campus community for an educational and fun-filled weekend. Over 450 students were in attendance at the weekend event. The event was coordinated by two students, Tracy Loos and Jill Cowles. The weekend was a tremendous success for all and our institution received many compliments from students and faculty from across the Midwest. A team of four seniors participated in the national Dairy Challenge in April and received the highest possible award... 1st Platinum! A total of 30 undergraduate teams participated in the event, held in Hickory, North Carolina and four teams from that group were awarded the platinum distinction. The UWRF team members include Alex Geiser (Hilbert), Leonard Polzin (Cadott), Paul Lippert (Pittsville), and Anne Spillman (Dennison, MN). The UWRF team was coached Drs. Sylvia Kehoe and Dennis Cooper.

UWRF Dairy Challenge team - 1st Platinum award Front row: Anne Spillman and coach Dr. Dennis Cooper; Back row: Paul Lippert, Alex Geiser, and Lenny Polzin

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Graduates of the Dairy Herd Management program through Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Rice Lake have gone on to enjoy careers ranging from operating their own dairy farms to employment as artificial insemination technicians, managing calf raising operations, and as a financial advisor in a farm tax accounting firm. Located in the heart of northwestern Wisconsin dairy country in Barron County, the program is taught by Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, DVM, a veterinarian of sixteen years with special interest in dairy cattle and instructor of the program for the past six years. Students also benefit from the expertise of other dairy industry professionals such as DHI regional managers, FSA and commercial lenders, and dairy farm-site engineers. Another valuable experience for students is a two day collaboration with the Wisconsin Johne’s Disease control department where students lead on-farm assessment of disease risk management practices on area dairy farms. Critical to student success post graduation is the internship program where students integrate classroom concepts with on-farm work experience and bring their practical experiences into classroom discussions. Along with their internship experience, student learning is enhanced by tours of area dairy farms and businesses that feature innovative management strategies and technologies. These experiences include tours of dairies utilizing composted bedding packs for dairy cows, cross ventilated barns, and manure digesters that convert dairy waste products into electricity. To keep up to date on class activities and student learning search Facebook for WITC Dairy Herd Management and its’ college web page at

University of Wisconsin-River Falls Student success, dedicated faculty and staff, and hosting Midwest ADSA... these three items summarize the past year for the Dairy Science program at UWRF! Total enrollment within our programs in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) continues to grow with over 1,400 students! Originally established to serve the need for trained teachers in the state of Wisconsin, CAFES has evolved to a program that offers diverse training across all fields of interest. A total of 15 different major fields of study are offered including Dairy Science, Animal Science, Crop and Soil Science, Ag Business, Ag Education, Horticulture, and Marketing Communications. Two major events kept everyone busy early in the year. Our institution served as host for the Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge. The Dairy Challenge is an educational event for undergraduate students at two and four-year institutions and puts dairy science students on commercial farms in the role of advisor and consultant. Dr. Sylvia Kehoe took the lead role in pulling this together and worked many hours to make it successful. The event was attended by 16 institutions from the Upper Midwest. Two weeks later, the UWRF Dairy Club welcomed members of the student affiliate division of the 28–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

The dairy cattle judging teams finished another excellent season in 2011. A talented group of seniors (Juli Cooper, DeForest; Mary Johnson, Cushing; Ben Kinnard, Sturgeon Bay; Sara Larson, New Richland, MN; Paul Lippert, Pittsville) competed in contests in Harrisburg and Madison. The teams finished fourth and eleventh overall at Harrisburg and Madison, respectively. Later in the fall season, the junior team (Elizabeth Byers, West Lafayette, IN; Labecca Johnson, LaCrescent, MN; Kirstie Langrehr, West Salem, WI; Zach VonRuden, Claremont, MN) traveled to Louisville, KY and tied for third overall. The judging season was a true success.

UWRF Expo Judging team: (left to right) Dr. Steve Kelm (coach), Mary Johnson, Ben Kinnard, Sara Larson, and Paul Lippert

On Saturday, March 3, 2012 the UWRF Dairy Club will host its bi-annual sale featuring Holstein heifers and embryo packages consigned from top breeders across Wisconsin and the surrounding states. The ‘Falcon Premier’ sale has been an excellent opportunity to purchase some truly outstanding cattle and provides tremendous experience for our students as they manage almost every aspect of the sale. Mark your calendars now... you won’t want to miss it! We hope to see you then and extend an invitation to visit us at anytime!

University of Wisconsin-Madison UW-Madison Wins Big at Accelerated Genetics Judging Contest Dairy cattle judges representing 16 different teams competed in the eighteenth annual Accelerated Genetics Dairy Cattle Judging Contest held Sunday September 18, 2011 in Viroqua, Wis. UWMadison was represented well by two successful teams – Team Cardinal and Team White. Team Cardinal led the pack with 3 individuals in the top 5 overall. Leading the team was Abbey Wethal of Brooklyn, Wis. Wethal was High Individual overall and was also High Individual in oral reasons. Abbey was followed closely by teammate Ryan O’Leary of Fond du Lac, Wis., who was 2nd High

Individual overall. Mitch Kappelman of Manitowoc, Wis., was 4th High Individual overall and 8th in oral reasons. Genevieve Dryak of Taylor, Wis., was the fourth member of UW-Madison Team Cardinal. Breinne Hendrickson of Belleville, Wis., led the way for UW-Madison Team White, as 5th high Individual overall, therefore allowing UWMadison to take up 4 of the top 5 spots in the contest. Cara Biely of Reedsville, Wis., was the other member of the UW-Madison Team White. The team was coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal.

UW-Madison Accelerated Genetics’ Judging Contest teams: (seated) Cara Biely & Breinne Hendrickson; (back) coach Chad Wethal, Ryan O’Leary, Genevieve Dryak, Abbey Wethal and Mitch Kappleman UW-Madison comes out on top at the All-American Judging Contest The long drive was well worth the wait, as UW-Madison cleared a competitive field of 14 teams at the All-American Dairy judging Contest, held in Harrisburg, PA. The winning team was led by the High Individual of the contest – Danielle Brown of Dodgeville, Wis. Brown was also 3rd in Ayrshires, 4th in Guernseys, 4th in Jerseys, and 10th in oral reasons. Danielle was followed closely by teammate Carissa Levash of Brillion, Wis., who was 3rd High Individual overall. Levash was also 1st in Guernseys, 5th in Holsteins, and 6th in oral reasons. Laura Elliott of Marshall, Wis., was 13th in oral reasons and 23rd high individual overall. The fourth member of the team was Chelsea Brander of Spring Green, Wis. Brander was 1st in Holsteins and 9th in oral reasons. The team was coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal. Agriculture Secretary George Greig stands with UWMadison team members Laura Elliott, Danielle Brown, Carissa Levash, Chelsea Brander and coach Brian Kelroy. The team won the collegiate division of the 43rd Invitational Youth Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at the 2011 All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg. UW-Madison Places Fourth in a tight National Dairy Judging Contest, Claiming High Individual for the Third Time This Season The team consisting of Carissa Levash, Laura Elliott, Chelsea Brander, and Danielle Brown finished 4th in a close race at the 2011 National Dairy Cattle Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo. Carissa Levash of Brillion, Wis., led the team and was named High Individual. Levash was also 4th in oral reasons, 2nd in Guernseys, and 10th in Holsteins. Laura Elliott of Marshall, Wis., earned AllAmerican honors, being 20th High Individual overall, and was also 6th in Holsteins. Chelsea Brander of Spring Green, Wis., placed 26th High Individual overall. The team was also 4th on oral reasons, 5th in Brown Swiss, 4th in Jerseys, 3rd in Holsteins, 5th in Milking Shorthorns, and 2nd high team in Red and White Holsteins. The UW-Madison World Dairy Expo team: coach Brian Kelroy, Laura Elliott, Carissa Levash, Chelsea Brander, Danielle Brown and coach Chad Wethal

team was coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal. UW-Madison places well among top teams at the NAILE Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest The dairy cattle judges from UW-Madison showed strong consistency to come out in the top group of a 16-team field at the North American International livestock Exposition Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held November 6th in Louisville, KY. The team of Juniors consisted of Hayden Hauschildt of Ellsworth Wis., Jake Brey of Sturgeon Bay Wis., Ryan O’Leary of Fond du Lac Wis., and Abbey Wethal of Brooklyn Wis. Hayden Hauschildt was 3rd high individual overall and 2nd in oral reasons. Hauschildt was also 1st in Guernseys and 5th in Jerseys. Brey was 29th high individual. The team placed 8th overall, 7th in oral reasons, 4th in Ayrshires, 6th in Guernseys, 9th in Holsteins, and 2nd in Jerseys. The team was coached by Brian Kelroy and Chad Wethal. UW-Madison NAILE team: Hayden Hauschildt, Jake Brey, Ryan O’Leary, Abbey Wethal and coach Chad Wethal

“Dairy Judging is a long standing tradition at the University of Wisconsin –Madison and Brian and I take great pride in being able to be a part of this tradition,” said Chad Wethal, UW-Madison Dairy Judging Co-Coach. The success of our students wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Dairy Science Department, the farms that we visit from all over the State of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois, the students’ families, and of course the hard work and dedication that our students put forth throughout the whole year. We are already planning for the upcoming year and look forward to an exciting 2012!

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Wisconsin’s team effort leads to National 4-H Dairy Bowl win At the 32nd annual North American 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest, held at the famous North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, November 5, 17 teams were in attendance. Wisconsin’s Polk County four-person dairy quiz bowl team topped the competition in their first national contest competition. The Dairy Bowl program encourages youth to increase their dairy knowledge as they prepare for the contest. They learn life skills - critical thinking, decision-making, problem solving, communication skills, and independent thinking – when preparing for competition. They also gain knowledge in dairy nutrition, milk quality, herd health, breeding and genetics, marketing, dairy foods, and calf raising. Dairy bowls have an extensive reach at the local, state, and national level. Polk County’s senior dairy bowl team topped the state 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Contest in February, earning the right to represent Wisconsin at the national contest. The Polk County team members are Bethany and Ethan Dado of Amery, Brett Getschel and Chris Rassier, both of Osceola. The national 4-H contest is different than many breed dairy bowl contests. A 50 question (short-answer) written test is taken the night before the contest and counts the next day. Scores from five questions from each team member is tallied for each round, for a possible 100 points per round. However, the actual scores that the team earned on the test are not known. Only the two scorekeepers are privy to those numbers until they are revealed Brett Getschel, Bethany Dado, Chris Rassier, after the team and tossand Ethan Dado study prior to the written test up questions have been answered. Another set of points is earned when answering the discussion questions. During this time, team members can discuss their answers to five questions and the team captain provides the group’s collaborative answers to the panel of three judges. The 20 toss-up questions are when the individual team members can buzz in and showcase their areas of knowledge. After three different team members correctly answer a question, a four-part bonus question is offered to that team only. If all parts are correct a maximum of 20 points are rewarded. If segments are correct, partial credit it given. The judges are all university professors or dairy extension specialists. And, that was the deciding factor... Wisconsin’s balanced team approach earned them 40 bonus points to New York’s 10. In the final round, Wisconsin’s Chris Rassier correctly answered toss-up question #19 with “manure”, earning 15 points, which gave Wisconsin a bonus, which the team answered correctly. Those 35 points, pushed them past New York to win 275-265. Wisconsin went undefeated through five rounds of competition. New York’s was seeking its tenth national championship, but fell just short, loosing its only two matches to Wisconsin to take second. Third place went to Minnesota, followed by Maryland, Iowa, and Illinois earned honorable mention. The Polk county team members have 22 years of cumulative dairy bowl experience. And each member has four state final round appearances between 4-H and Junior Holstein contests. “They needed all of the lessons from every one of their practices and contests to manage the high-pressure situations today,” remarked their coach of eight years, Patti Hurtgen. “They all know what it feels like to walk away without the final win. I wanted them to finally know the exhilaration of winning that has previously eluded them.” Brett Getschel, a graduate of Osceola High School attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. In addition to his dairy bowl experience, Brett is an accomplished dairy cattle judge, earning “AllAmerican” status at the 2010 National 4-H contest. In May, he helped his Osceola FFA Dairy Judging Team earn 2nd place overall in the Wisconsin FFA. He placed in the top 6 in the National Dairy Jeopardy contest in 2010. Brett lives on a 60-cow dairy with his parents and three siblings. He not only works with the cows, but is heavily involved 30–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

with the crop production on the farm. His knowledge of soils, crops, and fertilizer was a huge asset to the team. Bethany Dado began her senior year this fall. In 2010, she was the High Individual in the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. Dado just completed her reign as Amery’s 1st Princess. Bethany currently serves as President of Amery FFA and represented Wisconsin at the National FFA Convention in the Creed Speaking Contest in 2009. She also placed 2nd in the state FFA Discussion Meet in 2011. Ethan Dado is a junior at Amery High School and the most experienced team member, with seven years of dairy bowl under his belt. He was the 3rd High Individual at the 2011 Wisconsin FFA Dairy Judging Contest. Ethan was also a member of Wisconsin’s top 4-H dairy judging team last year. In the National Dairy Jeopardy Contest, Ethan placed 4th in the Intermediate division in 2010. He serves as Treasurer of Amery FFA and is a valuable member of Amery’s track and cross-country teams. Bethany and Ethan live on a 450 Registered Holstein dairy. They are very involved with the calf and heifer care on the farm. They do the feeding and vaccinating, as well as the cleaning of calf huts and heifer barn. During field work time, they both operate the skidsteers and tractors. Osceola’s Chris Rassier has been participating in dairy bowl for six years. This senior wrestles at Osceola High School and was part of Osceola’s 2nd place FFA Dairy Judging Team in 2011. Chris’ showmanship skills earned him an opportunity to compete in the very first showmanship contest at the Wisconsin Championship Show in 2010. His educational display took the top spot in the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s contest and advanced to national competition in 2009. Chris’ first-hand dairy knowledge comes through his managerial 4-H project at Horse Creek Holsteins in Star Prairie, Wis., where he has had the opportunity to work on the dairy. And just like his teammates, he has shown animals at the county and state fair. The team’s coach, Patti Hurtgen does not live in Polk County; she resides in Fort Atkinson, five hours away. She relies on Gwen Dado and Ginny Rassier to do a lot of the face-to-face practices. The distance makes group practices more difficult, and each practice has greater significance. The team has skype sessions, receives email blasts, has facebook chats, and YouTube videos to watch. Teams attended the awards banquet on Saturday evening where the top 6 teams were recognized. The participants with the highest written test score from the night before were also announced. Wisconsin’s Brett Getschel earned 6th on the written test, outpacing his teammates, with Ethan in eighth, and Chris in ninth. The Dairy Quiz Bowl started in 1980, and has always been held in conjunction with the North American International. That exposition is the largest purebred livestock exposition in the world. Sponsors of this contest include American Dairy Science Association, Down Home Jerseys in Virginia, Farm Credit Services, National Dairy Shrine, North American International Livestock Exposition, Select Sires, Hoard’s Dairyman.

The Polk County Quiz Bowl team (left to right): coach Gwen Dado, Bethany Dado, Brett Getschel, Ethan Dado, Chris Rassier, coach Ginny Rassier, and coach Patti Hurtgen

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District 3 Report Watch for your chance to advertise & promote your county association in future issues. The January issue will feature District 7 - Brown, Door, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menomonie, Oconto, Outagamie, Waupaca & Waushara counties.

Crawford County 2011 Adult Membership: 32; Jr. Membership: 16 Adult Association officers - President: Randy Moret; Vice President: Terry Steger; Secretary: Kayla Moret; Treasurer: Tom Kearns; Membership: Marsha Ellefson; Sale Chairs: Greg Moret & Dave Fischer; Jr Advisor: Char Steger.

and he participated in Cow Camp this year. Some of the other shows that the Richland County Juniors exhibited in were Richland County Fair, State Fair, State Championship Holstein Show, Viola Dairy Show, Ithaca and River Valley School Fair, NAILE and the Hillsboro Dairy Show. They also had a silent auction and a semen sale to benefit the Junior Program. They also had a food stand at the KishHolm Sale in June to help with some of the expenses for State convention.

Grant County 2011 Adult Membership: 85; Jr. Membership: 14 Adult Association officers - President: Andy Buttles; Vice President: Troy Noble; Secretary: Steve Mergen; Treasurer: Chris Moore; Directors: John Hamilton, Kim Esser, Jeremy Holthaus; Jr Advisor: Suzie Jackson. Junior Association officers - President: Becky Steffensmeier; Vice President: Andrea Pagenkopf; Secretary: Charlie Hamilton; Treasurer: Abriana Errthum; Directors: Cordt Esser, CJ Moore, Andraya Errthum.

Iowa County 2011 Adult Membership: 69; Jr. Membership: 25 Adult Association officers - President: Jason James; Vice President: Mark Weier; Secretary/ Treasurer: Jim Parish. Junior Association officers - President: Sean Brown; Vice President: Jessica James; Secretary: Carissa Tolzman; Reporter: Kennedy Stumpf; Jr Advisor: Angela Brown. The Iowa County Holstein Breeders hold an annual awards and recognition banquet to present awards for outstanding achievement. We also have a semen auction every year with the proceeds benefitting the juniors. Our juniors participate in many of the contests at junior convention including dairy bowl and dairy jeopardy.

Lafayette County 2011 Adult Membership: 58; Jr. Membership: 26 Adult Association officers - President: Kim Voigts; Vice President: Mike VanSchyndle; Secretary: Stacy Balbach; Treasurer: Ryan Weigel; Directors: Kerry Gratz, Bill Calvert & Dean Kammes. Junior Association officers - President: Tina Barton; Vice President: Nick Hilby; Secretary/ Treasurer: Logan Voigts; Reporter: Emily Reuter; Jr Advisor: Kelle Calvert. The Lafayette County Junior Holstein Breeders had a busy year as always. In the spring, we hosted a fitting/clipping workshop at the Calvert Farm. Demonstrations were given on washing, showing, clipping, and toplines. Attendance was great and kids took a lot of useful information home with them. Four members attended Cow Camp in the spring and had a wonderful time. With the summer came an abundance of showing by many of the members at county, district, state, and several local fairs. The county fair was a success with the association bringing home all of the Holstein championship awards. Members also constructed a very educational display about cheese for fair-goers to check out. With a successful brat sale, we were able to purchase a set of buzzers to use for dairy bowl practice. We have started practices back up for the fall and should have good representation on all levels at convention. We are currently having a popcorn fundraiser to pay for convention fees. At our annual meeting in November, Emily Reuter received an award for the best project record book and Logan Voigts was voted the Outstanding Member for 2011.

Richland County 2011 Adult Membership: 36; Jr. Membership: 17 Adult Association officers - President: Jody Cornell; Vice President: Allen Rippchen; Secretary: Ryan Keller; Treasurer: Mark Turgasen; Director: Rachel Turgasen. Junior Association officers - President: Devin Kepler; Vice President: Cody Jump; Secretary: Sierra Lurvey; Treasurer: Heidi Solchenberger; Directors: Julie Eberle, Jacob Joseph, Grant Fremstad & Tyler Moore; Jr Advisor: Dana Kepler. The Richland County Juniors kicked off the new year with State Convention. Richland County had two senior teams and one junior Dairy Quiz Bowl team, with several member participating in Dairy Jeopardy. The kids took home numerous awards in the Arts and Crafts and Photography department. Richland County hosted the District 3 Holstein show in June. The juniors promoted dairy products by handing out milk and cookies the morning of the show to exhibitors and spectators. The Junior Show Grand Champion and Junior Champion were both exhibited by Grant Fremstad. Grant also exhibited the Supreme Champion at the Richland County Fair 32–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

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WISCONSIN MADISON Dairy Science STUDENT PROFILE Name: Claire Ohman Hometown: Plymouth, WI High School: Plymouth High School Class Size: 295 Farm: Rocky Pines Oasis show hogs & beef Major: Dairy Science Why did you decide to attend UW-Madison? Choosing to attend the UW-Madison was one of the best and easiest decisions that I have ever made. Being raised on a family farm where we raised hogs and beef, I wanted to diversify myself in college and learn about another facet of production agriculture; UW Madison has an outstanding reputation for producing leaders in the dairy industry, as well as cutting edge research. The Dairy Science Department has inspired my passion for the dairy industry and made me feel right at home. What has been your most memorable college experience? I have been very fortunate to have had several exceptional internships, including Kraft Foods, Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW) and Elanco Animal Health. During my internship with PDPW, I have had the opportunity to be surrounded by countless passionate dairy producers who are committed to the constant improvement of the dairy industry. With Elanco, I found my passion for technology in agriculture and its importance in providing high quality protein sources the increasingly hungry world. What has been your favorite course? My favorite course has definitely been Dairy Herd Management. Since I did not grow up with dairy, much of the information was new; the steep learning curve made the course very exciting! Course subjects varied biweekly and included calf care, nutrition, records management, financing, and several others. What are your future career goals? Upon graduation in May of 2012, I hope to either continue my research in meat science as a master’s student or begin a career in an Ag or Pharmaceutical Sales role.

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Some Reasons to give Thanks this Fall... October 21 • Bosside Tag Sale #2 Sale Report: 33 out of 42 head sold for a $2365 average on only calves, heifers & embryo lots November 9 • 155 of our cows left to help Badger Holsteins of Unity fill their new barn. Best of luck to the Larry Meyer Family on your expansion. Thank you very much for your trust in our genetics! Merry Christmas and wishing all Holstein friends a healthy and blessed new year!

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2012 Junior Holstein Convention

Scholarship Auction

“Rockin’ in the Northwoods”

WHA will be hosting an auction during the banquet Thursday night at Convention in order to raise money for our Scholarship Fund. We awarded $12,000 in scholarships this past year to our members! A few of the great auction items to bid on are: • Bonnie Mohr Certificate • Framed Bonnie Mohr Print • 2 Sets of (2) Tickets UW Men's B-B-Ball Tickets - Saturday, February 4th against Ohio State (Ranked 3rd) - Sunday, March 4th against Fighting Illini • Pair of UW Men’s Hockey Tickets - February 18th against Denver University • Andis Progress Cattle Clippers • The Doctor’s House - 4 nights midweek lodging in winter or 1 week summer lodging for up to 12 people

Time is running out to sign-up for the Junior Holstein Convention December 28-30, 2011. Clark County is hosting the event at The Plaza Hotel & Suites in Eau Claire, WI. Please remember to have your 2012 Junior Membership paid and the Junior Membership Agreement into the office before Convention. You can find all the forms and details on our website Sign-up Today! The Plaza Hotel & Suites, Eau Claire, WI Room Reservations, call: 1-800-482-7829 $95 + tax/night Room block under “Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention”

Junior Convention Schedule Event times are tentative and may change before convention Wednesday, December 28 9:30 a.m. DJM Interviews 10:00 a.m. Convention Registration Contest Registration – Dairy Jeopardy, Speaking, Princess, DJM, Dairy Bowl Contest Room open for entries and Caucus discussion board 11:00 a.m. Dairy Jeopardy Roll Call for Contests Junior Dairy Jeopardy Intermediate Dairy Jeopardy Senior Dairy Jeopardy Noon Lunch On Your Own 1:00 p.m. Speaking Contest – all ages 4:00 p.m. WHA Junior Forum 1. County Roll Call (Bell-R-Ring) this year’s theme is “Cow Country Hit” 2. Presentation of Junior Progressive Breeder & Long Range Production Awards 3. District Caucuses 5:30 p.m. Dairy Bowl Seating Exam and Coaches Meeting 6:15 p.m. Depart for Action City Thursday, December 29 7:45 a.m. Dairy Bowl Judges’ orientation Junior Dairy Bowl County Roll Call 8:00 a.m. Junior Dairy Bowl Contest 10:00 a.m. Princess Interviews 11:30 a.m. Princess Luncheon Junior Trip Winners, Graduate Recognition, Top Speaking Contestants introduced, Top Dairy Jeopardy Contestants introduced 12:45 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Roll Call 1:00 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Contest 7:30 p.m. Rock ’n Roll Banquet - 12 & Under, YMR, DJM Awards, Princess announced Friday, December 30 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Contest Room Results 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting & JAC Elections Junior & Senior Dairy Bowl Finals

Junior Activities Committee Do you have questions about running for the Junior Activities Committee (JAC) – don’t hesitate to call the WHA office 1-800-2234269 or talk to a JAC. JAC contact information is on the WHA website or in the Junior Journal. 34–wisconsin HOLSTEIN news/December 2011

More items are being added to the auction list daily. Check our listing on the WHA website to see the full list. Support our outstanding Juniors by bidding on great items donated by our industry partners! The 2012 WHA Scholarship applications will be due March 1, 2012. Check out our site after January 1, 2012 for the latest materials.

Contest Room Reminder Are your contest room entries ready to travel to the “Northwoods”? Time is running out. All you have to do is bring your entries with you to convention and check them in. A complete list of rules and regulations on the following contests can be found in the back of the Junior Handbook. Look for the link on the Awards Form page on our website. - Advertising Contest - Arts & Crafts Contest - Photo Contest - Folding Display (must be free-standing) - Scrapbook - Digital Scrapbook (participant is responsible for all the set-up and equipment) - Milk-Jug Penny Wars

Junior Raffle Hit the highways, call a friend or even ask grandma... whatever it takes to sell your raffle tickets before convention. Each county earns a $1 for every raffle ticket sold and Holsti-bucks. It’s a great way to support your county and the Association at the same time! A special thank you to Sandy-Valley Holsteins, the Bauer Families, for donating the grand prize heifer!

Earn Holsti-Bucks this December! Watch our website in December for frequent Holsti-Buck Corners, new ones may appear weekly or bi-weekly. It will be a great way to earn some quick bucks for the Holsti-Buck auction at the dance. Also, introduce yourself to our new Member Services Manager, Larry Nelson at Convention to earn additional Bucks! You have to tell him your name and the county you are from in order to get some!

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ACKY WPoint of View Editor’s Comments

Another year with Wisconsin Holsteins has passed and it’s been another successful, productive year for our members. Thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors that help to make WHA programs, awards and shows possible. I would also like to thank all of the advertisers that supported the magazine this past year and to everyone who contributed to the News - either by sending in info for an issue or allowing us to interview you for a story. This month’s issue is all about the junior members - from YMR and 12 & Under award winners to all the success of Wisconsin’s judging teams, I’m sure you’ll be impressed with the junior members featured in this issue. We’ve also included reports from several of our post-secondary and collegiate agriculture schools for those students making a decision about where to further their education. And be sure to take a look at all the junior ads in this issue - another reminder of all the success our junior members have had this year. As we look forward to the coming year, I’d like to encourage you to start thinking about putting together a marketing plan for 2012. By signing up for one of our advertising packages, you’ll save money on each ad you place during the year... and packages start with as few as four ads per year! If you haven’t advertised in the past and are thinking about it or have any questions, feel free to call or email me anytime. I would be glad to help you come up with a plan for one or a whole series of ads for next year. The January issue will feature District 7 and the Waupaca-Waushara Holstein Breeders who are hosting the 2012 Adult Convention in February. We’ll also be talking about some of the activities of the Young Adult Committee and encourage the young breeders of the association to advertise the highlights of their herds. Ad reservations for the January issue will be due December 9. Until next time...




December 2011 Classifying in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Rock & Walworth counties 5 Barron Fall Sale, Barron Pavilion 28-30 Junior Holstein Convention, Eau Claire, hosted by Clark County January 2012 Classifying in Langlade, Marathon, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara & Winnebago counties 1 2014 WHA Futurity entries due to WHA office 15 Top Performer entries due to WHA office February 2012 Classifying in Adams, Crawford, Juneau, LaCrosse, Monroe, Portage, Richland, Sauk, Vernon & Wood counties 24-25 Wisconsin Holstein Convention, Waupaca 24 Holstein USA Region 5 meeting, Waupaca 24 Wisconsin Holstein Covention Futures Sale, Waupaca March 2012 Classifying in Barron, Buffalo, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, St. Croix & Trempealeau counties 3 UW-River Falls Falcon Premier, managed by UW-River Falls Dairy Club, Assisted by Tom Morris, Ltd. 17 Green|Rock Dual County Sale, WI Farm Auction, Brooklyn 24 The Smithcrest & Kranzdale First Opportunity Sale 30 Siemers Holsteins Spring Showcase, managed by Great Northern Land & Cattle Co., Fond du Lac 31 MilkSource Main Event Tag Sale, Kaukauna 31 Purple Ribbon Sale, managed by Wood Area Holstein Breeders, Marshfield April 2012 Classifying in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Lincoln, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas & Washburn counties 13 Redfest at Crescentmead Holsteins, managed by Todd Wendorf, Ixonia 14 Dodgeramma at Crescentmead Holsteins, managed by Todd Wendorf, Ixonia 20 Midwest Spring Red & White Show, Jefferson 21 Midwest National Holstein Show, Jefferson 30 2014 WHA Futurity LATE entries due to WHA office Other 2012 Events June 15 District 10 Show, Fond du Lac June 19 District 6 Show, Janesville June 26 District 7 Show, Sturgeon Bay June 27-30 National Convention, Springfield, MO July 16-17, 2012 WI Championship Show - Marshfield Dec. 28-30, 2012 2013 Junior Holstein Convention, hosted by Rock County

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The December 2011 issue of the Wisconsin Holstein News featuring YMR and 12 & Under award winners and other youth features.

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