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State Holstein Association Winners Announced

Olympia Resort hosts Holstein Convention Feb. 27-28.

The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to recognize this year's Distinguished Breeder, Service, and Young Breeder Award winners. These fine members of the dairy industry will be recognized at the annual Adult Holstein Convention, to be held February 27 & 28, 2009 at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc.

All current members of WHA or those interested in joining are welcome to attend what is sure to be an exciting weekend. There will be important meetings during convention, including the Region 5 National Holstein Meeting, the WHA annual meeting, and a talk by Doug Maddox on bovine tuberculosis. Attending these meetings is a great way to find out what is going on in your local and national associations.

The following honorees will be recognized on Saturday evening, Feb. 28.

Young Distinguished Young Breeder

The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to recognize Moorclose Holsteins and the Bill and Kelle Calvert family as this year's Distinguished Young Breeders. Bill and Kelle reside in Cuba City, WI, with their children Madison, McKenzie and Payton.

Known for their leadership in Lafayette County, Bill and Kelle have served as president on their county Holstein board. They have also been junior advisors since 2000 and help with youth dairy judging and dairy bowl teams. The Calverts also provide several managerial dairy projects within the county and have taught numerous juniors about showing and fitting. Bill and Kelle received the Wisconsin Holstein Youth Friend Award in 2004.

The Moorclose herd currently consists of 75 registered Holstein cows with a rolling herd average of 24,000M 912F and 720P on two times a day milking. The current BAA is 108.4% with 13 Excellent, 38 Very Good and 23 Good Plus cows. Bill and Kelle have been recognized on the Progressive Breeders Registry for two years and have several cows with Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit status. They have also sent three bulls to AI, and have had state show and national show winners.

After being married in 1999, Bill and Kelle took over the herd that was previously owned by Bill's parents, John and Marion. Since the transfer of ownership, Bill and Kelle have transformed a herd that was once primarily grade to a registered Holstein herd with excellent quality. They have made several improvements on the farm to increase cow comfort and milk production, including the installation of tile in mangers and bunks, mattresses in the entire barn, box stalls, long-day lighting, and upgraded milking equipment. They have also implemented the use of PC Dart for record keeping, production testing, showing, mating, embryo transfer, and ultrasounding to maximize cow performance.

One of the first influential ladies in the Moorclose herd was a heifer bred on the farm. Moorclose Milan Citron, EX-94, was All-Wisconsin Junior Three-Year-Old and bred by the Calverts. Her dam was purchased from Canada when Bill and Kelle took over the farm. Citron was sold after claiming All-Wisconsin honors, but went on to stand high at several state shows. Her daughter, Moorclose Aeroline Champane, EX-91, was Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin and High Honorable Mention Junior All-American the following year.

Up-and-coming families at the Calvert's farm include Moorclose Linjet Whitney, EX-93, and Faunadale Cookie, EX-90 GMD. Whitney has three records over 30,000 pounds milk, and two Excellent daughters in the herd. Cookie is eleven years old and has over 215,000 pounds of milk lifetime. She has several daughters and granddaughters in the milking herd.

The Calverts believe in using bulls with solid cow families and focus on high type and longevity. They have worked to develop a successful flush program by purchasing recipients and donor dams. The Calverts have also purchased several embryos from influential cows in the Holstein breed, and their ultimate goal is to produce extra replacements and increase the quality of their own herd.

Bill and Kelle have a strong desire to have solid cows up and down the barn of renowned cow families, and want to continue increasing their BAA and ultimately, each cow's marketing potential. WHA congratulates this very deserving couple on being the 2009 recipients of the Distinguished Young Breeder Award.

Distinguished Breeder

Sandy-Valley Holsteins and the David, Patrick, Frank Jr. and Gregory Bauer Families are the recipients of the 2009 Wisconsin Holstein Distinguished Breeder recognition. The Bauer families reside in the Scandinavia, WI, area with their families.

The Sandy-Valley prefix was born in 1936 when Frank Bauer, Sr., started the farm. His sons David, Patrick, Frank Jr. and Gregory became interested in high-end genetics in the 1980's and took over the farm. A number of good cows were purchased to develop the herd, but even though they were nice cows, they were cows the brothers did not think they could merchandise from.

In 1989, a number of good heifers were purchased. These heifers provided the Bauer's the spark they needed for the merchandising side of the industry, and over the years they have focused on the cow families that thrive in a commercial dairy environment and individuals that rose to the top.

The Bauers strive to "populate" the Holstein Association's top 50 TPI list with Sandy-Valley bred bulls. They try to graduate as many bulls as they can into active AI service, and actively search out the best cow families in the breed. Most importantly, they have these families compete against each other in a commercial milk production environment. Cows that thrive under Sandy-Valley conditions become donor dams, while the others become recipients. Approximately three ET flushes are performed each week, and 50-60 bulls leave the farm for a career in AI each year.

The partners at Sandy-Valley now pay increased attention to cattle that will last by focusing on udders, legs, and management traits. Flush bull selection is based on somatic cell score, productive life, and daughter pregnancy rate. They admit they are willing to give up a little milk to get traits that allow cows to last and get better with age, rather than breeding early-maturing animals.

The Sandy-Valley herd is now home to 400 cows, with an additional 300 head of young stock. Their rolling herd average on 2x milking is 27,425M 1027F and 840P lbs. The herd has been on DHIR test and classified with Holstein USA for 35 years. The Bauers have bred 36 Excellent females, 12 Excellent males, and have numerous Gold Medal Dams and Sires.

While there are many cows that have had success for the Bauers, one of the most influential females developed at Sandy-Valley is Ricecrest Terry Tory-ET, EX-93 2E GMD DOM. Tory has sent over 35 sons to AI, and has six Excellent daughters by five different bulls. Sandy-Valley Boy Tootie-ET, EX-90, is a daughter of Tory sired by Dutch Boy. Tootie's VG-88 (EX-MS) two-year-old daughter by Freelance sold for $30,000 in the 2006 Top Ten Sale. Her offspring continue to make an impact on the herd, having success not only in the sale arenas but other farms as well.

Sandy-Valley B-WD Frisco-ET, VG-87 at 2 yrs and GMD and DOM, is a Bellwood sister to the popular proven bull Sandy-Valley Forbidden-ET, EX-93. Frisco is also the dam of successful second crop bulls Sandy-Valley Tredway-ET and Sandy-Valley Onyx-ET, EX-92. Her VG-87 two-year-old daughter by Mtoto sold for $36,000 in the Sandy-Valley Star Search Sale in 2002.

The list of success in these and other cow families within the Sandy-Valley herd and in the AI industry is one for the Bauer family to be extremely proud of. There is no doubt that this farm family will continue to be successful in the future as the Bauer children become more involved and carry on the Sandy-Valley tradition. Wisconsin Holstein congratulates this very deserving family on being the 2009 recipients of the Distinguished Breeder Award.

Distinguished Service Award

The Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to recognize Dr. Rick Daluge as this year's Distinguished Service honoree. Dr. Daluge and his wife Peggy reside in Madison, WI.

Dr. Daluge has been an asset to not only Wisconsin Holstein, but throughout the dairy industry as well. He served as the Director of Farm and Industry Short Course at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at UW-Madison for 25 years before retiring in 2008. Dr. Daluge has also served as Director of Career Services and Recruitment for CALS for ten years, and was a 4-H agent in Buffalo County for two years right after completing his college education.

Born and raised on a Registered Holstein farm, Dr. Daluge showed Registered Holsteins at county and state fair. His brother still runs the family farm with 125 head of Registered Holsteins in Rock County. Rick and Peggy's two children, Tracy Sagan and Mark Daluge both showed Registered Holsteins as kids at county and state fairs. Daughter Tracy has two children, Josie and Carter and resides in Franklin, WI with her husband Andy. Mark lives in Victor, Idaho where he operates Hole Weed Control. Both are UW-Madison CALS graduates.

The Daluges have contributed significantly to the betterment of youth and adults in Wisconsin.
Time in their vacation home in Montreal, WI has been auctioned off several times to benefit the Wisconsin Holstein Association's Scholarship fund. Short Course has also sponsored a trophy at the Wisconsin State Fair for many years, and has advertised in the Wisconsin Holstein News. Rick has always tried to keep Wisconsin dairy farmers well served in the Farm and Industry Short Course Program by offering a variety of classes to fit the learning needs of today's dairy students.

In other aspects of the industry, Dr. Daluge has received the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, the Chancellors Award from the UW Student Personnel Association, and an award for his volunteer work from the Madison Area Service Clubs Council. He is currently Vice District Governor for the Lions Clubs in southwest Wisconsin, and continues to serve as Vice-President of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership program board.

Dr. Daluge has been a valuable asset to the Wisconsin Holstein Association through his generosity and involvement on the Scholarship Committee, Wisconsin Junior State Fair, and other aspects of the association. Wisconsin Holstein would like to express its gratitude and congratulate Dr. Daluge again for receiving this year's Distinguished Service Award.

If you would like to know more information or see first hand what Adult Convention involves, feel free to stop in and visit the dairy bar or sit in on meetings. More information can be found on the WHA website at or by calling 1-800-223-4269. Please contact the WHA office at this number for more information on how to join WHA.

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