The LaCrosse, Monroe and Vernon County Holstein Breeders, in coordination with the Wisconsin Holstein Association, hosted the annual Adult Holstein Convention at the Cranberry Country Lodge in Tomah Feb. 21-22. More than 200 Holstein breeders from across the state were in attendance for meetings and to receive recognition for outstanding accomplishments in 2013.
Following a presentation from Holstein Association USA Regional Directors Corey Geiger, Paul Buhr, Jr., and CEO John Meyer, breeders attended committee meetings to discuss new and old business for the upcoming year. At the dinner that evening, the 2013 Wisconsin Top Performer cows were announced. Recognized were Tom Kestell of Waldo, Siemers Holsteins of Newton, Allan and Susan Lundberg of Osseo, Kellercrest Registered Holsteins of Mount Horeb, and Jeff and Kate Hendrickson of Belleville. Receiving the overall Top Performer was Kellercrest Holsteins with Kellercrest Shottle Loni-ET, EX-92 GMD DOM, with a record at 6-09 3x 305d 49,163pounds of milk, 2,605 pounds of fat and 1,397 pounds of protein. Also recognized were owners of cows that have produced 300,000 and 400,000 pounds of lifetime milk.
Friday evening concluded with the announcement of the Young Adult Educational Scholarship award winners and the fifth annual Wisconsin Convention Futures Sale, sponsored by Wisconsin Holstein's Young Adult Committee. Winners of this year's Educational Award were Brandon and Shianne Ferry of Hilbert.
The Futures sale averaged $4,817 on 33 lots that included choices from some of the area's most prominent cow families. High seller at $12,000 was Lot #18, consigned by Charles, Eric and Brandy Westphal of Brownsville, and purchased by Al and Cathy Silverthorn and Joe and Kathy Hughes of Omro. This fancy June 2013 McCutchen with big time show potential and good numbers also has a +2363 GTPI, and is a top 100 GTPI McCutchen along with top 50 for type at +4.03 PTAT.Second high seller was Lot #6 from Budjon Farms, Joel Kietzman and Clark Woodmansee of Lomira at $10,000. This heifer, Budjon-JK ABS Dial It In-ET*RC, an Absolute daugher of EX-95 2E Scientific Gold Dana-Rae-ET, is a September calf and sold to Bob Miller of Orangeville, IL. At the completion of the Futures sale, the Junior Activities Committee worker auction raised $3,525 for the Junior Holstein Association.
Saturday morning kicked off with round panel discussion by renown breeders Frank Regan of Regancrest Holsteins, Waukon, IA, and Bob Miller of Mil-R-Mor Farm, Orangeville, IL. Following Regan and Miller, the annual WHA business meeting was held, and included committee reports from board members who head the various WHA committees and a report on the financial status of the Association. Four incumbent board members were re-elected to the board of directors: Kent Wendorf of Viroqua; Dan Cnossen of Hatley; Tracy Nelson of Ellsworth, and Chad Ryan of Fond du Lac.
Following the annual meeting, 40-year and 50-year members and Wall of Fame inductees were honored. This year's Wall of Fame inductees were Marlowe Nelson, the cow Snow-N-Denises Dellia, bred by Robert Snow of Sparta, and the bull Regancrest Elton Durham, bred by the Regan family of Waukon, IA.
Following the awards luncheon, the afternoon was highlighted by farm tours to Johnson-Way Holsteins and Ar-Lor Holsteins, Pierce-Vale Farm and Hauve Farm.
Honored at the Saturday evening banquet was this year's Younger Distinguished Dairy Person, Distinguished Service, and Distinguished Breeder award winners. This year's Younger Dairy Person recognized the partnership of KHW Genetics - Ryan and Traci Weigel of Platteville, and Ryan and Brandi Kamps of Belmont. Honored with Distinguished Service recognition was Christianne Williams of Baraboo. Receiving the prestigious Distinguished Breeder honor was Indianhead Holsteins, Robert and Karyn Schuaf of Barron.
Also honored at the Saturday evening banquet were outstanding advertisements in the Wisconsin Holstein News. Taking top ad honors for the year was Moorclose Holsteins, the Bill and Kelle Calvert family of Cuba City.
The WHA board of directors met at the conclusion of the convention to elect officers for the upcoming year. Newly elected officers are President Chris McCullough of Juda, Vice President Paula Bovre of Fond du Lac and Secretary Marci Walker of Wisconsin Dells, with Matt Lippert of Pittsville and Kevin Jorgensen of Waupun also serving as Executive Committee members.
Source: Wisconsin Holstein Association