The 2008 National Holstein Convention will be held in Wisconsin Dells June 23-26. Before the convention kicks off, attendees will have the opportunity to feature some of the best herds in Wisconsin and see great historical sights. Visitors to Wisconsin can choose from three pre-convention tour options.
Option 1 includes a three-day tour of southern Wisconsin and departs from Madison. Featured on the first day of this trip is a riding tour of the state capital and University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Kinyon Holsteins and the Martin and Trudy Kinyon family farm, the House on the Rock, and the Crave Brothers Farm and Cheese Factory.
Day two will kick off with a visit to NASCO in Fort Atkinson, a stop at the Brian and Cindy Krull family farm, the Octagon House, Crescentmead Farms, and will conclude with a visit to the Hoard Historical Museum, National Dairy Shrine, and dinner on the Hoard’s Dairyman Farm sponsored by Hoard’s dairyman.
To complete the three-day tour on Monday, guests will visit the Renew Energy Plant, Ten Chimneys, and have lunch at Budjon Farms before heading back to the Kalahari Resort.
Option 2 includes a two-day tour of northwest Wisconsin and departs from the airport in Minneapolis. Kicking off the tour will be stops at Willows-Edge Holsteins and the Henk and Bonnie Van Dyk family, Jon-De Farm and the Todd & Liz Doornink family, and Indianhead Holsteins and the Robert and Karyn Schauf family. Tour guests will stay in Turtle Lake.
Another day of fantastic tours will begin with Jerland Farm, Jerian Holsteins and the Jackson family, Mayerlane Holsteins and the Donald and Liz Mayer family, Scientific Holsteins and the Matt and Mandy Nunes family, and Wide-Open Holsteins and the Charlie and Katie Bue herd.
Option 3 is a one-day tour choice that departs from the Kalahari. Visitors will have the chance to visit Mystic Valley Dairy and the Mitch Breunig family, have lunch at Budjon Farms, and stop in at Ryan-Vu Dairy and Vir-Clar Farms before heading back to the Kalahari.
The deadline to register for these tours or other convention events is May 10 so be sure to get registrations in soon! More highlights to come on convention next week! For more information on these tours or the upcoming convention, be sure to visit the Wisconsin Holstein Association’s website and ’08 National Convention link at www.wisholsteins.com. Questions can also be answered by calling 1-800-223-4COW.