Wisconsin Ag Connection - February 27, 2013
Three key players in the state's dairy industry have been honored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association. During the group's annual convention in Rothschild last weekend, Chad and Amy Ryan of Fond du Lac were named Younger Dairy Persons of the Year. Honored with the WHA Distinguished Service award
was Barb Kayser from Milton. And the 2013 Distinguished Breeder honorees are Brian and Wendy Fust of Wausau.
This year's Wall of Fame inductees were Alvin Piper, Lake Mills, the cow Nectarlin Billie Bob Mark, and the bull Fustead Emory Blitz-ET.
The 2012 Wisconsin Top Performer herds were announced. They include Synergy Dairy LLC, Pulaski; Siemers Holsteins, Newton; Jeff Brantmeier, Sherwood; Tom Kestell, Waldo; and Steve & Amanda Killian, Blair. Kestell was also named the overall Top Performer with 'Ralma Goldwyn Mayfly-ET EX-92,' with a record of 5-04 305 days 49,801 milk 4.7 2364 3.3 1594. Also recognized were owners of cows that have produced 300,000 and 400,000 pounds of lifetime milk.
Winners of the Young Adult Educational Scholarship award this year were Doug Wallerman of Norwalk and Robert and Michelle Hart from Galesville.
Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Holstein Futures sale averaged over $5,700 on 32 lots that included choices from some of the area's most prominent cow families. The high seller was a cow consigned by Summit Farms of Plymouth, and purchased by Siemers Holsteins for $26,500.
And this year's officers of the association's board were elected. They include President Marci Walker, Wisconsin Dells; Vice President Chris McCullough, Juda; and Secretary Paula Bovre, Fond du Lac. Kevin Jorgensen of Waupun and Todd Borgwardt of Valders are also serving as Executive Committee