Holstein Association USA recognized several Junior members who breed and own exceptional Holstein cattle at the recent National Junior Holstein Convention, June 23-26, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. Given in six different categories based on type and production, the awards are designed to reward and encourage Junior members to continue their excellent Registered Holstein breeding programs.
The Breeder of an Excellent Cow award is presented to Junior members who have bred and owned a cow officially type classified “Excellent” on or after January 1, 2006. 2008 recipients are: Chelsea Abbott, Vt.; Frank Behling, Wis.; Christian Donahoe, N.Y.; Samantha Foster, Penn.; Brittnay George, Kan.; Casey George, Kan.; Eric Lawrence, Penn.; Ashley Martin, Maine; Micah Matlock, Ind.; Jason Miley, Ohio; Matt Mitchell, Tenn.; Kayla Moret, Wis.; Amanda Nelson, N.Y.; Chad Nold, Mo.; Tyler Peachey, Penn.; Chris Potts, Va.; Curtis Rhoderick, Md.; Ben Sarbacker, Wis.; Melissa Schuler, Penn.; Kevin Shaffer, Penn.; Lee Slattery, Wis.; Jenna Smith, Penn.; Tobin Stuff, Penn.; Cory Thompson, Penn.; Zachery Welker, N.Y.; David Wilson, Penn.; Holly Wright, Md.; and Hannah Young, N.Y.
The National Breeder of a Multiple “E” Excellent Cow award is received by Junior members who have bred and owned a cow classified Multiple “E” Excellent. The breeders who received this award are: Laura Davenport, N.Y.; Daniel Hardesty, Va.; Danyel Hosto, Wis.; Ashley Martin, Maine; Matthew McEvoy, N.Y.; Travis Nelson, N.Y.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; and Malorie Rhoderick, Md.
The National Progressive Breeder Award recognizes cattle bred by Junior members that meet high production and classification standards for their age group. Every cow qualifying receives a star and Junior members acquire a star for each elite cow they have bred. Those accumulating five or more stars over their career receive a plaque at National Convention.
One star winners are Chelsea Abbott, Vt.; Christian Donahoe, N.Y.; Carissa Doody, Md.; Ashley Hartle, Penn.; Jennifer Hula, N.Y.; Jessica Hula, N.Y.; Reid Lundy, N.Y.; Katrina Nunes, Wis.; Daniel Petersheim, Wis.; Heather Petersheim, Wis.; Hayley Potts, Va.; T. Nathan Rhoderick, Md.; Evan Snyder, Penn.; Emily Tudor, N.Y.; and Nicole Wright, Wis.
Receiving two star honors are Emily Achen, Minn.; Robyn Bechtel, Penn.; Chad Currie, N.Y.; Jessica Currie, N.Y.; Kristen Davenport, N.Y.; Charles Hamilton, Wis.; Gregory Lloyd, N.Y.; Patrick Lundy, N.Y.; Zachery Nell, Penn.; Travis Nelson, N.Y.; Elizabeth Sarbacker, Wis.; and Zachery Welker, N.Y.
Three star winners are Jacob Achen, Minn.; Frank Behling, Wis.; Brittnay George, Kan.; Casey Gillis, N.Y.; David Hardesty, Va.; Tera Koebel, Mich.; Jenna Smith, Penn.; and Riley Welker, N.Y.
Receiving their fourth star are Kayla Currie, N.Y.; Laura Davenport, N.Y.; Brandon Long, Wis.; Mark Simon, Iowa; and Clayton Wohlk, Wis.
Five star honorees include Kelly Lee, Wis.; Maureen Lee, Wis.; Justin London, Penn.; Kayla Moret, Wis.; Benjamin Sarbacker, Wis.; Jason Troutman, Penn.; and Bethany Wohlk, Wis.
Receiving six star honors are Jason Miley, Ohio; Amanda Nelson, N.Y.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; and Hannah Young, N.Y.
Seven star winners are Danyel Hosto, Wis.; Christopher Potts, Va.; and Holly Wright, Md.
Krysty Kepler, Wis. received her eleventh star.
Fifteen star honorees are Casey George, Kan. and David Wilson, Penn.
Samantha Foster, Penn., received her eighteenth star this year.
The National 30,000 Pound Cow award is received by youth who own a cow producing over 30,000 pounds of milk in 305 days or less, between May 2006 and May 2008. This year’s recipients are: Brad Arthur, Iowa; Chad Currie, N.Y.; Kayla Currie, N.Y.; James Dunn, Penn.; Joshua Dunn, Penn.; Samantha Durfee, N.Y.; Stacy Eash, Ore.; Dustin Fleck, Penn.; Rachel Foster, Penn.; Samantha Foster, Penn.; Matt Henkes, Iowa; Devin Kepler, Wis.; Krysty Kepler, Wis.; Brent Koester, Ill.; Cassy Krull, Wis.; Jordan London, Penn.; Bret Long, Wis.; Kyle Mitchell, Ill.; Laurel Moore, Md.; Alexa Nunes, Wis.; Katrina Nunes, Wis.; Katie Osborne, Penn.; Andrea Pagenkopf, Wis.; Tyler Peachey, Penn.; Randall Post, N.Y.; Jessica Pralle, Wis.; Ryan Pralle, Wis.; Jocelyn Riser, Penn.; Ben Sarbacker, Wis.; Staci Sherer, Ore.; Jennifer Schultz, Penn.; Addie Snyder, Penn.; Evan Snyder, Penn.; Michael Stewart, Iowa; Ashley Stoltzfus, Penn.; Anna Troester, Iowa; Eric Troutman, Penn.; Jason Troutman, Penn.; Clayton Wohlk, Wis.; Holly Wright, Md.; Nicole Yoder, Penn.; Hannah Young, N.Y.; and Andrew Younker, Penn.
The National 150,000 Pound Cow award is given to Junior members who own a cow that has produced over 150,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. 2008 winners are: Elizabeth Acel, Penn.; Andrew Bechtel, Penn.; Brad Guest, Penn.; Daniel Hardesty, Va.; Leslie Hardesty, Va. Nathan Huser, Wis.; Cassy Krull, Wis.; Eric Lawrence, Penn.; Kelly Lee, Wis.; Brandon Long, Wis.; Amanda Nelson, N.Y.; Tyler Nelson, N.Y.; Tyler Peachey, Penn.; Heather Petersheim, Wis.; Logan Potts, Va.; Ben Sarbacker, Wis.; Matthew Schantz, Penn.; Hannah Smith, Penn.; Jenna Smith, Penn.; and Nicole Yoder, Penn.
The National 200,000 Pound Cow award is given to Junior members who own a cow that has produced over 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. This year’s recipients include: Sean Brown, Wis.; Krysty Kepler, Wis.; Laurel Moore, Md.; Jason Troutman, Penn.; and Holly Wright, Md.
The National Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy contests took place at the National Junior Holstein Convention in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., June 23-26. They promote dairy industry knowledge and program participation for Junior Holstein members.
Dairy Jeopardy, modeled after the popular game show, tests individuals’ knowledge of the dairy industry and Holstein cattle. Participants competed in three age divisions – junior, ages 9-13, intermediate, ages 14-17, and senior, ages 18-21. There were 87 participants from 20 states in this year’s contest.
In the junior division, first place went to Caitlin Lopes, Calif., second place was Logan Potts, Va., and in third was Jordan Siemers, Wis. In the Intermediate division, Taylor Pires, Calif., came out in the top spot, followed by Hayley Potts, Va., in second, and Kyle Demmer, Iowa, in third place. Rounding out the day in the senior division was Janelle Hartzell, Penn., in first place, Aaron Palmer, Iowa, in second, and Katie Steinlage, Iowa, in third.
The National Dairy Bowl competition is made up of four-person teams that compete in two age divisions. The junior division, for ages 9-15, had 18 entries this year. The senior division, ages 16-21, also had 18 entries.
In the junior bracket, Wisconsin and California faced off in the finals. The California team, coached by Kirsten Areias, came out as the champions, with the team of Justin Bopp, Rocco Cunningham, Tony Lopes, and Amanda Moretti. This was the state’s first National Dairy Bowl championship in the history of the contest. The second place Wisconsin team included Arlisa Landis, Colin Landis, Thomas Larson, and Katie Wendorf, and was coached by Kent Wendorf.
The senior division final match-up came down to two teams that are no strangers to Dairy Bowl finals, Iowa and Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania claimed the champion title, with the team of Elizabeth Cloninger, Dustin Gates, Nathan Ulmer, and Derek Wasson. The team was coached by Dr. Bob Cloninger. The second place Iowa team included Jessie Hammerand, Luke Rauen, Dan Stewart, and Jenn Vander Veen, coached by Marilyn Steffens and Heidi de Gier.
The top three individual scores on the written seating exam are also recognized. In the junior division, California had the top three scores, with Tony Lopes in first, Amanda Moretti placing second, and Justin Bopp in third. Top three scores in the senior division went to Nathan Ulmer, Penn., in first, Curtis Rhoderick, Md., second, and Casey Arlig, N.Y., in third.
Sportsmanship awards are given in each division to teams that demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship throughout the contest. The Iowa junior team received this honor in the Junior division, with team members Rachel Demmer, Jake Mills, Megan Rauen, and Bethany Simon, coached by Marilyn Steffens and Heidi de Gier. In the Senior division, the Washington team claimed the sportsmanship award. The team consisted of Melissa Cook, Shelby Hansen, Briar Jeg, and Brooke Vander Veen, coached by Ann Marie Magnochi.