The Indiana Holstein Association met January 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. Along with presenting many exciting awards, and crowning their 2012 Holstein Princess, the association is busy planning the 2013 National Holstien Convention which is set for Indianapolis next summer!
Hailing from Adams County, Macy Jo Mudd was recently selected as the 2012 Indiana Holstein Princess at the annual Indiana Holstein Assn. meeting last Saturday in Indianapolis.
Macy, a senior at Adams Central High School, is the daughter of Stephen and Judy Mudd of Berne. Macy is active in 4-H and is currently serving as the vice president of her FFA chapter. Macy also served as the 2011 Indiana Milking Shorthorn Princess.
Macy enjoys working on her family farm, caring for their registered Holsteins and spending time with her family and friends. Not only does Macy work on her family’s farm, but she also works at Irish Acres as a vet assistant and at Belevista farms.
Macy competes at the county, state and national levels with her cattle. In the future Macy plans on having her own farm and has a desire to continue competing in the show circuit.
Macy is very excited to get to serve as the Indiana Holstein Princess and will get many opportunities throughout the next year to serve as a spokesperson for the Holstein breed and the dairy industry visiting schools, fairs and other various events.
In addition to the selection of the Holstein princess, the recipients of the Hoosier Homemaker scholarship and the Derek Blough Heart and Soul Award were also announced.
Robin Matlock of Knightstown presented Mallarie Stookey her Hoosier Homemaker’s scholarship last weekend at the annual meeting.
Mallarie Stookey, a senior at Warsaw High School, received the Hoosier Homemaker scholarship. Mallarie is the daughter of Jeff and Marla Stookey, who operate a small dairy near Milford. Mallarie will be attending Purdue University in the fall.
The 2012 Derek Blough Heart and Soul Award was given to Doug Wicker of Milroy. Doug is the son of JD and Bec Wicker. Doug is a sophomore at Purdue University studying agriculture economics.
The Derek Blough Heart and Soul award was presented to Doug Wicker. Doug received the honor for his dedication, unselfishness and positive attitude toward others and his care for his Holsteins.
This year’s Master Breeder award went to Dave Gierhart of Bryant. Dave and his wife Jo Ann have been in the dairy business for more than 40 years and have traveled to many shows competing at the county, state and national levels. Dave and Jo Ann have had the honor of 10 animals receiving All-American and Junior All-American nominations as well as exhibiting the grand champions and junior champions at the state and national levels. Dave and Jo Ann have two daughters who along with their own families continue to show and care for their Holstein cattle.
Nathan Kuehnert of Ft. Wayne stands with Master Breeder, Dave Gierhart.
Two Honorary Lifetime Members were also recognized at the annual meeting.
Dr. G.W. Snider of Goshen was one recipient of the Honorary Lifetime member award. Dr. Snider graduated from Michigan State University in 1957 when he began his veterinary practice in Elkhart County. He has continued practicing for the past 50 years. Dr. Snider has enjoyed these many years working with his client’s dairy cattle along with taking care of his own Holsteins with the help of his wife, Sherri. Although slowing down his practice, he still loves to help any farmer with any question or concern.
Dr. G.W. Snider has been known nationwide for numerous years for his many findings in the veterinarian practice and was honored as Maurie Kline of Goshen presented him with an Honorary Lifetime Member award
Bill Powell of Portland also received an Honorary Lifetime member award. Bill and his wife Shirley have been married for 57 years. They started their Holstein herd shortly after marrying and they now have four children and seven grandchildren. Bill and Shirley decided to exit the dairy industry more than fifteen years ago and now raise and exhibit Haflinger horses.
Bill Powell has loved the Holstein breed for more than 30 years and was humbled as Duane Hill of Fountain City presented him with one of the Honorary Lifetime Member awards.
Other awards that were also given at the annual meeting last Saturday were Progressive Breeder awards, Progressive Genetics Herd awards and the Five Highest BAA Average by herd size.
Progressive breeder awards went to Darrell Richard of Goshen, Dennis W. Paulus of Elkhart, Ray E. Eash of Middlebury, Mark A. Thomas of Fountain City, Lyle Weaver of Goshen and Duane Hill of Fountain City.
Progressive genetic herd awards were presented to Darrell Richard, Rauscher Farms, Inc. of Huntingburg, Nor-Bert Farms LTD. of Bremen, William and Susan Gamble of New Carlisle, Tony Bos of Fair Oaks, Brand Dairy Farm of Waterloo and Springbrook Farms of Marshall.
The top BAA Average for 10 to 25 head was presented to Richard Nisen of Leesburg; 26 to 40 head, Bruce Gingerich of Millersburg; 41 to 55 head, Paul Engleking of Greenfield and 56 head and over, Springbrook Farms of Marshall.
In addition to the numerous awards that were presented at the annual Indiana Holstein meeting another very hot topic was discussed. Indiana will host the 2013 National Holstein Convention in Indianapolis on July 7-11. The convention will have many different events for attendees.
Other important events for Indiana Holstein members are the Indiana State Holstein show in Richmond, June 18-21 and the Indiana State Fair.
Thanks to Courtney Lipply for sharing this great report!