WHA January e-Newsletter

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Wisconsin Holstein NEWS   From the Editor
March issue:
Ads due February 10

– Midwest Holsteins

– 2017 Junior Convention Results
April issue:
Ads due March 10

– Production Leaders

– 2017 Adult Convention Highlights and Results
Visit the Archives of past issues on our website.

Adult Convention Registration Due February 7
We have an exciting agenda planned for the 2017 Adult Convention, set for February 24-25 in Appleton. Calumet County will host at the Radisson Paper Valley hotel.
For schedule and registration information, visit the WHA website here.

Last Call for Treasure Quest Calf Entries
Would you like a chance for a $7,000 check? Enter a calf for the 2017 Treasure Quest today! Entries must be postmarked Tuesday, February 1. To print a form, visit the web here.

Adult Convention to Feature Farm Transition Specialist, Financial Panel
Junkin to Speak on “How to Overcome the Third-Generation Curse” – Friday, February 24 at 3:30 p.m.
In farm succession, everyone looks at the transfer of assets, but nobody has ever looked at the transfer of management and how farm families work together during that decade of transition. This is broken!
Andy Junkin improves HOW farm families make decisions together by getting farm families to Focus on What Matters. His belief is that if the farm focuses on creating good successors and improving joint decision-making first, succession will be so much easier later on!
Junkin to Lead Saturday Early Bird Discussion – Saturday, February 25 at 8:00 a.m.
The Saturday morning roundtable discussion will include several members that have gone through their own family transitions as well as Dawn Haag on behalf of Badgerland Financial. They will talk about what they learned through their transitions and will answer questions as time allows.
Saturday Morning Featured Panelists
Dawn Haag has over 36 years of experience serving the agriculture community of southern Wisconsin as part of the Farm Credit System. In addition to her career with Badgerland Financial, she and her family own and operate a 180-cow Registered Holstein dairy farm in Dane County. They have two children who are actively involved in the dairy farm and are making plans to transition to the next generation.
Jim Rickert is a partner in Rickland Farms, Inc., a farm corporation formed in 1981 by parents Donald and Lila. He is also a partner in Rickert Brothers, LLC, which began in 1986. The fourth generation has now been part owners of the LLC for the past three years, and includes Jim’s son, Andrew, and his brother’s son-in-law, Andy.
Tony Brey returned to his family farm after graduation from UW-Madison in 2007. Tony’s brother Jacob joined the operation full-time in 2015 after working as a classifier for Holstein Association USA. The brothers share in the daily management of the dairy farm which includes 1200 acres, 460 milking cows and 500 heifers. In 2016 Tony and Jacob purchased the farm from their parents Bill and Clarice, forming the partnership Brey Cycle Farm LLC.
Sandy Larson is one of the fifth generation family members that make up the team at Larson Acres Inc. Larson Acres Inc. is where six Larson families spanning five generations combine their interests, efforts, and enthusiasm for farming to operate their dairy business in Evansville, WI.
Interested in learning more? Check out this opportunity from Andy and register by January 31!
In the three days after the convention, Andy will be delivering his workshop www.farmingwithfamily.com in person in Appleton. This workshop focuses on how farm families should groom their sons/daughters into the operation. Those who wish to attend must register prior to January 31 @ www.agriculturestrategy.com/workshops. Sessions are 1:1 and limited to 9 spots

Scholarship Applications Due March 1
WHA Scholarships will be given out in the following areas again this year: to a student(s) enrolled in a four-year, one or two year or short course or tech school Ag-related program. These WI Holstein Scholarships range from $250 to $1000 to an eligible recipient. All Wisconsin Holstein members are encouraged to apply for scholarships.
For more information or to print a form, visit the WHA website.

Renew Membership Today
Pink membership cards are in the mail – be sure to renew by MAY 1, 2017 to avoid the $50 late fee! Login to pay online here, contact the office to pay with credit card or drop a check in the mail today.

Adult & Junior Convention Hosts Needed
The Wisconsin Holstein Association is currently looking for hosts for the junior and adult conventions for 2018-2020. If your county is thinking about hosting, please call Darin at 1-800-223-4269 to discuss and review what all is involved with hosting these events. These conventions can be a great fundraising opportunity for your groups.

WHA is now offering website development for Breeders and members
Have you thought about having a website for your farm but do not have the time or talents to put one together? The staff at Wisconsin Holstein can help! Give Laura or Ashley a call to discuss options, pricing and find out what we can do to help market your herd.

2017 Spring Show Entry Available
Spring Show entry forms are now available on the WHA website. The 2017 WI Spring Showcase show series will be held at the Alliant Energy Center April 28-29. Online entry will be open on March 1, 2017.
Wisconsin Holstein Association, 902 8th Ave, Baraboo, WI 53913

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