The Minnesota Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA) and Minnesota Ayrshire Breeders Association hosted the 2018 Minnesota All Breeds Dairy Convention March 9-10 at the Willmar Conference Center, Willmar, Minn. Around 150 people were in attendance throughout the convention.
On Friday morning before the official kick off of convention the Minnesota Holstein Association (MHA) held its Board of Directors meeting to discuss upcoming events and initiatives for the association.
The convention officially started on Friday afternoon with the annual Minnesota PDCA meeting. The meeting was well-attended and filled with great ideas on how to improve the youth, state fair, legislative and All-Breeds Convention committees.
Following the meeting was the All Breeds All Awards Banquet where the Minnesota PDCA recognized Mark and Diane Fjelstad of Fjel-Mar Dairy as the Brown Swiss Breeder of the Year, Greg and Dawn Johnson of Lida Acres Holsteins as the Holstein Breeder of the Year, and Chuck Will of Willolea Holsteins as the Red and White Breeder of the Year award. Receiving the PDCA Distinguished Service award was Norman (Photo Pete) and Doris Peterson. Paul Fritsche was recognized for the Minnesota Guernsey Distinguished Service award. The Minnesota Red & White Club awarded their Lifetime Dedication Award to Bernie Schmitz.
Minnesota Holstein Association recognized Olmar Farms for receiving the 2017 Elite Breeder Award from Holstein USA. Bonnie Mohr was congratulated for receiving the prestigious honor of National Dairy Shrine Guest of Honor. She was the first woman to ever receive this award. Larry Tande received congratulations for receiving the National Dairy Shrine Pioneer award.
Mike Sheehan was award with the Longtime Meritorious Service Award. Kenn Mueller was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his 9 years of serving on the Minnesota Holstein Association Board. The Friese family was recognized for hosting the 2017 Minnesota Holstein Association Field Day. Award Sponsor, Jan Albrecht presented the Young Distinguished Junior Member award to McKenzie Swanson and the Distinguished Junior Member award to Haely and Kayla Leiding. Jennifer Landman received the Person of the Year award for her years of service to MHA and continued support of the new employees. John Vander Wal presented Tracy Schaefer with the President’s Award for his hard work and efforts put towards the MHA sales. Receiving the Distinguished Service award was John Vander Wal for completing his term as MHA President.
The 2018 Futurity Award Winners were honored. First place was awarded to Brands-Haven Holsteins for Brands Haven SS T-Molly ET. Brands-Haven Holsteins also received second place for Brands-Haven Dreams Thimble. Taking third place was Devoine and Linda Kruse for Dev-Lin Midnight Marvel 755.
The 2017 Minnesota Jersey Queen and the 2017 National Jersey Queen shared a message with the conference attendees. Finally, Keynote Speaker, Jerrid Sebesta shared a motivating message called “5 Keys to #LivingTheDream.”
Saturday morning kicked off with all of the individual breed meetings as well as the MHA committee meetings. During Saturday’s lunch Dan Carroll of ST Genetics provided a lesson on genetic advancements in agriculture. After lunch, Minnesota Holstein Association hosted our Annual Meeting on Saturday afternoon. During the meeting committee reports were given by committee chairs. Resolutions were read and new resolutions were discussed.
The 2017 Progressive Genetics Herds and Progressive Breeders Registry herds were recognized during the annual meeting. Kenn Mueller was thanked for his years of service on the MHA board. Elwin Brands, Adam Johnson, Kris Guenes and Tracey Schaefer were all re-elected for another three-year term on the board. Karen Gorentz was elected as the newest addition to the MHA Board of Directors.
The MHA Board of Directors met at the conclusion of the annual meeting to elect officers for the upcoming year. Andy Steinhagen was elected as the new President and Dale Repprecht was voted in as the new Vice President. The executive committee includes Andy Steinhagen, Dale Rupprecht, Keith Mahoney, Patti Schaefer, John Vanderwal, and Tracy Schaefer.
Holstein Distinguished Breeder 2018 awarded to Greg and Dawn Johnson of Lida-Acres. The award was accepted by son Adam Johnson and his wife Sarah.
2018 Young Distinguished Junior Member, McKenzie Swanson was awarded a clock sponsored by Jan & Jerry Albrecht.
Jan Albrecht presented Kayla (left) and Haely (right) Leiding with the Minnesota Distinguished Junior Member Award for 2018.
The top three Holstein Production Futurity winners from left to right: Linda & Devoine Kruse, Adam & Elwin Brands.
Mike Sheehan (left) was presented the Minnesota Holstein Longtime Meritorious Service Award by Lane Johnson.
Director Patti Schaefer (left) presented Jenn Landman (right) with the 2018 MHA Person of the Year Award.
Andy Steinhagen (right) presented retiring MHA President, John Vander Wal (right) with the Distinguished Service Award. Steinhagen was elected the new MHA President.
The 2017 Progressive Breeders Registry honorees that were present at the 2018 MHA Annual Meeting. Front Row (left to right): Roger Marti, Jeannette Sheehan, Mary Sheehan, Melvin Hackett, Keith Mahoney. Back Row (left to right): Warren Johnson, Jill Nelson, Bob Sheehan, Mike Sheehan, Floyd Marti, Spencer & Stacey Hackett.
The 2017 Progressive Genetics Herds that were present at the 2018 MHA Annual Meeting. Front Row (left to right): Warren Johnson, Jeannette Sheehan, Mary Sheehan, Melvin Hackett, Stacey Hackett, Kris Gruenes. Back Row (left to right): Michael Schiller, Bob Sheehan, Paul Swenson, Ashley Swenson, Spencer Hackett, and Arnie Gruenes.
2018-2019 MHA Board of Directors. Front Row (left to right): Chris Schulze, Keith Mahoney, Karen Gorentz, Kris Guenes, Patti Schaefer, John Vander Wal, and Andy Steinhagen (President). Back Row (left to right): Dale Rupprecht (Vice President), Tracy Schaefer, Tim Stender, Matt Timmer, Adam Johnson, Chad Buehring, and Elwin Brands. Not Pictured: Ted Norling