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Two Minnesota Holstein Association Members Run for Region 6 National Director

The Minnesota Holstein Association is proud to have two members that are running for the Holstein USA Region 6 Director position. Elections will be held at the 2019 Holstein Association USA, Inc. Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 for officers and directors in Regions 1, 4, 6 and one at-large director. Any unsuccessful regional director candidate may run for the one at-large position.

On behalf of your fellow Holstein enthusiasts from Minnesota, we would like to introduce the two highly-qualified Minnesota candidates running for the National Holstein Board of Directors. Each of these upstanding Registered Holstein breeders continue to put forth elite genetics and unique breeding philosophies that shine in the barn and in the show ring. Their leadership in the industry and in their communities only complement their extensive accolades and speaks to the high level of character they each possess. Both continuously support the State and National Associations through their active participation in Holstein events. Multiple generations within our membership have benefited from the mentorship and advisement of each individual, as well as their willingness to tackle current issues facing the dairy industry and the Holstein cow. The Minnesota Holstein Association is proud to present both hardworking and dedicated individuals as candidates for the National Holstein Board of Directors:

Spencer Hackett – Rice, MN Mike Schiller – Freeport, MN

  • Spencer and his wife Stacey, alongside their two sons operate Melarry Farms.
  • Currently milk 170 cows and farm 1,000 acres

Leadership in Holstein:

  • 2019 MN Holstein Show/Sale/Futurity, committees
  • 2019 HAUSA Genetic Advancement Committee
  • 2001-2011 MN Holstein Board Member
    • President (2 years)
    • Executive board (5 years)
    • 2005 President’s Award, recipient
    • Breed Activities (Chair), State Sale (Vice Chair), Junior Activities, State Show
  • Spencer also serves on two local co-op boards, 4-H livestock and auction committee volunteer.  The farm hosts farm tours, as well as showing, fitting, and judging workshops.

Holstein Achievements:

  • Melarry Robust Miles-ET – 2016 Gold Metal Sire
  • Melarry Josuper Frazzled
  • 2005 National Distinguished Young Breeder
  • 2011 PDCA Distinguished Breeder
  • Markets genetics domestically and internationally

  • Mike and his wife Karen, alongside their son Charlie operate Schillview Holsteins.
  • Currently milk 100 cows and farm 380 acres

Leadership in Holstein:

  • 2019 MN State Holstein Sale, committee
  • 1990-1998 MN State Holstein Board Member
  • Associated Milk Producers (AMPI)
    • Corporate Board (12 years)
  • 2014-2019 World Dairy Expo, Board of Directors
  • Stearns County Holstein Association, member
  • Mike also serves as his township supervisor (9 years) and has hosted various events involving barn meetings, Holstein classification seminars, dairy cattle judging contests, fitting workshops,and  farm tours. Schillview Holsteins shows at county, state, and national competitions.

Holstein Achievements:

  • 2007 MN Livestock Breeders Association
    • Hall of Fame, Inductee
  • 2009 Minnesota Distinguished Holstein Breeder
  • He has marketed embryos and A.I. bulls to several foreign countries