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  bullet Holstein Foundation Names New Trustee  (September 25)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Plans YDLI Reunion at World Dairy Expo  (August 15)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Programs Provide Excitement at National Junior Holstein Convention  (July 9)
  bullet "Ladies of Wisconsin" to Be Offered at National Convention Sale to Benefit Holstein Foundation  (June 4)
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class Six Completes Phase I  (March 18)
  bullet Excitement Building for Upcoming Young Dairy Leaders Institute  (February 12)
  bullet Holstein Association USA Makes Generous Donation to Holstein Foundation  (February 8)
 

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Holstein Foundation Names New Trustee

Brattleboro, Vt. (September 24, 2008)…The Holstein Foundation is excited to announce a new addition to the Board of Trustees. Jeff King, Schuylerville, N.Y., has joined the board, which oversees the direction of the organization.

“I feel honored to join the Holstein Foundation Trustees,” said King. “I’m looking forward to working with an organization that has such a strong commitment to the future of the dairy industry.”

King and his brother, Jan, manage their 800-head registered Holstein herd, Kings Ransom Farm. They have marketed a great deal of genetics from their farm, both nationally and internationally. The farm was recently recognized as a Century Farm for being in the ownership of the same family for over 100 years. Jeff is also active with the New York Holstein Association, and serves as the chairman of the Sales Committee.

King takes the place of retiring Trustee Elmo Wendorf, Jr., from Ixonia, Wis.  

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Holstein Foundation Plans YDLI Reunion at World Dairy Expo

(August 4, 2008) Brattleboro, Vt…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to announce that a reunion for Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) current class members and alumni will be held at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis. on Friday, October 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., prior to the Holstein heifer show. It will be held in the Exhibition Hall in Mendota 3 on the World Dairy Expo grounds.

Attendees will enjoy a hot breakfast, with cooked-to-order omelets, while visiting with fellow classmates. The event is sponsored by Monsanto Company.

YDLI is a nationally recognized leadership and communication skills development program for young adults, ages 22-45, working in the dairy industry. Currently in its sixth class, the program consists of three phases, with Phases I and III meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. in 2008 and 2009. YDLI currently boasts over 400 alumni from across the country, as well as Canada and Mexico.

For more information, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Lindsey.

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Holstein Foundation Programs Provide Excitement at National Junior Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 30, 2008)... 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.

For more information about Dairy Jeopardy or Dairy Bowl, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Kelli.

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"Ladies of Wisconsin" to Be Offered at National Convention Sale to Benefit Holstein Foundation

Brattleboro, Vt. (JUNE 3, 2008)…The Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the sale of the “Ladies of Wisconsin” original oil painting at the National Holstein Convention Sale on June 24 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The proceeds from the sale of this original piece and its prints will be shared between the Holstein Foundation and Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.

"The sale of this artwork is a great opportunity to support two organizations that have a strong impact on the future of the dairy industry,” said Elmo Wendorf, Jr., former Holstein Foundation trustee and National Convention Chair.  “This is a great opportunity to collaborate with another group that has similar goals as the Holstein Foundation to educate youth and prepare them for a successful future.”

The original oil painting, #1 giclee, and Artist’s Proof will be auctioned off at the beginning of the National Convention Sale. Standard prints may be purchased during the sale for $50, and artist Larry Schultz will be on hand to sign prints purchased that evening. After the sale, signed and numbered prints may be purchased for $100, and standard prints will be available for $50.

"Ladies of Wisconsin," by noted Wisconsin artist Larry Schultz, features several prominent cows that have been developed in the state over the past several decades. Cows featured in the painting include: Crescentmead Rotate Amanda, D-R-A August, Gene-Acres Felicia May Fury, Golden-Oaks Mark Prudence, Gray View B D Crissy, Jan-Com Fond Matt Matilda, Krull Broker Elegance, Plain View Inga, Sher-Est S-Wind Saturday-ET, St Croixco Lad Nina, Stookey Elm Park Blackrose-ET, Townson Elevation Lindy, Vandyk-K Integrity Paradise, and Whirlhill Q Rag Apple Ariel.

The Holstein Foundation will also be hosting an online art sale from July 1 to August 1, featuring the #2-#10 giclees and #1-#10 signed and numbered prints. Visit the Holstein Foundation website, www.holsteinfoundation.org, for more details.

The Holstein Foundation would like to thank Holstein World and WestfaliaSurge for their sponsorship of this project.

For more information, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Lindsey.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class Six Completes Phase I


Brattleboro, Vt. (March 17, 2008)…Seventy-five young adults from across the country participated in Phase I of the sixth class of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), held February 27-March 1, 2008, in Albuquerque, N.M. Three days of interactive workshops focused on developing individual leadership and communication skills.

“Enthusiastic and talented are two words I would use to describe this class”, said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager. “The participants have an overwhelming passion for the industry and desire to learn. We are very excited to see what they will accomplish in their Phase II projects and beyond.”

Phase I kicked off on Wednesday, February 27, with tours of two New Mexico dairy farms, Jones Dairy, Inc., in Veguita, and H.A.W. Farms in Belen. Upon returning from the tours, YDLI officially began with the New Mexico Welcome Fiesta, during which attendees enjoyed Mexican cuisine and icebreaker activities.

Class members began their leadership training with a workshop on personality types by Jim Henion. Everyone discovered their own personality types, learned the traits of different types, and then had a practical exercise in working with people with different personality styles. Everyone came away with a better understanding of themselves and each other.

David Williamson challenged participants to use creativity to solve the issues facing the dairy industry. After dinner, Patricia Katz provided a keynote on achieving balance in life.

David Pelzer and Joan Horbiak led an intensive media training workshop. Participants were brought on stage to practice on camera, making this session a YDLI favorite. Nutritionist Donna Manring shared insight on how the dairy industry could work more closely with nutrition professionals. Evening entertainment was provided by hypnotist Dr. Al Snyder, who provided a hilarious show with the help of a few YDLI class members.

A panel discussion was held concerning milk labeling issues and consumer-driven changes in technology. On the panel were Richard Cotta, CEO of California Dairies, Liz Doornink, Wisconsin dairy producer, and Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Dennis Wolff. Class members lined up with questions for the panel, which generated some lively discussion.

Participants hit the streets of Albuquerque to interview consumers and gather their perceptions of the dairy industry. The exercise provided an excellent opportunity to test out some key industry messages and learn more about target audiences. After reporting their findings, Michele Payn-Knoper led the closing session, where plans were made for Phase II, which will take place over the next year. Class members developed action plans for their Phase II outreach projects, leaving everyone “fired up” and ready to champion agriculture!

Rounding out Phase I was the Fiesta Finale. An authentic mariachi band entertained the crowd during dinner, and the evening concluded with a keynote by Jolene Brown, who encouraged everyone to “let go of the rope,” and step up to meet the challenges facing today’s agriculture.
Three members of the first class of YDLI were honored as Distinguished Alumni Leader Award (DAL) recipients. Bonnie Burr, from Connecticut was honored as the 2006 DAL, and Duane and Marilyn Hershey, Pennsylvania, were the 2007 recipients.

“YDLI was an amazing opportunity to grow as a dairy producer and leader.  The people you meet and tools you can take home are very valuable,” said Doug Post, South Dakota dairy producer and Class 6 member.

"YDLI was one of the best things I could have done as a young person in a position to promote the dairy industry”, added Ashley Yager, Public Relations Associate for the Wisconsin Holstein Association, and class participant.  “It was a very eye-opening experience that I would recommend to anyone with a passion for keeping the industry alive and strong.  Listening to speakers and sessions on various topics lit a fire and passion inside me that I didn't know existed.”

The class will meet again in Albuquerque for Phase III February 25-28, 2009. This phase will focus on developing group leadership skills and advanced media training.

The Holstein Foundation thanks the generous sponsors that make YDLI possible:

Institute Leaders include Agway Foundation, Inc., Allflex, Cargill, Cooperative Resources International, Dairy Management Inc., Holstein Association USA, Inc., Select Sires, Inc., The Farm Credit System Foundation, and WestfaliaSurge, Inc.

Institute Friends include Accelerated Genetics, AgStar Financial Services, Badgerland Farm Credit Services, Cause Matters Corporation, CHS, COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Dairy MAX, Inc.,
DairyBusiness Communications, FCS Financial Services, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, KeyBank, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Northeast Farm Credit Ag Enhancement Program, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Robert L. Cain Memorial Fund, The Center for Dairy Excellence, Walco International, Inc.

YDLI is designed for young adults in the dairy industry, ages 22-45, and boasts 500 alumni since starting in 1993. Applicants are accepted from the U.S. and English-speaking countries. YDLI is a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation. The vision of the Holstein Foundation, a 501(c)(3) founded in 1989, is a dairy industry with vibrant leadership.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Excitement Building for Upcoming Young Dairy Leaders Institute

Brattleboro, VT (February 11, 2008)… Phase I of the upcoming Young DairyLeaders Institute (YDLI) Class 6 is quickly approaching! The program willtake place February 27 - March 1 in Albuquerque, N.M. Phase I utilizesinteractive workshops aimed at improving attendees’ individual leadershipand communication skills.

YDLI, a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation, is a three-phaseprogram which takes place over a two year period.  Eighty young adults havebeen selected to be a part of Class 6. YDLI is open to anyone in the U.S.or other English-speaking countries. This year’s class is composed ofpeople from 25 different states, Canada, Mexico, and the Philippines. Thefirst class of YDLI was held in 1994, and has since graduated over 400alumni.

“On the heels of the $2 million contribution from Holstein Association USAfor the support of YDLI, excitement is at an all-time high,” said JodiHoynoski, Programs Manager of the Holstein Foundation. “We have a highquality group of individuals in this class, and are looking forward to anoutstanding program.”

The four-day schedule is packed full of a variety of topics such as agadvocacy, understanding personality types, consumer relations, lifebalance, and media training. Participants will also have the chance to tourtwo New Mexico dairy farms to get a first-hand look at dairy farming in theSouthwest.

Phase II takes place in the year between Phase I and III. Class members puttheir new skills to use through a community outreach project of theirchoice, as well as other projects aimed at further developing and utilizingtheir skills. Phase III will be held February 25-28, 2009 and will focus ongroup leadership skills. Workshops will cover topics such as advanced mediatraining, meeting and board skills, and public policy. Class members willalso give presentations on their Phase II projects.
YDLI would not be possible without the generous support of its manysponsors.

Institute Leaders include Agway Foundation, Inc., Allflex, Cargill,Cooperative Resources International, Dairy Management Inc., HolsteinAssociation USA, Inc., Select Sires, Inc., The Farm Credit SystemFoundation, and WestfaliaSurge, Inc.

Institute Friends include Accelerated Genetics, AgStar Financial Services,Badgerland Farm Credit Services, Cause Matters Corporation, CHS,COBA/Select Sires, Inc., Dairy MAX, Inc.,DairyBusiness Communications, FCS Financial Services, GreenStone FarmCredit Services, KeyBank, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., Robert L. CainMemorial Fund, The Center for Dairy Excellence, Walco International, Inc.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Holstein Association USA Makes Generous Donation to Holstein Foundation

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 7, 2008)…Holstein Association USA recentlycontributed $2 million dollars from its reserve fund to the HolsteinFoundation in support of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) program.The donation was added to the Holstein Foundation’s endowment fund, whereinterest and dividends will support YDLI well into the future. The gift wasapproved by the Association’s board of directors at its November 2007meeting.

“We are very excited about Holstein Association USA’s generous gift to theHolstein Foundation’s endowment fund,” said Holstein Foundation ChairmanChuck Worden.  “It speaks volumes about their desire to make Young DairyLeaders Institute the premier young adult leadership training program inthe country.”

“Holstein Association USA’s mission is to provide leadership, information,and services to help members and dairy producers worldwide be successful.We feel that this works hand-in-hand with the vision of the HolsteinFoundation and YDLI,” said Doug Maddox, Holstein Association USA President.“I view this contribution as a solid investment that will bring long-termvalue to our organization. Not only that, but by developing strong leadersin the future generations, the entire dairy industry will benefit.”

YDLI, a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation, is a unique programthat offers leadership training specific to the dairy industry. It takesplace in three-phases held over two years and focuses on leadership andcommunications training for young adults (ages 22-45) working in all areasof the dairy industry. In its 15-year history, YDLI has graduated over 400individuals who have gone on to make a positive impact on agriculture andthe dairy industry. Phase 1 of the upcoming Class 6 will take placeFebruary 27-March 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Names 2007 Distinguished Alumni Leaders

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 3, 2007)…Duane and Marilyn Hershey of Cochranville, Pa. have been named the 2008 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leaders. They will be recognized during Phase I of the upcoming YDLI, which will be held February 28-March 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.

The YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recognizes YDLI graduates who have gone on to make significant contributions to their communities, organizations they are involved with, and the dairy industry as a whole. The Hersheys were members of the first class of YDLI in 1994 and 1995.

Duane Hershey has been very active with the Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau (CDCFB), serving as a board member for several years, including two terms as President. In that role, he had the opportunity to educate the public about farming issues. Hershey remains active on the legislative committee of the CDCFB. Presently, he is serving on the board of the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania and holds the office of treasurer.

This fall, Duane has been an advocate for the industry, speaking before the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board concerning milk pricing and mislabeling issues. He believes attending YDLI has prepared him to become more involved with the local government. “If farmers are not a voice for themselves, no one will hear our story,” he said.

Marilyn Hershey also has a long history working in the industry and has most recently been active working with youth on a county and state level. In 2002, she coordinated a Junior Holstein club in her county, which has grown over the years and now annually sends over 20 youth to represent their county at the state convention. Hershey has also started a county 4-H dairy club for younger members, and is currently serving as chairman of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association Youth Committee. Marilyn has been a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for over 15 years and writes a monthly column, “Common Threads,” in Hoard’s Dairyman.

Together, Duane and Marilyn have received several awards, including the 1997 Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher from the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and were named the 2000 Pennsylvania Holstein Association Distinguished Young Breeders. Their dairy, Ar-Joy Farms, hosts several tours each year for school groups, farm organizations, and international visitors.

“Personally and professionally, YDLI prepared me to step out as a small business publisher, be willing to take risks as farmer, and communicate my passion to the public,” Marilyn said. “The leadership skills that I gained at YDLI are evident.”

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Young Receives YDLI Scholarship

Brattleboro, Vt. (OCTOBER 22, 2007) Jason Young of Peach Bottom, Pa. is the recipient of the first Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence Scholarship to attend Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Phase I of Class Six of YDLI will take place February 27-March 1, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Young serves as the Maintenance and Crop Manager for Red Knob Farm. He is responsible for maintenance of all dairy machinery, as well as organizing planting and harvesting for the farm’s crops. Off the farm, he is a member of the Land O’ Lakes Young Leaders Development program and the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania. He is also involved with the Penn State Dairy Alliance. Young has ambitious plans for future, including taking on additional leadership responsibilities at Red Knob Farm and becoming more involved with their milk marketing cooperative.

"I am excited to be attending the YDLI conference for the opportunity to improve my leadership and management skills,” Young said. “This type of program will aid me in building and developing the skills needed for a future in the ever challenging and changing dairy industry. Managers of today's progressive dairy farms must have a strong knowledge of cows and crops, but they must also have a thorough understanding of management and leadership to help the farm function smoothly. I hope to further my skills in these areas through attending the YDLI conference."

The Pennsylvania Center for Dairy Excellence (CDE) scholarship covers the full cost of participating in YDLI, as well as travel and hotel expenses associated with attending the conference. The goal of CDE is to provide coordination and focus for the dairy industry and its associated resources, positioning the industry to become stronger and more profitable. They offer many resources to dairy producers around the state to help them maximize the profitability of their operations.

“Jason represents the future of Pennsylvania's dairy industry,” said John Frey, executive director of CDE. “He has participated in national and local leadership activities and is enthusiastic about being involved in the dairy industry. The Center sponsored the scholarship to give an individual like Jason the opportunity to hone his leadership skills so he can in turn bring those leadership skills back to our state to benefit the Commonwealth.”

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Campbell Receives Robert Lee Cain YDLI Scholarship

Brattleboro, Vermont (OCTOBER 22, 2007)…Jeff Campbell, Midway, Tenn. is the recipient of the first Robert Lee Cain Memorial Scholarship to attend Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), sponsored by the Holstein Foundation. Phase I of Class Six of YDLI will begin February 27-March 1, 2008 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Campbell serves as a herdsman on his family farm, Ma-Tom-Ba Holsteins. He is involved in all aspects of the operation, including caring for the cattle and managing employees. Showing and marketing cattle are two of his favorite activities, and he serves as a board member for the Tennessee Holstein Association. In the future, Campbell would like to become involved as a coach for his local 4-H dairy judging team and eventually serve as president for his state Holstein Association.

“It was truly an honor to receive this scholarship,” Campbell said. “Coming from a smaller family farm in Tennessee, I’m eager to have the chance to network with other farmers from different sized operations, as well as others who work in different aspects of the industry. I feel YDLI will be a great opportunity for me to learn a variety of skills I will be able to apply to my farm, and other organizations I am involved with in the future.”

A memorial fund was established in the name of Robert Lee Cain to provide a scholarship to a young dairy producer in the Southeastern U.S. who is attending YDLI. Cain served as a field representative and then Area Manager for Holstein Association USA for 40 years. He also spent time as a 4-H Extension Leader in Queen Anne County, Md. A lifetime member of National Dairy Shrine, he cared deeply for the dairy industry. Cain died in April 2007 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn.

“Remembering Bob’s passion for the dairy industry, this YDLI scholarship is a very appropriate way to honor his legacy,” said Glenn Sageser, Holstein Association USA Regional Representative. “Jeff is one of the up and coming dairy leaders in Tennessee. He is a progressive minded young dairyman who will have a positive impact on the future of the industry.”

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a program of the Holstein Foundation, is a nationally recognized three-phase leadership and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry. It consists of three phases, with Phases I and III meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. in 2008 and 2009.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Foundation Youth Competitions Create Excitement at National Holstein Convention

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 19, 2007Over 250 Holstein youth competed in the National Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy contests, sponsored by the Holstein Foundation, at the 2007 National Junior Holstein Convention in Knoxville, Tennessee.

A total of 31 teams from 17 states competed to bring home the National Championship during the 27th annual National Dairy Bowl contest.

Junior division competition was intense, with the undefeated Pennsylvania Junior team winning the final round over California in a close victory.  The winning team members were:  Isaac Hagen, Naomi Ulmer, Nathan Ulmer and Mark Zimmerman, coached by Dr. Robert Cloninger.  Members of the second place California team were:  Alissa Arata, Rocco Cunningham, Tony Lopes and Taylor Pires, coached by Kirsten Areias and Larry Bopp. 

Illinois claimed the championship in the Senior division overcoming the unbeaten Washington team in two matches. The winning team members were: Luke Brinkmeier, Brent Koester, Kyle Koester and Adam Watkins, coached by Becky Meier and Amy Shanks. Members of the second place Washington team were: Melissa Cook, Shelby Hansen, Liz Soler and Charlie Warner, coached by Ann Marie Magnochi.

“Our team was extremely excited to win the championship!” said Becky Meier, Illinois Dairy Bowl coach. “Our commitment to doing our best paid off.”

Dairy Bowl Sportsmanship awards were given to the team in each division who exhibited outstanding behavior and courtesy throughout the entire competition. The Junior Division Sportsmanship winner was California. Team members were: Alissa Arata, Rocco Cunningham, Tony Lopes and Taylor Pires. Receiving the Senior Division Sportsmanship award was the Utah team of Dallin Buttars, Cali Christensen, Maria Israelsen, and Stephanie Zilles.   

Special recognition was given to the top three individuals in each division with the highest dairy bowl written exam score. The Junior division winners were: first place, Nathan Ulmer of Pennsylvania; second place, Aaron Mitchell of Illinois; and third place, Taylor Pires of California. The senior division winners were: first place, Kyle Koester of Illinois; second place, Luke Brinkmeier of Illinois; and third place, Evan Schnadt of Iowa.

This year marked the eighth annual Dairy Jeopardy competition, with over 70 participants in three age divisions. The contest is an individual competition designed to develop members’ knowledge about the Holstein cow, dairy products and the dairy industry. Senior division winners were: first place, Elizabeth Smith of Pennsylvania; second place, John Mitchell of Illinois; and third place, Abby Udermann of Minnesota. Intermediate division winners were: first place, Elizabeth Gaul of Iowa; second place, Hayley Potts of Virginia; and third place, Katie Wendorf of Wisconsin. Junior division winners were: first place, Justin Bopp of California; second place, Eric Migliazzo of California; and third place, Logan Potts of Virginia.

The first ever Grassmoor Farm Awards were presented to the first place finishers in each division.  These awards have been made possible thanks to gifts from many generous individuals in memory of Robert Ellis McComb, Jr.  A memorial fund at the Holstein Foundation has been established to continue the Grassmoor Farm Award each year.

Bob McComb was a man who, above all, put church, family and farm first.  His best friend and loving wife, Carol McComb, has been a tireless volunteer for the Holstein Foundation, and is the entire reason our Dairy Jeopardy program exists today.

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Kelli.

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Holstein Foundation Seeks Applicants For The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI)

Brattleboro, Vermont (April 30, 2007)…The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is inviting dairy producers and industry professionals ages 22 to 45 to apply for the sixth class of YDLI, which will be held February 27 March 1, 2008 and February 25 28, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“The move to Albuquerque is very exciting,” said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager and YDLI director. “The city offers unique culture, traditions, food, music, art, dress and attitude. It has something for everyone, but I fell in love with its breathtaking beauty and southwestern hospitality. I also enjoy that Albuquerque is a more central location given today’s dairy climate.” The YDLI program had been held in Tampa, Fla. since its inception.

The YDLI experience includes a focused three-phase leadership and communication skills development program sponsored by the Holstein Foundation. Past YDLI graduates have become significant contributors to the dairy industry as progressive producers, breed association leaders, and corporate executives.

Using pertinent issues facing the dairy industry, Phase I, a four-day conference, focuses on developing participants' individual leadership skills, enhancing communication and media relation skills, understanding personality styles, and developing effective meeting skills.

Phase II requires participants' involvement in outreach activities and active leadership roles in their communities.

Phase III brings participants together for a second four-day conference focusing on team development and group leadership skills, affecting the public policy process, and advanced media relation skills.

For more information about YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.


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The Holstein Foundation, headquartered in Brattleboro, Vt., is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989.
The Foundation's cornerstone program for young adults is the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). Current programs targeting youth ages 9-21 include the popular Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions.
The Holstein Foundation also focuses on youth education and outreach activities, offering free workbooks,
a yearly newsletter, and ribbons for local shows, just to name a few.