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  bullet Geppert Recognized as 2010 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader (December 3)
  bullet Holstein Foundation's Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign Deadline Nearing (November 29)
  bullet Woman’s love for black and white cows results in generous gift for Holstein Foundation (August 5)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Successfully Launches Capital Campaign (July 17)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Programs Continue Tradition of Strong Participation (July 2)
  bullet New, Original Bonnie Mohr Painting to Sell at National Holstein Convention (June 14)
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Applications Now Available (April 27)
  bullet Thorbahn Named Holstein Foundation Trustee (February 25)
  bullet Holstein Foundation Provides New Dairy Judging Workbook (February 17)
 

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Geppert Recognized as 2010 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader

Brattleboro, Vt. (December 3, 2010)…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to recognize Kate Geppert of Columbia, Mo. as the 2010 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recipient. This award annually recognizes YDLI alumni who have made notable contributions and utilized skills gained during their YDLI participation for the betterment of the dairy industry. Geppert was a member of the first YDLI class, and is the tenth recipient of this honor.

"Professionally speaking, YDLI has given me a tremendous network of friends within the dairy industry and agribusiness," said Geppert. "The quality of speakers and programs in my class was unbelievable. YDLI was a great program for me and I encourage others to participate whenever possible."

Geppert has been involved in the dairy industry her entire life. Her experiences have given her numerous opportunities to educate the public about the dairy industry. With their farm located close to a local elementary school, as well as the University of Missouri, the Geppert family has had the opportunity to tell dairy's story to hundreds of people through the years, from young school children to local businessmen and international visitors. Kate is the current dairy superintendent at the Missouri State Fair, a role that has allowed her to communicate extensively with the general public, answering questions and resolving misconceptions about the dairy industry. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to interact with elected officials to help bring dairy issues to their attention.

Kate lends her time freely to numerous dairy and agricultural organizations. She is currently a member of the Holstein Association USA board of directors, and has served on several committees, including the Junior Advisory, Genetic Advancement, National FAIR committees. She has also been a long-time member of the Missouri Holstein Association. Other groups Geppert is involved with include the Missouri Dairy Hall of Honors, the University of Missouri Ag Alumni Association, where she has held the office of president, Missouri State Milk board, serving as one of four dairy producers appointed by the Governor, and the Missouri Dairy Association.

Geppert will be recognized during upcoming YDLI Class 7, Phase I program, March 2-5, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. 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.

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

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Holstein Foundation's Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign Deadline Nearing

Brattleboro, Vt. (November 29, 2010)…Time is running out fast on the Holstein Association USA matching funds for the Holstein Foundation's Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow capital campaign. With over $350,000 raised to date from Holstein Foundation trustees, YDLI alumni and others industry supporters, all funds received will be earmarked for continuing the Foundation's young adult leadership development efforts into the future. Holstein Association USA has offered a generous dollar-for-dollar match on all funds received by December 31, 2010. Learn more about the campaign, or make a gift online at www.holsteinfoundation.org.

"We encourage you to consider a gift to the Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow Campaign from yourself, your farm or business," said Judy and Charles Iager, Honorary Campaign Chairmen, "Every donation helps strengthen our programs, and we offer our sincere thanks to all those who have already generously given."

The campaign has full participation from its board of trustees, and two pacesetting Chairman’s level gifts of $50,000 from Judy and Charles Iager/Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Md. and Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., Hilmar, Calif.

Executive level support of $25,000 or more has been received from DairyBusiness Communications, East Syracuse, N.Y. and Dean Foods, Dallas, Texas.

Ambassador level gifts of $10,000 or more have been received from: Accelerated Genetics, Baraboo, Wis.; John F. and Nancy Bierbaum, Burnsville, Minn.; Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. P. Conyngham, Shavertown, Pa.; Calvin Covington, Clemmons, N.C.; Coldsprings Farms – Hoff Family, New Windsor, Md.; Doug and Matilda Maddox Family, Riverdale, Calif.; John and Vicki Meyer, Brattleboro, Vt.; Bonnie Mohr Studio, Glencoe, Minn.; Tom, Linda and Ashley Thorbahn, Vickery, Ohio; Charles and Vanessa Worden, Cassville, N.Y.; Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, Baraboo, Wis.; World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis.

Leader level gifts of $5,000 or more have been received from: Kimberly Clauss – Clauss Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif.; Richard T. and Jeanne Coyne, Avon, N.Y.; Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.; Joel P. & Anita M. Hastings, East Syracuse, N.Y.; Dr. & Mrs. Matthew E. Iager, Boonsboro, Md.; Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, Schuylerville, N.Y.; Sunshine Genetics, Whitewater, Wis.; Larry and Carolyn Tande, Medford, Minn.

A YDLI Champions Club has also been established for YDLI alumni that donate $1,000 or more: Gary & Julie Cooper, Mt. Calvary, Wis.; Mark Crave, Waterloo, Wis.; Siemers Holstein Farm, Inc., Newton, Wis.

Visit www.holsteinfoundation.org for complete information about the campaign and details about how you can become involved. With questions, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Woman’s love for black and white cows results in
generous gift for Holstein Foundation


Holstein Foundation Administrator
John M. Meyer, Lark Eustace and Holstein Foundation Programs Manager
Jodi Hoynoski

Brattleboro, Vt. (August 5, 2010)…Since Jean Bell Gorsuch’s sudden passing in 2007, her daughter Lark Eustace has wanted to find a way to honor her. Jean used to host “Black and White” parties, so Lark resurrected the idea to benefit the young people that love black and white dairy cows.

"My sisters and brother and I wanted to celebrate her life in a way she would be happy with," said Eustace. "The Holstein Foundation was a perfect fit to remember who she was and how she loved having 'the girls' close by every year."

In the rain on Saturday, July 10, supporters participated in a golf tournament at Brattleboro Country Club and a Walk-a-thon. The sun came out that evening for a silent auction and dinner held at the Meadowlark Inn in Brattleboro, Vt., where guests enjoyed music and views of cows on pasture. Dancing and laughter carried on into the beautiful evening. At the end of the night, over $5,000 was raised for the Holstein Foundation.

Jean Bell Gorsuch was the daughter of a dairy herdsman, who cared for cows throughout Vermont most all his life. Jean worked at the Holstein Association USA office in Brattleboro for a short time, and always enjoyed watching cows graze in the meadow at their family’s home.

The Holstein Foundation is a national organization that provides fun and educational activities and resources for youth and young adults in the dairy industry. Currently in the midst of the Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow capital campaign, the money raised will be given to the campaign “In Memory of Jean Bell Gorsuch.” The campaign is building endowment to provide professional leadership training to young dairy farmers. More information about the organization can be found at www.holsteinfoundation.org.

Jean’s family and the Holstein Foundation offer their heartfelt thanks to all the generous donors:

Jean Bell Gorsuch's children – Lark Eustace, Jandi Pond, Kori Leary and Jera Vinton, Brattleboro, VT
Stanley and Donna Borofsky, Brattleboro, VT
Blue Moose Store and Café, Brattleboro, VT
Brattleboro Country Club/Fairway Tavern, Brattleboro, VT
Ione B. Brunton, Brattleboro, VT
Frances L. Burrows, Brattleboro, VT
Janis Chaillou, Putney, VT
Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield, NH
Robert and Luanne Crosby, Jacksonville , VT
Charles R. Cummings, Brattleboro, VT
Mary G. Dunham, Brattleboro, VT
Philip H. Dunham, Brattleboro, VT
Lark and Les Eustace, Brattleboro, VT
Fawley Art - Carolyn DiNicola-Fawley, Brattleboro, VT
Joni Steady Fleming, Brattleboro, VT
Galanes Vermont Shop, Brattleboro, VT
Peter and Christina Gibbons, Brattleboro, VT
Ginseng Hill Nursery/Paul & Kiki Freed, Brattleboro, VT
Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT
Anne and Kevin Gragen, Brattleboro, VT
T. James and Linda L Hallee, Cape Elizabeth, ME
Joel P. and Anita M. Hastings, East Syracuse, NY
Barbara Henderson, Brattleboro, VT
Charles and Mary Henderson, Brattleboro, VT
Jodi and Carl Hoynoski, Gill, MA
W. R. Johnson and Carol A. Austin, West Chesterfield, NH
Robert and Virginia LaClair, Morristown, NY
Lilac Ridge Farm, Brattleboro, VT
Tukta Long, Brattleboro, VT
Manley Apts./Hugh and Joanna Barber, Brattleboro, VT
David J. Manning, Inc., Brattleboro, VT
Manning PR, Brattleboro, VT
Beth and Michael McKinney, Brattleboro, VT
Meadowlark Inn, West Brattleboro, VT
John M. and Vicki Meyer, Brattleboro, VT
Peter Havens Restaurant, Brattleboro, VT
Stephen and Sara Phillips, Brattleboro, VT
Putney Inn, Putney, VT
John and Elizabeth Rancourt, West Chesterfield, NH
Kipp and Amanda Rancourt, West Chesterfield, NH
Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters, Brattleboro, VT
Henry and Barbara Smith, West Brattleboro, VT
Buddy and Gail Speno, Brattleboro, VT
Stephen and Sharon Steidle, Brattleboro , VT
Drury and Ruth Vinton, Bandera, TX
Jeanette and Drury Vinton, Mount Vernon, NH
Windham Flowers, Brattleboro, VT

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

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Holstein Foundation Successfully Launches Capital Campaign
Developing young dairy leaders provides incentive for major gifts

Dairy Leaders for TomorrowBrattleboro, Vermont (July 17, 2010)...Thanks to early generosity from leading philanthropists, the Holstein Foundation’s Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow campaign is underway with substantial momentum.

“The success of this campaign will establish a long-standing commitment to provide dairy leadership training programs like the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute,” said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation programs manager since 2004.

To date, the campaign – Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow – has raised nearly $350,000 from Holstein Foundation Trustees, YDLI alumni and others. Core support came early from Holstein Association USA, which has offered a dollar for dollar match up to $1 million on monies received by December 31, 2010.

The campaign has full participation from its board of trustees, and two pacesetting Chairman’s level gifts of $50,000 from Judy and Charles Iager/Maple Lawn Farms, Fulton, Md. and Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., Hilmar, Calif.

Executive level support of $25,000 or more has been received from DairyBusiness Communications, East Syracuse, N.Y.

Ambassador level gifts of $10,000 or more have been received from: Accelerated Genetics, Baraboo, Wis.; John F. and Nancy Bierbaum, Burnsville, Minn.; Mr. & Mrs. Frank E. P. Conyngham, Shavertown, Pa.; Calvin Covington, Ocala, Fl.; Coldsprings Farms – Hoff Family, New Windsor, Md.; Dean Foods, Dallas, Texas; Doug and Matilda Maddox Family, Riverdale, Calif.; John and Vicki Meyer, Brattleboro, Vt.; Bonnie Mohr Studio, Glencoe, Minn.; Tom, Linda and Ashley Thorbahn, Vickery, Ohio; Charles and Vanessa Worden, Cassville, N.Y.; Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, Baraboo, Wis.; World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis.

Leader level gifts of $5,000 or more have been received from: Kimberly Clauss – Clauss Dairy Farms, Hilmar, Calif.; Richard T. and Jeanne Coyne, Avon, N.Y.; Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, Minn.; Joel P. & Anita M. Hastings, East Syracuse, N.Y.; Dr. & Mrs. Matthew E. Iager, Boonsboro, Md.; Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, Schuylerville, N.Y.; Sunshine Genetics, Whitewater, Wis.; Larry and Carolyn Tande, Medford, Minn.

A YDLI Champions Club has also been established for YDLI alumni that donate $1,000 or more: Mark Crave, Waterloo, Wis.; Siemers Holstein Farm, Inc., Newton, Wis.

Donations to the campaign will support a new endowment fund dedicated to adult dairy leadership training the Holstein Foundation provides. The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) has been the Foundation’s cornerstone program, and hopes are to continue the program well into the future, supported by earnings from this new fund.

“We’re off to a great start for the campaign, but we will look to the larger, industry-wide community to join us in providing critical support to ensure a vibrant future for the dairy industry,” said Judy and Charles Iager, honorary campaign chairpersons.

To view more details about the Dairy Leaders for Tomorrow campaign to learn how you can become involved or to view a complete list of campaign donors, 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 Programs Continue Tradition of Strong Participation

Brattleboro, Vermont (July 2, 2010)...Passion and energy fills the room when the Holstein Foundation’s National Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions are taking place. The fervor of the contestants for dairy knowledge is no secret as the competition rolls into the last rounds. This year’s finals were held in Bloomington, Minn., at the National Junior Holstein Convention.

Dairy Jeopardy

The Dairy Jeopardy took place on June 26, with 87 contestants in three age divisions; Junior, ages 9-13, Intermediate, ages 14-17, and Senior, ages 18-21. The competition is based on the popular television game show with the same name, but focuses on a vast array of dairy knowledge.

In the Junior division, first place honors went to Emily Irwin, Ill.; second place was Bailee Whitehead, Mo; and in third was Isabelle Leonard, Va. In the Intermediate division, Katie Wendorf, Wis., took the top spot; second place was Tony Lopes, Calif.; and third place went to Cody Getschel, Wis. In the Senior division contest, Casey Arlig, N.Y., bested the competition, followed by Jordan Hanson, Iowa, taking second place, and Kelly Lee, Wis., placing third.

Dairy Bowl

The National Dairy Bowl contest celebrated its 30th year in 2010. Four-person teams compete within two age divisions - Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. There were 17 Junior and 18 Senior teams competing this year. The preliminary rounds were completed on June 28, with the anticipated final matches on the morning of June 29.

The final round of the Junior division saw California facing off against Minnesota. California came out victorious in the championship match. Coach of the California team was Kirsten Areias and Megan Pierce, and team members were Colleen Allen, Caitlin Lopes, Elisabeth Regusci and Elise Regusci. The runner-ups of Minnesota were coached by Jessica Achen, with team members Annie Achen, Christy Achen, Roxann Achen and Kayla Brown.

Perennial champions of Pennsylvania came out on top in the Senior division with team members Ethan Himmelberger, Chad Horst, Sarah Smith and Matthew Williams, coached by Hannah Bomgardner and Duane Nolt. They defeated Washington in the last round. Washington was coached by Andrew Bishop and Ann Marie Magnochi, and competitors were Abby Lohman, Shannon Rodeffer, Brooke Schoenbachler and Emily Zylstra.

Exemplary sportsmanship is also rewarded in each division to encourage courtesy and friendliness throughout the contest. The Georgia team received this honor in the Junior division. Team members were Lane Erickson, Sarah Howard, Charlotte Yoder and Cynthia Yoder, coached by Ashley Newberry. The Illinois team was proud to be named the Senior division sportsmanship winners. Angie Boesche, Aaron Mitchell, Elizabeth Myelle and Colleen Ziller were the team members, coached by Becky Meier and Glen Meier.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

New this year was a Dairy Knowledge Exam, which replaced the traditional Dairy Bowl Seating Exam, and was open to any youth in attendance that wished to participate. Awards were given to the top three in each age division. In the Junior division, Tony Lopes, Calif., took first; Elisabeth Regusci, Calif., earned second; and Nicholas Logan Potts, Va., placed third. Seniors Hayley Potts, Va.; Katherine Nissen, Calif.; and Chard Horst, Pa., placed first, second, and third, respectively.

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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New, Original Bonnie Mohr Painting
to Sell at National Holstein Convention

The Beautiful CowBrattleboro, Vt. (June 14, 2010)…A special art auction will be held at the 2010 National Holstein Convention banquet, featuring a rare opportunity – a new, original oil painting by Bonnie Mohr, with proceeds benefiting the Holstein Foundation. The piece will sell on Tuesday evening, June 29 at the Sheraton in Bloomington, Minn.

"Be assured that this will be a spectacular piece, worth the wait! I believe this painting may just be one of my top works ever. It captures the divine beauty and remarkable spirit of the Holstein cow,” said Bonnie Mohr, renowned artist and Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) alumnus.

The number one print and number one canvas giclee will also be auctioned at the banquet, benefitting the 2010 National Holstein Convention.

Mohr is currently putting the finishing touches on the piece. As this exciting 22” x 28” oil painting is completed, progress updates from the artist are being posted at www.holsteinfoundation.org, until the final piece is unveiled.

Bids are now being accepted by:

Steve Berland 507.254.5281
Scott Culbertson 614.264.5980
Jodi Hoynoski 802.380.6362
Kevin Jorgensen 920.210.3992
David Lentz 717.329.9202
Steve Peterson 218.849.2238


For more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Applications Now Available

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 27, 2010)...Applications are now available for the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). A program of the Holstein Foundation, YDLI is an innovative leadership and communication skills development program that has touched the lives of over 400 young adults since the program's inception. The next class, Class 7, will begin in March 2011. Applications can be downloaded from the Holstein Foundation Web site and must be postmarked by August 2, 2010 to be eligible for consideration.

YDLI is a three-phase program that takes place over thirteen months, and is open to young adults (ages 22-45) with an interest in the dairy industry. The class will meet in Albuquerque, N.M. for Phases I and III, with a series of projects to complete in the months between meetings. The program is designed to be both relevant and edgy, covering the hot topics facing today's industry.

"YDLI is a program that is all-encompassing," said Kathryn Walker, Class 6 graduate from Oregon. "It is so much more than learning how to be an advocate for the dairy industry. It taught me how to be a better member of the organizations I belong to and has allowed me to create a national network of colleagues."

Phase I focuses on individual leadership and personal development. Workshops cover topics such as working with different personality types, developing an understanding of consumer relations and building media communication skills through hands-on practice.

During Phase II, participants complete a series of assignments in their community, which emphasizes the advocacy and outreach skills gained during Phase I.

The final on-site training, Phase III, features sessions on advanced media training, meeting and board skills, influencing public policy and continued advocacy. Throughout the program, an emphasis is placed on communication and networking amongst peers, a benefit that carries on long after a YDLI class is complete.

The class will meet in Albuquerque, N.M. for Phase I, March 2-5, 2011 and for Phase III, February 29-March 3, 2012. For more information about YDLI or to obtain an application, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or click here to email Jodi.

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Thorbahn Named Holstein Foundation Trustee

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 25, 2010)…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to announce a new addition to their board of trustees. Tom Thorbahn of Vickery, Ohio has joined the board, which oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

"I am very excited and pleased to serve on the Holstein Foundation board of trustees," said Thorbahn. "The Foundation provides so many great opportunities for the youth and young leaders of our industry. By training the brightest and the best leaders for tomorrow, the future of the dairy industry will be in great hands."

Thorbahn has been involved with the dairy industry his entire life. He farmed in partnership with his father and brother for over thirty years, breeding Holstein cattle under the Crimson-Lane prefix. He has been extremely involved as a life-long member of Holstein Association USA, most recently serving on the board of directors from 2003 to 2009, and has been a long-time supporter of the Holstein Foundation. As a Holstein Association USA director, Tom served on the Genetic Advancement and Executive committees and was the board liaison to the Junior Advisory committee.

Thorbahn served as a 4-H youth leader in Ohio for over 20 years, and has been on both the Sandusky County and Ohio State Extension Advisory Committees. In 2005, he received The Ohio State University Department of Dairy Science Hall of Service Award. Aside from dairy activities, Tom is an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where he has been involved in numerous capacities.

For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, including Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), 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 Provides New Dairy Judging Workbook

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 17, 2010)…The Holstein Foundation is excited to release a new Dairy Judging workbook on their Web site at www.holsteinfoundation.org. The workbook is provided free of charge to download for anyone interested in learning about judging dairy cattle.

For beginners, the Dairy Judging workbook starts with fundamentals such as the parts of a dairy cow and the four major breakdowns of the PDCA Unified Scorecard. Comparative dairy terminology is covered with pictures showing structural variations of cattle. Preparing and presenting oral reasons is a featured section, with several examples, as well as tips for both beginners and more advanced youth. An introduction to linear evaluation is also provided. Several interactive exercises and resources for both youth and judging coaches are available in the workbook, including worksheets to teach the parts of a cow, oral reasons vocabulary and note-taking skills, as well as placing cards that can be copied off and used in practices.

For those interested in learning more about Registered Holstein pedigrees, the Pedigree Questions and Answers workbook has also been updated, with information on many of the changes that have taken place in recent months.

These workbooks come along with the launch of a completely redesigned Holstein Foundation Web site, which highlights the organization's dairy leadership development programs. Along with Dairy Judging are several other free, educational workbooks covering topics from genetics and pedigrees to nutrition and general dairy cattle care. To further connect with the dairy community, the Holstein Foundation also has a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HolsteinFoundation.

To view the new site, learn more about the Foundation, or to download any of the educational workbooks, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org. For more information, 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.