Dairy Banquet

By: KCTN News
Apr 7th, 2018

A RURAL GUTTENBERG GIRL HAS BEEN CROWNED THE NEW CLAYTON COUNTY DAIRY PRINCESS.  BRIANNA LUCEY, DAUGHTER OF ROBERT LUCEY AND MARCIA HARBAUGH,  WAS CROWNED AT THE CLAYTON COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTION COMMITEE BANQUET ON FRIDAY NIGHT.  THE ALTERNATE DAIRY PRINESS IS TESS HILGERSON, DAUGHTER OF SCOTT AND SUZY HILGERSON OF ELKADER.  THE JUNIOR DAIRYMAN IS BLAKE HUNT, SON OF CHAD AND ERIN HUNT OF ELKADER.  THE ALTERNATE JUNIOR DAIRYMAN IS KODY MOELLER, SON OF CHRIS AND KALLIE MOELLER OF POSTVILLE.  LITTLE MISS SQUIRT IS CRYSTAL GOODRICH, DAUGHTER OF TONY AND JAMIE GOODRICH OF SAINT OLAF.   ALTERNATE LITTLE MISS SQUIRT IS JENNIFER SMITH, DAUGHTER OF SCOTT AND CINDY SMITH.

CLAYTON COUNTY DAIRY FESTIVAL BANQUET

April 6, 2018

Johnson’s Reception Hall, Elkader

Scholarship Winners:

This is the second year the Clayton Co. Dairy Promotion Committee has offered scholarships to support our county’s youth education beyond high school.

Brianna Lucey and Cody Mueller will each be receiving a $500 scholarship:

Brianna Lucey is the daughter of Marcia Harbaugh of Guttenberg. Brianna will be graduating from Clayton Ridge High School this May with plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College for agricultural business and dairy science. She is currently the President of the Garnavillo Hawks 4H Club and has held several other offices within the club. Brianna currently owns two registered Jerseys and a handful of registered Holsteins. Her ultimate career goals include taking over the family farm and becoming an animal nutritionist. One of her letters of recommendation stated the following about Brianna, “Having roots that extend to the farm has allowed her to become a confident and dependable young lady. She understands the hard work it takes to milk cows and how to work in adverse conditions.”

Cody Mueller is the son of Jason and Kelly Mueller of Strawberry Point. Cody will be graduating from Central Community this May with plans to study agricultural diesel mechanics in college. He has been a very active member in 4H and FFA all while achieving academic letters and being on the supreme honor roll. Cody has also served on Central’s Compost Team, which recycles and composts waste from the school’s lunch – reducing waste by about 90%. His goal of becoming a diesel mechanic is led by his initiative to help others. One of his letters of recommendation had the following to say about Cody, “Youths such as Cody Mueller are the reason I became a teacher. He is the type of individual that I feel will have a real impact on the community in which in which he chooses to live.”


AWARD PRESENTATIONS:


1.  DHIA PRODUCTION CERTIFICATES & BLUE RIBBON ROSETTES


   Qualifiers:  Herd owners whose production average for either milk, fat, protein, or combined fat & protein

exceeded the state breed average by at least 10% for the year January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017

and completed 6 DHIA tests.

   Qualifying Level:

MILK FAT PROTEIN CFP

Ayrshire 21,713 849      698 1,547

Brown Swiss 21,642 887      747 1,634

Guernsey 19,182 915      658 1,573

Holstein 26,367 1002      820        1,822

Jersey 18,495 912      683 ` 1,595

Milking Shorthorn 17,948 741      608 1,349

Mixed 23,062 926      748 1,674

Recipients: #COWS MILK FAT PROTEIN CFP

Brown Swiss Herds:

Lance & Jonna Schutte, Monona 23 28,253 1129     916 2045                

Mixed Herds:

Tim & Kari Gaul,Guttenberg 90 25,084  944     792 1736     

Dennis & Lori Bergan, Elkader 81 29,267 1051     913 1964

Holstein Herds:

Chad & Erin Hunt, Elkader 65 26,319 951     844 1795

WesselCrest, Greeley 243 27,796 1092     896 1988

Terry Lenth, Luana 109 28,250 1065     861             1926 Dennis & Lori Bergan, Elkader 99 29,147 1048       895 1943

Whittle Dairy, Volga 571 31,583 1268     981 2249

Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo             706 32,213 1220     1017 2237                  

Lance & Jonna Schutte, Monona 99 34,048 1200     1013            2213


2.  HIGH HERD FOR MILK

Lance & Jonna Schutte, Monona 34,048 lbs. Milk     


3.  HIGH HERD FOR C.F.P. AWARD

Whittle Dairy, Volga 2249 lbs. C.F.P.


4.  HIGH HERD FOR MILK & C.F.P. FOR COLORED BREEDS

Lance & Jonna Schutte, Monona 28,253 lbs. Milk     2045 C.F.P.


5.  HIGH HERD FOR MILK & C.F.P. FOR MIXED HERDS

Dennis & Lori Bergan, Elkader 29,267 lbs. Milk    1964 C.F.P

6.  MILK QUALITY AWARDS

Larry & Liane Thompson, Monona 59,835 SCC

Albert & Trudy Hanson, Elgin 122,000 SCC


7.  HIGH 305 DAY MILK & C.F.P. RECORD

Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo #22 Holstein 48,338 lbs. Milk 3412 CFP


8.  HIGH 305 DAY MILK RECORD (colored breeds)

Dennis & Lori Bergan, Elkader #802  Brown Swiss 36,998 lbs. Milk


9.  HIGH 305 DAY C.F.P. RECORD (colored breeds)

Jon & Keya Sleister, McGregor Ellie   Jersey 2,882 lbs. C.F.P



10.  200,000/7,000 LB. LIFETIME PRODUCTION CLUB AWARDS


     The Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee initiated a system 30 years ago of recognizing producers

with cows that produced in their lifetime 200,000 pounds of milk and/or 7,000 pounds of fat.  Since 1986

there have been 288 cows enrolled in the club. 35 more cows achieved those lifetime production totals

since last year's awards presentation.


     (Information below includes producer, address, cow's name, number of lactations, breed, pounds of milk,

& pounds of fat.)


1. Brown’s Dairy, Strawberry Point

#169 (42WKH9603) 8 Holstein 201,761/7066


2.  Brown’s Dairy, Strawberry Point

#31 (42BVZ8089) 11 Holstein 238,189/9701


3.  Brown’s Dairy, Strawberry Point

#71 (42WKD4105) 8 Holstein 218,464/8660


4.  Dennis & Lori Bergan, Elkader

#683 (42WKQ4455) 7 Brown Swiss 201,635/6230


5.  Albert & Trudy Hanson, Elgin

#31 (42BVZ8089) 6 Holstein 205,258/7820


6.  Scott & Suzy Hilgerson, Elkader

#31 (42BVZ8089) 7 Holstein 208,942/6291


7.  Chad & Erin Hunt, Elkader

Honey (207818066) 5 Holstein 209,764/7116


8.  Chad & Erin Hunt, Elkader

Star (137865822) 5 Holstein 210,236/6796


9.   Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

Cyprus (42TCK0977) 7 Jersey 166,667/7359


10.  Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#721 (42TCV3906) 7 Holstein 153,593/7121


11. Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#700 (42TCV3616) 7 Crossbred 171,783/7679


12.   Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#584 (42TCK0793) 8 Holstein 188,617/7707


13.   Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#540 (42TBW7597) 8 Holstein 180,779/8061


14.  Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#644 (42TBZ3870) 7 Holstein 179,877/7171


15. Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

Marissa (42TCP5907) 8 Crossbred 159,357/7259


16.   Kregel Dairy, Guttenberg

#669 (42TCK0974) 7 Jersey 138,640/7424


17.  Larry Landsgard, St. Olaf

Lands-Brook Allen Dora (207810219) 6 Holstein 198,424/7302


18. Terry Lenth, Luana

O-717 (42TDK8900) 6 Holstein 204,941/7713


19.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2767 (42WKS6662) 5 Holstein 201,471/6471


20.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2727 (42WKS6622) 5 Holstein 200,425/5095


21.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2662 (42WKU3554) 5 Holstein 215,267/5876


22.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2514 (42WKS6004) 5 Holstein 215,587/7537


23.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2428 (42WKV0217) 5 Holstein 233,020/6504


24.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2375 (42WJZ0763) 5 Holstein 219,750/8048


25.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2314 (42WJZ0702) 7 Holstein 217,104/7736


26.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#2257 (42WKS6622) 6 Holstein 207,207/6377


27.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#1965 (42WKQ4848) 7 Holstein 238,442/8304


28.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#1561 (42WKH9739) 7 Holstein 325,290/11863


29.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#1486 (42WKG8264) 9 Holstein 261,330/10016


30.  Lee & Sara Pattison, Garnavillo

#22 (42WJU3003) 4 Holstein 203,904/7143


31.  Dave Steffen, Garber

B-320 (42WJW9120) 9 Holstein 202,003/6424


32.  Larry & Liane Thompson, Monona

Macman (42WJZ0884) 5 Holstein 254,155/9074


33.  Tim Walter, Luana

#774 (42WJM0009) 6 Holstein 205,794/7361


34.  Jeff West, Farmersburg

#293 (42WKP0793) 7 Holstein 205,107/6727

35.  Whitford Dairy, LLC.

B-6 (42WKH9974) 7 Holstein 211,986/6373


       11.  DAIRY BEST AWARD


The Dairy Best award is presented annually to an eating establishment in Clayton County that does an outstanding job of serving real dairy products to the public.

Winner: Treats on Bridge Street, Elkader  

Treats on Bridge Street in located in Elkader and is owned by Mary and Ron Kuehl.

Although Treats on Bridge Street is usually thought of as a “coffee shop”, they rely heavily on dairy products. Each week they use about 25 gallons of milk. Some of the milk is steamed and used in their espresso coffee drinks. Milk is also used in their shakes and malts and sold by the glass. They offer half and half with the coffee and use heavy whipping cream for the whipped topping on top of specialty coffee drinks. Milk and butter is used in homemade soups and pies. Each panini sandwich contains several slices of provolone, swiss or cheddar cheese that is melted to perfection. A favorite sandwich is the triple cheese panini that contains all three cheeses. Treats also always has a selection of eight different kinds of ice cream for cones, sundaes, shakes or malts.


         12. DAIRY APPRECIATION AWARD

The Clayton County Dairy Promotion Committee annually honors a person or business that supports the dairy industry. This year the award is presented to two individuals.

Winner: Dr. Ryan Royer

Ryan Royer graduated in 1998 with his Animal Science degree from Iowa State University.   In 2002, he graduated from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced in a mixed animal practice for a year in Cresco, Iowa before moving to the Elkader Veterinary Clinic in 2003.  Ryan was married in 2003 to his wife Jen and they grew their family here in NE Iowa. They have a son Daniel, who is now 13, Lizzie 11 and Katie age 10.

In 2008, Ryan and his family moved to Dalhart, Texas for 2 years where he practiced veterinary medicine with large dairy herds.    In 2010, Ryan and his family moved “back home” to Elkader, Iowa. Since that time, he has focused primarily on learning and growing his dairy and beef expertise. Ryan is also employed by Purina Animal Nutrition, where he provides nutrition consulting and ration formulation to herds throughout NE Iowa.

In January of 2017, Ryan and his partner, Dr. Michelle Christenson purchased the Elkader Veterinary Clinic from the previous owner, Dr. John Pries.  Ryan and Dr. Christenson are committed to providing the best possible care and service to those they work within the community, as well as actively growing the small and large animal practice.

Ryan is currently a member of the AABP and as well as the IVMA, where he is serving his 2nd term on the executive board for the Iowa Veterinary Medicine Association.  Ryan is an active community member and enjoys working and collaborating with the ISU extension; NE Iowa Community College, where he serves on The Large Animal Vet Technician and Dairy Science Advisory Board; local 4H clubs, and his church family.  Ryan can also be found volunteering his time at the Clayton County Fair each year where he provides inspection services.


         13.  OUTSTANDING YOUNG DAIRY PRODUCER AWARD... Sponsor -Virgil Kregel Memorial    

The Outstanding Young Dairy Producer Award is a sincere effort to honor young dairy producers who have achieved excellence in managing their dairy enterprise, and have contributed leadership in the dairy industry and their communities. Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger to be eligible.

Sponsor: Virgil Kregel Memorial provided by the Kregel Family, winner also receives a semen certificate from International Protein Sires, Dennis Cline

Winner: Megan Schoulte, Farmersburg

This year’s award recipient graduated from NICC in May of 2003, majoring in Dairy Science. She attended John R. Mott high school in Postville. She met Josh, the love of her life, on her 20th birthday. They married May 17th of 2003. She grew up on a dairy farm and competed in various dairy showing competitions growing up. She is the daughter of Jerald & Mary Kleve.

Megan and Josh started milking in 2003 with 50 cows and 130 acres of farmland. Schoulte Family Farm is now home to 65 grade Holsteins and over 1,100 acres owned/rented. In addition to the cows, Josh and Megan have a beef cow/calf operation.

Megan handles all the herd management on her farm including but not limited to milking, hoof trimming, herd health, calf feeding, bedding, breeding, and scraping along with the help of her daughters. Josh feeds a total mixed ration to the herd which is housed in a sand bedded freestall barn. Megan also assists Josh with their growing grain operation particularly in the busy spring and fall months.

Megan is leader and active parent of the Mendon Hustler/ Peppy Pals 4-H Club. She and Josh have four children:

Cassidy (17), Dacia (13), Adrianna (9) and Dominic (3)


         14.  DISTINGUISHED DAIRY PRODUCER AWARD

The Distinguished Dairy Producer Award honors dairy families and individuals who have achieved excellence in managing their dairy enterprise while contributing leadership to the dairy industry and their communities. Honoring these outstanding producers serves as a tribute to the time and effort they have put forth in advancing the dairy industry.

Winner: Scott & Suzy Hilgerson, Elkader

This year’s Distinguished Dairy Producers both have deep roots in Clayton County and the dairy industry. Before getting married in 1993, both grew up on farms and were very active in the community. They currently farm together with their four children; milking 62 Registered Holsteins, raising corn, oats, and alfalfa as well as finishing out dairy steers.  The family owns 120 acres and rents an additional 250 acres.

Scott grew up on his family’s dairy farm in St. Olaf with his parents, Robert and Ruth, and three sisters. When he graduated high school in 1984, he farmed on thirds with his father until he purchased his own farm outside of Elkader. Scott moved into his own barn in March of 1985. Starting with 17 cows, and slowly building the herd since then, Scott filled the 62-cow tie-stall in 1990. Suzy grew up on the Hoth farm outside of St. Olaf with her parents, Leon and Joyce, and her two sisters. The Hoth farm raised beef cattle, hogs, and chickens.

When Scott graduated high shcool his father wasn’t yet ready to sell the farm, so Scott began to look for his own place. When the opportunity to buy the current dairy farm on highway 128 arose, Scott realized the opportunity and bought the property; making him a 4th generation dairy farmer. After high school, Suzy took courses at Iowa State University for two years, and lived and worked in Cedar Rapids, as a bank teller before returning to Elkader where she married Scott.

Scott and Suzy married on May 22, 1993. Since then, Scott maintains a herd of 62 cows and Suzy plays a key role on the farm as well. They then welcomed four children Sam, Shana, Ted, and Tess.

As the kids grew, they started helping out around the farm. Each was babysat in the buddy seat of a tractor, helping to feed calves, and worked their way up to milking cows and operating equipment. Scott and Suzy both helped their kids become involved in 4-H and complete projects in almost every area. Suzy firmly believed that all the kids should be able to cook and sew, and used 4-H as an avenue to enforce this, making all the kids complete projects this area. Both helped to break calves to lead, starting with the Clayton County Kiddie Calf show when the kids were little, and ending with FFA Steers that they drove to the state fair in Des Moines. Sam, Shana, and Ted all attend Iowa State University pursuing degrees in agriculture. Tess is currently a junior at Central Community Schools and will graduate in May of 2019.

                          

15.  SENIOR DAIRY PROFESSIONAL AWARD


The Senior Dairy Award honors individuals who have provided outstanding support to the dairy industry and producers.

Winner: Robert & Joyce Hillers, Guttenberg

This couple started farming in 1971 by renting a dairy farm near Greeley.  In December 1977 they moved to a farm north of Colesburg where they farmed for six years.  On November 19, 1983 they purchased a farm near Millville where their dairy farm continues to operate. Bob and Joyce both graduated from Maquoketa Valley High School.  During their first few years of farming Bob worked at Cashway in Manchester. Joyce played an active role on the farm, but in her spare time would substitute as a teacher’s aide at school.  She also continues to work as a seamstress out of their home. Additionally, Joyce has been working with special needs individuals at Unlimited Services for the past 10 years.

Their son Jeff returned home to help run the operation in 2000.  He and his wife Jess now own the family farm with their children Tim and Becca.  Bob continues to help on the farm almost daily, but has taken some time to enjoy a few vacations and time with their grandchildren.  Hillers’ Dairy Farm in home to 80 registered and grade Holsteins and nearly 300 acres owned/rented. The cows are housed in a freestall barn that was built in 1999.  In 2008 a double 8 parabone parlor was added. The cows are milked twice a day and their milk is marketed through Pairie Farms.

Bob & Joyce have received many quality milk awards over the years. Bob loves to bowl in his spare time and Joyce was active on the Clayton Co. Dairy Promotion Committee for years running the royalty program.


ROYALTY CONTEST 2018


LITTLE MISS SQUIRT PAGEANT Crystal Goodrich

Parents:  Tony & Jamie Goodrich, St. Olaf.

Jennifer Smith

Parents:  Scott & Cindy Smith, Guttenberg


JUNIOR DAIRYMAN CONTEST

Joseph Eglseder

Parents:  Brooks & Sarah Eglseder, Edgewood

Blake Hunt

Parents:  Chad & Erin Hunt, Elkader

Cameron Moeller

Parents:  Chris & Kallie Moeller, Postville

Kody Moeller

Parents:  Chris & Kallie Moeller, Postville


DAIRY PRINCESS PAGEANT Tess Hilgerson

Parents:  Scott & Suzy Hilgerson, Elkader

Brianna Lucey

Parents:  Robert Lucey and Marcia Harbaugh, Guttenberg

Clayton County Dairy Royalty 2018
Front Row: Alt. Junior Dairyman: Kody Moeller, Junior Dairyman: Blake Hunt, Little Miss Squirt: Crystal Goodrich, Alt. Little Miss Squirt: Jennifer Smith.
Back Row: Alt. Iowa Dairy Princess: Josie Buddenburg, Alt. Clayton County Dairy Princess: Tess Hilgerson, Clayton County Dairy Princess: Brianna Lucey



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