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What We Do

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Our Mission

"The Holstein Foundation
educates and develops future leaders
for a vibrant dairy community."


The Holstein Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1989. It is headquartered in Brattleboro, Vermont, and shares office space with its parent organization, Holstein Association USA, Inc.

The Holstein Foundation's education, leadership development and outreach programs serve both youth and young adults across the country who are involved with all breeds of dairy cattle.

The 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 Foundation also focuses on youth education and outreach activities, offering free educational workbooks, and ribbons for local shows.


Meet Our Board of Trustees

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Name    
Tom Thorbahn, Chairman
Vickery, Ohio
Crimson-Lane Farm  

Pete Kappelman, Vice Chairman
Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Meadow Brook Dairy  

Lorilee Schultz, Secretary
Orangeville, Illinois
Mil-R-Mor Farm  

Brett Barlass
Hilmar, California
Yosemite Jersey Dairy  

Gordie Cook
Hadley, Massachusetts
Cook Farm, Holstein Association USA President  

Marilyn Easter
Laurens, South Carolina
Eastglen Jersey Farm  

Brad Groves
Billings, Missouri
Groves-View Dairy  

Josh Hushon
North Prairie, Wisconsin
Cargill Animal Nutrition  

Boyd Schaufelberger
Greenville, Illinois
Schaufine Farms, Holstein Association USA Vice President  

Rod Stoll
Savoy, Illinois
Farm Credit Illinois  

Holstein Foundation History


The Holstein Foundation was founded in 1989, with a mission "to develop and sustain leaders for a changing agriculture." Holstein Association USA endowed the Foundation with a $500,000 gift establishing the Foundation, which was followed by the generous support of over 200 charter donors. M. Duane Green from Elsie, Michigan was the first chairman of the Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees. He poised the organization to fill the void left by government cuts to agricultural and dairy programs.

Since that time, the Holstein Foundation has carried forward, endeavoring to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders in the dairy industry. Several programs have been developed through the years in working towards that goal, including a series of educational workbooks, Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI).

Dairy Bowl began as a Junior program for Holstein Association USA. Competitions were first held in 1980 at the National Holstein Convention in Tennessee, with eight teams participating, and Minnesota claiming the first National Dairy Bowl title. As the program closely aligned with the Holstein Foundation's educational goals, the program was taken over by the Foundation, and now has almost 40 teams competing annually at National Holstein Conventions. The Foundation also develops Dairy Bowl programs for other breed organizations.

Wanting to offer a fun and educational competition for youth on an individual basis, Dairy Jeopardy began in 2000, modeled after the popular television game show. This program continues today, with almost 90 youth participating each year.

The Foundation's cornerstone program, Young Dairy Leaders Institute was created with a goal of cultivating top-notch spokespeople for the dairy industry through intensive leadership and personal development training. The first class began in 1994 and graduated 91 individuals. The program continues today with the similar concept of developing dairy leaders for tomorrow, with new classes being held every two years.

Today, the Holstein Foundation continues to provide up-to-date, innovative resources for youth and young adults interested in the dairy industry.

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