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2018
  bullet Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 10
 
2017
  bullet Janssen Honored as 2018 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader
  bullet New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation
  bullet Holstein Foundation Releases Video Series for Showmanship Guidelines
  bullet Holstein Foundation Receives Donations for Youth Program
  bullet Holstein Foundation Contests Encourage Youth Involvement
  bullet Holstein Foundation Offers Free Dairy Project Ribbons
  bullet Holstein Foundation Releases New Volume of Showring Ready Workbook
  bullet Holstein Foundation Welcomes New Trustees
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Concludes Phase I
  bullet Holstein Foundation Names Melissa Greenbacker Dziurgot as 2017 Young Dairy Leaders Institute
Distinguished Alumna
  bullet Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 10 Set to Begin in February
 
2016
  bullet Holstein Foundation Releases New Volume of Dairy Judging Workbook
  bullet Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests
  bullet New Ideal Holstein Cow & Bull Models to Sell at 2016 National Holstein Convention,
Benefitting the Holstein Foundation
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 10
  bullet Rauen Interns with Holstein Association USA and Holstein Foundation
  bullet Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 9
  bullet Michele Ruby Named YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader by Holstein Foundation
 
2015
  bullet Youth Compete in Dairy Knowledge Events at National Junior Holstein Convention
  bullet Mil-R-Mor Calf Donated to National Sale to Benefit Holstein Foundation
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Concludes Phase I
  bullet Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 9 Set to Begin in February
  bullet Groves and Stoll Join Holstein Foundation Board
  bullet Holstein Foundation Names Chandler Goule as 2015 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumnus
 
2014
  bullet Thank You for Giving to the Horace Backus Fund!
  bullet Hezbollah Daughter Selling at World Classic Sale to Benefit Backus Fund
  bullet Holstein Foundation Introduces New Trustees
  bullet Holstein Foundation Contests Encourage Youth Involvement
  bullet Backus YDLI Scholarship Fund Support Requested
  bullet Young Dairy Leaders Institute Invites Applicants
  bullet Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 8
  bullet Ray Prock Named 2014 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader
 
2013
  bullet Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests
  bullet Kappelman Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees
  bullet California Dairyman Named 2012 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumnus
  bullet Holstein Foundation Prepares for Upcoming Young Dairy Leaders Institute
 

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Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 10

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 6, 2018 – Fifty-one young adults from across the United States, Mexico, and Canada took part in Phase III of Holstein Foundation’s tenth Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) class held January 31 – February 3 in Phoenix, Ariz.

YDLI participants engaged in in-depth workshops covering topics of advanced media relations skills, conflict management, and the public policy process. They cultivated skills they gained during Phase I, along with what they have practiced and accomplished over the past twelve months to become effective spokespeople and advocates for the dairy industry with consumers and media.

The theme for this YDLI Class was “Charting Your Course.” In addition to hearing presentations from every class member about their Phase II advocacy projects, the Phase III session featured speakers and workshops including:

  • Ty Bennett delivered a keynote about the "Power of Influence." His message left the class encouraged and feeling motivated to continue charting their course for lasting influence on people they interact with.
  • Bonnie Burr, YDLI Class 1 graduate and 2004 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader, led a session on understanding public policy and had participants see how they could be more involved in the governmental process.
  • Joan Horbiak presented “Leading Out Loud” which focused on conquering interviews with the media, handling consumer questions, and sharing their dairy story.
  • Dr. Wes Jamison led a workshop on conflict management that focused on understanding conflict sources and styles. Dr. Jamison also moderated a session with guest Gene Baur on the topic of animal welfare. Baur is the president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. 
  • Pete Kappelman, Holstein Foundation board of trustees’ chairman and 2001 YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader, conducted a workshop, “Get Ready to Run…For the Board!”, that taught participants about gaining confidence in their leadership abilities in a board setting.

The Holstein Foundation and Young Dairy Leaders Institute participants would like to sincerely thank the many gracious sponsors who made the experience possible.

Platinum sponsors include Allflex USA, Inc.; CHS Foundation; Holstein Association USA, Inc.; Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation; and Zoetis.

Gold-level sponsors were Cargill Animal Nutrition; Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.; DairyBusiness Communications; Dean Foods Foundation; Deere & Company; Farm Credit Council; Hoard’s Dairyman; and Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Silver sponsors were Dairy Management, Inc. and Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement.

Bronze-level sponsors included Ag Inspirations, LLC; COBA/Select Sires; GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.; Merial Ltd.; and Paul Mueller Company.

Read more about Class 10’s YDLI journey on our official YDLI blog, www.ydli.blogspot.com. A complete list of the graduating dairy leaders can be found below.

  • Front row (l-r): Jessica Peters, Shannon Seifert, Lindsey Woodrum Reddish, Melanie Herman, Shawna Weller, Amy Yeiser Leslie, Andrea Dicke, Alexa Cabral, Regina Grover, Ariane France, Patricia Gilbert, Carolyn Abbott, Kelsey Flowe, Courtney Halbach, Rebecca Shaw
  • Middle row (l-r): Pete Serne, Benjamin Newberry, Mandy Schmidt, Amanda Mitchelltree, Emma Watry, Amanda Waite, Brandon Thesing, Mitch Kappelman, Jessica May, Corey Kayhart, Alejandro Torres, Michael Azevedo, Mary Faber, Rayne Ives, Maija Haggith, Adam Geiger, Katherine Nissen, Lindsey Rucks, Nick Randle, Ellie Fleming
  • Back row (l-r):  Daren Sheffield, Erin Carter, Amanda Hauck, Aaron Harris, Ashley Sears Randle, Lyndsey Frey, Brandon Kruswick, Maggie Seiler, David Pyle, Marco Juarez, Michael Oosten, Holley Weeks, Alena Pacheco, Heather Hunt, Tera Baker, and Jacob Pieper

Applications for YDLI Class 11 will be due August 1, 2018. With questions or for more information about YDLI, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Janssen Honored as 2018 Young Dairy Leaders Institute
Distinguished Alumni Leader

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., December 22, 2017 – Nate Janssen, of Wheaton, Ill., has been named the 2018 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) graduate annually who has made noteworthy contributions and applied skills gained during their YDLI experience for the advancement of the dairy industry. Nate was a graduate of YDLI Class 4.

“Today, as director of farmer relations for Dairy Management Inc., I utilize skills learned through the YDLI program daily and encourage others to tell their story, which is so critical in the dairy landscape today. I personally know several prior recipients of this award whose accomplishments have had a far-reaching impact on the dairy community. To even be considered with this group is very humbling,” Janssen said.

Janssen was named to his position at Dairy Management Inc. in 2013, after 14 years as the dairy operations manager for Golden Oaks Farm, Wauconda, Ill. Previous to Golden Oaks Farm, he worked for Cargill Animal Nutrition as a territory manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Aside from his work with Dairy Management Inc., Nate is involved in several agricultural organizations. He has served on the board of directors for the National Dairy Shrine, and the finance committee for the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association, among others. Janssen is active in the Illinois Holstein Association, serving as the co-chair of the state sale, championship show and the 2015 National Holstein Convention host day.

“YDLI has impacted me in ways that no other program has. The personal development skills I acquired during my time in Class 4 have helped mold me into the person I am today, and will be tomorrow. Additionally, the communication skills I learned including understanding personalities, telling my story and handling difficult situations have been the foundation of my professional development. Not to be overlooked, as a critical benefit to the program, is the networking opportunities it creates," continued Janssen.

Janssen will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 10, Phase 3 program, January 31 – February 3, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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 working in the dairy industry. YDLI's three-phase approach ensures participants develop necessary leadership skills, apply those skills in real-life scenarios, and then focus on the benefit of influential leadership.

For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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New Workbook Published by Holstein Foundation

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., November 2, 2017- The Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the new workbook for young dairy enthusiasts, “Milking and Lactation.” This resource serves as a guide for youth, their parents and dairy project leaders, and those who are interested in enhancing their knowledge of dairy cattle lactation.

“Milking and Lactation” covers a wide array of topics from understanding the lactation curve to hormone function, milking equipment and systems, udder anatomy, and milking procedures. To download the workbook for free, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbooks.html.

The Holstein Foundation provides a series of free, educational workbooks available to download online. “Showring Ready” and “Dairy Judging” are the most popular topics, but resources are also provided on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to genetics. Each year, the Holstein Foundation’s workbooks are downloaded by thousands of people around the globe. Donations to the Holstein Foundation’s youth education and outreach efforts help make them possible.

With questions, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email, or visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbooks.html to download online.

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Holstein Foundation Releases Video Series for Showmanship Guidelines

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 27, 2017- Holstein Foundation is excited to announce the release of a four-part video series to educate youth, showmanship judges, and anyone else who works with dairy youth on proper showmanship procedures. The videos are available to watch for free on the Holstein Foundation website and YouTube channel.

"Showmanship is near and dear to my heart, and we are thrilled to provide free and easily accessible resources to youth across the country. Our goal is to help everyone involved in showing understand the new PDCA guidelines, and give visual demonstrations on some of the most common questions," says Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Foundation Programs Manager.

The video series is designed to serve as a guide for youth, parents and dairy project leaders who are interested in learning the ins and outs of dairy cattle showmanship, things like what to wear in the ring, basic preparations that should be made with your animal, as well as the guidelines to follow for leading and setting up your animal in the showring. 

“For several years there has been some confusion about the current showmanship guidelines and I believe one of the reasons was that the teaching resources weren’t easily available over the internet. I applaud the Holstein Foundation’s effort to create these written and video products that are now available free of charge to youth, parents, project leaders and showmanship judges with just a click of their mouse," states Ted Halbach, University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Associate who collaborated on the project. "The materials are well done, hopefully these products will lead to the desired uniformity in showmanship procedures and judging that the Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA) has been looking to achieve.”

Along with a detailed "Showmanship Resources" section on Holstein Foundation's website, the videos may also be found on our YouTube Channel. The four videos, each about four minutes in length, cover the following topics:

Showring Ready: What to Wear & How to Act
This video covers the essential things dairy showmen should wear in the ring, how they should act while showing their animal, and things every showman should know about their dairy animal before entering the showring.

Showring Ready: Appearance of Your Animal & Proper Equipment
This video covers preparations to ensure your animal is ready for the showmanship ring. To properly care for, groom and show your animal, you will need the right gear.

Showring Ready: Entering the Showring & On Parade
This video covers proper technique for leading your animal into the showring at the start of the class, as well as how to show her on parade. The goal is to keep your calf looking her best always, while making it appear effortless.

Showring Ready: Entering the Line & Posing Your Animal
Show day is exciting for everyone involved, and the time when all your hard work and preparation will shine. This video covers proper technique for pulling your animal into line during the class and how to properly set her up once you are there.

Working with dairy cattle and preparing them for a show can be an extremely worthwhile experience. To help prepare for dairy cattle shows, find the videos by visiting www.holsteinfoundation.org or YouTube.com/HolsteinFoundation. For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261, or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Receives Donations for Youth Program

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 25, 2017- Holstein Foundation is pleased to announce it has received over $8,900 in donations from the fundraisers held during the 2017 National Holstein Convention in Bellevue, Wash. These funds will support the many programs the Holstein Foundation offers for youth and young adults in the dairy industry.

STgenetics pledged to donate $1 to the Holstein Foundation for every unit of STgenetics semen sold during the 2017 National Holstein Convention resulting in a donation of $7,500. Thank you to STgenetics, as well as all the dairy producers who purchased semen as a part of this campaign.

Two original paintings created by Andrea Jorgenson of Webberville, Mich., were auctioned off at the National Holstein Convention Sale, with half of the proceeds being donated to the Horace Backus YDLI Scholarship Fund. The paintings featured legendary Washington-bred cows, Ronelee Outside Dabble-ET and Markwell Durham Raven-ET, and generated a total of $587.50 for the Backus YDLI Fund. The Holstein Foundation also extends thanks to Sherman Polinder, Scott Courtney and David Rama for purchasing the paintings.

Each year during the Convention, the Holstein Foundation holds Penny Wars, where states challenge each other to see who will take home “Penny,” the stuffed cow. The goal is to fill your state’s container with the most pennies. This event raised almost $900 for the Holstein Foundation in 2017.

The Holstein Foundation has been developing future leaders for a vibrant dairy community since 1989. Current programs targeting youth ages 9 to 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 providing prize ribbons for local Junior shows. The cornerstone program for young adults is the renowned Young Dairy Leaders Institute, which helps participants become effective leaders, spokespeople and advocates for the dairy industry.

Your support is vital to the development of tomorrow's dairy leaders - helping prepare them for the ever-changing agriculture industry, or any career path they may choose. For more information about Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261, or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Contests Encourage Youth Involvement

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., July 5, 2017- Youth showed off their dairy knowledge in Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Knowledge Exam competitions at the 2017 National Holstein Convention, held June 27 through July 1, in Bellevue, Wash. Over 180 youth from around the country participated between the three contests.

Dairy Jeopardy
Sixty-nine participants competed in the Dairy Jeopardy competition, divided into three age divisions. This competition is based on the popular television game show, featuring a wide range of dairy-related questions in a number of categories. Following are the top three individuals in each age division.

Junior Division (ages 9 to 13)
1st Place: Jenn Larson, Florida
2nd Place: Jordan Anderson, Pennsylvania
3rd Place: Louis Hamlett, Iowa

Intermediate Division (ages 14 to 17)
1st Place: Mackenzie Elmer, California
2nd Place: Todd Allen, Maryland
3rd Place: Daniel Clapp, Massachusetts

Senior Division (ages 18 to 21)
1st Place: Jordan Siemers, Wisconsin
2nd Place: Douglas Boop, Pennsylvania

Dairy Bowl
In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions; Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. A total of 28 Junior and Senior teams participated this year, with 20 states sending teams in each division.

The Junior division championship came down to the teams from Pennsylvania and New York, with Pennsylvania rising as the champion in the final match. Team members included Caroline Arrowsmith, Nicole Arrowsmith, Jacob Bramm, and Amber Pownall, coached by Mandy Arrowsmith and Betsy Pownall. The New York team members included Blake Wadsworth, Adam King, Phil Rea, and Elizabeth Swatling, with coach Seth Wasworth. Rounding out the top five teams in the Junior division were California in third, Florida in fourth and New Jersey in fifth.

The Senior division finals saw California squaring off against Illinois, with Illinois claiming the championship. Illinois team members were Charlie Elliott, Brock Irwin, Jordon Oellerich, and Riley Zettle, coached by Becky and Glen Meier and John Mitchell. Representing California were Hayley Fernandes, Jacob Fernandes, Kylie Konyn, and Abbi Prins, with coaches Kirsten Areias and Stacy Konyn. Other teams placing in the top five in the Senior division were Iowa in third, New England in fourth and New York in fifth.

J. George & Anna Smith Sportsmanship awards are given to one team in each division who best exemplify the principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. Each team receives a cash award and plaque. The Junior team receiving this award hailed from the state of North Carolina, with team members, Will Coltrane, Lemuel Coltrane, Joseph Coltrane, and Kate Dyson coached by Kay Coltrane. In the Senior division, the honor went to the Iowa team, consisting of Nathan Arthur, Brylie Volker, Mary Scott, and Sally Hamlett, coached by Jessie Hammerand.

Dairy Knowledge Exam
The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. Like Dairy Bowl, youth are divided into two groups by age. The top three individuals in each division for the Dairy Knowledge Exam were as follows.

Junior Division
1st place: Andrew Bartelheimer, Washington
2nd place: Caroline Arrowsmith, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Daniel Clapp, Massachusetts

Senior Division
1st place: Mackenzie Elmer, California
2nd place: Abbi Prins, California
3rd place: Hayley Fernandes, California

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Offers Free Dairy Project Ribbons

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 25, 2017- For decades, and continuing into current day, the Holstein Foundation offers youth dairy project ribbons free of charge to any show that requests them. The ribbons offered include Champion and Reserve Champion rosettes, as well as first through fifth place ribbons. The effort to support youth involved in dairy project work is made possible by donations to the Holstein Foundation.

To request ribbons for your fair or show, complete the form on the Holstein Foundation’s website, www.holsteinfoundation.org. Please request show ribbons at least three weeks in advance. An email confirmation will be sent within two business days of submitting the request. Orders received with less than two weeks’ notice will be charged a $40 rush fee.

With questions, please contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Releases New Volume of Showring Ready Workbook

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., April 19, 2017- With the newest volume of “Showring Ready” now available online, readers will find the latest PDCA Showmanship Guidelines as well as an updated PDCA Evaluation Scorecard for judges. This resource serves as a guide for youth, parents and dairy project leaders exhibiting at dairy cattle shows, and those who are interested in honing their showmanship skills.

Along with the basics, such as washing, halter training and clipping, a detailed section covers showmanship. Photos are included to help illustrate recommended techniques. Resources include heifer growth benchmarks and activities to test the readers’ knowledge.

In addition to the free online download, the “Showring Ready” workbook may be purchased for $5 each, including shipping. If ordering 50 or more copies, the workbooks are $3 each. There is a minimum order of five workbooks, and orders must be placed at least two weeks before delivery is needed. For rush orders, the buyer will be responsible for the full shipping cost.

With questions or to place an order, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbook_orders.html to order online. Workbooks will be shipped when payment is received.

The Holstein Foundation provides a series of free, educational workbooks available to download online. “Showring Ready” and “Dairy Judging” are the most popular topics, but resources are also provided on topics ranging from dairy nutrition and reproduction to genetics.

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Holstein Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 22, 2017- Holstein Foundation would like to introduce two new trustees to the board; Brett Barlass, Hilmar, Calif., and Marilyn Easter, Laurens, S.C. The board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

After graduating from Cornell University, Barlass started working for Yosemite Jersey Dairy in California as the dairy’s manager. His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the dairy including calves, cows, employees, farming, and feeding.  Barlass is involved with the local 4-H Dairy Club. He serves as a member of the Jerseyland Sire, Young Sire Selection committee.  He is a member of the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association Advisory Committee and the American Jersey Cattle Association Type Advisory Committee. Presently, Brett is the vice president of the California Jersey Cattle Association. He volunteers with the local high school wrestling program.

“I am honored to be joining the Holstein Foundation board of trustees.  I know that its goal is to promote and support youth in all breeds across the dairy industry,” says Brett. “Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) was such a life changing program for me and I hope to help the Holstein Foundation continue to change lives in programs like YDLI.” 

Easter and her husband, Glen, milk Registered Holstein and Jersey cows on their dairy, Eastglen Farm. She served on the YDLI committee from its inception in 1991 to 2011. Marilyn enjoys giving back to her community, serving as her county’s chairman of the Lauren’s County Registration and Elections Board and as the speaker of the Southeastern United Dairy Industry Association. She was recently inducted in the South Carolina Dairy Hall of Fame. Furthermore, Easter has been involved with many youth related activities, as the past chairman of the All-American Open and Junior shows, past president of the South Carolina Master Farm Homemakers Guild and past president of the South Carolina 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association and a leader since 1964.

“I am most humbled and honored to be asked to serve on the Holstein Foundation board of trustees which supports numerous programs that continue to develop the future leaders of the dairy industry,” states Marilyn. “Having been involved with the YDLI program for 20 years and seeing the results of this leadership program, it is inspiring to me to have the opportunity to work with the Foundation and have an impact on the future direction of Foundation programs.”

For more information on the Holstein Foundation and the programs offered, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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YDLI Class 10 - Phase 1

Young Dairy Leaders Institute Concludes Phase I

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., March 8, 2017- Sixty young adults from the United States, Canada and Mexico came together in Phoenix, Ariz., February 8 - 11, as Class 10 of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) convened. YDLI is the cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation.

Phase I Sessions
Phase I kicked off with a pre-conference tour of Danzeisen and Rijlaarsdam dairies, two operations local to the Phoenix area. The sessions were interactive and encouraged YDLIers to challenge themselves, think outside the box, develop their core story and learn how to engage with a diverse audience.

Phase I presenters included Kim Bremmer, motivational agriculture spokeswoman; Mark Mayfield, “The Corporate Comedian”; fairlife, LLC’s vice president of communications, Anders Porter; Michelle Ruby, communications consultant. Jill Tomac, business consultant and speaker; Paul Vitale, professional trainer and author; and YDLI advisory board members, Laura Daniels and Jolene Griffin, rounded out the outstanding lineup.

Learn more about the week’s sessions and the YDLI program with the official YDLI blog, http://ydli.blogspot.com.

The class put their newly learned skills to use in the field, talking to consumers on the Arizona State University campus. They visited with more than 200 people, to find out their perceptions about how food is produced in this country, how they believe animals are cared for by farmers, and more.

The Holstein Foundation also recognized Melissa Greenbacker Dziurgot, herdswoman for Greenbacker Farms and a graduate of YDLI Class 3, as 2017 Distinguished Alumni Leader.

Phase II is underway already—the class is working on community outreach projects.  Then, during Phase III, held in February 2018, each class member will give a presentation on their projects. Workshops will cover group leadership skills such as media training, conflict resolution, and influencing public policy.

Participant Feedback
After the class, members had plenty to say about YDLI in their feedback surveys:

  • “YDLI has reinvigorated my passion for the dairy industry and has given me the courage to stand up and stand out.”
  • “I have been pushed outside my comfort zone, but feel energized and more prepared to challenge the status quo and be an advocate for this great industry.”
  • “YDLI has given me a sense of community within the dairy industry with likeminded people that want to promote our passion.”
  • “This program is going to push me to be exactly where I always saw myself going, but never had the courage to go.”

Applications for YDLI Class 11 will be due August 1, 2018.  To sign-up for an email notification when applications are available, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/YDLI/ydli.html.

For more information on other Holstein Foundation programs, go to www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Names Melissa Greenbacker Dziurgot as 2017 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumna

Melissa Greenbacker DziurgotBRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 10, 2017- Melissa Greenbacker Dziurgot, of Durham, Conn., herd manager for Greenbacker Farm, has been named the 2017 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation.

Each year, the Holstein Foundation honors one YDLI alum who has made notable contributions and used the skills gained during their YDLI experience for the betterment of the dairy industry. Greenbacker Dziurgot was a graduate of YDLI Class 3.

Greenbacker Farm is a 150-cow dairy where Greenbacker Dziurgot is responsible for all aspects of herd health including reproduction, nutrition, and milk quality, and works closely with their veterinarian and other consultants. She mentors a group of 4-H kids who lease, work with, and show the farm’s cattle at the local fairs. Taking the time to exhibit the cattle at the fairs allows her to interact with consumers and answer their questions.

 “When I first attended YDLI, I was shy and uncomfortable speaking in front of people. My YDLI experience and training pushed me to break out of that shyness and timidity, and I started to take more active leadership roles. At YDLI, I took the Myers - Briggs personality type assessment survey. This led me to better understand and communicate more effectively with others on the farm. While at YDLI, I developed a personal mission statement and set life goals, which helped me balance my personal and farm life,” says Greenbacker Dziurgot. “The media training was extremely valuable to me as I began to take on those roles. YDLI is a fantastic program and I am grateful for the difference it has made in my life and in many other participants' lives. I highly recommend the program to any young farmer involved in the dairy industry.”

Greenbacker Dziurgot is the instructor for on-farm clinicals enrolled in the veterinary tech and veterinary assistant programs through Middlesex Community College, Middletown, Conn. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University. Greenbacker Dziurgot is a member of the Dairy Management Inc. Dairy Farmer Spokesperson Network and the Dairy Emergency Response Network. She also holds the office of 1st Vice-President for the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association. Greenbacker Dziurgot is active in her community, serving as Vice-President of Durham Agricultural Commission and Agri-Mark Dairy Cooperative Legislation & Education Committee member.

“Public outreach within my community was also a valuable tool that I developed with my YDLI training,” says Greenbacker Dziurgot. “I credit the YDLI program for pushing me to step out and make a difference in not only the dairy industry but also in my community. Our farm is in a suburban area where many people are unfamiliar with agriculture. Opportunities to interact with the public arise by hosting tours and open houses at our farm.”

Greenbacker Dziurgot will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 10, Phase I program, February 8-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 working in the dairy industry. For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 10 Set to Begin in February

BRATTLEBORO, Vt., February 2, 2017- The Holstein Foundation's Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), kicks off Phase I of its tenth class February 8-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. Sixty young adults from 17 U.S. states, as well as Canada and Mexico, will be a part of YDLI Class 10, a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation.

Before Phase I workshops begin, the class will have an opportunity to tour two Phoenix area farms - Danzeisen and Rijaarsdam dairies.

The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to improve attendees' leadership, communication, and advocacy skills, while offering opportunities for networking and building enthusiasm for the dairy industry.

Phase II, takes place in the year between Phase I and III, during which class members develop and use their new skills in a community outreach project of their choice.

Phase III, held January 31- February 3, 2018, will focus on group leadership skills and topics such as advanced communication training, conflict resolution skills, and influencing public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.

The Holstein Foundation thanks these YDLI Class 10 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Allflex USA, CHS Foundation, Dean Foods Foundation, Holstein Association USA, Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, and Zoetis.

Gold Sponsors: Cargill, DairyBusiness Communications, Farm Credit System Foundation, Hoard’s Dairyman, Deere & Company, and Land O’Lakes.

Silver Sponsors: Center for Dairy Excellence, Dairy Farmers of America, Dairy Management Inc., and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

Bronze Sponsors: Robert L. Cain Fund, COBA/Select Sires, Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Horace Backus Fund, Merial Ltd., and Paul Mueller Company.

The first class of YDLI was held in 1994, and the program now boasts more than 500 alumni. For more information about YDLI and other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Releases New Volume of Dairy Judging Workbook

Brattleboro, Vt. (September 29, 2016)…The Holstein Foundation is pleased to introduce its newest volume, Dairy Judging, Volume 3 to its library of free workbooks available online. To download, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbooks.html, or place an order to purchase printed copies.

With the newest volume, readers will find updated pictures throughout the book as well as three new practice classes. Dairy Judging takes readers through the basics of judging dairy cattle. It covers the PDCA Scorecard and major breakdowns with pictures, preparing and presenting oral reasons, assigning cuts and scoring placings, and the basics of linear evaluation.

This volume was dedicated to Richard "Dick" Keene. Keene spent a lifetime dedicating himself as a Holstein breeder and enthusiast, accredited and highly respected dairy cattle judge, friend and ambassador to the dairy and agriculture industries. Dick's wife Shirley states "His passion for youth inspired him to help young people reach their goals and potential. Dick served as dairy judging coach, guiding many 4-H members to place well at State and National 4-H dairy judging contests."

In addition to the free download available online, the Dairy Judging workbook may be purchased for $5 each, including shipping. If ordering 50 or more copies, the workbooks are $3 each. There is a minimum order of 5 workbooks, and orders must be placed at least two weeks before delivery is needed. For rush orders, buyer will be responsible for the full rush shipping cost. Each has a color cover with black and white contents.

With questions or to place an order, contact Kelli Dunklee at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/education/workbook_orders.html to order online. Payment is accepted by credit card, and workbooks will be shipped after payment is received.

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Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 6, 2016)…Youth were the stars of the show during the Holstein Foundation's national Holstein youth competitions, held in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last week, as part of the 2016 National Holstein Convention. Over 196 youth from around the country participated between three contests, most of whom qualified at the state level before moving to the national competition.

Dairy Jeopardy
Nearly eighty participants competed in the Dairy Jeopardy competition, divided into three age divisions. This competition is based on the popular television game show, featuring a wide range of dairy-related questions in a number of categories. Following are the top three individuals in each age division.

Junior Division (ages 9 to 13)
1st: Cassy Schilter, Wash.
2nd: Henry Hamlett, Iowa
3rd: George Andrew, N.Y.

Intermediate Division (ages 14 to 17)
1st: Gregory Norris, Mass.
2nd: Michael Fioretto, Fla.
3rd: Ayla Blatt, Pa.

Senior Division (ages 18 to 21)
1st: Alex Gambonini, Calif.
2nd: Emily Irwin, Ill.
3rd: Stephanie Bishop, N.Y.

Dairy Bowl
In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions; Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. A total of twenty-eight Junior and Senior teams participated this year, with 17 states sending teams in each division.

The Junior division championship came down to the teams from California and Pennsylvania, with California emerging as the victor in the final match. Team members included Hayley Fernandes, Jacob Fernandes, Abbi Prins, and Kylie Konyn, coached by Kirsten Areias. The runner-up Pennsylvania team members included Caroline Arrowsmith, Nicole Arrowsmith, Amber Pownall, and Roy Bramn, with coaches Mandy Arrowsmith. Rounding out the top five teams in the Junior division were New England in third, Iowa in fourth and New Jersey in fifth.

The Senior division finals saw California squaring off against New York, with California claiming the championship. California team members were Hannah Van Dyk, Hannah Mancebo, Siana Barret, and Mackenzie Elmer, coached by Kirsten Areias. Representing New York were Alton Rudgers, Allison Herrick, Nick George, Tracy Rudgers, with coach William Herrick. Other teams placing in the top five in the Senior division were Pennsylvania in third, Washington in fourth and Florida in fifth.

J. George & Anna Smith Sportsmanship awards are given to one team in each division who best exemplify the principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. Each team receives a cash award and plaque. The Junior team receiving this award hailed from the state of Maryland, with team members Jordyn Griffin, Ryan Allen, Robert Hahn, and Jill Allen, coached by Laurie Savage. In the Senior division, the honor went to the Oregon team, consisting of Matt Ruby, Jake Ruby, Brooke Ruby, and Faith Wilson, coached by Michele Ruby.

Dairy Knowledge Exam
The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. Like Dairy Bowl, youth are divided into two groups by age. The top three individuals in each division for the Dairy Knowledge Exam were as follows.

Junior Division
1st: Jacob Fernandes, Calif.
2nd: Christine Putman, N.Y.
3rd: Hayley Fernandes, Calif.

Senior Division
1st: Elizabeth Endres, Wis.
2nd: Doug Boop, Pa.
3rd: Mackenzie Elmer, Calif.

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

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New Ideal Holstein Cow & Bull Models to Sell at 2016 National Holstein Convention, Benefitting the Holstein Foundation

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 22, 2016)...Holstein Association USA is excited to unveil new Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull models during the 2016 National Holstein Convention, on Thursday, June 30th, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., during the Annual Business Meeting. Created by renowned agricultural sculptor Carol Herden of Carol's Original WorkS in Minnesota, the models were created in the image of the Ideal Holstein Cow and Bull paintings, created by Bonnie Mohr in 2012. Holstein enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase Limited Edition models for the first time at the National Holstein Convention next week.

"We are delighted to pay tribute to our beloved Holstein breed with these new models," said Holstein Association USA CEO John M. Meyer. "The paintings we unveiled in 2012 are magnificent in their own right, and now these models bring them to life even further. They provide a 3-D portrayal of the animals Registered Holstein breeders across the country are striving for - balanced, functionally correct and profitable."

Only 100 Limited Edition cow models and 50 Limited Edition bull models will be available for purchase. Each model in the Limited Edition run is hand-painted, individually numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Edition from the sculptor. They are beautifully mounted on a 2" oak base.

In the art and collector world, the lower the number a piece has in a run, the more valuable it is typically considered. The #11 cow and bull models will be the lowest number models available to the public, and they will be offered at public auction at the start of the National Holstein Convention Sale, on Thursday, June 30th, at 7 p.m. All proceeds from the sale of the #11 models will benefit the Holstein Foundation and their youth and young adult educational programs. Consider bidding last on this unique piece of Holstein history and support a great cause!

The remaining models in the Limited Edition will also be available for purchase starting on Thursday, June 30th. Special pricing will be offered for orders placed during the Convention - a 10 percent discount on the purchase of one model and 15 percent total discount if both the cow and bull are purchased as a set. Following the National Convention, the remaining models in the Limited Edition may be purchased exclusively by contacting Holstein Association USA.

With questions or for more information, contact Lindsey Worden, Holstein Association USA Executive Director of Holstein Genetic Services, for more information via email, or 800.952.5200, ext. 4096.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Accepting Applications for Class 10

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 16, 2016)…Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is seeking young adults, ages 22-45, with a passion for the dairy industry to apply for the upcoming 10th YDLI class. A cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation, YDLI is a renowned, innovative leadership and communication skills development program. Applications are due August 1, 2016, and may be downloaded from the Holstein Foundation web site at www.holsteinfoundation.org.

Dairy producers working with all breeds of dairy cattle, and allied dairy industry members, are encouraged to apply. YDLI Class 10 will have on-site meetings in Phoenix, Ariz. February 8-11, 2017 and January 31-February 3, 2018. During fun and interactive sessions, participants develop top-tier leadership and communication skills and the personal network needed to succeed in today's dairy business. In the year between sessions, participants have monthly assignments to practice the skills learned in their home communities.

YDLI has over 500 alumni that can attest to its merit. Among them, YDLI Class 9 alumnus Michael Goeldi from Wisconsin, says "I've been very lucky in my life to be able to attend quite a few workshops and conferences aimed at personal growth, but YDLI was far and away the best experience I’ve had. If I had to use one word to describe YDLI it would be transformative. I came to Phoenix last year thinking that I was in a pretty good place both personally and professionally. YDLI opened my eyes to many things that I have not only worked on, but will continue to work on into the future."

Phase I, held in February 2017, focuses on individual leadership and personal development. Interactive workshops cover topics such as working with different personality types and in team environments, developing communication skills through hands-on practice, and giving impactful presentations.

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, will be held February 2018. The program will feature sessions on advanced communications training, influencing public policy and continued advocacy and leadership. Throughout the program, an emphasis is placed on networking with industry peers, a benefit that carries on long after a YDLI class is complete.

Visit www.holsteinfoundation.org to download the YDLI Class 10 application, as well as view more detailed information on the program and costs, and an informational video. Check it out and join the growing group of individuals who call YDLI the opportunity of a lifetime! With questions or for more information, contact Jodi Hoynoski via email, or 800.952.5200, ext. 4261.

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Rauen Interns with Holstein Association USA and Holstein Foundation

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 8, 2016)...Holstein Association USA is excited to welcome Megan Rauen from Farley, Iowa, as the Holstein Association USA and Holstein Foundation youth programs and communications summer intern. Rauen will assist with the preparation and coordination of youth activities held during the National Junior Holstein Convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She will also assist with communication efforts and the development of educational materials for dairy youth.

"Megan's extensive experience with our programs makes her a great fit for this internship," said Jodi Hoynoski, Holstein Association USA Executive Director of Identification and Member Services. "Her energy and enthusiasm make her a welcome addition to the Holstein team for the summer."

A senior at Iowa State University, Megan is double majoring in dairy science and agricultural and life sciences education. She is actively involved in the ISU Dairy Science Club and Sigma Alpha Agricultural Sorority.

Rauen grew up down the road from her grandparent's farm, Farnear Holsteins. She has been actively involved in the Iowa and National Junior Holstein Associations, participating in dairy bowl, dairy jeopardy, digital scrapbook, and folding display contests.

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Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 9

Brattleboro, Vt. (March 3, 2016)…Over 40 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada recently graduated from the Holstein Foundation’s ninth Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) class, with Phase III being held February 24-27 in Phoenix, Arizona. Building on the skills they learned during their first meeting last February, along with what they have practiced and accomplished over the past twelve months, the class participated in interactive workshops covering topics such as advanced communication skills, conflict management, and the public policy process.

On their final feedback survey, participants were asked to write one sentence about what YDLI meant to them. Following are just a few of the comments that summarize the YDLI experience:

  • “I’ve been introduced to a community of people and network of professionals in the dairy industry that I will use throughout my career as a dairy farmer.”
  • “I was skeptical to join the program and as a producer thought I wouldn’t have time to do all the projects. I was wrong. It is what you make of it and it has been one of the best experiences I have had in my life. Thank you.”
  • “YDLI has given me tools and relationships that I will use the rest of my life, and has been one of the most invigorating and enjoyable experiences of my life.”

The theme for this YDLI Class was “Leadership Oasis.” In addition to hearing presentations from every class member about their Phase II advocacy projects, the Phase III session featured speakers and workshops including:

  • Joan Horbiak presented “Leading Out Loud” focused on mastering interviews with the media, handling consumer questions, and telling dairy’s story.
  • Dr. Wes Jamison moderated a session with guest Paul Shapiro from the Humane Society of the United States on the topic of animal welfare. Dr. Jamison also led a workshop on conflict management.
  • Pete Kappelman, YDLI Class 1 graduate, conducted a workshop on serving as a board member, and provided an inspirational evening keynote.
  • Bonnie Burr, also a YDLI Class 1 graduate, led a session on understanding public policy and gave participants hands-on experience with the governmental process.
  • Ty Bennett delivered a keynote about the "Power of Influence." His message left the class inspired and feeling empowered to continue their leadership journey and have a lasting influence on those they interact with.

The Holstein Foundation and Young Dairy Leaders Institute participants would like to sincerely thank the many gracious sponsors who made the experience possible. Platinum sponsors include Allflex USA, Inc.; CHS Foundation; Dairy Management, Inc.; DairyBusiness Communications; Dean Foods Foundation; Farm Credit System Foundation; Farm Journal Media; Hoard’s Dairyman; Holstein Association USA; Land O’Lakes, Inc. Foundation.; Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation; and Zoetis.

Gold-level sponsors were Cargill Animal Nutrition; and Deere & Company.

Silver sponsors were Accelerated Genetics; Center for Dairy Excellence; GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.; and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

Bronze-level sponsors included COBA/Select Sires; Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement; Horace Backus Fund; Merial Ltd.; and Select Sires Genervations. Donated dairy products were served from Arizona Farms Cheese, Ehrmann Arizona Dairy LLC, and Shamrock Farms.

Read more about Class 9’s YDLI journey on our official YDLI blog at www.ydli.blogspot.com! YDLI Class 10 will be held in February 2017 and 2018. Applications, available on the Holstein Foundation web site, are due August 1, 2016.

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Michele Ruby Named YDLI Distinguished Alumni Leader
by Holstein Foundation

Michele RubyBrattleboro, Vt. (January 4, 2016)…Michele L. Ruby, a communications consultant from Portland, Oregon, has been chosen the 2016 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees. Ruby, an alumna of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 2, will be recognized at the final phase of YDLI Class 9 in Phoenix, Arizona, in February 2016.

“To me, YDLI is so much more than a leadership program,” Ruby said. ”It’s a unique, lifelong fraternity of dairy enthusiasts that extends to all sides of our great industry and builds friendships, networks, and colleagues for life. I feel privileged to be an alumna of this great group of people and am flattered to receive this award.”

Ruby owns Ruby-Do Inc., a boutique communications company that helps clients deal with issues and prepare for crises. She is also treasurer of Fir Ridge Holsteins, her family’s 2,500-head Holstein dairy in Scio and Cloverdale, Oregon.

She is executive director of Oregon Ag Fest, an annual two-day festival, and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. She was named Communicator of the Year by National Milk Producers Federation in 2000.

Ruby worked as director of communications for the Oregon Dairy Products Commission, as communications director for Tillamook County Creamery Association, and as an advertising specialist for World Wide Sires. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dairy science, with a minor in agricultural communications, from California Polytechnic State University.

“There are few decisions in my life that I consider critical to my personal and professional development,” Ruby said, in her YDLI application. “One of those was applying for and participating in YDLI Class 2. The training that YDLI provided was instrumental in my own desire to serve the dairy industry and my broader community. Even as a communications major in college, I had never received the focused communication training that YDLI offered. I learned the importance of telling dairy’s story, while articulating the benefits of dairy, even when dealing with tough issues.”

Young Dairy leaders Institute is a nationally recognized three-phase leader and communication skills development program for young adults (ages 22-45) working in the dairy industry, with all breeds of cattle. Sign-up for YDLI Class 10 will begin in February 2017. Find out more information and how to apply at www.holsteinfoundation.org/YDLI/ydli.html.

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Youth Compete in Dairy Knowledge Events at National Junior Holstein Convention

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 29, 2015)...Youth showed off their dairy knowledge in Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy competitions at the 2015 National Holstein Convention, held June 23 -26, in St. Charles, Illinois. Almost 185 youth competed in the two contests, many of whom qualified at the state level to earn a spot to compete nationally with their team.

Dairy Bowl

Dairy Bowl is a fast-paced competition in which teams of four compete head-to-head to see who can buzz in first to answer questions related to the dairy industry. A total of 28 teams competed in two divisions.

The Junior Division (ages 9-15) championship round came down to teams from Florida and Illinois. Illinois was victorious in the junior division, with a team consisting of Emma Carlson, Jared Dickman, Connor Erbsen, and Lane Heinzmann, with coaches John Mitchell, Becky Meier, and Glen Meier. The runner-up in this division, Florida, consisted of teammates Hunter Fioretto, Michael Fioretto, Garrett Greaves, and Cady McGehee, with coaches Chris Holcomb and Dianne Spann. Placing in the top five teams were Wisconsin, third, Pennsylvania, fourth, and Maryland, fifth.

Senior Division (ages 16-21) finalists consisted of Illinois and New York, with Illinois emerging as champion. The team was made up of Sarah Duncan, Emily Irwin, Dylan Reed, and Ryan Sheehan, with John Mitchell, Becky Meier, and Glen Meier as coaches. The second place team, New York, consisted of Allison Herrick, Emily Lampson, Alton Rudgers, and Tracey Rudgers, with coach William Herrick. Rounding out the top five teams in the senior competition were Maryland, third, Wisconsin, fourth, and Florida, fifth.

J. George and Anna Smith Sportsmanship Awards

This is the first year for the Sportsmanship Awards established by J. George and Anna Smith, who named the Holstein Foundation as a beneficiary of their charitable remainder trust. The Smiths founded Rock-I farm in the early 1940s in Oswego, Illinois. J. George Smith was a National Distinguished Junior member finalist in 1935 and served as a director of Holstein Association USA. Anna Smith was a 4-H leader for over 25 years.

In the heat of competition, it is important for teams to maintain sportsmanlike conduct. One team in each division is given an award for exemplifying the principles of courtesy, friendliness, and team spirit. The junior division team that best displayed these attributes was Maryland, made up of Todd Allen, Jordyn Griffin, Ryan Allen, and Shelby Iager. They were coached by Carole Doody. Senior division honors went to Iowa, with a team consisting of Sally Hamlett, Royce Demmer, Kaleb Kruse, and Ethan Hammerand. They were coached by Jeff Hammerand.

Dairy Knowledge

The Dairy Knowledge exam attracted more than 170 participants, who tested their knowledge with a 25-question written test. It is open to any youth, without pre-registration. Participants are given one of two tests, depending on their age. The winners of each age division were:

Junior Division
1st – Siana Barrett, California
2nd – Mackenzie Elmer, California
3rd – Haley Fernandes, California

Senior Division
1st – Alex Gambonini, California;
2nd – Sarah Duncan, Illinois
3rd – Cody Getschel, Wisconsin

Dairy Jeopardy

More than 70 participants, broken into three divisions, competed in Dairy Jeopardy. Based on the popular TV game show, youth compete individually, answering dairy industry-related questions and wagering points, testing not only their industry knowledge but their critical thinking and risk management skills. The top three individuals in each division were:

Junior Division
1st – Caroline Arrowsmith, Pennsylvania
2nd – Siana Barrett, California
3rd – Blake Wright, Missouri

Intermediate Division
1st – Nathan Arthur, Iowa
2nd – Logan Potts, Virginia
3rd – Alex Gambonini, California

Senior Division
1st – Travis Holtzinger, Pennsylvania
2nd – Elizabeth Endres, Wisconsin
3rd – Amber Gabel, Pennsylvania

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Mil-R-Mor Calf Donated to National Sale to Benefit Holstein Foundation

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 4, 2015)… Bob and Kaye Miller of Mil-R-Mor Farm, Orangeville, Illinois, have generously donated a Holstein calf to be sold at the National Holstein Convention Sale, Wednesday, June 24, with the proceeds to go to the Holstein Foundation. The sale will be held during the National Holstein Convention and Annual Meeting, June 23-26, in St. Charles, Illinois.

“We wanted to do something special for the convention sale this year, since it is in our home state of Illinois,” Bob Miller said. “As we transition our own business to the next generation, it also seems fitting to benefit young dairy enthusiasts by donating a calf to the Holstein Foundation.”

Mil-R-Mor Drm Reflection-ET, born on March 27, 2015, is from the heart of the Roxy family, descended from an EX-91 Duplex x EX 90 Storm x VG 87 Fargo x VG 89 Elevation x Roxy 4E 97 GMD. With Roxy as her fifth dam, the calf is one of the closest living descendants of Roxy.

“Many of our grandkids have benefitted from participating in Holstein Foundation activities including Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, youth shows, and the Young Dairy Leaders Institute,” Bob Miller said. “Kaye and I have seen the results of these programs first-hand and think they are a valuable way for kids to start a life-long love of the dairy industry. The knowledge they have gained and passion for cows has served our grandkids well. With this donation, want to help make sure other young dairy kids have the same opportunities.”

Find out more about the Holstein Foundation at: www.holsteinfoundation.org

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Concludes Phase I

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 7, 2015)... Fifty-seven young adults from the United States and Canada came together in Phoenix in February as Class 9 of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), a cornerstone program of the Holstein Foundation.

After the class, members had plenty to say about YDLI In their feedback surveys:

  • This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only network with future leaders, but to solidify my commitment to the future of this industry.
  • Prior to YDLI, I was at a crossroads in my dairy industry involvement. YDLI helped me find my direction.
  • YDLI has motivated and inspired me at a time in my life when I have been feeling stuck, stressed, and stagnant. It has given me something to strive for, goals to achieve, and positive energy to move forward.
  • I am truly blown away by the skill sets that have been brought together and really look forward to the progression.
  • One of the best leadership, or any, programs I have been to!

The Week’s Activities
Most took a pre-conference tour of two dairy farms in the Casa Grande area: T & K Red River Dairy and Shamrock Farms. Then the class started off with an interactive training session about personalities.  "Create a Leadership Oasis using Behavioral Styles to Influence Others" was led by Marnie Green of the Management Education Group. Following that, Paul Vitale conducted an inspirational session, "Legendary Leadership in Action," and talked about building on community support and partnerships.

David Pelzer and Michele Ruby from David Dairy Management Inc. (DMI) led a training session in communications. Jamie Vander Molen, also from DMI, conducted a session on how to develop a personal brand and use a variety of social media channels to tell the story of dairy to consumers. Then class members put their newly learned skills to use in the field, interviewing people on the Arizona State University campus. They talked to more than 200 people, to find out their perceptions about how food is produced in this country, how they believe animals are cared for by farmers, and more. Laura Daniels, YDLI advisory board member, gave the evening keynote presentation, and talked about how personal stories can connect farmers with people who eat.

On the last day of the class, Mark Mayfield taught strategies to use for stress management and Monty Miller led a presentation training workshop. The Holstein Foundation also recognized Chandler Goule, senior vice president of programs for the National Farmers Union and a graduate of YDLI Class 5, as 2015 Distinguished Alumni Leader.

Jodi Hoynoski, manager of Holstein Foundation programs, wrapped up the workshops by leaving them with assignments to be completed in the year ahead during Phase II of their YDLI training. A banquet and a comedy show by Mark Mayfield closed out Phase I of YDLI Class 9. Phase II is underway already—the class is working on community outreach projects.  Then, during Phase III, held in February 2016, they will give presentations on these projects as well as learn group leadership skills such as media training, conflict resolution, and influencing public policy.

Applications for YDLI Class 10 will be due August 1, 2016.  To sign-up for an email notification when applications are available, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org/YDLI/ydli.html.

For more information on other Holstein Foundation programs, go to www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, 802.451.4261 or email Jodi.

***Note: A class photo is available, as well as photos of other regional groups.

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Holstein Foundation’s YDLI Class 9 Set to Begin in February

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 10, 2015)… The Holstein Foundation staff is preparing for the kick-off of Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 9, which meets for Phase I February 25–28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sixty young adults from the United States and Canada will be a part of Class 9 of YDLI, a cornerstone program for the Holstein Foundation.

The three-phase program takes place over 12 months. Phase I includes hands-on workshops to improve attendees' leadership, communication, and advocacy skills. It also offer opportunities for networking and building enthusiasm for the dairy industry.

The class will tour Dugan and Shamrock dairies in the Casa Grande areas as a pre-tour conference. This will be the first time that YDLI has met in Phoenix; in previous years, classes have met in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Florida.

In Phase II, which takes place in the year between Phase I and III, class members develop and use their new skills in a community outreach project of their choice. Phase III, held February 24-27, 2016, will focus on group leadership skills and topics such as advanced communication training, conflict resolution skills, and influencing public policy. Class members will give presentations on their Phase II projects.

The Holstein Foundation thanks these YDLI Class 9 sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Allflex USA, CHS Foundation, DairyBusiness Communications, Dairy Herd Management, Dairy Management Inc., Dean Foods Foundation, Farm Credit System Foundation, Hoard’s Dairyman, Holstein Association USA, Land O’Lakes Foundation, Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation, and Zoetis.
Gold Sponsors: Cargill and Deere & Company.

Silver Sponsors: Accelerated Genetics, Center for Dairy Excellence, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

Bronze Sponsors: COBA Select Sires, Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement, Horace Backus Fund, Merial Ltd., and Select Sires GenerVations.

The first class of YDLI was held in 1994; it now has more than 500 alumni. For more information about YDLI and other Holstein Foundation programs, go to www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Groves and Stoll Join Holstein Foundation Board

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 3, 2015)… Brad Groves, of Billings, Missouri, and Rod Stoll, of Savoy, Illinois, are the newest trustees named to the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The 12-member board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation’s youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

About Brad Groves

Brad Groves is the fourth generation on Groves View Dairy, where they milk 200 head of Registered Holsteins and Brown Swiss, and which received Century Farm status in 2013. The Groves-Vu prefix can be found nationally and internationally.

Groves served as co-chairman of the Host Day committee for the 2012 National Holstein Convention, held in Springfield, Missouri. He is also director at large for the Missouri Holstein Association and a 2014 graduate of the Young Dairy Leaders Institute.

“It is my pleasure to have been asked to join the Holstein Foundation board,” Groves said. “Holstein Association USA and the Holstein Foundation have done so much for me, I think it's time to help make decisions to help out the next recipient who will be touched by activities available through the Foundation.”

About Rod Stoll

Rod Stoll is vice president of marketplace engagement for Farm Credit Illinois. He grew up on a dairy and grain farm in Chestnut, Illinois, and earned a bachelor’s degree in dairy science from the University of Illinois. He worked for Monsanto’s dairy business, then as director of development for the University of Illinois’ College of ACES Advancement Office and the Illinois 4-H Foundation. He joined Farm Credit in 2007.

Stoll is a certified basketball official and a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He has served as a co-lead facilitator at 25 college LeaderShape Institutes around the country, and has moderated the Dairy Bowl at the National Holstein Convention’s Dairy Bowl for 23 years. “My extraordinary experiences working with Junior Holstein members as a Dairy Bowl volunteer since 1991 created a special place in my heart for the important work of the Holstein Foundation,” Stoll said.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the Holstein Foundation’s board team and commit to being a loyal advocate and faithful steward of the organization in this trustee role.”

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 by email.

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Holstein Foundation Names Chandler Goule as
2015 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumnus

Chandler Goule

Brattleboro, Vt. (January 6, 2015)...Earnest “Chandler” Goule, of Washington, D.C., senior vice president of programs for the National Farmers Union (NFU), has been named the 2015 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader by the Holstein Foundation.

Each year, the Holstein Foundation recognizes one YDLI alum who has made notable contributions and used the skills gained during their YDLI experience for the betterment of the dairy industry. Goule was a graduate of YDLI Class 5.

The NFU is the second largest general farm organization in the United States, with 200,000 members. Goule is one of the NFU’s media spokespeople and oversees the departments of government relations, communication, education, and membership.

"YDLI was key in my initial development as a professional,” Goule said. “It was the first time I took Meyers Briggs and learned about the 16 types of personalities. It was the first time I had any type of formal media training, and it helped me bring the entire dairy industry supply chain together and later helped when I worked on the House Agriculture Committee. The program helped me identify my strengths and my weaknesses in order to improve upon both areas. It is a great program and I am honored to receive this award.”

Goule was named to his position last March, after four-and-a-half years as the NFU’s vice president of government relations. Previous to the NFU, he worked for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, for U.S. Rep. Collin C. Peterson, and for U.S. Rep. John S. Tanner. He earned a master’s degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.

Goule will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 9, Phase I program, February 25–28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 working in the dairy industry. For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Thank You for Giving to the Horace Backus Fund!

The Holstein Foundation thanks everyone who generously contributed to the Horace Backus Fund, which raised $64,515, well over the original goal for the fund. It will help support young dairy producers in attending the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI).

Michael Johnson of Fountain, Minnesota, is the first recipient of the Backus Fund scholarship. An owner and herdsman for Trailside Holsteins LLC, which has a 400-head milking herd of Registered Holsteins, Michael and his wife, Margaret, have two sons, Sawyer and Levi. He will attend YDLI Class 9, which begins February 25-28, 2015, in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Young Dairy Leaders Institute is a nationally recognized program to develop leader and communication skills for young adults ages 22-45 working in the dairy industry, with all breeds of cattle.
Some of the ways in which money was raised for the fund:

  • A Holstein heifer, HEZ ASHOCK MS HORACE-ET, an Aftershock daughter out of the All-American and All-Canadian Dubeau Dundee Hezbollah, was donated by St Jacobs ABC, Clark and Lois Woodmansee, and Peter and Lyn Vail and sold at the World Classic Holstein Sale in October. She sold for $21,000 to a syndicate, was donated back to the sale and sold again to Arnold, Ashley, and Andrew Gruenes of T-Spruce Holsteins in Minnesota.
  • Sale catalogs from Dunloggin, Mount Victoria, and Rosafe, donated by Duane Green of Michigan and Ken Melvold of California, were auctioned at sales this fall.
  • Many individual and corporate donors gave generously.

The Horace Backus Fund was created to honor Horace, "the Dean of Pedigrees," who is renowned for his remarkable knowledge of Holstein genetics and for his lifetime of experience in dairy sales. The fund was the brainchild of Holstein industry members Tim Abbott, Frank Conyngham, Joel Hastings, and Dave Rama, who wanted to honor Horace’s legacy.

Annual yields from the fund will support one young dairyman or woman in attending the Young Dairy Leaders Institute each year. Donations are still accepted online at www.holsteinfoundation.org.  All donations are tax deductible.

A heart-felt thanks to these donors:

Aurora Ridge Dairy, NY
Horace Backus, NY
Tom and Betty Beach, NY
Henry & Carol Beneke, NY
C R Bennett, GA
John and Nancy Bierbaum, MN
Douglas G. Blair, BC
Glen and Frankie Jean Brown, UT
Al and Judy Buckbee Family, NY
Wisner and Gladys Buckbee, NY
James and Nina Burdette, PA
Burket Falls Farm, PA
Bonnie Burr, CT
Arlin and Norma Buttke, NC
Carlwood Farm LLC - Doug Carlson & Sandy Boardman, CT
Richard and Mary Chase, NY
Richard Chichester, VA
David and Debie Chlus, NY
Duane and Betty Conant, ME
Frank E. and Marion Conyngham, PA
Gordie Cook, MA
William J. Cook, NY
John and Helen Cope, PA
Maurice E. Core, OH
Creedin C. Cornman, PA
Co-Vale Holsteins LLC - The Cates Family, NY
Co-Vista Holsteins, NY
Richard and Jeanne Coyne, NY
Robert and Melanie Cruikshank, NY
Currie Holsteins LLC, NY
Dairy Agenda Today, Dallas Burton, KS
Daniel Brandt Pedigrees, PA
Julie DeLavergne, OH
John and Denise Dickinson, NY
Charles B. Elwell, MA
David C. Falk Sr. , NC
Farmshine, PA
Joseph Fisher, NY
Buddy Fleming, NY
David and Sally Galton, NY
M Duane Green, MI
Tom and Diedra Harkenrider, NY
Harry H. Bachman Auctioneer, PA
Joann Hartman, IL
Joel Hastings, CA
Robert D. Heilman, VA
Bernard M. Heisner, IL
Mark Henning, NY
Kip and Marilyn Herzog, CA
Hez, LLC - St. Jacobs ABC, Tim & Sharyn Abbott,
     Clark & Lois Woodmansee, Peter & Lyn Vail, VT
Kathleen Hoff, MD
Holstein World partners: Joel Hastings, John Montandon
      & Scott Smith, CA
Aaron and Meagan Horst, PA
Jay and Gladys Houser, PA
Bill Hughes, VA
Judy and Charles Iager, MD
Gary and Patricia Janssen, IL
Kevin Jorgensen, WI
Pete and Shellie Kappelman, WI
Richard and Shirley Keene , NY
Thomas W. Kelly, PA
William and Jean Kent, NY
David and Lou Anne King, NY
Kings-Ransom Farm, LLC, NY
Robert and Ginger Knutsen, MD
Thomas Kugler, NY
Gordon and Peggy Lamb, NY
Jonathan and Alicia Lamb, NY
Lantland Farms LTD, NY
Lew-Lin Farms, NY
Lismore Dairy, NY
Long Haven Farms - Doug & Bev Long
     and Scott & Jennifer Long, MI
Genie Lorenzo Roberts, NJ
Robert and Linda Marshman, NY
Jeanne McKown, PA
Christopher McKown and Abigail Johnson, MA
Ken Melvold, CA
John M. and Vicki Meyer, VT
Bob Miller, IL
George and Pippin Miller, OH
Tom and Sandy Morris, WI
Jeffrey and Lesa Mulligan, NY
Jason and Donna Myers, MD
Marlowe E. Nelson , WI
Arthur W. Nesbitt, WI
New York Holstein Association, Inc.
      - In Memory of Richard Keene, NY
William C. and Lilly A. Nichol, PA
Harry and Helen Papageorge, UT
Pennsylvania Holstein Association, PA
Pleasant View Farm, NY
Sherman and Phyllis Polinder, WA
Scott Racha, NY
Dave and Merry Rama, NY
Ransom Rail Farms, Inc., NY
Jack and Marcia Remsberg, MD
Remsburg Sale Service, A. Dennis Remsburg, MD
Ridgedale, Wayne Conard, NY
Rockhill Dairy, LLC, NM
Michele L. Ruby, OR
Lorilee Schultz, IL
Donald and Geraldine Seipt, PA
Select Sires, Inc., OH
Dean and Carrie Sharp, NY
Siemers Holstein Farm, Inc., WI
Sam and Gail Simon, NY
Singing Brook Farms, Bruce Snider, PA
Skiff Farms Inc., NY
St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp, VT
Bertram Stewart, ON
Stitzel’s Waterpoint Farms, Inc., NY
Tom and Linda Thorbahn, OH
Roger P. Turner, WI
Ken, Marilyn and Scott Umble, PA
Hank and Carolyn Van Exel, CA
Robert E. Walton, WI
James D. Ward, NY
Waterman Farms, Inc., ME
Mike and Cindy Weimer, Solid Gold Holsteins, PA
Don and Joyce Welk, PA
Elmo Wendorf, Jr., WI
Willet Dairy, LLC, Dennis & Diane Eldred, NY
William Peck Family, NY
Richard Witter, Taurus Service, Inc., PA
Corey Wolff, PA
Dennis C. Wolff, PA

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Hezbollah Daughter Selling at World Classic Sale
to Benefit Backus Fund

Dundee-Hezbollah
HEZ ASHOCK MS HORACE-ET 3013295072 100%RHA is a June Aftershock daughter out of the All-American and All-Canadian DUBEAU DUNDEE HEZBOLLAH 104117050 100%RHA (pictured) donated by St Jacobs ABC, Clark and Lois Woodmansee, and Peter and Lyn Vail.

Brattleboro, Vt. (August 29, 2014) The Holstein Foundation announces efforts this fall to benefit the newly established Horace Backus Fund, to support young dairy producers in attending the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI). A Holstein heifer will be sold at the World Classic Holstein Sale Friday, October 3, at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. A number of vintage catalogs will be sold at various sales as well.

The Holstein heifer selling at the World Classic to benefit the fund is HEZ ASHOCK MS HORACE-ET 3013295072 100%RHA. She is a June Aftershock daughter out of the All-American and All-Canadian Dubeau Dundee Hezbollah, donated by St Jacobs ABC, Clark and Lois Woodmansee, and Peter and Lyn Vail. A syndicate will be formed to purchase the heifer and donate it back to the fund. The sky is the limit on donations; a minimum of $100 will be accepted.

For Holstein history buffs, sale catalogs from Dunloggin, Mount Victoria, and Rosafe are some of the early donations from Duane Green, Michigan and Ken Melvold, California. The Dunloggin catalogs will be auctioned at the Eastern Elite Sale, September 16 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and the Nittany Lion Fall Classic, November 8 in State College, Pennsylvania. The Mount Victoria and Rosafe catalogs are slated to sell at the New York Fall Harvest Holstein Sale, November 1 in Ithaca, New York.

The Horace Backus Fund was the vision of industry leaders themselves; Tim Abbott, Frank Conyngham, Joel Hastings and Dave Rama. To honor Horace’s legacy so that he can be a part of it, they developed the idea of supporting dairy producers to attend YDLI. Often dubbed "the Dean of Pedigrees," Horace is widely known and respected around the country for his remarkable knowledge of Holstein genetics, and lifetime of experience in dairy sales.

The annual yields from the fund will be used to give full support to one hard-working and deserving young dairyman or woman to attend the Young Dairy Leaders Institute each year. More than $33,000 has been raised so far toward the $50,000 fundraising goal. Donations are also accepted online at www.holsteinfoundation.org. All donations are tax deductible—help support your dairy leaders of the future!

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Holstein Foundation Introduces New Trustees

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 22, 2014) … Holstein Foundation is pleased to welcome two new trustees to the board; Lorilee Schultz, Orangeville, Ill., and Dr. David Galton, Genoa, N.Y.

Currently the herd manager of Mil-R-Mor Farm, Lorilee Schultz is responsible for daily operations, employee management and record-keeping on the 140-cow dairy. Lorilee is currently serving as secretary-treasurer of her local Holstein association and was a delegate to the 2014 National Holstein Convention in Dubuque, Iowa. As a former participant of Holstein Foundation activities, including dairy bowl and Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI), Lorilee states, “The Holstein Foundation has played a huge role in shaping my career in the dairy industry. I am so grateful to the individuals who recognized the value of Foundation programs and invested in my development as a young dairy leader. As a result, I am honored and thrilled for the opportunity to help do the same for others as part of the Holstein Foundation board of trustees.”

Dr. David Galton has been working with young people throughout his 34 years as a professor in the dairy management program at Cornell University. He developed and promoted the Cornell Dairy Fellows program, which prepares students to better position themselves in the dairy industry. He also spent time coaching the Cornell dairy cattle judging team. Throughout his career at Cornell, Dr. Galton worked extensively with dairy producers and 4-H youth. Currently, David is a partner on two dairy farms in New York with a total of 3,400 cows. Dr. Galton says, “I’m excited to serve on the board of a cutting-edge, pro-dairy industry organization. I’m looking forward in contributing to the vision of the Foundation.”

For more information on the Holstein Foundation and the programs offered, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Contests Encourage Youth Involvement

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 16, 2014) … Dubuque, Iowa, hosted the 2014 National Holstein Convention June 24 through 28, where youth had the opportunity to show off their dairy knowledge in Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy. Almost 175 youth competed in the two contests, many of whom qualified at the state level to earn a spot to compete nationally with their team.

Dairy Jeopardy

More than 75 participants, broken into three divisions, competed in Dairy Jeopardy. Based on the popular TV game show, youth compete individually, answering dairy industry related questions and wagering points; testing not only their industry knowledge, but their critical thinking and risk management skills. The top three individuals in each division are as follows.

Junior Division (ages 9-13)
1st Place: Hayley Fernandes, California
2nd Place: Corbin Gauthier, Kansas
3rd Place: Hanna Richman, New Jersey

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17)
1st Place: Emily Irwin, Illinois
2nd Place: Casey Porter, New York
3rd Place: Nathan Arthur, Iowa

Senior Division (ages 18-21)
1st Place: Andy Sell, Wisconsin
2nd Place: Joey Adams, Iowa
3rd Place: Sally Hamlett, Iowa

Dairy Bowl

Dairy Bowl is a fast paced competition in which teams of four compete head-to-head to see who can buzz in first to answer questions related to the dairy industry. A total of 25 teams competed in two divisions.

The Junior Division (ages 9-15) championship round came down to teams from California and Illinois. California was victorious in the junior division, with a team consisting of Siana Barrett, Hayden Costa, Hannah Mancebo and Macey Pearson, coached by Kirsten Areias and Sarah Zonneveld. The runner up in this division, Illinois, consisted of teammates Kate Carlson, Jared Dickman, Connor Erbsen, and Jordon Oellerich, with coaches Becky and Glen Meier. Placing in the top five teams were New York, Iowa and Washington.

Senior Division (ages 16-21) finalists consisted of California and Pennsylvania, with Pennsylvania becoming the champion. The undefeated Pennsylvania team was made up of sibling pairs Laura and Travis Holtzinger and Daniel and Sara Kitchen, with Pat Kitchen as the coach. The second place team, California, consisted of Bailey Allen, Frankie Gambonini, Kiara Gilardi, and Hannah Van Dyk, with coaches Kirsten Areias and Sarah Zonneveld. Rounding out the top five teams in the senior competition were Wisconsin, Washington and Minnesota.

In the heat of competition, it is important for teams to maintain sportsmanlike conduct. One team in each division is awarded for exemplifying principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit. The junior division team to best display these attributes was South Dakota, made up of John Achen, Dylan Frey, Stephanie Post, and Alex Thyen, coached by Mike Frey. Senior division honors went to Iowa, with a team consisting of Andy Dougherty, Megan Rauen, Bethany Simon, and Josh Simon, with coach, Jessica Hammerand.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

Open to any youth, without pre-registration, the dairy knowledge exam attracted over 250 participants to test their knowledge with this 25-question written test. Participants are given one of two tests, dependent on their age. The winners of each age division are:

Junior Division (ages 9-15)
1st Place: Hayley Fernandes, California
2nd Place: Macey Pearson, California
3rd Place: Siana Barrett, California

Senior Division (ages 16-21)
1st Place: Alex Gambonini, California
2nd Place: Travis Holtzinger, Pennsylvania
3rd Place: Frankie Gambonini, California

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

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Backus YDLI Scholarship Fund Support Requested

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 4, 2014) … A new scholarship fund for young dairy producers to attend the Holstein Foundation’s Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) has been created in the name of one of the industry’s biggest icons – Horace Backus. With a $50,000 fundraising goal, over $17,000 has been raised from early contributors. By August 1, the $50,000 goal will need to be met to offer a full scholarship for one recipient in the upcoming YDLI class.

This fund came about from the vision of industry leaders themselves, Tim Abbott, Frank Conyngham, Joel Hastings and Dave Rama. They wanted a way to honor Horace’s legacy so that he can be a part of it, and developed the idea of supporting dairy producers to attend YDLI. Often dubbed "the dean of pedigrees," Backus is widely known and respected around the country for his remarkable knowledge of Holstein genetics, and lifetime of experience in the dairy sales arena.

In a joint letter sent to prospective donors Abbott, Conyngham, Hastings and Rama write, “As a longtime friend and business associate of Horace Backus, you know better than most what a tremendously positive impact he has had on our Holstein industry, on Holstein breeders themselves… and on us! As a friend, he’s always willing to lend a hand and lend an ear. He has set an example for all of us, young and old, with his integrity, work ethic, positive attitude and sense of humor. And in business, he’s without parallel as a sale manager, pedigree expert, breeder, Association leader and adviser.”

“We invite you to join us in creating a fitting and permanent tribute to one of the greatest men it has been our privilege to know and work with,” the group continued.

The fund has been established within the Holstein Foundation, to provide appropriate investment and oversight of the dollars raised, without administrative costs. The annual dividends from the fund will be used to give full support to one young dairyman or woman at the Young Dairy Leaders Institute, a unique and exciting program for young dairy producers and industry professionals.

Early donors include: Harry H. Bachman, Auctioneer; Douglas G. Blair; James R. and Nina P. Burdette; Dick Chichester; Duane and Betty Conant; Frank E. and Marion Conyngham; Currie Holsteins LLC; David C. Falk Sr.; Joel Hastings; Robert D. Heilman; Kip and Marilyn Herzog; Judy and Charles Iager; Thomas W. Kelly; William and Jean Kent; Bob and Ginger Knutsen; Jonathan and Alicia Lamb; Long Haven Farms - Doug and Bev Long and Scott and Jennifer Long; Robert and Linda Marshman; Jeanne McKown; Christopher McKown and Abigail Johnson; Ken Melvold; John M. and Vicki Meyer; Bob Miller; Tom and Sandy Morris; Jason and Donna Myers; Arthur W. Nesbitt; William C. and Lilly A. Nichol; William Peck family; Pennsylvania Holstein Association; David and Merry Rama; Ridgedale Farm; Select Sires, Inc.; Singing Brook Farms; St. Jacobs Animal Breeding Corp; Richard Witter - Taurus Service, Inc.; Roger P. Turner; Ken, Marylyn and Scott Umble; Robert E. Walton; and Don and Joyce Welk.

Gifts may be made by mail to the Holstein Foundation, noting they are for the ‘Horace Backus YDLI Scholarship’ fund. Contributions may also be made securely online by selecting the ‘Horace Backus Fund’ for gift type. More information about the Holstein Foundation and YDLI can be found at www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski 800.952.5200 ext. 4261.

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Young Dairy Leaders Institute Invites Applicants

Brattleboro, Vt. (June 4, 2014) … The Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) is inviting applicants for its ninth class. A program of the Holstein Foundation, YDLI is a renowned, innovative leadership and communication skills development program that has graduated hundreds of young adults.

Dairy producers working with all breeds of dairy cattle and allied dairy industry members, ages 22 to 45, are encouraged to apply. Applications can be downloaded from the Holstein Foundation web site www.holsteinfoundation.org and must be received by August 1 to be eligible for consideration.

The class will meet February 25-28, 2015 and February 24-27, 2016 in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. The class meets twice, a year apart, with a series of projects to complete in the months between meetings.

“Looking back, attending YDLI was one of the best decisions I have ever made; personally and professionally. Interacting with colleagues with the same passion for the dairy industry created an even larger desire to remain an integral part of the industry. I have been equipped with many valuable tools that will serve me well as I progress through my career. YDLI is a truly outstanding program!” said YDLI class 8 graduate Melissa Sankey, Harrisburg, Pa.

Phase I, held in February 2015, focuses on individual leadership and personal development. Interactive workshops cover topics such as working with different personality types, developing consumer and media communication skills through hands-on practice, and giving impactful presentations.

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, will be held February 2016. The program will feature sessions on advanced communications training, working effectively in a team environment, influencing public policy and continued advocacy and leadership. Throughout the program, an emphasis is placed on networking with industry peers, a benefit that carries on long after a YDLI class is complete.

A webinar will be hosted Tuesday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to provide more insight about the YDLI program. The agenda will include an overview of what YDLI is and what is expected of participants, as well as information about the application process and expected costs of the program.

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 by email.

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Holstein Foundation Graduates Young Dairy Leaders Institute Class 8

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 13, 2014)…Over 40 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada recently graduated from the Holstein Foundation’s eighth Young Dairy Leaders Institute class, with Phase III being held February 5-8 in Albuquerque, N.M. Building on the skills they learned during their first meeting last February, along with what they have practiced and accomplished over the past twelve months, the class participated in workshops covering topics such as advanced media relations skills, conflict management, and the public policy process.

On their final feedback survey, participants were asked to write one sentence about what YDLI meant to them. Following are just a few of the comments that summarize the YDLI experience: “For me, YDLI has meant increased skills on many fronts, a large network of connections, heightened confidence and unforgettable memories,” said one participant. “YDLI has inspired me beyond what I could have ever done on my own,” added another.

The theme for this YDLI Class was “Blaze Your Leadership Trail.” Featured speakers and workshops included:
  • Joan Horbiak, David Pelzer and Michele Ruby, who presented Advanced Media Training, focused on mastering interviews with the media and telling dairy’s story to consumers
  • “Leverage Optimism to Make Change Work,” by Terry Paulson, who spoke about how our actions and attitudes impact the team we are working with
  • Dr. Wes Jamison, who led a session on Conflict Resolution, teaching attendees several effective strategies for communicating with others who may have opposing viewpoints. A highlight of this session was a debate between Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst, and Joe Maxwell, Vice President of Outreach and Engagement for the Humane Society of the United States.
  • Pete Kappelman, YDLI Class 1 alum and chairman of the Land O’ Lakes board of directors, who provided an evening keynote, encouraging class members to “explore their leadership frontiers” and make an impact.
  • Bonnie Burr, YDLI Class 1 alum, led a session on understanding public policy and gave participants hands-on experience with the governmental process.
  • Ty Bennett led a powerful closing session, with his talk about the "Power of Influence." His message left the class inspired and feeling empowered to continue their leadership journey and have a lasting influence on those they interact with.
The Holstein Foundation and Young Dairy Leaders Institute participants would like to sincerely thank the many gracious sponsors who made the experience possible. Platinum sponsors include Allflex USA, Inc.; DairyBusinesss Communications; Dean Foods Foundation; Farm Credit System Foundation; Hoard’s Dairyman; and Land O’Lakes, Inc. Foundation. Gold-level sponsors were AFACT, Cargill Animal Nutrition, CHS Foundation, Dairy Management, Inc.; Elanco; Holstein Association USA; Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation; and Zoetis. Silver sponsors were Accelerated Genetics; Center for Dairy Excellence; GEA Farm Technologies, Inc.; and Merck. Bronze-level sponsors included Chobani; Church & Dwight Co., Inc.; COBA/Select Sires; Cooperative Resources International; Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement; Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc.; Robert L. Cain Memorial Fund; and Select Sires Canada, Inc.

Read more about Class 8’s YDLI journey on our official YDLI blog at www.ydli.blogspot.com! Class 9 will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., in late February 2015 and 2016. Applications are now available on the Holstein Foundation web site, and are due August 1, 2014. With questions or for more information about YDLI, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Holstein Foundation Programs Manager Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Ray Prock Named 2014 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumni Leader

Brattleboro, Vt. (February 13, 2014)…Ray Prock, Jr., a dairyman from Denair, Calif., has been named the Holstein Foundation’s 2014 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recipient. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one YDLI alum annually who has made notable contributions and utilized skills gained during their YDLI experience for the betterment of the dairy industry. Prock was a graduate of YDLI Class 5.

“YDLI laid the foundation for me to gain valuable experience and confidence to be the person I am today,” Prock said. “YDLI was the first leadership program I was involved in and has left a lasting impression on me to this day. If it was not for YDLI I may never have gained the confidence I have to engage with complete strangers on airplanes, the internet and in public on the questions and concerns many have about agriculture and the food we, as a public, eat.”

Along with the daily responsibilities on his family’s Ray-Lin Dairy, Prock has been involved with several agricultural organizations, including the National Dairy Promotion board, DMI Social Media Advisory Committee, the AgChat Foundation, California Milk Advisory Board, California Dairy Campaign and several Farm Bureau groups.

One area Ray is especially proud of is his ability to use online outlets to help build and maintain an interactive, positive agricultural presence. “Through the use of various social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs, I have built relationships with many outside of farming to help build conversations and address questions about agriculture and food,” Prock said. “I have had conversations with many people worldwide, helping bridge the gap between the farm and families’ food choices.” Through his agricultural advocacy with social media, Prock estimates that he has been able to reach tens of thousands of consumers. Additionally, Ray has worked to develop relationships with politicians from the local to national level, and has testified before the California Senate Agriculture Committee and State Assembly Committee on Agriculture.

Prock will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 8, Phase III program, February 5-8, 2014, 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 working in the dairy industry. For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

For more information or to obtain a picture of the honoree, contact Lindsey Worden at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or click here to email Lindsey.

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Youth Excel During National Holstein Foundation Contests

Brattleboro, Vt. (July 16, 2013)…Youth were the stars of the show during the Holstein Foundation's National Holstein Dairy Jeopardy and Dairy Bowl competitions, held in Indianapolis, Ind., last week, as part of the 2013 National Holstein Convention. Over 180 youth from around the country participated in the two contests, most of whom qualified at the state level before moving to the national competition.

Dairy Jeopardy

Nearly seventy participants competed in the Dairy Jeopardy competition, divided into three age divisions; Junior, ages 9-13, Intermediate, ages 14-17, and Senior, ages 18-21. This competition for individuals is based on the popular television game show, featuring a wide range of dairy-related questions in a number of categories, from "Barn Babes," to "Dairy Stats," to "You Be the Judge." Following are the top three individuals in each age division.

Junior Division

1st: Connor Erbsen, Illinois
2nd: Ryan Allen, Maryland
3rd: Cynthia Hamlett, Iowa

Intermediate Division

1st: Travis Holtzinger, Pennsylvania
2nd: Jordan Siemers, Wisconsin
3rd: Sarah Thomas, North Carolina

Senior Division

1st: Tony Lopes, California
2nd: Philip Shanks, Illinois
3rd: Hayley Potts, Virginia

Dairy Bowl

In the National Dairy Bowl contest, four-person teams compete within two age divisions; Junior, ages 9-15, and Senior, ages 16-21. A total of 30 Junior and Senior teams participated this year, with 15 states sending teams in each division.

The Junior division championship came down to the teams from California and Iowa, with Iowa emerging as the victor in the final match. Team members included Nathan Arthur, Alyssa Dougherty, Amanda Dougherty and Mary Scott, coached by Heidi deGier and Jeff Hammerand. The runner-up California team members included Hayden Costa, Hayley Fernandes, Macey Pearson and Hannah Van Dyk, with coaches Kirsten Areias and Sarah Zonneveld. Rounding out the top five teams in the Junior division were New York in third, Illinois in fourth and Maryland in fifth.

The Senior division finals saw California squaring off against Illinois, with California claiming the championship. California team members were Ellorine Carle, Rocco Cunningham, Alex Gambonini and Taylor Pires, coached by Kirsten Areias and Lynn Cunningham. Representing Illinois were Levi Martin, Dylan Reed, Ryan Sheehan and Sarah Sheehan, with coaches Becky and Glen Meier. Other teams placing in the top five in the Senior division were Minnesota in third, Maryland in fourth and New York in fifth.

Sportsmanship awards are given to one team in each division who best exemplify the principles of courtesy, friendliness and team spirit throughout the competition. The Junior team receiving this award hailed from the state of Utah, with team members Ethan Brown, Seth Brown, Lexie Papageorge and Landon Schumann, coached by Justin Jenson. In the Senior division, the honor went to the New England team, consisting of Matt Fletcher, Rebecca Grover, Regina Grover, and Katherine Shaw, coached by Nicole Fletcher.

Dairy Knowledge Exam

The Dairy Knowledge Exam is open to any youth attending the National Junior Holstein Convention who wants to put their brain to the test with a 25-question written test. Like Dairy Bowl, youth are divided into two groups by age. This year, 282 youth completed the Dairy Knowledge Exam! The top three in each division were as follows.

Junior Division

1st: Hannah Van Dyk, California
2nd: Jordon Oellerich, Illinois
3rd: Hayley Fernandes, California

Senior Division

1st: Alex Gambonini, California
2nd: Sarah Sheehan, Illinois
3rd: Joey Adams, Iowa

For more information about Holstein Foundation youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124.

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Kappelman Joins Holstein Foundation Board of Trustees

Brattleboro, Vt. (April 12, 2013)….Pete Kappelman, Two Rivers, Wis., is the newest addition to the Holstein Foundation board of trustees. The 12-member board oversees the direction of the Holstein Foundation's youth and young adult educational and leadership development programs.

"The Holstein Foundation's vibrant programs reach out across the dairy industry and touch young, aspiring leaders," said Kappelman. "Sowing the seeds of vision and passion will yield a future brimming with success and achievement. I am thrilled to be a part of this dynamic organization."

Kappelman and his family milk 470 Registered Holstein and Brown Swiss cows and farm 1,100 acres on their farm, Meadow Brook Dairy. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has given his time liberally to the dairy industry in several capacities. Kappelman has been a member of the Land O'Lakes, Inc. board of directors since 1995, serving as Chairman since 2004. He also is an ag policy advisor to USDA and USTR, on the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) board, and on the Wisconsin Alumni Association board of directors. He has a wealth of experience on other boards as well, previously being involved with the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin (PDPW), UW Center for Dairy Profitability, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Board of Visitors, the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board and the U.S. Dairy Export Council.

Furthermore, Pete enjoys giving back to his community, serving on his county economic development board, on his church council, serving as a youth basketball coach and volunteering as a 4-H dairy leader.

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 by email.

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California Dairyman Named 2012 Young Dairy Leaders Institute Distinguished Alumnus

Brattleboro, Vt. (January 28, 2013)…Brad Scott, Moreno Valley, Calif. dairyman, has been named the Holstein Foundation's 2012 Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Distinguished Alumni Leader Award recipient. The Holstein Foundation recognizes one YDLI alum annually who has made notable contributions and utilized skills gained during their YDLI experience for the betterment of the dairy industry. Scott was a graduate of YDLI Class 3.

Brad is a partner in his family business, Scott Brothers Dairy Farm, part of the fourth generation operating the dairy farm and processing business. They sell a variety of products including fluid milk, frozen yogurt, and sour cream.

"Through my experience with Young Dairy Leaders Institute, the program showed me that there are many opportunities as a dairy producer to tell our story in our local communities, but the dairy industry is also much bigger than just your home area," said Scott. "We have a great story in the dairy industry, and need to take every opportunity we have to tell that story through other channels."

Aside from his work with their 1,100 cow dairy and processing business, Brad is an involved member of several agricultural organizations. He has served on the board of directors for the Milk Producers Council, California Beef Council, California Dairy Herd Improvement Association, National Dairy Board, among others, and is also a current member of Holstein Association USA's Legislative Affairs committee.

Scott Brothers Dairy annually plays host to numerous groups, from local Boy Scout troops and area families to larger bus tours and international guests. Scott takes advantage of the many opportunities presented to him to serve as an advocate for the industry, both in his community and as a member of the Dairy Farmer Spokesperson Network. He has spoken to a wide range of audiences, including local Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, local and state legislators, and national media groups. In 2011, he travelled oversees to Tokyo, Japan on a dairy trade mission with the U.S. Dairy Export Council to learn how the U.S. can increase sales of dairy products to Japan.

Scott will be recognized during the upcoming YDLI Class 8, Phase I program, February 6-9, 2013, 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 working in the dairy industry. For more information on YDLI or other Holstein Foundation programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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Holstein Foundation Prepares for Upcoming
Young Dairy Leaders Institute

Brattleboro, Vt. (January 28, 2013)...Holstein Foundation staff is now making final preparations for Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) Class 8! The class will meet February 6-9 in Albuquerque, N.M.

YDLI, a cornerstone program for the Holstein Foundation, is a three-phase program which takes place over 12 months. Fifty young adults from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico have been selected to be a part of Class 8. The first class of YDLI was held in 1994, and the program now boasts 475 alumni.

Phase I includes several hands-on workshops aimed at improving attendees' leadership, communication and advocacy skills, while providing opportunities for networking and building general enthusiasm for the dairy industry. The four-day schedule is packed with excitement, covering personality styles, leadership presence, media and presentation training, and more.

Phase II takes place in the year between Phase I and III. Class members put their new skills to use through a community outreach project of their choice, as well as other projects aimed at further developing and utilizing their skills.

Phase III will be held February 5-8, 2014, and will focus on group leadership skills. Sessions will cover topics such as advanced media training, conflict resolution skills and influencing public policy. Class members will also give presentations on their Phase II projects.

YDLI would not be possible without the support of many generous donors. The following organizations have shown their commitment to the future of the dairy industry as YDLI sponsors:

Platinum sponsors include Allflex USA, DairyBusiness Communcations and Hoard's Dairyman.

Gold sponsors are AFACT, Cargill Animal Nutrition, Dairy Management, Inc., Dean Foods Company, Elanco, Farm Credit System Foundation, Holstein Association USA, Merck and Northeast Agricultural Education Foundation.

Silver sponsors are Accelerated Genetics, Center for Dairy Excellence, CHS Foundation, GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., and Pfizer Animal Genetics.

Bronze sponsors include Chobani, COBA/Select Sires, Cooperative Resources International, Farm Credit Northeast Ag Enhancement, Hilmar Cheese Company, Inc., Robert L. Cain Memorial Fund, and Select Sires Canada, Inc.

Follow along on the Holstein Foundation's Facebook page for updates live from Albuquerque, February 6-9, at www.facebook.com/HolsteinFoundation. For more information about YDLI, including a Class 8 participant list, and other Holstein Foundation programs, at www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Jodi Hoynoski, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4261 or by email.

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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.

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