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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, 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 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 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 For more information about YDLI, including a Class 8 participant list, and other Holstein Foundation programs, at, 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.