Top dairy promoters recognized

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


SHEBOYGAN COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTIONS board members and officers are (back row, left to right) Wendy Lammers, Jenae Waters, Mark Hilbelink, Sue Gerlach, Chris Kovach; (front row) John Fischer, Katie Reineking, Dale Limberg. — Review photo by Verla Peichl SHEBOYGAN COUNTY DAIRY PROMOTIONS board members and officers are (back row, left to right) Wendy Lammers, Jenae Waters, Mark Hilbelink, Sue Gerlach, Chris Kovach; (front row) John Fischer, Katie Reineking, Dale Limberg. — Review photo by Verla Peichl SHEBOYGAN FALLS - The Sheboygan County Dairy Promotion Association recently held its annual volunteer appreciation night and annual meeting at S & R, Sheboygan Falls.

The association continues to put forth a genuine effort in promoting the dairy industry, not only in Sheboygan County, but all across the state.

Association President John Fischer reported that it was a “very good year” and approximately 3,600 people were served this past year at Breakfast on the Farm.

The annual Breakfast on the Farm event is only one small way that the dairy industry can demonstrate what they have to offer in jobs and income to the area.

Dairy is the largest part of Sheboygan County’s agriculture.

Sheboygan County milk producers and the dairy industry contributes $1.14 billion to the county’s economy.

The on-farm production, and sale of milk, accounts for $69.4 million in economic activity, while the processing of milk into dairy products accounts for another $1.1 billion.

Dean Strauss, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board representative, also reported that Wisconsin still leads in cheese production and marketing, which is still a huge asset to the county and state.

Sheboygan County Dairy Ambassadors Marlene Kammann and Barb Scholten typically use Addie the Cow as one of their teaching tools in their travels. Addie has become more popular than even the association had imagined.

“We have talked to over 5,000 students this past year,” said Kammann. “The fall was slow, but we are now up and running. We were at Farm Technology Days with Addie and had about 19 stops. About 10,000 kids milk Addie in a season.

“We have even received thank-you notes from kids who have milked Addie,” she said. “Addie is always well-liked on our tours and we already have 14 stops scheduled for 2013.”

It was announced that Breakfast on the Farm for 2013 will be held Saturday, June 15, at Strack-View Farms LLC in Random Lake.

The hosts and owners of the farm are Ken and Margi and their two sons, Ken Jr. and Kyle.

The Association also presented three $500 scholarships to individuals who plan to pursue a career in an agriculture and dairy related field, including Jacob Ulezelski, who plans to attend either Fox Valley Technical School or the Short Course in Madison; Justin Athorp, who plans to attend UW-Platteville or UW-River Falls for agricultural business or dairy science and Alex Huibregtse, who plans to attend UWRiver Falls or UW-Madison for dairy science.

Dorene Hanke and Chris Schnelle were recognized for their continued efforts in promoting the dairy association and helping wherever and whenever they are needed.

Sue Gerlach, Dale Limberg and Mark Hilbelink were elected to the Dairy Promotion Board.


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