Holstein breeders elect officers, review year

by Verla Peichl Review Correspondent


Three newly elected directors for the Sheboygan County Holstein Breeders Association are (above, left to right) Kara Abraham, Dr. Chris Booth and Sara Feldmann. Three newly elected directors for the Sheboygan County Holstein Breeders Association are (above, left to right) Kara Abraham, Dr. Chris Booth and Sara Feldmann. The Sheboygan County Holstein Breeders Association recently held their annual awards banquet at the Amore in Plymouth.

The event was very well attended and there were several items of interest presented to inform the members and the public regarding the previous year.

The 2013 Futurity, which was held at the Sheboygan County Fair Park, was a huge success as reported by Heidi Taylor. There were 27 entries for the event and she was happy to report that LDS has become a new sponsor and now join Schulz and Dippel with their support.

“We had an outstanding Sheboygan County Futurity and we couldn’t do this without all the sponsors that’s why we can put on such a great event,” said Taylor. She then recognized all those who were the originators of the event in 2000.


Jake Ulezelski (below left) received an award for Outstanding Youth and Scholarships and Allen Nohl was presented with the Friend of the Association Award (below right) at the association’s annual awards banquet. — Review photos by Verla Peichl Jake Ulezelski (below left) received an award for Outstanding Youth and Scholarships and Allen Nohl was presented with the Friend of the Association Award (below right) at the association’s annual awards banquet. — Review photos by Verla Peichl The Junior Association helped host the annual Farmer Bud Competition and in a few weeks more than 25 juniors will be traveling to the Wisconsin Dells to participate in the 2014 Junior Holstein Convention, which is hosted by Fond du Lac County. There will be two or three rookie teams, two junior teams and one senior team competing in the dairy quiz bowl competition. Three or four members will be participating in the dairy jeopardy contest as well as the speaking contest and several youth will try their hand at the photography, craft and advertisement contests. All the youth will be doing the county bell ring and exhibiting a county scrapbook.

The Junior Holstein Association always has a good representation for Sheboygan County and they are proof that the Sheboygan County Holstein Association is alive and thriving. They have a membership of 40 juniors for 2013 and just installed their first slate of officers and adopted their own bylaws this past November.

The officers elected are; President/ Erica Helmer, Vice President/ Cole Booth, Secretary/ Elise Bleck, Treasurer/ Emily Meinnert, Reporter/ Morgan Phipps and the two Directors are/ Ava Booth and Andy Helmer. The Junior Advisors are Dr. Chris and Courtney Booth, Dr. Jeff and Dr. Lea Ann Bleck and Dr. Kent and Kelly Bindl.

There were 35 participants that participated in the dairy judging this past year. This event is where throughout the summer all of the participants meet at different farms in the county to practice. They are very appreciative of all the farmers that allow them to practice and learn more about the contest. They then attended the contest in Iowa County where all the kids did very well.

There were 26 exhibitors representing Sheboygan County at the Wisconsin State Fair, with 34 animals. The group did very well as a county and the older youth were able to help out the newest members if they had any questions about what needed to be done.

The Showcase of Champions proved to be very successful for the Sheboygan County youth. Ava Booth was the junior champion showmanship winner for grades 3, 4 and 5. Elise Bleck was reserve showmanship for grades 3, 4 and 5. Brett Mulikan was showmanship winner for grades 6, 7 and 8. Emily Meinnert was showmanship winner for grades 9 and 10. Michelle Meinnert was showmanship winner for grades 11 and up. Kelly Jens was the Grand Champion female.

Outstanding Youth Awards were presented to Jake Ulezelski and Alex Huibregtse by Erin Jens.

Huibregtse is the son of Bob and Deb, Plymouth. He is a 2013 graduate of Plymouth High School,a ten year member of the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club and was a seven year member of the Plymouth FFA serving as chapter president his senior year. He was on the dairy judging team for four years winning several contests including the 2012 World Dairy Expo contest. He is currently attending UW-River Falls majoring in dairy science.

Jake Ulezelski is the son of Gail and Tony and is a 2013 graduate of Plymouth High School. He has been in the Happy Workers 4-H Clubforelevenyearsandisa6year member of the Plymouth FFA. He has been showing cattle on all levels and won many awards and trophies at county fair, district shows, state shows and state fair. He is currently attending Fox Valley Technical College studying farm operations and dairy management. He is employed at Sprucelawn Farm and his dream is to own and operate his own dairy farm.

The Friend of the Association Award was presented to Allen Nohl by Jim Hanke. Hanke noted that whenever food was needed for large events Nohl helped to acquire that task because of his employment at Johnsonville Meats. Nohl’s efforts were very welcomed by the attendees.

The newly elected directors for the association are Kara Abraham, Dr. Chris Booth and Sara Feldmann.


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