Holstein group passes out honors

by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association members (back row, left to right) Jess Mullikin, Erica Helmer, Emily Meinnert, Elise Bleck, Sarah Henschel, Austin Henschel (middle row) Brady Bleck, Cole Booth, Campbell Booth, Ava Booth, Kaitlyn Henschel, Jared Abraham (front row) Macie Abraham and Royce Booth attended the annual meeting and banquet of the Sheboygan County Holstein Association. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Sheboygan County Junior Holstein Association members (back row, left to right) Jess Mullikin, Erica Helmer, Emily Meinnert, Elise Bleck, Sarah Henschel, Austin Henschel (middle row) Brady Bleck, Cole Booth, Campbell Booth, Ava Booth, Kaitlyn Henschel, Jared Abraham (front row) Macie Abraham and Royce Booth attended the annual meeting and banquet of the Sheboygan County Holstein Association. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The Sheboygan County Holstein Association recently held their 2014 annual meeting and banquet at the Amore in Plymouth. The event was well attended and its purpose is to discuss and recognize their accomplishments and elect new members to the Board of Directors.

The guest speaker for the evening was Larry Nelson who was recently promoted to Executive Director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association.

Nelson joined Wisconsin Holstein as the Member Services Manager in October of 2011. He brings an extensive business background in the dairy industry and outside of the agriculture community, having worked in both the public and private sector. The change is designed to help move the Wisconsin Holstein Association forward and strengthen its place in the dairy industry. Nelson will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the association including membership, employee relations, and operational needs.


Kara Abraham (left), board member of the Sheboygan County Holstein Association, presented the Friend of the Association to Kurt Mauk at the recent annual meeting. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Kara Abraham (left), board member of the Sheboygan County Holstein Association, presented the Friend of the Association to Kurt Mauk at the recent annual meeting. — Review photo by Verla Peichl Nelson shared many items of interest that were going to be implemented in 2015 to help benefit not only the association but be a benefi t to all those involved in all aspects of Agribusiness and dairy.

President Todd Stanek of the Wisconsin Holstein Association Board, has been quoted as saying, “I’m pleased that Larry has joined our team. His experience in marketing, budgeting and customer relations will be invaluable to us as he assumes this new leadership role and we drive towards continuous improvement across the association.”

The Association presented scholarship awards to Andy Helmer and Jimmy Jens for the amount of $500 each to be used for their college education. Both students are currently attending the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

Helmer is a 2014 graduate of Plymouth High School and is the son of John and Lynn Helmer. He is majoring in Dairy science with a Crop and Soil Science minor. He is a member of the County, State and National Holstein Association and is also a member of the Sheboygan County Jr. Holstein Association Quiz Bowl Team. Helmer is a 10-year member of the Johnsonville Hustlers 4-H Club and has been active in the dairy project serving the Sheboygan County 4-H Dairy Committee for two years. He was a member of the 2014 Sheboygan County Dairy Management Team that won the state competition and represented Wisconsin at the national competition in Harrisburg, PA at the All-American Dairy Show where the team placed fourth. In 2014 he won the Rammer Family Manorial Sportsmanship Award for the Dairy Project.

Helmer plans to return to the Helmer Dairy Farm, Inc. where he is the seventh generation of his family to work on the farm and to work with registered Holsteins.

Jimmy Jens is the son of Jerry and Marty Jens. He is a 2014 graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School andwasa4yearsoccervarsityplayerandco-captain his senior year. He gained many awards bust most memorable was co-conference Player of the Year his senior year. Jens was very involved in FFA and 4-H and has been a youth representative on the dairy committee for the last two years. His long term plans are undecided at this time but part of his goal is to breed high quality registered Holsteins with an emphasis on show types.

The Friend of Association Award was presented to Kurt Mauk for his efforts to go above and beyond to make the District 10 Show be a success, helping set up and take down items for the Futurity

Event was just an all around asset to making the events held at the Sheboygan County Fair Park run a little smoother.

The Sheboygan County Jr. Holstein Association for District 10 has a lot to be proud of. The membership for 2014 is 46 and they have their own officers and Board of Directors.

Junior Association Officers are; President: Erica Helmer; Vice President: Cole Booth; Secretary: Elise Bleck; Treasurer: Emily Meinnert; Reporter: Morgan Phipps; Directors: Ava Booth and Andy Helmer. Junior Advisors- Dr. Chris and Courtney Booth, Dr. Jeff and Dr. LeaAnn Bleck and Dr. Kent and Kelly Bindl.

Other reports given included the 2014 Futurity/ the District Show, and the State Fairy & Dairy Judging.

The newest members elected to the Board of Directors were; Jerry Jens, John Helmer and Luke Gartmann.


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