Awards presented at joint Holstein and DHIA meetings in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE – Four young people were recognized for their work with Holsteins when the annual meeting of the Nicollet County Holstein Association was held Thursday, March 27. The meeting was held at the Lafayette Community Center, in conjunction with the annual meeting of Nicollet County DHIA.

Receiving plaques in recognition of their work were Megan Struss of Courtland, Outstanding Senior Girl; Thomas Maidl of Lafayette, Outstanding Senior Boy; Emily Annexstad of St. Peter, Outstanding Junior Girl; and Jacob Pehrson of St. Peter, Outstanding Junior Boy.

Struss, 18, is the daughter of Paul and Mary Struss and is a senior at New Ulm High School.

Maidl, 20, is the son of Leon and Diane Maidl and is a student at South Central College in North Mankato.

Annexstad, 16, is the daughter of Rolf and Jean Annexstad and is a sophomore at St. Peter High School.

Pehrson, 14, is the son of Pat and Amy Pehrson and is an eighth grader at St. Peter High School.

President Ken Rossow of St. Peter conducted the Nicollet County Holstein Association annual meeting. Ruth Klossner of Bernadotte was re-elected to a second three-year term on the county board. County association officers for the coming year are Rossow, president; Paul Struss, treasurer; and Klossner, secretary. Additional directors are Megan Herberg and Jean Annexstad, both of St. Peter.

Guest speaker Sarah Schmidt, Communications Director for AMPI in New Ulm, spoke during the lunch hour between the DHIA and Holstein meetings. She addressed, “Finally, A Farm Bill” and noted that the dairy portion of the farm bill amounts to only $1.2 billion of the $956 billion bill.

Six trophies, sponsored by area agricultural businesses, were presented for outstanding herds and cows during the DHIA business meeting.

Receiving the Premier Dairyman Award, sponsored by Nicollet County Bank, for having the highest three-year average, was Gerald Seitzer of St. Peter. His herd averaged 27,017 pounds milk, 1,016 pounds fat, 812 pounds protein, and $3,893 dollar value.

Annexstad Dairy Farms, Inc., Mike and Rolf Annexstad, of rural St. Peter, had the top herd for 2013, receiving the trophy awarded by New Ulm Regional Veterinary Center. The Annexstad herd averaged 27,453 pounds milk, 1,072 pounds fat, 848 pounds protein, and $4,205 dollar value.

Paul and Cindy Swenson of rural Nicollet won the trophy for the top cow of the year, sponsored by Bill Seitzer of Form-A-Feed. Their cow, “977,” produced 40,489 pounds of milk, 1,419 pounds of fat, 1,241 pounds of protein, and $5,950 dollar value.

Howard and Dean Binder of Gibbon won the trophy for top three-year-old, sponsored by Glenn Pettis of Big Gain Feeds. Their award winning three-year-old, “442,” produced 33,445 pounds milk, 1,327 pounds fat, 1,044 pounds protein, and $5,220 dollar value.

Wintop Holsteins, Tom and Cory Gieseke of New Ulm, won the trophy for the highest increase for the year, plus $560 dollar value. Their herd increased 2,907 pounds milk, 132 pounds fat, and 125 pounds protein. That trophy was sponsored by Nicollet Veterinary Clinic.

For the third year in a row, John Wenninger of rural Lafayette won the trophy presented by United Farmers Cooperative for the Lowest Somatic Cell Count Herd. Wenninger’s herd had an average SCC of 113,000 and a Linear SCC of 1.9.

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