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We are now three months into 2019, and we here in the upper Midwest have been reminded of the cold temperatures and wind chills of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. If there is any positive here, it is that the extremes usually do not last for long and spring is hopefully not far away.

Now that the final numbers for 2018 are in, we know that females registered or identified reached an all-time record of 748,543. This represents a 1% increase (5683 animals) over the previous high set in 2017. Your Association is working with a higher percentage of dairy farms than ever before. Your sales representatives deserve a lot of credit for this growth. The continuing IT project has helped with processing orders correctly and returning them in a timely manner to you. Online transfers are now being easier and faster than ever!
The national board has not met since last November, however, we board members along with association members have been active by serving on several committees. The Audit Committee has been updated on current financial trends. The Nominating Committee is working diligently to find nominees for the 2019 board or officer elections. The Legislation Committee has been working hard to support the Dairy Pride Act, calling for the word “milk” to be used only with real dairy products. Thanks to everyone who is willing to take the time and responsibility of keeping our association strong and moving forward during this challenging time.

Many states have held their annual meetings by now. Congratulations to everyone who has been recognized by their respective states! John Meyer, Holstein USA CEO, delivered his “State of the Association” address at the California meeting. It is available for you to view on the Holstein USA website or on YouTube. The latest chapter of Holstein America was aired on RFD TV early February. If you missed watching it, Holstein website or YouTube gives you another option.

The Judge’s Conference will be held in conjunction with the Mideast Spring Show, March 28th, in Columbus, Ohio. Attendance once every five years is required to remain on the Holstein Judges List. Advance registration is suggested but late registrations will be accepted. Look for more information on the website or contact your Holstein representative.

Upcoming spring sales will offer excellent chances to add fine genetics to your herd. The website of Holstein Marketplace is also an excellent opportunity for you to add to your herd. Holstein Marketplace Sires, new since mid- January 2019, offers more selections for you and your herd.

Looking forward, we hope many of you are planning to attend the National Convention that will be held in June 2019 in Appleton, Wisconsin. This meeting is an excellent chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones!

As always, feel free to contact any of us with your comments or concerns.
Your Officers and Midwest Directors
Mark Kerndt, Corey Geiger, Steve Moff, Robert Webb, Boyd Schaufelberger, and Dale Drendel

 

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