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President's Perspective

Hello everybody,
For those of you that don’t know me, I am Carl Mensen, my wife Lisa and I milk 80 cows northeast of Luxemburg where we raised our three boys, who help if and when they can.
My goal for the next two years as your president is (1) Not to be the first Holstein president to be impeached. And (2) most importantly find ways to give more value to your membership. What can we do as an association to make it worth your time and money to be a member. To do this we need input from you. Bring your thought and concerns to the State Picnic on August 31 at the Doug Fairbanks farm near Anamosa. This is a great opportunity to visit with some old and meet new friends.

The show season is here. Now would be a good time to get that heifer out of the pasture and get a halter on her. (lol) Check the dates for your local district show. The state show will be at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester, July 18 and 19. You will NOT be allowed in the barns or on the grounds until noon on Tuesday, July 16. Only wood shavings will be allowed to be used as bedding. Hopefully you bring a couple head or more to show. Otherwise, come that day to see some of the best cattle around the country paraded around the ring.

Remember showing cattle is like picking your date for the high school dance, just because your choice does not get picked for the Royal line-up does not make them a bad choice. Enjoy the show season.

Best of luck to the Juniors, their parents and coaches heading to the National Convention, June 23-27 in Appleton, Wisconsin. Safe travel to our delegates and members who will be attending.
Have safe summer, no matter how busy it may be, and be sure to make time for what is most important, FAMILY and FRIENDS.
Carl Mensen



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