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After a cold wet spring and low milk prices I’m sure everyone is looking forward to a sunny, busy summer. On a positive note, the state association managed a very successful State Spring Sale. A huge crowd was on hand for the sale and anxiously awaited the drawing for the calf raffle to kick off the sale. I’d like to extend a huge shout out to our sale co-chairs Carl Mensen and Kyle Demmer for putting together a very successful and profitable sale. I’d like to thank everyone who helped make the sale a success. If everyone does their part and helps where they can we will continue to have a successful sale. Also thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for the raffle and congrats to the lucky winners.

The state hosted a successful state convention at a wonderful new location, the Delaware County Fairgrounds, in Manchester. We were privileged to have several members of the National staff join us for a member informational meeting and a great breeder’s seminar which featured four Iowa breeders.

The members that participated in the Central Plains Dairy Expo trip enjoyed a fantastic trip. Enroute to the Expo the group visited Hawkeye Holsteins and enjoyed a tour of the farm and cows by Dave and Cody Chapman. At the Expo, we were treated to an awesome Easton Corbin concert, plenty of good food, and an interesting trade show. I’d encourage anyone to attend the Expo if they have the opportunity in the future.

With the National Convention coming up I’d like to wish our Juniors the best of luck and encourage anyone that has comments or concerns for our national board to visit with our elected delegates before the convention. They will be our voice.

The State Show will be held at the State Fair on August 9. There are District and local fairs and shows scheduled that I’d encourage you to participate in whether it be showing or simply attending and having an opportunity to see some good cattle and visit with dairy friends!!! Also be sure to join us at the State Picnic which will be held at San-Dan Holsteins, New Vienna, on August 18th. Hope everyone has a great summer.

Trent Henkes


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