Beginning at 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to tour Nor-Way-Pete/Four-of-a-Kind dairy in Eland and Matthiae Dairy Farms, Inc. in Marathon. Nor-Way-Pete is owned by Andy, Mary and Chad Peterson and the herd includes all animals owned by the Four-of-a-Kind Partners. Herd manager and part owner of Four-of-a-Kind is Dan Cnossen. The herd is home to five 94-point cows with a total of 190 cows classified and an August 2012 BAA of 108.3. The current rolling herd average for 256 cows on three times-a-day milking is 30,585 pounds of milk, 1,214 pounds of fat and 925 pounds of protein.
Matthaie Dairy Farms, Inc is a fourth generation, family-owned farm managed by Maynard, Jason, David and Michael Matthiae families. The farm consists of 1,200 acres of owned and rented land with a 140 cow milking herd in a tie-stall barn with 21 Excellent cows, 55 VG, 57 GP and 2 Good with a herd average of 28,690 pounds of milk, 1,106 pounds of fat and 877 pounds of protein. The Matthiaes raise all their bulls and heifers and sell about 75 breeding bulls each year as well as send another 10 bulls to A.I.
At the annual banquet Saturday night the WHA Service Award recipient, Distinguished Younger Dairy Breeder and Distinguished Breeder will be recognized. A live auction will be held that night to benefit the Brad Fust Scholarship fund and the Junior Holstein Association. Businesses from Marathon County and the surrounding area have contributed items for the auction. American Wood Fibers, Swiderski Equipment, Meyer Manufacturing, Tom & Gin Kestell, Bonnie Mohr, George Waldvogel Family, Tom Morris, Bob's Catering, Synergy Dairy, Twin-B Dairy, Jason Mell, Dream Team Holsteins, Milkyhill Sales, Edgar Korner Kitchen, Trans Ova, Rick & Peggy Daluge, Trans Ova and Kalahari Resorts have contributed to this special auction. A dessert auction will also be held to benefit the WHA Scholarship fund. A live band will conclude the evening and is sponsored by the Marathon County Breeders.
Registration forms for the Wisconsin Holstein Convention can be found at www.wisholsteins.com or in the January Wisconsin Holstein News for those interested in attending. Registrations received by Feb. 1 will benefit from lower meal prices. The Futures Sale catalog will also be available Feb.1 online, or to receive a hard copy, please contact the WHA office at 800-223-4269.
Source: Wisconsin Holstein