Outgoing Nebraska State Dairy Association president, Doug Temme of Wayne, was awarded the Philip H. Cole Memorial Distinguished Dairyman Award recently at the 128th NSDA state meeting in Norfolk. Temme, who operates a dairy with his wife, Mary, and son, John, has been milking cows since 1956 when he worked with his father. The Temme family completed a new cross-ventilation free stall barn in 2011, and expanded their herd to 650 head.
During the state dairy meetings, Bill Thiele of Clearwater was elected new NSDA president. Dwaine Junck of Carroll is the new vice-president, with Steve Kyser, Beatrice, retaining his position as secretary treasurer.
Dairy Herd Improvement Association production awards were given to Wallman Dairy, Diller, as the state's highest-producing Holstein herd. They were followed by Broken Bow Dairy, LLC at Milburn, and Temme Ag, Wayne, in the Holstein division. Jersey awards went to James Meyer, Roca, and Chad and Robbin Beckmann, Center. The production award for mixed breed herds went to Steffen Ag, Inc., of Humboldt.
Jessica Yoesel, 19, of Falls City, was crowned the Nebraska Dairy Princess at this year's convention. She is the daughter of Richard and Diana Yoesel, and is currently a freshman majoring in elementary education at the University of Nebraska. Lisa Temme, 21, of Wayne, and daughter of Doug and Mary Temme, was named the runner-up.
Also at the NSDA business meeting, Rick Larson of Creston was reelected as a board director, and Linda Hodoff of Milburn, was elected as a new director.
For more information, contact NSDA director of industry relations, Rod Johnson, at 402-261-5482 or go online to www.nebraskamilk.org.