Junior Holstein Members Gather in Kentucky for National Junior Holstein Convention

Congratulations to our Ohio Junior members Aubree Topp and Carissa Pittman! Aubree was elected to the JAC Committee and Aubree and Carissa worked together on the Digital Scrapbook representing Ohio Holstein Juniors and placing fourth!

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. July 3, 2023 — Junior Holstein members celebrated their shared passion for the Holstein cow and the dairy industry during the 2023 National Holstein Convention Lexington, Kentucky. Held from June 23 to 27, 2023, over 300 Junior Holstein members attended the convention. These young dairy enthusiasts competed in contests, experienced tours, attended workshops, and made new connections throughout the week.

“Lexington proved to be the perfect back drop for Junior Holstein members to engage in friendly competition” says Kelli Dunklee, Holstein Association USA Event and Program Lead. “The variety of contests and activities throughout the week provided these future dairy leaders with countless opportunities to learn new things, gain lifelong friends, and have lots of fun!”

Prepared Public Speaking
Forty-seven youth members honed their presentation and speaking skills during the prepared public speaking competition. Speech topics ranged from farm stress to dairy innovation, to dairy breed history and milk marketing. Following are the results from each age division.

Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Cash McCauley, Michigan
2nd place: Madalyn Troutman, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Savannah Judd, Massachusetts

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Samantha Justice, Missouri
2nd place: Lily Marshman, New York
3rd place: Madison Wiese, Wisconsin

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Kylie Konyn, California
2nd place: Gabriella Taylor, New York
3rd place: Sara Reed, Pennsylvania

Folding Display Contest
Twenty-seven entries were submitted in this year’s Folding Display competition. Participants create a free-standing display educating people about a dairy industry-related topic of their choice. Youth are divided into three age divisions, and each division has two categories – Scientific and Creative. Following are the results for each category.

Creative Division
Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Hailey Zook, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Trey Daubert, Virginia
3rd place: Aden Carter, Pennsylvania

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Chelsea Empet, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Lauryn Irwin, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Kassidy Gantos, North Carolina


Scientific Division

Junior Division (ages 9-13 as of January 1)
1st place: Bryson Baldwin, North Carolina
2nd place: Kimber Hough, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Madeline Branch, North Carolina

Intermediate Division (ages 14-17 as of January 1)
1st place: Sophie Griswold, Pennsylvania
2nd place: Atley Shafer, Maryland
3rd place: Aiden Empet, Pennsylvania

Senior Division (ages 18-21 as of January 1)
1st place: Salem Sifford, Virginia
2nd place: Kristen Houser, Pennsylvania
3rd place: Cholee Roell, New Jersey

State Scrapbook
The state scrapbook contest gives each state the chance to tell the story of activities and events their Junior Holstein associations take part in each year. The books were judged on the cover, news clippings, photos organization, originality, and variety of activities.

1st place: Illinois
2nd place: New England

Digital State Scrapbook
State Junior Holstein Associations also had the opportunity to participate in the Digital Scrapbook Contest. This contest is judged on the same criteria as a traditional scrapbook, but entries must be presented on a computer or another digital format.

1st place: Iowa
2nd place: California
3rd place: Missouri
4th place: Ohio
5th place: New England


Heather Hodges, California; Aubree Topp and Carissa Pittmann, Ohio; and Katelyn Poitras, New England accept their awards in the State Digital Scrapbook competition at the National Junior Holstein Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.

State Banner
The state banner competition allows states to creatively showcase their associations, displayed throughout the week at the Convention. Judges assess the banners based on promotion of state, Holstein related, attractiveness, originality, and overall appearance.

1st place: Virginia
2nd place: California
3rd place: Michigan

Mission Membership
One state is recognized each year for increasing their membership. The honor is calculated on a percentage increase from January 1 to June 1 of the convention year. Minnesota took home the honor in 2023 for the second year in a row, with a membership increase of 24 new members.

NHWSO Awards Scholarships
Three Junior Holstein members were awarded scholarships by the National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization (NHWSO) during the National Junior Holstein Convention. This year’s recipients receiving scholarships were Emory Bewley, Doreen Dyt, and Irene Nielsen.

New Representative Elected to Junior Advisory Committee (JAC)
Three new youth representatives were elected to the National Junior Advisory Committee (JAC) during the National Junior Forum. Gabriella Taylor was elected to the Area 1 position, Aubree Topp was elected to the Area 2 position, and  Clarissa Ulness was elected to the At-Large position.
The 2023 Junior Advisory Committee youth representatives are Blake Wright, Brianna Meyer, Gabriella Taylor, Clarissa Ulness, Aubree Topp, and Caroline Arrowsmith.

The JAC is the governing body of the Junior Association and oversees the organization’s activities. Youth committee members are elected by the Junior membership at the National Junior Forum, and members serve two-year terms.

For more information about Junior Holstein Association’s youth programs, visit www.holsteinfoundation.org, or contact Kelli Dunklee, youth programs specialist, at 800.952.5200, ext. 4124, or by email.

Supreme Winners Chosen at the Harrison County Fair Dairy Show

By Barb Lumley

The Harrison County Fair Open Dairy Show was held Thursday, June 22, 2023, at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Cadiz, Ohio. The show was dedicated in memory of Samuel W. Cunningham, a former Harrison County Dairy Board member. Judge for the show was Jason Miley, Miley Holsteins, West Salem, Ohio.

2023 Supreme & Reserve Overall - Open Class

Winning the Supreme Grand Champion Award was the Jersey Aged Cow shown by HLF Jerseys, Dale Anderson & Family, New Philadelphia, Ohio. She was also the Senior and Grand Champion of the Jersey show. The Supreme Reserve Grand Champion was the Holstein Four Year Old shown by Hardingdale Holsteins, Jarod Harding & Family, New Philadelphia, Ohio. She was also Senior and Grand Champion of the Holstein show.

The Supreme Junior Champion All Breeds Award was won by the Red & White Winter Yearling shown by Hardingdale Holsteins, New Philadelphia, Ohio. She was Junior Champion of the Red & White Show.

2023 Overall Jr Champions -Open Class

The Supreme Reserve Junior Champion All Breeds Award went to the Jersey Fall Calf shown by HLF Jerseys, New Philadelphia. She was Junior Champion of the Jersey Show.

The Senior Champion and Grand Champion of the Brown Swiss show was the Three year Old shown by Clarkhills Farm, Robert Clark & Family, Uhrichsville, Ohio. The Brown Swiss Junior Champion was the Winter Calf and the Reserve Brown Swiss Junior Champion was the Spring Calf, both shown by Eddy Farms.

The Red & White Reserve Junior Champion was the Spring Yearling shown by Clarkhills Farms, Uhrichsville, Ohio.

The Ayrshire Junior Champion and Grand Champion was the Fall Yearling shown by Hardingdale Holsteins. The Senior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion was the Junior Two Year Old shown by Eddy farms, Keith Eddy, Jewett, Ohio.

2023 4H Champion & Reserve All Breeds

The Milking Shorthorn Junior Champion and Grand Champion was the Fall Calf shown by Clarkhills Farm, Uhrichsville, Ohio. Reserve Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion was the Winter Yearling shown by Caldwell Dairy Farms, Bloomingdale, Ohio.

Sponsers for the Dairy Show were Andi’s Point, Freeport, Ohio; Jones Equipment, Freeport, Ohio; Yoder’s Market And Feed Supply; and Bardall Crossing Hardware, Freeport, Ohio. The show was managed by the Harrison County Dairy Board.

First Generation Farmer to Receive 2023 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. June 19, 2023 — The 2023 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder followed an unconventional path to his career as a dairy farmer. Growing up in town, Ty Etgen always jumped at the chance to spend time on his friends’ farms. Today, he’s living out his dream as a successful Registered Holstein® breeder and dairy farmer.

Holstein Association USA is thrilled to recognize Ty Etgen as this year’s Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder. Ty is the sole owner and manager of Etgen-Way, a herd of 100 Registered Holstein cows near Harrod, Ohio. He’s sharing life on the farm with his wife, Heather, and sons Cash and Henry.

“The whole list of Distinguished Young Holstein Breeders is impressive, and to be on that list, it means a lot to me,” Ty shares. “Fifteen years ago, I had nothing, and to be recognized with this award, it’s awesome.”

As a youth, Ty found his way to the dairy industry through jobs on dairy farms and involvement in 4-H and FFA. After high school, he dove into working full time on a dairy farm for a year and a half. Ty then furthered his education with a degree in dairy cattle production and management from Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI). He notes his participation on the dairy judging team and an internship at Air-Osa Dairy in California as key learning experiences during his college years.

After graduating from college, Ty farmed in a partnership for a couple of years before starting a small herd of his own. In spring 2015, Ty and his family broke ground on a new 110 cow barn and double-seven herringbone parlor. Today, he takes on all the primary responsibilities on the dairy, and continuously works to improve his Registered Holstein herd.

The herd at Etgen-Way is milked twice a day and has a rolling herd average of 23,044 pounds of milk, with a 4.0% fat test and a 3.1% protein test. Breeding high-scoring cows is also important to Ty, and in 2022 the herd had a BAA of 111.4. 

Ty and Heather, who met while showing dairy cattle, also enjoy competing in the show ring. Whether doing day to day chores or getting ready for a show, Ty says he’s thankful for the work ethic he’s teaching his two young sons. He’s also quick to give credit to the many mentors and friends he’s had in the dairy industry who have helped him pursue his dreams.

“One thing that got me where I am today is, I’ve always been surrounded by great people that challenged me and pushed me on,” Ty says. 

About the Award

The Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder award recognizes significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein breeders for their commitment to preserving the dairy industry and for achieving excellence in their daily lives. Ty Etgen will be recognized on June 25, 2023during the National Holstein Convention in Lexington, Kentucky.

District 5 All Breeds Show – June 10

Ohio Holstein District 5 will be hosting an All Breeds Show on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Pickaway County Fairgrounds, Circleville, Ohio.

The show will begin at 1:00 p.m. with lunch provided by Kingston National Bank and City BBQ.

Please submit the basic entry form to Judy Wolford before June 9 and join in on the fun and friendly competition! Jennifer Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio, will be the judge for the day.

Contact Judy Wolford (740-207-1861 | judycwolford@gmail.com) or Erica Davis (614-371-8533 | cowladydesigns@gmail.com) for more information.



Eastern Ohio All Breeds Show to be held June 17

By Barb Lumley

The Eastern Ohio All Breeds Show will be held June 17, 2023 at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover, Ohio. The show is sponsored by the District III Holstein Club. The show will begin tentatively at 9:00 a.m. Entries are due by June 4, 2023 for program listing. There will be a $5.00 entry fee per head. Entries should be marked with the letter of the breed. This year’s judge will be Phillip Topp, Topp View, Botkins, Ohio.

There will be a Junior Show for all breeds. Holstein Junior Exhibitors must be current members of the Ohio Holstein Junior Association to receive any junior awards.

There will be showmanship classes, with age groups 9-13, 14-16, 17-21. The showmanship contest will start at 8:00 a.m. and is open to any junior. Also there will be a kiddie’s showmanship for any boy or girl in 4-H.

A photographer may be available for pictures.

Late entries will be accepted until 6:00 a.m. the morning of the show. The fee for late entries will be $10.00 per head. Entries should be mailed to Louise Harding, 4364 Schilling Hill Road, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. Health requirements will be the same as for state and county fairs. Registration papers will be checked. Absolutely no papers pending! You must furnish your own straw. Exhibitors may move in Friday, June 16, in the afternoon.

Open Show – Supreme Grand Champion will receive $500
Open Show – Supreme Junior Champion will receive $250
Junior Show – Supreme Grand Champion will receive $250
Junior Show – Supreme Junior Champion will receive $100

For information contact Jared Harding 330-339-5389 jharding32@yahoo.com ; Louise Harding 330-432-7430; Don Simpson 740-484-1444 plainfieldholsteins@gmail.com ; or Clay Hershberger 330-407-4461.


Ohio Holstein Association Memberships – Get yours in SOON!

OHAdultMembershipIf you have not yet paid your 2023 membership, please get that payment to the Ohio Holstein Office BEFORE May 15!

OHAdultMembership (pdf form to print)

The May/June issue of the Ohio Holstein News is the Membership Issue and is distributed at the National Holstein Convention for coast to coast readership! Membership in the Ohio Holstein Association also provides you discounts when doing business at Holstein USA, keeps you up to date on all Holstein news from the local, state and national aspects, and joins you with many other Holstein breeders and enthusiasts who strive to continue to make Holstein genetics work for all herds and herd types.

If you would like your show winnings to count toward All-Ohio points and awards, or you would like your herd and cattle to be recognized for their production capabilites on a state level, you MUST be an Ohio Holstein Association member! 

Contact Diana Miley at the Ohio Holstein Office with any questions.

If you are wanting to advertise in this special Ohio Holstein News issue, please contact the Editor, Melissa Hart, before May 13!

Ohio Holstein Association Spring Sale Report

By Barb Lumley

The Ohio Holstein Association Spring Sale was held on Friday, April 21, 2023 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Wooster, Ohio. The auctioneer’s gavel fell 63 times as the registered Holstein consignments, both live animals of all ages and embryo packages, were presented to the crowd on hand. The 59 live lots averaged $2,155. All 63 lots combined average $2,129.

Selling for $4,700 and topping the sale was Lot 1, Oakfield US Adore-Red-ET, consigned by Pine-Tree Dairy, Marshallville, Ohio. A bred heifer due May 14, 2023 to Altitude-Red, she was sired by Riverdown Unstoppable-Red and her dam, Colganados D Avianca-Red EX 96, 3E was the 2019 All-American R&W Aged Cow. Bred heifers averaged$2,627.

Lot 4, Krullcrest Snapchat-Red ET, a winter yearling just recently bred to Rompom, sold for $4,000. Sired by Mr Affection Analyst-Red-ET, her dam, Milksource Snazzy-Red-ET was classified Very Good 89 and is a maternal sister to Erbacres Snapple Shakira-ET, Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo and Royal Winter Fair in 2021. She was consigned by Steve Logan & Lady Luck Holsteins, Farmdale, Ohio. Winter yearlings averaged $2,700.

Selling for $3,900 was Lot 36, BGP Gordelle Paco Maggie-ET, a two year old currently milking 95# 4.2% 3.3% and already rebred to Alta Wheelhouse and confirmed pregnant with a heifer calf. She is sired by ST Gen Helix Paco-ET and has several EX and VG dams with records to 49,900 milk 2015 butterfat and 1546 protein. She was consigned by Gordon Neuenschwander,
Dalton, Ohio.

Lot 38 sold for $3,800, Jaloda HumbleNKind Kyra was classified Good Plus 82 and milking 110 lbs. and rebred to Has It All. Lot 60, Jaloda Outlast Betsey GP 83, sold for $3,500, was milking 110 lbs. and rebred to Has It All Both were consigned by Jaloda Farms, James Sheffield, Wellington, Ohio. Cows in milk averaged $2,703.

One fall yearling Lot 43 sold for $1750. A Loganway Whisper-Red,was sired by Unstoppable-Red from an EX 91 dam and was just recently bred to Latenite. She was consigned by Matthew Logan, Farmdale, Ohio.

Top selling spring yearling at $3300 was Lot 20, Ms Martinis Razz Matazz-Red, sired by Blondin Luxor-Red and from an Ex 94,2E dam with records to 35,850 4.6% 1665 2.0% 1055. She was consigned by Delbert & Heather Yoder and Charles Gleisner, West Salem, Ohio. Spring yearlings averaged $1,817.

Top selling summer yearling at $2,000 was Lot 46, Velvet-View Chief Pinnacle sired by Stantons Chief and from a Very Good 86 Denver dam, and eight dams classified VG or EX. She was consigned by Velvet-View Farms, c/o Aaron Schlauch, Big Prairie, Ohio. Summer yearlings averaged $1,600.

Top selling fall calf at $3,300 was Lot 11, E-Evans-A AC Empress-ET, sired by Siemers Apple Crisp-ET-RC from an EX 93,2E dam and six generations VG & Ex dams including Krull Broker Elegance EX 96,3E. She was consigned by James Richard, Wooster, Ohio. Fall calves averaged $1,475.

Top selling winter calf at $2,700 was Lot 5, BlackNCherry Parfect Winter sired by Siemers Rengd Parfect-ET and from a VG 85 dam and eight generations VG & EX dams including Apple-Red EX 96,4E. She was consigned by Ben Zimmerman, Wooster, Ohio. Winter calves averaged $1,842.

Only one spring calf sold, Lot 54 ½ sold for $575. She was born 3/23/23 and sired by Cherry-Lily Zip Luster-P-ET. Her dam, Weaverhof Pretty Patty, a fresh two year old, was sired by Siemers Kingboy R-Pretty-ET. The second dam is VG 88 sired by Goldchip with three EX dams behind her. She was consigned by John Weaver, Fredericksburg, Ohio.

The Embryo packages averaged $1,756.

Autioneer was Randall Kiko, Salem, Ohio with Rudy Kiko, Salem, Ohio reading the pedigrees. Chad Griffith, Bethel, Ohio took the bids on Cowbuyer. The sale crew was led by Wyatt Schlauch and Logan Schlauch with lots of help from Ohio Holstein members, Junior Holstein members and Holstein enthusiasts! The sale was sponsored and managed by the Ohio Holstein Association.


By Barb Lumley

Once again the Ohio Holstein Association is providing the opportunity for Ohio Holstein Junior members, 4-H club members and F. F. A members to purchase that registered Holstein calf, heifer or cow that they can parade the show ring with, as they work to achieve that winning blue ribbon or trophy. The Ohio Holstein Spring Sale will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster, Ohio.

The sale will feature calves, heifers and cows of all ages, as well as some outstanding embryos, consigned by Ohio’s top Holstein breeders. Many of the consignments are from dams that are classified Very Good or Excellent. Pedigrees include dams that have received All-American awards and nominations, as well as others that are well-known for their winning achievements in the show ring.

There will be fresh young cows and bred heifers due to calve for dairy farmers looking for milk to boost their pounds in the bulk tank. Dams in their pedigrees have production records up to 41, 610 pounds of milk. There are cows selling milking over 100 pounds per day and includes a 3 Year Old classified Excellent and with a record at 2-03 354 days 31,060 3.4 1069 3.7 1151 and working on another good record.

The catalog can be found HERE, on the Ohio Holstein website, or for catalogs and information contact the following: Randall Kiko 330-831-0174; Rudy Kiko 330-540-2416; Ken Janes 330-464-4134; Wyatt Schlauch 330-275-7822; Dallas Rynd 740-207-5005 or the Holstein office at 330-264-9088. Cowbuyer will be there!

The Ohio District 3 Holstein Club will hold a meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, 2023 at Mr. Lee’s Restaurant in Cambridge, Ohio. Members of District 3 will be discussing the possibility of making the District 3 Holstein Show an All-Breeds Show. The Ohio Holstein District 3 Open Invitational Holstein Show will be held June 17, 2023, at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover, Ohio. Anyone interested in participating in the show or helping with it is invited to attend the meeting. For more information or to comment on having an All Breeds Show contact Jarod Harding 330-243-2415; Louise Harding 330-432-7430; Neil Deam 330-308-8110; Clay Hershberger 330-407-4461; or Don Simpson 740-391-3301.

The 2023 National Holstein Convention will be held June 23-27, 2023, in Lexington, Kentucky. Headquarters will be the Lexington Griffin Gate Marriot Gold Resort & Spa. Early registration is suggested for the special rate. Numerous activities are planned, as well as the Annual Meeting on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27, 2023. The National Convention Sale will be held on Monday, June 26. For information contact Scott Yocum 859-583-2945 email Scott@dbl-s.com.

The Mid-East Summer National Holstein Show will be held July 27-30, 2023 at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus.