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Ohio Holstein hosts annual convention


The Ohio Holstein Association kicked off their annual convention event with a spectacular sale on Friday, March 10th and concluded two fun-filled days with their awards luncheon on Saturday, March 11th.  District 7 was the host of the annual meeting held in Wooster with the sale at the new Holmes County Fairgrounds in Millersburg.

Lot 1 made headlines with the Gatedancer daughter with a +2795GTPI selling for $32,000. The buyer was Gordon Lamb, Oakfield, New York and consignor was Pine-Tree Dairy, Matthew Steiner and Family, Marshallville, Ohio.  A winter calf born 12/02/16 with GTPI +2975, she was a daughter of Triplecrown Gatedancer-ET from a Very Good 86 Supersire daughter that was the top seller in the 2016 World Classic and is from the outstanding and well-known Wesswood-HC Rudy Missy-ET cow family.   The contending bidder was Jim Copper, Agent from Massachusetts.

Second high seller at $8750 was Lot 2, a spring yearling, Pine-Tree 6481 Jedi 7055-ET.  Consigned by Springhill-Joyride c/o Chris Lang, Big Prairie, Ohio, she was purchased by Irvin, David, and Joe Allen Yoder, Montezuma, Georgia, with the winning bid coming in to Cowbuyer online bidding from Kenya, Africa.  With GTPI +2771, she was sired by S-S-I Montross Jedi-ET and from a Bacon-Hill Milsan-ET daughter that sold for $11,250 in the 2015 World Classic Sale at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.

When the sale concluded, tours were next on the agenda. Springhill Holsteins and Guernseys, Gateway Holsteins and Ron Grosjean put out the welcome mat for attendees to tour and participate in a judging contest. The Ohio Holstein Association put on a spread and welcomed everyone to the association office to enjoy a meal and reminisce over the history of the association with a display of old photos and magazines.

Saturday morning saw the business of the association take place.  Committee reports, elections of officers and a presentation by Dr. Bill Yost on the Secure Milk Supply Plan.

The officer elections produced Paul Haskins of Butler as President, Bill Indoe of Lodi as Vice President, Suzy Lora of Salem as Secretary and Lisa Mangun of Burbank as Treasurer.

The Ohio Junior Holstein Association also elected officers.  Emma Mathews of New Vienna, President; Keaton Topp of Botkins Vice President; Kinley Topp of Botkins Secretary; Korey Oechsle of Van Wert, Treasurer; Madelyn Topp of Botkins Reporter; Maggie Mathews of New Vienna, Reporter; Victoria Deam of Sugar Creek, Director.

The awards luncheon began with the OHA Queen Contest. Victoria Deam of Sugarcreek was crowned queen while Courtney Lund of Norwalk was crowned first runner up. Both will serve the OHA by promoting Ohio Holsteins at events throughout the year.

The Buckeye Breed Builder awards were presented and the Junior Award went to Rudy Kiko of Carrolton while the Senior Award went to Dean Zimmer of Marietta.

The OHA Distinguished Service award was presented to Joe Miley of Miley Holsteins, West Salem, Ohio.

The Ohio Holstein Woman of the Year Award was presented to Diana Miley of West Salem. While Hannah Dye of Beloit was named the Esther Welch Ag Communications Scholarship winner.

The Distinguished Junior Holstein Member boy and girl award were presented to Korey Oechsle of Van Wert, and Emma Mathews of New Vienna. Mathews also received the Ohio Memorial Award.

Macy Conrad, New Holland was the winner of the Ohio Holstein Women’s Scholarship and Ella Jackson, DeGraff, received the Joanne Bickel Memorial Scholarship.

The Junior Production winners were Kaleb Kliner for Miley Alexander Tiffany, 2-2 19,579M 890F 659P- Jr. 2-Year-Old; Madelyn Topp for K-Y Blue Allen Rachel 5-4 29,455M 1,134F 875P - Aged Cow and Korey Oechsle with Jacher Golden Vodka 3-6 20,551M 1,119F 836P - 3-Year-Old.

The event was capped off by a fun auction of all sorts of great things with the proceeds going to the Ohio Holstein Women’s Scholarship Fund.