Wisconsin Holstein Association Wisconsin Holstein

Junior Convention

2017 Convention: A Black Tie Affair

January 6-8, 2017

Convention Hotel
Glacier Canyon Lodge
45 Hillman Rd, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Ph: 800-867-9453 or 608-254-1020
Code #: 475429 (block named WI Jr Holstein 2017)
Reserve by December 1 to guarantee a room!

Meal Registration Form

Additional Contests, Forms and Information

Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy and Speaking Entry Forms

Dairy Bowl Rules | Dairy Bowl Sources

Dairy Jeopardy Rules

Speaking Contest Topics & Rules | Speaking Contest Visual Aid Guidelines

For contest information, check out the 2016 Junior Handbook.

Schedule of Events
Friday, January 6
8:00 a.m. DJM Interviews
10:00 a.m. Convention Registration
  Contest Room Registration
  Raffle Ticket Return
  Dairy Jeopardy & Dairy Bowl Registration
  Speaking Contest Registration
  Princess, Graduate, DJM Interview Check-In
  Holsti-buck vouchers - contest room
11:00 a.m. Speaking Contest (Pending/Jrs Only)
11:30 a.m. Dairy Jeopardy Officials Orientation
  Speaking Contest Judges Orientation
12:00 noon Dairy Jeopardy Roll Call
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Young Adult Panel
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Junior Holstein Experience Panel
3:00 p.m. WHA Junior Forum, Dane Co Welcome
  District Caucuses, Bell-R-Ring
5:30 p.m. Dairy Bowl Seating Exam
  Coaches Meeting
6:15 p.m. Wisconsin tailgate meal
  Jr Farm Tour Awards, Essay Awards, Progressive Breeder & Long Range Production Awards, Dairy Jeopardy Contestants awarded
8:00 p.m. Adult Forum
  Minute-to-win-it and ice cream - host county
Saturday, January 7
7:45 a.m. Dairy Bowl Judges' Orientation
7:50 a.m. Jr Dairy Bowl Roll Call
8:00 a.m. Junior Dairy Bowl Contest
  Rookie Dairy Bowl (Est. Start time 10:00)
8:45 a.m. Royalty Judges' Orientation
9:00 a.m. Contest Room Opens
  Royalty Interviews
10:00 a.m. 1st Session - WMMB Media Training
11:45 a.m. Princess Luncheon
  Hosti-buck mystery auction
  WHA President's Address
  Princess Candidate Intro & Questions
  Graduate Recognition
12:45 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Roll Call
1:00 p.m. Senior Dairy Bowl Contest
  Final rounds to follow, approx 4:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. 2nd Session - WMMB Media Training
7:00 p.m. Banquet
  Scholarship Auction, Scholarships, 12 & Under Recognition, YDJM, DJM, Awards, Royalty, Outstanding Girl, Outstanding Boy
  Dance & Holsti-buck auction
Sunday, January 8
8:00 a.m. Breakfast & Contest Room Results
  Photography, advertising, arts & crafts, folding display, scrapbooks, state banner, dairy bowl seating exam top scores
8:30 a.m. (Immediately following breakfast/awards)
  Business meeting & JAC elections
  Raffle drawing
  Election Results


Junior Holstein Convention to Feature Educational Panels, Seminars

The Dane County Junior Holstein Association is excited to offer several special events at the 2017 Junior Holstein Convention. There will be a cheese carving at the convention on Friday, January 6 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. near the registration area. All are invited to watch the cheese carving and view the finished product on display on Saturday. The finished cheese carving will be auctioned off at the Junior Banquet on Saturday evening, January 7.

There will be three educational sessions for junior members to attend at the convention. The first two sessions will be on Friday and will be panel discussions with former Junior members. More information on the panels is below. A third session will be on Saturday and will feature Brenda Murphy and Vicki Janisch from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. There will be two tracks - one for younger members and one for older members. Both tracks will discuss ways you can interact with the public and answer their questions accurately.

Finally, Friday night's entertainment will be minute-to-win-it games for all ages to participate in and there will be Culver's ice cream at the dance with a toppings bar.

Friday Educational Sessions

College Choices to Shape Your Career
A Young Adult Educational Panel
Friday, January 6, 1-1:45 p.m.
This panel will feature four graduates of Wisconsin agricultural programs, and discussion will include why each attended their respective university, what student organizations they were involved in, internship experience and more. This workshop is geared toward high schoolers deciding where to attend college.

Moderator: Erica Ullom
Erica grew up in Chippewa County on her family's Mayerlane Holstein farm. She is a Wisconsin Holstein State Board member and Co-Chair of the Young Adult Committee (YAC).





Cassie Endres - UW-Madison
Cassie Endres is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. Currently, she works as a Marketing Executive at Filament Marketing.




Erik Warmka - UW-River Falls
Erik Warmka attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in the fall of 2010 for dairy science. After graduation, he returned home to the family farm where he is the herdsman. They currently milk 450 cows with a RHA over 31,000 pounds of milk.


Cassy Krull - UW-Platteville
Cassy Krull is a December 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a degree in Animal Science with a dairy emphasis. She currently works for Cargill Animal Nutrition as a Dairy Focus Consultant.




Sean Brown - Farm and Industry Short Course
Sean Brown lives on a 120 -acre farm outside of Dodgeville. He attended Farm & Industry Short Course 2012-2013 and received a certificate in dairy herd management.




The Impact of Black & Whites - Past, Present and Future
A Holstein Experience Panel
Friday, January 6, 2-2:45 p.m.
This panel features four individuals who were very involved in their Junior Holstein years. They will talk about how the Association shaped their life and make recommendations of things youth involved in the industry can get involved in.

Moderator: Joseta Halbur
Joseta Halbur hails from Burledge Holsteins in Fond du Lac, where she assists with the calf-raising program. She is also employed full-time in commodity-risk management, and is currently serving on the WHA Board of Directors where she co-chairs the Communications and Young Adult Committees (YAC) and serves as an advisor for the Junior Activities Committee (JAC).



Laura Elliott
Laura Elliott is a marketing consultant for Elanco where she manages the dairy vaccine product line for the US Dairy business. Laura was honored to serve as Wisconsin Holstein Princess in 2009, southeast district JAC (2011 Chair), and she was named Outstanding Girl in 2011.




Charles Hamilton
Charles Hamilton is a 20-year-old recently graduated Wisconsin Junior Holstein member from Cuba City, Wisconsin. He is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, with plans to return to the home farm. Charlie was the 2015 Outstanding Boy, a National DJM in 2013, a past WI JAC, and is currently serving in his second year as a Holstein Association USA JAC.

Laura Herschleb
Laura Herschleb received her Bachelor's Degree in Dairy Science and Agriculture Journalism from UW-Madison. Laura currently serves as the Vice President of Marketplace Strategies for Badgerland Financial. Laura and her husband, Mike, reside in DeForest with their two children -- Kolby and Lily.


Kyle Natzke
Kyle Natzke grew up showing Crestbrooke Holsteins and Jerseys, with his parents Tim and Barb and sister Kristin (Olson). Kyle was named Outstanding Holstein Boy in 2011, and is a graduate of UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.



Saturday Educational Sessions

Before You Answer, Ask
Presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Saturday, January 7, 10:00 a.m.
At events where consumers interact with farmers, there are bound to be questions. Why do you do this? What happens when...? Is that a bull? (And, of course, that last one is asked of your blue-ribbon-winning heifer. Sheesh!) Sometimes those questions can be followed by a quick answer. Other times, you need more information to really answer the question properly. This session will focus on listening to the consumer and getting to the real question so you can provide them with accurate information.

Brown Cows and Chocolate Milk
Presented by Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Saturday, January 7, 2:00 p.m.
We've all heard that age-old comment from fairgoers, "chocolate milk comes from brown cows." While we all would like to think they are making a joke, some of them really don't know where chocolate milk comes from. Let's talk about some of the questions and comments you've heard at the fair and how to best answer them.

Saturday Feature Speakers - Brenda Murphy
Brenda Murphy grew up as one of you - a junior Holstein member! From a small Registered Holstein farm in southern Wisconsin, she now works for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB) as director of Producer Communications and Programs. One aspect of her role at WMMB is to help producers tell their story and answer consumers' questions.



Saturday Feature Speakers - Vicki Janisch
Vicki Janisch and husband Kenny along with their three-year-old daughter Abbi help on her family's 60-cow Registered Holstein dairy, Moss-Oak Farm. At WMMB, Vicki works closely with AmericasDairyland.com and other WMMB supported websites. In addition, she's assists in managing WMMB's social channels and answering consumers' questions about dairy farming and foods on those platforms.


2016 Junior Holstein Convention
January 8-10, 2016
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Hosted by: Chippewa County

2015 Junior Holstein Convention
January 2-4, 2015
Fond du Lac, WI
Hosted by: Dodge County

2014 Junior Holstein Convention

January 3-5, 2014
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Hosted by: Fond du Lac County

2013 Junior Holstein Convention

December 28 - 30, 2012
Janesville, WI
Host by: Rock County

2012 Junior Holstein Convention
December 28 - 30, 2011
Eau Claire, WI
Host by: Clark County