Adult Convention

2022 Adult Holstein Convention

Hosted by the Jefferson County Holstein Breeders

February 18-19, 2022

Country Inn & Suites :: (920) 542-1600  •  1650 Doris Dr, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Friday, February 18

12:00-5:30 p.m.       Registration Open & Dairy Bar Open 

2:00-4:00 p.m.         WHA Committee Meetings 

                                    2:00-3:00 p.m.     Shows open forum 

All exhibitors for the District Shows along with Holstein, Jersey and Red & White exhibitors for the Midwest Spring and Championship Shows are invited to attend the open show forum. We will be discussing any rule and show format changes along with the future of the shows.

                                    3:00-3:30 p.m.     Member Programming Committee 

                                                                 Scholarship Committee 

                                    3:30-4:00 p.m.     Futurity/Advocacy Committee 

                                                                 Young Adult Committee 

                                                                 *Resolutions Meeting

*Any WHA member that would like a resolution proposed at the annual meeting should plan to present their resolution to our resolutions team at 3:30 p.m.

4:00-5:00 p.m.         Open forum with Holstein USA board members

5:00-6:00 p.m.         Social Hour 

6:00 p.m.                 Dinner 

                                 WHA Awards: Top Performer awards, 300,000 & 400,000k cows

7:30 p.m.                 Jefferson County Holstein History “Mixer” 

7:30 p.m.                 JAC Reunion

To follow - Social/Card Time 


Saturday, February 19 

7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.   Dairy Bar Open 

7:00-8:00 a.m.           Past President’s Breakfast

7:00-8:00 a.m.           Breakfast Buffet open (pre-registration needed)

8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Registration Open 

8:00-9:00 a.m.            Early Bird Session - Value Added Panel (presented by WHA)

9:00 a.m.-6:30p.m.    Silent Auction open (benefits District 8 Holstein Show)

9:00-11:30 a.m.         WHA Annual Business Meeting 

12:00 p.m.                 Lunch 

                                   Wall of Fame Inductions, 40 & 50 Year Member Recognition,

                                        Junior Recognitions

1:30-5:00 p.m.           Tours (shuttle busses provided) 

                                   Hoard’s Dairyman Farm, National Dairy Shrine, Jones Dairy Farm

5:30-6:30 p.m.           Social Hour - Wine and Crave Brothers Cheese pairing available

6:30 p.m.                   Dinner 

Retiring Board Member Recognitions, Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Holstein Horizon Award, Marlowe Nelson Distinguished Service Award, Distinguished Holstein Breeder 

JAC Worker Auction

To follow - Casino/Game Night (Euchre tournament, Sheepshead, board games, etc.)


Sunday, February 20

                                 Breakfast on your own 

                                 WHA Board Meeting

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2022 Adult Holstein Convention Tours

Friday Evening
Jefferson County Holstein History “Mixer”

Join Registered Holstein breeders from Jefferson County on Friday  evening for a night of Holstein history and camaraderie. Breeders from across the county will have displays on hand for all to view and learn more about the rich Holstein history of the county. 

Saturday Tours
National Dairy Shrine

Dairy Shrine brings together all of those involved in the dairy industry who share a desire to preserve our dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949 by a small group of visionary dairy leaders, Dairy Shrine now has nearly 20,000 lifetime members that encompass virtually every facet of the dairy industry.


At the National Dairy Shrine Museum, you’ll see the rich history of dairy in Wisconsin and the United States. There’s something interesting for everyone; learn about the history of ice cream, see historic dairy equipment and check out photos of champion cows dating back nine decades. You’ll leave with a better understanding of why, for nearly 8,000 years, people have depended on the dairy cow for life-sustaining milk and a better quality of life.

Hoard’s Dairy Farm

The Hoard’s Dairyman Farm was originally purchased in 1899 by founder, W.D. Hoard. One main purpose for operating the farm is to keep all employees of the magazine aware of industry trends and on farm happenings. 


From the original 100 acres located on the north edge of Fort Atkinson, the farm has grown to more than 800 acres of owned and rented cropland. 


The herd includes both Guernseys and Jerseys. A portion of the milking herd is housed in a two-row, naturally ventilated freestall barn that was built in 2007. The cows are milking in a double-10 herringbone parlor that was also constructed in the same year.


In the summer of 2019, construction of a second freestall barn was started. The facility now houses four robots where a majority of the herd is milked. The herd averages 69 pounds of milk per day on three times per day milking with 3.5 percent protein and 4.5 butterfat.

In 2018, milk from the Guernsey cows was made into their own cheese, “Belaire.” This Port Salut-style cheese is similar to Muenster. There are number of other varieties of cheese under Hoard’s Creamery.  To learn more visit


 Information from Hoard’s Dairyman website and adapted for use in the Wisconsin Holstein News

Jones Dairy Farm

Jones Dairy Farm is a seventh-generation family owned and operated company located in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. For more than 130 years, Jones has been using real, natural ingredients, original recipes and time-honored traditions to create distinctive and timeless products. Jones is known for producing All-Natural Sausage, Naturally Smoked Hams, and Dry-Aged Bacon products, all free of binders, fillers and MSG. We have stayed true to who we’ve been since Milo Jones started the company in 1889. Our mission is to continue our heritage of being family owned while providing distinctive quality products manufactured with world class food and workplace safety standards. Product innovation and unparalleled customer service are our cornerstones for growth.


Located on the Jones property in the same location as the former Jones Retail Store, the Jones Market pays homage to the Jones family that settled in Fort Atkinson in the 1830’s, and the six-generation family-owned company best known for all-natural sausage.  The Jones Market has tripled in size (now 2,600 square feet) and expanded its offerings to include many exclusive items made on-site like fresh brats, natural casing wieners, hot and mild Italian sausage, and sausage meatballs. The Jones Market also offers the entire Jones product line including favorites like all-natural breakfast sausage, dry-aged bacon and naturally smoked hams and Canadian bacon, as well as a large selection of specialty food items from around the Badger state.

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2021 Wisconsin Holstein Award Winners

2020 Wisconsin Holstein Distinguished Holstein Breeder: Glenn and Joann Brewer, Glenn-Ann Holsteins
2020 Wisconsin Holstein Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder: Erik and Brenda Gilbertson, Gildale Holsteins

Past Convention Coverage