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REPRESENTING WISCONSIN - Four Wisconsin Distinguished Junior Members will advance to the National Holstein Association’s competition after being chosen at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention. They are, left to right, Charles Hamilton, Katie Wendorf, Breinne Hendrickson and Cara Biely.

REPRESENTING WISCONSIN - Four Wisconsin Distinguished Junior Members will advance to the National Holstein Association’s competition after being chosen at the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention. They are, left to right, Charles Hamilton, Katie Wendorf, Breinne Hendrickson and Cara Biely. Photo By Jane Metcalf

Manitowoc County claims top Holstein Boy, Girl

Jan. 3, 2013 | 0 comments




The highest honors for Wisconsin Holstein Association’s junior members both went to young adults from Manitowoc County.

Cara Biely, 20, was named the state’s Outstanding Holstein Girl, and Mitch Kappelman, 21, was named the state’s Outstanding Holstein Boy.

The presentations were made Saturday night in Janesville, where about 450 youths and adults attended the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Awards banquet. The Rock County Junior Holstein Association hosted the three-day junior convention.

Biely, the daughter of Mark and Lois Biely of Menchalville, grew up in the county and showed beef cattle a little bit as a youth exhibitor.

One of her two brothers, Cory, worked for several farmers in the area, and they gradually acquired Holstein cattle. In April 2011, Biely and Cory rented their own dairy farm — Car-Cor Holsteins — near Poy Sippi in Waushara County and bought 40 head. They currently milk 63 cows.

"We had cattle everywhere," Biely said of their start in the Holstein business. ". . . Now we’re slowly growing and building a registered herd."

Biely is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a major in dairy science.

At school, Biely is involved in Badger Dairy Club, the Association of Women in Agriculture and is on the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team.

Last summer, she had an internship with ABS, and she will complete an internship with Pfizer Animal Health in the summer to come.

It was while she was completing her internship with ABS last summer that she received what she sees as the best advice she’s gotten so far. A Minnesota dairyman told her, "If you take care of the cows, they’ll take care of you."

Down the road, the brother-sister team hopes to buy their own farm, but for now, they’re concentrating on building their herd, emphasizing both type and production.

In the near term, Biely plans to work off the farm following graduation, recognizing the farm won’t be able to support two family in its early stages.

Long term, she wants to go back to the farm and make an even greater hands-on contribution. She also hopes she and Cory can build the type of productive herd that does well in the show ring on both the state and national level.

"I love working on the farm and working with the cattle," she says.

In addition to being named Wisconsin’s Outstanding Holstein Girl, Biely received the WHA’s Distinguished Junior Member Award, and she was one of four young adults selected to compete on the national level later this year.


Outstanding Holstein Boy

Kappelman, the son of Pete and Shellie Kappelman, is a senior at UW-Madison, pursuing a major in dairy science with a business emphasis.

Following graduation, he wants to work in the dairy industry doing cow matings for an A.I. company or finding embryos and cattle for a company that markets them. Within 10 years, though, he wants to return to his family’s 450-cow farm, Meadow Brook Farms, in Manitowoc.

Kappelman told Wisconsin State Farmer he wants to work off the farm for a number of years to gain new and different experiences.

"I’ve worked on the farm my whole life, and it’s a good way to make sure that dairy farming is what I want to do," he says of gaining off-farm work experience. ". . . And I can see the world with a marketing job."

That perspective goes hand-in-hand with good advice Kappelman says he’s received.

"The best advice I’ve gotten was not to be afraid to try new things, even if they can be scary at first. You can learn a lot from them," he said.

Kappelman is familiar to people throughout the U.S. Holstein industry. In 2011, he represented Wisconsin in the National Holstein Association’s Distinguished Junior Member competition, and he was one of the six youth nationally selected for the honor. He believes the level and range of his dairy-cattle experience and leadership activities played a role in his selection.

In addition to mentoring younger Holstein youth, Kappelman’s campus activities include serving as president of the Badger Dairy Club and being active on the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

This past fall, he also was the general chairman for the Badger Dairy Club at World Dairy Expo.

With BDC playing a major role in the hands-on operation of World Dairy Expo, Kappelman put in over 225 hours before, during and after Expo. That type of commitment complements his philosophy of "learning what you can where you can and having fun doing it," he says.


Distinguished Junior Members

Four Wisconsin youth were selected to represent Wisconsin in the National Holstein Association’s Distinguished Junior Member contest later this year. Cara Biely, Katie Wendorf, Breinne Hendrickson and Charles Hamilton were selected from 17 junior members who received Wisconsin’s Distinguished Junior Member Awards.

Wendorf, 20, is the daughter of Viroqua’s Kent and Anna Wendorf, who own and operate Kentdor Holsteins.

Wendorf is a junior at Harvard University, where she is majoring in chemistry and is involved with the University Marching Band. After college, she plans to attend graduate school. Wendorf said her most enjoyable Holstein activity has been her participation in the Dairy Quiz Bowl.

Hendrickson, 20, the daughter of Jeff and Kate Hendrickson, grew up on the 70-cow Jeffrey-Way Holstein farm near Belleville. She is a junior at UW-Madison, where she is majoring in dairy science and life-sciences communication.

She is active in Badger Dairy Club, Association of Women in Agriculture, National Agri-Marketing Association - including its marketing team - and is a member of the UW-Madison Dairy Judging Team.

Hamilton, 17, lives on a 65-cow registered Holstein farm, Hill-Ton Holsteins with his parents, John and Evie Hamilton. A junior at Cuba City High School, he is a distinguished honor student and ranks first in his class.

He is vice president of his FFA chapter and active in his school’s Forensics and Math teams.

Hamilton is secretary of the Grant County Junior Holstein Association, plus he is president of the Sinsinawa Orioles 4-H Club. He plans to attend UW-Madison and major in dairy science, with the goal of returning to his home farm.

Other youths receiving the WHA’s Distinguished Junior Member honors include Laura Finley, 19, the daughter of Mary and Tom Finley, Lake Mills; Karsen Haag, the daughter of Virgil and Dawn Haag, Dane County; Mitch Kappelman; John Klossner, 19, the son of Richard and Roxanne Klossner, New Glarus; Kayla Krueger, 18, the daughter of Tyler and April Krueger, Marion; Bret Long, the son of Bruce and Brenda Long, New London; Stephanie Nagel, 21, the daughter of Paul and Tammie Nagel, Valders; Ryan O’Leary, 21, the son of Neil and Fran O’Leary, Brandon; Andrea Pagenkopf, 20, the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Pagenkopf, Lancaster; Elizabeth Sarbacker, 17, the daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker, Verona; Macy Sarbacker, 20, the daughter of John and Michelle Sarbacker, Verona; Jordan Siemers, 16, the son of Dan and Janina Siemers, Howards Grove; and Crystal Siemers-Peterman, 17, the daughter of Sherry and Jack Peterman, Manitowoc County.

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