NorthStar Cooperative Inc notes hires
Lance Peper of Turtle Lake and Nicholas Gajewski of Pulaski will serve as a relief Reproductive Specialists providing services to the dairy and beef producers for heat detection and A.I. breeding services.
Amy Gunderson of New Richmond joined the firm as a Dairy Herd Information (DHI) Specialist and relief Reproductive Specialist. In her role as a DHI Specialist, Gunderson will collect milk samples, process DHI information and assist dairy producers to make effective use of DHI records and reports.
NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is a stock based cooperative, owned by dairy and beef producers in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin.
Pereira joins Purina team
Purina Animal Nutrition welcomed Andre Pereira, DVM, Ph.D., as a nutrition software support specialist on the dairy technical services team. Pereira got his start in the ag industry working as a veterinarian in Brazil focusing on herd health, reproduction and nutrition.
Pereira’s work will directly contribute to the continuous improvement of nutrition solutions. Pereira noted that ‘new improvements are constantly being made in nutrition, and he is excited to contribute to these successes’.
Miller joins AGI
The American Angus Association and Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) welcomed Dr. Stephen Miller as the newly named director of genetic research for the cattle industry’s leading genetic evaluation center. Miller, most recently a principal scientist with AgResearch Ltd., in New Zealand, will join the AGI team Sept. 1 in Saint Joseph, MO, to lead the organization’s research and development efforts, and to further the innovative evaluation methods for the Association’s weekly National Cattle Evaluation and AGI clients.
Miller will lead efforts for economic modeling of beef production, develop selection and management tools for both seedstock and commercial cattle producers, and guide research priorities for the Angus breed.
WFU welcomes Levendofsky
Kansas native Nick Levendofsky has signed on as Government Relations Associate for Wisconsin Farmers Union. Working closely with Government Relations Director Kara O’Connor, Levendofsky will be communicating WFU policy positions and priorities to legislators and agency officials while keeping WFU members up to speed on state and federal legislative developments. He replaces Zach Herrnstadt, who recently moved to California.
Levendofsky will be based in Madison and begins his new duties in August.
Wesoloski promoted at GreenStone
Nicole Wesoloski has been promoted to regional vice president of sales and customer relations for GreenStone Farm Credit Services, and will oversee three of the cooperative's branch locations in northeast Wisconsin. Wesoloski was promoted following the recent retirement announcement of longtime GreenStone employee, Carl Treml, who has provided 35 years of service to Farm Credit.
In her new position, Wesoloski will serve as the leader of the financial services officers, crop insurance agents and financial services staff in the Little Chute, Manitowoc, and Sturgeon Bay offices. She will not only be responsible for the customer service from this group, but also for the guidance and development of this sales team.
Dairy leaders elect PDPF chair
The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation Board of Directors has elected Ed Strauss, Sheboygan Falls, WI, as their chairman. Ed has served on the PDPF Board since 2012 and is a partner at Majestic Crossing Dairy with sons Dean and Darin and has been farming for more than 40 years.
John Kappelman, Cedar Grove, WI, will serve as Vice Chairman and Linda Hodorff, Eden, WI, continues as Secretary-Treasurer.Mark Diederich, Malone, WI, recently joined the Board. Rounding out the Foundation Board are: dairy producers Kevin Griswold, Ellen Schaefer and industry partner Keith Engel.
Raterink wins scholarship
Kelly Raterink of Zeeland, MI, was chosen as the 2016-17 recipient of the Glenn and Anne Lake scholarship. The scholarship provides $7,500 in scholarship money divided over two semesters.
Raterink is a senior at Michigan State University and will graduate in May 2017 with a major in animal science. She was selected to receive this award based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities, and interests in one day pursuing a career in the dairy industry. After graduation, she will seek a career in the dairy industry and remain active in her family's dairy operation.