More than 100 NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. employees participated in the 2016 Fall DHI (Dairy Herd Information) Conferences. Occurring annually, the DHI Conferences provide additional training for NorthStar’s DHI specialists and the opportunity to recognize top performers.
“The passion our DHI specialists have for their customers is evident,” said Ginni Sheridan, director of DHI Services. “This past year demonstrated the true understanding and value that our customers hold for DHI. Despite the down dairy economy, enrollment and the number of cows on test continued to increase throughout the year.”
Each year four DHI specialists are recognized for their commitment to delivering on NorthStar’s mission of “enhancing producer profitability through integrated services.” This year the highest honors of DHI Specialist of the Year and First Year DHI Specialist for the Wisconsin service area were awarded to Rick Huth of Green Bay and Dennis Holterman of Watertown.
The DHI Specialist of the Year is awarded to an employee who exemplifies NorthStar’s mission and has an undeniable passion for their role and their customers. “A top performer in both DHI and herd management product sales, Rick is very deserving of this award,” said Kevin Haase, NorthStar Team Leader. “Testing over 3,000 cows daily, Rick works long days and is enthusiastic about his career and his team members. We are very happy to have him on the NorthStar team.” A DHI Specialist since July 2014, Huth provides DHI services for dairy producers in Brown, Kewaunee and Outagamie counties.
Holterman received the First Year DHI Specialist award, which is presented to an employee who has completed their first year of employment with outstanding performance and attitude. “Dennis has done a great job of expanding the number of customers he serves, testing over 8,000 cows in Southern Wisconsin,” noted Haase. “Dennis is on the DHI leader board for total number of cows on test and total number of tests per herd. We expect to see great things from him in the future!” Currently, Holterman provides DHI services for 16 dairies in Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson and Washington counties.
NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is a stock-based cooperative, owned by dairy and beef producers in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. Originally formed in 1944 as an artificial insemination cooperative, NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. is now comprised of sales and service for Select Sires, Ag Products and Technologies, DHI Services, as well as Antel BioSystems, a research group dedicated to developing and implementing innovative diagnostic solutions for the animal industry.
Based in Lansing, Michigan, NorthStar provides sales and service to producers, veterinarians and industry members across the United States. For more information, visit www.northstarcooperative.com.