Livestock briefs - Northstar hires Bonduel native

Wisconsin State Farmer

Lansing, MI

Sperberg joins NorthStar

Brooke Sperberg of Bonduel, Wisconsin recently joined NorthStar Cooperative, Inc. as a relief reproductive specialist. In this role, Sperberg works with other reproduction specialists in the area providing services to dairy and beef producers for heat detection and artificial insemination (A.I.) breeding services based on the herd owner’s genetic and production goals.

“Brooke has gained valuable work experience in A.I. DHI and the NorthStar Wisconsin Laboratory during the start of her employment,” said Jay Krull, NorthStar Team Leader. “She is one of the first employees to take on this challenge, and has done an outstanding job! Now focusing on reproduction, Brooke will spend the majority of her time as a Reproductive Specialist. We are very happy she joined the NorthStar team!”

A 2016 graduate from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF), Sperberg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Chemistry. At UWRF, Sperberg was involved in community activities including the UWRF Rugby team were she served as Vice President and Treasurer for two years. 

Most recently, Sperberg was employed by another genetics company, providing relief breeding services for A.I. technicians and assisted with synchronization projects in large herds. Sperberg has also worked at several local dairy farms including a 125-head Jersey herd in Cecil, Wisconsin where she was responsible for calf care and nutrition. Growing up, Sperberg worked on her family’s dairy in Shawano.

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

Indianapolis, IN

Angus and Zoetis offer innovation workshop at Angus Convention

Technology and innovation are alive and well in the beef cattle business, and leading producer education on applying the latest genomic tools is the mission behind the upcoming Innovation Workshop during the 2016 Angus Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Sponsored by Zoetis, the workshop takes place the afternoon of Nov. 5 from 2-5 p.m. The workshop represents the capstone event for an entire day of genomics education and information. It will take place on Day 1 of the Angus Convention, which will be hosted by the American Angus Association Nov. 5-7 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Experts from Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI), Dan Moser, Stephen Miller and Kelli Retallick will provide practical education for incorporating technology into your beef herd. Joining the AGI team will be John Stika and Mark McCully of Certified Angus Beef LLC, as well as Dan Shike of the University of Illinois, and Kent Andersen of Zoetis. The audience will participate in the evaluation of registered and commercial Angus cattle through live animal demonstrations.

Though each breeder prioritizes traits differently based on their need and environment, these sessions will help cattlemen identify their trait priorities and understand the data found when scouring sale books and websites researching bulls.

Using genomic selection tools with a testing strategy, cattlemen have the opportunity to further the production of calves that yield the kind of beef that a growing percentage of consumers prefer. Understanding how to interpret these genomic tools is an investment that pays in a lifetime of more precise breeding decisions.

The Innovation Workshop is just one piece of the leading industry education offered during the 2016 Angus Convention.

The 2016 Angus Convention, Nov. 5-7, in Indianapolis, Ind., will bring together thousands of quality-minded cattle producers and partners for three days of education and entertainment, as well as business meetings for the American Angus Association. The Angus Convention is a place to share ideas, learn about ways the Association and its entities are driving the latest innovations in genetics, research and commercial programs and, ultimately, a satisfying eating experience for consumers.

A packed trade show will open at 12 p.m. Nov. 5, and Sawyer Brown will headline the Nov. 6 evening entertainment. The American Angus Association annual convention of delegates will cap the event Nov. 7. For a complete schedule and to register, visit

For more news from the Angus Convention, tune in for The Angus Report the week of Nov. 21 on RFD-TV. The 30-minute news program airs at 7:30 a.m. CST Monday and 1:30 p.m. CST each Saturday on RFD-TV.


Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School debuts in Oregon Willamette Valley

The 31st annual Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School sponsored by the National Lamb Feeders Association will debut March 12- 15, 2017, in Albany, Oregon located in the heart of Oregon grass seed country. The school was moved from summer to spring to allow participants to get the most out of seeing the area’s unique grass fed lamb production and marketing systems in operation.

Planned visits within the 70-mile radius of Albany, include a startup sheep dairy in Jefferson, a three-year old on-ranch harvest facility, a fiber mill in Lebanon, vineyard grazing and winery tour in Eugene, plus a unique variety of large and small sheep growing operations. An optional tour to the Oregon Coast that ends up at Portland International Airport is available for those wishing to stay an extra day.

Tom Nichols, past manager for the Sheep Research Center at Oregon State University and current president of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association, is directing the 2017 School.  

“Other than the Imperial Valley in Southern California, we are the only place that has this unique grass-fed system,” Nichols said. “It is the perfect place for producers who are trying to develop a grass-fed system to visit and spring is the time to do it. One evening we will spend around the barbeque with the grass seed growers and sheep producers detailing the way they work with each other and on the day we hear about sheep grazing in the vineyards, we’ll be adding a tour of the winery. 

The first Howard Wyman Sheep Industry Leadership School, held in Fort Collins, CO, has rotated between Sioux Falls, SD, San Angelo, TX, Greeley, CO, Columbus, OH, Philadelphia, PA and Dixon, CA over the last 30 years. Known for its intensive program balancing classroom time, site tours and one-on-one exchanges, the program also offers participants opportunities to listen to industry leaders, academic experts, as well as make connections with other producers representing different parts of the country. 

Cost to the individual participant consists of their transportation to and from the selected school site plus a $200 per person registration fee. NLFA provides meals and lodging for the participants, as well as the cost of the site tours and program supplies. Cost for the optional Oregon Coast Tour will be announced later.

Participants must be 20 years of age to apply. The application process consists of a written essay. A group of approximately 24-26 participants will be selected for the school. Deadline for registration is January 6, 2017.

For more information, contact NLFA or visit

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