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Annual meetings for the WI Jersey and Jr Breeders Association

The annual meetings of the Wisconsin Jersey Breeders Association (WJBA) and the Wisconsin Junior Jersey Breeders Association (WJJBA) will be held March 4. Parish 3 Jersey Breeders will host the meetings at the Deer Valley Lodge, 401 W. Industrial Dr., Barneveld. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meetings to follow at 10 a.m.

The day’s events will include the presentation of WJBA and WJJBA 2016 production awards, WI Senior & WI Junior Jersey Breeder of the Year, WI Jersey Woman of the Year and WI Distinguished Service Award.

Representatives from the American Jersey Cattle Association and National All-Jersey, Inc. will have updates from the national level. Parish 3 Jersey Breeders will present a virtual tour of farms in their area of the state.

For more information and to make meal reservations before Feb. 10, contact Joyce Owens at 715-653-2637 or


Holstein Association USA will hold member update meeting

Holstein Association USA will host its 2017 Member Update Meeting on Friday, February 24, from 7:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Highlights of the meeting will be the State of the Association address, an update on Holstein Association products and services, as well as a financial report. The presentations will be available on the Holstein USA website and YouTube for all that are unable to attend.

All dairy enthusiasts are invited to attend this meeting, scheduled to start at 7:15 a.m. at the Hilton Scranton Conference Center. For further information, contact Jodi Hoynoski at 800-952-5200 ext. 4261, or by email.


New swine show news at Wisconsin State Fair
Wisconsin State Fair officials announce schedule enhancements for the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Gilt and Open Swine Shows. The new schedule will separate the open class division (Aug. 3 – Aug. 6) into two show rotations.

The updated schedule will shorten the length of stay, provide more pen space, and allow all swine to be housed in the Swine Barn. Wisconsin State Fair will continue to provide the best bio-security practices possible as we transition from rotation #1 (Junior show gilts and Open Show Market Gilts/Barrows) to Rotation #2 (Open show boars and gilts).   
Rotation #1 (Aug. 3 – Aug.4)

  • Junior Show Gilts 
  • Open Show Market Gilts/Barrows 

Rotation #2 (Aug. 5 – Aug. 6)

  • Open Show Breeding Boars 
  • Open Show Breeding Gilts 

Ken Luety of Clinton, will join the Wisconsin State Fair Park Team and serve as the Superintendent of the Junior Show Gilts and Open Show Market Gilts/Barrows (Rotation #1). Luety currently serves as President of the Wisconsin Show Pig Association and his family have been long time exhibitors and supporters of Wisconsin State Fair.

Gary Skalitzky, Waterloo will continue as the Superintendent for the Open Breeding Boar and Gilt Shows (Rotation #2).   
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Angus Foundation Heifer and featured packages raised more than $265,000

Angus breeders from across the country stepped up as buyers on Jan. 11, at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Bull Sale in Denver, CO., to raise $265,750 in support of the Angus Foundation.

It was standing room only in the historic Stadium Arena when the Angus Foundation Heifer Package sold for $170,000 to longtime Angus supporters, Charles W. and Judy Herbster of Herbster Angus Farms, Falls City, NE.

The heifer that headlined the 2017 Angus Foundation Heifer Package was Basin Lucy 6265, donated by Doug and Sharon Stevenson, Basin Angus Ranch, Joliet, MT. Herbster’s purchase of Basin Lucy 6265 marks five years running that Herbster Angus Farms has bought the Angus Foundation Heifer Package.

Since its inception in 1980, the heifer package has raised more than $2.25 million for education, youth and research investments through the Angus Foundation.


Conservation program extended to small-scale producers

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced that USDA will accept over 300,000 acres in 43 states that were offered by producers during the recent ranking period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Grasslands enrollment with emphasis placed on small-scale livestock operations.

Through the voluntary CRP Grasslands program, grasslands threatened by development or conversion to row crops are maintained as livestock grazing areas, while providing important conservation benefits.

Approximately 200,000 of the accepted acres were offered by small-scale livestock operations.


Increase in Oklahoma feral swine killing

With an increase in demand for state agents to fight expanding feral swine problems, Oklahoma's Wildlife Services Division view the situation as both bad news and good news.

Wildlife Services assistant state director Scott Alls says that the increased demand shows there's more awareness of public services to fend off feral swine, but also the animal's population seems to continue growing.

According to a Wildlife Services report last week, the Division killed 44 percent more feral swine in 2016 than in the previous year. The Division kills the pigs by shooting from a helicopter, trapping with pens and night shooting with thermal imaging.

Feral swine are a growing invasive species inhabiting all counties in Oklahoma. Alls says the animal will likely continue to be a problem for agriculture, homeowners and Oklahoma wildlife.