Wisconsin Briefs - WDE names Associate Judges for 2017
Heart of the Farm comes to Stetsonville
A Heart of the Farm - Women in Agriculture conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, at Centennial Community Center, 412 E Centennial Avenue, Stetsonville, WI. The Heart of the Farm conference series is a University of Wisconsin-Extension program that is committed to addressing the needs of farm women by providing education on farm business topics, connecting them with agricultural resources and creating support networks.
Topics and presenters include: Avoiding Killer Gases. Richard Halopka; QPR for Suicide Prevention. Michele Armbrust; Looking Forward to your Golden Years. Joy Kirkpatrick; Healthy Choices for Strong Women. Nancy Vance and Peggy Nordgren.
Local agricultural agencies, including the USDA Farm Service Agency and Farm Center, and a Crop Insurance Agency, will have displays explaining how their resources.
Full agenda and description is available on the Heart of the Farm Website: http://fyi.uwex.edu/heartofthefarm/. Registration for the workshop is $10 per person, which includes materials, lunch, snacks and chair massage. To register, obtain a brochure, or for more information, call 715-748-3327. Registration deadline with payment is Feb. 17.
WDE names Associate Judges for 2017
Eight cattlemen from around the globe have been selected as associate judges for World Dairy Expo in 2017. These men complete the 16-judge roster that is responsible for placing more than 2,400 cattle expected to exhibit October 3 through 7 in Madison. It is the duty of the associate judge to assist the official judge in evaluating each class of cattle that walks onto the colored shavings
The complete list of judges for 2017 is as follows: International Ayrshire Show - Official: Allyn “Spud” Paulson, Arlington, WI, Associate: Kurt Wolf, Epworth, IA; International Brown Swiss Show - Official: Keith Topp, Botkins, OH, Associate: Dean Dohle, Halfway, MO; International Guernsey Show - Official: Chris Lahmers, Marysville, OH; Associate: Bernie Heisner, Fairview Heights, IL; International Holstein Show - Official: Adam Liddle, Argyle, NY, Associate: Carl Phoenix, Sunderland, Ont.; International Junior Holstein Show - Official: Lynn Harbaugh, Marion, WI, Associate: Ryan Krohlow, Poynette, WI; International Jersey Show - Official: Mike Berry, Albany, OR, Associate: Corey Couch, Victoria, Australia; International Milking Shorthorn Show - Official: Jack Lomeo, Jr., Hermon, NY, Associate: Simon Lalande, St. Placide, Qué.; International Red & White Show - Official: Chad Ryan, Fond du Lac, WI, Associate: Brian Kelroy, DeForest, WI.
FFA benfit auction set for March 4
Rick’s Half-Way Hall and Bar in Cadott will be hosting a FFA benefit auction on March 4 beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Thorp area auctioneers Larry Luzinski and Kevin Frese will be donating their auctioneering talents for the event. Over 100 items have been donated by area businesses.
Cadott, Stanley-Boyd and Thorp FFA Alumni members have gathered the donations with the three chapters sharing the auction proceeds over the next year. Items donated range from framed wildlife art, pedal tractors, seed corn, bean bag games, tools, gift cards, clothes, gift baskets, furniture including picnic tables and chairs and more.
The Cadott Lions will be serving their famous Charcoal Chicken Dinner as part of the evening. Tickets can be purchased from FFA Alumni members, Cadott Lions club members, and the three FFA chapters benefiting from the event. The Lions will be serving the chicken dinners from 4:30 to 7. Rick’s Half-Way Hall and Bar is located in downtown Cadott.
Exhibitors required to have DNA/RFID Animal ID
Youth interested in showing market beef, sheep, swine or breeding stock commercial heifers/crossbred gilts/wether type ewes and rams at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show will need to have their animal projects DNA/RFID identified by the State Fair eligibility deadlines listed below. This identification system allows animals which are DNA/RFID identified through the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) County and State Fair program to meet State Fair Identification requirements.
Market Beef, Sheep, and Swine DNA/RFID identification deadlines (postmark): Beef, Feb. 13; Sheep, May 8; Swine, May 8; Breeding stock: commercial heifers/crossbred gilts/wether type ewes & rams, June 7.
Breeding stock being shown in the commercial, crossbred, or wether type divisions must have DNA submitted even if they are registered with a National Breed Organization.Breeding stock with National Breed Organization Registration Papers being shown in the breed divisions do not need to be DNA/RFID identified through WLIC.
WLIC is coordinating a statewide DNA/RFID identification program for Wisconsin county and state fairs for market animals only. DNA/RFID identification costs $11 per animal. If animals have an existing 840 RFID ear tag a DNA envelope can be purchased and submitted for $6. Be sure to list the existing RFID ear tag number on the paperwork and DNA submission.