CORALVILLE, IA - Wisconsin Brown Swiss breeders were recognized during the U.S. National Brown Swiss Convention held in Coralville, IA, from June 25-27. The three-day event was hosted by the Iowa Brown Swiss Breeders.

Earning one of the Ira Inman PTPR herd awards was Cozy Nook Farm of Waukesha, for herds of 50-99 animals. The Waukesha farm also earned a protein genetic herd award along with Loehr Dairy LLC of Mt. Calvary.

Tom Oberhaus of Cozy Nook Farm also accepted the 2017 Living Lifetime Cow Award - ECM for Cozy Nook Pronto Twylight who has produced 4,068d 2x 334,566m 14,672f 11,908p over her lifetime with a ECM of 385,143.

To receive Living Lifetime Honors, the cow must have been living as of December 31st of the award year and have completed a lactation in this time frame.

Recognized for milestones in 2017 for continuous testing were: 45 Year Silver Bar—Forest Lawn Farm, LLC, Wausau; 40 Year Silver Bar— Breezy Haven Farms, Bloomer; Guyrand Farms, Sparta; Renaissance Acres, Colfax; and Daniel R. & Angie Rieder, Monroe; 35 Year Silver Bar—Blessing Farms, Ft. Wayne; and 25 Year Silver Plaque—Joyce Uglow, Watertown.

Youth Heifer show

The 2018 Brown Swiss National Youth Heifer Show was held on June 30th during the National Brown Swiss Convention with Ted Dement and associate Alan Graves judged 126 head of cattle exhibited by 74 youth from eight states.

The show displayed Iowa’s deep history in the Brown Swiss breed. Each class was sponsored by an Iowa Pioneer or their family. There were four showmanship classes, seven heifer classes, a genomic merit heifer award, and one state herd class.

Sixty-six youth competed in four showmanship classes. Novice Showmanship winner was Braylon Hoesly. WI. The 2018 Genomic Merit Heifer Award was won by Laura Frye, IN, with her heifer Miami Hills Bush Delsie. Laura was also this year’s National Youth Achievement Award Winner. Minnesota claimed the State Herd Award that was sponsored by Marvin Telleen of Telleen’s Swiss.

Youth Ambassadors

 The Brown Swiss Association has selected the 2018-2019 Ambassador and Alternate Ambassadors on June 28th, 2018. Eight individuals competed for the Youth Ambassador position.

The National Youth Ambassador supports and promotes the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association and National Programs. As the Ambassador, they will represent the breed at local, state and national shows, the national convention and other breed events.

Jax Bauer of Hayfield, MN is this year's ambassador. The 20-year-old is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University where he is majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in production.

Serving as alternate ambassador is Jaynie Rule from Dodgeville, WI. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Randy and Tammy Rule. Rule is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin Platteville majoring in Dairy Science. She is active in many organizations at school including: Pioneer Dairy Club, CERES Women’s Fraternity and choir.

To participate in the Youth Ambassador program, a youth must be a Brown Swiss National Junior Member as defined by owning or leasing a registered Brown Swiss animal and be 16-21 years of age as of January 1 of the current year.

Achievement Winner

Laura Frye of Logansport, IN was selected as the National Youth Achievement Winner. Frye was recognized for her outstanding work in the Brown Swiss breed. She is a junior at South Dakota State University, where she is double majoring in Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing with a Food Safety minor.

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