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April 12, 2002

UW-RF Dairy Club Members Enjoy Early Spring Activities

By Katie Vangsness
UW-RF News Bureau

Local students are members of the UW-River Falls Dairy Club, the largest university dairy club in the nation, which recently concluded two convention trips and a successful Holstein cattle sale.

The 140-member club promotes the dairy industry, provides contacts with other schools and industry professionals, and serves as a social organization. The dairy program at UW-RF has the largest enrollment in the nation, with 105 students enrolled as dairy science majors and minors.

Sixty-seven club members attended the Midwest Regional American Dairy Science Association-Student Affiliate Division conference held Feb. 15-16, at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Students toured the Ohio State Veterinary Hospital and its teaching and research farm, and attended educational sessions on biosecurity, fats in dairy foods, silage fermentation, and nitrogen utilization.

Another event was the biannual Holstein consignment sale, held on Feb. 23 at Laboratory Farm No. 1 on the campus of UW-RF. More than 150 people attended the sale, bringing in nearly $100,000 and breaking sales records set during the previous 17 sales.

The sale featured 40 lots of animals consigned from farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa, 16 lots of semen, and one Bonnie Mohr print. Sales averaged $2,277, with a grand total of $97,505.

The consignors for the sale receive most of the sale price; however, a portion goes to the UW-RF Dairy Club, to cover such things as housing, auctioning, and advertising costs. Money earned also goes to fund trips, educational seminars, scholarships, and the club's spring banquet.

The club's third major event was the annual business conference of the Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin March 5-6. Fourteen UW-RF students attended the conference on scholarships provided by the Land O' Lakes Educational Foundation.

The program included workshops designed for dairy farm business management, a trade show and speakers. The keynote speaker was national television farm broadcaster Orion Samuelson, who spoke on "Playing in the Big Leagues." Each student was paired with a dairy producer and member of PDPW, who served as a mentor during the event.

Students were selected for the PDPW scholarships based on grades, extracurricular involvement in dairy activities, and future goals. The recipients included: dairy science majors Matthew Bendixen, a senior from River Falls; Jennifer Bonde, a senior from Elkhart Lake; Renis Delgado, a senior from Monagrillo Chitre, Panama; Cory Gabor, a senior from West Bend; Matthew Hartwig, a junior from Little Falls, Minn.; Chad Kieffer, a senior from Utica, Minn.; Stephanie Lindner, a senior from Greenwood; Andrea Onan, a senior from Plymouth, Minn.; Maria Pagenkopf, a senior from Neillsville; Amy Shanks, a senior from River Falls; Nathaniel Weness, a senior from Center City, Minn; agricultural education major Aimee Finley, a senior from Saint Charles, Minn; animal science major Holly Lonning from Neillsville; and agricultural business major Luke Miller, a junior from Lewiston, Minn.

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