national dairy quality award winners - Swiss Valley Farms

national dairy quality award winners - Swiss Valley Farms


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national dairy quality award winners


Published Monthly by:

Swiss Valley Farms, Co.

P.O. Box 4493

Davenport IA 52808

563.468.6600 FAX 563.468.6613


Nancy Feeney

Editor/Member Relations Manager

Karen Bohnert

Member Relations Assistant

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Swiss Valley Board Officers


Pam Bolin................................................Clarksville, IA

Vice President

Randy Schaefer....................................Blue Grass, IA


Jeff Nimtz.............................................Monticello, WI


James Schmitt.............................................Sherrill, IA

Swiss Valley Directors

Loyde M. Beers.......................................Eastman, WI

Donald Berlage......................................Elizabeth, IL

Steve Klug.....................................Spring Grove, MN

Dale Humpal.........................................Ridgeway, IA

Francis Leibfried..................................Cuba City, WI

G. Joe Lyon....................................................Toledo, IA

Jim Oelfke............................................Hamburg, MN

Donald Peterson....................................Cashton, WI

Patrick Schroeder..............................Lancaster, WI

Eugene Smith............................................Clinton, WI

William Strief..................................................Farley, IA

While Emma Breitbach, 5, hugs the flag her

father Jason sent home from Iraq, Brian Jones

accepts the gift from Tammi Breitbach and son

Jack on behalf of the Dubuque Bottling Plant.

Jason Breitbach’s career as a milk

route driver at Swiss Valley Farms

Dubuque bottling plant took a

sudden left turn less than a year after it

got started. A member of his Dubuquebased

1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry

Division of the Iowa Army National

Guard, Jason was called up for duty in

Iraq. He was deployed there in October

2005 along with 640 fellow Dubuque

Guard members. Due home in late

March, Jason’s service term was recently

extended for another 125 days.

But this disappointing turn of

events didn’t stop Jason from carrying

out a patriotic gesture to his home town


On Feb. 13th, Jason’s wife, Tammi,

came to the Dubuque plant and presented

Swiss Valley Farms with an American flag

her husband had just sent home to her.

Jason told his wife this flag had flown on

25 successful combat missions in Iraq

and he specifically requested that she give

it to his fellow workers at the Dubuque


Jason’s supervisor, Brian Jones,

accepted the flag from Tammi and the

couple’s two small children, Emma, 3,

and Jack, 21 months, on behalf of the

plant. Jones strongly relates to what Jason

is going through on the ground in Iraq,

since he is a former Marine himself.

“The flag will be displayed in the

driver’s room for a while,” Jones says,

“Then it will be put on display in the office

lobby.” The flag came with a certificate

that read, “With great pride, let it be

known that this flag is presented to Swiss

Valley Farms for their support of Soldiers

in Operation Iraqi Freedom. This flag

has been on 25 Combat missions with

Company C 1-133 IN in the Al-Anbar

Province, Iraq.”

“We feel honored that Jason would

think of us in the midst of his service

in Iraq and extremely privileged to

receive this flag as a memento of his

service for us and our country,” says

Dave Zwart, Dubuque Director of

Beverage Operations, who was also at

the ceremony. “We greatly appreciate

his commitment to the United States

Army Reserves and Swiss Valley Farms.

We anxiously await his safe return to his

family and friends.”

Jason’s father-in-law, Dennis Birkel,

is also a SVF Dubuque distribution

driver. In June, Jason will have logged 14

years in the National Guard. This is his

third deployment to the Middle East.



By Jerry Kozak, NMPF CEO


he growth hormone-free

bandwagon continues to roll on

in 2007, after creating quite a

splash in the past year in its coast-to-coast

journey. Just in the last month, Starbucks

corporate coffee outlets, along with

Safeway’s stores in the Pacific Northwest,

have put their dairy suppliers on notice

that they will only accept milk from cows

not treated with recombinant bovine

somatotropin, which I’ll henceforth call

rbST (and yes, I know all milk contains

growth hormones. No, this isn’t a

commentary about whether rbST is bad

for cows or people).

While the rbST-free trend has

percolated along in some markets for

years, it really blossomed in 2006,

affecting the Northwest, the Northeast,

and even Midwestern and Southern milk

markets. Where it will stop – if it does –

is the question many in dairy marketing

are wondering. Why it began at all, or

at least emerged from a relative state of

dormancy into major news, is the real


The two primary schools of thought

addressing that last question seem to

be, first, that there is renewed consumer

concern about food safety – an issue

that has always seemed to simmer where

rbST is concerned, dating back to when

the product was approved by the FDA in

1994, but lately has boiled over.

The second school of thought is

that processors and retailers, particularly

those who are sourcing rbST-free milk

but not paying any more for it than milk

not certified as rbST-free, are looking for

new and different ways to make extra

money. In most cases, products sold as

rbST-free are priced above conventional

milk, yet below certified organic milk.

In that respect, the stratification

of milk into premium, mid-grade and

regular is similar to other products

(consumers are already used to purchasing

gallons of gasoline in three grades). Most

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retailers array their consumer staples,

from laundry detergent to coffee to soup,

in a tier of prices designed to appeal to

every socioeconomic group.

Regardless of the factors that have

forced this issue to a head right now,

I think the real concern for the dairy

industry down the road is two-fold:

first, that servicing the market for

rbST-free milk has costs that need to be

accounted for; and second, that this is

part of a larger trend towards skepticism

of farming practices that demands

reasonable responses from farmers, yes,

but also marketers and consumers. Let

me explain.

The decision to use Posilac, the rbST

product marketed by Monsanto, is a

personal choice for dairy farmers. Some

use it, most don’t. NMPF traditionally

has supported the right of farmers to

exercise that choice. In doing so, we also

have to recognize that some processors,

retailers, and consumers should have

the right to choose milk not produced

through the use of Posilac. That’s the way

the market should work.

But when processors and their

customers seek sources of rbST-free milk,

it costs at least some producers the use of

a profit-making tool. The market has to

recognize that fact, by offering incentives

to compensate for the opportunity cost

of not using rbST. There are additional

expenditures with sourcing, transporting,

and processing rbST-free milk supplies

that also deserve compensation. The

hope here is that, assuming the rbST-free

trend continues, it doesn’t do so literally

– meaning that it should not be offered

for free, at the expense of at least some

farmers’ economic viability. That’s not

how markets should function.

The other dynamic of this trend is

that farmers’ practices are facing a level

of scrutiny today that is only going to

grow in the coming years. Technology on

the farm was once viewed as a positive

force; it brought us the green revolution,

which allowed millions worldwide to

eat more and better. But today, the

green revolution is ironically defined as

a back to basics movement involving

sustainability, small farms, and traditional

practices that few can readily define, but

which some people think are far superior

to the productivity-enhancing tools of

conventional agriculture.

The pushback against rbST is really

part of a continuum of objections raised by

voluble consumers about how and where

food is produced, and by whom. Those

voices (and they exist among farmers as

well as consumers) are what led to the

creation of a certified organic system,

and they are now also raising objections

to those same organic standards because

of the commodification and vertical

integration of organic food production.

Farmers and their marketing

organizations need to acknowledge and

address those concerns, but they also must

be prepared to defend against a litany of

complaints about other practices. Today,

it’s rbST and veal crates. Tomorrow, it

could well be sexed semen, prostaglandin

hormones, tail docking, grain-based

rations, or free-stall barns. Like it or not,

food is not just big business; it’s become

a political statement, and as those in

Washington, DC, know, politics is a

brutal business.



national dairy quality winners

By Karen Bohnert

The vast majority of dairy

producers realize that quality and

milk output have a correlation.

Enough said, cows that are healthy

generally produce more milk than those

that are not healthy. Swiss Valley Farms,

Co. is known for paying outstanding

premiums for quality milk.

In this roundtable, five Swiss Valley

Farms members, who happen to also be

National Dairy Quality Award winners,

share their practices and philosophies.

The five Swiss Valley Farms, Co.

participants are: Mike & Heather Haines,

North English, Iowa; Paul & Donna

Hellenbrand, Lodi, Wis.; Robert &

Patricia Horst, Bristow, Iowa; Robert &

Terri Ketchum, Utica, Minn. and Randy

Brent Hellenbrand lodi, wi


& Sue Mikshowsky, Bangor, Wis.

Please explain your dairy operation


Haines: My wife & I milk 75 Holsteins

in a double four side-opener parlor and

cows are housed in a free-stall, slatted

floor barn. Stalls are scraped twice daily

and are bedded with lime.

Hellenbrand: We milk 70 Holsteins

twice a day in a stanchion barn. Cows are

housed in free-stalls with sand bedding.

Horst: We milk 50 Registered Jerseys

twice a day in a double six-swing parlor.

Our cows are housed in a free-stall barn

that we bed every two weeks with sand.

We moved our farm seven years ago,

from urban Washington D.C. area.

Ketchum: We are milking 118 Holstein

Paul Hellenbrand was awarded the NDQA Silver Award. Hellenbrand milks 70

Holsteins with a rolling herd average over 27,000 pounds of milk. “Hellenbrands

do a super job with their operation. Their place looks good all year long,” states his

Swiss Valley Farms Field Representive Ken Ley.

cows twice a day in a double-eight

parallel parlor. Cows are housed in a freestall

barn. Stalls are maintained daily and

sand is our bedding of choice.

Mikshowsky: We milk 66 Holstein cows

in a tie-stall barn with six milking units.

All cows lay on water beds and are bedded

with sawdust.

What is your rolling herd average?

Haines: Our rolling herd average is

25,804 with a 3.8% fat and 3.0% protein

levels. We do not use BST.

Hellenbrand: Our 70 cows have a 27,077

rolling herd average, with 3.6% and

2.06% fat and protein levels.

Horst: Our 51 Registered Jerseys have a

rolling herd average of 17,867, with 832

(4.66%) pounds of fat and 624 (3.5%)

pounds of protein.

Ketchum: We are milking 118 Registered

Holstein with a rolling herd average of

27,061 milk, 1,023 fat and 791 protein

with no BST.

Mikshowsky: We milk 66 Holstein cows

with a rolling herd average of 24,742

milk, 913 fat and 725 protein.

What is your somatic cell and standard

plate counts?

Haines: Our average somatic cell count

from June 1, 2005-May 31, 2006

was 94,000 and our standard plate

counts averaged 2,000 during that

time period.

Hellenbrand: Our average plate count

is 4,000 and somatic cell count averages

just under 100,000.

Horst: We averaged 1,500 plate count

and 97,900 somatic cell count for the


Ketchum: Our somatic cell count

averaged 86,000 for the year and our

plate count averaged 1,000 for the year.

Mikshowsky: Our somatic cell count

averaged 95,000 and plate count was just

over 2,000 for the year.

What do you dry treat with?

Haines: We dry treat with Tomorrow.


Hellenbrand: We dry treat with

Quartermaster and seal with


Horst: We dry treat with Quartermaster

and seal with Orbseal. Any problem

quarters (or about 150,000 SCC) are

retreated at two weeks post dry off.

Ketchum: We dry treat with Tomorrow

and Orbseal.

Mikshowsky: Treated with Tomorrow and

given shot of J-vac. After cow’s udder is

completely dry or about 2-3 weeks later,

she is retreated with Tomorrow and given


Do you use mastitis vaccines? If yes,

which vaccine?

Haines: Yes, we vaccinate for mastitis

with J-5 every three months.

Hellenbrand: No, we do not vaccinate

for mastitis.

Horst: No, we do not vaccinate for


Ketchum: No, we do not vaccinate for


Mikshowsky: Yes, we vaccinate for

mastitis. We use J-5 and administer it

at dry-off, two weeks before and three

weeks after fresh.

Describe your normal milking

procedure in detail, from before the

machine is attached until after it is


Haines: Each cow is sprayed with a 50%

Clorox water solution. After 45 seconds,

teats are wiped with individual towels

and milker is attached. When finished,

cows are immediately sprayed with

Iodine post-dip.

Hellenbrand: Cows are forestripped,

pre-dip with iodine base dip, wiped dry

with individual towels and post-dip with

same dip.

Horst: Cows are rubbed by hand to

remove dirt and sand. Cows are dipped

with an iodine pre-dip that is wiped about

40 seconds later with individual towels.

Then milkers are placed on udders. After

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bob & TERRI ketchum utica, mn

Robert Ketchum is the NDQA Platinum winner. He and his wife, Terri, milk

118 Registered Holsteins with a RHA is 27,061 milk, 1,023 fat and 791 protein with

no BST. “This farm has quality milk like this year after year with little outside help,”

said his Swiss Valley Farms field representative Bob Zielsdorf.

milker is removed, the cows are dipped

immediately with a 4% Clorox post-dip.

Cows with past high somatic cell scores

are given Oxytocin after the milker is put


Ketchum: We brush off sand by hand,

dip with Iodine pre-dip, then we strip

milk about 3-4 squirts. We then dry with

paper towels and milker goes on in about

70-90 seconds. After milking, cows are

post-dipped with Iodine dip. (We do

four cows at a time).

Mikshowsky: We dry wipe, forestrip 6

times, pre-dip with 1% Iodine, wipe

with paper towels and we wear gloves.

How often is your milking equipment


Haines: Inflations are changed every

60 days and our Surge dealer routinely

checks equipment throughout the year.

Hellenbrand: Inflations changed every 60

days, dealer checks milking equipment


Horst: Visual checks every milking;

professional checks once a year.

Ketchum: Every six months our

equipment dealer goes through milking


Mikshowsky: Once a year and inflations

are changed every 60 days.

How do you detect subclinical and

clinical mastitis? How many cases of

clinical mastitis have you had in the

last 12 months?


national dairy quality winners


randy & sue Mikshowsky bangor, wi

Randy & Sue Mikshowsky were awarded the NDQA Gold Award. They milk 66

Holstein cows in a tie-stall barn with six milking units. Their cows’ rolling herd average

is 24,742 milk, 913 fat and 725 protein. “With the help of their children, Randy & Sue

work hard day in and day out, with no outside help. They continue to produce quality

milk year after year,” comments Swiss Valley Farms Field Representative Bob Zielsdorf.

mastitis tubes. We then will treat again

in 12 hours, plus treat with Banamine.

Hellenbrand: Treat cows with Cefa-Lak

or Spectramast plus Banamine. Severe

cases are treated with an IV.

Horst: Milk out cows using Oxytocin,

then strip by hand. Clean teat with

alcohol and treat.

Ketchum: In mild and moderate cases,

we administer Oxytocin and treat with

Today or Spectramast. In severe cases, we

will have our vet treat the individual and

administer fluids.

Mikshowsky: We treat our cows with

Today mastitis treatment or Spectramast.

In moderate cases we will also use

Banamine and in severe cases we will

have our vet treat the individual and

administer fluids.

Do you cull cows with mastitis?

Haines: Yes.

Hellenbrand: Yes, cull chronic cows.

Horst: No, we have not culled any cows

horst Family bristow, ia

Haines: We detect clinical mastitis by

hand stripping, visual exam and CMT

paddle test. We detect sub clinical

through evaluation of DHIA records.

Hellenbrand: We detect mastitis by

forestripping and using CMT paddle


Horst: Clinical—cows of suspicion all are

stripped occasionally or look for garget

in milk sock. Sub Clinical—follow

individual somatic scores on DHIA and


Ketchum: Clinical mastitis is detected by

CMT paddle test. Sub Clinical mastitis

is detected by foremilk strip and hard

quarters, cows look sick, etc.

Mikshowsky: Clinical mastitis is detected

by CMT paddle test. Sub Clinical

mastitis is detected by checking foremilk


strip and looking for hard quarters.

Do you have written protocols for

detecting and treating mastitis? If yes,

please explain.

Haines: No, we do not.

Hellenbrand: No. We have no written


Horst: Yes.

Ketchum: Yes, we do have written

protocols that we follow. If mastitis

is detected by forestripping, we take

sample, treat with Spectramat until we

get back result from sample.

Mikshowsky: Yes, we do have written

protocols that we follow. CMT paddle

and we treat with Today and Asprin.

Describe your normal treatment


Haines: We treat cow with Today


for mastitis.

Ketchum: Yes, we cull cows with

chronic mastitis.

Mikshowsky: Yes, we cull cows with

mastitis, if it keeps coming back.

Describe your record system for

keeping track of cows currently being


Haines: Documented on a calendar.

Hellenbrand: Treatments are recorded

on the calendar.

Horst: Treatments are recorded on PC

Dart and on index cards posted in

milk house.

Ketchum: We have a large calendar in

the office that everything is recorded


Mikshowsky: We have a bulletin board

where everything is recorded.

What do you do with the milk from

treated cows?

Haines: It is fed to calves.

Hellenbrand: The milk from treated

cows is discarded.

Horst: Usually it is fed to baby bull

haines Family north english, ia

Mike & Heather Haines received the NDQA Silver Award. The Haines family milk

75 Holsteins in a double four side-opener parlor and cows are housed in a free-stall,

slatted floor barn. Their RHA is 25,804 with a 3.8% fat and 3.0% protein levels, with

no BST. “They do a great job with their facilities and cows,” said Swiss Valley Farms

Field Supervisor Tom Tegeler. The Haines are pictured with their two sons: Denny, 8

and Dustin, 6.

calves and some to baby heifers.

Ketchum: It is dumped. We don’t use it

for anything.

Mikshowsky: We dump the milk.

Describe your system for maintaining

permanent records of a cow’s disease

and treatment history?

Haines: Documented on a calendar.

Hellenbrand: Scout computer program.

Horst: Records are updated daily on PC


Ketchum: Scout computer program.

Mikshowsky: Stock keeper record keeping


The 2007 NDQA appications will

be available late this summer. For more

information on National Dairy Quality

Awards, log onto www.nmconline.

org. The 2007 NMC Annual Meeting

was held January 20-23, 2007 in New

Orleans, La.

MARCH 2007

Robert & Patricia Horst received the Gold NDQA Award. The Horst milk 50

Registered Jerseys in a double six-swing parlor. The Horst moved their farm seven

years ago from the urban Washington D.C. area. Their RHA is 17,867 pounds of

milk, 832 pounds of fat and 624 pounds of protein. “The Horst exemplify a top

operation in all aspects and are very deserving of recognition,” said Swiss Valley

Farms Field Representative Roger Lenius. They are pictured with their two daughters:

Hillary and Heather.


District meeting wrap-up

District 20: 9 Year Award:

William Selke, Dakota, MN

District 20: 19 Year Award:

Gerald Bratland, Spring Grove, MN

District 20: 9 Year Award:

Dale Mill, Lewiston, MN

District 20: 10 Year Award:

Duane Sexton, Millville, MN

District 20: 19 Year Award:

Duron Bratland, Spring Grove, MN

District 20: 21 Year Award:

Lee & Gordy Meyer, Caledonia, MN

District 20: 21 Year Award:

Matt Hendel, Caledonia, MN

District 20: 6 Year Award:

Ray Pick, Elgin, MN

District 21: 5 Year Award:

Roger Traetow, Waverly, IA

District 20: 7 Year Award:

Don Ingvalson, Caledonia, MN

District 21: 6 Year Award:

Dwight & Sandy Hinrichs, Tripoli, IA

District 21: 18 Year Award:

Rick & Michelle Meyer, Iowa Falls, IA

District 21: 16 Year Award:

Ron & Betty Miller, Clarksville, IA

District 19: 7 Year Award:

Alice Gudex, Campbellsport, WI

District 19: 6 Year Award:

Hofa Park Dairy LLC, Seymour, WI

District 23: 10 Year Award:

Jeff & Juiie Nimtz, Monticello, WI

District 23: 5 Year Award:

David Theis, Waunakee, WI

District 22: 8 Year Award:

Highview Farms, Hamburg, MN

District 22: 5 Year Award:

Brian Entinger, Belle Plaine, MN

District 22: 5 Year Award:

Oat Hill, Atwater, MN

District 19: 8 Year Award:

Tom & Joan Oberhaus, Waukesha, WI

District 23: 7 Year Award:

Craig & Alice Dierickx, Monticello, WI



Annual meeting set for

District representatives

The 2007 Swiss Valley Farms, Co. District Representative Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 27 at the Grand River

Conference Center, adjacent to the Grand Harbor Hotel on the waterfront in Dubuque, Iowa. The business meeting will

begin at 10:00 a.m. with refreshments, where you can sample Swiss Valley’s new Coffee Milk.

The day is loaded with lots of informative speakers and topics, so you won’t want to miss any of it. The business portion

of the meeting will get underway at 10:30 a.m. sharp with comments from your new Board President, Pam Bolin, Clarksville,

Iowa. Then there will be a question and answer panel discussion featuring the Swiss Valley Farms Management Team. Co-CEO’s

Gordon Toyne and Don Boelens will report on the progress with the recent Board’s Committee Reorganization and also the coop’s

rechartering steps.

Ron Schroder, Director of Marketing, will give a Marketing report. Donna Moenning from Midwest Dairy Association

will give a report on the “People Behind the Product” campaign. Kevin Stiles, also from Midwest Dairy Association, will discuss

how to positively counteract negative publicity by organic marketers.” There will be plenty of time for you to ask your questions

throughout the day.

Lunch will be served at noon and the meeting will be adjourned no later than 2:30.

District representatives should bring any questions they or their neighboring members might have. Swiss Valley Farms

members should relay any question they have to their district representatives, who will then ask them at this meeting.

A list of the Swiss Valley Farms District Representatives, along with their addresses and phone numbers, appears on the next

two pages.

District Representatives were mailed meeting announcements and postage-paid return reservation cards. The reps should fill

out and return their cards to be counted in the meal reservation total.


Patrick Schroeder, Director

S & S Farms

3945 Hypoint Road

Lancaster, WI 53813


1. Doug Adams

204 S Adams

Lancaster, WI 53813


2. Paul Adams

5203 Lincoln Road

Lancaster, WI 53813


3. Gerald E. Breitsprecker

6461 Bluff Road

Lancaster, WI 53813


4. Arlyn Henkel

4363 McGhan Road

Fennimore, WI 53809


5. Mike Meier

8172 Diamond Grove Rd.

Glen Haven, WI 53810


6. Roy Mumm

11583 Settlement Road

Cassville, WI 53806


7. Dan Pagenkopf

4613 County Hwy A East

Lancaster, WI 53813


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8. Tom Parrish

Tomlin Farms

11347 Highway 61

Fennimore, WI 53809


9. Bill Schier

12484 Rock School Rd.

Glen Haven, WI 53810


10. Reggie Schier

12621 Rock School Rd.

Glen Haven, WI 53810



Francis Leibfried, Director

1849 Hy View Road

Cuba City, WI 53807


1. Rick Althaus

28300 Center Drive

Cuba City, WI 53807


2. Tony Busch

9769 S Galena Road

Cuba City, WI 53807


3. Julie Kaiser

29975 County Hwy H

Cuba City, WI 53807


4. Tom Kunkel

1784 Kirkwood

Cuba City, WI 53807


5. Bernard Runde

2504 Hyview Road

Cuba City, WI 53807


6. Sam Timmerman

2416 Hill Road

Cuba City, WI 53807



Donald Berlage, Director

5598 S Pleasant Hill

Elizabeth, IL 61028


1. Scott Bohnert

1522 18th Ave Ct.

Silvis, IL 61282


2. Robert DePauw

27004 122nd Ave N

Port Byron, IL 61275


3. Steve Leary

4493 S Lowden Road

Oregon, IL 61061


4. Philip Schneider

17264 Ridge Road

Sterling, IL 61081



James Schmitt, Director

12788 Lovers Lane

Sherrill, IA 52073


1. Marvin Ambrosy

14275 Circle Ridge

Sherrill, IA 52073


2. Mark Bischoff

24155 Hwy 52

Garnavillo, IA 52049


3. Robert Deutmeyer

1968 325th Ave

Dyersville, IA 52040


4. Loras Gerner

31384 Ironwood Road

Garber, IA 52048


5. Mark Klein

20875 Park Hollow Rd.

Durango, IA 52039


6. Ken Steffen

19701 Hickory Valley

New Vienna, IA 52065



William Strief, Director

26306 Farm Lane

Farley, IA 52046


1. John Burhop Jr.

5774 50th Avenue

Oxford Junction, IA 52323


2. Neal Hoeger

3240 225th Street

Worthington, IA 52078


3. Richard Kauffmann

551 7th Ave. N E

Farley, IA 52046


4. Leo Kluesner

5922 K & K Road

Worthington, IA 52078


5. Gerald Koopman

7243 Koopman Road

Epworth, IA 52045


6. David Kunde

2029 275th Street

Manchester, IA 52057



G. Joe Lyon, Director

2621 K Avenue

Toledo, IA 52342


1. Jim Becker

7372 26th Ave. Road

Watkins, IA 52354


2. Kevin Blood

RR2 1131A 245th St.

State Center, IA 50247



Get to know your

District representatives

3. Mike Dilly

1371 290th Street

Montour, IA 50173


4. Ronald Franck

6667 28th Avenue

Newhall, IA 52315


5. Doug Kenealy

123 Kildee Hall

Ames, IA 50011


6. Bob McNulty

2545 75th Street

Watkins, IA 52354


7. Lyle Nunnikhoven

1524 Hwy 92

Oskaloosa, IA 52577



Randy Schaefer, Director

1713 Yankee Avenue

Blue Grass, IA 52726


1. Keith Blake

12987 New Liberty Rd.

Davenport, IA 52804


2. Marvin Helling

2722 Ave C

Fort Madison, IA 52627


3. Roger Holdorf

6821 225th Street

Walcott, IA 52773


4. Greg Lyon

1184 Noble

Atalissa, IA 52720


5. Dean Miller

2717 520th Street S.W.

Kalona, IA 52247


6. Steve Sywassink

P.O. Box 393

Grand View, IA 52752



Loyde M. Beers, Director

25577 Breezy Lane

Eastman, WI 54626


1. Roger M. Dahlberg

55247 Dahlberg Road

Eastman, WI 54626


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2. Gerald Oppriecht

23707 Morning Glory

Eastman, WI 54626


3. Terry Steger

34796 St Hwy 27

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821


4. Carter Thompson

S5943 A Thompson Rd.

Viroqua, WI 54665


5. Keith Wright

15005 Uglum Road

Ferryville, WI 54628



Donald Peterson, Director

7293 State Hwy 33

Cashton, WI 54619


1. Jeff Berg

W3439 Hwy M

LaCrosse, WI 54601


2. Todd Clark

RR 1 Box 282

Wilton, WI 54670


3. Brian Schmitz

24272 Lamplighter Rd.

Norwalk, WI 54648


4. Ken Schmitz

19291 Mesa Ave,

Norwalk, WI 54648


5. Craig Schroeder

E1197 Miller Road

Wonewoc, WI 53968



Dale Humpal, Director

2667 Townline Road

Ridgeway, IA 52165


1. Don Brincks

1501 150th Ave

Ossian, IA 52161


2. Ken Franks

18551 Big Spring Road

St. Olaf, IA 52072


3. Darryl Humpal

2638 210th Street

Ridgeway, IA 52165


4. Rich Klosterman

30591 Kale Road

West Union, IA 52175


5 Brian Lantzky

21575 245th St

Hawkeye, IA 52147


6. Dan Moon

19475 155th Street

Monona, IA 52159


7. Glen Schmitt

1237 County Road W14

Fort Atkinson, IA 52144


8. Jeff West

22956 200th Street

Farmersburg, IA 52047



Eugene Smith, Director

6305 S Smith Road

Clinton, WI 53525


1. Don Damrow

W5378 Eagle Road

Juneau, WI 53039-5957


2. Cathy Mess

N 8485 County Road Q

Watertown, WI 53094


3. Tom Oberhaus

W309 S630 Maple Ave.

Waukesha, WI 53188



Steve Klug, Director

18863 Dairy Road

Spring Grove, MN 55974


Ridgeway Area

1. David Vanderzee

R.R. 1 Box 77

Dakota, MN 55925


Caledonia Area & Iowa


1. Ed Hammel

3007 Cty 14

Caledonia, MN 55921


2. Donald Ingvalson

19996 County 28

Caledonia, MN 55921


Elgin & Lake City Area

1.Ray Pick

RR 1 Box 264

Elgin, MN 55932


2. Dwain Sexton

RR 1 Box 21

Millville, MN 55957


Lewiston Area

1. Dale Mill

30001 County Road 109

Lewiston, MN 55952



Pam Bolin, Director

Beaver Creek Farms

30707 180th Street

Clarksville, IA 50619


1. Allen Blasberg

1637 Midway

Tripoli, IA 50676


2. Duane Johnson

33813 Martin Avenue

Parkersburg, IA 50665


3. Jay Johnson

24557 180th Street

Allison, IA 50602


4. Rick Meyer

19121 135th Street

Iowa Falls, IA 50126


5. Darrell Robinson

1118 180th Street

Plainfield, IA 50666


6. Larry Wehling

1205 Usher Ave.

Sumner, IA 50674



James Oelfke, Director

Highview Farms

35603 170th Street

Hamburg, MN 55339


1. Jon Farber

36504 170th Street

Green Isle, MN 55338


2. Paul Stuewe

14775 County Road 153

Cologne, MN 55322



Jeff Nimtz, Director

W7497 Farmers Grove Rd.

Monticello, WI 53570


1. Nick Miller

W7506 Farmers Grove Rd.

Monticello, WI 53570


2. Dale Worley

7151 Rt 173

Poplar Grove, IL 61065


3. Leslie Wundrowe

6460 Randall Road

Poplar Grove, IL 61065



oard reoganization

At the Feb. 20th Swiss Valley Farms,

Co. Annual Reorganization Meeting,

a new Executive Committee was

elected and one new director was seated.

Several directors also were recognized for

their Board longevity.

Pam Bolin, Clarksville, Iowa, was elected

President of the Board of Directors. It is

believed that this makes her the first woman

to be elected Board president among the

of the Board. Jim Schmitt, Sherrill, Iowa,

was re-elected Board Treasurer. Jeff Nimtz,

Monticello, Wis., was elected Board


Also at this meeting, G. Joe Lyon, Toledo,

Iowa; Patrick Schroeder, Lancaster, Wis., and

Bill Strief, Farley, Iowa, were elected to the

Board’s Executive Committee.

Newly elected director for District 19,

Eugene Smith, Clinton, Wis., was seated at

this meeting. Eugene and his wife Shawn

were 2005 Outstanding Young Cooperator

winners and have represented their dairy

co-op at two National Dairy Summits. They

have four children, aged 13 to 21, who help

them milk their 180 Holsteins.

Four directors were recognized for their

Board longevity. Loyde Beers, Eastman,

Wis., received an award marking his 25

years of service on the co-op’s Board of

Directors. Randy Schaefer and Bill Strief

were recognized for 15 years of service to the

Board. Dale Humpal, Ridgeway, Iowa, was

recognized for 10 years of service.

major dairy cooperatives in the country.

Pam and her husband Dave operate Beaver

Creek Farm where they milk Jerseys and

Holsteins. They have raised three sons there,

all of whom have helped them on the dairy.

Pam and Dave were 1982 Outstanding

Young Cooperator Contest Winners. Pam

was elected to the Swiss Valley Farms Board

from District 21 in 1990. She joined the

Iowa Division Board of Midwest Dairy

Association in 1997 and has been a member

of the MDA Corporate Board for the past

four years. She recently finished a 3-year

term on the National Dairy Board. The

Bolin’s were Ralph Keeling Award winners at

the 2006 Iowa State Fair.

In other elections, Randy Schaefer, Blue

Grass, Iowa, was re-elected Vice President

Longevity awards were presented to the following Board members during

the 2006 Swiss Valley Farms District Meetings. From top: Randy Schaefer, Blue

Grass, Iowa, was presented a 15 Year Service Award by Gordy Toyne. Loyde Beers,

Eastman, Wis., was presented with a 25 Year Service Award by Don Boelens.

Dale Humpal, Ridgeway, Iowa, was recognized for 10 years of service. Gordy

Toyne presented the Longevity award to Dale. Also, Bill Strief, Farley, Iowa, was

presented a 15 Year Service Award by Gordy Toyne.

MARCH 2007 page 11


for the 2007 YC spring break

It’s time to register for the 2-day Young Cooperator Conference, which will be held this year in Decorah,

Iowa on March 30 & 31 -- Friday and Saturday.

Lodging will be at the Country Inn & Suites with meetings being held Friday across the road at

The Oaks. Saturday, YC’ers will travel down the road to Dairy Research Center at Northeast Iowa Community

College (NICC) in Calmar, Iowa for tours, tutorials and lunch.

Several years ago, the Young Cooperators spent a day at this Dairy Research Center. Our visit then was such

a big hit with the attendees, we are revisiting this ever expanding and evolving dairy school, which is affiliated

with Iowa State University. This year, we will be focusing on their new grazing facilities/milk parlor as well as their

newly constructed state-of-the-art calf raising setup. There will be lots of tips on calf-raising innovations as well

as a tour of their various milking parlors while milking is in progress.

On Friday, we will be hearing from Troy Peterson, a certified crop advisor from Waukon, Iowa who writes

Manure Management Plan and deals with the DNR. Over the years,Troy has counseled many dairy producers

on how to work with the DNR. Learn tips on how your dairy can work better with this agency. Also on Friday,

there will be a representative from National Milk Producers Federation to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill, as well

as what’s happening with U.S. dairy exports and current dairy legislation. Swiss Valley Farms’ Co-CEO Donald

Boelens will be there Friday to give you an update on the co-op and to answer your questions. As always, several

members of the co-op’s Board of Directors will be on hand to also answer any questions you may have, as well as

join in on the fun.

YC’ers will have a good time on Friday night at our banquet, which is followed by some fun entertainment,

YC-style. This conference is a great time to meet other dairy producers and share stories and ideas.

So, if you want to get off the farm and enjoy a couple of days of education, fun and fellowship, make plans to

attend this year’s YC Spring Break.

A favorite feature for this conference will again be the early bird door prize drawings for whirlpool suites, so

be sure to get to The Oaks no later 10:30 a.m. on Friday to be eligible.

Who is a Young Cooperator?

You are a Swiss Valley Farms Young Cooperator if you are between and including the ages of 18 and 45


1. You are a Swiss Valley Farms co-op member

2. Or the son or daughter of a co-op member

3. Or if you work in the dairy operation of a Swiss Valley Farms member

It also helps if you are eager to learn new things, meet new people and want to have fun!

If you fit this description, we want to see you there at the 2007 YC Spring Break.

2007 Outstanding Young Cooperative Contest

Also during this conference, the Swiss Valley Farms Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest will be held on

Friday. If you want to open the door on unlimited opportunities for learning, leadership and travel, look into participating

in this contest. Fill out the YC Contest Application on the next page, write the short essay and submit

everything in an envelope separate from your Spring Break Registration form. The contest interviews will be held

during the day Friday with results announced at the end of the conference on Saturday. This year’s NMPF National

Dairy Summit will be held in November in Orlando, Florida at the Disney’s Dolphin Hotel.

The age limit on this national YC contest is 21 to 40 years.

page 12


YC Spring Break & Two-Day Conference Registration Form

Get you registration in ASAP. Registration deadline is Friday, March 16, 2007.

Include your $ 10 per person check with your form.

YES! Reserve a room for me at this YC Spring Break March 30- March 31 2007 in Decorah, Iowa




Mail this form and your check to

Do you require a smoking room?

Swiss Valley Farms Co,

YC Spring Break

PO Box 4493, Davenport, IA 52808


Swiss Valley Farms Co 2007 Young Cooperator Contest to select


Contest Rules

1) To be eligible to enter, contestants must be a member of the cooperative or in the immediate family of a member and active in the

dairying operation or a full-time employee of a Swiss Valley Farms member dairy operation, be between the ages of 18 and must not

have turned 41 before November 1, 2007.

2) To enter: Fill in the following form as completely as possible.

3) Entries must be submitted to Nancy Feeney at the Swiss Valley Farms Corporate Headquarters by Friday, March 16, 2007. Entries

may be Faxed to the Corporate Headquarters at 563.468.6613. Entrants will be interviewed by the Member Relations Committee on

Friday afternoon, March 30th at the YC Conference in Decorah, Iowa., where the final judging will take place.

YC Contest Application Part 1 Tell Us About Yourself

Contestant’s Name (s)_____________________________________Phone # ____________________________________

Address __________________________________________________________________________________________

Birthdate _______________ Age ________ Number of Years in Dairying ______________________________________

Community and Civic Activities (Also list spouse’s activities, if applicable) Use additional sheet is necessary: _________




Agricultural related activities and organizations: __________________________________________________________



List Other Cooperatives in which you have memberships. (Indicate if director, etc.): _____________________


YC Contest Application Part II Write Down Your Thoughts

On a separate sheet of paper, write your thoughts on the following question.

“ As a co-op member, what do you see as the most important service Swiss Valley Farms Co.

performs for your dairy operation?”

Please keep your answer to 250 words or less. Remember that we are looking for your opinions and

ideas. There is no right or wrong answer to this question.


Mail your entry to: Swiss Valley Farms, Co., Outstanding YC Contest, c/o Nancy Feeney

PO Box 4493, Davenport, IA 52808

Entries must be in the SVF Corporate Headquarters by: Friday, March 16, 2007

Do not put this form in the same envelope as your Spring Break registration form.

Contestant # ___________(This # will be assigned by the Member Relations Committee)

MARCH 2007 page 13

Take a look at Field Personnel & Statistics at


Field Department & Procurement Division Directory

J. Gordon Toyne V.P.

Membership & procurement

LeClaire, IA 52753

page 14

Office: 563.468.6644

Home: 563.289.3535

Nancy Feeney member relations

Bettendorf, IA 52722 Office: 563.468.6640

Home: 563.359.9100

Karen Bohnert member relations

East Moline, IL 61244 Office: 563.468.6641

Mobile: 563.320.2895

Tim Genthe lab & safety manager

803 S. School St. Office: 563.583.7669

Cuba City, WI 53807 Home: 608.744.3515

marv Thompson

raw milk sales & transportation

617 Monroe St.

Sparta, WI 54656

Office: 608.366.1770

Home: 608.269.4850

Ron Brenner Field supervisor

204 Goddard St. Office: 608.366.1770

LaCrosse, WI Home: 608.782.0012

thomas tegeler Field supervisor

1320 1 1/2 St. S.W. Office: 563.583.7669

Dyersville, IA 52040 Home: 563.875.2059

Douglas Anderson

451 Clayton Ave. W Home: 715.948.2183

Clayton, WI 54004

Randy Heisel

259 E. Lakeview Dr.

LaFarge, WI 54639

mike howald

7105 N. Freeport Rd

Forreston, IL

Home: 608.625.2045

Home: 815.938.2651

FAX: 815.938.9151

Somatic Cell Range % of A Farms

0 - 100,000.......................................................5 %

100,001 - 200,000.......................................24 %

200,001 - 300,000......................................27%

300,001 - 400,000........................................27 %

400,001 - 500,000.........................................21 %

500,001 and above......................................11 %

Fred Imdieke

36356 Roanoke Lane

Melrose, MN 56352

Home: 320.256.4932

Kara Koopmann

6142 Roller Coaster Rd. Plant: 563.583.7669

Epworth, IA 52045 Home: 563.876.3900


319 9th St.

Waverly, IA 50677


225 S. Clifton

Livingston, WI 53554


117 Culver Rd. N.E.

Hopkinton, IA 52237

Office: 319.352.5463

Home: 319.352.5015

Plant: 608.348.3932

Home: 608.943.6240

Office: 563.926.2363

Home: 563.926.2794


430 Linden

Home: 563.422.5789

West Union, IA 52175 Mobile: 563.380.0393


202 Bechner St.

Greeley, IA 52050

Office: 563.925.2321

Home: 563.925.2015


W1919 Hofa Park Dr Office: 920.822.2933

Seymour, WI 54165 Home: 920.822.2887


309 North Street

Sparta, WI 54656

Office: 608.366.1770

Home: 608.269.5452

Somatic Cell Range % of B Farms

0 - 100,000.......................................................2%

100,001 - 200,000.........................................11%

200,001 - 300,000......................................13%

300,001 - 400,000......................................26%

400,001 - 500,000.....................................17%

500,001 and above...................................31%

During the Month of January,

these Swiss Valley Farms

Members averaged below

100,000 for their

somatic cell count.

Breuckman, Chad 72,000

Brimeyer, Daniel 74,000

Brimeyer, Derek 74,000

Brincks, Doni 71,000

Cadden, George & Judy 62,000

Carolan, Kevin & Donna 75,000

Chapman, Kevin & Cheryl 51,000

Deaver, Mike 45,000

Esser, Richard. 73,000

Fassbender, Paul 98,000

Feldhacker, Scott 95,000

Freit, James 92,000

Freit, Robert 92,000

Gilbertson, Larry 56,000

Haines, Mike 92,000

Hellenbrand, Brent 70,000

Helmuth, Steven 64,000

Hodson-Dirksen Farms LLC 62,000

Horst, Robert & Patricia 72,000

Jenson, Christa. 96,000

Ketchum, Robert 94,000

Landt, Neil 83,000

Laufenberg, Koty 67,000

Meier, Cheryl 66,000

Meier, Mike 66,000

Mikshowsky, Randy 84,000

Oat Hill 74,000

Schmitz, Kenneth & Marlus 96,000

Schneider, Philip 56,000

Siegle Schrempp, Sandra 98,000

Siegle, Steven 98,000

Sprosty, Paul 72,000

Statz, Kevin 70,000

Steffen, Kenneth 96,000

Stuewe, Paul 96,000

Thompson, Larry & Liane 68,000

Timmerman, Lawrence 84,000

Timmerman, Todd 84,000

Traetow, Roger 87,000

Veech, Richard & Kim 85,000

Vlasak, Steven & Sherry 86,000

Wormley, Joel & Jan 86,000

Yoder, Leighton 66,000


While we wEre farming

January 2007 Board Minutes

The regular Board of Directors

meeting of Swiss Valley

Farms, Co. was held January

29, 2007 at the Dubuque Fluid Milk

Plant Board Room in Dubuque, IA.

President Donald Peterson, Cashton,

WI, called the meeting to order at 9:35

a.m. All Board members were present,

except Dale Humpal, Ridgeway, IA

and Jim Oelfke, Hamburg, MN.

The Co-CEO Team of J. Gordon

Toyne and Donald Boelens also were


The following business was


Director Loyde Beers, Eastman,

WI opened the meeting with the


• The Board approved the Board


• The minutes of the December 21,

2006 Board of Directors meeting

were read and approved as read.

• Toyne addressed communications

to the Board.

• The Board approved to pay the dues

to the ISDA.

• The Board approved to pay 1st

quarter dues to NMPF.

• The Board approved to donate $500

to the NAIDC.

• The Board approved to pay for one

student ($110) to attend the Big

MAC Youth Leadership conference.

• The Board approved to donate $200

to the WI FFA Alumni.

• Directors’ concerns and comments

were addressed by Toyne.

• The Management and Financial

reports were presented by Boelens

and approved.

• Toyne reported on the comparative

milk report.

• Greg Rexwinkel, Vice President of

Manufacturing and Deb Sullivan,

Vice President of Human Resources

gave the Bboard an update.

• The Board approved the amendment

of Swiss Valley Farms Employee’s

Pension Plan.

• The Board approved the capital

budget through January 29, 2007.

• The Executive Session was opened

and closed.

• Toyne reported on CMPC.

• Pam Bolin, Clarksville, IA, G. Joe

Lyon, Toledo, IA, Peterson and Toyne

reported on the IDFA meeting.

• Bolin reported on the ISDA


• Lyon reported on an ISU Bio-

Energy meeting.

• Don Kowalski, Wausau, WI was

presented a plaque for his service on

the Board.

Upon motion and second, the

meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pam




Randall & Nancy Vandehei

Oneida, Wis.

Kevin & Donna Carolan

Calmar, Iowa

Clark Anderson

Darlington, Wis.

Michael & Evangeline Elmhorst

Paynesville, Minn.

Peter & Linda Parker

Janesville, Wis.


Please note that Dan Brimeyer was

incorrectly called Tom Brimeyer in the

January 2007 Dairyman. Pictured above is

Dan Brimeyer, District 4, receiving his 21-

year quality award.

Also, under the New Member section

in the February 2007 Dairyman, Robert

& Nancy Schuster, Zwingle, Iowa were

incorrectly listed and Craig Schuster,

Zwingle, Iowa was not listed.

We apologize for these errors.

MARCH 2007 page 15


to Swiss Valley Farms!

Our trips as the 2005 Outstanding

Young Cooperators lead

us on many adventures and

broadened our wisdom and appreciation

for Swiss Valley Farms. On behalf of

Glen and myself, we would like to thank

you for the generosity of Swiss Valley

Farms, the Board and its members for

letting us be apart of the National Milk

Producers Federation Dairy Summits

in San Francisco and Las Vegas, and

the summer YC Planning Session in

Washington DC.

It was a great honor to see Swiss

Valley FarmsSwiss cheese from Luana

take Grand Champion Cheese at the

2005 NMPF Dairy Summit in San

Francisco. The seminars at the NMPF

conventions taught us how to educate

ourselves so we can stand up for our

industry and our family farm. We have

listened to many great speakers in the

past two years, speakers like Trent Loos,

Joan Horbiak, Ron Hansen and Michelle


During our summer planning

session in Washington D.C. we worked

with the NMPF staff and witnessed the

passion this organization has for the dairy

industry and the innovative insight these

staffers bring to our government officials.

Glen and I worked with Jaime Constanza

from National Milk, who briefed us on

policies that legislators were facing and

accompanied us on our Capitol Hill

visits with Senator Chuck Grassley and

Representative Tom Latham.

Our greatest and most prized

experience is getting to know and

keeping in touch with our fellow Young

Cooperators not only from Swiss Valley,

but from around the nation. Our fellow

Young Cooperators from Swiss Valley,

Kent and Sandy Franks, Eugene and

Shawn Smith and Tom and Julie Kaiser,

were inspirational and shared their

knowledge of their dairy operations with

us. We all found out how important it

is to have a positive attitude, a love for

dairy and to let others around us know

about it.

Our experiences will last a lifetime

Glen & Melissa Schmitt

and remind us of what we can do to

convey a positive attitude for the Dairy

Industry. Glen and I wanted to let all

of the Swiss Valley members know how

appreciative we were for this opportunity.

We also want to encourage other Swiss

Valley YC’ers to apply for the 2007

Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest

at this year’s conference. You’ll never

regret it!

Best Wishes, Glen & Melissa Schmitt

Ft. Atkinson, Iowa

Post Office Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808

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