March 2013 - Swiss Valley Farms

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March 2013 - Swiss Valley Farms

FEBRUARY MARCH 2013 2010

Gold Award:

Dreier Family

Norwalk, Wis.

Silver Award:

Meier Family

Glen Haven, Wis.

Meet the National

Quality award winners


F.A.R.M. Still Relevant Program

by Don Boelens

Published Monthly by:

Swiss Valley Farms

Cooperative

P.O. Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808

563.468.6600 FAX 563.468.6616

www.swissvalley.com

Nancy Feeney

Editor/ Member Relations Mgr.

Swiss Valley Farms, Co. will produce,

distribute and sell value-added, quality

products for our:

Customers & Consumers

Owner/Members

Workforce

Swiss Valley Board Officers

Chair

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

Vice Chair

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

Assistant Secretary

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

Assistant Treasurer

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

Swiss Valley Directors

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

Jeff Berg...................................................LaCrosse, WI

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

Richard Kauffmann...................................Farley, IA

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

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

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

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

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

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Some things just get more

important over time. One of these

is the National F.A.R.M. Program

(Farmers Assuring Responsible

Management). Two years ago, Swiss

Valley Farms field reps received training

on how to enroll their producers in the

program and properly conduct the onfarm

audits. Since then, field reps have

been talking to co-op members about

the program and conducting pen audits

and simple interviews. Currently, 25%

of Swiss Valley Farms milk volume is

enrolled in F.A.R.M.

The field reps are now beginning

a second wave of interviews and audits

to enroll more co-op members in the

program. Why is it important that U.S.

dairy farms be represented by F.A.R.M.?

Created by National Milk

Producers Federation with the help

of Dairy Management Inc., F.A.R.M.

provides consistency and uniformity

to best practices in animal care and

quality assurance in the dairy industry.

It is a nationwide, verifiable program

that addresses animal well-being as

well as provides a system of third-party

verification designed to ensure the

validity and the integrity of the program

to dairy’s customers and consumers.

“Consumers want to purchase food

from sources they know will take care

of animals, and operate in a way that

is consistent with their own values and

expectations,” says Jamie Jonker, Vice

President of Scientific and Regulatory

Affairs at NMPF.

“Dairy farmers are passionate about

the care they provide to their animals

and have an excellent track record of

responsible management practices,”

says Jonker. “The F.A.R.M. Program

quantifies that passion and allows

them to speak with one voice as they

market nationally and internationally.”

CEO Don Boelens

Jonker says that so far the pace of

participation in this program has

surpassed NMPF’s expectations.

“With continued expansion

of enrollment, participation in the

F.A.R.M. program is anticipated to

exceed 70 percent of the nation’s milk

supply this year,” Jonker says.

More and more, Swiss Valley

receives inquiries from its cheese

customers regarding our members’

animal care practices. It is certainly

of value to this co-op to refer to our

members’ participation in this national

animal care program. We wish all of

our members were enrolled.

Veterinarian Betsy Flores, NMPF

Senior Director of Animal Health

and Welfare, manages F.A.R.M. “The

FARM program helps us reach out to

customers, consumers and the entire

marketing chain. It sends a strong

message that Swiss Valley member

producers work hard caring for

their animals and producing quality

milk.” She encourages anyone who

wants to learn more to go to: www.

nationaldairyfarm.com.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


More Nominations Taken in March

Dan Duitscher Elected 2nd At-Large Director

All the at-large director ballots cast by co-op members

during the last round of district meetings have been

counted by the Board’s Governance Committee.

It is time to announce that Dan Duitscher of Rolfe, Iowa

was elected the co-op’s second At-Large Director. Dan will

officially be seated in this position at the March 5 co-op

Annual Meeting. Thanks go out to all the co-op members

who took the time to attend their annual district meeting in

December and participate in this election.

Nominations for the third and final At-Large Board

Director Position are now open. Anyone interested in

pursuing this position, which is a three-year term on the

Board beginning March 2014, should inform his or her

director or tell a district representative. Nominations for

this position will be taken on March 20 th at the Spring

District Rep Meeting in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Candidates

nominated on that day will be on the At-Large ballot at the

2013 district meetings.

Here is a recap on how this At-Large Director election

process works once the nominations are made.

• All people nominated for At-Large Director will

provide a brief bio of themselves and their operation within

two weeks of this March 20 th district rep meeting.

• Their photos and information will be listed in the

May 2013 issue of the Dairyman, giving the entire co-op

membership the opportunity to get to know them.

• Each candidate will answer the same questions

provided by the Board’s Governance Committee and this

will be published in the November 2013 Dairyman.

• Elections will take place at the 2013 District

meetings. Members must attend a district meeting in order

to vote for an At-Large Director. Results of the election

will be announced at the next Board meeting after the last

District meeting and published in the Dairyman.

• The new At-Large Director will attend and be seated

at the co-op’s 2014 annual meeting.

Here is the list of Board member/at-large director

qualifications.

• No more than two directors from any one District

can serve on the Board at the same time.

• No more than one Director from any one farm unit

can serve on the Board at the same time.

• Directors cannot be involved in any activity,

transaction or action that is or would be deemed to be

in conflict with the best interest of Swiss Valley Farms.

Directors are required to sign a “Conflict of Interest

Compliance Statement” as a condition of serving on the

Board of Directors.

• Directors should be of utmost integrity, have

strength of character and exhibit mature judgment that is

essential to effective decision making.

• Directors should be willing to devote an adequate

amount of time to the responsibilities of the Board and its

Committees.

Your 2013 At-Large director . . .

Co-op NEWS

Dan Duitscher lives in Rolfe,

Iowa with his wife, Nancy, and

teenage sons Derek and Payton. He

has a BS degree in Dairy Science

Manufacturing and a minor in

Economics from South Dakota

State University. After college, Dan

worked in various positions for

Hiland Dairy in Springfield, Mo.

He was then a plant manager for

Hiland in Norman, OK.

In 2000, Dan joined his brother

and father at Dutchland Dairy, a

930-cow operation. Working on

the farm is: Dean (father and a

retired vet), Dave (brother, also a

vet), mother Melvene, who does

the books with help from Nancy,

and Dave’s wife Jolene, who handles

payroll.

Dan Duitscher, Rolfe, Iowa

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Quality Counts on These Dairies

Members Place Nationally for Quality Milk

Once again, Swiss Valley Farms members placed

high in the National Quality Awards Program, which

is co-sponsored by the National Mastitis Council and

Hoard’s Dairyman. Scoring in the Gold category was

Randy & Becky Dreier, Norwalk, Wis. Placing in the

Silver category was Mike and Cheryl Meier of Glen

Haven, Wis. The Dreier’s were nominated by their Swiss

Valley field representative Bob Zielsdorf. The Meier’s

were nominated by Swiss Valley field representative Jim

Schmitz. Congratulations to all of you!

Gold Award:

Randy & Becky Dreier

Norwalk, Wis.

Silver Award:

Mike & Cheryl Meier & son Brian

Glen Haven, Wis.

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Gold Winner:

Randy & Becky Dreier, Norwalk, Wis.

Platinum winners for the previous year, the Dreier’s were

Gold winners this year. They milk 72 registered Holsteins and

and their somatic cell count for the year averaged below 100,000.

In their pursuit if quality milk, the Dreier’s try to maintain a

regular routine, and keep their cows clean and dry. They watch

their SCC and PI counts and try to keep their cows healthy. They

get monthly SCC’s through DHIA.

“If you want to find the Dreiers, you look in the barn first

because that is why they have quality milk year after year,” says

field rep Bob Zielsdorf. “They always want to keep on top of

things. They do a lot of work with the cows on comfort and

cleanliness.” Randy and Becky have four children who help out

in the operation: Derek, 21; Ashley, 18; Kelli, 14; and Jaden, 6.

Silver Winner:

Mike & Cheryl Meier, Glen Haven, Wis.

Mike and Cheryl Meier received recognition for their

milk quality as Silver winners in the National Dairy Quality

Awards Program. The Meiers have been in dairying for 40

years and represent a true family operation. Their son Brian

joined the operation four years ago. Cheryl now works off

the farm, along with Brian’s wife Amy.

Mike and Brian milk 90 Holsteins and maintain an

average somatic cell count of below 100,000. Mike says

they have been running their somatic cell count through

DHIA for over 20 years. “We jump on a cow with mastitis

right away,” he says. “We work hard every day to keep

everything clean.”

This year, the Meier’s picked up their 35-year milk

quality award from Swiss Valley Farms at their district

meeting.

Field rep Jim Schmitz says, “Mike and Cheryl trained

their son well. Brian is doing just as good a job with the

quality as they did.”

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Lab Tests Arrive Fast Via Cell Phones, E-mail

Tim Genthe, Lab & Safety Manager

To most dairy producers, the milk testing lab is “dash board” on this site, a patron has the capability to

an important “silent partner” to their operation. graph butterfat, protein and somatic cell results, which

Seeing the results of the bulk tank samples allows them to easily spot trends and patterns.

collected by the milk haulers at every pickup is a vital Since all of these tools are now available to offer this

decision-making tool to any member. If your herd’s quick turnaround of lab results, Swiss Valley Farms will

somatic cell spikes, you want to know about it quickly so

you can begin taking steps to correct the problem.

By using the many convenient cyber tools available to

us these days, Swiss Valley Farms lab services now offers

several ways to speed up the reporting of test results for

components and somatic cell from our members’ bulk

tanks. Patrons may have their tests texted to their cell

phones and will receive them as soon as Swiss Valley

Farms receives the results from the labs. This is usually

within 24-hours of the sample being picked up at the

dairy. These results will include the date of the pickup,

butter fat, protein, other solids and somatic cell. We know

the quality of your milk is also important information to

the operation of your dairy, so the bacteria and PI results

have now been added to these text messages. Getting test

results on their cell phone means our members can see

discontinue sending the weekly lab results on paper to

the patrons via their milk hauler as of March 1, 2013.

This change helps your co-op be more environmentally

sustainable by eliminating a duplication of services. It

also creates efficiencies in paper and ink usages as well

as labor. However, we realize that while the majority of

our members are able to take advantage of these many

electronic test delivery methods, there are still some who

cannot. So any members who would like to continue to

receive their test results via their haulers should contact

the Lab Information Office at (563) 583-7669 to make

arrangements for that.

If you would like to sign up for any of these electronic

services -- texting of test results, web access or emailing of

test results -- please contact the Lab Information Office or

your field representative.

them no matter where

they are – out in the

field on their tractor, in

town running errands

or standing in their

barns.

Using computers,

producers can receive

their test results via

their e-mail accounts.

Patrons may also

look up their test

results on our secure

producer login page at

swissvalley.com. Using

a personal pin number,

a patron may also

access their milk check

history and see the most

recent forward contract

pricing. Under the

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Co-op NEWS


District Rep Meeting Set for Set Prairie For du Prairie Chien

The Spring 2013 Swiss Valley Farms District Representative Meeting

will be Wednesday, March 20th at the Black Angus Restaurant

in Prairie du Chien, Wis.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with registration

and refreshments at the restaurant. The business portion

of the meeting will get underway at 10:15 a.m. sharp. The

day is loaded with lots of interesting speakers and topics,

so you won’t want to miss any of it. Phil Plourd from

Blimling & Associates will be there to give his “Market

Update and Forecast,” which is always interesting. A

special guest this year is Rochelle Ripp, the reigning “Alice

in Dairyland” for Wisconsin, who will be telling the story

of Wisconsin farmers, food, fuel and fiber.

Board Chair Pam Bolin and CEO Don Boelens will

present reports on the cooperative’s operations. Also

during this meeting, you will meet the newly elected

second At-Large Director and nominations will be taken

for the third At-Large Director, who will be voted on at

the 2013 district meetings.

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 adjourn no later than 2 p.m.

Swiss Valley Farms DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE

position DESCRIPTION

1. There may be up to eight District Representatives elected by members at the annual

district meeting for a one-year term, starting at the Annual Meeting.

2. Vacancies that occur during the year are to be filled by appointment of a member

by the District Director.

3. Alternates may be appointed by the District Director to attend District Representative

meetings if the elected person is unable to attend.

4. Recommends amendments to current policies and/or new policies to the District Director.

5. Communicates with members to keep them informed on the Cooperative programs,

policies and industry trends.

6. Performs other duties as may be assigned by the Board Chairperson.

7. Per diem and mileage will be reimbursed per Board policy.

8. In order to serve as a District Representative, a member must be in good standing

and free of any conflicts of interest.

SWISS SWISS VALLEY VALLEY FARMS FARMS DAIRYMAN DAIRY-

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Your 2013 Swiss Valley Farms District Rep List

DISTRICT 1

Patrick Schroeder, Dir.

3945 Hypoint Road

Lancaster, WI 53813

Telephone: 608/943-6509

1. Paul Adams

5203 Lincoln Road

Lancaster, WI 53813-9801

Telephone: 608/723-2771

2. Gerald E. Breitsprecker

6461 Bluff Road

Lancaster, WI 53813

Telephone: 608/723-6232

3. Mike Meier

8172 Diamond Grove Rd

Glen Haven, WI 53810

Telephone: 608/694-2302

4. Roy Mumm

11583 Settlement Road

Cassville, WI 53806

Telephone: 608/725-5699

5. Tom Parrish

Tomlin Farms

11347 Highway 61

Fennimore, WI 53809

Telephone: 608/822-6462

6. Tom Kunkel

1784 Kirkwood

Cuba City, WI 53807

Telephone: 608/744-2053

7. Bernard Runde

Pleasant-View Dairy Farm

2504 Hyview Road

Cuba City, WI 53807-9721

Telephone: 608/744-3527

DISTRICT 2

Donald Berlage, Dir.

5598 S. Pleasant Hill

Elizabeth, IL 61028

Telephone: 815/858-2396

1. Dale Worley

7151 Rt 173

Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Telephone: 815/765-2683

2. Leslie Wundrowe

6460 Randall Road

Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Telephone: 815/737-8772

3. Jay Stauffacher

Highway Dairy Farms

16639 Hwy. 23

Darlington, WI 53530

Telephone: 608/776-4173

4. Phil Schneider

17264 Ridge Road

Sterling, IL 61081

Telephone: 815/441-4581

5. Rick Althaus

Endless Horizons Inc

28300 Center Drive

Cuba City, WI 53807

Telephone: 608/348-3248

DISTRICT 3

Loyde Beers, Dir.

25577 Breezy Lane

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4201

Jeff Berg, Dir.

W3439 Hwy M

LaCrosse, WI 54601

Telephone: 608/786-2151

1. Randy Dreier

26118 Cty Hwy T

Norwalk, WI 54648-8108

Telephone: 608/823-7787

2. Roger M. Dahlberg

55247 Dahlberg Road

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4265

3. Gerald Oppriecht

23707 Morning Glory

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4492

4. Terry Steger

34796 St Hwy 27

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Telephone: 608/326-6709

5. Dennis Mezera

59513 S. Ridge Road

Prairie du Chien, Wis 53821

Telephone: 608/326-6906

6. Dustin Payne

62951 Prew Lane

Eastman, Wis 54626-8754

Telephone: 608-874-4451

DISTRICT 4

Richard Kauffmann, Dir.

551 7th Ave. N.E.

Farley, IA 52046

Telephone: 563/744-3052

1. Randy Cook

32733 Rockville Rd.

Worthington, Iowa 52078

Telephone: 563 855-4501

2. Richard Cook

32479 Rockville Rd.

Worthington, Iowa 52078

Telephone: 563 855-4205

3. Matt Strief

201 5th St. SE

Farley, IA 52046

Telephone: 563-543-4401

4. Marvin Ambrosy

14275 Circle Ridge

Sherrill, IA 52073

Telephone: 563/552-2396

5. Leo Kluesner

30398 John’s Creek Rd.

Worthington, IA 52078

Telephone: 563/855-5925

6. Jim Schmitt

12788 Lovers Lane

Sherrill, Iowa 52073

Telephone: 563/552-2314

7. Ken Steffen

19701 Hickory Valley

New Vienna, IA 52065

Telephone: 563/870-5695

8. Brent Koopmann

7227 Koopmann Rd.

Epworth, IA 52045

Telephone: 563/543-4879

DISTRICT 5

Randy Schaefer, Dir.

1713 Yankee Avenue

Blue Grass, IA 52726

Telephone: 563/381-4361

1. Keith Blake

Kris-Del Farms, Corp.

15380 240 St

Eldridge, IA 52748

Telephone: 563/285-5409

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2. Marvin Helling

2722 Ave C

Fort Madison, IA 52627

Telephone: 319/372-5662

3. Roger Holdorf

6821 225th Street

Walcott, IA 52773

Telephone: 563/282-4665

4. Daryl Slabaugh

2895 500th St. S.W.

Iowa City, Iowa 52240-9445

Telephone: 319/683-2540

5. Steve Sywassink

P.O. Box 393

Grand View, IA 52752

Telephone: 319/729-5400

6. Robert Deutmeyer

1968 325th Ave

Dyersville, IA 52040

Telephone: 563/875-6112

7. Martin Burken

1208 25th Ave North

Clinton, IA 52732

Telephone: 563-242-3222

8. Richard DeVore

2955 120th St.

Wilton, IA 52778

Telephone: 563-732-2314

DISTRICT 6

G. Joe Lyon, Dir.

2621 K Avenue

Toledo, IA 52342

Telephone: 641/484-3129

1. Kevin Blood

RR2 1131A 245th Street

State Center, IA 50247

Telephone: 641/483-2734

2. Mike Dilly

1371 290th Street

Montour, IA 50173

Telephone: 641/492-6131

3. Ronald Franck

6667 28th Avenue

Newhall, IA 52315-9609

Telephone: 319/223-5273

4. Lonny Hennings

2457 X Ave.

Clutier, Iowa 52217

Telephone: 319-476-3242

5. Lee Kilmer

ISU Dairy Science

123 Kildee Hall

Ames, IA 50011

Telephone: 515/294-6021

6. Jan & Doreen Boelen

1582 370th Ave.

Brooklyn, IA 52211

Telephone: 641/990-4099

7. Lyle Nunnikhoven

1524 Hwy 92

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Telephone: 641/672-2605

DISTRICT 7

Steve Klug, Dir.

18863 Dairy Road

Spring Grove, MN 55974

Telephone: 507/498-5170

1. Dale Mill

30001 Cty Rd. 109

Lewiston, MN 55952

Telephone:507/523-3506

2. Matt Hendel

14913 Gap Drive

Caledonia, MN 55921

Telephone: 507/724-5689

3. Dwain Sexton

30251 615th St.

Millville, MN 55957

Telephone: 507/798-2329

4. Paul Stuewe

14775 Co. Road 153

Cologne, MN 55322

Telephone: 952/466-3855

5. Katie Olson

20501 30th Ave. NE

Atwater, MN 56209

Telephone: 320/974-3213

6. James Oelfke

35603 170th St.

Hamburg, MN 55339

Telephone: 952/467-2661

7. Randy Drinkall

23683 County 13

Rushford, MN 55971

Telephone: 507/864-2170

8. Will Gerdes

16843 Beaverridge Dr.

Caledonia, MN 55921

Telephone: 507/724-2685

9. Robert Ketchum

22410 Cemetary Rd.

Utica, MN 55979

Telephone: 507/523-3303

DISTRICT 8

Dale Humpal, Dir.

2667 Townline Road

Ridgeway, IA 52165

Telephone: 563/562-3848

1. Peter Schmitt

1113 280th Ave

Fort Atkinson, IA 52144

Telephone: 563/534-7133

2. Larry Svendsen

29475 Iris Rd.

Ossian, IA 52161-9801

Telephone: 563/532-9665

3. Mark Lamborn

224 Franklin Rd.

Luana, IA 52156

Telephone: 563/864-3264

4. Jeff West

22956 200th Street

Farmersburg, IA 52047

Telephone: 563/783-7701

5. Mark Bischoff

24155 Hwy 52

Garnavillo, IA 52049

Telephone: 563/964-2720

6. Loras Gerner

31384 Ironwood Road

Garber, IA 52048

Telephone: 563/255-2574

DISTRICT 9

Pam Bolin, Dir.

30707 180th Street

Clarksville, IA 50619

Telephone: 319/278-4288

1. Allen Blasberg

1637 Midway

Tripoli, IA 50676

Telephone: 319/882-4721

2. Duane Johnson

33813 Martin Avenue

Parkersburg, IA 50665

Telephone: 319/346-1578

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3. Edward Rueling

24570 Royal Ave.

Clarksville, IA 50619

Telephone: 319/885-4225

4. Darrell Robinson

1118 180th Street

Plainfield, IA 50666

Telephone: 319/276-3407

5. Larry Wehling

1205 Usher Ave.

Sumner, IA 50674

Telephone: 563/578-8854

6. Johan Koezen

44402 250th St.

Rolfe, IA 50581

Telephone: 319/215-0701

DISTRICT 10

Thomas Oberhaus, Dir.

W309 S630 Maple Ave.

Waukesha, WI 53188

Telephone: 262/968-2573

1. Don Damrow

W5378 Eagle Road

Juneau, WI 53039-5957

Telephone: 920/386-2351

2. Cathy Mess

N 8485 County Road Q

Watertown, WI 53094

Telephone: 920/261-7537

3. John Bennett

W7658 Ember Ave.

Westfield, WI 53964

Telephone: 608/296-2710

4. Dave Wagner

W1919 Hofa Park Dr.

Seymour, WI 54165

Telephone: 815/238-9264

2012 At-Large Director:

Francis Leibfried

1849 Hy View Road

Cuba City, Wis. 53807

Telephone: 608/744-2600

2013 At-Large Director:

Dan Duitscher

700 Circle Dr

Rolfe IA 50581

Telephone: 712/848-3954

Member NEWS

2013 Swiss Valley

Farms Scholarship

Applications Now

Available

Every year, Swiss Valley Farms is pleased to offer eight scholarships to its

co-op members, representing a total value of $5,000. Current Swiss Valley

Farms members who wish to apply for these 2013 co-op scholarships can

download an application at www.swissvalley.com by going to: Member --

Procurement -- Member Benefits.

Or request one by sending an e-mail to: nancy.feeney@swissvalley.com.

Scholarships are available for agriculture majors as well as students

pursuing any degree. Application deadline is March 30, 2013.

Scholarship Funds Available Through Southwestern

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association

The Southwestern Wisconsin Cheese Makers Farm Business and Production Management Course,

Association (SWCMA) is announcing their 11th Annual the Lakeshore Technical College Farm Business and

Young Dairy Producer Educational Scholarship. This Production Management Courses and other dairy-related

$2,000 scholarship is to assist a young dairy producer to studies at state universities.

pursue dairy (milk) production educational opportunities An application can be obtained at http://www.

to further encourage a healthy milk supply to cheese plants wmmb.com/cheese_companies/SWCMA.aspx or by

in southwest Wisconsin. All students whose Wisconsinbased

contacting Matt Mathison at mmathison@wmmb.org.

dairy farm markets their milk to any SWCMA Completed applications should be submitted to the

member plant, like Swiss Valley Farms, is eligible to apply. Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board c/o Matt Mathison,

Family members or farm employee family members are 8418 Excelsior Drive, Madison, WI 53717 by March 29,

both eligible to apply for this scholarship.

2013. Announcement of the winner will be made by May

Acceptable educational programs include (but 3, 2013.

not limited to) the UW-Madison Farm and Industry

Short Course, the Wisconsin Technical College System

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swiss valley farms

Field personnel & Stats

Field Department & Procurement Division Directory

Chris Hoeger VP, Procurement

Eldridge, IA 52748

Office 563.468.6628

Mobile 563.340.7943

Nancy Feeney Member Relations

3855 Manchester Dr • Bettendorf, IA 52722

Office 563.468.6640

Mobile 563.320.4815

Tim Genthe Lab & Safety Manager

803 S. School St. • Cuba City, WI 53807

Office 563.583.7669

Home 608.744.3515

Jesse Chandlee Raw Milk Sales

136 East 6th St. • Coal Valley, IL 61240

Office 563.468.6668

Mobile 563.663.1445

Ron Brenner Field Supervisor

1817 Loomis St. • LaCrosse, WI 54603

Mobile 563.663.1573

Office 608.781.5324

Thomas Tegeler Field Supervisor

1320 1 1/2 St. SW • Dyersville, IA 52040

Office 563.583.7669

Home 563.875.2059

Randy Heisel

259 E. Lakeview Dr. • LaFarge, WI 54639

Home 608.625.2045

Mobile 608.386.6681

Mike Howald

7105 N. Freeport Rd. • Forreston, IL 61030

Office 815.938.2651

Fax 815.938.9151

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Kara Koopmann

6142 Roller Coaster Rd. • Epworth, IA 52045

Plant 563.583.7669

Home 563.876.3900

Roger Lenius

319 9th St. • Waverly, IA 50677

Office 319.352.5463

Home 319.352.5015

Ken Ley

225 S. Clifton • Livingston, WI 53554

Cell 608.732.8361

Home 608.943.6240

Lynne Melchert

117 Culver Rd. NE • Hopkinton, IA 52237

Office 563.926.2363

Home 563.926.2794

Jim Schmitz

304 Dale Dr. • Montfort, WI 53569

Office 608.943.1172

Cell 563.599.2400

Cheryl Zablocki-Wagner

W 1919 Hofa Park Dr. • Seymour, WI 54165

Office 920.822.2933

Mobile 563.663.1306

Bob Zielsdorf

309 North St. • Sparta, WI 54656

Mobile 563.599.2399

Home 608.269.5452

Fax 608.366.1772

Somatic Cell Range -- Percentage

listed is based on number of A

Farms

0 - 100,000......................................................11%

100,001 - 200,000..................................... 38%

200,001 - 300,000...................................... 29%

300,001 - 400,000...................................... 14%

400,001 - 500,000........................................ 5%

500,001 and above................................... 3%

During the Month of January, these Swiss

Valley Farms Members averaged below

100,000 for their Somatic Cell count.

ADAMS, DOUGLAS R. 65,000

ADAMS, PAUL & LORRIE 65,000

ALDINGER, ROGER 86,000

ARENDS, DARWIN & DULCI 89,000

BAILEY, MICHAEL & JEAN 79,000

BAUS, RON & MARY 70,000

BEACHY, NORMAN 84,000

BENNETT, JOHN & CHARLENE 57,000

BERINGER, THOMAS 92,000

BIERSCHENK, CARY & JENNIFER 70,000

BILL & LYNN VANDERHAM DAIRY 71,000

BREUCKMAN, CHAD 71,000

BRIMEYER, DANIEL & DEB 83,000

BRIMEYER, DEREK 83,000

BRIMEYER, THOMAS W. 47,000

BROCKMEYER, PAUL 65,000

CAROLAN, KEVIN & DONNA 67,000

DOUG HERMSEN FARMS INC. 94,000

DUTCHLAND DAIRY 88,000

ELMHORST, MICHAEL & EVANGELINE 76,000

FISCHELS, JEFF J. 81,000

FRICKSON, ANDREW M. 86,000

GALLUN, TRACY 82,000

GIBRALTER FARMS LTD 98,000

GIESE, PAUL 91,000

GILBERT, JOHN C. 98,000

GOEDKEN, JOHN & MARILYN 97,000

GORHAM, FLORIEDA 79,000

GRAND CENTRAL JERSEYS LLC 77,000

GUDEX, TONY 58,000

HENDEL FARMS 56,000

HESSENIUS, CRAIG 90,000

HOFA PARK DAIRY FARM LLC 88,000

JOHNSON, DUANE A. 82,000

JOHNSON, ROY A. 82,000

JUNK, MELANIE M. 82,000

KAISER, TOM & JULIE 83,000

KETCHUM, ROBERT C & TERRI A 76,000

KLUESNER, LEO J & JULIE 76,000

KOHOUT, KENNETH J. & ANITA K. 90,000

KOOPMANN, BRENT 99,000

KOOPMANN, CHAD 99,000

LEARY, STEPHEN E. 90,000

LISOWE, NICHOLAS C. 78,000

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Swiss Valley Gals Fall Meetings

Classified Ad:

Wanted:

4,000-gallon milk tank.

608-553-2809. Evergreen

Ridge Dairy.

welcome

NEW SWISS

VALLEY FARMS

MEMBERS

JOE H. UBERSOX

Darlington, Wis.

MACHIN, LLOYD 89,000

MEIER, BRIAN 91,000

MEIER, MIKE & CHERYL 91,000

MEYER FARMS DAIRY LLC 89,000

NOSBISCH, DALE & SHARI 95,000

PATTISON, LEE & SARA 97,000

PEARCE, RICHARD J. 98,000

PFISTER, P. SHELDON 62,000

PRIER, DONALD 76,000

SCHAEFER, JEFFREY & SUE 57,000

SCHAEFER, KURT 57,000

SCHMITT, JAMES & LORIE 90,000

SCHUMACHER, PAUL & JENNIFER 74,000

SCHUSTER, CHRIS 93,000

SCHUSTER, LEONARD 93,000

SCHUSTER, RONALD 93,000

SELKE, WALTER 76,000

SELKE, WILLIAM 76,000

SONBERG FARMS, LLC 88,000

STAUFFER, TITUS 97,000

STOEHR, ADELINE V. 93,000

STOEHR, FRANK 93,000

THOMPSON, LARRY & LIANE 93,000

TRANEL, DAN J. 92,000

TROYER, MERLIN 94,000

VALLEY VIEW DAIRY INC. 69,000

VLASAK, STEVEN 95,000

swiss valley farms

ANTIBIOTIC POLICY

Antibiotic Policy

If a member suspects antibiotics in his or her bulk tank & calls

a SWISS VALLEY FARMS field representative to report this before

dumping the milk:

•1st time in a calendar year, the coop will pay 80% of the milk.

•2nd & 3rd times in a calendar year, the coop will pay 50% of

the milk.

•Over 3 times in a calendar year, the coop will pay zero.

On the 1st offense, if a member has purchased a test kit and

detects the positive antibiotic milk, SWISS VALLEY FARMS, CO.

will reimburse that member $75.00 toward the cost of the test kit.

All claims must be received by the corporate office for payment

no later than 60 days after the milk was dumped.

The earliest dated claim turned in will be paid at 80% payment.

If antibiotics are found to be present in a farm truckload as a

result of a screening test, the member will NOT be paid for that

shipment of milk, and will be assessed as follows:

Full cost of net load

plus the cost of disposal.

Net load = total pounds on the load minus the member’s pounds.

Future Milk Contracts Are Now

Made Through Blimling Office

Future Milk Contracting is open to Swiss Valley Farms members only.

All futures’ contracts are made directly through Blimling and Associates. To

contract milk, call the offices of Blimling and Associates at 1-800-945-8891

and give them your farm number to get the process started. Through Blimling,

you will have access to live market pricing and your contracting window will

be larger.

You may contract milk from:

• 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday CST and 8:30 to 1 p.m. Friday

CST for the Class III-based program.

• 9:05 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday CST for Total Price Contracts

(this includes Producer Price Contracts) and Options-based contracts.

For more details on Forward Fixed Price Milk Contracting, Swiss Valley

members can log on to the members-only section of www.swissvalley.com.

MARCH 2013 page 11

REFERENCE


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Get in on the Fun!!

Get Your Photos Submitted for the

2014 Swiss Valley Calendar Contest

Can you believe it!?

It’s time to take photos for the Swiss Valley Farms

2014 Calendar Contest? We need photos from all the

seasons to make a good calendar. Don’t miss out. Get

out those cameras and start shooting. Things happen

all year long on the dairy.

There’s plenty of time. The deadline is Sept. 30th.

Good Luck!!

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