February 2013 - Swiss Valley Farms

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February 2013 - Swiss Valley Farms

FEBRUARY 2010 2013

spring is just

around the corner


Just Added to the List

CWT Assists Swiss Exports

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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I

love it when a plan comes together

. . . or when someone else’s carefully

designed plan comes together to

support my cause. In this instance, this

happens to be CWT (Cooperatives

Working Together).

Many of you probably remember

CWT from ten years ago when dairy

producers joined together to participate

in a 5-cent per hundredweight

checkoff. CWT was a voluntary,

producer-funded national program

designed to strengthen milk prices

and bring long-term price stability

to America’s dairy farm families. The

checkoff funds were used to conduct

“whole herd buyouts” across the

country in an attempt to decrease the

number of dairy cows in America and

increase the U.S. milk price.

It was during this time the

Board decided that Swiss Valley

Farms members could each choose

whether or not to make the 5-cent

a hundredweight commitment to

CWT. Back then, the export assistance

branch of CWT was in its infancy. In

2010, CWT discontinued the whole

herd buyouts and ramped up its

export assistance efforts. The 5-cent

checkoff was decreased to 2-cents per

hundredweight.

These actions coincided well with

Swiss Valley’s recent efforts to increase

its own exporting efforts. A year ago,

the Board realized it would be to

Swiss Valley’s advantage to become

a full-time member of CWT and

actively seek its assistance to build our

exports. The goal was for Swiss Valley

to eventually use the CWT export

assistance program as we ramped up

our cheese and whey business abroad.

As you will read on the next page,

your co-op now exports 40% of its

CEO Don Boelens

total whey production and 65% of

its cream cheese. Our Swiss and Blue

cheese exports are also on the rise.

Now back to the plan coming

together. On January 1st, at the

request of Swiss Valley Farms, Swiss

cheese was added to the list of

products eligible for export assistance

under the CWT program. As of

January 11th, the Swiss Valley sales

team submitted one bid for export

assistance to Guatemala under this

program. The bid was accepted and

export assistance was awarded to Swiss

Valley in the amount $8,170 for one

load, 19 metric tons (approx. 42,000

pounds) of Swiss cheese manufactured

at the Luana, Iowa Swiss cheese plant.

Needless to say, Swiss Valley Farms

is excited to be using this program.

Our immediate plans involve using

even more CWT opportunities down

the road. As the world of U.S. dairy

exports continues to grow, we are

pleased to have our foot in the door

and shoulder to the wheel.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Where in the Wide World

are Swiss Valley Farms Products?

While our fluid milk business was confined to a

regional geographic area, our specialty cheese and whey

business has the ability to go global, and indeed, it has. In

2011, we began an effort to expand our export business,

reaching out to interested markets beyond our domestic

borders. As a result, at the beginning of 2013, our

products can now be found in Mexico, The Dominican

Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, Columbia, China,

South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia

and Saudi Arabia. The map below illustrates just how

widespread our presence is globally.

Most of our exported product consists of 30 lb. cream

cheese, 3 lb. cream cheese and 25 kg bags of whey. “In

fact, 40% of our total whey production and 65% of our

total cream cheese production is exported,” notes Jeff

Saforek, VP/GM of Dairy Ingredients & Export.

Export customers are interested in our cream cheese

for a variety of foodservice applications, from bakery

goods to appetizers. Whey is commonly used in bakery,

ice cream and yogurt drink applications. We also export

Swiss, Baby Swiss and Blue cheeses as well. While some

of our customers prefer to market our products under

a private label, many of our customers see value in the

Swiss Valley brand. In the Philippines, for example, our

customer promotes the Swiss Valley brand and has even

invested in promotional materials for use at international

tradeshows. (See photo at right).

As you can imagine, shipping a product overseas

by Lauren VanSpeybroeck

comes with its own unique challenges. In addition to the

transportation by truck, many of our exported products

endure a long journey by ship. As a result, temperature

control and packaging durability are of the upmost

concern. Our plants have addressed this challenge by

seeking out heavier bags and boxes, particularly for our

cream cheese and whey products, to accommodate this

type of transit. Equipment within the plant was also reworked

to accommodate the new packaging.

(STORY CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE)

Left:

Global Pacific,

one of our

international

distributors,

samples our

cheeses in a Swiss

Valley branded

booth at the 2011

Bakery Fair in the

Philippines.

Bottom of page:

Swiss Valley

products have

gone global and

can now be found

in 13 countries

across the globe.

Co-op NEWS

Map courtesy of http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/world_maps/world_physical_2011_nov.pdf

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In addition to packaging material challenges,

exported product must adhere to unique labeling and

documentation requirements. “Export sales require

specialized demand for documentation and compliance

which SVF has been able to attain in our export markets,”

notes Saforek. Mexico, for instance, requires Spanish

packaging and a nutritional label where calories are listed

as “energy content” in kilojoules (see label example below).

Our customer in Taiwan is developing a private label

cream cheese that includes both English and Mandarin.

Extensive documentation is also required when shipping

product internationally, and each country has different

requests. Common among most export customers are

Proforma Invoices, Pasteurization Certificates and a

Country of Origin statement.

Despite its challenges, we continue to expand our

global footprint, and our membership in USDEC

(United States Dairy Export Council) has proven

to be an invaluable resource for our company. In

addition to the wealth of knowledge they provide

on export data and market trends, USDEC organizes

trade missions to several overseas markets in an effort to

help its members capitalize on sales opportunities within

the region. (An August 2012 Dairyman article recounts

last year’s mission to Central America.)

Who knows – perhaps someday you may be

vacationing in Puerto Rico or sightseeing in Japan when

you come across Swiss Valley Farms cheeses, and you’ll be

sure to feel right at home!

Above: Our Japanese customer makes

this cheesecake product using our cream

cheese.

At left: In Mexico, you can find our 7#

sandwich cut of Swiss cheese (Queso

Tipo Emmental) packaged in this bag

that contains all Spanish. The nutritional

panel shows the calories listed as “energy

content” (contenido energetico), measured

in kilojoules.

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SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Scholarship Run Down . . .

2013 Swiss Valley

Farms Scholarship

Applications Now

Available

Soybean Associations Offer Scholarships for Ag Studies

Iowa:

Minnesota:

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.

Iowa high school seniors planning to study

agriculture in college can apply for one of 10

$1,500 scholarships awarded from the Iowa

Soybean Association (ISA) this year.

Applications must be postmarked no later

than March 1. Scholarship winners will be

notified by April 30. Application forms for

the ISA’s Ag Scholarship Program are available

at www.iasoybeans.com or from high school

guidance counselors.

Applications will be accepted from high

school seniors who reside in Iowa and plan

The Minnesota Soybean Research and

Promotion Council offers a scholarship program

to assist graduating high school seniors who plan

to continue education in college or vocational

school programs.

Applicants must be a Minnesota resident

from a family who is active in agriculture, must

be graduating from high school in the spring of

2013, must be active in both agriculture and

community and must pursue an education in

Six Scholarships Offered Through The Insurance Center

to attend any ag-related college or university.

Other criteria includes: accumulated GPA

of 3.0, community involvement, leadership

experience, future plans in agriculture, a short

essay regarding the student’s role in the future of

agriculture and three letters of recommendation.

Preference will be given to applicants whose

parents or grandparents are or become policy

dues-paying ISA members.

Applications can be mailed to Mary

Whitcomb, Iowa Soybean Association, 1255

SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.

agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural animal

nutrition, large animal vet or food science related

program. Up to four awards of $1,000 each will

be granted for undergraduate study.

To apply, go to http://www.mnsoybean.

org and complete the application online and

then mail in resume, transcripts and letters

of recommendation. Applications must be

postmarked By March 1, 2013.

Co-op NEWS

The Insurance Advisory Council of The Insurance

Center (T.I.C.) announces that six $500 scholarships

are again available this year. Three of these scholarships

are provided by WPS Health Insurance and three are

provided by T.I.C.

To be eligible, students must be high school graduate,

continuing their education in an ag-related field while

attending a post-secondary college, university or technical

school. To get an application, call Randi at T.I.C. at

1-800-362-8046. Application deadline is March 15.

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Presented at district meetings

Congrats to Quality Award Winners

Every winter, Swiss Valley Farms honors its many Blue Ribbon Quality Milk Award winners at its district

meetings. This year marked the program’s 39th year. Co-op members work hard all year to meet Swiss Valley

Farms quality milk standards. The end result of all of this effort is millions of pounds of high quality milk that

the cooperative turns into delicious dairy products.

The list of Quality Award winners wraps up in this issue. Swiss Valley Farms applauds everyone who received

awards this year. Good luck in the coming year with your quality milk production.

DISTRICT 5

1 YEAR AWARD

BECKMAN, ROBERT

& MARLENE

MEDIAPOLIS, IA

BESLER, ROBERT J. JR.

HOPKINTON,IA

COSTELLO, MARTIN L.

LONG GROVE, IA

DIESING, PATRICIA A.

MAQUOKETA, IA

DIESING, RANDALL

MAQUOKETA, IA

HEIMS, DALE

& MICHELLE

DELHI, IA

HEIMS, ELDON

MANCHESTER, IA

HEINRICH, JOE

& SHELLY

MAQUOKETA, IA

HOLDORF, ROGER

& NORMA

WALCOTT, IA

KLOSTERMANN, CHRIS

DYERSVILLE, IA

KRIS-DEL FARMS CORP

DAVENPORT, IA

MULLER, GERALD

MONTICELLO, IA

MULLER, RANDALL

MONTICELLO, IA

MULLER, ROD

MONTICELLO, IA

WEIMERSKIRCH, GARY

SPRAGUEVILLE, IA

2 YEAR AWARD

BESLER, ROBERT A.

HOPKINTON, IA

BESLER, STEVEN R.

HOPKINTON, IA

BILL & LYNN

VANDERHAM DAIRY LLC

HILLSBORO, IA

GOLDSMITH, JIM G.

& KRISTI

EARLVILLE, IA

KUNDE, DAVID C.

MANCHESTER, IA

NORTON, CALEB

TIPTON, IA

NORTON, WILLIAM

TIPTON, IA

PETERS, GREGG

HOPKINTON, IA

RATHJEN, GENE

& JUDY

WILTON, IA

SEE, JOHN R. & VICKI

SOLON, IA

3 YEAR AWARD

ANDERSEN, AARON G.

CLINTON, IA

BLANCHARD FAMILY

DAIRY LLC

CHARLOTTE, IA

MEHAFFY, PAULA S.

& ROBERT E.

NEW LONDON, IA

MILLER, MERLYN W.

RIVERSIDE, IA

MIRACLES CAN HAPPEN

BOYS RANCH

WILTON, IA

4 YEAR AWARD

BLUE HYLL DAIRY LLC

CLINTON, IA

GAUL, JASON & REBECCA

NEW VIENNA, IA

GAUL, KEITH & AMY

NEW VIENNA, IA

KRUSE, MARTIN

DYERSVILLE, IA

LOEFFELHOLZ, DEAN

EARLVILLE, IA

MARO, KENNETH

LA MOTTE, IA

MENSEN, STEVEN

& JULIE

EARLVILLE, IA

OFFERMAN, RICHARD

EARLVILLE, IA

5 YEAR AWARD

ASHDOWN, FRED FARM

LONGWOOD, FL

DE PAUW, ROBERT

& PAMELA

PORT BYRON, IL

DEUTMEYER, THOMAS G.

EARLVILLE, IA

GOEDKEN, JOHN

& MARILYN

EARLVILLE, IA

6 YEAR AWARD

NURRE, ALAN

DELHI, IA

NURRE, BONNIE

DELHI, IA

District 5: 38-Year

Award: Don & Dorothy

Sywassink, Letts, Iowa

District 5: 32-Year Award:

Gary & Carlyne

Overmann, Earlville, Iowa

District 5: 23-Year Award:

Eugene & Shirley Newell,

Eldridge, Iowa

District 5: 7-Year Award:

Daryl & Viola Slabaugh,

Iowa City, Iowa

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Member NEWS

District 5: 14-Year Award:

Robert Deutmeyer,

Dyersville, Iowa

District 5: 10-Year Award: The Strait Faimily: Rose,

Emily, Melissa, Robert, Tammy and Pat,

Preston, Iowa

District 5: 5-Year Award:

Robert DePauw,

Port Byron, Ill.

NURRE, ROBERT

DELHI, IA

7 YEAR AWARD

BRUNSMAN, WADE

& JENNIFER

DYERSVILLE, IA

SLABAUGH, DARYL D.

IOWA CITY, IA

8 YEAR AWARD

BLANCHARD FAMILY

DAIRY LLC

CHARLOTTE, IA

ELENZ, LEON

DYERSVILLE, IA

YODER, LEIGHTON

KALONA, IA

9 YEAR AWARD

DOUG HERMSEN FARMS

COLESBURG, IA

PRIER, DONALD

DYERSVILLE, IA

10 YEAR AWARD

STRAIT, PATRICIA A.

PRESTON, IA

STRAIT, TAMMY J.

PRESTON, IA

11 YEAR AWARD

SAUNDERS, BRIAN

ROWLEY, IA

SAUNDERS, KEVIN

WINTHROP, IA

12 YEAR AWARD

SPERFSLAGE, IRVIN

MANCHESTER, IA

13 YEAR AWARD

TAKES, DANIEL J.

& DEBBIE

ELY, IA

14 YEAR AWARD

CURTIS, CHRIS & TRACY

AURORA, IA

DEUTMEYER, BE FONG

DYERSVILLE, IA

DEUTMEYER, ROBERT F.

DYERSVILLE, IA

15 YEAR AWARD

WEBER, GERALD

DELHI, IA

16 YEAR AWARD

WEIS, ARDELL J.

BELLEVUE, IA

17 YEAR AWARD

ENGELKEN, THOMAS

& CHERRIE

EARLVILLE, IA

18 YEAR AWARD

BURKLE, DENNIS

& SHERRY

EARLVILLE, IA

FISCHELS, JEFF J.

INDEPENDENCE, IA

19 YEAR AWARD

GAUL, MICHAEL G.

COLESBURG, IA

GAUL, PETER E & KIM

COLESBURG, IA

23 YEAR AWARD

NEWELL, EUGENE

LONG GROVE, IA

28 YEAR AWARD

CLEMEN, WAYNE

NEW VIENNA, IA

31 YEAR AWARD

MARDORF, LESLIE LEE

HOPKINTON, IA

32 YEAR AWARD

OVERMANN, GARY

& CARLYNE

EARLVILLE, IA

33 YEAR AWARD

VENTEICHER, DAVID

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA

VENTEICHER, PAUL

EDGEWOOD, IA

VENTEICHER, RICHARD

EDGEWOOD, IA

34 YEAR AWARD

MARDORF, CLIFFORD

MONTICELLO, IA

38 YEAR AWARD

SYWASSINK, DONALD

LETTS, IA

DISTRICT 6

1 YEAR AWARD

SALT CREEK AYRSHIRES

CLUTIER, IA

WORMLEY, JOEL & JAN

NEWTON, IA

ZIERER, DEAN

BLOOMFIELD, IA

2 YEAR AWARD

GILBERT, JOHN C.

IOWA FALLS, IA

District 6: 27-Year Award: Lyon Jerseys: District 6: 24-Year Award: ISU District 6: 12-Year Award: Lyle, District 6: 11-Year

Stuart, G. Joe, Eric & Terry, Dairy: Joe Detrick & Lucas Sharon & Aaron Nunnikhoven, Award: Gibralter

Toledo, Iowa

Fchau, Ames, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa Farms, Bev Gilbert,

Iowa Falls, Iowa

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3 YEAR AWARD

BEAR CREEK DAIRY LP

BROOKLYN, IA

SCHULTE, AUSTIN

NORWAY, IA

TROYER, MERLIN

GARDEN GROVE, IA

4 YEAR AWARD

BIERSCHENK, CARY

& JENNIFER

VAN HORNE, IA

5 YEAR AWARD

GOODMAN, MARK A.

ROSE HILL, IA

MACHIN, LLOYD

NEWTON, IA

7 YEAR AWARD

GINGERICH, STEVE

PARNELL, IA

10 YEAR AWARD

FRANCK, RONALD E.

NEWHALL, IA

12 YEAR AWARD

NUNNIKHOVEN, LYLE

OSKALOOSA, IA

13 YEAR AWARD

VANDER WAL, BRUCE

NEW SHARON, IA

14 YEAR AWARD

GIBRALTER FARMS LTD

IOWA FALLS, IA

16 YEAR AWARD

DEKLOTZ DAIRY INC

NEWHALL, IA

18 YEAR AWARD

BLOOD DAIRY LLC

STATE CENTER, IA

22 YEAR AWARD

CADDEN, GEORGE

& JUDY L.

BROOKLYN, IA

24 YEAR AWARD

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

AMES, IA

27 YEAR AWARD

LYON JERSEYS

TOLEDO, IA

DISTRICT 7

1 YEAR AWARD

DRINKALL, RANDY

RUSHFORD, MN

FRICKSON, ANDREW M.

DAKOTA, MN

HAMMELL, EDWARD

CALEDONIA, MN

HAUGEN, BONNIE

& VANCE

CANTON, MN

HIGHVIEW FARMS

HAMBURG, MN

LEMKE, RANDY

LA CRESCENT, MN

SPRICK, ALICE

LAKE CITY, MN

TSCHUMPER, KENNETH

LA CRESCENT, MN

WOLTER, ANDY

DAKOTA, MN

2 YEAR AWARD

VANDERZEE, RANDY

& BETTY

DAKOTA, MN

3 YEAR AWARD

MILL, W DALE

LEWISTON, MN

5 YEAR AWARD

ELMHORST, MICHAEL

& EVANGELINE

PAYNESVILLE, MN

LASKA, RICHARD

& CAROL

WINONA, MN

THILL, LAVERNE F.

WINONA, MN

6 YEAR AWARD

BLOCK, JAMES

HAMBURG, MN

BOLTMANN, ANGIE

HAMBURG, MN

BOLTMANN, REBECCA

HAMBURG, MN

BOLTMANN, ROBERT

HAMBURG, MN

KETCHUM, ROBERT C.

& TERRI A

UTICA, MN

7 YEAR AWARD

GERDES, WILLIAM

CALEDONIA, MN

KLUG, DARRELL J.

SPRING GROVE, MN

KLUG, MATTHEW

SPRING GROVE, MN

KLUG, STEVE & ANNA

SPRING GROVE, MN

11 YEAR AWARD

OAT HILL

ATWATER , MN

REPS, DENNIS L

& MARCIA

UTICA, MN

REPS, TRAVIS

UTICA, MN

SIEGLE, SANDRA

SCHREMPP

COLOGNE, MN

SIEGLE, STEVEN D.

COLOGNE, MN

13 YEAR AWARD

INGVALSON FARMS INC

CALEDONIA, MN

19 YEAR AWARD

ALDINGER, ROGER

WINONA, MN

20 YEAR AWARD

BRATLAND, DARIN

SPRING GROVE, MN

21 YEAR AWARD

SCHUMACHER, PAUL

& JENNIFER

HOUSTON, MN

23 YEAR AWARD

SELKE, WILLIAM

DAKOTA, MN

25 YEAR AWARD

BRATLAND, DURON

BRATLAND, GERALD

SPRING GROVE, MN

27 YEAR AWARD

HENDEL FARMS

CALEDONIA, MN

MEYER FARMS DAIRY LLC

CALEDONIA, MN

SELKE, WALTER

DAKOTA, MN

District 8: 37-Year District 8: 27-Year

Award: Donald Award: Todd & Lynn

Brinck, Ossian, Iowa Moser, Colesburg,

Iowa

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District 6: 10-Year Award:

Ronald & Joan Franck,

Joshua & Caleb,

Newhall, Iowa

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District 7: 27-Year Award:

Meyer Farms Dairy:

Lee & Laurie Meyer &

Jacob, Caledonia, Minn.

District 7: 7-Year

Award: Steve

Klug, Spring

Grove, Minn.


District 8: 20-Year

Award: Jerry

Gibson, Waukon,

Iowa

District 8: 20-Year

Award: Brent

Garbes, Waukon,

Iowa

District 8: 8-Year

Award: Larry

Svendsen,

Ossian, Iowa

District 8: 7-Year

Award: Mark

Lamborn,

Luana, Iowa

District 8: 5-Year Award:

Kevin & Donna

Carolan, Calmar, Iowa

District 9:

22-Year Award:

Pat Hofmeister,

Geneva, Iowa

Member NEWS

DISTRICT 8

1 YEAR AWARD

ADNEY, AARON A.

MCGREGOR, IA

ADNEY, ANDREW A.

MCGREGOR, IA

BLUME, DON R.

GUTTENBERG, IA

BLUME, MICHAEL D.

GUTTENBERG, IA

HENKES, LESLIE ANN

LUANA, IA

HENKES, TRENT

LUANA, IA

HILLERS, JEFFREY

& JESSICA

COLESBURG, IA

HILLERS, ROBERT

& JOYCE

GUTTENBERG, IA

JEFF WEST INC.

FARMERSBURG, IA

KAISER, RONALD D.

GARNAVILLO, IA

KLEIN, PAUL R.

ELKPORT, IA

KRIENER, TOMMY

& PAUL

FORT ATKINSON, IA

MENNE, JASON

WEST UNION, IA

MENNE, RICHARD R.

WEST UNION, IA

MEYER, LARRY & NADYNE

GARNAVILLO, IA

MOSER, KIRK

COLESBURG, IA

MUMMAU, VINCENT

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA

RENK, KERMIT

NEW ALBIN, IA

SCHMITT, ANDREW J.

FORT ATKINSON, IA

SCHMITT, PETER

FORT ATKINSON, IA

SMITH, JENE

FORT ATKINSON, IA

SMITH, JOEL

FORT ATKINSON, IA

SMITH, WAYNE

FORT ATKINSON, IA

2 YEAR AWARD

DEUTMEYER, TIM

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA

HUMPAL, DALE & MARY JO

RIDGEWAY, IA

KEHRLI FAMILY LTD

PARTNER

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR

KREGEL, GARY & DARLENE

GUTTENBERG, IA

MARTING, MICHAEL

& JOYCE

ST OLAF, IA

MOON, DAN & NANCY

MONONA, IA

TIESKOETTER, BRYAN L.

CASTALIA, IA

WILKE, DON

ELKADER, IA

WILKE, JERRY

ELKADER, IA

3 YEAR AWARD

HAGENSICK, STEVE

MONONA, IA

WALTER, MARJORIE

LUANA, IA

WALTER, TIM

FARMERSBURG, IA

WESTHOFF, NICHOLAS

& JESSIE

GUTTENBERG, IA

4 YEAR AWARD

ADAWAY DAIRY LLC

WAUCOMA, IA

ANDERSEN, KENNETH N.

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA

BISCHOFF, MARK

GARNAVILLO, IA

HARBAUGH DAIRY

ELKADER , IA

JOHANNINGMEIER,

MIKE

MONONA, IA

JOHANNINGMEIER,

STEVE

WATERVILLE, IA

KLEINLEIN, DAN

STRAWBERRY POINT, IA

LINDERBAUM, DENNIS

& EILEEN

OSSIAN, IA

SCHMITT, ALAN DBA

RAND-AL FARMS

FORT ATKINSON, IA

SPERFSLAGE, DEAN

& DANA

EDGEWOOD, IA

WAGNER, STEVEN

MONONA, IA

WALZ, JEFF & MELINDA

WEST UNION, IA

District 9: 9-Year Award: District 9: 9-Year District 9: 5-Year

District 9: 5-Year District 9: 5-Year Award: Eric,

Grand Central Jerseys Award: Dulci Award: Joseph Nolt, Award: Roy Johnson, Margaret & Joel Dirksen,

LLC, Robert & Patricia Arends, Ackley, Alta Vista, Iowa Parkersburg, Iowa

Plymouth, Iowa

Horst, Bristow, Iowa

Iowa

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5 YEAR AWARD

CAROLAN, KEVIN

& DONNA

CALMAR, IA

6 YEAR AWARD

CROSSROADS DAIRY LLC

POSTVILLE, IA

OYLOE, RONALD

DECORAH, IA

PATTISON, LEE & SARA

GARNAVILLO, IA

7 YEAR AWARD

LAMBORN FARMS LLC

LUANA, IA

TIESKOETTER, LEON

POSTVILLE, IA

8 YEAR AWARD

SVENDSEN, LARRY A

& MARY

OSSIAN, IA

9 YEAR AWARD

GAUL, TIM & KARI

GUTTENBERG, IA

KULPER, ROGER

& JENNIFER

GARBER , IA

KURTH, DAVID G.

ST OLAF, IA

KURTH, GARY & ANNE

LUANA, IA

10 YEAR AWARD

HENKES, DARYL

MONONA, IA

HENKES, DUSTIN

MONONA, IA

HENKES, L’DEAN

MONONA, IA

KRIENER, DALE

RIDGEWAY, IA

KRIENER, DONALD

RIDGEWAY, IA

KRIENER, LARRY

RIDGEWAY, IA

LENTH, TERRY

LUANA, IA

11 YEAR AWARD

HUMPAL, DARRYL G.

RIDGEWAY, IA

SCHMITT, STEVEN M.

HAWKEYE, IA

12 YEAR AWARD

HEIMS, SUE

EDGEWOOD, IA

15 YEAR AWARD

LANTZKY, BRIAN

& HEIDI

HAWKEYE, IA

17 YEAR AWARD

MC NALLY DAIRY

MONONA, IA

18 YEAR AWARD

THOMPSON, LARRY

& LIANE

MONONA, IA

20 YEAR AWARD

GARBES, BRENT N.

WAUKON, IA

GERNER, JAMES A.

GARBER, IA

GERNER, LORAS J.

GARBER, IA

GERNER, RICHARD B.

GUTTENBERG, IA

GIBSON & SONS

WAUKON, IA

21 YEAR AWARD

LANDT, NEIL

LUANA, IA

27 YEAR AWARD

MOSER, TODD M.

COLESBURG, IA

37 YEAR AWARD

BRINCKS, DON I.

OSSIAN, IA

DISTRICT 9

1 YEAR AWARD

BEAVER CREEK FARM

% D. BOLIN

CLARKSVILLE, IA

BOLIN, PAM

CLARKSVILLE, IA

SCHNIEDER, EARL A.

NEW HAMPTON, IA

SCHNIEDER, RANDY L.

FREDERICKSBURG, IA

VOHSMAN, ROGER

NASHUA, IA

2 YEAR AWARD

BEACHY, NORMAN

ST. ANSGAR, IA

BUTLER, GLENN

KENSETT, IA

NOLT, WESLEY

FLOYD, IA

NOSBISCH, DALE

& SHARI

IONIA, IA

ZIMMERMAN, MERVIN H.

ORCHARD, IA

4 YEAR AWARD

JELSMA DAIRY LLC

DENVER, IA

SNOW ROCK DAIRIES LLC

CLARKSVILLE, IA

TUKKER DAIRIES

ROLFE, IA

5 YEAR AWARD

DUTCHLAND DAIRY

ROLFE, IA

HODSON-DIRKSEN

FARMS LLC

PLYMOUTH, IA

JOHNSON, DUANE A.

PARKERSBURG, IA

JOHNSON, ROY A.

PARKERSBURG, IA

LINDSAY, BRIAN

NORA SPRINGS, IA

NOLT, JOSEPH & ANNA

MARY

ALTA VISTA, IA

6 YEAR AWARD

NOLT, REUBEN & VERA

ALTA VISTA, IA

SONBERG FARMS, LLC

OSAGE, IA

STAUFFER, TITUS

CHARLES CITY, IA

9 YEAR AWARD

ARENDS, DARWIN

& DULCI

District 9: 5-Year Award:

Dutchland Dairy, Dan

& Dean Duitscher, Rolfe,

Iowa

page 10

District 10: 14-Year Award:

Tom & Joan Oberhaus,

Waukesha, Wis.

District 10: 13-Year

Award: Alice &

Arnold Gudex,

Campbellsport, Wis.

District10: 9-Year District10: 12-Year Award:

Award: Busy Bee Hofa Park Dairy Farm,

Acres, Andrew Cheryl & Dave Wagner,

Nitz, Markesan, Wis.

Seymour, Wis.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


ACKLEY, IA

GRAND CENTRAL

JERSEYS LLC

BRISTOW, IA

WEAVER, CURVIN M.

OSAGE, IA

22 YEAR AWARD

HOFMEISTER, DALLAS

& PAT

GENEVA, IA

DISTRICT 10

1 YEAR AWARD

CHAPMAN, STEVEN J.

& CHERYL A.

EAST TROY, WI

GUDEX, TONY

BROWNSVILLE, WI

KEMP, BRAD

JANESVILLE, WI

LENSMIRE, THOMAS

& JANE

CLEVELAND, WI

NUNES, DARYL & PAM

DEERFIELD, WI

QUAM, WILLIAM

DANE, WI

WARD, BRECK N.

ELKHORN, WI

2 YEAR AWARD

ANDERSON, ARTHUR L.

& LESLIE

WHITEWATER, WI

ANDERSON, VINTON II

WHITEWATER , WI

District10: 7-Year Award:

Gerald & Bonnie Sauer,

Waterloo, Wis.

BENNETT, JOHN B.

& CHARLENE M.

WESTFIELD, WI

BREUNIG, KELLY F.

MAZOMANIE, WI

D & J DAIRY INC

CHILTON, WI

DEANS, DANIEL J.

& KARA

DANE, WI

EVERT, HARLAND F.

MAZOMANIE, WI

EVERT, SCOTT A.

MAZOMANIE, WI

FROZENE, TOM, RICK,

LINDA & PENNY

WESTFIELD, WI

GALLUN, TRACY

WEST BEND, WI

HEATH, DALE

JANESVILLE, WI

KUTZ DAIRY LLC

JEFFERSON, WI

MARL LAKE FARMS LLC

OXFORD, WI

PAULSEN, MARK N.

WISCONSIN DELLS, WI

PFISTER, P. SHELDON

WISCONSIN DELLS, WI

SCHWARTZLOW, DEWAYNE

BRODHEAD, WI

WERFELMANN FARMS LLC

ELKHORN, WI

WIKMAN, JOHN

& JUDY

District10: 6-Year Award:

Clem and Cathy Mess,

Watertown, Wis.

FRIENDSHIP, WI

WILLIAMS, DAVID A.

WAUKESHA, WI

3 YEAR AWARD

BAUS, RON & MARY

MOUNT CALVARY, WI

BRENNAN FARMS

LAKE GENEVA, WI

ENDRES, JOHN P.

SAUK CITY, WI

ENDRES, JOSEPH E.

SAUK CITY, WI

RICHARDS, PHIL & JULIE

CROSS PLAINS, WI

RICHARDS, TRAVIS K.

CROSS PLAINS, WI

SCHULZ, RICHARD E.

& JOLENE

NEOSHO, WI

ZIEGLER, DENNIS

& MARY JO

DANE, WI

4 YEAR AWARD

BROCKMEYER, PAUL

WHITEWATER, WI

DAMROW, DON

& DONNA

JUNEAU, WI

HOFFMAN, DON A.

& MARY

WAUNAKEE, WI

HOFFMAN, JEREMY M.

WAUNAKEE, WI

HOFFMAN, KEVIN A.

WAUNAKEE, WI

HOFFMAN, NATHAN J.

WAUNAKEE, WI

5 YEAR AWARD

HAAG DAIRY LLC

DANE, WI

6 YEAR AWARD

BREUCKMAN, CHAD

COLUMBUS, WI

MESS, CLARENCE

& CATHERINE

WATERTOWN, WI

PRZYBYLSKI, GARY D.

KRAKOW, WI

SCHAEFER, JEFFREY G.

WATERTOWN, WI

SCHAEFER, KURT

WATERTOWN, WI

SCHAEFER, SUSAN

WATERTOWN, WI

7 YEAR AWARD

SAUER DAIRY FARM LLC

WATERLOO, WI

8 YEAR AWARD

ESSER, RICHARD J.

MIDDLETON, WI

RENGO FARMS

WATERTOWN, WI

9 YEAR AWARD

BUSY BEE ACRES, LLC

MARKESAN, WI

H D FARMS LLC

LODI, WI

10 YEAR AWARD

DEAVER, MIKE

EDGERTON, WI

FASSBENDER, PAUL G.

MAZOMANIE, WI

MAIER, EUGENE H.

CROSS PLAINS, WI

MAIER, JULIE K.

CROSS PLAINS, WI

11 YEAR AWARD

AUSTIN, RAYMOND

BLACK EARTH , WI

MOORE FARMS INC.

ELKHORN, WI

12 YEAR AWARD

HOFA PARK DAIRY FARM

SEYMOUR, WI

13 YEAR AWARD

GUDEX, WILLIAM L.

CAMPBELLSPORT, WI

KABARA, JAMES

PULASKI, WI

PETERSON, PER K.

WHITEWATER, WI

VANDOSKE DAIRY FARMS

CLEVELAND, WI

WELTER, KRIS & PHILLIP

WHITEWATER, WI

14 YEAR AWARD

OBERHAUS, THOMAS A.

& JOAN

WAUKESHA, WI

Member NEWS

FEBRUARY 2013 page 11


YC’ERS, REGISTration begins now!

2013 YC Conference set

page 12

YC spring Break Will Be

March 8 - 9 in LaCrosse, Wis.

The Swiss Valley 2013 Young Cooperator Conference heads to

Wisconsin and will be held at the Radisson Hotel on the waterfront in

LaCrosse. Your registration form is on the next page.

• On Friday -- tour Swiss Valley’s Blue cheese plant in Mindoro.

• Then tour the robotic dairy of LaCrosse director Jeff Berg.

• On Saturday --pick up tips on on how to achieve a successful family farm

transfer from Roger Williams, UW-Madison/Extension professor emeritus.

• “Telling Your Dairy Story” will be Midwest Dairy Association reps Donna

Moenning, Senior

VP, Integrated

Communications and

Sherry Newell, Director

of Communications,

Agricultural and Dairy

Industry Trade Media.

• Learn more about dairy

industry issues and coop

issues that will affect

you in the coming year.

Who qualifies as a Young Cooperator?

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

AND

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

2013 Outstanding Young Cooperator Contest

It’s time to submitt your application for the Swiss Valley Farms 2013 Outstanding Young Cooperator

Contest, which will be held at this conference. If you want to open the door to unlimited opportunities for

learning, leadership and travel, think about participating in this contest. Winners will attend the 2013 NMPF

National Dairy Summit that will be held November 11 - 13 in Phoenix, Arizona.

The age limit on this national YC contest is 21 to 40 years. Your application is on the next page.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Spring Break & Two-Day Conference

Registration Form

YC Conference registration deadline is Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

Include your $ 10 per person check with your form.

YES! Reserve a room for me at this YC Spring Break March 8 - 9, 2013 in LaCrosse, Wis.

Name ________________________________________________ Phone_____________________

Address _________________________________________________________________________

Producer# ________________ Do you require a smoking room? Yes No

Mail this form and your check to

Swiss Valley Farms

YC Spring Break

PO Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808

Swiss Valley Farms 2013 Young Cooperator Contest

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, 2013.

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 Wednesday, February

27, 2013. Entries may be Faxed to the Corporate Headquarters at 563.468.6616. (Please call Nancy Feeney at 563-468-

6640 before FAXing.) Entrants will be interviewed by the Member Relations Committee on late Friday afternoon, March 8

at the YC Conference in LaCrosse, Wis, where the final judging will take place.

YC Contest Application Part 1: Tell Us About Yourself

Contestant’s Name (s)_____________________________________Phone # __________________Prod #_____________

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.): ____________________________

__________________________________________________________________________________________

Co-op NEWS

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 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: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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)

FEBRUARY 2013 page 13


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

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..................................... 41%

200,001 - 300,000...................................... 31%

300,001 - 400,000...................................... 11%

400,001 - 500,000........................................ 4%

500,001 and above................................... 2%

During the Month of December, these

Swiss Valley Farms Members averaged

below 100,000 for their Somatic Cell count.

ADAMS, DOUGLAS R. 92,000

ADAMS, PAUL & LORRIE 92,000

ALDINGER, ROGER 87,000

ARENDS, DARWIN & DULCI 73,000

BAILEY, MICHAEL & JEAN 82,000

BAUS, RON & MARY 73,000

BENNETT, JOHN & CHARLENE 59,000

BIERSCHENK, CARY & JENNIFER 93,000

BILL & LYNN VANDERHAM DAIRY 65,000

BREUCKMAN, CHAD 62,000

BRIMEYER, THOMAS W. 60,000

BROCKMEYER, PAUL 70,000

BUSY BEE ACRES 99,000

CAROLAN, KEVIN & DONNA 67,000

DEKLOTZ DAIRY INC. 80,000

DOUG HERMSEN FARMS INC. 87,000

DREIER, RANDY D. 99,000

DUTCHLAND DAIRY 86,000

ELMHORST, MICHAEL & EVANGELINE 59,000

EVERGREEN RIDGE DAIRY LLC 98,000

FISCHELS, JEFF J. 57,000

GALLUN, TRACY 79,000

GOEDKEN, JOHN & MARILYN 95,000

GORHAM, FLORIEDA 82,000

GRAND CENTRAL JERSEYS LLC 87,000

GUDEX, TONY 95,000

HALL, LARRY & ROXANNE 95,000

HEATHERSTONE ENTERPRISES 88,000

HENDEL FARMS 60,000

HESSENIUS, CRAIG 69,000

HIGHWAY DAIRY FARM LLC 95,000

HODSON-DIRKSEN FARMS LLC 76,000

HOFA PARK DAIRY FARM LLC 83,000

JOHNSON, DUANE A. 74,000

JOHNSON, ROY A. 74,000

JUNK, MELANIE M. 76,000

KAUFFMANN, JERRY & STEPHANIE 94,000

KAUFFMANN, RICHARD & LUANN 94,000

KETCHUM, ROBERT C & TERRI A 56,000

KLUESNER, LEO J & JULIE 93,000

KOHOUT, KENNETH J. & ANITA K. 87,000

KOOPMANN, BRENT 82,000

KOOPMANN, CHAD 82,000

page 14

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Swiss Valley Gals Fall Meetings

welcome

NEW SWISS

VALLEY FARMS

MEMBERS

BRIAN J. MUELLER

Cuba City, Wis.

JOHN & BORJE SELIN

Viroqua, Wis.

LEARY, STEPHEN E. 67,000

MEIER, BRIAN 64,000

MEIER, MIKE & CHERYL 64,000

MEYER FARMS DAIRY LLC 99,000

MORHARDT, KEITH 95,000

NUNES, DARYL & PAM 91,000

PAISLEY, JAMES 75,000

PAISLEY, PATRICK 75,000

PATTISON, LEE & SARA 77,000

PAULSEN, MARK N. 80,000

PEARCE, RICHARD J. 90,000

PFISTER, P. SHELDON 59,000

PRIER, DONALD 90,000

R & M DAIRY LLC 84,000

REGO, DAVID & LINDA 97,000

REGO, JACOB B. 97,000

SCHAEFER, JEFFREY & SUE 49,000

SCHAEFER, KURT 49,000

SCHMITT, JAMES & LORIE 75,000

SCHUMACHER, PAUL & JENNIFER 88,000

SCHUSTER, CHRIS 89,000

SCHUSTER, LEONARD 89,000

SCHUSTER, RONALD 89,000

SELKE, WALTER 63,000

SELKE, WILLIAM 63,000

STAUFFER, TITUS 84,000

THOMPSON, LARRY & LIANE 65,000

TRANEL, DAN J. 85,000

TROYER, MERLIN 87,000

VALLEY VIEW DAIRY INC. 73,000

WELTER, KRIS & PHILLIP 78,000

WILKE, DON 99,000

WILKE, JERRY 99,000

ZIEGLER, DENNIS & MARY JO 95,000

ON THE COVER:

Remember when? While we have yet to see a snow this big all

winter, it’s still February! But spring just keeps getting closer and

closer. Jessica Steger, the daughter of Swiss Valley Farms members

Tim and Char Steger, Prairie du Chien, Wis., took this photo two

winters ago when the snows were a bit more memorable.

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.

Get Your Milk

Components in a Text

Swiss Valley members can now get a text message delivered to

their cell phones containing their components from every tank of milk

picked up on their dairy as soon as the lab sends the results to Swiss

Valley, which is usually the next day. Lab results include components

(butterfat, protein and other solids), SCC and MUN score. The text is

identified by the sequence number the hauler puts on the sample when

picking up the milk.

To get signed up for texting, send your cell phone number and

cell phone provider to tim.genthe@swissvalley.com. Be sure to include

your producer number.

FEBRUARY 2013 page 15

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Heads up, YC’ers!!

It’s time to register for the two-day

Swiss Valley YC Conference

March 8th and 9th in LaCrosse, Wis.

Go to Pg. 12 of this issue to get more information

and your registration form.

You don’t want to miss this once-a-year co-op event.

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