CHARLIE HAMILTON & “CHEERY” - Swiss Valley Farms

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CHARLIE HAMILTON & “CHEERY” - Swiss Valley Farms

September 2005

CHARLIE

HAMILTON

CUBA CITY, WIS.

& “CHEERY”

ARE READY

FOR THE FAIR


IT’S A MORE COLORFUL

Dairyman

a message from J. Gordon Toyne Co-CEO

Published Monthly by:

Swiss Valley Farms, Co.

P.O. Box 4493

Davenport IA 52808

563.468.6600 FAX 563.468.6613

www.swissvalley.com

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Nancy Feeney

Editor/ Member Relations Mgr.

Karen Bohnert

Member Relations Assistant

Swiss Valley Farms Co., is a farmer-owned

cooperative, believes in market security

by producing and marketing the highest

quality products and services to customers,

members and employees.”

Swiss Valley Board Officers

President

Gerald Bratland.........................Spring Grove, MN

Vice President

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

Secretary

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

Treasurer

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

Swiss Valley Directors

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

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

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

Donald Kowalski....................................Wausau, WI

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

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

Ralph Manternach................................Cascade, IA

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

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

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

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

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

Wow! It’s a new look for

the Swiss Valley Farms

member publication,

The Dairyman.

Printing technology has come a

long way in recent years leading to

lower printing prices. We can now

print our magazine in full color for

the same cost as the previous twocolor

version. The Member Relations

Department decided to take

advantage of this change to full

color to create a new look for our

monthly magazine. Special thanks

go out to Scott Peake, a summer intern

who worked with Karen Bohnert

on this magazine redesign.

Great job to them both!

September brings with it the

end of summer and the close of

our fiscal year. As we approach September

30 and are getting ready to

close the books on another year, I

want to let you know that your cooperative

is standing in a good position.

2005 has been a year of relative

good milk prices. With the increase

of more cows in production and

more product in storage, sooner

or later these variables might catch

up with us and reflect in your milk

prices. On the other hand, the stress

of the heat on the cows and their

production and components could

lead to smaller cheese yields and a

reduction of dairy products going

into storage. The futures market is

very up and down and bears regular

scrutiny by dairy producers. It

just goes to show that even the

most seasoned economists aren’t

certain what is going to happen.

Looking back over 2005, I am very

proud of the Swiss Valley Farms sales

and marketing team for their efforts

and development of several new

products that consumers are picking

up on. Alpine Avalanche has hit its target

market and developed a following

among high school and college

students. It also has been placed in a

number of school vending machines,

where it is very successful.

Single-serve cottage cheese has

attracted consumers who love both

cottage cheese and convenience.

The Swiss Valley Farms sales team has

been successful at gaining distribution

of the plastic half gallons of lowfat

strawberry and no-fat chocolate

milk.

Our plastic half-pint pilot last

spring was successful and has been

expanded to include several additional

schools this fall.

For more information on all these

topics, be sure to attend this winter’s

district meetings. Don Boelens and I

are looking forward to meeting you

there in December to share in more

detail our financial standings and

what we expect to accomplish in the

next fiscal year.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


MILK CONSUMPTION

Around the World

a message from Ron Schroder director of marketing

Ever wonder what’s happening

in the dairy market in

Asia? The Asian market for

dairy products is very different

from North America, largely because

a high number of Asians are lactose

intolerant. It has been estimated

that 90% of Asian Americans are lactose

intolerant, so it’s no surprise that

dairy consumption in Asia is very low.

The low level of consumption is probably

also partly related to the region’s

income level.

Asians, excluding Japanese, consume

only 4.9 liters of milk per person

per year, which is lower than almost

everywhere else in the world. That

compares with consumption of 91 liters

per capita in North America and

30 liters in Latin America.

Several Asian companies are experimenting

with new ideas to stimulate

consumption of dairy products. One

company has recently introduced

milk beverages in flavors such as rose,

green tea, ginger and honey. Milk

in Asia, as in many other parts of the

world, is often sold in aseptic packages

so that it can be stored at room

temperature, since most consumers in

the region do not own refrigerators.

In the United States, several organizations

such as Dairy Management,

Inc (DMI) and the International Dairy

Foods Association (IDFA) are actively

seeking to boost milk consumption

in our country. The current campaign

communicates that an exercise and

weight loss program can be more effective

when milk is included. Studies

have shown that adding 24 oz of milk

every 24 hours can help a person lose

more weight than diet and exercise

alone. That’s because the unbeatable

combination of protein and calcium

in milk helps the body burn more fat.

After communicating this message

to consumers through advertising,

promotion and public relations

events for one year, a whopping 64%

of women in America are aware of the

link between dairy and weight loss.

And thats appears to be having a

positive impact on milk consumption!

After watching milk consumption

decline for a number of quarters in a

row, national consumption volume of

milk increased 0.9% in fourth quarter

2004 and by 1.5% in first quarter 2005.

More recent data is not yet available.

It is an encouraging sign during a

time when retail milk pricing remains

relatively high.

DMI and IDFA have more exciting

programs planned for 2006 to communicate

the link between drinking

milk and losing weight. Details will be

communicated in an upcoming issue

of the Dairyman.

SEPTEMBER 2005 page 3


JOHN, EVIE & CHARLIE HAMILTON

member profile

by Nancy Feeney

The winners of the 2005 Cuba

City Dairy Day Outstanding

Dairy Farm Family have

been a dairying fixture in

Wisconsin’s Grant County for the past

70 years. And the next generation in

that family is already carving his own

niche in the dairying world.

The Cuba City Chamber of Commerce

voted John and Evie Hamilton

and their 10-year-old son Charlie this

year’s Farm Family of the Year. The

young family celebrated this honor

in style by sponsoring a float and

distributing crowd-pleasing dairy

handouts at the Dairy Days Parade

in June.

This threesome was

most deserving of the

honor. The Hamilton’s

50 Registered

Holsteins hold the

top herd average

in Grant County

with a rolling

herd average of

30,330 lbs. with

3.85% 1,167 lbs.

fat and 3.01% 911

lbs. protein. They

received their 21-

year Quality Award

from Swiss Valley

Farms at last winter’s

district meetings.

They raise all their own

replacement heifers. “All the

animals on our farm are homebred,

with the exception of one. The

last animal purchased outside this

herd was a 4-month-old calf in April

of 1997. We bought her for our 15-

month-old son, Charlie, from Evie’s

mom’s registered herd dispersal,”

John said. “We wanted to buy Charlie

his first calf, just like my dad did for

me when I was a boy.” The cow was

named Charlene.

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Evie, Charlie and John Hamilton pose for a quick photo.

“Charlie and Charlene have literally

grown up together,” Evie said. Charlie

is now the proud owner of Charlene

and two of her daughters.

How did the Hamilton’s achieve

this 30,000 lb plus herd average? “For

the past 21 years, we have been striving

to improve our herd’s genetics

by using top pedigreed bulls,” Evie

says. “We’ve also worked closely with

the feed mill to keep our rations balanced.”

John and Evie work the land in partnership

with John’s parents, Bill and

Marsha Hamilton, who own the farm.

Bill’s parents, Charles and Florence,

moved to this farm and started dairying

70 years ago when Bill was only 2-

weeks-old. Bill and Marsha purchased

the farm when they married 49 years

ago. John started working for his dad

right out of high school in 1980. Evie

joined the operation in May of 1984,

when she and John were married.

Bill still helps out with the fieldwork

and general repairs. Marsha helps out

when she can. And everyone gets

help from Charlie!

“Evie and I took over the dairy operation

completely five years ago,”

John said.

The farm consists of 200 acres with

150 tillable acres, with the balance

in pasture and woodland.

John and Evie raise

corn, oats and alfalfa hay.

Charlie raises pumpkins,

tomatoes and sweet

corn just for fun. He

enters his best produce

in the county

fair for judging.

It is inevitable

that a top operation

such as the

Hamilton’s would

lead to lots of

awards.

John and Evie are

active in the county,

state and national

Holstein Association.

For 12 consecutive years,

they have received the Progressive

Breeders Registry

Award, the highest award given

by Holstein Association USA based

on production and type. Their trophy

case also holds ten Gold Medal Dam

Awards, four Lifetime Production

awards, two Dam of Merit awards and

31 Excellent cows bred and developed

since 1990.

Even Charlie has an admirable

start on his dairy trophy case due to

his activities at the junior level with

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


The 2005 Cuba City Farm Family of the Year


Dairying is the lifestyle of

choice for all the Hamilton’s and this is

a tradition that will continue

to thrive in Grant County.

the Holstein Association. In 2005, he

won five national awards from the

Holstein Association: a 150,000-lb lifetime

production award, two 30,000-lb

cow production awards, a junior Progressive

Breeder Award and a Junior

Breeder of an Excellent Cow award.

Charlie showed the Grand Champion

Bull at the 2004 Wisconsin District 3

Holstein Show.

In 1990, John and Evie were Outstanding

Young Cooperator Contest

winners and participated for many

years in the Swiss Valley Farms Young

Cooperator program. Evie was on the

Swiss Valley Gals Steering Committee

for eight years.

Dairying is the lifestyle of choice

for all the Hamilton’s and this is a tradition

that will continue to thrive in

Grant County.


ON THE COVER: Charlie Hamilton,

10, chills out on a hot summer day

with “Cheery,” one of his favorite show

cows. This fledgling young Holstein

breeder is already collecting awards

for his early efforts.

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DAIRY ROYALTY

members enjoy their time as dairy princesses

Tiffany Till,

16, of Maquoketa, Iowa, is the 2005

Jackson County Dairy Princess. Her

parents are Allan and Karen Till,

Swiss Valley Farms Members. Tiffany

is a junior at Andrew Community

High School. She and her

family have a diversified livestock

operation, where they milk 35

cows, which include Aryshires, Holsteins,

Brown Swiss and Jerseys.

They also have a 100-head beef

herd, a flock of 35 sheep, 10 goats

and 49 rabbits. In addition to this,

they raise chickens, ducks, turkeys

and geese.

Tiffany is thinking about attending

Iowa State University to be an

elementary school teacher with an

agriculture minor. During her reign

as Dairy Princess, she is educating

the public on how well dairy farmers

take care of their cows. She

also is spreading the word on why

consumers need three servings

of dairy a day to receive the calcium

their body requires for strong

bones and weight control.

Sarah Fischer,

16, of Aplington, Iowa, is the 2005

Iowa Milking Shorthorn Princess.

She was crowned at the State Milking

Shorthorn summer picnic in

June.

Sarah is the daughter of Swiss Valley

Farms members Brent and Deb

Fisher of Bren-De Farms. She helps

her family in their 40-cow Registered

Milking Shorthorn dairy. She

actively shows her family’s Milking

Shorthorns in local, state and

national shows. A six-year veteran

of 4-H, some of her accomplishments

are All-State speech, 4-H

Reserve Grand Champion Milking

Shorthorn at the Iowa State Fair

in 2002, Grand Champion Milking

Shorthorn at Grundy County in

2000 – 2004, and Supreme Junior

Champion at Bremer County Open

in 2004. Her future plans include

either studying vocal performance

or dairy science at ISU or UNI. Sarah

is currently trying to build her

own dairy herd. She has three older

brothers: Aaron, 24; Jon, 22, and

Tim, 19.

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SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


Jennifer Hofmeister,

Geneva, Iowa, was selected the

2005 Iowa Brown Swiss Princess

this spring. She is the daughter of

Swiss Valley Farms members Dallas

and Pat Hofmeister. A recent graduate

of AGWSR High School, Jennifer

will be attending Ellsworth Community

College this fall.

The Hofmeisters farm 160 acres

and milk around 50 cows. Jennifer

became interested in Brown Swiss

through the Share-A-Heifer Program.

She purchased that heifer

and purchased two more. She has

exhibited at county fairs, the state

fair and the Junior Youth Classic.

Shortly after being selected

Brown Swiss Princess, Jennifer assisted

with dairy promotions in her

community. She attended the Midwest

Dairy Association Workshop

for county and breed princesses in

June.

Erin Lyon,

18, of Toledo, Iowa, is the 2005

Iowa State Jersey Princess and is

wearing the crown as the 2005

Tama County Dairy Princess for the

second year in a row.

Erin is the daughter of Swiss Valley

Farms members Eric and Terry

Lyon of Lyon Jerseys. She helps her

family in their 280-cow Registered

Jersey dairy by feeding calves. She

actively shows her family’s Registered

Jerseys at the local and state

level in both 4-H and open dairy

shows.

Away from the farm, Erin spent

the majority of her summer working

at the local pharmacy. She just

began her freshman year at Iowa

State University in Ames majoring

in Design. She has four brothers:

Tom, 24; Ty, 22; Ted, 20 and Tod d,

13.

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BUTTER SCULPTURES

to commemorate Iowa State Fair’s anniversary

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Norma “Duffy” Lyon (1929 - )

Years at State Fair 1959 to present


visit www.thebuttercowlady.com


Even if it’s to the point

where I sit and wrap up in a blanket

and watch and tell them what to do,”

Lyon said. “I can’t explain how good I

feel about doing this.

Duffy working on this year’s butter sculpture of

golf superstar Tiger Woods.

To help recognize the Iowa

State Fair’s 150th birthday,

Iowa’s renowned Butter Cow

Lady, Norma “Duffy” Lyon, exhibited a

hand-sculpted birthday cake and two

additional pieces made from approximately

1,000 pounds of butter.

An estimated one million fairgoers

converged on the State Fairgrounds

in Des Moines August 12 to 22 to bask

in the history, tradition and excitement

the Iowa State Fair offers. Much

of that enthusiasm stems from Duffy

Lyon’s butter creations: a cake, Jersey

cow, barn sculpture and golfer Tiger

Woods.

This Fair also marks Duffy’s 45th

year in which she has supported dairy

promotion and the Iowa State Fair.

“The butter cow sculpture continues

to be a favorite among fairgoers,” said

Kevin Stiles, Vice President of Marketing

and Corporate Communications

for Midwest Dairy Association. “Duffy’s

talent portrays our industry and dairy

products in a fun, yet positive light. We

strongly value Duffy’s continuing support

of the dairy checkoff.”

Duffy’s butter masterpieces reflect

dairy farmers and the dairy industry

because of the time, care and love put

into their creation. “We dairy farmers

know what it takes to create quality

products,” said Duffy. “It takes passion,

time and dedication to create the

best products, and butter sculptures

are no different. We love our cows and

take pride in producing quality dairy

products.”

The Fair and Duffy have more in

common than Iowa prestige; both

have achieved national publicity. USA

Weekend magazine, a publication distributed

to 600 newspapers nationwide,

ranked the Iowa Fair #2 on the

list of “Top 10 Places America Goes to

Have Fun.” Iowa’s ten-day event finished

second to Las Vegas, but beat

Times Square, Cedar Point Amusement

Park and Disneyland. Esquire

magazine also rated Iowa’s State Fair

the “Best State Fair” in a July 1st article

entitled “Fifteen Superlative Things to

Experience Before Labor Day.”

Duffy and her butter masterpieces

have been featured in TIME, People

and LIFE magazine. She has also made

appearances on the Today Show, the

Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the

Late Show with David Letterman.

Duffy’s talents have helped create extraordinary

media exposure for both

the Iowa State Fair and the dairy industry.

Duffy’s butter cow preparations

begin in mid-July with help from family

and friends. She hopes this year’s

sculptures will sufficiently commemorate

the 150th birthday of the fair,

while adequately representing the

pride and dedication of Iowa’s dairy

farmers.

“Duffy” Lyon with her second solo butter cow. Duffy assisted Frank

Dutt in 1959 before taking over in 1960.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


CWT CONDUCTS THIRD HERD RETIREMENT PROGRAM

Cooperatives Working Together

announced that

it will conduct a third

herd retirement program

this fall, with the intention

of removing future milk production

capacity to avoid the serious

imbalance between supply and

demand that last occurred before

CWT was created in 2003.

Bids are now being accepted

Swiss Valley Farms

Welcomes New Members

Luke Mc Dermott, Delmar ,IA

Edward F. Runde, Stitzer , WI

Herda Farms LLC, Burlington , WI

Harold Gies, Avoca , WI

Bernard Kieffer, Mineral Point , WI

Thomas Uren, Dodgeville , WI

Donald Dolan, Avoca , WI

Alfred H. Albrecht, Avoca , WI

Robert L. Davies, Dodgeville , WI

Patrick & Jolee Fillback, Dodgeville ,WI

Raymond & Darlyne Spease, Dodgeville , WI

Glenn Lewis, Dodgeville , WI

John & Lavon Davies, Dodgeville , WI

Lawrence & Elaine Mc Cann, Rewey , WI

Lawrence Mc Cann, Platteville , WI

Richard W. James, Mineral Point , WI

Sullivan Farms 4 LLC, Mineral Point , WI

Duane Fitzsimmons, Mineral Point , WI

Potterton Farms LLC, Mineral Point , WI

Ron Rundhaug, Dodgeville , WI

Dave & Cheryl Fitzsimmons, Mineral Point , WI

Karl V. Anderson, Mineral Point , WI

David A. Price, Avoca , WI

Anthony J. Miess, Dodgeville , WI

Charles & Annette Anderson, Highland , WI

by CWT and all bids must be postmarked

by Friday, Sept. 16th, to be

considered. All dairy producers interested

in submitting bids to sell

their herds must be members of

CWT, either through their membership

in a participating cooperative,

or as an independent member

of CWT.

As in the past, the herd retirement

program will again operate

under regional safeguard limits to

guarantee that milk capacity reductions

in any one region of the

country do not negatively impact

local supplies. The safeguard limits

are strictest in the Northeast,

Southeast and Upper Midwest.

For more information on how

to participate in CWT’s herd retirement,

visit www.cwt.coop.

SEPTEMBER 2005 page 9


TAKE A LOOK AT FIELD PERSONNEL & STATISTICS AT

SWISS VALLEY FARMS, CO.

Field Department & Procurement Division Directory

J. GORDON TOYNE V.P.

member ship & pr ocur ement

LeClaire, IA 52753 Office: 563.468.6644

Home: 563.289.3535

NANCY FEENEY member r el at ions

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 mil k sal es & transportation

617 Monroe St. Office: 608.366.1770

Sparta, WI 54656 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

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Home: 608.625.2045

Home: 815.938.2651

FAX: 815.938.9151

Somatic Cell Range % of A Farms

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

100,001 - 200,000.......................................14 %

200,001 - 300,000......................................25 %

300,001 - 400,000......................................23 %

400,001 - 500,000.....................................16 %

500,001 and above...................................20 %

FRED IMDIEKE

36356 Roanoke Lane

Melrose, MN 56352

Home: 320.256.4932

KARA KOOPMANN

6142 Roller Coaster Rd Plant: 563.563.7669

Home: 563.876.3900

ROGER LENIUS

319 9th St.

Waverly, IA 50677

KEN LEY

225 S. Clifton

Livingston, WI 53554

LYNNE MELCHERT

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

JIM MURPHY

430 Linden

Home: 563.422.5789

West Union, IA 52175

MARK J. PINCH

250 Rundell Rd.

Livingston, WI 53554

JIM SCHMITZ

202 Bechner St.

Greeley, IA 52050

Home: 608.943.6039

Plant: 563.583.7669

Office: 563.925.2321

Home: 563.925.2015

CHERYL ZABLOCKI-WAGNER

W1919 Hofa Park Dr Office: 920.822.2933

Seymour, WI 54165 Home: 920.822.2887

BOB ZIELSDORF

309 North Street

Sparta, WI 54656

Office: 608.366.1770

Home: 608.269.5452

Somatic Cell Range % of B Farms

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

100,001 - 200,000..........................................6 %

200,001 - 300,000......................................10 %

300,001 - 400,000......................................17 %

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

500,001 and above...................................45 %

During the Month of July, these

Swiss Valley Farms Members

averaged below 100,000 for their

somatic cell count.

James D. Busch 66,000

George & Judy Cadden 97,000

Loren Duwe 77,000

Ronald & Marilyn Field 89,000

Larry Gilbertson 98,000

Andy S. Gingerich 76,000

Dave Heiderscheit 93,000

Rose Heiderscheit 93,000

Paul & Donna Hellenbrand 85,000

Hendel Farms 89,000

Bert Henderson 98,000

Stephen M. Johnson 89,000

Bernard Jorstad 98,000

James Kabara 88,000

Cheryl Meier 79,000

Mike Meier 79,000

Eugene Newell 95,000

Roger G. Peters 61,000

Joel and Jan Wormley 95,000

Leighton Yoder 42,000

Classified Ads

This classified section is a free

service to Swiss Valley Farms members.

Members are invited to use

this service to sell unwanted items

or search for needed items.

The deadline for ads is the 15th

of the month preceding the publication.

Please clearly print or

type your want ads and mail it to:

Free Want Ads, Swiss Valley Farms,

Co., P.O. Box 4493, Davenport, IA

52808.

FOR SALE 2 serviceable registered

Holstein bulls. Roughway Dairy,

Larry Finch, Castalia, Iowa

563-567-8484.

SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN


WHILE YOU WERE FARMING

July 2005 Board Minutes

The regular Board of Directors

meeting of Swiss Valley Farms, Co.

was held July 26, 2005 at Governor

Dodge Hotel in Platteville, WI.

President Gerald Bratland, Spring

Grove, MN, called the meeting to

order at 10:20 a.m. All board members

were present. The Co-CEO

Team of J. Gordon Toyne and Donald

Boelens also were present. The

board toured the Swiss Valley Plant

in Platteville prior to the meeting.

The following business was

transacted:

• Director Loyde Beers, Eastman,

WI, opened the meeting with the

invocation.

• The minutes of the July 7, 2005

Board of Directors meeting were

read and approved as read.

• The minutes of the July 6, 2005

Board of Directors meeting were

read and approved as read.

• Toyne addressed communications

to the Board.

• The Board approved to donate

$500 to the Accelerate Genetics

contest.

• The Board approved to donate

$200 to the fire department in

Mindoro, WI.

• Directors concerns and coments

were addressed by Toyne

• The Management and Financial

reports were presented by

Boelens and approved.

• The Board approved the writeoffs

for the 3rd quarter.

• Toyne presented the comparative

milk report and reviewed pricing.

• The Executive Session was opened

and closed.

• The Board approved the capital

budget through July 25, 2005.

• The Board approved the resolution

on investments in other

co-ops for Innovative Ag Service.

• Toyne gave a Central Milk Produers

Cooperativevvv update.

• G. Joe Lyon, Toledo, IA, reported

on the Midwest Dairy Association

meeting.

• Pam Bolin, Clarksville, IA, reported

on the National Dairy Board

meeting.

• Randy Schaefer, Blue Grass, IA,

reported on the redistricting

committee meeting. The Board

approved the minutes.

• Bolin presented the Member Relations

committee report. The

Board approved the report.

Upon motion and second, the

meeting was adjourned at 1:55

p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pam

Bolin, Secretary.

Swiss Valley Farms, Co Antibiotic Program

Effective March 15, 2004

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.

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CALLING ALL SWISS VALLEY GALS!

It’s Time to Celebrate the 25th Anniversary!

If you’re a woman involved in a Swiss Valley Farms dairy

operation, then you’re invited to the celebration. This

fall, it’s the 25th Anniversary of the Swiss Valley Gals.

In honor of this occasion, humorous and motivational

speaker Craig Grothe from Crawfordsville, IA, will be entertaining

the Swiss Valley Gals. Craig’s program, “Life is

Great”, will make you feel good about life and who you are.

Craig speaks about attitude, believing in yourself, communication

with your loved ones and the importance of being

you. He has entertained at Young Cooperator meetings for

Swiss Valley Farms, as well as the national YC meeting. A

farmer himself, Craig loves to speak to people involved in

agriculture. You are sure to enjoy his down home humor

and zest for life.

Also during this meeting, a Swiss Valley Gals productsampling

table will be set up, featuring the new products

developed within the past year. Also, a commemorative

Swiss Valley Gals recipe book will be given to all attendees.

A few other surprises are in the works, so come on out to

join in the fun.

Who is a Swiss Valley Gal? Any woman who is a Swiss

Valley Farms co-op member or who works for a Swiss Valley

Farms member is considered a Swiss Valley Gal and is

invited to participate.

So come celebrate 25 years of being a Swiss Valley Gal!

Look for the meeting closest to you and mark you calendar

now. Contact other Swiss Valley Farms members in your

area and see about car-pooling. Your postage-paid return

post card was enclosed in your August milk check. Be sure

to fill it out and return it by Sept. 16 to reserve your place at

the table. Come join in the fun and camaraderie of being

with your fellow Swiss Valley Farms members.

2005 Swiss Valley Gals

25th Anniversary meeting dates:

Tuesday, Sept 20

Betty’s Bread and Café, Manchester, IA

Wednesday, Sept 21

Huckleberry’s, Prairie du Chien, WI

Thursday, Sept 22

Pickwick Mill, Winona, MN

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch is served at noon a.m.

Speaker begins at 1 p.m.

Adjournment is at 2 p.m.

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