March 2011 - Swiss Valley Farms

March 2011 - Swiss Valley Farms

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YC’ers were ready

for a great spring break!

Co-op Updates

by Don Boelens

Published Monthly by:

Swiss Valley Farms


P.O. Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808

563.468.6600 FAX 563.468.6616

Nancy Feeney

Editor/ Member Relations Mgr.

Swiss Valley Farms, Co. will produce,

distribute and sell value-added, quality

products for our:

Customers & Consumers



Swiss Valley Board Officers


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

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

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

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


The 2011 Young Cooperator

Spring Break in

Dubuque, Iowa was very

well attended, with several new

faces in the group. During a question

and answer session with

Board Vice Chair Randy Schaefer

and Vice President of Procurement

Chris Hoeger, several good

questions were asked that I would

like to share.

One question focused on our

joint venture with Emmi Roth-

Käse, called White Hill Cheese.

The YC’ers wanted an update on

the progress of the new cheese

factory being built in the co-op’s

Shullsburg, Wis. plant. During our

December co-op district meetings,

it was announced that cheese

production would begin there

in March. A series of the usual,

and some unusual, construction

delays have pushed the start up

date to late April or early May.

But everything is still on track for

this joint venture to get underway

and Swiss cheese production to

begin. This joint venture will open

up many new cheese markets for

us across the country and possibly


Another big item discussed

in this session was the upcoming

changes to Swiss Valley’s future

milk contracting program. As you

recall, two webinars and one live

meeting were held in February

regarding these changes.

Beginning April 1, all future

milk contracting will be done

directly through Blimling and

Associates. That means instead of

CEO Don Boelens

calling the Swiss Valley offices

to get future prices and contract

milk, producers will now call the

offices of Blimling and Associates.

The number to call is 1-800-945-

8891. You simply give them your

farm number to get the process


Benefits of working directly

through Blimling are you will

have access to live market pricing

and your contracting window will

be larger.

Producers will be able to

contract milk from:

• 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday-Thursday CST and 8:30

a.m. 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.

It is important to note that


T w o n e w d i r e c t o r s s e a t e d

Annual meeting coverage

At the March 1 Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative

Annual Reorganization Meeting, the Board’s

2011 Executive Committee was selected.

Pam Bolin, Clarksville, Iowa was re-elected Chairman

of the Board. Randy Schaefer, Blue Grass, Iowa, was reelected

Vice-Chair. Francis Leibfried, Cuba City, Wis.,

was elected Assistant Secretary and Jim Schmitt, Sherrill,

Iowa, was re-elected Assistant Treasurer.

Appointed to serve on this year’s Executive

Management Team were: Dale Humpal, Ridgeway, Iowa;

Patrick Schroeder, Lancaster, Wis. and Eugene Smith,

Clinton, Wis. Schroeder was also re-appointed as the

Board’s representative on the National Milk Producers

Federation’s Board.

Also during this meeting, the following directors were

seated for three-year terms following their re-elections

at the 2010 district meetings. Pam Bolin, District 21;

Loyde Beers, Eastman, Wis., District 15; G. Joe Lyon,

Toledo, Iowa, District 6.

Two new directors were seated at this annual

meeting. Richard Kaufmann, Farley, Iowa, was seated as

the newly elected director for District 5. He replaces the

late William Strief, who passed away in September. Jeff

Berg, LaCrosse, Wis., was seated at the newly elected

director for District 16. He replaces Ken Schmitz,

Norwalk, Wis., who sold his cows in November.

A 5-year longevity award was presented to Steve

Klug, District 20, Spring Grove, Minn., in recognition

of his service to the Swiss Valley Farms Board and the

members in his district.

Co-op NEWS

Steve Klug, Spring Grove, Minn., received a

five-year longevity award for his service to

the co-op’s Board.

Two new directors were seated at this year’s annual meeting. Jeff Berg, left,

LaCrosse, Wis., will represent Dist. 16. Richard Kaufmann, Farley, Iowa, will represent

District 5.

Co-op Updates ____cont. from Pg. 2

anyone contracting milk after April

1st will need to sign new contracts.

Swiss Valley will mail these contracts

to you and they must be signed and

returned to our office before April 1

MARCH 2011

if you want to continue contracting


Swiss Valley is happy to be

expanding its relationship with

Blimling and Associates, who are

leaders in forward milk contracting

and have a wealth of knowledge on

the topic as well as several programs

designed to serve the varied needs of

our co-op members.


Meeting is March 24th

Full Agenda Awaits District Reps

The 2011 Swiss Valley Farms District Representative Meeting is set for Thursday, March 24th at the Grand River

Center on the waterfront in Dubuque, Iowa. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments.

Shortly after 10 a.m., NMPF CEO Jerry Kozak will make a presentation on Foundation for the Future. This

is a great opportunity for everyone to hear about this new dairy program that is designed to take the place of the

Federal Milk Marketing Orders and to help America’s dairy producers manage price fluctuations by stabilizing the

dairy markets and protecting producers’ margins and equity. There will be time for your questions and answers so you

can understand this new program.

Another important agenda item for this meeting is the nominations for the first Director-at-Large Board position.

The election process will be explained and then nominations will be taken.

CEO Don Boelens will present an update on cooperative business and will answer your questions. After lunch,

there will be a presentation on the Dairy Market Forecast and a look at the Futures’ Market by Duane Banderob,

vice president of Blimling and Associates.

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

Farms members should relay any questions they have to their district representatives, who will then ask them at this

meeting. A list of the Swiss Valley Farms District Representatives, along with their addresses and phone numbers,

begins on the next page.



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 Valley district rep list

Swiss Valley Farms members, check your district for the names of your District Representatives. If you have any

questions or suggestions to be introduced at this March 24th meeting, be sure to let them know.

Co-op NEWS


Patrick Schroeder,


S & S Farms

3945 Hypoint Road

Lancaster, WI 53813

Telephone: 608/943-6509

1. Doug Adams

204 S Adams

Lancaster, WI 53813-1551

Telephone: 608/723-4497

2. Paul Adams

5203 Lincoln Road

Lancaster, WI 53813-9801

Telephone: 608/723-2771

3. Gerald E. Breitsprecker

6461 Bluff Road

Lancaster, WI 53813

Telephone: 608/723-6232

4. Arlyn Henkel

4363 McGhan Road

Fennimore, WI 53809

Telephone: 608/822-6755

5. Mike Meier

8172 Diamond Grove Rd

Glen Haven, WI 53810

Telephone: 608/694-2302

6. Roy Mumm

11583 Settlement Road

Cassville, WI 53806

Telephone: 608/725-5699

7. Tom Parrish

Tomlin Farms

11347 Highway 61

Fennimore, WI 53809

Telephone: 608/822-6462

8. Bill Schier

12484 Rock School Road

Glen Haven, WI 53810

Telephone: 608/794-2437


Francis Leibfried, Director

Leibfried Farms

1849 Hy View Road

Cuba City, WI 53807

Telephone: 608/744-2600

1. Rick Althaus

Endless Horizons Inc

28300 Center Drive

Cuba City, WI 53807

Telephone: 608/348-3248

2. Julie Kaiser

29975 County Hwy H

Cuba City, WI 53807

Telephone: 608/744-3444

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: 815/625-1953

5. Donald Berlage

5598 S. Pleasant Hill

Elizabeth, IL 61028

Telephone: 815/858-2396

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

Telephone: 608/744-3527


James Schmitt, Director

12788 Lovers Lane

Sherrill, IA 52073

Telephone: 563/552-2314

1. Marvin Ambrosy

14275 Circle Ridge

Sherrill, IA 52073

Telephone: 563/552-2396

2. Mark Bischoff

24155 Hwy 52

Garnavillo, IA 52049

Telephone: 563/964-2720

3. Robert Deutmeyer

1968 325th Ave

Dyersville, IA 52040

Telephone: 563/875-6112

4. Loras Gerner

31384 Ironwood Road

Garber, IA 52048

Telephone: 563/255-2574

5. Ken Steffen

19701 Hickory Valley

New Vienna, IA 52065

Telephone: 563/870-5695


Richard Kauffmann,


551 7th Ave. N

Farley, IA 52046

Telephone: 563/744-3052

1. Martin Burken

290 Cragmor Drive

Clinton, IA 52732

Telephone: 563-242-3222

2. Randy Cook

32733 Rockville Rd.

Worthington, Iowa 52078

Telephone: 563 855-4501

3. Richard Cook

32479 Rockville Rd.

Worthington, Iowa 52078

Telephone: 563 855-4205

4. Matt Strief

201 5th St. SE

Farley, IA 52046

Telephone: 563-744-3319

5. Leo Kluesner

5922 K & K Road

Worthington, IA 52078

Telephone: 563/855-5925

6. Jim Ostwinkle

8451 Rt. 136 N.

Worthington, Iowa 52078

Telephone: 563/855-3255

7. Kevin Lundin

16180 360th Ave.

Bellevue, Iowa 52031

Telephone: 563/872-5411


G. Joe Lyon, Director

Lyon Jersey’s

2621 K Avenue

Toledo, IA 52342

Telephone: 641/484-3129

MARCH 2011


1. Kevin Blood

RR2 1131A 245th St.

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. Richard Holst

1942 W Ave.

Dysart, IA 52224

Telephone: 319-476-3192

5. Doug Kenealy

% ISU Dairy Science

123 Kildee Hall

Ames, IA 50011

Telephone: 515/294-6021

6. Bob McNulty

2545 75th Street

Watkins, IA 52354

Telephone: 319/227-7613

7. Lyle Nunnikhoven

1524 Hwy 92

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

Telephone: 641/672-2605


Randy Schaefer, Director

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

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. Dean Miller

2717 520th Street S.W.

Kalona, IA 52247

Telephone: 319/683-2566

5. Daryl Slabaugh

2895 500th St. S.W.

Iowa City, Iowa 52240

Telephone: 319/683-2540

6. Steve Sywassink

P.O. Box 393

Grand View, IA 52752

Telephone: 319/729-5400


Loyde M. Beers, Director

25577 Breezy Lane

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4201

1. Roger M. Dahlberg

55247 Dahlberg Road

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4265

2. Gerald Oppriecht

23707 Morning Glory

Eastman, WI 54626

Telephone: 608/874-4492

3. Terry Steger

34796 St Hwy 27

Prairie du Chien, WI


Telephone: 608/326-6709

4. Dennis Mezera

59513 S. Ridge Road

Prairie du Chien, Wis


Telephone: 608/326-6906

5. Dustin Payne

62951 Prew Lane

Eastman, Wis 54626-8754

Telephone: 608-874-4451


Jeff Berg, Director

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. Todd Clark

RR 1 Box 282

Wilton, WI 54670

Telephone: 608/435-6503

3. Brian Schmitz

24272 Lamplighter Road

Norwalk, WI 54648

Telephone: 608/654-5235

4. Matt Ornes

19216 Leather Ave.

Norwalk, WI 54648

Telephone: 608/823-7949

5. John Bennett

W7658 Ember Ave.

Westfield, WI 53964

Telephone: 608/296-2710


Dale Humpal, Director

2667 Townline Road

Ridgeway, IA 52165

Telephone: 563/562-3848

1. Don Brincks

1501 150th Ave

Ossian, IA 52161

Telephone: 563/532-9163

2. Kent Franks

18551 Big Spring Road

St. Olaf, IA 52072

Telephone: 563/783-7704

3. Darryl Humpal

2638 210th Street

Ridgeway, IA 52165

Telephone: 563/562-3928

4. Rich Klosterman

30591 Kale Road

West Union, IA 52175

Telephone: 563/422-9518

5. Brian Lantzky

21575 245th Street

Hawkeye, IA 52147

Telephone: 563/429-2000

6. Dan Moon

19475 155th Street

Monona, IA 52159

Telephone: 563/739-4562

7. Jeff West

22956 200th Street

Farmersburg, IA 52047

Telephone: 563/783-7701



Eugene Smith, Director

6305 S Smith Road

Clinton, WI 53525

Telephone: 608/365-5697

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. Tom Oberhaus

W309 S630 Maple Ave.

Waukesha, WI 53188

Telephone: 262/968-2573


Steve Klug, Director

18863 Dairy Road

Spring Grove, MN 55974

Telephone: 507/498-5170

1. Dale Mill

30001 Cty Rd. 109

Lewiston, MN 55952


2. Matt Hendel

14913 Gap Drive

Caledonia, MN 55921

Telephone: 507/724-5689

3. Ray Pick

32325 550th St.

Elgin, MN 55932

Telephone: 507/876-2689

4. Dwain Sexton

30251 615th St.

Millville, MN 55957

Telephone: 507/798-2329

MARCH 2011

5. Pat Stuewe

14775 Co. Road 153

Cologne, MN 55322

Telephone: 952/466-3855

6. Katie Olson

20501 30th Ave. NE

Atwater, MN 56209

Telephone: 320/974-3213

7. James Oelfke

35603 170th St.

Hamburg, MN 55339

Telephone: 952/467-2661

8. Randy Drinkall

23683 County 13

Rushford, MN 55971

Telephone: 507/864-2170

9. Will Gerdes

16843 Beaverridge Dr.

Caledonia, MN 55921

Telephone: 507/724-2685


Pam Bolin, Director

Beaver Creek Farms

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

3. Edward Rueling

24570 Royal Ave.

Clarksville, IA 50619

Telephone: 319/885-4225

4. Rick Meyer

19121 135th Street

Iowa Falls, IA 50126

Telephone: 515/648-5359

5. Darrell Robinson

1118 180th Street

Plainfield, IA 50666

Telephone: 319/276-3407

6. Larry Wehling

1205 Usher Ave.

Sumner, IA 50674

Telephone: 563/578-8854

7. Dan Duitsher

30495 465th St.

Rolfe, IA 50581

Telephone: 712/848-3954

8. Gerben ten Hoeve

18313 Butler Ave.

Waverly, IA 50677

Telephone: 319/215-0701


Jeff Nimtz, Director

W7497 Farmers Grove Rd

Monticello, WI 53570

Telephone: 608/527-5732

1. Nick Miller

W7506 Farmers Grove Rd

Monticello, WI 53570

Telephone: 608/527-2901

2. Dale Worley

7151 Rt 173

Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Telephone: 815/765-2683

3. Leslie Wundrowe

6460 Randall Road

Poplar Grove, IL 61065

Telephone: 815/737-8772

4. Peter Parker

4233 W. Hanover Rd.

Janesville, WI 53545

Telephone: 608/757-1118

5. Alice Dierickx

W3605 Co. C

Monticello, WI 53570

Telephone: 608/938-4165


Co-op NEWS

L i v e l y T w o - D a y C o n f e r e n c e

Big Turnout for YC Break

Young co-op members from four states arrived in

Dubuque, Iowa in late February to participate in the Swiss

Valley Farms YC Spring Break. For a change, the winter

weather cooperated and the sun showed its face, which

added to the overall happy mood of the event.

The conference opened with a co-op update and

question and answer session between the YC’ers and

Randy Schaefer, vice chairman of the co-op’s Board, and

Chris Hoeger, vice president of Procurement.

After lunch, there was a much anticipated tour of the

John Deere Dubuque Works, where they manufacture

crawler dozers, crawler loaders, NMPF skid STORY steers CONTINUES and backhoe ON PG. fuel 11 is free.”

loaders. YC’ers jumped on trams pulled by (what else?)

John Deere lawn mowers and guided by informative John

Deere retirees. During the next hour and a half, the trams

threaded their way through the aisles of the over onemile-long

manufacturing facility situated on the banks of

the Mississippi River.

This tour was followed by a trip to the nearby farm

of Jim and Lorie Schmitt in Sherrill, Iowa. Jim and Lorie

milk their 110 Holsteins on a 250-acre family farm. The

YC’ers pulled on plastic boots and Jim guided them

through his barns and heifer sheds, discussing milking

and feeding procedures and what works well for his cows

and operation.

One of the most highly rated speakers of the week

was Todd Timmerman from Timmerman’s Talents LLC

in Platteville, Wis. Todd’s topic was using alternate energy

sources on the farm. He said it was a good time to take

advantage of rebates from your energy companies as well

as federal tax credits to install solar and wind energy

units. Overall, he said solar provided the best return for

the money spent. “Solar and wind energy is not subject

to utility price fluctuations or property taxes,” he said.

“Renewable energy is the only utility resource where the

Todd suggested one easy way to reduce your power bill

at home and on the farm was to monitor your “phantom”

power usage. This includes unplugging many common

household items when not in use. This would be items

such as computers, DVD players, televisions, stereos,

video games, cd players, phone chargers, toasters, etc.

“Even though an object is not in use, it still uses energy

just sitting there plugged in”, he said. “Also, a simple $15

insulation blanket over the water heater is a big energy


Pat Schroeder, Swiss Valley’s representative on the


Three generations of the Dreier Family have earned the American FFA Degree. All are avid

fans of agriculture and hope to be involved in it in some capacity all their lives. Glen Dreier

is seated while Randy, left and Derek show off their awards.



2011 Outstanding YC’ers Selected

Co-op NEWS

Matt and Kristi Strief of Farley, Iowa were selected the 2011 Outstanding

Young Cooperator couple. They will be representing Swiss Valley Farms

at the 2011 NMPF Dairy Summit in San Diego, Calif. and will sit on the

2012 YC Advisory Board to help plan the next YC program.

ON THE COVER: YC’ers toured Jim and Lorie

Schmitt’ s farm in Sherrill, Iowa. Jim spoke about the

operation as the group walked around his barns. On

the facing page, YC’ers trudge up an icy lane on their

way to another facility.

Above left: Pat Schroeder, Lancaster, Wis., answers a question on “Foundation for the Future” during his presentation. Center: Marty

Burken, Clinton, Iowa, this year’s YC chairman, talks about his experiences at national dairy meetings while the 2010 Outstanding YC

Winners Roy and Shiloh Johnson, Parkersburg, Iowa, wait to speak. Right: Todd Timmerman, Platteville, Wis., provided good ideas on

using alternate energy in the dairy. Below: Chris Hoeger, vice president of Procurement, answers questions Friday morning.

MARCH 2011


Like all the YC’ers on the tour, Doug

Ihm, left, and Heath Mumm, both

from Cassville, Wis., saw a whole lot of

green paint at all levels of production

during Friday afternoon’s tour of the

John Deere Dubuque Works. YC’ers

rode trams down the miles of aisles

while listening to a running narrative

from their tour guide via ear pieces

and special radios.

NMPF Board, made a presentation on Foundation for

the Future. This NMPF researched and designed program

would be a replacement to dairy’s current price support

system and would protect producers’ margins, rather than

price alone, to improve equity and stabilize dairy markets.

It does this by offering protection against high input costs

while it creates stability to correct market imbalances and

improve producer margins. It can also inspire growth by

protecting the dairy producer’s equity, while promoting

fair compensation and enhancing export opportunities.

Go to to study the details on

this new program.

Jeff Jirik, vice president of Blue Cheese Operations,

gave the YC’ers a brief history of the Caves of Faribault

and took them on a brief slide show tour of the Caves and

how cheese is produced at this Faribault, Minn. plant.

Wrapping up the event was motivational speaker

Craig Grothe from Crawfordsville, Iowa, who inspired

the YC’ers to appreciate life and their families and to not

fear the changes that are an inevitable part of life. Craig

told them that how they view change is based on their

attitude, their belief in themselves and their ability to

communicate with their family and their co-workers.

“A Minute to Win It” provided lots of laughs after the Friday night YC banquet. Below left, Adam Bergman, Mt. Carroll, Ill., showed off

his “Jenga” skills during the “Nut Stacker” game while Jody Kluesner, Worthington, Iowa, gave it her best try. During “Face the Cookie”,

Jerry Kauffman, Farley, Iowa, jumps to his feet once the cookie is firmly in his mouth while his wife Stefanie struggles. Iowa State Dairy

Princess Kendra Moser, Colesburg, Iowa, who also emceed the game, helped her table out with the “Noodling Around” game.

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L o v e f o r A g r i c u l t u r e

It Must Run in the Family

By Karen Parker

Reprinted from

The County Line,

Ontario, Wis

Member NEWS

Of the more than 54,000 who

attended the National FFA

convention in Indianapolis

in October, Derek Dreier of Norwalk

could have been in a unique position:

He was the third generation in his

family to earn the American FFA


Now a student at the University of

Wisconsin-La Crosse, Derek is a 2009

graduate of Brookwood High School

and has deep roots in the farming

community of rural Norwalk. His

parents, Randy and Becky, operate

Hi-Lo Springs Holsteins, where

they milk registered Holsteins, and

just down the road a few miles, his

grandfather Glen also milks registered


Glen, 64, was the first student at

Brookwood High School to earn the

coveted degree in 1964, and his son

Randy, 46, received his in 1986.

For Glen, seeing his grandson

receive his degree was a bittersweet

moment, as he plans to sell his herd

this spring and retire from farming, “a

business that had been good to me.”

Though the business might have

been good to him, his knees have

not, and he also believes it is time

to escape from the seven-day-a-week

task of dairy farming.

Glen recalled he had never pushed

his son to follow in his career path but

had been “happy” when he did.

When Randy took up dairy

farming more than 20 years ago,

Three generations of the Dreier Family have earned the American FFA Degree. All are avid

fans of agriculture and hope to be involved in it in some capacity all their lives. Glen Dreier

is seated while Randy, left, and Derek show off their awards.

however, times were different,

according to Glen. Mega-farms,

something all three Dreiers view with

a degree of skepticism, could be the

future of agriculture.

Though Glen would be proud

to see his grandson enter the dairy

industry, he said he understood why

he might not want to do so.

Despite the uncertainty of the

dairy industry, it is a business Derek

is still flirting with while he works

toward a degree in elementary


“Mr. Von Ruden (agriculture

education teacher at Brookwood

High School) urged us to get a degree

even if we wanted to farm, because

no one can take that away from you,”

said Derek, who still helps on the

farm and maintains an interest in its


Clearly, the FFA organization

and the school’s agriculture teachers

played a major role in all three Dreiers’

lives. In fact, Glen and Randy shared

the same teacher, Richard Fossum.

Glen was Fossum’s student at the


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beginning of his career; and Randy, before he moved on

to a new position.

All three men say they were drawn to the activities

that FFA provided students and to the opportunities for

travel. Each had fond memories of the annual trip to the

Chicago Board of Trade.

“It was about production agriculture in my day,” noted

Glen, who observed that the organization had expanded

its base by bringing in a variety of other programs, such as

hydroponics, horticulture and food science.

In fact, nearly one-third of the FFA organization

membership consists of students from urban or suburban


Still, some of the core values remain the same. The

National FFA Degree is not won but earned.

Some of the many qualifications are the following: 1)

possession of a State Farm degree; 2) a scholastic record of

no less than a “C”; and 3) participation in five activities,

not including class time.

A candidate must also earn and productively invest

no less than $7,500 or work in excess in 2,250 hours and

earn and invest $1,500. Three years of agricultural training

and three years in the organization are also required, along

with other criteria.

Students must accomplish these goals at an age when

staying on task is often a challenge. But Derek, who

admitted he was eager to earn the degree, saw more than

just the discipline required to complete the program.

“It kind of shows how good they (Glen and Randy)

are as farmers and the work ethic they have passed on to


Beyond the inspiration of his family, Derek also gave

credit to Von Ruden.

“I had a lot of help from him,” he said.

Two more of Von Ruden’s students earned the degree:

Alex Neumann and Kayla Menn, whose father, Harvey,

also received the degree.

Three earning their American degrees in one year is

a point of pride to Von Ruden, who recalled all three

students as eager to learn and take on new tasks. He

values the FFA program not only for the activities and

experience it provides students, but also for the life skills

it teaches.

The FFA motto, “Learning to do, doing to learn,

earning to live, living to serve,” could also be a good

motto for life in general. Just ask Glen, Randy and Derek


“Haulers did a great job in snowstorm”

That’s a whole lot of snow!

Whether this Internet photo is

real or not, Northeast Iowa was

especially hard hit.

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The Swiss Valley Farms haulers went into overdrive, so to speak, in what

turned out to be an extremely difficult February weather-wise.

“During February, there was one of the worst blizzards the Midwest has seen

in twenty years with 18 inches of snow and even more falling in some of our

producer areas. Despite all this, our haulers got the milk picked up and delivered

to the receiving stations and cheese plants,” says Chris Hoeger, vice president

of Procurement for Swiss Valley Farms. “Anytime that much snow falls in one

day, you would expect trucks to be stuck in drifts and roads to be impassible,”

Hoeger says.

“But somehow, our haulers kept getting through. Virtually no milk had to

be dumped. I tip my hat to them. These haulers did a tremendous job and I

want to say ‘Thanks’. ”


N M P F Co m m e nts on IDFA S t u d y

“Study Miscalculates Impact

of Producer Response”

Industry NEWS

(NMPF Press Release)

Arlington, VA – The Informa Economics review of the

National Milk Producer Federation’s Foundation for the

Future dairy proposal was extremely limited in its scope

and failed to take into consideration how producers would

have cut their milk production in response to a reduction in

their milk checks, according to a new analysis by NMPF.

The NMPF analysis of the processor-funded Informa

study shows that under the Dairy Market Stabilization

program, dairy farmers would have received at least $3

billion more revenue had the stabilization program been in

place in 2009. That finding is corroborated by a separate,

new analysis done by the Dr. Scott Brown at the University

of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research


NMPF has proposed a series of new programs for

the U.S. dairy industry as part of its Foundation for the

Future dairy policy package, including the Dairy Market

Stabilization Program (DMSP). That program is designed to

reduce dramatic swings in market conditions that ultimately

result in negative margins, such as those experienced by

dairy farmers in 2009. The DMSP is activated only when

margins become compressed, due to low milk prices or high

feed costs. When they do, the program reduces the amount

that farmers are paid, to encourage them to temporarily

reduce their milk marketings. That, in turn, results in

increased producer margins. The money collected under

the DMSP is to be used to stimulate demand, through

product purchases.

In February, Informa Economics issued a report,

commissioned by the International Dairy Foods Association,

asserting that the Dairy Market Stabilization program, had

it been in place in between 2000 and 2009, would have

reduced farmers’ pay prices by $626 million (with $390

million of that total in 2009 alone). However, the Informa

study made no attempt to estimate how producers would

have altered their milk output, or how cheese purchases

would have helped producer incomes, had the program

been active during that period. Had it done so, it would

have found that the DMSP program would ultimately have

increased total farm revenue, according to NMPF.

“The purpose of the Informa study was transparent.

Its sole intent was to pit producer against producer, in

region by region, by focusing on the differences in the

total dollar reductions producers in various states would

have experienced,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO

of NMPF. “But the Dairy Market Stabilization Program

treats all producers equitably; they are all subject to the

same required production reduction percentages.”

In addition, the Informa report was incredibly

one-dimensional, in that “it didn’t make any effort to

acknowledge that when pricing signals are bad, farmers

react fairly quickly,” said Kozak. “Real-world experience

tells us that farmers respond to incentives and penalties,

like all rational economic actors. If they know they’ll get

paid less for their milk in the next month or two, they’ll

act accordingly. But you won’t find any acknowledgment

of that reality in the Informa study.”

In fact, the Informa report briefly admits that “it’s likely

that farmers…will try to limit production” during months

when the program is active, but then the report says that

“it’s nearly impossible to say exactly what the impact on

milk production will be.” In essence, it only applied the

structure of the DMSP plan on activities that had already

occurred, without any modeling of how people would have

responded, according to Kozak.

In order to present a dynamic model of how the Market

Stabilization program would actually affect milk production,

NMPF’s Vice President for Economic Policy, Dr. Peter

Vitaliano, estimated the behavior of dairy producers during

the months when the program would have been triggered

in the past two years. NMPF’s own econometric analysis

shows that had the DMSP program been in place in 2009,

the average U.S. all-milk price would have been $1.90/cwt.

higher during 2009, raising farm revenue by $3 billion.

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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

Marv Thompson Raw Milk Sales

617 Monroe St. • Sparta, WI 54656

Office 608.366.1770

Home 608.269.4850

Ron Brenner Field Supervisor

1817 Loomis St. • LaCrosse, WI 54603

Office 608.366.1770

Home 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

Plant 608.348.3932

Home 608.943.6240

Lynne Melchert

117 Culver Rd. NE • Hopkinton, IA 52237

Office 563.926.2363

Home 563.926.2794

Jim Murphy

430 Linden • West Union, IA 52175

Office 563.422.5789

Mobile 563.380.0393

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

Office 608.366.1770

Home 608.269.5452

Somatic Cell Range -- Percentage

listed is based on number of A


0 - 100,000....................................................... 7 %

100,001 - 200,000..................................... 32%

200,001 - 300,000...................................... 28%

300,001 - 400,000...................................... 18%

400,001 - 500,000........................................ 6%

500,001 and above................................... 8%

During the Month of January,

these Swiss Valley Farms

Members averaged below 100,000 for their

Somatic Cell count.



BAUS, RON & MARY 69,000















H D FARMS LLC 95,000





JOHNSON, ROY A. 91,000










MAIER, JULIE K. 82,000

MARTIN, JOHN E. 51,000



MEIER, MIKE 66,000

MILLS, JAKE 55,000





REGO, JACOB B. 90,000

















S w i s s V a l l e y G a l s F a l l M e e t i n g s

Iowa School District Hears the Facts About Dairy

Leah Henkes, Luana, Iowa (Iowa State University

Dairy Science student, dairy producer and past dairy

princess), teamed up with Midwest Dairy staff member

Nikki Stahr to showcase dairy nutrition to more than

90 fifth grade students at Schueler Elementary School

in Des Moines. They used “From Farm to Food to You”

educational materials, trivia questions and a “Think your

Drink” activity, plus Leah brought in feed samples from

her family farm.

The presentation was scheduled in response to a

radical non-credentialed fitness group’s presentation and

YouTube video that misrepresented the dairy industry and

gave false nutrition statements about milk. The teacher

was devastated that her students were exposed to such an

extreme radical viewpoint and received information not

supported by science. She brought it to the principal’s


The students’ questions were in direct response to the

radical video, and Leah and Nikki were able to provide

them with the truth.


Component Tests Via E-mail

To further assist our co-op members in getting their test results as quickly as possible, members now can elect to have their

pickup component test results e-mailed to them each Monday through Saturday.

If you want to get your test results over the Internet, you will need to supply Swiss Valley Farms with a working e-

mail address. To set this up, use the e-mail account you would like to have your tests sent to and send an e-mail to:

Include in this e-mail both your farm name AND farm number, then retype your e-mail address in the letter. Swiss Valley

Farms will discontinue sending your test result with your hauler and you will receive them via this e-mail address.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Genthe at 563-583-7669 or contact your Swiss Valley field representative.




Brownsville, Wis.


Sherrill, Iowa


Ferryville, Wis.

Just a Reminder:

Adulterated Milk Will Be Rejected

The Pasteurized Milk Ordinance defines Abnormalities of Milk as the following

types of lacteal secretions that are not suitable for sale for Grade “A” purposes.

1. Abnormal Milk: Milk that is visibly changed in color, odor and/or


2. Undesirable Milk: Milk that, prior to the milking of the animal, is

expected to be unsuitable for sale, such as milk containing colostrum.

3. Contaminated Milk: Milk that is un-saleable or unfit for human

consumption following treatment of the animal with veterinary products, i.e.

antibiotics, which have withhold requirements, or treatment with medicines or

insecticides not approved for use on dairy animals by FDA or the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA).

rapid milk

test results

Members who would like to

get their milk test results can

call our toll free number:


Our Dubuque Procurement

office is staffed with real people

(no recordings) on Monday

through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30

p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00

a.m. to 12:00 Noon.

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Post Office Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808




Permit No. 141

Davenport, IA

Address Service Requested

Hurry!! 2011 Swiss Valley

scholarship deadline is March 31

Applications for the Swiss Valley Farms 2011 Scholarship Contest are now available. The co-op is opening the

scholarship competition earlier in the year to help students gain access to these funds before the fall. If you are

a high school senior or are currently enrolled in a college or technical school, or plan to enroll in the fall, it is

time to get your application for a 2011 Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative Scholarship.

The co-op is pleased to again offer five agriculture scholarships in addition to three scholarships for non-agriculture


Co-op members who are studying agriculture-related majors can compete for five scholarships . . . two for $1,000

and three for $500. These scholarships are designed to promote the study of agriculture beyond the high school level.

There are also three $500 scholarships for students studying in any field.

To be eligible for any of these scholarships, an applicant must be a co-op member or a son or daughter of a

co-op member, or the manager or operator of a farm for a Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative member, or a student

whose family manages or operates a farm for a Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative member at the time of submitting the

scholarship application and when the cash awards are made.

Any high school graduate or any 2011 college student who meets these qualifications is eligible to apply for

a scholarship. However, if you have won a Swiss Valley Farms scholarship in the past, you are ineligible to win


The applicant must be enrolled full-time in an accredited university, college or vocational-technical institution

for a degree program or short-course program. To get an application, go and look under Member

Benefits. Or e-mail

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