September 2011 - Swiss Valley Farms

September 2011 - Swiss Valley Farms

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Something to celebrate!

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

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

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


Abraham Lincoln once said,

“Don’t worry when you are

not recognized, but strive to be

worthy of recognition.”

I am always impressed with the effort

put forth each day by our Members and

employees in the work they do, often

without public recognition. That is why

when they are acknowledged for their

achievements, I want to make sure the

word gets out. Below are just some of

the noteworthy achievements we can all

celebrate this summer.

Enthusiastic Employees

We are proud to announce that

Jeff Jirik, VP/GM of our Blue Cheese

Division, has been elected to the

American Cheese Society (ACS) Board

of Directors. Jeff, who has been active

in ACS since 2001, was chosen because

of his extensive knowledge of artisanal

cheese making. In this position, Jeff will

further the organization’s commitment

to artisanal cheese growth in the United

States, an effort that will ensure increased

value for our milk.

Award-Winning Cheeses

This summer brought with it many

first, second and third place wins at

various dairy products competitions

throughout the region. St. Pete’s Select

from the Caves of Faribault took a

1st Place at the Minnesota State Fair

Cheese Contest. Mindoro received a

2nd Place win at the Wisconsin State

Fair for its Gorgonzola. Luana collected

four awards at the Illinois State Fair,

including a Grand Champion title for

Cream cheese, and two more awards

at the upcoming World Dairy Expo,

including a 1st Place finish for Sweet


Motivated Members

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill

Northey honored Kent and Sandy

Franks, who farm near St. Olaf in

CEO Don Boelens

Clayton County, as winners of the

“Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor

Award.” Northey presented the award

to the Franks family at the Iowa State

Fair. You can read more on this on Pg. 4

of this issue.

Tom and Joan Oberhaus, Waukesha,

Wis. won the first-ever “Chairman’s

Award for Dairy” at the Wisconsin State

Fair. This award is given to someone

who designs and mans a booth in the

state fair dairy barn that “presents and

promotes a positive image of Agriculture

to the public.” Read more about this on

Pg. 6.

Even the little boy on our September

Dairyman cover (see Pg. 15) is typical

of hundreds of our members who take

pride in their cows by showing them off

at their local fairs. Good job!

Achievements like these are

something to celebrate – they speak

to the quality of our products and the

passion, talent and expertise present in

our organization. It just adds to my

pride in this cooperative.


Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy

Looking for a way to manage the risk of falling milk prices

and rising feed costs?

Looking for opportunities to protect your operation

without the risk of making margin calls?

Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy (LGM), administered

and underwritten by RMA/USDA, may provide a great risk

management opportunity for you!

What does it do?

This dairy insurance policy manages the risk of falling milk

prices and rising feed costs.

LGM products can be tailored to a wide range of dairy

operations. These products are bundled options that insure the

producer’s gross margin over the period of insurance. LGM

(Livestock Gross Margin) for Dairy is a package, like bundled

options -- you have a corn call, a soybean meal call and milk

put bundled together with no off-setting CME or CBOT

transactions to create market shift.

When compared to options, LGM may be a better fit

since options cover fixed amounts of commodities and those

commodity contracts may be too large for risk management

strategies for some dairies.

What is the Margin?

Your Expected Gross Margin (insurable margin) is the

average price of milk in cwt you choose to insure minus the

average price of corn and soy meal times the tons of corn and

soy meal you choose to insure. The average of the milk, corn

and meal closing prices from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,

prior to sales day is used in the estimated insurable gross margin


by Marv Carlson, DGM, LLC

When Can I Buy LGM for Dairy?

LGM for Dairy insurance is offered for purchase at the end

of each calendar month on the last business Friday.

You can insure one month or a combination of months up

to 10 months each sales day.

Preparation for participation includes knowing a reasonable

estimate of your expected cost of production, calculating

feed needs for the insurance period and estimating monthly

marketings of milk. You do not have to insure all of the milk

you expect to produce for a given month at one time. You can

insure a percentage of each month’s production several times

throughout the year. The maximum insurable production is

240,000 cwt or 24 million pounds in each crop year.

Historical data and other information can be found on

our website Take a look at our

Premium Estimator and review historical data regarding LGM

for Dairy.

Be sure to make plans to attend one of these upcoming

LGM for Dairy information meetings in September.

Co-op NEWS

Special Meetings to Examine Dairy Gross Margin Insurance

It is important in today’s dairy industry to check out all the options available to help a dairy producer manage risk. Here is

a rare opportunity designed especially for you to fully examine the benefits of Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy and see if it is

helpful to your operation.

Swiss Valley Farms and Dairy Gross Margin, LLC are holding three producer information meetings in September. Come to

one of these meetings and get the information you need to make a decision regarding this tool.

The meeting schedule is:

September 19 @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with a 12:00 p.m. start time at Huckleberry’s Restaurant Prairie Du Chien, Wis.

September 19 @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. start time at the Best Western Plus Dubuque, Iowa

September 20 @ 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with a 12:00 p.m. start time at the Best Western Plus Dubuque, Iowa

Lunch and dinner are served at all these meetings.

To make a reservation to attend any of these information meetings, send an e-mail to nancy.feeney@swissvalley.

com or call Nancy Feeney at 563-468-6640.



WHO Agriculture Award

Franks Are ‘Good Neighbors’

At this year’s Iowa State Fair, Iowa Secretary of

Agriculture Bill Northey recognized Kent and

Sandy Franks, who farm near St. Olaf, Iowa,

as winners of the “Gary Wergin Good Farm Neighbor


They were nominated for the award by their neighbors

David and Michelle Moser. “I believe they deserve this

award for the way they care for everything around them;

their animals, friends, neighbors and their community.

The Franks family is everyone’s good neighbor,” Michelle

said in nominating the family. She added, “Kent and

Sandy are always more than willing to go out of their

way for a friend or neighbor. Kent says quite often, when

asked to help, ‘We need to help each other out because we

are all in this together’.”

Kent and Sandy, along with their teenage children

Bryon and Rachel, were recognized on the stage in the

Agriculture Building and presented a plaque by Northey.

After this ceremony, Sec. Northey, the Franks and the

Mosers walked to the WHO Radio broadcast booth and

were featured live on “The Big Show” broadcast.

“Kent and Sandy are another example of the farmers

we have in Iowa that take great care of their animals,

their neighbors and the land they farm and this award is

a chance to recognize those families that are the backbone

of Iowa agriculture,” Northey said. The Franks have an

80-cow registered Holstein and Ayrshire dairy farm near

St. Olaf. Their children are also active on the farm and

enjoy working with the cows.

Kent and Sandy are also active in the local community,

Top: Iowa Secretary

of Agriculture Bill

Northey, in yellow shirt,

presented the “Gary

Wergin Good Farm

Neighbor Award” to

Swiss Valley members

Kent and Sandy Franks

of St. Olaf, Iowa.

At right: Bryon Franks

makes a comment

to Secretary Northey

while the family waits

for the presentation

ceremony to begin in

the Agriculture Building

at the Iowa State Fair.

Bryon’s sister Rachael is

on the left.



serving on the Clayton County Extension Council,

county and district Holstein associations and the Clayton

County Dairy Promotion group. They also serve as 4-H

leaders and have been extremely active in Swiss Valley

Farms Young Cooperator Program, serving the co-op as

Outstanding Young Cooperator Winners and working

on the YC Steering Committee to plan and carry out the

annual YC Spring Breaks.

The Wergin Good Farm Neighbor award is made

possible through the financial support of The Coalition

to Support Iowa’s Farmers. The award is designed to

recognize Iowa livestock farmers who care for their farms,

neighbors and the environment. It is named in memory of

Gary Wergin, a long-time WHO Radio farm broadcaster

who helped create the award.

Member NEWS

The Franks and Iowa Secretary of Ag Bill Northey participated in a

live radio broadcast of “The Big Show” at the WHO-Radio broadcast

remote station on the fairgrounds. In the left of the photo is Michelle

and David Moser, who nominated the Franks for the “Good Farm

Neighbor” award.



Tom & Joan Oberhaus

Spreading the word about ag

Years of enthusiasm for dairying in Wisconsin came

shining through when Tom and Joan Oberhaus

of Waukesha entered a display in the state fair’s

first ever “Chairman’s Award for Dairy for Overall

Herdsmanship in Agricultural Education.” With the main

criteria for the display being “to present and promote a

positive image of Agriculture to the public,” the couple

found it an easy task.

Tom and Joan, along with their son Charlie, 18, own

and operate Cozy Nook Farm located just three miles west

of Waukesha where they milk 65 cows and raise a similar

number of young stock. The herd is mostly Brown Swiss

with a few Guernsey. This is Joan’s family farm where she

was born and raised.

The couple are active leaders in 4-H, Farm Bureau,

Dairy Promotion and breed functions. Tom just completed

a 6-year term on the National

Brown Swiss Board.

Being longtime 4-H leaders

and enthusiasts, the Oberhaus’

noticed the decline in interest

in 4-H and showing cattle at

the local fairs. Giving it some

serious thought, they came up

with a possible solution. Several

years ago, Tom and Joan began

inviting urban youth to join

4-H and visit their farm in the

evenings and on weekends to

learn about dairying and how to

show cows at the fairs. Now, 10

to 12 children and teens come

to the Oberhaus farm every year

to participate. Every summer,

these new 4-H’ers would show about 20 of the Oberhaus’

cows at the local and state fairs. “This is cool. You should

really try it,” Tom says. “Some of these kids get hooked on

showing cattle.”

Tom pointed out that a few of these urban 4-H

alumni are now pursuing dairy or ag-related careers.

“One is a Platteville graduate with a Dairy Science

degree who is now working as a herdsman on a local

farm,” Tom says. “A few other alums are at Madison and

Platteville studying dairy and pre vet.” Tom says he has

noticed that those who pursue other careers still remain

really great dairy boosters. “It has been a wonderful

opportunity for us to promote dairy, ag and farm life.”

Joan agrees. Tom says she designed their awardwinning

booth. “The 4-H alum kids and Charlie helped

her build it. I pounded nails as I was told.”

Tom and Joan Oberhaus and their

son Charlie show off the Chairman’s

Award for Dairy they won with their

entry in the Overall Herdsmanship

in Agricultural Education at the

Wisconsin State Fair.



Joan says, “The biggest challenge to the

dairy industry is public education. I just want

people to realize how important the dairy

industry is to Wisconsin.” Their display was

up in the state fair dairy barn from Aug 11-

14. Joan says this year’s fair set attendance

records of over 911,000 people for its 11-day

run. “So lots of people had the opportunity

to see dairy cows and the booth!”

To be the first winners at the Wisconsin

State Fair of this new award is a special honor

for this dairy family. “Another big reward to

us from winning this is we get free entries,

fair passes and parking at next year’s fair,”

Tom said. “With as many entries as we have,

that is worth a lot of money to us!”

Pictured above is part of the display set up by the Oberhaus Family

in the dairy barn at the Wisconsin State Fair. Below, Charlie, second

from right, gathers with a few of the 4-H’ers who showed the

Oberhaus cows at the fair.

Member NEWS



Koopmann Brothers experience

One flood = one long night

by Nancy Feeney

On the evening of July 27th, Brent Koopmann was

disappointed when an oncoming thunderstorm

brought an abrupt end to his daughter Kyndall’s

first birthday party. Never in his wildest dreams could

he have imagined what further grief that thunderstorm

would cause on his farm before the morning dawned.

This was the storm system that eventually dumped 12 to

15 inches of rain on Dubuque, Iowa and the surrounding

area, resulting in flooding of historical proportions and

millions of dollars in damage.

Brent and his brother Chad milk 125 cows on their

240-acre dairy in Epworth, Iowa. The dairy was originally

begun by their grandfather in 1942 and their father Tom

Koopmann and their uncle Jerry Koopmann had farmed

it for 41 years. The brothers took over the farm operation

from their dad and uncle in January 2008.

The dairy sits along the banks of John’s Creek, which

drains water from the nearby town of Farley. Over the

years, the Koopmann family had seen the creek rise and

fall many times. But as Uncle Jerry put it, “In the 66 years

I’ve lived here, I’ve never seen anything like this.”

The hard rainfall, thunder and lightning that brought

the Koopmann family get together to an abrupt conclusion

continued on through the evening. Uncle Jerry called

Brent at midnight to say he had water coming into his

basement; could he borrow the dry/vac? Brent, who lives

with his wife Julie on the dairy, recalls that when he looked

outside at that time, the creek was up but still in its banks.

“But at 1:30 a.m., the creek just rose right up,” he says.

John’s Creek had turned into a raging river.

Brent remembers the sick feeling in his stomach when

he couldn’t see any of the cows. “I thought, ‘Oh, my God!

Our cattle are gone!’” he says. “That was my biggest fear.”

A quick flash of lightning in the black night revealed a

glimpse of a huddled mass of Holsteins standing up


against a fence line by a corn field on the far side of the

water. He ran back to the house to call his brother Chad

and sound the alarm. The water was already in one barn

and was heading towards the milk house.

He also called his parents, Tom and Helen, to alert

them to the rising waters. “Their home sits on a creek

that this one flows into,” Brent says. “They usually help

with the morning milking.” When his parents got up to

check, their home was already surrounded by flood waters

and they had three feet of water in their basement. “They

could not have gotten out if they wanted to.”

Chad joined Brent on the dairy and together they

started pulling equipment out of their milk house office.

“We got the computer out and the semen tank. Then

the water started seeping in the front parlor door.” The

brothers were wary of the dangers of electrocution from

walking in the water in the office. “We quickly unplugged

the refrigerator and anything else we could think of.” For

the next half an hour, the water continued to pour inside

the milk house. Before they knew it, there was a foot of

water in the pit of their triple-four Trigon parlor. By the

time the water crested at 3 a.m., there was five feet of

water in their milking pit.

“The water went down as quickly as it had risen,”

Brent says. After the crest, the water began to drain

from their milk house and the brothers immediately

began the massive cleanup. Their next goal was to get the

parlor cleaned up, sanitized and ready for their morning


As dawn approached, an exhausted Brent and Chad

got their first look at the damage the flood waters had

left behind. Several tractors had been up to their axles in

water. One corn picker head had been submerged and

their skid loader, which was parked in the freestall barn,

had been underwater and was inoperable. A large supply

“I thought, ‘Oh, my God!

Our CATTLE are GONE!’ ”

--- Brent Koopmann


“In the 66 YEARS

I’ve lived here, I’ve NEVER seen

anything LIKE THIS.”

of big square bales of hay and corns stalks were soaked

and ruined. A hayrack floated a quarter-mile downstream

and lay in a mangled heap of tires and metal against a tree.

Water ran through the free stall barn, soaking the bedding


The most amazing feat accomplished by the flood

waters was moving a 220-ton plastic silo bag more than

240 yards before it came to rest in a corn field. The end

--- Jerry Koopmann

of the bag was still sealed and the feed was still in good

condition. The brothers now drive their TMR to the bag

in the middle of the corn field to retrieve the feed. The

corn surrounding the bag was totally soaked in the flood

and must be plowed under.

And where were the cows? Their milking herd was in

another pasture downstream on the other side of the road

where the ground was a little higher. The flood waters had

Member NEWS


Brothers Chad, left, and Brent

Koopmann stand beside the now

tame John’s Creek in front of the

mangled remains of an old metal

hay rack.


Top, Brent

Koopmann points

to the fence

line by the corn

across the creek

where the dry

cows took shelter

just beyond the

swollen creek’s


At left, flood

waters carried a

220-ton bag of

feed 240 yards

into the nearby

corn field.

swept around the side of the bridge, digging out a 4-foot

wide hole. To get to the milking parlor that morning, the

cows had to wait for the creek to go down enough for

them to swim across. The Koopmann’s were able to milk

their 125 cows at about 8:30 that morning, just three

hours later than normal. Later in the day, they found

out that two of their dry cows were found on neighbors’

farms. The pair had taken a wild ride in the flood waters,

swimming under a bridge and landing in neighbors’

yards a half mile downstream. The brothers drove over to

retrieve them that afternoon.

The next day, when Brent and Chad had time to take

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a good look at their herd, they noticed some of them

had been injured by being pushed up against the fence

to escape the flood waters. “There were a lot of cuts and

bruises that had to be treated,” Brent says. “Two heifers

have such bad leg injuries, they may not make it.”

As bad as things were, Koopmanns’ were grateful that

their herd came through the flood as well as it did. However,

the damage to the buildings, equipment, bedding packs in

the free stall barns and stored feed will not be covered by

insurance. “We are going to grease everything and hope

it all still works,” Brent says. “I’m sure there will be more

repairs coming down the line, months from now.”


Swiss Valley Gals will get

a ‘Taste’ of the ‘Caves’

The 2011 Swiss Valley Gals meetings will be fun for all, with a lively speaker and two interesting meeting locations.

I hope you will be able to find the time to join your fellow co-op members for one of these meetings.

This year’s speaker is Jeff Jirik, the co-op’s V.P. of Blue Cheese Operations, who will take you on a virtual tour of

the Caves of Faribault. Jeff’s enthusiasm for cheese and these historical caves is unlimited! He is also an authority on

how to really “taste” cheese and with his assistance you will participate in a most entertaining cheese sampling session.

Swiss Valley Gals will enjoy Jeff’s informal and robust delivery and his unbeatable knowledge of the Caves of Faribault

in Minnesota as well as the chemistry of cheese tasting.

Both meeting locations offer unusual properties for the Swiss Valley Gals to explore. The exciting 3-story Barn

House in Epworth, Iowa with its many charmingly decorated bedrooms and reception areas was such a hit at last year’s

meeting, a repeat visit was quickly planned.

This fall, the Prairie du Chien meeting will offer an unusual treat for the ladies. The meeting will be held on the

back veranda of the Villa Louis Historical Home on the Mississippi River

waterfront. Attendees will be served an old-fashioned luncheon, befitting

the 19th Century Victorian time period and style of the elegant home.

Following Jeff’s talk at 2 p.m., the Gals are invited to stay for a guided tour

of the Villa Louis Mansion.

All you have to do to participate in any of these meetings is to mark the

date on your calendar and fill out and return the postage-paid reservation

card you received in your last milk check. It is very important that you

make a reservation for your meeting.

Any woman who is a Swiss Valley Farms member or who works for a

Swiss Valley Farms dairy is a Swiss Valley Gal and is invited to attend these

meetings. The Swiss Valley Gals is a unique women’s organization founded

in 1980 by several co-op women who were eager to gather together other

female co-op members to discuss topics that would advance the business

interests of the women’s dairies, inform them about their cooperative and

possibly improve their lifestyle. “Farm Business off the Farm” is the original

motto of the organization.

Swiss Valley Gals speaker Jeff Jirik

stands amongst hundreds of wheels

of Blue cheese resting in the “Caves of


Member NEWS

2011 Swiss Valley Gals Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 22 – Prairie du Chien, Wis at the Villa Louis Historical House

Friday, Sept. 23 – Epworth, Iowa at the Barn House

Registration: 11 a.m. Lunch: 11:45 a.m. Speaker: 12:30 p.m.

Adjournment: 2 p.m.

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T i m e i s R u n n i n g O u t !

Get in the Calendar photo contest

Co-op NEWS

Time is running out to enter photos for the 2012

Swiss Valley Farms Member Calendar. The dealine is

Sept. 30th.

Photo quality and sharp focus are major considerations.

A picture must be enlarged to 11” by 9” in order to fit on

a calendar page. Large file digital photos are the best. If

you don’t have a digital camera, make an 8” by 10” print

of your photo and submit that. Only submit photos that

you personally have taken. Photos taken by non-member,

professional photographers cannot be used.

Fill out the form below and include it with your

submission. If you are e-mailing the photo, include all of

this information in your e-mail at the time of submitting

the photo. Then please mail a signed copy of this form to

Nancy Feeney at the address below.

Name of person who took the Photo:



City:_______________State:_______ Zip:_____

Phone Number:__________________________

E-mail address:__________________________

Farm Name or Producer #:_________________

Names of people in the photo:______________

Where was the photo taken:________________

Who is your Swiss Valley Field Rep?__________

Signature of Contributor:____________________

Important Information:

• All submitted photos become the property of

Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative.

• The entry form on this page will serve as a

permission slip to use the photo in printed materials

and/or for advertising purposes. All entries must

provide all of the requested information in order

to qualify.

• No images will be returned.

• By signing the official entry form, you understand

that the images will not be returned and each

photo submitted comes with full and exclusive

rights for Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative to

print the photo, without credit, in Swiss Valley

Farms literature, without further obligation to

the photographer or those people who have their

person or items in the photo.

• Please submit Landscape/Horizontal photos only,

so they will fit on a horizontal calendar page.

• Submit your entries by Sept. 30, 2011 to:

Swiss Valley Farms Cooperative

Calendar Photo Contest

P.O. Box 4493

Davenport, Iowa 52808


E-mail photos to:


Cash prizes will

be awarded for

the top three


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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

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.......................................................4 %

100,001 - 200,000..................................... 23%

200,001 - 300,000...................................... 26%

300,001 - 400,000...................................... 22%

400,001 - 500,000........................................ 12 %

500,001 and above................................... 13%

During the Month of July,

these Swiss Valley Farms

Members averaged below 100,000 for

their Somatic Cell count.

BAUS, RON & MARY 76,000















KLEIN, ERIC C. 98,000

KLEIN, MARK A. 98,000

LEAHY, MIKE JR. 96,000



MAIER, JULIE K. 99,000

MARTIN, JOHN E. 97,000

MILLS, JAKE 47,000





REGO, JACOB B. 89,000








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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

ON THE COVER: A Great Summer at the Fair

It was one hot, sweaty summer for fair attendees, but

that didn’t stop anyone. It certainly didn’t stop young

Korey Schantz, 6-year-old son of Alan & Karen Schantz,

Strawberry Point.

This little 1st grader enjoys helping his mom milk the

cows and feed the calves as well as riding with his dad

in the tractor. Korey has two favorite calves, Katie and

Marie, and this summer was a particularly good year for

this young lad and these calves at the fairs.

We know this because Korey was more than eager

to show off his trophies to Swiss Valley field rep Lynne

Melchert when she stopped by the Schantz farm in early

August. The little showman came tripping out of the

house with an armload of goodies. It turned out to be a

golden Kodak moment for Lynne, who always carries her

digital camera with her.

Shown on this month’s cover is Korey and all his fair


Blue Ribbons in the Novice Class (6 years and under)

– District 1 Junior Holstein Show

Fayette County Kiddie Calf Show Champion – (5

– 7 years olds)

Kiddie Calf Showmanship – Clayton County Fair.

(This trophy was donated by the Virgil Kregel Memorial,

a former long-time Swiss Valley Farms director.)

That sharp and shiny medallion around Korey’s neck

is given to everyone who participates in the Clayton

County Fair.

Good job, Korey!


swiss valley farms


Antibiotic Policy

toward the cost of the test kit.

If a member suspects All claims must be received by

antibiotics in his or her bulk tank the corporate office for payment no

& calls a SWISS VALLEY FARMS later than 60 days after the milk was

field representative to report this dumped.

before dumping the milk:

The earliest dated claim turned

•1st time in a calendar year, in will be paid at 80% payment.

the coop will pay 80% of the milk. If antibiotics are found to

•2nd & 3rd times in a calendar be present in a farm truckload

year, the coop will pay 50% of the as a result of a screening test, the


member will NOT be paid for

•Over 3 times in a calendar that shipment of milk, and will be

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

assessed as follows:

Full cost of net load

plus the cost of disposal.

Net load = total pounds on the

VALLEY FARMS, CO. will load minus the member’s pounds.

reimburse that member $75.00

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.

Need some new clothes?

Perhaps something with the Swiss Valley Farms logo on it?

Go to the “Member” section of and

click on “Merchandise”

You’ll find lots of fun and useful wearables, great for wearing yourself or as a gift!

SEPTEMBER 2011 page 15

Your copy of


S w i s s V a l l e y F a r m s c o o p e r a t i v e

Post Office Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808




Permit No. 141

Davenport, IA

Address Service Requested

Co-op Members & Employees -

Take Advantage of your Exclusive Discount... the Cheese Cave Online Store!

Did you know that as a Swiss Valley Farms Co-op member or Employee you receive a special 25% discount*

when you shop at the Cheese Cave Online Store? Support your Co-op by buying direct and receive

shipments** of award-winning Swiss Valley Farms and Caves of Faribault cheeses right to your door!

Specialty cheeses are perfect for entertaining friends and family, and they make wonderful gifts!

Ordering is easy! Look for the active Promo Code each month in the Dairyman. Visit and

use the shopping cart to order your cheeses. Before you submit your order, simply enter the code in the

box as shown to receive your special discount.


VALID 9/15/11 THROUGH 10/15/11





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Not applicable on merchandise or other food items. Not redeemable for cash. **Cost of shipping not

included in discount. All orders ship 2 nd -Day UPS.

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