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FOR The THE ‘Dream’ KIDS, Came SUMMERTIME
MEANS for kanables! FAIR TIME
w i t h i n t h e c o - o p
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
Editor/ Member Relations Mgr.
Swiss Valley Farms, Co. will produce,
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Customers & Consumers
Swiss Valley Board Officers
Pam Bolin................................................Clarksville, IA
Randy Schaefer....................................Blue Grass, IA
Francis Leibfried.................................Cuba City, WI
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.
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.
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
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
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.
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
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 www.dairygrossmargin.com. Take a look at our
Premium Estimator and review historical data regarding LGM
Be sure to make plans to attend one of these upcoming
LGM for Dairy information meetings in September.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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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.
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
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
“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
Brothers Chad, left, and Brent
Koopmann stand beside the now
tame John’s Creek in front of the
mangled remains of an old metal
to the fence
line by the corn
across the creek
where the dry
cows took shelter
just beyond the
At left, flood
waters carried a
220-ton bag of
feed 240 yards
into the nearby
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
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 FARMS DAIRYMAN
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
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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SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
T i m e i s R u n n i n g O u t !
Get in the Calendar photo contest
Time is running out to enter photos for the 2012
Swiss Valley Farms Member Calendar. The dealine is
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:
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:____________________
• 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
• 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
Nancy Feeney Member Relations
3855 Manchester Dr • Bettendorf, IA 52722
Tim Genthe Lab & Safety Manager
803 S. School St. • Cuba City, WI 53807
Marv Thompson Raw Milk Sales
617 Monroe St. • Sparta, WI 54656
Ron Brenner Field Supervisor
1817 Loomis St. • LaCrosse, WI 54603
Thomas Tegeler Field Supervisor
1320 1 1/2 St. SW • Dyersville, IA 52040
259 E. Lakeview Dr. • LaFarge, WI 54639
7105 N. Freeport Rd. • Forreston, IL 61030
6142 Roller Coaster Rd. • Epworth, IA 52045
319 9th St. • Waverly, IA 50677
225 S. Clifton • Livingston, WI 53554
117 Culver Rd. NE • Hopkinton, IA 52237
430 Linden • West Union, IA 52175
304 Dale Dr. • Montfort, WI 53569
W 1919 Hofa Park Dr. • Seymour, WI 54165
309 North St. • Sparta, WI 54656
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
BEACHY, NORMAN 78,000
BENNETT, JOHN & CHARLENE 57,000
BILL & LYNN VANDERHAM DAIRY LLC 92,000
BREUCKMAN, CHAD 69,000
BROCKMEYER, PAUL 61,000
CAROLAN, KEVIN & DONNA 66,000
DAMROW, DON & DONNA 74,000
DREIER, RANDY D. 83,000
FASSBENDER, PAUL G. 88,000
GIBRALTER FARMS LTD. 85,000
GILBERT, JOHN C. 85,000
HENDEL FARMS 78,000
KABARA, JAMES 83,000
KETCHUM, ROBERT C & TERRI A 62,000
KLEIN, ERIC C. 98,000
KLEIN, MARK A. 98,000
LEAHY, MIKE JR. 96,000
LUCAS, LAVERNE 90,000
MAIER, EUGENE H. 99,000
MAIER, JULIE K. 99,000
MARTIN, JOHN E. 97,000
MILLS, JAKE 47,000
NOLT, WESLEY 50,000
PETERSON, PER K. 42,000
PRIER, DONALD 88,000
REGO, DAVID & LINDA 89,000
REGO, JACOB B. 89,000
SCHAEFER, JEFFREY G. 86,000
SCHAEFER, KURT 86,000
SCHAEFER, SUSAN 86,000
SCHUMACHER, ALLAN 98,000
SCHUMACHER, JOYCE 98,000
SCHUMACHER, RICKY 98,000
STAUFFER, TITUS 81,000
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
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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,
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
Good job, Korey!
swiss valley farms
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
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 www.swissvalley.com 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
Address Service Requested
Co-op Members & Employees -
Take Advantage of your Exclusive Discount...
...at 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 cheesecave.com 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
NOT FOR USE BY NON CO-OP MEMBERS OR
NON-EMPLOYEES OF SWISS VALLEY FARMS
*Discount valid for Swiss Valley Farms, Mindoro, Amablu and other Caves of Faribault brand cheeses only.
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.