September 2006 Dave and Pam Bolin Receive Ralph Keeling Award

September 2006 Dave and Pam Bolin Receive Ralph Keeling Award

September 2006

Dave and Pam Bolin Receive Ralph Keeling Award


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Swiss Valley Board Officers


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

Vice President

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


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


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

Swiss Valley Directors

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

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

Steve Klug.....................................Spring Grove, MN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were Blue Ribbons

and smiles all around

for the cheese makers

from Swiss Valley

Farms’ Luana, Iowa, cheese plant

who scored high marks in the

Illinois State Fair Cheese Judging

Contest in mid-August.

One cheese in particular, lowfat

cream cheese, or Neufchatel,

made by Leland Moose, received

extra attention when the Chicago

Tribune mentioned his perfect

score of 95 on a reduced-fat

cheese in an article on the fair.

Luana cheese maker John

Wagner’s regular cream cheese

also garnered a 95.

“The many years of

experience by the Luana cream

cheese making team and the

excellent quality of the sweet

cream delivered there has resulted

in many top awards for both

these cream cheese styles over

the years,” says Greg Rexwinkel,

Vice President of Operations for

Swiss Valley Farms.

Cheese maker Sarah Howe

also picked up a Blue Ribbon at

the fair for her Baby Swiss, for

which she received a score of 94.

Cheese maker Don Klotzbach did

the same with his regular Swiss

cheese and a score of 94.

Swiss Valley Farms was

encouraged to submit cheeses to

this contest by Midwest Dairy


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Dave and Pam Bolin Receive Ralph Keeling Award

Dave and Pam Bolin of

Clarksville, Iowa, are

the recipients of the

2006 Ralph Keeling

Leadership Award, presented by the

Iowa State Dairy Association (ISDA).

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Patty

Judge and ISDA Board President Scott

Niess presented the award during the

Iowa State Fair.

Swiss Valley Farms members, the

Bolins operate Beaver Creek Farm,

a 75-cow dairy. Besides the Dairy

Industry, the Bolins are devoted to

their three sons and their families,

Matt (Ashley and grandson Noah),

Dan (Lynn), and James. Dave and

Pam are actively involved in the dairy

industry on local, state and national

levels and are dedicated leaders on the

farm and in the boardroom. They are

also active in their church, community

and school district. From coaching

4-H dairy judging and quiz bowl

teams and managing their own dairy

operation to serving on the National

Guernsey and National Dairy Boards,

they are committed to dairy on all


Dairy organizations they have

been involved with are the American

Guernsey Association, Butler County

Dairy Promoters, Iowa Guernsey Board,

Iowa Holstein Association, Iowa State

Dairy Association, Midwest Dairy

Association (MDA) Corporate Board,

MDA Iowa Division Board, MDA Iowa

Dairy Nutrition Council, National Milk

Producers Federation’s Young Cooperators

National Board, Swiss Valley Farms Board

and the Unified DHIC Board. A 16-year

veteran of the Swiss Valley Farms Board,

Pam currently serves as Secretary.

“The Bolins are shining examples of

the image of Iowa dairy producers,” says

J. Gordon Toyne, Swiss Valley Farms Co-

CEO. “When called on to speak before

a group or to the news media, they are

always relaxed, articulate and on target.

They truly represent the type of people

this award was designed to honor.”

The Ralph Keeling Leadership Award

was established in 1967 to recognize

individuals whose leadership efforts

contribute significantly to Iowa’s dairy

industry. It is presented annually to

outstanding leaders, in honor of the late

Ralph Keeling, a successful Iowa dairy

producer who devoted much of his time

promoting the state’s dairy industry

Top: Midwest Dairy representative Kent Lehs, right, was helped with the ice cream dipping by MDA summer intern Emily Schaefer.

Bottom: Secretary of Agriculture Patty Judge awards Pam and Dave Bolin, while their son James and Nicole Matlack look on.

SEPTEMBER 2006 page 3

member story


by Nancy Feeney

Mike Holschbach and his son Chase stand beside the 100-year old dairy barn.

Heatherstone Enterprises,

Inc. is a three-generation

Wisconsin family farm

that participates in cutting

edge, 21 st Century technology, creating

a wonderful blending of the old and


Owned by Swiss Valley Farms

members Mike and Valerie Holschbach,

the immaculate farmstead is located

just outside the city limits in Baraboo,

WI, along US Hwy 12 leading into

Madison. Originally purchased in

1974 by Valerie’s parents, Duane and

Carol Jean Hegna, the farm had been

linked to the name Heatherstone since

the ‘50’s, when Welsh ponies were bred

there. The Hegna’s decided to keep the

Heatherstone name with the farm when

they set up their dairy operation. The

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original barn is over 100 years old

and is the focal point of this renowned


Twenty –two years ago, Mike and

Valerie started farming here, purchasing

the personal property. Since that time

they have remodeled the main and

heifer barns, added another Harvestore

silo, TMR system, and most recently

built a 50-cow freestall barn. In

addition, the house and barn received

a “new look” with vinyl siding and a

major landscaping project completed

just in time for their eldest daughter’s

wedding this past June.

Family Operation

Mike and Valerie have enjoyed

working with the Hegna’s and raising

their three children on the farm. “This

is the best life --- raising family in a

rural setting and having everyone work

together as a family,” Mike says. “All

the children have learned responsibility

and take pride in our family farm.”

The two daughters, Brienne, 24,

now an elementary school teacher in

Madison, and Chelsea, 17, a senior

at Baraboo High School, fed calves,

handled the show animals and milked

when needed. Son Chase, 20, now

farms in partnership with his parents

and handles the majority of field work.

Mike admits, “We bought a new tractor

last year that I haven’t even been inside


The Hegna’s still help out on the

farm. Duane is readily available to

assist with field work, repairs and odd

jobs, while Jean helps Valerie maintain

the physical beauty of the farmstead.

A neat, well kept farm is important

to the Holschbach’s because they feel

it presents a positive image of dairy

farmers to consumers, visitors and

buyers. Each year the farm hosts many

national and international visitors,

school children, judging teams and

tourists that may stop when visiting

the local Circus World Museum or

Wisconsin Dells area. Peak season

for visitors is during the two-week

period surrounding World Dairy Expo

every fall. Mike states that in terms of

the marketing of their genetics, there

is nothing that can match WDE and

he is proud to serve on their Board of

Directors since 1997.

The Holschbach’s show their

Registered Holsteins at local, district,

state and national shows, and have

had six homebred All-American

nominations. While all three children

have done well showing their cattle,

the family most proudly notes that

three generations have won the


applying modern methods with great results.

Howard Clapp Award for Excellence

in Showmanship and Leadership at the

Wisconsin Jr. State Fair. Brienne won it

when she was 16, Mike at the age of 18,

and Grandma Carol Jean also while she

was in high school.


Mike developed his good eye for

dairy cows early on, competing on a

state winning 4-H dairy judging team in

Sheboygan County and as a student at

the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

He has since served as a dairy cattle

judge at many county fairs and state

shows, as well as internationally. So it

seemed only natural for Mike to desire

developing a herd of superior genetics.

The Holschbach’s currently milk

110 Holsteins, with a rolling herd

average of 27,000, 1000 fat and 880

protein. Several of the top cows in the

herd are flushed and embryos are put

back into their own cows to improve the

herd. Some of the resulting bull calves

fulfill A.I. contracts. They occasionally

sell frozen embryos to other countries

such as Japan, Brazil, Argentina,

Germany, England and France. Frozen

embryo sales have declined in recent

years, according to Mike. “Global

economies have affected these sales.

BSE has had a huge effect as well.”

Conservation Project

Heatherstone just wrapped up a

two-year project in cooperation with

the Sauk County Land Conservation

office. “Our farm is situated near a

creek and along a major highway. It is

The calf pens sit atop white cement apart from the free-stall barn area while blue harvestore

silos stand sentinel over all the buildings on Heatherstone Enterprises. Above: Bright, white

cement surrounds one of the many new water run offs to be found around the dairy.

We are doing our part to

protect the environment,while

the physical signs of the project . . .

add to the attractiveness of the

overall operation.

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very visible to the public eye,” Mike


The conservation office approached

the Holschbach’s about developing a

plan to direct the water run off from

the dairy away from the creek. The

water that comes into contact with the

cows and the manure is now directed to

another area where it congregates and

is dispersed with a double-filter strip.

The water is directed down into the

earth where it is sent through screens

and filters and layers of rock, gravel

and sand that clean the water as it

passes. After the debris left behind on

the surface dries, it can be scraped up

and spread on the fields for fertilizer.

Equally important, provisions were

made to collect the “clean water” or the

run off rain water that never comes in

contact with the cows. That rain water

runs off the buildings into gutters

and concrete waterways and is then

funneled down to the creek.

Cows no longer have access to the

creek. The fences have been moved

back from the creek and new lanes

created to direct the cows to pasture

away from the water. Native grasses

have been planted by the creek and

are prospering. “Some of these grasses

act as natural filters for water runoff,”

Mike explains.

“Working on this plan was a good

experience for us,” he added. “The

conservation office uses our farm as an

example of a water recovery project.

We are doing our part to protect the

environment, while the physical signs

of the project—new gutters, white

concrete runoffs and lanes, and the

pastoral setting of cows grazing in

a grassy, clean pasture just off the

highway—add to the attractiveness of

the overall operation.”

What does Heatherstone like best

about Swiss Valley Farms?

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Mike doesn’t hesitate to reply,

“Ken Ley, my field rep, the milk

haulers from Spensley Trucking and

Gini (Korzelik), from the Dubuque

quality lab who I call on to check my

somatic cell counts, are my support

staff. I enjoy working with these people

and value their assistance.”

“As a producer of quality milk, I

also appreciate the effort put forth by

SVF to create markets for that milk.

Low fat cream cheese and 1% and non

fat chocolate milk are products that suit

today’s consumer demands.”

Adopting modern technology has

positioned this latest generation family

farm to prosper into the 21 st Century

while still enjoying the values and

lifestyle that has attracted people to

stay on the farm for the past hundred

years. Swiss Valley Farms wishes them

the best.

Heatherstone Enterprises family members are, from left, Mike and Valerie Holschbach, son

Chase and daughter Chelsea, and Valerie’s parents, Duane and Carol Jean Hegna.



by Ron Schroder

Recently a woman who works

for a local radio station was

standing in the bottled water

section at a Hy-Vee grocery

store. Another woman came up to the

section and looked over the options for

bottled water, and noticed Swiss Valley’s

Icy Springs brand. She said “I didn’t

know Swiss Valley made water. But with

their name on it, you know it has to be

good”. She proceeded to buy several


What a great testimonial to

the quality of our products and the

reputation of our company! Consumers

around the Midwest trust Swiss Valley to

make consistently great tasting foods and

beverages that they can be confident in

serving to their families. That reputation

will become increasingly important as

our competition becomes stronger and

more diverse.

Particularly in the beverage category,

we now have competitors coming at us

from every direction. Who would have

thought 20 years ago that something

we can get for free from the tap would

become a multi-billion dollar industry?

It’s true. Bottled water is now the second

best selling beverage of any kind in the

U.S., behind only carbonated soft drinks.

That means bottled water outsells milk,

coffee, tea, beer and fruit juice.

The two leading brands in the

bottled water industry are from soft

drinks companies, with Aquafina® from

Pepsi and Dasani® from Coca-Cola. Our

Icy Springs brand continues to grow,

but remains a small part of our business.

Focus throughout the organization is

appropriately on dairy products, and it is

a challenge to gain shelf space and sales

when competing against large, profitable

companies like Coke and Pepsi when they

are pouring millions of dollars into the

development of their water businesses.

Bottled water is a great example

of what can happen to the sales of a

food or beverage when it is offered to

consumers in a convenient form. Now

it is considered cool for kids from grade

school through college to grab bottled

water as their drink of choice, whereas

in the past that was never the case for

the “boring” water from the tap. This

is similar to what the milk industry has

done with single serve milk during the

past 15 years.

In this challenging competitive

environment, we need to continue

working hard on all aspects of our

business, so that we maintain our hardearned


SEPTEMBER 2006 page 7


Several Swiss Valley Farms members were crowned

Clayton County Dairy Royalty at their dairy


Megan Kregel is the 2006 Clayton County

Dairy Princess. She is the daughter of Gary and Darlene

Kregel of Guttenberg, Iowa. Megan is a senior at Clayton

Ridge High School in Guttenberg. Her main duty on the

farm is calf care, but she also works in the milking parlor

when needed. After graduation, she plans to attend NICC

in Calmar, Iowa to get her two-year degree in dairy science.

She will then transfer to ISU in Ames.

Katie Kraus was crowned Alternate Clayton County

Dairy Princess. Her little sister, Emily Kraus, was crowned

the Clayton County Alternate Little Miss Squirt. They are the

daughters of Dave and Renae Krause of Guttenberg, Iowa.

Katie is a senior at Clayton Ridge High School. She feeds

the calves on their farm and will be busy this year helping

out with dairy promotions at banks and schools. Emily is a

3 rd grader at Clayton Ridge. She likes to feed the calves and

help out around the farm.


Gina Clemen is the 2006 Dubuque County Dairy Princess. She is the

daughter of Dan and Laurie Clemen, Holy Cross, Iowa. Gina is a senior

at Western Dubuque High School, where she is involved in Student

Council, Environmental Club, Cross Country, Future Business Leaders

of America and National Honor Society. On the farm, she feeds calves and helps

milk the cows. “What I love most about living on a dairy farm is how it has

helped me to become the responsible and hard-working individual I am today,”

Gina says.


Amanda Engelken, 6, is the Delaware County Little Miss Squirt Alternate for

2006. She is the daughter of Tom and Cherrie Engelken of Earlville, Iowa.

Amanda is a 1st grader at Maquoketa Valley Elementary. She likes to help

feed calves, milk cows, play with her calves and her cats and dogs.


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Sisters Sarah Bahl, 19, and

Becca Bahl, 17, of Dubuque,

Iowa, are both royalty this

year. They are the daughters

of Swiss Valley Farms members Martin

and Linda Bahl.

A senior at Wahlert High School,

Becca was crowned the 2006 Dubuque

County 4-H Fair Queen. She helped to

Ashley Nimtz, 16, of

Monticello, Wis, was

crowned the 2006-2007

New Glarus Dairy Queen

and went on to win the Green County

Dairy Queen title after an all-day

interview process. She is the daughter

of Swiss Valley Farms members Jeff

and Julie Nimtz.

The Green County competition

ended with one big question in front of

the over 200 people in attendance. “If

you could meet anyone dead or alive,

who would it be? And why?” “I told

them I would like to meet my great

grandfather,” she said, “because he

was a very hard working dairy farmer.”

Ashley looks forward to her year as

Green County Dairy Queen. “This

promote the fair around the county and

was also busy during the fair passing out

show ribbons, helping out during Kid’s

Day and basically making appearances

everywhere she could throughout the


On the family’s farm, Becca helps

with the calf feedings. After graduation,

she plans to attend college and study

either dentistry or accounting.

Sarah Bahl, the Dubuque County

Dairy princess alternate, participated

in the Iowa State Dairy princess

contest in August, where she finished

in the top five. She also was voted

“Miss Congeniality” by her fellow


Sarah is a sophomore at Clark

College in Dubuque, where she is

studying nursing and biology. She

occasionally works at a nursing home.

When asked what she does on her

parents’ farm, she laughed, “What don’t

I do on the farm?”

“I help milk the cows, I help with

is fun for me because I get to do the

two things I love to do best: such as

promoting the Agricultural Industry, as

well as the Dairy Industry.”

Ashley helps out on her family’s

farm by keeping track of vaccination

records, herd health, feeding the cattle,

as well as mowing hay all summer long.

She is a junior at New Glarus High

School, where she was recently inducted

into the National Honor Society. She

is very active in the New Glarus FFA

Chapter, the New Glarus High School

Band, athletics and Student Council.

She is currently President of the New

Glarus 4-H Club.

She hopes to attend the University

of Wisconsin, Madison and eventually

become a large animal veterinarian.

field chores, mix feeds, haul manure

and handle the records. The sky is the


Sarah explained that her father had

knee surgery this summer and she got

to plant oats for the very first time. “It

was fun. I hope they’re in right!”


SEPTEMBER JULY 2006 2006 page 9


July 2006 Board Minutes

The regular Board of Directors meeting of Swiss Valley

Farms, Co. was held July 25, 2006 at the Dubuque Fluid Milk

Plant Board Room in Dubuque, IA. President Donald Peterson,

Cashton, WI, called the meeting to order at 9:43 a.m. All Board

members were present except Jim Oelfke, Hamburg, MN and

Dale Humpal, Ridgeway, IA. The Co-CEO Team of J. Gordon

Toyne and Donald Boelens also were present.

The following business was transacted:

• The minutes of the June 27 and 28, 2006 Board of

Directors meeting were read and approved as read.

• The Board approved to donate $200 to the Farmington

Volunteer Fire Department in Mindoro, WI.

• The Board approved to donate $100 to the Iowa FFA’s

Dairy Career event.

• The Board approved to pay 3 rd quarter dues to NMPF.

• Toyne addressed communications to the Board.

• Directors’ concerns and comments were addressed by Toyne.

• The Management and Financial reports were presented by

Boelens and approved.

• Toyne reported on the comparative milk report.

• The Board approved the capital budget through July 25,


• The Executive Session was opened and closed.

• Jim Allison, from Emmer and Associates, addressed the


• Pan Bolin, Clarksville, IA, reported on the Member

Relations Committee meeting.

• The Board approved to pay NMPF dues next year.

• Jim Schmitt, Sherrill, IA, reported on the Finance

Committee meeting.

• Toyne reported on CMPC.

• G. Joe Lyon, Toledo, IA, reported on the MDA Research

Center meeting and the Midwest Dairy Association

Board meeting.

• Loyde Beers, Eastman, WI, and Peterson reported on the

WFC/MAC meeting.

• Boelens, Toyne and Peterson reported on the WI Dairy Coop


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Upon motion and second, the meeting was

adjourned at 2:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Pam Bolin


Report Blames Sugary Drinks For

Weight Gain, Urges Americans To

Cut Back

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

A review article in the August issue of the American

Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that soda

consumption increases the risk of diabetes, fractures,

weight gain, obesity and cavities. The authors report that

drinking one soda a day can lead to a one-year weight

gain of 15 pounds.


Linked To Seniors’ Risk Of Falling

Source: Reuters

Researchers in The Netherlands have found that older

people with vitamin D deficiency are more likely to fall

multiple times in a year than their peers with adequate

vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D may be best known for its role, along with

calcium, in maintaining bone health. However, vitamin

D is also important for muscle mass and strength, and

compromised muscle function may explain the fall risk

seen in this study, according to the researchers.


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Gets Lots of Help from His Family

Nestled in a valley amidst the rolling hills of southeast

Minnesota is the dairy of the newest member of the

Swiss Valley Farms’ Board of Directors. Steve Klug

joined the Board this past January, elected in District

20 following the recent retirement of former Board President

Gerald Bratland.

Steve and his wife Ann operate their 100-cow dairy called,

appropriately enough, Cozy Valley Farm. This Spring Grove,

Minn. dairy is a true family dairy, where pretty much everyone,

including the in-laws, work in the milk house or on the farm.

Steve and Ann bought this farm in 1970 from well known

Guernsey breeder Olaf Kjome. But instead of pursuing the

Guernsey breed, Steve decided to follow the lead of neighbor

and friend Gerald Bratland. So his breed of choice was registered

Brown Swiss. It was an easy choice to make since Steve’s parents

had milked Brown Swiss and Steve’s 4-H animals provided a

great beginning for the herd. He also gives a lot of credit to

Gerald for his influence (Continued on pg. 15)

The Klug Family gathers around for a snack before heading to the barn for milking. From left, they are: Scott, Julie, Darrel, Krista, Ann,

Matt and Steve.

SEPTEMBER 2006 page 13



Field Department & Procurement Division Directory



LeClaire, IA 52753

Office: 563.468.6644

Home: 563.289.3535


Bettendorf, IA 52722 Office: 563.468.6640

Home: 563.359.9100


East Moline, IL 61244 Office: 563.468.6641

Mobile: 563.320.2895


803 S. School St. Office: 563.583.7669

Cuba City, WI 53807 Home: 608.744.3515



617 Monroe St.

Sparta, WI 54656

Office: 608.366.1770

Home: 608.269.4850


204 Goddard St. Office: 608.366.1770

LaCrosse, WI Home: 608.782.0012


1320 1 1/2 St. S.W. Office: 563.583.7669

Dyersville, IA 52040 Home: 563.875.2059


451 Clayton Ave. W Home: 715.948.2183

Clayton, WI 54004


259 E. Lakeview Dr.

LaFarge, WI 54639


7105 N. Freeport Rd

Forreston, IL

Home: 608.625.2045

Home: 815.938.2651

FAX: 815.938.9151


36356 Roanoke Lane

Melrose, MN 56352

Home: 320.256.4932


6142 Roller Coaster Rd. Plant: 563.563.7669

Epworth, IA 52045 Home: 563.876.3900


319 9th St.

Waverly, IA 50677


225 S. Clifton

Livingston, WI 53554


117 Culver Rd. N.E.

Hopkinton, IA 52237

Office: 319.352.5463

Home: 319.352.5015

Plant: 608.348.3932

Home: 608.943.6240

Office: 563.926.2363

Home: 563.926.2794


430 Linden

Home: 563.422.5789

West Union, IA 52175 Mobile: 563.380.0393


298 Rundell Rd.

Livingston, WI 53554


202 Bechner St.

Greeley, IA 52050

Home: 608.943.6039

Plant: 563.583.7669

Office: 563.925.2321

Home: 563.925.2015


W1919 Hofa Park Dr Office: 920.822.2933

Seymour, WI 54165 Home: 920.822.2887


309 North Street

Sparta, WI 54656

Office: 608.366.1770

Home: 608.269.5452

During the Month of July, these

Swiss Valley Farms Members

averaged below 100,000 for their

somatic cell count.

Darwin & Dulci Arends 84,000

Dennis Bierschenk 98,000

James D. Busch 92,000

George & Judy Cadden 64,000

Mike Deaver 99,000

James & Clara Harter 99,000

Hendel Farms 78,000

Robert & Patricia Horst 88,000

Robert Ketchum 86,000

Anthony & Brad Koopman 89,000

Brad Koopman 89,000

Koty Laufenberg 68,000

Mike & Cheryl Meier 55,000

Randy Mikshowsky 98,000

Merlyn Miller 85,000

Robert & Loree Nies 99,000

Helen L Nowaskey 99,000

Oat Hill 85,000

David & Linda Rego 92,000

Craig A Schroeder 99,000

Larry & Liane Thompson


Traetow, Roger 75,000

Joel & Jan Wormley 86,000

Leighton Yoder 50,000


Somatic Cell Range % of A Farms

0 - 100,000.......................................................3 %

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

200,001 - 300,000......................................23 %

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

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

500,001 and above...................................21 %

Somatic Cell Range % of B Farms

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

100,001 - 200,000.........................................9%

200,001 - 300,000......................................21%

300,001 - 400,000......................................19%

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

500,001 and above...................................39%

FOR SALE: Registered Australian

Sheppard puppies. Farm raised, great

herders. Vet checked. Variety of

colors. Parents on site. $300. Phone


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and advice with the breed over the


The Klug children have been and

still are a big part of the work force

at Cozy Valley Farm. Oldest son

Matthew works in the dairy full time,

even though he is also a part-time real

estate agent. “I often see him milking

the cows, and at the same time, talking

on his cell phone about some real estate

deal,” Steve laughs.

Daughter Julie met her fiancé Scott

Holthaus at the NICC dairy school in

Calmar, Iowa where they were both

students. Scott has been working with

Effective March 15, 2004

Antibiotic Policy

If a member suspects antibiotics in his or her bulk

tank & calls a SWISS VALLEY FARMS field representative

to report this before dumping the milk:

•1st time in a calendar year, the coop will pay

80% of the milk.

•2nd & 3rd times in a calendar year, the coop

will pay 50% of the milk.

•Over 3 times in a calendar year, the coop will

pay zero.

On the 1st offense, if a member has purchased a

test kit and detects the positive antibiotic milk, SWISS

VALLEY FARMS, CO. will reimburse that member

$75.00 toward the cost of the test kit.

Julie in the dairy for a couple of years

now. Son Darrel and wife Krista are

also on the Klug dairy team. Darrel

also runs a custom-combining business

on the side.

Concerning his newly acquired

duties, Steve says, “It’s very interesting

to be on the Board.” Steve believes

Swiss Valley Farms is a real cooperative

in the way it makes its decisions. “I

want to make sure our money is being

spent wisely in the best interests of our

farmer patrons.”

Swiss Valley Farms Welcomes


Josh & Emily Buster

Muscatine, IA

Roger G. Peters

Soldiers Grove, WI

David Watkins

Moscow, IA

Brian Hoskins

Beaman, IA


All claims must be received by the corporate office

for payment no later than 60 days after the milk was


The earliest dated claim turned in will be paid at

80% payment.

If antibiotics are found to be present in a farm

truckload as a result of a screening test, the member

will NOT be paid for that shipment of milk, and will be

assessed as follows:

Full cost of net load

plus the cost of disposal.

Net load = total pounds on the load minus the member’s


SEPTEMBER 2006 page 15


make your reservations today

Midwest Dairy Association knows that the dairy

production story is best told by the dairy farmers who

live it everyday. “People Behind the Product” is a new

comprehensive program designed to give consumers facts

about dairy production. If you’re a woman involved in a

Swiss Valley Farms dairy operation, then you’re invited to

be among the first to hear this innovative new program

from MDA.

The Swiss Valley Gals are invited to come hear Donna

Moenning, Director of Industry Relations for MDA, give

you the tools to tell your own dairy story to your neighbors

and friends. Come to her “Speak Out!” workshop at the

next Swiss Valley Gals meeting and receive training on

good presentation skills, what are the key dairy messages

and how to help promote good community relations for


This is good information for any woman involved in

dairying and Donna is well versed in how to talk to the

media and has presented similar workshops at our Swiss

Valley Farms Young Cooperator conferences. A former

radio broadcaster, Donna is more than pleased to be

sharing her presentation pointers with the Swiss Valley

Gals, who are truly the “People Behind the Product”.

Any woman who is a Swiss Valley Farms co-op member

or who works for a Swiss Valley Farms member is considered

a Swiss Valley Gal and is invited to participate.

Look for the meeting closest to you and mark your

calendar now. Contact other Swiss Valley Farms members

in your area and see about car-pooling. Come join in

the fun and camaraderie of being with your fellow Swiss

Valley Farms members.

2006 Swiss Valley Gals

Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, Sept 19

Huckleberry’s, Prairie du Chien, WI

Wednesday, Sept 20

Country Junction Restaurant, Dyersville, IA

Thursday, Sept 21

Pickwick Mill Restaurant, Winona, MN

Registration begins at 11:15 am

Lunch is served at 11:45 am

Speaker begins at 12:30 pm

Adjournment is at 2 pm

Post Office Box 4493

Davenport, IA 52808

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