Dave and Pam Bolin Receive Ralph Keeling Award
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR
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James Schmitt.............................................Sherrill, IA
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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
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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
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
IOWA STATE FAIR HONORS
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
by Nancy Feeney
Mike Holschbach and his son Chase stand beside the 100-year old dairy barn.
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
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.
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
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
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.”
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
SEPTEMBER 2006 page 5
HEATHERSTONE ENTERPRISES cont.
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,”
“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?
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
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.
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
THE POWER OF BOTTLED WATER
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
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
DAIRY PRINCESSES GALORE
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.
LEFT TO RIGHT, KATIE KRAUS, EMILY KRAUS AND MEGAN KREGEL
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,”
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.
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
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
WHILE YOU WERE FARMING
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
• Toyne reported on CMPC.
• G. Joe Lyon, Toledo, IA, reported on the MDA Research
Center meeting and the Midwest Dairy Association
• Loyde Beers, Eastman, WI, and Peterson reported on the
• Boelens, Toyne and Peterson reported on the WI Dairy Coop
Upon motion and second, the meeting was
adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Pam Bolin
TOO MUCH SODA?
Report Blames Sugary Drinks For
Weight Gain, Urges Americans To
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.
LOW VITAMIN D
Linked To Seniors’ Risk Of Falling
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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SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
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
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
TAKE A LOOK AT FIELD PERSONNEL & STATISTICS AT
SWISS VALLEY FARMS, CO.
Field Department & Procurement Division Directory
J. GORDON TOYNE V.P.
MEMBERSHIP & PROCUREMENT
LeClaire, IA 52753
NANCY FEENEY MEMBER RELATIONS
Bettendorf, IA 52722 Office: 563.468.6640
KAREN BOHNERT MEMBER RELATIONS
East Moline, IL 61244 Office: 563.468.6641
TIM GENTHE LAB & SAFETY MANAGER
803 S. School St. Office: 563.583.7669
Cuba City, WI 53807 Home: 608.744.3515
RAW MILK SALES & TRANSPORTATION
617 Monroe St.
Sparta, WI 54656
RON BRENNER FIELD SUPERVISOR
204 Goddard St. Office: 608.366.1770
LaCrosse, WI Home: 608.782.0012
THOMAS TEGELER FIELD SUPERVISOR
1320 1 1/2 St. S.W. Office: 563.583.7669
Dyersville, IA 52040 Home: 563.875.2059
451 Clayton Ave. W Home: 715.948.2183
Clayton, WI 54004
259 E. Lakeview Dr.
LaFarge, WI 54639
7105 N. Freeport Rd
36356 Roanoke Lane
Melrose, MN 56352
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
West Union, IA 52175 Mobile: 563.380.0393
MARK J. PINCH
298 Rundell Rd.
Livingston, WI 53554
202 Bechner St.
Greeley, IA 52050
W1919 Hofa Park Dr Office: 920.822.2933
Seymour, WI 54165 Home: 920.822.2887
309 North Street
Sparta, WI 54656
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
SWISS VALLEY FARMS DAIRYMAN
NEWEST BOARD MEMBER
(Continued from pg13)
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
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
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
Swiss Valley Farms Welcomes
Josh & Emily Buster
Roger G. Peters
Soldiers Grove, WI
SWISS VALLEY FARMS, CO ANTIBIOTIC PROGRAM
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
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
SWISS VALLEY GALS
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
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
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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