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February 19, 2015- A New Office, A New Beginning

Madison, Wisconsin- As of February 9, 2015, we are pleased to announce the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association has moved to Madison, Wisconsin. With this move comes exciting changes and opportunities. The office is right down the block from the Dane County Regional Airport and only minutes away from hotels and restaurants. This will allow meetings to become better accommodated. Also, in Madison are the Alliant Energy Center grounds where World Dairy Expo, Midwest Spring Red and White Show, and Wisconsin Championship Show will be held.

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, we will be holding an Open House at the office from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m which is the night before Midwest Spring Red and White Show. Again on Wednesday, September, 30, 2015 we will host another Open House at the office which is the night before the International Red and White Show. Time to be determined.

We look forward to the new opportunities and changes this move will bring. For further details, please contact the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association at 2317 International Lane Suite 219 Madison, Wisconsin 53704; Phone: 608-289-8586 or 608-790-5595; Fax: (608) 299-0800; Email: rwdca.larry@gmail.com or rwdcainfo@gmail.com; Website: www.redandwhitecattle.com.


July 29, 2014- Celebrating 50 years: 2014 National Red and White Convention Highlights

Elkhorn, Wisconsin - The National Red & White Association hosted the 2014 National Red & White Convention, “Celebrating 50 Years” July 22-26 in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. The Convention began by members meeting the Canadian Red & White convention chairs for an evening hospitality. On Tuesday was the first day of farm tours where members visited Sexing Technologies, April-Day and Fertile Ridge Dairy, and Briar Holsteins, Wednesday entailed farm tours at Frozene Farms, Maple Lawn Farm, Rosedale Genetics, and Sellcrest Farm, Thursday was the last day of tours hosted at Holbric Holsteins, Luck-E Holsteins, Golden Oaks Farm and Sunshine Genetics, Friday was the 50th National Red & White Convention Sale, followed by the annual meeting and awards banquet and Saturday was the National Red & White Convention Show.

Tuesday morning started the convention off with three tour stops. Each of these farms focus heavily on special traits of the Red and White breed. Sexing Technologies Inc. goals are producing Sexed Sorted Semen and opening up markets for themselves and their customers around the globe to such places like the European Union and China. The second farm was a two-part stop at April Day Holsteins which focuses on breeding elite registered Holsteins while integrating high genomics and the polled gene into their herd. Embryo's that are harvested from April-Day are then transferred to their partnership with Fertile Ridge Dairy, a commercial dairy operation, where they calve in these embryo calves. Some of the prominent cow families at April-Day include the Ruby WINE family along with descendents from the Roxy and Redwing families. The third farm visited on Tuesday was Briar Holsteins. All of the cattle at Briar are either red or *RC and many carry the polled gene. They breed for longevity, type, production, and cow family as they use genomics and health traits for sire choices.

The second day of convention entailed tours of elite dairy herds with Red & White cattle tracing back to well known bloodlines. First stop was Frozene Farms, Rick and Linda Frozene, who have bred many All-Americans and All-American nominees and have exported many embryos. They have reduced the herd size but still have great passion for their cows. Next stop was Maple Lawn Farm where their motto is "breed for type and feed for production." They are currently milking 365 head with many All American Nominees in the herd. There have been many prominent cows bred with the L-Maples prefix such as L-Maples RM Pepper-Red EX 94 a 5 time All American Nominee. The third visit of the day was to Rosedale Genetics which was established in 2001 and owned/operated by Mark and Nicky Rueth. 80% of the Rosedale herd goes back to Mark's frist purchase, the famous, Stookey EP BLACKROSE, EX-96. They also are home to the 2005 and 2007 WDE Grand Champion and only R&W cow to ever be named Supreme Champion at WDE in 2005, Lavender Ruby REDROSE, EX-96. Last, but certainly not least, the members traveled to Sellcrest Farm. It is a family operation that started 53 years ago when the red hair coat was not sought after in the dairy industry. They are home to Debbie-Red, a National Champion who was solely registered RWDCA only and C Blue Haven Rose Ned-Red, the first Red and White cow to ever be classified EX-96.

Day three wrapped up the last day of tours while the members traveled south to cross into Illinois. The first stop was at Holbric Holsteins which started striving to change their herd from grade to registered cattle in 1965. Now they have developed cow families such as Elginvue Regal Arlene-Red who has over 30 descendents that have been nominated either All-American or JR All-American. The second stop was at Luck-E Holsteins, started by Dennis and Beth Engel, who purchased their first registered Holstein as a wedding present in 1968. They currently have 117 cows classified in their 2nd lactation which average EX-90. They are working with full sisters Luck-E Advent Asia *RC EX-94 and Luck-E Advent Atlanta *RC EX-94 which are the dams of prominent young sires. The third stop was at Golden Oaks Farm established by the Crown Family of Chicago. The milk about 730 head with 120 of those being Red and White or *RC animals. One of the most influential cows for Golden Oaks was, Scientific Beauty Rae-ET-RC EX-90 from the Roxy family. Her daughter was an appealing Red who was polled, Golden-Oaks Perk Rae-Red-ET*PO EX-90. The last stop to finish up the tours was Sunshine Genetics. The farm specializes in housing and caring for elite donors owned by breeders from all over the world who focus on embryo and IVF programs.

Friday entailed the annual National Red & White Convention Sale, managed by MD-Hillbrook Sales & Service. The sale consisted of 93 lots which averaged just over $5,000. There was a great crowd of buyers and spectators present during the sale. Walking away with high seller honors went to Siemers Defiant Juby-Red-ET, who also was the 1st place summer yearling at the NY Spring Show in 2014, lot selling for $20,500 to Juby Partners of Maryland. Second high seller was, Curr-Vale Sym Avelene-ET*RC, selling for $18,000. She sold to Luke Coblentz of OH and is a +2316 GTPI Sympatico x Curr-Vale Observer Avon-TW*RC VG-85.

Following the sale, the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet took place at the Monte Carlo Banquet Room at Sperino's in Elkhorn,WI, Friday, July 25th with 200 members present. After the meeting dinner was served and was enjoyed by all members. It was the pleasure of this organization to award the work of its outstanding members who have invested in the betterment of the Red & White Cow. The 2014 National Red & White Convention Awards Banquet began with recognizing Mark Rueth of Oxford, WI was awarded the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award, Tom Lyons Jr of Westfield, IL received the J.P. “Doc” Ostrander Young Breeder Award and Cassy, Bryce, and Carley Krull of Wisconsin received the Junior Breeder Award. The Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award was received by Kim Morrill of New York. Sellcrest Farm, Allen and Shirley Sell & Family, of Wisconsin were awarded the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award. The 2014 Junior Essay winners were in the junior division; 1st place Hannah Hensel, WI, 2nd place Ava Booth, WI and 3rd place Olivia Gries, PA. The intermediate division consisted of; 1st place Sarah Thomas, NC. In the senior division the winners were; 1st place Julianne Holler, PA, 2nd place Tyler Marotz, NE. The Albrecht Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Amber Gable, Lance Sexton, and Jordan Siemers. Katrina Nunes, hailing from Wisconsin was crowned the 2014-2015 National Red & White Queen and Anna Folgate of Illinois was selected 2014-2015 Alternate National Red and White Queen. 25-year members and 40 year members were awarded by Gary Janssen and Larry Olson. All-American, Junior All-American, and Superior Type Awards were presented to their recipients by 2013-2014 Red & White Queen, Cecilia Morse and 2014 Summer Intern, Michaela Ash. There was a new award created this year to award those Red and White cows that were not focused on showing but on the production end of the industry. The new Pinnacle Production Awards were presented as Top Milk 1st place: Dean-C-T Redlnr Dixie-Red-ET owned by Dominic Agresti-Assali, CA, Top Milk 2nd place: F-Jolin Persia 951-Red owned by Daniel L. First, MI, Top Fat 1st place: True-Blue Rampage 1860-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI, Top Fat 2nd place: True-Blue Dagger 2085-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI, Top Protein 1st place: Dean-C-T Redlnr Dixie-Red-ET owned by Dominic Agresti-Assali, CA, Top Protein 2nd place: True-Blue Rampage 1860-Red owned by Gerald & Kevin Ihm, WI. Members also recognized and thanked the retiring board members for their hard work and leadership; Mark Olbrich, IL, and Matt Lawrence, PA. New board of directors that were stated into office were; Mike Brown, Coalville, Utah, Jason Miley, West Salem, Ohio, and Jeff Winton, Mayville, NY. Anna Troester, assistant manager, was awarded for her hard work to help put the 2014 annual convention on while diligently working with the convention committee. RWDCA also hired a new General Manager to the team, Larry Olson.

A silent auction of donated items started Thursday afternoon and ended Saturday morning with the proceeds benefitting the RWDCA’s Junior Programs and the 50th Convention. The Scholarship Calf Raffle winner was drawn at the beginning of the 2014 National Convention Sale on Friday. The winner of the raffle calf was Kylie Greenfield. Thank you to Briar Holsteins for donating the raffle calf; Briar Outdone Madness-Red. In addition, a THANK YOU to all the donors, buyers and consignors of both the silent auction and cattle sale and to those who purchased raffle tickets. Your continued support towards the Junior Programs and the RWDCA is highly appreciated by the members of the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association.

A special thank you goes to the National Red & White Dairy Cattle Association, convention committee, and office staff for hosting a successful 2014 National Red & White Convention. Next year’s convention will be held in Decorah, Iowa from July 14-16, 2015.


May 28, 2014- RWDCA Welcomes 2014 Summer Intern

The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association is excited to announce that their 2014 summer internship position was awarded to Michaela Ash of Upton, Kentucky. During the course of the summer, Michaela's responisbilities will include assisting with publications, helping at the 50th National Red and White Convention and representing the RWDCA at various events.

Michaela was not raised on a family farm, but found her passion in the dairy industry about four years ago. Her high school agriculture teacher, Amy Olt, encouraged her to pursue dairy judging in 4H and FFA, where she did most of her practicing at Olt’s place, Rocky Run Farms. After a year of judging and practicing she asked Amy if she was able to attend a few shows with her and soon figured out that she was ready to start showing herself. The first cow that she bought in 2011 was a Red and White junior yearling Holstein that has had her heart from day one. She has bred and bought cows to start her own small herd, where her and her cows have been accepted as “part of the family” at Rocky Run Farms of Kentucky and River Bend Dairy of Tennessee for the past three years. She has actively milked and cared for show animals at these farms for the past three years.

Michaela is currently enrolled as a junior at Western Kentucky University where she is double majoring in General Agriculture and Communication Studies with a minor in Sales. She hopes to start graduate classes in the future and receive an M.A. in Organizational Communication. Her future career goals are to continue working in the dairy industry and be highly involved with promoting the Red and White breed. We are excited to be working with Michaela during the upcoming summer months!


August 19, 2013 - 2013 National Red & White Convention Review

Dunkirk, NY - The 2013 National Red & White Convention Dunkirk, New York in the beautiful Chautauqua County from August 13-15, 2013. It is looked at as a great success thanks to our hosts Darren and Heather Carlstrom, along with their friends and family. Chautauqua County is known for their production of grapes and dairy cattle along with more agriculture production and sales with vegetables, fruit, timber and maple products. With being located right near the northern part of Lake Erie the views are breathtaking to say the least.

The week started with business meetings for the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association Board of Directors and staff. As the week continued, the Carlstrom’s opened their farm to all with a welcoming barbeque to start off the week right. They also featured wine tasting, raffle and door prizes, along with good company to make everyone feel welcomed.

Continuing the week, the Carlstrom’s had planned a day of tours with goat milk fudge tasting at the Webb’s Candies. We saw the fudge being made through the viewing window and were able to make our own purchases in the gift shop and store area.

The next stop on the bus tour was Wall Street Dairy where they milk around 40 cows. The owner of Wall Street Dairy, Jeff Winton, gave us an introduction and welcome and explained to us the roots of Wall Street and how they got to where they are today. A cow that was featured at Wall Street and is having a huge impact on their successful herd of young cows is Spring-Fed Shark Attack EX-93-4E. Shark Attack will be 14 years old this year and has daughters on the farm by Sanchez, Goldwyn, Planet, Advent, Atwood, Alexander, Gold Chip and Braxton. Aside from the cows, Wall Street Dairy is beginning to look into cheese making by hiring a young lady to be the head and start to their cheese making process.

From Wall Street Dairy we traveled to Noble Winery where Wall Street Dairy sponsored and prepared a wonderful lunch for us. Not only was the food a hit, but the wine tasting was too. In 2006, Pete and Diane Noble started Noble Winery where they harvest their own grapes and produce a wonderful wine product. When approaching the winery, we were able to see all the beautiful grapes they raise and at the top of the hill the breathtaking view of Lake Erie. You can visit their website at www.noblewinery.com and learn more about them and the wines they have available.

The next stop of our bus tour was to Chad Fredd’s farm, Grape-View Farms, where they milk with robotic milkers. Chad welcomed us along with his wife, Jill. The Fredd’s split us into groups to look at three different stations. One being the robotic milkers where we were able to watch a cow get milked by a robot. Another station was the calves where they were in group pens and fed on an automatic robotic calf feeder. All the robots were products of Lely. The last station was the tour of the free stalls and maternity pens. Chad then gathered us all together to answer any questions we had.

The last stop on our bus tour was to 21 Brix Winery which was started in 2011. At 21 Brix, we were able to tour the whole facility. We saw the wine barrels, vats for wine making and ended with wine tasting. At 21 Brix they explained they have been in the grape business for years and the wine business in the new and exciting part to the grape production. To learn more about 21 Brix and their specialty wines they have available, visit www.21brix.com.

To continue into the evening, we had our 49th Annual Banquet where we named many distinguished awards to breeders and youth from all over the county, as well as the new National Red and White Queen and 1st Alternate. Some of our award winners included: Mr. Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, PA as the award winner for the Albrecht Distinguished Service Award, Mr. Richard Green, Sr. of Middletown, DE as the Larry Moore Master Breeder Award recipient, Wayne Cyrus Conard of Sharon Springs, NY as the Junior Breeder Award winner and Darren and Heather Carlstrom of Sinclairville, NY as the Gary Mayhew Keystone Award winners. Another honorary award that was named was the 2013 National Red and White Queen to Cecilia Morse from Troy, PA and the 1st Alternate Red and White Queen to Rose Morian of Atlantic, PA. Also announced were the new directors and retiring directors. New directors include Dennis Gransee of Sanborn, MN and Doug Lyons of Castalia, IA. Retiring from the RWDCA Board of Directors are Dr. Kim Olson of Atwater, MN and Jennifer Keilholtz-Hill of Thurmont, MD. New officers of the RWDCA were announced. Jake Skinner of Mercersburg, PA remains as President, Mike Brown of Coalville, UT remains as Vice-President and Yvonne Preder of Plymouth, WI remains as Treasurer. Gary Janssen of Wauconda, IL was named the new Board Secretary. Welcome to our new directors and to our retiring directors, thank you for your years of service!

Our last day at the National Red and White Convention was watching the National Red and White Convention Sale that averaged $3,928.72 on 94 full lots, with a high seller of $15,700. The high selling lot was Lot #1, Palmyra M-O-M Manhattan-ET-RC, consigned by Chris and Jen Hill & Ryan Shank. She was purchased by Bovine Genomic Partners of Michigan. Chris and Jen Hill of MD-Hillbrook Sales and their staff allowed everyone the opportunity to get into the Red and White Breed during this event. Pre-Sale refreshments were sponsored by Wall Street Dairy, MD-Hillbrook and Hermann J. Weimer Vineyard.

Overall we were very pleased with our turn out of people and participation throughout convention. We thank Darren and Heather Carlstrom and their friends and family for a great convention. Also, we extend the invitation to all to attend the 50th Anniversary National Red and White Convention next year in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. We will be having tours along with a show and sale during next year’s convention that will be held July 22-26, 2014. We hope to see you in Wisconsin!


July 2, 2013 World Dairy Expo Online Dairy Cattle Entries Available Now

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo’s online dairy cattle entry system is now available to exhibitors wishing to make entries to this year’s show. The program utilizes the latest online registration technology while maintaining an easy-to-use and exhibitor-friendly system. The online entry system, 2013 Premium Book, and all accompanying forms can be accessed on the Dairy Cattle Show & Sales page at worlddairyexpo.com.

The system allows exhibitors to enter their animals, purchase a tent and/or booth space and show season passes. Stalling requests, youth showmanship and fitting contest entries, Futurity entries and judge nominations can all be submitted using the online entry system. Exhibitors will be able to refer back to their entries after making payments.

Exhibitors entering online may take advantage of a $3 per animal entry fee discount when complete animal name, registration number and Animal Identification Number (AIN) 15-digit number information is provided. Pending information for these fields will not be eligible to receive the discount. Entries must be submitted and payment transaction completed by August 31, 2013. The discount is only offered with the initial online entry and payment. A refund for the discount will not be granted when further data is provided after payment. The entry discount is not valid with paper entry.

Premium Books have been mailed to recent years’ exhibitors. Request a printed Premium Book by contacting World Dairy Expo at 608-224-6455. Paper entry forms will still be gladly accepted again this year.

INITIAL ENTRY DEADLINE IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2013. You may use the online entry system and pay by credit card (online only) until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. All applicable fees apply for entries made after August 31. “Center of the Dairy Universe” is the theme for World Dairy Expo 2013, which will take place Tuesday, October 1 through Saturday, October 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. For show schedule and further information, visit worlddairyexpo.com.


June 17, 2013 Northern Tier Black & White and Red & White Show Announced

Montrose, Pa. — The Northern Tier Championship Show, which will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 9:30AM, at the Kiwanis Wyoming County Fairgrounds, Meshoppen, Pa., will again host a Pennsylvania Championship show (open to PA residents only), and an open and junior Red & White show.

The Red & White show is open to all exhibitors regardless of state and will be recognized by the Red & White Dairy Cattle Association (RWDCA) when selecting their All-American and Jr All-American nominations. In order to show, exhibitors must adhere to the following RWDCA requirements: animals must have RWDCA registration paper, owners must be a member of RWDCA, animals must be true Red in color (questionable animals may submit genotype testing) and animals must carry 87% dairy bloodlines as designated by RWDCA guidelines. For more information or clarification contact RWDCA at (608) 676-4900 or rwdcareg@gmail.com.

This year’s judge will be Garrett Sammons, Johnstown, N.Y. He owns and operates Stonecree Farms with his wife Ann and children, Clyde & Rachel. A long-time Red and White breeder, Sammons and family bred Stoncree Factor Festive-Red EX-93 3E, with 8 Excellent and 18 Very Good daughters. On the judging side, Sammons has judged numerous shows including the New York State Fair and Spring Junior Show, Associate Judge New York Spring International Holstein Show, State 4-H shows in Maine, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. Sammons also serves as official judge for the New York PDCA judging conference.

Arrival time and check-in is by 7:30PM, July 31, 2013, which includes registration and health papers. Entries cost $8 per animal and must be postmarked by July 19, 2013. Entries received after this date will be $15 per animal. Send checks payable to the Northern Tier Championship Show and entry forms, available on PA Holstein Association’s Web site (www.paholsteins.com), to David Castrogiovanni, 3621 Turnpike Rd., Montose, PA, 18801 or call (570) 278-3680. Please indicate on the form whether the entry will show in the PA Championship Holstein show or the Red & White show or both. Animals entered in both shows will be required to pay a double entry fee — one for each show. No supplies or bedding are provided.


June 6, 2013 RWDCA Announces New Additions to the Board of Directors

Dennis Gransee, D&D Holsteins, Sanborn, MN (RWDCA member since 1976)

Dennis Gransee is the owner of D&D Holsteins in Sanborn, Minnesota. He first registered animals with the RWDCA in 1975 and has registered over 500 head. His current herd consists of 56 cows and 86 head of youngstock with a herd average of 23,555M 878F 758P. He runs a one man operation with occasional part time help. Dennis is planning on having a dispersal sale on September 7th and keeping back many of the young stock to be embryo recipients. He owns and operates 97 acres (40 tillable for silage) and buys the rest of his feedstuffs. Dennis has classified with the RWDCA many times and was on the Red Express program. He has shown at the Minnesota State Red & White Show many times in his early years.

Doug Lyons, Lyons-DL Holsteins, Castalia, IA (RWDCA member since 2003)

Lyons-DL Holsteins in Castalia, Iowa is run by Doug Lyons and his family. They currently have 60 cows and 63 heifers with 70 Red and Whites and 16 Red Carriers registered with the RWDCA. The family was involved in the Red Express program and the herd is classified at least once a year through the RWDCA. Doug and wife Lynnette have two children, Carly (21) and Michael (18) who are active in the RWDCA having exhibited at National Shows. They have also exhibited their Red & Whites at county, district and state shows. The goals on the farm at this time include breeding more Red polled animals and utilizing genomics to breed for a beautiful, productive cow that they can build great cow families from.

Jake Skinner, Red-Crest Farm, Mercersburg, PA (RWDCA member since 1994)

Jake Skinner has been re-elected to the board of directors of the RWDCA. Jake's farm Red-Crest Farm consists of 150 head. He is currently serving as President of the RWDCA. The two years before this, he served as Treasurer. Jake has also served on the board in 2005-2006. In the past, he has been involved on the Breed Activities, Finance and Nomination committees. Currently, Jake is on the Executive committee. Jake has been involved in the All-American Dairy Show and the Premier National Junior Show by helping with sponsorships and other issues at the show. He has helped with a few National Red & White Conventions also.

The directors will take their new positions on August 14th at the RWDCA Annual Meeting that will be held in conjunction with the National Red & White Convention in Dunkirk, NY.


June 4, 2013 For the 1st Time in Switzerland a Red Holstein Cow Reaches EX 96!

Switzerland - She is big, she is powerful, she is Red, and she is Suard Jordan Irene-RED just recently scored at EX 96 (EX 97 Mammary) at 9 years old. Irene is making records in Switzerland. The first Red Holstein to be EX 96 points and she was also name Supreme European Champion Red Holstein Cow in 2013.

A little bit about the Red and White legend. She is a Ja-Bob Jordan-RED daughter from a Sayso-RED, then Jubilant Mingo-RED backed by a Caveman-RED. Unique!

Born December 3rd, 2004 she has her production record too:

2-09 306 days 8,633 kg milk 19,032lbs milk 4.05% fat 3.30% protein
3-10 338 11,389 25,108 4.45% 3.52%
5-04 271 12,219 26938 4.40% 3.32%
6-02 305 13,329 29,385 4.73% 3.39%
7-11 305 12,051 26,567 4.78% 3.25%

5 L. 337 12'032kg 4,57% F 3,42% Prot. 550 kg F 412 kg Prot.

5 Lact. 337 days 26'470 lbs milk 1'210 lbs fat 906 lbs protein

Total milk until today : 60'162 kg milk

Another place Irene shows impressive results is by having 19 calves born. She has 11 daughters, two of which are in milking form, and eight sons.

Her daughter may just follow in their mom's footstep as, Schrago Italia Indianna Red is scored VG 86 at 2 years old. Indianna Red was the highest classified 2 years in Switzerland in 2012. The other daughter is Schrago Burns Iris RF who is VG 85 at 2 years old. Irene could become a legendary brood cow for the Red and White Dairy Cattle breed yet.


May 31, 2013 Announcing the 2013 National Red & White Convention in New York

CLINTON, WI- The Red & White Dairy Cattle Association extends an invitation to all Red enthusiasts to attend the 2013 National Red & White Convention, hosted by the Darren and Heather Carlstrom in Dunkirk, New York “Fine Cows & Fine Wines, Both of the Red and White Kind.” Festivities are scheduled for August 13-15 in Dunkirk, New York. Mark you calendars to attend this year’s convention!

Tuesday, August 13th: The 2013 National Red & White Convention begins with the RWDCA director meeting. As convention attendees begin to arrive, registration will be at the Clarion Hotel and there will be time to socialize and explore the local sights. Also, plan to attend the "Kick-Off" Party at our hosts' farm, C & W Farms, LLC. There will be a Beef BBQ Dinner, Cheese and Wine Tasting, Raffle Giveaway, and the opportunity to get to know your hosts and see their cattle.

Wednesday, August 14th: Attendee registration continues at the Clarion. Board the bus at 8:00 a.m. from the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds to attend farm and wine tours. The bus will stop at Saxton Hill and Wall Street Holstein Farms and at Noble & 21 Bix Wineries. Also, a courtesy robotic milker tour from Chad Fredd is included with the tours. After the tours, the evening will include the annual meeting, banquet and awards at The Red House in Cassadaga, New York. Also be sure to watch the RWDCA’s National Red & White Queen contest that will be held during the banquet. Reserve your bus seat and meal soon! The costs of the Banquet and the Farm & Wine Bus Tours are both $15 each ($30 total) when paid by July 31st.

Thursday, August 15th: The National Red & White Convention concludes with the 44th National Red & White Convention Sale. At the sale there will be pre-sale refreshments sponsored by Wall Street Dairy and MD-Hillbrook, and will kick off the start to the select offering of 80 Red & Whites beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds. The 44th National Red & White Cattle sale will be managed by MD-Hillbrook; Chris and Jennifer Hill. An online catalog will be available for your viewing at www.redandwhitecattle.com. The sale is featuring online bidding for the group of cattle featuring type, unique genomics, deep pedigrees and polled genetics. Also be sure to purchase your raffle ticket for the amazing opportunity to be the winner of choosing from 10 deep pedigreed heifers. Proceeds go towards the Red & White Albrecht Memorial Scholarship and the 50th National Red & White Convention. These are heifers that anyone would be happy to have bred or potentially own. Be sure to have the winning ticket to add one of these heifers to your herd!

Visitor Information:
Attraction websites: Convenient Airport: Hotels:
www.tourchautaugua.com Buffalo International Clarion Hotel
Marina & Conference Center
www.lakeeriewinecountry.org 50 miles Comfort Inn

For more information, please contact: Darren Carlstrom; 2013 Convention Chairman, 3175 Hooker Rd, Sinclairville, NY 14782. Telephone number:( 716) 450-1658, or e-mail redandwhitecow75@hotmail.com. You can also stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/RWDCA, and watching our website www.redandwhitecattle.com or calling our office (608)676-4900 or 4909. We hope you can come have a grand old time enjoying, "Fine Cows & Fine Wines, Both of the Red and White Kind" with us at this year’s National Red & White Convention in Dunkirk, New York!


May 28, 2013 National Dairy Shrine Announces 2013 Award Winners

Denmark, WI (May, 2013), National Dairy Shrine (NDS) is pleased to announce the winners of the Guest of Honor, Pioneer, Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder, Graduate Dairy Production and Progressive Dairy Producer awards for this year. These awards were designed to honor past, present and future dairy industry leaders that have contributed to strengthening and energizing the dairy industry.

Dr. Robert Cropp is the Guest of Honor, the highest award from the National Dairy Shrine. This award goes to an individual that has had a dramatic impact on the dairy industry and its future. Robert Cropp, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has had a preeminent role in creating industry knowledge on the economic impact of various changes in milk pricing and how the marketing & storage of dairy products has on those pricing mechanisms. His tireless monitoring of dairy supplies and reporting dairy marketing facts to the industry is exemplary. He was one of the true pioneers in the area of milk marketing and dairy economic analysis. Dr Cropp has been a featured speaker and contributor to numerous dairy organizations. He has served as a vital resource to numerous state and federal agencies focused on dairy policy.

The NDS Distinguished Dairy Cattle breeder is Berneta Gable from New Enterprise, Pennsylvania. Gable’s Guernsey herd carries the Snider Homestead prefix and is known worldwide for producing quality and sought after cattle. Berneta Gable has served on several national & regional Guernsey boards and committees. She has served on the American Guernsey Association board of directors and was President of Purebred Publishing. Her ability to breed top show animals as well as breed leading sires is legendary. Berneta has also been active in her local church.

Through an anonymous selection committee, William Bickert, Clarence Olson, Maurice Keene, Robert Heilman and R. Peter Heffering were selected as National Dairy Shrine Pioneers. This year’s honorees are an exemplary display of what this award is about. William Bickert, Dewitt, MI., a well respected industry educator at Michigan State University, help develop many of the innovative dairy housing, stalling and ventilation practices that are now common on every dairy operation in the US. Clarence Olson, Madison, WI, served as an extension educator, was very instrumental in developing the DHIA program in Wisconsin and making numerous improvements in DHIA technology and policy. His schools for farm women started an industry trend to include women as working decision makers on every dairy farm. Maurice Keene, Auburn, ME., is a well respected Holstein breeder that developed the Raymau herd to national recognition. Maurice served as president of the Holstein Association USA when it developed many new genetic and classification programs in the early 1980’s. His leadership is exemplary and he has passed that on to his children. Two of his daughters have been National Dairy Shrine Presidents and his son was named a National Distinguished Holstein Young Breeder in 1997. Robert Heilman, Richmond, Virginia, was one of the true Pioneers in the genetic and embryo export business. The formation of American Marketing Services (AMS) led to a nearly 40 year career in the exporting of US genetics internationally. He opened many doors for US genetics all over Europe. Mr. Heilman has most recently been involved in raising funds for several dairy industry foundations. R Peter Heffering, Port Perry Ontario, Canada is one of the giants of the Holstein industry. His Hanover Hill program has international recognition and the genetics he developed have literally influenced every major dairy country in the world. Peter was also well known for his accomplishments in the show ring and was honored as a Klussendorf award winner in 1985.

The NDS Progressive Dairy Producers selected for this year are Bill & Kelle Calvert in the small herd division and Dana Metzger in the large herd division. This award is a $2000 travel stipend to attend an out of state conference or seminar to learn new techniques to improve their dairy business. Bill & Kelle Calvert have an excellent herd of Holsteins in Cuba City, Wisconsin. This young couple is very involved in the dairy community. Both have had leadership positions in state and county breed associations. In addition they have been very active in dairy youth activities receiving the Wisconsin Holstein Friend of Youth Honor in 2004. Dana Metzger operates Multi-Rose Jerseys in Rock Rapids, Iowa. With his wife Kary and family they manage a dairy that milk 1500 cows. Mr. Metzger has been very active in the Northwest Iowa DHIA, the Farm Bureau, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and the American Jersey Cattle Association. The Metzger family takes great pride in their superior family dairy operation.

Ryan Clark, Tyrone, Pennsylvania has been selected as the Graduate Dairy Production award winner. This award goes to an active dairyman who has graduated from college in the last nine years and has already demonstrated excellent dairy management ability and financial stability. Ryan began his dairy operation with a few cows and a dream. While balancing a full time job with Cargill, Ryan built his herd utilizing rented facilities and various loans. In 2009 he resigned his job to become a fulltime dairyman. He operates a 160 Jersey cow operation with plans to move to 240 cows at the current rented facilities. Mr. Clark will receive a $2500 award sponsored by Elanco to be used toward the purchase of cattle to improve his herd.

The annual National Dairy Shrine awards banquet will be held on September 11 during the 50th Anniversary All American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA. For more information about the banquet or about students, producers and industry representatives being recognized by National Dairy Shrine, please contact Dr. David Selner, Executive Director, at info@dairyshrine.org. Information on the National Dairy Shrine mission or membership is also available online at www.dairyshrine.org. Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of the most important organization honoring our dairy heritage, inspiring future leaders and promoting the dairy industry.


May 17, 2013 Red & White Calf Raffle to Support the RWDCA Scholarship Fund and the 50th National Red and White Convention

CLINTON, WI- Someone will be the winner of a RED calf!…Will it be you? Tickets are now available for the 2013 RWDCA Scholarship Raffle Calf! This year’s calf raffle is buyer's choice of 10 unique deep pedigreed RED heifers. Raffle Calf brochures are available on request.

Meyervilla Holsteins: A December Polled Redburst heifer from Meyervilla LB Bobby P-RED. Her next two dams are VG and her fourth dam is Meyervilla Sept Brooke-RED EX-91 who was the 2006 Wisconsin 4-Yr-Old Top Performer.

Del-Hollow Farm: Redman on the Jodie family could be your choice. This April 4th, 2012 model is a Valleyriver Ruben Redman out of Fradon Ruloph Jodie-ET*RC EX 90-2E-CAN 12* Jodie was nominated Global Cow of the Year in 2008 and has 10 EX and 13 VG daughters.

Manannah-Valley Holsteins: She is Mysticalview Misbehavin-RED a Septemeber 23, 2012 model sired by Melarry Destry Doug-RED out of Manannah Mystic Rose-RED VG-87. Mystic Rose-RED was Nom. All-American Red and White Fall Yearling in Milk in 2008 and was Junior All-American Fall Yearling in Milk as well.

Emerson Farm: A full age Picolo fall calf from Erbacres Rubens Libby-RED EX 94. Libby was 2nd 5 Yr-Old at the Grand International Red and White Show in 2007 and the Winner of the Kingsmill Futurity in 2005.

Golden Oaks Farm: Pick this choice and you have a choice of two Always-RED March calves from Windsor-Manor Reva-RED EX-92-2E. Her second dam is Windsor-Manor Rubn Ruby-RED EX-94-3E, who has 10 EX daughters and was 1st Jr-3-Yr-Old at the Eastern National Red and White Show in 2003.

Briar Holsteins: Offering a possible Homozygous Polled Remake P-RED August 17th heifer. She is backed by nine generations of VG or EX dams. Potential 10th generation of this family to be VG or EX, she is Briar Remake Misty P-RED.

Empty-Pockets & Thyen Farms: A December 23rd Debonair from Miss Thyen Advent Ina-ET*RC VG-85. The maternal sister to her dam is Miss Thyen Durham Image VG-87. Could be the one for you.

Scenic-Edge Holsteins: A fall calf for the fall, she is Scenic-Edge Cinnamint-RED a Durham-RED daughter out of Scenic-Edge Cinnamon-RED VG 85. Followed by Scenic-Edge AD Carmel *RC VG-88 and then Scenic-Edge Julieanna *RC EX-92-2E. Same family as Scenic-Edge Joyful-RED!

Scenic-Vale Holsteins: Scenic-Vale Jet Spry-RED-ET is a fall calf for you? She is a Fradon Jet-RED heifer from Jerian Advent Sassy-RED VG-89 DOM. Her next dams include: Jerian Leadership Sherri*RC EX EX-90-2E then Jerian Milestone Sherry*RC EX-94-4E GMD DOM and then Jerian Rookie Sunshine EX-94-3E GMD DOM.

Obers Acres: One of few offerings from the Tobi family. A October fall calf sired by Picolo from Peachey Absolt Tango-RED-ET then three more generations of EX 93, 92, and 94. Then none other than Ernest-Anthony SD Tobi-ET EX-96-3E DOM. Reserve All World in 2001 and All Canadian and American 5 year old in 2001. The winner of the calf raffle will be announced at the 2013 National Red & White Convention, prior to sale on August 15th, hosted by the Darren and Heather Carlstrom, held in Dunkirk, New York. Additional prizes include a Benelli Nova 12 GA Shotgun, Painted Rocking Chair, Canadian True Type Red & White Cow and a wine basket. Tickets will be sold for $100 with only 200 tickets sold and will be available to you when you contact the RWDCA office or any RWDCA National Director. Proceeds go towards the RWDCA Albrecht Memorial Scholarship Fund 501-c 3 and the 50th National Red & White Convention that will be held in 2014. For more information, please contact Dana Erway, RWDCA Scholarship Committee Chair at 814-274-8862, John Schmitz, 50th National Red & White Convention Chair at 320-420-2432 or the RWDCA Office at (608) 676-4900 or 4909 or by following us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RWDCA.


May 17, 2013 RWDCA SEEKS AWARD APPLICANTS – Deadline June 1st

The Red and White Dairy Cattle Association is seeking nominations for its five annual awards. The recipients will be honored at the National Red & White Convention to be held in Dunkirk, New York. The dates are August 13-15 and hosted by Darren and Heather Carlstrom. The convention includes an Annual Meeting, 44th National Convention Sale, Awards Banquet, National Queen Selection and Farm Tours.

Larry Moore Master Breeder Award
Award presented to a RWDCA member who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs, and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow.

J.P. “Doc” Ostrander Young Breeder Award
Award presented to an RWDCA member who has done an outstanding job of breeding a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White Cow.

Junior Breeder Award
Award presented to an RWDCA member who has done an outstanding job of breeding and developing a herd of Red & White cattle, supported RWDCA programs and endeavored to promote and advance the Red & White cow. Recipient must be no more than 21 years of age.

Don Albrecht Distinguished Service Award
Award presented to a person that has contributed greatly to the success and promotion of the Red & White cow. This special award is given in memory of Don Albrecht who contributed greatly to the betterment of the RWDCA until his untimely death.

Gary Mayhew Keystone Award
Award recognizes grassroots members who have given dedicated support to the Red & White breed and the RWDCA. Award is given in memory of Gary Mayhew who strongly promoted Red & Whites and provided service to the RWDCA and RWDCA members.


The 2012 RWDCA Award winners and the 2013 RWDCA Award application can be found at: http://www.redandwhitecattle.com/awards.html. The deadline is June 1, 2013 and can be mailed to RWDCA Award Co-Chairperson, Dr. Kim Olson, 20501 30th Ave. NE, Atwater, MN 56209 or email at pawsatwater@frontiernet.net.


April 26, 2013 National Genetics Workshop slated for February 17 to 19, 2014

Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond will be the focus of a three-day workshop on the future of dairy cattle genetics. It will mark the first time in over a decade that the entire dairy genetic community will gather to discuss the long-term future. Commercial dairy producers and elite breeders, A.I. industry representatives, dairy record specialists, breed association representatives, genetic researchers, dairy consultants, veterinarians, educators and graduate students are all encouraged to attend the program. As with past workshops, industry groups are not only encouraged to send key representatives but plan board meetings in the Phoenix, Arizona, area around this time.

Planned discussions include: traits for the future, infrastructure for dairy genetics education, appropriate use of genomics and many more. More details will be available this summer. At the moment, we are asking everyone to mark their calendars for February 17 to 19, 2014. For additional details, go to www.ans.iastate.edu/events/dairygenomics or contact committee chairperson Diane Spurlock at moodyd@iastate.edu.


April 18, 2013 TWG/ST’s KHW Elm-Park Acme-ET*RC has passed away.

Trans-World Genetics/Sexing Technologies announces that recently, just prior to entering his 9th year, KHW Elm-Park Acme-ET*RC has unexpectedly passed away. Perhaps the industry’s most successful son of Ladino Park Talent*RC, has ended his life’s chapter as a worldwide popular Red Carrier sire of show champions.

Acme*RC inherits his breeding ability from the very well-known and successful Altitude*RC cow family from Kamps-Hollow Farm and the Speckle-Red/Blackrose*RC family from Elm Park Farms; he was bred through the combined effort of both farms. Acme*RC was selected, developed, progeny tested and owned by the very successful partnership of Masterrind and Trans-World Genetics/Sexing Technologies.

Acme*RC is known globally for consistently siring outstanding mammary systems and a uniform breeding pattern that produces a trouble-free cow with excellent milk/ components and a style that creates show champions. Acme*RC’s reliability for production is 98% and Type is 96%. He is one of the few bulls that breeds with such extreme reliability while maintaining a great level for mammary systems at +3.07.

Acme*RC, while still early in his career, has produced All-American nominations and show champions in Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland. His champions include the two-time Swiss Expo winner La Waebera Acme Sublime-Red and the three-time show winner GHH Pepsi.

Fortunately, Acme*RC was a producer of high fertility semen in great volumes. He leaves behind an inventory of high quality semen at both Masterrind and TWG/ST.

Semen and additional information on Acme*RC and numerous other elite sires that are available from TWG/ST can be obtained by calling 1.800.525.2953, e-mail us at bullseye@twgltd.com or visit www.twgltd.com.

TWG/ST has been building on the traditions of superior genetics with the Red & White Holstein, Black & White Holstein, Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds for more than thirty five years, and is one of the single, largest suppliers of Red & White, Black & White Holstein, Brown Swiss and Jersey dairy semen and genetics in the world.


April 11, 2013 Make Plans Now to Experience the “Center of the Dairy Universe”

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo is inviting dairy producers and industry professionals from around the globe to make plans now to experience the “Center of the Dairy Universe.” Expo provides a unique opportunity to see world-class dairy cattle and experience the largest dairy-focused trade show in one great venue. Producers looking for a one-stop dairy event will want to be sure that World Dairy Expo is on their “must attend” event list for 2013.

Expo is the place to exchange ideas with fellow dairy operators, gather cutting-edge information from dairy industry experts and investigate the newest products and technologies. Dairy cattle enthusiasts can take in the action above the famed colored shavings as more than 2,500 head of the finest show cattle in North America compete for the coveted Supreme Champion title. Producers can choose to attend industry-leading Expo Seminars, Virtual Farm Tours and Dairy Forage Seminars featuring dairy researchers and producer colleagues. A trip to World Dairy Expo is a great option for a family trip or incentive for employees.

Visitors are encouraged to make plans now to attend. Hotels are quickly filling for World Dairy Expo 2013. A list of hotels with information including room availability, rates and amenities is located on the World Dairy Expo website at http://www.worlddairyexpo.com/pages/Hotel-Availability.php. It is best to make your reservations as soon as possible.

For the best prices on air travel, book early! Flights also fill quickly. World Dairy Expo recommends the following airports for travel to the show: The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), located 20 minutes from World Dairy Expo. General Mitchell International Airport (MKE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a 1 ½ hour drive from Madison. O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, Illinois is a 3 hour drive from World Dairy Expo.

There will be plenty to experience at the “Center of the Dairy Universe”, World Dairy Expo, which will be October 1 through October 5 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Admission is $10 daily or $30 for a season pass, parking included. The trade show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.worlddairyexpo.com for the latest schedule details or follow Expo all year long on Facebook at facebook.com/worlddairyexpo.


April 7, 2013 Red & White Dairy Cattle Quadruple in Ten Years

The Red & White dairy breed sector continues on a rapid growth curve according to statistics provided by the National Association of Animal Breeders. Over the past ten years Red & White has quadrupled in semen sales. 2012 U.S. Red & White / Red Carrier semen sales worldwide set a new record of 793,244 units, whereas 2002 sales were 326,333 total units.

The superior influence of U.S. daughter proven sires and genomic tested young sires has contributed to the increase in sales of Red & White semen around the world. Several other factors have added to this rapid growth of interest. There have been numerous high classifying cows in the red population that have also excelled in production. The first and only Red & White cow was designated Supreme Champion at World Dairy Expo in 2005, Lavender Ruby Redrose-Red (EX-96-2E). A world record of One Million Dollars was paid via public auction for a dairy cow in 2008, RHW Regiment Apple-Red (EX-95). Dairy farmers who milk Red & White cows often praise their heat tolerance. And, the impact of naturally hornless or the polled influence in this population has contributed to the growing demand for U.S. Red genetics.

Special note, interest in foreign countries for U.S. Red genetics has resulted in a much higher tally than domestic sales. Total Red & White / Red Carrier semen sales continue in a commanding No. 3 position as a dairy breed sector, behind Holstein and Jersey. To learn more about the breed attributes and the growing demand for Red & Whites, contact: Red & White Dairy Cattle Association, 308B Ogden Avenue, Clinton, WI 53525 USA / Phone: 608.676.4900 or Email: rwdcastephanie@gmail.com


April 1, 2013 World Dairy Expo Implementing New Cattle Identification in 2013

MADISON, WIS. – World Dairy Expo is introducing changes to their dairy cattle health check-in process. In an effort to strengthen the event biosecurity and in accordance with the new USDA Animal Disease Traceability (ADT) rule, exhibitors bringing cattle to World Dairy Expo will need to have an accepted World Dairy Expo-defined ID tag in the animal’s ear upon entering the grounds. Within this rule change, registration numbers and breed tattoos will no longer be official identification for interstate transport. At the March 4, 2013 WDE Dairy Cattle Exhibitor Committee meeting it was approved to require all cattle, including those from Wisconsin, to meet the same World Dairy Expo health check-in identification standard.

The following ID tags will be accepted by World Dairy Expo for health check-in starting in 2013:

  • A Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) tag – 15 digit number starting with 124
  • A USDA 840 Animal Identification Number (AIN) RFID Tag – 15 digit number starting with 840
  • A USDA 840 Animal Identification Number (AIN) Visual Tag – 15 digit number starting with 840
  • *A manufacturer coded tamper evident RFID tag – 15 digit number starting with 900 or greater
NOTE: Manufacturer coded RFID tags will be discontinued as official ID by USDA starting in 2015.

It is recommended that U.S. exhibitors with cattle that do not have one of the above 15 digit number accepted ID tags visit with an approved 840 AIN tag distributor to secure 840 AIN RFID tags. All breed associations can provide exhibitors with these 840 AIN ID tags.

Dairy cattle exhibitors are encouraged to visit the Dairy Cattle Show page at www.worlddairyexpo.com for complete details and to view a color 2013 WDE Identification Method graphic flyer. Exhibitors may also call the WDE office at 608-224-6455 for further information.

World Dairy Expo will be celebrating its 47th edition this year October 1 through October 5, 2013 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis. Over 2, 500 head of the highest quality show cattle will travel to Expo to compete for the coveted Supreme Champion title. Over one thousand dairy exhibitors will be welcomed to the annual five-day event from across North America. Visitworlddairyexpo.com for complete show schedule or follow Expo all year long on Facebook at facebook.com/worlddairyexpo.