Levi Lloyd Kindschi, age 20, from Loganville, Wisconsin, was recently named the 2020 National Outstanding Guernsey Youth by the American Guernsey Association. This is the highest honor that can be achieved by a youth in the association.
Levi’s enthusiasm for the golden breed began in 2015 when he was honored to win the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder’s youth essay calf contest. Levi then went on to participate in Guernsey contests such as: prepared speaking, extemporaneous speech, display boards, quiz bowl, and video at both state and national conventions. He has also exhibited, marketed and bred Guernseys under his late grandfather Leon’s pre-fix, Kin-Land.
Some of Levi’s other dairy achievements include: 2019 Outstanding Wisconsin Guernsey Youth; a Wisconsin Brown Swiss Grant Calf Winner; a Wisconsin Holstein Association scholarship and DistinguishJunior Member; FFA SAE-Dairy Grant, and Agri-Science Fair Gold and Silver Medals; John Haskins scholarships, Select Sires scholarship; Guernsey’s Turley scholarship.
Levi is a May 2020 graduate from Southwest Technical College in Fennimore with a degree in Farm Operations and Management – Dairy. Levi recently accepted a full-time dairy position at the Dairy Forage Research Center.
Levi’s parents, Bill & Tara, are not dairy farmers, but did start his love of dairy when they borrowed a calf from a local farm for Levi to train and exhibit for the county fair. This award is an extra honor as Levi was born with a cognitive memory disorder and several learning disabilities including ADHD and a speech impairment. The skills required to train a calf to lead, plus the washing and daily care were both tasks that Levi could do at that age. Further, only a few items needed to be memorized and spoken during the showmanship class and the concentration needed for that were helpful in increasing his self confidence. With help from numerous breeders, friends and family, Levi took it from there!
Provided by Tara Kindschi