Nominations Open for Holstein Association USA Annual Awards - Cowsmo

Nominations Open for Holstein Association USA Annual Awards

Holstein Association USA is seeking nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder, Elite Breeder, and Distinguished Leadership awards.

The Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award recognizes significant accomplishments of young Registered Holstein® breeders ages 21 to 40. Submissions can be made for individuals, a couple, or business partners. The winning applicant will receive travel and lodging expenses to National Holstein Convention (for up to two people), complimentary tickets to the Convention banquet, and a $2,000 cash award.

The Elite Breeder Award honors a living Holstein Association USA member, family, partnership, or corporation who has bred outstanding animals and thereby made a notable contribution to the advancement of U.S. Registered Holsteins.

The Distinguished Leadership Award is given to an individual who has provided outstanding and unselfish leadership that has contributed to the improvement of Holstein Association USA and/or the dairy industry.
Applications for the Elite Breeder and Distinguished Leadership awards are considered for three years after submittal.

Download award applications on the Holstein Association USA website, Nomination applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2022. Honorees will receive their recognition during the 2021 National Holstein Convention, June 27 through July 1, 2022, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Additionally, a scholarship is available to students interested in agriculture who plan to pursue their master’s degree in business administration. The Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship awards $3,000 to a qualified individual pursuing their MBA at an accredited university. Applications for this scholarship must be received by April 15, 2022.

The previous award winners since 2007 are recognized below. Congratulations again to these well-deserving recipients.

Previous Distinguished Young Holstein Breeder Award Winners
2021 – Mackenzie, Andy, Tyler, and Kelly Reynolds, NY
2020 – Kurt and Sarah Loehr, WI
2019 – Sheri Regan-Danhof, IA
2018 – David Harvatine, NY
2017 – Craig Carncross, WI
2016 – Joe Loehr, WI
2015 – Joel Mills, PA
2014 – Greg Anderson, ID
2013 – Chad & Amt Ryan, WI
2012 – Jonathan & Alicia Lamb, NY
2011 – Brad Groves, MO
2010 – Timothy Baker, MI
2009 – Jan & Jeff King, NY
2008 – Mark & Angie Ulness, WI
2007 – Bruce & Brenda Long, WI

Previous Distinguished Leadership Award Winners
2021 – Dave Fischer, IL
2020 – Patricia Gifford, NY
2019 – George A. Miller, OH
2018 – William C. Nichol, PA
2017 – Jerry Strandlund, WA
2016 – Dick Witter, PA
2015 – M. Duane Green, MI
2014 – Marlowe Nelson, WI
2013 – Horace Backus, NY
2012 – Dr. Robert E. Walton, WI
2011 – Charles E. Iager, MD
2010 – Ida B. Ruby, OR
2009 – Dennis C. Wolff, PA
2008 – Richard T. Coyne, NY
2007 – William T. McKarns, OH

Previous Elite Breeder Award Winners
2021 – Emerald Acres, WI
2020 –  James and Nina Burdette, PA
2019 – David Bachmann Sr., WI
2018 – Tom and Gin Kestel, WI
2017 – Olmar Farms, MN
2016 – Harvue Farms – David Hardesty, VA
2015 – Conant Acres, ME
2014 – Robthom Holsteins, MO
2013 – Robert Miller, IL
2012 – Regancrest, IA
2011 – Frank Raymond Ruby, OR
2010 – Doug Maddox, CA
2009 – Robert J. Schauf, WI
2008 – Max “Kip” Herzog, CA
2007 – Marvin Nunes, CA

Previous Robert H. Rumler MBA Scholarship Recipients 
2021 – Trent Dado, WI
2018 – Tera Baker, MI
2017 – Kelly Driver, NY
2014 – Susie Chelesvig, IA
2010 – John Tauzel, NY
2008 – Kasey Osborn, NY
2007 – Nikolaus Sutter, WI

Holstein Association USA, Inc., provides programs, products and services to dairy producers to enhance genetics and improve profitability — including animal identification and ear tags, genomic testing, mating programs, dairy records processing, classification, communication, consulting services, and Holstein semen.

The Association, headquartered in Brattleboro, VT., represents approximately 25,000 members throughout the United States. To learn more about Registered Holsteins® and the other exciting programs offered by the Holstein Association, visit, and follow us on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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