PA Holstein 2020 Hall of Fame inductees, Frank “Bud” Connelly and Paul Welk. They were inducted into the PA Holstein Hall of Fame at our Convention Banquet on March 7, 2020.
The Pennsylvania Holstein Association welcomed Frank Connelly of Pennsylvania Furnace, Centre County into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Williamsport, PA.
Frank was born in June 1944. He began helping on his family’s dairy farm, Fairbrook Farms with his parents and three siblings. He enjoyed the cow-side of farming at an early age and was eager to enroll in 4-H where he showed mainly Guernsey’s. He had the opportunity to show the Grand Champion at Harrisburg and then took his cow to Waterloo, Iowa for the National Cattle Congress.
In 1976, Frank, better known to most as “Bud or Uncle Bud” entered into a partnership with his brothers Richard and Ronald. This began as a 100 cow Registered Holstein Farm and continued until the herd dispersed in 2010. Frank and Ron continue to crop farm today. Frank still cares for a few heifers at the farm.
In the 1980’s, Fairbrook Farms owned Terra-View Rotate Princess EX-90. She had numerous embryos exported and many of her descendants entered A.I. Another homebred favorite was Fairbrook-Farm Elevation Venus who was Grand Champion at the very competitive Grange Fair National, a name Frank aﬀectionately gave to his home fairgrounds and the show ring there that fueled his love for the tanbark. Fairbrook Farms also exhibited at the Central PA Championship Show and All-American Dairy Show.
Some of Bud’s favorite show ring memories include a partnership with Paul Neer and Delmar and Larry Zimmerman on Walnut-Hills Logic Cathy, EX-95. Frank has also owned in partnership a number of All-American winners and nominees. Chris and Jen Hill have this to say about Frank “We always shared the same vision and appreciated Franks knowledge and eye to pick out a good one. His friendship and character are second to none!”
In addition to the show ring, Frank has served as both a Centre/Clinton County Board member and as a State Director of PA Holstein. He continues to serve in the Centre/Clinton Holstein Association.
He is an avid supporter of the All-American toasted cheese sandwich stand each year by donating cases of cheese. He donates hay for various county and state sales and is always willing to lend a hand at these sales. Frank has served as a ringman at the Grange Fair for almost as long as anyone can remember.
Bud is a member of the Fairbrook United Methodist Church where he has served as Chairman of the Trustees and has also helped with the Church’s food stand at Ag Progress Days. He also enjoys snowmobiling, Corvettes and collecting guns.
In June of 2018 at the age of 73, Bud married Barb Diebler. They enjoy traveling together and going to antique auctions. He buys guns and Barb buys antiques.
Congratulations to Frank Connelly, Pennsylvania Holstein Association 2020 Hall of Fame Award winner.
Paul Welk, Strasburg, Lancaster County, was inducted into the Pennsylvania Holstein Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 7, 2020. He grew up on his family farm and took part in the daily chores of the farm. He graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 1962. He married his wife Beverly on October 11, 1964. They are the proud parents of three children, Mark, Kelly and Matt.
Paul was a herdsman for Lloyd Wolf of Little Britain, PA, for 12 years. As herdsman, he was allowed to keep 3-4 cows of his own. Under his management, the farm was named the top herd in Lancaster County for butterfat in 1967. The herd also won DHIA top herd award in 1969.
When the Welk’s stared on their own in 1975 they bought a herd of cows and equipment and rented the farm where they now reside. Of the 70 head that were purchased at that time, only 9 were registered. Paul comments “We kept going to sales and buying a few registered animals as we could afford them. We sold two groups of 15 grades, and replaced them with registered animals.”
20 EX cows and over 100 VG cows bear “Welk-Crest” prefix. Welk-View Valiant Tiffany-EX-90, owned with Maurice Welk, was the third highest selling animal at $22,000 at the 1984 All-American Sale in Harrisburg, PA. She was the dam of Welk-View Jason Taffy, who sold at the All-American Sale in 1986 for $10,600.
Paul and Matt Welk bought and developed Kristelle Skybuck Daphne-Et – EX 94. She was the dam of Welk-Crest Dundee Dezi-ET, Jr. All-American and Reserve All-American winter calf in 2010.
Paul and his family always enjoyed competing at the Solanco Fair in Quarryville. There, they had Grand Champion Holstein honors six times and Premier Exhibitor and Breeder a number of times at the Lancaster County Holstein Show.
In the Lancaster County Holstein Association, Paul served as Treasurer of the Association in the 1970’s. The family hosted the Lancaster Holstein Field Day in 1985. He was Sale Committee member for Lancaster County Club Sale and served as a Show Committee member. Also, Paul was a member of the DHIA Board of Directors.
Paul worked for Powl’s Feed Service as a Feed Salesman starting in 1990 where he dedicated over 29 years to nutrition work for the dairy industry. He particularly enjoyed serving farms in Pennsylvania helping them with develop sound feeding programs. He retired from nutrition work in 2019.
Currently, Paul and Beverly enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren and live in a home they built on a second farm they had purchased.
Congratulations to Paul Welk, Pennsylvania Holstein Association 2020 Hall of Fame Award winner.
Source: Pennsylvania Holstein Association