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Brilliantly Shining Stars of World Dairy Expo

August 7, 2013

2013 Recognition Award Winners Honorees

Each year World Dairy Expo scans the universe to identify and honor the most brilliant leaders from around the planet.

Some have lit the way in the industry with their ability to create innovative management tools while others have rocketed to success by leveraging the latest research to improve the health and nutrition of dairy cattle. All of the leaders have proven that they shine most brightly in the dairy universe.

The 2013 World Dairy Expo recognition award winners are: Dairy Woman of the Year – Karyn S. Schauf of Indianhead Holstein, Ltd, Barron, Wis.; Dairyman of the Year – Velmar Green of Green Meadow Farm, Elsie, Mich.; Industry Person of the Year – Ken Nordlund, DVM, of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine, Madison, Wis.; and International Person of the Year – Pedro Hugo Testa of Reproductores S.R.L, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"We are very pleased to feature these four individuals for their visionary leadership to the dairy industry," shared Scott Bentley, WDE General Manager. "They were nominated and selected by their peers who hold them in high regard. It seems only fitting that they be honored at World Dairy Expo, ‘Center of the Dairy Universe.’"

World Dairy Expo will be honoring the four outstanding dairy leaders at the 2013 Dinner with the Stars banquet on Wednesday, October 2 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Tickets for the event are $30. Reservations are required by Monday, Sept. 23. For information about the event, visit worlddairyexpo.com or call 608-224-6455.

Dairy Woman of the Year

Karyn Schauf 2013

Karyn S. Schauf, Indianhead Holsteins, Ltd., Barron, Wis.

Karyn S. Schauf, and her husband Bob own and operate Indianhead Holsteins, Ltd. of Barron, Wisconsin, and have four sons. The welcome sign at tree-lined driveway of the Schauf family farm is a large welcome sign that reads: "Indianhead Farm Founded on Great Families."

This mantra seems to be fitting for both Karyn and Bob’s family as well as the world-renowned cow families that have been developed in their 110-cow registered Holstein herd. Karyn Schauf’s dedication to her family, farm and community is evident in her achievements and she has been recognized in the global dairy universe.

Karyn was active as a youngster, following in her grandfather’s footsteps at his well-known Holstein operation. But her real catalyst into agriculture and agriculture promotion occurred when she became Alice in Dairyland while attending college. Her experiences as Wisconsin’s agriculture ambassador in the role of Alice provided her a sound foundation to become one of the leading ladies in dairy promotion in her community and beyond.

Indianhead Holsteins, Ltd. has become globally recognized for its great cow families that compete well in the Showring. Karyn and Bob run 1,000 acres of crops and the purebred dairy farm with twelve employees. In addition, Karyn, and her family at Indianhead Holsteins, have become known around the world as host to more than fifty international college student trainees from countries including England, Ireland, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Japan and Mexico.

They also operate a separate livestock bedding business and produce alternative fuel from canola seed grown on their farm. Karyn is the partner and business manager for all three enterprises.

Always volunteering for opportunities to promote agriculture, Karyn has served as president of the Barron County Farm Bureau for the past five years. She just completed a multi-year commitment on the Wisconsin Farm Technology Day Executive Committee for host, Barron County. She has also been a member of the Barron County Ag Promoters, a Wisconsin delegate to the National Holstein Convention and chairman of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Market Development Committee.

Karyn and Bob have been awarded the Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Award as well as the National Outstanding Young Farmer Award, sponsored by the Jaycees. They have been recognized as the Wisconsin Holstein Distinguished Young Breeder and the Elite Breeder by Holstein USA.

The State of Wisconsin bestowed the Governor’s Export Achievement Award for their sale of Holstein embryos across the globe. As a leader in her local, state and international communities Karyn Schauf has proven that her passion to promote agriculture makes a big difference in the dairy universe.

Dairyman of the Year

Velmar Green 2013

Velmar Green, Green Meadow Farms of Elsie, Michigan

Velmar Green has been an innovative leader in the dairy industry for over 50 years. After completing college, he and his brother, Duane, joined their father, Merle, in partnership on the family dairy farm.

Since its beginning, Green Meadow Farms has been instrumental in providing leading dairy genetics, practical research application for universities and leadership in state and national organizations. Green Meadow Farms continues its legacy today as one of the foremost dairy operations in the country.

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FEATURED IN: Dairy Today - August 2013
RELATED TOPICS: Dairy, Events, World Dairy Expo

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