Brilliantly Shining Stars of World Dairy Expo

August 7, 2013 10:05 AM

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 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.

Green Meadow Farms expanded to 250 head of registered Holstein long before it was common, in 1954. The farm has grown in steps over the years and is now comprised of 3,200 of milking cows maintaining a rolling herd average of 25,000 pounds of milk. The entire herd size including young stock is 9,000.

Green Meadows farm is known as one of the largest registered Holstein herds in the United States. The herd is in demand for bred heifers due to the high quality dairy genetics. Velmar has a history of national dairy cattle showing dating back to the 1950’s. In more recent years, his daughter, Margie and her family have exhibited cattle at World Dairy Expo and other major shows.

The farm has been instrumental in research about animal nutrition, breeding and environmental issues. Providing an "on-farm" laboratory provides important research findings in the dairy industry that benefit all dairy operations. In 2005, Green Meadow Farms opened an on-site teaching laboratory for students in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, offering hand-on training.

Velmar is the former chair of the National Milk Producers Federation Animal Health Committee and has been instrumental in many national animal health issues. Velmar represented the dairy industry on the U.S. Animal ID Working Group Task Force.

Velmar’s list of recognitions include the Michigan State University Dairy Farmer of the Year, Michigan State University Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, Clinton County Farm Bureau Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award and Grand Marshall of the Elsie Dairy Festival.

Velmar and his wife, Margaret, have two children, Margie and Craig. In his own community, he and his family are avid supporters of the Elsie Dairy Festival held each July 4th. In addition to the dairy herd, they farm 6,500 acres of cropland. Velmar Green is truly one of the dairy industry stars that lead other dairy owners to implement innovative strategies in their own operations.

Dairy Industry Person of the Year

Ken Nordlund 2013

Ken Nordlund, DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine of Madison, Wisconsin

Ken Nordlund is married to Jean and they are the parents of Pete, Steve and twins Paul and Tom. Originally, Nordlund was in private veterinary practice in northwestern Minnesota.

Nordlund spent time treating metabolic diseases and the normal dairy procedures, but instead redefined his role with producers by developing strategies to prevent dairy cattle problems.

Nordlund came to the School of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 with the reputation of being one of the most innovative and influential dairy practitioners in the United States. He currently serves as Clinical Professor of Food Animal Production Medicine, Department of Medical. He has proven his teaching and mentoring of new veterinary professionals has a unique touch. He has been described by others as smart, logical, communicator, mentor and caring.

His passion to make veterinarians focus on preventing metabolic disorders and infections became well known. He has been instrumental in developing herd health management tools such as the Goal Form and Transition Cow Index® that assist veterinarians and dairy farmers in making nutrition and objective methods to evaluate herd performance and identify key economic opportunities.

Nordlund has served in many professional associations in leadership roles including Chair of the Midwest American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Executive Committee member for the National Mastitis Council, Examination Committee member for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and on three committees for the American Dairy Science Association.

Ken has the ability to create change without telling producers that "they need to change." Nordlund’s vision and leadership is transforming veterinarians from problem solvers to problem preventers. Constellations of dairy producers have benefited from Ken’s research and communication skills.

International Person of the Year

Pedro Testa 2013

Pedro Hugo Testa, Reproductores S.R.L. of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pedro Hugo Testa is a pioneer in teaching artificial insemination and a staunch supporter of building the Argentine dairy breeding industry. He has accumulated 39 years in the international A.I. industry.

He began to promote A.I. to dairy breeders in Uruguay in 1973, establishing a company that represented Carnation Genetics, Select Sires, Inc., Tri-State Breeders and Sire Power.

Then, in 1976, he established another company in Argentina, always representing U.S. A.I. companies. Pedro Hugo Testa’s current company is known as Reproductores SRL. To-date Testa has imported more than four million units of U.S. semen and embryos into Argentina.

In Addition to being a pioneer, he was a champion for U. S. genetics through the importation of semen, embryos and live cattle. Testa has been active as a breeder and as an adviser and consultant for purebred and commercial dairies. He has been responsible for matings that produced innumerable champions across Argentina, including Grand Champion at Palermo in 2006.

Pedro and his wife, Nybia Ruiz, have two daughters and one son. He is respected among international dairy producers as an exemplary gentleman and as a role model for the Argentinian Holstein breeders. Testa has spent many years educating and sharing his genetics knowledge and reproductive skills so that dairy cattle operations in Uruguay and Argentina can thrive and achieve their herd improvement goals.

Pedro shines brightly as the International Person of the Year.

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