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YAC Educational WInners

See what some of our past winners had to say!

Robert & Michelle Hart - 2012 Recipients
Galesville, WI
Herd size: 60 head
Member since 2003  

Why did you complete the YAC Educational Award application?

We were introduced to this award application last year and thought it would be a great opportunity to branch out to see the aspects of the Holstein industry. Bob and I have always remained active in the dairy industry, but thought this would be an extra push to try something new.

What dairy industry event did you attend? What did you learn from the event?

We elected to attend the 2013 National Holstein Association Convention. It allowed us to learn more about the Holstein Association at a national level. In addition, it gave insight to the business aspects of the industry and also allowed us to gain networking opportunities.

What has been your most memorable moment in the dairy industry? 

It would be hard to narrow in on one single moment, instead I would have to say they are more like milestones in working with our dairy herd. Favorites would be when the home bred cows bring home the blue ribbons at shows or when you have that great classification day on the farm and are able to add more Excellent’s to the herd. On another note, we also take pride in the moments when you are able to witness youth you have coached receive their first blue ribbon with their project animal. Bob and I enjoy working with youth dairy programs and we encourage individuals to become active in the dairy industry.

Would you recommend other complete the YAC Educational Award application?

Yes, we would certainly recommend for others to take the time to complete the application. It truly is a great opportunity to challenge yourself to branch out to see the aspects of the dairy industry. In this industry, times are always changing and there are always new things to be discovered. Thus, we feel this is a way to allow individuals to develop new insight or networking tools that can be beneficial to their own herd. Bob and I truly thank the Wisconsin Holstein Association for this award and wish to encourage others to take part.




Erik Gilbertson - 2012 Recipient
Hollandale, WI
Herd Size: 45 head

Why did you complete the YAC Educational Award application?

As a young farmer, it's important to stay educated and attend industry events. Taking time away from the farm to learn from others is valuable and then can apply those new things to your own dairy.

What dairy industry event did you attend? What did you learn from the event?

I attended the PDPW Annual Business Conference in Madison. Between the trade show and break-out sessions, I enjoyed connecting with other dairy breeders and also learning ideas to apply to my own operation. In particular, the calf-raising session was very informative.

What has been your most memorable moment in the dairy industry? 

World Dairy Expo is one of my favorite events because it combines great cows and great people. We are also fortunate that it is held in our backyard and have the opportunity to attend since it is so close to home. I am proud that my wife, Brenda, and I met at World Dairy Expo. Since both of us grew up in the Registered Holstein business, it's very fitting to celebrate our anniversary there at an event which is very special to us.

Would you recommend other complete the YAC Educational Award application?

Young farmers should take advantage of every opportunity to grow. The YAC program is a great chance to connect with others and also encourages time away from the farm which is something that not many, including myself do often.

 




Sara Byl - 2011 Recipient
Cushing, Wis.
Herd size: 145 head
Member since 1996  

What dairy industry event did you attend and what did you learn from the event?

I attended the Young Dairy Leaders Institute (YDLI) through the Holstein Foundation. YDLI is a national program that teaches leadership and communication skills to young adults 22-45 in the dairy industry. As a member of the seventh class, I learned how to be a better speaker and how to speak confidently to the public on agricultural issues. YDLI opened my eyes on how we need to be proactive in the dairy industry to promote our wonderful products and to teach the public about how we operate our farms.

Why did you complete the YAC Educational Award application?

Being a self-employed dairy farmer my expenses to attend an event like YDLI would have been all on my own. So I applied for this scholarship and was fortunate enough to receive $500 toward the event. I was also awarded a scholarship for both years from my creamery, Burnett Dairy Co-Op to attend YDLI. Without the YAC Educational Award Scholarship and my scholarship from Burnett Dairy Co-Op it would have been really hard for me to attend YDLI. Thank you YAC Committee for sponsoring me and giving me the opportunity to attend such a great event!

Would you recommend others to complete the Educational Award application?

I would recommend any Wisconsin Holstein member that is 21-45 to apply for this scholarship. It is a great way to help cover costs in order to attend an industry event or educational program like YDLI. It allows you to network with others and be a part of our great industry events that you may not have been able to attend without the additional funds. You can attend most any event in the industry!